New York City reached a recovery milestone on Wednesday as indoor restaurant dining was permitted for the first time since March. (April 30)
Last week's death of a 22-year-old St. Thomas University student from India has been ruled a drowning.RCMP Const. Hans Ouellette said the cause of death was determined after an autopsy. He said police do not suspect "criminality" in the case. Aranyam Bora was cliff jumping at the Mactaquac Headpond on Wednesday when he slipped below the surface of the water and disappeared. His body was found by RCMP divers on Thursday morning. Bora was a fourth-year St. Thomas University student, majoring in political science and international relations. He was from India and came to New Brunswick to study. He was a competitive bodybuilder and martial artist and was in incredible physical condition, said his girlfriend, Milly Squires, a McAdam native and third-year St. Thomas University student. Squires is still baffled by the details. She said her athletic boyfriend knew how to swim. In August, the pair visited a waterfall near Welsford, where they spent some time in the pool of water. She said she never would have dreamed he could have drowned. "He was adventurous and he was, at times, a little reckless, yes, but he wasn't stupid," Squires said Wednesday afternoon. "I don't think he would have gone if he didn't believe he could swim."Another friend, Sayan Chatterjee, also believes Bora could swim.Chatterjee, who was designated by Bora's family members to speak for them, said he saw a picture of Bora. swimming but had never witnessed it in person. Chatterjee said his former dorm mate was also an avid fitness buff, "always at the gym lifting weights." He said Bora will be missed by a lot of people. Neither Chatterjee nor Squires knew whether Bora jumped feet first or dove head first from the cliffs at the headpond. Squires said the thought that Bora, who often went by Ary, was conscious for a time before slipping under the water "keeps me up at night.""Knowing that it was drowning and knowing that he did surface and he was flailing, it haunts me every night thinking that he could have been terrified or he would have been scared. Because Ary didn't get scared of anything. "
An heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune was sentenced Wednesday to an 81-month prison term and immediately thrown behind bars for her role as an unwavering benefactor of Keith Raniere, the disgraced self-improvement guru convicted of turning women into sex slaves who were branded with his initials. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis gave Clare Bronfman the harsh sentence at a hearing lasting more than three hours and featuring emotional statements from several victims gathered in a courtroom under strict coronavirus safety protocols. The judge repeatedly scolded Clare Bronfman for standing by Raniere and his upstate New York organization, even after the evidence made clear she eventually became aware of his sex-trafficking scheme.
For Guillermo Nieto, a Mexican businessman who grew up smoking pot, the cannabis greenhouse on his family's vast farmlands in Guanajuato state is part of a bigger dream. One that involves deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies. Nieto and several Mexican businessmen have spent years positioning themselves for a time when the country opens up what would be the world's biggest legal cannabis market in terms of population, where the drug can be lawfully cultivated and sold.
Lorna and Donald Burns are remaining optimistic they will get to their Arizona home in the new year.The retired couple are snowbirds — spending half of the year at their home in North Bedeque, P.E.I., and the other half in Mesa, Ariz. Despite land borders between Canada and the U.S. being closed to non-essential traffic until at least Oct. 21, they hope to travel to Arizona by air in January."We have been going there for five or six years in our RV, and then last November, we actually bought a mobile home in that park," said Lorna Burns."We're planning to go down and fly in and not do that long drive. Things are changing, or have changed, for us."The couple usually leave for their age 55+ active living community in October and return in the spring. They have pushed their departure date to early January due to the pandemic, but also said they'll change their plans if needed.Air travel OKDespite the land border restrictions, Canadians have still been able to fly to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, though P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Office does not recommend it. "Non-essential travel outside of the Atlantic Bubble is still not recommended," said the office in an email to CBC News. "Islanders should give very careful consideration before travelling to areas outside Canada where case counts are high with widespread community transmission."According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States is still the hotspot for COVID-19 across the world with over seven million reported cases and over 200,000 deaths. The Burns said they are following the events south of the border as they prepare to potentially travel."We're watching for border restrictions at the moment. California, Arizona and Florida have no requirements for self isolation, but that could change, and those states have had high incidences of COVID, so we watch for those things," Lorna said."If we had to self isolate, it wouldn't be a big deal"No more repatriation flightsCanada's federal government is also not recommending non-essential travel at this time, but said the advice is not binding. "If Canadians deem their travel essential and choose to travel despite these advisories, they should be aware that there may be other safety and security considerations that may impact them at their destination," said Global Affairs Canada in an email to CBC."The Government of Canada may have limited capacity to offer consular services."> Hopefully the figures, the numbers in Arizona ... will be better than they have been. — Lorna BurnsA spokesperson for Global Affairs said Canadians may have a hard time obtaining essential products and services — including medications — while abroad and may suddenly be subject to curfews, lockdowns and quarantines under their government at their destination.Airlines may also suspend or reduce the number of flights without notice, making it difficult to return to Canada," the email said, adding that the Government of Canada is not planning additional repatriation flights, as it did in the spring when the pandemic first struck.Global Affairs also recommends Canadians travellers contact their travel insurance provider and verify the terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and requirements of their insurance policy before they leave the country.Though they have yet to book a flight to Arizona, the Burns have already purchased their travel insurance through the Canadian Snowbird Association. The association — which has more than 110,000 members — has said it's hard to gauge at this point what percentage of its members will actually head south this winter and that many are stuck in a holding pattern.The Burns, and many of their Canadian and American friends who also travel to Arizona, consider themselves in this group."If we have to cancel for any reason, they will give us most of our money back, so we'll just wait and see how things go in January," Lorna said. "A lot can change."'Might not be the same thing tomorrow'Overall, Lorna said she believes the information provided by the governments to be clear if one knows where to look and takes the time to search it out."You have to kind of take responsibility yourself and search out the answers and realize that what happens today and what you hear today might not be the same thing tomorrow, so it's up to the individuals," she said."Hopefully the figures, the numbers in Arizona, in the greater Phoenix area, will be better than they have been, but again, it's something that we will assess."In the meantime, Lorna and Donald intend to enjoy the Atlantic Bubble, travelling to Nova Scotia in a few weeks."We're hoping things will level off and settle down by January, if not, we'll have to make other plans," said Donald Burns. "Staying home, shoveling snow, putting up with winter, not near as much fun."More from CBC P.E.I.
There's lots to know before getting your nostrils swabbed for COVID-19 at a Windsor pharmacy, so make sure you check these boxes before heading out. Last week the province announced that it has expanded testing to pharmacies, with three Shoppers Drug Marts authorized in Windsor and two others in Sarnia.Across Ontario, strict guidelines have been put in place for those looking to get a test done at a pharmacy.The main rule is that only those who are asymptomatic and have not been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 can receive a test. The person must also fall under one of five categories: * Living or working in a long-term care facility. * Residing or volunteering at a shelter. * Have been given a clearance for international travel. * An international student travelling into the country to start school after the14-day isolation period ends. * An Indigenous person.In Windsor, locations started testing on Tuesday.CBC News spoke with the Devonshire Mall Shopper's Drug Mart pharmacist Matthew Thibert about how testing has gone so far. "It's been busy," Thibert said. "I wasn't really sure whether or not we would see such a demand for it, but I will say that we have definitely seen a lot of demand." He said they've been taking calls since Friday evening and have completed 20 tests so far, but have done 50 phone assessments. The pharmacy is not taking any walk-ins, Thibert said, adding that people must complete a phone assessment before coming in to the store. The assessment will determine whether the person falls under the outlined criteria. WATCH | Local pharmacist Matthew Thibert explains what people need to know before getting testedLocations approved for testing in Sarnia and Windsor include: * Devonshire Mall in Windsor at 3100 Howard Ave. * Tecumseh Mall in Windsor at 7720 Tecumseh Rd. E. * Huron Church in Windsor at 1760 Huron Church Rd. * 2600 Lakeshore Rd in Sarnia. * Michigan & Murphy in Sarnia at 1206 Michigan Ave.
York Regional Police have made dozens of arrests in connection to an alleged illegal casino and spa in Markham. Erica Vella has details on the investigation.
TORONTO — Parents of students with the sniffles or a headache will no longer have to line up for hours to get their children tested at COVID-19 assessments centres under Ontario's newly amended screening guidelines for schools and daycares. Dr. Barbara Yaffe, the province's associate chief medical officer of health, said students with either of those symptoms can return to school after 24 hours if they feel fine. She said those are only symptoms in about 17 per cent of COVID-19 cases among children, so the change seemed prudent. "There's all sorts of other causes of a runny nose, there's other viruses circulating in the community," she said. "The kid might have just been outside and got a runny nose." Previously, the government had asked children with either symptom to stay home until they received a negative test result or other medical diagnosis. Ontario is also removing abdominal pain or conjunctivitis from its screening list. Children with a fever or cough will still be required to stay home, consult with a doctor and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test. Ontario's change comes after British Columbia dropped 10 symptoms, including a runny nose, from their screening guidance last month. NDP education critic Marit Stiles slammed the Ontario government for its changing guidelines, saying the shifts are giving parents "whiplash." "Parents who spent hours and hours in line this week with their little ones waiting for a test … have a right to be frustrated at the horrible lack of clarity on when kids need a test, and when they should return to school or daycare," she said. Meanwhile, Ontario also announced Thursday that it will give pay raises to personal support workers throughout the health-care system in a bid to recruit and retain them during the pandemic. Premier Doug Ford said about 147,000 workers in long-term care, hospitals, and community care are eligible for the increase. Personal support workers in long-term care and community care will be eligible for a $3 an hour pay increase, while personal support workers in hospitals will see a $2 an hour pay hike. The temporary increase begins Thursday and will expire in March 2021, costing the government $461 million. Ford said he has not ruled out continuing the pay raise next year. "As we enter the second wave of COVID-19, we need to stabilize our PSW workforce," he said. "We need to make sure that when our loved ones need care, whether at home in a hospital, or in a long-term care, there's a PSW there to support them." Advocates in the long-term care and home care sectors have said low pay has contributed to personal support worker shortages before and during the pandemic. The secretary-treasurer of Canadian Union of Public Employees said the announcement was a good first step, but more must be done to address working conditions and compensation for personal support workers. "Wages were always only one part of the problem," Candace Rennick said in a statement "What about confronting the disgraceful reality of part-time work, lack of benefits and access to paid sick days, and adequate of hours of care to ensure and enhance quality of life?" Ontario reported 538 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and three new deaths from the illness. The majority of the cases were reported in the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa. In total, 162 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 36 in intensive care. The province also reported 65 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 29 among students. Those bring the number of schools with a reported case to 307 out of Ontario's 4,828 publicly funded schools. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2020. Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
An ambitious humanitarian project to deliver coronavirus vaccines to the world's poorest people is facing potential shortages of money, cargo planes, refrigeration and vaccines themselves — and is running into skepticism even from some of those it's intended to help most. In one of the biggest obstacles, rich countries have locked up most of the world’s potential vaccine supply through 2021, and the U.S. and others have refused to join the project, called Covaxe. “The supply of vaccines is not going to be there in the near term, and the money also isn’t there,” warned Rohit Malpani, a public health consultant who previously worked for Doctors Without Borders.
There remains concern from some corners of the provincial legislature, while some public bodies are encouraged after the government of Newfoundland and Labrador brought down its fiscal budget for 2020-21 on Wednesday.But many agree with the total spending set for $8.97 billion, Wednesday's budget came as no surprise. Tory leader Ches Crosbie said one of the most important numbers inside the province's new budget — among taxes, spending, new programs and a slightly decreased deficit — is 13,000, where employment is down almost 6 per cent."That's the number of jobs that are expected to be lost in the next few months," he said."That's the government's own word for it, 13,000 out of a workforce of just over 200,000. So you can work out the percentage, it's pretty high and that's on top of the job losses we've already seen."Crosbie also said there's a lack of assurance in the new budget that would give young people in the province the comfort in knowing they have a future here. "Those words are not there, that vision is missing, the plan is not there," said Crosbie. NDP leader Alison Coffin calls the new budget "devoid of any creativity."Coffin said the budget is reactionary, and it's based on last year and before COVID-19 had any impact on finances. "There's really not a lot of mechanisms in this budget to address what we see going on with COVID," she said."What we do have, is a task force headed up by an individual who has privatized the Royal Mail, and has privatized a number of Canadian services as well. That should be something to be quite concerned about."Coffin said she believes next year's budget, coming in just six months, will be much worse. She said she expects cuts and tax changes when the budget is tabled in March. Others are also focused on the province's next budget. Richard Alexander, executive director of the Newfoundland And Labrador Employers' Council, said it will be the following budget when the province will get a good look at what kind of leadership its premier and finance minister are willing to provide."What is different, and I think the people of the province should pay attention to, is the finance minister is using some messaging that is indicating that they're doing something with the next budget in six months," he said. Similar ideasOne thing both Crosbie and Coffin agreed on is the newly introduced $25-a-day child-care program, expected to be introduced next year and something Premier Andrew Furey leaned heavily on during his bid for Liberal leadership over the summer. However, both Crosbie and Coffin — while happy but also critical — said the idea is something their parties had already lobbied for in the past. "I'm glad to see the new premier adopt something from our policy book from last year in the general election," said Crosbie. "They've adopted a couple of other items that we've ran on as well. So that part is fine, and dandy and good, but what it suggests is the new premier doesn't have his own ideas. Therefore, he's got to steal ours." Coffin said she's happy to see the $25-a-day child-care program finally get some movement, adding it's a platform the NDP had run on for a very long time. Jerry Earle, president of NAPE, a union which represents private and public sector employees across the province, said the child-care program is something his members have been calling for for decades. Earle said it's a positive announcement but there are still challenges. "They've got to make sure the women and men who work there, and it's primarily women who work in daycares, are appropriately compensated ... and there be sufficient spaces for children to avail of," said Earle."Today's budget we kind of knew where it was going. The next budget is the one we'll be watching much more closely. I've got a funny feeling we'll be having a different conversation post that budget." Some encouragementThe St. John's Board of Trade is encouraged by Wednesday's announcement, said chair for 2020 Andrew Wadden.Wadden said the board didn't expect any surprises in the newest budget, but was happy to see some funding go toward helping small businesses, something he said the group has been lobbying for.The money totals $30 million, introduced to help businesses and community groups make it through the pressure felt from the COVID-19 pandemic."I think a lot of small businesses are going to be able to avail to that. We imagine probably between 3,000 and 3,500 businesses will do so. We have 750 members, most of them will be able to get this," Wadden said. "Every little bit helps. ... This is grant money. This doesn't have to be paid back. So it's key."Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association president Dean Ingram said the budget looks good for helping aging school infrastructure, but missed the point on allocating money for more teachers, counsellors and administration. "Bricks and mortar are very important, but the heart of it is that the human resource within that building is what makes the biggest difference," Ingram said. "We still have a concern about class sizes. It's why we've been long advocating for an independent review of the teacher allocation model."Read more articles from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Limousine operators in Edmonton are urging the city to waive all licence fees this year, as business has nearly ground to a halt. Several representatives of taxi and limousine companies appeared at city hall Tuesday to convince councillors on the community and public services committee to give them a break. The situation during the COVID-19 pandemic is dire, said Suzan Burtic, owner of Legends Limousine. "It's been hard times for all of us; we've struggled," Burtic said. Legends had to offer refunds in the spring and summer after graduation and wedding events were cancelled, she said. "We are asking you now — we are pleading, we are begging — please waive the fees this year for the vehicle-for-hire industry." City administration is proposing to waive half the fees for dispatch and vehicles, which would cost the city $330,000, a committee report said. A dispatch licence costs operators $1,056, while a vehicle licence runs $423. Drivers and companies that have already paid 2020 fees will receive a 50-per-cent credit on their 2021 fees. Also waiving drivers licence fees and per-trip fees would bring the city's cost to $530,000. John Waterman with Black Gold Limousine told the committee he's getting 10 per cent of his regular business. "I hope that you guys understand that a lot of us will close if we're not given help at every angle we can," Waterman said. "A $2,000 fee this year, I just can't afford to pay that, I have no money to pay it." The speakers also noted that Calgary has waived its vehicle-for-hire fees for 2020. Coun. Mike Nickel, said the city do the same, saying it's "not only required but necessary for the industry's survival." The city has $2.2 million in the vehicle-for-hire reserve, which is not a taxpayer-funded reserve, that could be used to compensate the lost revenue, Nickel suggested. Coun. Jon Dziaydk proposed the city waive all the fees for limousines. "No one's renting out party limousines because you can't really assemble a group of people in the back of them," Dziadyk said. "Then there's no events to go to. "Grad has been cancelled months ago, festivals have all been cancelled this summer." Council asked administration to analyze scenarios of waiving vehicle-for-hire fees by 25, 50, 75 and 100 per cent and report back by Oct. 5. @natashariebe
Sarah Nurse has stood in the crosswinds of societal and sport upheaval. Race relations and social inequality currently dominating public discourse pulled hockey's lack of diversity and gender inequality in the sport into those conversations. Nurse, a biracial female hockey player and Olympic silver medallist with the Canadian women's team, has been forced to come to grips with the sheer number of people seeking her point of view.
British Columbia has confirmed 125 new cases of COVID-19 in the past day. The number of active cases ticked up by 16 to 1,284, including 72 people who are in hospital. In a joint statement, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and deputy health minister Stephen Brown say public health workers are monitoring more than 3,200 people who were exposed to a known case.
The mayors of British Columbia's 13 largest cities are calling on all provincial parties to commit to further action related to mental health and substance use, affordable housing, public transit and municipal finance reform ahead of next month's election. Members of the B.C. Urban Mayors' Caucus say municipalities are bearing the brunt of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and financial challenges are putting the long-term sustainability of some critical services at risk.
Twitter removed the accounts, which appeared to originate in Iran, "based on intel" provided by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it said in a tweet https://twitter.com/TwitterSafety/status/1311462538056544258. The accounts had very low engagement and did not make an impact on the public conversation, the social media giant said, adding, that the accounts and their content will be published in full once the investigation is complete.
After being part of the community for two decades, the Canadian Cancer Society's Windsor branch has permanently closed its doors. Donna Gerardi, whose 28-year-old son was recently diagnosed with cancer, says she was disappointed to hear the news. "People need to understand that this is a huge loss to Windsor," said Gerardi, who lives in East Riverside. "They don't understand what this association does for people in the community until you live it." The society provides support services and information for people and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis including counselling, travel accommodations to appointments and wigs. The organization, located in downtown Windsor, has been closed since the start of the pandemic in March and has slowly moved out of the space over the last few months, executive vice president of finance and operations Sara Oates told CBC News Wednesday. While the closure isn't specifically due to COVID-19, Oates said the pandemic has made operations more difficult and pushed the society to cut administrative costs to provide more online services. "This also means that we are changing our overall office footprint. So this had already started before March, but the COVID experience definitely showed us that much more can be done virtually," Oates said. "The Canadian Cancer Society is going through a larger transformational change to increase our ability to control cancer and to support Canadians that are affected by cancer. So we've been revisiting everything that we do, how we serve Canadians with our services, how we fundraise [and] how we work,"Three permanent staff working out of the Windsor office were laid off, due to the closure. Overall, the organization has seen a 40 per cent drop in revenue due to the pandemic, Oates said, a "significant" loss. Across the country 23 other locations will close this fiscal year. While they may not be in person anymore, Oates said people can still access support online through the company's live chats, helpline and online peer support community. Oates said the organization is still trying to determine how it can continue it's transportation service, which would help cancer patients get to their appointments. "It's just really sad to see because so many things are closing, whether it be a store or a business," Gerardi said of the services moving online."There's people out there in the community that need that support and now they're saying go on on the internet and utilize it from there?" As for how this closure might impact the community, Oates said it's "something that we've considered and it's been a concern to us.""We continue to look at ways that we can grow [our virtual services] and provide them to more people ... and I think that we'll continue to look at how we can view community in a different way, not just from a physical or geographic location, but also linking people to others who are going through a similar circumstance and can provide them with support in maybe a different way, but a way that continues to be valuable to them," she said.
The first concerns the fact that killer aliens descend to Earth, bent on destroying all in their path. The other concerns the relationship at the core of the movie, that of a Brooklyn hipster couple trying to cope with various needs and differences and working on growing and nurturing their love, much like the yeast starter for their homemade sourdough. There are many Brooklyn millennial references like that, and luckily most of them hit their mark with a delightful zing, thanks to a crackling script by directors-writers Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, but especially because of the easy chemistry between the terrific leads, Sunita Mani and a hilarious John Reynolds.
The top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays surprised no one by shutting them down. Tampa Bay hit two homers off Blue Jays ace Hyun-Jin Ryu in a six-run second inning and rolled to an 8-2 rout that eliminated Toronto in the minimum two games. "We knew coming in it was a big challenge," said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo.
Facebook Inc <FB.O> identified an "uptick" in content related to the far-right Proud Boys on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump declined to condemn the group during Tuesday night's presidential debate, a company executive said on Twitter. The content included memes featuring Trump's instructions to the group to "stand back and stand by," said Brian Fishman, who directs Facebook's team handling counterterrorism and dangerous organizations. During the debate, Trump deflected an opportunity to denounce "white supremacists and militia groups" amid violence that has marred some protests against racism and police brutality in multiple U.S. cities.
Infectious disease epidemiologist Colin Furness says restrictions need to be tougher, messaging clearer and specific areas targetted in order to control surging COVID-19 cases in Canada.