This person is very fortunate to be able to see this majestic plane from British Airways on her last (final approach) to St. Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan. So cool!
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Maggie, a two-year-old chocolate Lab, had been in three homes that didn't work out. Then the P.E.I. Humane Society decided to try something different.Jennifer Harkness, the society's development and communications manager, said that when Maggie arrived at the shelter, she was stressed and constantly barking, and it was hard for her to remain calm. > It was really that mental stimulation that she needed. \- Jennifer Harkness"She was so uncontrollable. It was easy to see how she was rehomed three times before," said HarknessBut when they began working with her, they saw a different side."We saw a lot of potential in Maggie. It was really that mental stimulation that she needed."She wasn't going to get in the typical home environment, so the society got in touch with Doug Stokely, a New Brunswick-based dog trainer who has been training police dogs for about a decade.Stokely saw the same qualities staff at the humane society saw."I asked for a couple of videos of her playing fetch and showing her hunt drive and her skills, and just talking with her [trainer] for five minutes, I basically knew that she is the type of dog that needed a job," he said."She has everything — rock-solid nerves, and just that drive and desire to work."'Exactly what we look for in a police dog'Maggie is with Stokely now, training and spending some time with his 19 other dogs, which includes a team of sled dogs.He has been working with her on her sniffing skills, and he said she is thriving in the environment."The reason dogs end up in a shelter, like Maggie, that's exactly what we look for in a police dog," he said.Dogs like Maggie aren't good at hanging around the house, said Stokely. They want to work.Staff at the humane society are thrilled Maggie has found a place."It just proves that taking the time to work with animals on what their needs are is so worthwhile," said Harkness.Maggie has been accepted into a K-9 training program, and Stokely is certain she will do very well, almost certainly ending up as a narcotics detection dog.More from CBC P.E.I.
An outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care home in Moncton, N.B., is raising concerns about transmission of the virus inside the Atlantic bubble.On Wednesday, officials in New Brunswick confirmed 17 new cases amid efforts to contain the outbreak at the Manoir Notre-Dame special care home in Moncton, where 13 residents, four staff and two family members tested positive. Officials also identified potential public exposure to the virus at the Moncton Costco Optical Centre and Moncton St-Hubert restaurant."We have lots of connections with New Brunswick, and the Moncton area, and it does raise concern for us here on Prince Edward Island," P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison told CBC News: Compass in an interview Thursday afternoon. "At this time it is a concern, but [we are] watching carefully what is going on," she said. P.E.I. currently has three active cases of COVID-19, and 58 recovered.Changes to the bubble?With Thanksgiving weekend approaching, Morrison said it has her thinking about public health measures and how careful people need to be"I think New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. in particular will all be looking at whether or not we need to make any changes to the Atlantic bubble," Morrison said."At this point, I think we will be trying to make sure that anyone coming to the Island, whether they're visitors or Islanders returning for the weekend, are reminded that if they have any symptoms that they should be tested."A news release issued late Thursday addressed how this reminder will be delivered: "Additional information will be distributed to everyone entering Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge and the Wood Islands ferry to reinforce the need to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, follow public health measures and avoid large gatherings." Think twice about travelIn the interview with CBC News: Compass, Morrison also urged people to think about whether they really need to travel, until officials know more about how the Moncton outbreak is going.After Morrison spoke with CBC, officials in New Brunswick held a briefing and said there are three new cases in that province, although not related to the long-term care home. That brings the total number of active cases in that province to 24.New Brunswick officials also announced wearing masks will be mandatory in most public spaces as of midnight.The COVID Alert app is available to Islanders beginning Thursday, and Morrison urged Islanders to download it. She said it's one more tool officials can use to identify contacts and lessen the spread of the coronavirus. "The more people who download the app, of course the more useful it will be," she said. More from CBC P.E.I.
Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a Tuesday homicide, involving a man who was pushed or fell from a car at the intersection of Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.The names of the suspects will be released if charges are formally laid, police said.As of 6 p.m. Thursday, police were executing a search warrant in the 2600 block of 17 Street S.W., following up after initially seeking a vehicle with the licence plate CHG-6058 and a distinctive "Jesus" bumper sticker.Police said a vehicle of interest believed to be connected to this incident had been located and seized.The victim has been identified as David Bawden, 59, of Calgary.Police are investigating the homicide as a possible random attack. It is believed the victim was walking east in the curb lane of eastbound Memorial Drive, between the Bridgeland and Zoo LRT stations, when at 8:37 a.m., a Volkswagen Jetta pulled over. The victim got inside the vehicle, police said in a release.The victim was pushed or fell from the vehicle about 4.4 kilometres later, at Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.Police and EMS were called to the scene around 8:50 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Police are now asking anyone who was travelling on Memorial Drive between Edmonton Trail and 36th Street N.E. at that time, and who may have dashcam footage, to come forward.No other information will be released at this time, police said, as the investigation is ongoing.This is Calgary's 27th homicide of the year. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1235, the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
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Some Canadians are moving back to Atlantic Canada to ride out COVID-19.The Atlantic Bubble — which includes Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick — has among the lowest number of COVID-19 cases in North America."We just thought ... we don't need to fight this fight anymore," said Amy Reitsma, who along with her Australian husband, Aneurin Pascoe, recently moved to Seabright, N.S., from the United Kingdom."We love London," she said. "But we got to a point where we were thinking there's got to be a better way."Reitsma, who has roots in Halifax, found out she was pregnant in February. Discovering she and Pascoe were expecting a child led them to make the journey back home to Nova Scotia."We just kind of watched the U.K. government make mistake after mistake after mistake in terms of managing the pandemic," said Reitsma."It was just such a glaring difference in how the governments were kind of wrapping their heads around this situation."Reitsma said she's confident in their decision."What the Maritimes have been able to do is really unique and it's very, very worth protecting."'Every story was the same'Like Reitsma and Pasco, Ian Yule made the decision to move home to Nova Scotia from California because of COVID-19."They're still getting thousands of cases in California a day," he said. Knowing the numbers are smaller in Nova Scotia, Yule said he "would just generally feel safer, not as paranoid all the time."He also wants to be closer to family and his job allows him to work from home in Canada.When he arrived in Canada, he overheard several fellow travellers telling customs agents they were coming from L.A. and moving home. "It seemed like every story was the same," he said.The Canada Border Services Agency doesn't track the number of people crossing the border to move home, because Canadians have an inherent right to do so. 'A huge draw'But there is evidence more Canadians are relocating — in some cases, moving to the Atlantic region from other parts of the country.Megan Holwell, a realtor with Royal LePage Atlantic, said she's seen growing interest from outside the region."Mainly what's making me so busy is I have several out-of-province buyers that are looking to relocate because of COVID," she said. "That was a huge draw for them."With people increasingly working from home, Holwell said buyers are more flexible with where they can live."It's kind of created opportunity for a lot of people there as well," she said.Howell said some of her clients are finding it difficult to view homes in person because of the 14-day quarantine rule, which she said is both a huge time and money commitment. As a result, she ends up showing homes via video conference calls.She said most of her clients who are looking to relocate are coming from Ontario, but she's also getting clients from Alberta and the U.S."I actually showed someone from California a house in Halibut Bay recently," she said.MORE TOP STORIES
Striking Dominion workers have formed what the union calls a "solidarity chain" at a No Frills location in St. John's, an independently owned and operated franchise of a chain owned by Loblaw Companies Limited. Dozens of workers, standing six feet apart, are holding a yellow rope encircling the parking lot of the store on Topsail Road.The store — which, along with Shoppers Drug Mart locations, sells Loblaw products — is open for customers, and the entrance is not blocked by the striking Unifor members, but the union is asking people to buy their groceries elsewhere in a show of solidarity. Sharon Walsh, an executive with Unifor, said the action is fair and legal, calling it a "secondary picket line."She said it's necessary to bring attention to the seven-week strike. "These folks are hurting, they're hurting financially and we are doing what needs to be done to say to Loblaws, 'You need to get back to the table, you need to offer more than you've offered so far,'" she told CBC's Anthony Germain. The employees are handing out a flyer, listing the changes they are seeking from Loblaw. Tracey Murphy, a pharmacist's assistant at the Dominion in Bay Roberts, came into St. John's to attend Thursday's event. "We are all one … we are 1,400 and we are strong," she said."We are not backing down until we get what we want and we are in it for the long haul."No signs of concessions on either sideThe issues that continue to be sticking points include workers who are deemed part time but who work full-time hours, along with a demand for a wage increase. The strike began Aug. 22. All 11 Dominion stores in the province are closed, sending 1,400 workers to the picket lines. There are also no indications an agreement is near. On Sept. 1, Loblaw's Atlantic Canada vice-president, Mike Doucette, laid out the company's side, in a blunt, two-page letter. "You need to know that this strike will not result in an improved offer," Doucette wrote.He also laid out the company's side for why it won't meet worker's demands: competition is fierce, business at Dominions across Newfoundland is in decline, and the tentative agreement reached at the end of July was still on the table.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Government crackdowns on social gatherings in parts of Quebec, Canada's epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, could drag on longer in hotspots like bars and restaurants, public health experts warned, as COVID-19 hospitalizations have kept rising. The province reported 1,078 new cases on Thursday, accounting for about 60% of Canada's daily tally, and Quebec Premier Francois Legault urged Quebecers to stay home this long weekend when Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving holiday on Monday. "I will not go to see my mother this weekend," Legault told reporters in Quebec City.
RCMP say a 23-year-old woman from Ontario was charged under the Health Protection Act for failing to self-isolate, after police attended several large house parties in Antigonish, N.S., over the weekend.Antigonish RCMP also charged three people at parties last weekend for failing to physically distance, according to spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau.Four people were also charged under the Liquor Act and one person was charged under the Town of Antigonish municipal noise bylaw.RCMP Sgt. Andrew Joyce said the ticket for failing to self-isolate was issued on Thursday, after an investigation related to an incident on Saturday.Now, St. Francis Xavier University said it is also investigating the "event" last weekend.A spokesperson for the university, Cindy MacKenzie, said in an email that any St. FX student found to have violated the school's code of conduct will be subject to the school's disciplinary process."Recommended outcomes are a suspension of a minimum academic term, up to a maximum of a full year, depending on the specifics of each case," MacKenzie said. "We take this matter very seriously."St. FX students were required to sign a code of conduct waiver before they could attend classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.All university students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of the Atlantic bubble also had to quarantine for two weeks before classes began, but several university students across the province have been fined and one student was even expelled for failing to do so.MORE TOP STORIES
Angel Simon says she hasn't seen her daughter or her parents since before the COVID-19 pandemic started — and she isn't sure when she'll see them next. Simon lives in Inuvik, N.W.T., with her husband and nearly two-year-old son, while her daughter is at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, and her parents are in the Cape Breton area of Nova Scotia. "It's pretty heartbreaking," she said. "All we have is FaceTime and video messaging right now. My family is seeing my son grow up by Facebook." Like the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Atlantic Canada requires people entering the region to isolate for 14 days. People living in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador however, can travel freely among those provinces without having to quarantine. Also like the Northwest Territories, Atlantic Canada has, for the most part, been able to keep coronavirus infections low, prompting the question of whether the N.W.T. could glom on to Atlantic Canada's bubble.For Simon, a trip out east right now means a month in isolation, as well as time off work and thousands of dollars in travel expenses."My parents are in their late 60s, and I'd like them to be able to see their grandchild before they pass away," she said, but a visit just won't work, as much as she would love one.The N.W.T.'s last confirmed cases of COVID-19 recovered in April, while Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland were reporting zero new cases as of Wednesday. New Brunswick reported 17 new cases on Wednesday, connected to a special care home in Moncton, which cast some doubt on its future in the Atlantic bubble.Nova Scotia, P.E.I. reject bubbleSince provincial and territorial travel restrictions came down, the possibility of the Northwest Territories bubbling with Atlantic Canada has come up a number of times. On Wednesday, Dr. Kami Kandola, the territory's chief public health officer, said she's open to exploring the idea, noting that it would require meetings with multiple levels of government.CBC asked each Atlantic province about the potential for an N.W.T.-Atlantic Canada bubble. Nova Scotia and P.E.I. were the only provinces to respond before deadline. Both said the territory had approached them about bubbling, and both said it's not something they're considering at this time. They didn't give reasons for rejecting N.W.T.Kyle Ereaux is a lawyer who practices in N.W.T. and Nova Scotia. His spouse lives in Yellowknife and before the pandemic, he would split his time between that city and Halifax.COVID-19 made the commute much more difficult. Ereaux said an N.W.T.-Atlantic bubble would allow him to spend more time with his partner and do more business in the territory. "I would take great advantage of such a thing, so I'm all for it," he said.> All we have is FaceTime and video messaging right now. My family is seeing my son grow up by Facebook. \- Angel Simon, Inuvik, N.W.T. residentOpening N.W.T. up to Atlantic Canada makes sense, said Ereaux, especially if there's a direct flight. "There's a lot of logic to people who object in the absence of a direct flight, because I think there's probably quite a bit of risk just ... having to transit through either Toronto or Calgary or Edmonton," he said. "But if there's a direct flight, I think there's very little risk, so I don't see there being really any real public health reason not to have a bubble, if there's direct flight — but I guess that's a big if."The major commercial airlines aren't flying non-stop between Yellowknife and Atlantic Canada right now. CBC asked northern airline Canadian North whether it would consider a direct route, but the company declined to comment, as the relevant governments haven't yet agreed to an N.W.T.-Atlantic bubble.Dene National Chief wary Not everyone is completely on board with the bubble.Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya said the Dene Nation leadership hasn't discussed the possibility of a bubble with Atlantic Canada, and he would be "very, very cautious" about opening up the territory to more jurisdictions."[What] we're very concerned about in our small communities is keeping the borders closed, keeping our communities safe, making sure that they have the proper supplies and equipment and the vigilance of watching who's coming in and out of communities," he said. It would be "respectful for the [N.W.T.] government to come to the Dene communities, or the Dene leadership, or the Dene Nation, and ask about this idea," before going ahead with a new bubble, said Yakeleya.After Thanksgiving this weekend, N.W.T. residents and people all over the country will be looking toward the winter holidays, when, under normal circumstances, they might travel to be with loved ones.That's not happening for Simon's family this year. "Christmas is going to be a little sad. We'll be happy to stay here together, but it would have been nice to have my daughter here," she said.Simon is understanding of the territory's travel restrictions and she commends the government for helping keep residents safe."They're strict for a reason and I don't completely disagree with it," she said. "But it doesn't make it any easier."
Quebec's Indigenous affairs minister is set to be removed from her post, nearly two weeks after a video captured staff at a Joliette, Que., hospital hurling insults at an Atikamekw woman as she lay dying.The death of Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old mother of seven, heightened criticism that Sylvie D'Amours had failed to address the discrimination facing Indigenous people in the province.Ian Lafrenière, a member of the Coalition Avenir Québec government and a former Montreal police inspector, will replace D'Amours in the position, Radio-Canada has confirmed.The change was first reported by the Journal de Montréal.D'Amours has faced repeated criticism for the province's inaction since the Viens report, the result of a provincial inquiry, was made public a year ago.The report documented discrimination Indigenous people face when receiving public services and laid out 142 recommendations, including several regarding discrimination in access to health-care services. The province has so far failed to act on the bulk of the recommendations. D'Amours said earlier this month she had a plan in place to address 51.Lafrenière, elected in 2018, is the former head of communications at Montreal police, an organization that has had its own problems with racial profiling and discrimination. A report from three independent researchers released last year found systemic bias in street checks done by Montreal police. According to that report, Indigenous women were particularly overrepresented and were 11 times more likely to be stopped by police than white women.Since Echaquan's death, calls were renewed for Legault to acknowledge systemic racism, but the premier has continued repeatedly to deny its presence in the province. But Legault said earlier this week he is committed to making changes in the province to avoid another tragedy like the one suffered by Echaquan."We must not be afraid to say it; the Quebec public service has failed in its duty to Madame Echaquan," Legault said.
Nearly seven in 10 Canadian military college students have witnessed or experienced "unwanted sexualized behaviours" in the past year, according to new research from Statistics Canada.The StatsCan report, released today, also found that the vast majority of those students — 94 per cent of men and 91 per cent of women — reported choosing not to intervene in such incidents in the past because they didn't think the incidents were serious enough, or because they felt uncomfortable.The military's campaign to stamp out sexual misconduct, Operation Honour, depends on members speaking up and reporting incidents when they see them.The report conflicts with the results of a review conducted by an internal military panel almost four years ago. That review concluded that there was no culture of bullying and sexual misconduct at the Royal Military College of Canada, in Kingston, Ont.That study specifically examined a number of troubling incidents, including three suicides, which the panel blamed on leadership tensions, negative role models, academic pressure and some cadets being afraid to ask for help.The new StatsCan survey, conducted among officer cadets at both of the country's military colleges, also uncovered serious complaints in addition to questionable behaviour."Overall, 15 per cent of women [Canadian military college] students indicated that they had been sexually assaulted in the post-secondary environment during the previous 12 months, a proportion more than four times higher than men (3.6 per cent)," the report said.That's the finding that stood out for Marie-Claude Gagnon, founder of It's Just 700, a group of volunteers dedicated to helping current and former members of the Canadian military cope with work-related sexual trauma."I think it's troubling to see that (during their college experiences) female cadets are almost twice as likely to experience sexual assaults compare to the national average of all Canadian post secondary institutions," she said Thursday. "Cadets are the future officers in our military. They will soon be entrusted with power to enforce the law, here and around the world, and work with vulnerable populations. The perpetrators must be held to a higher standard. Victims must be adequately cared for so they can have the choice and the ability to keep thriving in their military careers and do the hard work that will be expected of them."Unwanted sexual touching was the most common form of sexual assault reported by both women and men last year, according to the survey of cadets.From jokes to contact to assaultThe report defined "unwanted sexualized behaviour" as unwelcome sexual attention, comments and jokes, as well as unwanted physical contact — including sexual assault."Many students who personally experienced unwanted sexualized behaviours indicated that they experienced them on more than one occasion," said the report, written by researcher Ashley Maxwell.Overall, 68 per cent of students said they had seen or experienced "unwanted sexualized behaviours" since 2019.The survey said the most common type of behaviour "witnessed or experienced by both men and women was sexual jokes."Gagnon said the only bright spot in the report is the fact that bystander intervention appears to be higher at military colleges than the national average for all post-secondary institutions."It shows that many cadets understand that the onus to fix sexual misconduct in the CAF is everyone's mission," she said.In terms of degree of offensiveness, military college students indicated that the most offensive type of behaviour was repeated pressure for dates or a sexual relationship, the report said.The survey of Canada's two military colleges — the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. and the Royal Military College Saint Jean, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu — was conducted online from February to July 2019 and involved 512 cadets.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said he was "deeply concerned" by the findings."This report shows that too many officer-cadets have experienced sexual misconduct or discrimination," Sajjan said in a media statement."Even one instance of sexual misconduct or discrimination is one too many. That is completely unacceptable and has no place in our institutions or our country."He pledged to take "all action necessary to ensure that these educational institutions are safe and inclusive for everyone."Despite the concerns, the survey found officer-cadets generally felt safe on and around their military college campuses, but women who experienced unwanted sexual behaviour, were less likely to feel safe.Many of the findings of the StatsCan survey echo complaints about the Royal Military College that date back years and decades.Before the military review panel produced its separate report in 2017, the college was the scene of several cases of sexual misconduct, including one where an officer-cadet received a severe reprimand and a $2,000 fine after pleading guilty to one charge of assault that involved touching a fellow cadet without her consent on several occasions in March 2013.In 2017, the auditor general found fault with the institution and questioned whether future officers would get better training at civilian universities."Overall, we found that the Royal Military College of Canada did not provide officer cadets with adequate training in leadership and in the proper conduct expected of future officers," said then-auditor general Michael Ferguson. "While the Royal Military College of Canada took action when incidents were reported, we found that the number of misconduct incidents that involved senior officer cadets showed that the Royal Military College of Canada had not prepared them to serve as role models for their peers."
P.E.I. Sen. Percy Downe says CBC News: Compass should not have been suspended during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and wants the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to ensure it won't happen again.Downe said CBC is a critical source of news on the Island where there is poor rural internet service and a high proportion of seniors who rely on the broadcaster for information during the pandemic.On March 18, CBC replaced local programming with a modified News Network service. Executives said it was because COVID-19 restrictions was putting too large a strain on human resources in Toronto, which supports many local broadcasts across the country.On March 26, Compass returned with a half-hour program, and on June 15 it returned to its one-hour format.Though CBC's local radio programs and the CBC P.E.I. website and social media accounts continued uninterrupted, Downe said CRTC should not have allowed Compass to go off the air.> When we needed the CBC the most, they abandoned the field. — Percy Downe, Canadian Senator appointed from P.E.I."At the onset of the pandemic, when we needed the CBC the most, they abandoned the field," Downe said.Under CBC's licencing agreement, it must commit to at least seven hours of local television programming per week — excluding NHL playoffs and statutory holidays — unless there is public consultation and approval from the CRTC."The question is, do those licence conditions carry any weight at all?" Downe said.Asked for a comment on Downe's concerns, the CRTC sent a short statement to CBC News. "The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation notified the CRTC that it took this exceptional business decision as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. During the period where the newscast was not airing, the CBC continued to keep Canadians informed through its radio, digital services, social media channels and French local news on Radio-Canada," the statement said."The CRTC is currently in the process of renewing CBC/Radio-Canada's licences and will hold a public hearing starting on January 11, 2021."'Nobody knew what was going on'Downe raised the matter in the Senate recently, and issued a news release this week asking why it did not intervene to maintain local television programming back in March. "The CRTC should enforce the rules and the first thing they should do is to make sure this never happens again… If in the next crisis, CBC suddenly says, 'Oh, sorry, we can't do anything,' it creates a real problem — particularly for parts of Canada that are not well serviced by other media."Downe said the safety of CBC employees is obviously important, but the broadcaster should have adapted to the required safety measures and carried on over all of its platforms, not just on CBC Radio and digitally."Back in March, people were not aware, do you have to take your lettuce home from the grocery store and run it through the dishwasher, whatever? Nobody knew what was going on and the CBC was an important tool to get the information out from the health authorities on how to protect the citizens."More from CBC P.E.I.
Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili is promising to invest more than $10 million to improve access to mental health care for families if elected Oct. 26. Meili also says the money would help create a strategy to combat the province’s opioid and crystal meth crisis. Meili made the campaign pledge in Saskatoon, where he says the average wait time to get a bed at the Dube Centre for mental health is more than 18 hours.
The state of Alaska released a plan to divide $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding payments among fishing industry workers affected by the pandemic. The state Department of Fish and Game proposed a split between charter guides, the commercial fleet and seafood processors of 32% each in a draft proposal released Monday, CoastAlaska reported. Federal guidance suggests the state set aside more than half of its relief funds for processors, about a third for commercial fishermen and 5% for sport fishing guides and lodges.
Gold River is asking for a share of the stumpage fees that the province receives from forest operators when they harvest, buy or sell trees from Crown land. In a virtual meeting with Forest Minister Doug Donaldson last month, Gold River’s council asked the province to address the need of direct stumpage contribution to Gold River and similar small communities. “The village sees large dollar figures paid into stumpage fees, however it does not see any direct injection of support from those dollars collected,” said mayor Brad Unger.
Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc said on Thursday they had taken down more than a dozen disinformation networks used by political and state-backed groups in multiple countries to deceive users on their platforms. The networks targeted users in a wide selection of countries, including the United States where officials have warned that foreign governments are attempting to influence the outcome of November's presidential election. After coming under heavy fire for failing to stop alleged Russian efforts to sway the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook and Twitter have announced a string of high-profile takedowns in the weeks leading up to this year's presidential vote.
The holiday season is approaching, and the N.W.T's Chief Public Health Officer Kami Kandola says there is no promise the required 14 day isolation period will be lowered by December.Across the territory, it now takes less than a day and a half to get COVID-19 test results, but as cases spike in southern Canada, Kandola plans to stay the path of caution."The level of infection we are now seeing is putting us on a trajectory toward the worst case scenario the federal government modelled over the summer. There is every reason for us to be vigilant," she said Wednesday.Kandola still recommends avoiding non-essential travel outside the territory. "I have to stress this recommendation will come even stronger now. We're on the upswing of a second wave. People have to make that decision if they're going to travel out," she said.Testing backlog clearedKandola said improved testing has cleared a "small" backlog, enabling people to go back to their lives a little bit sooner.She acknowledged that slow testing times might have "made it a tough choice for folks to call their local health-care professionals" to get assessed.With quicker testing, Kandola says people with symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health centre because it's one of the territory's best defences.Kandola also reinforced the necessity of getting the flu shot for people of all ages, to reduce the number of days missed from school or work.Is the N.W.T. ready for an influx of Christmas travellers?Kandola said the COVID-19 secretariat and Protect NWT, an enforcement hotline for COVID-19 public health rules, will be prepared for people isolating in regional centres."We would develop a capacity but we anticipate there will be a large volume of people coming in and out," she said.Kandola said that travellers should be taking precautions, including physical distancing, frequent sanitization, wearing masks on the plane and completing the mandatory 14-day isolation.Kandola said she's confident in the territory's ability to manage a large number of travellers, and pointed to the summer, when the territory was able to handle an influx of teachers.Since March, the territory has processed 21,000 self-isolation plans.Asked whether the N.W.T. was prepared for a chunk of its labour force to be at home isolating at the same time in January, Kandola said travel is a personal choice."Employers need to be figuring out coverage and disruptions, but if the current model is continuing this way ... there is going to be an increased number of cases and so we just need to be prepared for imported cases from Christmas returnees," she said. Bigger travel bubble?Kandola said she would consider a bubble with Atlantic Canada but not the Yukon."We would be open in discussing and exploring this further," she said.The four eastern provinces have been able to keep cases in their region at bay.Kandola reached out to officials in the Maritimes, but an N.W.T.-Atlantic bubble will require meeting with multiple levels of government. Yukon is bubbled with B.C., which has flattened the curve but has zero restrictions on travellers from Alberta. "As long as Yukon has a bubble with B.C. and in addition having the Alaska highway coming through with an increase in cases in Alaska ... that's not a proposition we can look at," she said.Kandola said the risk of opening the N.W.T. to its neighbour is simply too high and that the N.W.T.'s vigilance has kept it safe. "That isn't luck, it's because ... we took strong action early to take control of our situation," she said.
Telling Ontarians to behave is not going to work for everyone, so the province needs to take a more aggressive approach to stop the spread of COVID-19, says infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Gardam.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he is unsure if he will participate in a virtual debate with President Donald Trump. (Oct. 8)