India has the world's second-highest number of COVID-19 cases, growing by a seven-day average of 69,368. Yet despite a stigma against contracting coronavirus, few people seem to be taking precautions seriously.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wished U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, well during a phone call on Saturday, following news of the couple's COVID-19 diagnosis last week."The prime minister also recalled the president's expressions of concern for Sophie Grégoire Trudeau's health after her COVID-19 diagnosis last March," a readout from the Prime Minister's Office said.In early April, Melania Trump also called Grégoire Trudeau following her recovery from the illness.A source with knowledge of the call who spoke confidentially to CBC News said Trudeau reached out to Trump after his diagnosis was made public, but the call was delayed by the president's visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.According to the readout, the two leaders also discussed efforts to keep citizens on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border safe. The source said border restrictions between the two countries — which have been in place since March to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus — did not come up in the conversation.WATCH / Trudeau on Trump testing positive for COVID-19:Engagement on efforts to free Kovrig, Spavor: sourceDuring the call, the prime minister also thanked Trump for his support "in seeking the immediate release" of detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the PMO said. Kovrig and Spavor were detained in China in December 2018, days after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver. Meng was arrested at the request of U.S. authorities, who allege that she violated U.S. sanctions on doing business with Iran.The source told CBC News that there has been engagement between Canada and the U.S. in recent weeks on the push to get the pair freed.According to the source, Kirsten Hillman, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., has raised the matter with the White House and has spoken to U.S. national security adviser Robert O'Brien. The phone call comes as Dominic Barton, Canada's ambassador to China, was granted "virtual consular access" to Kovrig and Spavor — the first access the men have received since January. Global Affairs Canada said Barton connected with Spavor on Friday and Kovrig on Saturday.In August, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said that COVID-19 had complicated providing consular access to the men and suggested a virtual alternative.
A 3.5-metre great white shark caused some concern on P.E.I. Saturday morning when data from the research organization Ocearch appeared to show it far down the Hillsborough River.Ocearch Chris Fischer said it was a satellite issue and the shark was actually close to the shoreline on the north shore.The 334-kilogram shark, named Bluenose, was tagged last year off Nova Scotia by Ocearch, a non-profit research organization that generates tracking data and does biological studies for large predators like great whites.Fischer said the group noticed "ping" from the unusual location on the Hillsborough River on Saturday morning and began investigating."The shark appeared to be just up and down very quickly and the satellite was struggling to get a lock on the tag, so we removed the ping from the river. We believe the animal is just tight to the beach there on the north shore of P.E.I. not too far away from its location."Fischer said it usually has to do with location of the satellites over a particular region and happens once or twice a year."Occasionally it will place a ping in a place like this, which we always then drill down into the data to determine the accuracy because it affects so many people," he said."We don't want people to be alarmed."He said there have been instances when white sharks have gone far down rivers, but it's usually when an event like a "bait run" is occurring or there is a large amount of biomass in the area."So it does happen, but it doesn't appear to be happening in this particular case."More from CBC P.E.I.
It's a quirky rule that has confounded many people: while the Canada-U.S. land border is closed to non-essential traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians can still fly to the United States for leisure travel. "It's like having your front door locked but your back door wide open," said U.S. immigration lawyer Len Saunders, whose office sits close to the Canadian border in Blaine, Wash."It just doesn't make sense."To add to the confusion, the flying rule isn't reciprocal: Canada bars American travellers from entering by any mode of transport, unless they get a special exemption. Saunders said he has been bombarded with calls from Canadians during the border closure inquiring about flying to the U.S."People are still calling me saying, 'I just want to clarify that this is OK. And why can I fly, but I can't drive?'"CBC News asked the U.S. government that same question, but didn't get a response. Foreign relations expert Edward Alden suggests the reason why Canadians can still fly to the U.S. may be rooted in the fact that, compared to Canada, the U.S. has less stringent travel restrictions for air passengers."The measures in the United States are just across the board far more relaxed," said Alden, a professor of U.S.-Canada economic relations at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash."[It's] certainly one of the reasons we have higher [COVID-19] case numbers."'I could have walked'To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Canada and the U.S. agreed in late March to close their shared land border to non-essential travel.Since then, many Canadians have flown to the U.S, after discovering that it's still allowed. But the flying exemption has also sparked bewilderment.Birgit Heinbach lives in Surrey, B.C., just seven kilometres from her American husband's home across the border in Blaine, Wash.Because she can currently only fly to the U.S., Heinbach said it took seven hours and two flights — from Vancouver to Seattle and then Seattle to Bellingham — to get to her husband's home when she visited him in July. "The whole thing was ridiculous," she said. "I could have walked in my own little shoes — in 45 minutes — to my husband's house."Canadian snowbird Tamara Carmichael lives in a non-winterized mobile home in Leduc, Alta., in the summer. Her winter home sits in an RV park in Yuma, Ariz.Although Carmichael can still fly to the U.S. this winter, she said that's not an option because she needs her truck to get around in Yuma, and can't afford the fee — upwards of $1,500 — to ship it. She argues the U.S. flying exemption is nonsensical because driving is a much safer way to travel during the pandemic."Sticking everybody on an airplane is not a solution," said Carmichael. "You're packed into a tin can with a bunch of other people."According to a U.S. government document, it sanctioned the land border closure because "non-essential travel between the United States and Canada poses additional risk of [COVID-19] transmission."CBC News asked several U.S. government departments and agencies why the government still welcomes Canadian air passengers. The Department of Transportation and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) referred CBC to the Department of Homeland Security's main office. That office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention referred CBC to CBP.No one provided an answer, despite repeated inquiries.Experts offer theoriesAlden theorizes that Canada — which has strict travel restrictions — prompted the land border closure, and that while the U.S. agreed, it had no desire to take it further. Canada has restricted most foreigners from entering the country by any mode of travel during the pandemic. But foreigners can still fly to the U.S. as long as they haven't visited Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, the U.K. or 26 European countries in the Schengen Area 14 days prior. Canada was never added to that no-fly list. Neither was Mexico, even though Mexico and the U.S. have also agreed to close their shared land border to non-essential travel. "Generally, the United States has a much looser regime in terms of trying to keep out travellers," said Alden. "They don't see casual travellers as much of a threat, because they're worried about drugs and illegal migrants and terrorism."WATCH | U.S. President Donald Trump tells people not to fear the coronavirus:Alden also said that the U.S. may have reasoned it would be too cumbersome for the country's airlines to weed out the non-essential travellers if the country expanded its land border bans to air passengers."If you were going to make distinctions between essential and non-essential travellers, the airlines were going to have to be involved in some way."Lawyer Saunders said he spoke this week with a senior U.S. CBP official who believes the U.S. still welcomes Canadian air passengers due to pressure from U.S. airlines to keep flights in operation."He said the airline industries would have lobbied hard when they were drafting this border closure," said Saunders.But the actual reason why Canadians can fly to the U.S. remains a mystery — until and unless its government offers an explanation.
A 10-year-old from West Vancouver raised over $20,000 to buy a car for a family injured in a violent crash on the Sea-to-Sky Highway last month.Jonathan Yeung spent several hours over the past month calling friends, relatives and local businesses asking for money for the family, who were all injured when a Lamborghini and Range Rover spun out of control on the highway up to Whistler on Sept. 5.Everyone involved in the crash, including two children, were taken to hospital. The drivers of the Lamborghini, as well as a Range Rover that was part of the rally, are under investigation and police are considering criminal charges."Two kids were badly hurt and they were my age," said Yeung, who is 10 years old. "I was very sad and shocked that this happened to them."Yeung spent over four weeks fundraising for the family, whom he had never met in person. He got to meet them for the first time Friday afternoon when he handed them the keys to a pre-owned Volkswagen at a dealership in Burnaby. The family declined an interview but said in a statement to CBC News that they had immense appreciation for Yeung's act of kindness, generosity, and empathy."It takes an incredibly generous and kind person to donate for some stranger, especially in times like this," the statement read.The family was in awe when Yeung pulled the black cover off their new car, which was waiting at the dealership for them. They told CBC all four of them are recovering slowly but feeling much better.'It could've been anyone'Yeung said he felt the urge to help when he saw the pictures of the crash in a news story his dad showed him."It could've been anyone ... It could've been my dad [because] we always take that road and now I'm on the ski team, so we're gonna take that road often," he said.His father, Kevin Yeung, said his son isn't new to the world of fundraising, having led and participated in several other charitable causes before this one."It's not that smooth sailing," Kevin said. "It's not like he has a bunch of followers [on social media]... it's really been lots of calls, lots of emails.""Sometimes they rejected me, but that doesn't stop me, because I care about my mission to help," added Jonathan.The car will be helpful to the recipient family.They said in their statement that because they did not have optional car insurance they were unable to expense a rental car while the police hold their vehicle for the crash investigation, a process that could take months.
As Republicans rush to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, COVID-19 could play a pivotal role in the outcome. Some Republican senators with the virus may be unable to cast their vote in person, as required.
A dozen years after the Little Mountain lands were sold for over $300 million to Malaysian developer Holborn Holdings Ltd., the majority of the purchase price remains unpaid, according to Selina Robinson, former NDP housing minister and candidate for Coquitlam-Maillardville. "We're still owed, I believe, well over $240 million," said Robinson. "We haven't been able to see the details of the deal that the former B.C. Liberal government made because it's a third party deal." Robinson said a $40-million deposit was paid by Holborn in 2013, five years after the previous government announced the sale in 2008.Because of third party concerns, almost all the details of the purchase and payment schedule remain unknown to the public. Meanwhile, the prime six-hectare parcel of Vancouver real estate has sat mostly empty amid a worsening housing crisis. "Had the previous government taken the responsibility to build affordable housing, if they had valued that, thousands of people's lives would be different as a result," said Robinson. "And that's disappointing and sad."CBC made a Freedom of Information request in June 2018 to see the purchase agreement, but the returned documents were mostly redacted.Holborn has argued releasing the information would be injurious to its business, however last week an adjudicator from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner ruled that B.C. Housing must release the agreement.Holborn CEO Tiah Joo Kim also heads the company that owns Vancouver's Trump Hotel, which recently declared bankruptcy.The Little Mountain site, which sits between 37th and 33rd avenues and Main and Ontario streets, was once home to a vibrant community of people living in 224 units of public housing built in the 1950s.It was originally managed by the federal government before being transferred to B.C. Housing in 2007. In 2008 it was privatized in the sale to Holborn.The following year, Holborn tore down the buildings with a promise to build 1,400 market value homes, 234 units of social housing, and other amenities like child care, a community plaza and park.Evicted residents were told they could return once the new social housing units were completed, but since then only one permanent building has been constructed while the remainder of the site looks like a giant abandoned lot.Housing activists and former residents have staged rallies at the site over the years, even erecting a plaque in 2017 commemorating the lands as The Rich Coleman Vacant Lot, in recognition of the former Liberal housing minister who oversaw the Holborn deal. Robinson says B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson should answer for the Little Mountain sale. Wilkinson was not an MLA when the deal was struck. "The B.C. Liberals made a bad deal, Holborn is deciding to withhold from the deal they benefited from, and we are essentially stuck," she said. "At the end of the day Wilkinson has to wear it and we'll have to fix it."The B.C. Liberals did not respond to a request for comment before publication.
Two weeks ago, Justin Trudeau told Canadians the country was at a "crossroads." On Friday, the prime minister said we were at a "tipping point."Though the metaphors might now be mixed, it's at least clear that the pandemic situation in Canada has become only more precarious over the last two weeks."This second wave is really frustrating for a whole bunch of people who've been through this spring and who don't want to see this happen right now," Trudeau said. "A whole bunch of us would love to see this simply go away. Well, it'll only go away if we all do our part."That's true. We will not awake one day to find that COVID-19 has magically disappeared. It will take a collective effort to mitigate the spread of the virus and, ultimately, eradicate it.But with cases surging again, questions about who is or is not doing their part are unavoidable. And frustrations about a second wave will test the public's willingness to rally behind their leaders, as they did this spring.A predictable calamityIf the second wave in Canada matches or surpasses the first wave — in terms of infections or economic hardship — it will be doubly frustrating because no one can claim to have been surprised by the possibility of a resurgence. The prospect of a second wave in the fall or winter was first discussed and worried over months ago.If governments have any advantage now, it's that they should have a better understanding of how to handle health-related restrictions and the economic supports necessary to get people and businesses through those lockdowns. On that note, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland rolled out a new rent subsidy for businesses on Friday that the government hopes will be an improvement on the rent assistance program it tried out in the spring.Trudeau suggested Canadians can also draw on the knowledge that the tide of outbreaks can be stemmed. "I know this is discouraging, especially going into Thanksgiving weekend," he said. "But remember this — when things were at their bleakest during the first wave, Canadians pulled together and flattened the curve. We flattened the curve before, we can do it again."But will Canadians be more tempted this time to blame their governments — or each other?The federal Conservatives continue to insist that the new infections in Canada can be blamed on a lack of access to rapid testing for COVID-19 and that the federal government should have moved faster to ensure such tests were available.The utility of rapid testing is a point of debate in the United States. But the Liberals have responded by saying that testing is not a "silver bullet," that rapid tests need to be accurate enough to be useful and that politicians shouldn't be pressuring federal health regulators to make approvals (they also have promised that rapid tests will be distributed this fall).Perhaps — as epidemiologist Colin Furness of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation has suggested — Health Canada officials could be less conservative in how they review testing options. But however much rapid tests might help to control the spread of COVID-19 while reopening the economy, it's not obvious that a lack of such tests is to blame for, say, the long lines and backlogs in Ontario.Unless the premiers were told to expect a rollout of rapid tests — something that no one seems to be claiming — provincial governments should have put in place the resources necessary to handle this fall's demand with the existing options.Don't blame the tools, says epidemiologist"Rapid testing is a 'nice to have' but not essential for controlling spread," said Ashleigh Tuite, an epidemiologist at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Toronto. "Many other countries are successfully managing the pandemic with the same tools we have access to in Canada."The Trudeau government has responsibility for national agencies like Health Canada and for health care in Indigenous communities, which are also seeing an increase in infections. But Canada is (to its endless frustration and benefit) a federation and the vast majority of health policy is set by the provinces."I think most of the responsibility for the current situation falls to the individual provinces [and] territories," said Tuite. "The management and response has varied tremendously across the country and we see that in the very different outcomes."The federal government provided $21 billion to the provinces to assist a "safe restart" this fall — but the prime minister ignored a reporter's suggestion on Friday that perhaps he could invoke the Emergencies Act to take over authority where provinces are struggling to contain COVID-19.WATCH / Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces pandemic shutdownsIn Ontario, Premier Doug Ford is facing many questions about how his government has managed the situation and communicated with the public. In that province, the low reported case numbers and the move to reopen bars and restaurants over the summer "telegraphed to the whole population that there's no problem," said Furness, who also argues the Ford government has been more "reactive" than proactive.Reopening the economy to some extent might have been necessary, and perhaps some kind of second wave was inevitable; countries across Europe are reporting significant new outbreaks. But it's not clear that the reopening has been done with due care.At the same time, the small business lobby is now describing Ontario's new restrictions as a "crushing blow" and it remains to be seen how much "pandemic fatigue" or anti-lockdown agitation will complicate any efforts to reverse course now.Trudeau has nothing to gain from criticizing any other level of government — he can't claim to have done everything perfectly over the last seven months and it doesn't do anyone any good to have governments battling or casting doubt on each other in a crisis. Trudeau might have to deal with the consequences of economic disruption or unhappy citizens, but he can only offer federal support and hope that other levels of government succeed.This spring was hard, but the hardest thing to think about might have been something few of us wanted to face — the idea that it was not going to get much easier, at least not for a while. Furness said he believes we might be only at the start of a second, bigger wave.But if the country has come to the crossroads — or a tipping point — so have its leaders. And the test of leadership now might be even harder than it was in the spring, as a crisis we might have allowed ourselves to think was getting better suddenly becomes worse again.
Yellowknifer Eric McNair-Landry lives in an unusual home.It was designed by architect Gino Pin and locally, it's known as the "eraser house."In the 1970s, Pin convinced the city to sell him a lot on a cliff, upon which he built a multi-story house. The steps to the first floor are at a sharp angle and the stairwell has a switchback.So when McNair-Landry considered the prospect of getting his grandfather's upright piano — a family heirloom — to the third floor, he carefully weighed the options."One would be to lose all my friends trying to get them to take it up the stairwell here," he said."A crane wouldn't work, and even with boom extenders, it wouldn't have been possible to lift the piano."The 'only way up'That's when he had to make an unconventional choice.He and his family rented a helicopter which cost them around $2,000, the rough price per hour of renting the aircraft.On Thursday, a pilot from Great Slave Helicopters delivered the heirloom."This was kind of the only way up," he said.The pilot was right on target, landing his cargo metres from the house.Workers in hard hats guided the helicopter onto a small landing platform — the family's back deck. The piano was packaged up in a wooden crate, which McNair-Landry's friends disassembled before lifting the piano onto the top floor.Watch the piano get airlifted to the family's cliff-side home in Yellowknife:McNair-Landry and his family watched from the rocks behind their house as the downwash shook the trees. His young child looked upon the scene in awe.He says the family is still waiting for the final bill, but the landing went off without a hitch.Not its first moveThe piano is well travelled. It was moved from New Hampshire, U.S.A., to New Brunswick to Yellowknife.Asked why he went to such great lengths to move it, McNair-Landry said, "this has got a lot of family history and it's hard to replace that."His grandfather would have purchased it from Steinway and Sons in Boston, he says.McNair-Landry says he hopes the piano will stay where it is and that they won't have to move it ever again.
For months, Ryan Imgrund has meticulously tracked the ebbs and flows of coronavirus transmission in Ontario.New weekly COVID-19 cases per capita. Infections tied to community transmission. The shifts in impacted regions and age groups.After the Civic Holiday weekend in early August, one rising metric stood out to the biostatistician: The virus's Rt value — the number of cases linked to every primary infection — went above 1.0 after a summer lull. It signalled a shift to exponential growth, where every one person carrying the virus could infect 1.1 more, and so on. "That's when my alarm bells started going off," said Imgrund, who works at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont.. As the weeks passed and summer turned to fall, those alarms rang louder and louder. Clinicians, epidemiologists and hospital leaders all started sharing other concerning metrics — including rising demand for testing, spikes in hospital admissions, long-term care outbreaks — and pushed Ontario to take action.But it wasn't until Friday that provincial health officials announced a sweeping rollback to earlier restrictions for the hot zones of Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa, including the closing of restaurants, gyms, movie theatres, casinos and other indoor gathering spots.A bid to curb runaway case growth before yet another holiday weekend, the move came the same day Ontario reported a new record high of more than 900 COVID-19 cases.So why now? Why not take action on Thursday, when critical-care physicians flagged a one-day spike in ICU admissions not seen since early June?Why not a week ago, when Toronto's medical officer of health called for indoor dining and fitness centre closures to stop "exponential growth" in infections?Why not in early October, after the province's own modelling data projected 1,000 new cases each day?Why not sometime in September, when cases and hospitalizations were rising while new infections shifted from mostly younger adults to more older, vulnerable Ontarians?Why not back in August, when the reproductive number Imgrund kept tracking hit the tipping point for case growth — an early signal of trouble to come?"A couple weeks ago, we didn't see these numbers," Premier Doug Ford told reporters on Friday, referring to this week's record-breaking case growth, which spiked despite lagging testing data and a hefty processing backlog."We saw them creep up, creep up, and then, over a day or two — bang — they doubled."WATCH | Ontario premier's changing message on COVID-19:Ford said closing businesses wasn't an easy decision and involved balancing both public health and the economy. He also said not acting would leave the province in "worse shape" down the road."But it's not too late, folks," the premier said.Others worry there's been a dangerous delay.Cases shifting to older adults"I think we're two to four weeks too late," warned physician epidemiologist Dr. Nitin Mohan, a partner at ETIO Public Health Consultants and adjunct professor at Western University in London, Ont."And frankly, even delaying a week we're going to see unnecessary cases and deaths," said Dr. Samir Sinha, director of geriatrics at Sinai Health in Toronto.That's because the concerning metrics of today foreshadow worse problems to come, and there's no going back in time to change the past.According to Imgrund's data analysis, the number of new cases reported among adults over 60 has tripled over the last month. The finding suggests more vulnerable seniors could soon be facing serious forms of COVID-19 as their illnesses progress, including hundreds of residents — and staff — infected amid outbreaks in long-term care.Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients over the last three weeks have also increased 250 per cent, the province revealed on Friday, while the number of intensive care unit beds being occupied is expected to cross the 150-bed threshold within the next 30 days. "This will have a direct, negative impact on the ability of some hospitals to provide access to other vital surgeries and procedures," Anthony Dale, president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association said following Friday's announcement.And while Mohan said the restrictions are a "step in the right direction," it will take some time before the impact is clear — with many recently infected Ontarians set to become sicker as the days pass."We've now created a situation in the province where we're going to have weeks of hardship," said Dr. Nathan Stall, a geriatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital. "The damage still needs to be mopped up."Ontario aiming to avoid full lockdownTo provincial officials, bringing Ontario back to a cleaner state involves curbing case growth enough to not only avoid an overwhelmed health-care system but also a lengthy lockdown.Health Minister Christine Elliott told reporters on Friday that rolling back to earlier restrictions now is a better bet than waiting until the situation "spirals out of control."Given that the risk that could still occur, Mohan said officials need to refocus their communication to the public during this next phase of the pandemic, since even with targeted restrictions, the takeaway for Ontarians may remain unclear, and enforcement could be a challenge.The closures apply to Toronto and Peel but not to the neighbouring regions of Halton and York; the province is pushing residents to avoid non-essential outings and has halted indoor dining in the three hot zones, yet patios can remain open."What we should be doing is providing these businesses with additional support to help them close down safely so we can curb the spread of the virus and drive case counts low," Mohan said. "If we take this sort of half-step approach, then we can't expect the results we really need to see."Ford said the province is investing millions of dollars to help businesses with fixed costs, including property taxes and hydro and gas bills, while the federal government announced targeted aid, including rent relief for some businesses hit by shutdowns.The question after weeks of alarming metrics and, for many, even more alarming inaction is whether all of the efforts will be enough to bring Ontario back from the edge of disaster."Have we missed the opportunity?" Stall said. "I still think we can control this — we can deal with this — but it's going to delay things."How damaging that delay proves to be only time will tell.
New research into the diets of dogs who lived on the coast of Vancouver Island has shed new light on the pre-colonial history of the Tseshaht First Nation. Over the past few years, the Tseshaht First Nation has collaborated with scientists and archaeologists to investigate its history, said Darrell Ross, a member of the nation and manager of its natural resources."Archaeology shows deep, unequivocal indication of large populations of Tseshaht who have been in Barkley Sound for thousands of years," said Ross to host Kathryn Marlow on CBC's All Points West.The latest research, detailed in a newly published paper by University of Victoria archaeology student Dylan Hillis, is about the diet of wool dogs that once lived with the nation. The small dogs had thick white fur, very similar to sheep's wool. These dogs were really important for producing wool for the local economy, Hillis explained, with their fur an essential component of ceremonial blankets and other regalia.After contact with European traders and the introduction of cheaper sheep's wool from the Hudson's Bay Company, however, the wool dogs disappeared as a distinct breed. "To keep these dogs pure and have a good supply of wool, you had to keep them isolated from interbreeding with other types of dogs who were later introduced," Hillis said.Diets of dogs almost exclusively marine The dogs that Hillis studied were from between 300 and 3,000 years ago. The diet of the dogs, which was revealed through isotopic analysis, showed that they consumed an almost exclusively marine diet — including salmon, herring and anchovy as well as larger marine mammals like seal and whale."The dogs weren't going out and catching these foods themselves, they were reliant upon Tseshaht people to be out and fishing to supply the food," Hillis said. The data can shed light on not only Tseshaht First Nation fishing practices, but also their animal husbandry practices and the cultural significance of their companion dogs. For Ross, archaeological studies like this one complement Tseshaht First Nation oral history and spiritual traditions."Every time we do something in archaeology, another piece of the puzzle comes forward and that's important to us." Listen to the interview on All Points West here:
Molly McGrath had always wanted a pet pig — and this summer, one fell from the sky. At least, that's what they believe likely happened. McGrath works at a veterinary clinic, and a couple found a tiny piglet on a rural dirt road and brought her to the clinic for surrender. The vet said the piglet was newly born and had little chance of survival. She weighed less than 400 grams, just 0.87 pounds.McGrath, who with her family runs South Shore Soaps on a small farm with 20 goats in DeSable, P.E.I., wanted to give the piglet a chance. "The vet did give her a grave prognosis," McGrath said. "The umbilical cord was still attached, so we weren't sure if she had received colostrum from the mum yet." Colostrum is the first form of milk produced by the mother and contains antibodies to protect against disease and infection."It was literally hour by hour the first few days," she said. Family members took turns getting up every two hours around the clock to feed Lilith goat's milk and goat's colostrum."Luckily, I have a teenager who loves to be up most of the night," McGrath said. "It was really a family event." The vet continued to check on Lilith, and after the fist week gave a guarded thumbs-up to the piglet's chances of survival. Scooped up by a bird? That was 12 weeks ago. Lilith is now thriving and living in the McGraths' house. They're still not sure exactly what breed Lilith is, except that she is a miniature.And they're still not sure where she came from. McGrath said the people who found her said they'd searched the area and knocked on doors for a couple of days but didn't find anyone who knew anything about a miniature pig or even kept pigs. "We think that she may have been scooped up by a bird of some sort and then dropped," McGrath said. "Fortunately, her rescuers were at the right place at the right time." It looks like fate chose the right hands for Lilith to fall into. McGrath had already researched how to look after pot-bellied pigs. She also knew a breeder in Ontario, who helped advise her on caring for a newborn. "I like to help wherever I can, especially with animals," McGrath said. "And then, it pulled at my heartstrings seeing this poor little thing.… Everything for a reason, I guess."Like a puppy but 'smarter'Lilith has become South Shore Soap's mascot — a little ironic, since the soap is made with milk from the family's goats. She's also a bit of a scamp. For instance, when the family had the dishwasher open recently, she tried to climb up on the door to lick the dinner plates. "They are so intelligent, so smart," McGrath enthused. "You need to stay one step ahead."It's like having a puppy except, I think, a lot smarter," she said, noting it only took about three days to potty train Lilith. "She's really good at asking at the back door to go out." 'Squeaking at the door'Lilith sleeps at night and naps in a dog crate, and runs freely in the house with the family's other pets during the day, eating mini pig pellets from a dish on the floor as well as fruits and vegetables. She also likes to go outside."She does not like the cold, so she's squeaking at the door wanting back in pretty quickly," McGrath said. McGrath said she is planning not only a product line around Lilith — Hogwash, anyone? — but also a children's book and a puzzle from a local puzzle creator. "Why not celebrate a little miracle? A good news story, for a change," she said. She estimates Lilith will grow to be about 27 kilograms, or 60 pounds. And she said she can't imagine what she'd do if someone came along to claim Lilith."She has grown quite attached to us, and us to her," McGrath said. More from CBC P.E.I.
New Brunswick officials will provide an update Saturday afternoon after two regions of the province were forced back to the orange recovery phase in response to community transmission of COVID-19.Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer, and Education Minister Dominic Cardy will speak to reporters at 2:30 p.m.The changes for the Moncton region (Zone 1) and the Campbellton region (Zone 5) took effect at midnight. That's following an outbreak at the Manoir Notre-Dame special care home in Moncton involving 19 people, while Sugarloaf High School in Campbellton confirmed a positive case.Russell said Friday there is no indication of a link between the Moncton outbreak and 13 cases in the Campbellton region, but contact tracing is ongoing. She said the source of the outbreak in the Manoir Notre-Dame is "associated with travel," while the source of the Campbellton cases is under investigation. At least one case is travel-related.Orange zone restrictionsPremier Blaine Higgs said Friday that residents in the two affected regions will need to stay within two-household bubbles in their orange zone. But he said bubbles can extend to include immediate family and caregivers.Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people or fewer, while some indoor events, including weddings, funerals and religious services are permitted with 10 or fewer.Food, retail, and beverage businesses can continue to operate under COVID-19 operational plans, but "close contact personal services," such as barbers and hair stylists, must close.Gyms, fitness facilities and recreational centres, casinos, amusement centres, bingo halls, arcades, cinemas and large live performance venues will also have to close.The province daycares and schools from kindergarten to Grade 12 can remain open under strict guidance.Higgs said travel in and out of the two zones should be for essential reasons.Russell said the two regions will remain in orange until case numbers decrease.The rest of New Brunswick remains under the yellow recovery phase. Health services reducedThe Vitalité Health Network has scaled back services at the Campbellton Regional Hospital as a "precautionary measure."Some services have also been temporarily reduced at the St. Joseph Community Health Centre in Dalhousie.In the Moncton region, patients with non-urgent symptoms are asked to avoid visiting the emergency rooms at the Moncton Hospital or the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. The ERs in all affected hospitals remain open for those with urgent or critical care needs, according to Horizon and Vitalité.Anyone exhibiting mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19 should complete the online self-assessment by visiting www.gnb.ca/coronavirus or call Tele-Care 811.
Many seniors in Nova Scotia looking for greater protection from the seasonal flu than a regular shot provides will continue to have to pay for it themselves. A high-dose flu vaccine has been available for four years and offers more of an immune boost than the regular vaccine. The vaccine is manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur Inc. CBC checks indicate the retail price per dose ranges from $60 to $100 in Nova Scotia. The province is providing the vaccine to residents of long-term care facilities but other seniors will have to pay.Bill VanGorder of CARP says it's a puzzling distinction."CARP does not understand why the high-dose [vaccine] isn't available to all at-risk seniors in the entire province," he said. "P.E.I. makes it available to all their seniors. We already put it in our long-term care homes, so we know that it's effective."He said the COVID-19 pandemic makes it all the more important for seniors to protect their immune systems. "We know that people, seniors, are in a high-risk category," he said. "If they get COVID, it's extremely dangerous to them. If they already have the regular flu … then they're going to be even in a worse position."The province says the current policy addresses the most vulnerable seniors."Residents aged 65 years and older within these facilities are at an increased risk of influenza and influenza related complications due to age, compromised health status and institutional living environment," the Department of Health and Wellness said in a statement.It said seniors who are outside care facilities can "choose to purchase the high-dose version through a healthcare provider."Diane Harpell of the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia said seniors who may have to purchase the high-dose vaccine also face an availability problem because it is not part of the public supply."So, it is challenging right now to get any supply of high-dose [vaccine]," she said. "So, right now, you're running into issues … where there's not a lot of it available."She said if pharmacists had access to a public supply of the high-dose vaccine they would "absolutely be ready to provide that service to seniors."VanGorder said expecting seniors, many of whom are on a fixed income, to shoulder the expense of protecting themselves is unreasonable and unfair. "if you're on a fixed income, any amount of extra money that you have to pay is a real problem because then you have to make choices, " he said. "If you don't have the money to pay for it, then it's not available to you."Harpell said the vaccine "isn't cheap" and seniors would also have to pay an administration fee that ranges from $15 to $25. She noted the regular flu vaccine is still available for seniors who are not able to obtain or afford the high-dose flu shot. She said seniors should check with their health-care provider or pharmacist about options. Pharmacy association would back programShe said the pharmacy association would support a government-funded program to provide the high-dose vaccine to everyone over 65 who wants it. "We would absolutely be in favour of providing that," she said. "The key thing that you need to remember, and this is with supply of anything … we need to make sure that [the] supply chain is supported."VanGorder believes the province's indication that it has no immediate plans to change its current strategy is based on politics and finances and not the recommendations of health officials."This is another evidence of ageism in our province," he said.MORE TOP STORIES
Ontario is reporting 809 new cases and seven more deaths of COVID-19 on Saturday, the day that new restrictions take effect in three areas of the province.The total number of people who have died of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 3,004. The new restrictions have been imposed in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa.A total of 213 people are hospitalized, with 48 in intensive care units and 29 in those units on ventilators.Of the newly reported cases, Toronto had 358, Peel Region had 123, Ottawa had 94 and York Region had 76, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet on Saturday.A total of 700 more cases of the novel coronavirus are now marked as resolved, bringing the total number of resolved cases to 49,732.Ontario's total of cases since the outbreak began in January, or cumulative total, is 58,490 as of Saturday.The province's network of labs completed 44,298 tests on Friday.According to Ontario's status of cases webpage, more women than men have died of the novel coronavirus. A total of 1,598 women have died, while 1,373 men have died.Restrictions aimed at bringing numbers downThe latest case count comes a day after the Ontario government announced it had to take action to bring rising numbers of COVID-19 infections under control.Premier Doug Ford said the government had little choice, even though he had argued for some time that he hadn't seen enough data to justify stronger measures. Information presented to him by his health advisors on Thursday evening changed his mind, he said."All trends are going in the wrong direction," Ford said. "Left unchecked, we risk worse case scenarios first seen in Italy and New York City."As of Saturday, indoor dining at restaurants and bars in the three hot spot regions are prohibited, while gyms, movie theatres and casinos are closed. The measures are in place for at least 28 days.The government is also asking all Ontarians to leave their homes only for essential purposes. Schools and places of worship remain open across the province.'These aren't normal times,' premier saysIn a news release on Saturday, Ford urged all Ontario residents to celebrate Thanksgiving with members of their immediate households only. If a person lives alone, that person may join another household, Ford said.The premier said "these aren't normal times," and residents have to make adjustments. "On the advice of the chief medical officer of health, it's not enough to limit the size of Thanksgiving gatherings to 10 people or less. We must all do our part to keep gathering sizes small by sticking to our immediate households," Ford said."If you live alone, you may join one other household to ensure no one is alone or isolated this holiday season, but please take the necessary precautions to keep gatherings small."Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's medical officer of health, had slightly different advice on Friday in her remarks to reporters, saying people who live alone should connect virtually with loved ones on Thanksgiving."My advice is that you are safest spending Thanksgiving only with the people you live with in your home. That isn't an easy ask of people who live alone and I'm sorry that I have to ask it. But if at all possible, connect virtually rather than in person," De Villa said.Here are a list of the measures that take effect Saturday for at least 28 days: * A ban on indoor food and drink services in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other food-and-drink establishments. * Closure of indoor gyms and fitness centres, casinos, bingo halls, indoor cinemas and performing arts centres. * Closure of interactive exhibits in museums, galleries, zoos and science centres. * A limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained for all social gatherings and organized public events. * A ban on personal care services that require face coverings to be removed, such as beard trimming and makeup application. * Limiting team sports to training sessions. * Reducing real estate open houses to 10 people indoors, where physical distancing can be maintained.
SAN FRANCISCO — Fire investigators looking into what caused a wildfire that killed four people in far Northern California have taken possession of equipment belonging to Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility reported Friday. PG&E said in a filing with the Public Utilities Commission that investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection seized some of its electrical equipment near where the Zogg Fire started Sept. 27. The fire erupted in Shasta County during high winds and quickly grew, killing four people in the community of Igo, population 600. It later spread to neighbouring Tehama County. As of Friday, it had scorched 88 square miles (nearly 228 square kilometres) and destroyed more than 200 buildings, about half of them homes. It was almost fully contained. The utility said it does not have access to the evidence collected by Cal Fire, which has yet to determine a cause for the fire. PG&E, the nation’s largest utility, recently emerged from bankruptcy stemming from financial fallout from several devastating wildfires caused by its utility equipment that killed more than 100 people and destroyed more than 27,000 homes and other buildings in 2017 and 2018. Customers in the area where the fire started, near Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane north of Igo, are served by a 12,000-volt PG&E circuit. On the day the Zogg Fire began, the utility's automated equipment in the area “reported alarms and other activity between approximately 2:40 p.m. and 3:06 p.m.," PG&E told regulators. The line was then de-activated. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office identified one of the victims as Alaina Michelle Rowe, 45, who was found dead along a road on Sept. 28. The sheriff's department said another victim was a minor but did not report the identity. KRCR-TV in Redding reported that Rowe and her eight-year-old daughter Feyla died as they tried to escape the fire. The two other victims, also found a day after the fire started, are Karin King, 79, who was found on the road where the fire started, and Kenneth Vossen, 52, who suffered serious burns that day and later died in a hospital. PG&E said in a statement that it is co-operating with the investigation. “We recognize the tragic losses sustained as a result of this year’s fire season and are thankful, as always, for the efforts of the first responders who have worked tirelessly to contain the fires and protect the lives and property of California residents," the statement said. The Associated Press
A federal judge on Friday ruled that the election in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District should proceed in November as originally scheduled, despite the recent death of a third-party candidate, saying a delay would leave constituents without representation for weeks. Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig asked the judge to block enforcement of a state law that postponed the election to February upon the Sept. 21 death of Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate Adam Weeks. In her ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright granted Craig's request, saying Craig is likely to succeed in her argument that federal law preempts state law, and that Craig would suffer harm because she would have to conserve campaign resources for use in February if there was a delay.
PASADENA, Calif. — The childhood home of Eddie Van Halen and a sidewalk outside a nearby liquor store have been turned into memorials to the legendary rock guitarist in his adopted hometown near Los Angeles. The shrines began popping up shortly after Van Halen’s death from cancer at age 65 earlier in the week. The tributes have continued to grow and attract a steady stream of visitors day and night. Van Halen was born in the Netherlands, and moved to Pasadena, California, with his parents and older brother Alex when he was 7. A couple dozen people milled about the nondescript yellow house on Las Lunas Street on Friday, swapping memories and snapping photos of the flowers and old photos of the guitar virtuoso. “This way people have a chance to come out and share their feelings,” said Jackie Gibson, whose younger brother was childhood friends with the Van Halens. “We need that right now. We really haven’t had a chance to celebrate with everything being closed down. It’s a time people can come together and heal.” A pickup stopped in front of the house and its overgrown yard and cranked Van Halen's music, fittingly shattering the quiet on the otherwise neatly kept block. A shed where the brothers practiced still stands in the fenced-in backyard. They continued living at the house, which is now a rental, for a couple of years after their eponymous debut album came out in 1978. “It’s heartbreaking because he’s such a part of our lives,” said Paige Uranga, a 53-year-old fan from nearby Alhambra. “It’s a soft, deep ache compared to all the other really sharp like knife aches we’re experiencing.” A couple blocks away, Salvadore Franco was compelled to stop outside the liquor store and view the display of a guitar, photos, candles, beer cans and pack of cigarettes. Local legend has it that Eddie and Alex wrote the family name in wet cement on the curb, which is still visible. In 1968, Franco and the Van Halens delivered the Pasadena Star-News on different routes. He recalled Eddie tossing papers from his Stingray bike with banana-shaped handlebars. “He worked hard because he had to buy his drum set,” Franco said. “He was always smiling, that’s what I remember. Friendly, sociable, he’d walk by and say, ‘How ya doing?’ ” Franco, in a Van Halen T-shirt, said he went to Pasadena High and what was then called Pasadena Community College with the brothers. He attended some of their earliest performances in local backyards and at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The Van Halens formed their first band, The Broken Combs, at Hamilton Elementary and played at lunchtime. Eddie remembered his early days there as being “absolutely frightening.” “Since we couldn’t speak the language, we were considered a minority,” Van Halen said in a 2017 interview at The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. “My first friends in America were Black. The white people that were the bullies, they would tear up my homework papers. The Black kids stuck up for me.” Gibson said her younger brother, Jack, had his own band at the same time the Van Halens were in a band called Mammoth. Jack asked them to play at his backyard party. “It was two dollars for a kegger for Van Halen,” she said, laughing. “There were over a thousand people there.” Gibson said police used helicopters to herd the partygoers out of the yard and down the street to disperse. Word of Eddie's death brought her memories flooding back. “He seemed like a very humble down-to-earth type of fellow, not pretentious, like fame really didn’t get to him,” said Gibson, whose family also is Dutch. “He still had that feeling in his soul of being down to earth. Dutch people are like that.” The first rock album Uranga purchased was “Van Halen II” in 1979 and she quickly memorized all the words. “It’s just painful when you’re left here and all your idols are gone, all your heroes," she said. “He was a hero.” Beth Harris, The Associated Press
A Vancouver man has pleaded guilty to deliberately setting a fire that forced Emily Carr University to close last year.Nathan MacLeod, 41, was arrested in October and charged with two counts of break and enter and one count of arson. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday, the Vancouver Police Department said.The fire broke out at the school at 520 East 1st Ave. on Oct. 5 and was quickly declared suspicious.No one was hurt, but the fire and water from the sprinkler system damaged an office and some painting and drawing studios.Because of significant damage to walls and ceilings, classes were cancelled until after Thanksgiving.MacLeod was arrested nearly a week after the incident. He was not believed to be connected to the school in any way.Sentencing is expected to happen in December or January.
Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, a 43-year-old lawyer without a seat in Quebec's legislature, defeated the establishment candidate on the third round of voting Friday to become the new leader of the sovereigntist Parti Quebecois. Plamondon, who didn't make it past the first ballot when he ran for party leader in 2016, beat PQ member Sylvain Gaudreault with 56 per cent of the vote. It is currently fourth out of four parties in Quebec's 125-seat legislature.
India has the world's second-highest number of COVID-19 cases, growing by a seven-day average of 69,368. Yet despite a stigma against contracting coronavirus, few people seem to be taking precautions seriously.