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A Vancouver woman is claiming in a complaint to B.C.'s Human Rights Tribunal that a property management company acted in a discriminatory manner by denying her a rental apartment.Shayfaye Baylis, 32, alleges that after paying a damage deposit for a $1,500-a-month, two-bedroom apartment in Vancouver's Punjabi Market neighbourhood in July, Goodrich Realty cancelled the rental when staff learned she receives income assistance."I felt disheartened," Baylis said. "I've never gone through a process like this. Ever."Baylis, a casual housing support worker for a non-profit organization, receives income assistance for her disability — rheumatoid arthritis and lupus — which sometimes keep her from working.Baylis said in her complaint that under B.C. tenancy laws, once a landlord accepts a deposit, the tenancy is established.Baylis alleged after she paid, Goodrich refused to sign her shelter information form, which she needs a landlord to sign when she changes addresses in order to keep receiving income assistance. Baylis alleges Goodrich's property manager Donna Louie told her over the phone, "We've had nothing but bad experiences from people who need these forms filled out.""At that point, I really felt she was making the decision based on that," Baylis said.Days later, Baylis was declined as a tenant.A landlord cannot refuse to rent to a tenant based on their lawful source of income income, including income assistance.Baylis and her lawyer Grace McDonell have filed a complaint with B.C.'s Human Rights Tribunal claiming discrimination, including on grounds of lawful source of income."It wasn't until she brought up that disability, brought up the fact that she needed financial assistance, that essentially led down the path of her being rejected," McDonell said.The allegations have not been proven in court or tested by the tribunal. The tribunal will review Baylis's complaint to determine if it can proceed.Back and forthBaylis's complaint alleges over three days beginning July 19, she viewed the apartment, filled out an application and emailed Goodrich references and screenshots of her phone banking app showing deposits.On July 22, Goodrich sent Baylis an email with rental terms and instructions to send $800 via e-transfer for the damage deposit and move-in fee. Later that day, Baylis emailed Goodrich the shelter information form. Baylis and Louie spoke on the phone and Louie raised the issue of past tenants. On July 23, Baylis sent Goodrich an employment letter.On the morning of July 24, Goodrich demanded proof of her employment income within four hours. Baylis said in her complaint she had already provided that.On July 25, Goodrich emailed Baylis saying her application was denied because it lacked information. Goodrich refunded her $800 three days later."At no time prior to Ms. Baylis's request for a shelter information form signature, did Goodrich... indicate to Ms. Baylis that her application to rent the apartment was in any way incomplete," the complaint states."That financial questions were only posed once Ms. Baylis shared information about her disability and source of income is discriminatory. Her tenancy was rejected on that basis."Company says renter at faultLouie, in a phone interview, said Goodrich did nothing discriminatory and Baylis was declined because she would not disclose her employment income. Baylis denies that.Louie did say she told Baylis they had problems with tenants using shelter forms."Consistency of employment income is what we are looking for," Louie said."We had bad experiences before with people who keep changing the shelter form and we just don't get the proper income."Louie said she tried multiple times to get employment earnings information."You must give me the employment income," Louie said. "That's the number one most important thing in [an] application for rental because all the other income, one lump sum, can drop any time. We cannot count on that."Louie said the company does accept tenants on income assistance, but with "precautions" and "special arrangements." The company did not provide details of such arrangements.Tenancy complaints uncommonDanielle Sabelli, a lawyer with the non-profit Community Legal Assistance Society who is not involved in the case, said the situation raises the issue of how discrimination can deny people housing options in Vancouver's already tight rental market.Tenancy complaints only represented five percent of all tribunal complaints in 2018-19 but Sabelli believes they are underreported. Renters may not recognize discrimination or know the grounds under which they are protected, she said. Many landlords are unaware they have responsibilities under human rights legislation."Housing is essential to a person's dignity, safety, well-being and ability to participate in their communities," Sabelli said."So these housing violations are particularly egregious."Baylis said she's fortunate she could keep living in her basement suite in Vancouver's Champlain Heights neighbourhood.She, too, believes tenancy discrimination is underreported and wants to bring attention to it.CBC Vancouver's Impact Team investigates and reports on stories that impact people in their local community and strives to hold individuals, institutions and organizations to account. If you have a story for us, email email@example.com.
A Nova Scotia man whose wife tried to stop him from having a medically assisted death has followed through with the procedure, which was delayed by court proceedings for the past two months.Jack Sorenson of Bridgewater, N.S., died with medical assistance at the Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg, N.S., on Saturday at the age of 83, according to his obituary. He was approved and scheduled for medical assistance in dying (MAID) this summer, but his plans were put on hold when his wife, 82-year-old Katherine Sorenson, applied to Nova Scotia Supreme Court to stop him.Jack Sorenson had Stage III chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and was assessed with only 49 per cent lung capacity. In an interview in August, he said his shortness of breath caused him immense suffering.Katherine Sorenson acknowledged her husband's suffering, but she said it was mental, not physical. She opposed his request for MAID because she said his wish to die was rooted in anxiety and mental delusions. She has also said she has a moral opposition to MAID.The day before Sorenson's death, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal had rejected his wife's latest bid to block her husband's efforts. Justice Cindy Bourgeois, who authored the decision on behalf of the three-judge panel, ruled that, with only rare exceptions, courts should not intercede if medical authorities have followed the proper procedures for assessing a patient's MAID request.A divisive dispute in a long marriageThe Sorensons had known each other for more than 60 years and were married for 48. After Katherine launched her legal efforts to stop her husband from accessing MAID, he moved out of their shared home and the couple stopped speaking.A member of Katherine Sorenson's legal team told CBC that she had requested to see her husband before he died, but her request was not granted. "She found out a few hours after his passing from the funeral home when they called to advise that they have his body," lawyer Kate Naugler said in an email.Naugler said Katherine Sorenson penned her husband's obituary, which asks for donations to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition in lieu of flowers. That organization has been paying her legal fees throughout her court challenge.After last week's decision from the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, her lawyers said they had instructions to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. On Monday evening, Naugler said they still intended to pursue the appeal.In addition to Jack Sorenson, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Schelene Swinemar — a nurse practitioner with the health authority — were also listed as respondents in Katherine Sorenson's court challenge.Sorenson remembered as great musician, teacherJack Sorenson's obituary said he was born May 3, 1937, in the small mining town of Wallace, Idaho.Carrying a masters and a doctorate in music from the University of Washington at Seattle, he taught at Dalhousie University in Halifax from 1970-1974. Following that, he was a music producer for CBC for several years before he and his wife bought a restaurant in Mahone Bay on Nova Scotia's South Shore. The couple ran two Mahone Bay restaurants over the years, selling the last one in 2003. He also taught private piano lessons, and many students and employees remember him with fondness for his kindness in encouraging them in their skills whether in music or cooking."Many good friends will miss Jack for his interesting, quirky, challenging ideas," the obituary said.MORE TOP STORIES
The director of a prominent Arctic research institute says dress codes that prohibit female participants from wearing tight-fitting clothing are not meant to be sexist.Antje Boetius, the director of the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, which spearheaded the year-long MOSAiC polar research expedition, said recent controversy over the policy came as a surprise."These clothing regulations are so normal for people joining expeditions, and they are existing on research vessels worldwide," she told CBC. "It would have not occurred to me that this was linked to gender."The MOSAiC Expedition, billed as the world's largest and longest polar research mission, embedded scientists in Arctic sea ice for a year to make groundbreaking observations about the changing climate.But as the mission was entering its final phase, a report in environmental news outlet E&E News said female participants aboard the mission's support ship on its maiden voyage to the pole 11 months previously had been told wearing tight or revealing clothing could pose a "safety risk" with men at sea for an extended period.The report by journalist Chelsea Harvey raised concerns that the dress code aboard the Akademik Fedorov, announced days after an incident of sexual harassment on the ship, placed blame on female passengers and made sexist demands they dress modestly to manage the behaviour of men.Media reports 'scandalize and sexualize' regulationsThe Alfred-Wegener-Institut did not initially comment on Harvey's reporting when it was first published in September.Boetius said the institute had initially refrained from commenting because they hoped the story would not generate much comment. Reached by CBC last month, they issued a short statement saying the policy was "repeatedly emphasized" to participants both before and after the incident of harassment.But amid growing reaction to CBC's reporting on the story, the institute released a lengthy statement accusing the CBC and Harvey of "scandaliz[ing] and sexualiz[ing] gender-neutral regulations that are perfectly commonplace on commercial and research vessels."The statement reiterated that the policy had always been in place and was communicated to participants "independently of the incident." It said "a few first-time participants apparently paid insufficient attention … and in some cases failed to comply with the rules," prompting the reminder. > It would have not occurred to me that this was linked to gender. \- Dr. Antje Boetius, director of Alfred-Wegener-InstitutHarvey said no one with the Alfred-Wegener-Institut has contacted her since her story published last month. In her reporting and in interviews with CBC, she said participants were only made aware of prohibitions on wearing tight-fitting or revealing clothes partway through the voyage."We were told there are a lot of men on board this ship … and some of them are going to be on board this ship for months at a time," Harvey told CBC last month. "In my meeting … what we were told was this was a 'safety issue.'"Harvey's story for E&E also notes a statement signed by 18 members of the MOSAiC School, a training program aboard the ship, saying that "policies made on this cruise, or at least the communication of those policies" implied that "women's dress may invite or justify experiencing harassment or misconduct."Director says dress codes commonplaceBoetius, a participant in 50 expeditions herself, said it is normal for ships to implement dress codes that require participants to refrain from wearing dirty work or exercise clothes in certain areas like the mess hall."All of these rules have nothing to do with gender," she said.But the rules are unwritten, decided by the ship's captain at the time of the voyage and not by the institute. As such, the institute could provide no written record of the policies implemented aboard the Akademik Fedorov, or when they were communicated.Boetius said aboard the main research vessel, the Polarstern, participants were told not to wear dirty work clothes into the mess or go outside if not properly dressed.> You just have to respect rules that are put forth on board. \- Dr. Antje Boetius, director of Alfred-Wegener-InstitutThat's a far cry from the policy Harvey said was discussed aboard the Akademik Fedorov partway into their journey, which she described as "no leggings, no very tight-fitting clothing — nothing too revealing — no crop tops, no hot pants [and] no very short shorts."Boetius said implementing a common, written dress code would be too difficult, as the mission partners with multiple shipping companies and would need to secure their approval."You just have to respect rules that are put forth on board," said Boetius. Communicating the policy orally "should be enough for grown-ups," she said.Boetius suggested the reasoning for the policy may be to prevent participants from going directly from exercise to the mess hall without changing their clothes, or protect them from "getting a cold" from going outside while improperly dressed.She said after the clothing policy was breached "very often," the safety officer "asked the chief scientist to make sure the scientists would behave."'More important issues to address'Boetius said providing a safe and inclusive environment is still "very important." The institute's statement says they improved their communication of clothing policy after hearing complaints following the initial journey and heard of no further issues.Sexism is widespread in the sciences and in polar research in particular, even though many leading polar institutions are led by women. Multiple studies show large numbers of female researchers experience some form of harassment in their careers.But Boetius was perplexed that the clothing policy described by Harvey could be perceived as sexist."We think there are many more important issues to address," she said.Boetius said women face barriers related to child care and work-life balance that are far greater than those posed by dress codes or harassment."It is not my experience that the glass ceiling comes from sexual causes," she said."For all the struggles we fight, to think that coming with clean clothes to a mess room, that this is a gender issue," she said, "this is not the fight we need to fight."
As the number of cases of COVID 19 grows in Quebec, officials are imposing more measures for red zones. On Monday, team sports activities are cancelled and mask wearing is expanded in schools.
MONTREAL — The grand chief of the Atikamekw Nation said he had a positive meeting with Quebec Premier Francois Legault Monday but he's still waiting to see action.Grand Chief Constant Awashish and other community leaders met with Legault to discuss the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman who filmed staff insulting her as she lay dying in a Joliette hospital last week."He was listening, I don't know if he (understood) everything but I know he was listening," Awashish told reporters outside the premier's Montreal office.The Atikamekw community wants an apology from the government and the ability to participate in a public inquiry into Echaquan's death, leaders have said. The incident has been described by members of Indigenous communities as an example of systemic racism in Quebec's public service.While Legault has described the actions of the Joliette hospital staff members as racist, he has repeatedly maintained that systemic racism doesn't exist in Quebec."In my eyes, and in the eyes of many experts, there's a systemic problem in the public services," Awashish said after the meeting. "We didn't agree on the definition of 'systemic' but I think we speak the same language, just differently."But even if the government doesn't acknowledge systemic racism, Awashish said he believes Legault could bring about positive change."He has the power to do it, now we're looking for the will," he said.Legault said later there was agreement that the staff at the Joliette hospital would be trained on how to better offer services to Indigenous people, and the training would be offered throughout the health-care network.The premier also said his government would create a public awareness campaign on the importance of fighting racism. “It’s time we move toward action,” Legault said.Earlier on Monday, the lawyer for Echaquan's family says he hopes the video of her suffering will help the public appreciate the discrimination faced by Indigenous people.Jean-Francois Bertrand said he’s heard from non-Indigenous people who told him they knew that members of First Nation communities suffer discrimination, but it remained an abstract concept. For those people, he said, seeing the video of the mother of seven being insulted was a wake-up call.Bertrand said in an interview on Monday he supports the recent decision by deputy premier Genevieve Guilbault to open a public inquiry into Echaquan’s death. “It’s a very important step."The lawyer said he plans to ensure the family obtains “interested party” status during the inquiry, which he said will enable it to call witnesses and introduce evidence.On Friday, Bertrand said he would sue the hospital on behalf of the family and file complaints with the police, the order of nurses and the human rights commission.Bertrand said Monday he also wants to see an investigation into the Joliette hospital. The regional health authority that runs the hospital has said it will conduct an internal investigation and that the nurse and the patient-care attendant heard insulting Echaquan in the video have been fired.A private funeral is scheduled for Echaquan on Tuesday in the Atikamekw community of Manawan, about 250 kilometres north of Montreal. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 5, 2020.———This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press
An open letter with more than 900 signatures has been sent to B.C.'s provincial health officer and the chief medical officer of Vancouver Coastal Health asking them to improve the strategy for responding to positive COVID-19 cases in schools.The letter was organized by parents of children at Caulfeild Elementary in West Vancouver after two exposure events last month resulted in several cases of infection.Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) says potential exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 occurred Sept. 16-18 and Sept. 21-24. However, as per provincial guidelines, the health authority does not specify how many individuals tested positive and which cohorts were affected.Coralynn Gehl, who launched the open letter, says as a result parents started letting each other know which of their children had tested positive for COVID-19. She says many parents decided to keep their kids at home until test results came back, even if their children weren't part of the affected cohorts."My feeling was I would keep [my son] at home and just wait and see if there were any more positive test results and then decide where to go from there," said Gehl.According to the parents Gehl has been in touch with, there are 18 positive cases associated with a cluster in a Grade 2 class at Caulfeild. She says that includes students in the class as well as parents, siblings and grandparents.Gehl says she and other parents at the school are worried contact tracing and notifying close contacts of people who have tested positive is taking too long. The open letter asks that as soon as a child tests positive, their entire cohort is required to self-isolate until contact tracing can determine who can go back to school."It makes more sense to me that as soon as there's a positive test, Vancouver Coastal Health contacts the entire cohort and says 'everyone needs to stay home until we figure out who's actually at risk,'" Gehl said.The letter says siblings of students in the affected cohort should also be required to self-isolate so they don't risk transmitting to other cohorts or other schools.VCH currently lists 14 schools that have had exposure events since students returned to classes in September.No outbreaks in B.C. schoolsWhen asked about the Caulfeild cluster on Monday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry acknowledged that there had been some early miscommunication about exposure events, but that overall the current strategy has prevented COVID-19 outbreaks at B.C. schools."When people have been notified, transmission has stopped," she said. "We have to balance that with the disruption of students for no reason."But Gehl says it was the actions of parents going beyond public health guidelines that helped prevent further transmission."The fact of the matter is, the parents in that class collectively decided to keep the siblings of those kids at home," said Gehl.She wonders why the number of positive cases is made public for outbreaks at long-term care centres and at food processing facilities but not for cases in schools.Henry has repeatedly said health authorities are not sharing the number of cases in schools. "We have to find that balance that doesn't identify people and make sure that people feel confident that they're going to be protected if they have been a case, if there have been exposures," she said."Some students and teachers and staff who have shared information have been recipients of nasty notes and bad behaviour and that makes people very concerned and afraid to share their information and in many cases reluctant to go for testing."
Lawyers for a woman who claims President Donald Trump raped her in a department store dressing room a quarter century ago said Monday that he can’t hurl insults at her and then cite his job as reason to remove himself as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit, forcing taxpayers to pay up if he loses. “Only in a world gone mad could it somehow be presidential, not personal, for Trump to slander a woman who he sexually assaulted,” lawyers wrote in a Manhattan federal court filing on behalf of E. Jean Carroll, a media figure who hosted a daily “Ask E. Jean” advice show in the mid-1990s, when she now says she encountered Trump at a luxury store. The Justice Department last month tried to substitute the U.S. as the defendant, saying courts have recognized that elected officials “act within the scope of their office or employment when speaking with the press, including with respect to personal matters.”
Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid has tested positive for COVID-19. McDavid, a 23-year-old forward, is self-quarantining at home and experiencing mild symptoms, according to the Oilers. “He will continue to be monitored and will follow all associated health protocols,” the team said Monday night in a statement. McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, is widely considered the best player in the NHL. The captain of the Oilers had 34 goals and 63 assists in 64 games during the pandemic-shortened season. ___ More AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/NHL The Associated Press
The movie industry received a jolt on Monday when Cineworld, the world's second-biggest cinema chain, said it would close its UK and U.S. movie theaters, blaming the reluctance of studios to go ahead with major releases for the decision. Movie studios have delayed releasing tentpole projects even after restrictions were eased, as people remain wary of stepping into cinema halls and many theaters still remain closed.
With turkey, thanks, and togetherness at top of mind for many, B.C. health experts have some tips on how to give thanks this holiday season, without giving COVID a chance to spread.Oct. 12, 2020 will mark Thanksgiving across the country, but like just about everything else during the pandemic, it will require sacrifice and adapting, according to B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, took to twitter Sunday to say it's time to create "some ingenious Canadian COVID-19 'holiday hacks.' "Dr. Tam's call was echoed by experts in B.C. who said get creative, but stick to the basics when it comes to COVID hygiene practices and don't forget to be meticulous about handwashing, covering coughs, and wearing non-medical masks or face coverings where appropriate.How to give thanks safely?"Avoid shared meals or shared utensils. Not using the same serving spoon is obvious. Not feeding from the same plate and handing it across the table," said Dr. Srinivas Murthy, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia.Murthy also warned while sticking to six is the recommendation from Henry, even within that bubble of six, people need to adapt during Thanksgiving, upcoming holidays and celebrations."Keep it shorter than you would usually. Not necessarily have the long, prolonged meals that we had previously," Dr. Murthy said because risk of spreading the virus increases with the duration of an exposure within a close space. Henry reiterated that message by saying, "Make our celebration large in thanks, large in gratitude, but small in size."She said there's no need to leave family and friends out, but make the connection by phone or video call. "Make sure you have ways to include others that you might normally have in the room with you, remotely," Henry said.Opt out of a buffet style meal, serve individual plates of food instead and sit apart from those not in your household.Or spend Thanksgiving outdoors if you can.Henry said this is the start of a busy holiday season with much more to come. With Thanksgiving just days away, it could be the first look at how future holidays can be spent safely."I really believe that Santa Claus will know how to do this and do it safely as well," Henry said.
A joint battery venture of Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp on Tuesday said it will produce lithium-ion batteries for hybrid cars at a plant in Western Japan from 2022 to meet growing demand for electric vehicles (EV). The production line at a Panasonic factory in Tokushima prefecture will have enough capacity to build batteries for around 500,000 vehicles a year, Prime Planet Energy & Solutions, Inc said in a statement. Established in April, Prime Planet Energy is 51% owned by Toyota Motor with Panasonic holding the remaining stake.
The U.N. envoy for Haiti warned Monday that Latin America’s poorest country has seen increasing violence in recent months, with gangs challenging the authority of the state and political divisions blocking movement toward legislative elections. Helen La Lime painted a grim picture of life in Haiti to the U.N. Security Council, saying the country “is once again struggling to avert the precipice of instability.” Haiti has been roiled by street protests and economic stagnation for much of President Jovenal Moise’s time in office since February 2017 as opposition leaders demand his departure.
Although Blake Snell was thoroughly frustrated about giving up three homers in his biggest start of the season, the Tampa Bay ace at least had a grudging appreciation for the New York Yankees' swings on each ball that cleared the wall at Petco Park. The Rays' breaking-ball maestro was a whole lot more disappointed about the pitches on which he couldn't get the Yankees to swing at all. “They were just a lot more patient today with certain guys that are usually swingers and more carefree, so that was interesting to see,” Snell said.
Alberta's top doctor says she's concerned about a surge in COVID-19 cases in Edmonton and is alarmed that many people are going to work or socializing while sick. The province recorded 982 active cases in the Edmonton health zone on Monday, up from 851 in Thursday's update. The zone, which encompasses the provincial capital and surrounding communities, now makes up 55 per cent of Alberta's total of 1,783 active cases.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is “knocked back” but “not knocked down,” while hospitalized with the coronavirus, the Star Ledger reported Monday. The newspaper's columnist Tom Moran reported he spoke to the former GOP governor for 10 minutes Monday. Christie announced Saturday morning that he tested positive a day after President Donald Trump’s own diagnosis.
MIAMI — As President Donald Trump recovers from the coronavirus, Joe Biden is capitalizing on having the campaign trail largely to himself by hitting critical swing states and investing in longtime Republican bastions that he hopes might expand his path to victory. The Democratic presidential nominee made his second trip to Florida in a little over two weeks on Monday. His visit to Miami was designed to encroach on some of Trump's turf, even swinging through Little Havana, a typically conservative area known for its staunch opposition to the communist government that Fidel Castro installed in Cuba. He'll follow up with a trip later this week to Arizona, which hasn't backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996. Even Biden’s former primary rival, Bernie Sanders, has resumed in-person campaigning for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak in March. The progressive Vermont senator held socially distanced rallies in the battlegrounds of New Hampshire and Michigan, proclaiming, “We need Joe Biden as our president.” Sitting on a massive pile of campaign cash less than a month before Election Day, Biden is trying to put Trump on defence across the country and build an advantage in the Electoral College so large that the president might struggle to contest it. That’s especially important since Trump, who lost the popular vote in 2016, has said he may not accept the election results this year and has raised unfounded allegations that the increased use of mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic could lead to fraud. Biden is complementing the expanded campaign travel with a late-stage ad push, reserving more than $6 million in television airtime in Texas — for decades deeply red — through the end of October, according to an Associated Press analysis of CMAG data. He also plans to spend $4 million on advertising in Georgia, another Republican-leaning state that Democrats are feeling bullish about. Trump, meanwhile, has scaled back advertising in both states and has begun doing the same in Ohio, which he also won in 2016. “2020 is not 2016. The 'Dems in disarray,' fretting that we’re going to go too far, that’s not the reality this time,” said Kelly Dietrich, founder of the National Democratic Training Committee, which has worked with around 1,500 of the party’s candidates for offices nationwide this cycle. “They are running a solid race focused on the swing states we need to win but now have excess resources to expand the map." As Election Day nears, Democrats are still stung by the 2016 campaign, when Hillary Clinton focused on Republican-leaning states like North Carolina and Arizona in the final weeks, only to lose ones that long supported Democrats, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Democratic strategist Brad Bannon said, “It would be a mistake for Biden to take his foot off the pedal,” but added, "I wouldn’t want Biden to make the same mistake Clinton did.” “I’d be careful, if I was Biden, about expanding the map too much," Bannon said. Biden’s advisers say they have been confident for months they can expand the electoral map while never wavering from their promise to have their candidate travel only when local health guidelines allowed for it. Adhering to that plan has allowed them to expand into other parts of the country at the most critical of moments. Speaking Monday in Little Havana, Biden was careful to continue to wish Trump a speedy recovery but also criticized his administration's response to the pandemic. “I was glad to see the president speaking and recording videos over the weekend," Biden said. "Now that’s he’s busy tweeting campaign messages, I’d encourage him to do this: Listen to the scientists.” Biden also diverted from his usual campaign speech about rebuilding the economy after the pandemic to add, “The richness and beauty of Miami is built with the connections of family, culture, values that we share with our friends throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.” Trump left the hospital Monday night. Although it’s not clear when he’ll be well enough for a full travel schedule, he's already thinking about one. “Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!!" the president tweeted. Biden advisers say they never considered dialing back his campaigning even while the president was hospitalized, especially with Vice-President Mike Pence having taken on a larger role, including at Wednesday's debate with Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris, in Salt Lake City, Utah. “The Trump campaign continues to run their presidential campaign, and we are going to continue to run our presidential campaign," said Biden campaign senior strategist Anita Dunn. "Clearly, both campaigns are continuing to move forward.” Still, Biden faces lingering questions about whether he was exposed to the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends quarantining for two weeks after a person’s exposure to the virus. Biden shared a stage with the president for 90 minutes during last week’s first presidential primary debate. Biden says he’s since been tested three times, all with negative results. His campaign has promised he will be tested regularly and has committed to releasing all results, but they’ve refused to comment on whether quarantine was considered after the debate and they haven’t said how often Biden will undergo tests. During an MSNBC town hall later Monday evening, Biden said presidents should be transparent about their health, though he also “can understand that, in certain circumstances related to national security, where every detail would not be made available in the middle of a particular crisis.” But Biden said withholding such information was only appropriately rarely and for short periods of time, saying it should be done “only on the margins and only for the moment.” Since the president tested positive for the virus, Biden’s campaign has been even more disciplined about minimizing its candidate’s risk. The former vice-president has begun keeping on his face mask even when giving speeches. And when he stopped to answer questions before boarding his plane to Miami, Biden’s wife, Jill, physically pulled him back to prevent him from moving too close to reporters, despite everyone wearing masks. “We are not going to put people’s health at risk for a political campaign," Dunn said, “but we are going to campaign as vigorously as we can.” ___ Weissert reported from Washington. Will Weissert And Bill Barrow, The Associated Press
President Donald Trump's release from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and return to the White House make one thing blindingly clear: He is eager to get his battle with COVID-19 behind him, as a reelection campaign clouded by the pandemic draws to a close. Trump’s doctors and aides were withholding key information on just how sick the president was, what risks lie ahead for Trump under progression of the illness and under treatment by a novel combination of powerful medications, and whether the White House’s aides, security guards, cooks, cleaners and servers from infection by the still-contagious president. Trump made clear he is eager to put his three-night stay at Walter Reed behind him, and to play down a pandemic that has killed more than 209,000 Americans.
Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Canada is suspending the export of arms to Turkey. The move follows claims that drone-sensor technology created by an Ontario company is being improperly used in renewed fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry released new modelling data for COVID-19 in B.C. Monday. She says there were 50 reported school exposures by Oct. 1 among more than 500,000 staff and students.