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Victoria's iconic 112-year-old Empress Hotel will be out of commission this winter.Fairmont Hotels and Resorts announced late Monday that the hotel will close completely for 87 days, starting Jan. 3, to complete a necessary $3-million renovation to its heating system. A release from Fairmont Hotels and Resorts says there'll be "periods of time where the building will be without heat ... or hot water," as the project involves replacing the building's steam heating system with a high-efficiency hot water heating system, along with replacing two 1960's-era steam boilers and hot water tanks.The hotel's automation system, which controls things like heating, lighting and security features, will also be upgraded. The building is expected to reopen on April 1.The hotel's general manager Indu Brar said in a press release that "being able to leverage the slower season and reduced tourism due to COVID-19 travel restrictions gives us the opportunity to complete these necessary upgrades."Union 'disappointed,' as workers laid off yet againPublic Relations director Tracey Drake said employees will be laid off during the three-month closure, and the hotel is extending its recall time period from 12 months to 24 months, so 90 per cent of employees can return. "[These] are always our quietest months of the year, so many of our colleagues do not work during these months anyways," added Drake.She couldn't say how many employees will be out of work, as many remain laid off from when the hotel closed in March due to COVID-19.Stu Shields, a national representative of Unifor, the union representing the hotel workers, said he's upset that around 75 employees who'd returned to work when the hotel reopened will be out of work yet again. The workers are voting on whether to approve the one-year recall extension that would allow them to reclaim their jobs until March 2022. Results will be known next week. "They are understandably disappointed. They were really hoping that business would open up. It's back onto [Employment Insurance] for the vast majority of the workers there," he said, adding the union is skeptical that the hotel has to close entirely to complete its upgrades.A prudent time to renovate, say tourism advocatesPaul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria, said it's a "prudent time" for the Empress Hotel to renovate, given the slow season expected."They're making a strategic investment ... and it shows a commitment to improve the guest experience," Nursey said.Anthony Everett, CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island said he's surprised the Empress will be closing completely, but expects tourism numbers to drop significantly in Victoria and across Vancouver Island this winter. "Successful businesses … have been using this time to do those things that they otherwise might not be doing, [such as] improvements," he explained. Nursey said he's sympathetic to those businesses who cannot afford to make improvements for the long-term this winter."There's a lot of anxiety as we're heading into the fall," Everett said, adding that "there are going to be some tough decisions this winter" as many businesses decide whether to keep their doors open.
The COVID-19 outbreaks at Foothills Medical Centre, the largest hospital outbreak in terms of sheer numbers to hit Alberta since the start of the pandemic, are taking a devastating toll on heart patients and prompting at least one doctor in southern Alberta to keep less-urgent heart patients closer to home.According to Alberta Health Services, as of Monday afternoon, six of the eight deaths are connected to outbreaks on cardiac wards at the Foothills hospital and 34 of the 42 infected patients have been on impacted cardiac units.All five of the visitors who have tested positive are connected with patients on cardiac wards.As of Monday afternoon a total of 80 patients, staff and visitors had tested positive for COVID-19, and seven units were battling outbreaks, including two cardiac care wards and a cardiac intensive care unit.Because Foothills hospital has one of just three cardiac catheterization labs in Alberta (the other two are in Edmonton) many heart patients from southern and central Alberta often need to be sent there for diagnostic procedures and specialized treatment.For years, doctors in both Lethbridge and Red Deer have been calling for their own cardiac catheterization labs so they don't have to send patients to Calgary or Edmonton for potentially life-saving treatment.'Conservative approach'And doctors outside of Calgary are now weighing the risks of sending patients who are not in urgent need of care.Lethbridge cardiologist Dr. Sheila Klassen said a seriously ill patient she helped care for had be sent to Foothills hospital, just before the outbreak was discovered."That transfer was medically necessary.," she said. "He required advanced care in Calgary but unfortunately he ended up in the middle of the Foothills outbreak. Sadly that was something that we didn't want to see."According to Klassen, the man ended up on one of the cardiac wards with an outbreak. He tested positive for COVID-19 and later died of cardiac arrest."I don't know whether the cardiac arrest was due to COVID-19 or due to his underlying cardiac disease in absence of COVID-19," she said. "But I am concerned he was a very vulnerable patient in terms of COVID-19 infection. So I"m concerned that COVID-19 may have caused the cardiac arrest."It's an ongoing worry for doctors and patients in southern Alberta as the pandemic drags on.There are are only 47 confirmed cases in all of the south zone, while staff inside the walls of Foothills hospital are battling an outbreak that is nearly double that number."Throughout the course of COVID-19 over the last few months and certainly during the recent outbreak … there are many patients who are reluctant to travel up to Calgary because of fear of infection and them knowing that they are in a more vulnerable… population in terms of consequences from COVID-19," Klassen said.When cases aren't urgent, Klassen is finding ways to keep her patients close to home."I lean toward a more conservative approach in terms of medical management and local testing just to avoid inter-hospital transfers recently because of COVID-19," she said.But there are bigger implications to the Foothills hospital outbreaks, according to Klassen.The outbreaks have underscored the need for services, including cardiac catheterization labs, in Lethbridge and Red Deer. "The fact that we're deferring these procedures because of location and distance from a [catheterization] lab and because of COVID-19 cases that differ between locations, I think it speaks to again the inequity in access to care for Albertans living in certain areas of the province versus others."John Church, a health policy expert in the department of political science at the University of Alberta, said the disparity between the healthcare services available in urban and rural Alberta is an ongoing issue and a problem that is very expensive to fix."The stress that the system is currently under [due to the pandemic] is highlighting some of these flaws in our system," said Church."There is a problem in the province with the distribution of healthcare resources, in particular the south of the province … and the Calgary zone in particular gets way more resources than other parts of the province."Church said it's a budgetary issue for AHS which decided long ago that certain expensive services — including cardiac catheterization — would be centralized."And it's not an ideal situation from the point of view of the patient at all."
Islanders may be exchanging face masks for bibs when the COVID-19 pandemic finally comes to an end.Ontario Premier Doug Ford has promised to host "the best Fordfest barbecue that P.E.I. has ever seen" to thank the province for sending 2,000 COVID-19 kits — which equals 8,000 tests — to Ontario."This is a province with 157,000 people helping a province of 14.5 million people," Ford said Tuesday at a news conference in Toronto."I just want to tell the people from P.E.I., I absolutely love you folks."Ford also thanked P.E.I. and Premier Dennis King for sending a tractor-trailer full of meals in the early days of the pandemic, an example of what he called working together in the "great Canadian spirit."He said East Coasters are the type of people who "give their shirts off their backs" in a time of crisis."So Premier King and to all of the folks of P.E.I., I love you, I will be there… This is amazing. I'm getting chills just talking about this."Ontario announced it had 547 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 55,362. It has 5,469 confirmed active cases.More from CBC P.E.I.
The federal government is expected to reveal this morning which single-use plastics will be covered by a national ban coming into effect next year. Ahead of the 2019 election, the Liberals promised they'd seek to ban plastic versions of a number of products by 2021, a commitment that was reiterated during last month's speech from the throne. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is expected to name which products are on that list at 10:30 a.m. ET. CBC News will carry it live online. The ban, which follows some local bans on single-use plastics, is happening under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which required a scientific assessment of the problem first. That report, released in January, said that in 2016, 29,000 tonnes of plastic garbage, the equivalent of about 2.3 billion single-use plastic water bottles, ended up as litter in Canada — on beaches, in parks, in lakes and even in the air. The report looked at the impact of all types of plastics and points to evidence that macroplastics — pieces bigger than 5 mm — are hurting wildlife. Dead birds were found with plastic in their intestines, whales had washed up on shore with stomachs full of plastic (including flip flops and nylon ropes) and in one case, an emaciated turtle was found with plastic in its digestive tract, notes the study. The evidence was less clear about the harmful impacts for people and wildlife of ingesting microplastics, and the scientists recommended further study. At the time, Wilkinson said the evidence on the effect of macroplastics was enough to go ahead with the ban.
MONTREAL — The second wave of COVID-19 infections in Quebec is already looking "very different" from the first, provincial Health Minister Christian Dube said Tuesday. The provincial government reported 1,364 new confirmed cases on Tuesday morning – the highest daily total since the beginning of the pandemic. There have now been 81,014 cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in Quebec, more than half of all cases in Canada. While the first wave was marked by serious outbreaks in long-term care centres, there was limited community transmission outside of those facilities, Dube told reporters at an afternoon press conference. "This time, this is totally different," Dube said, noting there are currently more than 500 active outbreaks across the province. But Dube said the government doesn't know how the virus is spreading through the community. "It's really hard to say, when you have a student being diagnosed at school, where he got it. Did he get it from his parent? Did he get it from his friend? From an uncle who got it at work? It is very difficult to know exactly where you got it," he said. "That's the reason we are saying right now, we are shutting down all those places where we can get together, because we don't know exactly." Schools remain open in the province, but on Monday the government announced high school students in maximum-alert regions will be required to wear masks in class and those in Grades 10 and 11 will spend one day out of every two at home. As of Oct. 2, the most recent date for which data is available, 666 schools had active cases of COVID-19 among staff or students. Restaurant dining rooms, bars, theatres and other venues were shut in the so-called red zones, including greater Montreal and Quebec City, on Oct. 1 for a period of four weeks. The Health Department reported three deaths in the previous 24 hours on Tuesday and said 14 earlier deaths have been linked to the novel coronavirus. Two deaths previously attributed to the disease were determined to have been from other causes, leaving the provincial death toll at 5,899. There are now 397 people in hospital, an increase of 36 from the previous day, while 67 people are in intensive care — an increase of five. But while the number of new cases is now higher than at any other point in the pandemic, the number of hospitalizations remains lower than during its previous peak. Throughout most of April, there was an average of more than 100 hospitalizations a day. Part of that may be due to the fact that younger people, who are less likely to have severe symptoms, are now getting the disease, said Ashleigh Tuite, an epidemiology professor at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. But it's also likely that the number COVID-19 cases in the spring were underestimated. "Comparing the number of positive cases this month to the number of positive cases in April, isn't a fair comparison, because we're just doing more tests in the population," she said. On average, Quebec is now conducting more than three times as many tests as in April and more than twice as many as in May. "There's no such thing as one measurement that tells us everything we need to know," said Dr. Matthew Oughton, an infectious disease specialist at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital. One important factor, he said, is the percentage of tests that are positive. The higher that number, the more likely the disease is widespread in the community. "We usually consider anything less that one per cent to be indicative of good control. In the middle of August, we were at around half a percent," Oughton said. "Whereas, from these numbers today, we're at six per cent provincially." That figure could be even higher in hard-hit areas of the province, he said. While the provincial government releases data on the number of new cases by region, it doesn't do that for testing. As the number of cases grows in the community, there's a greater chance that the disease will once again spread to a high-risk community, which could lead to a sudden rise in the number of severe cases, Oughton said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2020 ——— This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press
Two-way protected bike lanes are opening in Regina along Park Street. The $1.5 million dollar project was started in June and officially finished only a few days behind schedule in October. The bike lanes connect the Park Street bike lane to the Arcola multi-use parkway. "These are key elements of the transportation master plan," Diane Hawryluk, executive director of city planning and community development, said. Hawryluk said the older communities were not built to have bike lanes and now the city is working hard to give people options to get around. "The bi-directional bike lane on Park Street helps to improve cyclist safety and create a more inclusive, cycling-friendly community," Hawryluk said. Cyclists will continue to yield to pedestrians on the bike lane and the dotted lane means cyclists can pass each other when it's safe to do so. There is also an elevated curb with transit access platforms for pedestrians to still use public transportation and "elephant's feet" signs to let bikers know there may be pedestrians crossing. Ellen Mclaughlin is with Bike Regina and attended the announcement on Tuesday morning. She's been cycling in the city for about three years and says she typically stays on the paths but sometimes needs to go on the road. "I probably get yelled at once a week by vehicles telling me to get off the road," she said. "That's fun … It's a bit nerve-wracking."She said she uses the bike safety tip of owning her lane when needing to be on the street but was pleased when she heard about the protected bike lane. "It's great to see this commitment from the city to cyclists in Regina and the improvement of safety for cyclists in Regina," she said. "It makes a huge difference." There are fewer opportunities for collisions with protected lanes and the lanes can be used by all ages and abilities, she said. Snow to be removed in winter: cityIn the winter, snow from the bike lanes, the parking lane and driving lanes would be moved to the centre boulevard as usual. "Once that snow affects sight lines or lane widths then the crews would come out to remove the snow," Chris Warren, director of roadway and transportation for the City of Regina, said."This will be a combined effort with some of our sidewalk maintenance machines as well as our road maintenance machines to ensure that as we clear the snow in tandem and move the snow to the centre so that both the bike lanes and driving lanes are accessible." This means the lanes can be used year round, which is good news for McLaughlin who bikes whenever she can in the winter. "It means we'll have a safe space to ride during the winter when lanes get even narrower and difficult to manoeuvre," she said. The City of Regina's transportation master plan has a map for bike lane plans for the next 25 years. McLaughlin said she hopes to see more protected lanes on high traffic areas such as on Albert Street and Broad Street. "What we are generally planning is focusing our priority on the centre of the city and moving our way out from the centre," Shanie Leugener, who is with the City of Regina, said. She said the planning will look at adding lanes when the city is also redoing existing roads, such as what happened with the Park Street protected bike lanes.
OTTAWA — Combating systemic racism experienced by Indigenous women and girls requires better training and education starting in childhood, says former Opposition leader and ongoing advocate for girls' rights Rona Ambrose. Ambrose, the author of a new book celebrating the International Day of the Girl, says teaching kids early about equality equips them to speak up when they witness or experience discrimination later in life. "Having these conversations with boys and girls at a really young age is, I think, absolutely essential to really make sure that they absorb what it is to be equal," she said. "And make that part of their identity of that a very, very young age." That a dying Quebec Indigenous woman, Joyce Echaquan, was taunted with racist slurs while in hospital last month by professional adults is "unconscionable," said Ambrose, and there must be accountability for those involved. Two people have been fired, and a coroner's inquest will be held into the incident. On Tuesday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault apologized to her family. But too often stories like Echaquan's are met with a collective gasp of shock and then nothing really changes, Ambrose said. While interim Conservative leader in 2017, Ambrose introduced a bill that would mandate training for judges to ensure they weren't being influenced by stereotypes when rendering decisions in sexual assault cases. "That's why we put forward things like this bill, so that people in the highest positions of our system get training," she said. "But frankly, that kind of training should exist for a lot of people that are interfacing with the public." The bill languished in the Senate, despite a cross-partisan show of support in the House of Commons, and died when an election was called last fall. It was reintroduced last week by the Liberals, and Ambrose said the fact it has the backing of the country's justice minister gives her confidence it will pass. While the bill is important, efforts to educate must go beyond legislation, she said, and that's why she's written the book, along with co-author Jessica Dee Humphreys. International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Around The World is a project that Ambrose has long had in the works, linked to an achievement during her days in politics to get the UN to agree to setting aside Oct. 11 as the international day of the girl. In writing the book, she said it was important to not skip over the fact that there are girls in Canada who also struggle with inequality. Included is a story based on that of Shannen Koostachin, whose advocacy for a school in the First Nation community of Attawapiskat drew international attention. She died in a car accident at the age of 15 in 2010, and Ambrose said her family is aware that a version of her story appears in the book, using a different name. The story is one of nine featuring girls from around the world who have overcome obstacles often deliberately placed in their way. Ambrose's share of the proceeds from the book will go to charity. "For me, it's about teaching kids to be better and great global citizens," she said. "But then it's also to raise awareness that there's a lot of work to be done around gender equality. And then what it looks like to overcome those challenges." A key challenge facing governments now, Ambrose said, is how to respond to the gender inequality created by the COVID-19 pandemic. During past economic recessions, pouring money into infrastructure projects was a tried-and-true way to spur growth, and it does work, Ambrose said. Except the jobs those projects create are more likely to go to men, and in the context of the pandemic, women's livelihoods are under attack. Jobs in retail or hospitality are dominated by women, and those sectors are in crisis. Meanwhile, women are also seeing all the formal and informal supports they had for childcare become far less reliable, she said. The question, Ambrose said, is what the policy response can or should be. "Can you fix this with money? Or is it fixed with a better testing regime to make sure that we keep daycares and schools open?," she said. "And then corporations, companies are going to have to figure out how to stop this backslide and accommodate a lot of issues that women are dealing with in the workforce." The Liberals have staked their political credibility on being a "feminist" government that will address the so-called "she-cession" but Ambrose said her party, under the new leadership of Erin O'Toole, must also stake out turf on that front. "Women are pretty good judges of slogans versus action, and they are pretty tough on who they vote for," she said. "They know what's good for their families and their communities and their economy. So, you know, it'll be up to our party to make the case." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2020. Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
British Columbia's Green party wants to see free child care for children under three and free early childhood education for three- and four-year-olds. Campaigning in Vancouver on Tuesday, Green party Leader Sonia Furstenau says their plan would also have financial support for stay-at-home parents of $350 a month. The Green leader says the pandemic has reminded many people that they need to take time away from work to enjoy a better balance, to take care of their mental and physical health, and to look after their families.
As the N.W.T. eyes Aurora College to become its first polytechnic university, Yellowknife's city council worries that the college's transition lacks ambition and could become a missed opportunity for the North.During a committee meeting on Monday, the mayor and councillors discussed concerns about how the new post-secondary institution would succeed if the transition continues to look more like a rebranding or "refurbishment" rather than an actual transformation.In order for the polytechnic university to be successful and provide a wide range of economic and social benefits to the North, Coun. Julian Morse suggested it needs to attract students from other places, which the college has been unsuccessful at in its current format."We simply don't produce enough graduates to support a university structure. And I think that's something that the GNWT [government of the N.W.T.] needs to pay very close attention to if they want to be serious about developing into a university," Morse said in the council meeting."I think that this is a moment for us to kind of highlight the risk of not being bold and and what we could lose as a result."Mayor Rebecca Alty recently echoed these concerns in two letters last month to the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment R.J. Simpson.The transition "appears to underestimate, rather than celebrate, the academic strengths and opportunities of the Northwest Territories and its people," Alty wrote."It is unclear whether the polytechnic university would truly be different from the existing Aurora College."Current plan 'problematic'In the letters, Alty listed a few areas that were "problematic" in the current plan, such as insufficient Indigenous representation, broad areas of specialization that exclude important areas of study, and issues with how the new institution would govern itself.Alty brought up how excluding social sciences as a field of study "could be a missed opportunity" to build on critical thinking skills in the North, which would further research and potentially attract students from other areas."The areas of specialization are too broad and do not focus on what a polytechnic university should, or could, offer here in the North," wrote Alty.The mayor suggested that the development of these areas could be more relevant to the needs and interests of the North if experienced parties and other experts had been given more time to reflect, respond and be consulted on the topic.The strict timeline the education department set limited meaningful consultation, Alty wrote.These suggestions flow from a study the city commissioned, which looked at whether it would be possible to create a polytechnic university in the territorial capital and how this could be best accomplished.Not enough Indigenous representationHow the polytechnic university plans to structure decision-making is also a concern for the City of Yellowknife.Currently, the plan is to govern with two bodies — an academic senate made up of people from the school, and a board of governors — but it is unclear, according to Alty, how these groups would work together.She wrote that the groups rely on each other, but the board of governors appears to have more authority and is able to "supersede, if not completely contradict, autonomy of the senate."She also hoped that third parties, like the city, educators and other experienced groups with a "vested interest" in the school could be better represented in governance so they can work together to create a successful post-secondary institution in the North.For example, affordable housing and student housing is something that the city can work on with the N.W.T. government so that there aren't as many barriers for students trying to get an education.Indigenous representation is also "problematic," Alty wrote, because it excludes Indigenous residents from outside the territory, who may be residing elsewhere, but are "looking to come back to the N.W.T. to provide knowledge and support."The current plan only allows space for three Indigenous representatives, which is "insufficient" and not representative, Alty argued.The inclusion of an elder, she suggested, would add "valuable" perspectives and knowledge.During the council meeting, Coun. Shauna Morgan said while it's not a city project, it is "really important" and a potential "game changer" for Yellowknife."I appreciate the ongoing work that we've done trying to influence it," Morgan said. The education department is planning on releasing its implementation plan for the polytechnic university in the fall.
After lobbying to be included in the Atlantic bubble this spring, an eastern Quebec town may be leaving it over what its mayor describes as overly onerous restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Pointe-a-la-Croix along with the neighbouring Listuguj First Nation are the only remaining Quebec communities whose residents are allowed to make day trips to New Brunswick for reasons other than work, child custody or medical care. While the links between his Gaspe town and neighbouring Campbellton, N.B., are strong, Pointe-a-la-Croix Mayor Pascal Bujold says the new rules go too far.
After a tweet by President Donald Trump downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus, Americans who have been personally impacted by COVID-19 react to the commander-in-chief's words. (Oct. 6)
Steve Balog was 18 and sitting beside his mother as she drove down a rural Saskatchewan highway when their car was hit. Now 42, Balog and his younger brother say they have recently learned the identity of the man responsible for the collision. “My deepest question that I would want answered is: why did it happen?" Balog told The Canadian Press in a phone interview.
A Shelburne County man has left his whimsical oceanfront home, complete with hundreds of wooden carvings and a solarium of ceiling-high cacti, to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.Victor (Ray) Titterington died earlier this year and bequeathed the unique, three-hectare property in Port L'Hebert to the organization, along with the rest of his estate."He lived a very quiet, private life and we did not know he loved the work of the nature trust until he passed away and we were told that he's left this incredible legacy to us," Bonnie Sutherland, the trust's executive director, told CBC's Maritime Noon. She never met Titterington but has come to know the craftsman through the work he left behind when he died at the age of 92. Titterington moved to Nova Scotia from Ontario about 25 years ago and built the house overlooking the ocean.He spent the next two decades working on the building, tending to his cacti garden and crafting an impressive collection of wooden statues in his large workshop, which is the heart of the house. "Every surface, every bit of cabinet work, the floor, every windowsill is handcrafted by Ray in his whimsical sort of way with carved horses and clowns and all kinds of imaginative shapes. It's something you really have to see to believe," Sutherland said."Everything was designed around him and his passions, so it's certainly quirky and really fascinating to see," she said.Sutherland said "it's definitely highly unusual" for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust to get a gift such as this as it usually receives parcels of land to protect.Titterington's woodland property isn't ecologically significant so the organization isn't looking to preserve it as a nature reserve, Sutherland added. It was Titterington's wish that the property be sold and all proceeds go to the trust, which is now looking for the right buyer. According to a post on the trust's website, Titterington always loved nature and "some of his happiest early recollections were of being outdoors — swimming, skating, fishing, and boating."His property has been listed for $295,000 and has been on the market for about a month. All of his handcrafted furniture and carvings are also for sale."It was something that really meant a lot to him and it became his life's work ... creating these pieces, and as far as we know he didn't sell any of his work. This was just work he created for his own enjoyment," Sutherland said.While there have been many interested visitors to Titterington's unique property, Sutherland said they haven't yet found a buyer ready to make a serious offer."It would be wonderful if there was a group or an individual who would like to actually acquire everything and keep it intact. We would love to see that happen," she said.MORE TOP STORIES
White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Tuesday the United States will not tolerate any election interference from foreign countries. O'Brien said he told his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, to “stay out” of the November election and that there would be severe consequences for any country that violates that directive. O’Brien spoke to reporters after delivering remarks at a national security summit in Salt Lake City.
Shauna-Lynn Williams was the first to stand up and tell her own story of sexual assault."It took me months to wrap my head around what he did," she said, speaking to more than one hundred people outside Confederation Building in the province's capital on Tuesday.The crowd had convened for a rally, but weren't chanting or crying slogans. Instead, they stood quietly, listening.For Williams, her ordeal didn't end in an arrest or a verdict, despite reporting her experience to the police."I had proof of my assault and I received absolutely no justice," she said."I had recorded evidence of my attacker admitting that he assaulted me ... I was told there was a line of consent that he did not cross, and no charges were laid."High-profile sex assault cases have dominated headlines and airwaves in recent weeks in Newfoundland and Labrador, including the re-trial of Doug Snelgrove, which ended without resolution last month, and the arrest of Stephen Hopkins, a known sex offender who allegedly broke into a St. John's home two weeks ago and assaulted a minor.The publicity, reaching a boiling point, led to a smattering of protests at Supreme Court in the last two weeks, and struck Williams as an opportune moment to gather survivors and allies in one place to call for changes to the justice system."I lived in fear for a very, very long time," Williams said."I was afraid of what he would do because I went to the police. I was afraid to walk around my neighbourhood because he lived nearby."Since planning the rally, she's heard from other survivors, some of whom anonymously submitted their own stories, which Williams read out loud.Rachel Moss, 17, skipped math class to attend Tuesday's rally."I felt it was more important to come and speak up for the rights of women," Moss said."I just wouldn't feel right sitting and solving math equations when I know that so many women are out here dealing with so much injustice."Moss held an optimistic view of social action."I hope that internalized and systemic misogyny is ... one day completely eliminated, but I want to see some direct change," she said.Williams called for more dignity for survivors interacting with the justice system, which critics have called demoralizing and inflexible for complainants who may be experiencing trauma.She also wanted to see stricter measures for those arrested or convicted of sexual crimes, and widespread training for police officers, lawyers and judges dealing with victims."I feel that victims are not believed," she said. "I hope that our government listens ... we are not standing by and allowing this injustice to occur."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Toronto unveiled its shelter plan Tuesday for the first winter of COVID-19, replacing the former Out of the Cold program with hotel beds, introducing new warming centres and putting plastic barriers in double occupancy hotel rooms and at a respite site on the CNE grounds. There will also be 90 hotel beds specifically in lieu of Out of the Cold, the program that provided overnight shelter in a variety of locations in previous winters. The plan increases the number of spaces for available to Toronto’s homeless through the winter for the fifth year in a row, the city said.
Forward Zack MacEwen is sticking with the Vancouver Canucks. The team announced Tuesday that it has signed a new two-year deal with the 24-year-old Charlottetown native. MacEwen played 17 games for Vancouver in 2019-20, putting up five goals and one assist.
OTTAWA — Federal lawyers are telling the Supreme Court of Canada it would be a miscarriage of justice to grant a new trial to two men accused of plotting to crash a Via Rail train. Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier were found guilty in 2015 of terror-related charges arising mainly from an alleged al-Qaida-inspired scheme to derail a passenger train travelling between the United States and Canada. Both men appealed their convictions, with counsel for Jaser and a court-appointed lawyer for Esseghaier arguing the jury at the trial was improperly constituted. In August last year, the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered a fresh trial for the men on grounds the jury was indeed chosen incorrectly. The Supreme Court is scheduled to review the appeal court's decision in a hearing this afternoon. In a written submission to the court, the Crown argues the convictions should not be overturned on the basis of a highly technical error in the jury selection process that did not cause any prejudice to fair trial rights. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2020. The Canadian Press
The Canadian military has done an about-face and says it will now release information about the spread of COVID-19 infection in the ranks.A military statement released late today says there have been 222 positive cases of the novel coronavirus across the entire Armed Forces, at home and abroad, since the pandemic began.The military says 24 of those cases are considered active, while the rest have been resolved.To date, the military has been reluctant to release much information about the rate of infections in the ranks, offering only mission-specific data related to the deployment of troops into long-term care homes in Ontario and Quebec.The decision to issue a military-wide snapshot — which has been weeks in the making — comes just as media outlets in the United States are reporting that the top U.S. general, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, and several other members of the Pentagon's senior leadership are in quarantine.The decision to isolate came after a top U.S. Coast Guard official, Admiral Charles Ray, tested positive for coronavirus on Monday. Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman told CNN the U.S. military is conducting additional contact tracing.The statement by Canada's Department of National Defence did not say whether any top Canadian commanders were among the cohort of confirmed cases in this country. It said only that the strategy of isolating troops at the beginning of the pandemic has been successful."Leadership is closely monitoring the extent of COVID-19 in the Defence Team," the statement said. "The rigorous application of public health measures and the Defence Team layered risk mitigation strategy is effectively containing the spread of the virus amongst our personnel."
Andrea Ghez, with the Univ. of California, Los Angeles, and two other scientists are sharing the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics. Ghez is hoping her win will inspire girls and young women to pursue careers in the sciences and 'have impact'. (October 6)