Fearless Forecast Week 6: 6 Rec, 107 Rec Yds, TD
Projected Points: 19.7
Fearless Forecast Week 6: 6 Rec, 107 Rec Yds, TD
Projected Points: 19.7
The latest COVID-19 news from around Canada on Oct. 13, 2020.
Ottawa health officials don't know the source, or are still lacking crucial information, for more than a third of all COVID-19 infections in the nation's capital — and some experts say that's concerning.Ottawa Public Health (OPH) categorizes the source of COVID-19 infections under five labels: outbreak, close contact, travel, no known source and no information available.Based on the latest numbers reported Tuesday, unknown sources of infections and cases with no information available have made up more than 36 per cent of Ottawa's 5,546 cases since the start of the pandemic."That number to me was concerningly high," said Patrick Saunders-Hastings, an epidemiologist risk scientist and manager of life sciences and environmental health at Gevity Consulting. "[It] suggests that there is a weakness or shortcoming in our contact tracing and testing ability."What does 'unknown' and 'no info available' mean?This is how OPH defines both categories: * No known source means the person with a positive case was asked about risk factors and exposures, but "no source of exposure was able to be identified." * No information available means people who test positive "have not been asked about risk factors and exposures yet," and they haven't been identified as a close contact to another person with COVID-19."No known source in particular are those where there's no epidemiologic link," explained Saunders-Hastings. The no-information category in particular is "a bit of a black box," he said, because those cases haven't been traced or followed up. In early October, the city's medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches called Ottawa's contact tracing system "nearly broken" under the current demand. Last week, OPH said it would focus contact tracing on high-risk spreaders.> Unless we control those sources, we are not going to get a handle on the COVID situation. \- Dr. Smita Pakhalé, U of O associate professor of epidemiologyOPH said in an email to CBC News that though the no-information category may appear "high at first," it's readjusted over time as diagnosed people give them more information. "This is a stressful time for those individuals, who are often feeling unwell, and it can be a difficult process that takes time," wrote a OPH spokesperson.Why do those categories matter? As of Tuesday, OPH was reporting 796 cases with unknown sources, and 1,280 cases with no information available."The higher that number is, the more cause for concern there would be," said Saunders-Hastings.In an ideal world, health officials would know the source of infection for every case — but that's not possible realistically, he said. Not knowing sources of infections could "diminish" public health's ability to respond to COVID-19, Saunders-Hastings said."They don't help us target where transmissions are occurring," he said. "They are missed opportunities to refine and tailor our response strategies."Saunders-Hastings added that the city "may no longer be able to keep up with the surge," and that might lead to further restrictions."We're currently experiencing more cases, or possible cases, than we are able to deal with."Lack of knowledge 'very dangerous'Not knowing the sources of infection is "very dangerous" for community transmission, said Dr. Smita Pakhalé, staff respirologist at The Ottawa Hospital and a University of Ottawa associate professor of epidemiology.> People still have to do their part and limit their number of contacts. \- Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer"If we do not know that information, then all those people [with COVID-19] may not be self-isolating and [there] may be potential of spreading to some others," said Pakhalé. "Unless we control those sources, we are not going to get a handle on the COVID situation."WATCH | U of O prof says Ottawa's marginalized people affected disproportionately:Pakhalé also suggested there's a chance marginalized people could make up a large part of the category with no information available."A lot of people who are living in the margins of society — people who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, or racialized minorities — have been disproportionately impacted," Pakhalé said.WATCH | Dr. Theresa Tam on a third of unknown sources in Ottawa:The city's vulnerable often don't have a phone, stable housing nor equal access to information via the internet, said Pakhalé, who also leads the Bridge Engagement Centre research clinic, which works with Ottawa's marginalized communities."We don't have information about them, and ... maybe a lot of them [are] represented in that [no information available category]," she said. "And that is a very unfortunate reality of our unequal society today.""It is concerning because as we heard, the public health system['s] capacity is not limitless," said Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam during a news conference Tuesday, in response to a question about the sources of one-third of infections remaining unknown."So people still have to do their part and limit their number of contacts."
Grasping for a comeback, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are intensifying their focus not on Democratic nominee Joe Biden, but on his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris — arguing without evidence that it’s Harris, the first Black woman on a major party ticket, who would really be in charge if Democrats win the White House. The effort is laced with sexist and racist undertones, and one that is aimed at winning back Republicans and independents who are comfortable with Biden’s more moderate record, but may associate Harris with Democrats’ left flank, despite her own more centrist positions on some major issues. During the past week, Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News that Harris would assume the presidency within “three months” of Biden's inauguration.
A former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate was indicted Tuesday in the murder of Jonelle Matthews, a 12-year-old Colorado girl whose disappearance after a holiday concert in 1984 was a mystery for decades. Jonelle died from a single gunshot wound to her forehead, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said. Jonelle's family searched fruitlessly for years as her picture was printed on milk cartons during a national missing-children campaign in the 1980s.
REGINA — New household gathering limits are to come into effect on Friday in Saskatchewan, where COVID-19 infections continue to grow. The province's chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, told a news conference Tuesday that gatherings in private residences are to be restricted to a maximum of 15 people, down from 30. More than 160 new infections were reported in the province over the long weekend, with many linked to gatherings, Shahab said. "Public health's contact investigations are also having a harder time confirming the source of transmission, because of the larger numbers of contacts that people are having," he said. In recent days, the Saskatchewan Health Authority has issued potential exposure alerts for several businesses in different cities. They include a lumber store in Prince Albert, where Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe and other candidates campaigned in recent weeks, as well as two bars in Saskatoon. Last week, the health authority also declared an outbreak linked to different church events that was affecting multiple communities. Shahab said the smaller gathering limit won't apply to public places, like bars and restaurants, or to religious gatherings, banquet halls and weddings. "While nothing is 100 per cent safe, we have seen that for the most part that restaurants, bars, gyms ... places of worship have not resulted in large transmission events." Shahab did, however, say some transmission has happened in what he called poorly organized gatherings, which have resulted in fines against organizers. On Tuesday, officials reported 34 new cases and 238 active infections. Nine people were in hospital, while another 1,911 people have recovered from the illness. While the province has seen case numbers rise and fall over the past seven months of the pandemic, Shahab said it's different this time around because schools have reopened and spikes in other parts of Canada may be affecting Saskatchewan through travel. He also said more than half of the new cases in the last week have been linked to public and private gatherings, while some infections have no known source of exposure. "Everyone was very diligent (in) April, May. I think there was a bit of relaxation in the summer, but that was fine because our case numbers were low. We could be outdoors more," Shahab said. "Now is the time to kind of really pay attention again." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2020 Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick on Tuesday reported six new cases of COVID-19, including one at a special-care home in Campbellton, close to the Quebec border. Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, said despite just one case reported at the 45-bed Manoir de la Sagesse, authorities are declaring an "outbreak." "Because it's a vulnerable population, we have to declare an outbreak based on the public health risk assessment," she told reporters, adding residents in that home are in shared rooms. She said health authorities are conducting "mass testing" of residents and staff, who she said will be tested every couple of days. "We will continue to do that testing and as cases are identified, their close contacts will be contacted and isolated.” The outbreak comes as public health officials are still scrambling to contain an outbreak at the Notre-Dame Manor special-care home in Moncton, which is tied to at least 19 cases of COVID-19. Five of the cases announced Tuesday are in the Campbellton health region and involve two people in their 60s, one person in their 50s, someone in their 30s and a person under the age of 19, Russell said. The sixth case reported Tuesday is located in the Moncton area and involves a person in their 70s. Education Minister Dominic Cardy said a new case is tied to Dalhousie Regional High School, the fourth case identified at a New Brunswick school in the past six days. The province has 82 active cases, with five people in hospital, including one patient in intensive care. Health officials in the other Atlantic provinces are monitoring developments in New Brunswick, which is part of the so-called Atlantic bubble, inside which residents can travel without restrictions. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil told reporters Tuesday he was expecting a brief from Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, later in the day. “We’ll wait and see what the details are." Newly appointed Health Minister Leo Glavine said he hopes Nova Scotia stays in the Atlantic bubble. The province has four active cases of COVID-19. Dr. Heather Morrison, chief medical officer of health in Prince Edward Island, urged Islanders Tuesday to avoid non-essential travel to the regions in New Brunswick hard-hit by COVID-19. Newfoundland and Labrador issued a statement on Sunday urging residents to do the same. There are nine reported active cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador and three in Prince Edward Island. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2020. -- By Sarah Smellie in St. John's with files from Michael Tutton in Halifax. The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version stated that Health Minister Leo Glavine said he hopes New Brunswick stays in the Atlantic bubble.
The first summer Pascal Lee, an American planetary scientist, arrived on Devon Island in Nunavut's High Arctic, a dog named Bruno accompanied him and his team of researchers. That was 24 years ago, in 1996, and Lee has returned every summer until this year, when COVID-19 halted his streak. "Bruno was this gigantic 120-pound white — I mean he almost looked like a polar bear," Lee said from his office at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley.Lee has led the Mars-Haughton Project since its inception, an effort aimed at helping humans better understand Mars, and exploration on the Martian planet. That first year a local in Resolute Bay rented Bruno as the team's watchdog. "Bruno was only interested in eating," Lee said. "We weren't even sure if he could run."One day Bruno ate 13 pounds of meat from their rations. But on the last day of that trip, after the shotguns were packed and the team awaited their plane, a polar bear appeared. Bruno charged the bear, to the surprise of Lee, and scared it off. "In one redeeming moment, Bruno saved us," Lee said, laughing. "Nunavut's treasure to humanity"The research camp, which Lee said has employed as many locals from the two closest communities of Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord as possible, is situated in Haughton Crater. The crater, about 20 kilometres across, resulted from a meteorite impact some 23 million years ago. Lee's sometimes kid-like excitement for his experience on Devon Island, which he calls a "beautiful place" and "Nunavut's treasure to humanity," comes through whether he's talking about space travel or technology. For example, last summer researchers tested a drone controlled by sensors in an astronaut's gloved hand with a camera image displayed inside a helmet. The drone moves according to hand movements while a mounted camera moves with the helmet. "It's like a kid putting his or her hand out the window of a car, you know, playing airplane with your hand. That's exactly how you fly that drone," he said. Such technology would be necessary while exploring Mars because astronauts will be encumbered in a spacesuit, Lee said.An effective drone on Mars could save astronauts significant time and labour in exploring, surveying and collecting samples, he said. Researchers tested the drone around Haughton Crater, which Lee said provides humans with the most Mars-like environment outside of Mars. That's because it lies in an ecological environment known as a polar desert.To look for life, biologists have to crack open rocks where tiny organisms called cyanobacteria live just beneath the surface. "Every rock you pick up on Devon Island is like an apartment complex for these microbes," he said. "It tells us we really have to be careful where and how we look for life on Mars, and maybe we have to dig a little deeper." Inuit and space travelScientists should also dig a little deeper and learn more from Inuit culture and history about space travel, Lee said. For example, NASA is studying the psychological impact of humans traveling far from Earth. Some experiments have locked people up for months in a simulated space voyage to monitor the effects. And while the hypothesis for some of those experiments has been that people will become depressed, Lee said there is evidence throughout history that suggests the opposite. "We have a lot to learn from Inuit, who have lived up North for generations and who may find sometimes some winters difficult but, lo and behold, they survive winters very well, they keep themselves busy — they know to cope with this type of environmental stress very well," Lee said. Such evidence of not just surviving but thriving long periods of darkness bode well for a trip to Mars, which would take about six to nine months, said Lee. Saturn's moon Titan is the next likeliest place after Mars for humans to visit because of its thick atmosphere, Lee said. But a trip to Titan would take three or four years. Some scientists are studying how humans can enter a state near hibernation for such trips. And that's something that Inuit ancestors, the Thule, knew about, according to the research of Robert McGee, a Canadian archaeologist, said Lee. "They would spend a good part of the winter in this very interesting state that we ourselves don't explore these days very much but is still in our physiology," he said. "Not quite fully asleep-state, but not quite fully awake. It's called a state of torpor." That state would lower humans' metabolic needs similar to when an animal hibernates and can go for weeks without eating. Lee said plans for next summer are still being decided in light of the pandemic, but he hopes to be able to return to Devon Island. The team wants to test out a new space suit and there is decades' worth of research to do in Haughton Crater still, Lee said. Eventually astronauts destined for Mars could train in Nunavut.But the team is careful to respect the environment and Inuit, and they plan to hire locals as much as possible. "We are very mindful of the treasure that Devon Island represents. We want to keep it pristine," he said.
Despite the global pandemic and all that comes with it, league-leading Toronto FC is somehow ahead of its 2017 championship year pace. Having clinched a playoff berth with its 1-0 victory Sunday in Cincinnati, Toronto (11-2-4) looks to match a club record with a sixth straight win Wednesday when the New York Red Bulls (7-8-2) visit TFC's pandemic home in East Hartford, Conn. Toronto is two points ahead of where it was in 2017 after 17 games (10-2-5), averaging 2.18 points a game, compared to 2.03 points three years ago.
A P.E.I. man has launched an online survey to gain a deeper understanding of the well-being of Islanders and the communities they live in.Charlottetown's Connolly Aziz is a masters student at the University of East London studying remotely from the Island. He has created the P.E.I. Well-being Project although he knows what makes him happy about living on P.E.I."Closeness to nature, closeness to trail, to beaches. I think that plays an important aspect of our overall well-being," says Aziz.His research could help inform organizations and policy makers on ways to improve the well-being of all Islanders, he said."The P.E.I. Well-Being Project is designed to measure subjective well-being of all Islanders," he said. "There is ways to measure different aspects of well-being. That's people's satisfaction with life. That's measuring the positive affect, or the positive emotions have and the negative effects, the negative emotions people have."Aziz said for the study one of the measurements used in the survey is a quality of life scale from the World Health Organization. "It measures people's physical health, it'll measure their physiological health, their social relationships and then their environment which they live in," he said.Aziz said when the information is gathered he is going to look at those measurements to see if it does in-fact impact people's sense of well-being.Happiness during a pandemic? He realizes doing the survey in the middle of a global pandemic may impact the results. "Part of me was wishing, I wish I had done this two years ago and got some data and then we could see the change after doing it again here," he said, "I think a lot of people are experiencing more negative emotions like anxiety and stress."Aziz said he's starting to gather that data now to compare it to data collected later. He said that will be able to give an indication on the progress of well-being on P.E.I.The anonymous online survey is open to any resident of P.E.I. 18 years or older and takes about 10 minutes to complete. To take part in the project, you can search for the P.E.I. Well-being Project online. The survey is open until Nov. 30.More from CBC P.E.I.
When COVID-19 arrived in Alberta, it was no surprise to police the pandemic brought with it a jump in domestic violence calls. Domestic violence rates typically go up when people are faced with a crisis, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Colette Zazulak, who oversees Alberta's community policing unit. "It's like when you apply pressure to a rock and the fissures start to form. You would see increased violence and likely more severe violence as well." From mid-March to mid-September, RCMP in Alberta recorded a 12 per cent rise in calls involving domestic violence over the previous year. Edmonton police saw a similar rise, with 13 per cent more calls in the first nine months this year over the previous three-year average. While calls to police were on the increase, some women's shelters, where victims often go to seek refuge, were seeing a decrease in use of their services. "We really saw a drop in calls, not only in Alberta but really around the world," said Jan Reimer, executive director of the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters. Restrictions set in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 isolate vulnerable people, limiting opportunities to safely leave an abusive situation, Reimer said. Fear of contracting the coronavirus in a communal setting like a shelter may also have prevented them from leaving, she said. "It makes people scared to go out and seek help, scared for their children and what they may be exposed to." 'It's quite scary' RCMP officers in Alberta's eastern district have responded to about 600 more domestic violence calls so far during the pandemic, compared to the same period last year. That area of Alberta has consistently had a higher rate of domestic violence compared to the rest of the province. The RCMP doesn't know why the increase is so marked there. "Sometimes, that can be for a variety of reasons. Things like isolation, if people are in rural and remote communities. We know they're not close to the hub where there are more services, even with the pandemic," said Zazulak. Yet the only shelter in St. Paul, about 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, has been quiet until the last few months, said Noreen Cotton, executive director of the Capella Centre Women's Shelter. "That's what's really disturbing, because we know people need help and they're not reaching out." The women who did seek help experienced more severe violence than usual, Cotton said. "They're just waiting until it's absolutely the worst case scenario before they'll come into the shelter," she said. "It's quite scary." At the same time, the centre's outreach worker, who helps survivors of domestic violence who don't want to stay in the shelter navigate the justice system, has been busier than ever. Referrals from the RCMP to the outreach program have increased by half between March and August, Cotton said. "It's really shown its value because of the decrease of women trying to come into shelter," Cotton said. "It addresses that gap that became very evident during COVID." In August, the Northern Haven shelter in Slave Lake sat empty for the first time since Shelly May Ferguson became executive director in 2012. "It's eerily quiet," Ferguson said. "We know domestic violence hasn't been solved." Fort McMurray's Waypoints emergency shelter currently houses 10 people, instead of its usual 40, according to its operators. Different housing model Not all shelters are experiencing the same disconcerting quiet. Lynne Rosychuk opened the doors in May to Jessie's House in Sturgeon County, just north of Edmonton. The shelter has been full since, albeit operating at a reduced capacity as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. "We get calls every single day," Rosychuk said. "We've had women from other provinces that have stayed at our shelter. It's sad, really." The shelter, built in honour of Rosychuk's daughter Jessica Martel, who was murdered by her abusive partner in 2009, was designed to accommodate big families and has a separate suite that can house COVID-19-positive guests. "When you're already leaving a horrible situation, to be split up from your children would be the last thing you would want to have happen. So when we built this house, we took a lot of that into consideration," Rosychuk said. Reimer said the pandemic has highlighted the importance of moving away from a communal shelter model to more private accommodations. "A communal environment is not the best way to provide support services for women," she said. "The pandemic is really bringing that to the fore, but we knew it previously." Bystanders play crucial role As the pandemic continues to play out, friends and family members must play a larger role, even intervening if they suspect domestic violence, Zazulak said. "Oftentimes the police are the last to know that violence has been occurring," she said. "Everyone plays a role in this, in both sharing information, supporting victims and speaking up when they see abusive behaviour, even if it's not criminal." Threats of violence should never be ignored as they can be the precursor to deadly action, said Reimer. "Often people take these threats as some kind of a joke; they're not," she said. "Take it seriously." Reimer said she expects the demand for shelter spaces will grow as the pandemic continues. "There'll be greater demand for services as we go, not just the next couple of months, but over the next several years." Help and advice is available through Alberta's family violence info line by calling 310-1818. Support is also available by calling the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters' confidential and toll-free line at 1-866-331-3933.
Prince Edward Islanders looking for some extra light this fall and winter can now check out light therapy lamps from their local library.The P.E.I. Public Library service has 20 light therapy lamps available at locations across the Island. "Light therapy lamps have shown that they can be an effective tool for individuals who suffer from SAD or other seasonal affective disorders, but sometimes they can be pricey," said Grace Dawson, a regional librarian with the P.E.I. Public Library Service. "So we thought it might be a great opportunity to provide individuals with the access to those lamps just to try it out before they invest money in purchasing them themselves."Dawson said the fall of 2020 seemed like the ideal time to add the light therapy lamps."It seems like this is the perfect time to launch them," Dawson said. "Considering we are changing from summer into the fall, along with all of the different aspects and stressors that have gone along with this pandemic this year, it seems like a perfect opportunity and a perfect time to launch them at this moment."Dawson said the money for the light therapy lamps comes out of the library service's collections budget. The kind they've acquired usually retail for between $70 and $100."It is an extra expense, but it's something that we think is valuable and it's something worth investing into for Islanders," Dawson said. Non-traditional items addedDawson said the library service had been looking to add light therapy lamps for a while."A lot of library systems throughout Canada and the United States do offer them," Dawson said. "Over the past couple of years, I think we've all noticed that there's a connection between having a healthy body and a healthy mind, and mental health and your physical health, and that's something that we try to help preserve within the library." Dawson said the library service started adding non-traditional items several years ago, to positive response from library users. New items included fitness kits, musical instruments, snowshoes and sensory kits for individuals who have autism and other sensory sensitivity conditions."We definitely keep track of the circulation numbers for everything that we've added, just to ensure that they are continuing to be popular and that they're successful," Dawson said. "Using those numbers, we are able to judge what collections are becoming most valuable and what are valued the most by Islanders."Dawson said the lamps, like other library materials, will be quarantined for 72 hours when they are returned, as part of the service's COVID-19 precautions.'Extremely popular'Halifax Public Libraries added light therapy lamps in November 2017 and they have been a hit with library users."It's been extremely popular ever since then. It's been about three years now and it's been popular pretty much every year," said Daniel Matto, access support specialist with Halifax Public Libraries. "We're getting into the even busier season now, when the times change and the days get a little shorter. People start borrowing them even more, but they're popular all year round."Matto said pre-pandemic, all of the libraries also had light therapy stations, which were also very popular."It was something you noticed because there was this beautiful, bright light coming from a corner of the room," Matto said."There was always somebody sitting there, especially, like I said, in the winter months." Matto said Halifax Public Libraries would aim to have the light therapy stations in place again once the COVID-19 restrictions are eased.More from CBC P.E.I.:
A video circulating online appears to show a Saskatoon nightclub packed shoulder to shoulder, but the bar's owners say despite the clip, they're following COVID-19 protocols. The clip, which was shared to SnapChat and taken inside Divas Nightclub on Friday night, appears to show a packed nightclub, with few patrons practicing social distancing or wearing masks. The club's owner Aaron Paetsch confirmed the video was taken by a customer on Friday, but said despite what's shown in the video, Divas is following — and even going "above and beyond" — guidelines outlined by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). "Divas Nightclub was the first bar in the city to close and one of the last ones to open once we were allowed to, but also the only one getting called out on social media for 'not following rules'," the statement noted. "We have always been co-operative with the SHA and can provide any information for them when requested, like contact tracing, but have never had an issue where they've needed that type of information from us." "If the SHA had an issue with how we were operating, we would for sure work with them to fix it," the statement said. The statement claims the business is operating within the regulations as required while still having to make up for lost revenue after being closed for four months."The health and safety of our staff and patrons will always be our first priority, but remember that once patrons are inside we can't control every move they make, or how they decide to distance from others."In the statement, the club says it is encouraging patrons to wear masks and is providing them for free. It's also suspended DJ requests, installed plexiglass on its seating, and has increased staff and security at the club. He also said what's shown in the video is not the club's dance floor — as it's covered in tables to encourage physical distancing — but the club's bar area. Reached by text message on Sunday afternoon, Paetsch said the club is sticking to capacity and is doing "everything we can.""But you can't tell a room full of drunk people where to stand," he said in a text. "Trust me. I try every weekend." Under the government's guidelines for nightclubs, dance floors or any spaces that "promote congregation" are prohibited. 'Ask them to sit down'Mitch Lupichuk, co-owner of Capitol Music Club in Saskatoon, says that controlling a room is easier that Paetsch says. He said the SnapChat video was an "extreme disappointment.""It's a really easy thing to do to keep people from dancing. If somebody starts dancing, you have to ask them to sit down. If there's a bunch of people dancing, you shut the music off. It's really simple. I think that that video just shows a real lack of empathy for the industry and that's bad for everyone," Lupichuk said.Lupichuck says Capitol is losing tens of thousands of dollars per month by not having a dance floor. But he says it's important to follow the SHA's guidelines, not just for the safety of patrons and employees, but also so that the province is not inclined to shut down music venues, like in Ontario, or impose curfews, like in B.C. "Right now, having a liquor license is purely a privilege. To be able to operate now is a privilege. The government's put these regulations in for a reason. And if you're not capable of controlling your room, you shouldn't have one," Lupichuk said. "You need one security guard to do that. The government's paying 75 per cent of of labour right now. So there's absolutely no excuse to not have full staff in there."'It worries me to no end'For Joe Jackson, the general manager of PiNK Lounge and Nightclub, he said watching the video was "infuriating." He says he's not sure what Divas is doing to ensure people are kept safe while at the nightclub, but based on the video, he said it does not appear COVID-19 guidelines are being followed. When asked what kind of a message this type of behaviour sends to other businesses trying to follow the guidelines, he said it's like "a tremendous slap in the face." Jackson said it's not uncommon for patrons of PiNK to leave the club for Divas after realizing its dance floor is closed."To see this video go viral, it's like 'Well, what the hell are we even doing? Why do we even bother?'" he asked. "And to be the general manager of the other dance club, it's also incredibly infuriating, because at least 20 times a night, a lot of our customers will say: 'Well, how come your dance floor isn't open? Divas has theirs open?'"He says he's concerned about what the club's behaviour will mean for the safety and health of their staff and customers. "It worries me to no end," he said. "A lot of our customers are regulars that we've come to be friends with and so I don't want any single one of them to get sick because of someone who decided to go dance at Divas and then show up at our venue and pass this airborne virus onto everyone else." On Sunday, the SHA released a public safety notification that listed Divas Nightclub as a potential COVID-19 exposure site on Oct. 3 between 11:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
Roberta Wright McCain, the mother of the late Sen. John McCain who used her feisty spirit to help woo voters during his 2008 presidential campaign, has died. A spokesperson for daughter-in-law Cindy McCain says Roberta McCain died Monday. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my wonderful Mother In-law, Roberta McCain,” Cindy McCain posted on Twitter.
Republican Sen. John Kennedy says some of his Democratic colleagues believe Amy Coney Barrett is lying about being impartial and not letting her personal beliefs influence her decisions.
Kyrgyzstan's president asked parliament on Tuesday to vote again on the man it has nominated as prime minister after both held talks with a senior official from key ally Russia following unrest in the Central Asian state. President Sooronbai Jeenbekov's office gave no details of the talks with Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of Russian President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin administration, but said he had visited Kyrgyzstan on Monday. Sadyr Japarov, a nationalist politician who has been named prime minister by parliament but has not yet been confirmed in office by Jeenbekov, also attended the meeting, it said.
British band Radiohead's rhythm guitarist Ed O'Brien has been putting a radical redesign of the electric guitar through its paces. The Circle Guitar features a rotating disc that can be fitted with plectrums to strum the strings, freeing up one hand for the guitarist to experiment with new sounds. The spinning wheel can rotate at up to 250rpm and allows the musician to program different rhythmic patterns with magnetic plectrums that fit into 128 slots in the disc.
Wearing a mask all day can come with some annoying side-affects, and doctors say they are even causing acne for some people. Dr. Donna Jezdic, who practises cosmetic dermatology at two clinics in Windsor, says since the pandemic started, more people have been coming to her with pimples caused by mask use."Many people want consultations — especially those who are required to wear a mask all day," Jezdic said on CBC Radio's Windsor Morning. "The incidence is much higher than I ever thought and it's certainly going up in the general public."Jezdic said while she's seeing teenagers prone to acne, many of her clients are even in their 60s as the type of irritation caused by masks can affect anyone. Rash, peeling skin, and bumps on the face can all be caused by the friction created from the fabric in a mask. The moisture from our breathe or sweat can also cause a breeding ground for bacteria and skin mites, said Jezdic. "I don't trivialize it because it affects self esteem. For most people one or two pimples is nothing but for others it causes anxiety," she said."I usually ask people to do preventative tips at home and if they're still having problems developing redness, puss or wounds, then they should come in to be treated professionally."For those required to wear a mask all day, Jezdic recommends these tips: * Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. * If you have sensitive skin, use products free of fragrance or oil. * For those with acne-prone skin, use products with salicylic acid. * Apply moisturizer everyday — a light one or serum for oily skin or a hypoallergenic one for those with sensitive skin. * Wear a protective barrier of zinc or titanium applied to face before you put a mask on. * Try not to wear make up, or wear light, mineral-based products if you must. * Start with a clean mask everyday, and change it everyday or wash it if it is reusable. * The mask should fit your face properly and have two layers, but opt for cotton or soft fabrics that won't irritate the skin.Pandemic stress can also inflame acne because many people pick at their skin, said Jezdic. "Try preventative tips and again call a professional if you can't control it on your own," she said.
An estimated 61,000 long-stay home-care clients in Ontario and thousands more across Canada did not get a flu shot in 2019, researchers at the University of Waterloo have found.John Hirdes, professor at the School of Public Health and Health Systems, said the number for Ontario is 18,000 more than the 2007 figure, when around 43,000 long-stay home-care clients did not get a flu shot.He said the issue is critical now as the country grapples with "wave two" of the COVID-19 pandemic. "One reason for that is, if we can protect people against influenza, that may help them to be a bit stronger if they get infected with COVID," Hirdes told CBC News."The other is, by giving people the flu shot, we can keep them out of the emergency department, so that reduces pressure on the emergency department so they are not dealing with two viral outbreaks."Also, because there are so many similarities between the two conditions, if we get people the flu shot and can prevent the flu, then at least it may help in reducing some confusion of whether we're dealing with the flu or COVID in cases where people are infected," Hirdes added.Study covered Alberta, BC, Ontario and Newfoundland The study, which covered Alberta, BC, Ontario and Newfoundland in Canada, also included Belgium, New Zealand and the United States. It included individuals living in their communities who need on-going supports from the government's home-care system.According to the study, the rate of not being vaccinated for influenza in long-stay home-care clients is as follows: * Ontario — 28.3 per cent. * BC — 27.6 per cent. * Alberta — 23.2 per cent. * Newfoundland — 34.9 per cent."These are all frail, elderly people. They are very vulnerable to the effects of influenza so they definitely should be getting the flu shot," Hirdes said.Noting that Ontario "used to do OK" where only about 20 per cent of long-stay home-care clients did not get a flu shot in 2007, Hirdes said it's "worrisome" that things have gotten worse over time.Dr. Samir Sinha, director of geriatrics for Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network in Toronto, said he's not surprised by the findings.He noted that while the Public Health Agency of Canada has recommended at least 80 per cent of Canadians get the flu shot, that target is not being met."We're not even reaching that target amongst older Canadians and Canadians in general," Sinha told CBC News. "And that's concerning, because if we don't actually reach 80 per cent vaccination levels, we don't create a situation that we call herd immunity, meaning that if flu is circulating around, it's less likely to spread from one person to the other if 80 per cent of our population for example is immune, either by having recovered from the flu that year, or having received the flu vaccination that protects people from that strain of the flu."Most governments have made the flu vaccine freely available and accessible, even in places like pharmacies across the country. The vaccine is available for anyone who is six months or older."The challenge is that for the type of person that John and his team is studying, these tend to be people who are functionally homebound," Sinha explained. "These are folks for example who can't really get out to see their doctor, can't easily get out to see their pharmacist."They are often people who are getting their medication delivered from the pharmacy to them at home. And because these folks have challenges getting out of the house, it just creates an additional challenge or barrier for them to actually get vaccinated," Sinha added. 'Quite a bit of bureaucracy involved,' Hirdes saysMeanwhile, Hirdes said home-care based clinicians need to urgently have a conversation with their clients to make them aware why they should be getting a flu shot — especially now that we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic."The role of the home-care nurse is to encourage them and make them aware of the options. One of the things that we need to think about is can we simplify things to make it easier for home-care service providers to also provide the flu shot," Hirdes said."Right now there is quite a bit of bureaucracy involved in this where home-care providers would have to ask to get flu doses from public health. "A home-care nurse doesn't carry it around in a small black bag so we need to think about ways to make it more convenient and easy to get flu shots to frail, elderly people in their homes," he added.In August Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, stressed the months ahead will be a "period of challenge" given the combination of COVID-19 and influenza.Last month, Tam said preparations for administering this year's flu vaccine is a "good rehearsal" for any COVID-19 vaccine.The National Institute on Ageing has published a White Paper related to the issues of influenza in Canada. The findings include: * Influenza (and pneumonia) is the seventh leading cause of death in Canada, and it is the leading cause of death among vaccine-preventable diseases. * Influenza has been reported to cause an average of 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 related deaths each year in Canada. * The influenza vaccination rate for older adults is only 62 per cent, well below the Health Canada target of 80 per cent needed for population immunity. * In provinces where pharmacists are allowed to administer the influenza vaccine, more Canadians get vaccinated. * Influenza leads to an estimated 1.5 million lost work days each year. Despite making some progress in promoting vaccination uptake, Canada still lags behind other countries like the United States and Britain.It's not too lateHirdes said it is not too late to get the vaccine to the thousands of long-stay home-care patients who did not get one last year."We're just starting to get vaccinations going with this and so this is the time for the system to work. If this was April or May in 2021 it would be too late, but now is the time," Hirdes told CBC News."The advantage that we've got is that the home-care agencies in the province have a complete list of all their clients who did not get a flu shot, so it's actually very easy for them with their electronic health records to identify which of their clients did not get a flu shot and to reach out to them to encourage them to get a flu shot."We serve about 200,000 home-care clients in the province a year so it's a manageable problem. These are people that are on the roster for home-care agencies — they can easily with their electronic health records identify who those folks are … it's not going to be that hard to reach them," Hirdes added.
A Calgary sculpture which has been in storage since burning a hole in an onlooker's jacket will likely be back on display next year.The $559,000 sculpture, called Wishing Well, was installed in front of the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness in northeast Calgary in 2012. But after sun reflected off the sculpture, which consists of two polished stainless steel hemispheres, and singed a visitor's coat, it was put into storage in 2014 for safety reasons.Since then, it's been held in a crate, covered in heat-sealed plastic in a local warehouse, away from the public eye. Jennifer Thompson, the city's acting manager of arts and culture, said the city is currently in negotiations with a local private company to see the public art piece to be reinstalled."We started to look at the space that they proposed and run some significant safety tests and indeed, it looks like their proposed location is viable," she said. "It's a really exciting project and we're really excited about the opportunity."Thompson didn't say if the new location is indoors or outdoors, just that it will be in a location where public art aficionados can interact with it safely. She said no taxpayer dollars will be used to relocate the sculpture, since the private company will be covering the cost. "When Wishing Well was originally installed it had all of the attributes that Calgarians have expressed they want to see in a piece of public art, it's accessible, you can interact with it directly," she said. Coun. George Chahal said he's excited the city has a solution for the sculpture, but that the art piece's removal left a gap in northeast Calgary's public art offerings.He'll be bringing forward a motion on the issue to the city's priorities and finances committee on Tuesday, to be discussed at November's council meeting. "We're asking for the funding allotment to be returned to the Genesis Centre and surrounding community, and that we right a wrong with the issues we've had with this piece of art," he said. "I think it's important to deal with the inequity when it comes to investment in our community."Wishing Well was created by Living Lenses of San Francisco. It weighs 2,200 kilograms and is 3.9 metres tall, 5.4 metres wide and four metres deep.
Cyprus on Tuesday scrapped a lucrative program granting citizenship to wealthy investors amid new allegations that a top state official and a veteran lawmaker were implicated in attempts to bypass strict vetting rules and issue a passport to a fictitious investor with a supposed criminal record. Cyprus government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos said the Cabinet accepted a recommendation by the minsters of the interior and finance to cancel altogether the “golden passport” program that has netted billions of euros over several years. Koushos said the decision was based on the Cyprus Investment Program’s “long-standing weaknesses, but also the abuse” of its provisions.