Voters are expected to reject breaking away from France's control after almost 170 years despite rising support for the move.
Members of Halifax's Jewish community are speaking out in response to stickers they view as anti-Semitic that have been appearing around the city in recent weeks.The stickers, printed in black and white on mailing labels, say: "The Bug That Backfired COVID-19."Also shown are the Jewish Magen David, or Star of David, and a symbol resembling that of the Freemasons."At first glance, this sort of appears strange and people might be unsure," said Naomi Rosenfeld, executive director of the Atlantic Jewish Council. "But, unfortunately, we know that this messaging harkens back to old anti-Semitic tropes."One of those is the well-known Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Rosenfeld said that is a fabricated anti-Semitic text that tells the tale of Jews who conspire to rule the world."The implication is that the Jewish community was the cause of COVID-19, which obviously is completely false and very anti-Semitic," she said, adding it also implicates the Freemasons in the same way.This line of anti-Semitic thinking is not representative of Halifax and Nova Scotia at large, Rosenfeld said, and the Jewish community has always felt "welcome and at home" in her four years at the helm of the AJC.But she said the COVID-19 pandemic has everyone "on edge.""Unfortunately, it's human nature to try and find a scapegoat … and a very small, very radical group has decided that the Jewish community is that scapegoat," she said.'We can't just let it go'The stickers have been found around the city's downtown core and on some university campuses, Rosenfeld said.Marnina Goneck, a member of Independent Jewish Voices in Halifax, has seen the stickers in the downtown. She found them "hateful" and "very disturbing."Goneck and Rosenfeld both encourage anyone who comes across a sticker to take a picture and report it to either of their organizations as well as Halifax Regional Police."We can't keep quiet about something like this," Goneck said. "We have to really make sure we draw attention in a way that condemns these kinds of actions. We can't just let it go."A spokesperson for HRP confirmed in an email they have received at least one report relating to the stickers.MORE TOP STORIES
A couple in B.C.'s interior say they were nearly forced to sell their retirement dream home after two renters left them in the lurch for thousands of dollars. Now Clive Callaway, 76, and Cathryn Rankin, 70, say the province needs to do more to support low-income landlords like them who rely on rent to make ends meet.The pair reside on Gardom Lake near Salmon Arm in the province's Shuswap region, with much of their fixed income going toward home repairs and maintenance.To help cover costs, they started renting a suite to two tenants in January.Rankin said the relationship started out fine, but the rent payments stopped coming in even though at least one of the tenants was receiving government support during the COVID-19 shutdown."One of them got support from the CERB and was earning more money than I did per month," Callaway said. "For us, it was actually a survival issue." Then the tenants disappeared, one in June and the second in August, owing a combined total of $4,663 for five months of unpaid rent and utility bills.Faced with the loss, Callaway contemplated selling the house to get by."As low income seniors struggling and being dependent on the rental income to top up our low pensions, it was nerve-wracking," he said. Instead, the couple got an order from the province's residential tenancy branch stating the former tenants have to pay the owed money. Unfortunately, Callaway has no idea where they are."I feel personally the government's almost legislated a form of theft on us," Callaway said. "We've been forced to pay up the money, but we're getting no help to recover it."Dave Hutniak of the non-profit organization LandlordBC said many landlords are people like Callaway and Rankin, renting out a room or basement suite so they can afford to keep their home.And while there are legal options for recovering unpaid rent, he said it's a difficult and time-consuming option for people who might already be struggling to make ends meet."If you're a small landlord experiencing financial hardship…. That's small consolation," he said.Hutniak said the situation was exacerbated in some cases by a provincial order in March that banned most evictions so people wouldn't be made homeless during COVID-19.While he understands the policy was aimed at protecting renters, Huntiak said it created uncertainty for many landlords facing their own financial struggles.Callaway said he was also frustrated by the fact commercial landlords could apply directly for relief money, small residential landlords could not."I feel that over 50 per cent of the problem is really caused by the government and their, I call it 'No-evict bylaw'," he said. "It wasn't deeply thought out enough."No one from the residential tenancy branch or responsible ministries was able to speak to the issue because of the provincial election.Hutniak said COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and emphasized that most landlords and tenants were able to work together to navigate the crisis using tools provided by the province."It's a small amount of irresponsible renters that ruin it for landlords, just as it's a small number of [irresponsible] landlords." he said. "The vast, vast, vast majority of tenancies work."Callaway and Rankin hope that's true. For now, they have found "two great new tenants" and are optimistic the relationship will let them continue living in their dream retirement home."Our rental income is the only way we can afford to stay here and age-in-place so we will give it one last try," Callaway said.
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.
It began with a conversation with his sister, Hallie.Rylan Scarfe, 12, was in his yard in Yellowknife splitting wood and bundling it up for the upcoming winter, when they got to talking about the potential for a little pocket money.What if he sold some of the bundles?Their parents thought it was a great idea. The bundles of split wood are perfect for kindling to get a fire get going."There's probably lots of people who would appreciate thin cut kindling," said their father Lee Scarfe.So Rylan got to work, processed a bunch of kindling and decided to sell them for $10 a bundle.His mother Jenna then posted a picture of his bundles for sale on Facebook. And wouldn't you know it, they sold out immediately."People wanted 10 bundles, people wanted five, people wanted them by the weekend," said Rylan. "It was crazy."WATCH | These young wood splitters in action:That meant it was time for help.Enter 13-year-old Hayden Murray."I started like maybe five days after he started ... a whole bunch of people were asking for it," Hayden said. "I started splitting wood when I was like eight or nine, same as [Rylan]."The wood the boys use for the kindling comes from old pallets found around Yellowknife.Rylan's dad helps them search for the pallets with a truck and trailer. Once they have enough it's time to bring them to his backyard. Lee Scarfe saws the pallets so they can be split.Then the fun begins."Sometimes it feels pretty good when you hit it once and it just splits nicely, and sometimes there's knots and it's a big deal to split it," said Rylan.Now they are putting all that experience toward a nice little local business. Each bundle takes about 30 minutes."The ones that I help [with] we split the money," said Hayden."Five dollars [for] each of us," said Rylan.But it's not all about the money for these guys."Some people out there can't really split wood so it's nice to help people out," said Rylan."They're getting off on the right foot and developing some work ethic," said Lee Scarfe. "I think that's pretty important at this age."
The fiercest, fattest contest in Alaska is raging online this week — and the competitors are true heavyweights.Fat Bear Week is delighting the internet, as the public votes for their favourite salmon-slammer."Its a contest the contestants are completely unaware of," said Sara Wolman, project manager with Katmai Conservancy. The annual bracket contest has been celebrating brown bears in Brooks River in Katmai National Park since 2014.Each day the public votes for the fattest bear, as they chunk up on salmon before winter hibernation.Twelve bears compete, and one will be crowned champion on Tuesday. The bracket-style tournament pins two bears against each other in daily elimination rounds.People can also watch the bears feast in the river via a live bear cam.Wolman is pulling for Bear 747, a "really big" bear who weighed 1,408 pounds last year.Last year's winner, Holly, was crowned the Queen of Corpulance. While she's back in the running this year,Wolman said she now has cubs to feed so is not quite so bulky.Wolman says "Otis" — Bear 480 — is a long-time fan favourite."He's one of the oldest bears," she said. He sits at the far end of the falls and waits for salmon to come to him."They call him Zen Master Otis because he's just very chill."There's also "Chunk," formally known as Bear 32.The bears are in a state of hyperphagia, a drive to keep eating in order to store fat before winter."It essentially allows them to keep eating and eating and eating," she said."These guys are doing really well this year. We had a pretty robust salmon run this year so these guys have packed on the weight. It's going to be a pretty close call."Bristol Bay is home to the world largest salmon fishery, and the bears are "just feasting on them."She's not sure neighbouring Yukon bears can compete."The reason why they get so fat is because they have this massive salmon run," she said."Some of these bears are probably the biggest ones, if I dare say, in the world."Wolman says the contest has become a good way to educate the public on "how amazing these bears are."
A recently unsealed court document offers a rare glimpse at how Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers carried out part of their complex investigation into a pair of immigration consultants who are now facing dozens of charges.The document was filed in 2017 to obtain warrants to search a Surrey, B.C., business — Can-Asia Immigration Consultants, the couple's Langley home, and multiple safety deposit boxes.None of the claims in the document, which is known as an ITO (Information to Obtain), have been tested in court. The couple, Rupinder "Ron" Batth and Navdeep Batth are scheduled to make their first court appearance Oct. 13 at Surrey Provincial Court.The ITO was drafted by Gary Sidhu, a CBSA officer with the agency's criminal investigations section. In its 110 pages, Sidhu describes in stunning detail the scale of a significant alleged immigration fraud network. It implicates other consultants, as well as 144 foreign nationals and 29 businesses that are named in the document.The fraud alleged by Sidhu in the document revolves around different schemes to help foreign nationals obtain temporary work permits and permanent residency, as well as getting employers to "pad" applications to hire temporary foreign workers.The document describes the various investigative methods Sidhu and the CBSA carried out prior to getting the search warrants and the 2017 raid on the Can-Asia office and the Batths' Langley home, including surveillance, critical details found in another agent's cellphone at a border crossing, a tip from a restaurant manager who lost his cook and countless other leads.'Garbage pulls'Sidhu describes two trips — referred to as "garbage pulls" — that he and another officer made to the Batths' home in April and May of 2017 to search the discarded garbage and recycling at the house. They rifled through the waste to find torn documents that — pieced back together — gave a picture of the fees collected for Can-Asia's services, and several names of clients to investigate.The businesses the investigator names are located around Metro Vancouver and B.C.'s Interior. They include restaurants, farms, vineyards, various construction companies and trades, even a jewelry store.Many of the foreign nationals have South Asian names, but many others appear to be from countries all over the world.Resulting chargesWhile the investigation wasn't limited to the Batths and their businesses, the ITO is specifically aimed at searching their property, so it largely focuses on the couple. In early September the pair was charged with 69 counts under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.The charges include counselling or attempting to counsel misrepresentation or helping people misrepresent facts related to their immigration, knowingly misrepresenting or withholding facts that can induce error in administration, and communicating false information with regard to someone's immigration.Rupinder Batth faces 54 counts, while Navdeep Batth faces 15.Different alleged schemesSidhu described in the ITO different types of immigration fraud and how they work. Some are straightforward, like falsifying documents to claim more work experience than an applicant actually has — this equals more "points" that can be used for different types of permanent residency applications.The falsified documents could be created out of thin air — as Sidhu claimed one source describes — or made by employers issuing cheques and pay stubs for work that isn't actually done.The ITO details "padding" of labour market impact assessments, which are documents employers often need before hiring foreign workers and are meant to show there is a need for a foreign worker — rather than a Canadian or permanent resident — to fill a job. The "padding" of these documents essentially creates jobs that don't exist, which are then "sold" for the benefit of the employer or consultant. Foreign nationals think they're buying a legitimate job but find there's no job when they arrive, according to Sidhu. Batth allegedly misrepresented 26 applicants' eligibility to apply under the federal skilled worker category. All 26 applicants became permanent residents of Canada.Cash deals for immigration fraudThe investigator claimed that Can-Asia charged cash for fraudulent labour market assessments, ranging from $17,000 to $23,000 and even as high as $60,000.According to FINTRAC, Canada's financial intelligence agency, and Royal Bank reports quoted in the document, cash totalling $208,200 was deposited by the couple at three RBC Langley branches between May 2016 and Jan. 2017. Navdeep Batth allegedly told the branch the money was from business proceeds.In the ITO, Sidhu described a plan to use a dog trained to smell bulk cash to search the Batths' home.Do you have more to add to this story? Email CBC Vancouver's Impact Team: firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow Rafferty Baker and Manjula Dufresne on Twitter.
The next battle in the ongoing war between Ottawa and Alberta is the clean fuel standard that the federal government wants to bring in as part of its efforts to fight climate change. Alberta says it will see the feds in court. It's just the latest in a series of salvos from the cash-strapped heart of the oil industry in Canada toward a government that has made reducing carbon emissions one of its central pillars. It's also just the latest headache for the minister in charge of the portfolio. Alberta has already taken Ottawa to court over the federal carbon tax — as has Saskatchewan and Ontario — and is awaiting a decision in the Supreme Court. "We remain pretty, pretty comfortable that our position will be upheld at the Supreme Court. But obviously we will all need to wait to see that over the coming months," said Jonathan Wilkinson, speaking on the West of Centre podcast. "And we certainly hope that that will come forward in the not too distant future. The clean fuel standard is actually done under a completely different regulatory regime." The Saskatchewan native who now lives in B.C. said he's confident the federal government will win any legal challenges to the clean fuel standard. "The unfortunate thing about all of this is I don't think there's much productive work being done by, you know, defaulting to the courts," he said. Good relationship, questions over policy Wilkinson, however, says he has a good relationship with his provincial counterpart, Jason Nixon, even if they don't agree. He's optimistic there are shared concerns that can be worked through in order to achieve ambitious goals from Ottawa, including achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. He didn't mention Nixon's boss, Jason Kenney, who responded to the recent federal throne speech with a barrage of condemnations and who, on Friday, called for a pause on federal environmental policies affecting the oilpatch in wake of announced layoffs at Suncor. The clean fuel standard will mandate the amount of additives that help reduce the carbon emissions of fuel, including ethanol and hydrogen — a stepped up version of something that already exists in Canada. It's not without costs, to consumers and producers, a key source of frustration in a province that doesn't veer too far from that feeling when it comes to most things related to the government of Justin Trudeau. "One thing I found really interesting is his comment about GHG reductions need to be economically viable as well as environmentally responsible," said University of Calgary economist Jennifer Winter. "There is research out there that suggests that the clean fuel standard is far more expensive per ton of emissions reduced than other sources like a carbon tax." Wilkinson, for his part, thinks the standard will spur innovation that can drastically reduce the financial impact on producers and consumers. What of the oilsands? It's part of the political push and pull that has come to define climate change policies in Canada, where science mingles with politics, perception and salesmanship. Duane Bratt, a political scientist at Mount Royal University in Calgary, said conservatives across Canada seem to favour regulation over carbon taxes, even if it's clear Kenney and his United Conservative Party reject the clean fuel standard. "The difference is between the direct cost and the indirect cost, even if the indirect cost to consumers is much higher," he said. "Politically, it may be smarter to do that than the direct carbon tax." The politics also come into play as Wilkinson carefully addresses what his mandate to drastically reduce emissions means for Alberta, and its oilsands industry in particular — something that could be far more expensive for the province compared with its peers. Wilkinson said he's focused on his target to get Canada to net-zero, but if there are reductions in emission intensity or improvements to technology like carbon capture and storage, there is no reason the oilsands could not expand at the same time. "I'm concerned about the goal. I'm concerned about meeting our targets and I'm concerned about ensuring that we get to that net zero pathway," he said. "And so at the end of the day, if we can do that, I mean, anything that can fit within that envelope, assuming that it doesn't have other environmental impacts, is fair game." An emissions cap without teeth Alberta did establish an emissions cap for the oilsands, but the cap lacks regulatory teeth, and Wilkinson said it's entirely up to the province to bring it into force. "That's a decision that Mr. Kenney's government is going to have to make," Wilkinson said. It's part of a delicate dance for the minister in charge of the high stakes portfolio, imposing regulations tied to his mandate while pirouetting around Canada's never-ending jurisdictional battles. For Winter, the coming fight over the clean fuel standard and the ongoing battle over the carbon tax is much more about that than policy positions too far apart to bridge. "To me, this just signals that the politics is all about: Alberta wants to regulate emissions in its own way and make its own choices," she said. "And the federal government should stay out of Alberta's business."
The U.S.-based shark research team Ocearch tagged their largest great white in the Northwest Atlantic so far and named her after a Mi'kmaw grandmother figure.Nukumi, pronounced noo-goo-mee, was tagged on Friday morning near West Ironbound Island, south of Lunenburg, N.S.She's more than five metres long, weighs 1,606 kg and is believed to be in her 50s."She actually is likely a proper grandmother," said Chris Fischer, the founding chairman and expedition leader of Ocearch.Fischer said he was "awestruck" standing next to Nukumi. He described her as a "proper matriarch" and "queen of the ocean."He said it was "very interesting" to see a great white her size in this area. Great whites like Nukumi, he said, play an important role in protecting fish stocks for future generations."When you look at this particular area where we are right now, the great white are the guardians of all of your fish stocks, they're preventing the seals from over-foraging and crashing the whole system," Fischer said."We know when the white sharks are present, and where there are seals are as well, that the seals during that period of time will eat one-fourth as much each day than they would if the white shark was not present."He said Ocearch has tagged other great white sharks her size elsewhere in the world, but not in the northwest Atlantic."It's very humbling," he said. "They make you feel small and when you look at their body, they have all these blotches and scars and marks and wounds that have healed over, some many years ago, some recently."And you really look at the animal and you really see the story of their life unfolding."Fischer said it was important to give her a Mi'kmaw name. He said Ocearch met with members of the community before this latest research trip and were given a list of names."When you're standing next to such a unique shark like that then … you say the name, you can almost feel it once you understand the meaning right away if it's the right name," he said.Fischer said this latest shark research trip started three-and-a-half weeks ago and that it's been "a brutal trip."He said a hurricane and two tropical storms limited the work."I couldn't be prouder of all the people that ground through that. So here, into the last week, we got a weather window and the ocean gave us an opportunity."I think it's kind of a reflection of how 2020 has been for people. It's been a tough year, but if we all stick together and endure and grind it out, we will come out the other side and good things will happen."Fischer also noted three of the four sharks that have been tagged on this trip so far are up and pinging. Their whereabouts are posted on Ocearch's tracking website.MORE TOP STORIES
Pope Francis travelled outside Rome on Saturday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic broke out to sign his latest encyclical in the crypt where St. Francis of Assisi is buried. The title has prompted criticism, particularly in the English-speaking world, where it was seen as not being inclusive. In Italian, fratelli means brothers but it is also used to mean brothers and sisters, as is the masculine plural in other romance languages.
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.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reporting 96 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and two new deaths.The city's death toll now stands at 293. There have been 4,626 cases of COVID-19 recorded in the nation's capital since the start of the pandemic — and of those, 3,547 are considered resolved. The majority of Saturday's cases, 52, were in people under 30.Ottawa now has 786 active cases of the virus, up 19 since Friday. There are also 219 more active cases in the nation's capital than there were last Saturday.There are 42 ongoing outbreaks at city institutions like long-term care facilities, child-care centres and schools.Concerns about fall sportsThere have also been four city of Ottawa employees at five community and recreation centres who've tested positive for COVID-19 since Thursday.All the recent developments have created concerns about indoor fall sports that are just getting back underway."I think it was discouraging to everybody to see those numbers. We've been ... working very closely with the health units and are fully prepared to do whatever the health units recommend," said Paul Ross, a director with Hockey Eastern Ontario's board of governors."As unfortunate as it would be, if that means ceasing hockey, then we would cease hockey."The league has created its own bubble, with each team only playing a single opponent, Ross said. None of their players use any of the Ottawa arenas where there have been positive cases, he added.Ontario reports 653 new casesThe reports from OPH don't necessarily reflect how many people tested positive for COVID-19 on the day they're made public; rather, they indicate the number of new cases OPH is notified of as of 2 p.m. the previous day.Ontario reported 653 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with the numbers largely concentrated in three hotspots: Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa.To tackle a recent surge in those three regions, the province announced new public health restrictions on Friday that are now in effect. The province's official COVID-19 death toll also took a considerable jump, increasing by 76 to 2,927. However, 74 of those deaths occurred in the spring or summer and are now being recorded as "part of a data review and data cleaning initiative," the Ministry of Health said.In western Quebec, meanwhile, health officials have confirmed 23 new cases since yesterday.The region has had 1,446 cases of COVID-19 and 34 deaths since the pandemic began.
Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Saskatchewan on Saturday, according to data from the provincial government.But 13 more people also recovered from the illness, meaning the total number of active cases rose by one, to 148.Four of the new cases are in the central east zone, while three are in the Saskatoon area.There are two cases each in the Regina, south central and south east zones, while the south west zone reported one new case Saturday.There is only one person being treated in hospital for COVID-19, and the number of people who have died from COVID-19 remains at 24, the data shows.Another 2,819 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Friday, bringing the total performed to 198,105.The Saskatchewan Health Authority is warning the public about potential exposures between Sept. 18-30 in a number of different places in various municipalities.That includes nine locations in the city of Yorkton: * City Limits Inn, 8 Betts Ave., from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Sept. 18. * Melrose Place, 16 Broadway St. W, from 7-8 p.m. on Sept. 19. * McDonald's, 94 Broadway St. W, from 10-10:30 a.m. on Sept. 20. * Canadian Tire, 277 Broadway St. E, from 1-2 p.m. on Sept. 22. * Omagakii, 7-30 Third Ave., from 7-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. * Save-On-Foods, 277 Broadway St. E, from 6-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 23. * Yorkton Co-op Gas Bar, 110 Palliser Way, from 2-2:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. * Walmart, 240 Hamilton Rd., from 10-10:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 and 5:30-6 p.m. on Sept. 30. * Superstore, 206 Broadway St. E, from 10:30-11 a.m. on Sept. 30.Exposures were listed in Moose Jaw between Sept. 21-28 at: * North Dairy Queen, 1711 Main St. N, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day on Sept. 21-28 * Dollarama in Town 'n' Country Mall, 1235 Main St. N, from 4-8 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 27.A handful of other exposures occurred in other municipalities, including Regina: * Pelly Grocery Market, 120 Main St. in Pelly, from 6-6:30 p.m. on Sept 25. * A&W, 597 Bay Ave. S in Fort Qu'Appelle, from 5-5:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. * The Canadian Brewhouse, 2005 Prince of Wales Dr. in Regina, from 8-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, * Flying J Travel Centre, 1800 North Service Rd. in Balgonie, from 10-10:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, * Norquay Co-op, 13 SK-49 East in Norquay, from 12:30-1 p.m. on Sept. 28. * Advantage Co-op Home Centre, 3 Broadway St. S in Redvers, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 28.Saskatoon Transit rider tests positiveThe health authority also listed three bus routes in Saskatoon where the public may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 on Sept. 21 and 22. * Route 65 Kensington, from 7:01-7:59 a.m. * Route 61 Blairmore, from 7:08-7:35 a.m. * Route 6 Market Mall via Preston, from 8:01-8:59 a.m.The City of Saskatoon confirmed that a transit rider has tested positive for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.The city could not answer specific questions about the individual, citing privacy reasons. But it said the person was wearing a mask while on the bus, and that contact tracing is ongoing."The city has implemented health and safety protocols and precautions to protect both employees and the public; this situation stresses the importance of the layers of protection that are in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 while using Saskatoon Transit, including the mandatory use of masks," it said in a statement to media.Anyone deemed to be a close contact will hear from the health authority, which will provide information about what to do next, the city said. Meanwhile, the city will be reaching out to all the bus operators on the affected routes.The buses have been cleaned and disinfected since the positive case was found, the city said.Anyone who has been at the locations listed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority during the period of exposure is asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for two weeks.Anyone who has or develops symptoms should self-isolate and call HealthLine 811 or a doctor to arrange testing, the SHA said.
BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of sympathy Saturday to U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump following their coronavirus diagnosis, state TV reported. “My wife, Peng Liyuan, and I express our sympathies to you and your wife and wish you a fast recovery,” state TV on its website cited the message as saying. Chinese-U.S. relations have tumbled to their lowest point in decades amid disputes over trade, technology, security, Beijing’s tightening of control over Hong Kong and complaints about abuses in China’s Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang. Trump has blamed China, where the coronavirus outbreak began in December, of mishandling the outbreak and allowing it to spread. The Associated Press
One person has died following a triple shooting in a North York apartment building on Saturday morning, Toronto police say. According to Const. David Hopkinson, it happened around 5:15 a.m. in the area of Keele Street and Whitburn Crescent. Officers located three people suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries. Hopkinson said life-saving measures were attempted, but the victim died on scene. The other two victims were transported to hospital in serious, but non-life-threatening condition. Police say two men were seen fleeing the area. Anyone with information is urged to call police at (416) 808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
A 59-year-old Halifax man was ticketed by police after he attempted to cross four lanes of traffic during rush hour, causing him to be struck by a vehicle Friday afternoon.Halifax Regional Police responded to a pedestrian who had been hit by a vehicle on the Bedford Highway at 4:45 p.m.Police said the investigation concluded that the pedestrian attempted to cross outside a crosswalk when he was hit by a small sedan.The man suffered minor injuries and the driver was not injured. The man was issued a ticket for crossing a roadway outside of the crosswalk zone and failing to yield to traffic.MORE TOP STORIES
WASHINGTON — A feverish and fatigued President Donald Trump was spending the weekend at a military hospital for treatment of COVID-19, as new cases emerged among some of his top advisers and allies. Attention focused in particular on last Saturday's White House event introducing Trump's Supreme Court nominee, with several attendees announcing they had tested positive for the virus. Among them: former White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway, the president of the University of Notre Dame, and at least two Republican lawmakers — Utah Sen. Mike Lee and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis. Though the ceremony announcing Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination was held outdoors, attendees sat closely together and few wore masks. Some also mingled at a smaller event inside the White House. The White House said Trump’s expected stay of “a few days” at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was precautionary and he would continue to work from the hospital’s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to keep up his official duties. The White House physician said he was being treated with remdesivir, an antiviral medication, after taking another experimental drug at the White House. The decision for the president to leave the White House for the hospital capped a day of whipsaw events in Washington Friday. The president, who has spent months playing down the threat of the virus, was forced to cancel all campaign events a month before the election as he fought a virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and is hitting others in his orbit as well. Trump walked out of the White House on Friday evening wearing a mask and gave a thumbs-up to reporters but did not speak before boarding Marine One. Members of the aircrew, Secret Service agents and White House staff wore face coverings to protect themselves from the president onboard the helicopter. In a video taped before leaving for Walter Reed, Trump said, “I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out.” He remained fully president, all authority intact. “Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!” he wrote in his first tweet from the hospital Friday night. Trump first revealed that he had tested positive in a tweet about 1 a.m. Friday — hours after he returned from a Thursday afternoon political fundraiser. He had gone ahead to the event, saying nothing to the crowd though knowing he had been exposed to an aide with the disease that has infected millions in America and killed more than 1 million people worldwide. First lady Melania Trump also tested positive and has said she has mild symptoms. She is believed to be isolating at the White House. Also testing positive: Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien. Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said Stepien received a diagnosis Friday and is experiencing “mild flu-like symptoms.” Stepien, who joined Trump at Tuesday’s first presidential debate, plans to quarantine until he recovers. On Saturday, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin became the third Senate Republican to publicly confirm testing positive in the current spate of infections, although Johnson was not at last week's Rose Garden event. Trump’s diagnosis came during an already turbulent period in Washington and around the world, with the U.S. gripped in a heated presidential election and the pandemic taking a heavy human and economic toll. Trump's immediate campaign events were all cancelled, and his next debate with Democrat Joe Biden, scheduled for Oct. 15, is now in question. Trump has been trying all year — and as recently as Wednesday — to convince the American public that the worst of the pandemic is past, and he has consistently played down concerns about being personally vulnerable. He has mostly refused to abide by basic public health guidelines — including those issued by his own administration — such as wearing face coverings in public and practicing social distancing. Until he tested positive, he continued to hold campaign rallies that drew thousands of often maskless supporters. “I felt no vulnerability whatsoever,” he told reporters back in May. With the election coming up in a month, he is urging states and cities to “reopen” and reduce or eliminate shutdown rules despite continuing virus outbreaks. The White House tried to maintain an atmosphere of business-as-usual on Friday. “President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” said press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. “Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the president will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days.” The president’s physician said in a memo that Trump received a dose of an experimental antibody combination by Regeneron that is in clinical trials. Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley said Trump “remains fatigued but in good spirits” and that a team of experts was evaluating both the president and first lady in regard to next steps. Late Friday, Conley issued an update that said Trump is “doing very well” and is “not requiring any supplemental oxygen." But he said that, “in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate remdesivir therapy," an antiviral medication. “He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” the doctor wrote. The first lady, who is 50, has a “mild cough and headache,” Conley reported, and the remainder of the first family, including the Trumps’ son Barron, who lives at the White House, tested negative. Trump is 74 years old and clinically obese, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has infected more than 7 million people nationwide. Both Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have tested negative, their campaign said. Vice-President Mike Pence tested negative for the virus Friday morning and “remains in good health,” his spokesman said. Pence was to resume his campaign schedule after his test. Barrett, who was with Trump and many others on Saturday and has been on a Capitol Hill meeting with lawmakers, also tested negative, the White House said. It was confirmed that she had a mild case of COVID earlier this year and has now recovered. Many White House and senior administration officials were undergoing tests,, but the full scale of the outbreak around the president may not be known for some time as it can take days for an infection to be detectable by a test. Officials with the White House Medical Unit were tracing the president's contacts. Trump's handling of the pandemic has already been a flashpoint in his race against Biden, who spent much of the summer off the campaign trail and at his home in Delaware, citing concern about the virus. Biden has since resumed a more active campaign schedule, but with small, socially distanced crowds. He also regularly wears a mask in public, something Trump mocked him for at Tuesday night’s debate. “I don’t wear masks like him," Trump said. “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from me, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.” Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press
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Toronto police are investigating a deadly shooting on the city's northwest side. It happened just after 5 a.m. at a building in the North York area. Police say three people were shot and two men were spotted fleeing the scene. Officers attempted life-saving measures but one of the victims was pronounced dead. The other two were taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Police are not yet identifying the victim or releasing any suspect information. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2020. The Canadian Press
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