This Great Dane is upset by a dear head hanging on the wall. Too funny!
Last week's death of a 22-year-old St. Thomas University student from India has been ruled a drowning.RCMP Const. Hans Ouellette said the cause of death was determined after an autopsy. He said police do not suspect "criminality" in the case. Aranyam Bora was cliff jumping at the Mactaquac Headpond on Wednesday when he slipped below the surface of the water and disappeared. His body was found by RCMP divers on Thursday morning. Bora was a fourth-year St. Thomas University student, majoring in political science and international relations. He was from India and came to New Brunswick to study. He was a competitive bodybuilder and martial artist and was in incredible physical condition, said his girlfriend, Milly Squires, a McAdam native and third-year St. Thomas University student. Squires is still baffled by the details. She said her athletic boyfriend knew how to swim. In August, the pair visited a waterfall near Welsford, where they spent some time in the pool of water. She said she never would have dreamed he could have drowned. "He was adventurous and he was, at times, a little reckless, yes, but he wasn't stupid," Squires said Wednesday afternoon. "I don't think he would have gone if he didn't believe he could swim."Another friend, Sayan Chatterjee, also believes Bora could swim.Chatterjee, who was designated by Bora's family members to speak for them, said he saw a picture of Bora. swimming but had never witnessed it in person. Chatterjee said his former dorm mate was also an avid fitness buff, "always at the gym lifting weights." He said Bora will be missed by a lot of people. Neither Chatterjee nor Squires knew whether Bora jumped feet first or dove head first from the cliffs at the headpond. Squires said the thought that Bora, who often went by Ary, was conscious for a time before slipping under the water "keeps me up at night.""Knowing that it was drowning and knowing that he did surface and he was flailing, it haunts me every night thinking that he could have been terrified or he would have been scared. Because Ary didn't get scared of anything. "
An heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune was sentenced Wednesday to an 81-month prison term and immediately thrown behind bars for her role as an unwavering benefactor of Keith Raniere, the disgraced self-improvement guru convicted of turning women into sex slaves who were branded with his initials. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis gave Clare Bronfman the harsh sentence at a hearing lasting more than three hours and featuring emotional statements from several victims gathered in a courtroom under strict coronavirus safety protocols. The judge repeatedly scolded Clare Bronfman for standing by Raniere and his upstate New York organization, even after the evidence made clear she eventually became aware of his sex-trafficking scheme.
Lorna and Donald Burns are remaining optimistic they will get to their Arizona home in the new year.The retired couple are snowbirds — spending half of the year at their home in North Bedeque, P.E.I., and the other half in Mesa, Ariz. Despite land borders between Canada and the U.S. being closed to non-essential traffic until at least Oct. 21, they hope to travel to Arizona by air in January."We have been going there for five or six years in our RV, and then last November, we actually bought a mobile home in that park," said Lorna Burns."We're planning to go down and fly in and not do that long drive. Things are changing, or have changed, for us."The couple usually leave for their age 55+ active living community in October and return in the spring. They have pushed their departure date to early January due to the pandemic, but also said they'll change their plans if needed.Air travel OKDespite the land border restrictions, Canadians have still been able to fly to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, though P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Office does not recommend it. "Non-essential travel outside of the Atlantic Bubble is still not recommended," said the office in an email to CBC News. "Islanders should give very careful consideration before travelling to areas outside Canada where case counts are high with widespread community transmission."According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States is still the hotspot for COVID-19 across the world with over seven million reported cases and over 200,000 deaths. The Burns said they are following the events south of the border as they prepare to potentially travel."We're watching for border restrictions at the moment. California, Arizona and Florida have no requirements for self isolation, but that could change, and those states have had high incidences of COVID, so we watch for those things," Lorna said."If we had to self isolate, it wouldn't be a big deal"No more repatriation flightsCanada's federal government is also not recommending non-essential travel at this time, but said the advice is not binding. "If Canadians deem their travel essential and choose to travel despite these advisories, they should be aware that there may be other safety and security considerations that may impact them at their destination," said Global Affairs Canada in an email to CBC."The Government of Canada may have limited capacity to offer consular services."> Hopefully the figures, the numbers in Arizona ... will be better than they have been. — Lorna BurnsA spokesperson for Global Affairs said Canadians may have a hard time obtaining essential products and services — including medications — while abroad and may suddenly be subject to curfews, lockdowns and quarantines under their government at their destination.Airlines may also suspend or reduce the number of flights without notice, making it difficult to return to Canada," the email said, adding that the Government of Canada is not planning additional repatriation flights, as it did in the spring when the pandemic first struck.Global Affairs also recommends Canadians travellers contact their travel insurance provider and verify the terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and requirements of their insurance policy before they leave the country.Though they have yet to book a flight to Arizona, the Burns have already purchased their travel insurance through the Canadian Snowbird Association. The association — which has more than 110,000 members — has said it's hard to gauge at this point what percentage of its members will actually head south this winter and that many are stuck in a holding pattern.The Burns, and many of their Canadian and American friends who also travel to Arizona, consider themselves in this group."If we have to cancel for any reason, they will give us most of our money back, so we'll just wait and see how things go in January," Lorna said. "A lot can change."'Might not be the same thing tomorrow'Overall, Lorna said she believes the information provided by the governments to be clear if one knows where to look and takes the time to search it out."You have to kind of take responsibility yourself and search out the answers and realize that what happens today and what you hear today might not be the same thing tomorrow, so it's up to the individuals," she said."Hopefully the figures, the numbers in Arizona, in the greater Phoenix area, will be better than they have been, but again, it's something that we will assess."In the meantime, Lorna and Donald intend to enjoy the Atlantic Bubble, travelling to Nova Scotia in a few weeks."We're hoping things will level off and settle down by January, if not, we'll have to make other plans," said Donald Burns. "Staying home, shoveling snow, putting up with winter, not near as much fun."More from CBC P.E.I.
There's lots to know before getting your nostrils swabbed for COVID-19 at a Windsor pharmacy, so make sure you check these boxes before heading out. Last week the province announced that it has expanded testing to pharmacies, with three Shoppers Drug Marts authorized in Windsor and two others in Sarnia.Across Ontario, strict guidelines have been put in place for those looking to get a test done at a pharmacy.The main rule is that only those who are asymptomatic and have not been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 can receive a test. The person must also fall under one of five categories: * Living or working in a long-term care facility. * Residing or volunteering at a shelter. * Have been given a clearance for international travel. * An international student travelling into the country to start school after the14-day isolation period ends. * An Indigenous person.In Windsor, locations started testing on Tuesday.CBC News spoke with the Devonshire Mall Shopper's Drug Mart pharmacist Matthew Thibert about how testing has gone so far. "It's been busy," Thibert said. "I wasn't really sure whether or not we would see such a demand for it, but I will say that we have definitely seen a lot of demand." He said they've been taking calls since Friday evening and have completed 20 tests so far, but have done 50 phone assessments. The pharmacy is not taking any walk-ins, Thibert said, adding that people must complete a phone assessment before coming in to the store. The assessment will determine whether the person falls under the outlined criteria. WATCH | Local pharmacist Matthew Thibert explains what people need to know before getting testedLocations approved for testing in Sarnia and Windsor include: * Devonshire Mall in Windsor at 3100 Howard Ave. * Tecumseh Mall in Windsor at 7720 Tecumseh Rd. E. * Huron Church in Windsor at 1760 Huron Church Rd. * 2600 Lakeshore Rd in Sarnia. * Michigan & Murphy in Sarnia at 1206 Michigan Ave.
For Guillermo Nieto, a Mexican businessman who grew up smoking pot, the cannabis greenhouse on his family's vast farmlands in Guanajuato state is part of a bigger dream. One that involves deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies. Nieto and several Mexican businessmen have spent years positioning themselves for a time when the country opens up what would be the world's biggest legal cannabis market in terms of population, where the drug can be lawfully cultivated and sold.
TORONTO — Ontario is changing its COVID-19 symptom screening guidance for the province's schools and child care centres. The province is now asking parents to keep their children home from school for 24 hours if they have either a runny nose or headache. If a child has both of those symptoms they are asked to consult a health-care provider or have a COVID-19 test before returning to school or child care. Previously, the government had asked that children with either single symptom stay home until they received a negative COVID-19 test or other medical diagnosis. Ontario is also removing abdominal pain or conjunctivitis from its screening list. Earlier this month, British Columbia removed 10 symptoms from their school screening sheet including runny nose. Meanwhile, Ontario said it will give pay raises to personal support workers throughout the health-care system in a bid to recruit and retain them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Doug Ford said about 147,000 workers in long-term care, hospitals, and community care are eligible for the increase. Personal support workers in long-term care and community care will be eligible for a $3 an hour pay increase, while personal support workers in hospitals will see a $2 an hour pay hike. The temporary increase begins Thursday and will expire in March 2021, costing the government $461 million. Ford said he has not ruled out continuing the pay raise next year. Advocates in the long-term care and home care sectors have said low pay has contributed to personal support worker shortages before and during the pandemic. Ontario reported 538 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and three new deaths from the illness. Health Minister Christine Elliott said 229 cases were reported in Toronto, 101 cases in Peel Region, 66 in Ottawa, and 43 in York Region. She said 60 per cent of the new cases were among people under the age of 40. In total, 162 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 36 in intensive care. The province also reported 65 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 29 among students. Those bring the number of schools with a reported case to 307 out of Ontario's 4,828 publicly funded schools. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2020. The Canadian Press
"A variety of possibilities were examined to see if it was possible for investitures to safely take place in line with the guidelines," Buckingham Palace said on its website, referring to the ceremonies held when someone who has been awarded an honour receives their award in person from a royal family member. The 94-year-old queen planned to return to Windsor Castle, west of London, this month and use Buckingham Palace just for smaller audiences and engagements, in line with relevant guidance and advice. Elizabeth has been forced to cancel several events because of the virus this year, including the traditional ceremonial marking of her birthday in April.
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:44 p.m. EDT on Oct. 1, 2020: There are 160,287 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 75,221 confirmed (including 5,850 deaths, 63,144 resolved) _ Ontario: 52,248 confirmed (including 2,851 deaths, 44,422 resolved) _ Alberta: 18,062 confirmed (including 267 deaths, 16,213 resolved) _ British Columbia: 9,138 confirmed (including 234 deaths, 7,591 resolved) _ Manitoba: 2,029 confirmed (including 20 deaths, 1,388 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 1,927 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,759 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,088 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,021 resolved) _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 275 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 269 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 200 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 192 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 59 confirmed (including 57 resolved) _ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved) _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Nunavut: No confirmed cases, 7 presumptive _ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved) _ Total: 160,287 (7 presumptive, 160,280 confirmed including 9,316 deaths, 136,089 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2020. The Canadian Press
Jeremy Jestican was working as a scaffolder on the Hibernia platform before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the resulting drop in the price of oil led to him being laid off — a scenario being played out over and over again in Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil industry, and laid bare in the budget handed down Wednesday.Jestican, 37, said the lost income has been hard on him and others he knows. He didn't expect the provincial budget — which came in with a $1.84-billion deficit — to be pretty, and said the impact of a declining industry will be felt far and wide."I just look at the communities … the hospitals and charities and stuff," he said. "The offshore contributed to so much here. Businesses and everything like that, it's a big hit on the province."The province's offshore oil industry has seen crushing losses over the past six months, including Husky Energy suspending the White Rose project in Argentia, delaying first oil, and reviewing its future operations in Atlantic Canada.In June, layoffs were announced for the Hibernia oil platform, which served as direct employment for nearly 1,500 people as of March 2019. Workers from across the industry took to the steps of Confederation Building in September to voice their concerns over cutbacks and layoffs.Jestican, a father of three young children, now works as a truck driver hauling sand to prepare for the upcoming winter — and said he will be laid off once the job is done. He has been searching for work but said the job market is extremely competitive due to others in the same position to himself."I've been off ever since March 19th, taking jobs here and there, whatever I can get," he said. "I know these guys here, they had engineers applying for labour jobs. People [are] looking for anything at all."> It seemed like it just came to a screeching halt, and here we are. \- Jeremy JesticanJestican returned to Newfoundland to start a career after living and working in Edmonton. He said he had figured there would be an opportunity to work offshore for years to come — but things changed quickly."I felt very comfortable out there, as a lot of people did," he said. "People buying houses, building houses — everyone was pretty happy-go-lucky."It seemed like it just came to a screeching halt, and here we are. I did over 200 days last year offshore. You were turning down phone calls to go and now you're hoping to get one."In late September, the federal government announced it would be providing $320 million to support workers and reduce carbon emissions.Jestican said he is unsure if the money from the federal government will be able to get him back to work in the industry. He's trying to decide between going back to school or leaving the province to return in search of work."I don't see it happening in the near future by the time they figure out where it's all going to go and who's getting what," he said. "If school doesn't pan out I'll possibly head out west. Toronto, or Alberta again."I've got some small kids here. It would be hard to leave them but I've got to make a living for myself as well to keep them going. It's hard to say no to [my family]. One time you never had to, for the past few years."We're not giving up, industry minister saysAndrew Parsons, minister of industry, energy and technology, said Wednesday the province is not prepared to give up on the oil industry in the province, even if companies move out of the sector."We're planning for the worst and hoping for the best. And I gotta tell you, I think we're being conservative and we're being smart," he said."We're listening to people that are in that industry. I'm not prepared to give up on it. I think there is still a lot of opportunity there."Parsons said the province is not taking an "all-eggs-in-one-basket-type approach" for navigating the future."The department I have, I think, is a recognition that we need to take the tech side and put it into what's been a really positive and productive industry and energy sector," he said."But again, they don't need to be mutually exclusive. They can operate with each other and strengthen each other."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
In his first major speech in the House of Commons as Conservative leader, Erin O'Toole assailed the Liberals' response to COVID-19. He said they're too pleased with results that aren't as bad as in the U.S. when they should be comparing Canada to the most successful countries in the world.
Nearly half of students at public elementary schools in a COVID-19 hot spot west of Toronto are learning online, according to data provided by the school board. Upwards of 54,600 elementary students have opted for remote learning this year at the Peel District School Board, while roughly 57,300 have returned to the classroom — a split far higher than the roughly one-third of elementary students learning from home at neighbouring boards. The Peel board saw a sharp increase in students opting for remote learning over the course of the last month, according to numbers it shared.
The Medisys Health Group and its affiliate Copeman Healthcare say they paid an unspecified ransom to retrieve personal information for about 60,000 clients after detecting a security breach on Aug. 31. An email from Medisys head office in Montreal says privacy officials were notified Sept. 4, four days after the breach was discovered, and began notifying customers last week. Medisys and Copeman's websites — which note they belong to Telus — say their security consultants paid the ransom and confirmed the hackers didn't tamper with the data.
A Windsor woman with colorectal cancer, who fought against COVID-19 restrictions to see her Michigan parents one final time, died Tuesday morning. While fighting for her life, Diane Costello was also in a weeks-long battle with the federal government so that her elderly American parents could get an exemption from the 14-day quarantine, and the family could be reunited before her death. Costello's dying wish was granted on Sept. 17, as her parents — Marolyn Hotchkiss, 77, and Norman Hotchkiss, 80 — were able to see their daughter at a local hospice after suiting up in personal protective equipment.Costello's daughter Shayla posted about her mom's death on Facebook Tuesday. "As many of you know my mom has always been a fighter, she has more strength than anyone that I have ever met. She was the most kind hearted and positive person and would give her shirt off her back for anyone who was in need," reads part of Shayla's post."I know this will not be easy, but I always got my strength from my mom and I will continue to do so. I am so thankful that she was able to see my grandparents before she passed away. My mom will always be remembered for her contagious smile and her ability to make a lasting impression on everyone she met." NDP MP for Windsor West Brian Masse had joined Diane's fight against the government and also posted a statement about Diane's death.He said her battle "has given inspiration, determination and hope to many others across the country as we all struggle with COVID and compassion."Diane was diagnosed with colorectal cancer two years ago and in March she was told that there were no other options because treatment had stopped working, according to Shayla. Her parents were kept from seeing Costello in the last six months of her life, as they were restricted by the Quarantine Act, which makes it mandatory for anyone crossing the border to self-isolate for a two week period to monitor for symptoms of the disease. Costello's parents had their own health concerns, which prevented them from quarantining without medical treatment for that period of time. At the time, the federal government told CBC News that the Quarantine Act did not provide exemptions "for compassionate reasons, such as visiting critically ill loved ones in hospitals/long-term care facilities, or the attendance of funerals," but an exemption for the Hotchkiss' was eventually provided.
Research associate Nicholas Wilkie waves his arms through the air.By using an augmented reality headset, a computer-generated dog's leg twists and moves under his motioning hands in virtual space before him.It's just one of the projects taking place at the laboratory of mechatronics applied to biomedicine at UPEI's faculty of sustainable design engineering.Assistant Prof. Nadja Bressan started the lab in 2018 and has been running it since. She said mechatronics is the fusion of five types of engineering: mechanics, electronics, informatics, control and systems.Bressan is using that fusion to look at health-care solutions for people and animals. She has partnered with a co-investigator from the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) in Charlottetown to work on projects like the twisting dog's leg. "It's actually an emerging field called veterinary engineering," said Dr. Cate Creighton, a veterinary anesthesiologist with AVC."It combines ... veterinary medicine and electromechanical engineering because they complement each other really well in developing and testing and using this technology."Using a Microsoft HoloLens, the team is working on less invasive practices by using the the mixed-reality headset."It probably looks like a large pair of glasses," Wilkie said."It uses cameras and some little miniaturized projectors that project images into your eyes so that you can look around the physical world around us and see holograms placed against walls and other surfaces in the area."The work they are doing will allow those in a veterinary clinic to look at a virtual representation of a dog's leg during a procedure.Less invasive"Part of veterinary anesthesia is monitoring animals during anesthesia and performing nerve blocks during anesthesia, both to aid the monitoring," Creighton said. "And nerve blocks we do before painful procedures so the animals experience less pain during the procedure as well as after."The goal of what we are doing is to improve upon existing technologies, whether it's giving us more information or information in a different way."It can also be less invasive to look at the animal virtually — sometimes before a procedure even begins — as the non-invasive methods produce better outcomes for the patients."Whenever you use a tool or an instrument that has augmented reality you are actually seeing the virtual on top of the real," Bressan said."That is why it makes [it] so fascinating because you can see both interacting at the same time in one frame."Technology advancing fastWilkie has been working on the coding for the project and said he didn't realize when he first started school how quickly things would advance."I didn't realize we'd be able to have something so small and so mobile that we could just carry around on our heads, like in sci-fi movies, that we could apply directly to industry and the medical applications," Wilkie said."It's incredible."It is just one of the projects the two co-investigators are exploring as part of veterinary-medicine engineering. They are also working on different heart monitors for various animals — from horses to bats and snakes.Bressan said it's exciting to see how connecting the engineering fields with health care can be adapted to improve things."I feel that I can play with the future," Bressan said."So everybody dreams about the future every day. They dream about it. I work with the future every day. We make the future."More P.E.I. news
The troubled owner of the Ekati Diamond Mine has suddenly fired some employees who have been out of work since it mothballed the mine in April.Dominion Diamond Mines said it cannot afford to keep all of them on staff as it attempts to recover from the financial damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic."While this was an incredibly difficult decision, we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while the Ekati Diamond Mine remains on care and maintenance," said the company in an email."All employees are being treated fairly and with respect, consistent with Dominion's values."The employees who were terminated were notified on Tuesday, according to documents obtained by CBC. In them, Dominion says the terminations are effective immediately. The company refers the employees to an outside firm for career transition counselling services.In the termination letters, Dominion informs the employees that all of their benefits, including health and pension contributions, end immediately. The company has reportedly resisted answering employees' questions about severance pay.Dominion would not say how many employees it fired. In April, it put the Ekati mine on care and maintenance, saying the pandemic had virtually shut down the diamond industry and left it with $180 million worth of diamonds it was unable to sell. It filed for creditor protection later that month.Many of the workers at Ekati are members of the Union of Northern Workers. A union official said union leaders met with Dominion's senior managers on Wednesday. The official said Dominion said it has not laid off any unionized staff and has no plans to do so.On July 30, the territorial government allowed Dominion to extend its temporary layoff of 381 Ekati workers. The extension, which is required under the Employment Standards Act, runs to Oct. 31. A condition of the extension is that the company recall all of the employees by that deadline.Dominion is still under creditor protection. Earlier this month it accepted a $166 million offer from the Washington Companies to purchase the Ekati mine and all of the assets and liabilities associated with it.The deal still has to clear some hurdles, including court approval and reaching an agreement with the N.W.T. government on reclamation obligations.
Wednesday marks Orange Shirt Day in Canada and while it's a day to remember the Indigenous children forced to go to residential schools, it's also about learning Indigenous history and culture.On P.E.I., that begins in public schools at an early age. Claire Gaudin told CBC News: Compass it's important that children learn Indigenous studies because it "empowers children to take action themselves" in the path of reconciliation and carry that into adulthood.She's a kindergarten to Grade 6 curriculum leader with the Department of Education and said teachers are speaking with students about the residential schools and that it includes "integrated units of studies" in grades 1-3.Further learning for grades 4-6 is now being developed. These would complement mandatory teachings for all grade levels."There are connections all throughout our curriculum to Indigenous studies," Gaudin said.'Legacy of residential schools'In Grade 1 French immersion, for example, students have "read alouds," where they can learn more about Indigenous culture. As students progress through grades they learn more about sensitive topics, like residential schools, in what she describes as a "gradual approach.""We've provided resources to allow for more of these delicate conversations to be had," Gaudin said."From Grade 3 onwards, we do actually integrate a little bit about the legacy of residential schools, but at child-appropriate levels."This would include teaching students about a grandparent who has lost their language and why that happened, she said.By the time students are in Grade 6, there are books about what life was like at residential schools.Gaudin said the Department of Education consulted with the Mi'kmaq Confederacy as well as other Indigenous groups on the Island to "make sure that the resources that we were making available in the classrooms were acceptable." She added that it's important for children to learn about Indigenous studies early in the school system for there to be a greater understanding later in life.More from CBC P.E.I.
British Columbia has confirmed 125 new cases of COVID-19 in the past day. The number of active cases ticked up by 16 to 1,284, including 72 people who are in hospital. In a joint statement, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and deputy health minister Stephen Brown say public health workers are monitoring more than 3,200 people who were exposed to a known case.
This year's U.N. General Assembly meeting began with calls for multilateralism and co-operation — a declaration that the urgency for countries to unite “has rarely been greater.” The United Arab Emirates took the floor over a dispute with Iran over three Iranian-occupied islands the UAE claims and Tehran’s “destabilizing conduct” in the region, including supporting Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen.
A 24-year-old white man has been charged with ethnic intimidation and other counts for firing shots into the home of a Black suburban Detroit family who put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window. (Sept. 30)