SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The leader of New Brunswick's Progressive Conservatives has dropped one of his candidates after learning he had reposted a Facebook message containing transphobic language.Blaine Higgs said Monday he was disturbed by the reposting of a transphobic meme by Roland Michaud, the party's candidate in Victoria-La Vallee, that suggested physical violence against trangendered women when they use washrooms.Higgs said during a news conference in Saint John late in the afternoon that the post was missed during the vetting of Michaud's candidacy and says he only became aware of it early on Labour Day.The leader said he was particularly disturbed by the violence described in the post, adding that inciting aggression is unacceptable for a political candidate.Michaud wasn't immediately available for comment, after The Canadian Press sent requests via his social media account.Higgs said with the revelation of the December 2018 post coming just a week before the Sept. 14 election, Michaud's name will remain on the ballot and his party will be unable to provide a fresh candidate.However, the party is asking Michaud to remove its signs and it will not accept Michaud into caucus should he be elected.Michaud is running in the Liberal-held riding in northwest New Brunswick, which includes a large francophone population.At dissolution, the Progressive Conservatives and Liberals each had 20 seats in the legislature, while the Greens and the People's Alliance each had three. There are two vacant seats and one Independent.Higgs said that it wasn't a difficult decision to drop Michaud, even as he seeks to win additional seats in hope of forming a majority government."It's a message we have to send across the province. We have higher standards we must uphold and follow," he said.The Tory leader said he will raise questions about his party's vetting process for candidates, agreeing with a reporter that finding the offensive post wasn't particularly difficult."I will ask the questions of the vetting process ... There is a process that needs to be followed and followed diligently," he said.Alice McKim, a candidate for the Liberal Party who is a transgender woman, said the comment by Tory candidate was inciting violence and were contrary to the province's Human Rights Act."The degradation of this type increases the likelihood of the degraded to become victims crime and decreases the inhibition of others to harm us," she said in Saint John."Let the candidate (Michaud) go. Let's move on."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 7, 2020— Story by Michael Tutton in Halifax.The Canadian Press
Mounties say one woman is dead and another is seriously injured after two different hiking accidents along the Sigurd trail system near Squamish, B.C. RCMP say the first call came on Friday for a woman who had fallen into Crooked Falls, where she was located clinging to a log about 70 feet from a lookout point. RCMP say they worked with Squamish Search and Rescue to locate the woman, who was in her early 30s and came from Vancouver, but she had died of her injuries.
When Kearie Daniel flipped through the pages of a booklet her daughter worked on throughout the school year, the mother of two said it broke her heart."What I saw was at the beginning of the year when she said she drew herself, she drew herself as Black, as she was. By the end of the year, she was drawing herself as white, or colourless even, with yellow hair and blue eyes," Daniel told CBC News. Daniel, who lives in York Region, nearly 60 kilometres north of Toronto, believes her now seven-year-old daughter's desire at such a young age to be "like everyone else" is due to not seeing herself reflected in the school or the curriculum.But she says the recent push by Black Lives Matter to get people around the world to recognize of the importance of Black experience has led to an opportunity to change that.She's one of the founding members of Parents of Black Children, an advocacy group that began as a way to fight racism at the public and Catholic school boards in York Region, but has now expanded province-wide. The group is calling on the provincial government to "decolonize" the curriculum — in other words rebuild it to represent Canada's diverse population.Because Ontario's education system was designed in a period when the country was colonized, the group says, the views, lessons, and history are all from a Eurocentric perspective."It was not designed for Black or Indigenous or otherwise racialized people," Daniel said."It was designed to benefit some people and take power and disenfranchise other people. So that's the system that we're sending our kids in to every day," she added. "We're sending them into a system that didn't recognize their humanity."As well as decolonizing the current curriculum, the group is also calling on the province to: * Reform the Education Act. * Remove police resource officers from all schools. * Bring in 'system navigators,' people from outside the system to help families navigate and advocate for their kids in the education system. * Hold people in the system accountable for anti-Black racism experienced by students. Curriculum should be inclusive, diverse, professor saysCharmain Brown, the course director and practicum facilitator at York University's faculty of education, agrees with Daniel's group and would like to see Black history built right into courses."I think if we're going to truly be honouring all learners and all experiences and thinking of Canada, all the contributors to Canada, the Indigenous, the Black, the Japanese, the Chinese, all the communities that we have that make Canada who it is, we have to honour all those voices," said Brown, who is also an adjunct professor of education at Tyndale University, a Christian post-secondary institution in Toronto.Brown is one of the co-authors of 365 Black Canadian Curriculum, a resource for teachers initiated by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario that honours Black Canadian contributions to the country's history and is available on the union's website in French and English.But she points out that even though it is available to all teachers across the province, it really comes down to choice and whether teachers decide to incorporate it into their lesson plans or not.Black history 'not recognized'Natasha Henry, the president of the Ontario Black History Society, says if teachers are left to decide when and how to teach Black History, it can lead to what she sees as "the potential erasure of Black history.""People of African descent have been in Canada ... for over 400 years, and this is not recognized throughout the curriculum," Henry said.As a historian who also helped author 365 Black Canadian Curriculum, Henry says it's important to weave Black History into all subjects throughout the entire year for Black students' development as individuals.She says it's equally important for non-Black students to learn about Black experiences to get a fuller appreciation of Canadian history. Decolonizing in the classroomAt schools across Ontario, the first few days of September were set aside for teacher development. Part of the conversation, says Amesbury Middle School principal Salima Kassam, was focused on how to address anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism.Kassam says, even though it was a tough conversation to have, it's one she is used to."It's looking at anti-Black racism and looking at colonialism. You know, it's heavy. It's hard, it's theoretical, but we have to knowledge-build so that we can unlearn that at Amesbury." The student population at Amesbury is ethnically and racially diverse, so Kassam says the teachers are constantly working hard at educating everyone about the cultural differences in their community. That means incorporating Black history lessons right into the curriculum, she told CBC Toronto."At the end of the day, as educators, what we control, where our power is, is what we're doing in our pedagogy, through our practice in our classrooms, how we interact with students in the hallways, what we do for extra-curriculars. That's where our power is."Meanwhile, Daniel also recognizes the first steps the Ontario government has made, including ending streaming in Grade 9 and a ban on suspensions for students in junior kindergarten to Grade 3, can reduce the harm being done to Black children.But it's not enough, she said."There needs to be commitment to change from the Ontario government going beyond those little tiny steps into transformational change," she said. "I am hopeful. I think that there are a lot of educators who want to do the right thing, who are trying to learn, but we need the system to support them."For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.
Every three weeks for months, Kiera Norris would pack her many bags, board a train to Beijing Capital International Airport and hope — despite the fact that COVID-19 had shut down most flights — that she would be able to board a plane to take her home. But time and time again her flight was cancelled, which meant waiting even longer until she could go home to her husband in Windsor, Ont. "It was really hard," Norris said. She and her husband, Kevin Norris, have been married for 10 years. What made that distance even harder, they say, is the fact that, normally, they do everything together. "You know the couples that enjoy their time apart?" said Kevin Norris, "We're not like that." Separated in March The couple runs a small business together, which is what takes them to China every year. Not only that, but Kiera Norris's family lives in Shijiazhuang, a city about three hours south of Beijing by car.Usually they travel together, except this year, when Kiera Norris went alone. She arrived on January 10, planning to visit her family. Her husband planned to arrive two weeks later. But when COVID-19 hit — and airports across the globe shut down — the pair knew they were in trouble. The first flight Kiera Norris was able to schedule was set to fly out on March 19, but it was cancelled. "Every three weeks they rebooked it, and then it was cancelled again," Kevin Norris said. Facetime, Skype calls Time stretched on and, still, there was little hope of a reunion. And for a couple that's used to spending almost every minute together, the distance — all 9,750 kilometres of it — was hard. Both nature lovers, the pair spend much of their free time hiking, biking and taking pictures of the scenery. "Our life is more and more perfect, more hopeful, more meaningful and actually very happy every day to see each other," Kiera Norris said.So in place of in-person experiences, they turned to technology. Kevin Norris said they would Facetime and Skype everyday without fail because they "like to keep that connection strong." But they said it wasn't the same. Reunited at last In total, Kierra Norris made the trip to Beijing's international airport nine times unsuccessfully. Finally, after nine months, she was able to board a plane on Saturday that would bring her home. The flight departed from Beijing and took her to Shanghai. From there, she took a flight to Vancouver and then another flight that brought her to Toronto's Pearson International Airport early Sunday morning. The journey, which usually takes 12 hours, took a little over a day — but they said it was well worth it. When they saw each other, the couple shared a long embrace, mumbling words of affection. "Hi baby, I love you," were Kiera Norris's first words to her husband. When asked how they were feeling at the airport, they summed it up into one word: "incredible." "I'm so happy," Kevin Norris said.
Diane Costello's dying wish is to see her parents who live in Michigan, but COVID-19 restrictions are keeping them from reuniting. "It would mean the world to me, this will be the last time I ever see them," she said from her hospice room in Windsor. Two years ago, Diane was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and in March she was told that there were no other options because treatment had stopped working, her daughter Shayla confirmed to CBC News. Unsure of how much time she has left, Diane said she just wants to be able to see her American parents — Marolyn Hotchkiss, 77, and Norman Hotchkiss, 80 — who haven't visited her in person for six months. Under the Quarantine Act, the federal government has made it mandatory for anyone crossing the border to self-isolate for 14 days to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. But Diane's parents have their own health concerns, which prevent them from quarantining without medical treatment for two weeks once they cross the border. Shayla and Diane have been pleading with local government officials, including the region's MP Brian Masse and MP Irek Kusmierczyk, to grant their family and exemption from the order. Kusmierczyk has brought the matter to federal Minister of Health Patty Hajdu's office. "It's heartbreaking," Shayla, 22, said. "It's not just us whose in [this] situation and like my mom said, it's her wish, it's her parents … it's so hard just to be here alone … we've been trying and we're not going to give up."Government not making exceptions for 'compassionate reasons' In an email to CBC News, the federal government said while they cannot directly comment on Shayla and Diane's situation, they "recognize the challenges this pandemic and temporary border measures have posed for families and [the government] has sought ways to keep families together and support family unity while respecting measured public health controls."The statement continues to read that the federal order under the Quarantine Act "requires anyone entering Canada, unless exempt, to isolate for 14 days if they have symptoms of COVID-19, or to quarantine (self-isolate) themselves for 14 days if they are asymptomatic in order to limit the introduction and spread of COVID-19.Under this order, there are currently no exemptions for compassionate reasons, such as visiting critically ill loved ones in hospitals/long-term care facilities, or the attendance of funerals."'I just want to see my parents'While Shayla and Diane understand the federal order, they don't know how much longer Diane has to live and said they are willing to do anything to bring their family members over. "Please I don't care who has to do it, I just want to see my parents ... that's all I want, even just a five minute visit," Diane said through tears. "When I need them now the most, they can't come." Though they've been able to do video calls, Diane said nothing compares to an in-person visit. Shayla said she wants to make this happen, even if it's a window visit, just so that "my mom can hear their voice and hear their laugh, just [to] bring some normalcy back in our life." Despite all the Costellos have faced over the past two years, they said they remain positive that a miracle will happen and have felt the support from many people across Windsor and Michigan.
An Edmonton police officer suspended without pay following a violent arrest in which he drove his knee into a prone man's back has pleaded not guilty to assault.The Edmonton Police Service announced Const. Michael Partington had been charged with assault and removed from duty in June, shortly after bystander video of the August 2019 arrest circulated online.The video shows an Indigenous man, Elliot McLeod, lying still and facedown on the sidewalk. A police officer appears to hold McLeod's arms behind his back.Then, a second officer — Partington — walks up and suddenly drops, driving his knee into McLeod's upper back. McLeod screams in pain and begs the officers to stop. "Do not run from the police," one officer shouts at him. "Did you think I wouldn't catch you?"The video was shared with police after the arrest. The EPS Professional Standards Branch referred the investigation to Crown prosecutors after its initial investigation "concluded that the level of force described in the police report was not consistent with the force observed in the video," EPS said in a statement.Partington pleaded not guilty to assault on Aug. 28. A five-day trial is scheduled for next March in Edmonton provincial court.WATCH | Video shows violent arrest of Elliot McLeodIn July, the Edmonton Police Commission, a civilian oversight body, upheld the decision to suspend Partington without pay.Police union president Sgt. Michael Elliott told members in a subsequent email that the union is using "every proper legal mechanism to address what we feel is an incorrect and unjust suspension." The union is providing Partington with criminal and labour legal counsel.Arrestee's charges stayedIn a previous interview with CBC News, McLeod said the officers took him down a side street and assaulted him twice while he was handcuffed, at one point with a bag over his head."After he arrested me, throwing me into his cop car, he dragged me out of that cop [vehicle] twice while I was in cuffs and assaulted me," McLeod said over the phone from the Edmonton Remand Centre. "This is what I am trying to get justice for."The four charges against McLeod stemming from the August 2019 arrest, including assaulting and resisting a peace officer, were stayed in January. He is currently out on bail awaiting trial after being charged with second-degree murder in an unrelated case earlier this year.
CALGARY — A central Alberta doctor says some clinics have stopped allowing patients to carry bags and backpacks since a family doctor was killed on the job last month.Dr. Walter Reynolds, a 45-year-old father of two, was attacked by a patient wielding a weapon at a walk-in clinic in Red Deer, Alta., on Aug. 10. Deng Mabiour has been charged with first-degree murder. He is to appear in court this week.Dr. Peter Bouch, who knew Reynolds, says members of the Red Deer Primary Care Network have set up a committee to work with Alberta Health Services and Occupational Health and Safety in an effort to make clinics safer.Some clinics, he says, are already asking patients to leave their bags at the front desk and, going forward, there need to be standards for how to manage difficult patients who might be demanding, aggressive or suffering from mental illness."There's no way we can completely stop an event like what happened," Bouch told The Canadian Press. "Even though this was a rare thing physicians and their staff are vulnerable every single day."Bouch said the committee is to met with professionals that have expertise in workplace safety. He hopes there will be a list of general recommendations within the next six months.The president of the Alberta Medical Association says Reynolds's death highlights the need for changes to make the profession safer across Canada."The horrific attack on Dr. Reynolds has highlighted the issue of safety in physician offices and other practice settings. It's essential that physicians, staff and patients are safeguarded. This is a large and complex issue that no single party can address on their own," said Dr. Christine Molnar, a diagnostic radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist based in Calgary.Molnar said the medical body's healthy working environments advisory committee will discuss whether there's an expanded role for the association in the area of safety and workplace violence.She said it's not just a problem in Alberta."I have been speaking with the Canadian Medical Association and my counterparts at the provincial and territorial medical associations and there are concerns on a pan-Canadian basis regarding everything from physical security to psycho-social safety."Alberta's health minister has called Reynolds's death a terrible loss. But Tyler Shandro stopped short of saying anything would be done by the government."Family physicians are part of the front line of health care. They put themselves at the service of every patient in need, but that should never mean being exposed to violence," Shandro said in an email."The RCMP have confirmed this was an isolated incident and indicates no increased risk to the people of Red Deer."Shandro suggests physicians or others with concerns about their security should contact the RCMP's victim services division.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 7, 2020— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press
A Toronto resident has created a giant globe in the shape of Earth out of plastic garbage collected on Woodbine Beach this past summer.Dora Attard, founder of Plastic Free Beach Toronto, revealed her new art installation on the beach on Sunday to focus attention on the problem of single-use plastics. The globe is made up of more than 500 water bottles and thousands of pieces of coloured plastic. She said the artwork is the result of weeks of picking up garbage in a bid to keep Woodbine Beach clean. It was displayed on the beach in front of Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pool.In the artwork, water bottles make up the world's oceans while plastics of different colours make up the continents."Today, I am showcasing a new installation using beach plastic that was found on the beach this summer," Attard said. "Plastic water bottles are supposed to be the water part of the globe. Then I have each continent covered with different bits of plastics found on the beach in different colours." After the COVID-19 pandemic hit Toronto, particularly in May and June, the amount of garbage left behind on Woodbine Beach was "unbelievable," she said. Attard appealed to the city through her councillor for help and the city brought more garbage bins for the boardwalk and beach and assigned more city workers to beach cleanup. In July and August, the amount of garbage lessened, she said."More people definitely means more garbage," Attard said.WATCH | Dora Attard, founder of Plastic Free Beach Toronto, talks about her art installation made of beach trash.Attard said the pieces of garbage most commonly found on the beach are cigarette butts, lids and bottle caps, water bottles and plastic straws. The most surprising thing she found was plastic implants for a bikini. She also finds needles.When she finds toys, she saves them to allow them to be reused. She used to have a community beach toy box that she kept on the beach last summer, but she thinks it was used for firewood and it's disappeared.Attard also organized a beach clean up on Sunday, an activity that she has organized every Sunday since the start of spring. About four groups scoured the beach for garbage on Sunday, picking up individual items with garbage pickers. She also provides rubber gloves and garbage buckets. Attard collects the garbage, sorts it, counts it and weighs it."The majority of the little bits I find are washed up from lake that have been broken down in microplastics, which is more dangerous than a bigger piece. They're eaten by birds and fish, and if you're not a vegetarian and you eat the fish, then the plastic goes inside of you. It's bad cycle," she said.Bryan Bowen and his son Noah join the beach clean up on Sunday."We are here today to support our neighbour Dora's initiative to help keep Woodbine Beach clean. We are going to be picking up some plastic along the shoreline and along the boardwalk," Bowen said."We do live in the area. We use Woodbine beach for swimming and walking all the time. It's been disappointing to see the amount of litter accumulating this summer, so we wanted to come down and lend a hand to help to keep it clean," he added.The pandemic has brought out the crowds to Woodbine Beach, he said."It's great for local businesses and it's great to see so many people enjoying the lake, but we also want everybody just to do their part, pitch in and help to keep the beach clean so we can all enjoy it together."Plastic Free Beach Toronto describes itself as an organization that serves to educate people on the amount of single-use plastic that is used and thrown away daily and to encourage people to create a cleaner world for future generations.
Chris Blumhagen was working on his organic farm in central Alberta when Capital Power called to sell him on the idea of putting a wind turbine on his land.Blumhagen says the representative from the company pushed hard, telling him his neighbours were already on board with a plan to build 74 turbines in the 100 square kilometre area and that if he didn't sign on, he would miss out.So Blumhagen signed in exchange for $10 and a promise of more to come once the turbines started spinning, only to later learn that many of his neighbours hadn't done the same."They essentially tricked me," he said.That was 2015. Since then, Blumhagen and his neighbours have banded together to oppose the project, alleging dishonest tactics by the company in promoting the project to residents and risks to their health, land and livelihoods if it goes forward.Edmonton-based Capital Power, which operates coal, natural gas and wind power facilities in Alberta, and Alberta's utilities commission say all the residents' concerns have been addressed.This is the view from the rural front lines of Canada's energy transition — a move away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy that a majority of Albertans say they support but that few in the country's cities will have to deal with head-on.Not opposed to wind powerThat will be left to people like Blumhagen and his neighbours, who live on a sliver of Alberta prairie about 200 kilometres outside of Edmonton, wedged between the Battle River Valley to the north and the Paintearth Coulee to the south.Locals call it "the island," and a handful of families have lived here for more than a century, farming and ranching together.Along with agriculture, power generation has long been a part of daily life in Paintearth County. The area saw first the dawn of the coal industry and then the rise of the oil and gas industries in Alberta. Oil wells still draw black gold from the earth here, and a coal mine and power plant still operates in the area.Blumhagen says that experience is why most residents aren't against the idea of wind power or other forms of renewable energy."Wind has its place," he said.But Blumhagen says Capital Power, which already operates one wind farm in the area, near the village of Halkirk, has not taken the time to listen to the concerns of residents.Residents like Gerard Fetaz, whose family has lived here since 1904. Fetaz's concerns about the project are easy to see. He has a small runway on his property that he uses to fly his vintage 1957 Cessna. He used to make some money crop dusting in the area, though these days he flies just for the love of it.But that passion may be grounded for good if Capital Power's wind farm is built. The plans would see a turbine just 650 metres from his landing strip, despite recommendations from Transport Canada that turbines should be at least four kilometres from a runway."It's not safe," said Fetaz. "Somebody runs into a turbine, or gets caught in the turbulence or something — you could hit somebody's house."He says he has tried to reach out to Capital Power about finding a different location for the turbine but says "they aren't interested in talking about it at all."24 conditions placed on projectCapital Power didn't agree to an interview with CBC News, but in a statement, the company denied that it ignored the concerns of residents and said it would act with "integrity, work to address stakeholder concerns and abide by all laws and regulations governing the project development process."But Fetaz and others in the area say the rush to embrace sustainable energy has meant that their concerns have been passed over. Since the project was given the green light in 2018, local residents have challenged its approval at several levels, including at the Alberta Court of Appeal and, most recently, at the county, but to no avail. The province is moving ahead with wind power, with Alberta Electric System Operator, which oversees Alberta's electricity grid, predicting that the amount of wind power generated in Alberta will double over the next decade.The Alberta Utilities Commission, the regulator that approved the Capital Power project, says it is in the public interest. The AUC's Jim Law says every effort was made to accommodate the residents, including putting 24 conditions on the project's approval, which the company must meet to complete it. Among them, a commitment to move the turbine near Fetaz's runway by up to 50 metres and to make sure that any environmental impacts are mitigated."Those are in place to directly answer some of the concerns that the intervenors had about the project, and they range from airport considerations to wildlife and noise," Law said.Law said that, unlike with oil and gas developments, no one can be forced to have a wind turbine on their land in Alberta,"There's no forced entry. It's a voluntary agreement," he said.Law says the system is set up to make sure the public interest is served and that the concerns of the land owners are respected and that it generally works.'Backlash' in OntarioThat's not how Katrina Smith sees it. Three turbines will be visible from Smith's home, which sits just down the road from those of her parents and brothers. Smith likes the idea of renewable energy; her home is completely off-grid, powered by a solar array in her backyard.But she has concerns about how a large wind farm will impact the sensitive wetlands near her home and the community she grew up in. She sees a push to meet the green energy needs of urban Canada on the backs of rural communities like hers."There has to be mutual respect. There has to be an appreciation for what is already there," she said. "There has to be a goal for what we can maintain and sustain for the future."Dayna Scott says similar concerns about the location of turbines and their impact on residents and the environment were raised in rural Ontario more than a decade ago, when that province moved to embrace wind power. Scott, who holds a research chair in environmental law and justice at York University in Toronto, says that residents were not consulted adequately in Ontario and that ignoring local concerns caused "a huge amount of backlash in rural communities."Scott worries that repeating those mistakes in other parts of Canada could slow a shift toward green energy.That situation may already be playing out back on "the island." Local opposition and a sluggish economy mean the future of the wind farm is in limbo. Capital Power has yet to start construction on the project, which it has until December 2022 to finish.That's welcome news for many of the residents in the area if not for Canada's shift to a lower-carbon future.
OSHAWA, Ont. — Police in Oshawa, Ont., have identified four people killed in a mass shooting early Friday morning as a father and three of his children, as they continue to seek a motive behind the carnage that took place in a family home.Durham regional police say the deceased are 50-year-old Chris Traynor and his children, 20-year-old Bradley Traynor, 15-year-old Adelaide Traynor and 11-year-old Joseph Traynor.A 50-year-old woman who was injured in the shooting is also related to the family and continues to recover in hospital.Police have identified the shooter as 48-year-old Mitchell Lapa, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and say he was an "uninvited person."Police have not yet specified Lapa's relation to his victims, and the homicide unit is still investigating the motive behind the shooting."Investigators also want to speak to anyone who knew the lone attacker, Mitchell Lapa, as they seek to understand the motivation and reasons for this attack," said Durham police in a statement."If anyone has details or background information about him, they are asked to contact their local police service or one of our lead investigators."Condolences for the Traynor family have been pouring in on social media throughout the weekend, with many describing the family as generous, caring and deeply involved in the local sports community."The Traynor family were beloved and active members of the Oshawa community," reads a GoFundMe page set up to support the surviving members of the family, which had raised more than $85,000 by Sunday evening."Their acts of kindness, love and generosity are unmatched. The impact the family had on everyone they touched will be forever remembered."The Durham Catholic District School Board's director of education offered support to students and families who knew the Traynors."Words cannot adequately express our profound shock and deep sorrow over this terrible event," Tracy Barill said in a statement."As a Catholic community rooted in faith, we continue to pray for the family members and those affected most directly by this heartbreaking news."Ken Babcock, president of Baseball Oshawa, said Chris Traynor had coached with the program for many years, while Joseph Traynor was a member of the Legionaires rep team."Words cannot describe the shocking and senseless tragedy that has struck our wonderful community in Oshawa and impacted our collective baseball family," Babcock said in a statement.Neighbours had described the Traynor family as caring deeply for each other, and said they were often seen spending time playing games and doing chores together in the yard.The City of Oshawa announced that flags would be lowered to half-mast at city hall and other facilities."Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends during this difficult time," Mayor Dan Carter said in a statement, while thanking police and first responders.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 6, 2020.The Canadian Press
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An Annapolis Valley, N.S., man who first came to the province as a foreign farm worker has created a true Cinderella story by starting his own business. Richard Gardner applied to work in Canada in 2004, but had no say in where he would go. He didn't know anything about the Annapolis Valley.He went to work for Charles Keddy Farms and Melvin Farms. "I used to do strawberries with Charles Keddy and cauliflower, cabbage, green onion and stuff like that with Stephen Melvin," Gardner said Friday. After a few seasons of work, he grew to love Nova Scotia.Then he met Serilla and fell in love with her, too. They married.This summer, she helped him open Cinderella's Caribbean Pot in New Minas. Cinderella is his mother's name."Well, back in Jamaica, my mom, she's a cook back in the district, so that's where I learn all of this cooking from," he said. When CBC visited, customers formed a long line minutes after Gardner opened for the day. Sarah Fraser has been supporting the food truck since it opened. She and her two children ordered the jerk burger. "That's the second time; it's actually really, really good. Usually we do the jerk chicken sandwiches, but we switched it up," she said. 'It's a beautiful, beautiful community'The Gardners say local businesses and government safety inspectors have gone out of their way to help them succeed. "It's a beautiful, beautiful community. Customers gave a warm welcome. They're here every day. Some come four or five times a day," Richard said. COVID-19 has kept Cinderella Gardner from sampling the food, but she's helping from home and hoping to visit next year.Serilla said things get pretty hot in the kitchen."When it reaches into the 40s, that's when you really start minding it. We've learned to kind of move around each other and who's in what space, so it's worked quite well."We still love each other at the end of the night," she said with a laugh. Gardner said the new career has been a big risk, but worth it."When the chance is there, you have to take it, right? You have to make a change in life sometimes. Take a chance and never give up. Just fight — determination, right?" He's currently based out front of West Side Charlies, a pool and billiards hall. The owners invited the Gardners to use part of the parking lot for the food truck and serve Red Stripe beer inside to continue the Jamaican experience for thirsty customers. Gardner plans to operate the food truck daily until the weather gets too bad in November, and then reopen in the spring. MORE TOP STORIES
Jillian Batting says her son's skin sometimes crawls so bad he can barely wear a T-shirt at home.The middle-school student has a diagnosed sensory processing disorder that can cause him discomfort. While he can sometimes wear masks without issues, other times it's a problem that can't be ignored.Batting said the staff at her school in Warman have gone above and beyond when it comes to accommodating her son, as he has a medical exemption, but she worries about what the upcoming school year will hold for him and her three other children."One of my other concerns would be how the other students are going to handle, for example, my son," she asked. "Will the other students make fun of, or bully, my son because he gets a little bit of special treatment?"> Whether you're an anti-masker or a pro-masker, be kind to each other. \- Jillian Batting, Warman ParentHer youngest child, a daughter in Grade 3, also has some issues wearing a mask. Batting said her daughter finds it difficult to speak and has to readjust it regularly, which could lead to touching her face and exposing herself to risk. Unlike her son, her daughter does not have a medical exemption and will be required to wear the mask at school."We will provide them for her, but I'm not expecting her to wear it on a very regular basis," Batting said. Batting said these are just some of the concerns she has about making students wear masks. She also has questions about oral hygiene while wearing a cloth mask, mask costs and whether or not kids will be able to fully focus if they feel uncomfortable throughout the day."There are a lot of parents out there who are very concerned about how this will affect their child's health," she said.While Batting said she is not against masks, there are some people who are — but experts have countered claims by anti-mask groups."As a medical professional, we wear masks in our day-to-day practice and it has not caused doctors or nurses or surgeons any harm," Dr. Jennifer Kwan, a family physician in Burlington, Ont., told CBC News.The real risk, said Kwan, is wearing your mask incorrectly, including sharing it with others, reusing non-reusable masks, or not cleaning cloth masks properly. Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control at Toronto's University Health Network, added that she has not "seen any medical or scientific evidence that shows that wearing a mask depletes your body of oxygen. Nor do they let any harmful gases, such as carbon dioxide, build up, she said.Students can be punished for repeated refusal School divisions must provide accommodation for students with medical conditions, but students without will be required to follow rules put in place by school divisions, which have been formulated with guidance from the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.The guidance says divisions can mandate mask use, as it is a matter of student and staff safety, and that requiring a student to wear a mask does not violate the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code."If, however, a student is unable to wear a mask because of medical reasons, that student must be accommodated in the same way as any student with medical restrictions," the guidance explained.It says discussions with parents and guardians should be the first step, but that students can be refused entry to a school or a bus if they refuse to follow the guidelines.Parents could be fined for keeping kids out of schoolThe SSBA also said parents have an obligation to ensure their children are attending school, even if they don't agree with the division's policies."If parents will not support the Division/school rules then the parent will have full responsibility for ensuring registration of the student in an alternate form of allowable education," the guidance says.If parents refuse to enrol their child, they may be subject to legal proceedings under Saskatchewan's Education Act, which could result in a fine of $5,000 for a first offence and $10,000 for a second.Many parents see no problems with masks Many Saskatchewan parents have fully embraced masks. Regina parent Danielle Mullinex has already taught her children how to wear them safely, noting she's tried a variety of masks to find some that are comfortable for her kids."I think it's important to try those things ahead of time," she said.Mullinex said she's had no issues getting her kids to wear masks."I think it's all about just telling them the honest truth about why we are wearing masks and that it's our responsibility to try to keep ourselves safe as well as other people safe," she said. "People don't sometimes give kids enough credit. They understand what's going on. You just have to talk to them."Research shows majority of Saskatchewan residents support mask useResearch conducted by The Angus Reid Institute back in July found that those with anti-mask sentiments are the vocal minority, as more than half — 55 per cent — of the Saskatchewan residents surveyed are in favour of making masks mandatory in public places.However, while the majority of those surveyed were in favour of mandatory masks, Saskatchewan had the highest percentage of people who were opposed to mandatory masks in the country, coming in at about 45 per cent. That's the highest opposition of any province in Canada.In comparison, Saskatchewan's neighbour to the west in Alberta came in at 60 per cent of respondents in favour of mandatory masks, and 40 per cent opposed."In most of the country it's actually quite an uncontroversial idea," said Dave Korzinski, research director at The Angus Reid Institute. "[But] there is less of a sense that it is necessary in Saskatchewan."Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, a professor of community health and epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, said data has shown that mask wearing, combined with social distancing and good hand hygiene, helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. He said masks in school will be an essential part of keeping students, staff and the wider community safe from further spread."We cannot afford to have any outbreaks in classrooms and schools because each of the children who are attending classes are connected, in turn, to a family," he said.Muhajarine said many people who hold anti-mask sentiments are not only opposed to wearing a mask, they're opposed to being told what to do. "I really don't think science or rational advice would really move them from the positions that they've taken," he said. "This is not science-driven or rational decision making, but I think ideologically driven." He said no parents should be telling their kids to refuse to wear masks, as they may be putting their kids, and their entire school, at risk. "Not only is it irresponsible it is actually, in my view, immoral," he said. Batting said that while she does have concerns about what masks will mean for her children she is not anti-mask, but feels parents should be given more choice. She said the dialogue around masking needs to improve, as no matter which side of the conversation you're on, people still need to be civil. "Whether you're an anti-masker or a pro-masker, be kind to each other," she said. CBC Saskatchewan wants to tell more stories about how the pandemic is touching the province's most vulnerable and marginalized populations. How has COVID-19 affected you? Share your story with our online questionnaire.
The debate over which statues should be taken down may be new to some, but it's a topic Crystal Przybille has thought deeply about for years. The Kelowna, B.C.-based artist's "unsettling" journey began in 2012 when she was commissioned to create a sculpture of Father Pandosy, the founder of Okanagan's first permanent European settlement."I started to recognize just what was left out of the history books," she told Chris Walker, host of CBC's Daybreak South. She said it made her reflect on how statues often commemorate a narrow version of history, disregarding the experiences of those historically on the margins, specifically Indigenous people."[Canada's history] is uncomfortable to look at," said Przybille. "But it doesn't mean we shouldn't look at it. And when we look at it, we need to understand it better."There was another flashpoint in the debate over statues of colonial figures Thursday, when a group of Conservative MPs, including former party leader Andrew Scheer, held a rally defending a statue of John Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, in Regina. They were met by protesters calling for the statue's removal. It followed the toppling of a statue of Macdonald in Montreal on Aug. 29. 'Tell a larger story'Przybille went forward with the sculpture of Pandosy — which was originally her idea — though she decided to incorporate elements of Indigenous mythology after consulting with the local Westbank First Nation."I didn't want to be creating another weight on the history of colonialism in this area," said Przybille.Charles Pandosy, a French Catholic priest, established the Immaculate Conception Mission in 1859 on the traditional lands of the Syilx/Okanagan people, near what is now known as Mission Creek. According to the Father Pandosy Mission, the settlement quickly became an agricultural success and a "community hub to settlers and First Nations peoples" alike. However, recent research has cast doubt on this depiction of the French missionary's relationship with the local Indigenous population. David Jefferess, a professor at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus, says oral and written evidence suggests Syilx parents pulled their children from the mission's school after one child was killed and others faced violent punishment at the hands of missionaries.Przybille said her conversations with members of the Westbank First Nation opened her eyes to Pandosy's complicated history and the enduring legacy of colonialism in the Kelowna area."We tried to integrate something into the sculpture that would tell a larger story than the one that everybody knew here about Father Pandosy being kind of a folk hero," she said.Etched into Pandosy's bronze shawl are the four Syilx food chiefs — Black Bear, Salmon, Bitterroot and Saskatoon — as well as the Syilx spiritual guide, Coyote.The Okanagan Historical Society commissioned the sculpture to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Pandosy's mission. 'The layers in history'A few years later, the Westbank First Nation asked Przybille to sculpt Syilx Chief Charlie Sʷknc̓ut, a contemporary of Pandosy's whose descendants still live in the Kelowna area. The statue was unveiled in a ceremony last year. As with the Pandosy memorial, several figures from Syilx culture are represented in the bronze sculpture of Chief Sʷknc̓ut, along with items, like the chief's vest, that nod to the trading relationship his people had with European newcomers. Przybille hopes the statue makes people more curious to learn about Syilx history and the impact settlement has had on the nation's culture. As for the broader debate over which Canadian figures deserve to be honoured in bronze and steel, she hopes people approach the conversation with "curiosity rather than outrage.""It's about learning to see the layers in history, and what it means for different people," Przybille said.
Public health officials say 23 COVID-19 cases have resulted from four events related to a wedding in the Greater Toronto Area, as they continue to track close contacts of people who were in attendance. The York Region Public Health Unit late Saturday warned anyone who attended the wedding events that they may have been exposed to the virus, and to monitor for symptoms until Sept. 12. Three of the events took place Aug. 28 at a private home in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ont., Rexdale Singh Sabha Religious Centre in Toronto, and Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Temple in Toronto.
If you are at a club with music playing, it takes effort not only to speak to another person but also to listen.Life for hard-of-hearing individuals is like being in a bar with music playing. Now add masks to the mix and the effort required to communicate doubles.With masks mandatory at schools, many parents are worried for their deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) children's ability to learn in class. HOH students that go to mainstream schools rely on facial cues, lip-reading and some on an FM radio system where the teacher will wear a microphone that connects to the student's hearing aid. Masks not only prevent these students from lip-reading but also muffle the sounds coming from their FM systems, thus making learning harder. Edmonton mom Alexandra Kalutich's nine-year-old son Angelo is hard-of-hearing. She said she is continuing online education for her nine-year-old for now as the school had not informed them if any accommodations were in place yet. "He needs to be able to visually see the lips because a huge part of his learning is lip reading and comprehension is reading lips as well. If the teacher's not wearing that FM system, then it's very difficult for him to follow in a classroom," she said. "Where we were concerned was, is he going to be able to hear his teacher? Because how does she put the microphone under the mask? If she's talking through the mask, it's muffled." Kalutich said she sent the school information on masks but had not heard back about what their plans were. The province has asked schools to "enable the full participation and inclusion of students with disabilities — this would include students who are deaf or hard of hearing," wrote Colin Aitchinson, press secretary to the Minister of Education in an email. "In circumstances in which students who require specialized supports and services are not able to follow guidelines and require support and adaptation to public health measures, plans must be developed to ensure their inclusion."The Edmonton Public School Division said they are working on getting clear masks for teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Amber Darragh, an audiologist with EPSB said they have been having conversations with schools to figure out what's best for students since April. "Meeting with teachers and parents and letting them know what are the clear mask options. What are the pros and cons so we can figure out … what works best for the teacher, but also what works best for the student," she said. "Because one mask that works really well for a student who maybe has really severe hearing loss might not be the best one that works for someone with mild hearing loss. So it's going to be very individual depending on the student and the teacher."The Moog Centre for Deaf Education in St. Louis, Missouri, did a lot of research this year on what kind of mask options are there. The research was conducted by Amanda Rudge, director of research and developmentc and executive director Betsy Moog Brooks. They looked into four types of masks: a regular cloth mask, a cloth mask with a clear plastic window, a completely clear mask and a face shield. Their research found that a face shield offered the same level of communication as not wearing anything on the face does. "A face shield is not approved as protection because it's open at the bottom," Brooks said. "So our idea back in the spring was that we would use the face shield, they'll put on that microphone right here and then we would put essentially cloth or fabric, drape it down against our chest so we would be covered, like you would be covered like if you had on a cloth mask."The clothed shield is not available in markets but Brooks said they are considering creating them for schools in St. Louis. Effort to learn has increasedA survey conducted by University of Alberta audiology professor Bill Hodgetts is looking into the impact of the pandemic on hard-of-hearing individuals.Hodgetts said for hard-of-hearing people trying to acquire information takes a lot more effort. But because they are motivated to listen to a person, they will put in all the effort to make sure they understand what is being said."What we're seeing for people with hearing loss is that the effort has gone up tremendously to learn," he said.He said this increased effort can be exhausting, and this stress of trying to learn and acquire information, especially in class, can cause extra anxiety for the hard-of-hearing. "If we're all tapped out with something like this, going back to school in the fall makes them feel like they are just detached from the rest of their classmates," he said. "That's going to be a big issue and there needs to be support for those individuals."
OTTAWA — Canada's chief public health doctor says a slow but steady increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is a cause for concern.Dr. Theresa Tam says today the average daily number of people testing positive over the last week is 545 — a 25 per cent increase over the previous week which saw a daily average of 435, and 390 a week before that.That number increased every day over the last week prompting Tam to remind Canadians not to get complacent about their risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.Overall, in the last week, 3,955 people tested positive across Canada, and 28 people died of COVID-19.That compares to 3,044 positive tests and 44 deaths in the week prior.Tam says most Canadians are following public health advice and that has allowed Canada to keep the COVID-19 pandemic "under manageable control" but says she is concerned about the uptick in positive cases."This is a concern and a reminder that we all need to maintain public health measures to keep COVID-19 on the slow-burn path that we need," she said in a statement."As we enter the fall, Canadians will need to be even more vigilant about following public health guidance, particularly as the cold weather shifts activities indoors."She said people need to assess both their personal risk if they contract COVID-19, and the risk of severe illness in people in their household or their COVID-19 bubble.Any event people want to attend should be assessed to determine what COVID-19 precautions are in place and if the event can allow for social distancing or the use of masks, she added.As of today, 131,895 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Canada, and 9,145 people have died. Almost nine in 10 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 7, 2020.The Canadian Press
SHERBROOKE, Que. — Two bars in Quebec's Eastern Townships region have allegedly flouted public health regulations meant to stem the spread of COVID-19, police in Sherbrooke said on Monday, as the province reported over 200 new COVID-19 cases for the second straight day.Public health officials said 216 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 63,713 since the pandemic began.One additional death attributed to the novel coronavirus was also reported.Authorities said that death occurred between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, and it brings the total number of deaths to 5,770.Quebec has seen a steady increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week, prompting government officials to repeatedly urge people to remain cautious and follow safety guidelines.Monday's figures come after police in Sherbrooke, Que., over 150 kilometres east of Montreal, said they had to intervene this weekend at two local bars where they allege patrons were not respecting regulations meant to stem the spread of COVID-19.Sherbrooke police said they went to Bar le Figaro, which was hosting a karaoke night from Friday to Saturday, and allege customers were not following public health guidelines.Police said they went to another venue owned by the same person, Bar du Chat Noir, on Sunday where patrons were allegedly not maintaining physical distancing.Customers were dancing close to each other and not wearing masks when moving inside the establishment, police said.Police spokesman Martin Carrier said owner of the bars may face fines for violating public health guidelines.But the owner, Stephane Goulet, said Monday that he is doing all he can to ensure that regulations are respected at his establishments."We put heart and soul (into it),"Goulet said in an interview. "We invested a lot of money to respect the sanitary rules."Goulet said he found out about the alleged rule violations through the media on Monday morning, and that he didn't know how much any potential fines would be."I'm an entrepreneur and when people come into my bar, I can warn them twice, three times, otherwise I ask them to leave," he said. "That's what we were told to do and that's what we're doing.""We're trying to survive with what we have, with the means at our disposal, and I think we're doing it as best we can."The Quebec government has urged people to be extra vigilant after a recent karaoke night at a Quebec City bar was linked to dozens of COVID-19 infections.Also on Monday, public health officials said hospitalizations went up by three cases over the past 24 hours, for a total of 105.Of those, 18 people were in intensive care — the same number that was reported on Sunday.Quebec said it conducted 12,737 COVID-19 tests on Saturday, the last date for which the testing data is available.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 7, 2020.Stephane Blais, The Canadian Press
Recent developments: * Another person has died of COVID-19 in western Quebec. * An employee at Collège catholique Franco-Ouest in Nepean has tested positive for the virus. * Ottawa has 25 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases; its active case count is unchanged. * Tomorrow brings changes to road closures and Ontario caregiver visits.What's the latest?Another person's death in western Quebec has been linked to COVID-19, according to the local health unit's Monday update.It's that region's 34th victim and its first death since mid-June.Ottawa logged 25 newly confirmed and 25 newly resolved COVID-19 cases today.Staff at Collège catholique Franco-Ouest in Nepean have been notified that an employee there has tested positive for the virus, according to Radio-Canada.Ottawa Public Health (OPH) says it's not providing details about the positive case but is locating and contacting people who were in close contact with the worker.Some parents and students at Merivale High School say they've been waiting almost seven months for a refund on a March Break trip to Italy that was cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak there. Rue Jacques-Cartier in Gatineau and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway both reopen to vehicles tomorrow. The driveway will close to vehicles on weekends the rest of the month.Also on Tuesday, a new Ontario rule formally removes time limits on caregiver visits to long-term care homes, and eight Ottawa arenas will be available again for rentals.How many cases are there?There have been 3,098 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic. As of Monday, there were 211 known active cases, 2,620 cases considered resolved and 267 deaths related to the illness.Overall, public health officials have reported more than 4,700 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 4,000 cases considered resolved.COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 34 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario.What's open and closed?We've put together an in-depth breakdown of back to school plans for every board and service centre in the region. Five more boards start tomorrow.Ontario is in Stage 3 of its reopening plan, which means more businesses are open including dine-in restaurants and movie theatres.Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 are now allowed in that province but attendees must follow physical distancing guidelines.Kingston, Ont., has tightened its distancing rules in city parks because of what the city says has been risky behaviour.Quebec has similar reopening rules, with its cap on physically distanced gatherings in public venues now up to 250 people, allowing smaller festivals.PR Transpo transit service in Prescott-Russell resumes Sept. 14.Distancing and isolatingThe novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.People don't need to have symptoms to be contagious.That means physical distancing measures such as working from home, meeting others outdoors as much as possible and keeping distance from anyone you don't live with or have in their circle, including when you have a mask on.Masks are now mandatory in indoor public settings in all of eastern Ontario and Quebec, including transit services and taxis in some areas.Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can't stay the proper distance from others.WATCH | Concerns, again, about a long weekend:Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.In Ontario, that's the same period of self-isolation for anyone with symptoms. When self-isolating, only leave home or see other people if it's critically important, such as to go see a doctor.Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days if they have not had a fever for at least 48 hours and has had no other symptom for at least 24 hours.Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pinkeye. Children can develop a rash.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Where to get testedIn eastern Ontario:In Ottawa any resident who feels they need a test, even if they are not showing symptoms, can be tested at one of four sites — including a new drive-thru testing centre that launched Friday morning.The Brewer Arena test site is closed today.Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area, there is a drive-thru centre in Casselman and assessment centres in Hawkesbury and Winchester that don't require people to call ahead.Others in Alexandria, Rockland and Cornwall require an appointment.All are closed on Labour Day.In Kingston, the Leon's Centre is hosting the city's test site. Find it at Gate 2.Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.You can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre and in Picton by texting or calling. Only Belleville and Trenton run seven days a week.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit asks you to get tested if you have a symptom or concerns about exposure.It has a walk-in site in Brockville at the Memorial Centre and testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment.Almonte's site is closed today.Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor and those without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 to register for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.It's testing in six communities this week with an appointment.In western Quebec:Outaouais residents now can get a walk-in test in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond, though it's closed today for the holiday.Wait times mean you may be assigned a time to come back if the centre is busy.There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.They can call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment or if they have other questions.WATCH | Reaction to Quebec's school case numbers:First Nations:Akwesasne has had 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Most are linked back to a gathering on an island with a non-resident who wasn't showing symptoms at the time.It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only. Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse. Its office and well-being centre will be open by appointment, with bookings starting Sept. 14.People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. While its powwow has been cancelled this year, their traditional feast is happening as a drive-thru on Sunday afternoon.Kitigan Zibi's fitness centre and playground park are opening up with restrictions..For more information
Greece plans to acquire arms, boost its armed forces and revamp its defence industry, the government's spokesman said on Monday, as tensions with NATO ally Turkey over energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean grow. "We are in talks with allies to boost our armed forces," government spokesman Stelios Petsas told reporters, adding that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will outline his plans during an annual economic policy speech on Saturday.