Last week's death of a 22-year-old St. Thomas University student from India has been ruled a drowning.RCMP Const. Hans Ouellette said the cause of death was determined after an autopsy. He said police do not suspect "criminality" in the case. Aranyam Bora was cliff jumping at the Mactaquac Headpond on Wednesday when he slipped below the surface of the water and disappeared. His body was found by RCMP divers on Thursday morning. Bora was a fourth-year St. Thomas University student, majoring in political science and international relations. He was from India and came to New Brunswick to study. He was a competitive bodybuilder and martial artist and was in incredible physical condition, said his girlfriend, Milly Squires, a McAdam native and third-year St. Thomas University student. Squires is still baffled by the details. She said her athletic boyfriend knew how to swim. In August, the pair visited a waterfall near Welsford, where they spent some time in the pool of water. She said she never would have dreamed he could have drowned. "He was adventurous and he was, at times, a little reckless, yes, but he wasn't stupid," Squires said Wednesday afternoon. "I don't think he would have gone if he didn't believe he could swim."Another friend, Sayan Chatterjee, also believes Bora could swim.Chatterjee, who was designated by Bora's family members to speak for them, said he saw a picture of Bora. swimming but had never witnessed it in person. Chatterjee said his former dorm mate was also an avid fitness buff, "always at the gym lifting weights." He said Bora will be missed by a lot of people. Neither Chatterjee nor Squires knew whether Bora jumped feet first or dove head first from the cliffs at the headpond. Squires said the thought that Bora, who often went by Ary, was conscious for a time before slipping under the water "keeps me up at night.""Knowing that it was drowning and knowing that he did surface and he was flailing, it haunts me every night thinking that he could have been terrified or he would have been scared. Because Ary didn't get scared of anything. "
An heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune was sentenced Wednesday to an 81-month prison term and immediately thrown behind bars for her role as an unwavering benefactor of Keith Raniere, the disgraced self-improvement guru convicted of turning women into sex slaves who were branded with his initials. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis gave Clare Bronfman the harsh sentence at a hearing lasting more than three hours and featuring emotional statements from several victims gathered in a courtroom under strict coronavirus safety protocols. The judge repeatedly scolded Clare Bronfman for standing by Raniere and his upstate New York organization, even after the evidence made clear she eventually became aware of his sex-trafficking scheme.
An international team of researchers found that in some people with severe COVID-19, the body goes rogue and attacks one of its own key immune defences instead of fighting the coronavirus. There are two main arms of the immune system.
The Yalcin brothers had only opened their west Toronto bistro for about six months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now, with sales down between 70 and 85 per cent from before COVID-19, co-owners Ali and Tolga Yalcin said they've been trying to adjust financially, while also working tirelessly to install safety measures and keep the number of patrons low to allow for physical distancing. "We quit trying to plan months ahead — it's days and weeks now," said Ali Yalcin. "Since April, we've had to rethink this whole idea of what a restaurant is, and how we can operate safely." But as of Wednesday, protocols around restaurants and bars across Toronto are changing once again.City council voted unanimously to approve a number of additional measures aimed at curbing a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Under these new rules, restaurants and bars will now have to reduce the number of patrons from 100 to 75, reduce the number of people at a table from 10 to six, collect contact information from each patron at a table, and lower background music to the level of conversation.The proposal was introduced earlier this week by the city's Medical Officer of Health,Dr. Eileen de Villa, and quickly drew support from Mayor John Tory and Board of Health Chair Joe Cressy. "We know that if you reduce the total number of people [in a restaurant], you reduce the likelihood of potential slips in personal protective measures and therefore reduce the likelihood of the transmission of the virus," de Villa said during the council meeting Wednesday. Additionally, on Sept. 25, the Ontario government also introduced a new set of rules, including moving the last call at bars and restaurants, including nightclubs, to 11 p.m. Owners say they're constantly adjusting With the changing rules and regulations, the Yalcin brothers said they are constantly trying to adjust. "We've gone through so many transitions that I feel like we're just always trying to get ahead of the game," said co-owner Tolga Yalcin. Now they're bracing for another hit."All these new rules, they're welcome, but at the same time, we're thinking of the business side," said Ali Yalcin. Tory calls for year-round outdoor dining But there's a glimmer of hope for business owners like the Yalcins.Knowing the newly-approved measures will affect businesses — especially those already struggling — Tory called for enhanced support for restaurants, a motion that was also passed unanimously by council."I realize that these public health measures ... will have a negative impact on businesses that were struggling before, trying to keep the lights on and trying to keep people employed," Tory told reporters Wednesday. Despite the impact, Tory said it's crucial to put health and safety protocols first. "A healthy economy requires healthy people," Tory said. Under the umbrella of Toronto's CaféTO program, the mayor says city staff will work with businesses to introduce and support year-round outdoor dining. Other recommendations will require city council to: * Support the province in any actions it takes with the insurance industry to support small and medium-sized business by preventing astronomical increases in their insurance policies and premiums. * Advise the Ontario government to extend the regulation that allows those with liquor licences to continue selling beer, wine and spirits as part of a food order for takeout or delivery.Toronto COVID-19 bylaws extended The city's COVID-19 bylaws will also be extended until its first meeting in 2021.That includes the bylaws mandating physical distancing in public spaces, mandatory masks, public health measures for bars and restaurants and temporary COVID-19 amendments that cover apartment buildings. All of the these bylaws were set to expire on Thursday.The new rules come after Toronto Public Health identified COVID-19 clusters and outbreaks at several restaurants and bars in the downtown core. City officials also shuttered a handful of restaurants along King Street West for failing to protect the public and their staff.De Villa said it's now up to everyone to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. "This is not the time to panic. It is the time to act," she said at a city hall news briefing on Monday. Ontario could see 1,000 new cases per day Meanwhile, Ontario health authorities forecasted Wednesday that the province could see 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 a day by mid-October. Despite predictions that Ontario's trajectory will mimic that of Melbourne, Australia, which is currently under strict lockdown measures, health officials say they will continue to monitor the effectiveness of measures introduced across Ontario earlier this month. Asked if the province is taking a pause on introducing enhanced measures, Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, said public health officials are "continuing to assess the situation," since much of the province isn't seeing dramatically increasing numbers of cases. "If you do things too aggressively province-wide … there's a whole area outside of Toronto that is saying, 'Why is this impacting us?'"
Lorna and Donald Burns are remaining optimistic they will get to their Arizona home in the new year.The retired couple are snowbirds — spending half of the year at their home in North Bedeque, P.E.I., and the other half in Mesa, Ariz. Despite land borders between Canada and the U.S. being closed to non-essential traffic until at least Oct. 21, they hope to travel to Arizona by air in January."We have been going there for five or six years in our RV, and then last November, we actually bought a mobile home in that park," said Lorna Burns."We're planning to go down and fly in and not do that long drive. Things are changing, or have changed, for us."The couple usually leave for their age 55+ active living community in October and return in the spring. They have pushed their departure date to early January due to the pandemic, but also said they'll change their plans if needed.Air travel OKDespite the land border restrictions, Canadians have still been able to fly to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, though P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Office does not recommend it. "Non-essential travel outside of the Atlantic Bubble is still not recommended," said the office in an email to CBC News. "Islanders should give very careful consideration before travelling to areas outside Canada where case counts are high with widespread community transmission."According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States is still the hotspot for COVID-19 across the world with over seven million reported cases and over 200,000 deaths. The Burns said they are following the events south of the border as they prepare to potentially travel."We're watching for border restrictions at the moment. California, Arizona and Florida have no requirements for self isolation, but that could change, and those states have had high incidences of COVID, so we watch for those things," Lorna said."If we had to self isolate, it wouldn't be a big deal"No more repatriation flightsCanada's federal government is also not recommending non-essential travel at this time, but said the advice is not binding. "If Canadians deem their travel essential and choose to travel despite these advisories, they should be aware that there may be other safety and security considerations that may impact them at their destination," said Global Affairs Canada in an email to CBC."The Government of Canada may have limited capacity to offer consular services."> Hopefully the figures, the numbers in Arizona ... will be better than they have been. — Lorna BurnsA spokesperson for Global Affairs said Canadians may have a hard time obtaining essential products and services — including medications — while abroad and may suddenly be subject to curfews, lockdowns and quarantines under their government at their destination.Airlines may also suspend or reduce the number of flights without notice, making it difficult to return to Canada," the email said, adding that the Government of Canada is not planning additional repatriation flights, as it did in the spring when the pandemic first struck.Global Affairs also recommends Canadians travellers contact their travel insurance provider and verify the terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and requirements of their insurance policy before they leave the country.Though they have yet to book a flight to Arizona, the Burns have already purchased their travel insurance through the Canadian Snowbird Association. The association — which has more than 110,000 members — has said it's hard to gauge at this point what percentage of its members will actually head south this winter and that many are stuck in a holding pattern.The Burns, and many of their Canadian and American friends who also travel to Arizona, consider themselves in this group."If we have to cancel for any reason, they will give us most of our money back, so we'll just wait and see how things go in January," Lorna said. "A lot can change."'Might not be the same thing tomorrow'Overall, Lorna said she believes the information provided by the governments to be clear if one knows where to look and takes the time to search it out."You have to kind of take responsibility yourself and search out the answers and realize that what happens today and what you hear today might not be the same thing tomorrow, so it's up to the individuals," she said."Hopefully the figures, the numbers in Arizona, in the greater Phoenix area, will be better than they have been, but again, it's something that we will assess."In the meantime, Lorna and Donald intend to enjoy the Atlantic Bubble, travelling to Nova Scotia in a few weeks."We're hoping things will level off and settle down by January, if not, we'll have to make other plans," said Donald Burns. "Staying home, shoveling snow, putting up with winter, not near as much fun."More from CBC P.E.I.
Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” and whose own hits include “Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me,” has died. Davis had a long and varied career in music for decades as a writer, singer, actor and TV host and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. “Thank you, dear Lord Jesus, for letting us know the man to whom you gave the most incredible talent,” said Reba McEntire in a statement.
A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday rejected an effort by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and Republican Party groups to block Montana counties from holding the general election mostly by mail, saying claims that such a system could be marred by widespread voter fraud is “a fiction.” “When pressed during the hearing in this matter, the plaintiffs were compelled to concede that they cannot point to a single instance of voter fraud in Montana in any election during the last 20 years,” U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen wrote.
There's lots to know before getting your nostrils swabbed for COVID-19 at a Windsor pharmacy, so make sure you check these boxes before heading out. Last week the province announced that it has expanded testing to pharmacies, with three Shoppers Drug Marts authorized in Windsor and two others in Sarnia.Across Ontario, strict guidelines have been put in place for those looking to get a test done at a pharmacy.The main rule is that only those who are asymptomatic and have not been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 can receive a test. The person must also fall under one of five categories: * Living or working in a long-term care facility. * Residing or volunteering at a shelter. * Have been given a clearance for international travel. * An international student travelling into the country to start school after the14-day isolation period ends. * An Indigenous person.In Windsor, locations started testing on Tuesday.CBC News spoke with the Devonshire Mall Shopper's Drug Mart pharmacist Matthew Thibert about how testing has gone so far. "It's been busy," Thibert said. "I wasn't really sure whether or not we would see such a demand for it, but I will say that we have definitely seen a lot of demand." He said they've been taking calls since Friday evening and have completed 20 tests so far, but have done 50 phone assessments. The pharmacy is not taking any walk-ins, Thibert said, adding that people must complete a phone assessment before coming in to the store. The assessment will determine whether the person falls under the outlined criteria. WATCH | Local pharmacist Matthew Thibert explains what people need to know before getting testedLocations approved for testing in Sarnia and Windsor include: * Devonshire Mall in Windsor at 3100 Howard Ave. * Tecumseh Mall in Windsor at 7720 Tecumseh Rd. E. * Huron Church in Windsor at 1760 Huron Church Rd. * 2600 Lakeshore Rd in Sarnia. * Michigan & Murphy in Sarnia at 1206 Michigan Ave.
For Guillermo Nieto, a Mexican businessman who grew up smoking pot, the cannabis greenhouse on his family's vast farmlands in Guanajuato state is part of a bigger dream. One that involves deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies. Nieto and several Mexican businessmen have spent years positioning themselves for a time when the country opens up what would be the world's biggest legal cannabis market in terms of population, where the drug can be lawfully cultivated and sold.
TORONTO — Ontario is changing its COVID-19 symptom screening guidance for the province's schools and child care centres. The province is now asking parents to keep their children home from school for 24 hours if they have either a runny nose or headache. If a child has both of those symptoms they are asked to consult a health-care provider or have a COVID-19 test before returning to school or child care. Previously, the government had asked that children with either single symptom stay home until they received a negative COVID-19 test or other medical diagnosis. Ontario is also removing abdominal pain or conjunctivitis from its screening list. Earlier this month, British Columbia removed 10 symptoms from their school screening sheet including runny nose. Meanwhile, Ontario said it will give pay raises to personal support workers throughout the health-care system in a bid to recruit and retain them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Doug Ford said about 147,000 workers in long-term care, hospitals, and community care are eligible for the increase. Personal support workers in long-term care and community care will be eligible for a $3 an hour pay increase, while personal support workers in hospitals will see a $2 an hour pay hike. The temporary increase begins Thursday and will expire in March 2021, costing the government $461 million. Ford said he has not ruled out continuing the pay raise next year. Advocates in the long-term care and home care sectors have said low pay has contributed to personal support worker shortages before and during the pandemic. Ontario reported 538 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and three new deaths from the illness. Health Minister Christine Elliott said 229 cases were reported in Toronto, 101 cases in Peel Region, 66 in Ottawa, and 43 in York Region. She said 60 per cent of the new cases were among people under the age of 40. In total, 162 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 36 in intensive care. The province also reported 65 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 29 among students. Those bring the number of schools with a reported case to 307 out of Ontario's 4,828 publicly funded schools. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2020. The Canadian Press
Jeremy Jestican was working as a scaffolder on the Hibernia platform before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the resulting drop in the price of oil led to him being laid off — a scenario being played out over and over again in Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil industry, and laid bare in the budget handed down Wednesday.Jestican, 37, said the lost income has been hard on him and others he knows. He didn't expect the provincial budget — which came in with a $1.84-billion deficit — to be pretty, and said the impact of a declining industry will be felt far and wide."I just look at the communities … the hospitals and charities and stuff," he said. "The offshore contributed to so much here. Businesses and everything like that, it's a big hit on the province."The province's offshore oil industry has seen crushing losses over the past six months, including Husky Energy suspending the White Rose project in Argentia, delaying first oil, and reviewing its future operations in Atlantic Canada.In June, layoffs were announced for the Hibernia oil platform, which served as direct employment for nearly 1,500 people as of March 2019. Workers from across the industry took to the steps of Confederation Building in September to voice their concerns over cutbacks and layoffs.Jestican, a father of three young children, now works as a truck driver hauling sand to prepare for the upcoming winter — and said he will be laid off once the job is done. He has been searching for work but said the job market is extremely competitive due to others in the same position to himself."I've been off ever since March 19th, taking jobs here and there, whatever I can get," he said. "I know these guys here, they had engineers applying for labour jobs. People [are] looking for anything at all."> It seemed like it just came to a screeching halt, and here we are. \- Jeremy JesticanJestican returned to Newfoundland to start a career after living and working in Edmonton. He said he had figured there would be an opportunity to work offshore for years to come — but things changed quickly."I felt very comfortable out there, as a lot of people did," he said. "People buying houses, building houses — everyone was pretty happy-go-lucky."It seemed like it just came to a screeching halt, and here we are. I did over 200 days last year offshore. You were turning down phone calls to go and now you're hoping to get one."In late September, the federal government announced it would be providing $320 million to support workers and reduce carbon emissions.Jestican said he is unsure if the money from the federal government will be able to get him back to work in the industry. He's trying to decide between going back to school or leaving the province to return in search of work."I don't see it happening in the near future by the time they figure out where it's all going to go and who's getting what," he said. "If school doesn't pan out I'll possibly head out west. Toronto, or Alberta again."I've got some small kids here. It would be hard to leave them but I've got to make a living for myself as well to keep them going. It's hard to say no to [my family]. One time you never had to, for the past few years."We're not giving up, industry minister saysAndrew Parsons, minister of industry, energy and technology, said Wednesday the province is not prepared to give up on the oil industry in the province, even if companies move out of the sector."We're planning for the worst and hoping for the best. And I gotta tell you, I think we're being conservative and we're being smart," he said."We're listening to people that are in that industry. I'm not prepared to give up on it. I think there is still a lot of opportunity there."Parsons said the province is not taking an "all-eggs-in-one-basket-type approach" for navigating the future."The department I have, I think, is a recognition that we need to take the tech side and put it into what's been a really positive and productive industry and energy sector," he said."But again, they don't need to be mutually exclusive. They can operate with each other and strengthen each other."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
The White House is backing a $400 per week pandemic jobless benefit and is dangling the possibility of a COVID-19 relief bill of $1.6 trillion as last-ditch, pre-election negotiations hit a critical phase Thursday. The offer by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on unemployment is higher than many Republicans would like in any potential COVID deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. After Pelosi said the new offer still fell short, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the speaker was “not being serious” in the negotiations.
"A variety of possibilities were examined to see if it was possible for investitures to safely take place in line with the guidelines," Buckingham Palace said on its website, referring to the ceremonies held when someone who has been awarded an honour receives their award in person from a royal family member. The 94-year-old queen planned to return to Windsor Castle, west of London, this month and use Buckingham Palace just for smaller audiences and engagements, in line with relevant guidance and advice. Elizabeth has been forced to cancel several events because of the virus this year, including the traditional ceremonial marking of her birthday in April.
After weathering a tough 2020 season, the 2021 tourist season isn't looking any better for Coach Atlantic. "Our number one multi-day tour provider from the United States wrote us via email last week, they are cancelling all visitation to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick for 2021," said Mike Cassidy, owner of Coach Atlantic. Losing that contract means a loss of about $1 million, said Cassidy. That, coupled with the other projected loss in revenue next year, Cassidy said he expects the hit in 2021 will be immense. "We could be down $20 to $25 million in 2021," he said. Despite setting their buses up with COVID-19 precautions in mind, with lots of plexiglass, physical distancing and santizer available, most of the company's buses remained parked this summer. Normally, those buses take visitors to P.E.I. and the other Maritime provinces on sightseeing tours. "When you take our total operation, our gross revenue will be down. Thirty-three million dollars for the year 2020," said Cassidy. Coach Atlantic travels throughout the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and New England, said Cassidy. Cassidy said those losses will be felt outside of the company as well, as a lack of tourists on the buses means fewer tourists in hotels, restaurants and shops."You can translate that with the trickle down effect. What we lose everybody around us in this industry lose."And for Cassidy, that is a tough pill to swallow. "COVID-19 is worse than what we ever experienced and as you toss and turn at night, definitely you think about your company, you think about your employees, you think about your customers and you think about the obligation you have to your community."Trickle down effectThose parked Coach Atlantic buses would also bring tourists to the Rodd Charlottetown in the capital city's downtown. Normally, the 115-bed hotel runs close to capacity through August and September, said Mark Rodd, president and CEO of Rodd Hotels and Resorts. "Typically in August, this hotel would run 98 per cent. September we'd be running 90 per cent. We'd be full of bus tours," he said. Because of COVID-19, the hotel had to shut down for the season. It doesn't plan to reopen until 2021. "We looked at a possibility of opening it up when the bubble came, but just the pick up was not there," he said.Rodd said revenues for 2020 are down about 50 per cent and the chain has had to lay off more than half of its employees."We had high hopes for 2020," he said. "This is by far the worst year we've ever faced."Looking forward to 2021, Rodd said the hotel is looking forward and trying to book what they can for next season, but with uncertainty about what the situation around COVID-19 might look like next year, it's proving difficult. "Nobody knows what the border restrictions are going to be, what the COVID restrictions are going to be in terms of gathering," he said. More from CBC P.E.I.
Julian Assange's conversations in the latter part of his 7-year stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London were systematically bugged, even in the toilet, a London court heard Wednesday. In written statements at Assange’s extradition hearing, two anonymous witnesses who worked for a Spanish firm with a security contract at the embassy said the WikiLeaks founder faced an intensifying bugging operation from 2017 onwards after Donald Trump became U.S. president. Lawyers acting on behalf of the U.S. government did not contest the submission of the anonymous statements but said they were largely irrelevant to the matter under consideration in London's Old Bailey court.
A British zoo has had to separate five foul-mouthed parrots who keepers say were encouraging each other to swear. Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade and Elsie joined Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre’s colony of 200 gray parrots in August, and soon revealed a penchant for blue language. “We are quite used to parrots swearing, but we’ve never had five at the same time,” said the zoo’s chief executive, Steve Nichols.
The top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays surprised no one by shutting them down. Tampa Bay hit two homers off Blue Jays ace Hyun-Jin Ryu in a six-run second inning and rolled to an 8-2 rout that eliminated Toronto in the minimum two games. "We knew coming in it was a big challenge," said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo.
In his first major speech in the House of Commons as Conservative leader, Erin O'Toole assailed the Liberals' response to COVID-19. He said they're too pleased with results that aren't as bad as in the U.S. when they should be comparing Canada to the most successful countries in the world.