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Namuunbileg Basaa says this Thanksgiving is one he will never forget.Basaa, known as Billy to friends and coworkers, left Mongolia as a refugee 22 years ago during a time of crisis and political upheaval in the East Asian country.What he didn't know is that shortly after he left the country for good, severing his ties there, his daughter was born.Unaware of his child back home, Basaa went on to marry and have a family of his own here, living the Canadian dream and enjoying success as a refugee.Bassaa is a heavy duty mechanic journeyman with LaFarge. His wife is a dental assistant. They've made their home here.Then in 2014 came a bombshell: news that he had a 15-year-old daughter, Indra, back in Mongolia who he never knew existed. The pair connected online, started communicating and building a relationship. In 2018, talk turned to the possibility of Indra joining her Dad in Alberta, for good. Basaa began talking to an immigration consultant to explore what was possible.The dream finally became a reality last month when 21-year-old Indra stepped off an international flight from Japan at Calgary International Airport and laid eyes on her dad and his family — her new family — for the first time. Today, following two weeks of isolation due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will sit around a table and share their first Canadian Thanksgiving together. Everything is new for both of them right now."It was the happiest moment for all of us," said Basaa. "It was unbelievable, unreal, I couldn't describe what we felt.""With COVID-19 it was so strange. I wanted to hug her, we all wanted to hug and it was tough," he said.Indra struggles to find the words to properly capture what it was like to lay eyes on her dad for the first time."It was unbelievable. That's all I can say," she said, after a long pause."Life was kind of tough there, in Mongolia," she said."We're trying our best and everything's going very smoothly."The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for Indra.Basaa said his Mongolian friends and family can't wait to meet her in the coming days and weeks. Indra is in demand."We are so grateful that she's here and life is just unbelievable, we're so happy," said Basaa.Basaa said Canada has given him everything he has. He says he hopes the country that welcomed him can offer his daughter the same opportunities."You can be as free as you want and if you work hard and you want to make something out of yourself there's no other country that can give you the opportunities that Canada provides," said Basaa.Indra arrived as her dad and his family moved into a new home west of Calgary. She still hasn't seen the mountains or explored the city. Her first real taste of Canadian life will be her first Thanksgiving."This will be the most memorable Thanksgiving for us. We're going to have a big feast for sure," Basaa said with a laugh."She will start learning the Canadian culture and she will understand the true meaning of this Thanksgiving holiday …It's just so meant to be, it's perfect."As they posed for a photograph, Basaa planted a kiss on his daughter's forehead. Watching from the sidelines is the man who made it happen: Sujit Jumar Saha, an immigration consultant with Bonnyville Immigration Services, based in northeast Calgary.Last September, the federal government announced a new pilot program for family members of refugees that weren't declared originally to apply for permanent residency. Indra qualified for the program and her application was processed within five months."I'm extremely happy. A lot of people are in this situation and I hope the government extends the pilot program," said Saha."It gives me extreme pleasure that I was able to reunite father and daughter for the first time in their lives. It's extremely special."Indra said she's getting to know her new family, including a stepmother, two half brothers and a half sister.She said she wants to get a drivers licence and is already talking about school and her future here."I already love Canada," she said.
Alberta doctors will no longer be able to quit en masse, should their regulatory college adopt new proposed policies. In response to some doctors threatening to withdraw their services from rural hospitals, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has proposed policy changes that would put new restrictions on physicians leaving an area or a practice. If approved, one policy would require doctors to "stagger" their departures if they're involved in a dispute. Failure to follow the rules could potentially lead to doctors facing professional discipline — even losing their practice permits. The proposals come after Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro told the college it must update the rules to better protect patients when doctors leave their posts. Some of the changes are lifted nearly verbatim from the rules governing doctors in B.C. Still, critics say the proposals raise questions about doctors' freedom of mobility, and spark fear a doctor would have to stay and work somewhere they don't want to. "This whole thing could look like servitude if you're forced to keep working," said Dr. Paul Boucher, president of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA). The college says the changes are about ensuring patients aren't left in the lurch. That is an emerging risk as the Alberta government engages in a high-profile public relations war with doctors over the rising amount of public money spent on their compensation. Anatomy of conflict The doctors' college wants to amend three "standards of practice" — rules to which doctors must adhere to retain their professional status. A dispute between doctors and the United Conservative government has continued for nearly a year, since the government gave itself the power in legislation to end its master agreement with physicians without cause. The government, which wants to curtail the increasing costs of paying doctors, introduced a set of proposed changes to how doctors are paid for some services. Negotiations with the AMA went poorly. In February, Shandro tossed out the government's doctor agreement and said he would impose a new one. Some doctors said the compensation changes made their businesses unviable, and threatened to cancel their privileges at rural hospitals. A few others are leaving Alberta, saying the political environment for doctors is unworkable. Documents recently obtained by the Opposition NDP found that in the spring, Alberta Health Services was monitoring 160 doctors in 17 communities who were at "high risk" of withdrawing their services from hospitals. An AMA survey found 42 per cent of respondents said they were considering leaving Alberta. In the spring, the college started getting questions from doctors about withdrawing their services, registrar Dr. Scott McLeod said in an interview. The college had begun drawing up more explicit policies when a June letter arrived from Shandro, demanding specific policy changes within a month. McLeod said college leaders told the minister they had concerns about adopting rules that could potentially face constitutional challenges in court. They recommended following their usual process for changing policies, which include putting out drafts for consultation and feedback before a general council votes to adopt them. The college is gathering feedback from doctors now. Its governing council will finalize the policies in December, and they should take effect in the new year. Under the proposed changes, an "entire group of regulated members or an entire hospital department must not engage in a complete withdrawal of services" during a dispute. While doctors retain their right to resign with notice, a group must "stagger such resignations" to allow reasonable time for their replacement or alternate care, the proposed standard says. A group of doctors could only partially withdraw their services if it doesn't pose an "undue risk of harm" to patients, it says. If the college finds doctors' contingency plans are inadequate, it may insist some of the doctors resume their duties, the proposed policy says. To close or leave a practice, there are also proposed new requirements. They would have to give the college 90 days' notice, notify individual patients they are leaving, post general notices in their clinics, online and in newspapers, and arrange for transfer of care and records to other doctors. McLeod said it would be "very rare" that a doctor holds patients' wellbeing hostage to make a political point. But if the college receives a complaint, investigators will look at the doctor's intent. "If we truly felt that somebody was leveraging patients' health for their own personal interests, and there'd be a real potential harm to patients, then that would need to be considered unprofessional conduct and that would go through a formal hearing process," he said. The potential limits on group resignations closely mirror existing policies in B.C. Although Ontario and Nova Scotia colleges also require doctors not to strand their patients without care, neither province forbids groups from halting work at once. Could hit rural physicians hardest AMA president Boucher said he agrees doctors shouldn't abandon their patients. However, he said proposed standards may tread too far into patient protection and infringe on doctors' freedom of mobility. The policies could be particularly problematic in rural or remote areas, or in sub-specialties, where there are no nearby physicians trained to relieve them or take on patients, he said. It would be a particularly unhealthy situation if a doctor stayed somewhere they were unhappy out of fear of professional sanctions, he said. A burnt-out, disgruntled doctor isn't good for physicians or patients, and when doctors do warn of leaving, it's not a decision they take lightly, Boucher said. "These are not flippant events that happen based on some whimsical decision of a practice group," he said. "No one wants to put their patient at a disadvantage." Prof. Lorian Hardcastle, a health law expert at the University of Calgary, said the proposed changes would put Alberta's rules at the more restrictive end of the spectrum in Canada. It's already difficult to attract some doctors to rural and remote practices, she said. With doctors feeling like they might be trapped, it becomes even more difficult. "The government is really the one that was instrumental in creating some of these problems in the first place, and making recruitment and retention difficult," she said. "I think it really is unethical to take that problem that they created and really make that (the) problem of these doctors to address on a one-off basis." Steve Buick, press secretary to the health minister, pointed to similar requirements in other provinces and said the proposals would not make Alberta an outlier. "The proposed changes would not 'force' any physician to work anywhere or take away their right to close their practice — which is clear in the College's proposed policies," he said.
Vancouver's Chris Turner says his passion for helping people recover lost jewlery is all about the smiles.On Sunday, he got big one from American actor Jon Cryer.The star, best known for his role in the sitcom Two and a Half Men, is in Vancouver filming another project and in a lengthy Twitter post that's been shared by thousands of others, he said he lost his wedding ring while out walking along the seawall under the Cambie Street bridge Friday night.That's where Turner enters the story.The ring finderHe's been using metal detectors since the 1970s to uncover hidden things and for the past 30 years has had a side business of helping people like Cryer.Cryer, who was married in 2007, said he searched online for a service that could help him find the ring and found Turner's TheRingFinders.com, a global directory of people who search for lost items."I've found peoples' lost jewlery, lost keys, lost cell phones, buried treasure, hidden treasure," he said.On Saturday he met Cryer where the ring went missing in an attempt to find it, but admitted chances were low."The chances were so slim that his ring would have fallen off his hand and rolled into the grass … like five per cent chance," he said.Turner believed that it was more likely that someone had already found it or it had gone into the ocean along the seawall where many people walk or ride their bicycles.He offered to do an ocean search in a wetsuit at low tide, but it turned out, that wasn't needed.'I'm still beside myself'Using a few different metal detectors he found Cryer's ring in some grass along the pathway, plucked it out and presented it to the stunned actor."I stammer out 'Are you serious?!?'" he wrote in the Twitter post. "I look closer: Yep. I'm still beside myself."Turner won't say how much Cryer paid for the recovery of the ring but says he was very generous and kind."The odds were not in his favour but I was just so happy when I found it and gave it back to him," said Turner, who recorded giving the ring back to Cryer and posted the video on YouTube.Turner said in the last eleven years his company has recovered more than 7,000 items. Turner asks people to pay him what they think he deserves.He also works in the film industry, but said he loves his part-time job. With the pandemic, he says he's been busier that usual as people are at home more and losing items while doing things like playing with their children outside."This is the best job I've ever had because you get to meet people and you get to put a smile back on their face," he said.
When a popular Fox News host appeared to mispronounce the name of Canada's capital in a segment on his U.S. prime-time TV show last week, he may have actually been closer to the mark than many think.Canadians and Americans alike reacted with derision when host Tucker Carlson — a firebrand political commentator known for his right-wing views — referenced Ottawa in a Friday segment on his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight.The segment dealt with the time U.S. Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris spent in Canada as an adolescent."So if the question is, 'What is the capital of Canada?' For the record, it's a place called Ottawa," Carlson said, stressing the second syllable of the city's name instead of the first — essentially pronouncing it "aw-TUH-wah" instead of "AW-tuh wah."WATCH | Tucker Carlson (mis)pronounces Ottawa on his Fox News show:The reaction was immediate."I have never heard anyone mispronounce 'Ottawa' the way @TuckerCarlson does here. Very odd," U.S. reporter Andrew Feinberg tweeted."Did Tucker Carlson just intentionally mispronounce 'Ottawa' to make Canada seem like some exotic, foreign country?" wrote Twitter user Meghan McNally."He probably wouldn't like the way this Canadian pronounces 'Tucker,' " chimed in another.Indigenous origins of 'Ottawa'But as many Indigenous people pointed out, the way Carlson pronounced the word — intentionally or not — resembles the original word for which the capital is named more than the common English pronunciation does."I know he was trying to be funny ... but he actually came pretty close," said Jeff Monague, an elder from the Beausoleil First Nation and an expert in Anishinaabemowin, the language from which the place name Ottawa is derived.Monague said the original Anishinaabe word "odaawe" — pronounced "aw-DAH-weh" — means "a place of trade" or "to sell or to trade," and was used to refer to the Algonquian-speaking Ojibway people of the same name. While their traditional territory was west of the Ottawa River Valley along the shores of Lake Huron, they were key traders in what's now the Ottawa area."They were the ones that went into the trading posts," said Monague. "Through anglicization, they came to be known as Odawa, and today they would call themselves Odawa because that's the label that was placed upon them."In the mid-19th century, British colonial authorities ended up bestowing the name Ottawa on what was then known as Bytown, an important trading post where several thousand Algonquin people had settled, said Veldon Coburn, a professor of Indigenous studies at the University of Ottawa."As legend has it, they picked it up and sort of anglicized it, put a harder 'T' on it," said Coburn, who hails from the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation near Golden Lake, Ont., about 160 kilometres west of Ottawa."The inflection of the syllables and the way that Tucker Carlson pronounced it was so much more closer to Anishinaabemowin than the way most people pronounce the word today," Coburn said."Whatever his point was, I think he mistakenly stumbled upon a correct pronunciation, unwittingly so."Forgotten Indigenous history, pronunciationCoburn said the subsequent pile-on targeting Carlson betrays widespread ignorance of Indigenous history in Canada. "It does say quite a bit [about] most of Canada that they don't really know this."Monague said he would like to see a movement to reclaim the original pronunciation of English words that are derived from Indigenous languages. At the very least, he said, people should learn the history behind the place names where they live."I was taught English and it was always impressed upon me that I needed to speak the language properly and to pronounce every word properly," said Monague. "It would be nice if that was done in kind and the other way. If you're using our language, then you should be pronouncing the words properly as well."
As fall temperatures set in, some Torontonians are turning to fire pits — both in parks and in their own backyards — in order to stay warm while socializing safely outdoors. But there's a big problem, says Toronto Fire Deputy Chief Larry Cocco. "The Ontario Fire Code prohibits open air burning," Cocco said, adding that breaking the rules can come with some hefty fines. Torontonians who want to gather around a heat source this winter do have some legal options, he says. Here's your guide to the rules. City fire pitsThere are built-in fire pits at a number of city parks and beaches, but technically, Torontonians aren't allowed to use any of them — and haven't been for months. Normally the city issues permits for using the pits, but that system was suspended this year due to the pandemic. The city's fire pit season also ends on Sept. 30, so the season is now over anyway. But that hasn't stopped people from using them this fall. The number of complaints made to 311 about the use of park fire pits went up to 19 last month, compared to three in September 2019. The city also handed out ten $300 tickets last month for fire building without permits — most of which are attributed to beach fires both on Toronto's lakeshore and on Centre Island. In a statement, city spokesperson Jasmine Patrick stressed the importance of following public health rules of not gathering with people outside of your own household or leaving your home for non-essential activities. "The city is working closely with Toronto Public Health on plans for fall and winter outdoor recreation activities for residents," Patrick wrote. Backyard optionsFor people with backyards, there are other choices for outdoor fires — but Cocco warns that many of them go against the rules as well."We do not issue open air burn permits for backyard bonfires. We never have, and our position is, it's a violation of the Ontario Fire Code," he said, adding that just because a Toronto hardware store sells fire pits doesn't mean you can use them. There is an exception for a controlled wood fire used for cooking, but Cocco says it needs to be an appropriate size for the food you have and be put out once the cooking is done. With wood fires off the table, Cocco says there is a legal option: fire pits fuelled by propane or natural gas that are certified by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA.) "It produces quite a bit of heat," said Cocco. "The benefit of it is it's not in contravention of the fire code." Cocco also notes that that propane exception does not include ethanol-fuelled table top fires, which Health Canada issued a warning about last year after several people were injured. Finally — there are also patio heaters, which the TSSA is reminding people should only be used outdoors and with appropriate safety precautions. Should park fire pits be open for business? Koreatown resident Lucy Cameron has used city fire pits legally in years past, and, after making inquiries with the city, was disappointed to discover there would be no option to do so this year.She has no plans to break the rules, but said others might not be so careful. "If they can't be together outside they will be together in their houses," said Cameron. "It's just taking away a responsible option for people."Barry Ross, who is part of two volunteer groups associated with Fairmount Park, near Gerrard Street East and Coxwell Avenue, also questions the city's system. "People are frustrated they want to have these events, because they're cozy and comfortable," he said. "They're good for the mind and a little bit of family gathering."As long as people are in small groups and keeping socially distant, Ross questions the need for the city's "cumbersome" permitting process altogether, arguing communities are capable of self-managing park pits. "No one as a good citizen wants to say that 'I ignore the rules,'" he said. "It's just ... what is this rule here for?"
The last year has been a turbulent one for family members of Allan Landrie as they've experienced fear, sadness and frustration. The family gathered to honour his life this weekend, but they're still seeking answers around the search for their loved one.On the afternoon of Sept. 28, 2019, the 72-year-old — who had been told by doctors there was nothing more they could do for the arthritis pain he could no longer stand — walked into Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital, locked himself inside of a bathroom, and took his own life.It appears Landrie hoped his body would be found quickly by hospital staff, saving his family the trauma of the discovery.But instead, his body wasn't found until Oct. 1.Now, just over a year after his death, his family members will be gathering in Saskatoon for a small memorial to remember their sibling, father and grandpa."It's just for family to support each other and talk about the last year," said Landrie's youngest daughter, Tammi Bryan. "We just need to be together."Questions remain Speaking ahead of the memorial, his family says Landrie was a loving family man and avid golfer who had been through a lot in his 72 years. Despite some hardships and heartbreak, he always set a positive example for his kids and maintained his sense of humour, with his family being the most important thing in his life, his loved ones say.The Thanksgiving weekend will be the first time the family has gathered since they came together last year to help in the search for Landrie, in the days before his body was found at the hospital.While the gathering is important for the family, numerous questions remain."I don't think it will offer closure. I think it will offer comfort," said Bryan."But until we find out why there have been so many inconsistencies between the police department and the health authority, I don't think we'll have any closure. I don't know if we'll ever have closure to be honest." A coroner's report on Landrie's death indicated while "all reasonable search efforts appear to have been made," there were numerous factors that resulted in his body not being found sooner.He was reported missing to police around 3 p.m. on Sept. 28 — less than two hours after surveillance footage shows him entering the hospital.Police began searching, and determined that Landrie was dropped off by a cab at the hospital that afternoon. But according to the coroner's report, police were "unable to view [surveillance] video of the hospital entrance" until 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 — 33 hours after Landrie was dropped off by the cab.It was another 50 hours after that before they were provided with a copy of that footage.On Oct. 1, Saskatoon police met with a Royal University Hospital site supervisor, providing her with a photo of Landrie which was to be emailed to all managers, including housekeeping and the morgue, asking that all closed and enclosed areas be searched. But housekeeping staff were not informed Landrie was missing during the search period, the coroner's report said. Staff had been reassigned from regular cleaning duties to assist with the opening of the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital, and processes around unfinished cleaning jobs were not followed, the report says.> We need answers. We need to know why this was handled so poorly. \- Tammi Bryan, daughter of Allan LandrieThe SHA says it has implemented numerous measures to ensure that type of situation doesn't take place again.However, even though a year has passed, there are still circumstances around the search that have left the family wondering.There are also questions about how his body was overlooked while police were searching, when it was just a few feet from where he entered the hospital.Bryan says the family wants to see an internal review that was conducted by the health authority after Landrie's death, and the investigation notes detailing the search for Landrie from the Saskatoon Police Service. "We need answers," she said. "We need to know why this was handled so poorly." Daughter talked with SHA officialBryan says she recently had a roughly 50-minute conversation with Russ Laidlaw, the director of protective services and health emergency management with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, about the search for her father. She says she reached out to the SHA twice, before getting a hold of Laidlaw on a third attempt. During the conversation, Bryan says, Laidlaw told her the SHA hadn't been in touch earlier because he didn't have contact information for the family.Bryan says Laidlaw also told her that hospital staff were not involved in the search efforts for Landrie. That contradicts what was detailed in the coroner's report on Landrie's death.Bryan says that Laidlaw told her the Saskatoon Police Service called off the search for Landrie.Saskatoon police, though, say they continued to search for Landrie's body until it was located.CBC Saskatoon asked to interview the lead officer involved in the search, but a statement was provided instead. "After a review of the information in the occurrence we are able to say that the Saskatoon Police Service did not halt their search for Mr. Landrie," Alyson Edwards, director of public affairs for Saskatoon police, said in a statement. "In fact, on the day Mr. Landrie's remains were discovered investigators were on site at the hospital continuing their investigation."The police service said it plans to follow up with the family about the search, but it won't be commenting further on the matter.Bryan says their questions around the search need to be addressed by both organizations."We can't just sweep this under the rug," she said. "It was just so unjust." SHA says it's making changes after reviewCBC Saskatoon requested an interview with Laidlaw about the concerns Bryan raised.The health authority said it couldn't accommodate that request, due to the fact it was a private conversation with a family member, and because of election-period protocols.Three statements were provided instead, but they did not address the inconsistencies Bryan reported from her conversation with Laidlaw.However, Andrew Will, the health authority's vice-president of infrastructure, information and support, said in a statement the SHA "fully co-operated with [the Saskatoon Police Service] during the investigation and shared video.""The Saskatchewan Health Authority is committed to the safety and well-being of those inside our facilities," Will said in the statement."We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Mr. Allan Landrie, and extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends. A representative of the SHA has had a conversation with one family member regarding the outcomes of our review, but we will not be commenting further on that conversation."The SHA takes "every opportunity possible to communicate fully and co-operatively in support of family members seeking information," Will's statement said. "We would never provide specifics of these discussions to the public."> SHA fully co-operated with SPS during the investigation and shared video. \- Andrew Will, Sask. Health AuthorityThe health authority also introduced five other recommendations from its internal review, which include improved communication and notification protocols, changes to facility and departmental-level work procedures and a review of existing surveillance equipment to see if it needs to be upgraded."The SHA is in the process of addressing all of the recommendations resulting from both the Coroner's Report and the internal review," the authority said in the statement."In addition to video surveillance upgrades and installation, the SHA has worked in collaboration with Environmental Services [which provides housekeeping and maintenance services] and Protective Services [which provides security at the hospital] to develop new work standards and protocols designed to improve processes and prevent a similar incident from occurring."This includes replacing the camera at the hospital entrance where Landrie came in with a new camera that has a range extending beyond the far end of the hallway, including the bathrooms where Landrie was found. SHA environmental services has also introduced a new "knock if it's locked" protocol in Saskatoon, which is being rolled out provincially, providing guidance on how environmental staff will address locked doors."Environmental Services also worked with Protective Services in Regina and Saskatoon to perform 'wellness checks,'" the SHA statement said. "If Environmental Services discovers a locked washroom door with no response from within they may ask Protective Services to perform a 'wellness check' to unlock, open and clear a room."The health authority's protective services has also met with the Saskatoon Police Service to ensure they "immediately engage Protective Services for any follow up investigation within our facilities." Details about that meeting, or whether any action taken as a result, were not specified.Bryan said she's pleased to hear improvements have been made by the health authority, but says they should have happened earlier, as the search for Landrie, which she called "sloppy," turned an attempt by Landrie to save his family from trauma into a living nightmare."It was the longest four days of our lives — the worst four days of our life — and we're still feeling it." Answers may not provide closure: counsellorA delay between when a person has died and when their body is discovered isn't uncommon, said Cathy Nickel, who provides counselling services in Saskatoon."That doesn't mean it's easy," said Nickel, who specializes in working with those who are dealing with trauma and grief.Every member of a family will have their own reaction to the death of a loved one, and no one reaction is right or wrong, she said. "There could be a lot of feelings and grief is not a one-shot deal. It's a process."She said whether or not getting the information from the health authority or police will provide Landrie's family the closure they need may depend on the answers they find. "My favourite definition of trauma is 'trying to make sense out of nonsense,' and a lot of times, you won't get answers," she said.If you're experiencing suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis, help is available.For an emergency or crisis situation, call 911.You can also contact the Saskatchewan suicide prevention line toll-free, 24/7 by calling 1-833-456-4566, texting 45645, or chatting online.You can contact the Regina mobile crisis services suicide line at 306-525-5333 or Saskatoon mobile crisis line at 306-933-6200.You can also text CONNECT to 686868 and get immediate support from a crisis responder through the Crisis Text Line, powered by Kids Help Phone.Kids Help Phone can also be reached at 1-800-668-6868, or you can access live chat counselling at www.kidshelpphone.ca.
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 1:09 p.m. EDT on Oct. 12, 2020:There are 182,707 confirmed cases in Canada._ Quebec: 86,976 confirmed (including 5,965 deaths, 72,857 resolved) _ Ontario: 59,139 confirmed (including 3,005 deaths, 50,437 resolved) _ Alberta: 19,995 confirmed (including 282 deaths, 17,488 resolved) _ British Columbia: 10,185 confirmed (including 245 deaths, 8,502 resolved) _ Manitoba: 2,578 confirmed (including 32 deaths, 1,483 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 2,092 confirmed (including 25 deaths, 1,888 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,092 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,023 resolved) _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 283 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 270 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 272 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 199 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 61 confirmed (including 58 resolved) _ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved), 1 presumptive _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved) _ Nunavut: No confirmed cases_ Total: 182,707 (1 presumptive, 182,706 confirmed including 9,625 deaths, 154,238 resolved)This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 12, 2020. The Canadian Press
Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe is self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms after a businesses where he made a recent campaign announcement was listed on an advisory of possible exposures. The Saskatchewan Health Authority on Sunday released a list of locations of possible COVID-19 exposures on multiple dates, and it includes a lumber business in Prince Albert for five days between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6, from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Moe and his team were at the lumber business on one of the dates, Saturday, Oct. 3, when he made a campaign announcement pledging to reduce taxes for small businesses.
P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison is asking Island teachers who returned from Moncton or Cambellton, N.B., to be extra cautious going into the school week.Morrison had previously discouraged Islanders from travelling to parts of New Brunswick this Thanksgiving weekend, as Moncton and Campbellton try to contain a spate of COVID-19 cases that has brought the number of active cases in the province to 71."Given the situation in New Brunswick, it is prudent to be proactive and cautious in the event that any of your staff members travelled to the Moncton or Campbellton regions over the past few days," said Morrison in a written memo to directors of both of P.E.I.'s English and French public school branches."Out of an abundance of caution, staff who were in the Moncton or Campbellton areas over the long weekend should be extra vigilant about following infection control practices when they return home and attend work."The memo went on to say teachers who had been in those regions of New Brunswick should wear a mask at all times while at work and in public, limit contact with others, avoid large gatherings and closely monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.Morrison announced two new cases of COVID-19 Sunday. Masks are still not mandatory on P.E.I., but Premier Dennis King says the conversation continues with the Chief Public Health Office.UPEI said it will host Thanksgiving dinner today for students unable to travel home for the holidays, after university officials urged students not to travel outside the Atlantic bubble.A recent flurry of gorgeous wedding photos taken on P.E.I. splashed across social media show not even a global pandemic can keep couples from getting hitched.There have been 63 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Island, with 60 considered recovered. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths, and there is no evidence of community spread.Also in the newsFurther resourcesMore COVID-19 stories from CBC P.E.I.
European Union foreign ministers backed a Franco-German plan on Monday to impose sanctions on Russians suspected of poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent, diplomats said. Berlin and Paris made their proposal at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. The speed with which the EU's two main powers have agreed to push ahead with sanctions suggests a hardening of the bloc's stance towards Moscow.
The 82-year-old former monarch has been living in the United Arab Emirates since he left Spain in August to avoid causing further embarrassment to his son, King Felipe VI. The poll, which questioned 3,000 people, also found 48% want a referendum on the monarchy, which under Spain's constitution is the only way to decide the fate of the institution, while 25% were opposed and 16.1% did not know. A poll published in August meant for the pro-monarchy ABC newspaper found 33.5% favouring a republic and 56% the monarchy, while 6% did not know and 4.1% were indifferent.
NEW YORK — YES Network broadcaster Jack Curry missed the New York Yankees’ post-season after contracting COVID-19. Curry tweeted a video on Sunday and said he had recovered and would have returned to work for the AL Championship Series starting Sunday had the Yankees advanced. Curry said he tested positive following the regular season, which ended Sept. 27. “It was a scary and surreal time, but I’m happy to report that I’m feeling a lot better,” he said. Curry, 55, has been with the YES Network since 2010 and is a regular on YES pregame and postgame studio shows wrapping around Yankees broadcasts. He was a reporter for The New York Times from 1987-2009. “I took all of the precautious plus 100 more and this virus still found me,” he said. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Mounties on Vancouver Island are asking for help identifying a vehicle of interest in their investigation of a fatal hit-and-run on Vancouver Island. Oceanside RCMP say they were called to Highway 19, near Parksville, B.C., on Oct. 10 after a woman's body was discovered.
There have been 11 new cases of COVID-19 reported by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit over the weekend, with eight on Sunday and three on Saturday.Four of the new cases are from close contact with a confirmed case, two are travel related, one case is a local health care worker, one case is an agri-farm worker, one case is community acquired and two cases remain under investigation. On Friday, the health unit reported the highest single-day increase in cases since Aug.18 with 21 new positive cases, 17 which were reported among agri-farm workers. The health unit did not reveal the name of the farm where this occurred, but did say it was in Kingsville. It said the worker's accommodations was a factor in the severe spread of the virus and it was testing others who were close contacts or in bunkhouses with those who tested positive.There are currently 50 active cases of COVID-19 reported in the region, 2,587 cases have been resolved and 76 people have died due to the virus. Avoid gatherings over holiday weekendHealth officials have been expressing concerns heading into the Thanksgiving weekend, asking the public to avoid large gatherings. WATCH | Here's what Thanksgiving should look like this year:Numbers in the province continue to be high with 649 new cases reported on Sunday.An epidemiological survey done last month forecast that Ontario was on track to hit 1,000 cases per day by mid-October. On Friday, there were more than 900 new cases reported across the province. Public exposure noticesOn Sunday, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit alerted the public to COVID-19 exposures at one business: * Walmart at 400 Sandwich St. S. in Amherstburg on Sept. 25 - 30The health unit said the exposure risk is low, but they advise that anyone who visited the store on those dates monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure.How and where to book a COVID-19 testWalk-in tests for the novel coronavirus are no longer available in the province. Anyone in Ontario who needs to get a COVID-19 test will have to book an appointment at an assessment centre or select pharmacies. According to the province, those looking to book a test at an assessment centre should do so only if they: * have a symptom of COVID-19 * have a high-risk exposure to someone who has the virus as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app * is a resident or works in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak * Residents or workers in long-term care home * Visitors to a long-term care home * Residents or workers in homeless shelter * International students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period * Farm workers * Individuals who require a COVID-19 test for international travel clearance * Self-Identify as Indigenous * Resident or worker in other congregate living settings and institutionsWindsor Regional Hospital is operating two assessment centres — one at the hospital's Ouellette Campus and one at St. Clair College's Sportsplex. People can no longer walk-in for testing at these facilities, and instead will have to book an appointment online here, or get assistance by calling 519-973-4443. Those sites are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Erie Shores HealthCare is also operating an assessment centre under the same criteria as Windsor Regional Hospital. Those looking to book a test at Erie Shores Healthcare can do so online here or call 519-326-2373 extension 4263. The assessment centre in Leamington is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Asymptomatic testing is currently available at three Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies in Windsor. The person must also fall under one of five categories: * Living, working in or visiting a long-term care facility. * Residing or volunteering at a shelter. * Have been given a clearance for international travel. * An international student travelling into the country to start school after the 14-day isolation period ends. * An Indigenous person.For more information or to find a testing site closest to you, visit Ontario's COVID-19 testing website.COVID-19 in Sarnia-LambtonLambton Public Health has reported no new COVID-19 since last week. There have been a total of 347 cases in Lambton County.Twenty-five people have died over the course of the pandemic in the region.COVID-19 in Chatham-KentChatham-Kent Public Health reported no new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. There have been a total of 371 cases in Chatham-Kent. The region currently has two active cases.Three people have died over the course of the pandemic in the region.
Elections Canada says it has identified roughly 3,500 cases of people who voted in 2019's federal election where there was conflicting evidence about their citizenship, CBC News has learned.But almost a year after Canadians headed to the polls, the agency says it's still trying to determine how many of those cases — if any — involved non-Canadian citizens casting ballots.A fear of foreign nationals or permanent residents taking advantage of Canada's honour system and voting illegally was one of the most common themes Elections Canada documented while monitoring social media in the lead-up to the Oct. 21 election, according to CBC's analysis of the agency's internal documents. Some people called on the agency to require voters to show proof of citizenship at the polls, such as a passport.But many studies in the U.S. have shown that stricter voter requirements — supposedly introduced to prevent fraud — have served as a form of voter suppression, deterring thousands of voters and disenfranchising racial minorities.Elections Canada is still conducting its own analysis, but its initial assessment shows the 2019 ballots with conflicting citizenship information under review accounted for just 0.02 per cent of all votes cast — and were so widely distributed they could not have affected the outcome in any particular riding."No outcome in any riding would have been affected by possible instances of non-citizen voting," said Elections Canada in a media statement."We have no evidence that suggests any organized or large-scale effort to disrupt the electoral process."Number of cases could turn out to be much lowerCBC News asked for a breakdown of the voting districts where Elections Canada found conflicting citizenship information. The agency said it would be "premature" to share that data since "an analysis is still underway."University of Ottawa law professor Michael Pal studies election laws in Canada. He said he'd be surprised if it turns out that thousands of non-citizens voted last year.Pal said he expects the number of suspicious ballots to drop dramatically during Elections Canada's verification process. "Whenever there are reports like this, it tends often to be paperwork errors or mistakes that can be tracked down," he said. "There was a lot of sound and fury about this and non-citizens allegedly voting in the U.S. And all the academic research and the research by think tanks shows that concern was overblown and happens very rarely, if at all."Every case has its own paper trailIn the spring of 2019, Elections Canada said it was eliminating 103,000 people from the federal voters register who it determined were not Canadian citizens.Bill C-76 also gave Elections Canada the power for the first time in 2019 to cross-reference its voters list with data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to search for cases of permanent residents or foreign nationals illegally voting.Elections Canada said it's still following the paper trail by opening sealed ballot bags containing all documents related to each file.That "rigorous" and labour-intensive process has been slowed down by COVID-19 restrictions and the agency's focus on preparing for the possibility of an early election in the midst of a pandemic, the agency said."Every potential case is unique and has its own paper trail," said Elections Canada. "Each case must therefore be verified separately …"Canadians could go to the polls again before the agency passes on any suspect cases to the Commissioner of Canada Elections, Yves Côté, for investigation.On Oct. 8, Côté's office announced it laid two charges against a non-Canadian accused of fraudulently voting five years ago. The office said the man was charged with registering to vote in the riding of Don Valley East in Ontario knowing he wasn't eligible, and with casting a ballot in 2015 knowing he wasn't qualified.Permanent resident calls for stricter ID requirementsPermanent resident Paul Gabriel said it's "incredible and scary" that Elections Canada has taken so long to detect such cases. He argues the agency should make changes before the next election to fix what he calls a "loophole."It's illegal under the Canada Elections Act for a non-Canadian citizen to vote while knowing they are ineligible. However, voters are not required to show proof of citizenship at the polls. Gabriel said that should change.He's a fruit importer living in Beiseker, Alberta who was born in the United Kingdom and has lived in Canada for 19 years. He said he erroneously received a voter information card in the mail for the first time in 2019 and posted a photo online with a warning that was shared by thousands of people."I can vote with this card and an Alberta driver's license, but I am NOT a Canadian citizen," Gabriel wrote on Facebook on Oct. 7, 2019. "I am not going to vote because I am not legally entitled to, but others will."Your election is about to be stolen from you by illegal voters and we all know who gave them this ability and who they will vote for."Elections Canada said those who receive the cards may have mistakenly provided the wrong information to another federal or provincial institution while filling out a provincial health card questionnaire."It was an honest and genuine mistake," said Gabriel — who said he thinks permanent residents should be able to vote since they pay taxes. "But it just shows how flawed the voting system is."Elections Canada said it's usually only countries that issue national ID cards that require proof of it at the polls — Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand don't. It costs $120 for a five-year Canadian passport, which is beyond the means of some Canadians. Birth certificates also come with a price tag and do not feature a photo.Balancing risksChief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault is working on a set of recommendations coming out of the last federal election to present to Parliament in the spring of 2021. "Any recommendation in this area would need to ensure the integrity of the election by carefully balancing the risks of non-citizen voting with the risk of excluding a potentially large number of Canadians who do not have documentary evidence of their citizenship readily available," the agency said in a statement.Holly Ann Garnett is an assistant professor of political science at the Royal Military College of Canada who researches election integrity. She said that changing voting requirements in Canada would do more harm than good."I think the issue of legitimate voters being deterred from voting is more crucial than the small chance that a non-citizen would be voting," she said. Garnett said evidence consistently shows that when countries increase the cost or the difficulties of voting — through things like stricter voter ID rules or advanced registration — voter turnout drops in some demographics."So the real issue here is the challenge of making sure that voting is accessible, especially to those population groups who are already not likely to vote," she said.Wisconsin is a case in point. Strict ID laws may have driven 17,000 or more registered voters away from the polls in the last federal election, according to a university study in the state.Convictions are rare The Commissioner of Canada Elections "considers illegal voting to be among the most serious violations that cause harm to the integrity of the electoral process," the office said. The penalty for voter fraud can be up to five years in prison, or a fine of up to $50,000. The commissioner's office said it can opt for other penalties and responses to cases of voter fraud — caution letters, compliance agreements or administrative fines, to name a few.In 2006, a non-Canadian citizen who voted here received an absolute discharge after doing 30 hours of community service; the court found the offender did not intend to affect the vote.In 1999, two others pleaded guilty after voting in the 1997 general election knowing they didn't qualify because they weren't Canadians. They had to pay $300 to a charity and received an absolute discharge.
China is responding to criticism from Canada's government over what has been referred to as the "arbitrary" detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.
They were both home to watch their son's first steps, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said.
Martin Laird lost a chance to win by making bogey on the 18th hole, only to redeem himself in a three-way playoff by making a 20-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole Sunday to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. It was the third three-man playoff in Las Vegas for Laird, who won in 2009 and lost the following year when Jonathan Byrd made a hole-in-one on the 17th hole at the TPC Summerlin.
The entire Huron-Wendat Nation is in shock, Grand Chief Konrad Sioui said Sunday, after two children were found dead in Wendake, Que., a Huron-Wendat community near Quebec City. "We can't believe that little angels like this, young children, have been subjected to so much violence." Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Ann Mathieu said earlier Sunday that the force received a call from Wendake police at around 2 a.m. about the discovery of two bodies.
MONTREAL — Canadian universities could lose as much as $3.4 billion this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada has projected, in large part due to a decrease in the number of foreign students. In a report published this week, Statistics Canada tried to estimate university budget losses for the 2020-2021 school year. Tuition fees make up an increasingly large portion of university revenues, the agency said. In 2013-2014, tuition fees accounted for 24.7 per cent of school funding, while they made up 29.4 per cent in 2018-2019. The largest portion of university revenue comes from government funding, at 45.8 per cent. Statistics Canada said the increase in the proportion of tuition fees was caused by a growing number of foreign students, who pay higher tuition — almost five times as much as Canadian citizens. In 2017-2018, foreign students alone paid about 40 per cent of all tuition fees. Therefore, Statistics Canada said, universities could lose between $377 million and $3.4 billion — 0.8 per cent to 7.5 per cent of their total revenues — this academic year. The agency based its projection on the number of study permits issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, which corresponds to the number of foreign students in the country. In 2020, 58 per cent fewer permits were issued and about 13 per cent of those that were issued were no longer valid in September. The agency said Canadian student registration numbers could also drop this year. It found 20 per cent of 17- to 24-year-olds who were in school last March said they did not plan to return this year. Wendy Therrien, external relations and research director at Universities Canada, said it's too soon to tell whether the pandemic will have an effect on university budgets or registration. She said, however, that the federal government's Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) helped students and their families have the means and confidence to go back to school this year. Universities are also adapting to pandemic-related travel restrictions and have allowed foreign students to continue their studies remotely, she said. "That helps us retain those students," Therrien said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 11, 2020. Vicky Fragasso-Marquis, The Canadian Press