Four people died and several more were injured when a fuel tank exploded in a building basement in the Lebanese capital Beirut
A Toronto fish store with four locations in the city has stopped buying lobster from Nova Scotia commercial fishers as a show of support for Indigenous fishing rights.Hooked Inc., which describes itself as "Toronto's knowledgeable fish store," took the stand this week in support of the Mi'kmaw people. Lobster harvested by N.S. commercial fishers used to be a primary source of fresh lobster for the store. Dan Donovan, co-owner of Hooked, said he was not surprised by the dispute but he is shocked at the violence and disappointed. He runs stores in Kensington Market, Leslieville, South Kingsway and on the Danforth. "We don't support people who behave that way," Donovan told CBC Toronto on Saturday.Donovan said the racism must stop, the violence must end and the federal government must ensure the safety of the Mi'kmaw people.The dispute between N.S. commercial fishermen and the Mi'kmaw people has led to violent clashes and a fire that destroyed a lobster pound used by Mi'kmaw fishers.Donovan said Hooked wrote on a position paper on the issue in response to questions from customers. He said customers have been largely supportive of the store's position."At the end of the day, our customers trust us to make good decisions for them," he said.Position paper says acts of violence 'inexcusable'In the paper, Hooked says: "We are saddened to see the eruption of racism and hatred that has occurred in recent days. The reported acts of violence, threats, intimidation and interfering with gear are inexcusable. We call on commercial fishermen and their leadership to publicly condemn all acts of violence and intimidation against Mi'kmaw fishers and their families."The store calls on federal fisheries minister Bernadette Jordan to ensure the safety of Mi'kmaw fishers, to respect treaty rights and Mik'maw law and to enter into "truly nation-to-nation" negotiations to find a solution to the management of shared resources."We hope Mi'kmaw and commercial inshore fishermen can find a way back into dialogue in good faith and based on common values, to work together and share their knowledge and expertise in community-based fisheries management."Business to donate portion of shrimp roll sales to Mi'kmaqMeanwhile, Toronto chef Matt Dean Pettit, whose latest business, Coast, operates out of Pearl Diver restaurant downtown, said a portion of all shrimp roll sales starting from Saturday onward will go toward supporting the Mi'kmaq. Coast, which opened a month ago, is delivery only.The business gave away shrimp rolls on Saturday in the hopes that customers would make a donation to the Mi'kmaq. Dean Petit said lobster has been taken off the Coast menu for now in solidarity with the Mi'kmaq."The second that it turned to clear-cut racism and violence, it's obviously something that, as Canadians, we can't stand for and can't be part of. We knew immediately that we had to at least say something," Pettit said on Saturday.Petitt actually didn't source his lobster from Nova Scotia, but he hopes the boycott will shed light on the issue here."At the end of the day, we've made a decision to stand with other cooks and chefs in solidarity across the country — Halifax, Montreal, here in Toronto, retail stores, a bunch of places — and said, we're going to do our small part as a company, as a small business, during a really tough time."Tension ignited shortly after First Nation began fishingFive weeks ago, Mi'kmaw fishers in southwest Nova Scotia began harvesting lobster outside the federally regulated fishing season.They said they had the right to do so based on 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision, known as the Marshall decision, which affirmed a treaty right to hunt, fish, and gather in pursuit of a "Moderate Livelihood" based on the 1760-61 peace and friendship treaties.When the First Nation began fishing in September, tensions between their boats and non-Indigenous fishers ignited almost immediately. A series of escalating events ensued, leading to the destruction of a lobster pound that had held the catch of the Indigenous fishers.Mi'kmaw lobster traps were cut, large crowds gathered at the wharfs and hurled racist insults at fishers, and vehicles were set on fire. A lobster pound handling Mi'kmaw catch was burned to the ground, and big crowds damaged another lobster pound in New Edinburgh, N.S.Donovan said the move to stop buying lobster is "good business" for his store but it is unlikely to have much of a financial impact on the N.S. commercial fishers. "We're a small player," he said.
There are growing concerns — and signs — that the idled North Atlantic refinery in Come By Chance could be reduced to a storage and distribution terminal for imported fuels, and that could mean a devastating economic blow to Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as to hundreds of workers connected to the industrial site.Silverpeak, the New York investment management firm that owns the refinery, its marketing division and a chain of North Atlantic service stations, has reserved the name NARL Terminal Inc. with the provincial government's Registry of Companies. The law firm that represents Silverpeak in this province, Stewart McKelvey, filed a request to reserve the name on Oct. 6. According to online records, that request was approved.Silverpeak has declined repeated interview requests from CBC News, with a representative writing in an email that "the company has no comment at this time."But industry sources say that unless a new buyer can be found, it's possible a scenario similar to one that played out in Dartmouth, N.S., seven years ago could be repeated in Come By Chance.And with Silverpeak taking steps to form a new company that could oversee such a facility, one of the companies interested in buying the refinery is speaking out.> 'The conversion of the facility into an import terminal could have unfavourable outcomes for the province and the local community, including permanent job losses, increased fuel prices, and potentially unresolved environmental liabilities.' \- Origin International"The conversion of the facility into an import terminal could have unfavourable outcomes for the province and the local community, including permanent job losses, increased fuel prices, and potentially unresolved environmental liabilities," a representative for Origin International, a U.S.-based private company that specializes in recycling used oil products, told CBC News. Worst-case scenarioThe Imperial Oil refinery in Nova Scotia was closed in 2013, and converted into a marine terminal, requiring only a small fraction of the roughly 400 workers with ties to the refinery.The union representing most of the workers at NARL Refining Inc., better known as North Atlantic, says outside of a complete shutdown, the downsizing to what's known as a "tank farm" would be a worst-case scenario."It would be a big loss of jobs. A huge impact on the economy and the price of fuels here," said Glenn Nolan, president of Local 9316 of the United Steelworkers.Energy Minister Andrew Parsons said he became aware of the the possible creation of a new company through the media on Thursday, when he was asked about the development by allNewfoundlandLabrador.com."The biggest thing I can say is I'm aware, the second thing I can say is it's not a part of any discussions I'm having, and the third thing I can say is obviously I'm not supportive of it," Parsons said during an interview Friday.The 135,000-barrel-a-day refinery was idled in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic caused a global drop in demand for fuel.A proposed sale to Irving Oil collapsed in early October without either side offering an explanation, and now at least two companies have expressed interest in a possible acquisition.Origin International, based in Maryland, issued a statement to CBC News this week saying it plans to reopen the refinery in the second quarter of 2021, and that it will recall all the roughly 500 employees as soon as a deal is inked.A second company is also showing an interest, but has asked not to be identified, said Parsons.'Warm idle' modeWhile backroom discussions are underway, talk is intensifying about the need to keep the refinery in what's called "warm idle" mode as the winter approaches.Silverpeak has requested financial assistance from the provincial government to keep the refinery in what's known as a "steady state." When asked about this on Friday, Parsons said: "We have said at no point are there any options that are off the table."But he said the primary focus is to help steer the current owner and potential buyers toward a possible deal."Most hours of each day are spent with this process," said Parsons.While the province does not have an ownership in the refinery, it has more than passing interest in what's happening.The province is responsible for environmental liabilities that existed at the refinery prior to Silverpeak's purchase in November 2014.An assessment to determine the site's environmental conditions for indemnity coverage is currently ongoing, according to the energy department.In recent years, the refinery has represented as much as five per cent of the province's economy."We have a very significant vested interest in this," Parsons said.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
A Prince George man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting three preteen girls by repeatedly putting his hand on their bottoms to push them out of the way as he swam around the lazy river at the Prince George Aquatic Centre. In a decision issued last week, Provincial Court Judge Peter McDermick found that James Allan Prince, 66, made contact with the girls, ages 11-12, four times combined - once below the buttocks and three times on them - over the course of 20-30 minutes during an evening in November 2017. When one of the girls told him his actions were inappropriate, Prince replied that they were meant to be and told her to get out of his way, McDermick said in recounting testimony from a trial on the matter. Two of the girls then alerted a lifeguard about the incidents and RCMP subsequently arrested Prince, who by then had gotten out of the water and had gone into the sauna. It took more than 2 1/2 hours for McDermick to read out his verdict as he addressed concerns raised by defence counsel Tony Zipp about the girls possibly colluding on their stories, whether they accurately identified the culprit and the nature of Prince's actions. While McDermick found they were intentional, he agreed with Zipp that they were conducted without sexual intent. Nonetheless, he concluded they still constituted three counts of sexual assault due to their "repetitive nature and anatomical placement of the contact." Had McDermick also found there was sexual intent, Prince would also have been found guilty of three counts of sexual interference of a person under 16. Prince will be sentenced at a later date once a pre-sentence report has been completed.Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince George Citizen
The New Democrats won a majority government in the British Columbia election on Saturday as voters reward John Horgan with a second term after he took a gamble on calling an election during the COVID-19 pandemic. With about three quarters of the polls reporting results, the NDP had won enough seats to form a majority government. The NDP also had a firm grip on the popular vote throughout Saturday night, holding about 45 per cent to the Liberals 35 per cent and the Greens at 16.
The WHO has warned hospitals and intensive care units are running close to or above capacity in “too many countries”, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to surge across Europe.View on euronews
Questions on transparency are being raised after both a city committee and the Hamilton public school board had live streams crash, but continued to hold their meetings — which are supposed to be public — without any way for people to watch. David Siegel, a retired professor of political science at Brock University, said the problems aren't envisioned in legislation allowing electronic meetings. And Ontario's Ombudsman says it's even reviewing cases involving virtual meetings across the province. But continuing when the public doesn't have access, Siegel said, essentially makes it a private meeting. "Once there's no live streaming, then that's no longer really an open meeting anymore," he said. On Oct. 5, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) held a meeting where trustees could ask public health questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.But the live stream failed, and the meeting minutes do not include any questions or answers, which means parents won't know exactly what was discussed. On Oct. 21, the city's LGBTQ advisory committee, which normally streams on YouTube and the city's website, also cut out about one hour in due to VPN issues. There are no video recordings of either meeting. When a group arranges for live streaming, Siegel said, one could argue they're doing what they can to make the meeting public.So having a glitch, he said, is like having people gather for an in-person council meeting, but the lights go out.The meeting wouldn't move to a different place, he explained. It would pause until the lights were turned back on again. "You wouldn't try to continue that meeting. You would realize that you could only have that meeting in a council chamber with public present," he said. "I think that's probably the thing to do … to halt the meeting temporarily until you figured out what the problem with the live streaming was, because at that point, you no longer have a public meeting." It begs the question: what is the plan if this happens again, especially if there is crucial information or decisions being made without the public able to follow along? HWDSB spokesperson Shawn McKillop said if the live stream doesn't work again and trustees are continuing to call-in, the conference call line will be disconnected. Participants will be asked to call back in and the conference call will be recorded.A city spokesperson said that since the live stream failed, the IT and clerks divisions have issued advice to meeting hosts to prevent it from happening again.Along with advice on technology, hosts were told that if a meeting is interrupted and cannot proceed with its live feed, it must be recessed for up to 15 minutes, or until the stream is resumed. If it can't be restarted within those 15 minutes, it will be considered adjourned, and the committee will meet at the next regularly scheduled meeting date. Digital meetings in review across provinceOntario's Ombudsman is aware that municipalities have had issues with virtual meetings and technology, said its director of communications. There are even some cases under review. There has been one report issued after the start of the province's COVID-19 state of emergency that investigated a virtual meeting. In the report, ombudsman Paul Dubé said municipalities should do "as much as possible to facilitate access by the public to any meetings held electronically during a declaration of emergency." "The requirement to hold meetings that are open to the public is not suspended in an emergency. I encourage municipalities to continue to strive to carry out their business in as transparent and open a manner as possible while protecting public health and safety," he wrote. One consideration, Siegel noted, is whether the group in charge of streaming can even tell if it's still working properly. That's why he recommends that everything be recorded. He expects this type of instance to be covered in future revisions so people know what's expected, especially when it comes to crucial moments. "If you were in the middle of some time-sensitive debate … and you needed to have decisions made by a certain time, I don't know what would happen," he said. Ontario's Municipal Act, 2020 allows municipalities to hold electronic meetings during emergencies. The Education Act applies to school boards. When asked to comment if holding the meeting offline was a violation of people's democratic rights, the mayor's office pointed CBC Hamilton back to its previous response. McKillop noted the board is obligated to have accessible meetings to the public as per the Education Act. He added that the public can contact trustee officer Heather Miller for any questions related to the board meeting, and if it relates to the public health, the board will contact them for a response.
The majority of COVID-19-related claims to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) from workers in Ottawa involve employees in long-term care facilities and retirement homes, but a union that represents many of those workers believes the number should be much higher, and is encouraging its members to file more claims.As of Oct. 16, data provided to CBC Ottawa from the WSIB, which insures employees who have been injured or become ill on the job, shows two-thirds of all approved COVID-19-related claims in the city came from workers at nursing homes and residential care facilities.> The numbers should be … going through the roof because we have people that are diagnosed. \- David Chezzi, CUPEOf the approximately 400 COVID-19-related claims approved by the WSIB since March 30, 260 are from workers in that sector, while hospital employees accounted for 74 claims. Thirty-two were City of Ottawa employees and another 14 came from people who work in ambulatory health care, which can include paramedics, physicians, dentists and medical laboratory workers."Many of these [long-term care] workers are part-time. They'll just go home. They won't file claims and they'll wait out ... the virus. There is no access to WSIB if you have to go home and self-isolate if you've been, you know, exposed but don't necessarily have a confirmed case," said Candace Rennick, secretary treasurer of CUPE Ontario.Ottawa Public Health data to Oct. 23 shows more than 600 long-term care and retirement home workers have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Rennick said one reason some of those employees may not be applying for compensation is they don't know they have the right to if they became ill on the job."The numbers should be … going through the roof because we have people that are diagnosed. We have people that are COVID-positive, that are working in all of our facilities, [but] the numbers aren't reflecting that and they should be," said David Chezzi, CUPE's national WSIB specialist.He said employees who believe they've been exposed to the illness in the workplace should fill out a WSIB exposure form, even if they don't test positive for COVID-19 right away."If they don't claim, they lose the protections of the act, which could be [anything] from loss of earning benefits, it could be health-care benefits, it could be survivor benefits unfortunately if people pass away due to the virus."Not all workers coveredThere's another reason some staff may not be applying for workers' compensation: because not all privately run companies have to opt into the program."Under Ontario law, not all long-term care facilities have mandatory coverage," said Katherine Lippel, distinguished researcher in occupational health and safety law at the University of Ottawa. Lippel calls that "very disturbing."In 2019, 77 per cent of Ontario employees were covered under the WSIB.While that may seem high, Lippel points out the number is higher in other provinces including Quebec, where more than 93 per cent of the province's workforce is covered by the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail.She encourages anyone whose employer is covered by WSIB to apply if they become ill."Sometimes people will say, 'I don't want to go to all that trouble. It's complicated,' but it's ... a very dangerous disease."70% of claims from 3 companiesOf the 260 claims filed and approved by the WSIB in the nursing and residential care sector in Ottawa,182 of those employees work for Revera, Extendicare and Royale Development, the latter a subsidiary of Sienna Senior Living.The three companies own and operate a number of nursing and retirement homes in Ottawa, including three — Carlingview Manor, West End Villa and Madonna Care Community — where residents and staff have been particularly hard-hit by outbreaks during both the first and second waves of the pandemic.When asked by CBC Ottawa about the number of COVID-related claims filed to the WSIB, none of the companies addressed the question directly, but instead provided statements saying employees are eligible to apply for WSIB compensation. Extendicare added employees who test positive "receive full pay and benefits while they recover."With Ottawa in the midst of a second wave of the pandemic and considered a hot spot in the province, Rennick said members are concerned about the illness."Our members are extremely worried. They're fearful of getting the virus. They're fearful of bringing the virus into their vulnerable residences. They're fearful of the residents that they work with dying."
The Ontario Medical Association says some doctors who accept expired health cards aren't getting reimbursed, despite a decision by the provincial government to show leniency during the pandemic.In March, the Ontario government announced that in an effort to promote physical distancing and reduce the need for in-person visits to ServiceOntario kiosks, it was extending the validity period of drivers' licences and health cards. Dr. Samantha Hill, president of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), said doctors supported that move, but said the province hasn't followed through when it comes to claims from doctors."When they go to submit payment on many of these expired cards they're getting error messages, and they're frankly not getting paid for these services," said Hill. "So that is a concern for us at the OMA and for our members."Family physician Alykhan Abdulla, who chairs the OMA's family and general practice section, said he's experienced this first-hand at his Manotick practice."The government writes back to us and puts a zero right next to the payment," said Abdulla."You allow people to use their cards that are invalid, but you don't extend the period of time which allows [physicians] to claim back the money for services rendered."Abdulla said he's encouraging his patients to keep their health cards up to date, but said he won't deny care to anyone.Some patients turned awaySome patients with expired health cards are being turned away, however.Bushar Alsubhi, who's in the third month of her pregnancy, was looking forward to an ultrasound at Premier Imaging in Orléans earlier this week, but said the clinic's receptionist noticed her health card had expired in March. "She told me, 'We can't take you,' and handed the card back to me," said Alsubhi. Alshubi called her husband who texted her a link to the ServiceOntario website, which clearly states provincial health cards with an expiration date "on or after March 1, 2020 have an extended expiry date until further notice." Alshubi showed the link to the receptionist, but said she was nevertheless instructed to renew her card at a ServiceOntario location, then rebook an appointment for the ultrasound.Premier Imaging did not respond to requests for an interview from CBC. Cards remain validWhen asked by CBC about the incident during a media briefing on Wednesday, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said that during the pandemic she expects health providers to show leniency when it comes to expired health cards."These are situations where we shouldn't be penalizing people for under those circumstances," said Elliott. "So it's something that I can certainly take a look at, because this is not really the kind of situation we expected to be facing."In a statement issued later, the Ministry of Health said: "Most expired and expiring health cards remain valid at this time in response to COVID-19, and can continue to be used for accessing insured health services until further notice. Individuals with invalid health cards need to attend ServiceOntario to renew."
TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $42 million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw. That means the jackpot for the next draw on Oct. 27 will grow to approximately $50 million. There will also be two MaxMillions prizes of $1 million each up for grabs. The Canadian Press
The coronavirus pandemic is the main domestic issue as Lithuania holds a parliamentary runoff election Sunday, and the winner will have to tackle a rapidly deteriorating public health sector and high unemployment. In the second round, 68 of the 141 seats in Lithuania's legislative assembly, the Seimas, are up for grabs. The other seats were allotted after the Oct. 11 first round of voting.
Indigenous people and provincial politics have historically been like oil and water Although most reserves and Métis settlements are older than Saskatchewan, many Indigenous people don't get involved in provincial politics. The two candidates in the northern Saskatchewan constituency of Athabasca say its time to shake things up.The province's 29th general election is well underway. NDP incumbent Buckley Belanger and Saskatchewan Party candidate Kelly Kwan are urging Saskatchewan's Indigenous people to get involved in the process. The Athabasca riding is one of the largest yet least populated, which makes campaigning tough. Although the candidates belong to opposing parties, both got involved in politics for the same reason –– to provide a voice for the people of the north at the provincial level.BelangerThis is Belanger's sixth election. He's seen a lot in his years, but remains steadfast in his conviction to serve those in his riding.In 1995, he was serving his third term as the mayor of Île-à-la-Crosse, a small village in northern Saskatchewan."As a young guy that had all these ambitions and all these principals and values, I really thought I could make a significant difference in the region so I decided to run as an MLA," said Belanger. During his career he has served as minister in various portfolios including Northern Affairs, Environment, Community Resources, and Highways and Transportation.Most recently, as part of the Opposition, he has served as the NDP's Deputy Whip and critic for Highways and Infrastructure, SaskEnergy, SaskWater and the Water Security Agency.KwanAlthough Kwan is new to the political game, he said he's ready to step into the role as politician, if elected.Kwan is of mixed heritage. His birth mother was Cree and his father was Chinese, but he was adopted by a Dene woman so he is fluent in Dene. A long-time educator, he is appealing to the communities he has worked in to consider casting a ballot in his favour. He knows it will be tough to defeat Belanger, who he considers a long-time friend."Historically, as Indigenous people, we have always been kind of passive and we let things happen without standing up for what some of our wishes, thoughts and dreams are," said Kwan. "I think now is the time to start getting involved in how our constituency [functions]."Youth engagement in the northBoth men see a shift happening in the north among young people who are returning after obtaining an education. They say youth are more engaged, more vocal and more interested in creating change. "If we can get them involved in the whole political process then I think the future MLAs of this area will not only be better looking but a lot brighter, more intelligent and more organized in how they do their job, and that keeps me focused and inspired," said Belanger. "I believe the young people are going to come and solve the ills of the north, there is no question about that."Both men believe there is much lost potential when Indigenous people choose not to get involved. "They have the power to determine a third of the provincial seats, if they exercise their ability to vote provincially," said Belanger.The province and First Nations have historically butted heads. There are many unresolved issues between the two groups, one of which is the Natural Resource Transfer Agreement. First Nations feel their relationship is with the federal government and tend to stay out of provincial politics."But they have the ability to affect policy and determine political outcomes for many parties if they participate in those provincial elections," said Belanger. "Because Indigenous people are not participating to the extent that they should, we are finding that a lot of mainstream parties are not trying to gain their support as they may have 10 years ago."He said Indigenous people should consider voting at the same rates they do for chief and council elections and northern mayoral elections."My dream is to have our people realize the incredible provincial strength they have," said Belanger. "We need to use many of the advantages that we have — to vote, block vote, to affect policy and to challenge these political parties." He said the lack of respect for people who can affect a third of the vote continues because that group is not exercising their right to vote."My father was a [Second] World War vet." said Belanger. "He was a Métis person, proud of his Aboriginal heritage, at 17-years-old he went overseas to fight for democracy and freedom. He taught us to love our country, taught us to work hard, respect others and all those good things."Inequality existsDespite the sacrifices made by Indigenous people, inequality still exists — not only between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, but between the north and south, Belanger said. Kwan said bridges can be built as long as people agree to work together and find common ground. He is hoping by going door-to-door to solicit votes. This will help raise interest in the provincial election among Indigenous communities."We want to start having some meaningful and significant input into what happens in our region, especially for the future generations," he said. "What legacy are we going to leave for [the next generation] if we continue to not engage with the government?"
As part of the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition's Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, we put together a panel to talk about the issue of systemic racism in the territory and how it can be addressed. The panelists are Paige Galette, Kluane Adamek and Christopher Tse. The answers have been edited for brevity.How do you define systemic racism?KA: It really speaks to, largely, how society works, how it becomes what we know as normal, as a normal practice that takes place within a society or a group or an organization … It also has become a way for seemingly good people to really play into the system. Good people that are unaware, good people that just don't know, good people that said something they shouldn't have. We need to call that systemic racism.PG: For me, it's racism that keeps going and going and going, and that is entrenched in the systems we use, in education, in the justice system, in the workplace, in family dynamics. It's pretty much everywhere.Why are we talking about it more now?KA: We're in a racial revolution, not only in this country but around the world. I want to acknowledge Black Lives Matter, and how important it is that we really, truly, open our eyes and our hearts and our minds to seeing and hearing and understanding what's really happening in this world. Here in the Yukon people would say things are pretty good, people feel pretty safe and pretty comfortable here, but to me that's a lot of rhetoric.CT: I would argue that the racial revolution has been happening for centuries. We need to ask ourselves why it is at the forefront when racial solidarity and anti-racism activism is trending all of a sudden. I don't think you'll find Black organizers or Indigenous organizers or other racialized organizers who have been doing this work since time say this is new to them. The struggle against white supremacy and the struggle to dismantle racist structures in our society is not a new fight. All of a sudden, white people seem to care.How is systemic racism reflecting in poverty and housing issues?PG: We need to talk about neighbourhood watch. I love the concept of neighbourhood watch and neighbourhood security. Often, when I'm talking to people about it, I ask whose security are we talking about? We've seen examples like Colten Boushie, or even here in Whitehorse, where there's a lot of NIMBYism, there's a lot of 'not in my backyard' with the goal of protecting one's property, without understanding the concept that that property wasn't theirs to protect in the first place.Any final thoughts?KA: It's really young people who are pressing for this change. We need to get uncomfortable, we need to listen. As a dear friend Sean Atleo said to me, 'There's a hard way, or the harder way.' It's going to be hard to make those changes, but it's going to be harder the longer we wait … Be open and vulnerable to changing the way you think about things, and speaking up and speaking out, because that's the only way we are going to see change.CT: We are on stolen land, and far be it from us to do anti-racist organizing or anti-racist work without recognizing that Indigenous people need to be at the forefront of that … Anti-racist work needs to take place within decolonization, because at the same time as anti-racist work benefits everyone, including white people, so does decolonization.PG: Don't wait for our causes to be trending for you to educate yourself and put in concrete actions. Don't wait to be called out, be proactive … Just because you're living somewhere doesn't mean you can't educate yourself on the history of where you're living. Make sure it's a safe and communal dwelling for everybody, including your friends, your colleagues, your sisters, your brothers, your family, even your bosses.
Gunmen stormed a school in Cameroon on Saturday and opened fire indiscriminately, killing at least six children and wounding about eight more in a region where separatist insurgents operate, officials and parents said. Arriving on motorcycles and in civilian clothes, the attackers hit the school around midday in the city of Kumba in South West Region, according to the accounts, including from one parent outside the school at the time. "They found the children in class and they opened fire on them," city sub-prefect Ali Anougou told Reuters.
A new food bank for military veterans is helping reach people who sometimes have difficulty seeking support. The Veterans Association Food Bank is providing food hampers to veterans and their families. Now open at 17218 107th Ave., the food bank will mark its grand opening Nov. 1. It is already open — accepting donations and volunteers, and providing food hampers to veterans. Operations manager Bruce Given said it's important that veterans see a recognizable group they can reach out to for help. "It's so hard to take off that suit of armour to ask for help ourselves," he said this week on CBC Edmonton's Radio Active. "We respond better to resources that are related to us than outside sources." Given has felt that first-hand. A veteran himself, he needed assistance from a food bank in the past but convinced himself others needed it more than he did. He looked for more limited resources elsewhere. His organization's hope is that a system of veterans helping veterans will motivate more of them to seek help when they need it. The new food bank in Edmonton was only possible after the same group found success with the Veterans Association Food Bank in Calgary, which opened in 2018. Once there was enough community support and resources available in Calgary, Given said they tested out some food hamper deliveries in Edmonton. The group also held a curbside potluck and other events, testing the waters before opening a full food bank service. Given said the group plans to work beyond Edmonton city limits. It will offer food hampers to veterans in northern and central Alberta, north of Red Deer. The food bank also wants to use peer support groups and social activities to offer support to veterans who are feeling isolated or have other mental health concerns, Given said. The group also plans to offer referrals to medical and mental health supports, assistance with veterans affairs claims and disability tax forms, and emergency help for people in immediate need. The goal is to help build a sense of camaraderie and community, Given said. "There's a rebuilding and potential to reconnect with the lost connections that we had as we drift away from our military service," he said. "There's a huge response to coming back and building that brotherhood or sisterhood." Given has already seen the model succeed in Calgary, where services range from addiction support meetings to social events. The sense of community is strong enough that former clients become dedicated contributors and volunteers later. He hopes to build a similar sense of belonging among veterans in Edmonton, he said.
Federal politicians pulled back from the brink of an election this week — but three political strategists say they believe the brinkmanship in the Commons is likely to continue as the Liberals and opposition parties grapple over the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic."I think that if we don't find ourselves in a national election this fall, I think we will be the end of the spring next year ... simply because the economic ramifications of COVID have not fully been felt by Canadians," said longtime Conservative strategist Jenni Byrne, who now runs her own consulting company in Toronto.Byrne joined Liberal strategist David Herle and NDP national director Anne McGrath on CBC's The House this week to discuss the impact this week's dramatic showdown will have on how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's minority government approaches the opposition.McGrath and Byrne insist Trudeau wanted to engineer an early election to take advantage of recent polls showing support for the party remains strong for now.> Any government that is seeking re-election in later 2021 is likely to be in trouble. \- Liberal strategist David HerleThe NDP has supported the government in every confidence vote so far, but McGrath said the prime minister's decision to make this week's vote on creating a committee on pandemic spending a confidence matter casts doubt on how committed the Liberals are to making their minority government work."And by trying to precipitate an election this week, it begs the question of whether or not they actually intend to follow through on many of the things that they have promised," she said.Herle said he can't rule out an early election over the next six months but he thinks the chance of one is "slight.""I say slight because I don't believe the government will dissolve Parliament on its own and I don't think that the opposition will vote for an election," he said.Time is the Liberals' enemy: HerleOn the other hand, he said, the window for the Liberals to take advantage of their relatively solid polling numbers is closing fast."It's based on anticipation of what events are going to be like," said Herle, who runs the Gandalf Group polling and research company. "Is COVID going to be gone? Not likely. Is the economy going to be weak? More than likely."Do those things add up to increasingly grumpy citizens about their governments? More than likely. Does that mean that incumbents start going from having a big advantage over their opponents to being vulnerable to their opponents? Yes, I believe it does."So I think that any government that is seeking re-election in later 2021 is likely to be in trouble."Trudeau's government has spent a great deal of political capital on its handling of the pandemic. It ran up a massive deficit to provide income supports to people who lost earnings in the lockdown. There was money for businesses to subsidize wages and to help with rent, coupled with promises of a "green" economic recovery.But a recovery, green or otherwise, remains in the future. A second wave of COVID cases is hitting Ontario, Quebec and the Prairies. Travel restrictions remain in place in Atlantic Canada and at the U.S. border.A 'poison pill'And the decision to award a sole-sourced, multi-million-dollar contract to the WE Charity for a student volunteer program remains a scab on this government's record that the opposition wants to pick."I think we'll see how the Liberals conduct themselves over the next couple of weeks to see if they're going to try to find some other mechanism to call a poison pill — in the fall economic statement, for example," Byrne told The House panel.The Liberals haven't produced a budget in nearly two years; last week they set a record for the longest period of time in Canadian history without a government presenting a budget to Parliament.WATCH / How the Liberal government survived a confidence voteMPs are set to vote on another pandemic motion on Monday, this one brought by Alberta MP Michelle Rempel Garner. This time, the government hastily proclaimed it would try to honour the motion if it passes and would not treat the vote as a matter of confidence.Among other things, Rempel Garner's motion would direct the Commons health committee to look into why it's taken so long to approve rapid testing for COVID-19 and why Canada waited to impose restrictions on travel to Canada. It also commands the production of thousands of documents from the Prime Minister's Office and other departments related to pandemic plans and preparations.Herle told The House the government is open to that motion because it's focused not on allegations of Liberal corruption, but on legitimate oversight of government spending."I think that's a completely different issue and character than setting up an ongoing permanent committee to look for corruption inside the government," he said.So, one election showdown has been averted. The opposition, meanwhile, remains determined to expose what it views as government mishandling of the pandemic, and to look deeper into whether contracts were awarded to friends of the Liberal Party.It all suggests a change in approach for a government that, until this week, has tried to work with at least one of the opposition parties to get things done.Patience is a virtue. It now seems to be wearing thin on both sides of the Commons.
HALIFAX — Hurricane Epsilon is expected to stay far offshore as it moves towards the southern Grand Banks today, but the storm will produce large waves along the southern shores of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland later tonight and into Sunday. The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax says the Category 1 hurricane was producing maximum sustained winds at 140 kilometres per hour as it entered Canadian waters overnight. But the storm was about 800 kilometres from Halifax this morning as it turned to the northeast on a path that was expected to stay well south of Newfoundland. As a result, Epsilon is not expected to have any real impact on land, but the ocean swell along the southern edge of Nova Scotia could see waves reaching three to four metres tonight and into Sunday. The largest waves reaching the coast are expected along the southern Avalon Peninsula in eastern Newfoundland, where waves of four to seven metres are expected. Waves are projected to reach three to five metres along Newfoundland's south coast, between the Burin Peninsula and west to Port aux Basques. Meanwhile, gale- to storm-force winds are expected over the southern edge of the Grand Banks, where the waves could reach up to 12 metres. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2020. The Canadian Press
Residents of Charlottetown-Winsloe strapped on their masks, sanitized their hands and marked their ballots in the first advance poll of the District 10 byelection.A new COVID-19 testing site will open Monday at the Montague Legion on Monday. It will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. until noon.The Charlottetown Islanders played their first home game of the season Friday night in front of 970 fans, the maximum allowed under P.E.I.'s COVID-19 health measures.The Charlottetown Film Festival is one of the COVID-19-friendly events happening this weekend.With a byelection on P.E.I. on Nov. 3, some are questioning the timing of an announcement last week by the provincial government of school expansions with the help of federal funding, though that money has not yet been approved.Cornwall, P.E.I., is hosting a drive-thru Halloween event on Oct. 30 to get people involved while continuing to follow guidelines from the Chief Public Health Office. Charlottetown's annual 2020 Wintertide festival will go ahead this year but things will look a little different with COVID-19 modifications in place. There have been 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. Of those, 63 cases are now considered recovered.There have been no hospitalizations or deaths, and there is no evidence of community spread.Also in the newsFurther resourcesMore COVID-19 stories from CBC P.E.I.
Volunteers firefighters in the small town of Little Bay are thrilled with a new fire truck that will make all the difference when responding to calls.The chief of the Little Bay and Area Volunteer Fire Department, which covers Little Bay, Beachside, Coffee Cove and St. Patrick's, said it's "phenomenal" to be able to provide better service to the communities."It's a big game-changer for us," Steve Walker told CBC News on Friday.Until last fall, the fire department was using a rickety '83 Chevrolet pickup as its fire truck. That truck was deemed unreliable or safe enough to transport volunteers to calls, and it was retired last year.Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro donated a pickup truck for service in the interim, as the department waited for money to buy an actual pumper truck.The pumper truck they purchased is 17 years old but in perfect condition, Walker said, and without fundraising and government money, they never would have been able to afford it.Little Bay hosted a Chase the Ace fundraiser last year to raise money to help cover the cost of a new truck, while awaiting funding from the provincial government to cover most of the cost — a bill the small community would not have been able to foot."The biggest game-changer, I'll say, was in the spring we received news that we got $100,000 on a 90-10 basis from the government, which allowed us to get a much newer truck, because … even used fire trucks are astronomical in price," he told CBC Newfoundland Morning.While the pumper isn't in action just yet — the department is waiting for the vehicle's registration to be approved next week — Walker said it will make a huge difference in how the department responds to fire calls."With the pumper truck we can roll up on a fire scene and have water available right away. What we're used to is finding a water source, getting our portable pumps out, straighten hoses from the water source to the fire. So I mean it's like day and night when it comes to fighting fires," he said."It's tremendous.… The time factor is cut by a long shot. We can do more immediate fire fighting."Walker said 10 of the town's volunteer firefighters went to Springdale last year to get training on their pumper truck, and members are hoping to put those skills to use — with a little refresher. "They're excited, but in saying that, I mean, the training now is going to be even more intense, because we have new equipment to learn how to use," Walker said."That being said, that was a year ago, so we haven't had nothing to train on since that time. But the training officer in Springdale and through FES [fire and emergency services] training, they will make us familiar with the truck and we'll be able to use it like a second nature."In celebration, the department will hold a motorcade through the four communities it serves at 11 a.m. on Oct. 31, with refreshments and food to follow at the fire hall.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
ESKASONI, N.S. — Kiknu, which translates to "our home" in English, had its official sod-turning ceremony in Eskasoni on Friday. The initiative is a joint funding effort from the federal and provincial governments and the health-care home will incorporate Mi’kmaq language and culture. And for community elder Georgina Doucette it's very much needed. “What happens is that when elders are placed in homes off the reserve, they usually just give up living because there's no contact with the community, no language and hearing that language on a daily basis that’s important,” said the 78-year-old. “It gives them the reason to keep living.” Doucette is a residential school survivor and sits on the Eskasoni health board and she's heard from other elders how difficult it is to navigate the health-care system when their first language is Mi’kmaw. That’s why she’s so happy the facility is being built and hopes other communities can offer their elders a chance to go home. Chief Leroy Denny expressed similar sentiments. “Many of our elders and community members are staying in care homes around Cape Breton and we want to take them home,” said Denny. Also reiterating that Mi’kmaw language and culture would be core to the long-term care home, Denny was excited to see more Mi’kmaw speaking health-care professionals and wanted to ensure staff spoke it at the home. The federal government committed $19.7 million to the endeavour while the provincial government committed $6.563 million to the home. And Denny believes the home will create 70 new jobs in the community, helping them become even more self-sufficient. “We really needed our own health-care home here. And we’re a self-sustaining community, we can do stuff here,” said Denny. Construction on the long-term care facility is scheduled to finish Aug. 2022 and it sits on recently purchased land on the edge of the community and Castle Bay. Jaime Battiste, MP for Sydney-Victoria, is the first Mi’kmaw MP in Canadian history and says the Eskasoni initiative is vital to preserving language and culture. “We’re all trying to save the language and the wisdom and what they learned in their lives,” said Battiste. He also felt the long-term care was vital to ensure any elders' remaining time was comfortable and language was the core of that. Battiste also thinks this initiative may inspire other Indigenous nations to try and create one of their own. He knows Eskasoni’s population of over 4,500 is unique but caring for elders is a lesson in many nations. That’s something Doucette is hoping for. “I think everyone will take pride in this and other communities will come up with their own homes and keep their elders in the community,” she said. Denny says the community is still on schedule for the installation of their fibre op and opening of the telecommunications company Eskasoni Communications. He's aware the internet is badly needed for some residents. As for the long-term care home, he knows it was a need too. “It was a community effort and especially our elders it was their vision and we helped make it a reality,” said Denny. Oscar Baker III, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cape Breton Post
Voting rights advocates and state officials are on high alert over fears that U.S. polling stations could attract the same strain of partisan violence and civil unrest that erupted on American streets this year, fueled by a deadly pandemic, outrage over police brutality and one of the most contentious elections ever. Anti-government extremists and other armed civilians have flocked to protests against racial injustice and COVID-19 lockdowns. Paramilitary group members are accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor before the election.
Authorities in Kyrgyzstan on Saturday called an early presidential election for January after the nation's previous president was driven from power by protests triggered by a disputed vote. The Oct. 4 parliamentary election was swept by pro-government parties and triggered protests by the opposition, who rejected the official results as rigged. Demonstrators freed several opposition leaders, including Sadyr Zhaparov, who was quickly named the new prime minister.
Demonstrators dressed as chickens, a cow and President Donald Trump gathered Saturday in London to protest a proposed U.S.-U.K. trade deal that activists say will lower food safety standards. Demonstrators are worried the agreement will relax rules for food imports from the U.S. One protester wore an oversized Trump head and carried a giant syringe to highlight concerns that beef treated with hormones could be sold in the U.K. Critics are also worried about the importation of chickens washed in chlorine, a practice they suggest covers up poor animal husbandry practices.
Don't look now, but the next Yukon election campaign is effectively underway.Sure, the governing Liberals have until November 2021 to actually call an election, and the legislative assembly is scheduled to run until Dec. 22. But behind the scenes, parties are already lining up candidates, nailing together policy platforms and, no doubt, fundraising.As all that election-readiness work goes on, the atmosphere in the assembly during the fall sitting is noticeably more tense. Call it "sharpening their attacks" or "framing" or any other crutch phrase of horse-race political writing, if you like.This pattern is most clear in Liberal responses in question period. An example: Tourism Minister Jeanie McLean's response to Yukon Party criticism of the way she's handled aid for a tourism sector battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. "What I don't hear from the Opposition is real true support for the tourism industry," she said. "You cannot secretly hope for the Yukon Liberals to fail in our efforts to support Yukoners today. There is no room for politics."All parties say they want to 'take the politics out of it'"Taking the politics out" of any given issue is a universal go-to for politicians, based on the logical construction that politics is bad when other parties do it. The Liberals are not the only ones who use this strategy. Indeed, Opposition Leader Stacey Hassard explains his call for an all-party committee to study economic responses to the pandemic by saying such a committee will "take the politics out" of the matter.Of course, an all-party committee wouldn't be free of politics at all because it would include, you know, politicians. But the Yukon Party's suggestion of a supposedly politics-free committee is itself politics. The Yukon Party knows the Liberals won't agree, but they can position themselves as the adults in the room, even though it is, ultimately, the government's job to handle economic emergencies.Energy trek: the next generatorIn a similar vein, the Yukon Party has repeatedly criticized the growing use of rented diesel generators by the Yukon Energy Corporation as proof it was a mistake for the Liberals to scrap a plan last year for a 20-megawatt thermal power plant. The plant was to serve as a permanent backup to the hydroelectric system.On Thursday, Hassard said the Liberals "were short-sighted for cancelling a new, reliable LNG facility as our insurance plan in favour of their plan to spend millions renting more diesels for at least a decade to come." Energy Minister Ranj Pillai noted, correctly, that the public's enthusiasm for that plant was low. But he also insists that the Yukon Party would have the government build a 20-megawatt diesel plant. The reality is that no fuel source was ever decided upon for that project. It was listed as maybe diesel or LNG or some combination of the two. So here again is the framing: the Yukon Party accusing the Liberals of wasting money and the Liberals painting the Yukon Party as climate laggards.The NDP as it so often is, finds itself casting a pox on both the other parties' houses. Yes, the Yukon Party failed to bring new hydroelectricity online during its time in power, said NDP Leader Kate White. But so too have the Liberals failed to act with urgency on getting new renewable power sources into operation.White said since the Liberals took power the share of Yukon's electricity from renewable sources dropped from 98 per cent in 2016 to 84 per cent in 2019."How is that being addressed?" White asked. "There are plans — we all know that they're plans — but after four years in power, this government's track record speaks louder than plans on paper that are years down the road from completion." What triggers an election?Which brings us back to this pre-election runway we find ourselves hurtling down. Given that the Liberals enjoy a majority in the assembly, and that MLAs are making up for time lost when the house shut down early last spring, the chances of an election before Christmas are virtually nil.But once February rolls around, the temptation for a spring election has to exist for the Liberals. If Yukon gets through the winter with relatively few COVID-19 cases, the Liberals can claim that as a success. If they wait until fall, maybe a second straight bad tourism season reflects poorly on the government. Typically, sitting premiers run away from direct questions about the timing of the election. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Premier Sandy Silver prefaced his response with the usual "we're focused on governing."But he acknowledged that his party is already balancing the myriad factors that influence an election call and laying the pre-election groundwork within the party apparatus."I'm not going to reinvent the wheel as far as what triggers an election," Silver said. "Every jurisdiction is going to be talking about the exact same things. You all know what those things are: polling, [the question of] do we go full term? You know, lots of different questions."So the electioneering is underway. Right now, you have to squint to see it. But it won't be long before it's everywhere.
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The Czech army has sett up the first COVID-19 field hospital in Prague with a capacity of 500 beds and 10 intensive care units.View on euronews