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Six Wolastoqey communities have filed notice of a court action asserting title to their traditional lands along the St. John River, known to them as the Wolastoq. The title claim covers about half the province.Community leaders announced the title claim, filed against both the federal and provincial governments, at a news conference on the old burial ground at St. Anne's Point in Fredericton.They said the Wolasotqey Nation never gave up title to its land in the river watershed when it signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the British Crown in the 18th century.From 1725 to 1779, the Crown entered into treaties with five Wabanaki Confederacy nations, including the Wolastoqiyik, at the time known as the Indians of the St. John River. "We entered into treaties to have peace and friendship with the Crown, but we never agreed to give up our lands," said Chief Allan Polchies Jr. of Sitansisk First Nation in Fredericton."We have always honoured our side of the treaties, but the Crown has not."Broken agreements over the years have left the Wolastoqey communities among the poorest in the province, while others draw wealth from unceded Wolastoqey land, Polchies said. "The treaties made clear that the land would not be taken away from us without lawful process," Chief Patricia Bernard of Madawaska First Nation said. "The treaties were not respected." "The newcomers pushed us from our lands, the lands that had given us life for thousands of years and forced us into six small reserves along the Wolastoq."Should the six Wolastoqey communities win a declaration of title, Bernard said, they would need to be consulted on matters such as resource extraction projects."When things are going to happen with respect to the province, they will have to come consult."The Wolastoq begins in Maine and runs down through Quebec and New Brunswick into the Bay of Fundy. The Wolastoqey chiefs title claim is only asserting lands within New Brunswick as part of the claim, but they have been in contact with Wolastoqey leaders in Maine and Quebec for potential future claims.The lands and waters being claimed are those along the Wolastoq as well as its tributaries."We now know it was our territory because people went to every corner of it to live our lives, and harvest our foods and our medicines, and do our ceremonies and bury the ones that we've lost," said Chief Ross Perley of Neqotkuk, or Tobique."We know the Crown knew it was our land because when they came here to make treaties with us and our people they called us the St. John River Indians."The lawsuit will ask the court's recognition of the Wolastoqey Nation's title to the land, known as Wolastokuk, but the chiefs said they aren't looking to displace people or get the land back from homeowners or farmers. Nor are they seeking compensation."We are not interested in kicking any regular folks out of their houses or off their farms," said Chief Shelley Sabattis of the Welamukotuk First Nation in Oromocto."We have no problem with sharing," Perley said. "Sharing the land was foreseen in the treaties, it was the spirit of the treaties, but the treaties said if the settlers wanted the land, there would be a legal process for them to get it."Bernard said now was the time to file the title claim because the nation has only recently become unified to the level it is now."Our community members have been saying this for years, our elders have been telling us about the treaties for years," Bernard said. "We have only recently become united as a Wolastoqey Nation, and that has caused us to organize and move forward."Bernard said that the chiefs would rather not have to file a title claim but have few options, since negotiations with the provincial and federal governments have had "zero success."Bernard said the lawsuit was years in the making and the issue could take years to settle."This very may likely take us to the Supreme Court if we don't see any willingness from the government to actually sit down and do some acknowledgement."Bernard said the Wolastoqiyik, or People of the Beautiful River, get their name from the river Wolastoq,which speaks to how connected the nation is to the land."There's always going to be challenges but with a win in this title, we have a say," Bernard said. "It makes the government have no choice but to talk to us."Bernard said that the province's forestry management plan is an example of when First Nations people were not consulted with in New Brunswick and things would be different had they been properly consulted. "Get in the same canoe as us and paddle down the river," Perley said. "For a better New Brunswick, this needs to be settled."Status quo is unacceptable, it's now time to confirm our title to these lands and these waters, for a better future for our people."Communities of Kingsclear and Woodstock are also part of the title claim.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four Calgary police officers will face a disciplinary hearing for their role in the shooting death of Anthony Heffernan in 2015.A fifth officer, Maurice McLoughlin, resigned from the force prior to the decision by the chief of police and will avoid any hearings or penalties as a result — a move the Heffernan family called "cowardly."Alberta is one of the few, if not the only, jurisdictions in the country where police officers can resign in the face of discipline and maintain a clean record.McLoughlin fired the shots that killed Heffernan. Following an investigation, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) recommended he be charged. The Crown prosecution service did not pursue charges. 2 of 8 allegations to be heardThe hearing decision, handed down by Chief Mark Neufeld on Sept. 23, dismisses six allegations brought forward by Heffernan's family, including insubordination and willfully or negligently making false statements in relation to the incident. The two allegations that will be heard are unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority for entering the hotel room where Heffernan was shot and neglecting duties as police officers "by failing to adequately consider tactical goals and risks before entering the room."The details of the chief's decision were not previously known. The hearing follows two investigations into the incident, one by ASIRT and the other by the RCMP on behalf of the Calgary Police Service and in response to the complaints filed by Heffernan's family.Heffernan was killed after the five officers entered his Barlow Trail hotel room following a complaint from staff that Heffernan had missed his checkout time and "did not respond to demands to leave."Heffernan had relapsed and was taking drugs.After officers breached the door of his room some time later, he was shot four times. Officers said he rushed at them with a syringe in his hand.Family reactionTom Engel, the lawyer representing the Heffernan family, says his clients are happy there will be a hearing on two of the allegations, but are disappointed in the dismissals and will likely seek a review of the decision with the Law Enforcement Review Board. "They want to see the officers, all of the officers who were involved in this, held accountable," he said."The consequences were obviously as severe as they can be and they think that the punishment ought to be harsh."Engel said, however, that's not likely "given the way that punishment of police officers is meted out in this province."Still, the lawyer said it's important that the two allegations will be examined and hopefully shed light on why the officers rushed into a room on a wellness check and ended up killing Heffernan. "This is the kind of conduct that is under heavy scrutiny nowadays, about how police respond to a mental health check on the welfare calls," said Engel. "So it's extremely important. It'll be a very, very important disciplinary hearing."The Calgary Police Service sent a statement attributed to Supt. Scott Boyd reiterating the decision made by Neufeld. "Given that a public hearing will take place, and to ensure a fair process for all involved, it would be inappropriate to provide any additional information at this time," it read. There is no date set for the disciplinary hearing, but Engel said it might not be finished by the end of 2021. Any appeals, from the officers involved or from the family, could mean years of continued legal wrangling.
Russia called on Monday for an evaluation of the legal and financial repercussions of the Trump administration announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) next July. Russia's delegation, addressing a two-day meeting of WHO's Executive Board, said: "We need to analyse legal procedures and administrative and financial procedures regarding steps taken by the United States against the WHO."
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
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The recent death of a man who travelled to Newfoundland and Labrador from Central Africa was not primarily due to COVID-19, Health Minister John Haggie said Monday. Nonetheless, the man is listed as the province's fourth COVID-19 victim. “The only comment I can make about that is that COVID-19 is recorded on the death certificate, as far as I'm informed by the chief medical examiner, as a supplementary diagnosis, not the principal diagnosis,” Haggie told reporters. Privacy concerns, he added, kept him from saying much else about the man or his death. The man tested positive for COVID-19 after he died, Haggie confirmed. Health authorities say the man, between the ages of 60 and 69, arrived last Wednesday and died a day later while self-isolating. They say he was not exhibiting symptoms during his travel to the province. On Sunday, authorities said a woman connected to the man and also between the ages of 60 and 69 had tested positive for COVID-19. She too had travelled to the province from Central Africa. On Monday, health officials advised passengers on Air Canada flight 604 on Sept. 30, seated in rows 13 through 17, to self-isolate for 14 days from the moment they arrived into the province, and to call 811 to arrange a test. Passengers on AC8876 from Halifax to Deer Lake, N.L., on Sept. 30, are also being asked to self-monitor for symptoms and to call 811 to arrange a COVID-19 test. Passengers from that flight who are required to isolate have already been contacted, the Health Department said. Meanwhile, the Labrador-Grenfell health authority said Monday in an email that a communication error led to a health-care worker from Saskatchewan misunderstanding isolation rules. Authorities said last week she tested positive for COVID-19 after she had arrived in Labrador with a travel exemption as an essential worker. In response, the Health Department asked anyone who had visited two Happy Valley-Goose Bay stores during specific times to arrange for a COVID-19 test. Essential workers who travel to Newfoundland and Labrador are required to isolate when they aren't at work, for 14 days upon their arrival into the province. The regional health authority said the woman misunderstood isolation rules because of a communication error. On Thursday, Haggie told reporters an investigation was underway to determine if the woman had visited the two stores. He said on Monday that he hadn’t been told about the alleged communication error when he held the press conference. A Health Department spokesperson said the agency was updating its process for informing out-of-province health-care workers about proper isolation protocols. Haggie said Monday he’d seen the updated policy on paper and that he was satisfied with the changes. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2020. Sarah Smellie, The Canadian Press
Edmonton police have charged a female youth in the death of 13-year-old Sierra Chalifoux-Thompson. The youth has been charged with second-degree murder, police said in a news release Monday afternoon. She cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Staff Sgt. Brenda Dalziel refused to specify the age of the accused. She did say the victim and accused did not have a close relationship, but knew each other through mutual friends. Just after 11 p.m. on Friday, police were called to the area of 75th Street and Mount Lawn Road on the report of an assault. When officers arrived, they found the teen with serious injuries. She was treated and taken to hospital by paramedics, where she was pronounced dead. "This is a really difficult situation for homicide investigators," Dalziel said. "For first responders, for the EMS that attended and of course it's a tragedy for the family. Both families I think in this case." An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday. Dalziel declined to specify the cause of death. Social media attention to case Dalziel acknowledged all the attention the case has gotten on social media, but said investigators are relying on facts as they look at the evidence. "I know that many things have been shared on social media," Dalziel said. "I want you to know homicide is very much aware of what has been happening and we're doing our very best to gather as much evidence as we can at this time." Police say they're continuing to look for witnesses and any video that may have been taken on Friday night in the area. Dalziel would not say if it's possible others could be charged in connection with Chalifoux-Thompson's death, telling reporters the file is now with the Crown. 'Full of love' The Chalifoux family spoke to media Monday evening, gathering in the vicinity where Sierra was assaulted. Angela Chalifoux said her daughter loved drawing, music, dancing, making videos and making people laugh. "She knew exactly how to make somebody happy when they were upset," Chalifoux said. "The minute she walked in any room, she just lit it up." The mother said that Sierra used to be friends with the youth charged and that they had a falling-out. Chalifoux asked the public and the community to resist retaliating toward the youth. "I know there's been a lot of backlash and hate pointed toward the individual that was charged — I don't want that, Sierra wouldn't want that." Chalifoux said her daughter was a loving person who thrived on helping people. "She was so full of love, she forgave very, very quickly. She wouldn't want her to be hurt." Catherine Chalifoux also said the youth charged with killing her granddaughter doesn't deserve to be bullied, but she does want justice. "But she does deserve to do time for what she did. Sierra's not ever going to come back," the grandmother said. "I want justice for Sierra and I do hope she does time in jail." The family is asking for anyone who was present at the assault to come forward and report to police. "We do need answers and those guys hold the answers, whoever else was there," said Catherine Chalifoux. A memorial for Chalifoux-Thompson was growing Monday at the location she was found by police. Flowers, stuffed animals, a red shoe and a homemade poster of childhood photographs of the victim were placed near a utility pole.
Swabs from COVID-19 tests being done at Ontario pharmacies are being sent to a lab in California for analysis before being shipped back to to Canada, CBC News has learned. Ontario is dealing with a severe backlog of coronavirus tests during this second wave of the pandemic. According to Ontario's ministry of health, the backlog of tests was 68,000 this past weekend.Dozens of Ontario pharmacies have been doing testing since Sept. 25, and the specimens collected are shipped to Quest Diagnostics' infectious disease lab in southern California, said Isaac Gould, the CEO of In Common Labs (ICL).ICL is the Canadian company that works as a broker between collection sites, such as assessment centres and pharmacies, and the labs where the tests are done, both in Canada and internationally. "We've gone from a reasonable capacity to a massive demand. This is a responsible step," Gould said. Ontario's network of community, commercial and hospital labs processed more than 38,000 novel coronavirus test samples on Sunday, the ministry of health reported. The goal is to do 50,000 tests a day, but there's a massive backlog in getting results."The province is looking for alternative ways of expanding capacity," Gould said. "Supply in Ontario for COVID testing has increased from 12,000 tests a day in mid-March to 45,000 tests in less than six months. That's a huge undertaking. Demand has outstripped supply." At the end of September, some pharmacies in Ontario began offering COVID-19 tests to people who are symptom-free on an appointment-only basis.Processing time unclearAt that time, the province asked ICL to send the specimens collected at pharmacies to Quest Diagnostics, Gould said.That means a specimen first gets sent to ICL in North York, which then inputs all the data and sends the specimen to Quest's San Juan Capistrano infectious disease lab, where it is tested. The results then come back to ICL and are returned to the pharmacies, which are able to put the information into the provincial database. "Testing is a key pillar in Ontario's fight against COVID-19. As Ontarians expect, all options are on the table to quickly identify cases and contain the spread," Ministry of Health spokesperson Carly Luis told CBC News. "To ensure the province is well prepared to manage any increase in testing volumes, the province continues to expand the capacity of our lab network. This includes working with third party providers, such as Quest Diagnostics, to process more tests and achieve provincial testing targets. As part of the province's comprehensive plan to prepare the health system for future waves of COVID-19, we will leave no stone unturned to keep Ontarians safe."It's unclear how much time sending specimens to California adds to someone in Ontario receiving their results."Right now, with COVID, people are waiting for these test results to determine the next step of their lives," said Christine Nielsen, CEO of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)."Can I send my kids back to school? Do I go back to work? It affects you. If you're symptomatic, you're not supposed to be moving about. Until you find out you're negative, your behaviour needs to change, and that's why we need to clear this backlog." At his daily briefing, Premier Doug Ford said "there are only so many diagnostic lab technicians here. We are reaching out to everyone, to colleges and universities and to private sector labs" to deal with the backlog. California has robust regulatory oversight of its labs, Nielsen said. "If tests are being done somewhere else in the world, presumably only the highest standards are in place, because it wouldn't be selected as good enough for Ontario," Nielsen said. Nielsen said she thinks most people don't know that their specimens might be sent to labs in the United States. "I think it's not known, not widely known," Nielsen said. But it's not uncommon for Ontario to use labs in the United States for certain tests, Gould said. "Because we're in a pandemic, the province has a responsibility to match demand with supply, and I think they're doing the best they can," Gould said. "We have to recognize that lab professionals are doing a tremendous job of testing our population."
A five-centimetre needle is found in a woman's spine at least 16 years after giving birth — which hospital staff failed to report at the time. Experts say with Canada's medical malpractice system stacked against patients, it's likely no one will have to take responsibility.
Serbia’s president on Monday proposed that current Prime Minister Ana Brnabic stay in office, paving the way for the formation of a new government more than three months after a parliamentary election. Autocratic leader Aleksandar Vucic announced his choice at a news conference that followed a meeting of his populist Serbian Progressive Party, which won an overwhelming majority in the June 21 vote. “I hold Ana Brnabic in very high regard,” he said.
Charlottetown's Delta Prince Edward is open to the public again after acting exclusively as the host of the Canadian Premier League's 2020 soccer season.The league came to P.E.I. to play a shortened version of its season, dubbed the Island Games, in a bubble during the COVID-19 pandemic.Hotel general manager James Tingley credits the teamwork of the city, the province and Meetings and Conventions PEI for bringing the season to P.E.I., and giving the Delta the chance to host the players, coaches and staff."It was an opportunity for heads in beds," said Tingley."We ran 85 per cent occupancy — that's about 184 rooms — from Aug. 8 through Sept. 7th."Four teams then left the bubble as the playoffs began. The championship game between Hamilton and Halifax was Sept. 19 with Hamilton's Forge taking the honours.The league made the hotel a busy place during a quiet tourism season. Numbers are not yet available for August, but in July, the number of room nights sold on the Island fell 79 per cent.The players had already self-isolated for two weeks before they arrived in Charlottetown. They were then set up in a bubble in the hotel. Each team had its own floor and its own team room on the ground floor in the convention centre with access to the deck outside.Meals were delivered to the team rooms, but to minimize contact between hotel and league staff, the team rooms were vacated while meals were set up, and also while they were being cleaned up afterwards.Sharing the benefitsThe economic benefits spread beyond the hotel, said Tingley, with much of the food for the visitors' meals purchased locally. Meetings and Conventions PEI also developed an app for the players that connected them to local businesses that would deliver meals, food and other items."That was handled by our security, because no one could come into the hotel — couldn't even come into the driveway," said Tingley."Our security would pick that up from the delivery people, and then put it in a secure place in the lobby where it was picked up by the individuals that had ordered it."As teams eventually left the hotel for good, staff would gather outside and applaud the players as they got on the bus. Both sides were masked and physical distancing rules applied, said Tingley, but it was still an opportunity for everyone to say thank you.More from CBC P.E.I.
A university in southwestern Ontario is testing wastewater from campus residences for early signs of COVID-19 and expects to find out this week if new cases are cropping up. The monitoring could help the University of Guelph take early action against potential outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, said professor Lawrence Goodridge, who is leading the team of researchers carrying out the project. "By testing wastewater, we capture anybody who is potentially infected regardless of whether they're showing symptoms or not," Goodridge said in an interview Monday. "The idea is that if you tested it and you find it, then you can take steps to hopefully stop an outbreak from happening." The testing detects levels of COVID-19 released in human feces, Goodridge said, and previous studies have shown that the virus appears in wastewater around a week before a person starts showing symptoms. Testing began last week at five campus residences, where a total of about 2,000 people live, Goodridge said. Results are expected this week that could signal potential new cases, he said. The testing cannot, however, tell where in a building the virus is coming from, only that someone living there might be infected, Goodridge said. "All we can say is that at least one person in this building is shedding the virus," he said. "But once we know that, there's things that we can do." For example, he said, the university can set up a mobile testing unit to individually test students from a certain residence and quarantine those found to be infected. Goodridge said that approach has already been taken at several universities in the United States. He noted, however, that the wastewater testing is just an additional tool to detect COVID-19 and is not meant to replace individual testing done by health units. "We believe that because we've seen effective use of it elsewhere around the world, although there's still research questions to be asked, we can actually employ this right now," he said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2020. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Denise Paglinawan , The Canadian Press
The defence lawyer of an 87-year-old Rwandan genocide suspect arrested in France has appealed to an international court not to send him to Tanzania to face trial, but instead to transfer him to the Netherlands for health reasons, according to a written request filed Monday. Félicien Kabuga, one of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, was arrested outside Paris in May after 25 years on the run. Kabuga has denied involvement in the massacre.
Irish novelist Tana French spends the opening chapters of “The Searcher,” her eighth book, skillfully fashioning her complex characters and vividly portraying the harsh beauty of the landscape. French’s novels are marketed as mysteries because crimes happen in them, but there’s little here to remind readers of bestselling crime writers such as Michael Connelly and Hank Phillippi Ryan. French is more interested in exploring how her characters react to stress and how they resolve moral dilemmas than in plot twists, suspense, and “whodunit.”
The Manitoba government is ordering Winnipeg-area bars and other licensed establishments to close earlier in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19. Starting Wednesday, licensed restaurants, bars and pubs in the region will have to stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m. and close at 11 p.m., except for food delivery and takeout. "Our cases and contacts have occurred later on in the evening," Dr. Brent Roussin said Monday.
European Union sanctions against 40 officials in Belarus are "a small victory" but should be widened, opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Monday, adding she would press Germany's Angela Merkel to do more at a meeting on Tuesday. Tsikhanouskaya fled her homeland for Lithuania amid a police crackdown in Belarus following an Aug. 9 presidential election, which official results said incumbent Alexander Lukashenko won, but which Tsikhanouskaya's supporters say was rigged.
Epcor will again ask the city of Edmonton for the land zoning change it needs to build a controversial 51-acre solar farm next to its E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant, in a southwest section of the river valley. The project near the Cameron Heights neighbourhood has been opposed by both environmental and First Nations groups in the last four years. Now, Epcor only needs this city zoning change to begin construction. Kristine Kowalchuk, chair of the Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition, will speak out against the project during a public hearing at city council Tuesday. "The river valley is not the place for unnecessary industrial activity," Kowalchuk told CBC radio's Edmonton AM. "Solar projects shouldn't destroy this land. If they do, they're not actually a green project." Kowalchuk said one of her concerns is that putting solar panels so close to the river could harm birds. "Water birds mistake these solar arrays for water and they will try to land on them," Kowalchuk said. The birds often injure themselves on the hard surfaces, and they may not be able to fly away since the solar panels will be enclosed by a high fence, she said. Epcor makes the case that building the solar farm right next to the water treatment plant, on land it already owns, is the best option. The company has listened to concerns from stakeholder groups, said Craig Bonneyville, who is director for the E.L. Smith solar farm project and director of the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant. He said Epcor has already reduced the footprint of the original plan by almost 20 per cent. The new plan leaves an additional 125 metres of space along the riverbank for wildlife to pass through. The company is also using cameras to monitor wildlife in the area, he said. "That monitoring will continue through construction and the operation of the solar farm," Bonneyville said. Kowalchuk said these concessions are not enough to win her approval. She is in favour of solar projects, but would prefer to see Epcor add solar panels to rooftops, or use space in landfills or on brownfields. "We've heard from a lot of Edmontonians who are enraged by this proposal," she told Edmonton AM. However, Bonneyville said the solar panels have to go next to the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant because Epcor wants to install a battery system that could power a smart grid at the plant. This would allow Epcor to store solar energy and use it during power outages or during high-use times when electricity is more expensive. "For the battery to work, it has got to be connected to the load, to the water treatment plant itself, or it wouldn't provide those benefits," Bonneyville said. Edmonton councillors held four days of public hearings for the zoning change in June 2019. At that time, council ultimately voted to put the zoning decision on hold after the Enoch Cree Nation opposed the project. The E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant and the proposed adjacent land is on a site once used by the Enoch Cree Nation. Archeological artifacts dating back as far as 9,000 years, including stone tools and arrowheads, were found on the proposed site. However, Epcor and Enoch Cree Nation signed a memorandum of understanding last month. Epcor already has approval for the project from city administration, the Alberta Utilities Commission and Alberta Culture and Tourism.
Timmins is honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) with several activities this week. The National Day of Action for MMIWG is marked annually on Oct. 4. Today, the Timmins Native Friendship Centre staff and students painted a large canvas, which will be hung outside of the centre for the week.
Medical Laboratories of Windsor has been approved to process COVID-19 swabs within the region, though the company won't begin doing so until December. Last week, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit said it was supporting a local lab that was applying to process Windsor's COVID-19 tests. On Monday, Medical Laboratories of Windsor told CBC News it received the green light. Currently all tests performed in the health unit are sent to a lab in London, which has been processing Windsor's tests since the pandemic began. London will continue to process the tests solo for the next few months, as Medical Laboratories of Windsor's vice-president of operations Jennifer Yee said the equipment they need won't arrive until December. "I think I speak for everybody at the lab when I say we're happy we can contribute and help our health care professionals, you know, with diagnosis and trying to reduce the spread and staying on top of the virus," she said, adding that once the lab is up and running it will be able to process 800 tests in 16 hours. At current testing volumes, which Yee said is around 300 to 500 a day, the lab should be able to provide a quick turnaround, possibly with same-day results. "So I think that's a huge improvement to containing the virus and I think it's really going to reduce the anxiety that patients will have about waiting for days, not knowing if they're positive or negative," she said. The private company is funding the equipment, but Yee said she and her staff just want to be able to help the community."We want to help our community, we want to keep everybody safe, including our own families and friends and workers and coworkers," Yee said.
Western University has put 100 students on academic probation for breaking rules around physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other universities are also cracking down in the name of safety as cases are linked to parties. [Note: This story also contains images gathered by Liam Alfonso/Western Gazette]