A former star of the popular television series Ice Road Truckers was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest in Yellowknife on Wednesday.Arthur Burke had previously pleaded guilty to causing arson by negligence.In court documents he admitted that in November 2018 he caused an explosion in the bathroom of his Yellowknife apartment while he was trying to make a concentrated form of cannabis called "shatter." A key ingredient in the process is butane, a highly-flammable substance commonly used in disposable lighters.The explosion blew the bathroom door off its hinges, lifted the ceiling of the apartment and caused more than $60,000 damage to the building. Burke spent 12 days in hospital recovering from burns and other injuries he suffered.The 18-month conditional sentence was recommended by both the prosecution and defence.Burke, who is in his mid-60s and lives on Prince Edward Island, is allowed to serve some of that sentence in the cab of his truck to allow him to continue to earn a living while serving his sentence.He starred in Ice Road Truckers for its final five seasons.
Outbreaks in two regions of New Brunswick have led to new and sometimes confusing rules to limit the spread of COVID-19. After months of relatively low cases in the province, an outbreak at a special care home in Moncton and a separate outbreak in the Campbellton region affecting multiple schools sent both health zones back to the orange recovery phase.The remainder of the province remains in the yellow phase. We've compiled information about questions people have raised about the new rules.What are the mask rules?Masks became mandatory in most indoor public spaces Oct. 9.That affects places from office kitchens to apartment building hallways.Exceptions include children under two, situations involving lip-reading and certain medical conditions.What about in the orange zones?People in the Moncton and Campbellton health zones must also wear masks outside in public places where people gather. Examples include sidewalks, trails, parks, plazas, markets and dog parks. It doesn't apply in the yard of a private single-family home.Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer of health, says the rule is meant to apply when others are in close proximity, not when someone is walking or jogging alone on a sidewalk.Those who travelled to orange zones over the long weekend and have gone home are urged to monitor for symptoms and follow the mask rules as if they're in the orange zones. The Anglophone West School District, for example, said in a notice those who travelled to the zones since Oct. 9 must wear a mask inside Anglophone West schools and classrooms, outside the school at noon/recess, and while on the bus for 14 days from the day they returned from either health zone. What are the rules around travel within the province?With two health zones in the orange phase, New Brunswick's premier recommended avoiding travel in or out of the Moncton and Campbellton zones except for essential reasons. Russell said travel outside a zone for a haircut doesn't count as essential. The premier said those driving on the Trans-Canada Highway through the Moncton region should not stop there. Asked about the impact on sports teams in the Moncton region, Higgs said teams shouldn't be travelling into or out of the Moncton zone. Russell has encouraged businesses in areas of the province outside the Campbellton and Moncton zones not to ask customers whether they are from those zones.Who can enter the province?The Atlantic Bubble remains open. New Brunswick has removed screening checkpoints to other Maritime provinces.Those entering New Brunswick from somewhere other than Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must pre-register at least five days ahead of time.Russell said about 12,000 people enter the province daily, though she didn't say where they are coming from.What about Quebec?The bubble with two regions of Quebec along New Brunswick's northern border has been suspended.Residents of Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Que., can cross into Campbellton to obtain essential services. Those who have travelled across the Quebec border into the Campbellton region are eligible for twice-weekly COVID-19 testing even if they don't have symptoms.What about from elsewhere?New Brunswickers returning from travel outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days unless exempt.A list of exemptions is available on the province's website. It includes workers who are healthy who provide or support things essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of New Brunswickers, residents of Campobello Island who must cross the U.S. border as part of daily life and for shared child custody. While there are exemptions, the province's website says essential workers must travel directly to and from work and accommodations, self-monitor for symptoms and avoid contact with vulnerable people. Those returning to the province from work in another province or territory aren't required to self-isolate when they return. The U.S. border remains closed to most cross-border travel. Canadians are allowed to cross back into Canada. Foreign nationals can enter Canada under certain conditions, including if they are immediate family of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and will stay in Canada for at least 15 days. They must have a quarantine plan.How long will the Campbellton and Moncton regions be in the orange phase? On Oct. 9, Russell said it will last as long as the outbreaks last and the province will reassess roughly every two weeks.Higgs said he hopes it will only be days and weeks in the orange phase, not weeks and months. What triggers moving from orange to red?Public health needs to be aware of three unlinked cases of community transmission within six days to go back to the red phase. That phase would result in more businesses closing and tighter limits on gatherings, including the end of the two-household bubble allowed in the orange phase. Are there cases of community transmission? The province hasn't listed any of the cases related to the Campbellton and Moncton outbreaks as community transmission.The Moncton outbreak at the special care home has been traced to someone who travelled. Russell won't clarify if this was a traveller who failed to isolate or one who was exempt from isolating.It spread when others were in contact with that original source."We can rule out community spread with the cases in that region," Russell said Wednesday. She said contact tracing is still underway to determine the original source for the Campbellton outbreak, though all of the cases are connected so far.What happens to Halloween in the orange zones? Things like door-to-door activities aren't supposed to happen in the orange phase, Russell said. That would mean no door-to-door trick-or-treating this Halloween in those areas.What triggers school closures? There have been at least five cases connected to schools in the province, all in the Campbellton region. Several of the schools temporarily closed for cleaning and to give time for contact tracing.According to guidance to schools, Public Health will contact people who must self-monitor or self-isolate because of potential exposure. They will then decide if a class, classes or an entire school must be sent home. If a zone moves back to the red phase, students won't be allowed inside schools but teaching is expected to continue remotely.
WINNIPEG — Tighter COVID-19 restrictions affecting many businesses in the greater Winnipeg region will be announced as early as Friday because some people are ignoring health guidelines and case numbers continue to rise, Manitoba's chief public health officer says. "We have multiple examples of people just not following the fundamentals and not following the rules as well," Dr. Brent Roussin said Thursday. "We just have multiple examples that we've lost track of the fundamentals." The province reported a record-high 173 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, most of them in the Winnipeg area. Manitoba's per-capita number of active cases is higher than any other province except Quebec. The percentage of people testing positive has also jumped sharply in recent days — to 4.9 per cent provincewide and 5.8 per cent in Winnipeg. Roussin said people are going to family gatherings, bars, restaurants and work while having symptoms. Using a chart, he pointed to the case of one symptomatic person in September who went to social gatherings. That person led to 243 contacts who had to self-isolate, 40 of which became infected, he said. Winnipeg is already under tighter restrictions than other areas of the province due to numbers that spiked in late summer. Gatherings are capped at 10 people and mask use is mandatory in indoor public areas. More recently, bars and other licensed establishments have had to stop serving liquor at 10 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. On Thursday, the province imposed new restrictions on licensed personal care homes in the greater Winnipeg area that will require new admissions to be isolated for 14 days. Homes that are experiencing outbreaks will not be allowed to admit new residents unless they are already COVID-positive. Roussin said he is preparing additional measures, which could be announced Friday and take effect early next week. While avoiding specifics, he hinted at widespread rules to limit close public interaction, likely in areas such as restaurants, bars and gyms. "I would say expect widespread capacity limitations across multiple sectors." Community sports could also see limits on the number of participants and spectators, he added. Health Minister Cameron Friesen said the 10-person gathering limit could be reduced. "Perhaps tomorrow we will see some change in terms of the numbers of people that are being asked to gather," Friesen said. "If you were thinking about getting together with a bigger group, maybe it's time to just focus on the few people who are in your bubble." Premier Brian Pallister urged people to follow guidelines and wash their hands, limit interactions with people outside their household and wear masks. He pointed to the summer, when case numbers were low. "When some of us forgot about those fundamentals, we stopped doing really well." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 15, 2020 Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
Northwest Territories Health Minister Julie Green has once again extended the territory-wide public health emergency, on advice from the chief public health officer.The latest extension continues through Oct. 27, 2020. This is the 15th time the order has been extended since March."The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated considerably across Canada in recent weeks as the country's caseload surged to its highest point in the pandemic," stated a Wednesday press release from the territory announcing the extension.The public health emergency gives the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer the ability to create and enforce public health orders.It also allows the government to respond to needs for personal protective equipment, isolation space, enforcement and travel checkpoints during the COVID-19 pandemic.28th ticket handed outThe development comes as the territory issued another $1,750 ticket for failing to follow self-isolation orders.The ticket was handed out in the North Slave Region. It brings the total number of tickets issued to 28.As of Saturday, the territory had 263 people staying in one of four isolation centres across the N.W.T.Tracking the coronavirus in Canada
It seems like just yesterday Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19. So why is he allowed out of quarantine? Well... This could be why.
Iowa’s highest court upheld a state directive Wednesday that was used to invalidate tens of thousands of absentee ballot requests mailed to voters pre-filled with their personal information. The Iowa Supreme Court issued its ruling in favour of President Donald Trump's campaign and Republican groups as Trump held an evening rally in Des Moines. The court rejected a Democratic challenge that argued the directive issued by Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate was unconstitutional.
Edmonton police are investigating the suspicious death of a man found in a residence in northeast Edmonton Wednesday morning. According to a news release from Edmonton Police Service, officers responded "to reports received earlier today" and entered a residence in the area of 172nd Avenue and 47th Street around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police located the deceased man inside the residence. Homicide detectives have now taken over the investigation and the death is being treated as suspicious. An autopsy has yet to be scheduled. Anyone with information is asked to contact EPS.
About two dozen people occupied a Downtown Eastside intersection at Vancouver's Main and Hastings streets on Wednesday in opposition to police action that they say unfairly targets homeless people.Protesters began demonstrating on Wednesday around noon and by evening had set up a small number of tents in the middle of the street, which resulted in transit buses being rerouted to avoid the area.Just before 10 p.m. PT, the tents had been cleared and traffic was flowing again.The group was made of up of advocates for homeless people, Strathcona tent city campers and people living in the Downtown Eastside. They issued a news release saying they are signalling "their resistance to ongoing police violence and the justice systems' colonized violence."On Wednesday night, a Vancouver Police Department spokesperson said officers were on scene monitoring the protest, but the demonstration remained peaceful. A later statement from police said "the majority" of people left the area but four people were arrested: three for breach of the peace and another for obstruction.Concerns about crime and aggressive behaviour have been growing in the Strathcona area adjacent to the Downtown Eastside after a tent city was established in a neighbourhood park. The encampment quickly expanded and hundreds of people are now living there.The tent city was the subject of a special Vancouver city council meeting on Oct. 7, which resulted in unanimous agreement to spend $30 million to shelter people from the encampment in empty hotels, apartments, hostels and commercial buildings.The VPD had previously ramped up patrols in the Strathcona area after receiving complaints about stolen property and violence.Chrissy Brett, a camp liaison and matriarch, said in the release that the protest is against the suppression of vulnerable people."Indigenous people and homeless people have been brutalized and had their rights trampled on for generations and we need this to stop now," said Brett.
Iniskim tells the story of the buffalo in North America through illuminated canvas puppets at dusk. One October performance has been captured on film, and is now showing at the National Arts Centre.The event lit up the vast mountain skies near the Leighton Art Centre just outside Banff, as the lighted puppets made their journey across the land to the sound of traditional Blackfoot music. Amethyst First-Rider is one of the creators."The puppets are such a beautiful way of capturing the energy of the land, of the night, of the light. And in Blackfoot, the word Napi, our trickster, Napi describes a beautiful white light that describes the energy. And so what we're capturing is the energy of Napi, but also the energy of the land," she said.The play tells a very old Blackfoot story, traditionally about a spirit by the name of Napi."Napi is our trickster," First-Rider said. "And as one of the adventures of Napi, Napi hid the buffalo in the mountains. And the people were starving because Napi had hid the buffalo in the mountains. And so really it's a story about how we get the buffalo back out of the mountains and celebrate."The play was developed three years ago to celebrate the return of bison to the national park."We're storytellers and that's what we do," said Tanealle Shade, a crew member and First-Rider's granddaughter. "I grew up listening to my grandparents' stories, and hearing these Napi stories, and how our buffalo were hid ... and it's really beautiful for me to see, celebrate them."The immersive experience takes place after dusk, when the lantern puppets stand out against the sky. Singers and drummers accompany the puppets on their route."It's a celebration of the buffalo," First Rider said. "When we got the buffalo in Banff and we secured them and they were on the land, and we had many prayers from community people, from our elders, we celebrated them, we thought this would be a wonderful celebration for the community to come out and join in a festive activity with the buffalo."The audience congregates, holding lanterns that will help them see the way. As they are led through the landscape, a garden of lanterns makes a dazzling display in the trees, and voices ring out from a choir in the trees.After emerging from the trees, the audience sees the mother buffalo and baby buffalo puppet lanterns, then the character of Napi, who tells the story of the buffalo."One of the things that's beautiful about the experience is that we also reunite with our relationship to darkness and the night, because nobody gets to use a flashlight, and everybody's eyes adjust to the light of the night, as opposed to the darkness of the night," said Peter Balkwill, education director with the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry, which helped produce the event."You can see as you go. And it is an experience of becoming more complete. And in a time, actually when we feel like we're all getting shattered and fragmented and separated, to discover that there is a wholeness that can come from the environment is pretty exciting."Balkwill said the story of the buffalo is one of resiliency and resurgence, and it's a chance to now celebrate the fact that buffalo numbers are now growing."The buffalo, they met a very tragic circumstance, but it was not their end," he said. "And that's what we celebrate, that their numbers are growing and coming back."First-Rider says she is pleased to be able to tell this story, and to share the experience with younger people."It's such and honour for us to do this presentation in Canada. Because of our Truth and Reconciliation, this performance is also part of our reconciliation with Canada, but it's our story. It's Canada's story," she said. "And it's such a privilege to do this show with my granddaughter, and to hear another generation speak of relationships within all of Canada."
The Vancouver Whitecaps are on a win streak for the second time this season but coach Marc Dos Santos says his squad has yet to reach its goal. The victory vaults the Whitecaps (7-11-0) up the standings in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, at least temporarily. Vancouver held the eighth spot - the final playoff position - at the end of league play Wednesday night.
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Capt. Kirk Sullivan is talking about running what has become one of the most talked-about Twitter accounts in the federal government. Sullivan has been running the "Canadian Forces in the U.S." Twitter account from Canada’s embassy in Washington since June 2018.
We like to think of ourselves as rule followers. A government town made up largely of bureaucrats dutifully working from home since the start of this pandemic, we generally respect process and authority. So it came as a shock to many to be told Wednesday that Ottawa has the worst per-capita rate of COVID-19 cases. Worse, even, than Toronto. "Why are our cases so high?" asked a flabbergasted Coun. Catherine McKenney. "I just, I can't understand any rationale for that."The short answer? Doesn't look like Ottawans are as rule-abiding as we give ourselves credit for.Numbers don't lieConsider the data.The rate of infection is calculated using provincial data for each city, expressed as a number of cases per 100,000 residents. Last week, Ottawa had 70 cases per 100,000 people, while Toronto had 57. The last two weeks put together: Ottawa had about 132; Toronto had 115.As we know, hospitalizations have almost doubled in about three weeks, with a quarter of new patients less than 65 years old.The poop measurements are showing an alarming trend in the wrong direction.Measurements of the virus in the city's wastewater show that COVID-19 cases could be growing exponentially in the community. At the current rate of transmission, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) forecasts more than 600 new cases per day by December.Numbers don't answer all the questionsNumbers don't tell the whole story.Toronto's public health officials identified 44 per cent of community outbreaks as occurring in restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. But OPH hasn't declared an outbreak at one of these types of businesses.And that's why the city's business associations demanded the province provide more evidence to justify the closures imposed over the long weekend — a demand that council voted to support on Wednesday.Nothing wrong with asking for more information — indeed, we should be holding all public officials accountable for every decision they make, especially when those decisions have such severe consequences for so many.During a three-hour session at council Wednesday, Etches provided a rationale for why the province closed these businesses, a decision that she eventually supported after her plea from last month to only consort with people from our own households clearly wasn't heeded (again, see data).For one thing, eight per cent of people who test positive say they've been in a restaurant or bar in the past two weeks.Because it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly where someone picked up the virus, Etches hasn't declared an outbreak at a restaurant or bar, but that doesn't mean that transmission isn't happening in these venues.As she told Coun. Jan Harder: "What we know is that people who have tested positive for the virus have been in restaurants and bars while they've been infectious."To which Harder snapped back: "Have they been in Costco or have they been at school or have they been at home?"In other words, how do you know infected people are spreading the virus in the businesses that were shut down?That appears difficult to answer conclusively. However, according to Etches, there are studies now showing that someone who tests positive is three times more likely to have been to a restaurant, and four times more likely to have been to a bar, than a person of the same age who is COVID-19 negative. These are also places where people are not wearing masks in relatively close quarters, which poses a greater risk.Finally, there's evidence "from other jurisdictions, where it's clear that … bars and restaurants do pose a risk of transmission," said Etches.Open earlier, near GatineauEtches can't say for sure why Ottawa's case rate is the worst in Ontario.Ottawa moved into Stage 3 reopening in mid-July, ahead of other large centres, which meant we were "ahead a couple of weeks in terms of the opportunity for the virus to be transmitted," she said. That early green light may also have made us a bit smug about our behaviour.As well, COVID-19 doesn't recognize our provincial border of the Ottawa River."We're even larger than it seems because we're really one population with our ... neighbours in Gatineau," said Etches. "That increases the size of the population and it increases the opportunities for transmission as people move around."But when it comes to coronavirus transmission, in addition to asking where, we also need to be asking who.Places don't give us COVID-19.We give it to each other, mostly by getting together with people outside our household — and not necessarily at a restaurant — by not wearing a mask, by going out with what we think are mild cold symptoms.Ottawa, we have the highest rate of COVID-19 in the province, and that's on us.
Party leaders' responses to a question about white privilege in this week's B.C. election debate have left some observers with big questions about a lack of understanding on issues of racism.During Tuesday's debate, the leaders were asked to explain how they've reckoned with their own privileged positions as white people.In one of the most talked about moments of the night, NDP Leader John Horgan spoke of playing lacrosse with Indigenous young people and suggested, "I did not see colour."June Francis, co-chair of the Hogan's Alley Society board of directors, described that answer as "stunning" in light of this summer's protests over anti-Black racism, and said it demonstrates the depth of Horgan's privilege."It means that he can walk through the world and never confront racism," she told CBC.WATCH | NDP Leader John Horgan says he regrets hurting people with comments:Francis said that as premier, it was Horgan's job to govern on behalf of everyone who lives in B.C., and if he's blind to race, he's also blind to the systemic racism that many British Columbians live with.Horgan apologized for his comment immediately after the debate, calling it inappropriate and saying, "I'll never fully understand, as a white person, the lived reality of systemic racism. I'm listening, learning and I'll keep working every day to do better."But for Genevieve Fuji Johnson, a political science professor at Simon Fraser University, that apology suggests Horgan still doesn't quite understand the issue."So often, colour blindness is synonymous for words like neutral and fair, and to make the suggestion that beliefs and behaviours and laws and policies and institutions are neutral or fair just totally glosses over the myriad of forms of oppression and indeed violence that racialized people and minorities face at the hands of supposedly neutral laws and institutions," she said.Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson's answer to the same question was also troubling for some of those who watched the debate. In his response, the Liberal leader told a story about working as a doctor and delivering an Indigenous baby who was later named after him.Francis said Wilkinson's answer didn't show any engagement with the issues that Indigenous people face in B.C."Instead, he told this story about himself and how glorious his experience was," she said. "It was deeply troubling, actually."Wilkinson expanded on his comments Wednesday at a campaign stop in Kitimat, on B.C.'s North Coast. "In medical practice, I became very much aware of the particular struggles of Indigenous people in dealing with the health-care system and in dealing with society's other structures,'' Wilkinson said. "The idea that people in our society are somehow treated differently because of the colour of their skin or where they grew up or who their parents are is not acceptable.''He said he grew up fortunate as a white male and it wasn't until his teenage years that he realized he received different treatment than others. "It's wrong. It's not fair,'' said Wilkinson. "I've suggested in the [Liberal] platform there should be anti-racism training for everybody in the provincial government.''Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau's response during the debate earned praise from some corners. Furstenau acknowledged the existence of systemic racism in the criminal justice system."We aren't all equal. I wish we were, but we're not," she said.Francis said that answer was "fantastic" but that she remains concerned about the lack of diversity among Green Party candidates.Fuji Johnson, on the other hand, said Furstenau missed an opportunity to discuss how systemic racism is pervasive in all Canadian institutions, from health care to education."I gave her a C, maybe a C+. I would say her response was adequate," Fuji Johnson said.Indigenous issues missing from debateMeanwhile, there were some other concerns about the debate's lack of focus on issues that matter to Indigenous communities.CBC journalist Wawmeesh Hamilton pointed out that the only mention of reconciliation came during discussion of energy projects."I began to wonder, with no mention of it, if we reconciled. ... Did I miss something?" he said.There was also nothing about the unique concerns of urban Indigenous people, who represent the majority of the Indigenous population in B.C.In a similar vein, the Coalition on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls in B.C. released an open letter Wednesday expressing "grave concern and disappointment" that none of the parties have released plans to implement the Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Hamilton argued that the debate should have had an entire section devoted to the question of reconciliation. But as he noted, no Indigenous journalists were included on the panel that drafted questions for the party leaders."A step back was taken where reconciliation and Indigenous issues were concerned," he said. "Some soul searching needs to be done, stock should be taken and corrections need to be made."For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.
As Ant Group was working in August towards its giant IPO, at least two smaller Chinese banks with existing ties to the fintech firm decided to stop sourcing new consumer loans from it, people with knowledge of the matter said. The sharper regulatory focus over Ant's cash cow and rapidly growing consumer lending business to curb financial sector risk has emerged as a key concern for potential investors ahead of its likely $35 billion float, the world's largest. For its lending business, Ant originates demand from retail consumers and small businesses and passes that on to about 100 banks for underwriting, earning fees from the lenders and putting its own balance sheet at minimum risk.
Planes carrying prisoners exchanged by the warring parties in Yemen took off from three airports on Thursday in an operation to return about 1,000 men home and help build the trust to enable fresh talks to end a devastating war. The Saudi-led military coalition and Yemen's Houthi movement agreed last month in Switzerland to exchange 1,081 prisoners, including 15 Saudis, in the largest swap of its kind in the five-year-old conflict. "This operation that means so much to so many families is under way," Fabrizio Carboni, ICRC regional director for the Middle East, told Reuters from Sanaa airport.
Wally Rich's grieving mother, Nympha Rich, says her son would still be alive if the child protection system had given her another chance to care for her son.The 15-year-old died by suicide in a Labrador group home May 22.The social worker who oversaw his file recently told CBC News there were issues with the child protection system before Wally's death. Linda Saunders says understaffed and overworked social workers were carrying double the normal caseloads. She had no access to a work phone or computer during the pandemic lockdown. Saunders was fired in the wake of Wally's death.Rich never met Saunders, the last social worker in charge of her son's case."I don't know why he did it, why he ended his life," Nympha Rich said recently from her home in Natuashish. "I don't know how many times he tried." Rich says her son had been in care for about 10 years, because she's battled a drinking problem.She calls Wally a good kid who should have been watched 24/7 because he often talked about ending his life. Assured he was safeStill, Rich says social workers assured her Wally would be safe at the group home in Labrador where he died, even though, she says, Wally was always hungry when she visited him.Since Wally's death, Rich says, she's lost trust in the child protection system and social workers, and is now questioning the group home's safety. She says Wally always wanted to come home to Natuashish when they talked."He would always say, 'Mom, when do I come home? When can I live with you?'"But when Wally came home this spring, she said, it was in a casket."Which is very sad, and I hate it. And it still hurts me," she sobbed.An unanswered message: 'Are you OK?'On the day Wally died, a friend of his contacted Nympha Rich on Facebook. The friend was worried because Wally tried to end his life. "And then I messaged Wally. I messaged him and I said 'Wally, my son, are you OK?'" Rich said. "He just seen my message and never [responded to] my message."Wally's friend told Rich to check on him again.When she called the group home, she was put on hold for a few minutes. A police officer picked up and told her Wally was dead.Incident days before deathRich also says social workers should have checked on her son after an incident with him over the May long weekend. The RCMP, group home, and the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development's on-call staff were involved, but social worker Linda Saunders said no one from the department had an in-person visit with Wally afterward. He died days later."My son could have been alive right now if CSSD give me another chance, but no, they didn't give me another chance," said Rich."CSSD has failed us a lot. They did a lot of damage to us."Rich still doesn't know a lot about Wally's death. She wants answers, and says the group home and the province need to take responsibility. She says the province offered to pay for Wally's headstone, but she wants to get him one without their help. In the meantime, she says, a long-awaited inquiry into Innu children in care will give parents like her a chance to be heard and to tell their own stories. "I will never see my son again," she said. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Ongoing tensions surrounding the First Nations lobster harvest in Nova Scotia erupted Tuesday night when several hundred commercial fishermen and their supporters raided two facilities where Mi'kmaq fishermen were storing their catches.
After an increase in demand for online learning, the York Catholic District School Board outside Toronto has moved to a hybrid learning model where the classroom is made of students in school and online, but many parents are frustrated with change and calling for full, online learning to come back.