The streets of downtown Montreal have been peppered with strip clubs for decades, but only one of those was geared primarily toward women. Now, after 40 years, patrons of Club 281 will have to find somewhere else to spend their nights.Founded by France Delisle, Club 281 first opened its doors on 281 Sainte-Catherine Street East on April 14, 1980.Women of all ages would gather inside and watch men dance in various states of undress, whether it be for a bachelorette party or a night out. "The province of Quebec is very open-minded so that's probably why we have so many strip clubs," said Annie Delisle, France Delisle's daughter and owner of the club since 2003. "They came and they visited us night after night. It was packed."Annie Delisle first decided she would sell the club earlier this year.Having just turned 50 and having run the club for years, she felt she needed a break and a new start. She had hopes of going out with a large celebration, in honour of the club's 40th anniversary — something to give clients and staff a chance to say goodbye. But when the province went into lockdown because of COVID-19 last March, those hopes were dashed. "We closed way earlier than we thought we would. We were supposed to close tonight, not March 15," Delisle said in an interview Saturday. Delisle is holding an online auction next week to clear the bar stools and tables of merchandise from the building. But she isn't letting everything go just yet. "I will keep the liquor license for a little while, in case someone wants to buy the club," said Delisle. "I'll still have the license and the accessories and costumes." She hopes that, even if no one buys her club, someone will eventually start something similar in Montreal. "It would be nice to still have a place where women can feel safe," said Delisle. "Where they can party, they're not afraid someone is going to pour GHB in their drink, and they can just have fun."
A bus company says it's fired a driver who failed to drop a four-year-old child off at his Ottawa school Friday and instead drove him to the company's parking lot, some 40 kilometres away in Clarence-Rockland, Ont.The incident happened on Friday morning, the child's first day back at École élémentaire publique Francojeunesse in Sandy Hill. Rima Zayed, his mother, wanted to drive him to school in order to go over some COVID-19 safety measures — but he insisted on taking the bus. "So she said, 'OK.' She dropped him and his brother at the bus stop and she went to wait for him at the entrance of the school," said Yasmine Benali, a family friend who acted as a translator in an interview with CBC News Saturday.Benali said Francojeunesse has two school bus drop off points, one for the elementary school and one for the kindergarten. Zayed's elder son was dropped off at the elementary school, but her younger son, Bader, never got off the bus at the kindergarten building. After notifying the school that Bader didn't show up, Zayed went to the elementary school to ask her elder son if Bader had gotten off the bus with him — but he said no. At this point, around 9:30 a.m., the school called the bus company, Roxborough Bus Lines, to find out if they had the child. Nick McRae, president of the bus company, told CBC News the call came in just as the bus was pulling into the company's parking lot in Clarence-Rockland, Ont."When the driver came back to the yard, the student was still in the bus, which is not following our policies," he said.The boy was driven back to the school, where he arrived around 10:30 a.m. Failed to complete mandatory checkMcRae said while Roxborough Bus Lines is still investigating what happened, it was clear the driver failed to check if there were any children still on the bus before leaving the school.He said the driver has been dismissed, and all other drivers have been sent memos stressing the importance of doing the mandatory child checks. The company is reviewing all its policies, and McRae said they are going to work with the school board and the Consortium de Transport to make sure something like this doesn't happen in the future. "We deeply regret how this happened," he said. > It was shocking, and we're very upset about it. \- Nancy Daigneault, School Bus Ontario executive directorNancy Daigneault, executive director of School Bus Ontario, said what happened was unacceptable. "It was shocking, and we're very upset about it," she said.Daigneault said her organization is conducting its own investigation and stressed that school bus travel is still a safe way to send children to school. "It's very rare. It doesn't happen very often. Once every few years you hear about this," she said. "We safely transport 833,000 [children] to and from school everyday."Won't take the bus for a while After the incident, the family wrote to the Consortium de Transport detailing what happened, and have received both a reply with an apology and a report from the bus company.While the family appreciates the response, they said they still have some questions around the report. They also said they won't be sending their sons on the bus anytime soon, as Bader is still shaken by the experience and says he doesn't want to go back to school. "We really hope that he won't have any fear of going back to school on Tuesday," Benali said. "But this is still to be discovered."
Ever since two young black bears were released into Banff National Park in 2018, Parks Canada staff watched closely for updates on their status — but given the remoteness of the area, news was sparse.That's why new pictures, captured on trail cameras on Aug. 2, had staff feeling ecstatic. "We didn't know whether they were alive or not," said Blair Fyten, wildlife coexistence specialist for Banff National Park. "It was great to capture this image and know that one of the three bears that we had rehabbed and released is still on the landscape."The three black bear cubs were found by a motorist in a facility at the Vermilion Lakes turnout, located west of the Banff townsite, in 2017.Officials conducted an exhaustive search for their mother, which was ultimately unsuccessful, before the cubs were sent to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Muskoka, Ont.All three were released home to Banff in 2018 with GPS collars. Fyten said one of those three bears was confirmed to have been killed, potentially by another bear."That left those two remaining bears," he said. "But they slipped their [GPS] collars after the first winter."The reason for that, Fyten said, is likely due to the fact that the bears weighed more after returning to the wild from the rehab centre. "It takes them a long time to find foods they can eat. It gives them a better chance of survival that winter," Fyten said. "They probably lost weight and shrunk and when they came out of the den the collars just slipped over their heads."[But] those collars were designed to drop off the following summer anyways."While the new image confirmed that one of the bears is still roaming around the park, the status of the second bear remains unknown."The other bear potentially could still be on the landscape. We'll continue to check images on our trail cameras in that area and see if we get any sightings," Fyten said. Guests of Banff National Park are asked to report any bear sightings to the park's dispatch and ensure that all garbage is picked up while utilizing park sites.
Why do some people show little empathy for drug users?Dr. Gabor Maté says it's because not enough of us recognize the intense personal trauma that pushes a person to become dependent on illicit substances."In our society, we tend to look at people's behaviours, rather than ask what is behind the behaviour," explained the physician and renowned addictions expert."Kids are considered to be bad or good, but nobody's asking what is making the child behave a certain way."He also challenged the idea that drug users choose to begin using harmful substances with casual abandon, alluding to comments by B.C. Premier John Horgan shortly after the number of overdose deaths in June reached a record high. Hogan said people make an initial choice to begin using illicit drugs and it spirals into addiction. After facing intense criticism from users and harm-reduction advocates, Horgan apologized and said he misspoke."I've never met a single person who ever chose to be a drug addict," Maté told Gloria Macarenko, host of CBC's On the Coast.The radio host asked Maté about empathy in light of the increasingly angry public discourse surrounding homelessness and drug use in Vancouver. On Thursday, prominent members of Vancouver's Non-Partisan Association banded together to "categorically denounce" hostile comments about homeless people made by one of the party's directors. "Let's start harassing these lowlifes, tell them they aren't welcome to degrade our neighborhoods," Christopher Wilson wrote in a Facebook group called Downtown Community Safety Watch.In July, B.C. nearly matched its monthly record for deadly illicit drug overdoses with 175 deaths. According to the BC Coroners Service, the month before saw 177 fatalities, which surpassed the previous high of 174 deaths in May. Tendency to dehumanizeIt's easy to focus on how someone is different from you than recognize what you share, Maté said. That tendency is magnified when the person doesn't resemble you, he added.Consider the "stereotyped image" of a drug user one may pass on the street."We see them as something other than ourselves," said the 76-year-old who survived the Holocaust as an infant. "And it's hard for us to recognize our common humanity."The clichéd portrayal of substance users in film and television as "low-lives" and "bad people" doesn't help, he added.In reality, most people have more in common with drug users than they'd like to admit, said Maté."Virtually everybody's got some kind of an addiction," he said. "Maybe not to drugs, but to some behaviour that they crave that gives them relief."Whether it's video games, sex, work or shopping, continued Maté, addictions to any of these activities tap into the same brain circuits that drug users activate with intoxicating substances.Call for 'leadership'At a time of record-high overdose deaths in B.C., he believes politicians have a choice to make: Do they want to be "leaders" by implementing science-based solutions to confront the overdose crisis? "Or, are you more interested in political power, in which case you're going to cater to people's prejudices?" asked Maté. "I'm afraid that's what we're seeing."Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the decriminalization of small amounts of drugs for personal use — which Maté supports — was not a "silver bullet" solution to the opioid epidemic.
Along with pandemic puppies and COVID-19 home renos, boating in Ontario has apparently experienced a boom in popularity this summer, raising questions about safety with so many novice boaters on the province's waterways.People see it as a fun outdoor activity that easily lends itself to physical distancing, experts say. But Const. Kevin Lee of the Toronto Police Marine Unit says it's also been a busier summer than in recent years for service calls, partially due to inexperienced boaters."It's been kind of a compressed summer with a late start and the weather has been hot, so it's been a lot of people down here, a lot more boating traffic, a lot of the beaches are quite full of people," he said. "We've had calls for vessels in distress, broken down or they've gone overboard — just from lack of experience in how to operate a boat."The issue was underscored last Thursday by a fatal crash off Toronto's crowded Woodbine Beach, killing one man and injuring six others. Police are still investigating, but witnesses and at least one video suggest the vessel was travelling at high speed as it hurtled directly into a pile of rocks about 90 metres offshore.Lee says along with new boat owners, people renting boats have been a problem."You get a lot of people who really don't know how to operate them," he said. "Speeding is a problem. New boaters, because they may not have their licence to operate, they don't know what the speed limit is.Boaters not only need what's known as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, they also require a harbour licence to operate a vessel in Toronto's inner harbour, where it can get pretty congested with a mix of traffic —everything from large cargo ships, island ferry traffic to sail boats and kayaks.Craig Hamilton, who is with an organization called BoaterSkills.ca, says if people want to learn how to operate a boat properly they can take a course online to get their pleasure-craft operator card. It is a requirement to operate a boat in Canada."The course teaches safe operating speeds and such, so anybody who takes it will be taught all the rules of the road — safe operating speeds, speed zone restrictions and navigation."He agrees that his summer has been busier than others with new boaters entering the market and the warmer than usual summer days that's attracted a lot more people to the water."We have more boaters out this year we're seeing people that are operating at unsafe speeds," says Hamilton, adding that the pandemic has meant a shortage of supply and less seaworthy boats out on the water."We've seen older vessels because that's all there is or maybe that's all that their budget allows." Inexperienced boaters are not just a concern in the waters off Toronto.Lawton Osler, the president of the Muskoka Lakes Association, a 2,300-member group of cottage owners, says he had a scary incident this summer when his vintage boat had engine trouble."I was having boats just scream by me -- full speed within 10 to 20 metres. Discourteous behaviour, people are not really caring about people around them," said Osler, who lives year-round on the shores of Lake Rosseau about 200 kilometres north of Toronto.He also blames new boaters who have taken up the pastime during the pandemic."Boats are going so quickly and they are selling like hot cakes around here," said Osler, who heard that one local marina sold 100 personal watercraft in one day and had 100 orders it couldn't fill.All that has made for unsafe situations, he said. A 58-year-old Toronto man was killed in July, hit by a personal watercraft while he was sculling on Lake Muskoka."There's just too many boats in the water and they're going very, very quickly and then. There are operators that are not capable of doing at such high speeds."Barbara Byers, the public education director of the Life Saving Society, says so far, this year there have been slightly fewer boating fatalities.Her numbers, compiled from media, police and coroner's reports, indicate that as of last Friday, 60 people across Canada died in boating-related incidents, as compared with 65 for the period ending on that day last year.For Ontario, there have been 16 fatalities for the same period, compared with 21 fatalities last year."With COVID everything was delayed. The boating season started later," Byers said. "It really it wasn't until the end of May, early June that we were allowed to leave our house, so the whole boating season was delayed probably by a month."She advises people headed out on the water this long weekend to wear a personal flotation device."We know from looking at the stats every year that 80 to 90 per cent of people who drown were not wearing a life jacket."
Eleven people who attended a large wedding in Markham and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville last weekend have since tested positive for COVID-19, public health officials in York Region say.In a statement on Saturday, York Region Public Health said individuals who attended "a series of wedding events" in Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Toronto between Aug. 28 and 29 should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms until Saturday, Sept. 12, as they may have been exposed to the infection.People with confirmed cases of COVID-19 attended the wedding celebrations at the following locations: * Friday, Aug. 28 — Private residence in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. * Friday, Aug. 28 — Rexdale Singh Sabha Religious Centre at 47 Baywood Road in Toronto. * Friday, Aug. 28 — Lakshmi Narayamandir Temple at 1 Morningview Trail in Toronto. * Saturday, Aug. 29 — Private residence in Markham.According to the statement, a total of 11 people from across York Region have since tested positive for COVID-19 and can be traced back to these events. York Region Public Health said it has followed up with known close contacts of the identified cases and directed them to self-isolate for 14 days and to go for testing. The health unit also continues to work with the family to notify attendees about the potential exposures.Meanwhile, anyone who attended an event associated with this wedding at Rexdale Singh Sabha Religious Centre in Toronto, Lakshmi Narayamandir Temple in Toronto or the private residences in Markham or Whitchurch-Stouffville should also monitor themselves for new or worsening signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 until Saturday, Sept 12.People who are currently experiencing symptoms should self-isolate immediately and seek assessment and testing at a COVID-19 assessment centre.
When Ted Gaudet drives along Amirault Street in Dieppe, he looks at the squat off-white bungalow with pointed front windows and wonders — what happened?It will be one year ago on Monday that the bodies of Bernard Saulnier, 78, and his wife, Rose-Marie Saulnier, 74, were found inside the house they owned for decades.Police would later say the Saulniers were killed — victims of homicide."There was a lot of concern about what the circumstances were and was there any other threats within the neighbourhood," Gaudet, a Dieppe councillor, said in an interview earlier this month. Police say they don't believe the deaths were random.Gaudet's safety concerns were somewhat eased by the implication from police that the killings were targeted, but unanswered questions remain. "Most people are now, I guess, concerned about the fact that they haven't found the people who have done this, they wonder as to where the investigation is, if they have leads," Gaudet said. RCMP have said little over the last year."The New Brunswick major crime unit is continuing to investigate the double homicide of 78-year-old Bernard Saulnier and 74-year-old Rose-Marie Saulnier," Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh, a spokesperson for the New Brunswick RCMP, said in an interview this week, echoing statements RCMP have issued over the past year.Rose-Marie remembered as generous, kindPaulette Thériault, a Moncton city councillor, remains shocked by the couple's deaths. She said she became friends with Rose-Marie after meeting her in the '90s through Rose-Marie's work as a nutritionist, herbalist and naturotherapist at a health food store."She was extremely generous," Thériault said. "She just knew how to make you feel not only welcomed, but made you feel as if you were very, very important to her." Rose-Marie was born in Memramcook East but lived most of her life in Dieppe and had a degree in nursing, her obituary said. She also held a bachelor degree in applied science in nutrition and owned Natural Choice Health Centre."None of us know how much time we have left on this Earth," Rose-Marie Saulnier's obituary said. "What is left in the end are your actions, the memories you leave behind and how you made people feel. 'Big Mama' always saw the best in people. "She has touched a lot of lives throughout the years."Thériault recalled Rose-Marie's store would be busy, but she'd always make time to talk. Thériault would leave the shop knowing all about Rose-Marie's holidays, what she liked to eat and other parts of her life.Thériault remembers Bernard Saulnier being at Sequoia Dieppe, where Rose-Marie worked for her final five years, after he retired. "He was one of those gentlemen that would say, 'Oh, I tried that green stuff on the shelf, it's really good.' He had a sense of humour and a very nice person."Bernard was a past president of Acadia Electric and was involved with the Dieppe Rotary Club and a New Brunswick construction association, according to his obituary. Bernard was "a very generous person in helping various people in career choices and business success," his obituary states. The couple is survived by two sons, Luc and Sylvio, several siblings and extended family members. Family members did not respond to messages requesting comment.Thériault hopes those who knew the couple are able to get answers and closure. 'Disturbing' not knowing"I find that very, very disturbing to know that someone who was a good citizen, somebody who cared, somebody who gave a lot to the community and who has passed away under these conditions and we have no one who knows what actually happened," Thériault said."That is very, very disturbing." Rogers-Marsh said multiple investigators are still working on the case."We can certainly appreciate if there is public concern, this is certainly a very serious incident - two people were victims of homicide," Rogers-Marsh said. "Our investigators are working, and have been working, diligently on this file. We're working to identify the person or people that were involved and we're continuing to ask the public for their assistance."Asked if that statement means police don't have a suspect, Rogers-Marsh said, "that wouldn't be information I'd be able to confirm."While RCMP issued news releases in the early months of the investigation with photos or descriptions of vehicles, Rogers-Marsh says police have been able to talk to those people and are no longer looking for them. She wouldn't say if they are connected to the case.In December, police carried out a ground search in Moncton's west end neighbourhood for potential evidence related to the case. Officers used police dogs and metal detectors to comb the shores of Jones Lake. Police haven't said if they found anything during the search.Family could be at 'significant risk of harm'There have been indications of a risk to the couple's family. In January, Court of Queen's Bench Justice Jean-Paul Ouellette sealed records related to the couple's estate. The documents are normally publicly available. A court case registry names Luc and Sylvio Saulnier as beneficiaries of the estates.The judge said Luc Saulnier, in a written affidavit in support of sealing the files, laid out other facts "that could be of concern and/or put at risk the security of the family.""Considering who could benefit from the estate, the circumstances of the deceased, the ongoing criminal investigation, the absence of information about the motives and identities of the murder or murderers, publication of information could put both the beneficiaries and their family at significant risk of harm of their lives by unsavoury members of the public who could become aware of such inheritance," Ouellette wrote in his decision on sealing the documents.Sylvio Saulnier listed his parents' home as his mailing address on Service New Brunswick property records. He owned a house on Dominion Street in Moncton that was raided Aug. 28 last year by police targeting an alleged drug-trafficking operation in the Moncton, Fredericton and Woodstock areas.Rogers-Marsh wouldn't say if police have determined there is a connection between the raids and the couple's deaths 10 days later. Sylvio Saulnier no longer owns the Dominion Street property.
A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Bowness High School in Calgary.The school remains open for in-person learning, and staff are working with Alberta Health Services to clean and disinfect items touched by the individual, principal Jana Macdonald said in a letter to parents posted to the school's website on Saturday.The school said AHS will contact parents or guardians of students, as well as staff, visitors and volunteers, who were in close contact with the positive case.Those contacts will be completed prior to the return to school on Tuesday, Macdonald said. "If you are not directly contacted by AHS then your child is not a close contact and should not be at increased risk from COVID-19," she said. "All students directed to quarantine by AHS will be supported in maintaining course work during the designated period."Macdonald reminded parents to monitor students for any symptoms of COVID-19 each day before entering the school. If students are showing symptoms, they should stay home and either complete the online AHS self-assessment or call 811.Chef Michael Allemeier tweeted on Saturday afternoon that he had received a call from HealthLink, as an individual in his son's high school class at the school had tested positive.Allemeier wrote that his son's entire class is being instructed to self-isolate for 14 days."First week of school..." he wrote.Students had their first day of school at Bowness High on Tuesday.Calgary had 638 active COVID-19 cases as of Friday. Cases had also been reported at Canyon Meadows School in Calgary and Meadow Ridge School in Okotoks prior to classes resuming this week. Premier Jason Kenney said Tuesday that his government has accepted that such infections are inevitable and don't warrant closing down all classrooms.
RCMP in British Columbia say four Americans have been fined $500 each for violating emergency orders under the Quarantine Act. Spokeswoman Dawn Roberts says a vehicle with Alaska licence plates sparked suspicion in the Vancouver area late last month.
An important part of Kwakwaka'wakw history is on its way back home to Alert Bay, B.C., after spending 127 years in Chicago.The wooden plank almost six-metres in length features the carved and painted image of Sisiyutl — the legendary two-headed sea serpent — and once adorned the front of a traditional big house in the community on Cormorant Island off the north coast of Vancouver Island. Unlike many repatriated items, the Sisiyutl was purchased — not stolen — for display at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. It's now being shipped to the U'mista Cultural Centre from the Newberry Library in Chicago. "It feels very good," Bill Cranmer, board chair of the U'mista Cultural Centre, told CBC's On The Island."It's a very, very special part of our ceremonies."The Sisiyutl is sometimes referred to as a "double-headed sea serpent," Cranmer said. Not everyone had the right to use it in ceremonies, and it was seen as either a cause of death or good fortune, depending on how one encountered it, he added. It ended up in Chicago when Kwakwaka'wakw people were recruited to perform at the exhibition in 1893, Cranmer said. At that time, First Nations ceremonies were banned in Canada under the potlatch ban, which lasted from 1885 to 1951. After the exposition was over, anthropologist Franz Boas hired Kwakwaka'wakw ethnographer and collector George Hunt, who bought the Sisiyutl from its owner, Cranmer said. It made its way from institution to institution until it was decided several years ago that the best thing to do was to return it where it belonged, Cranmer said.Thousands of dollars in shipping costs proved prohibitive, until someone recently stepped up to foot the bill. Cranmer said the panel will be displayed when it returns and will be featured in the U'mista Cultural Centre's expansion plans.'A real commitment to a long-term relationship'Lou-ann Neel, Head of Indigenous Collections and Repatriation at the Royal B.C. Museum, said it's a positive move toward reconciliation."I'm from Alert Bay originally, so I was absolutely thrilled to hear about this and I thought it was a really great move on the part of the folks who've been storing this … all these years," Neel told CBC's All Points West."Because I think it signals a real commitment to a long-term relationship."Neel works with Indigenous communities in B.C. to support them in the lengthy process of repatriating their belongings.Several years ago, the province invested $2 million to assist with repatriation, she said. Since then, one of the museum's biggest priorities has been to return ancestral remains.Human remains were stored at the museum because it acted as a repository for the province when remains were discovered during building and land development, she said."We've actually managed to get well over half of the human remains that are in the museum returned to their home communities," Neel said.Private collections are another area in which the museum collaborates with community members. Many items historically removed from Indigenous communities didn't go to museums, but ended up in individual private collections.Now, great-grandchildren of those collectors are asking for the museum's help in identifying and reuniting stolen or purchased artifacts with the communities they belong to, Neel said."That's really a healthy, wonderful turn of events, because we wouldn't otherwise know where some of these pieces ever landed," Neel said.The effort made to return the Sisiyutl panel shows goodwill and opens a conversation on how items like these can be returned, Neel added. "Them gifting it back, that's a real sign of, I think, a good relationship," she said.
Mexico's National Electoral Institute (INE) has denied former President Felipe Calderon's bid to register his Free Mexico movement as a new political party, saying some of its funding was questionable. Calderon ruled Mexico from 2006-2012.
One man is dead and two others are severely ill in a Nova Scotia hospital after police say they ingested a white powder thought to contain fentanyl or another toxic substance. Investigators with the RCMP say officers and paramedics responded just after 3 a.m. to a medical emergency in Earltown, a small community about 30 kilometres north of Truro, N.S. A spokesman for the RCMP says the police force wants to ensure the public is aware of what may be circulating and to take the necessary precautions.
TORONTO — Ontario's education minister is aiming to reassure parents that his province's school reopening plan is different than Quebec's, where 47 schools have at least one case of COVID-19 since opening.Stephen Lecce reacted Saturday to a report from the Quebec government that showed dozens of schools — including preschool, elementary, secondary and adult career centres — reported one or more infections between Aug. 26 and Sept. 3.Lecce noted that Ontario has mandated masking in classrooms while Quebec has not, and said more than 600 public health nurses will be stationed in schools this fall."We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," Lecce said of Quebec. "I wouldn't draw a parallel. Not all things are equal."Speaking at an event in Toronto, Lecce urged parents to actively screen their children for virus symptoms before sending them to school. With just days to go before classes start at some Ontario schools, the Ford government has faced increasing pressure over its COVID-19 back-to-school plan.School boards, teachers’ unions and some parents have called on the government to mandate smaller class sizes to ensure physical distancing is possible in the classroom — and provide funding to make it happen.Premier Doug Ford has repeatedly defended the plan, which he said has been put together with the help of medical experts.Last week, the government released new guidance on how to deal with potential COVID-19 outbreaks in schools.It emphasizes prevention and at-home screening, while teachers and principals will be asked to isolate any child that develops symptoms at school.Public health officials will be given discretion to send entire cohorts of students home from school, or potentially close schools, if they feel that is the best way to manage an outbreak.In an interview with The Canadian Press on Friday, Lecce didn't rule out taking further action if the situation in schools changes in the coming weeks, adding that "if a challenge arises, we will be decisive."But Lecce would not say what form that action could take."Week after week we've added more levels of protection," he said. "Our aim is to prevent that type of disruption.... The premier and I have also indicated that we will continue to take action to further improve the safety of our schools based on the advice of the medical community."But NDP education critic Marit Stiles said the government has been anything but decisive in its approach to reopening the province's schools, changing plans regularly and confusing parents and educators alike.The news out of Quebec will just added to the stress parents are feeling this weekend, Stiles said."What I'm hearing over and over is people are very anxious," she said. "I imagine a lot of people will be talking about this over the Labour Day weekend and maybe revisiting their plans."Stiles said Ontario has yet to address key safety concerns about its plan, including the need to physically distance in the classroom."Are we as ready as (Quebec)? Is this going to happen here? I really hope not," she said. "But I do think that the big issue that's outstanding is the physical distancing part."Ontario reported 169 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with Peel Region, Toronto and Ottawa each reporting dozens of new diagnoses.There were also 106 cases newly marked as resolved in the provincewide report.The total number of cases in Ontario now stands at 43,003, which includes 2,811 deaths and 38,847 cases marked as resolved.Health Minister Christine Elliott said Peel Region is reporting 46 new cases, Toronto has 42 and Ottawa has 30 new cases.She said 28 of the province's 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer new cases.The province was able to complete 28,672 tests over the previous day.This article by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 5, 2020.Shawn Jeffords and Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press
NASA released the highest-resolution panorama that the Mars Curiosity rover has ever taken, at close to 1.8 billion pixels.
Puppy scams are a growing problem across the country as fraudsters look to take advantage of lonely animal lovers during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Better Business Bureau.Canadians have lost about $300,000 so far this year after falling prey to fake breeders, compared to about $150,000 during all of 2019, the non-profit organization warns.The bureau and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre have received 364 pet-scam complaints combined, with more than 250 of those reporting money lost — and August as the worst month since the outbreak."There’s people all over the country, from the Maritimes to B.C., that are getting scammed with this type of puppy fraud," said Jessie St-Cyr, a spokeswoman for the bureau.Red flags include low prices — under $1,000 for a purebred puppy — pressure to complete the purchase quickly and unsecured payment methods such as Bitcoin, gift cards or Western Union."The last complaint I saw, from someone in Calgary who lost $2,225, the fake breeder asked the person to pay with Walmart gift cards," St-Cyr said.Another giveaway is repeated attempts to draw more money out of the buyer through "expenses.""They say, 'OK, you to need to pay $1,500 more to rent an electronic, temperature-controlled crate. It’s going to be 95 per cent refundable.' And then for vaccines, for insurance. They're going to ask for more and more money."Buyers can sniff out fraudsters by asking for several references — including the vaccinating veterinarian — checking the creation date of the website of the breeder and transport company, and holding off on payment until having seen the dog in person or by virtual meeting.The website who.is allows users to input a web address and view the date it was registered. "A legitimate breeder, a legitimate delivery company, is going to have a website that’s well-established for way longer than two weeks or even six months," St-Cyr said.Would-be dog owners can also take steps to confirm whether photos of their future family member are authentic by drag-and-dropping a picture into the Google Images search box. "If you see that it’s coming up on different websites, on a lot of classified ads, that’s a big red flag," St-Cyr said.She said scammers often cite the coronavirus as a reason to avoid in-person meetings and are trying to exploit people who are seeking companionship amid the isolation of the pandemic."People, because they are at home, are going to think, 'I have time to take care of a puppy. This is the best time to adopt one,'" she said."Some people are lonely when they are confined at home. Not everybody has the chance to have family and friends around. The scammers are really taking advantage of the situation."Waterloo Regional Police said Friday a 24-year-old woman had been arrested in Cambridge, Ont., in connection with a puppy scam that saw 10 victims respond to an online ad featuring baby French bulldogs."When the buyer requested to see the puppies in person, the seller allegedly stated that due to current COVID-19 and physical distancing restrictions, no viewings were allowed. The victims transferred the money, however never received their puppy," police said in a statement that announced several fraud-related charges.Customers searching for a purebred canine can check the Canadian Kennel Club to confirm the breeder is listed, said Marilyn Burleson.Demand for her Yorkshire terriers, which she's bred for 21 years, has surged over the past six months."It's ridiculous," she said. "I probably get five phone calls a day, and that’s not counting emails."Some dog seekers come to Burleson with "nightmare stories" of being defrauded of thousands of dollars."One woman phoned me, she said she’s been scammed three times," said Burleson.A complaint filed to the Better Business Bureau on Aug. 13 stated a loss of $4,519. Another from July 9 claimed $3,500.While some victims hope for a new pup to play with, others are trying to fill the void of a recently deceased best friend."I know that people are lonely," Burleson said. "The people that I feel sorry for are...just trying to replace their companion that they’ve always had."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 5, 2020.Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is warning of multiple exposures in a few cities and towns around the province. There are alerts in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Coronach.If you are symptomatic and have been at one of the following businesses, the SHA says to isolate immediately and call 811 to arrange testing. If you are asymptomatic, self-monitor for symptoms for two weeks. SaskatoonCo-Op Gas Bar, Molland Lane: * Aug. 22, 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.Milestones Eighth Street: * Aug. 28, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. * Aug. 29, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. * Aug. 30. 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Old Navy Preston Crossing: * Aug. 28, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.CoronachSouthland Co-op, Coronach Food Store: * Aug. 26, 3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.Moose JawMoose Jaw Co-op, 500 First Ave NW: * Aug. 27, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Past Times Old Time Photography & Gifts: * Aug. 29, from approximately 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Moose Jaw Co-op, 500 First Ave NW: * Sept. 1, from approximately 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Moose Jaw Co-op Gas Station, 500 First Ave NW: * Sept. 1, from approximately 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.The SHA issues these alerts when it's likely that an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was at the businesses while they were contagious.
Summer of 2020 has seen a patio season like no other.Restaurateurs across Canada moved quickly early in the season to create or expand outdoor dining sections, giving themselves more physically distanced capacity, and COVID-cautious customers the confidence to dine out in fresh air.But as the lazy, hazy days of summer draw to a close, fear of failure is surging."My wife and I both operate the business, and we aren't really sleeping too well," said Matthew Senecal-Junkeer, owner of The Birds & The Beets in Vancouver's Gastown neighbourhood. The restaurant typically only has four to six outdoor seats, but this year the city allowed the couple to transform four parking spaces into a 50-seat patio."We were hitting capacity, we had every table virtually filled in our restaurant," said Senecal-Junkeer. "We just had a little preview of what winter could be like when we had a three-day rainy streak in Vancouver, and it meant about a 42 per cent decline from what our sales were the week prior."Survival at stakeIn Windsor, Ont., John McKibbon is also worried."I'd be lying if I said we don't have anxiety going into the fall and winter," said McKibbon, who co-owns the Sandbar Waterfront Grill as well as John Max Sports & Wings."We've had people come to the restaurant wanting to sit outside, and when we've been full outside and only had tables indoors, some of those customers have decided not to dine with us that day," he said.McKibbon and his partners transformed an outdoor volleyball court at one of their two sports bars into a physically distanced patio on the sand."We think the loss of the patios will have a pretty dramatic effect on our sales," he said. "There are different levels of anxiety with everyone."Canada's food service sector typically employs 1.2 million people, and prior to the pandemic, served 22 million meals a day across the country, according to industry data.Statistics Canada recently released the results of a May survey on business conditions. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce crunched the numbers with a focus on restaurant operators, and concluded that 60 percent of participants don't expect to survive more than three months with the current physical distance restrictions in place.Already a significant number of restaurants across Canada have closed permanently.Chamber president and CEO Perrin Beatty urged Canadians to take political action to encourage further financial support of the industry. "Everyone also needs to remind their elected representatives of the importance of our restaurants in our lives," said Beatty in a press release.'We're not health experts'The Chamber has teamed up with 60 of the best-known restaurant brands in Canada, along with other hospitality organizations, to launch a campaign called Our Restaurants. It's also produced an ad promoting the industry on social media platforms.But the industry's own association, Restaurants Canada, is hesitant to push too hard to relax seating requirements, especially as a second wave of the virus begins to build."We're not health experts," said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurant Canada's vice-president for western Canada. "But a number of members have approached us to point out that the World Health Organization guidelines for physical distancing is one meter, not two meters. If we had a one meter distance instead of two that obviously would increase our capacity, and that would be really helpful."Von Schellwitz is part of a hospitality industry group that is lobbying the federal government to launch a national campaign to boost consumer confidence in dining out. He pointed to a program in the United Kingdom called "Eat Out to Help Out," where dine-in customers could receive a 50 per cent discount on their meals throughout the month of August, up to £10 (about $17) per person.The program ended up costing the government more than expected, as millions of Britons jumped at the incentive, running up a tab of £522 million ($900 million).But in Vancouver, Matthew Senecal-Junkeer is counting on one thing: his landlord."They are asking for full rent now," he said. "And we've had the wage subsidy and we had the patio, so we were able and willing to pay it. But I indicated to them yesterday that look, come October, it's not I'm saying I don't want to pay — it's just there simply is no cash in the bank."Calls for more supportThe Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy has helped many restaurateurs, and has been extended until December, but the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program expired at the end of August.Based in Charlottetown, PEI, Kevin and Kathy Murphy own 16 food and beverage operations in three Atlantic provinces, along with the Prince Edward Island Brewing Company. Patios have always been a big part of their business, but they've already closed down their Fishbones Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill early for the season, and are thinking hard about others."Do we need three restaurants in one street?" asked Murphy. "So we're thinking, do we close one in October or November? And just go with the other two? We're also looking at days of the week. Do we go to five days a week versus seven days a week?"PEI has enacted some of Canada's strictest policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing restaurants a maximum of 50 patrons at any time, regardless of a venue's size.Murphy and other tourism entrepreneurs in the area have banded together to lobby the government for further financial support."You do what you have to do to survive and put plans in place to get there," says Murphy, noting that the industry has always been characterized by resourcefulness and creativity. But he also has a warning for restaurant lovers across the country, about how entrepreneurs have to approach business: "You will not stay open if you're not making money."
While the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged national economies, it's unexpectedly led to prosperity at the community greenhouse in Inuvik, N.W.T.Having harvested about 2,000 pounds of food in the last two-and-a-bit months, the Inuvik Community Greenhouse is experiencing it's best crop ever, says executive director Ray Solotki."I would say a truckload of food gets harvested every single week, and we've been harvesting now for 12 to 13 weeks," she said.The greenhouse expects to produce about 3,500 pounds — if not more — by the end of the season."So, yeah, we're producing an amazing amount of food," said Solotki.Pandemic forces creativityLike so many organizations, the greenhouse was forced to get creative when pandemic-induced restrictions meant its space couldn't open to crowds of local gardeners in the same way. So the board of directors decided to close its 18,000-square-foot greenhouse to the public and shift from offering individual, four-by-eight-foot plots, to full-on farming. "We put [in] four full rows of beans, and two full rows of spinach, and we have four full rows of potatoes," said Solotki. They're also growing celery, cauliflower, strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb."We're doing high-yield, very high-intensity gardening, and we're seeing incredible results."The move has paid off in more ways than one.Solotki said the greenhouse has also been able to slash the cost of its weekly veggie box, which contains a selection of produce from its market plot, and offer it to many more families.Now, she said, with a much larger market plot and funding from Community Food Centres Canada, the greenhouse can offer the veggie box for $240 for 12 weeks instead of the previous $400 price. Full subsidies are also available. Solotki hopes some kind of larger growing operation will continue at the greenhouse, even after the pandemic dies down.> We're doing high-yield, very high-intensity gardening, and we're seeing incredible results. \- Ray Solotki, executive director of the Inuvik Community Greenhouse"Eighteen-thousand square feet seems like a lot of space, but when it's partitioned down, and you each have your own little spot, and you're only doing your three broccoli, you're not going to get a whole lot," she said."But if you're all gardening together and working together in a larger space, and do a higher yield like we've been doing, you can see a lot more yield for a lot less work and a lot less money."In the meantime, there's still about 1,500 pounds of food to harvest before the end of the season, said Solotki, including "big-ticket items" like squash and potatoes. 58 dozen eggsAnd that's to say nothing of their 22 chickens, which have laid 58 dozen eggs in less than two months. "We sell out immediately, so they never stay in the fridge for more than two or three days. The community is lined up outside to get our fresh eggs," she said.When the frost sets in and the sun dips back down below the horizon, Solotki said, the plan is to take every leaf, plant and spud left over, and boil it all down with the chicken bones into a soup stock."We're going to donate that out to the community so we can serve as many people in need as possible."
A quarter century after a police sniper killed an Indigenous man fighting to reclaim his ancestral land, the federal government still hasn't given back the territory. But his relatives say they will keep up the fight. Anthony "Dudley" George was 38 years old the night he died on Sept. 6, 1995, after Ontario Provincial Police tried to remove people of the Stony Point (Aazhoodena) community, part of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, who for three days had occupied land near the territory taken from them by the federal government. His family was one of 18 relocated from Stony Point First Nation — in 1942, after the government expropriated the land to build a military base — to the nearby Kettle Point reserve. Ottawa promised to give back the land, near Sarnia, Ont., once the Second World War ended — a promise it did not keep.George and others moved back to Stony Point, then known as Camp Ipperwash, in 1993. The dispute simmered until, two years later, after waiting for seasonal campers to leave, several community members occupied nearby Ipperwash Provincial Park on the Labour Day weekend, hoping to spark change. Dressed in riot gear and heavily armed, the OPP then tried to clear the park with a nighttime raid, killing George, who was unarmed. "That time was a polarizing time for our community. It's very important to remember those who have gone before us, and it's important to respect and honour our warriors," said Jason Henry, the chief of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, who was 15 years old in 1995. He says the feeling in the community at the time was that people in southwestern Ontario, and in much of Canada, stood with the police, who were directed by provincial leaders to get the protesters out of the popular park. "The trauma of that is long-lasting. The atrocities that have been done to Indigenous people across Canada were already layered and complex. The division in Canada was already ripe. And then this happened," Henry said. After George was shot, his brother and sister Carolyn George and Pierre George had to drive him to the hospital because there were no ambulances on standby.The lack of medical teams on standby was one of several failures of the OPP and the provincial and federal governments, according to the scathing final report of the Ipperwash Inquiry — a long-delayed look at the occupation, raid and aftermath that became known as the Ipperwash Crisis."Ipperwash revealed a deep schism in Canada's relationship with its Aboriginal peoples and was symbolic of a long and sad history of government policy that harmed their long-term interests," the report concluded. The officer who shot George apologized years later. The province apologized to Kettle and Stony Point First Nation after the inquiry. The OPP did not immediately return calls for comment on this story. WATCH, FROM 1995 | Shooting at Ipperwash Provincial Park:'This is home' In the years since the crisis, about 100 community members have continued to live on the now-closed base, out of about 2,500 who make up the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. The site is still owned by the federal government, which has set up a contract with Kettle and Stony Point First Nation to maintain it. "I feel at home here because this is where I am supposed to be," said Carolyn, Dudley's sister. "This is home." The Kettle Point part of the community has a school, a health centre, restaurants and proper infrastructure such as water and roads. But the military's use of the Aazhoodena territory has created conditions most Canadians would find shocking, Henry said. It is still littered with unexploded ordinances such as grenades and artillery shells.Every year, people from Kettle and Stony Point are hired to help find and remove the explosives. As of last year, 116 unexploded ordinances have been found, and the Department of National Defence says it will take another 25 years to fully clear and decontaminate the land. Land will be transferred to the First Nation in parcels as it is cleared, a spokesperson for the Department of National Defence said in an email to CBC News. A few hectares of land have already been cleared, but have not yet been returned, because the agreement is still somewhat new, the spokesperson said. The buildings in which George's family and other community members live have not been maintained properly since the 1990s, and the military says they're too dilapidated to fix. The homes have running, but not potable, water. People go into a nearby town to fill up jugs to use for cooking and drinking. Pierre, Dudley's brother, used to live in the military fire hall, but it didn't have proper heating. He built a home next door, but it doesn't have running water. "That old place, it was freezing in there. Too cold," Pierre said. "So, I just built this out of wood and scrap myself. I don't have water. I have one power line going in there for a TV." Just last month, the federal government and community leaders met with those who live on the former military base to talk about building better housing and installing infrastructure. Trauma and moving onPierre, 66, still cries when he recalls his brother's death. He says trauma counselling has helped alleviate the flashbacks of that night and the stress-related pain that made it seem like his insides were being ripped out. "I guess I just have to keep on keeping on. What else can I do?" Pierre said. Just inside the gate at Stony Point, there's a sign he painted for his brother, worn and faded but still legible. It reads: "It was here that my brother's earthly journey was ended by an OPP bullet." He and others in the community are optimistic that talks between the leadership of Kettle and Stony Point and the federal government will finally mean adequate housing is built for residents. Henry, the Kettle and Stony Point chief, has also overseen an "Additions to Reserve" process, by which the federal and provincial governments are expected to soon return the lands of the now-closed provincial park to the First Nation. Those lands were also part of the Kettle and Stony Point claim. The process does not include the grounds of the former military base. Large gathering not possibleThis Sunday, the George family and community members will each remember Dudley George in their own way. A large gathering isn't possible in a community trying to make sure there is no spread of COVID-19, so outsiders aren't invited. Carolyn says she hopes by next year, larger gatherings will be possible and her brother can be honoured again. Near where Dudley died, there is a large granite stone in tribute. Henry says it's important for his community to share the story of how Dudley died, and what he died for. "Our connection to the earth is extremely important. It's paramount," he said. "As Indigenous people, we've lost so much. We've lost culture, identity, language and that is due to the loss of land. It's important to acknowledge that there are many different kinds of warriors. Some are in the courtroom, some are in the classrooms ... and some put their lives on the line to defend the land."I think it's important to acknowledge that Dudley was one of those kinds of warriors: A man willing to put his life on the line to defend what is right."
Ontario schools located in areas with more severe COVID-19 outbreaks, such as Toronto's Jane and Finch area, will have "more resources" allocated by school boards to keep students safe from spreading the novel coronavirus, the province's Education Minister Stephen Lecce said on Saturday.