Heather Abbey, a controversial Indigenous entrepreneur from Saskatoon, appeared on a Halloween-themed episode of Wheel of Fortune Tuesday night and walked away with $21,500 US after solving a puzzle with the phrase, "The Horror, The Horror."Indigenous artists who watched the game show say the real horror is that Abbey still owes them thousands of dollars for a failed trade mission to Tokyo in July 2019, on top of the $62,000 of public money she owes Creative Saskatchewan, a provincial arts agency.Abbey said she is making monthly instalment payments on her debt to Creative Saskatchewan. The arts agency confirmed that to CBC News.But it's little consolation to the artists who say they're owed money. "It kind of drains me emotionally to see her doing things like [appearing on Wheel of Fortune] still with no remorse for the artists and entrepreneurs she used and harmed," said Cree fashion designer Agnes Woodward, who lives in North Dakota, but is originally from Kawacatoose First Nation, about 115 kilometres north of Regina.To take part in the trade mission, Woodward and her husband Whirlwind Bull, a painter, spent more than $6,000 on flights, hotel, food, transportation and a delegate fee of $400 each. The trip did not go as Abbey promised it would. Afterward Abbey sent the couple messages — provided to CBC News — in which she pledged to repay them $3,000."If you owe a lot of money to people and you're on national TV? Like, she has no remorse and no conscience," said Bull. Bull said they paid $1,300 to cover hotel rooms, only to have Abbey check the Canadian delegation into a $20/night Airbnb at the last minute. CBC confirmed that a hotel in Tokyo is trying to collect $15,000 in cancellation and no-show fees after Abbey confirmed the group's reservation just hours before arrival, but failed to show up.Bull said he made a joke of Abbey's appearance on the game show. " 'Oh good, now she's going to pay us back.' But I know she's not going to." Abbey was prepared for backlashAbbey, a Cree woman from Little Pine First Nation, located 200 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, has won numerous awards and government grants for empowering Indigenous artists and for her much-lauded website Indig Inc., an e-commerce platform that allows Indigenous artists to sell their homemade products. It is now offline.She now lives in West Hollywood, Calif., studies at Los Angeles Film School and delivers food part-time."I'm passionate about creating authentic Native American content for the big screen and the small screen," she told Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak on the show.In an article posted to West Hollywood Times, Abbey said she was hoping to win enough money to help pay for her education and take her family on a trip to Paris. WATCH | Heather Abbey's Wheel of Fortune win:However, in an email to CBC News, Abbey said that when she receives her winnings, she will spend the money in three ways: repaying Indigenous delegates that weren't able to attend the Tokyo trip, repaying Creative Saskatchewan and buying a new bed set for each of her two children."I knew that everything would flare up again if I made it on the game show, but I also knew it was an incredibly long shot in the first place — from application to audition to being selected onto the show to the actual game show itself!" she wrote."All in all though, I'm pretty proud of how I played, and that I have actual money coming to make my payments — delivering food isn't exactly keeping me in the money!"Government auditAfter a CBC News investigation last year, Creative Saskatchewan decided to audit five projects undertaken by Abbey and her e-commerce company Indig Inc., that received more than $160,000 total in taxpayer money between 2015 and 2019. The audit concluded that Abbey met expectations for three grants — worth nearly $100,000 combined — that helped to fund, among other things, website design and training for Indigenous artists to create leather mittens and beaded earrings.The two failed projects included a trade mission to Japan for Indigenous artists from Saskatchewan and a retail space for Indigenous artists in a Saskatoon shopping mall."I plan to repay every debt I have," Abbey told CBC News in January, when asked about her outstanding debts.Abbey also said none of her actions were malicious or fraudulent, rather that some business gambles didn't pan out.Creative Saskatchewan spokesperson Craig Lederhouse said the arts agency has an agreement with Abbey to collect the money owed over time."To date, Ms. Abbey is honouring that agreement and has been making monthly payments," he said. "Financial details of the agreement are confidential."Abbey has outstanding debts with more entities than the Saskatchewan government. Public records and court documents show two credit unions and two landlords are seeking $64,000 from Abbey for unpaid loans and rent.Abbey still maintains that some of the delegates are also responsible for the lack of sales on the Tokyo trip, insisting they treated it like a "vacation." A half dozen artists interviewed by CBC News deny that.As for her life now, Abbey said, "after the storm comes the rainbow. Cliché, but true.""Last year I was cancelled, and in retrospect it was probably the best thing to ever happen to me," she said. "Aside from these payments that I still plan to make, I'm free."So yeah, did last year destroy me? Hell yeah it did, but it also rebuilt me into someone that is stronger, and has even more empathy and life experience. Trying to better the world for a few people broke me completely, but it also gave way to being truly happy."
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated an increase in mail-in and early voting, which was already taking place in recent elections, and has led to talk of an election "season" of vote counting — a development that has chagrined U.S. President Donald Trump."It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on Nov. 3, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate, and I don't believe that's by our laws," Trump said between campaign stops on Tuesday.Trump appeared to be confusing media projections with actual certified results from the states themselves. He did not object, for example, when Arizona was projected for him by the networks on election night in 2016 but not officially certified by the state until two days later."Results are never certified on the night of the election," Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said on Tuesday. Boockvar's statement applies nationwide, with state certifications taking place between Nov. 5 and Dec. 8.With one big exception in 2000, which caused a reorganization and rethink of modelling and exit poll methods, media projections the night of an election have been on point. It's the process which enabled Trump to make a victory speech around 3 a.m. ET after election night in 2016, as Hillary Clinton had conceded to his campaign 30 minutes earlier, even with very close margins in four states, three of which went to Trump.Trump's rationale would see many Americans outside of the country, including service members, disenfranchised if their ballots aren't received by election day. The State Department estimated over 614,000 cast a ballot outside the U.S. in 2016, including over 51,000 serving in the military.In fairness to the president, things can get confusing in the United States with no overriding federal election commission. The decentralized electoral college system sees many states projected the minute after polls close, while others are unclear.So, here's a look at who makes the projections, an estimated time frame for some key states and a few examples that illustrate the republic has survived waiting several hours or longer not knowing the result.The mediaCNN and the traditional three U.S. over-air networks ABC, CBS and NBC form the National Election Pool (NEP) consortium, utilizing Edison Research data. The Associated Press trumpets the 2018 midterm performance of its VoteCast survey, also used by Fox News."If AP cannot definitively say a candidate has won, we don't speculate," David Scott, AP deputy managing editor, said this week.Dan Merkle, executive director of elections at ABC News, made similar comments to its polling website partner, FiveThirtyEight, assigning a confidence level of 99.5 per cent before its consortium would make a call in any state.Generally speaking, the media organizations and their vendors employ exit polls of early and same day voters, phone polls of early and mail-in voters and statistical models that follow recent trends at a granular county or district level. Projections aren't made until a representative sample from the state, geographically and demographically, can be assured.It's important to remember that, in terms of the presidential contest, most states are not up for grabs. Both the Cook Political Report and nonpartisan aggregator 270 to Win have a total of 337 electoral college votes categorized as not in doubt at all or little doubt. All told, about 15 states are rated as toss-up or as a "lean" to one party or the other."States like Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, those are states that we expect to count similar to in the past.… If it's a one- or two-point race, yes, we'll be waiting for more data. But if we have a few-point margin, three, four, five points, those races should be projectable," Merkle told FiveThirtyEight.Florida state officials were able to begin processing and verifying early ballots 22 days before the election, so their dump of results in the early hours after polls close will be significant and a mix of early and day-of voters.WATCH l Texas activists work hard to overcome voting obstacles:In a scenario where Florida's 29 electoral college votes can be projected for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Trump's path is foggy at best.Jim Messina, a former campaign manager for Barack Obama, told the New Yorker this week his consulting group has over 60,000 different simulations involving different pathways, and all theoretical Trump wins involve him carrying Florida."It's just the math," said Messina.If Florida indeed goes to Trump or is up in the air, the focus turns to a small number of northeastern and Midwestern states.States such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania would most likely not be projected on election night, ABC's Merkle said, and therefore it would be "somewhat surprising" if an overall winner of the presidency is projected on election night or into its wee hours.The statesSome 70 million Americans had voted by Oct. 27, and states vary as to whether those ballots can be processed ahead of the closing of in-person polls, as well as what date postmarked ballots will be accepted by.Officials from the perceived swing states are confident they can handle the increase in early voting."Our estimate is Friday [Nov. 6] before we can ensure all these ballots will be tabulated and processed," Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said recently."I do expect the overwhelming majority of ballots will be counted in a couple of days," Pennsylvania's Boockvar has said, while for his part Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has said he expects their result to be known by Nov. 4.These states aren't laggards. States such as Utah and Washington are expected to take longer to fully tabulate their results. But those states won't be eyed obsessively as they are seen as comfortably projected for Trump and Biden, respectively.If Ohio can't be projected on election night, things could get interesting. Under state law, there are no results announced between election night and when the final total is certified, a time frame of weeks given that the postmarked ballots are eligible to be counted if received by Nov. 13.The state says it will update outstanding absentee vote totals, which could help deduce if it's statistically possible for a candidate to catch up.Americans have gone to bed uncertainU.S. elections are held on the first Tuesday in November, and even in less challenging times than a pandemic, the accepted result spilled into the next day or later.As historian Michael Beschloss pointed out in a 2016 article, despite a subdued speech around 3 a.m. following election day, Richard Nixon in 1960 did not officially concede. As they would a few more times in the pre-internet age, Americans awoke to an early edition newspaper on their porch stating the race was still too close to call.NBC broke into a game show around noon that Wednesday with a Nixon aide reading his concession speech to Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy.WATCH l Monitoring a U.S. election not unusual, but 2020 brings unique challenges:"The outcome of Tuesday's election hung in the balance for hours," The Associated Press reported in 1968. In that year, as well as in 1976 and 2004, candidates conceded to the eventual winner early morning or midday on the Wednesday. Americans perhaps got lulled into expecting an immediate result after three landslides in the 1980s followed by two elections in the 1990s that were not especially nail-biting affairs. Then came 2000.Democratic nominee Al Gore famously conceded to George W. Bush after some networks projected Florida to fall for the Republican. Gore soon called Bush back to rescind that concession as more data came in throwing the projection into doubt. Confusing ballots saw some Floridians "overvote" for two candidates and others not sufficiently punch their card for any candidate.On that Dec. 12, Gore lost a key Supreme Court ruling and conceded the next day. Bush edged Gore by 537 votes in the Florida count.While those unique circumstances won't be duplicated, "many of the fundamental pathologies unearthed by the 2000 debacle remain," writes Richard Hasen in the recent book Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust and the Threat to American Democracy."Political actors realized that the courts were fertile grounds for fighting over election rules," Hasen said.Indeed, the U.S. Supreme Court has had to rule on a number of rule challenges during this campaign, including Wednesday on Pennsylvania's absentee ballots.In terms of the media, the fallout from 2000 saw the Voter News Service consortium ditched and eventually replaced by the NEP.Beware red or blue 'mirage'Election experts have warned that results reported in some states on election night could have a red or blue "mirage" — a scenario in which one candidate is ahead but votes counted later show a decided advantage for the other candidate.Pennsylvania, for example, has reported that Democrats had requested mail-in or absentee ballots by more than a two-to-one margin over Republicans.In the 2018 midterms, Trump targeted a Florida election official with unsubstantiated allegations of criminal wrongdoing as he seemingly refused to accept that absentee ballots with a decided Democratic advantage began to be tabulated after election night. Those votes narrowed the advantages Republican candidates held — and ultimately retained — in Florida's gubernatorial and Senate races.The transition of power relies heavily on good faith dealings between candidates. Trump has only said he'd concede if this year's result is "fair," though he hasn't defined what that means.Hasen lobbies for the centralized reforms and an end to "blue state" and "red state" approaches to election rules. In order for Americans to respect results this year and beyond, he says, a bipartisan group of respected political elders may need to be called on to attest to the contest's fairness.One such group, the National Council of Election of Integrity, slammed Trump's comments on Tuesday."Trump is more a symptom of the American electoral system's malfunction than a cause," Hansen wrote. "The problems will exist even after he leaves the political scene."What do you want to know about the U.S. election? Your questions help inform our coverage. 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HARRIGAN COVE – Beverly Ledden’s husband woke her at 1 a.m. on August 27 and said, “Ambulance. I am having a heart attack.” She called 911, routed through her online phone service, but all Bell landlines in the area were down at the time. The couple cannot get a reliable cell signal at home in Harrigan Cove. Ledden had found the cost of a landline expensive and opted instead for a computer-based line. Her ‘Magic Jack’ line accepted the 911 call and its U.S. headquarters transferred the call back to the local landline provider in Canada, which in this case is Bell. Since Bell was down, the emergency call was not successfully forwarded. Calling neighbours for help from her Magic Jack line was futile, as their Bell landlines were out. “On August 26-27 we had no landline available to us and no 911 service. My husband, who had a heart attack that morning on Aug 27, was very fortunate we got help,” she told The Journal during a recent interview. Ledden was able to get him into their car before he passed out and drove to the nearest community, Port Dufferin, where there was intermittent cell service in front of the SR Balcom Centre. With one bar on her cell phone, she was able to reach the 911 service for help. Now Ledden is lobbying politicians to deem cell service an essential one for all Nova Scotians. She wrote, in part, to Councillor David Hendsbee, District 2, HRM: “I had to put my husband in the car and drive until I had cell phone service. Bell has the only phone service on the Eastern Shore with landlines. Cell is non-existent … If even one life could be saved by having these essential services that would be enough.” During the emergency, Ledden had the presence of mind to give her husband an aspirin at home and then Emergency Health Services transported him to Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital (ESMH) where – fortunately – the emergency department happened to be open. Due to COVID restrictions she was unable to accompany her husband at the hospital. Mr. Ledden was stabilized at ESMH and then transferred to the QEII in Halifax. “He had three stents put in the left descending arterial artery and, thankfully, is recovering nicely,” Ledden says. “I was very lucky to get him in the car before he lost consciousness and get to where I could get cell service.” Ledden says for residents of rural Nova Scotia, essential services must be a priority, including cell service. “We have lobbied for Internet and did have some success in a number of communities with fibre-op service – but for just a small portion of the folks who live on the Eastern Shore. I have an Internet phone as the price of Bell Aliant with long distance is reaching the $100 mark. Although we are in the HRM, even dialing companies, doctors or any other services in Halifax are long distance,” she explains. The convenience and cost of the Internet phone was appealing, as the couple have all the services they were getting from Bell Aliant – and even long distance in North America – for less than $6 a month. For peace of mind, at 8 a.m. on Aug. 27, Ledden called Bell to have a landline installed. Katie Hatfield, Bell Aliant spokesperson, told The Journal in an email: “We first heard from Ms. Ledden on the morning of August 27 following her husband’s health issue … We connected her residence with Bell Aliant service the same day.” Ledden travelled to the city to be with her husband and, when she returned, she discovered she still had no Bell connection. It was a week later before the couple had a landline dial tone. “We heard back from Ms. Ledden on August 31 to report that there was no dial tone, and we scheduled a technician visit for the following day, September 1. Due to a scheduling issue on our end, the repair was completed on September 3. We don’t have any records of any further service issues at Ms. Ledden’s home, but we did speak to her on September 25 about some billing concerns and credited her account for a month of free service for the inconvenience,” said Hatfield. “There is no cell service along the Eastern Shore except if you are fortunate enough to get a weak signal or have no landscape (hills and valleys) in the way,” says Ledden. “Since the storm Dorian went through last year and put us off the grid for phone service and Internet, we have been experiencing outages and poor lines with our phone service from the only landline provider in many areas. Trees on lines and poles being pulled over have become very hard on our landlines.” “October 7 we also had no Bell landlines for approximately 24 hours again,” an exasperated Ledden says. The cost continues to rise but the service does not change. “For $97 a month, I now have a landline from Bell Aliant – as well as my Magic Jack Internet phone and a cell phone I can only use in certain communities. Really, if the communication lines are out your call to 911 will not go through. Cell service should be considered an essential service to everyone not just those who live in populous areas. Every life should count,” she advocates.Janice Christie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal
HALIFAX — People thinking about warm weather getaways in the coming months should probably plan to stay home, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health said Wednesday. Dr. Robert Strang responded to reports a Halifax-based travel agency is offering two weeklong trips to Cuba reserved exclusively for residents of Atlantic Canada. He questioned the "wisdom" of non-essential foreign trips while the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world. "The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to advise against non-essential international travel," Strang told reporters. "Choosing to support our local hotels, restaurants and other businesses is the safest and wisest choice for Nova Scotians to make." Absolute Travel Specialists says it will charter two Air Canada flights -- one in February and another in March -- for Atlantic Canadians who want to get some sun in the winter and stay safe from COVID-19. The company said Tuesday a hotel in Cayo Coco will be reserved exclusively for Atlantic Canadians during their stay. Federal law stipulates that Canadians who leave the country must quarantine for 14 days upon their return. Atlantic residents who leave the Atlantic region -- even if they stay in Canada -- must also isolate for two weeks when they return home. Strang cautioned the second wave of COVID-19 is expected to last for at least the next two to three months. "There are no guarantees where we might be with COVID here in Nova Scotia during these coming months and we really don't know with any certainly what 2021 is going to bring either locally, nationally or internationally," he said. On Tuesday, Prince Edward Island's chief public health officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, said the planned trips to Cuba were "not realistic." Morrison said her province would maintain its two-week self-isolation requirement for the "foreseeable future," adding that it was unlikely any changes would be made before the Christmas season. Strang, however, said his province is considering employing rapid testing at its border with New Brunswick for travellers from outside the Atlantic region. He said rapid tests can shorten the two-week isolation period. Starting next month, officials in Alberta will be rapid testing foreign travellers at the Calgary airport and the Coutts land border crossing. Travellers who test negative will be allowed to end their isolation after taking a second test a week later. Strang said he is looking to learn from the Alberta pilot. "As evidence evolves, the epidemiology evolves, our goal is always to find the appropriate balance of keeping things open but also having the necessary level of safety," he said. Nova Scotia reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, leaving the province with five active cases of the disease. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2020. Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole's efforts to straddle the divide between social conservatives and more moderate members of his caucus were on display Wednesday as the House of Commons gave approval in principle to a bill that would outlaw the discredited practice of conversion therapy. The bill passed easily by a vote of 308-7 but exposed divisions within Conservative ranks. O'Toole himself voted in favour of the bill, as did most Conservative MPs. But seven of his MPs voted against it, two abstained and eight others made it clear they were supporting it only grudgingly for now, in hopes that it will be amended by the Commons justice committee. Former leader Andrew Scheer was among those who simply did not show up for the vote. O'Toole allowed his MPs a free vote on the issue, part of his bargain with social conservatives that helped him secure the Conservative leadership in August. The bill would criminalize the practice of forcing children or adults to undergo therapy aimed at altering their sexual orientation or gender identity. Some Conservatives have expressed fears the bill would outlaw conversations between parents and their children or counsel from religious leaders. O'Toole himself has said "reasonable amendments" are necessary to clarify that point. During debate on the bill earlier this week, former leadership contender Derek Sloan went so far as to suggest it would outlaw prayer. Sloan has previously said the bill amounts to child abuse. Justice Minister David Lametti has dismissed those fears, arguing that the bill does not criminalize conversations that are meant to provide guidance to those questioning their gender or sexuality. Sloan was among the seven Conservatives who voted against the bill Wednesday. Others supported the bill for now but made their reservations crystal clear. "With the best of faith, I vote in favour of sending this flawed bill to committee," said Saskatchewan MP Cathay Wagantall as she registered her virtual vote. By contrast, all Liberal, Bloc Quebecois, New Democrat, Green and independent MPs who took part in the vote supported the bill. A number of Liberal MPs made a point of announcing that they were "proudly" voting in favour. The NDP questioned the validity of votes that came with "qualifiers," prompting Speaker Anthony Rota to remind MPs that when voting virtually, they are supposed to say simply whether they are for or against the motion, with no other comment. During question period moments before the vote, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a veiled shot at the sincerity of O'Toole's profession of support for the bill. "Conversion therapy is rooted in the harmful premise that one's sexual orientation or gender identity could and even should be changed," Trudeau told the Commons, in response to a setup question from a Liberal backbencher. "Our legislation will criminalize efforts to force someone to change or hide who they are. While Conservatives couch their support for conversion therapy behind misleading arguments, on this side, we will always stand up for the rights of Canadians." The bill would ban conversion therapy for minors and outlaw forcing an adult to undergo conversion therapy against their will. It would also ban removing a minor from Canada for the purpose of undergoing conversion therapy abroad and make it illegal to profit from providing the therapy or to advertise an offer to provide it. The practice has been widely discredited as cruel and traumatic. The Canadian Psychological Association says there is no scientific evidence that conversion therapy works but plenty of evidence that it causes harm to LGBTQ individuals, including anxiety, depression, negative self-image, feelings of personal failure, difficulty sustaining relationships and sexual dysfunction. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2020. Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
PARIS — An attacker armed with a knife killed three people inside a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, prompting the government to raise its security alert status to the highest level and double the number of soldiers deployed in the country. It was the third attack in two months in France that authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists, including the beheading of a teacher. It comes during a growing furor over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that were republished by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo — renewing vociferous debate in France and the Muslim world over the depictions that Muslims consider offensive but are protected by French free speech laws. Other confrontations and attacks were reported Thursday in the southern French city of Avignon and in the Saudi city of Jiddah, but it was not immediately clear if they were linked to the attack in Nice. French President Emmanuel Macron said he would immediately increase the number of soldiers deployed to protect schools and religious sites from around 3,000 currently to 7,000. French churches have been ferociously attacked by extremists in recent years, and Thursday's killings come ahead of the Roman Catholic All Saints' holiday. “He cried ‘Allah Akbar!’ over and over, even after he was injured,” said Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, who said a woman and a man died inside the church, while a second woman fled to a nearby bar but was mortally wounded. “The meaning of his gesture left no doubt.” The assailant in Nice was wounded by police and hospitalized after the killings at the Notre Dame Basilica, less than a kilometre (half-mile) from the site in 2016 where another attacker plowed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd, killing dozens of people. Shots punctuated the air and witnesses screamed as police stationed at the grandiose doors to the church appeared to fire at the attacker inside, according to videos obtained by The Associated Press. Hours later, AP reporters at the scene saw emergency vehicles and police tape lining the wide Notre Dame Avenue leading toward the plaza in front of the basilica. For a time after the attack, sounds of explosions could be heard as sappers exploded suspicious objects. France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into the attack, the third one since a trial opened in September for people linked to the 2015 attacks at Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket by gunmen who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. The trial is nearing its end, with a verdict planned for Nov. 13, the fifth anniversary of another series of deadly Islamic State attacks in Paris. Thursday's attacker was believed to be acting alone and police are not searching for other assailants, said two police officials, who were not authorized to be publicly named. “With the attack against (teacher) Samual Paty, it was freedom of speech that was targeted. With this attack in Nice, it is freedom of religion,” Prime Minister Jean Castex told lawmakers Thursday. Earlier, the lower house of parliament suspended a debate on France’s new virus restrictions and held a moment of silence for the victims. Castex rushed from the hall to a crisis centre overseeing the aftermath of the Nice attack and later returned to announce the alert level increase. French President Emmanuel Macron, who has defended Charlie Hebdo's right to publish the caricatures, arrived in Nice later in the day. Muslims have held protests in several countries and called for a boycott of French goods in response to France’s stance on caricatures of Islam’s most revered prophet, whose birthday was marked in several countries Thursday. Soon before Thursday’s attack, supporters of religious political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam protested in Pakistan against Macron. In Avignon on Thursday morning, an armed man was shot to death by police after he refused to drop his weapon and a flash-ball shot failed to stop him, one police official said. And a Saudi state-run news agency said a man stabbed a guard at the French consulate in Jiddah, wounding the guard before he was arrested. Islamic State extremists had issued a video on Wednesday renewing calls for attacks against France. Many groups and nations, however, issued their condolences Thursday, standing firmly with France. The French Council of the Muslim Faith condemned the Nice attack and called on French Muslims to refrain from festivities this week marking the birth of Muhammad “as a sign of mourning and in solidarity with the victims and their loved ones.” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the attack in Nice. "We stand in solidarity with the people of France against terror and violence,” the statement said. Relations between Turkey and France hit a new low after Turkey’s president on Saturday accused Macron of Islamophobia over the caricatures and questioned his mental health, prompting Paris to recall its ambassador to Turkey for consultations. The attack in Nice came less than two weeks after another assailant beheaded a French middle school teacher who showed the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad for a class on free speech. Those caricatures were published by Charlie Hebdo and cited by the men who gunned down the newspaper's editorial meeting in 2015. In September, a man who had sought asylum in France attacked bystanders outside Charlie Hebdo's former offices with a butcher knife. French Roman Catholic sites have been ferociously and repeatedly targeted by extremists in recent years, including the killing of the Rev. Jaqcues Hamel, who had his throat slit while celebrating Mass in his Normandy church by Islamic militants and a plot to bomb Paris' Notre Dame cathedral. Those attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group, which also is believed to have recruited a man now on trial who plotted unsuccessfully to attack a church on the outskirts of Paris. Nice’s 19th-century basilica Notre Dame de l’Assomption is the largest church in the city, but smaller and newer than the cathedral 1 mile (2 kilometres) away. The basilica’s twin neogothic towers, standing 70 yards (65 metres) high, are a landmark feature in the heart of the city. ___ Associated Press writers Angela Charlton and Thomas Adamson in Paris and Zeynep Bilginsoy in Istanbul contributed to this report. Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press
Some mailed their votes weeks ago, and now U.S. and dual citizens living in Toronto are preparing for a close presidential race that will have consequences in this country too.Toronto is home to 78,371 people who are eligible to vote in Tuesday's election, according the Federal Voting Assistance Program.Tyler Thom is one of them. The American citizen has been living in Toronto since 2018 and is a Canadian resident. Originally from Wisconsin, the 32 year-old mailed his ballot to his home state."I'm nervous," Thom said in an interview. "Regardless of the outcome."Thom says the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and frayed race relations continue to make the United States a deeply divided country. He believes Democratic nominees for president and vice president, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, will be able to bring Americans together.Immigration, health care, key issues"No one is listening to each other right now," he said. "I talk to my friends and family. A lot are legitimately scared. It sounds like it's the start of civil war. I don't want to be alarmist, but regardless of the election, there are tough times ahead."Thom also worries about the current administration's attempts at repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He says some of his family members could be affected by changes to their health care.As well, immigration is a major issue for him. Thom came to Canada after his husband, who is Mexican, was denied residency status in the United States."I'm very frustrated with the U.S. immigration system. Trump has done nothing to make it better. He's only incited more racism and more fear," Thom said.Republican focused on fiscal policyMark Feigenbaum, a lawyer and dual citizen based in Toronto, is also getting anxious about the election results. But the long-time Republican and chairman of Republicans Overseas Canada is hoping for another four years for President Donald Trump.Feigenbaum, who grew up in Los Angeles and specializes in cross-border tax law, says he focuses on fiscal issues as a voter, and less on Trump's personality and policy moves made in other areas."My Republican tendencies lean towards the fiscal side — lower taxes, smaller government, less regulation — and less on the social side. I saw what vice president Biden's plan was in the debates and I don't think that's the right path," Feigenbaum said.According to the research done after the 2016 presidential election by the Federal Voting Assistance Program, there are more than 620,000 people eligible to vote in U.S. elections living in Canada.Interest in Democrats AbroadDianna English, a Toronto resident and volunteer communications officer with Democrats Abroad, says voters living in Canada could actually influence the outcome of the election in key swing states, such as Michigan."We do have the capacity to turn key elections if we get out and vote," English said.Getting the vote out in Canada has not been easy for any party. Just five per cent of people living in Canada eligible to vote in the U.S. election four years ago cast absentee ballots.English believes that will change this year, at least for Democrats based in Canada. She says Democrats Abroad has experienced a 35-per-cent increase in membership this year and that membership has grown by 90 per cent since 2016.English adds that web traffic to votefromabroad.org, which assists expatriate voters, is up this year as well. She believes that the impact of the Trump presidency has been global and the results of this election will matter to US citizens no matter where in the world they live."Americans know that the effects of a second Trump term aren't going to stop at the border," English said.
Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton discusses the importance of following COVID-19 guidelines after a teacher was charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for allegedly not wearing required personal protective equipment (PPE).
Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that a warning from the FBI on hack-and-leak operations before the Nov. 3 presidential election played a role in its decision to limit the reach of stories from the New York Post that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son. Zuckerberg said it had seen attempts by Russia, Iran and China to run disinformation campaigns. "One of the threats that the FBI has alerted our companies ... to was the possibility of a hack and leak operation in the days or weeks leading up to this election," he said.
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 11:21 a.m. EDT on Oct. 29, 2020: There are 227,550 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 103,844 confirmed (including 6,214 deaths, 88,442 resolved) _ Ontario: 73,819 confirmed (including 3,118 deaths, 63,123 resolved) _ Alberta: 26,565 confirmed (including 313 deaths, 21,459 resolved) _ British Columbia: 13,875 confirmed (including 261 deaths, 11,244 resolved) _ Manitoba: 4,701 confirmed (including 61 deaths, 2,306 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 2,908 confirmed (including 25 deaths, 2,217 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,102 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,033 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 337 confirmed (including 6 deaths, 284 resolved) _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 291 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 282 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 64 confirmed (including 63 resolved) _ Yukon: 22 confirmed (including 17 resolved) _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Northwest Territories: 9 confirmed (including 8 resolved) _ Nunavut: No confirmed cases _ Total: 227,550 (0 presumptive, 227,550 confirmed including 10,067 deaths, 190,491 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2020. The Canadian Press
Meghan, the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, won her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed until next Autumn after a judge heard a confidential reason from her lawyers for seeking a delay. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and a former actress, is suing Associated Newspapers over articles in the Mail on Sunday that included parts of a handwritten letter she had sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. Judge Mark Warby said on Thursday he had granted the delay for the trial, which was due to have started in London on Jan. 11, until the autumn of 2021.
TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 934 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 10 new deaths due to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 420 cases are in Toronto, 169 in Peel Region, 95 in York Region and 62 in Ottawa. The province says it has conducted 35,621 tests since the last daily report, and has a backlog of 40,074. In total, 322 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 77 in intensive care. The province also reported 99 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 55 among students. Those bring the number of schools with a reported case to 581 out of Ontario's 4,828 publicly funded schools. Meanwhile, the Ontario government is expected to release new COVID-19 projections today. Premier Doug Ford said yesterday the modelling will show the number of new daily infections moving "in the right direction." The figures are expected to be released this afternoon at a news conference involving several health officials, including the province's top public health doctor. Previous projections, released late last month, showed the province recording 1,000 new daily cases by mid-October. Ontario passed that threshold last weekend but the numbers have since dropped. The province recorded 834 new infections yesterday, and five new deaths related to the novel coronavirus. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2020. The Canadian Press
Indigenous women with experience in the legal system gathered Tuesday afternoon for a virtual forum on gender justice. Words from the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls final report strongly guided the discussion. Alana Robert, a Manitoba Métis lawyer with McCarthy Tetrault, said the MMIWG report asserts that “colonial violence, racism and oppression” connects the fate of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people. “I think each of these factors of colonial violence, racism, and oppression can permeate throughout the legal system, and it situates our role as lawyers to practise in a way that safeguards against this as much as possible,” said Robert, speaking about how knowledge of the colonial legal system could be optimized to bring about change. Robert was one of four women to speak on a panel on the Legal System and Justice for Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA Persons. It was a component of a three-part series on the Gender Justice Now symposium organized by the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). “The ability of the legal system to perpetrate harm and trauma is no secret,” said Robert, referencing the violent death of Cindy Gladue and the legal proceedings that followed. Gladue was killed in an Edmonton hotel room. As evidence during the trial of her alleged killer, a preserved part of Gladue’s body was brought into court, further traumatizing her family. Robert said both the MMIWG national inquiry and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools said the legal system needed to be more culturally competent. Specifically, MMIWG national inquiry Calls for Justice 15.7 calls for space to be created “for relationships based on respect as human beings” in which respect, kindness and love is demonstrated. “(There is) something so humanizing about this call… It guides us to reflect on how we can practise law, approach relationships based on these principles and encourage others to do the same,” said Robert. Until that is done, girls like 15-year-old Roderica Ribbonleg from Little Red River Cree Nation in northern Alberta will continue to be lost. Her body was found in a forested area this past July and a man charged in her death. “It tragically symbolizes the consequences of what happens when we maintain the status quo,” said Robert. “There is no shortage of ignorance and racism in the legal profession, and I think we need to recognize it. We need to call it for what it is.” Naiomi Metallic from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in Gespe’gewa’gi is assistant professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She also referenced the Calls for Justice, calling for the creation of a national Indigenous human rights ombudsperson and national Indigenous human rights tribunal. As it stands now, said Metallic, a dispute in a Jordan’s Principle case would see a family have to take up the cause with the Canadian Human Rights Commission and, simultaneously, with the human rights tribunal of that province. Jordan’s Principle was established to ensure services, such as medical treatments, for a First Nations child are not delayed due to jurisdictional debates about which government, the federal or the provincial, will pick up the costs. A national Indigenous human rights ombudsperson and national Indigenous human rights tribunal that “had jurisdiction over both the federal and provincial government, I think, that would be fantastic,” said Metallic. As good a ruling as Jordan’s Principle is, it still falls short, said Metallic. “It’s a great decision … but it hasn’t resulted in Canada implementing transformative changes across the board,” she said. Instead of proactively addressing inequality, Jordan’s Principle allows for addressing systemic discrimination after the fact, said Metallic. Colonial law and policies have created an “arbitrary distinction” and has resulted in systemic underfunding, neglect in delivery of essential services, and inferior services offered in child welfare, social assistance, housing, water, policing and more, she said. The system of service delivery for Indigenous people has a lack of legislation and a lack of clear standards, Metallic said. Panelist Lynn Gehl challenged and defeated sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act. Gehl’s experience with the legal system has led her to at least one basic truth: Money makes a difference. With her limited budget Gehl took on the Justice department with its annual budget of more than $700 million. Information Gehl garnered through the Freedom of Information Act indicated Canada had spent $1 million fighting her in court. “I had little to no resources and I think a plaintiff needs to have money so then the relationship with their lawyer, it becomes different. They have a little bit more agency, because they’re paying the lawyer,” said Gehl. For the legal system to make a difference, people need to “follow the turtle,” Gehl said. “If we want social justice, if we want equality for all, then we have to stand behind the most oppressed person, the slowest person and push them forward,” she said. She adds this must be undertaken by Indigenous people and allies. “When the slowest is liberated, then we will all be liberated,” said Gehl. Joining the panel was Beth Kotierk, originally from Igloolik, Nunavut. She is currently a lawyer at Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik (Legal Services Board of Nunavut). The panel was moderated by Breanne Lavallée-Heckert, a Métis woman from Red River, currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Laws at McGill University. She is a member of LEAF National’s Board of Directors. Windspeaker.comBy Shari Narine, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com, Windspeaker.com
Three new cases of COVID-19 were announced in New Brunswick on Wednesday.The cases include two people in their 20s in the Fredericton region, Zone 3, and an someone 70 to 79 years old in the Campbellton region, Zone 5.Public Health said the new Zone 3 cases are related to international travel, while the Zone 5 case remains under investigation.Eight more people have recovered since Tuesday, bringing the province's total number of active cases down to 47. Four people are in the hospital but no one is in the intensive care unit.There are 33 active cases in the Campbellton region, nine active cases in the Moncton region, Zone 1, and five active cases in the Fredericton region.New Brunswick has reported a total of 337 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 284 recoveries and six deaths. The province conducted 753 tests on Tuesday for a total of 100,507 since the start of the pandemic in March.Mass testing planned for BelleduneHealth officials announced plans to hold a mass testing event later this week in Belledune, where an employee at NB Power's Belledune Generating Station tested positive for COVID-19. Mayor Joel Noel said NB Power informed him of the case on Oct. 18. He did not know if the worker was from Belledune or another community.Mass testing will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis only for those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. People are asked to bring their New Brunswick medicare card.The testing clinic will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Belledune Recreation and Cultural Centre from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Belledune was originally not included when an outbreak sent the Campbellton region back into the orange phase of recovery efforts on Oct 9. The village about 77 kilometres southeast of Campbellton was brought under orange-level restrictions on Oct. 22.The Vitalité Health Network said in a news release the goal of the mass testing is to "get an accurate picture" of the presence of COVID-19 in the community.Residents of other health zones are asked not to attend. Since the clinic is for those without symptoms, people who get tested will not be required to self-isolate while waiting for results. Those with symptoms should call Tele-Care 811 or complete the province's online self-assessment tool to schedule an appointment. What to do if you have a symptomPeople concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test on the government website at gnb.ca. Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: a fever above 38 C, a new cough or worsening chronic cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset of fatigue, new onset of muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell, and difficulty breathing.In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.People with one of those symptoms should: * Stay at home. * Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor. * Describe symptoms and travel history. * Follow instructions.
U.K. Vaccine Taskforce chair Kate Bingham also warned against over-optimism, saying there is no guarantee a successful vaccine against the novel coronavirus will ever be developed. No vaccine has ever been developed against any coronavirus, and numerous attempts to design vaccines against SARS and MERS, two which are related to the virus that causes COVID-19, have failed.
Membertou Chief Terry Paul has stepped down as co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Chiefs in a dispute with other First Nations over fisheries, saying his confidence in the organization has been waning for some time.The assembly had been discussing the definition of a moderate livelihood fishery with the federal government, but those talks broke down last Friday.On Wednesday, Paul said he could no longer work with the chiefs assembly because the Department of Fisheries and Oceans was successfully practising a divide-and-conquer strategy."We're supposed to work as one unit and they have no issue about dividing us and talking to individual councils and people that are not even representatives of the community," Paul said."They talk directly to staff. We have a policy that the staff do not talk to DFO officials, because they'll use those discussions against us and this is the big reason why we were supposed to have a co-ordinated effort and an organized effort in how we speak to the government, and that has fallen on the wayside."Paul has served as Membertou chief for 36 years and was re-elected last week for another four-year term.Internal mattersThe elder statesman of the assembly also said he was stepping away from his role with the Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusaqn, also known as the KMK or the Mi'kmaq Rights Initiative.In addition to being co-chair of the provincial assembly of chiefs, Paul was also its lead on fisheries issues.He said there are a number of internal matters that the chiefs need to address that are unrelated to the fishery, but he did not want to discuss those publicly.Paul said he hopes to work with the assembly again in the future, but for now, Membertou will press ahead with its own self-regulated fishery plan, which should be ready in a couple of weeks."Membertou has always ensured that we can get the best position that we can, but I ... think we would end up in a better position if we all work together," he said."I felt that I had to make a drastic move in order for people to listen."Two Nova Scotia bands have been conducting moderate livelihood fisheries for the last month. Others, including Membertou, say they are working on plans to implement their own fisheries.Self-regulated fisheriesPotlotek band members in Cape Breton have been quietly conducting a lobster fishery in St. Peters Bay, but the Department of Fisheries and Oceans confiscated more than 150 of their traps nearly two weeks ago. That action led Paul to end talks with DFO last week.In St. Marys Bay, in southwest Nova Scotia, Sipekne'katik First Nation band members launched a self-regulated lobster fishery and have faced tense and sometimes violent confrontations by commercial harvesters.Protesters say the fisheries are outside federally regulated seasons and will hurt lobster stocks.The Mi'kmaq say they are tired of waiting because it's been 21 years since the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Donald Marshall Jr., which affirmed their right to earn a moderate livelihood from fishing.That 1999 decision led to confrontations and violence in New Brunswick in 2000 and 2001, but since then, no one has defined what constitutes a moderate livelihood or how it could work.MORE TOP STORIES
The Ottawa Senators' busy off-season continued Wednesday with the signing of forward Alex Galchenyuk. The 26-year-old Galchenyuk was an unrestricted free agent after splitting last year between Pittsburgh and Minnesota. The Senators are Galchenyuk's fifth team since June 2018.
A North Battleford man facing assault, break and enter and weapons charges wasn’t released on bail. Brandon Holmes, 27, had a show cause hearing in La Ronge Provincial Court Oct. 26 but it was adjourned. He has been in custody since his arrest and charged with assault, discharging a firearm with intent, carrying a concealed weapon, and two counts of break and enter. According to Stanley Mission RCMP, they got a call about a man with a firearm at a residence on Oct. 5. When police arrived the man had already fled. Police found Holmes a few kilometres from Stanley Mission. They say he stole a boat to flee the community and was at another cabin. Holmes’ show cause hearing is now scheduled for Nov. 2 in La Ronge Provincial Court. Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist
When Halifax's newest ramen restaurant opens Thursday there will be one thing missing: tips.Jamie MacAulay, owner of Coda Ramen on Gottingen Street, said staff at his restaurant will instead be paid higher wages, roughly $17 to $22 an hour, and receive health benefits.The new tipless system will mean more consistent income for staff and works out to be "significantly higher" than minimum wage plus tips, according to MacAulay.In an industry that's known for relying on tips and underpaying employees, he sees it as a way to help staff during an uncertain time."We really think like this is the progressive future for the industry," MacAulay told CBC's Information Morning.Menu prices at the restaurant will be raised slightly to account for the change, MacAulay said, but he added that it won't cover all that's lost. "We take the hit on the end as the business owners but our goal is that it'll create a more professional environment for our staff and we'll generate long-term professionals that stay with us," he said. MacAulay used to own Water and Bone on Charles Street in Halifax's north end, but closed the ramen restaurant last spring after the pandemic arrived in Nova Scotia and decimated the service industry. "It's been really tough on everyone so we said if we're going to do this again that we should really look at changing the model that works better for our staff," he said. MacAulay said senior cooks and staff at Coda Ramen will earn a living wage, which is $22/hour in Nova Scotia, and new staff will gradually work up to that amount.If a customer doesn't like the service they're getting or the food they're eating, MacAulay said that shouldn't be reflected in how much money staff make. "That's something that falls on us as business owners. If we're not accomplishing that, if we're not putting that product out and that service then we need to work on that so our staff shouldn't have to suffer in their wages," he said.It's a move restaurants elsewhere in Canada have already taken or are considering. In Toronto, three restaurants signed on to a pledge this summer to end tipping and instead price it in to the cost of meals. But in Edmonton, the owners of the city's first no-tipping restaurant abandoned the idea after about a year, saying the system was "untenable."Before Coda Ramen decided to go tipless, MacAulay asked staff and people on social media what they thought of the idea and said the response was "overwhelmingly positive."Still, he admits the new direction will likely come with a few challenges. Right now, he sees it as an experiment. "The first one through the door is always the bloodiest," he said. "It's going to be a lot of challenges and a lot of things to work out but we're hoping that, you know, with our following of loyal guests and customers that everyone's on board with this to help make it work." MORE TOP STORIES
Yukon's chief medical officer urged anyone with even mild COVID-19 symptoms to get tested following an outbreak in Watson Lake this week, and asked all Yukoners to avoid Halloween parties.Dr. Brendan Hanley gave his weekly update on Wednesday, as the territory grapples with its first COVID-19 outbreak in a rural community.Hanley said the source of the infection in Watson Lake is still unknown, after five people from two households recently tested positive.However, he said, public health staff tested many people in the past few days and have not found any new cases."I think we can say with some confidence that we are not finding evidence of ongoing transmission," said Hanley.Hanley urged people to follow COVID-19 precautions following the new cases, including self-isolating if you have any symptoms, keeping a distance of two metres from others and avoiding crowds — particularly on Halloween."I'm asking all Yukoners who are planning to party to reconsider," he said."Your participation may have severe consequences not only for yourself."He urged people to get tested for COVID-19 and stay home even if they have mild symptoms, like a runny noseUnlike in other jurisdictions, Hanley says Yukon children can trick-or-treat this year, provided they follow safety precautions.Hanley implored trick-or-treaters to stick within their social bubble and keep their distance.He said wearing a Halloween mask will not prevent people from passing on the virus, and he advised children to carry a broom, sword or hockey stick to knock on doors.Hanley said Watson Lake, "is just a small illustration of what can happen if we let our guard down."Watch Wednesday's news conference here:Public exposure sites in Watson LakeHanley has asked anyone who was at the following locations and has symptoms to call the Watson Lake hospital if they live in town, or the health centre in their own community, to arrange for testing: * Watson Lake Foods – Super A on Oct. 8 and Oct.16. * Home Hardware on Oct. 7 and Oct. 10. * Big Horn Motel on Oct. 7 through 9 and Oct. 13 through 20, which was extended from the original date.If people are not sure when they were in these locations, Hanley said they should monitor themselves for symptoms. The first three cases in Watson Lake were reported Friday, with the other two cases reported Monday. Both groups of cases were members of the same two households, and all patients were self-isolating at home, Hanley said.On Monday the Liard First Nation office shut down as a precaution.One person charged for not self-isolatingA Yukon resident was also charged on Sunday for failing to self-isolate after travelling outside Yukon's "bubble" with B.C., N.W.T. and Nunuvut. A total of 15 people have been charged under Yukon's Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) since the pandemic began.Yukon has seven active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. The territory has confirmed a total of 22 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 15 people recovered. Yukon has tested 3,934 people.At the news conference Wednesday, Hanley was asked about the delay in publicly announcing the Watson Lake cases. The first cases were confirmed Thursday night, but the public was not informed until after 5 p.m. on Friday.Hanley said officials need to do contact tracing before making an announcement, so they can determine whether exposure notifications are required. He said reporting cases within a 24-hour window is reasonable.Hanley also said there was no plan to provide people's test results online. He said they prefer to deliver test results in a personalized phone call, so that people know what to do if they are infected.Premier Sandy Silver called the Watson Lake cluster "an important wake up call."He said it's easy to forget about COVID-19 safety measures, when the territory does not have cases.The premier related how a bar staff member recently reminded him about physical distancing when Silver saw an old friend at the brewery."We're not out of the woods yet," Silver said.
The Saskatchewan Party swept rural ridings across the province on Monday. As Scott Moe cruised to a nearly 80 per cent win in his own rural riding of Rosthern-Shellbrook, however, his victory speech addressed largely rural voters who may not have voted for the Sask. Party. “I hear you,” he told those conservative voters, who vented their frustrations at Ottawa and the federal carbon tax by casting ballots for the Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan. Formerly the Wexit Party, it fielded 17 candidates, but captured the third largest share of the vote at roughly three per cent. It did so by challenging Sask. Party candidates in mostly rural ridings, placing second in four of those races. “The buffalo’s in the room and it’s not leaving,” said interim leader Wade Sira, who placed third in Martensville-Warman. As those contenders emerged, the Sask. Party also introduced new faces from rural and small city ridings. The party’s Travis Keisig is entering politics for the first time, after winning Last Mountain-Touchwood by 2,506 votes. A farmer and former welding business owner, Keisig attributed the party’s 10-month campaign process for earning the nomination in the riding as a big help once the provincial campaign began. “It was a huge learning curve when I started down this political path. It was pre-COVID,” he said. He believes he’ll bring a “blue collar” perspective to the party, he added.. Moose Jaw-based lawyer Tim McLeod, a newcomer to campaigning, held Moose Jaw North for the Sask. Party. He beat the NDP’s Kyle Lichtenwald by more than 2,100 votes, an increase of more than 200 votes from the party’s win in the 2016 election. Though McLeod is a rookie MLA-elect, he said his prior experience as a lawyer and a school board trustee prepared him to enter politics. The Sask. Party also used Monday to turn a historically NDP stronghold, Moose Jaw Wakamow, into its own regular pickup area. Incumbent Greg Lawrence won his third straight term there to serve as MLA for the southern Moose Jaw riding. Those wins left the party poised to collect seats in another small city, Prince Albert. Sask. Party incumbent Joe Hargrave sailed comfortably to a second term in office in Prince Albert Carlton. Neighbouring riding Prince Albert Northcote came down to a nail biting conclusion. The Sask. Party’s Alana Ross called it a “close one” as she narrowly led NDP incumbent Nicole Rancourt, but 568 mail-in ballots could reverse those fortunes. In the north, longtime Athabasca NDP incumbent Buckley Belanger fended off Saskatchewan Party opponent Kelly Kwan by 1,704 votes to 1,121 on Monday. That’s a far cry from his 2016 run, when he took 1,734 votes over the Sask. Party’s 625. Doyle Vermette of the NDP was one of the party’s few other candidates to handily defend his seat against challengers. In Athabasca, Vermette beat the Sask. Party’s Darren Deschambeault with 2,460 votes to 1,173. Headed into his third-term, he invited northerners to help him raise their concerns to a deep-rooted majority government. “I’m not going to be able to do it alone,” he said.Nick Pearce and Evan Radford, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The StarPhoenix
The Town of the Blue Mountains (TBM) is dealing with an onslaught of noise complaints – including several repeat, 'unfounded' complaints, according to TBM Mayor Alar Soever. “I know that there are frequent noise complaints, particularly concerning one residence [in TBM]. Are some of these unfounded complaints getting to a frequency where it may be necessary to lay charges of public mischief?” Soever asked during a recently held TBM Police Service Board meeting. According to Kevin Cornell, administration sergeant for the Collingwood/TBM OPP detachment, officers are currently monitoring the situation in consultation with the TBM bylaw department. “It has not come to that point yet, but it could come to that point in the near future,” Cornell stated. From January to September, the local OPP detachment reports distributing 95 warnings and laid three charges in regards to noise complaints. In the same time period, officers report responding to 66 unfounded complaints. A complaint is deemed 'unfounded' if no evidence of excessive noise is observed by investigating officers. Noise complaints related to short-term accommodations (STA) from January to September, included 27 warnings, one charge and two unfounded calls. “When you get complaints every day, as has been the case with this one residence, at some point, it needs to be stopped,” Soever said. According to Cornell, 70 per cent of complaints stem from "the base of Blue Mountain, some in Tyrolean Village and some on the outskirts of the Tyrolean area." In an effort to get a grip on the complaints, TBM will be considering including a clause in its proposed STA bylaw that would require STA owners to install a noise monitoring device called Noise Aware. “Noise Aware monitors the levels of noise [in the residence] and as the level of noise goes up, the responsible person for that STA will get an alert on their phone. Ideally, it's set at a point where the noise has not become an issue but is going up to a point where it will be an issue,” said TBM CAO, Shawn Everitt. Everitt says the noise monitoring system consists of an indoor and outdoor sensor and comes with a cost of approximately $4,000 to install and $50 per month for service. “In the grand scheme of what they're making in rentals, it is a very minor cost of operating,” Everitt said. He adds that noise monitoring devices can also provide STA owners protection from unfounded complaints. “We know a number of STAs that currently use it. They're using it more for due diligence and defence in the case of a noise violation, as they're able to actually provide a report that can show the noise wasn't to a point where it was causing a disturbance,” Everitt added. Gail Ardiel, the provincial appointee to the TBM Police Services Board, says she is in favour of seeing these devices employed as it would allow officers to spend more time in other areas. “This is taxing on the police department going out for these calls and then they're unfounded. I think this would be beneficial for the STAs to get on board with this,” Ardiel said. “If they can move forward with it, and then eliminate these calls, our police department can move onto more serious calls.” TBM’s STA bylaw has not yet been approved by council and will be subject to a public meeting, which is scheduled for Nov. 16.Jennifer Golletz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, CollingwoodToday.ca
A preliminary hearing for a Sturgeon Lake man accused of killing another Sturgeon Lake man has been rescheduled. Ryan Kyle Daniels, 40, is charged with manslaughter in connection to the death of Darwin Al Naytowhow, 48. On July 14, 2019, Prince Albert RCMP found Naytowhow unresponsive on Sturgeon Lake First Nation. EMS declared him deceased at the scene. Daniels was arrested and charged but released on bail in July 2019. A preliminary hearing was initially scheduled for April 29 – 30, 2020, but it didn’t proceed and the matter was adjourned to Oct. 1. Daniels’ preliminary hearing is now scheduled for Feb. 3, 2021, in Prince Albert Provincial Court. Sturgeon Lake First Nation is about 30 kilometres northwest of Prince Albert. firstname.lastname@example.orgLisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist
Stephanie Land, who shared her story of single parenthood and working life in the bestselling memoir “Maid,” is writing a book about the hard truths of college education. One Signal Publishers announced Wednesday that Land's “Class” would combine personal experience and reporting as it exposes “the outrageous cost, predatory practices, and discriminatory policies faced by Americans” who hope education will lead to security and prosperity. “When we think of economic insecurity we often think of the down and out,” Land said in a statement.
Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities involving groups such as seniors, essential service workers, agriculture sector employees, women and racialized Canadians. She says she would like to see the collaboration aimed at helping these groups that arose during the pandemic continue.