Six suspected drug labs in Richmond were put out of commission Wednesday in simultaneous police raids carried out by Richmond RCMP and Delta police.Richmond Mounties hit three homes in western Richmond suspected of producing synthetic drugs.In a separate investigation, Delta police officers targeted three commercial properties in eastern Richmond under the Cannabis Act.Details about the types of drugs being produced have not been released — but in the case of the Richmond RCMP raids, volatile chemicals were seized."These types of investigations pose a significant danger to our officers and to our community as a whole," says Sgt. Gene Hsieh of the Richmond Organized Crime Unit. "Some of the chemicals are highly unstable, and it will take some time to render these sites safe before continuing our investigation."The Clandestine Laboratory Team of the RCMP was called in to assist with Wednesday's raids.At least two dozen officers were involved.Several investigators in hazmat suits could be seen entering one of the homes, located on Comstock Road.The other house, on Blundell Road, was sealed Wednesday and entered by investigators on Thursday. Richmond RCMP has asked that the addresses be withheld.'Major investigations' led to raidsThe Delta police operation hit two commercial properties on Westminster Highway and another on Sidaway Road, all three in rural areas of eastern Richmond.The Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit assisted the Delta police-led operation.Delta police spokesperson Cris Leykauf confirms a number of suspects were arrested, but charges have yet to be laid.Leykauf says warrants were executed at the three commercial locations after a "major investigation."Richmond RCMP state its raids on the three other locations "were part of an eight-month targeted investigation into suspected synthetic drug production across the city."6 drug labs discovered in Richmond since JulyThe six suspected drug production operations shut down Wednesday follow another drug lab discovery during the summer.A house on Calder Court in Richmond burst into flames in July. RCMP search warrant documents obtained by CBC News revealed a massive drug lab was uncovered and at least $1.1 million in "shatter," a potent marijuana derivative, was found. It was one of the biggest seizures of illicitly-produced shatter in Canadian history.The search documents stated the blast and fire were likely sparked by 15 illegally-wired ovens and cannisters of butane and propane used to produce shatter.Police officials refuse to say if the latest Richmond raids are related to the discovery of the shatter production facility.Both forces say their investigations are ongoing.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.
TORONTO — A year-long investigation that began as a probe into an alleged Toronto gang has led to more than 100 arrests across Ontario for crimes that include murder, drug trafficking and firearms offences, police said Thursday. Toronto police said the operation — dubbed Project Sunder — dismantled the Eglinton West Crips, which was allegedly involved in criminal activity as far as Thunder Bay, Ont. "The Eglinton West Crips were involved in extensive gun and drug trafficking networks that span the province of Ontario," said Toronto police Deputy Chief Myron Demkiw."These networks are alleged to have trafficked large quantities of narcotics, specifically cocaine and fentanyl, to many communities outside of the Greater Toronto Area."Police said they had made 114 arrests and expected about 800 criminal charges to be laid in the ongoing investigation that began in September 2019. While Toronto police led the probe, the investigation also involved forces in Waterloo, York Region, Peel Region, Durham Region, Thunder Bay, and the provincial police. Chief Supt. Paul Mackey of the Ontario Provincial Police said that collaboration between so many forces was necessary to combat a criminal organization of this size."This particular investigation clearly demonstrates how GTA-based street gangs have influence across Ontario, from Ottawa to Thunder Bay and many places in between," he said."No community is immune. Criminals do not respect jurisdictional boundaries."Police said that officers carried out 141 search warrants over several months. A total of 31 firearms were seized, along with seven kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of fentanyl, two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and other street drugs, as well as $300,000 in currency.Deputy Chief Brian Bigras of the York Regional Police said that the size of the seizures was indicative of how widespread and dangerous the alleged gang was."Project Sunder stopped a criminal group in their tracks, a criminal group that clearly had tentacles that spread across the province of Ontario," saidThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2020. John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press
As an intern at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Kate McGregor has been spending weeks sorting, labelling, and properly archiving the personal correspondence of former premier Richard Hatfield. It consists of around 150 boxes of documents, many about events a half-century ago. But on Thursday morning, McGregor came across a letter with a timely connection to world events today. "This morning I came across a letter, and Hatfield's response, from senator Joe Biden," said McGregor. Biden wrote his letter, dated July 10, 1973, after briefly meeting with Hatfield in Washington, where the premier took in some of the infamous Watergate hearings."Dear Premier Hatfield," the recently sworn in senator wrote. "Just a short note to let you know I very much enjoyed meeting you this morning and was sorry there wasn't more time to talk. I do hope I have the pleasure of seeing you again. I would very much like to have the opportunity to speak with you at greater length. I hope you enjoyed the hearings and your stay in Washington."With warm regards, Sincerely, Joe R. Biden, Jr. United States Senator." The letter took McGregor by surprise, especially since the Democrat and former vice-president has a chance of becoming the next U.S. president."I looked up the full name just to make sure it was him, because you wouldn't think that one of the current people running for president would write to the premier of New Brunswick." The 47-year-old letter would have been written by Biden when he was 30 years old, six months after he arrived in the U.S. Senate.Hatfield, who was in the third of his 17 years as premier, became known for his travels outside the province. He would have jumped at the chance to sit in on the hearings, which helped bring about the downfall of then-president Richard Nixon.McGregor found Hatfield's reply to Biden, written nine days later. "Dear Senator Biden: Thank you for your note. I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how thoroughly I enjoyed the opportunity of being present for the Watergate hearing. I hope that we will have an opportunity to get together in the near future. Sincerely, Richard Hatfield." McGregor said the letters will be categorized, catalogued and archived for future reference and research. And with the U.S. election in just four days, it won't be long before we'll know whether Biden's letter is from a future failed presidential candidate or victor over President Donald Trump.
EDMONTON — Alberta’s top doctor says the province will be removing two symptoms from its COVID-19 checklist for people under the age of 18 that required mandatory isolation.Dr. Deena Hinshaw says they include runny nose and sore throat.She says starting Monday, if someone under the age of 18 has one of those symptoms they are encouraged to monitor themselves for 24 hours. If symptoms improve, they don't need to get tested and can return to normal activity, including attending school or participating in sport groups.Hinshaw says the change to the checklist follows similar ones made in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. She says more than 3,400 children and youth who were tested last week for COVID-19 reported having a sore throat, but more than 700 of them had a sore throat as their only symptom, and less than one per cent of their tests came back positive.Alberta reported 477 new COVID-19 cases in Thursday’s update and five new deaths.There are 4,921 active cases with 130 in hospital and 18 in intensive care.Hinshaw also reminded Albertans to practise cautious social distancing this Halloween weekend."Unfortunately, after every holiday during the pandemic, we have seen a rise in the number of cases one to two weeks later," she said."This weekend, I am asking Albertans as clearly and strongly as possible to please be wise and be safe."Hinshaw said this is not the year for large Halloween parties and noted that Calgary and Edmonton have social gatherings limited to 15 people."Eat candy, brush your teeth, watch your favourite scary movie, spend time with your household and your cohorts."This report by the Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 29, 2020. The Canadian Press
BOSTON — Travis Roy, the Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first college shift and went on to become an advocate for spinal cord injury survivors both in and outside the sports world, has died. He was 45. His death was confirmed by the BU athletic department and the Travis Roy Foundation. “It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Travis Roy,” the school said in a statement. “His story is the epitome of inspiration and courage, and he was a role model and a hero to so many people. “Travis' work and dedication toward helping fellow spinal cord-injury survivors is nothing short of amazing. His legacy will last forever, not just within the Boston University community, but with the countless lives he has impacted across the country." Roy was a 20-year-old freshman making his debut for the reigning NCAA champions in the 1995-96 season opener when he crashed headfirst into the boards after checking a North Dakota opponent. The accident left him a quadriplegic. From his wheelchair, he gave as many as 40 motivational speeches a year. The message he shared: Do the best with what you have and don’t dwell on your misfortune. “I like to say the first 20 years I had a life that was full of passion and the last 20 I’ve had a life full of purpose,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press shortly after turning 40. “The dream is to have both at the same time, but I’m fortunate. I’ll take either one.” Since he created the Travis Roy Foundation in 1997, it has raised more than $9 million — half for research, and half to provide equipment for those with spinal cord injuries. Roy, who was able to control the joystick that manoeuvred his chair, regained little movement after the injury and had no feeling below the middle of his chest. “I just thought the research would move along and by the time I was 40 I might have a chance of some normalcy again,” Roy told the AP in 2015, “some kids and a wife and not living with 24-hour home care anymore.” The hockey world mourned his passing on Thursday, with the NHL calling Roy “a special man who responded to his devastating injury by dedicating himself to serving others.” Former Bruins star and current team president Cam Neely also shared his condolences. “Travis Roy was the ultimate symbol of determination and courage,” Neely said. “The impact that Travis had on the New England hockey community is immeasurable, and his relentless advocacy for spinal cord research was inspiring.” Ray Bourque, another ex-Bruin and Hockey Hall of Famer, said he and his wife were “honoured to have known such a great man who helped so many others.” “The warmth, strength, and resiliency he exhibited in the face of tragedy set him apart,” Boston Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy said. “His mantra was never to take anything for granted, and his message resonates stronger than ever with all of us at the Red Sox.” Roy's work as a fundraiser and motivational speaker combined with his persistent optimism to make him a hero to other victims of spinal cord injuries. “Travis Roy, you were my friend, mentor, role model and the most positive person I knew,” Jack Jablonski, a Minnesota high school hockey star who was also left paralyzed after a hockey collision, said on Twitter. “You have forever changed the SCI and hockey community. Thank you for taking the time to get to know each other." Denna Laing, who was paralyzed during an exhibition before the 2016 NHL Winter Classic, also tweeted her thanks. “Travis did so many little things and big things for so many people,” she wrote. “This is gutting, really truly sad.” The son of a Maine hockey rink manager who began skating when he was 20 months old, Roy went to North Yarmouth Academy and Tabor Academy before enrolling at BU. Both high schools have named their rinks after him. BU retired Roy's No. 24 in 1999; he graduated from the school with a degree in communications the next spring. “I think all the time how grateful I am,” Roy told the AP on the 20th anniversary of the injury. “The thing that goes through my mind every once in a while is, ‘Thank God it wasn’t a brain injury.’ I don’t want any pity.” He said he occasionally thought about what might have happened if he hadn’t been injured. “There’s times when it’s kind of fun to think about it,” he said. “It’s also kind of sad to not know the answer.” Among the players on the 1995-96 BU Terriers team were future NHLers Chris Drury, Jay Pandolfo, Shawn Bates and Mike Grier. John Hynes is now the coach of the Nashville Predators. Coach Jack Parker is an inductee in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame; Olympic hero Mike Eruzione was an assistant coach. “It’s so sad for so many reasons — not just the athletic end of it, but what his life could have been,” Eruzione told the AP on Thursday night. “To see a life changed in such a direction because of 11 seconds. “But what he did with it afterward was incredible,” Eruzione added. "Such an inspiration. He could have folded the tent. He could have said, ‘This is it.’ But he chose another path in his life, and he raised millions of dollars. “It just sucks, that at 45, that it’s over.” ___ Former AP Sports Writer Howard Ulman contributed to this report. Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press
A former U.S. embassy worker in Mexico is believed to have drugged and sexually assaulted as many as two dozen women, filming many of them while they were unconscious, according to federal prosecutors. Brian Jeffrey Raymond was arrested earlier this month in San Diego, where he had moved after leaving his job in June. The FBI started investigating after Mexican police responding to a call May 31 found a woman naked and screaming from the balcony of an embassy-leased apartment in Mexico City.
The era of the plastic shopping bag has come to a close in Nova Scotia.A provincewide ban that came into effect Friday means businesses can no longer provide single-use plastic bags at the checkout, so customers should get in the habit of carrying reusable bags.CBC Radio's Information Morning spoke with Kirk Symonds of the Halifax Regional Municipality's solid waste resources department about the change. Here's what you need to know: Q: Why is this ban happening now?Nova Scotia passed the Plastic Bags Reduction Act this time last year. Politicians said they wanted to give retailers and the public time to prepare.Grocery chains like Sobeys have already transitioned to paper and reusable bags, but the ban applies to all businesses — not just grocery stores.The province says the ban is to encourage waste reduction at the source, and help keep plastic out of the environment and landfills.Q: Will there be any plastic bags left anywhere?Yes. The province has outlined 13 examples of exemptions to the ban where plastic bags are still accepted. These include bags for loose bulk items like fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains or candy, and food or baked goods that aren't prepackaged.Products that can't fit in a reusable bag are also on the list, as are bags used to transport dry cleaning, flyers and mail, and packaged liquids that might leak.Symonds says there will still be "lots of plastic bags" in people's lives, but the idea is to cut down as much as possible.For a full list of the exceptions click here.Q: What am I going to use instead?The easiest answer is to grab some reusable shopping bags, says Symonds.Some businesses might offer reusable or paper bags to their customers, but it is not a requirement. They can also decide whether to charge a fee for bags they provide and what they do with that money.The province says shoppers won't spot any bags made from biodegradable or compostable plastic. Businesses aren't allowed to offer these since they contaminate recycling streams and don't decompose properly in compost facilities.Q: What will I line my garbage cans with now?For years, many Nova Scotians have had a stash of plastic shopping bags used to line small garbage cans around the house.Although those plastic bags won't be around going forward, Symonds says some people might decide they don't need to line every bin. "I'm intimately familiar with what folks throw out. Garbage is not as messy as it used to be now that we compost most of our food," he says.For those who still want to use plastic bags, Symonds says they can always buy packages of bags designed to fit their garbage cans. Q: What if businesses still have plastic shopping bags they can't give out?The province says businesses can recycle the bags, sell them, or ship them to another business location in a province without a plastic bag ban. They can also donate them to a charity, like a food bank, that can still use plastic bags when serving clients.Q: What about household garbage bags? Are they still allowed?Yes. Symonds says Nova Scotians' plastic garbage and recycling bags have not changed.Q: What is the rest of the country doing?The federal government has said single-use plastic items like grocery bags, straws and cutlery will be covered by a national ban coming into effect next year. The regulations to introduce the ban will be finalized by the end of 2021.P.E.I. was the first in the country to ban plastic shopping bags last year. They were followed this month by Newfoundland and Labrador.MORE TOP STORIES
The Arizona Coyotes renounced their rights Thursday to their top 2020 draft pick after saying they learned more about his bullying of a Black classmate with developmental disabilities four years ago. The team parted ways with Mitchell Miller after taking criticism for selecting him in the fourth round earlier this month despite knowing of his 2016 assault conviction. Arizona acknowledged it knew about the incident when it selected Miller 111th overall.
TAOYUAN, Taiwan — Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic celebration with their peers. Taiwan is the only place in Asia to have legalized same-sex marriage, with more than 4,000 such couples marrying since the legislation passed in May 2019. The mass wedding with 188 couples was the first time same-sex couples have been wed and celebrated at a military ceremony. Both couples viewed their ceremonies with a sense of responsibility towards representing the LGBT community. “We are hoping that more LGBT people in the military can bravely stand up, because our military is very open-minded. In matters of love, everyone will be treated equally,” said Chen Ying-hsuan, 27, an army lieutenant who married Li Li-chen, 26. Chen wore a rainbow wristband and said she has always been open about her sexual orientation while serving. The ceremony at an army base in the northern city of Taoyuan was brief. The couples took part in a parade and then exchanged rings in front of an audience of family members and their senior officers. Yumi Meng, 37, and her wife, army Maj. Wang Yi, 36, wiped back tears as they exchanged rings. Meng wore sneakers under her wedding dress, while Wang wore her officer's uniform. They each carried a pride flag throughout the ceremony. Meng's parents had not come to the celebration, but in support both of Wang's parents as well as her teacher came out to support the couple. “I really feel that this is a huge breakthrough for the military because before gay people really had to go through a lot,” said Amy Chao, mother to Wang. “Perhaps for heterosexual couples, it's just a paper, but it's very important for gay couples, if you're sick or have to have a major surgery, if you don't have this, then you are nothing, you can't make a decision.” Since same-sex marriage became legal in Taiwan, 4,021 such couples have married, with 69% of them lesbian couples, according to the most recent government data. The military seemed an unlikely institution to be the site of a same-sex marriage, but in recent years has opened up, said Victoria Hsu, the Co-founder of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights. “We hope this is a good sign to show that the armed forces’ attitude towards the LGBT community is becoming more supportive than before in Taiwan." That attitude was on full display Friday as it welcomed dozens of reporters to the wedding. “Our attitude is that everyone should be treated equally, and we congratulate each and every couple, and this shows that our military’s position is open-minded, progressive and with the times,” Lt. Gen. Yang An told reporters at the wedding. Huizhong Wu, The Associated Press
For the second time, a study testing an experimental antibody drug for COVID-19 has been paused to investigate a possible safety issue in hospitalized patients. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Friday that independent monitors had recommended placing on hold enrolment of the most severely ill patients -- those who need intense oxygen treatment or breathing machines -- because of a potential safety problem and unfavourable balance of risks and benefits. The study can continue to test the two-antibody drug combo in hospitalized patients who need little or no extra oxygen, the monitors said. Other studies in mild or moderately ill people also are continuing. Antibodies are proteins the body makes when an infection occurs; they attach to a virus and help it be eliminated. But it can take several weeks for the most effective ones to form. The experimental drugs aim to help immediately, by supplying concentrated versions of one or two antibodies that worked best against the coronavirus in lab and animal tests. Earlier this month, a different group of monitors recommended pausing enrolment in a U.S. National Institutes of Health study testing an Eli Lilly antibody drug to investigate a possible safety issue in hospitalized patients. On Monday, the NIH said no safety problem had been verified, but they stopped the study because the drug didn’t seem to work in that situation. “These kinds of results are informing us about the timing of the benefit,” said Dr. Myron Cohen, a University of North Carolina virologist who advises the government on COVID-19 treatments. Tests in animals suggest that antibody drugs work best when given early in infection to lower the amount of virus, he said. Once someone is very sick, the drugs may not help, but it’s too soon to know if that's the case, he said. Doctors already know that timing can matter when it comes to COVID-19 treatments. Studies suggest that dexamethasone and other steroids can lower the risk of death when given to very sick patients to tamp down an over-active immune system, but they may be harmful for those who are only mildly ill. Lilly and Regeneron have asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency use of their experimental antibody drugs for mild and moderately ill patients who don’t need hospitalization. President Donald Trump got the Regeneron drug when he was sickened earlier this month. Regeneron said it would share Friday's advice from independent monitors with the FDA and leaders of a separate study in the United Kingdom testing its drug in hospitalized patients. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press
MONTREAL — Quebec's police watchdog is investigating a police shooting Thursday that left a Black man dead in Montreal. The Bureau des enquetes independantes says in a news release that based on preliminary information from Montreal police, a man armed with a knife rushed the officers and they opened fire, killing him. Sue Montgomery, mayor of the Montreal borough of Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace, said the victim lived in the borough, and she offered her condolences to his family and friends. His identity has not been released. "Once again, my heart is aching and I, too, am angry," she said in a written statement. "This morning another Black man in our community was shot by police." She said the borough has a history of police shootings of Black men, including the fatal 2018 shooting of 23-year-old Nicholas Gibbs. "The senseless killing of people of colour needs to end," Montgomery said. "Systemic racism is undeniable. It is present in the (Montreal police) and in all facets of our society." Police had responded to a call made just before 6 a.m. about a man in crisis in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace neighbourhood. The watchdog, known as the BEI, said that when police arrived, officers stayed in their vehicle as the man allegedly walked towards their car armed with a knife. When he turned toward another vehicle with a driver inside, police left their car to intervene, and that's when they allege the man came at them. Steve Fiset of the local paramedic service Urgences-Sante said the victim was in his 30s. He said a police officer was also transported to hospital following the shooting but had no physical injuries. Montreal police declined to comment due to the BEI investigation. The BEI said it has assigned eight investigators to the case, who will be aided by two provincial police crime-scene technicians. The investigators left the scene at 5:20 p.m. Thursday and the investigation is ongoing. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2020. The Canadian Press
REGINA — Saskatchewan has hit a record of daily number of COVID-19 cases less than a week after it reported an all-time high. Health officials reported 82 new cases Thursday,, surpassing the previous high of 78 set on Saturday. Some 37 of the new cases are in the Saskatoon area, and the rest are spread around different regions of the province. Starting Friday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority is imposing restrictions on Saskatoon nightclubs that include no alcohol service between 10 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. following multiple outbreaks linked to clubs. The health order does not apply to lounges, pubs, restaurants, or liquor manufacturing facilities that have tasting rooms. Health officials say of 2,990 reported cases in the province, 707 are considered active and 25 people have died. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2020. The Canadian Press
Flato Developments has put forward a Minister Zoning Order on 166 acres of its 226 acre property located southwest of Beeton. In a report to Council, Flato Developments stated the lands would include 400 units for seniors’ rental apartment buildings, 173 street townhouses, 40 semi-detached units and 297 single detached homes. The land development also includes a neighbourhood commercial area, community urban agriculture area and gathering space, a central un-programmed park, a network of trails and environmental areas. Ward 6 Councillor Stephanie MacLellan strongly opposed the Minister Zoning Order (MZO) application, noting that proposed developments outside of Beeton’s settlement boundary are prohibited in Section 8 of the Town’s Official Plan until a Drainage Master Plan and the Collingwood water pipeline agreement is approved by Council. “The County and Town Official Policy says development should be directed to fully service settlement areas, this area is neither services nor within the settlement boundaries,” MacLellan noted. "These are huge infrastructure projects [being proposed] and we do not need additional pressures of development outside of the settlement boundaries, we are under enough pressure as it is to support our present residents and as for our future residents, both Beeton and Alliston, we currently have 1,852 units on the books approved but with no servicing allocation." MacLellan said Flato’s development is “too much too fast,” since other future developments don’t have water distribution and that should be their focus first. She pointed to Section 9.2.2 under general policies of the Town’s Official Plan which states, "extension of municipal sewer and water services should only support development within the settlement area." “It is our responsibility as a Council to grow responsibly and follow our Official Plan, our Zoning Bylaws and follow our Master Plans,” noted MacLellan. "If this gets Council support and is approved by the Ministry it will essentially leave our Town's planning documents, like our Official Plans, Zoning Bylaws and our Master Plans null and void,” she warned. “It will set a precedent for developers and we will have a lineup at the door with MZO applications. Our town will essentially lose control of how and where we develop.” MacLellan also noted MZOs are rarely used in municipalities that already have zoning bylaws, they’re primarily utilized in unorganized townships within northern Ontario. She added that MZOs were never meant to establish principal of development for a proposal such as Flato’s, which is nearly 2,000 units. "This is essentially an end run on local planning and transparent decisions that are made in public interest. This approach circumvents the technical report preparation and review process that every developer needs to undertake to establish the principal of development,” said MacLellan. "I believe affordable housing and seniors housing is of the utmost importance and should be addressed through our zoning bylaw update we are currently in the process of completing. There are policies and processes to follow to uphold the integrity of our local planning to grow our community responsibly." MacLellan later proposed a motion that Town staff be directed to provide comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing that oppose Flato’s request for a MZO, highlighting the Town’s insufficient infrastructure, lack of technical report preparation and public review process. Ward 2 Councillor Michael Beattie seconded the motion, however it was shot down 7-3. Ward 8 Councillor Alan Lacey, who opposed the motion, said the Tottenham pipeline is of great concern to himself and his constituents and asked Director of Engineering Rick Vatri how Flato’s development might impact the water supply. Vatri noted that at this point they don’t have sufficient information because modelling hasn’t been done as part of Flato’s submission, but it would be conducted through their detailed design to determine how to get additional water to those areas. “Here's an area where they're wanting to put in almost 50 per cent housing for seniors which is greatly needed in this area. I've spoken to a few seniors and they fully agree they don't want to move out of this area but they need affordable housing as they're growing older and it’s becoming very difficult,” said Lacey. Ward 4 Councillor Fran Sainsbury, who also opposed the motion, said Flato’s request is solely for land use and it took Alliston’s Treetops development 17 years since it started in 2003, so this is seen as long-range planning. Beattie said letting the MZO go forward without Council submitting comments objecting the order would create a precedent for other developers and they could expect several more MZO’s in the future, which circumvent the Town’s planning documents. He said when municipalities submit comments objecting an MZO the Province tends to rule in its favour. Meanwhile, a motion to support the MZO in principal and provide specifics on the conditions of the development at their November 2 Council meeting was approved 7-3. Some of the conditions discussed include zoning for the provision of affordable or attainable housing as well as a demographic study to ensure they’re actually providing attainable housing for seniors. However, the official conditions will be brought forward on November 2 before they’re sent to the Province. Sam Odrowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times
Over the objections of dozens of Conservatives, the House of Commons gave approval in principle Thursday to a bill that would make it easier for dying Canadians to get medical help to end their suffering. Conservatives, including Leader Erin O'Toole, were the only MPs to vote against the bill, which passed by a vote of 246-78. While some Conservatives supported the bill Thursday, nearly two-thirds of O'Toole's 121-person caucus did not.
Dale Woodard Lethbridge Herald A group of concerned citizens are saying enough is enough to the Lethbridge Overdose Prevention Society. On Monday night on the southwest corner of Galt Gardens, a group of sign-waving people gathered to protest the LOPS and their supervised consumption site tent. On this particular night, the LOPS didn’t set up, but protesters still gathered to make their message against the group heard, calling for the end to the LOPS, which had been set up at Galt Gardens. “We’re here to present the community viewpoint on what is an illegal pop-up tent that has, as its primary intent, enabling the consumption of illegal drugs by whoever they can entice into their tent,” said activist Roy Remus. The LOPS was formed in September in response to the provincial government closing of the ARCHES supervised consumption site at the end of August. Since then, the group has set up its own supervised consumption site via a pop-up tent at Galt Gardens and other locations. A little under two weeks ago, the LOPS had a media gathering at London Park Road, featuring speakers and members of the medical community to speak on behalf of their cause. On Monday night, protesters voiced their opposition, holding up signs stating “Number of addicts rose after SCS opened!”, “We the taxpayers say arrest them!”, “Enabling Drug Use is really abuse” and “Leaders protect citizens! Vote out council.” “First of all they’re illegal,” said Remus. “They have no accreditation. In order to do a legal SCS they have to have an exemption to Section 56.1 of the Controlled Drug and Substances act, which is a federal mandate of controlling illegal drugs. Instead, they are just saying ‘That doesn’t apply to us. We can just do whatever we want.’ That is what they told the Police Commission on Sept. 30 when they presented to them. They said right out that ‘We know we are illegal and we don’t really care because the law doesn’t really apply to us.’” Lou Mate was among the sign-carrying protesters Monday night. He stated simply that enough is enough. “The law is being broken. We are just average, ordinary citizens and we want the law to be obeyed,” said Mate. “These people cannot carry on like this. This is garbage. We have to get over this. The Police Service has to do their job, city council has to do their job. There is a whole lot more than just this group of people here. There are hundreds, thousands in Lethbridge that are against everything that is going on here and we need to deal with this. “We need people in positions of authority and power to deal with this situation once and for all instead of giving us this garbage, ‘Yeah, we can’t do this and we can’t do that. We can’t fine them. We’re not going to follow the bylaws’ and all of this kind of crap. Enough is enough. We need to move on. People in Lethbridge need to stand up, and we are.” Remus said a cause of concern is the movement was started by outside parties. “This whole thing just arose out of the Vancouver movement that has splinter groups all across Canada,” he said. “They have caused problems in Ottawa and devastation in all sorts of places. Many people dying because of their activities, but they are always saying nobody has ever died in an SCS. But they have died in the parking lot after leaving the SCS after doing drugs there and all of those other things. This whole thing started in Vancouver, spread here and Moms Stop The Harm and various other organizations were instrumental in setting it up when a person came here on Sept. 25. It’s not as if it grew out of the community as the result of a perceived need to help our drug vulnerables. It came from other people trying to upset the community here and trying to destroy what is going on here. Because we are just trying to recover from the ARCHES fiasco.” Follow @DWoodardHerald on TwitterDale Woodard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Lethbridge Herald
Northern Health Authority (NHA) saw 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday (Oct. 27), the highest number of cases NHA has reported in one day since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous one-day high was 12 cases, reported on Sept. 15. In addition to cases, the B.C. COVID-19 Dashboard records the average test turn-around time in hours, with times ranging anywhere from about 30 to 40 hours. However, the two days before Oct. 27 saw some of the lowest numbers of tests performed in NHA, with 122 tests done on Oct. 25 and 139 on Oct. 26. Northern Health performed 197 tests on Oct. 24, but that number is still fairly low compared to some days in September which saw up to 500 tests completed in one day. The Terrace Local Health Area (LHA) has seen a total of 18 reported cases from January to the end of September. The total number of reported cases in Terrace is similar to the Smithers and Nechako LHAs, which have had 19 and 23 cases, but higher than in the Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Nisga’a LHAs, which have reported four, two and one case respectively. LHA cases are mapped by location of residence and updated at the end of each month, so local data for October has not been released yet. In total, NHA has seen 399 COVID-19 cases, with 373 of those cases recovered as of Oct. 28. There are currently 16 new cases and 23 active cases, and three deaths have also been confirmed in the north. As of Oct. 28 Northern Health reports 32 people ever hospitalized to date and one currently in intensive care. With files from Clare Rayment Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News
A final debate between Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff has been cancelled after Perdue dropped out, saying he would attend a campaign rally with President Donald Trump instead. The cancellation was announced Thursday night, a day after Perdue and Ossoff met for a bitter second debate in Savannah in which Ossoff slammed Perdue as a “crook” who downplayed the coronavirus pandemic. Perdue, who is seeking a second term, denied the accusation.
First lady Melania Trump made her first joint campaign appearance of the year with her husband, President Donald Trump, at a rally in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican's pathway to another term. (Oct. 29)
He loved Calabogie and hockey, and now his considerable contributions will be remembered at one of Calabogie’s most treasured community hubs. Greater Madawaska council has approved the renaming of the Calabogie Outdoor Rink to Dan O’Neill Arena after the late philanthropist Dan O’Neill, who passed away due to a heart attack in May this year. “Dan O’Neill has been instrumental in getting us going on building the roof (of the arena) and has been a great contributor throughout the years. In appreciation for all that he’s done, as well as many other contributors, the rink committee has made a request of council that the rink be named after him,” said Mayor Brian Hunt. Council unanimously supported the decision. “He loved hockey so much,” said Dan’s wife Lise. Asked how her late husband would have reacted to the news, she said, “Dan was really shy, but I actually think he would think it was cool. He had a good time making it happen.” O’Neill explained her husband’s involvement with the arena. “The mayor came over to the cottage with Joanne Leclaire. They asked Dan for help with the (Raise the Roof Golf Tournament) fundraising,” she said. “It was perfect timing. It was local, he was finished travelling for work, so he was really happy to start this project. It was doable for a retired guy,” said Lise. Dan had worked for various companies, including Molson Brewery (as CEO), Campbell Soup Company, H.J. Heinz and SC Johnson. He took over fundraising efforts for Canada’s national women’s hockey team and personally donated $500,000, becoming the largest single private donor to support the players during two Olympic Games, including the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. “He really believed in supporting sports at all levels. He was very private about his contributions. I don’t think I really knew everything until after he died,” said his daughter Jennifer O’Neill. After Dan passed away, the Calabogie rink project was still $20,000 away from its fundraising goals. Dan’s son D'Arcy promptly started a GoFundMe page for his father, which eventually raised more than $55,000. Proceeds from the fundraiser paid off the Calabogie rink project, as well as allowing for donations to Dan’s alma mater Carleton University’s hockey team and $5,000 to the food bank in Arnprior. “Calabogie is close to our heart. The whole community he really loved, it was his home. It’s so great for that community to have a covered rink. It was an important project for him for sure,” said Jennifer. One of Lise’s favourite memories is when Dan made a skating rink for their grandchildren in Colorado. “It was hard to make a rink because the house was on a hill,” Lise said. “They would play hockey (at night) with headlamps on in our backyard. All the other adults were thrilled because he was out on the rink keeping the kids going.” “I miss him a lot, but I’m also thankful. I had a great ride, a great life with him. Things were always a lot better than they otherwise would have been if he was there,” she said.Yona Harvey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Smiths Falls Record News
Alberta broke another record on Thursday with 4,921 active cases of COVID-19 reported.The province logged 477 new cases, continuing a trend that has seen the daily total average more than 450 new cases for more than a week.Five more deaths were reported on Thursday. They involved: * a man in his 40s from the South zone * a woman in her 80s linked to the outbreak in Agecare Skypointe in the Calgary zone * a man in his 90s from the Calgary zone who was not a resident in continuing care. * a man in his 90s linked to the outbreak at Mount Royal Revera in the Calgary zone.On Thursday, 130 people were being treated in Alberta hospitals for COVID-19, including 18 in ICU beds.Symptom list changes Starting Monday, the COVID-19 symptom list for Albertans under the age of 18 is changing. Runny nose and sore throat will be removed from the list of symptoms that require mandatory isolation for children."When we developed the symptoms checklist, we did so with the utmost of caution, with the information available at the time, and with an intent to prevent widespread transmission in schools," Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said Thursday at a news conference."As with all of our public health measures, we developed the list knowing that we would revise our approach if needed, based on new evidence and learnings from other jurisdictions."The changes to the symptom list, Hinshaw said, are intended to get children and teenagers back into child care or classrooms as quickly and safely as possible, while minimizing the risk of COVID-19.In the last week, she said, more than 3,400 children and youth who were tested for COVID-19 reported having a sore throat. Just over 700 of them had a sore throat as their only symptom, and less than one per cent of their tests came back positive.More than 3,300 children were tested with a runny nose, about 600 of them who had a runny nose and no other symptoms. Less than 0.5 per cent of those tested positive for COVID-19."This shows us that these symptoms by themselves are very poor indicators of whether a child has the virus," Hinshaw said. "Based on our data so far, the risk that a child with just one of these symptoms has COVID is even lower if that child is not known to be a close contact of someone with COVID-19."The change only applies to those who have not had exposure to a known case of the illness, she said.'More targeted checklist'The province will also shift toward what Hinshaw called a "more targeted checklist" that takes into account the total number of symptoms a child has.Any child who has even one of the core isolation symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, or a new core isolation symptom of a loss of taste or smell, will still have to isolate for 10 days, she said, or have a negative test result and resolved symptoms before resuming activities.But starting on Monday, if a child has only one of any of the other symptoms on the list, they should stay home and monitor for 24 hours."If their symptom is improving after 24 hours, testing is not necessary and they can return to normal activities when they feel well enough," Hinshaw said.For children with two or more symptoms on the list, testing will still be recommended and they should stay home until symptoms go away or they test negative."Once again, we are acting on the evidence, which shows that any one of these symptoms individually is a poor indicator that a child has COVID-19," she said. "However, two or more symptoms increases the risk and so changes the approach that we need to take."Alberta's changes align with similar ones made in B.C., Ontario and Quebec, she said. "I believe this is a step forward for parents, teachers and child-care operators."The new checklist applies for all activities that children engage in, Hinshaw said, including sports cohorts, child care and school.The change does not include adults because the province is seeing different symptom trends among adults, she said.Latest numbersThe regional breakdown of active cases on Thursday was: * Edmonton zone: 2,277, an increase of 22 from the day before. * Calgary zone: 1,879, an increase of 91 from the day before. * North zone: 325, an increase of one from the day before. * South zone: 256, the same as the day before. * Central zone: 162, an increase of two from the day before. * Unknown: 22, a decrease of two from the day before.
The Nova Scotia government isn't ready to allow public access to schools after hours because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but plans are in the works to change that."Our focus has been on getting back to school and making sure that's going smoothly, and now we're in a position where we can look at enhancing access," said Education Minister Zach Churchill."We'll have more to say early next week on that, on what that looks like specifically."Churchill said having schools open after hours has been a bigger challenge for the government. The primary obstacle is having enough cleaning staff to sanitize schools after hours.Nowhere to go as winter approachesThom Oomen, a member of an adult indoor soccer league in Inverness County, said a decision from the province can't come soon enough. He said with winter coming, people living in rural areas need better access to indoor recreation facilities."This year we've been playing outside, obviously, and we've switched to weekends and we're trying our best, but the temperatures are dropping," Oomen told CBC Radio's Information Morning Cape Breton.Oomen and his team typically use the gymnasium at Dalbrae Academy in Mabou during the winter months.Rural areas have fewer indoor spacesHe said people living in rural areas have little or no access to gyms and other indoor recreational pursuits.For example, he said, Inverness County used to offer yoga, tai chi, painting, knitting, volleyball, basketball and badminton, among other programs."Cities have soccer domes and rec centres, yoga studios and that kind of stuff. And in Inverness County, all we have is our schools," said Oomen."The same thing is true in Richmond and Victoria and parts of [Cape Breton Regional Municipality], too, and really all across the province."In addition, he said, some rural schools house the community library and they are also closed to the public.Oomen works in a community setting for people with developmental disabilities and said he understands the need for pandemic health restrictions."I work for L'Arche Cape Breton, so I do not want to see COVID spreading in Nova Scotia and risking my friends at L'Arche and myself and my family, but I think we have to be honest," he said."The Atlantic Bubble and Nova Scotia have done really well with COVID ... it's not spreading in the community like it is in Ontario and Quebec and other parts of the country."Public health isn't just about COVID. It's about physical activity and reducing the chances of disease."Oomen and his soccer league have reached out to politicians and Education Department officials and are promoting a Facebook page called Reopen Rural Community Schools Nova Scotia to raise awareness and get the rules changed.MORE TOP STORIES
Although it’s small, the Township of Uxbridge is seeing an increase in COVID-19 case numbers. By press time on Tuesday evening, the town had four active cases, one requiring hospitalization. This increase is contributing to the rising Durham numbers that have the province on alert. Earlier this week, Premier Doug Ford said the provincial government is “keeping an eye on Halton and Durham” regions before requiring them to regress to a modified Stage 2. On Sunday, the province hit a new record for the highest single-day increase in positive COVID-19 cases, worrying many that it was on another uptick. However, Monday saw another downturn, logging about 200 fewer cases than the day prior, with 851 single-day positives results. Premier Ford says he will “cheer on” all regions before locking them down again, hoping to encourage everyone to do their part to help lower the case counts. Health Minister Christine Elliot notes that this surge in cases is likely due to gatherings over the Thanksgiving weekend. The holiday occurred at the same time as Toronto, York, Peel and Ottawa regions were further locked down. Minister Elliot notes “we still have to wait to see the effects of the provisions” and that this increase in cases does not accurately represent the result of adding those further restrictions. During Monday’s council meeting, Mayor Dave Barton opened the meeting by encouraging the community to “all do our part to keep this curve flat.” Barton also noted that, after speaking with Public Health and other townships, it appears that the virus is not being highly spread in restaurants and public locations, but rather in private residences where people are gathering with friends and family outside of their bubble, and not taking proper safety precautions. Social distancing remains a strict safety recommendation, along with face coverings in public spaces.Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos
Pennsylvania residents in both parties say they are motivated to vote in the presidential election following unrest in the aftermath of the police shooting death of Walter Wallace Jr. (Oct 29)
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