Actor Kelly Preston died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, her family announced. She was 57.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Preston’s husband, actor John Travolta, wrote on Instagram. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”
Born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu, she changed her name to Kelly Preston before landing her first film role in the 1985 romantic comedy “Mischief,” Reuters reported. Over the next three decades, Preston appeared in dozens of films and television shows, notably “Jerry Maguire,” “Twins” and “For Love of the Game.” She met Travolta in 1987 and they married in Paris four years later.
The couple had three children together. Their son, Jett, died in 2009 at the age of 16.
Preston and Travolta starred on screen in “Battlefield Earth” (2000). Most recently, the couple played husband and wife John and Victoria Gotti in “Gotti,” the 2018 film about the mob boss.
Tributes to the actress began pouring in late Sunday:
Shocked by this sad news. Kelly was such a bright loving soul, a talented actress, and a loving mom and wife. My heart breaks for her family who have already known such sadness and grief. Join me in sending them love and strength. #RIP#KellyPrestonhttps://t.co/DndcfOtlOn
I’m in absolute shock. What a beautiful and amazing actress and person. So sad to hear of her passing at such a young age. My heart goes out to John Travolta and the entire family. What a loss. 🙏 RIP #KellyPrestonhttps://t.co/yRqOmI3CjW
Jerry Maguire would not have been the movie it was without Kelly Preston making that small role have major impact, and I love her so much in What a Girl Wants. She’s gone far too soon. pic.twitter.com/9SvwM0Hblj
I was lucky enough to work with her on one of my very first films, “For Love of The Game.” We were shooting on cold days in Colorado, but she couldn’t have been warmer or kinder to a young, nervous actor trying to make good. I’ll never forget that. Thank you Kelly. #RestInPeace🙏🏼 https://t.co/szGCXxAxyI
Travolta said his family would seek privacy in the coming months, but that he would “feel your outpouring of love” during that time.
“I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while,” he said. “But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.”
Preston is survived by her husband and two children, Ella, 20, and Benjamin, 9.
After 10 years in Canada, Alpha Ndamati is resigned to giving up the immigration process, and is now actively trying to get deported. After years of red tape trying to become a permanent resident, the Nigerian man has been asking to leave the country and go home. But he's been given little direction on how to do so, and is asking why something he thought would be straightforward — immigrating to the N.W.T. — has left him at the end of his rope."I'm left dumbfounded," he said. "I don't wish this situation for my worst enemy." His bags are packed, and he's telling his story in hopes that no one else has to repeat his experience. Ndamati says he can't afford a ticket home himself, so he's trying to get a removal order issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or the Canada Border Services Agency, forcing him to go. But he doesn't know how."If it means going back home, I'm willing to do that. But I don't want to see anybody go through the ordeal that I've gone through to get something that looks simple."Years of trying to stayWhen he graduated from Dalhousie University in 2014, he was hopeful that he could find his way into permanent residency within the three years before his post-graduate studies visa expired.Ndamati stayed in Halifax looking for a job, before moving to B.C. to work in the oil and gas sector and then onto Yellowknife about halfway through his visa.He says we wanted to move to the N.W.T. for a long time. When he saw online what appeared to be a seemingly straightforward immigration process with the territory's nominee program, he was sold.In June 2016, he got a job working at Corothers Home Hardware, and after six months of employment they agreed to help him apply for the territory's employer-driven nominee program.> If you advertise for me to come in, and I come in, and you push me out like this. \- Alpha NdamatiBut the application failed to meet all the requirements and was denied, forcing Ndamati through more hoops. Despite help from a local law firm, and losing $2,000 to a dubious consultant he met through church, his last work visa expired in September 2019.He has reached out to MLAs for advice, as well as the federal government, and has been in touch with the Nigerian embassy in Ottawa. He says he has twice reached out to MP Michael McLeod's office to no avail. (McLeod's office wouldn't comment, pointing CBC to Canada Border Services Agency.)He gave up on the visa application process, feeling it was hopeless, and stopped working all together out of fears that he would be committing a crime and get deported. But now all of his savings have dried up, and not wanting to go through the process again, he is asking Canada to send him back."This has been 10 years. I'm not supposed to be in this position if I've done everything outlined that I should do."No direction on how to stay, or how to leaveA few months ago he says he called the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), asking them how he could start the process of being deported. He says the agency told him that leaving the N.W.T. was under the RCMP's jurisdiction.So, a couple of weeks ago, he says he went to Yellowknife's RCMP detachment to get sent out of the country, only to be told that it was the responsibility of the CBSA. A spokesperson for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada told CBC that the border services agency is responsible for immigration enforcement.A spokesperson for the CBSA noted in an email that "any persons subject to a removal order can voluntarily depart the country and validate their removal from Canada at the CBSA office at the port of departure."CBC asked the agency how someone such as Ndamati can obtain a removal order, if they are willingly opting to leave but have not been told to, but did not hear back by the time of publication.N.W.T. immigrationImmigration is ultimately something that falls under federal jurisdiction, but nominee programs aim to allow provinces and territories to attract and select the newcomers to fill critical labour shortages and promote business development.The N.W.T. provides a nomination certificate to successful applicants, who then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for a review of whether the applicant is admissible to Canada.In 2017, the territorial government released its first-ever Northwest Territories' Immigration Strategy, a five-year plan to boost the nominee program.A spokesperson for the territory's Department of Education, Culture, and Employment told CBC that in the past three years they have taken multiple steps to encourage foreign nationals to settle in the territory, including promoting the program and making more information available online.The department said that in 2018 and 2019, approximately 80 per cent of complete applications submitted to the program were approved. And while they used to assess incomplete applications, they no longer do.But unfortunately, in cases like Ndamati's, some people don't always get the result they hoped for. The department says this can happen for multiple reasons, including the employee moving out of the territory, the application not meeting program criteria, and the employer withdrawing the application. For Ndamati, he's looking forward to putting years of confusion behind him. He just hopes it doesn't happen to anyone else."I don't understand. If you advertise for me to come in, and I come in, and you push me out like this."
Ontario's emergency rooms are getting busier as most of the province prepares to enter Stage 3 of the recovery from COVID-19, and some doctors are warning patients are coming in with more serious illness after avoiding seeking care at the height of the pandemic.The most recent data from Health Quality Ontario shows there's an average wait time of 11.2 hours before patients are admitted to hospital. That's a steep drop from a record average wait of 18.3 hours in January of this year, but still an increase from an average wait time of nine hours recorded at the height of the pandemic. Dr. Erin O'Connor, deputy medical director for the University Health Network's emergency departments at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, said at the peak of the pandemic her facilities were dealing with just 50 per cent of their normal volume. Now she's worried about what the results of that "drastic" decrease will be."People stopped presenting to emergency departments for things that they really should have been presenting to the departments for," she told CBC Toronto."We saw a decrease in [heart attack and stroke] presentations and the thought was that likely people were still having these events but were staying home."When patients did finally go to the emergency department, some did so late and with deteriorating health conditions."We know that delayed presentations for these things really result in poor outcomes. I think what's most heartbreaking for all of us is knowing that decisions needed to be made," O'Connor said.Doctors and hospital officials are bracing for a surge in people flooding back to emergency rooms to seek medical help that's unrelated to the novel coronavirus, especially as flu season approaches and even as COVID-19 is still infecting more than 100 people per day across the province.Meanwhile, the Ontario Ministry of Health said it's creating a plan that will optimize capacity across all sectors and help treat patients who have been waiting for elective surgeries that were postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic. Hallway medicine isn't safe, doctor saysIn a statement to CBC Toronto, the ministry addressed the growing concern felt by doctors like O'Connor about the increase in patient volume, given Ontario hospitals' history with overcapacity and the use of hallway medicine. "In 2020-21, the ministry will invest an additional $594 million in the hospital sector to accelerate progress on the government's commitment to address capacity issues," the statement read, referencing their March announcement on funding.The province intends to use the money to help publicly funded hospitals continue providing high-quality care to their patients and "support the ending of hallway health care in hospitals."O'Connor said her facilities are looking at extending the COVID-19 protocols put in place to prepare for a second wave of cases: making use of and maximizing existing spaces; erecting tents in parking lots to help with physical distancing; and installing Plexiglas to make shared rooms more isolated and safe. "But what we are not willing to do is to go back to the situation where we had patients in hallways. It is not safe, particularly when you have a certain amount of virus circulating in the community," she said.Ontario must prepare for second surge: OHA"A contingency plan is needed to ensure the health-care system is equipped for a potential second surge, including the creation of regional health service and staffing plans that must be in place at the earliest opportunity," said Anthony Dale, president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), in a statement Monday evening. Dale said the OHA recommends that the government support the "widespread expansion" of home care and community services, virtual care, and maintenance or construction of new, temporary infrastructures to use to fight overcapacity issues, such as field hospitals and decommissioned buildings. But O'Connor said the province isn't the only body responsible for the public's health, saying citizens of Ontario have to do their part as well. "We need to think about how to protect each other so that things don't become overwhelming," she said."We have to remember that still keeping physically distanced, making sure your bubble is not too large, washing your hands, wearing masks ... [is] what's going to keep this big second wave surge from happening."
ST-APOLLINAIRE, Que. — The mother of two young Quebec girls found dead following an Amber Alert last week delivered a tearful tribute to her "princesses of love" Monday as police continued to hunt for their father, who is suspected of abducting them.Amelie Lemieux, the mother of Norah and Romy Carpentier, sobbed as she made her way to a makeshift memorial at Chutes de la Chaudiere park in Levis, Que., accompanied by a few dozen members of her family.After inspecting the gazebo that has become filled with stuffed animals, flowers and notes since her daughters' bodies were found Saturday, she thanked authorities and the public for their support."My two beautiful princesses of love. I wanted and waited for you so much. From your very first breath, I loved you unconditionally. You are my entire life, my reason to exist," she said through tears."Be my stars in the night who will guide my steps across this immeasurable pain. I love you madly. I love you to infinity."Quebec provincial police continued their intensive search Monday for Martin Carpentier near the wooded area in St-Apollinaire, Que., southwest of Quebec City, where the bodies of Norah, 11, and Romy, 6, were discovered.Provincial police said they found "pertinent elements" in the area on Sunday. Late Monday, police said those items were sent to a laboratory for analysis to see if they are linked to Carpentier."The elements that we possess lead us to think Martin Carpentier could still be around the area, or at least be in transit in that area," said Sgt. Ann Mathieu, a Quebec provincial police spokeswoman.Police did not specify what the items were, but as the search spanned a fifth day, police raised the possibility Carpentier could be unconscious or dead, given the weather conditions and the possibility he was injured in a car crash right before his disappearance."We can't rule out the fact that he could be dead," Mathieu said. "But also, he's a suspect in our case, so it's important for us to find Martin Carpentier, because the key to this event is Martin Carpentier." Mathieu said autopsies on the two girls have been completed, but police won't release details until Carpentier is found.Police deployed a helicopter, a drone and police dogs in the search.The girls were last seen Wednesday and became the subject of an Amber Alert the next day. Police have said they and their father are believed to have been in a serious traffic accident on Highway 20 in St-Apollinaire on Wednesday evening at about 9:30 p.m.Investigators said the car was heading east when it skidded into the median, flipped over and landed on the shoulder on the opposite side of the highway. But police did not find any occupants inside the car when they arrived.On Sunday, the manhunt for the 44-year-old Carpentier had authorities tightening the search in a thickly wooded area near where the young sisters from Levis, Que., were found.Residents had helped with the searches until Saturday, but police asked people to stay away from the area Sunday to let officers work.The case has gripped the attention of the province, especially in the town of just over 6,000 people where it's playing out and in the family's hometown of Levis, across the St. Lawrence River from the provincial capital.The oldest of the sisters, Norah, was a member of a local chapter of the Association de Scouts du Canada — which primarily serves the French-speaking scouting community across the country.Dominique Moncalis, a spokeswoman for the Association de Scouts du Canada, said Martin Carpentier had been a leader with the 128th Groupe Scout de Charny since last September.It was a brief role, cut short when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of all activities in mid-March.The memorial the family visited Monday was started by two scout leaders over the weekend, and vigils for Romy and Norah were held there Saturday night and again Sunday morning.Quebec Premier Francois Legault began a Montreal news conference on Monday by offering condolences to the family of the young victims."I'm shocked, and I believe all Quebecers are shocked like me," Legault said, adding police will do everything they can to find the father.Legault also urged anyone who sees family members in difficulty or distress to get help, giving out a number for a parent help line."If you have trouble, if you don't feel (in) control or if you see somebody close to you not being in control, having difficulties, you don't need to be shy," he said."You have to do something when you see that you're in trouble before doing something terrible."This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 13, 2020.— By Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal.The Canadian Press
The giant ads were intended to promote peace and racial equality in Edmonton. "Prophet Muhammad taught a white is not superior to a Black and a Black is not superior to a white, except by piety and good action," stated the electronic billboards displayed across Edmonton.But soon Pattison Outdoor Advertising, the company that owns the billboards, was bombarded by angry calls.It turned out that a distorted photo of the sign was being widely circulated on social media.In the manipulated image it's difficult to see the second "not" so the message can easily be incorrectly read as: "a Black is superior to a white."That altered message sparked a flurry of furious Islamophobic comments on social media, alongside the odd warning that the image had been tampered with.A Pattison spokesperson said the company received close to 100 calls and emails from outraged people across Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. They demanded explanations or simply wanted to vent their anger."Many of the messages were extremely rude and offensive and some were violent and threatening," Pattison wrote in an emailed statement provided to CBC. "There were posts claiming that the sign should be burned down, pulled down, and that if we didn't remove the ad that it would be done for us."Pattison checked the billboard to see if there was a mechanical problem but soon realized what had happened."Someone had intentionally posted a distorted, or doctored image on Facebook, claiming that the ad was racist, encouraging everyone to call our office to complain," the company said.An employee called back more than 80 people to explain that the post they had complained about was not an accurate reflection of the real ad on the billboard. "Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of people were surprised and upset to learn that they had been a victim of fake news," the statement said. Many people apologized for being too quick to anger. Some even offered to repost the correct image. "I learned something today, that all of us need to verify anything we see on [Facebook] as there are a ton of lies and post manipulation," said one post, which was shared with CBC. "Whoever posted this is an irresponsible POS." 'Don't believe what you see'The backlash contrasted sharply with the intent of the campaign that saw 15 ads, mostly electronic, go up in the Edmonton area, and two more in Grande Prairie.The Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council (AMPAC) said the billboard initiative was launched by a group of Edmontonians in the wake of George Floyd's murder and ensuing protests to promote peace and racial equality. The five-week campaign began three weeks ago.Momin Saeed, AMPAC's executive director, praised both Pattison and others for setting the record straight. The incident provides a valuable reminder, he said."Don't believe what you see and verify information that is posted on the internet," said Saeed, who emphasized the importance of finding out if something is true before sharing it.He said the original campaign was inspired by the final sermon given by the Prophet 1,400 years ago."He wanted people to understand that it's the content of your character and your deeds that God looks at," Saeed said. "Your skin has nothing to do with it."'Alarmist perspective'MacEwan University sociology professor Irfan Chaudhry, who studies racism and discrimination, said the incident speaks to a broader divide connected to Islamophobia and xenophobia.He said the divide is often amplified by misinformation and discussions around inclusion, which some instead view as exclusion and the encroachment of non-Christian religions in Canadian society."This is a strong narrative that's played oftentimes in a lot of these right leaning and right-wing extremist groups," Chaudhry said."Just because you're being inclusive doesn't mean you're taking away from anyone or anything. But it's one of those things where when people are scared of difference or they're unfamiliar with change … that's where you get that very strong alarmist perspective."
NASHVILLE — The Dixie Chicks are no more. Breaking their ties to the South, The Chicks are stepping into a new chapter in their storied career with their first new music in 14 years.The Texas trio of Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire and Natalie Maines have been teasing new music for a year, and “Gaslighter” finally drops on July 17 when the nation is embroiled in divisive politics, cancel culture and a racial reckoning.“It just seemed like a good reflection on our times,” said Maines. “In 20 years, we’ll look back at that album cover and title and remember exactly what was going on in the country right then.”“Gaslighter” is a term that describes a psychological abuser who manipulates the truth to make a person feel crazy. In recent years, it’s been used to describe powerful men like Harvey Weinstein or Donald Trump.“I think most everybody has a gaslighter in their lives somewhere,” said Strayer. “But, yeah, it was so weird how it echoes our current administration.”As the bestselling female group in RIAA history, The Chicks appealed to a generation of country fans who saw themselves in the band’s stories, whether it was “Wide Open Spaces” or “Cowboy Take Me Away.” Their first major label record in 1998 has sold 13 million copies in the U.S. alone.With Maguire on fiddle and Strayer on banjo, they were all steeped in bluegrass and classic country, but relished in fun country pop on crossover songs like “Goodbye Earl.” They were country music’s next big thing until suddenly the door was slammed on them.In 2003, as then-President George Bush was preparing to invade Iraq, the trio were playing a show in London when Maines announced they were ashamed that the president was from Texas.The fallout became country music lore, a warning to stay away from political talk, especially of the liberal kind. They were booed on awards shows, radio stations pulled their music and fans destroyed their CDs. Maguire only recently showed her daughters the 2006 documentary called “Shut Up and Sing,” that showed how the backlash affected them behind the scenes.Maguire feared her 11-year-old might be too young for some of the material, which included death threats.Instead, her social media-savvy daughters were confused by the reaction to Maines’ tame comments compared to today's vitriolic criticism.“And it was just funny hearing 16- and 11-year-olds going, ‘Why? What? Wait. She said that? And people got so mad?’” said Maguire.The trio are all now parents of teenagers when youth activists are taking the lead on gun control, climate change and racial inequality. Their song, “March March,” which was released the same day they announced they were dropping the word Dixie from their name, was inspired by student-led gun control demonstrations in 2018.On “Juliana Calm Down,” their daughters and nieces are name-checked in a song that encourages young women to keep their heads held high when struggling through life’s obstacles. Maines speaks to her two teenage boys on “Young Man,” a song for all those divorced parents who feel like they’ve let down their kids.Hit pop songwriter Justin Tranter, who has co-written hits for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga, helped The Chicks co-write some of the album's most raw, vulnerable break up songs, including “Sleep At Night."“Some of those pre-choruses are not songs,” said Tranter. “Natalie was just talking and I was literally writing down what she was saying and then I found a way to put it to a melody.”“Gaslighter” was recorded and co-written with Jack Antonoff, a Grammy-winning producer-artist known for recording with Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and Lorde. He pushed them to use their core strength, the three-part harmonies backed by fiddle and banjo, in new ways.Their last album, 2006's “Taking The Long Way,” earned five Grammys, including album of the year, and won over masses of fans who never listened to them before. But it’s unlikely the fans who turned their back on The Chicks 17 years ago are going to feel any different about their return.When The Chicks and Beyoncé performed at the Country Music Association Awards in 2016, a vocal minority unleashed their anger on social media at the idea that both artists would be invited to perform.Although their fallout occurred before Twitter or Facebook, The Chicks have a unique viewpoint on the rise of cancel culture, when prominent people are attacked online in an almost mob mentality.“On one hand, you know, it’s freeing now. People just are way more vocal," said Maines. "But then the downside is one slip up, one major slip up, and no publicist can make that go away.”Maines said for movements like MeToo, those speaking out online held people accountable. “And you can’t silence or quiet them when you’ve got so many women coming forward."The phrase “shut up and sing” is still used as a weapon against women, minorities and anyone straying from their musical lane. But The Chicks think younger music fans don’t adhere to that idea.“There’s not a whole lot of respect anymore if you’re just going to smile and entertain,” Maines said. “They want you to have a point of view.”Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press
Indigenous bands along the west coast of British Columbia say their borders will remain closed to tourists and non-residents, despite the economic impact, as they work to raise awareness about the threat COVID-19 poses to their communities.The Nuu-chah-nulth, the Heiltsuk Nation and the Haida Nation have all closed or restricted access to their territories and reserves."Of course it's negatively impacting. But our directors have said, our chiefs have said, people before economics," said Judith Sayers, the president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, in an interview. "I think everyone is slowly realizing the impact economically, but right now we just really feel that we want to protect the members first."Members of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, made up of 14 First Nations along the west coast of Vancouver Island, have deployed a variety of tactics to help ensure their borders are kept sealed from non-residents.Members of the Ahousaht First Nation, who live in the remote area of Flores Island, have deputized citizens to act as peacekeeping officers, Sayers said.The Ahousaht issued a notice on July 2 that their territory, which covers a large area of land and water north of Tofino, including provincial parks, will remain closed to tourists and non-residents as there "is still no vaccine, no anti-serum and no cure for COVID-19."Others, like the Tla-o-qui-aht in Tofino, had been stopping cars in an effort to convince them to turn around.While Tofino is now welcoming back visitors, the Tla-o-qui-aht communities of Ty-Histanis, Esowista and Opitsaht remain closed to those who haven't been invited. The closure includes part of Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park.The concern, Sayers says, lies in the ability to test and contain any potential COVID-19 outbreak."A lot of our communities are remote and testing is not easily available," she said. "If you're in Port Alberni, or Nanaimo, or Victoria, or somewhere (else), you can get testing and get results in 24 hours. It's not the same with our communities."The closures have resulted in disputes between Indigenous groups and local businesses.The Haida Nation in Haida Gwaii have turned away non-residents at the ferry terminal, discouraged leisure travel and called on two local fishing lodges to rethink their reopening plans."We're such a close-knit community, I think that once we get a case of COVID, I think that it'll spread like wildfire," said Duffy Edgars, the chief councillor of the Old Massett Village council in Haida Gwaii.Edgars said many local fishing lodges are respecting the Haida Nation's state of emergency, but is frustrated by others who want to open up."It's disrespectful," he said. "These bigger (lodges) are coming in and just doing whatever they want."The fishing lodges that have opened say visitors and staff will not have contact with the Haida Gwaii communities, and they have emergence evacuation plans in place if a COVID-19 case were to develop.Leaders and representatives from the Nuu-chah-nulth, Heiltsuk and Haida all say they would like to see more co-operation from the provincial government in working with Indigenous communities."It's really frustrating," said Marilyn Slett, the chief councillor of the Heiltsuk. "We have a limited amount of time here, we think, before that anticipated second or third wave so right now is the time for us to be sitting down and having those discussions so going forward we're all working collaboratively together."Part of the issue, she says, lies in B.C. politicians encouraging residents to take part in inter-provincial tourism."We're seeing a lot more vessel traffic on the coast, we're seeing a lot more recreational boaters, and that's a really high concern for our community," said Slett.The closures — many of which began in March — have been felt at a variety of levels.The pandemic forced the cancellation of the Heiltsuk's Spawn-on-Kelp fishery this year, an event Slett says employs 700 people and is a hugely important economic driver for the community."Certainly our community put forward the health and safety before the economic driver," she said. "So our community has been hit hard."Sayers says when the pandemic first broke out and restrictions were placed on communities, First Nations were bringing in food for members so they didn't have to leave their reserves and face possible exposure at grocery stores.The Heiltsuk, Nuu-chah-Nulth and the Tsilhqot'in issued a statement in late June, criticizing the provincial government's reopening plan and what they saw as a lack of dialogue with First Nations groups.All three want the province to commit to four conditions, which would allow border restrictions being lifted: COVID-19 information sharing, screening, rapid testing and culturally safe contact tracing teams.Until those are met, Slett says, she can't see Indigenous communities fully opening their borders.But the provincial government says it is committed to working with Indigenous communities."Many tourist-depending communities are now safely welcoming the gradual return of out-of-town visitors," said Sarah Plank, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. "At the same time, we acknowledge some smaller and more remote communities and First Nations continue to be concerned about visitors to their communities."The government is also working on scheduling a meeting with the Nuu-chah-nulth, Tsilquot'in, Heiltsuk and Haida Nations and other communities, she added.This report was first published by the Canadian Press on July 13, 2020.Nick Wells, The Canadian Press
As Mexico celebrated a new trade deal with the United States and Canada on July 1, a group of Canadian energy investors warned their government that Mexico could already be violating the agreement for failing to respect contracts. In a letter to Canada's Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and other officials, four companies voiced concern their Mexican investments were under threat and urged the government to press Mexico on the matter. The letter, seen by Reuters, adds to evidence of frustration among investors over energy policy under the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador just as Mexico is trying to revive its battered economy from the impact of coronavirus.
Queen Elizabeth's representative in Australia fired a prime minister without warning the palace - or the prime minister - because "under the constitution the responsibility is mine", according to archived letters released on Tuesday. In a Nov. 11, 1975 dispatch, Governor-General John Kerr told the Queen's private secretary he took the unprecedented step to sack Prime Minister Gough Whitlam as Whitlam prepared to end a months-long budget standoff by calling a partial Senate election. "I decided to take this step ... without informing the Palace in advance," Kerr wrote to former private secretary Martin Charteris on the day of Whitlam's dismissal.
Fifty years ago, he designed a braking system that helped reduce fatal car crashes. Now Mario Palazzetti has invented a device he hopes will curb the spread of COVID-19. The retired Fiat Research Centre engineer is known as Mr ABS for the anti-lock braking system he created that is now standard in all motor vehicles.
Alberta's chief medical officer of health is "strongly recommending" that people wear non-medical masks whenever they visit indoor public places where physical distancing may not be possible."Masks are part of our personal responsibility to manage the risk for ourselves and for others," Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Monday at a news conference to announce that the province is handing out another 20 million free masks. "Wearing one is the right thing to do."When used properly, masks can protect others and limit the spread of COVID-19, Hinshaw said. "I am strongly recommending that all of us wear masks anytime we are out and can't maintain a two-metre distance from others, especially in indoor spaces. Wearing a mask is a common sense precaution that should be part of everyone's new normal."The Alberta government plans to distribute another 20 million non-medical masks in the second wave of a program that will be expanded to include more outlets for people to get their free personal protective equipment.Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced the expanded program at the same news conference on Monday.New case numbers 'concerning,' premier saysKenney said the province has no target date for Stage 3 of its relaunch plan, adding that the most recent data on the number of new cases was "concerning.""I would love to get to Phase 3 as quickly as possible but that will be up to how Albertans conduct themselves in the days and weeks to come," he said.Alberta Health reported one more COVID-19 death on Monday, a man in his 80s from the North zone, bringing the total number of deaths to 161.The province reported 80 new cases on Sunday, 96 cases on Saturday and 54 on Friday.As of Monday there were 676 active cases in the province, with 45 people being treated for the illness in hospital, including 10 in ICU beds.The regional breakdown of active cases by zone: * Calgary zone: 267 cases. * Edmonton zone: 199 cases. * South zone: 110 cases. * North zone: 53 cases. * Central zone: 35 cases. * Unknown: 12 cases.The premier said the demographics of the illness have changed, with 55 per cent of actives cases now among people under the age of 40.Alberta is averaging about 7,000 tests per day, Kenney said, and has done far more tests per capita than any other province in Canada.Masks now available over the counter In addition to drive-thrus at A&W, McDonald's and Tim Hortons outlets, the program need now hand out masks over the counter in more than 700 restaurants across Alberta, Shandro said.This time around, the packages will include eight masks, twice as many as packages handed out during the first wave of the program.Free masks for members of the public will also be distributed to more than 1,000 places of worship."A larger number of long-term care and supportive living, seniors facilities, community groups, social service organizations, libraries, court houses and places of worship will be distributing masks to their residents, clients and members," the government said in a news release about the program."Municipalities without easy access to a partner restaurant location are again being supplied with masks to distribute to their residents, as are First Nations communities and Métis Settlements." Four million masks will be provided to 20 transit systems across Alberta, including Calgary and Edmonton, to be used by transit riders.The first 20 million free masks were distributed by the province in mid-June. At the time, Shandro said the masks are one of the best ways to keep Albertans safe as the economy slowly reopened.The masks are for situations where physical distancing is difficult to maintain, such as on public transit or while shopping, Shandro said.Instructions for proper care and use of non-medical masks are available at alberta.ca/masks.
California's governor on Monday clamped new restrictions on businesses as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soared, and the state's two largest school districts, in Los Angeles and San Diego, said children would be made to stay home in August. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, ordered bars closed and restaurants, movie theaters, zoos and museums across the nation's most populous state to cease indoor operations. "It's incumbent upon all of us to recognize soberly that COVID-19 is not going away any time soon, until there is a vaccine and/or an effective therapy," Newsom said at a news briefing.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Monday that an unofficial city-wide election conducted by the pro-democracy camp over the weekend might have violated new national security laws by "subverting state power". The weekend election drew more than 600,000 votes, in what democrats described as a symbolic protest vote against tough new laws imposed by Beijing on the freewheeling former British colony. The vote at around 250 polling stations was held to decide the strongest pro-democracy candidates to contest key Legislative Council elections in September.
KELOWNA, B.C. — British Columbia's health minister says several COVID-19 exposures in Kelowna serve as a reminder of the risks posed by private gatherings.Adrian Dix said during a news conference Monday that warnings of possible exposures at a restaurant, spin studio, bed and breakfast and resort are believed to stem from "private parties" at the hotels.Eight positive tests for the disease are linked to visits to downtown Kelowna and the city's waterfront between June 25 and July 9, said an email from Interior Health, the regional health authority."When people come together for private parties — in this case it was primarily people in their 20s and 30s — the risks are considerably higher," Dix said.The exposures follow the move to a new phase of reopening in B.C. that allows for tourism within the province. Although the accommodation industry was not ordered to close during the pandemic, many operators did so voluntarily but began welcoming guests again as part of the new phase.Infections in B.C. inched up on Monday as health officials announced 62 new cases since Friday.Two more people also died for a total of 189 deaths in B.C.The new figures bring the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 3,115, while 2,718 people have fully recovered from COVID-19.Interior Health also issued an isolation order for Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. in Oliver after two positive tests associated with the farm. Public health officials are monitoring the situation and placed restrictions on those living and working on the farm, the government said in a news release.The cases linked to Kelowna involved people who live in three regions of the province, including the Interior, Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health regions, said Dix. He credited contact tracers with making the connections.He said the tourism industry has done a good job of creating safe environments for guests, but it's also up to guests to ensure they respect physical distancing guidelines and group size limitations."Whether it's a trip or a party at home, the same risks and the same rules apply," Dix said.If you're gathering with friends and family, you should consider the increased risk that indoor locations pose and determine how many people can maintain a safe distance accordingly, he said."We have got to live with COVID-19 for the next year so that means the responsibility is on all of us to understand the risks and understand our responsibilities to one another."Interior Health issued an exposure advisory for the resort and bed and breakfast on Friday and added the restaurant and spin studio in a statement on Sunday.Visitors to the Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge on July 1 or the Discovery Bay Resort from July 1 to July 5 were advised to self-isolate and monitor themselves closely for symptoms.The health authority is now urging visitors to Kelowna's Cactus Club restaurant on Water Street between July 3 and July 6, or the Pace Spin Studio on July 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 to self-monitor and get tested if COVID-19 symptoms appear.The B.C. Centre for Disease Control also warns that a case or cases were confirmed on an Air Canada flight from Kelowna to Vancouver on July 6, but Dix could not say if that warning was linked.Public health contact tracing is underway and the health authority said it's reaching out directly to anyone who has been exposed, where possible.Testing is recommended for anyone with novel coronavirus symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or a loss of taste or smell, said Interior Health."Milder symptoms may include runny nose, fatigue, body aches ... diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes," it said in a statement.Anyone with even mild symptoms is urged to stay home and avoid travel.Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 include physical distancing, regular hand washing, not touching the face and avoiding gatherings of more than 50 people, the health authority said.— By Amy Smart and Beth Leighton in Vancouver.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 13, 2020The Canadian Press
Ontario will ease coronavirus restrictions further in most regions excluding Toronto on July 17, moving to stage three of reopening in Canada's most populous province, Premier Doug Ford said on Monday. The new phase will increase the size of permitted gatherings from 10 people to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors with social distancing of at least 2 meters (6-1/2 feet). Gyms, movie theaters and playgrounds will be able to open as long as they can ensure social distancing and not exceed gathering limits.
After a few passing and battle drills to shake out the cobwebs, the majority of the Calgary Flames dove back into game-like scenarios Monday. The Flames joined 23 other NHL teams in a reboot of the 2019-20 season after a four-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The odd optic at Scotiabank Saddledome was 24 players, including three goalies, participated in the morning skate.
OTTAWA — Peter MacKay's Conservative leadership campaign said Monday the party's deputy leader wasn't promised a similarly high-profile position in the House of Commons in exchange for supporting MacKay for the top job. Leona Alleslev had been expected to remain neutral in the contest, but announced late Sunday she didn't want to sit on the sidelines and resigned as deputy leader, a post she'd held since the last federal election. Monday morning, she declared she is backing MacKay."Canada faces an uncertain future. Canada needs a leader who has the experience and a plan to tackle the priorities of our time," Alleslev said on social media."That is why Peter MacKay has my support."Voting in the leadership race is underway. A new leader will be elected in August.Should MacKay win, he'll have to appoint someone to lead the party in the House of Commons in his stead, as he does not currently have a seat.Given Alleslev's past role within caucus, questions immediately surfaced whether she'd already been tapped for that job."Absolutely not," MacKay campaign spokesman Chisholm Pothier said in an email. "Those are decisions for once he's leader."Alleslev declined a request for an interview on Monday, but in a statement said her only conversations with MacKay have been about his credentials for the leadership job."Service to country before my personal needs is who I am at my core," she said."My loyalty can't be bought, it must be earned."Alleslev has been part of a team helping current leader Andrew Scheer guide the Opposition's operations in the House.The task took on additional weight once Scheer announced in December he was stepping back pending the election of his replacement.To try to keep the politics of the race off at least the front benches, and avoid any sense that Scheer's office was meddling in the race, members of his "leadership team" were not to publicly endorse any candidates.In her resignation letter, Alleslev said she felt compelled to break ranks."The selection of the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is too important a decision for me to stand to the side," she wrote to Scheer. Alleslev was elected as a Liberal in 2015 and crossed the floor to the Tories in 2018, saying she no longer shared the Liberal vision on a number of policies.She was appointed deputy leader after the 2019 election, having succeeded in winning her Toronto-area seat of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill for the party when so many other Conservative candidates failed to do the same in nearby ridings.Among the casualties: Lisa Raitt, who was the deputy leader headed into that campaign, but lost her seat in Milton, just west of Toronto, to the Liberals.Alleslev was billed by Scheer as having some of the same political oomph as Raitt: female and from a Greater Toronto Area seat.In turn, she was held up as proof the party did still have support in the area and could win more come the next election.MacKay's campaign said much the same about Alleslev on Monday."She's a great person to have supporting us. Served the country in the military, accomplished in her career after that and before politics, and was elected as a Conservative in a suburban Toronto riding, where very few did and we need to next election," Pothier said. MacKay lives in Toronto now, though in the next general election is expected to return to his Nova Scotia home and seek to run in a riding in that province.Erin O'Toole, one of his competitors, has represented the suburban-Toronto riding of Durham as an MP since 2012.He often makes the pitch to party members the fact he's held that seat for so long is proof he can woo more voters from the region the next time.Leslyn Lewis, who has never held elected office, currently lives in the Toronto suburbs and did once run in a Toronto riding, losing to the Liberals.The fourth competitor, Derek Sloan, is the MP for the rural Ontario riding of Hastings-Lennox and Addington.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 13, 2020.Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — A group of students, alumni and some staff at St. Francis Xavier University are pushing back against a legal waiver that students are required to sign if they want to return to classrooms in the fall amid a global pandemic.The university in Antigonish, N.S., is offering a mix of digital and classroom instruction this fall, with 72 per cent of undergraduate course offerings being in person.In June, the campus published a detailed plan that it said ensured the university would meet public health protocols to prevent spread of the disease.However, last week the university emailed students a waiver they're asked to sign before attending classes.The legal document asks students to agree the college isn't liable for "loss, damage, illness, sickness, expense or injury including death" that students or their next of kin may suffer as a result of COVID-19 risks.The document's liability release says no claim will be made even in the event of "negligence, breach of contract, or breach of any statutory or other duty of care," including the university failing to "take reasonable steps to safeguard or protect" the student from COVID-19 risks.On Monday afternoon, a letter of protest signed by about 350 students, staff, alumni and local residents was sent to university president Andy Hakin calling for the waiver's withdrawal and amendment.It criticizes the administration for a lack of consultation with the students and a "disregard for student voice" at the campus — which normally has enrolment of about 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students.Will Fraser, a 22-year-old history student at the school, said he began collecting signatures over the weekend, after he realized he felt deeply uncomfortable about signing the waiver."I agree with some form of waiver. We're in a global pandemic," Fraser said in an interview."However, what we should expect is that if the university is negligent and if it fails to follow its own policies, then they should be held accountable for that."The president of St. Francis Xavier University Association of University Teachers says faculty have mixed reactions to the document."Many recognize such a disclaimer is a legal necessity, and its content emphasizes the importance of everyone following the required protocols," wrote Martin van Bommel, a professor in the mathematics and statistics department."Others are uncertain, apprehensive, or disappointed, as its content implies the university is not confident of taking all of the precautions necessary to safeguard students, staff, and members of the local community."The president of the Students' Union at St. Francis Xavier University says she's heard a series of criticisms about the waiver, including from students with compromised immune systems.Sarah Elliott said it came after a series of public consultations on the pandemic preparations, catching student leaders off guard."The Students' Union was thrown off ... because up until the waiver came out, we had a strong relationship with consultation on the pandemic plans, so we were disappointed when we didn't see this waiver beforehand," she said.Hakin said in an emailed statement Monday that a community effort will be required in order to have a successful return to campus."In this instance, some members of our community are telling us that they are uncomfortable with our legal waiver," he said. "We appreciate this feedback and will continue to engage with our stakeholders, and will review this decision to ensure it presents the best way forward."The university president had earlier distributed an email to the university community noting the waiver is part of the university's overall approach to managing risks posed by the pandemic."The university has been advised by our insurers that insurance companies will not provide coverage related to the pandemic by the end of the year," Hakin wrote."The waiver enables StFX to proceed with plans to have students back on campus, including having students in residence and in-person academic delivery."Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., and Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., are also providing in-person classes in the fall, but spokespeople for the universities told The Canadian Press they aren't currently requiring legal waivers.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 13, 2020.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he didn't know how much money his relatives had made speaking at WE organization events, but he should have. And he should have fully recused himself from the decision to have WE Charity run a $900-million volunteering program for students who can't find work in the COVID-19 pandemic.