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Five of the eight doctors working at the Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic in Sundre, Alta., have given written notice to their patients that they will be leaving to work elsewhere.The clinic made the announcement on its Facebook page Sept. 4, and cited the provincial government's fraying relationship with family physicians as the catalyst."As promised back in February and March, we at the clinic have been transparent and open about the actions of the government and its impacts on our clinic and community," the post read."We are deeply saddened to announce that five of our physicians have provided written notice that they will be leaving our community and province at the end of April 2021."The announcement follows the withdrawal of the clinic's services from the Sundre hospital in July, when doctors said provincial health care funding cuts forced them to choose to keep the clinic running instead.Terry Leslie, mayor of Sundre, said he had not heard about the clinic's announcement, but acknowledged that the issue was ongoing in the community.In a statement, a spokesperson for the health ministry said the government wished the five physicians the best in their careers and thanked them for their service to their patients."When physicians from the Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic decided to cease providing services at the Sundre hospital, AHS worked with physicians from a different clinic to ensure that the hospital remained fully covered," said Tara Jago in an email."Our government will continue to ensure that services at the hospital are fully covered and that Sundre residents have access to family doctors."Jago said the province's budget deficit contributed to recent changes in how Alberta's doctors are paid."It's not unreasonable for the government to want to manage the budget for doctors, which is 10 per cent of Alberta's entire budget," Jago said. "Our goal through this process has been simply to hold spending to current levels."A 'heartbreaking' decisionAccording to the Rural Sustainability Group, which was created to draw attention to what it calls an impending health-care crisis in Alberta's rural communities, the exodus will leave about 5,000 to 6,000 Albertans without a doctor.One of the physicians who will be ending her services at the Moose & Squirrel next spring is Dr. Carly Crewe.She has been working there for the last five years — since she started practicing medicine, Crewe said. It was where she imagined spending the entirety of her career.This made the decision especially painful."I really believe that I won't find colleagues and a culture and a staff that supports physicians … like that anywhere else when I leave. And so, it's a really, really heartbreaking decision to have to make," Crewe said."But it has come down after months of, really, my joy and my career being degraded … there has just been so much disrespect thrown our way, and I cannot remain in a province where my skills are not valued anymore."The unwilling sacrificeThe province has not been honest with the public about the changes that they are making to the healthcare system, Crewe said.Furthermore, doctors are being vilified on social media, and she is tired — of being called greedy, or money hungry.For the last two and a half months, she has been working in the Northwest Territories, and to get what she described as some "fresh air" away from Alberta."Coming to a new location … put into stark contrast how different my enjoyment for my job was — in Alberta versus somewhere else, where I was away from the government," Crewe said."I had really started to lose the love for my career in Alberta. And it's not because the medicine changed, and it's not because the patients changed."Crewe has given up a lot for her career, she said. Her family has made sacrifices, too. "I'm just not willing to really sacrifice everything I've put into becoming what I am ... to work in a province where I'm so disrespected."Escalating tensionsAfter coming to power in April 2019, the UCP signalled early on that health care — which at $20.6 billion eats up 42 per cent of the province's operating budget — would be a key target for cuts to rein in spending.Tensions between family physicians in Alberta and the provincial government escalated in February, when Health Minister Tyler Shandro unilaterally ended the Alberta government's master agreement with the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) under Bill 21, and imposed a new funding framework. The AMA, which represents the province's doctors, filed a lawsuit against the government in April, alleging Shandro's actions breached their charter rights because they were denied arbitration. The province filed a statement of defence in July that denied doctors' charter rights had been breached and accusing the doctors of "job action" for either withdrawing, or threatening to withdraw, their services.That same month, the AMA released a survey that suggested 42 per cent of the 1,740 doctors who responded are planning to leave the province.Another 87 per cent said they would alter their practices in response to the pay changes. Nearly half said they would change or withdraw services they provide to hospitals and other AHS facilities.Shandro responded to the AMA survey by threatening to publicly release the billings of individual physicians."Since Albertans should know the facts, the government is also exploring introducing physician compensation transparency, as exists for public servants in Alberta and physicians in a number of other provinces," he said in a news release at the time.'Albertans are going to suffer'The state of the relationship is so fractured that Dr. Sam Myr, who is with the Rural Sustainability Group, said she believes it will actually be difficult to recruit new doctors to replace the ones that are leaving Alberta.And in the spring, Crewe said that Bill 21 will also allow the province to tell new doctors where they must practise medicine in Alberta."In reality, what we need is some sign that [the] government is actually willing to listen to our very real concerns of how they are changing health care for the worse in this province, and how much Albertans are going to suffer," Myr said.Physicians in at least 10 communities, including Sundre, Pincher Creek and Lac La Biche, have already either withdrawn services or indicated they plan to leave.Because they are an essential service, physicians can't strike, Myr said. And because Alberta's doctors have lost the right to arbitration, the only recourse for those who want change is to leave the province, themselves."That's the only option to get out of the situation that we're in right now," Myr said.But the government attempted to challenge that, too.The final strawIn a letter written by Health Minister Tyler Shandro to the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSA), he implored the CPSA to change its standards of practice for physicians by July 20 in an attempt to stop the province's doctors from leaving their practices en masse due to an ongoing dispute over pay."Patients in these communities," Shandro wrote, referring to rural communities, "should not have to face an entire group of physicians withdrawing services."The letter asked the CPSA to change its standards of practice for physicians, and in order to stop the province's doctors from leaving their practices en masse, or withdrawing services.This letter was the final straw for Crewe. She said that it was what prompted her resignation."I feel like [Shandro was] threatening our profession's right to self-regulation," Crewe said. "I just have no trust for what that means for this government with my profession."According to Myr, the government's actions are unconstitutional. The fallout from eroding programs, and a shortage of physicians, could take a decade or more for the province to recover from.She believes it will get worse before it gets better."It's quite terrifying to be a contractor in a situation like that, where you have absolutely no rights, and you might be able to be told exactly where to go, and that you're at fault if you leave," Myr said. "I really don't blame physicians for leaving at this point."
CLEVELAND — Three teenagers were charged Tuesday with fatally shooting a Cleveland police detective and another man during what authorities said was a robbery attempt.David McDaniel Jr., 18, of Cleveland, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder in Cleveland Municipal Court, records show. A 17-year-old male and 15-year-old male, who were not identified because of their ages, faces aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault charges in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.Court records don’t indicate whether McDaniel has an attorney to speak for him.McDaniel and the two juveniles are accused of killing Cleveland police detective James Skernivitz, 53, and Scott Dingess, 50, as they sat in Skernivitz's unmarked police car Thursday night.A police statement of facts filed with the charges against McDaniel say he and two juveniles approached Skernivitz's car, which was parked behind a store, and shot Skernivitz and Dingess during an attempted robbery. McDaniel was arrested Sunday.A Cleveland police official knowledgeable about some details of the shooting, but who was not authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press that Skernivitz, a 25-year member of the force, was working undercover that night during a drug operation and that Dingess was a police informant.Skernivitz along with other law enforcement officers were sworn in last Wednesday as members of the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force in support of Operation Legend, a Justice Department effort to crack down on violent crime in Cleveland and other cities.He was also assigned to the Cleveland police gang unit. Authorities have not said whether Skernivitz was working with the federal task force or the gang unit when he was killed.Skernivitz's funeral is scheduled for Friday.Mark Gillispie, The Associated Press
The Nunavut Employees Union is criticizing the Government of Nunavut for mandating its public servants use their annual leave to quarantine for two weeks before returning to Nunavut. In a letter to sent to members and posted online last week, union president Bill Fennell called the decision a "slap in the face" for public servants, and said the government isn't consistent about who has to isolate and who doesn't."The NEU supports mandatory quarantine," Fennell writes. "We also support consistency and fairness."Fennell said he is calling on the territorial government to change the policy, which he said "arbitrarily [forces] their indeterminate employees to use their annual leave to cover time spent in the hubs while allowing others to skip quarantine completely."Any residents coming back to Nunavut who are not considered essential workers are required to quarantine in certain hotels contracted for this purpose by the territory. Essential workers are not required to isolate when coming into Nunavut. They are required to physically distance and stay where they are living when not working. As of Aug. 28, 2,462 essential worker travel requests had been approved by the Department of Health.Politicians are also allowed to skip the hotel quarantines for work travel.As of late August, the territory has spent over $31 million to quarantine residents, including medical travellers, and non-resident construction workers. Human Resources says policy won't changeThe government of Nunavut said it will not be responding to the union's letter. "The NEU hosts its own website and is able to post whatever it wants. The [territorial government] does not respond to website postings," Sheila Kolola, deputy minister for the Department of Human Resources, said in an emailed statement. The department said employees are allowed to ask their managers in advance to work remotely from the isolation hotels. "If approved, they will be expected to work their regular hours and will not need to take annual leave or leave without pay," Kolola said. Staff can choose to take leave without pay to quarantine, she said."For as long as the isolation sites are in place, [government] employees who voluntarily travel outside of Nunavut will also need to request annual leave for the time spent in isolation sites, or request approval from their department to work remotely while in the isolation site," she said. This policy has been communicated with employees since isolation sites were put in place by the chief public health officer, she said. Fennell said government workers began making complaints about the policy back in March. At that time, Nunavut public servants who could work remotely did work from home during spring COVID-19 shut downs but have been back to work since June. "They were able to work from home there, but now they're not — what changed?" Fennell said to CBC.Union asks for 'a break' for indeterminate health workers Fennell said some health-care staff are threatening to quit. He says health staff worked long hours at the beginning of the pandemic and now they deserve a break. "Nurses are needed all over this country and they're not being treated this way anywhere else," he said. "I know some health-care professionals have left the territory just because of the injustice." Fennell said it is unrealistic to ask everyone to stay in the territory, and that people who do leave shouldn't be penalized. He said workers could be using time in lieu or special leave to cover quarantine. "The GN employees who are forced to quarantine and use their annual leave to do so are the same people who have chosen to make Nunavut their home and contribute to our communities and economy," he said.Fennell said he hopes the policy will change, but from what he's been told, it's a "non-issue" for the government.In Nunavut, public servants start off with three weeks of vacation for the first two years in their jobs. "To use their annual leave it's just not fair when others are waltzing right through and not even stopping at the hub," Fennell said. The issue is not covered by the collective agreement, Fennell said.
CALGARY — Several of the 28 women a Calgary neurologist sexually assaulted over three decades told a judge Tuesday that what happened during their 15-minute appointments led to years of anxiety, shame, self-doubt and fear of doctors.Court heard 20 victim impact statements at the sentencing hearing of Keith Hoyte, who pleaded guilty to the charges in January.Prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood read half of the statements on behalf of victims in the Calgary Courts Centre's spacious ceremonial courtroom, where those in the gallery could adhere to COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines.One by one, the rest stood or sat behind Plexiglas, removed their face masks and detailed the pain their assaults caused.Greenwood and defence lawyer Alain Hepner have jointly proposed Hoyte serve three years behind bars.An agreed statement of facts described how the victims, between the ages of 17 and 46, were seeking help for brain ailments such as migraines or seizures.Yet the victims described how Hoyte fondled their breasts and pricked them with pins, while he made little eye contact or conversation."I carried this dirty secret with me, letting it destroy me," said one woman who, for 14 years, only told four people about the assault.Many of the women who spoke out said they refuse to refer to Hoyte as doctor, because he broke his oath to do no harm.Virtually all described how the assaults sowed a sense of mistrust in the medical profession and fear of seeing doctors.One woman told the courtroom she was uncomfortable with male doctors even before she was assaulted by Hoyte."I couldn't avoid you. You wore the armour of the specialist. You knew we had nowhere else to go," she said."You caused this sense of betrayal."She said she felt like "a desperate soul seeking help reduced to nothing more than a plaything."Another woman, who described Hoyte as a "monster," said she relives her assault like a video playing in slow motion in her head."Every little detail is highlighted, from the chairs in the waiting room to the pictures on the wall. "I'm on guard all the time and the feeling of being vulnerable never goes away."The woman said she can't forgive Hoyte."We are here because he got caught, not because there's any remorse for his actions."Hoyte told court that his sense of remorse is "palpable.""I wish I had a magical power to help you heal from the memories. I don't," he said in a prepared statement."I do not expect forgiveness, but I am truly sorry."Court heard one victim went to police in 1991, another in 2008 and a third in 2018. Police charged Hoyte with three counts of sexual assault in June 2018. After media reports, 25 more women came forward.Some complainants said they did not report Hoyte sooner because they thought they wouldn't be believed, would be judged or would be thought of as difficult patients.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 8, 2020.Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
A Saskatchewan man faces rare charges under National Parks Wildlife regulations and potential fines of up to $125,000 after allegedly using a slingshot to hurl projectiles at a cougar in Banff National Park. According to Parks Canada, an eyewitness provided key evidence — a number of photos that wardens used to build the case."Using a vehicle description and photos provided by the public, park wardens located the vehicle and arrested the individuals within," said Parks Canada in a statement to CBC News.A 40-year-old man from Prince Albert, Sask., has been charged with two offences under National Parks Wildlife Regulations — disturbing an animal in a national park and possession of a loaded firearm outside of a vehicle in a national park, charges that are rarely laid.Parks Canada said that, under the regulations, a slingshot is considered a firearm.The charges carry maximum penalties of $25,000 and $100,000.The arrest happened approximately 25 kilometres east of where the slingshot incident was reported on May 31.Parks Canada said the cougar was on the wrong side, or the highway side, of a wildlife fence that runs along the Trans-Canada highway near Lake Louise, Alta., when a man used a slingshot and an unknown projectile to "harass" the animal.It's unclear how long the incident lasted. Parks Canada said wardens were on scene within 10 minutes of receiving the call.The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) said it believes it has strong evidence against the accused."Our position is that the evidence exists to establish those things [the offences] beyond a reasonable doubt," said Tyler Lord, Crown counsel for the PPSC. Charges in the public interestWeighing the evidence is key in assessing whether a prosecution will commence, Lord said, but it's not the only consideration."The other aspect is public interest," he said. "When it comes to files coming from the national park, there's very high public interest in things which might seem to be relatively minor, we take a great deal of interest in because Banff National Park is obviously very well visited, it's known internationally. And, so this kind of allegation is something that I think the public would take very seriously."It's unclear whether the animal was hit or suffered any injuries. Wardens were able to coax it back into the fenced area.Parks Canada said the animal was not trapped or cornered during the incident, but it was "contained" by the wildlife fence along the highway corridor.Lord was asked whether the decision to pursue charges is meant to send a message to people who might consider this type of behaviour in a national park."If there was a conviction and sentence in this case, that's when a message would be sent."The accused is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Canmore, Alta., in November.Bryan Labby is an enterprise reporter with CBC Calgary. If you have a good story idea or tip, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @CBCBryan.
Bridlewood School, St. Angela School and Lester B. Pearson High School in Calgary, as well as Raymond High School in Raymond and Lawrence Grassi Middle School in Canmore, have all reported in letters to parents that a case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed.In a statement, Alberta Health Services said they were working directly with the schools to limit risk of spread."This includes assessing the [classroom] setting, and identifying and assessing the close contacts of the case," the statement reads. "Any individual considered exposed to this case will be contacted directly by Alberta Health Services."Infection prevention control measures (physical distancing, masking, hand hygiene, environmental cleaning) have also been reviewed with the school."AHS said that a single case in a school population is not considered an outbreak, so no case-specific details will be shared.All five facilities will remain open to in-person learning as the schools work closely with AHS to "ensure necessary measures are in place to protect all students."The five facilities are the latest to report cases of COVID-19 since reopening last week. A case was also confirmed at Bowness High School earlier this week.Calgary had 638 active COVID-19 cases as of Friday. Cases were also reported at Canyon Meadows School in Calgary and Meadow Ridge School in Okotoks before classes resumed last week. Premier Jason Kenney said last week that his government has accepted that such infections are inevitable and don't warrant closing down all classrooms.Similarly, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, said there was no perfect way for the province to relaunch — and no matter the levels of protection implemented, some cases will occur."We'll continue to watch, because we all continue to learn through COVID. We will take the learnings and put them into our models and our guidance moving forward," she said in an interview with CBC News last week.
Dominique Boucher has watched her friend's health decline in recent years, feeling helpless as she watched her suffer through several dialysis treatments each week.But instead of letting that feeling of helplessness get her down, Boucher started researching kidney transplants and realized there was a way to give her friend a new lease on life."At first, my goal was to donate a kidney to my friend, but unfortunately we are not compatible," said Boucher.Then she discovered the Kidney Paired Donation Program which has matched more than 500 Canadians with compatible donors since 2009.The Kidney Paired Donation Program matches living donors and recipients across the country. The program is run by Canadian Blood Services in collaboration with kidney transplant centres across Canada."I donate a kidney to a stranger," said Boucher, who is from Quebec's Mauricie region. "I will never know to whom I donated a kidney, because it remains confidential, but the same day that I am going to be operated on, there is also a stranger who will donate a kidney to my friend."Undeterred by risksBoucher said her children and extended family are worried about how the decision will impact her own health and quality of life. There are short-term and possible long-term challenges that come with donating a kidney, ranging from risk of infection to diabetes.But Boucher is undeterred."The day she receives her kidney, her life will change drastically," she said. "Considering that the only thing I'm going to have to do is avoid the salt shaker and stop taking Advil, it's well worth the risk."Her spouse, Pierre Plourde, will be by her side every step of the way."I will be the driver, her nurse, her first responder," Plourde said."Dominique is someone who thinks a lot, and analyzes a lot before making decisions. She has strong passions and values."Giving her kidney falls in line with those values, Plourde said, and there was never any doubt that she would do this for a friend.Encouraging others to giveBoucher will soon be heading to Toronto to undergo the operation. She told Radio-Canada her story with hopes that others will at least become organ donors.In Quebec, you can register as an organ and tissue donor with the Registre des consentements au don d'organes et de tissus or affix a signed sticker to the back of your health insurance card.Quebec public health says each donation may save up to eight lives and help 20 people improve their quality of life. It is also possible to donate a kidney or a portion of the liver through Transplant Québec programs.However, Boucher said, the more people who register as organ donors when they die, fewer living people will need to donate their kidneys to loved ones.Now that the surgery is fast approaching, Boucher has no plans to back down."When you've been working on something for a year and a half, it's like the grand finale, she said. "I am more excited than I am stressed."
After years of court battles, the city is enacting a new set of regulations this week that will only allow people to rent out their primary residence on short-term rental sites.It's a move to ensure that homes, condos and apartments aren't funnelled off into the short-term rental market as investment properties, instead of being available for Torontnians to rent long-term. The rules, which come into effect Thursday, bring hope some in Toronto's challenging rental market. "We've been waiting for this since December 2017," said Thorben Wieditz, with FairBnb Canada, a coalition of hotel workers and housing advocates. "This could eliminate all the ghost hotel operators that have stockpiled investment properties and run them as exclusive Airbnb units."Starting Thursday, anyone wanting to rent out their entire primary residence, or up to three rooms in their primary residence, must register their short-term rental with the city.From there, they'll be issued a unique number, which is now mandatory for advertising your home on any short-term rental site, from Airbnb to Hotels.com. A short-term rental is defined as a property listed for less than 28 consecutive days. Without that number, Airbnb policy director Alex Dagg says people won't be able to place their property on the site. "Part of the requirement for us as a platform is to provide data to the City of Toronto," Dagg said. Fines range from $300 to $1,000Exactly what format that data will take hasn't been figured out yet. People have until December 31 to register their home with the city. There's a yearly fee of $50 and it's up to the city, not the individual rental platforms, to enforce the new regulations. In theory, someone could list two properties under the same registration ID, but because of the data that the city will be getting from these rental platforms, Carleton Grant, Toronto's executive director of municipal licensing and standards, says they will eventually be caught and fined. "It's going to give us a number of tools to allow us to enforce and know who is participating within the rules and who isn't — and it's going to allow us to go after them" said Grant. "There are five different fine amounts, they range for $300 to $1,000," said Grant, adding that offenders could also be removed from the rental sites. 'We need to hold the company accountable'Although Wieditz believes Toronto's new short-term rental rules are some of the strictest out there he thinks companies like Airbnb should do more to enforce them.But even though Toronto is responsible for catching offenders based on the data city officials are provided from hosting sites, he said it shouldn't solely be left up to the city. "We know that in many cities across North America and Europe, Airbnb has done very little to help municipalities enforce local bylaws and rule," said Wieditz."We need to hold the company accountable." When the COVID-19 pandemic hit back in March, it exposed another layer of Toronto's extensive and problematic short-term rental market.With travel halted, many of the condos that were listed as short-term rentals weren't making a profit so they became available as long-term properties. "The Ice Condos for example, there's an unusually high number of furnished rentals now available to long-term tenants and this is definitely something that is a result of the pandemic," said Wieditz. Wieditz says that by December, when the grace period is over and registration numbers are mandatory on short-term rental sites, more properties will either hit the long-term market or go up for sale. "Looking at the data, there are over 7,000 homes that are currently advertised that are not going to be legal under the city's bylaws and regulations," said Wieditz. When San Francisco implemented similar rules, Wieditz says, Airbnb lost over half of its inventory overnight. In addition to the $50 yearly registration fee, short-term rental operators will have to start collecting and remitting a four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax on a quarterly basis starting in the new year.More information on exactly how that will work is expected this fall.
SALEM, Ore. — Hundreds of people gathered Monday afternoon in a small town south of Portland for a pro-President Donald Trump vehicle rally — just over a week after member of a far-right group was fatally shot after a Trump caravan went through Oregon's largest city.Later, pro-Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed in Oregon's Capitol city of Salem.Vehicles waving flags for Trump, the QAnon conspiracy theory and in support of police gathered at about noon at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City.The rally’s organizers said they would drive to toward Salem and most left the caravan before that. A smaller group of members of the right-wing group the Proud Boys went on to Salem, where a crowd of several dozen pro-Trump supporters had gathered.At one point Monday afternoon, the right-wing crowd rushed a smaller group of Black Lives Matters counter-demonstrators, firing paint-gun pellets at them.Videos on social media showed right-wing protesters chasing, tackling and assaulting left-wing protestors with weapons, their fists and with pepper spray, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Paintballs were also fired between the two groups.After unfolding a large American flag on the steps of the Capitol, right-wing protesters charged counter-protesters, leaving several of them injured, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Right-wing protesters made a second rush later, tackling and beating at least one person, leading to two arrests, the media outlet said.Organizers of the earlier vehicle rally in Oregon City said they did not plan to enter Multnomah County, where Portland is located. Oregon City is about 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of Portland.In Portland on Monday, Black Lives Matter supporters rallied in a city park and demonstrated peacefully, KOIN TV reported.“Teacher unions are part of the labour movement, and I feel like it’s really important for people who are members of a union to step up and say, ’Our labour supports Black Lives Matter and we are ready to organize in support of systemic change,' ” educator Joanne Shepard told the TV station.On Aug. 29 Aaron “Jay” Danielson, a supporter of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, was killed in Portland after a pro-Trump caravan went downtown. Trump supporters fired paint ball canisters at counter-demonstrators, who tried to block their way.Danielson’s suspected killer, Michael Forest Reinoehl, was fatally shot by police Thursday. Reinoehl was a supporter of antifa — shorthand for anti-fascists and an umbrella description for far-left-leaning militant groups.Demonstrations in Portland started in late May after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and have continued for more than 100 days.A fire started outside a police precinct on Portland's north side resulted in about 15 arrests during protests Sunday night into Monday morning, police said.Demonstrators protesting police brutality began marching about 9 p.m. Sunday and stopped at the North Precinct Community Policing Center, the site of several volatile protests in recent months.Officials warned demonstrators against entering the precinct property, saying they would be trespassing and subject to arrest.Shortly after arriving, the crowd began chanting, among other things, “burn it down," police said. Some in the group lit a mattress on fire.Most of those arrested were from Portland. Others were from San Francisco; Sacramento, California; Mesa, Arizona; and two from Vancouver, Washington.Charges included interfering with an officer, resisting arrest, reckless burning and possession of a destructive device.Andrew Selsky, The Associated Press
TORONTO — Ontario's courts are wading into the debate over sending students back to school during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with one judge ruling a nine-year-old boy should return to in-person classes despite his father's objections.In a decision released late last month, Ontario Superior Court Justice Andrea Himel said the case is one of many such disputes currently before the courts and seeking urgent resolution as schools prepare to reopen.She says the parents, who are divorced and share custody of their son, disagreed on whether the boy should attend classes in person or continue with the remote learning system put in place when schools were forced to close in March.The mother argued it was in the boy's best interest to return to his French immersion school in person, partly because neither parent speaks the language well enough to help with school work, and because the child has struggled with isolation.The father, meanwhile, countered that COVID-19 continues to pose significant risks that can be better managed through at-home, online learning.Himel sided with the mother, saying the Ontario government is better placed than the justice system to assess and address the health risks of going to school.While there is a consensus between officials and medical experts that it is not 100 per cent safe to return to in-person classes, those risks are being balanced against children's psychological, social and academic needs, along with parents' need for child care, the judge wrote."There is no end in sight to the pandemic and, as such, no evidence as to when it will be 100 per cent safe for children to return to school," she wrote."The Ontario government has determined that September 2020 is an appropriate time to move on to a 'new normal' which includes a return to school."What's more, neither the boy, who is entering Grade 4, nor anyone in the two households will face an unacceptable risk of harm if he goes back to class, she said, noting none have any underlying medical conditions that would make them particularly vulnerable to the virus or its effects.One Toronto lawyer said the ruling could set a precedent as separated parents across the province grapple with similar issues."The health, safety and well-being of children and families remains the court's foremost consideration during COVID-19. Parents may be surprised to find that even their strong and well-meaning preferences can be overridden," Diana Isaac, a partner at Shulman & Partners LLP, said in a statement."It is highly recommended that parents, even those that don't see eye-to-eye, reach an accord on their child's school attendance. Otherwise, they might find themselves in court with an undesired solution imposed on them," she said.Himel, too, urged parents to reach an agreement rather than turning to the courts, noting the justice system is already stretched thin as a result of the pandemic.The judge highlighted several "significant problems" with the father's proposed schooling plan in laying out her reasons for ruling against him.The father's plan included online learning provided by the school, exercise such as playing hockey in the driveway and unsupervised outdoor play, and using Goodle Translate and a dictionary to assist the boy with assignments, according to court documents.But Himel noted that while the father has a flexible work schedule and a partner who can help, the mother has neither."The father's plan fails to address how the mother will be able to implement his plan, nor does it address the mother's concerns respecting the constraints on her ability to work if (the child) is enrolled in the online education program," the judge wrote."This plan may necessitate a dramatic change to the current parenting schedule or may result in two diverse approaches to online learning and the rules respecting technology in the respective homes. Either outcome may well be a recipe for further conflict between the parties."This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 8, 2020.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Toronto has a speeding problem, the city's mayor said Tuesday after officials analyzed the first month of data from automated speed cameras that have been rolled out.Mayor John Tory said the cameras have been operational in 50 school zones across the city since July 6.Over the following month the automated machines issued more than 22,000 tickets, he said. "These are very sobering numbers and this is a very serious problem that we collectively as a city have to come to grips with," Tory said.The cameras were installed just before the pandemic hit, but weren't being used until the summer due to COVID-19, he said.There were more than 2,000 repeat offenders in the first month the speeding cameras were turned on, including one vehicle that was issued 12 tickets.He said one camera in northwest Toronto near two schools issued more than 2,700 tickets.The highest speed the cameras recorded came at the same spot where a driver was nabbed going nearly 50 km/h over the posted 40 km/h limit."Who would drive in the city near two schools at 50 km/h above the limit?" Tory said.The mayor said he is hopeful the cameras will alter behaviour."The data tells a frustrating story, but I'm confident that will ultimately will lead to a change in behaviour, which is the whole idea," Tory said.It has taken years to get the automated speed cameras on Toronto's streets.In 2016, Toronto's city council formally requested the province to allow it to use the technology as part of its overall strategy to eliminate road fatalities and serious injuries.In 2017, the Liberal government at the time amended the Highway Traffic Act to allow for use of the cameras and in late November 2019, the Conservative government made it law to allow municipalities to operate the machines in certain spots, dubbed community safety zones.Toronto re-zoned about 750 elementary schools to community safety zones in order to comply with provincial regulations.The tickets do not come with the loss of demerit points and do not affect a person's driving record.Toronto police got rid of its traffic enforcement squad in 2013, but brought it back temporarily after an outcry from advocates last year amid growing pedestrian and cyclists deaths across the city.Police said Monday a permanent squad with highly visible officers will be out on the streets later this fall."The officers will conduct intelligence-led enforcement activities in locations determined by data from collisions, speed monitoring and more," Toronto police said in a statement.In 2019, six people died and 40 more were seriously hurt in collisions where speed was a factor, according to Toronto police data.The year before, speed was a factor in collisions where 16 people died and 58 people suffered major injuries.This article by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 8, 2020.Liam Casey, The Canadian Press
Power has been restored to thousands of homes in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island after high winds knocked out BC Hydro service in many areas on Monday afternoon.More than 3,600 customers lost power in Langley, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford, and another 4,200 were in the dark on Vancouver Island, according to BC Hydro. Power was up and running again by 5:45 a.m. PT on Tuesday.Many outages were caused by damage to power lines."We have seen a number of trees and branches come down on our wires and in some cases we do have wires down," BC Hydro spokesperson Mora Scott told CBC.Fallen trees and power lines also closed a section of Highway 7 between Mission and Maple Ridge on Monday afternoon.An Environment Canada special weather statement warning residents about gusting winds has also been rescinded.
The Philippine president pardoned a U.S. Marine on Monday in a surprise move that will free him from imprisonment in the 2014 killing of a transgender Filipino woman that sparked anger in the former American colony. President Rodrigo Duterte said he decided to pardon Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton because the Marine was not treated fairly after opponents blocked his early release for good conduct in detention.
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Walt Disney Co's release of "Mulan", which is set in China and meant to appeal to audiences there, has provoked a backlash on social media over its star's support of Hong Kong police and for being partly filmed in the Xinjiang region. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong and internet users in Taiwan and Thailand are among those who promoted hashtags "#BoycottMulan" and "#BanMulan" on Twitter, following this month's launch of the film on Disney's streaming platform.
South Korea's latest COVID-19 outbreak has triggered a public backlash against conservative Christian churches for defying government orders aimed at preventing the disease's spread. Authorities said quelling the outbreak was hampered by some 650 church members and 7,700 protesters avoiding or refusing testing as of Tuesday, and more than 300 congregations breaching a ban on in-person gatherings. Mainstream Christian figures and conservative opposition lawmakers have criticised the Sarang Jeil Church at the centre of the latest COVID-19 outbreak and other churches for spreading fake news, aggravating the COVID-19 outbreak and depleting public resources.
Call it the pandemic pendulum. One minute, you're (relatively) calm and remaining optimistic. The next, anxiety has crept in and you're staring down a back-to-school year unlike any other in our lifetime. So, if you are a swirling, twirling cyclone of emotions — just think how kids are feeling, says registered psychologist Dr. Janine Hubbard. Hubbard, who has been open about the different challenges that come with COVID-19, is sharing her real talk with parents. Her tips and strategies are evergreen and should be kept somewhere handy. (Like, maybe on the fridge next to the COVID-19 self-assessment checklist). 1\. Hey parents, grab a mirrorHubbard says to take a quick minute for self-reflection, and look at how you're expressing your own worries. "While it's important to have candid conversations with your children, if your feelings, emotions are really heightened, you may need to be very careful about how much of that you're exposing to your children," she said. 2\. Type A? Or Type Not Right Now? Hubbard says know the coping style that suits your kid and their personality. Some are "information seekers. They want to know every minute detail of what that first day of school is going to look like, what their classroom is going to look like."Others, not so much. "Some are, 'tell me when it's happening and not before then.'"3\. Kids had back-to-school worries, pre-COVID. They still do. Hubbard says kids generally think that adults have many aspects of COVID-19 under control (relatively speaking). "They are far more worried about who their classmates are going to be this year, or who is going to sit at the table next to them," she says.Ask them about their fears, validate them, support them and help them problem solve.4. Let them be bummedHubbard says there are lots of things that can't happen this school year, like extracurricular activities and other events, and kids are going to be let down. "Acknowledge that disappointment. If possible, help them determine some alternate activities, some things that might work as a bit of a substitute, even if it isn't a perfect one."5. Pump up the excitement!Hubbard says even for kids who aren't generally a fan of school, some are just happy to get back after a long six months away. "They've missed their friends, they've missed their structure, they've missed their routine … And for, unfortunately, a large number of children in this province, school is the safest place in their life. And there are a number of kids for whom we need to get them back in that environment," she said.6\. Empathy: Make it your theme word for this fallThis one isn't just for kids. An extra dose of Vitamin E(mpathy) could be used all around, as she notes there has been "stigma and shame associated with COVID-19," be it testing or diagnosis."We need to make sure that [kids] know the importance of having empathy for classmates, for family members, for members of the school environment who may have to self-isolate or who may develop the symptoms and the disease," she said.7\. Flex those flexibility musclesRemind your kids that if nothing else, the last six months have beefed up everyone's ability to roll with the punches. "And boy, we're still going to need that in the next school year. Because what next week looks like is probably going to be very different from the end of September or November or even into February. Remind them that this is an ever-evolving process," she said.8\. Even in a pandemic, you have control over some things. Focus on those. Hubbard says the information, and also unknown, of COVID-19 can feel overwhelming at times.But tell yourself there are things you can do, like hand-washing, wearing a mask and physical distancing. "All of the safety precautions we have been taught over the last six months, now is the time to make sure we're using them."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Rambo, a rambunctious Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is ecstatic about his new big brother Samson, a 140 pound Newfoundland. Samson is a gentle giant and knows he needs to be careful with the tiny pup. Rambo follows Samson wherever he goes and showers him with pure love. Samson might not be ready for so much love from little brother. Too cute!
Top police leaders in Rochester, New York, announced their retirements Tuesday amid nightly protests over the handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, whose family filed a federal lawsuit alleging a coverup by law enforcement.Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, Deputy Chief Joseph M. Morabito and a commander retired, while two more leaders gave up command positions. The outgoing chief accused critics of trying to “destroy my character and integrity.”The abrupt change of course for Singletary came after “new information that was brought to light today that I had not previously seen before,” Mayor Lovely Warren said during a video call with members of the City Council. She said she did not ask the chief to resign but otherwise did not elaborate.While the “timing and tenor” of the retirements were difficult, Warren said later at a brief news conference, “I truly believe that we will get through this.”The sudden announcements came more than five months after the death of Prude, a 41-year-old Black man who died several days after an encounter with police March 23 in New York's third-largest city. There have been nightly protests in the city since the video's release Wednesday.“The members of the Rochester Police Department and the Greater Rochester Community know my reputation and know what I stand for," Singletary said in a prepared statement. "The mischaracterization and the politicization of the actions that I took after being informed of Mr. Prude’s death is not based on facts, and is not what I stand for.”Singletary, who is 40 and spent his entire career in the Rochester Police Department, was appointed chief in April 2019. He will stay on through the end of the month, Warren said.“This is great news,” said Iman Abid, speaking for Free the People ROC, which has held protests since details of Prude's death emerged. “It says to the people that people are able to move things and to shape things. The police chief wouldn’t retire if it weren’t for something that he felt he was accountable to.”But, she said, nightly protests will continue to push other demands, including the resignation of the mayor, defunding and demilitarizing of police, and development of a state law barring police departments from responding to mental health crises.Officers found Prude running naked down the street in March, handcuffed him and put a hood over his head to stop him from spitting, then held him down for about two minutes until he stopped breathing. He died a week later after he was taken off life support.His brother, Joe Prude, had called 911 seeking help for Daniel Prude’s unusual behaviour. He had been taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation earlier that night but was released after a few hours, his brother told officers.His death sparked outrage after his relatives last week released police body camera video and written reports they obtained through a public records request.Seven police officers were suspended a day later, and state Attorney General Letitia James said Saturday she would form a grand jury and conduct an “exhaustive investigation” into Prude’s death.In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Prude’s family alleged that it took more than 90 seconds for officers to notice he had stopped breathing because they were chatting and making jokes at his expense. Prude’s sister, Tameshay, sued as executor of his estate and named the city of Rochester, Singletary and officers involved in the arrest as defendants.Prude’s family contends his death and a coverup stem from longstanding police department policy and practice that “condones and encourages officers to use excessive force as a matter of course, and to lie in official police paperwork and sworn testimony to justify their unlawful actions.”The lawsuit alleges the police department sought to cover up the true nature of Prude’s death, starting with what Warren said was Singletary reporting to her early on that Prude had an apparent drug overdose.The lawsuit also argues officers used force against Prude at a time when he “obviously posed no threat to the safety of the officers or anyone else.”“Mr. Prude was in the midst of an acute, manic, psychotic episode,” the lawsuit states. “Mr. Prude was unarmed, naked and suffering. He needed help.”Police union officials have said the officers were following their training.Mary Esch, Michael Hill And Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press
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