Fourth time’s the charm for Adrian Olmstead from Blenheim, Ont., who burst into tears after he discovered he was a $70 million Lotto Max winner.
Ana Liza Ochotorena didn't know her father's birthday in May would be his last. No one did. Her oldest son, Daniel, even paid for food to be delivered to his grandparents' place in metro Manila for his papa's 74th birthday celebration. The last time Ana Liza saw her father, Manuel Paz, was six years ago when she travelled from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Manila City for a vacation. She struggles to find words knowing that she can't go back home now. "My father, he's alway on my heart and he's always on my prayer," she said in a Labrador Morning interview.Little did they know that a few months after Manuel's birthday, they would be grieving for a man they say is the reason they're in Canada. It all happened so quickly.Manuel's younger daughter, Khaty Balaan, and her family, who also live in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, are still in shock. "It's hard to believe that my father pass away because of the COVID-19. It's hard to accept, but I'm trying to accept what's going on for that," she said, noting there are thousands of cases in the Philippines. Ana Liza says her father would go to the mall to get food for himself and their mother, Lydia, who isn't able to walk due to health issues. Then Lydia started feeling unwell, and about two weeks later, the couple went to hospital after having difficulty breathing.Ana Liza says her father lost his appetite and his ability to walk. He was admitted into the ICU immediately to be intubated, while Lydia was put into an isolated room as her condition wasn't as severe.Manuel died at hospital about a week later, on Aug. 27.His wife is at home recovering.Grieving far away Daniel, 27, remembers his grandfather being active and always telling jokes.He hadn't seen his grandfather since he left the Philippines to come to Labrador eight years ago, and he was on vacation when he got the call that his grandparents were in hospital. "I was so shocked they got the COVID-19. I just, like, keep on praying both of them survive, they recover," he said.He says his grandfather waved and looked strong on a video call.> I cannot express my sadness. I want her to be strong. To recover from that COVID virus. \- Ana Liza OchotorenaA couple of days later, Daniel heard the sad news. "I thought it was like, 'No, he's not going to pass away. He was strong the last time I seen him.' Like, I don't belive that it's happening, that he's gone," he said.Ana Liza is grateful to doctors and nurses who let them see their father via the video call right up until his final breath. Khaty says the manager of the Canex grocery store, where she works, was supportive."It's hard to work when your mind is over in the Philippines. I'm trying to work, but need to be strong for our family over here," she said, adding that they feel blessed to live in Labrador at a time when COVID-19 is hitting other provinces hard. "COVID is real. It is not a joke. Take the precautions not to spread the virus. Love your family. Be careful," said Khaty's husband, Andreo. The families are trying to stay positive, drawing strength from each other, but it's also difficult being so far away from home, said Ana Liza."We want to go to the Philippines but we're not allowed to go. It's very hard. It's a lot of sacrifice being here in an isolated place," Ana Liza said. About $10,000 in medical expenses is another burden on the family's shoulders, and Ana Liza says they still don't have her father's ashes. The family needs to complete a death certificate and they're waiting for the hospital to provide details so they can settle the bill from a half a world away, and it's all the more difficult because Manila is in lockdown, which means no funeral for their father either.The family has been raising money by selling items online, holding yard sales, even borrowing money from relatives. Kitchen staff at the Manila hospital helped with donations to offset some the costs while their employers in Labrador have also contributed money, much to the family's gratitude.Keeping spirits up Lydia is at her home in Manila, where she's been recovering from the coronavirus in isolation. Ana Liza calls her frequently to make sure she's OK, and buys her much-needed items like Lysol online, because other family members in Manila can't visit her due to the lockdown.> COVID is real, it is not a joke. Take the precautions not to spread the virus. Love your family. - Andreo BalaanHer mother said after she came home from the hospital, people were scared of her. Ana Liza says her mother told her, "'I feel like I'm condemned by the people. I have a great sin because of having that coronavirus,'" she said. "That's why she was crying."Still, their mother is strong and funny despite having lost her husband and is now alone. Ana Liza says she tried to bring her parents to Labrador but her mother was ill at the time and wasn't up for making the move.Ana Liza and Khaty now want to bring their mother to Labrador, especially now that their older sister, who lives in the Philippines, is going to the U.S. and there won't be anyone there to take care of their mother. They say Lydia's last checkup shows that she tested negative for COVID-19, and is now clear of the virus. A loving father One of the hardest parts for Daniel is not being able to keep a promise he made to his grandfather. He told his papa that he wanted to go home to visit him this year, before COVID-19 made that impossible. It's all the more painful for him, because he was raised by his grandparents while his mother was working away from home. "This is like a promise that I'm going to visit him, and spend time with him, but I couldn't do it no more. He's gone. Until now I can't believe he's gone," he said.At one point, Ana Liza worried she wouldn't be able to get passports for her children to travel with her to Canada in time, but her father helped, reassuring her that everything would be OK. "He's a very thoughtful father. We are grateful and thankful for him for everything. That's why we're in Canada because of him," Ana Liza said. "He is our inspiration, a loving father," she said. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
An estimated $10-billion liquefied natural gas project proposed for Guysborough County is slowly pressing ahead, despite opposition from an international group of environmentalists.This week, Pieridae Energy said it expects to have detailed design and costs for the Goldboro LNG plant by next spring, and it awarded a contract to Black Diamond Group of Calgary for construction of a camp that would house up to 5,000 workers who will build the Goldboro LNG plant, if it goes ahead.That deal includes hiring Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw companies to provide catering and cleaning services at the camp.However, also this week, a gathering of international environmental groups asked the German government to withdraw a loan guarantee backing the plant.Ken Summers of the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition said the proposal should be scrapped because LNG plants are notoriously large polluters."If this project were to go ahead, Nova Scotia's greenhouse gas emission targets would be gone out the window," he said.Nova Scotia's emission targets have been met since they were first set a decade ago, Summers said, but an LNG plant would reverse any gains in greenhouse gas emissions."If this project were to come online, we would vastly increase them," he said. The province's cap-and-trade system allows large emitters to acquire emission capacity from other companies that are below their targets, but Summers said he doesn't know how an LNG plant would fit into Nova Scotia's plans."There are no offsets available for a company the size of Pieridae, as a new emitter," he said. "It's just not possible."I don't know what the government has in mind. It's a mystery to those of us who watch it closely."Summers also said Pieridae would have to use gas acquired through hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in order to meet its supply needs.James Millar, director of external relations for Pieridae, said that's not true. In fact, he said, a provision of the German loan guarantee precludes the use of fracked gas.Millar said Pieridae's largest customer is Uniper, a German company looking for a 20-year supply of natural gas to ease the reliance on supply from Russia."The German government has been a great partner since the beginning," he said.Millar said Pieridae is still negotiating with the province to meet potential emission targets under Nova Scotia's cap-and-trade system."It can be something along the lines of a partnership with Nova Scotia Power ... retiring their coal fleet and then there's more room for other companies," he said.Environment Minister Gordon Wilson said making room for a large emitter such as an LNG plant would make meeting emission reduction targets "challenging," but greenhouse gas emissions overall are coming down."It's a moving target, but we'll always look at opportunities to reduce and again hold those targets," he said.Millar also said a recent deal signed with engineering firm Bechtel Corp will provide Pieridae with detailed design and costing next spring that is the last piece of the puzzle needed to make the final investment decision on the project.He said Pieridae has signed a benefits agreement with Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq that will mean the inclusion of Indigenous workers and companies when it comes to construction of the plant.Membertou First Nation Chief Terry Paul said the Mi'kmaq welcome the LNG development.There are always concerns about the potential environmental impacts, he said, but the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Chiefs has been working on a deal with Pieridae for a long time."Discussions on that have been going on for a number of years and a lot of the concerns that the chiefs had, and the communities had, have been mitigated, so we look forward to a good relationship with them," Paul said.MORE TOP STORIES
Shia LaBeouf has been charged with misdemeanour battery and petty theft. Prosecutors allege that the 34-year-old actor fought with a man named Tyler Murphy and took his hat, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday from the Los Angeles city attorney. A representative for LaBeouf did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
TORONTO — The Ontario government announced Friday a slate of new measures meant to stem a surge in COVID-19 cases in the province. Here's a look at some of what's coming: FACE COVERINGS EVERYWHERE For the first time, the government is mandating face coverings in public places throughout the province. Such measures had previously been left up to municipalities, with Premier Doug Ford saying a one-size-fits-all approach didn't make sense in such a vast province. The province says masks will be mandatory in places such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions, including corrections and developmental services. POP THE SOCIAL BUBBLE — MAYBE A news release from the government says it is "pausing social circles" and suggesting that all Ontarians only have close contact with those who live in the same household. It says people should maintain a two-metre physical distance from everyone else. Those who live alone, it says, can consider having close contact with another household. But at a news conference Friday, Ford declined to go that far, saying people should shrink their circles as much as possible. DROP-IN TESTING NO MORE COVID-19 assessment centres will stop offering walk-in testing starting Sunday, and in an effort to cut down on a backlog of 90,000 untested swabs, will start offering tests again by appointment-only on Tuesday. HOT SPOT-SPECIFIC RESTRICTIONS The province is restricting the number of people able to participate in some indoor activities in Toronto, neighbouring Peel Region and Ottawa, which for weeks have been the epicentres of COVID-19 cases. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs will be limited to the number of patrons who can maintain at least two metres of physical distancing from every other patron, with a hard cap at 100. No more than six people will be allowed at a table, and each patron must give their name and contact information for optimal physical distancing. Group exercise classes at gyms will be capped at 10 people, and the total number of people in fitness settings will be limited to 50. At meeting and event facilities — such as banquet halls — there will be a cap of 50 people, with only six people allowed at each table. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2020. The Canadian Press
During an exchange in the House of Commons during Friday's Question Period, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner asked about COVID-19 testing backlogs in Ontario and Quebec, addressing a lack of rapid testing. Liberal MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health Darren Fisher answered by stating the federal government had designated $4 billion toward increasing provincial coronavirus testing capacity, and has ordered 7.9 million rapid COVID-19 tests.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, warned the public that as many areas continue to see high COVID-19 infection rates, local public health, health care and laboratory services are “at risk of being overwhelmed."
With 45 temporary foreign workers in isolation across the region, local politicians say they're trying to reopen the city's migrant worker isolation and recovery centre as the facility's contract ended Wednesday. Funding for the Canadian Red Cross to operate Windsor's isolation centre ran out this week and, while the city has decided it will continue operating the facility, it is still looking for continued federal support.Pressure is mounting to secure a federal government commitment as the need to isolate migrant workers resurfaced on the weekend, with two dozen more people requiring shelter, bringing the current number to 45. According to chief of staff Andrew Teliszewsky, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens had a meeting with Canada's Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair on Friday about funding. "We left that meeting feeling very positive that the minister and the federal government would come to the table," Teliszewsky said. "We're hopeful that we'll have confirmation shortly." Teliszewsky confirmed to CBC News that the city wasn't able to place the temporary foreign workers in isolation at the Holiday Inn over the weekend as federal funding to run the isolation centre out of the hotel would run out prior to the completion of the workers' two-week quarantine period. As a result the workers are isolating elsewhere in the region, though Teliszewsky could not confirm where. He said the workers are being looked after by farm owners and through privately-raised funding. He also could not confirm how long the isolation centre, located at the Holiday Inn on Huron Church Road, has sat empty. If funding is approved, it's unclear if the hotel would continue to be the designated isolation centre. City seeks 'equitable treatment'In a letter to the federal government on Sept. 24, the provincial government said it would also like to see "continued federal assistance." "Continued federal support for an isolation site for farm workers living on farms will ensure that all farm workers in Ontario and their communities remain healthy and safe," reads part of the letter to the deputy minister of health Stephen Lucas and the deputy minister of public safety, Rod Stewart. Teliszewsky said the city is looking for "equitable treatment" as the federal government recently announced $13.9 million in funding for a 12-month isolation centre in Toronto. "We're basically looking at them [to acknowledge] that Windsor and Essex County have a unique need as a result of the the migrant farm workers and this isn't news to the federal government, given all of the attention to this issue over the course of the summer," he said."So if they're prepared to cough up money for the City of Toronto, we're hopeful that the City of Windsor is also on their radar."Brian Masse, the NDP MP for Windsor West, is also advocating for more federal support on this issue saying that, "there's no doubt that the City of Windsor needs to be supported with regards to the isolation centre and migrant worker supports ... the migrant situation needs to be improved and this is part of the solution."Despite harvest season coming to an end, national representative with the United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada Santiago Escobar said there are still thousands who live in the area year-round. "It's important that we welcome the initiative that the city will be in charge of these facilities ... to centralize and especially ... when it comes to fighting COVID," Escobar said, adding what the industry went through in the first wave could have been prevented had these accommodations been in place earlier. Justine Taylor, the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers' science and government relations manager, said they want to see the centre be supported in case of a second wave. "As we begin to head into the second wave its really important to ensure that we have a regional response plan in place to effectively manage any new outbreaks that might arise," she said.
The man deemed the kingpin of a western Canadian drug-trafficking ring and his "right-hand man" were handed lengthy prison sentences last month, says a judgment filed in Manitoba's Court of Queen's Bench.Mohammed Khan of Vancouver and Mason Burg of Winnipeg both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic cocaine, says Justice Chris Martin's judgment, dated Sept. 24.Khan was sentenced to nine years in prison. When his time in custody is taken into account, that comes out to just over six years.Meanwhile, Burg was given a six-and-a-half-year sentence; with time in custody considered, his remaining sentence is just over three years, seven months.Khan, who investigators said ran the smuggling and distribution operation, also pleaded guilty to extortion. He was handed another nine months for pleading guilty to that charge, which will be served at the same time as the rest of his sentence.The police investigation, which spanned 10 months and involved five forces, determined drugs were flowing into Winnipeg by semi-truck from British Columbia. Deals were then made at truck stops in Headingley, or in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant, police said in late 2018, when they announced the charges against Khan, then 39, and Burg, 24 at the time, along with several others.Khan and Burg were headed to trial on a joint indictment that included other charges that were stayed in a plea deal. Those charges included possession of cocaine and ketamine for the purposes of trafficking, possession of cash knowing it was derived from criminal activity and possession of a loaded restricted firearm, the judgment says. Khan was also charged with additional firearm offences. 13 arrested in drug bustKhan and Burg were among 13 people arrested as part of a 2018 bust police dubbed Project Riverbank, which saw the seizure of nearly $3 million worth of drugs and other property — including a semi-truck — and the interruption of a major criminal network, police said.Ten of those people, including Khan and Burg, were arrested in a single "takedown" day, while three others were arrested shortly after, the judgment says. Of the 13, most of the accused pleaded guilty, Justice Martin's judgment says. One person's charges were stayed, while one other went to trial.Five of those who pleaded guilty, including a pair of Winnipeggers who oversaw a distribution network selling drugs that arrived in the city by semi-trailer, are serving multi-year sentences behind bars.Khan and Burg elected for a provincial court trial in March 2019. But months later, the Crown pursued a direct indictment, which moved the trial process to the higher Court of Queen's Bench.The judgment last month was meant to deal with an application by defence counsel that included three motions.One of those motions asked that prosecutors disclose what materials they sent to the director of public prosecutions, the deputy attorney general of Canada and/or the deputy attorney general of Manitoba to get a direct indictment.A second asked that the direct indictment be quashed, arguing it constituted an abuse of process and violated the defendants' Charter rights.But Martin wasn't swayed by those claims."Essentially, defence counsel accused Crown counsel of deliberate misfeasance or, at minimum, a serious ethical lapse," Martin wrote. "These claims were never justified. Vigorously advocating on behalf of a client is one thing; lightly tossing out irresponsible insinuations is entirely another. It is unacceptable advocacy."Motions dismissedThe defence's third motion asked for a stay of proceedings or bail, saying the defendants' Charter rights to be tried within a reasonable time were breached.Martin noted the "unwieldy" list of roughly two dozen pre-trial or Charter applications brought in by the defence, and said he found the time required to prosecute the case fell within "an acceptable, tolerable range."He dismissed the defendants' applications to get rid of the direct indictment and have a stay of proceedings entered, finding the Crown's actions were justified under the "unique circumstances" of the case, the judgment says.When Martin announced that decision at application hearings on Sept. 14, the court took a break before it was scheduled to hear the 15 pre-trial applications brought by the defence.Twenty minutes later, counsel announced the plea bargain that included a joint sentencing recommendation for the pair, the judgment says.At that point, the remaining pre-trial applications were abandoned, the judgment says, though the plea arrangement leaves open the possibility of appealing the decision.
Five pigs fell out of a truck on Highway 401 outside of Kingston Friday morning, and Good Samaritans helped the animals back to safety, say police.Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said in a news release the Lennox and Addington detachment responded to a report of "pigs falling out of a tractor trailer" at about 7:30 a.m., entering Highway 401 eastbound from County Road 4.Darren Pruner, president of the animal rescue group Second Chance Ranch in Odessa, Ont., said he got a call about the pigs this morning, and drove over to see if he could help. He said when he got there, he saw two pigs on County Road 4."We went and got our horse trailer," said Pruner. After loading them on there, Pruner said he went and found two more pigs on the on-ramp going into Highway 401. > It needed to be done so we went and did it. \- Darren Pruner, Second Chance Ranch"[I saw] a policeman with a rope around the pigs neck," he described the scene. "We were told there's one more down the 401. So we [went] down ... and got the last pig loaded up. That's about all the excitement." He said staff from CoCo Paving Inc., also helped police corral the pigs.Not a typical morning"This is not something that we run across normally at all," said Pruner, chuckling. The closest thing, he said, is his neighbour's potbelly pig down the road that runs back and forth to eat apples."It was a rainy morning, definitely not something we planned on doing. It needed to be done so we went and did it." Pruner said one pig looked "quite injured," with a "little bit of a road rash." He said they wrapped it in a blanket and carried it to the horse trailer. OPP said in the news release that the five pigs were not seriously injured.Pruner said they helped take the pigs to the original truck driver. OPP said the driver of the truck was charged with having an insecure load under the Highway Traffic Act.
WASHINGTON, Wash. — The perils of America's fractured, partisan approach to the COVID-19 pandemic finally caught up Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump, now infected with the very virus that for months has threatened to end his tumultuous tenure in the White House. Trump delivered the news via Twitter early Friday morning, saying both he and wife Melania had tested positive ⏤ a revelation greeted around the world with shock if not surprise, given the president's apparent disdain for basic precautions. World leaders responded with a tide of best wishes and speedy-recovery sentiments, an about-face from the angst that greeted Trump's explosive debate performance just four days ago. The diagnosis, doubtless a major setback for Trump's scramble to catch Democrat challenger Joe Biden before the Nov. 3 election, offers a dramatic reminder about the risks of campaigning during a pandemic. "Obviously, there is an election going on in the United States where the stances or approaches on COVID-19 have been a polarized political issue," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging Trump and Melania to get well quickly. "In Canada, we've been extremely lucky that it has not ⏤ that there has been a concerted effort, across orders of government, across political parties, to work together to be there for Canadians and to get this virus under control. "We're certainly going to continue with that in Canada," he added, "and we recommend it as a path for people all around the world." The president and Melania are both experiencing "mild symptoms," said White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, himself having tested negative, as a frenzied cascade of impromptu contact-tracing efforts unspooled on cable news networks. Friday's news came hours after the White House confirmed that Hope Hicks, one of the president's closest and most trusted advisers, had tested positive for COVID-19 after several days spent travelling in close quarters with the commander-in-chief. As the supper hour approached, following reports that Trump's "mild symptoms" included a fever, the Sikorsky Sea King helicopter designated Marine One was parked on the south lawn, waiting to transport the president to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. "President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day," press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the president will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days." Leaders in B.C. and Saskatchewan, two provinces embroiled in election campaigns of their own, sought to demonstrate Friday that the democratic process can indeed unfold safely, albeit differently, amid COVID-19. Campaigning can be done "without the glitz and the glamour of big rallies and people waving signs, and so on," said B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan. Horgan's Liberal rival Andrew Wilkinson said he has been plying the campaign trail in a separate vehicle, and ensures he wears a mask off-camera and that staff members gather only in small groups. "This is our duty … to make sure that we are maintaining a healthy working environment through the campaign," Wilkinson said. Canada's provincial leaders also have an inherent advantage in terms of scale, said Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe. "We are in a truck, not in a plane. We are staying in one province, not travelling across the nation," he said. "We are not holding large rallies, we are limiting the number of people at each of our events and we are physically distancing, as you can see at each of our events." With the virus inside the West Wing's perimeter, the day-to-day operations of the Trump administration writ large will also be tested, said Brett Bruen, a consultant and former U.S. diplomat who worked as an adviser in the Obama White House. "There is a serious risk right now of having a significant portion of the White House staff and the staff of the National Security Council off the field," Bruen said. "That also raises a lot of serious questions about the leadership of the United States and the dangers for our country." Vice-President Mike Pence, who would be first in line to take over on an acting basis should the president be unable to discharge his duties, has tested negative, along with his wife Karen. With Trump in quarantine, Monday's vice-presidential debate between Pence and Biden running mate Sen. Kamala Harris will now surely be seen in a different, more urgent light, said former Ohio state senator Capri Cafaro. "People always say vice-presidential picks are often chosen for political purposes or for calculus on the Electoral College," said Cafaro, who's now executive in residence at the American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. "This vice-presidential debate is absolutely going to be seen as, 'Is this undercard debate really the main event.'" Ontario Premier Doug Ford, whose perspective on Trump has evolved from largely supportive to sternly critical over the course of the pandemic, joined the chorus of well-wishers as only he can. "Everyone knows I've had my differences with President Trump; I've called him out, but believe me, I wouldn't want this to happen to my worst enemy," Ford said. "We may have our political differences, but it's no time — let's put it aside." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2020. ⏤ With files from Kelly Geraldine Malone in Moose Jaw, Sask., Amy Smart in Squamish, B.C., Elizabeth Leighton in Vancouver and Shawn Jeffords in Toronto. James McCarten, The Canadian Press
LOS ANGELES — Harvey Weinstein was charged Friday with the rape of two more women. The former movie mogul now faces 11 sexual assault counts involving five women in California as he serves prison time in New York, Los Angeles County prosecutors said. Weinstein was charged with three new counts of rape and three new counts of forcible oral copulation involving two women, the district attorney's office said. An amended criminal complaint alleges that Weinstein raped one woman at a hotel in Beverly Hills between September 2004 and September 2005, and raped another woman twice between November 2009 and November 2010 at a Beverly Hills hotel. Weinstein spokesman Juda Engelmayer said in response to the charges that “Harvey Weinstein has always maintained that every one of his physical encounters throughout his entire life have been consensual. That hasn’t changed. At this moment we cannot comment on the additional charges until we learn more about them.” The 68-year-old Weinstein is serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York after convictions in February for rape and sexual assault against two women. Prosecutors in Los Angeles have begun the process of extraditing him to face charges, but agreed last month to delay attempts to bring him to California because of the coronavirus pandemic. Weinstein was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year while serving time in a maximum-security prison near Buffalo, New York. His next extradition hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11. In California, Weinstein was first charged with rape in January, just as his trial was beginning in New York. More counts were added in April. He now stands charged with four counts of rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force. The counts involve five women and stem from events in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills spanning the years 2004 to 2013. The combined charges could bring a maximum of 140 years in prison. The charges came from a task force established by District Attorney Jackie Lacey to investigate sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry after the initial wave of allegations against Weinstein in media outlets in the fall of 2017 gave force to the #MeToo movement. The task force had little to show for its work in its first two years, taking on more than 20 cases involving major entertainment figures but declining to file charges in most of them. This year, however, the task force has brought rape and sexual assault charges against Weinstein, porn performer Ron Jeremy, and film producer David Guillod in a joint operation with Santa Barbara County. The district attorney's office also recently brought rape charges against “That '70s Show” actor Danny Masterson, though that investigation predated the task force. Jeremy, Guillod and Masterson have all denied the allegations and are awaiting trial. ___ Associated Press Writer Michael R. Sisak contributed to this report from New York. ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton. Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press
Recent developments: What's the latest?Ottawa's medical officer of health told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning the city's health-care system is in the midst of a crisis because of the growing number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. WATCH | Ottawa's health-care system on the verge of collapse:Ottawa has set another one-day record with 142 new COVID-19 cases, Etches said during an update later Friday morning. The previous high was 105.COVID-19 testing in Ontario is moving to an appointment-only model starting Tuesday.The province is lowering capacity at gyms, restaurants and event spaces in Ottawa, Toronto and Peel, and is repeating the message to limit close contacts to household members, effectively cancelling the previous strategy of social circles.How many cases are there?As of the most recent Ottawa Public Health update on Friday, 4,530 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. That includes 767 known active cases, 3,472 resolved cases and 291 deaths.Overall, public health officials have reported more than 6,800 cases of COVID-19 across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 5,300 of those cases considered resolved.COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 34 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario. What's open and closed?Health officials are telling people to see fewer people in person or they will be forced to by stricter rules.Ottawa's medical officer of health said Wednesday there's been an "alarming" increase of positive COVID-19 tests, urging residents to cut almost entirely back on close contact with people they don't live with or risk letting the illness spiral out of control.Western Quebec's health unit says residents need to stop gathering until the end of October or, like Montreal and Quebec, it will go into the final level of its alert system and they won't be allowed to see anyone they don't live with.Private, unmonitored gatherings across Ontario are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.Western Quebec is in orange alert, which means private and organized gathering limits, earlier closing hours for restaurants and recommendations against travelling to other regions.WATCH | What red alert means in Quebec:Ottawa and Kingston, Ont., public health officials are ordering anyone with symptoms or who has been identified as a close contact of someone who's tested positive to immediately self-isolate or face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in court.Kingston has also tightened its distancing rules in city parks and increased fines.Ottawa has closed the McNabb Arena respite centre for people without housing and has expanded services at nearby support centres.As of Monday, visitors to long-term care homes in Ottawa will be restricted to staff, essential visitors and one or two caregivers only.What about schools?There have been nearly 120 schools in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff or student, most of them in Ottawa.Not all of them have had outbreaks, which are declared by a health unit in Ontario when there's a reasonable chance someone who has tested positive caught COVID-19 during a school activity.Many school boards have a list of affected schools.Ontario updated its COVID-19 screening protocols for children Thursday, no longer telling them to isolate and get tested if they have just a runny nose, headache, sore throat, fatigue or diarrhea.They'll still be asked to stay home, but can return after at least 24 hours if they feel better.Some health units tweak the province's guidelines, so check with the unit in your area. OPH says it will use the province's rules.WATCH | How the pandemic is changing school lunch breaks:Distancing and isolatingThe novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.People can be contagious without symptoms.This means precautions such as working from home, keeping your hands and frequently-touched surfaces clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible and keeping distance from anyone you don't live with, including when you have a mask on.Masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in all of Ontario and Quebec, including transit services and taxis in some areas.Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can't stay the proper distance from others.Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible. Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days if they have not had a fever for at least 48 hours and has had no other symptom for at least 24 hours.What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.Getting tested any sooner than five days after potential exposure may not be useful since the virus may not yet be detectable, says OPH.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Where to get testedWait times and lines have been long at many of the area's test sites, though they have been better this week.There have also been delays processing tests at laboratories. Ontario's testing backlog reached an all-time high Thursday.Ontario health officials have said they're trying to add more test capacity and are requiring an appointment for all tests as of Tuesday.In eastern Ontario:The Ontario government recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, or if you've been told to by your health unit or the province because of your work.Most of Ottawa's testing happens at one of four permanent sites, with additional mobile sites wherever demand is particularly high.A test clinic is expected to open at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orléans, likely by mid-October.People without symptoms, but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy, can make an appointment at select Ottawa pharmacies.WATCH | The National's At Issue on the second wave:In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, there are drive-thru centres in Casselman and Limoges and a walk-up site in Hawkesbury that doesn't require people to call ahead.Its medical officer of health says the Casselman centre will be moved to reduce its impact on traffic.Others in Alexandria, Rockland, Cornwall and Winchester require an appointment.In Kingston, the city's test site is now at the Beechgrove Complex near King Street West and Portsmouth Avenue.Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.People can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville, Picton or Trenton by calling the centre. Only Belleville and Trenton run seven days a week and also offer online booking.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit has walk-in sites in Kemptville and Brockville. There are permanent testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment, along with a pop-up site by appointment in Perth today.There is a first-come, first-served site at the Merrickville Community Centre tomorrow.Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor. Those without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.People can also visit the health unit's website to find out where testing clinics will be taking place each week.In western Quebec:Outaouais residents can make an appointment in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond or 617 avenue Buckingham.They can now check the approximate wait time for the Saint-Raymond site.There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.They can call 1-877-644-4545 if they have other questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with symptoms. People without symptoms can also get a test.WATCH | Three Quebec regions now in red alert:First Nations, Inuit and Métis:Akwesasne has had 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases, most linked to a gathering on an island in July.It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only.Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.Inuit in Ottawa can also call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse.For more information
Grace Dawson was looking forward to making memories with her friends on what should have been a once-in-a-lifetime school trip from St. John's, N.L. to New York City.But the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans, cancelling hundreds of trips like Dawson's across the country as a result of border closures and a growing number of cases throughout the United States which now has the world's largest caseload at over seven million."We had a lot of stuff on the itinerary. Some sightseeing, some Broadway shows," Grace Dawson told CBC News on Friday. "Of course I was really sad, but I understand with the pandemic that we had to cancel."Her trip totalled about $2,500 — money she had saved with the addition of a few dollars happily donated by her mom who knows the value of vacation with friends. "I think they would have had a really good time," Renee Dawson, Grace's mother, said. "Much more than with their mom and dad."But with trips now cancelled, parents and students alike are looking for their money back. Renee Dawson said she knew they would get their money back, officially cancelling the trip 51 days ahead of time, but only received a portion of the total — around $600."Some of us had insurance, some of us didn't. We were told and we understood that what wasn't given back to us by Explorica, the travel company, would be covered by the insurance company," Renee Dawson said. Explorica Canada Inc., based out of Toronto, Ont., provides a trip booking service for teachers and schools to plan educational vacations for groups of students to cities around the globe.On its website, the company said it has fulfilled its refund obligations to families, and the rest remains on the shoulders of the insurance companies. Legal actionThousands of people from over 125 schools across the country are also looking for their money back.Travis Payne, a lawyer with Curtis Dawe Lawyers who represents some of the complainants, told CBC News he sent a letter to Explorica Canada Inc. and its insurers Arch Insurance Canada Ltd. and Old Republic Insurance Company of Canada giving them a week to respond to the missing refunds and avoid litigation.But, as of Friday the deadline was missed, and Payne said he's moving forward with a national class-action lawsuit. "I believe its seven schools here in the province with an estimated value of refunds north of a half-million dollars," he said. "Across the country we know of over 125 schools affected. We're still running the numbers, but easily in the thousands of people without money."Payne said each trip has a different value, but estimates roughly between $8 million and $12 million is owed to families across the country. Read more articles from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
China accused the United States on Friday of "fabricating lies" and trying to take the world back to the "jungle age" after Washington blamed Beijing and U.N. agencies for "the murder of millions of baby girls." The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Friday said it regretted the accusations by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, which were made at a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Thursday on the anniversary of a landmark 1995 women's conference. UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem told reporters that any coercion of women was "against our practice and policy."
The first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump for president four years ago cited the coronavirus Thursday as he asked to delay or modify his 26-month prison sentence. Christopher Collins, 70, is supposed to report to a federal prison camp in Pensacola, Florida, on Oct. 13 after pleading guilty last year to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lying to law enforcement officials. A spokesperson for prosecutors declined to comment.
The Ontario government plans to find out whether people are following COVID-19 prevention measures such as physical distancing and wearing a mask — and if not, why not. It's called "health behaviour surveillance," and while that term might sound like it involves the province spying on you, that's not what will be happening. In this case, surveillance means doing surveys. Premier Doug Ford's government will ask questions about people's compliance with public health guidelines to try to better understand some of the behaviours driving Ontario's upsurge in COVID-19 cases. Experts in the field say health behaviour surveillance is crucial work that can help rein in the spread of infections, provided the government does it right. However, they question why the province has waited until the pandemic's second wave has already hit to commence the research. The government plans to start the work this month by surveying representative samples of the population across the province.Good data could help the province understand what actually influences people's behaviours around preventing the spread of COVID-19, said Scott Leatherdale, a professor at the University of Waterloo's School of Public Health and Public Health Systems. "It would be incredibly important to know what's working and how we can learn from that," said Leatherdale, whose specialty is researching the health behaviours of youth. "You can collect high-level insight on what people are doing, why they may be doing it or why they may not be doing it, and some of the knowledge and beliefs that may underpin those decisions.," Leatherdale said in an interview with CBC NewsPeople under age 40 have accounted for a disproportionate number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Ontario since the second wave started building at the end of August.While Ford repeatedly condemned young people for "wild parties" as a source of infections, health officials have suggested lack of fear of the virus, fatigue with pandemic restrictions and a growing number of less-than-wild social gatherings contributed to the spread of cases among that age group. The survey work could shed more light on the factors at play, albeit not quickly enough to halt Ontario's expected trajectory toward an average of 1,000 new cases a day in mid-October. "The health behaviour surveillance initiative would involve conducting research on Ontarians' attitudes towards, barriers associated with, and compliance with public health measures," said a Ministry of Health spokesperson in an email to CBC News. The goal of the research is "obtaining a better understanding of people's adherence" to guidelines on physical distancing, face coverings, social circles and rules on gatherings, said the spokesperson. The ministry said it would obtain "third-party support" to conduct the surveys, but did not indicate what methods would be used for gathering responses.The results would inform the advice that public health experts give the government on adjusting pandemic restrictions, targeting prevention measures to certain groups or locations, or strengthening its messaging to improve compliance. Some of Ontario's public health units already participate in what's called the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS), a mechanism for collecting and analyzing data on health-related attitudes and behaviours. It has developed 100 survey questions related to COVID-19, including on compliance with prevention measures. "If you have sufficient resources, both human and financial, to ask the questions and process the data quickly, these surveys can be done in a number of days," said Michael King, chair of the provincial steering group for RRFSS. "We have been hearing from public health and governmental leaders for months that the only way that we're going to flatten the curve of COVID-19 is to change our behaviours," said King, who works as an epidemiologist with Public Health Sudbury and District."It's really important that we are monitoring the degree to which our communities are undertaking this behaviour change." Adherence to COVID-19 guidelines has been the subject of some national surveys conducted by the Angus Reid Institute.The polling firm reported in August that the younger Canadians are, the less likely they are to follow recommended protocols. Its survey also found some correlation between how people voted in the last federal election and their adherence to public health measures. The experts say getting valid, reliable data requires care, as the pitfalls of surveying health behaviours can be similar to those in political polling, such as loaded questions that would torque the results. "It's quite difficult to get young males to pick up the phone and answer a survey," said King.. "If you're trying to get a representative population sample, that can be incredibly challenging because getting people to get engaged in survey research is hard enough to begin with," added Leatherdale. He said the precise wording of survey questions is important, adding that the surveys should be repeated as time passes to find out whether behaviours are changing."That would be really important if you really want to understand what's happening, and too often that side of things is overlooked," said Leatherdale. "There are teams in Ontario who have the capacity to run with this nationally right now, where data could be collected in real-time rather quickly."
The Republican seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham has outraised the freshman Democrat in the final fundraising quarter before their general election matchup, as both candidates ratchet up their rhetoric in the campaign's closing weeks. Campaign manager Mara Mellstrom told The Associated Press on Thursday that Nancy Mace had raised more than $2.3 million in the fundraising period that ended Wednesday. In a release earlier Thursday, Cunningham's campaign said his third-quarter take brought his overall fundraising to more than $6.1 million in the race.
Pioneering female aeronautical engineer Elsie MacGill is the focus of a new Heritage Minute.Historica Canada released a tribute to MacGill’s influential role in the Second World War on Thursday to mark the first day of Women’s History Month.MacGill was one of the first women admitted to the engineering program at the University of Toronto in 1923, and would earn a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Michigan six years later.The Heritage Minute clip picks up after those achievements, centring on her role at the Canadian Car & Foundry in what is now Thunder Bay. That's where she oversaw the production of more than 1,400 Hawker Hurricane aircraft, some which were flown by Canadian airmen in the Battle of Britain. Her involvement helped earn her the nickname “Queen of the Hurricanes.”The Heritage Minute was written and directed by Scooter Corkle, who also produced a 2019 tribute to Japanese-Canadian baseball team the Vancouver Asahi.--Watch Elsie MacGill's Heritage Minute on YouTube: http://histori.ca/ElsieMacGillThis report by The Canadian Press was first published October 1, 2020. The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly named the university where MacGill earned her master's degree. She graduated from the University of Michigan.
A group of five women in La Paz, Bolivia joined a movement that began in Bolivia last July. They boost the country's culture and promote skateboarding by doing it in traditional dress. (Oct. 1)