The latest COVID-19 news from around Canada on Oct. 19, 2020.
Buelna’s ordeal and similar cases reflect a new worry about the dangerous relationship between diabetes and COVID-19 that’s being urgently studied by doctors and scientists around the world. Many experts are convinced that COVID-19 can trigger the onset of diabetes - even in some adults and children who do not have the traditional risk factors. It’s already been well-documented that people with diabetes face much higher risks of severe illness or death if they contract COVID-19.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 12:20 p.m. The Manitoba government says its plan to use doctors' clinics as COVID-19 test sites will get underway later this week. The province says testing will be done after hours, when the clinics are normally closed, or in areas separate from the general public where space allows. Manitoba is trying to reduce long wait times at current stand-alone testing sites. --- 11:30 a.m. Quebec is reporting 1,038 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. Health officials say two of those deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, one occurred between Oct. 12 and 17, and three newly linked COVID deaths occurred at unknown dates. Hospitalizations increased by five compared with the prior day, for a total of 532, and 92 of those patients were in intensive care, an increase of four. Quebec has reported a total of 94,429 cases of COVID-19 and 6,044 deaths linked to the virus. --- 10:45 a.m. There are 704 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario today, and four new deaths due to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 244 cases are in Toronto, 168 in Peel Region, 103 in York Region and 51 in Ottawa. Ontario also reported 74 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 48 among students. --- 10:30 a.m. Ontario's chief medical officer of health says kids should not participate in traditional Halloween activities in the province's COVID-19 hot spots. Dr. David Williams says that he is recommending against sending children out trick-or-treating in Ottawa, Toronto, Peel Region, and York Region. He says given the high rates of transmission in the areas people should consider virtual alternatives. Williams says it also critical that families not travel outside of their neighbourhoods to celebrate Halloween. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020. The Canadian Press
Hundreds of people gathered in Halifax on Sunday afternoon to show their support for Sipekne'katik fishers and their "moderate livelihood" lobster fishery in the wake of ongoing tensions in the southwestern part of Nova Scotia.People carrying signs reading "We see through your racism" and "All eyes on Mi'kma'ki" stood together in Grand Parade, a downtown square, cheering the passionate speeches being made on the steps of city hall."Our nation is in danger," said Kyra Gilbert, a young Mi'kmaw woman, to loud cheers.She questioned why staff with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, who can control what people do on the water, have not stepped in to protect Mi'kmaw fishers."I should be able to live my life as a young lady, but instead I'm stuck here fighting for my treaties and for what was, and is, ours," Gilbert said.The rally took place a day after a fire broke out in Middle West Pubnico, at one of two facilities vandalized by commercial fishermen earlier this week.Police have called the fire suspicious and said a man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries believed to be related to the blaze. Tensions have been simmering for weeks in the province's southwest, sparked by the launch of the Mi'kmaw fishery outside the federally mandated commercial season — 21 years after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the case of Donald Marshall Jr.The landmark decision affirmed the Mi'kmaw right to earn a "moderate livelihood" from fishing. The court later said the federal government could regulate the Mi'kmaw fishery but must justify any restrictions it placed on it.Mi'kmaw women who have been on the front lines during recent violence over fishing rights in Digby and Saulnierville spoke at the rally about the toll it's taken on the community and their disgust and disappointment with the RCMP response.Eleanor Michael of Sipekne'katik First Nation told the crowd about waking up every day worried about her nephew, who is a captain on one of the lobster boats currently fishing for a "moderate livelihood."He told Michael and their family members to stay away from the Digby area, she said, because he can't focus on what he's doing there while worrying that they might also get hurt."I check media every morning.... That's what I'm scared of, is to wake up and hear something happened," Michael said in an interview after her speech.She said it was disheartening to see non-Indigenous fishermen cutting trap lines and taking Mi'kmaw lobster out of the pounds earlier in this week, and it directly impacts the fisher's community and families."Every time a commercial fisherman thinks it's his entitlement to take something from the Sipekne'katik band, he's taking out of the mouths of children," she said.Jenna Chisholm, a Mi'kmaw woman from Millbrook First Nation, told the crowd that it's up to every person at the rally to keep fighting for treaty rights and the respect Indigenous fishers and people deserve.She also sent well wishes to the front-line fishers and Mi'kmaw community members defending the fishery and continuing to call on the federal government, and country, to let them know that "we will not sit back.""We will not let this happen. We have been here for thousands of years, this is our land," Chisholm said.When he looked out at crowd, Mi'kmaw elder Billy Lewis said he was surprised to see just how many people were there, adding it shows just how important the fishing dispute is.No matter where someone is from, he said, we know "what's right and wrong."Tensions over fishing rightsMore RCMP officers arrived in the disputed area on Sunday, including an emergency response team, a critical incident command team and officers from Prince Edward Island who are trained in de-escalation and crowd control.Many commercial lobster fishermen say they consider the new Sipekne'katik fishery in St. Marys Bay illegal and worry that catching lobster outside the mandated season, particularly during the summer spawning period, will negatively impact stocks.Sipekne'katik officials have said the amount of lobster that will be harvested and sold is tiny compared with what's caught during the commercial season, which begins in late November and runs until the end of May.
In his 10th season, in his 233rd tournament, Jason Kokrak can finally call himself a PGA Tour winner. Kokrak earned every bit of it Sunday in the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. “It feels like home,” Kokrak said.
U.S. President Donald Trump made a rare visit to church Sunday as he and Democratic rival Joe Biden campaigned across the country from one another. (Oct. 18)
SURREY, B.C. — Fraser Health has declared new outbreaks of COVID-19 at a meat processing facility in Surrey, B.C., and two area long-term care homes. The health authority says evidence of transmission was found among staff at J&L Beef Ltd., where 13 people have tested positive for the illness so far. It says public health workers first became aware of a potential outbreak 10 days ago, after receiving a positive lab test from an employee on Oct. 8. Fraser Health says it's working with the facility to strengthen COVID-19 mitigation strategies. It says one staff member at the The Village, an assisted-living and long-term care home in Langley, B.C., has also tested positive for COVID-19, along with one staff member at Rosemary Heights Seniors Village in Surrey. The health authority says teams are working at each site and enhanced infection control measures are in place. As of Friday, B.C. had confirmed 11,189 cases of COVID-19 and 251 deaths. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 18, 2020. The Canadian Press
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 3:47 p.m. EDT on Oct. 18, 2020: There are 198,151 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 93,391 confirmed (including 6,038 deaths, 78,559 resolved) _ Ontario: 64,371 confirmed (including 3,046 deaths, 55,371 resolved) _ Alberta: 21,775 confirmed (including 288 deaths, 18,651 resolved) _ British Columbia: 11,189 confirmed (including 251 deaths, 9,387 resolved) _ Manitoba: 3,302 confirmed (including 40 deaths, 1,587 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 2,330 confirmed (including 25 deaths, 1,963 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,097 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,026 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 310 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 203 resolved) _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 287 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 272 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 63 confirmed (including 60 resolved) _ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved) _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved), 3 presumptive _ Nunavut: No confirmed cases _ Total: 198,151 (3 presumptive, 198,148 confirmed including 9,760 deaths, 167,112 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 18, 2020. The Canadian Press
TORONTO — As several school boards in Ontario decide to scrap exams during the pandemic, universities are reassuring students that the move won't affect their post-secondary plans. School boards in Toronto, Peel Region and Durham Region are among those that have announced the cancellation of exams, saying the move is aimed at reducing student stress and is not expected to have a negative impact on the quality of education students receive. At the University of Toronto, provost adviser, Dwayne Benjamin, said the university will be “as flexible as possible” when it comes to processing admissions. “We will work with whatever grades we are provided,” he said. Benjamin said the university recognizes that not all Ontario high school applicants will be able to provide final grades on typical timelines, and the university will make conditional offers of admission throughout the year on the basis of available Grade 11 and 12 marks. Ryerson University in Toronto said it will accept final grades that are based on whatever method of evaluation high school teachers deem fit, whether they include final exams or not. “Universities and colleges - not just high schools - have needed to modify their learning assessment methods to place less emphasis, or even eliminate, final exams during this time of COVID-19 disruption,” Ryerson's office of the registrar said in a statement. The University of Waterloo also said it will consider available results submitted, regardless of adjustments to grading practices during the pandemic. Earlier this month, the ministry of education told school boards they have the option to remove designated exam days from their school year calendar and use them for in-class instructional time. Education minister Stephen Lecce said the use of essays or report-based assessments in the place of final exams should be allowed “given the circumstance.” “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” Lecce said during a news conference last week. “An essay, an extended report, these are all ways in which an educator can credibly assess the performance of a student.” One Toronto student said they were worried that not having to write exams during the pandemic might lead to issues in the future. “How is this going to condition me to think and to act towards my studies after the pandemic?” said Ezio Findabair. But Findabair said the move is nonetheless beneficial since it eases the pressure on students. Toronto District School Board spokesman Ryan Bird said the removal of exams should not have any impact on students’ graduating marks “as they will continue to be assessed on their work and understanding during their year.” The school board said final grades will be based on coursework and in-class assessment because of “the exceptional circumstances" created by the pandemic and the complexities of running exams for both in-person and online learners. Similarly, the Peel District School Board said it did not include exams in its calendar as it felt increased instructional time was best for students. The board's associate director of instructional and equity support services, Poleen Grewal, said teachers can evaluate overall marks through tasks during instructional time. The Durham District School Board said it had previously spoken to the education ministry about removing exams because of research that shows students in Canada experience high levels of stress because of such tasks. “Given that we are still in a pandemic, and understanding that mental health and well-being are the priority as we assist students with stable structures and routines, we felt that it was in the students’ best interest to have their grades be determined by all work,” it said in a statement. Brock University educational studies professor Louis Volante said it would be beneficial for all school boards in Ontario to choose not to hold exams during the pandemic. “(Students) are dealing with a lot of stress to begin with. Having them write exams, under these circumstances, is not helping the situation – it would hurt them,” said Volante, who is the president of the Canadian Educational Researchers' Association. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Denise Paglinawan, The Canadian Press
While many businesses have been hit hard financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, Quebec wineries say they had a very successful summer.The limitations on travel abroad spurred many Quebecers to explore different regions of the province, and more than a few flocked to local wineries looking to taste and bring home products.Charles-Henri De Coussergues, co-owner of the Vignoble de l'Orpailleur in the Eastern Townships, said that new buyers may have initially come because of the pandemic, but they stayed for the quality of the product."With COVID-19, the premier encouraged buying local," he said. "But at the same time, there is also the quality of Quebec wines that stands out and that ensures that people are not disappointed when they taste a product."He added that the dry, hot summer, which proved unwelcome for many farmers, was ideal for growing vines."It's kind of a dream-come-true year for wine makers. We had a very healthy harvest, no disease. It's beautiful, it's ripe, it's tasty," said De Coussergues.He explained that as Quebec's warm weather lasts longer, wine makers are having more success with growing red grapes than before."From a frost-free period that was 135 days in the 1980s, today we are roughly at 185 frost-free days. The season has lengthened a lot, which allows the red grape to mature long enough," he explained."After 15 years of producing red in Quebec, we now see some that stand out and that do the province proud. So that is quite motivating."The taste for localAccording to master sommelier Élyse Lambert, Quebec wine sales have been excellent this summer thanks to consumers more inclined to buy local since the start of the pandemic."I think that the combination between the search for local products, the promotion and their quality means that today we have a wine market in Quebec which is doing very well," said Lambert.While the hospitality, dining and tourism industries have seen a massive drop in clientele thanks in part to public health rules, wineries and orchards were able to host visitors outside and at a distance. Sara Gaston, co-owner of the Vignoble du Ruisseau near Dunham, said that their boutique was bustling with people this summer, especially when the rules about inter-regional travel were relaxed.Gaston is part of a new generation of creative winegrowers who innovate to continue improving Quebec wines.At Vignoble du Ruisseau, they have a patented geothermal system that protects sensitive red grapes from the cold."This allows us to harvest Pinot Noir at full maturity year after year, even if the weather for the vintage had not been adequate," said Gaston.Lucky timingConsidering the timing of the first and second waves, wine makers were luckier than maple syrup producers, whose sugar season was devastated by the pandemic regulations.Like many in the Quebec wine industry, Yvan Quirion, owner of Domaine Saint-Jacques in the Montérégie, is hopeful about the future of his business."We no longer say to ourselves that we don't have the climate to grow grape varieties. We have the growing period in Quebec to bring the grapes to maturity," he said. "We have the know-how and there are people very strong in marketing who arrived in the industry who help democratize the Quebec vineyard."
A new study says a large invasive hornet could spread throughout western North America unless coordinated mitigation efforts are implemented.The Asian giant hornet, or Vespa mandarinia, is part of the same order of insects as bees, but can grow up to five centimetres long.The apex predators prey on all kinds of insects, including honey bees, and can quickly decimate colonies. Their natural range includes much of Japan, the Korean peninsula, and coastal China.While the hornets can inflict a painful sting on humans who get too close, they are most feared for their potential to harm local bee populations.Some Asian giant hornets turned up in the province and in Washington state in the fall of 2019. Another was found in Langley this spring.The new study was published last month in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS).It said the insect "could rapidly expand its invasive range throughout western North America absent coordinated mitigation efforts."The study specifies that even under a worst-case scenario of rapid distribution, the hornet would remain confined to the coastal areas of B.C., Washington state and Oregon, where there are high levels of precipitation and temperatures are moderate. SkepticismPaul van Westendorp, B.C.'s provincial apiculturist, is skeptical of the study's assumptions. He said the the methodology of the study relied in part on the distribution of another invasive species of hornet in Europe, Vespa velutina."This is a totally different species," explained van Westendorp. "Its behaviour both in nesting and its predation behaviour is very different," he said, meaning it may not apply to how the Asian hornet behaves in B.C.He said though that due to comparable climate between its natural habitat and parts of B.C., the insect could establish itself here.Gail Wallin, director of the Invasive Species Council of B.C., said global warming and climate change could favour the insect."The concern always is with a warming climate with less severe winters, can we get it established here?" she said.Van Westendorp is curious to see whether the insect will be able to thrive in the evergreen forests of British Columbia and Washington, considering the forests in its natural range are predominantly deciduous."By virtue of that, it has a very different undergrowth and as a consequence to that it will also have a different prey format in its natural distribution area compared to what it has here," he explained.The most at-risk areas of the province for the hornet, according to van Westendorp, are the western part of the Fraser Valley and the Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley area on Vancouver Island.Van Westendorp says those areas are being watched closely, traps have been set and surveillance will continue until at least 2022.Authorities are asking anyone who sees an Asian hornet to report it to the Invasive Species Council of B.C.
Grande Prairie RCMP is warning the public about a lethal combination of drugs hitting the streets. The warning came after RCMP responded to a residence regarding multiple suspected drug overdoses early Sunday morning. Emergency medical services were already on scene when RCMP attended and confirmed that two men had died. Three other men and one woman were transported to hospital due to their condition. Preliminary investigation revealed that the drugs taken were a crystalized bluish/purple substance. Police say they would like to bring awareness to local residents of the possibility that street level drugs in the area may be unknowingly laced with drugs, such as fentanyl, carfentanil, 2-Fluorordeschloroketamine, or methamphetamines. However, RCMP have not tested to confirm what the substances consumed by the individuals were. "Something was consumed. There is possibility that something else was there," Sgt. Shawn Graham told CBC News on Sunday. "You don't see that happening frequently like that, so that's why it's important to get it out there." On Sept. 22, Grande Prairie RCMP had sent a previous drug alert after laboratory analysis on a seized batch of drugs confirmed that they contained other substances. In July 2020, RCMP were conducting an investigation following a traffic stop, and seized a substance believed to be fentanyl. The suspected fentanyl was sent to a Health Canada laboratory for analysis. The results of analysis indicated the substance contained fentanyl, MDMA, cocaine, methamphetamin, caffeine and 2-Fluorordeschloroketamine. "These substances could represent a threat to people handling it without taking the appropriate health and safety precautions," Graham said. "And there certainly is an increased risk when different drugs are combined with each other and users are unaware of the content of the drugs that they're consuming." He said people using drugs need to take safety precautions. "That means to have things on hand like the naloxone and things like that, that would be appropriate, as well as other people around," he said. He said RCMP is currently investigating the matter.
Two overdue hikers have been found alive and well by search and rescue crews after spending a cold and wet night stranded in the North Shore mountains. North Shore Rescue (NSR) says it responded late Saturday after North Vancouver RCMP alerted them that two people were missing.NSR learned that the pair were dropped off at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park around noon on Saturday, with no confirmed destination. Two helicopters and two dozen search and rescue volunteers were mobilized to find the man and woman, who were identified as Toronto tourists Anthony Lam, 26, and Roya Rasoulian, 23. Sunday morning, NSR reported they had found the hikers on Grouse Mountain near Thunderbird Ridge. Exhausted from their journey, the pair met with media at the base of Grouse Mountain and expressed their gratitude to the search team while explaining what led to their unfortunate circumstances. "We just wanted to have some fun and just check out, and we did like you know a couple detours and a bit and we kind of lost track of time," said Lam.A self-professed experienced hiker, Lam conceded he was unprepared when the sun set and rain set in. "Obviously we didn't prepare to stay the night, but we just had enough just to like keep us alive basically."The couple was hiking in steep, slippery and rocky terrain in Hanes Valley, according to NSR search manager, Peter Haigh, who said the route takes 8 to 10 hours on a good day. "The rocks were very scary, I kept thinking we were going to fall down," said Rasoulian.NSR team leader Mike Danks says searchers were concerned for the couple's safety because they were "very inexperienced hikers ... in an area that is well over their abilities."The hikers say they cuddled overnight to stay warm, until rescuers found them and ushered them down the mountain. "They met us at a good time because again we're at a point where we're you know kind of almost passing out," said Lam."They were angels from heaven," Rasoulian said of the moment she saw her rescuers. Danks says there are many lessons to learn from the incident. "Number one is tell somebody where you're going. Have a firm trip plan, make sure you've done your research and that you're prepared for the hike that you're going to do. And if you do get lost, stay put."Lam and Rasoulian say despite the arduous journey they plan to hike again, though they maintain they will be better prepared in the future.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have made Serbian centre back Ranko Veselinovic a member of the club long term. In February, the 'Caps brought in the 21-year-old on loan from his hometown club FK Vojvodina in the Serbian SuperLiga, with a clause in the agreement stating that if he made 12 starts for the team, the transfer would become permanent. Veselinovic is set to start his 12th game of the season for Vancouver on Sunday when the 'Caps (7-11-0) face the L.A. Galaxy (4-9-3) in California.
Britain and the European Union agreed on Monday to intensify trade talks and work on legal texts, a breakthrough of sorts after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was walking away from negotiations that had been deadlocked for weeks. After a weekend of both sides trading blame for the lack of movement in talks and calling on the other to move first, chief negotiators David Frost and Michel Barnier were said to have agreed to a British demand to start working on legal texts. With just over two months before Britain ends a status quo transition arrangement with the EU, any chance of securing a deal to protect billions of dollars in trade was hanging in the balance after both sides called on the other to move first.
The coming week will be quite unsettled across southern Ontario, with rounds of rain from multiple systems, accompanied by back-and-forth temperature swings.
RCMP are investigating a suspicious death in Cochrane, Alta.Police responded to a report of a stabbing at a home in the Sunset Common area at 4:20 a.m. Sunday.A man was found injured at the home and pronounced dead a short time later, police said. A second injured man was taken to hospital.The major crimes unit has taken over the investigation and remained at the scene as of 6 p.m. Sunday, alongside forensic investigators.
British Columbia's election campaign is kicking off its final five days with a full slate of announcements. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson will start off this morning with an announcement in Pitt Meadows, B.C.
The owner of a general store in Bluffton, Alta was shot after calling out a customer who he says did not pay for gas or groceries on Friday morning. Christy Graham, owner of Bluffton City General Store, said around 6:05 a.m. a man entered the store to leave his card at the counter to fill up for gas. After filling up, he came back into the store, got some groceries and returned to the counter where Graham's wife rang up the bill. However, the man's card declined. Graham said the man told his wife he would grab another card from his car but he returned empty handed again. At this point his wife asked for him to get involved because she found the man "strange", but by the time he came out the man was already in his car. "He had pulled up front so I thought he was going to, you know, come in and straighten it out," Graham said. Instead when he went to confront him — Graham said the man then asked, "Do you want me to shoot you?" That's when he pulled out a gun. "It felt like somebody punched me really hard," he recalled. Graham said the man got back in his car like it was no big deal. "This guy shot me for no reason and it was no skin off his back." Rimbey RCMP responded to the shooting 15 minutes later and Graham was taken to the hospital. He was released later that evening. "It was through and through," Graham told CBC News. "It hit the bone and ricocheted off the top of my shoulder." He's back at work now but he still needs to go to the hospital daily to get the bandages changed. In a news release police said the suspect fled in a smaller, grey or silver sedan, with a sunroof. He is described as approximately 5'6" to 5"10 tall, slim with dark skin, short hair and no facial hair. He was wearing a black/blue parka with fur trimmed hood, black pants, black shoes with a white stripe It's also believed there was a passenger in the car with him. Graham said what worries him most is the man didn't appear to be afraid to use the gun. "This guy needs to be caught."
A Carnival Cruise Line ship rescued two dozen people, including two children, from a sinking boat 37 miles (about 60 kilometres) off the Florida coast, the cruise line reported Saturday. It was not immediately clear why the smaller boat came under distress, but its passengers were taken on board the Carnival Sensation when the boat started taking on water. The Miami Herald said the passengers were later transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic has surpassed 6,000, with public health officials also reporting two more deaths Sunday.The death toll in the nation's capital now stands at 303.According to Ottawa Public Health (OPH), there were 67 cases confirmed Sunday, mostly in people over the age of 30. Seventeen of the new cases involve people in their 50s.There are also five more active cases in Ottawa compared to Saturday, bringing that number up to 790, but also 26 fewer active cases than the same time last week.In total, 47 people are hospitalized with the virus, with seven in intensive care. There are also 74 ongoing outbreaks at city institutions such as long-term care facilities and child-care centres.The 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 reports 658 casesOntario recorded 658 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with nearly two-thirds reported in Toronto and its surrounding regions. Sunday's update marks the first time the provincial case count has dipped below 700 since Oct. 11.The province's official COVID-19 death toll, meanwhile, grew by five and now sits at 3,046. In western Quebec, health officials have reported one new death and confirmed 16 new cases since Saturday.The region has had 2,024 cases of COVID-19 and 35 deaths since the pandemic began.
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he heads for his campaign rally in in Carson City, Nevada on Sunday. Once considered a battleground state, Nevada hasn’t swung for a Republican presidential contender since 2004. (Oct. 18)
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