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Delivering his first major speech in the House of Commons as leader of the Official Opposition this week, Erin O'Toole made this observation: "A time of crisis and uncertainty is not the time to conduct social experiments like those set out in the throne speech."The Conservative leader did not specify which of the ideas in the throne speech he regarded as "social experiments." Reforms to employment insurance? A national child-care system? New standards for long-term care? Promoting the use of zero-emission vehicles? Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?O'Toole is, of course, not wrong when he says this is a time of great uncertainty. The interest among Canadians in actual grand social experiments is no doubt quite limited right now. Citizens surely would like to feel as stable and secure as possible — to be reassured and comforted by the actions of their leaders.But what do stability and security look like now? And who can offer it? These are the key questions of the moment, and for the future.There are a great many things worth worrying about right now. First and foremost is the pandemic — both the grave threat posed by the virus and the incredible economic and social damage it has caused. And those crises also have exposed significant weaknesses and points of vulnerability, from deep inequalities in society to the fragility of important supply chains.There's also the threat of climate change and the transformation of the global economy that it makes necessary (or inevitable). And the horrifying implosion of American democracy. And the unrestrained audacity of China. And the destabilizing threat of Russia. These were things worth worrying about well before a global pandemic took hold.O'Toole's Conservatives would add at least two other things to that list: "national unity" (specifically, the anxieties and unhappiness felt by many people in Alberta and Saskatchewan) and the federal debt.Fear of a fiscal meltdownMany economists would caution against worrying too much about the federal deficit right now, but Canadians might be conditioned to worry about government spending. A survey released this week by Canada 2020, a progressive think-tank in Ottawa, found that 74 per cent of respondents at least somewhat agreed with the statement that "after this pandemic is over, we will need leaders to be uncompromising to get Canada's finances in order." (The survey was conducted by Data Sciences, an analytics company founded by Tom Pitfield, a close friend and adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Gerald Butts, a former adviser to Trudeau, assisted in the design and analysis of the poll.)Eighty-one per cent of respondents also agreed that "the COVID-19 pandemic isn't over [and] the government should keep its eye on the ball," while 62 per cent agreed with the statement: "I am still afraid that I will contract COVID-19." Just 48 per cent agreed that "the government should use this moment in time to introduce big changes to Canadian society by introducing new programs and services."Eighty-eight per cent of respondents still agreed that there is a "need to implement extensive social programs to make sure that Canadians across the country are provided for." Based on that and other findings, Canada 2020's analysis concludes that Canadians "aren't sure what they want exactly."A shift in messagingPublic concerns about the near-term threat of the pandemic could explain why Justin Trudeau's government changed its public messaging in the days leading up to the throne speech — to de-emphasize its vision for the long term and confirm its focus on the immediate crisis.It also would explain why Conservatives are dedicating a lot of their energy right now to trying to blame the Trudeau government for any and all shortcomings in this country's response to the pandemic — and why O'Toole is warning about "social experiments."The Conservative leader said it was "as though simply ensuring that Canadian families have good jobs is not prestigious enough for this prime minister." O'Toole attacked Trudeau's credibility and spoke about small businesses, the resource sector and China. He said little or nothing about child care, long-term care, new support for the unemployed or climate change (neither O'Toole's first speech as Conservative leader nor his first speech as leader of the opposition in the House contained the word "climate").But those issues were prominent in a throne speech that promised a "stronger and more resilient Canada." "Do we come out of this stronger, or paper over the cracks that the crisis has exposed?" the government asked through Gov. Gen. Julie Payette last week.How do we make ourselves feel safe now?The Liberals argue that Canadians will feel more stable and secure if they have better access to child care, better care for the elderly and an improved EI system, and if the country is moving with some haste to reduce its emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy. For Liberals, these are foundational elements of a better future — changes that are, in many cases, already overdue.O'Toole might still have more to say about such things. But if Conservatives don't want to match or support the Liberal plans, they can raise concerns about whether the government can afford it — or whether Trudeau can be trusted to deliver it.Or they can try to speak to the anxiety that often results when change is discussed. In his remarks on Wednesday, O'Toole said that the vision presented in the throne speech was of "a Canada where the government decides what jobs people have and what cars they drive, a Canada where millions of Canadians are knowingly left behind and are told the country will be building back better without them."Much of O'Toole's speech was dedicated to this idea that Trudeau's Liberals were leaving people behind. But that was also a stated preoccupation of the throne speech. "Do we move Canada forward, or let people be left behind?" the government asked.In short, what ends up emerging from these uncertain times could be two very different visions of how to achieve stability and security.But if there is a social experiment being conducted here, it is the pandemic itself — an inescapable and extended crisis that affects nearly every facet of modern life, sickening some, traumatizing others and weighing heavily on everyone.The pandemic has been presented as a test of resilience and unity. But it's also a test of how well our leaders can provide reassurance — and of what people want.
Since the revelation early Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania tested positive for COVID-19, a number of cases have been confirmed among those who have had close contact with Trump.Many of them had attended an event at the White House Rose Garden on Sept. 26, where Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court. Here is a list of people who have tested positive so far:Hope HicksFormer White House communications director Hope Hicks was the first to confirm her diagnosis on Thursday, which prompted the president and his wife to also get tested. It is not clear how or when the president was exposed. However, Hicks travelled with Trump on many occasions in the past week, including a trip to Ohio for the first presidential debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday.Everyone admitted to the debate hall was supposed to have been tested in advance and also follow safety measures such as physical distancing, hand sanitizing and face covering, but most of Trump's family and senior staff took off their masks for the duration of the debate, violating the rules.Hicks also joined the president, as well as others, on Marine One, the presidential helicopter, for a 15-minute flight to Air Force One aircraft at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday.Later that same day, Hicks reported she was feeling unwell.The president and Melania TrumpHours after Hicks' positive diagnosis, the president and his wife also announced they had tested positive for the coronavirus.In a tweet at 1 a.m. on Friday, Melania Trump confirmed she and her husband would be self-isolating and starting the recovery process.Later that day, the president's wife tweeted that she was experiencing "mild symptoms" but was "overall feeling good and postponing all upcoming engagements."Trump and his wife, along with 150 other people, attended last weekend's Rose Garden ceremony. According to the president of the University of Notre Dame, Rev. John Jenkins, few attendees at the event wore masks as some guests were told it was safe to take them off after they received tests upon arrival. Photos from the event show dozens of people seated closely without face coverings.Melania Trump is currently at home recovering while the president is being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.Bill StepienBill Stepien, who has been managing Trump's re-election campaign, received his positive test result on Friday night, a campaign spokesperson confirmed to The Associated Press.Stepien had travelled with the president to Ohio earlier in the week for the debate. He was also aboard Air Force One with Trump in late August after a campaign rally.Kellyanne ConwayFormer White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway announced her diagnosis late Friday. In a tweet, she stated that her symptoms were "mild" but she was "feeling fine."Conway was also among Saturday's Rose Garden attendees.Mike LeeRepublican Utah Sen. Mike Lee said he would be in quarantine for the next 10 days and working from home after receiving a positive test for the novel coronavirus on Friday.Lee was at the Rose Garden ceremony and did not wear a mask. On Saturday, he said he had "symptoms consistent with longtime allergies."Chris ChristieFormer New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who was at the Rose Garden event and was seen interacting in close proximity to several people, tweeted Saturday that he has checked himself into the Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey after testing positive, experiencing mild symptoms and consulting with his doctors."Due to my history of asthma, we decided this is an important precautionary measure," Christie tweeted.Thom TillisRepublican North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said his COVID-19 test came back positive on Friday night and tweeted that he was feeling well and had "no symptoms." But by the next day, Tillis said he had "mild symptoms."He was among the 150 guests who had attended the nomination of Barrett; however, Tillis wore a mask during the event.Ron JohnsonRepublican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson announced on Saturday morning that he tested positive for the coronavirus and was asymptomatic.He was the third Republican senator to test positive for the virus in a span of roughly 24 hours. Johnson will remain in isolation until given the all-clear by his doctors.Ronna McDanielRepublican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel confirmed her positive diagnosis on Friday after getting tested for the virus on Wednesday.She was last seen with Trump at a fundraiser on Sept. 25. She flew to her home in Michigan the next day and received her positive result. McDaniel has been at her home since Saturday.Rev. John JenkinsUniversity of Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins was one of the many guests who had attended the Rose Garden nomination ceremony and announced his positive test results for the coronavirus on Friday.He issued an apology to the Notre Dame community for failing to wear a mask during that event while shaking hands with various people.Nicholas LunaTrump personal aide Nick Luna tested positive for COVID-19 after having travelled with him several times recently, a White House official said Saturday night.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A man who travelled from Central Africa to western Newfoundland has died while in self isolation after being diagnosed as the province's latest case of COVID-19. Health officials say the man arrived in Toronto from Central Africa on Sept. 29, and travelled to western Newfoundland on Sept. 30.
When the statue of John A. Macdonald was recently toppled in Montreal, Sen. Murray Sinclair, the chair of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, didn't applaud.Instead, he was "more interested in asking why there are not more statues of Indigenous people who have contributed to Canada," according to an article in the Globe and Mail.It's a message that Murray has repeated since the 2015 release of the TRC calls to action that "the contributions of Aboriginal peoples to Canada's history" must be recognized.I've thought deeply about Sinclair's comments on reconciliation and commemoration through the lens of my years of teaching at university, my writing and especially my work with several Saskatchewan Indigenous communities. Over the past four decades, I've come across many Indigenous historical figures worthy of commemoration. One person, though, stands out: the Plains Cree Chief Big Bear (Mistahimaskwa). He resolutely stood up to Canada and demanded a meaningful, reciprocal treaty relationship with the Crown that would be constantly renewed.A leader of hundredsBig Bear was a respected chief who rose to prominence in the late nineteenth century as a spokesperson for Indigenous rights.Born in 1825 near Jackfish Lake in present-day west-central Saskatchewan, Big Bear was a member of a mounted hunting society that thrived on the great bison herds of the northern plains. He drew his spiritual strength from the bear and carried a bear paw with claws in his power bundle.By the early 1860s, Big Bear was the leader of his own band that may have had as many as 500 members.In October 1870, Big Bear was one of several leaders of a large Cree war party that was defeated in the last great battle against the Blackfoot at Belly River (near Lethbridge, Alta). Thereafter, the Cree, weakened by disease and hunger, prepared to deal with a new challenge: an expansive Dominion of Canada.Big Bear avoided entering treaty for yearsIn September 1876, the second of two major meetings was held to bring the Cree of central Saskatchewan and Alberta into Treaty Six.Even though Big Bear was away hunting on the plains, Indian Commissioner Alexander Morris concluded an agreement with Sweetgrass, the leading chief in the Pitt district.When Morris asked Big Bear to enter the treaty, he refused. Big Bear not only believed that Canada was offering too little, he also wanted to see if Canada would live up to its promises.He tried to tell Morris that he did not want to be an animal with a rope around his neck, but the translator misinterpreted the remarks, and Morris concluded that Big Bear feared hanging.Big Bear remained out of treaty for six years, gathering around him other families who had become disillusioned with Canada's Indigenous policies.Indian Affairs officials considered him a troublemaker.Treaty rights initiative launchedIn December 1882, facing acute starvation because of the disappearance of the bison, Big Bear reluctantly brought his band into treaty at Fort Walsh in the Cypress Hills.Indian Commissioner Edgar Dewdney provided rations only to bands who had taken treaty and then used the withholding of food to force bands to move to reserves.Canada expected Big Bear to settle on a reserve that had been selected for him near Fort Pitt, deliberately away from other Cree bands, but the chief refused to be isolated and launched a peaceful treaty rights initiative. Big Bear met with other Cree chiefs about the need to get Canada to honour the treaty agreement and provide more assistance to bands struggling to make the transition to farming. He even sent messengers to their traditional enemy, the Blackfoot, to bring them on side.Canada was deeply worried about the growing treaty rights movement and made tentative plans over the winter of 1884-85 to arrest Indigenous leaders, including Big Bear.Imprisoned for treasonThen, in the spring of 1885, the North-West Resistance erupted along the North Saskatchewan country.At Frog Lake, where Big Bear's band was camped, Wandering Spirit and several other warriors decided to settle personal scores and murdered nine men.Big Bear took no part in the killings; he knew that violence would undermine his treaty rights movement.A few days later, Big Bear intervened when warriors wanted to capture nearby Fort Pitt.The North-West Mounted Police detachment was allowed leave to go down the North Saskatchewan River to Fort Battleford.Big Bear's band remained peacefully in the area, waiting to see how events would unfold elsewhere, until it was attacked by a Canadian military column near Frenchman's Butte in late May. Big Bear survived the skirmishing and for the next month he was a fugitive, largely abandoned by his followers.When he was accidentally discovered near Fort Carlton in early July, he was a shell of his former self and his diplomatic initiative lay in ruin.Canada put Big Bear on trial for treason-felony for what happened in the Frog Lake-Fort Pitt region. He was found guilty and sentenced to three years in Stony Mountain penitentiary.Because Indian Commissioner Dewdney blamed Big Bear for spearheading First Nations resistance to his policies, he allowed the old chief's hair to be cut upon entering prison.Big Bear was released early, over Dewdney's objections, because of failing health.He died in 1888. To this day, he remains a convicted "rebel."Commemorating Big Bear could be part of the ongoing reconciliation process, something that Sinclair has been calling for. He is deserving of some kind of public recognition: a reminder that there was, and is, a better way forward.We want to hear from you: Do you know of someone who helped shape Saskatchewan's history who you think more people should know about? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.This column is part of CBC's Opinion section. For more information about this section, please read this editor's blog and our FAQ.Interested in writing for us? We accept pitches for opinion and point-of-view pieces from Saskatchewan residents who want to share their thoughts on the news of the day, issues affecting their community or who have a compelling personal story to share. No need to be a professional writer!Read more about what we're looking for here, then email email@example.com with your idea.
Canadians have made more than 830,000 repayments of COVID-19 emergency aid benefits to which they were not entitled – a statistic some say reflects mass confusion over fast-tracked federal programs.The figures provided to CBC News by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) include repayments from recipients of the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) and Canada emergency student benefit (CESB).CRA said all of the repayments were voluntary."There are various reasons why voluntary repayments have been made: if applicants applied in error for a CERB payment from both Service Canada and the CRA for the same period, if an applicant later realized that they were not eligible for the benefit, or if an applicant returned to work earlier than expected," said CRA spokesperson Christopher Doody in an email.Conservative MP and national revenue critic Philip Lawrence said he blames the high number of repayments on the federal government failing to explain the benefit programs to Canadians."During the pandemic, the Liberals continuously sent mixed messages to Canadians who were applying for emergency benefits. This caused confusion for many Canadians who were unclear if they were eligible for the benefits or not," Lawrence said."It was important for the Trudeau government to get the communication of these benefits right. Unfortunately, they failed to do so and left Canadians behind."CRA said it could not cite a dollar sum for the repayments because the money is retained in a general account, along with other unrelated payments.Rushed programs led to confusionToronto-based Labour lawyer Lluc Cerda called the number of repayments "huge" — and also blamed a lack of clarity on the federal government's part when it launched these benefits in the chaotic early days of the pandemic.He said people often couldn't get through to busy CRA or Service Canada call centre agents — and when they did reach an agent, they were sometimes given contradictory information."I think with the way the plan was rushed into place – and I mean, the times called for it – there's definitely a lot of confusion and I think that's a large part of why people are paying it back," Cerda said.Widespread uncertainty also may have led some people to apply for benefits, then "park" the money until tax time against the possibility that it would have to be repaid, he said. Cerda added that the uncertainty may have deterred some people who were actually eligible for benefits like CERB from even applying.20,000 tips on suspected abuseCRA also told CBC News it has received more than 20,000 confidential tips about suspected cheating related to COVID-19 emergency aid programs.All anonymous tips are reviewed for evidence of fraud.In June, the Liberal government proposed legislation that would have imposed fines or even jail time on people who deliberately lied on CERB applications. It backtracked after a public and political outcry.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justified the move as a way to ensure integrity of the program, saying the government would crack down on the small minority of "deliberate fraudsters" but was not looking to penalize anyone who collected money unintentionally."We're not looking to punish people who made honest mistakes," he said.At the time, the government was under pressure from the Conservatives to bring in stronger controls to weed out fraudulent claims and maintain an incentive for people to return to work where possible.CRA said it will take steps to verify that claimants were eligible to receive payments. The agency keeps records showing who received the benefits and for how long; those records will be cross-checked with tax slips from employers and other relevant information to validate eligibility at tax filing time.In cases where recipients are found to be ineligible, they will be contacted to make repayment arrangements, CRA said.
Hard financial times in Prince George due to the pandemic may result in the loss of the city's Junior A hockey team.The Spruce Kings are facing an untimely end if the city doesn't open the rink where the team usually plays. In July, city councillors voted to keep the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena (RMCA) closed for the remainder of the year along with several other city facilities "in order to address millions of dollars in lost revenue due to COVID-19."Now, as leagues like the B.C. Hockey League (BCHL) try to find a way to push forward with a season this winter, it's unclear how the Spruce Kings will fit into the plans. Officials with the team declined to speak to media about the problem, but in a presentation to the city they said that if the team is forced from the RMCA, it's likely the team would cease to operate this season.Team officials also said that financial recovery is "highly unlikely" if this season is lost, meaning the team could fold permanently.The BCHL is made up of 17 teams of elite players between the ages of 16 and 21. Some go on to have professional careers, while others move on to college or university hockey.Chris Hebb, the BCHL commissioner, said he's hopeful that Prince George will open the RMCA for the team."The B.C. Hockey League is a really important piece of our culture and especially in towns like Prince George," he said. "So hopefully what happens is that the arena opens for the Spruce Kings and they have a great season."The Spruce Kings are set to suit up for their 49th season as a team. Twenty-six of those seasons have been as part of the BCHL.Hebb said much of the revenue teams make to cover costs comes from advertising in home rinks and being able to sell tickets."The total value of these viewable items is $125,000," said the Spruce Kings presentation to the city. "Without the ability to generate this revenue, the Spruce Kings season is in serious jeopardy."Seating capacity at the RMCA is around 2,000. For the 2020-2021 season, no fans will be permitted inside arenas to watch games. They will be broadcast on radio and online.The Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars are also facing the prospect of playing the season without a home rink as the CN Centre where the teams plays remains closed as part of the financial decision the city made involving the RMCA.
On any given day, residents in Knowlton, Que. may spot local business owner Tammy Lace driving around town and collecting items in her "Frip Mobile."Lace owns Friperie Karma, a donation-based thrift store that donates profits to local organizations and people in need every month. The born-and-raised Townshipper helped save the breakfast program at Farnham Elementary School, and has supported local children's charities and women's shelters. "It's a small community, so when we see people at the grocery store or whatever, they come up to us and they thank us, and they're just so kind," said Anna Milroy, Lace's daughter and business partner. "Our generosity has created this bubble of excitement in the community."Lace was inspired by similar stores in and around Nanaimo, B.C, where she lived with her husband for more than a year. "We get it from everywhere," Lace said of the piles of clothes, jewelry, books, and other assorted knick knacks and goodies that are donated to the store.Lace and Milroy said the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted their business. After they were forced to close in the spring along with other retailers, they moved online and sales took off. The store has been so successful that Milroy opened an overflow store specifically for apparel and accessories called the Rainbow Room, where everything is half price. Milroy said she and her mother are particularly interested in lending a hand to local schools.She said not only are many of the store's patrons teachers, but she sees educators spending their own money on supplies while school budgets are tight. "Seeing this, we decided we should help our local students and teachers," Milroy said. "They're our future, right?"Milroy is also intent on saving up the profits of the Rainbow Room specifically to create a Karma Award for students at Massey-Vanier High School in Cowansville. "We'll see how far we can spread the love," she said.
Toronto police have identified a man killed a triple shooting in North York early Saturday.Gary Douglas Gallant, 36, of Toronto, died at the scene. Gallant is Toronto's 57th homicide victim of the year.In a news release on Sunday, police said officers responded to a shooting inside an apartment building at 18 Skipton Crt., near Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West. Police were called to the building at 5:15 a.m.Officers found three people shot inside the apartment. Police said Gallant sustained life-threatening injuries. Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to save his life, but he died of his injuries. The other two victims were taken to a trauma centre in serious, but non-life-threatening condition. Police said a dark coloured SUV was seen leaving the area.Investigators are asking residents, business owners, or anyone who was in the area, to check their security cameras or dashboard cameras for footage that might aid the investigation.Anyone with information is urged to call police at (416) 808-7400, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
It's a month before Election Day and President Donald Trump is in the hospital, infected with a virus that has killed more than 209,000 Americans. It's never happened in a country with a long transition between Election Day at the start of November and the start of a president's new term on Jan. 20. Before the House might have to take charge, there are roles for political parties, state legislatures, the Electoral College, the courts and, most importantly, voters.
Someone who robbed a home in Blaine Lake may not want to eat the steaks they stole, RCMP say.Blaine Lake RCMP received a report of a break and enter at a home near Wingard Ferry Road around 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Among the stolen items though, are six poisoned steaks that were stored in a freezer outside the home. The steaks were poisoned as an animal control measure, an RCMP news release said, adding the meat could seriously harm or kill someone who eats it.Initial investigations showed that many other household items were taken between Sept 29 and Oct. 2, police believe.Police do not have a description of the suspect at this time.RCMP continue to investigate. Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call Blaine Lake RCMP at 306-497-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.saskcrimestoppers.com.
Canadian Raphael Lessard won the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Trucks Series' Chevy Silverado 250 at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday afternoon. Lessard found himself in contention for a victory following a caution flag with six laps to go. The Quebecer was in the lead as he entered the final lap of the race after Trevor Bayne pushed him forward.
Quebec's police watchdog is investigating after a man was shot during a police intervention in Montreal on Saturday. According to the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), Montreal police were called to a scene on Ontario Street in the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough at around noon, after witnesses heard gunshots.There, they found an armed man and two women who had been shot dead.Montreal police say the man then began shooting at the officers and officers shot back, the report says. The suspect was taken to hospital but is expected to survive. Six BEI investigators and two from provincial police have taken over the investigation. The BEI steps in whenever someone is killed or injured during a police operation.
Some gym owners in Ontario are worried they will not be able to sustain their business models given new restrictions at gyms. In some COVID-19 hot spots, doctors are asking for even further measures to be taken at fitness centres. Katherine Ward speaks with owners about their concerns for the fitness industry.
Green Party members have picked Toronto lawyer Annamie Paul as their next leader, bringing to a close the year-long race to replace Elizabeth May.Paul, who is Black and Jewish, was the perceived frontrunner heading into the final vote because she had raised the most money — $206,000 — and racked up a number of endorsements from former Green Party candidates.Paul, who is the first Black permanent leader of a major federal political party in Canada, assumes the leadership of a party that has been closely tied to May for the better part of the last 14 years.Before handing the job to Paul, May delivered an impassioned plea to Canadians to do more to address the climate "crisis," saying the ongoing fight against COVID-19 can't distract from pressing environmental concerns.Paul, who was born in Canada to Caribbean immigrants, claimed victory with 12,090 votes against her closest competitor, Dimitri Lascaris, another lawyer and a self-described radical and "eco-socialist," who had 10,081 votes after eight rounds of voting.A party official said 23,877 Green voters cast a ballot in this race — a 69 per cent turnout.Paul, one of the more moderate candidates who contested this leadership election, ran on a robust environmental agenda that she says will help Canada fight climate change, which she has called "an existential threat to human life.""You have matched a leader to the challenges of this time. We need to match the party to the needs of this moment. That party is the Green Party of Canada. We are the party for this moment," she said in her victory speech."The other parties are simply out of ideas. They are intellectually exhausted. This is a moment that demands daring, courageous leadership and this is something that we simply didn't see in the last speech from the throne," she said. "I only heard empty words."Watch | 'We are the party for the moment': Annamie Paul wins Green Party leadershipPaul running in Oct. 26 byelectionPaul ran under the Green banner in the last federal election but placed a distant fourth to former Liberal finance minister Bill Morneau.While she didn't win, Paul did manage to grow the Green vote in the solidly Liberal seat.Paul has already been nominated to run in the Oct. 26 byelection in that riding after Morneau's abrupt resignation. Another Black woman, former television personality Marci Ien, is running for the Liberals."I was born in Toronto Centre, my mother taught in the schools in Toronto Centre, my grandmother worked as a frontline service worker in the hospitals of Toronto Centre and broke her back doing it in the process. I will not abandon the residents of Toronto Centre to a Liberal party that has neglected that constituency, that riding for the last 27 years," she said."I've had enough of candidates being parachuted into that riding and taking the next train out of town until the next election," she said.Beyond strengthening the existing federal carbon tax, Paul has called for a carbon border adjustment, a tax on imported goods based on how many emissions were associated with producing those goods in countries abroad.She has also promised a national ban on fracking — a controversial practice used to unearth oil and gas — and said the country should curb mining, a practice she has called wasteful. She has promised to go further and faster in the push to reduce emissions.In addition to climate policy, Paul has said she wants to tackle systemic racism in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), establish a "citizen's assembly" to begin the process of introducing proportional representation in Canada's voting system, implement a guaranteed livable income and a universal pharmacare program, among other progressive policies."There is no question that we are facing the two defining challenges of our time: how will we build a complete social safety net that allows every person in Canada to live in dignity and security and how we will tackle the existential crisis of our time, which is the climate emergency," Paul said."This is a chance of a lifetime for us to move towards a more just, a more inclusive society. We believe it can be done," she said. "The choice is yours, if we want different outcomes then we need to make different choices."Lascaris ran on a platform to push the party to the far left with a plan to defund the police — and "create a society in which the police are unnecessary and can be abolished" — dramatically decrease military spending and implement a wealth "cap" to do away with billionaires in Canada.Paul also beat six other candidates who were vying for the job — David Merner, Amita Kuttner, Glen Murray, Meryam Haddad, Andrew West and Dr. Courtney Howard — easily the most racially and ideologically diverse group of candidates to compete in a federal leadership race. Howard, a physician from the Northwest Territories, placed third with 5,824 votes.Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the party held the vote online and the 36,000 Green Party members had a week to cast their ballot for one of the eight contenders.Historic victoryPaul, a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Ottawa, was the subject of racist and anti-semitic attacks during this campaign.At a virtual town hall, commenters used the word 'N' several times and referred to her and another candidate as a 'f-ing Jew' in a live chat.Paul is the first Black permanent leader of a major federal party and only the second Jewish person to hold such a job; former NDP leader David Lewis was the first. Paul has said there needs to better representation of Black, Indigenous and people of colour in Canadian politics.Paul said her victory was possible because trailblazers like Lewis and Rosemary Brown, the first woman to run for leadership of a federal political party.Brown, a Jamaica-born Black woman, broke colour barriers when she ran a close second to Ed Broadbent in the 1975 NDP federal leadership campaign.Paul is fluently bilingual in English and French and she made a direct appeal to Quebecers to back the Green Party."We are a national party and we need to win seats right across the country — particularly in Quebec," she said.Before jumping into federal politics, Paul worked as an advisor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague and as a political officer in Canada's Mission to the European Union in Brussels.She has also advised a number of international non-governmental organizations, including the Climate Infrastructure Partnership and Higher Education Alliance for Refugees. Before running for the top job, Paul was the party's international affairs critic.From fringe to mainstream under MayThe leadership race was prompted by May's decision to step down as party leader last November.Since assuming the leadership in August 2006, she has taken the party from the political fringe to the mainstream.After years of being shut out because of poor polling numbers, May lobbied the broadcast consortium behind the leaders' debates to give the Greens a podium and the chance to pitch a left-wing environmental agenda to voters.May's inclusion in these well-watched debates helped the party post its best electoral result ever in the 2008 federal election — capturing 6.8 per cent of ballots cast.But it was her 2011 victory in the B.C. riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands that truly bolstered the party's fortunes, as it gave May a seat in Parliament and a larger platform to advance the Green cause.Since then, the Greens have won provincial seats in B.C., Ontario and New Brunswick and have formed the official opposition in P.E.I.May is among Parliament's most ardent critics of oil and gas pipelines and the country's natural resources sector. She has also pushed for universal pharmacare, a guaranteed basic income and more decorum in the Commons.Until her resignation, she was the longest-serving active leader of a party with seats in either the Commons or a provincial legislature.In announcing her departure, May said she promised her daughter that the 2019 race would be her last, but she has said she will stay on as an MP and the party's parliamentary leader.Under May's leadership in that 2019 campaign, the Greens produced a relatively strong showing of 6.55 per cent of the popular vote but failed to win more than a few seats.Much of the party's support was concentrated on Vancouver Island and other parts of British Columbia.However, New Brunswick MP Jenica Atwin also bested a Liberal incumbent to win her Fredericton seat, the first federal Green victory in the Maritimes.At the outset of the last two elections, May has predicted that at least a dozen seats would go to the Green Party, but those results never materialized.May was also dogged by questions about whether she would allow Green MPs to introduce anti-abortion legislation — she said she wouldn't whip her caucus or forbid MPs from advancing these sort of bills — and faced criticism after the party ran candidates with known anti-abortion views.For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. 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Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta'amu are so far the only ones to return positive tests, but both teams are doing additional screening. In the mean time, the Chiefs shut down their facility Saturday and are looking ahead to playing their showdown with the Patriots in a couple of days. The Patriots had planned to visit Arrowhead Stadium behind a quarterback who can run at any time and a backfield that ran roughshod over the Raiders last weekend.
Edmonton police say homicide detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a girl after officers responded to a reported assault in northeast Edmonton Friday night. Police were called to the area near 75th Street and Mount Lawn Road just after 11 p.m. yesterday. According to the Edmonton Police Service, when officers arrived at the scene, they found a girl with serious injuries. She was treated and transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said in a news release Saturday. Edmonton police did not release the age of the victim, referring to her as a female youth. Youth is usually defined by police as someone under 18-years-old. Police said investigators are looking to talk to any witnesses or people with information about the incident. As of Saturday afternoon, police did not have anyone in custody related to the case. An autopsy is scheduled for Oct. 8, police said.
There are a lot of firsts in filmmaker and writer Jenny Lee-Gilmore's new short film Breakaway, one of the competitors in CBC's Short Film Face Off, a showcase of the country's best short films. It's the first film lead actress Kailee Lowe, 12, has been in, the first for her co-star, Jayden Chow, and the first film Lee-Gilmore has written and directed for a wider audience.In fact, Lee-Gilmore was finishing up her final year in film production at the University of British Columbia when she worked on the film with fellow students Kate Smith, who did cinematography, and Dide Su Bilgin, who produced."We would do our classes in the day and then have production meetings after class in the evening, and all the crew were mainly students as well," Lee-Gilmore said. The film, which is about a young Chinese-Canadian girl who wants to become a hockey star, is based on Lee-Gilmore's mother Kelley's experiences growing up in East Vancouver in the 1970s. "She really, really wanted to play hockey. She was obsessed with the Canucks," Lee-Gilmore said. "But at the time, not a lot of girls played, not a lot of Asian people played. And it was quite expensive and her family didn't have a lot of money."Eventually, her mom did get to play hockey and later enrolled Lee-Gilmore in a minor hockey girls' league when she was a young girl."She was my coach. She also has all the NHL apps on her iPad, so she tracks all the team," said Lee-Gilmore. "She's a hockey addict for sure."Lee-Gilmore said she wanted to create a hockey film for her mother — one that addressed gender, race, and class and how that intersects with hockey."A lot of hockey films, I think, are about white masculinity. And I know my mom never found a film that she really resonated with," she said. At the same time, noting the concise nature of the short film format, Lee-Gilmore wanted to bring her lead character closer to her dreams by the end of the film. "I also wanted [it] to be an uplifting story, a story of hope." You can watch Breakaway on CBC's Short Film Face Off starting this Saturday at 7 p.m., or stream it online on CBC Gem.Check out the other competitors here.
The Independent Investigations Bureau (BEI) says a man shot and killed two women Saturday afternoon. Police were called to the scene on Ontario Street shortly after noon. The bureau, which investigates whenever citizens are injured or killed during a police operation, has taken charge of the investigation and will be assisted by provincial police.
The province of Ontario will be eliminating walk-in COVID-19 testing beginning Tuesday. Clinics are switching to appointment-only, and with that move comes a new screening measure that will help to eliminate wait times and the unnecessary testing of some individuals. Morganne Campbell explains.