The study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) analysed 19 countries and asked citizens to rate key aspects of their government’s response to the health crisis.
A Nova Scotia man whose wife tried to stop him from having a medically assisted death has followed through with the procedure, which was delayed by court proceedings for the past two months.Jack Sorenson of Bridgewater, N.S., died with medical assistance at the Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg, N.S., on Saturday at the age of 83, according to his obituary. He was approved and scheduled for medical assistance in dying (MAID) this summer, but his plans were put on hold when his wife, 82-year-old Katherine Sorenson, applied to Nova Scotia Supreme Court to stop him.Jack Sorenson had Stage III chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and was assessed with only 49 per cent lung capacity. In an interview in August, he said his shortness of breath caused him immense suffering.Katherine Sorenson has acknowledged her husband's suffering, but she said it was mental, not physical. She opposed his request for MAID because she said his wish to die was rooted in anxiety and mental delusions. She has also said she has a moral opposition to MAID.The day before Sorenson's death, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal had rejected his wife's latest bid to block her husband's efforts. Justice Cindy Bourgeois, who authored the decision on behalf of the three-judge panel, ruled that, with only rare exceptions, courts should not intercede if medical authorities have followed the proper procedures for assessing a patient's MAID request.A divisive dispute in a long marriageThe Sorensons had known each other for more than 60 years and were married for 48. After Katherine Sorenson launched her legal efforts to stop her husband from accessing MAID, he moved out of their shared home and the couple stopped speaking.In an interview Tuesday, Katherine Sorenson said she last spoke to her husband on Aug. 15, when she called him and learned he had made a suicide attempt. At that time, a temporary injunction was legally preventing him from MAID.She learned of his death when the funeral home called to tell her they had his body.She said that after months of separation, his passing was not a shock and she was doing "pretty well, considering.""I've had a wonderful life with Jack. There have been, as with any marriage, lots of varying opinions between the spouses and I thought we did a pretty good job of reconciling two pretty opposite views," she said, referring to their difference of religion. She is a practising Christian and he had been an atheist since his early adulthood.She said they dealt well with their differences "until this issue came up of end of life."In the obituary she wrote for her husband, Katherine Sorenson asked for donations to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition in lieu of flowers. That organization has been paying her legal fees throughout her court challenge.As for what her husband would make of that request appearing in his obituary, she said, "I don't think he would like it.""But I don't know where he is right now, so I haven't got any idea what his frame of mind would be."Pursuing a Supreme Court of Canada appealAfter last week's decision from the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Katherine Sorenson's lawyers said they had instructions to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. On Tuesday, she said that plan had not changed."Because this is an important issue that has not been dealt with, and it isn't just for Jack. It's for any vulnerable person. I think MAID is not very concerned about mentally ill people," she said.Kate Naugler, one of Katherine Sorenson's lawyers, said she and her colleagues were in the midst of drafting their application to the court.In addition to Jack Sorenson, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Schelene Swinemar — a nurse practitioner with the health authority — were also listed as respondents in Katherine Sorenson's court challenge.A spokesperson for the health authority told CBC Tuesday, "we are confident that in this case appropriate steps and processes were followed, in accordance with current legislation and policies."Brendan Elliott also said the health authority recognizes Katherine Sorenson's right to apply for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, and respects the legal process.Jocelyn Downie, a Dalhousie University law professor who has been a member of multiple expert panels on MAID, said she believed that if Katherine Sorenson were granted leave to appeal to the high court, she would lose.In an email to CBC, Downie said the decisions from the courts in Nova Scotia were "incredibly robust.""The judges (six in all) walked carefully through all the relevant case law, applied the relevant tests to the evidence, and came to correct decisions."Downie said she suspected this case may have given some clinicians pause about whether to continue providing MAID if they could end up in court."These decisions, especially the Court of Appeal decision, should provide reassurance to clinicians and to the lawyers who advise them."Sorenson remembered as great musician, teacherJack Sorenson's obituary said he was born May 3, 1937, in the small mining town of Wallace, Idaho.Carrying a masters and a doctorate in music from the University of Washington at Seattle, he taught at Dalhousie University in Halifax from 1970-1974. Following that, he was a music producer for CBC for several years before he and his wife bought a restaurant in Mahone Bay on Nova Scotia's South Shore. The couple ran two Mahone Bay restaurants over the years, selling the last one in 2003. He also taught private piano lessons, and many students and employees remember him with fondness for his kindness in encouraging them in their skills whether in music or cooking."Many good friends will miss Jack for his interesting, quirky, challenging ideas," the obituary said.MORE TOP STORIES
Victoria's iconic 112-year-old Empress Hotel will be out of commission this winter.Fairmont Hotels and Resorts announced late Monday that the hotel will close completely for 87 days, starting Jan. 3, to complete a necessary $3-million renovation to its heating system. A release from Fairmont Hotels and Resorts says there'll be "periods of time where the building will be without heat ... or hot water," as the project involves replacing the building's steam heating system with a high-efficiency hot water heating system, along with replacing two 1960's-era steam boilers and hot water tanks.The hotel's automation system, which controls things like heating, lighting and security features, will also be upgraded. The building is expected to reopen on April 1.The hotel's general manager Indu Brar said in a press release that "being able to leverage the slower season and reduced tourism due to COVID-19 travel restrictions gives us the opportunity to complete these necessary upgrades."Union 'disappointed,' as workers laid off yet againPublic Relations director Tracey Drake said employees will be laid off during the three-month closure, and the hotel is extending its recall time period from 12 months to 24 months, so 90 per cent of employees can return. "[These] are always our quietest months of the year, so many of our colleagues do not work during these months anyways," added Drake.She couldn't say how many employees will be out of work, as many remain laid off from when the hotel closed in March due to COVID-19.Stu Shields, a national representative of Unifor, the union representing the hotel workers, said he's upset that around 75 employees who'd returned to work when the hotel reopened will be out of work yet again. The workers are voting on whether to approve the one-year recall extension that would allow them to reclaim their jobs until March 2022. Results will be known next week. "They are understandably disappointed. They were really hoping that business would open up. It's back onto [Employment Insurance] for the vast majority of the workers there," he said, adding the union is skeptical that the hotel has to close entirely to complete its upgrades.A prudent time to renovate, say tourism advocatesPaul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria, said it's a "prudent time" for the Empress Hotel to renovate, given the slow season expected."They're making a strategic investment ... and it shows a commitment to improve the guest experience," Nursey said.Anthony Everett, CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island said he's surprised the Empress will be closing completely, but expects tourism numbers to drop significantly in Victoria and across Vancouver Island this winter. "Successful businesses … have been using this time to do those things that they otherwise might not be doing, [such as] improvements," he explained. Nursey said he's sympathetic to those businesses who cannot afford to make improvements for the long-term this winter."There's a lot of anxiety as we're heading into the fall," Everett said, adding that "there are going to be some tough decisions this winter" as many businesses decide whether to keep their doors open.
The COVID-19 outbreaks at Foothills Medical Centre, the largest hospital outbreak in terms of sheer numbers to hit Alberta since the start of the pandemic, are taking a devastating toll on heart patients and prompting at least one doctor in southern Alberta to keep less-urgent heart patients closer to home.According to Alberta Health Services, as of Monday afternoon, six of the eight deaths are connected to outbreaks on cardiac wards at the Foothills hospital and 34 of the 42 infected patients have been on impacted cardiac units.All five of the visitors who have tested positive are connected with patients on cardiac wards.As of Monday afternoon a total of 80 patients, staff and visitors had tested positive for COVID-19, and seven units were battling outbreaks, including two cardiac care wards and a cardiac intensive care unit.Because Foothills hospital has one of just three cardiac catheterization labs in Alberta (the other two are in Edmonton) many heart patients from southern and central Alberta often need to be sent there for diagnostic procedures and specialized treatment.For years, doctors in both Lethbridge and Red Deer have been calling for their own cardiac catheterization labs so they don't have to send patients to Calgary or Edmonton for potentially life-saving treatment.'Conservative approach'And doctors outside of Calgary are now weighing the risks of sending patients who are not in urgent need of care.Lethbridge cardiologist Dr. Sheila Klassen said a seriously ill patient she helped care for had be sent to Foothills hospital, just before the outbreak was discovered."That transfer was medically necessary.," she said. "He required advanced care in Calgary but unfortunately he ended up in the middle of the Foothills outbreak. Sadly that was something that we didn't want to see."According to Klassen, the man ended up on one of the cardiac wards with an outbreak. He tested positive for COVID-19 and later died of cardiac arrest."I don't know whether the cardiac arrest was due to COVID-19 or due to his underlying cardiac disease in absence of COVID-19," she said. "But I am concerned he was a very vulnerable patient in terms of COVID-19 infection. So I"m concerned that COVID-19 may have caused the cardiac arrest."It's an ongoing worry for doctors and patients in southern Alberta as the pandemic drags on.There are are only 47 confirmed cases in all of the south zone, while staff inside the walls of Foothills hospital are battling an outbreak that is nearly double that number."Throughout the course of COVID-19 over the last few months and certainly during the recent outbreak … there are many patients who are reluctant to travel up to Calgary because of fear of infection and them knowing that they are in a more vulnerable… population in terms of consequences from COVID-19," Klassen said.When cases aren't urgent, Klassen is finding ways to keep her patients close to home."I lean toward a more conservative approach in terms of medical management and local testing just to avoid inter-hospital transfers recently because of COVID-19," she said.But there are bigger implications to the Foothills hospital outbreaks, according to Klassen.The outbreaks have underscored the need for services, including cardiac catheterization labs, in Lethbridge and Red Deer. "The fact that we're deferring these procedures because of location and distance from a [catheterization] lab and because of COVID-19 cases that differ between locations, I think it speaks to again the inequity in access to care for Albertans living in certain areas of the province versus others."John Church, a health policy expert in the department of political science at the University of Alberta, said the disparity between the healthcare services available in urban and rural Alberta is an ongoing issue and a problem that is very expensive to fix."The stress that the system is currently under [due to the pandemic] is highlighting some of these flaws in our system," said Church."There is a problem in the province with the distribution of healthcare resources, in particular the south of the province … and the Calgary zone in particular gets way more resources than other parts of the province."Church said it's a budgetary issue for AHS which decided long ago that certain expensive services — including cardiac catheterization — would be centralized."And it's not an ideal situation from the point of view of the patient at all."
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Islanders may be exchanging face masks for bibs when the COVID-19 pandemic finally comes to an end.Ontario Premier Doug Ford has promised to host "the best Fordfest barbecue that P.E.I. has ever seen" to thank the province for sending 2,000 COVID-19 kits — which equals 8,000 tests — to Ontario."This is a province with 157,000 people helping a province of 14.5 million people," Ford said Tuesday at a news conference in Toronto."I just want to tell the people from P.E.I., I absolutely love you folks."Ford also thanked P.E.I. and Premier Dennis King for sending a tractor-trailer full of meals in the early days of the pandemic, an example of what he called working together in the "great Canadian spirit."He said East Coasters are the type of people who "give their shirts off their backs" in a time of crisis."So Premier King and to all of the folks of P.E.I., I love you, I will be there… This is amazing. I'm getting chills just talking about this."Ontario announced it had 547 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 55,362. It has 5,469 confirmed active cases.More from CBC P.E.I.
An open letter with more than 900 signatures has been sent to B.C.'s provincial health officer and the chief medical officer of Vancouver Coastal Health asking them to improve the strategy for responding to positive COVID-19 cases in schools.The letter was organized by parents of children at Caulfeild Elementary in West Vancouver after two exposure events last month resulted in several cases of infection.Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) says potential exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 occurred Sept. 16-18 and Sept. 21-24. However, as per provincial guidelines, the health authority does not specify how many individuals tested positive and which cohorts were affected.Coralynn Gehl, who launched the open letter, says as a result parents started letting each other know which of their children had tested positive for COVID-19. She says many parents decided to keep their kids at home until test results came back, even if their children weren't part of the affected cohorts."My feeling was I would keep [my son] at home and just wait and see if there were any more positive test results and then decide where to go from there," said Gehl.According to the parents Gehl has been in touch with, there are 18 positive cases associated with a cluster in a Grade 2 class at Caulfeild. She says that includes students in the class as well as parents, siblings and grandparents.Gehl says she and other parents at the school are worried contact tracing and notifying close contacts of people who have tested positive is taking too long. The open letter asks that as soon as a child tests positive, their entire cohort is required to self-isolate until contact tracing can determine who can go back to school."It makes more sense to me that as soon as there's a positive test, Vancouver Coastal Health contacts the entire cohort and says 'everyone needs to stay home until we figure out who's actually at risk,'" Gehl said.The letter says siblings of students in the affected cohort should also be required to self-isolate so they don't risk transmitting to other cohorts or other schools.VCH currently lists 14 schools that have had exposure events since students returned to classes in September.No outbreaks in B.C. schoolsWhen asked about the Caulfeild cluster on Monday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry acknowledged that there had been some early miscommunication about exposure events, but that overall the current strategy has prevented COVID-19 outbreaks at B.C. schools."When people have been notified, transmission has stopped," she said. "We have to balance that with the disruption of students for no reason."But Gehl says it was the actions of parents going beyond public health guidelines that helped prevent further transmission."The fact of the matter is, the parents in that class collectively decided to keep the siblings of those kids at home," said Gehl.She wonders why the number of positive cases is made public for outbreaks at long-term care centres and at food processing facilities but not for cases in schools.Henry has repeatedly said health authorities are not sharing the number of cases in schools. "We have to find that balance that doesn't identify people and make sure that people feel confident that they're going to be protected if they have been a case, if there have been exposures," she said."Some students and teachers and staff who have shared information have been recipients of nasty notes and bad behaviour and that makes people very concerned and afraid to share their information and in many cases reluctant to go for testing."
MONTREAL — The second wave of COVID-19 infections in Quebec is already looking "very different" from the first, provincial Health Minister Christian Dube said Tuesday. The provincial government reported 1,364 new confirmed cases on Tuesday morning – the highest daily total since the beginning of the pandemic. There have now been 81,014 cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in Quebec, more than half of all cases in Canada. While the first wave was marked by serious outbreaks in long-term care centres, there was limited community transmission outside of those facilities, Dube told reporters at an afternoon press conference. "This time, this is totally different," Dube said, noting there are currently more than 500 active outbreaks across the province. But Dube said the government doesn't know how the virus is spreading through the community. "It's really hard to say, when you have a student being diagnosed at school, where he got it. Did he get it from his parent? Did he get it from his friend? From an uncle who got it at work? It is very difficult to know exactly where you got it," he said. "That's the reason we are saying right now, we are shutting down all those places where we can get together, because we don't know exactly." Schools remain open in the province, but on Monday the government announced high school students in maximum-alert regions will be required to wear masks in class and those in Grades 10 and 11 will spend one day out of every two at home. As of Oct. 2, the most recent date for which data is available, 666 schools had active cases of COVID-19 among staff or students. Restaurant dining rooms, bars, theatres and other venues were shut in the so-called red zones, including greater Montreal and Quebec City, on Oct. 1 for a period of four weeks. The Health Department reported three deaths in the previous 24 hours on Tuesday and said 14 earlier deaths have been linked to the novel coronavirus. Two deaths previously attributed to the disease were determined to have been from other causes, leaving the provincial death toll at 5,899. There are now 397 people in hospital, an increase of 36 from the previous day, while 67 people are in intensive care — an increase of five. But while the number of new cases is now higher than at any other point in the pandemic, the number of hospitalizations remains lower than during its previous peak. Throughout most of April, there was an average of more than 100 hospitalizations a day. Part of that may be due to the fact that younger people, who are less likely to have severe symptoms, are now getting the disease, said Ashleigh Tuite, an epidemiology professor at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. But it's also likely that the number COVID-19 cases in the spring were underestimated. "Comparing the number of positive cases this month to the number of positive cases in April, isn't a fair comparison, because we're just doing more tests in the population," she said. On average, Quebec is now conducting more than three times as many tests as in April and more than twice as many as in May. "There's no such thing as one measurement that tells us everything we need to know," said Dr. Matthew Oughton, an infectious disease specialist at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital. One important factor, he said, is the percentage of tests that are positive. The higher that number, the more likely the disease is widespread in the community. "We usually consider anything less that one per cent to be indicative of good control. In the middle of August, we were at around half a percent," Oughton said. "Whereas, from these numbers today, we're at six per cent provincially." That figure could be even higher in hard-hit areas of the province, he said. While the provincial government releases data on the number of new cases by region, it doesn't do that for testing. As the number of cases grows in the community, there's a greater chance that the disease will once again spread to a high-risk community, which could lead to a sudden rise in the number of severe cases, Oughton said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2020 ——— This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press
A site tour of the arena and curling rink slab replacement projects on Oct. 5 showed the detailed work being done to upgrade the facilities. If all goes to plan, the project is expected to be complete with ice ready for play by Dec. 1, subject to operating budget approval by Jasper Municipal Council. Gordon Hutton, buildings and asset manager for the Municipality of Jasper, Michael Steffler, WSP senior project manager and Wayne Hansen, superintendent of Prologic Construction Ltd., walked town council members and other stakeholders through the curling rink project first, as cooling lines were being installed, then the arena.
One of Ontario's most vocal critics of health measures meant to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic has been charged with violating the federal Quarantine Act, police say.Chris Saccoccia, 37, of King City, Ont., has been charged with failing to comply with an order under the act, Toronto police said Tuesday.His wife was also charged, according to a news release.The charges come after both broke federally imposed travel quarantines to appear at anti-lockdown rallies in downtown Toronto for two weekends in a row after travelling to Europe.Social media posts show that Saccoccia, who also goes by "Chris Sky," spoke at an anti-lockdown rally in Ireland on Sept. 12. A post on his Facebook page indicated he landed back in Canada on Sept. 20.Police first ticketed Saccoccia on Sept. 26, when he was seen in Toronto, in the area of Yonge and Dundas streets, during a protest against mask wearing and lockdowns.According to a police news release, Saccoccia and his wife went to another rally in the area last Saturday, which was "attended by 500 non-mask wearing participants."Police say they charged both on Monday, and served them with an appearance notice.They are scheduled to appear in a virtual court hearing on Nov. 12.The federal government has said anyone arriving from outside the country must quarantine for 14 days, and provide contact information to authorities and monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19."Those in violation may face transfer to a quarantine facility as well as fines and/or imprisonment," according to the government's website.Plans to file challengeIn a message to CBC News, Saccoccia said he "fully support[s] the police who I am certain were carrying out an order contrary to their beliefs."We pray for their well being and safety. And honour their integrity," he said.He also said he is looking forward to filing a challenge, arguing no law can be made in violation of charter rights."And even under extreme, emergency situations, justification to violate our rights must be presented," he said.Saccoccia has consistently shown contempt for public health measures over the last several months, and rallied people to not follow them. His social media posts are rife with conspiracy theories and misinformation.He helped organize both a protest against mandatory mask wearing on the city's transit system back in July, and weekly demonstrations against COVID-19 restrictions outside the provincial legislature. Saccoccia also helped distribute bogus "exemption cards" in an attempt to get around emergency bylaws Toronto has enacted requiring face coverings in indoor public spaces. He has also hosted outdoor parties that flout physical distancing rules. Toronto police said its professional standards unit was investigating after a police-branded Instagram account posted a photo of two officers with Saccoccia in August. Police said last week that investigation is ongoing.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s legal fight with a woman who accuses the international soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago is heading toward a trial before a federal judge in Nevada. No date was immediately set, but U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey said she will hear arguments and decide herself whether Kathryn Mayorga was mentally fit to enter a 2010 hush-money agreement with Ronaldo’s representatives that paid Mayorga $375,000. Ronaldo’s attorney, Peter Christiansen, declined Tuesday to comment.
Saying their community's culture and way of life was devastated by the construction of a hydroelectric project, the Innu Nation of Labrador is taking Hydro-Québec and Churchill Falls Corp. to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.The Innu Nation announced its $4 billion statement of claim Tuesday at a news conference, where community leaders said their people people have lived with anger, hurt and loss for decades, since construction began in 1967. That construction, which continued into the mid-'70s, backed by the power utilities of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, led to subsequent flooding of ancestral lands, Innu Nation leaders said. "The impact of Churchill Falls has been felt across generations of Innu. What happened, it was not right. Our elders deserved better treatment then, and we demand better treatment now," said Grand Chief Etienne Rich.In a recorded video played at the conference, two community elders said construction caused the destruction of their traditional burial grounds and hunting grounds in the western part of Labrador. There was no environmental assessment nor Indigenous consultation at the time, said Innu Nation lawyers and community leaders."We certainly did not consent to it. In fact, we were not even told when the flooding would begin, or how much the water would rise," said Deputy Grand Chief Mary Ann Nui, who also spoke at the conference.> My God, it is 50 years past due. \- Innu Nation Grand Chief Etienne RichThe hydroelectric project involved a series of dykes on the Churchill River — the longest river in Labrador — just above Churchill Falls. The project resulted in the flooding of an area of land larger than Prince Edward Island, which is now known as the Smallwood Reservoir.That land had once been home to Innu burial grounds and gathering areas, caribou migration routes and habitat for countless forms of wildlife essential to the community's traditional way of life, Rich and Nui said."We feel that loss today. We inherited that loss. It's time to make it right," said Rich.While the generating station is located in Labrador, the lion's share of its power and those associated profits flow to Hydro-Québec until 2041 under the terms of a 1969 contract that has been disputed numerous times in court.Past attempts rebuffedTuesday's court action comes after years of attempts by the Innu Nation to get Hydro-Québec to discuss reparations without resorting to the legal system, Rich said. As recently as last year, Innu Nation sent a letter to the utility chief's executive officer and did not receive a response, he said."Every time we try to sit down with them, they always avoid us," he said. The Innu Nation remains open to discussions, he said."My God, it is 50 years past due." The $4-billion figure stems from estimating a portion of the utility's profits over the lifetime of the contract, said Nancy Kleer, a lawyer for Innu Nation."Hydro-Québec has made billions of dollars from that contract. It has not paid us a single penny for the damage to our land, or damage to our life and to our people," said Rich.The government of Newfoundland and Labrador agreed to compensation in 2011, when it signed the New Dawn agreement with the Innu Nation.New Dawn was, in part, meant to address grievances caused by the Upper Churchill construction by paying the Innu Nation $100 million over 30 years, giving the community legal title over what had previously been unceded territory, and a share of power profits once the generating station reverts back to the province's control in 2041. Hydro-Québec 'surprised'A spokesperson for Hydro-Québec said the utility was caught off guard by Tuesday's legal action."We were surprised by this request," said Gary Sutherland.He declined to comment further, saying he hadn't seen the Innu Nation's statement of claim."Hydro-Québec at this point is going to read the legal documents when they arrive, if they have not already arrived," he told CBC News."We'll have to see after that."But Sutherland did point to the New Dawn agreement, which has provided some measure of compensation, and said the power plant does not lie within Quebec's boundaries and is not operated by Hydro-Québec.Lawsuit timingKleer said the time has come for Hydro-Québec to agree to a compensation deal of its own, in an era marked by reconciliation efforts between governments and Indigenous people in Canada.The Innu Nation is in the midst of formalizing its land claims agreement with the government of Canada, with the two parties having an agreement in principle after decades of talks."They have Aboriginal title to these lands. It is their land," said Kleer.But under that land claim, there's no ability to redress historic wrongs, she said, hence the need to go directly to Hydro-Québec."You need to understand the Innu treaty, like all modern treaties, will not provide compensation for the impacts of historic projects on Innu lands that have infringed their aboriginal rights," Kleer said.The legal team also said that during the Upper Churchill construction, the Innu Nation was in state of massive upheaval and disorganization, having been forced from a migratory way of life into settlements by the federal government that now stand as the communities of Natuashish and Sheshatshiu, with a combined population of about 3,200."They weren't in any position to take strong action in the late 1960s and the '70s in order to protect and advocate for their rights," Kleer said.Kleer said now that the claim has been filed in court, it's up to Hydro-Québec to respond, either in out-of-court negotiations or by filing a statement of defence.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Australian miner Newcrest Mining Ltd. says it has conditional approval to list its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange, a move designed to increase its exposure to North American investors. It says it expects to satisfy remaining conditions for the listing in time to allow trading to start on Oct. 13, adding it plans no equity offering with the listing. Newcrest says the listing is part of its strategy to pursue growth in the Americas.
OTTAWA — Combating systemic racism experienced by Indigenous women and girls requires better training and education starting in childhood, says former Opposition leader and ongoing advocate for girls' rights Rona Ambrose. Ambrose, the author of a new book celebrating the International Day of the Girl, says teaching kids early about equality equips them to speak up when they witness or experience discrimination later in life. "Having these conversations with boys and girls at a really young age is, I think, absolutely essential to really make sure that they absorb what it is to be equal," she said. "And make that part of their identity of that a very, very young age." That a dying Quebec Indigenous woman, Joyce Echaquan, was taunted with racist slurs while in hospital last month by professional adults is "unconscionable," said Ambrose, and there must be accountability for those involved. Two people have been fired, and a coroner's inquest will be held into the incident. On Tuesday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault apologized to her family. But too often stories like Echaquan's are met with a collective gasp of shock and then nothing really changes, Ambrose said. While interim Conservative leader in 2017, Ambrose introduced a bill that would mandate training for judges to ensure they weren't being influenced by stereotypes when rendering decisions in sexual assault cases. "That's why we put forward things like this bill, so that people in the highest positions of our system get training," she said. "But frankly, that kind of training should exist for a lot of people that are interfacing with the public." The bill languished in the Senate, despite a cross-partisan show of support in the House of Commons, and died when an election was called last fall. It was reintroduced last week by the Liberals, and Ambrose said the fact it has the backing of the country's justice minister gives her confidence it will pass. While the bill is important, efforts to educate must go beyond legislation, she said, and that's why she's written the book, along with co-author Jessica Dee Humphreys. International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Around The World is a project that Ambrose has long had in the works, linked to an achievement during her days in politics to get the UN to agree to setting aside Oct. 11 as the international day of the girl. In writing the book, she said it was important to not skip over the fact that there are girls in Canada who also struggle with inequality. Included is a story based on that of Shannen Koostachin, whose advocacy for a school in the First Nation community of Attawapiskat drew international attention. She died in a car accident at the age of 15 in 2010, and Ambrose said her family is aware that a version of her story appears in the book, using a different name. The story is one of nine featuring girls from around the world who have overcome obstacles often deliberately placed in their way. Ambrose's share of the proceeds from the book will go to charity. "For me, it's about teaching kids to be better and great global citizens," she said. "But then it's also to raise awareness that there's a lot of work to be done around gender equality. And then what it looks like to overcome those challenges." A key challenge facing governments now, Ambrose said, is how to respond to the gender inequality created by the COVID-19 pandemic. During past economic recessions, pouring money into infrastructure projects was a tried-and-true way to spur growth, and it does work, Ambrose said. Except the jobs those projects create are more likely to go to men, and in the context of the pandemic, women's livelihoods are under attack. Jobs in retail or hospitality are dominated by women, and those sectors are in crisis. Meanwhile, women are also seeing all the formal and informal supports they had for childcare become far less reliable, she said. The question, Ambrose said, is what the policy response can or should be. "Can you fix this with money? Or is it fixed with a better testing regime to make sure that we keep daycares and schools open?," she said. "And then corporations, companies are going to have to figure out how to stop this backslide and accommodate a lot of issues that women are dealing with in the workforce." The Liberals have staked their political credibility on being a "feminist" government that will address the so-called "she-cession" but Ambrose said her party, under the new leadership of Erin O'Toole, must also stake out turf on that front. "Women are pretty good judges of slogans versus action, and they are pretty tough on who they vote for," she said. "They know what's good for their families and their communities and their economy. So, you know, it'll be up to our party to make the case." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2020. Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
Calgary police say they are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman jogging in Coach Hill early Tuesday morning.At around 5 a.m., the woman was jogging south from Coach Hill Road S.W. toward Bow Trail S.W. when she passed a man who was walking north.Police said the man yelled at the woman before charging her and touching her sexually without her consent. The woman screamed and ran away, then called police. The man was last seen running south toward Bow Trail S.W.He's described as Caucasian, five feet five inches and 20 to 30 years old, with a medium build and a day's growth beard. He was wearing a dark-coloured tuque, a dark T-shirt with a red and black plaid shirt tied around his waist and baggy blue jeans, police said. Police said they are looking to speak with any witnesses or anyone who has information about the man's identity or location. Anyone with information can call 403-266-1234, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously."No one deserves to be victimized, and there are some things joggers can do to improve their safety while exercising outdoors," police said.Recommendations include jogging with others, staying in well-lit areas and not wearing earbuds.Police also said those jogging alone should tell someone where they are going and when they expect to return, or share their location through GPS on their phone.
TORONTO — Two people have been charged for failing to comply with federal quarantine rules after the pair showed up at a rally shortly after returning to Canada, Toronto police said Tuesday. The two accused are the first people to be charged criminally in Toronto under the federal Quarantine Act, police spokesman Const. David Hopkinson said. "We started in the pandemic by educating the public. Now we have switched to enforcement," Hopkinson said. "Charges with regards to this are rare. We've had very, very good compliance by our community." Investigators said Christopher (Chris Sky) Saccoccia, 37, and Jennifer Saccoccia, 34, of King City, Ont., landed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Sept. 20 after travelling abroad. Police allege that despite being ordered to quarantine for 14 days, Christopher Saccoccia was seen in the Yonge-Dundas area of downtown Toronto on Sept. 26 and was issued a provincial offence ticket. Authorities also allege both Christopher Saccoccia and Jennifer Saccoccia went to a rally attended by roughly 500 unmasked participants at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday. Both were served Monday with a notice to appear for a virtual court hearing on Nov. 12, police said. Public health rules require everyone coming from outside the country to quarantine for at least 14 days. Saturday's rally saw demonstrators protest against public health measures meant to help curb the spread of COVID-19. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2020. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Denise Paglinawan, The Canadian Press
Nova Scotia's plastic bag ban will go ahead as planned at the end of the month, Premier Stephen McNeil confirmed Tuesday in a media briefing.Prior to the onset of COVID-19, Nova Scotia was set to ban single-use plastic bags at the end of October. That would mean businesses would no longer be able to provide single-use plastic shopping bags at the checkout. Last month, the Department of Environment said it was considering pushing the date back due to concerns about the use of reusable bags during a pandemic. The department said it was consulting with public health officials on the matter.Speaking at Tuesday's briefing, Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, said he's told the department "there's nothing from a COVID reason that would require them to delay that."However, he added the retail sector does not want another burden as it deals with the impacts of COVID-19. Strang said he did not know when a public announcement on the ban would happen.McNeil then chimed in: "It will proceed as scheduled." He did not elaborate on the plan.Retail council OK with banIn an email, Environment Department spokesperson Barbara MacLean said the department wanted to ensure it had the most up to date public health information before making a decision."We have been advised that it is safe to use reusable shopping bags," she said. "Nova Scotians have told us they want our province to continue taking steps to be a leader in waste reduction, and that's what we intend to do."Jim Cormier, Atlantic director for the Retail Council of Canada, said in an interview that the council is "somewhat agnostic" when it comes to phasing out plastic bags, but he said that Nova Scotia's retailers have had plenty of time to prepare."To the credit of the government, they let us know about this last year, so we knew it was coming," said Cormier."Most retailers, regardless of size, purchased about a year's worth of plastic bags in advance ... and so we've spent the last year knowing this was coming and exhausting our supplies."Cormier said the vast majority of retailers are prepared for the change.He said it's good the ban will be provincewide rather than varying by municipality, so it won't be confusing for people shopping in different towns. He noted that plastic bag bans have already been implemented in P.E.I. and, more recently, in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in some areas of New Brunswick."The one thing we've worked with them all on, was, 'Why not harmonize within Atlantic Canada?' And for the most part, they've done that," he said."When you're dealing with chain retailers that do business in multiple areas, that makes things a lot easier. You don't have to reinvent the wheel."The ban takes effect Oct. 30.MORE TOP STORIES
Toronto unveiled its shelter plan Tuesday for the first winter of COVID-19, replacing the former Out of the Cold program with hotel beds, introducing new warming centres and putting plastic barriers in double occupancy hotel rooms and at a respite site on the CNE grounds. There will also be 90 hotel beds specifically in lieu of Out of the Cold, the program that provided overnight shelter in a variety of locations in previous winters. The plan increases the number of spaces for available to Toronto’s homeless through the winter for the fifth year in a row, the city said.
A Shelburne County man has left his whimsical oceanfront home, complete with hundreds of wooden carvings and a solarium of ceiling-high cacti, to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.Victor (Ray) Titterington died earlier this year and bequeathed the unique, three-hectare property in Port L'Hebert to the organization, along with the rest of his estate."He lived a very quiet, private life and we did not know he loved the work of the nature trust until he passed away and we were told that he's left this incredible legacy to us," Bonnie Sutherland, the trust's executive director, told CBC's Maritime Noon. She never met Titterington but has come to know the craftsman through the work he left behind when he died at the age of 92. Titterington moved to Nova Scotia from Ontario about 25 years ago and built the house overlooking the ocean.He spent the next two decades working on the building, tending to his cacti garden and crafting an impressive collection of wooden statues in his large workshop, which is the heart of the house. "Every surface, every bit of cabinet work, the floor, every windowsill is handcrafted by Ray in his whimsical sort of way with carved horses and clowns and all kinds of imaginative shapes. It's something you really have to see to believe," Sutherland said."Everything was designed around him and his passions, so it's certainly quirky and really fascinating to see," she said.Sutherland said "it's definitely highly unusual" for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust to get a gift such as this as it usually receives parcels of land to protect.Titterington's woodland property isn't ecologically significant so the organization isn't looking to preserve it as a nature reserve, Sutherland added. It was Titterington's wish that the property be sold and all proceeds go to the trust, which is now looking for the right buyer. According to a post on the trust's website, Titterington always loved nature and "some of his happiest early recollections were of being outdoors — swimming, skating, fishing, and boating."His property has been listed for $295,000 and has been on the market for about a month. All of his handcrafted furniture and carvings are also for sale."It was something that really meant a lot to him and it became his life's work ... creating these pieces, and as far as we know he didn't sell any of his work. This was just work he created for his own enjoyment," Sutherland said.While there have been many interested visitors to Titterington's unique property, Sutherland said they haven't yet found a buyer ready to make a serious offer."It would be wonderful if there was a group or an individual who would like to actually acquire everything and keep it intact. We would love to see that happen," she said.MORE TOP STORIES
Supporters of President Donald Trump at an early voting site in northern Virginia are strongly supporting the President after his hospitalization for the coronavirus. (October 6)
Asked how she would respond to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet not to fear COVID-19, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam agreed “we should not fear the virus,” but said Canadians would have to “adjust their lives” by following health guidelines. She said we’ve learned a lot more about the virus that causes COVID-19 and how to treat the disease.