Voters went to the polls on Sunday in the Baltic country, where the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy are dominant themes.
Vancouver's Chris Turner says his passion for helping people recover lost jewlery is all about the smiles.On Sunday, he got big one from American actor Jon Cryer.The star, best known for his role in the sitcom Two and a Half Men, is in Vancouver filming another project and in a lengthy Twitter post that's been shared by thousands of others, he said he lost his wedding ring while out walking along the seawall under the Cambie Street bridge Friday night.That's where Turner enters the story.The ring finderHe's been using metal detectors since the 1970s to uncover hidden things and for the past 30 years has had a side business of helping people like Cryer.Cryer, who was married in 2007, said he searched online for a service that could help him find the ring and found Turner's TheRingFinders.com, a global directory of people who search for lost items."I've found peoples' lost jewlery, lost keys, lost cell phones, buried treasure, hidden treasure," he said.On Saturday he met Cryer where the ring went missing in an attempt to find it, but admitted chances were low."The chances were so slim that his ring would have fallen off his hand and rolled into the grass … like five per cent chance," he said.Turner believed that it was more likely that someone had already found it or it had gone into the ocean along the seawall where many people walk or ride their bicycles.He offered to do an ocean search in a wetsuit at low tide, but it turned out, that wasn't needed.'I'm still beside myself'Using a few different metal detectors he found Cryer's ring in some grass along the pathway, plucked it out and presented it to the stunned actor."I stammer out 'Are you serious?!?'" he wrote in the Twitter post. "I look closer: Yep. I'm still beside myself."Turner won't say how much Cryer paid for the recovery of the ring but says he was very generous and kind."The odds were not in his favour but I was just so happy when I found it and gave it back to him," said Turner, who recorded giving the ring back to Cryer and posted the video on YouTube.Turner said in the last eleven years his company has recovered more than 7,000 items. Turner asks people to pay him what they think he deserves.He also works in the film industry, but said he loves his part-time job. With the pandemic, he says he's been busier that usual as people are at home more and losing items while doing things like playing with their children outside."This is the best job I've ever had because you get to meet people and you get to put a smile back on their face," he said.
Meaghan Law spent $100 on a wedding dress from a private seller on a popular e-commerce platform.However, when it arrived at her home in Stratford, P.E.I., it looked nothing like the large beautiful gown with lace top she had ordered."I opened it and it didn't look that bad, honestly." she said, "I said, 'Well I may as well see how it goes.'"When she tried to put the dress on she realized it wasn't going to work for her wedding day. She had ordered a medium but quickly thought that it had to be "a medium for a toddler."Law said she took a picture of herself in the dress and posted it on social media because, while she was "appalled," she figured others would get a laugh out of it."I got around 2,000 likes now," she said.She said most people just thought the post was funny.She messaged the seller looking to get her money refunded. She was told she needed the original packaging for a return, but she had thrown it out."I sent them the picture of me in the dress and the picture that they were supposed to give me," she said. "I told them it would ruin my wedding and they gave me my money back."Law said the seller didn't even bother asking for the dress back. "I still have it. I could use it as a curtain maybe."Advice for online dress shoppersLaw has some advice for those who may want to buy a dress from a private seller online — don't."If you are going to buy a wedding dress I would recommend spending a little more than $100 on it because you probably won't get what you wanted in the first place," she said. "You buy cheap you buy twice."Law said she is now back on the hunt for a wedding dress for July.More from CBC P.E.I.
Quebec provincial police say a 30-year-old man is expected to be charged with murder after two boys, ages two and five, were found dead overnight at a home in Wendake, Que.At about 2 a.m. Sunday, members of the local police department notified the Sûreté du Québec about the boys' bodies, which were discovered at the home in the Huron-Wendat First Nation just outside Quebec City. Police have yet to determine whether the suspect and the victims are related, according to SQ Sgt. Ann Mathieu.The man turned himself in to Quebec City police. He was taken to hospital to be evaluated and is now being questioned by investigators, she said.Premier François Legault tweeted his condolences to the entire Huron-Wendat Nation, saying people across Quebec are devastated by what he called an unspeakable tragedy.Ian Lafrenière, the province's new minister of Indigenous affairs, also tweeted a message of condolence to the boys' loved ones. He said as a father, his heart is shattered.Konrad Sioui, grand chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, said he felt an "incredible sadness" when he learned about the children's deaths."We're stunned. It's very, very hard. It's unacceptable," he said.Community members have been dealing with some difficult things lately, he said, including the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman who died on Sept. 28 in a Joliette, Que., hospital.He said counselling will be offered to teachers, students and anyone else in the community who may need it.
At least once a month Jeff Lewis used to make the 20-minute drive from his home in Surrey, B.C., to pick up packages he had sent to a mailbox service in Blaine, Wash. Like many B.C. residents who live near the border, Lewis, 64, used the service to buy U.S. goods not available in Canada or to save on shipping. But Lewis hasn't been to Blaine since the border closed to non-essential traffic months ago. "It makes me feel like I'm trapped," he said, adding he would like to see exemptions for Canadians making quick trips into the U.S. Many of the businesses in border towns like Blaine, Sumas and Point Roberts cater to Canadians who take advantage of cheaper goods or services there. The border closure has left most of those businesses struggling to survive.For the many mailbox services in those towns, owners are grappling with growing piles of packages and no certainty as to when their customers will be able to cross the border to pick them up. The service costs a small fee — usually under $5 US — per package. So no pickups means no income for business owners. As the ban on non-essential travel continues, some mailbox service business owners wonder if they'll survive without customers during the normally lucrative Christmas season. Others are finding creative ways around the problem.New shipments offeredBrant Baron, owner of the Mail Boxes International store in Blaine, thinks he may have come up with one solution to bring in more income and help his customers reunite with their stranded packages. "As the closure kind of wore on, people kept asking us, 'Hey, how can we get our packages?' " Baron said. He has partnered with a depot in Langley to be able to combine several customers' packages in one shipment across the border. The service doesn't include textiles like clothes because of more complicated regulations.Each shipment costs customers a $35 US fee, plus $5.50 US per package — about a third, he says, of what they would pay a courier like FedEx because the brokerage, clearance and other fees are split between several people. Normally, it would cost $2.75 US to pick up a package from Baron's store. Ask someone like Lewis in Surrey, and there's no way the extra cost is worth it. But Baron says he's already sent five shipments to Canada and has had a lot of inquiries from interested customers. 'Some things were silly'Victoria resident Sheila McCarthy is one of them.McCarthy, 56, used to pick up deliveries in Blaine about six times a year, making a little holiday out of the trip to visit friends on the mainland and shop along the way. She has 13 packages waiting for her at Mail Boxes International — things like shoes, tweezers and kitchen scissors she meant to pick up in February but then didn't because of the pandemic. "Some things were silly," she said. "Some things I can only get in the States."McCarthy has paid nearly $200 CAD to have the packages shipped to Langley, and then onwards to Victoria. Although she says she's grateful for the new service, McCarthy says she has not shipped any more goods to Blaine. She doesn't intend to start up again until it's safe for her to go across the border and pick up her packages herself. 'It's crazy'Other customers continue to send deliveries to places like At the Border Mail, where co-owner Scott Dodd is grappling with ever-growing piles of packages. "They're stacked up as high as someone can reach, and they're stacked in the aisles, and they're stacked in the loading bay where we get the deliveries into," Dodd said."It's crazy."These days Dodd's business is only open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The few customers who can pick up their packages are commercial clients who are allowed go back and forth between Canada and the U.S. 'Serious conversation' pendingAbout half of Dodd's annual income comes in the weeks leading up to and during the winter holidays. He's not sure his customers will risk shipping presents if nothing changes by November. "If we can't have any money coming in the door, we can't continue to even operate in one day a week, unfortunately," he said.. Dodd says he's committed to his customers and will ensure they're reunited with their packages no matter what. Like other cross-border mail services, he's not charging them for storage while the border is closed. But he's not sure how much longer he can stay afloat with barely any income.
It's a tale of two COVIDs.A person — or persons — showed up at the White House with the virus, and more than 30 people have since become sick, including the president and first lady.In Labrador, a health-care worker showed up sick, went to stores and worked at the hospital, and no one else caught the disease.Same disease, different outcomes.The comparisons tells us a lot about why the novel coronavirus spreads, and doesn't.A super-spreader eventOn Sept. 26, the Rose Garden at the White House was the site of the official announcement of Amy Coney Barrett as President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court of the United States. Photos and videos at the event give clues to why the virus may have spread. Very few of the people at the event wore masks. There was no physical distancing. Afterwards, people shook hands and hugged.At least 11 people there — including Trump himself — have tested positive. In total, more than 30 people with connections to the White House have tested positive for COVID-19. In Labrador, a different resultCompare that with the latest case in Labrador.A health-care worker arrived from Saskatchewan. She was required to isolate, but after what the head of Labrador Grenfell-Health says was a miscommunication, she visited two local stores — at their peak time.When the case was disclosed, people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay were worried. More than 650 people arranged to get tested.Not a single other person has tested positive for COVID-19. No one at the stores, no one at the hospital where she worked in the days leading up to her diagnosis."There's no magic bullet or secret sauce to this," Health Minister John Haggie said Tuesday. "Our defence is defence in layers."The first layer is 14 days of isolation for people who travel in from outside Atlantic Canada. But even when that doesn't happen, such as in Labrador, there are other defences.Physical distancing, such as staying more than two metres apart, has been shown to help prevent spread of the virus. When that's not possible, wearing masks makes it harder for the virus to spread. They're required in public spaces, like the two stores the woman visited."Those are extremely important preventative measures," said Haggie.The other key is getting the results of tests quickly. In Newfoundland and Labrador, that usually happens within 24 hours, and quickly identifying contacts, and making sure they isolate and get tested as well.Haggie said right now within 48 hours of someone testing positive, they're able to identify more than 90 per cent of the close contacts and get them tested, which he says is some of the best in the country. "There are some jurisdictions that can't even make 50 per cent currently," he said.Fear of another Caul's clusterNewfoundland and Labrador had one of the earliest and largest super-spreader events in the country. The cluster of cases that started at the Caul's funeral home in St. John's in March left more than 160 people sick with COVID. The outbreak is long over, but the fear of another one still lingers.Fish plants reopening, Mother's Day, fisheries protests, back to school — all of these things were predicted on social media and in casual conversation to be "the next Caul's."Even Haggie warned about it going into the Easter weekend."Your next cabin party will be our next Caul's," he said April 7.Those events didn't even result in a single case, let alone a cluster.As it turns out, the fear of another outbreak may have prevented it.The facts of the case — a phrase Haggie loves to use — are that in last four months the only new cases have been from travel or the immediate family members of people who've travelled. It hasn't spread in the community. Behaviour has been keyOne of the biggest differences between the White House and this province, has been how serious we've taken the risk."We have people behaving as if we are at risk," said Dr. Catherine Donovan, who used to teach clinical public health at Memorial University.In March, when the St. John's cluster happened, people were still hugging, sharing food and shaking hands. Physical distancing was something that was brand new.It's very different now, with our public health measures and our understanding of the virus."We may have a few cases, and hopefully that's what we keep it at but I think we're very well positioned to deal with that kind of a situation," Donovan said in a recent interview. She says right now people are following the public health measures, and are keeping the contacts low.Donovan's advice: take the virus seriously and follow the precautions, but do not otherwise fear another outbreak"I don't think people should be worried about that if they are complying with the recommendations and the directions from the chief medical officer," she said.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
A new count of chum salmon is giving scientists a sinking feeling.The latest estimates aren't just bad, they're "absolutely dismal," says Stephanie Quinn-Davidson, director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission in Alaska.Every year scientists count fish as they swim upstream by Eagle, Alaska, on the way back from the ocean.Scientists manually review the data from the Eagle sonar. While it can be tricky, they can separate chum from other fish by size, speed, and direction of travel. Chum salmon tend to pass the Eagle sonar about two months after chinook salmon, which allows scientists to count the species separately.This year the station's fall chum estimate is 23,828 fish. This is far below what scientists and management groups want to see. What's called a 'spawning escapement goal' is a range of 70,000 to 104,000 fish. Management groups consider that number a healthy minimum for any kind of sustainable fishery.This year, both the commercial and Indigenous fishery on both sides of the border has been closed.One effect is that mushers are no longer feeding chum to their dogs. This year's estimate for chum salmon at Eagle is only about one-eighth of the average number seen since 2006.Fish are burning more fat as ocean heats upElizabeth MacDonald, executive director at the Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee, says there's a lot to investigate.In the last 10 years chum salmon have been faring better than chinook salmon. But not this year.Furthermore, scientists were not expecting this year's chum salmon numbers to take a dive."It's quite devastating," she said. "The pre-season forecast was for a closer-to-average run. It means there is something going on that the scientists weren't able to account for this year. It's an unknown thing. And hopefully it doesn't affect them in coming years and we don't see a big crash.".There are theories to explain the decline.MacDonald mentions climate change. A warmer ocean can change the balance of available food and have other effects.For instance, fish burn through fat and reserves more quickly in warmer water. "When it's too warm their metabolism goes up, so they burn through their energy quicker. And if they don't have enough food to meet that energy demand they die," she said. Farmed fish cause competitionAnother factor is competition from large-scale hatcheries, as seafood companies produce fish in farms then release the fish into the ocean for later fishing.The technique is used by companies from many nations in the North Pacific and Bering Sea. One reason is that it allows companies to label the fish as ocean caught.Macdonald said the technique causes fierce competition, as wild chum exit the Yukon river to find themselves face-to-face with bigger more mature fish."These fish were fed in the hatchery, they go out bigger, they have an easier time competing," she said.Billions of hatchery fish are released into oceans in this way every year, MacDonald says, which has a profound effect on the natural food web.Hope for a reboundWith the Yukon River chum fishery closed this year, there is hope for a rebound.MacDonald says chum populations are known to fluctuate and even have big crashes, but this year's numbers are still unusual. "They're not as predictable as we like. They are highly variable. Even off very low spawning escapements, you can see really productive runs. It just depends on what environmental factors they encounter," MacDonald said. Many will be nervously watching next year's count."If we saw this for several years in a row, then it would be much more concerning than if it was a single year. So there's still hope."The count at Eagle sonar is the last of its kind for the year. As winter approaches, scientists can no longer access the sonar site, as it is reached by means of a mountain road the Alaska government doesn't maintain through the winter.Some research will continue during the winter, MacDonald said as scientists analyze genetics and crunch this year's numbers, in hopes of better understanding what is going on.
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:34 p.m. EDT on Oct. 11, 2020: There are 181,860 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 86,133 confirmed (including 5,953 deaths, 71,839 resolved) _ Ontario: 59,139 confirmed (including 3,005 deaths, 50,437 resolved) _ Alberta: 19,995 confirmed (including 282 deaths, 17,488 resolved) _ British Columbia: 10,185 confirmed (including 245 deaths, 8,502 resolved) _ Manitoba: 2,578 confirmed (including 32 deaths, 1,483 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 2,092 confirmed (including 25 deaths, 1,888 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,092 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,023 resolved) _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 279 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 269 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 272 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 199 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 61 confirmed (including 58 resolved) _ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved), 1 presumptive _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved) _ Nunavut: No confirmed cases _ Total: 181,860 (1 presumptive, 181,859 confirmed including 9,613 deaths, 153,219 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 11, 2020. The Canadian Press
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s affiliation with the Christian community People of Praise is drawing scrutiny because of what former members and observers describe as its ultraconservative views on women. Others were deeply concerned about that threat, and also about the community’s teachings on gender, gay rights, and other social issues.
The shooting of a man in southeast Calgary on Saturday evening is under investigation by the Calgary Police Service.Police say the man was found shot at about 9 p.m. at the Esso on 12th Avenue and Macleod Trail. He was taken to hospital and is now in stable condition, police say.According to CPS, the man is unco-operative and the investigation is still ongoing.The area was blocked off following the shooting but was clear by Sunday morning.
Yukon has a new probable case of COVID-19, the territory's chief medical officer of health announced on Saturday.Dr. Brendan Hanley made the announcement in a news release that evening, saying Yukon Communicable Disease Control is waiting on confirmation from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control."The person is currently stable and safely self-isolating. The case is linked to travel outside of Yukon," according to the release.The person is from Whitehorse, according to the release, and received care from the Whitehorse General Hospital. Contact tracing and an investigation have begun and no public exposure has been identified yet.Initial testing was done using the GeneXpert rapid test, and a second test was sent to B.C. for confirmation. Anyone who may be a close contact will be contacted directly by health officials.
Young hockey players in B.C. are heading back out on the ice for a season unlike any other.Sean Raphael, vice-president of programs for B.C. Hockey, said the organization has been working on pandemic-safe plans since the spring, when programs were cancelled due to COVID-19."It's been a learning curve in general and a change of philosophy," said Raphael to host Gloria Macarenko on CBC's On The Coast.Minor hockey teams in the province will play according to a cohort model, Raphael explained. There will be a maximum of four teams in each cohort, and players can play with regular contact within that cohort during games."That keeps the contact tracing and the exposure to people with contact into fairly small, manageable groups," Raphael said.A player can only be part of only one cohort within a single sport organization at any given time.While contact will be allowed during gameplay, players must adhere to physical distancing measures any time play stops. "As soon as play ends, players are required immediately to establish physical distance from all participants, and they either move directly to the next face off location or to their bench to make a player change," he said."If players do commit fouls of contact during those stoppages, they get penalized accordingly."Physical distancing measures must also be observed before and after games in arenas, including change spaces.On-ice officials, like referees, are not part of the cohort system and will be expected to physically distance themselves at all times."In a regular environment, officials are taught to physically distance, even though it may be within a different frame of mind in the past," Raphael said. "A lot of that philosophy stays the same." Raphael said in the event of a positive COVID-19 case among players or staff, the organization will work directly with the health authority, who will complete appropriate contact tracing and communication.He says this season will be an adjustment for many players and their families. "It's reconditioning or changing of habits that have been established with players," he said, adding it will take time and all parties working together to understand the new system of play."In general, I would say overall, people have been very willing to make the adjustments and keep safety as the No. 1 priority."
Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's pick for a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, said she will rule based on the law, not her personal views, in prepared remarks issued on Sunday ahead of her Senate confirmation hearing this week. Barrett, a conservative appeals court judge, said that in her current job she has "done my utmost to reach the result required by the law, whatever my own preferences might be." A devout Catholic who has a record of opposing abortion rights, Barrett is likely to be probed by Senate Democrats on that issue in particular.
The death of a man in southwest Edmonton Saturday evening is being investigated by homicide detectives. Officers were called to a complex near 180 Street and 74 Avenue at about 6:40 p.m. and found a man in medical distress, lying on the ground outside the complex, according to a news release from city police. Paramedics and police attempted life-saving efforts, but the man died at the scene. Police say the death is considered suspicious, and that an autopsy has yet to be scheduled.