Doug Ford shuffling cabinet Thursday amid sagging poll results

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will shuffle his cabinet on Thursday, following a series of poor polls barely a year into his Progressive Conservative government's mandate. 

A swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the lieutenant governor's suite at Queen's Park, to be followed by a photo opportunity in the cabinet room and a news conference. 

Rumours that Ford would shuffle his cabinet have been swirling for two weeks. Multiple PC sources tell CBC News they expect the shuffle to be significant, with more than half of the current ministers on the move.

"It is a signal that we're entering a new stage in our government's mandate, and you'll see that we've listened," said a PC source, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

"We have a lot of talent in our caucus, and the premier will only benefit from putting some of his very capable ministers in the forefront," said the source. "We made a lot of big moves in the first year. We'll continue to move on our core commitment of delivering for the people." 

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The biggest question mark is whether Ford will shuffle Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. Two PC sources tell CBC News that several of Ford's closest advisers are urging Ford to move Fedeli out of the portfolio. The PCs' poll results dropped in the weeks following Fedeli's April 11 budget, as cuts were revealed piece by piece, resulting in repeated negative media coverage. 

However, it is rare for a government in Canada to demote a finance minister after just one budget. Other PC sources say Ford would be sending a message of panic by shuffling his finance minister, as it would suggest that the budget Fedeli crafted was headed in the wrong direction. 

"Shuffling him out at this point in some ways would signal defeat," said Sean Simpson, vice-president of polling firm Ipsos Public Affairs, in an interview Wednesday with CBC News. 

Simpson said he doubts a shuffle will help Ford's polling numbers in the short term. "But a different messenger, a different tone on the message over time could help the Tories rebound," he said "Things can't get a whole lot worse." 

Ford was booed loudly Monday by thousands of Toronto Raptors fans when he was introduced at the team's championship rally at Nathan Phillips Square. The boos from the young, diverse crowd contrasted loudly with the warm reception for the two other politicians on stage at the event, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory. 

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Multiple PC sources predict Ford will increase the size of his cabinet by breaking up at least two ministries: Children, Community and Social Services, as well as Health and Long-Term Care. That would make room for some PC backbenchers, most likely from the Greater Toronto Area, to get into cabinet. 

The sources all predict Education Minister Lisa Thompson will be shuffled out of her portfolio as the province enters negotiations with the teachers' unions. 

Ministers who could see a promotion include Environment Minister Rod Phillips, the media-savvy former CEO of Ontario Lottery and Gaming; and Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek, praised by PC insiders for fronting the province's plan to take over construction of new subway lines in Toronto. 

When asked recently about the possibility of a shuffle, Ford said he has the "best cabinet this province has ever seen."

But, he said, each and every one of them was "more than capable of hopping into any portfolio."

Ford's last shuffle was in November, when about half a dozen ministers were reassigned following the resignation of Jim Wilson to seek treatment for addiction issues.

  • Conservatives stoke fear of NDP-Liberal coalition as Scheer pushes for majority
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    Conservatives stoke fear of NDP-Liberal coalition as Scheer pushes for majority

    OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer is raising the spectre of a reckless, tax-and-spend Liberal-NDP coalition government to urge Canadians to hand the Conservatives a majority on Oct. 21.The Conservative leader warned Monday that such a coalition would lead to out-of-control spending, "massive" new taxes and "endless deficits" that would drive away investment and throw thousands of Canadians out of work.Scheer played the fear card even though Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau refused to contemplate forming a coalition and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh walked back his earlier speculation about joining forces with the Liberals to prevent the Conservatives from forming a minority government.With only one week to go and polls suggesting the Liberals and Conservatives remain locked in a dead heat well short of majority territory, all three leaders were peppered with questions about a hypothetical coalition as they campaigned in three different provinces.Singh opened the can of worms Sunday, saying his party would "absolutely" consider a coalition with the Liberals to ensure Scheer does not become prime minister.During a campaign stop Monday in Windsor, Ont., Trudeau dodged multiple questions about a possible coalition, repeatedly responding that he remains focused on winning a majority."My focus is on electing a progressive government and stopping Conservative cuts," Trudeau said.But Scheer pounced on what he portrayed as Trudeau's failure to rule out a coalition."Now, he's even leaving the door open to coalition government with the NDP in a desperate attempt to cling to power, a coalition that will lead to even higher taxes, less jobs, more deficits and bigger household bills," Scheer said during a campaign stop in Winnipeg."So my message to Canadians is this: only a Conservative majority government can prevent a government with Justin Trudeau as the spokesman but the NDP calling the shots."Scheer asserted that Canadians have "a crystal clear choice between a Trudeau-NDP coalition that will raise taxes, run endless deficits and make life more expensive and a Conservative government, a majority government, that will live within its means, lower taxes, put more money back in your pockets."Minority governments have been common in Canada, both at the federal and provincial levels. Generally, minorities have operated with the informal backing of another party or with the backing of different parties on different issues.Formal coalitions have rarely been struck in Canada, although there is nothing in constitutional law or convention to preclude them.Shortly after the 2008 government gave Stephen Harper his second consecutive Conservative minority, the Liberals and NDP negotiated a plan to form a coalition, with the support of the separatist Bloc Quebecois. Harper portrayed the plan as effectively a coup and prorogued Parliament to avoid a confidence vote. By the time Parliament resumed, the Liberals had backed out of the arrangement, which had proved unpopular.Scheer seemed bent Monday on stoking the same fears. Yet he refused to condemn coalitions in principle, saying his objection was to Trudeau's alleged plan to form a coalition with the NDP.Nor would Scheer say which party he would turn to for support if the Conservatives win a minority, saying only that he is campaigning for a majority.He did rule out entering into "any type of negotiations" with the Bloc Quebecois, whose support in Quebec has surged. But the Bloc could support a Conservative minority without negotiating any formal agreement or coalition.Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet has said his party would decide on a case-by-case basis whether to support initiatives proposed by either a Liberal or Conservative minority.Green Leader Elizabeth May, who took a break from the campaign trail Monday, has said her party won't support any minority government that doesn't meet her high standards for combating climate change. She has denounced the Tory climate plan and maintains the Liberal plan doesn't go far enough.On Sunday, Singh was unequivocal about his willingness to form a coalition to prevent a minority Conservative government. "Oh absolutely, because we are not going to support a Conservative government. We are going to fight a Conservative government. We are going to fight it all the way," he said.But Singh would not repeat that sentiment Monday during a campaign stop on Vancouver's Granville Island, dodging repeated questions about how legitimate a coalition government would be or whether he'd insist on some NDP slots in a Trudeau cabinet."We're not talking about a coalition government ... I'm not negotiating the future today," he said.Singh, whose party has enjoyed a bit of a bounce since last week's leaders' debates, said he's still running to be prime minister but that regardless of the election outcome, the NDP will stand firm on its priorities."You're not stuck with two choices," he said. "You can go beyond that. You can choose New Democrats who will fight for you, who have always fought for you and that's what we offer in this election."With the Bloc and NDP eating into Liberal support, Trudeau ramped up Monday the message he's expected to hammer home every day until voting day: progressive voters must vote Liberal to stop the Conservatives.He pointed out that the Liberals, NDP and Bloc all had strong contingents in the House of Commons during the almost 10 years that Harper was prime minister and they couldn't stop him from cutting programs and services, attacking unions and retreating from Canada's climate change commitments in the Kyoto protocol."The progressive opposition couldn't prevent Stephen Harper's cuts," he said.With the Detroit skyline behind him, Trudeau also argued that Canada needs a strong, stable progressive government to stand up to mercurial U.S President Donald Trump.He accused Scheer of urging Canada to "cave" in to Trump's demands during renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. And he said Singh would scrap the new trade deal and reopen negotiations with Trump, creating instability and uncertainty."We need to continue to have a strong government with a clear focus on standing up for Canadians, standing up to Donald Trump, standing up to the forces of populism and chaos around the world and focus on investing in Canadians and promoting our values at home and abroad."Singh accused Trudeau of lying about his stance on the new NAFTA. He said he does not want to scrap the deal but, rather, work with Democrats in Congress to strengthen the labour and environmental standards in the pact to make them enforceable.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 14, 2019.Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

  • Prince William, Kate kick off five-day Pakistan tour
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    Prince William, Kate kick off five-day Pakistan tour

    ISLAMABAD — Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate kicked off a five-day tour of Pakistan on Tuesday amid much fanfare and tight security.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan. They were scheduled to attend a cultural event later in the day.Authorities deployed more than 1,000 police and paramilitary forces to ensure the royal entourage's protection, setting up checkpoints and roadblocks in parts of the capital, Islamabad.Alvi and his wife welcomed the couple, releasing a statement saying the president "commended" them for raising "awareness about mental health, climate change, and poverty alleviation."Prince William thanked the president for his warm welcome and the hospitality extended to him and his entourage, the statement said.The royals were accompanied by British Ambassador Thomas Drew, the Duke's private secretary, Simon Case, and Christian Jones, communications secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, according to a government statement.The royal couple's first engagements were visiting a school for girls in the capital followed by a tour of the nearby national park at Margalla Hills.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are strong advocates of girls' education, were greeted by teachers and children on their arrival at the Model College for Girls.Wearing a royal blue traditional kurta — a loose collarless shirt — and trousers, Kate sat with children in a classroom as Prince William shook hands with a teacher.According to the United Nations' annual Human Development report, most Pakistani girls will drop out after primary school and on average go to school for seven years. Barely 27% of girls in Pakistan attend secondary school, the report said, compared to nearly 50% among boys.Taliban militants in Pakistan violently oppose girls' education and infamously shot Malala Yousafzai — now a leading girls' education activist who attends Oxford University in Britain. Militants in recent years have damaged girls' schools in the northwest, including the Swat Valley, which is home to Yousafzai.The royal couple arrived in Islamabad Monday night.William's mother, Princess Diana, visited Pakistan in the 1990s to participate in a fundraising event for a cancer hospital built by Khan, who took office last year. Diana died in a car accident in 1997 and many Pakistanis still remember her for her charity work.Khan's office later said the prime minister's meeting with the royal couple was held in a "warm and cordial atmosphere."It said Khan "recalled the love and affection among the people of Pakistan for Princess Diana, because of her compassion as well as commitment to support charitable causes."Britain's Press Association reported that Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Khan during his meeting with the royal couple recalled a conversation with William some 22 years ago about his ambitions of becoming prime minister.On Tuesday, Pakistan Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan took to Twitter to note the visit is taking place months after British Airways resumed flights to Pakistan, over a decade after they were suspended in the wake of a truck bombing of a hotel in the capital, which killed dozens.Pakistan has witnessed scores of attacks in recent years, though the security situation has improved recently.While the royal couple was in Islamabad, a roadside bomb went off near a police vehicle in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing a police officer and wounding 10 people. The couple had no plan to visit that region.For security reasons, authorities shared limited details about William and Kate's itinerary, which is expected to include a visit to the country's scenic northern provinces and the historic eastern city of Lahore.___Associated Press writers Kathy Gannon in Islamabad and Abdul Sattar in Quetta contributed to this report.B.K. Bangash And Munir Ahmed, The Associated Press

  • Ships are illegally dumping plastic trash at sea, study suggests
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    Ships are illegally dumping plastic trash at sea, study suggests

    Thousands of plastic drink bottles are washing up on a remote, uninhabited island in the South Atlantic, and researchers say they're evidence of illegal dumping from cargo ships.Ships have been strictly banned from throwing trash overboard for more than 30 years.Nevertheless, "ships are responsible for most of the bottles floating in the central South Atlantic Ocean, in contravention of International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships regulations," concludes the new international study published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."It's a surprise in that it makes us rethink the source of the garbage in our oceans," said Robert Ronconi, a Halifax-based researcher, currently with the Canadian Wildlife Service, who co-authored the new study. "One of the common assumptions is that most of the garbage in the oceans is flowing out of rivers on land."A commonly cited estimate is that 80 per cent of plastic in the oceans is washed into the seas from land-based sources, and much of the rest is fishing gear.Ronconi was part of a team led by Prof. Peter Ryan, director of the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town, that tracked and examined trash washing up on Inaccessible Island from over more than three decades. The island is close to halfway between South Africa and South America.In 2018, the team collected 2,580 plastic bottles from about a kilometre of beach, plus another 174 that washed up over 10 weeks. They found that 73 per cent of accumulated bottles and 83 per cent of newly arrived bottles had been manufactured in China and had date stamps indicating they had been manufactured in the past two years — not enough time for them to travel from Asia without the help of ships.Ronconi and Ryan are seabird researchers who visit the island primarily to study the millions of seabirds that live and nest along the tall cliffs that wrap around it on all sides. Some of them breed nowhere else in the world — including the great shearwater, which Ronconi was studying during his postdoctoral research at Dalhousie University."Without hesitation, it's the most fantastic place I've ever been in my life," said Ronconi.Researchers land at one of the only flat spots at the edge of the island — a beach of pebbles and boulders scattered by crashing waves. Behind them washed-up logs are jammed up among tall grasses. And scattered about it all flash yellow, orange, blue and red fishing buoys, floats, trays, bottles and other garbage."They do stick out," Ronconi recalled.Growing amount of garbageRyan noticed the litter on his first visit to the island as a master's student in 1984. It took him about three hours to scoop it all off a kilometre of beach.But the amount has grown dramatically since then.In 2018, several researchers collected everything from the same stretch of beach, and it took them two days."What was really striking was just how bottles had come to dominate," said Ryan. In 1984, they were a tiny fraction of the trash on the island, and most appeared to have drifted on the currents from South America.In 2018, they made up one-third of the litter that had accumulated on the beach, and three-quarters of what arrived during the 10 weeks the researchers were there.While the researchers initially wondered whether they might have come from fishing fleets, their Chinese origin made that unlikely, since there isn't much Chinese fishing in the area, and fishing overall has declined slightly in that part of the ocean.However, the growth in bottles coincided with an increase in shipping traffic between Asia and South America, leading the researchers to conclude the bottles had been thrown off cargo ships plying that route.Martin Thiel is a professor at Universidad Católica del Norte in Chile who was not involved in the study, but researches the composition and abundance of marine litter. Thiel said the growth in plastic bottles in particular was notable. But he cautioned against blaming ships from any particular country, since they would all be likely to buy bottled water in China when making stops there."The finding of these bottles does not indicate that the Chinese are the guilty ones — it could just as well be European or North American ships coming from China," he wrote in an email.Unfortunately, this isn't the only study suggesting that littering at sea is contributing to the plastic pollution problem.Ryan said he's been involved in surveys in South Africa, Kenya and Australia that all found similar results. Debris from passing ships was found in the the Paranagua Estuarine Complex in Brazil in 2013 and a study in the early 1990s found 75 per cent of observed fishing vessels along Canada's east coast threw debris into the sea.Possible solutionsThe International Maritime Organization says it has adopted an action plan on marine litter to get more data about marine plastic litter from ships, enhance regulations, and introduce new measures to tackle the problem.The International Chamber of Shipping has acknowledged that one problem is that the quality of waste facilities at ports is highly variable."Indeed, some developed countries actually provide poorer facilities than their developing nation counterparts, or offer services based on varying tariff structures which often do not encourage their use," says a statement released by the group this year.In response to the study, Stuart Neil, the group's communications director, said the industry takes this issue "very seriously."He said illegal dumping of garbage may result in criminal convictions and heavy fines.However, a previous study of this problem noted that enforcement is a challenge because it's hard to detect violations at sea and often impossible to link debris with a particular ship.Ryan suggests the shipping industry needs to be more proactive about enforcement of regulations by conducting waste audits of ships when they return to land.He added that the right incentives can also help. He gave the example of a South African trawl fleet where managers used to reward skippers for having a clean ship. "That just promoted people sweeping everything over the side," he said.When a friend of his became the company's operations manager, he decided instead to reward skippers based on the amount of litter they returned to port. "And all of sudden they were bringing back bags of rubbish. It's just little things that can really change behaviour."He added that since the study was published, two shipping companies have contacted him saying they want to work to solve this problem.

  • Rise in RCMP pursuit collisions prompts policy review
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    Rise in RCMP pursuit collisions prompts policy review

    Ten months after worrying he would lose his life in a police chase, RCMP Sgt. Stephen Browne returned to the quiet suburban street in Airdrie, Alta., just outside Calgary, where he and his partner had ended the pursuit. "I received a crushed tibia plateau on my left leg, torn knee cartilage on my left leg as well," he recalled, surveying the stretch of road where he was injured. "It hurts when you get run over by a car."Browne is one of three RCMP officers seriously injured in pursuits across Canada in 2013-2018.Watch the pursuit that injured Browne:Data obtained by CBC through an access to information request reveals the number of collisions in that time period has grown, too, in the country and particularly in Alberta. Fleeing motorists rammed or damaged 16 RCMP vehicles in Canada in 2013. That number rose to 45 last year. In total, 197 vehicles have been struck in the six-year period. A majority of those vehicles, 87, were hit in Alberta. The RCMP's national command refused to speak with the CBC about the subject, and said the data in question is a "very small sample size," making it difficult to draw meaningful conclusions without examining "each individual incident." However, the force considers the problem serious enough that they are reviewing their training and policy.'I wasn't going to win that one'On Dec. 1, 2018, Browne and his partner spotted a motorist driving erratically while they were on duty."We attempted a traffic stop," Browne said, but it did not work.Dramatic police dash-cam video shows the driver, Skyler Stevens-Rose, speeding away instead. Browne and his partner took off after him, eventually joined by a second police car. Stevens-Rose got his Subaru stuck on an embankment and stopped.Thinking the chase over, Browne hopped out of his car and reached for his sidearm, intending to ask Stevens-Rose and his passengers to step out of theirs.That's when Stevens-Rose reversed, striking both police cruisers, as well as the sergeant, dragging him over a length of pavement before he stopped for good. "I tried to back away from the vehicle as best I could," Browne said. "But, time and distance and speed, I wasn't going to win that one." He underwent surgery followed by several months of physiotherapy.Trend difficult to understand Nobody CBC News spoke to could explain why there are more collisions now, though they offered some theories about how they happen. "Some of these guys think they're cool, some of these guys have a different mindset than you and me,"  said Alain Hepner, a criminal defence attorney in Calgary. Watch a driver try to ram his way out of a McDonald's drive-thru in Alberta:Hepner represented Stevens-Rose in court. His client pleaded guilty, admitted to being high on cocaine and drunk at the time of the event and expressed what Browne has accepted as genuine remorse.But Hepner said that is not always the case."Often it's because there's a ton of drugs in the car, often. Or contraband of some kind. Or guns."Between 2013-2018, British Columbia's RCMP had the second highest number of vehicles struck, following Alberta.The two provinces have the largest RCMP contingents in Canada, and, unlike Quebec or Ontario, no provincial police of their own.Alberta also has few municipal forces, leaving large swaths of territory in the Mounties' hands.Better data needed, expert says"We should be concerned about the police officers' safety, the public's safety," said Terry Coleman, an independent public safety consultant.Coleman had a long career spanning many police forces, including a stint at the head of the Moose Jaw Police Service in Saskatchewan.Back then, he instituted a policy banning pursuits."I got a lot of pushback from police officers," he said. "I said, 'I don't want to go and knock on your family's door and tell them that you died chasing a stolen vehicle.'" Coleman is not suggesting the RCMP go as far as banning chases, but he wants the Mounties to collect better data about them."I would also like to know, if I were going to do the analysis, not just how many there were in total, but how many were called off, and why they were called off. Now the usual answer to that is public safety, but I would like to know more about the circumstances," Coleman said.Changes coming, Mounties sayThe RCMP's national command declined multiple interview requests for this story, saying they had no subject matter experts available. But acting Sgt. Caroline Duval provided statements indicating police acknowledge there is an issue and they are working on it. "The RCMP has dedicated a project team to review our Emergency Vehicle Operation training and policy," she wrote in an email.The team has been around since 2017 and includes both traffic and use-of-force experts. Duval did not disclose what prompted the team to begin amending the force's pursuit policy or when it decided to do so, but she did write it wants to adopt "a guiding principle for initiating and/or continuing pursuits, rather than listing a series of offences as pursuable or non-pursuable." Non-pursuable offences on the current policy include vehicle theft or violations of provincial regulations and municipal bylaws.The team also wants to "enhance training for all RCMP officers," she wrote.As for data collection, Duval said "all incidents that meet the threshold of a police pursuit must be noted in a mandatory reporting form," including pursuits that are called off. But forms are not filled out if an officer never decides to initiate a pursuit in the first place.   The changes, both to the policy and training procedures, are expected in the coming months. For Stephen Browne, more training is a good idea.But he believes he had few options last December in Airdrie."Truly, there's nothing that I can think of that we could have done better to enhance our safety or the public safety, outside of not doing our job and trying to apprehend a dangerous driver," he said. Only recently back at work after his traumatic experience, Browne is grateful and considers himself lucky. But the 20-year veteran recognizes the job may never be the same again."I may have pain or a degree of pain for the rest of my life," he said.

  • Nunavut Liberal candidate pledges aid for elders, children, hunters
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    Nunavut Liberal candidate pledges aid for elders, children, hunters

    Megan Pizzo-Lyall is on the campaign trail as Nunavut's Liberal Party candidate. She is sure it's her Nunavummiut need as their political voice in the national capital."My top priority is ensuring that Nunavut feels heard in Ottawa," Pizzo-Lyall said. "I want people to know that I'm the exact person you need in Ottawa to make sure we continue that relationship so that we are able not just to survive, but to thrive as Inuit in Nunavut." Asked why Nunavummiut should vote Liberal in this election, Pizzo-Lyall said the last term speaks for itself. "We've done so much in the last four years."She spoke of the Canada Child Benefit, introduced in 2016, and Liberal plans to increase that benefit by 15 per cent for children below the age of one. "That helps lift kids out of poverty." Pizzo-Lyall says. If re-elected, the Liberals plan to increase Old Age Security payments by ten per cent for seniors when they turn 75. The party already reduced the retirement age to 65."I care about families. That means children, that means elders, that means housing needs." Pizzo-Lyall grew up in Taloyoak, and lived in Iqaluit for a decade, where she also served as a city councillor. She now lives in Rankin Inlet where she is operations manager for Atuqtuarvik Corporation, a financing and investment company for Inuit-owned businesses. She studied in Ottawa at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and Environmental Technology at the Nunavut Arctic College. She worked for the Nunavut department of environment and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.Pizzo-Lyall was a 2018-2019 Jane Glassco northern fellow.  She studied ways to increase Inuit-owned businesses in Nunavut, through a scholarship from the Gordon Foundation. In her youth, she served on the National Inuit Youth Council run by Canada's national Inuit association, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatimi. "It's not just one aspect that I care about. It's everything that we need as families from shelter to food to water," she said. Fossil fuels, food securityLiberal Leader Justin Trudeau campaigned in Iqaluit on climate change Oct. 8, and said he would work to reduce reliance on diesel in the territory. "In the next four years we'll be able to hammer down a real plan and introduce alternative energy options for the territory," Pizzo-Lyall said when asked how the Liberals plan to make that happen. "[Trudeau] understands the reality of life in Nunavut, where it's ambitious to take us off fossil fuel usage within the territory," she said. "We all understand the need for fossil fuels across our communities, whether it's from driving to and from work, or heating our homes during the minus 60 months." Pizzo-Lyall called the Liberal's $40 million harvesters support grant, announced last fall, a great way to increase food security in Nunavut. A hunter herself, creating better access to country food is important to her."It's an overarching goal to have career hunters in our communities. We all know how much country food means to us, whether it's fish caribou seal meat whale meat ... those things that bring nutrition to our families that we have relied on for so many years that we still rely on to this day."

  • Canadians must think like investors in oil and gas: Don Pittis
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    Canadians must think like investors in oil and gas: Don Pittis

    There is lots of money to be made in oil and gas stocks.In a world where most trading is short term, shares as volatile as those in the petroleum business can be cash cows for those who repeatedly get it right.On Friday, oil prices and petroleum stocks rose sharply after a what appeared to be a missile strike on an Iranian tanker. Historically, Middle East conflicts have been good for the price of oil and for the stocks of non-Middle-Eastern producers, at least in the short term. But as Koch Industries and the Norweigian pension fund unload shares in Canadian oil properties, it is fair to ask whether they know something the rest of us don't.If you are saving for retirement with a 30-year buy-and-hold strategy, should you be investing in oil and gas? The question is important even for those Canadians who don't have their own portfolio of stocks to manage, because as taxpayers that is what the governments are doing with your money.Displacing 'OPEC dictator oil'As part of his recent guest appearance in the national election campaign, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has been touting the advantages for Canada of fossil fuel extraction. And as one of Canada's most articulate political salesmen, he made a strong case, including during last week's interview on CBC Radio's The Current, that other provinces should support the industry."If they want to benefit from the resource wealth created in Alberta, then please help us to get that to global markets, get a fair price for it and displace OPEC dictator oil, both in Eastern Canada and around the world," he told guest host Kathleen Petty.But as he championed the fossil fuel sector Kenney appeared to be discounting a powerful new movement that has declared fossil fuels and the carbon they produce Public Enemy No. 1, dismissing youthful protesters as wild-eyed political radicals. "There were communist hammer-and-sickle flags out there — I wouldn't go to a rally with a hammer-and-sickle flag any more than I would to one with a swastika, quite frankly," said Kenny.While mentioning your opponents in the same breath as communists and Nazis may be good politics that will appeal to the conservative-minded and those whose livelihood depends on the oil industry, it may not be good investment advice.Plenty of thoughtful conservative voices, including the editors of the Economist magazine, Bank of England governor Mark Carney and corporate leaders have warned that long-term investors in fossil fuels must beware. If pressure to cut carbon output continues as sea levels rise, crops fail and more species go extinct, they have warned, oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels must be left in the ground.Many conservative economists have supported the carbon pricing that Kenney has adamantly opposed.As an investor it does not strictly matter if you believe in the forces that will make your portfolio rise or fall. But for your self-interest, you simply cannot ignore them.And many independent observers say it is very likely that the fossil fuel industry's days are numbered. The debate is mostly how long it's got.Mark Kamstra, a finance professor at the Schulich School of Business, a specialist in risk, is skeptical that society will quickly abandon fossil energy."Everyone can see the future and, sure, it's not really bright for oil 50 years from now, or even maybe 30 years from now," said Kamstra.He compares oil companies to Kodak, which faded away due to changing technology and new consumer needs. But he sees investment opportunities in the meantime. Rather than investing as much in exploration, oil and gas producers will return profits to shareholders resulting in higher dividends yields. Also, psychology can play a part.Oil stock embarrassment"You can't go to a party and boast about making money on oil stocks right now," jokes Kamstra.As shareholders divest to demonstrate their disapproval, they may have the unintended effect of making fossil fuel share prices lower than returns would justify, something observed with so-called sin stocks such as tobacco and liquor companies.But despite warnings of a climate emergency, the "extinction rebellion" and the student marches following the example of teenage climate champion Greta Thunberg, Kamstra believes the petroleum industry is simply too entrenched in economic life for the world to make a speedy pivot. "I just don't think people will be willing to make personal sacrifices. It's got to be win-win," said Kamstra.Matthew Klippenstein, a chemical engineer with a long history in the clean-energy sector, sees a win-win for the Alberta oil and gas industry as the world moves to low carbon.Kodak went bankrupt partly because it was terrified of undermining its own principal business that depended on film. But Klippenstein sees a way around that conundrum. Sophisticated players in the oil and gas sector including Suncor are already looking for ways to avoid the Kodak mistake, for example by installing high-speed electrical vehicle chargers in the company's Petro-Canada service stations.   Klippenstein, who recently worked on an innovation report for Zen Clean Energy Solutions, told me last week that Alberta's high-tech energy sector should use its skills and wealth, for example, in the young but growing hydrogen sector, which David Layzell at Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research says is already feasible. It's a low-carbon technology that will grow as oil and gas gradually declines.  "Yes, [Alberta's] energy sector and infrastructure are for now fossil-focused," wrote Klippenstein in a recent tweet.  "But that's incidental, not intrinsic."Like Kamstra, Klippenstein sees the demand for Canadian oil and gas continuing for decades. But the companies that survive and prosper will not be those that dig their heels in and refuse to change.If the low-carbon revolution actually happens, the companies that will still be worth owning in 30 years and the places that will attract investment will be those now making the effort and the investment to find ways to adapt.Follow Don on Twitter @don_pittis

  • California regulator criticizes utility over power outages
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    California regulator criticizes utility over power outages

    SAN FRANCISCO — California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires that she said, "created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated."The agency ordered a series of corrective actions, including a goal of restoring power within 12 hours, not the utility's current 48-hour goal."The scope, scale, complexity, and overall impact to people's lives, businesses, and the economy of this action cannot be understated," California Public Utilities Commission President Marybel Batjer wrote in a letter to PG&E CEO Bill Johnson.PG&E last week took the unprecedented step of cutting power to more than 700,000 customers, affecting an estimated 2.1 million Californians. The company said it did it because of dangerous wind forecasts but acknowledged that its execution was poor.Its website frequently crashed, and many people said they did not receive enough warning that the power was going out."We were not adequately prepared," Johnson said at a press conference last week.PG&E said in a statement Monday that employees found more than 100 spots where parts of its systems were damaged during the strong winds, including downed power lines and places where trees had hit the lines. Repairs were either completed or underway at those sites."It is possible that any one of these instances could have been a potential source of ignition" for a wildfire if the outage hadn't taken effect, the statement said.However, the utility didn't specifically comment on the regulatory sanctions.In addition to restoring power faster, the PUC said the utility must work harder to avoid such large-scale outages, develop better ways to communicate with the public and local officials, get a better system for distributing outage maps and work with emergency personnel to ensure PG&E staff are sufficiently trained.She ordered the utility to perform an audit of its performance during the outages that began Wednesday, saying the utility clearly did not adopt many of the recommendations state officials have made since utilities was granted the authority to begin pre-emptive power shutoffs last year. The review is due by Thursday, and she ordered several PG&E executives to appear at an emergency PUC hearing Friday.Gov. Gavin Newsom has also criticized PG&E for its performance during the outage, blaming what he called decades of mismanagement, underinvestment and lousy communication with the public. On Monday the Democratic governor urged the utility to compensate affected customers with a bill credit or rebate worth $100 for residential customers or $250 for small businesses.Newsom said the shutoffs affected too many customers for too long, and it is clear PG&E implemented them "with astounding neglect and lack of preparation."Johnson, the PG&E CEO, responded in writing to Newsom's letter Monday, noting that no fires occurred during the power shut-off. He said he welcomes the PUC review."We know there are areas where we fell short of our commitment to serving our customers during this unprecedented event, both in our operations and in our customer communications, and we look forward to learning from these agencies how we can improve," he wrote.Batjer's letter also said that PG&E's service territory, design of its transmission lines and distribution network and "lack of granularity of its forecasting ability" mean it can't do pre-emptive power shut-offs as strategically as some other utilities, but she said it must work harder to reduce the number of customers affected by future outages.In a separate filing with the PUC on Monday, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties and the city of Santa Rosa complained about PG&E's communications with local governments and emergency management agencies ahead of planned outages. For instance, attorneys wrote, the weather forecasting website that it uses to communicate with local agencies and emergency services is inadequate and not aligned with commonly used public emergency standards."It appears never to have occurred to the utility to confirm with its local public safety partners that the tool would meet their needs, nor did PG&E show the website to the local governments who had long been asking for situational awareness information before launching the website publicly," attorneys wrote.Juliet Williams, The Associated Press

  • Police look for man after they find vehicle in Scarborough hit and run that hurt baby
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    Police look for man after they find vehicle in Scarborough hit and run that hurt baby

    Toronto police are looking for a man who they say abandoned a vehicle involved in a weekend hit and run in Scarborough that seriously injured a baby boy and two women.Police say the vehicle, a grey Dodge Journey, with the Ontario licence plate ANXC 265, was found near St. Clair Avenue East and O'Connor Road at 6:24 p.m. on Monday.In a news release on Monday, police said officers obtained security camera footage after the vehicle was abandoned, and that footage enabled police to capture an image of the man who left the vehicle before fleeing on foot.Police said they are appealing to members of the public for help in identifying the man. The hit and run happened at the intersection of Pharmacy Avenue and Ellesmere Road on Sunday.At 10:48 a.m., the SUV was headed eastbound on Ellesmere Road, near Pharmacy Avenue, when the driver failed to stop at a red light, crossed the intersection and mounted the curb, hitting the two women, aged 57 and 37, and the baby boy, 20 months old.The women were standing on the sidewalk on the southeast corner of the intersection and the baby boy was in a stroller.Police said two people got out of the vehicle, had a look around, then one got back into the vehicle. One left the scene on foot, heading south of Pharmacy Avenue. The driver then fled eastbound on Ellesmere Road, police said on Sunday.The front licence plate of the vehicle fell off due to the impact of the crash and was left at the scene. Toronto paramedics took the two women and baby to hospital with serious injuries. Initially, police said the baby suffered life-threatening injuries, but his condition has been upgraded to serious.Police are continuing to look for three people: Cory Munroe, 49; Derek Desousa, 34; and Amanda Rioux, 30.Anyone with information is urged to call police at 416-808-1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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    Jailed Catalan separatist leader says new referendum unavoidable

    The Catalan separatist leader hit by the heaviest jail sentence by Spain's Supreme Court for his role in the region's failed secession bid told Reuters a new referendum on independence was unavoidable. Oriol Junqueras, the Catalan regional government's former deputy leader, said in emailed answers to questions that the prison sentences imposed on him and eight others on charges of sedition only made them and their movement stronger and more determined. In his first interview after the sentence, Junqueras told Reuters that he and others planned to appeal the sentences with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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    Owl killings spur moral questions about human intervention

    CORVALLIS, Ore. — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun.He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at just the right distance. Then he squeezed the trigger and the owl fell to the forest floor, adding to a running tally of more than 2,400 barred owls killed so far in a controversial experiment by the U.S. government to test whether the northern spotted owl's rapid decline in the Pacific Northwest can be stopped by killing its aggressive East Coast cousin.Wiens grew up fascinated by birds, and his graduate research in owl interactions helped lay the groundwork for this tense moment."It's a little distasteful, I think, to go out killing owls to save another owl species," said Wiens, a biologist who still views each shooting as "gut-wrenching" as the first. "Nonetheless, I also feel like from a conservation standpoint, our back was up against the wall. We knew that barred owls were outcompeting spotted owls and their populations were going haywire."The federal government has been trying for decades to save the northern spotted owl, a native bird that sparked an intense battle over logging across Washington, Oregon and California decades ago.After the owl was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990, earning it a cover on Time Magazine, federal officials halted logging on millions of acres of old-growth forests on federal lands to protect the bird's habitat. But the birds' population continued to decline.Meanwhile, researchers, including Wiens, began documenting another threat — larger, more aggressive barred owls competing with spotted owls for food and space and displacing them in some areas.In almost all ways, the barred owl is the spotted owl's worst enemy: They reproduce more often, have more babies per year and eat the same prey, like squirrels and wood rats. And they now outnumber spotted owls in many areas of the native bird's historic range.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's experiment, which began in 2015, has raised thorny questions: To what extent can we reverse declines that have unfolded over decades, often partially due to actions by humans? And as climate change continues to shake up the landscape, how should we intervene?The experimental killing of barred owls raised such moral dilemmas when it first was proposed in 2012 that the Fish and Wildlife Service took the unusual step of hiring an ethicist to help work through whether it was acceptable and could be done humanely.The owl experiment is unusual because it involves killing one species of owl to save another owl species. But federal and state officials already have intervened with other species. They have broken the necks of thousands of cowbirds to save the warbler, a songbird once on the brink of extinction. To preserve salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest and perch and other fish in the Midwest, agencies kill thousands of large seabirds called double-crested cormorants. And last year, Congress passed a law making it easier for Oregon, Washington, Idaho and American Indian tribes to kill sea lions that gobble imperiled salmon runs in the Columbia River.In four small study areas in Washington, Oregon and northern California, Wiens and his trained team have been picking off invasive barred owls with 12-gauge shotguns to see whether the native birds return to their nesting habitat once their competitors are gone. Small efforts to remove barred owls in British Columbia and northern California already showed promising results.The Fish and Wildlife Service has a permit to kill up to 3,600 owls and, if the $5 million program works, could decide to expand its efforts.Wiens, who works for the U.S. Geological Survey, now views his gun as "a research tool" in humankind's attempts to maintain biodiversity and rebalance the forest ecosystem. Because the barred owl has few predators in Northwest forests, he sees his team's role as apex predator, acting as a cap on a population that doesn't have one."Humans, by stepping in and taking that role in nature, we may be able to achieve more biodiversity in the environment, rather than just having barred owls take over and wipe out all the prey species," he said.Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, finds the practice abhorrent and said humans should find another way to help owl."There's no way to couch it as a good thing if you're killing one species to save another," Bekoff said.And Michael Harris, who directs the wildlife law program for Friends of Animals, thinks the government should focus on what humans are doing to the environment and protect habitats rather than scapegoating barred owls."We really have to let these things work themselves out," Harris said. "It's going to be very common with climate change. What are we going to do — pick and choose the winners?"Some see a responsibility to intervene, however, noting that humans are partly to blame for the underlying conditions with activities like logging, which helped lead to the spotted owl's decline. And others just see a no-win situation."A decision not to kill the barred owl is a decision to let the spotted owl go extinct," said Bob Sallinger, conservation director with the Audubon Society of Portland. "That's what we have to wrestle with."If the experimental removal of barred owls improves the spotted owl populations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife may consider killing more owls as part of a larger, long-term management strategy. Enough success has been noted that the experiment already has been extended to August 2021."I certainly don't see northern spotted owls going extinct completely," Wiens said, adding that "extinction in this case will be much longer process and from what we've seen from doing these removal experiments, we may be able to slow some of those declines."___This Associated Press series was produced in partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.EDITORS NOTE: Heroic efforts to revive ecosystems and save species are being waged worldwide, aimed at reversing some of humankind's most destructive effects on the planet. "What Can Be Saved?," a weekly AP series, chronicles the ordinary people and scientists fighting for change against enormous odds _ and forging paths that others may follow.Phuong Le, The Associated Press

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    Polyamorous families face stigma in pregnancy care, researchers say

    Polyamorous families face stigma during pregnancy and birth because of attitudes and policies in health care that are built around monogamy, Ontario researchers say.The Canadian Medical Association Journal published a study Tuesday based on interviews with 24 polyamorous Canadians — 11 who had given birth in the previous five years and 13 partners — recruited through ads posted on social media groups.The researchers with McMaster University's midwifery program say their inquiry was motivated in part by some team members' personal involvement in the polyamory community and a shared interest in inclusive health care.Co-authors Erika Arseneau and Samantha Landry say their findings suggest that while participants reported both positive and negative health-care experiences, all faced some form of marginalization rooted in "mono-normativity," the assumption that romantic relationships are limited to two partners."There's a lot of people that are engaging in polyamory and a lot of them are having children, contrary to popular belief, and their experience is very similar to monogamous families in a lot of ways," said Arseneau."In other ways, it's enhanced by the fact that they have multiple relationships and multiple support people in their lives."While there's no universally accepted definition, polyamory is typically characterized by engaging in multiple intimate relationships with the consent of all parties involved.Statistics on the prevalence of polyamory are hard to come by, but there are numbers to suggest that non-monogamous relationships may be on the rise in Canada.According to a study of more than 2,000 Canadians published in the Journal of Sex Research last April, four per cent of Canadians who are romantically attached reported being in an open relationship, and 20 per cent said they had previously engaged in the practice.In 2016, the executive director of the Calgary-based Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family used social media to ask polyamorous Canadians to take part in an online survey. Of the 500 people who responded, more than 40 per cent said there were children living in their homes full- or part-time.It appears the law is slowly catching up to this evolution of Canadian families. Last year, a court in Newfoundland and Labrador recognized three unmarried adults as the legal parents of a child born within their "polyamorous" family.Arseneau and Landry say their study — dubbed the "Polybabes" project — is unique in that it investigates what it's like for polyamorous parents to navigate the health-care system.They found that while participants expressed that having multiple partners provided more support during the childbearing process, these relationships often went unacknowledged by the health-care system.Due to fears of discrimination, many participants opted not to disclose their polyamorous status unless it was medically relevant, said Landry.Those who revealed they were polyamorous encountered an assortment of interpersonal and administrative challenges.For example, some health-care providers would refer to a third partner as an "uncle" or "aunt" rather than their preferred title as a parent, said Landry."A lot of the time, health-care providers... would kind of validate the people who were biologically related to the child, rather than kind of opening up the focus to everyone and giving everyone the same treatment.Arseneau noted that intake forms often only provide spaces for two parents, which can restrict a partner's access to the delivery room and involvement in medical decisions.She said some barriers could be as small as the fact that identification bracelets linking a child to their parents come in sets of threes. As one participant told researchers: "It's become this huge ordeal about who is getting bracelets. It's like 'The Bachelor,' I think. Who gets a rose?"Arseneau said these slights can add up to put a damper on what should be a joyous occasion — the addition of a new family member.She said she hopes the study helps health-care providers educate themselves about polyamory so they can acknowledge and accommodate the full spectrum of family structures."If you're creating a respectful, inclusive and accessible space for conversations to take place, whether it's about health care or social ideas, then that allows more room for difference and acceptance," said Landry.This report was published by The Canadian Press on Oct. 15, 2019.Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press

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    Harold Bloom, author of 'Anxiety of Influence,' dies at 89

    NEW YORK — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal "The Anxiety of Influence" and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89.Bloom's wife, Jeanne, said that he had been failing health, although he continued to write books and was teaching as recently as last week. Yale says Bloom died at a New Haven, Connecticut, hospital.Bloom wrote more than 20 books and prided himself on making scholarly topics accessible to the general reader. Although he frequently bemoaned the decline of literary standards, he was as well placed as a contemporary critic could hope to be. He appeared on bestseller lists with such works as "The Western Canon" and "The Book of J," was a guest on "Good Morning America" and other programs and was a National Book Award finalist and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A readers' poll commissioned by the Modern Library ranked "The Western Canon" at No. 58 on a list of the 20th century's best nonfiction English-language books.His greatest legacy could well outlive his own name: the title of his breakthrough book, "The Anxiety of Influence." Bloom argued that creativity was not a grateful bow to the past, but a Freudian wrestle in which artists denied and distorted their literary ancestors while producing work that revealed an unmistakable debt.He was referring to poetry in his 1973 publication, but "anxiety of influence" has come to mean how artists of any kind respond to their inspirations. Bloom's theory has been endlessly debated, parodied and challenged, including by Bloom. The book's title has entered the culture in ways Bloom likely never imagined or desired, such as The New York Times headline that read "Jay-Z Confronts the Anxiety of Being Influential" or the Canadian rock band that named itself "Anxiety of Influence."Bloom openly acknowledged his own heroes, among them Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson and the 19th century critic Walter Pater. He honoured no boundaries between the life of the mind and life itself and absorbed the printed word to the point of fashioning himself after a favourite literary character, Shakespeare's betrayed, but life-affirming Falstaff. Bloom's affinity began at age 12, when Falstaff rescued him from "debilitating self-consciousness," and he more than lived up to his hero's oversized aura in person. For decades he ranged about the Yale campus, with untamed hair and an anguished, theatrical voice, given to soliloquies over the present's plight.News of his death received a mixed response from former Yale students. Some praised his extraordinary erudition and ability to recite verse from memory, while others noted allegations of sexual harassment. In 2004, the author Naomi Wolf wrote that he made unwanted advances while she was attending Yale. Bloom denied the allegations.The youngest of five children, he was born in 1930 in New York's East Bronx to Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Russia, neither of whom ever learned to read English. Bloom's literary journey began with Yiddish poetry, but he soon discovered the works of Hart Crane, T.S. Eliot, William Blake and other poets. He would allege that as a young man he could absorb 1,000 pages at a time."The sense of freedom they conferred," he wrote of his favourite books, "liberated me into a primal exuberance."He graduated in 1951 from Cornell University, where he studied under the celebrated critic M.H. Abrams, and lived abroad as a Fulbright Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After earning his doctorate degree from Yale in 1955, he joined the school's English faculty. Bloom married Jeanne Gould in 1958 and had two sons.In the '50s, he opposed the rigid classicism of Eliot. But over the following decades, Bloom condemned Afrocentrism, feminism, Marxism and other movements he placed in the "School of Resentment." A proud elitist, he disliked the "Harry Potter" books and slam poetry and was angered by Stephen King's receiving an honorary National Book Award. He dismissed as "pure political correctness" the awarding of the Nobel Prize for literature to Doris Lessing, author of the feminist classic "The Golden Notebook.""I am your true Marxist critic," he once wrote, "following Groucho rather than Karl, and take as my motto Groucho's grand admonition, 'Whatever it is, I'm against it.'"In "The Western Canon," published in 1994, Bloom named the 26 crucial writers in Western literature, from Dante to Samuel Beckett, and declared Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo among the contemporary greats. Shakespeare reigned at the canon's centre, the inventor of our modern, self-conscious selves, a patriarch so mighty that Freud, Tolstoy and other latter-day masters nearly drove themselves mad rejecting him."Freud is essentially prosified Shakespeare," Bloom observed.The "lemmings", as Bloom called them, had their own harsh criticism of Bloom. Observers noted that "The Western Canon" featured a good number of Yale-affiliated poets on its list of important living American authors. He was mocked as out of touch and accused of recycling a small number of themes. "Bloom had an idea; now the idea has him," British critic Christopher Ricks once observed.Bloom's praises were not reserved for white men. In "The Book of J," released in 1990, Bloom stated that some parts of the Bible were written by a woman. (He often praised the God of the Old Testament as one of the greatest fictional characters). He also admired Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, George Eliot and Emily Dickinson and the hundreds of critical editions he edited include works on Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Amy Tan.Bloom did write a novel, "The Flight to Lucifer," but was no more effective than most critics attempting fiction and later disowned the book. In "The Anatomy of Influence," a summation released in 2011, Bloom called himself an Epicurean who acknowledged no higher power other than art, living for "moments raised in quality by esthetic appreciation."His resistance to popular culture was emphatic, but not absolute. He was fond of the rock group The Band and fascinated by the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart and other televangelists. He even confessed to watching MTV, telling The Paris Review in 1990 that "what is going on there, not just in the lyrics but in its whole ambience, is the real vision of what the country needs and desires. It's the image of reality that it sees, and it's quite weird and wonderful."Hillel Italie, The Associated Press

  • 'Save the kids!' Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his wife's death
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    'Save the kids!' Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his wife's death

    TORONTO — Cialin Dany knew he was in trouble when he saw a massive palm tree laying on the ground next to the Abaco Lodge.As hurricane Dorian whirled at the door, Dany, 32, took his Canadian wife, Alishia Liolli, and two of their children and hunkered down in a room at the fishing resort where he worked. Then another tree slammed into the building."The bolts start popping, like popcorn, pop, pop, pop, pop," Dany said. "Then whoosh, the roof flew off."The family and a friend who was with them ducked for cover under the bed and prayed. They watched as the wall in the back of the room swayed."Then the wall came down," Dany said as he recalled the events of Sept. 1.The wall pinned all five underneath the bed. Their 18-month-old son Evans and Dany's 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, Kescianna, wailed with fear.Dany's breathing laboured — the bed frame dug into his neck and right shoulder."Daddy, daddy, you don't sound too good," his daughter said."Count to 500 and I'm going to figure something out," he said."I say to God, 'if you give me 45 minutes, I swear to you I can save them.'"He grabbed a piece of wood that flew into the room, jammed it under the bed frame and hit it repeatedly. The pressure on his neck eased. He moved a bit and grabbed another errant piece of wood and smashed the wall. He kicked his way through the rubble and slipped out from underneath the bed.He scrambled to his feet, grabbed another piece of wood to lever the bed, but the wood broke. "I need help," he said to his family.Liolli told him to get a sledge hammer that was in another room. Dany slammed the tool into the wall, trying to break it up, but the handle snapped in two."I'm in really big trouble now," he thought to himself.He tried lifting the bed near his friend, Luke Saint Victor, figuring if he could get another adult out, the two of them could save the rest. "I ask God for one pound of strength more," he said.He moved the bed up a bit, enough for his daughter to get out, then he turned to his wife, who was pinned under the wall."I say, 'Alishia, come on baby, it's your turn,'" Dany said."She threw me Evans and said 'save the kids!'"Meanwhile, the water outside the one-storey building continued to rise."I'm going for help," he yelled.He took the children and got into his car, but glass in the doors began to burst. A shard lodged near baby Evans' eye. Blood flowed."Everything was flying, shingles flying, wood flying," Dany said.The water rose fast. The car doors would not open, and his daughter started screaming."You are a track star," he told her. "You can do it, just run. When I tell you to move, we move."Dany crawled out the window, took the kids and sprinted to a dumpster that had been blown on its side. They hid there for hours as maggots crawled everywhere.A slight reprieve came when dawn broke and the sun peeked out. He returned to the lodge to try and save his wife and friend, but he couldn't lift up the wall.Liolli told him to go get help.Dany dropped his children off at their pastor's home, found a chainsaw that he hoped would free his wife and friend, and headed back to the lodge, which by then had been flooded.He called out to his wife and heard his friend, Luke Saint Victor, say in a faint voice "the water came up, the water came up.'"When the chainsaw failed, Dany used an axe to cut the wall into pieces and finally removed the bed.Underneath, his wife wasn't breathing. He performed CPR, but it didn't work."The problem was when she went under the bed, she went on her belly and Luke went on his back," Dany said. "The water came up, not much, like an inch or two, but it was enough."Liolli had drowned."My head went blank," Dany said. "I was crying like a crazy man, just freaking out. I held her in my arms."But there was no time for a long embrace. He flagged down a passing power truck, placed Liolli and Saint Victor on the flatbed and then rushed to the clinic. The chief of police, who was there dealing with a flood of bodies being brought in, saw Liolli."She's already gone," he told Dany.Dany said he had to get back to his kids. He left Liolli there and prayed Saint Victor would pull through. His friend would die a few days later in Nassau.After reuniting with his children, Dany called Liolli's family in LaSalle, Ont., to deliver the news.Dany later returned to the clinic to figure out how to get Liolli's body off the island. The authorities moved it to a courtyard along with dozens of other bodies, hidden from the public, but it took a while for Dany to figure that out."Nobody would give me an answer, nobody was helping," he said.Time was a problem. A body doesn't last long in the Bahamas heat."The smell was starting to rise up on the island," he said. "I needed to get the boy out of there. It was crowded, dark, and I didn't trust anyone."The airport and docks were overrun with crowds, so he drove to Treasure Cay where he and Evans spent two days outside, getting bit by spiders and bugs, as they waited for a flight off the island. His daughter Kescianna stayed with his ex-wife.The pair got to Nassau, where Dany was faced with a bureaucratic nightmare that went on for days. Back in Canada, Liolli's mom, Josie Mcdonagh, tried frantically to get the authorities to help. About a week later, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called the family."She helped a lot," Mcdonagh said.Liolli's body finally made it to Nassau on Sept. 11. Dany had to identify it."I did not want to see her like that, but I had to," he said. "I had to."Liolli's body was too decomposed to be transported, so he and the family decided on cremation.It took 20 days to get her remains to Canada."I just wanted her family to have something, so they could go somewhere and know where she is," Dany said.The family held a funeral and placed Liolli's remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont. Afterward, they held a wedding for Liolli and Dany — they were common law wife and husband for years — complete with open bar."She's home now," her mother said.Last week, Liolli's family and friends gathered at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto to celebrate her life. Her former sociology professor, Jean Golden, has launched a fundraising campaign to help rebuild Every Child Counts — a vocational school for children with special needs in Abaco that Liolli helped build and run. The school was destroyed during the hurricane."Alishia's dream will never be destroyed," Golden said through tears.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 14, 2019.On the web:https://www.gofundme.com/f/every-child-counts-school-in-abaco-bahamasLiam Casey, The Canadian Press

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    Saint-Laurent mayor's Orange Line extension ideas gaining traction

    Saint-Laurent mayor Alan DeSousa has been pushing for an extension of the orange line for years. Now, he has garnered the support of some federal election candidates in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville riding. DeSousa would like to see the line extended north-west toward Bois-Franc, a neighborhood in the Saint-Laurent borough. The extension would connect to the future site of the area's REM station.Though the extension would technically be located in the Saint-Laurent borough, DeSousa said people living in Ahuntsic-Cartierville stand to benefit from it. "There are benefits because it'll provide for intermodal access, it'll serve the larger region, not just in Saint-Laurent but in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Laval and the West Island," he said. He said the western portion of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough is under-served by public transit, and having the Orange Line extension would solve issues of congestion on both roads and buses in the area. Two federal candidates agree. Mélanie Joly, incumbent Liberal candidate for the Ahuntsic-Cartierville riding, said the Orange Line extension would be a priority for the party. "I've already had good conversations with Chantal Rouleau, the minister in charge of Montreal, and also with the city of Montreal. And both are really seeing this important infrastructure investment as a priority," she said. Zahia El-Masri, the NDP candidate for the same riding, said she supports the project because it would serve a high-density population. "Having this here would make our lives much, much more easier, and would make the transportation even more accessible to everybody," she said. CBC News reached out to the Conservative Party candidate for the riding Monday afternoon but did not receive a response.Security measureDeSousa also said the Orange Line extension would be good as a safety measure in case any issues with the REM arise. "It makes sense to consider the extension of the Orange Line from Côte-Vertu to Bois-Franc, if for no other reason than to act as a safety valve in the event that there would be a blockage of the tunnel," he said. Earlier this year, a report commissioned by the city and the Transport Ministry recommended the project. A spokesperson for the city told CBC News the extension is being studied by Montreal's regional transport authority, the ARTM. The eastern part of Ahuntsic-Cartierville is already serviced by the Henri-Bourassa metro station and Saint-Laurent is currently serviced by both the Côte-Vertu and Du Collège stations.

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    Refugee family who helped Snowden still await entry to Canada

    The family of asylum seekers who once helped U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden have been waiting in Hong Kong for a decade to come to Canada -- and their hope is fading.

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    Officer who shot naked man found not guilty of murder

    DECATUR, Ga. — A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked man was found not guilty of murder Monday but was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges that could send him to prison for more than 30 years.Robert "Chip" Olsen's face turned red and he squeezed his eyes shut tightly as the verdict was read. His wife, Kathy Olsen, began sobbing and had to be led from the courtroom.DeKalb County Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson set bond for Olsen at $80,000, ordered him to wear an ankle monitor and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in effect until his sentencing Nov. 1.Olsen, now 57, was a DeKalb County police officer in March 2015 when he responded to a call of a naked man behaving erratically outside an Atlanta-area apartment complex. Shortly after arriving, he fatally shot 26-year-old Anthony Hill, a U.S. Air Force veteran who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. A grand jury indicted Olsen nearly a year after the shooting. Olsen is white and Hill was black.Hill's parents objected to Olsen being released on bond while he awaits sentencing."It's been four years that we've been waiting for this," said his mother, Carolyn Giummo. "My son is no longer here. ... I just feel like it's time now."In addition to aggravated assault, Olsen was convicted of two counts of violating his oath of office and one count of making a false statement. The assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years; each of the other three counts carries a sentence of up to five years.The jury acquitted Olsen on two counts of felony murder, charges that would have carried a mandatory sentence of life in prison. A felony murder charge doesn't imply intent to kill but rather that a death occurred as a person was committing another felony, in this case aggravated assault or violation of his oath.DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston, whose office prosecuted the case, said she appreciated the time the jurors spent and respected their verdict."I think all of you know that these cases are very difficult, not just here in Georgia but across the United States," Boston told reporters. "It is very difficult to prosecute a police officer for murder under these circumstances."One of the jurors, who asked that his name not be used because he didn't want to be linked to the high-profile case, said the fact that Olsen was a police officer made the deliberations difficult, noting that about half the jurors believed Olsen was acting in self-defence.By the time they reached a verdict, jurors were pretty evenly split — largely along racial lines — between those who wanted to convict Olsen of murder and those who didn't, with most white jurors wanting to acquit, he said.Ultimately, the juror said, he was afraid they wouldn't be able to reach a unanimous verdict, the case would end up in a mistrial and a subsequent jury wouldn't convict on any of the counts. So he and some of the others agreed to acquit on the murder charges as long as they reached a guilty verdict on the aggravated assault charge."I felt good about it knowing that I got some justice out of it," he said.Monday's verdict came on the heels of a Texas jury finding a white former Dallas police officer guilty of murder in the shooting death of a black man in his home. Amber Guyger, who testified that she mistook Botham Jean's apartment for her own, was convicted on Oct. 1 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.Another Texas police officer shot and killed a black woman in her Fort Worth home early Saturday morning while responding to a call about an open front door. That officer, Aaron Dean, resigned before he could be fired and was charged with murder Monday in the death of 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson.In the Olsen case , the apartment complex property manager testified that she saw Hill, a resident, wearing shorts but no shoes or shirt and behaving strangely on March 9, 2015. After maintenance workers got him to go to his apartment, he reemerged a short time later without any clothes.The property manager, who testified that she was worried for Hill's safety because he was behaving so bizarrely, called 911 three times.Olsen was told by dispatch there was a naked man who was "possibly demented." Hill was squatting in a roadway when Olsen arrived but jumped up and ran toward the patrol car, according to testimony from several witnesses.Olsen got out of his car and yelled, "Stop! Stop!" Hill didn't stop, and Olsen shot him twice, witnesses said.Prosecutors argued that Olsen unreasonably and unnecessarily used deadly force to deal with the unarmed, naked man who was suffering a mental health crisis. Defence attorneys countered that Olsen had limited information about the situation, was scared to death, had only seconds to make a tough decision and acted in self-defence.During closing arguments, lawyers for both sides told jurors they needed to decide whether Olsen's actions were reasonable given the situation.The verdict finally came on the sixth day of deliberations.Attorneys for Olsen didn't immediately comment and didn't respond to an email seeking comment on the verdict.Kate Brumback, The Associated Press

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    Where the federal leaders are Tuesday, Oct. 15

    OTTAWA — The party leaders' scheduled public appearances on Tuesday, Oct. 15. All times are local.Liberal Leader Justin TrudeauFredericton8:30 a.m. — Campaign stop to talk about health care, and media availability. Studholm and Lynhaven streets.Riverview, N.B.Campaigning in a park with candidate Alaina Lockhart. No timing or location details provided.Cumberland-Colchester, N.S.Campaigning at a restaurant with candidate Lenore Zann. No timing or location details provided.Masstown, N.S.Campaigning at a business with candidate Lenore Zann. No timing or location details provided.New Glasgow, N.S.3:30 p.m. — Visit to cafe with candidate Sean Fraser. Coffee Bean Kitchen, 168 Archimedes St.Halifax, N.S.7 p.m. — Rally. Halifax Brewery Farmers' Market, 312-1496 Lower Water St.\---Conservative Leader Andrew ScheerQuebec City11 a.m. — Announcement and media availability. 100 Quai Saint-AndréTrois-RivieresCampaigning with candidate Yves Levesque. No timing or location details provided.Saint-Marc-sur-RichelieuCampaigning with candidate Mathieu Daviault. No timing or location details provided.La Prairie7 p.m. — Speech. Plaza Rive-Sud, 500 Golf Ave.\---NDP Leader Jagmeet SinghToronto8:45 a.m. — Greeting commuters. Broadview transit station, 769 Broadview Ave.3 p.m. — Stop at candidate Paul Taylor's campaign office. 2962 Dundas St. W.\---Green Leader Elizabeth MayKamloops, B.C.1 p.m. — Announcement on tax policy. Iain Currie campaign office, 135 Victoria St.\---People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime BernierPlans not availableThe Canadian Press

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    India looks into Flipkart, Amazon festive discounts after retailer complaints

    The Indian government is looking into whether hefty discounts offered on Walmart-owned Flipkart and Amazon.com during their online festive sales violate foreign investment rules, a commerce ministry official told Reuters. India introduced new rules in February aimed at protecting the 130 million people dependent on small-scale retail by deterring big online discounts. While Amazon and Flipkart say they've complied with the federal rules, local trader groups say the two companies are violating them by burning money to offer discounts - of more than 50% in some cases - during the ongoing festive sales.

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    Windsor-area Indigenous people disappointed in lack of election attention

    Local Indigenous people aren't pleased with how election campaigns have paid attention to their issues — issues they say aren't just specific to Aboriginal people. Rebecca Major, assistant professor of political science at the University of Windsor, said she expected more dialogue around issues Indigenous people face."I'm surprised it's been so quiet," said Major. "A lot of it is that many Canadians are not aware of the issues [Indigenous] face. I don't think the media has [addressed] the issues Indigenous people face."Major said this current election cycle is mostly a battle for attention.'We don't exist in a box'According to Major, candidates need to understand Indigenous people aren't a "subject matter.""We're people," said Major. "We're treated as though we're a problem or an inanimate object."Local Indigenous poet Daniel Lockhart agreed."Every Indigenous issue is a Canadian issue," said Lockhart. "They don't exist in a vacuum."Major said she thinks there's an assumption that Indigenous people don't deserve the same respect as the rest of Canada."We don't exist in a box, but we're compartmentalized," said Major. "I think a lot of times our people are overlooked and underestimated. I think Indigenous people are more aware of politics and some of the rights, roles and responsibilities."Lockhart said the candidates could be doing a lot more to address Indigenous people in the region."Indigenous voices [in Windsor] have been silenced over the years. We're often left on the back burner, ignored. Much more could be done," said Lockhart. "I'd like to see the candidates engage specifically with the Can-Am Centre. Most of Indigenous folk, we are outside of the academy. We have to look more toward the working, everyday Indigenous people."Lockhart and Major both said major issues include drinking water, housing, the foster care system and climate change. "Windsorites and southwestern Ontarians need to understand, we have a lot of Indigenous in this area," said Lockhart. "Go to them, talk to them."Hesitation to participate in this year's electionKat Pasquach, the Aboriginal outreach and retention coordinator with the University of Windsor, added that there's hesitation among members of some Indigenous communities to participate in the upcoming Oct. 21 election, as a result of broken promises on the part of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's administration."I don't think that enough people have built relationship with Indigenous communities to re-establish that trust," she said. "Working with our communities is not something I think a lot of candidates know how to do."According to Pasquach, political candidates often address issues pertaining to Indigenous people living in First Nations reserves, like concerns about water quality. However, it's rare for issues affecting urban Indigenous people — like a loss of language and a loss of culture — to reach the so-called mainstream."We don't have the same connections and opportunities that we would being on our homelands, and that is one of the problems that have been arising for nations everywhere ... our loss of language is so incredibly important," she said.Pasquach said there aren't enough programs put in place to support Indigenous people living in cities. "It's difficult to differentiate between supports that are expected municipally, provincially and federally in the city, when all of that is under the jurisdiction of federal on-reserve," she said. "That in itself becomes another problem ... there are these layers of government that are all pushing the responsibility back onto the federal government, even though that's not their jurisdiction in urban areas."Increased Indigenous representation in government was one remedy Pasquach said could begin to address concerns.  The issue that Indigenous people face ... are not only being faced by Indigenous people. \- Kat Pasquach, Aboriginal outreach and retention coordinator, University of Windsor"And the issues that Indigenous people are facing in particular are not only being faced by Indigenous people," she said. "If you look at housing and homelessness and ... children who are in the child welfare system that are facing abuse, why aren't these issues being worked on as a whole, and why aren't we all working together?"Pasquach added that voter reform is an issue "that needs to be brought back to the plate, not just for us but for Canada as a whole.""If none of those changes are being made, then everybody is going to feel like their voices aren't being heard," she said. "I'm surprised that something like that isn't being talked about more often, because Indigenous people don't want to participate in an electoral system that doesn't reflect our values and our ways."Pasquach said she didn't feel confident enough to promote any candidate based on their participation in local Indigenous communities.Rebecca Major spoke with Windsor Morning's Tony Doucette about the issues Indigenous Peoples are facing with the federal election.

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    Eugene Melnyk's organ transplant charity 'on hold' until April

    Its social media presence has dried up, its phone number is out of service and its annual gala didn't happen in 2019. But Eugene Melnyk insists his charity, The Organ Project, is still alive, and is refocusing its efforts for a relaunch next year.The Ottawa Senators owner launched The Organ Project in 2017, after undergoing a successful liver transplant that followed a public appeal for a living donor, who remains anonymous.The idea behind the charity was to raise awareness for organ donation and encourage people to sign their organ donor cards. But according to its former chief operating officer, Catherine Shaw, measuring the charity's success proved difficult because of the way online registration works in Ontario.In a written message to CBC News, Shaw acknowledged the charity's operations are "on hold.""Rather than move forward with initiatives that could not be properly measured, we chose to put them on hold until we found a way to make them as effective as possible," Shaw said.Trillium network withheld data, Melnyk claimsAccording to Melnyk, The Organ Project helped boost organ donor registration. But he said Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), the provincial government agency that delivers and coordinates organ and tissue donation in Ontario, has been less than forthcoming with any information that would give credit to his charity."Despite enormous efforts to attempt to get confirmations from Trillium that we deserved credit for the spike in organ donation registration, we were disallowed that information," Melnyk wrote in an email to CBC News. "We felt that there was therefore no other choice other than to suspend efforts for mass registration."Trillium denies it withheld information from The Organ Project. "Since The Organ Project's inception, TGLN worked cooperatively with the organisation to provide all available registration statistics and other relevant data in Ontario to help advance the organisations' collective mission," the agency wrote in an email to CBC.Small tweak would have solved problemTGLN said a small tweak to The Organ Project's website would have solved the problem. "The Organ Project's website directs visitors to Ontario's online registration site, which is not owned or managed by TGLN. Therefore it was not possible for TGLN to provide metrics on web traffic generated from The Organ Project's website directly to the registration portal."In other words, had The Organ Project's "register now" button linked to beadonor.ca, the information would have been available to the charity. Melnyk said The Organ Project is planning to refocus on assisting individuals with finding living donors through social media, starting next year. He said the results will be "directly and efficiently" measured. 'No financial difficulty'Asked about his current financial situation, in light of multiple examples of civil litigation against him, Melnyk said: "I can assure you that I am very happy with my state of financial affairs and no, there is no financial difficulty."In a subsequent email, Melnyk added: "I never speak about my wealth or net worth to anyone. To try to somehow paint a picture (as some reporters try) that there are any financial challenges is simply not true."Melnyk is being sued by both an aviation company and a U.S casino. He's also involved in a reciprocal lawsuit with his former partners in a failed bid to build an NHL arena on LeBreton Flats.Melnyk told CBC that as a policy he doesn't comment on litigation.Charity to relaunch next yearMelnyk is promising to resurrect The Organ Project in April 2020 — the next Transplant Month — as a free service to help gravely ill people find their own living donors. It will be modelled after the liver transplant program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which provides transplants for patients that other medical centres deem too high-risk or unfit for the operation."In this scenario we have a tangible, measurable impact on the transplant community," Melnyk said.The Senators owner said he's "eternally grateful" to the anonymous living donor who came forward to save his life, and believes it's the duty of all organ transplant recipients to spread the word.When Melnyk's family, friends and Senators staff launched the appeal to find a living liver donor in 2015, some felt he was using his public profile to jump the queue for transplants. But some believe it may have helped the cause.Appeal for living donorsAccording to recent liver donor and transplant advocate Heather Badenoch, there aren't enough deceased donors for everyone on the waiting list. She believes Melnyk's new focus could help generate more living donors and help close the gap."People on the transplant list are waiting for a deceased donor. There's no waiting list, or queue, to get a living donor," Badenoch said. "If someone can find themselves a living liver donor, then they get off the list for a deceased donor and everyone behind them moves up by one. This is the opposite of jumping the queue." I want to, and am, giving back. \- Eugene Melnyk She said encouraging living donation helps generate multiple matches."I responded to a little girl's public appeal, she got a different donor, and I stayed in the process to give to another child."    Ninety-six per cent of living liver donors who give at Toronto General Hospital, where Melnyk received his liver transplant, decide to give only because a family member, friend or colleague needs an organ."Most people give directly to someone they know. Just four per cent of living liver donors give to strangers," Badenoch  said.In Melnyk's case, at least 20 potential donors who answered his appeal asked to remain on the donor list."I want to, and am, giving back," Melnyk said. "If I only saved one other life through my effort, I am happy and feel I have done something. I don't ask for a thank you, I only ask that anyone that has a transplant, please pass on the message."

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    Elderly couple denied resettlement money after 80 years in Little Bay Islands

    An elderly couple from the resettling community of Little Bay Islands was dealt a blow last week when they were denied $260,000 in relocation money by the provincial government because they were away from the remote islands for medical reasons.Edwin and Vine Tucker have split the better part of the last decade between Little Bay Islands and St. John's, as their health declined and they needed to be closer to a hospital.Had they stayed on the small islands in Notre Dame Bay for six months in 2017, they would have gotten paid out. But they only stayed five."I feel sad, hurt and very, very disappointed to see how we were treated," Vine said. "Some people got in who didn't deserve it any more than I did."The island is only accessible by ferry, and the Tuckers opted to stay in St. John's while sea ice was packed in during May 2017. They had doctors appointments and said they couldn't risk missing them if the ferry wasn't running.Medical exemptions can be made under the provincial resettlement policy, but it has to be for "ongoing health care treatment."The Tuckers had a note from their doctor saying they had to stay close to St. John's for medical reasons — Vine has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney trouble and arthritis, while Edwin has cardiac problems that led to open heart surgery — but government ruled their conditions did not require "ongoing health care treatment.""As far as I'm concerned, we had to be dying," Vine said. "We either had to be on chemo, or dialysis or whatever."And so after 80 years on Little Bay Islands — 73 years of living there year round — the Tuckers packed up in September and left."It's hard to leave the place you lived your whole life," Edwin said. "And then to have to just walk out with nothing, it's a bad, bad feeling."Appeal no goodThey appealed the government's position, but a Supreme Court justice upheld the decision this month.In his judgment dated Oct. 10, Justice Daniel Boone said it wasn't his job to overrule Municipal Affairs and Environment unless its decision was unreasonable."It may be that the interpretation offered by the applicants is also plausible," Boone wrote. "However, it is not the role of this court on judicial review to choose between two plausible interpretations and substitute its opinion for that of the minister."The last of the resettling residents are trickling out of Little Bay Islands as the winter draws closer. When January comes, the water and power will be shut off. The ferry won't stop by anymore. I told the truth and I guess that's why I got disqualified. \- Vine TuckerWithout the $260,000 payment, the Tuckers say they won't see their town again. They could have used the money to turn their three-storey house into a summer cabin complete with a septic tank and generator. "Now we can't go back," Edwin said. "We've got no water or sewer. Nothing like that. We'd have to take a generator. That can't happen with us. We just had to pack up and move."The couple said they know of other Little Bay Islands residents who were paid out despite not being residents at all.They were required to keep a log book of nights they spent on the islands to prove they spent at least six months in the community over each of the last two years."A lot of lies was told by the people that got it, I'll tell you that right now," Edwin said."I told the truth and I guess that's why I got disqualified," Vine added.The Tuckers can take the case to the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador. Their son, Dwight, has been funding their case with a lawyer from Stack and Associates. According to the family, their lawyer believes they might have a chance on appeal, however it's unlikely they'll pay more money in legal fees to pursue the issue further.Vine said it leaves her feeling like her 80 years spent living in Little Bay Islands didn't make her enough of a resident."I left out there in September and I couldn't even look back," she said with tears in her eyes. "I just looked ahead of me. It broke my heart."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

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    Space museum reaches for the stars with new Nintendo game

    There's a new game coming to the Nintendo Switch this fall and it's an out-of-this-world creation that staff at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum helped launch.The museum partnered with gaming company Seed Interactive to create Starblox, a game that allows players to act as space cargo companies, making deliveries and fighting off the competition across the solar system. Jesse Rogerson, a science educator at the museum, said the game is fun, but it also provides some education on the challenges of space flight. For example, some of the landscapes players see are based on real information, he said."When you are actually there, say at Mars, the backdrop you see is relatively accurate," he said on CBC's All In A Day. He said players will have to take real science into account when they're making deliveries on different planets in the game. "The gravity of Mars is about 40 per cent of what it is here," he said. "You are learning about what the places are like by playing on those stages." Increasing reach Erin Gregory, a curator at the museum, said games like this help broaden the reach of the museum. "For us, it's all about getting out of the four walls of the museum, reaching people where they are, delivering historical and scientific information however people learn and lots of times, that happens to be on their mobile devices," she said.The museum previously teamed up with Seed Interactive on a game that spotlights First World War pilots. Gregory said that brought them to a much broader audience. "Our Skies of Fury mobile app was downloaded almost a million-and-a-half times," she said. "We are really getting out there and taking ourselves to the audience, instead of making the audience come to us."Ingenium, the crown corporation that oversees the museum, said that both it and Seed Interactive provided financial support for the game's development and that proceeds from the sale of the game would be reinvested. Ingenium spokesperson Christine Clouthier said she could not be more specific about the financial details of the arrangement. Starblox will be available starting Oct. 18.

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    Wirecard rejects FT report as shares drop

    LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Wirecard rejected allegations of impropriety on Tuesday after the Financial Times newspaper published documents on the company's accounting practices which it said appeared to indicate an effort to inflate sales and profits. "Today's article by the Financial Times is a compilation of a number of false and misleading allegations... which were already fully refuted before," Wirecard said in a statement. At 1349 GMT, the company's shares were down 14.1% after hitting their lowest since April 24, making them the biggest faller on Germany's DAX 30 and on track for their worst day since early February.

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    Papua New Guinea police seeking to arrest ex-PM O'Neill

    CANBERRA, Australia — Papua New Guinea police said Tuesday they were seeking the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for official corruption but the former leader of the South Pacific island nation was refusing to co-operate.But Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported from Port Moresby that O'Neill said he was co-operating with police and looked forward to proving his innocence in court.Police have released no detail of the allegations against a prime minister who led the country for seven years.Acting Police Commissioner David Manning said in a statement that O'Neill had been found in a hotel in the capital Port Moresby on Tuesday but was not co-operating."Whilst I cannot reveal any specific details at this point in time due to the sensitivity of the investigations, I can confirm that police investigators in an ongoing investigation applied to the district court for the arrest warrant for Mr. O'Neill which was granted last Friday," Manning said."The warrant was obtained upon the weight of the evidence brought forward by the investigators," he added.O'Neill resigned as prime minister in May following weeks of high-profile defections from his government to the opposition.O'Neill said at the time recent movements in parliament have shown a "need for change."He was replaced by former finance minister James Marape.The Associated Press

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    No Southwestern Ontario ridings safe to call one week out from election: expert

    There's one week to go until the next leader of the country is elected and one political analyst says no ridings in Windsor-Essex are safe to call at this point.According to University of Windsor political science professor Lydia Miljan, the local campaigns have mimicked the national campaigns for the most part."The NDP were really on the back foot, despite the fact that all three ridings had NDP incumbents," said Miljan. "The national numbers seemed to make them vulnerable, [but] the NDP leader has done quite well in debates."Jagmeet Singh's performance has probably given the local NDP incumbents a "little bit more confidence" that they can hold onto their seats, she said.In Windsor-West, Miljan said the riding's race is "exceeding expectations.""It really shows the nastiness of the national campaign coming into the local race," Miljan said . "It's a very personal campaign. The attacks by Sandra Pupatello are quite interesting."The nature of a rural ridingMiljan said Essex is different than Windsor-West or Windsor-Tecumseh because the Conservatives are competitive with the NDP. "It really reflects the nature of a rural riding," said Miljan. "There are a lot more social conservatives in rural areas which really gives a boost to the Conservatives. At least in Essex it's not about the individual candidate, it's about whether or not there is party support for the national team."Miljan said it will come down to who is going to have the better "ground game.""Who is going to be able to mobilize the voters to actually go to the polls and cast their ballot?"