Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a Tuesday homicide, involving a man who was pushed or fell from a car at the intersection of Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.The names of the suspects will be released if charges are formally laid, police said.As of 6 p.m. Thursday, police were executing a search warrant in the 2600 block of 17 Street S.W., following up after initially seeking a vehicle with the licence plate CHG-6058 and a distinctive "Jesus" bumper sticker.Police said a vehicle of interest believed to be connected to this incident had been located and seized.The victim has been identified as David Bawden, 59, of Calgary.Police are investigating the homicide as a possible random attack. It is believed the victim was walking east in the curb lane of eastbound Memorial Drive, between the Bridgeland and Zoo LRT stations, when at 8:37 a.m., a Volkswagen Jetta pulled over. The victim got inside the vehicle, police said in a release.The victim was pushed or fell from the vehicle about 4.4 kilometres later, at Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.Police and EMS were called to the scene around 8:50 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Police are now asking anyone who was travelling on Memorial Drive between Edmonton Trail and 36th Street N.E. at that time, and who may have dashcam footage, to come forward.No other information will be released at this time, police said, as the investigation is ongoing.This is Calgary's 27th homicide of the year. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1235, the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
An outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care home in Moncton, N.B., is raising concerns about transmission of the virus inside the Atlantic bubble.On Wednesday, officials in New Brunswick confirmed 17 new cases amid efforts to contain the outbreak at the Manoir Notre-Dame special care home in Moncton, where 13 residents, four staff and two family members tested positive. Officials also identified potential public exposure to the virus at the Moncton Costco Optical Centre and Moncton St-Hubert restaurant."We have lots of connections with New Brunswick, and the Moncton area, and it does raise concern for us here on Prince Edward Island," P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison told CBC News: Compass in an interview Thursday afternoon. "At this time it is a concern, but [we are] watching carefully what is going on," she said. P.E.I. currently has three active cases of COVID-19, and 58 recovered.Changes to the bubble?With Thanksgiving weekend approaching, Morrison said it has her thinking about public health measures and how careful people need to be"I think New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. in particular will all be looking at whether or not we need to make any changes to the Atlantic bubble," Morrison said."At this point, I think we will be trying to make sure that anyone coming to the Island, whether they're visitors or Islanders returning for the weekend, are reminded that if they have any symptoms that they should be tested."A news release issued late Thursday addressed how this reminder will be delivered: "Additional information will be distributed to everyone entering Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge and the Wood Islands ferry to reinforce the need to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, follow public health measures and avoid large gatherings." Think twice about travelIn the interview with CBC News: Compass, Morrison also urged people to think about whether they really need to travel, until officials know more about how the Moncton outbreak is going.After Morrison spoke with CBC, officials in New Brunswick held a briefing and said there are three new cases in that province, although not related to the long-term care home. That brings the total number of active cases in that province to 24.New Brunswick officials also announced wearing masks will be mandatory in most public spaces as of midnight.The COVID Alert app is available to Islanders beginning Thursday, and Morrison urged Islanders to download it. She said it's one more tool officials can use to identify contacts and lessen the spread of the coronavirus. "The more people who download the app, of course the more useful it will be," she said. More from CBC P.E.I.
Some Canadians are moving back to Atlantic Canada to ride out COVID-19.The Atlantic Bubble — which includes Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick — has among the lowest number of COVID-19 cases in North America."We just thought ... we don't need to fight this fight anymore," said Amy Reitsma, who along with her Australian husband, Aneurin Pascoe, recently moved to Seabright, N.S., from the United Kingdom."We love London," she said. "But we got to a point where we were thinking there's got to be a better way."Reitsma, who has roots in Halifax, found out she was pregnant in February. Discovering she and Pascoe were expecting a child led them to make the journey back home to Nova Scotia."We just kind of watched the U.K. government make mistake after mistake after mistake in terms of managing the pandemic," said Reitsma."It was just such a glaring difference in how the governments were kind of wrapping their heads around this situation."Reitsma said she's confident in their decision."What the Maritimes have been able to do is really unique and it's very, very worth protecting."'Every story was the same'Like Reitsma and Pasco, Ian Yule made the decision to move home to Nova Scotia from California because of COVID-19."They're still getting thousands of cases in California a day," he said. Knowing the numbers are smaller in Nova Scotia, Yule said he "would just generally feel safer, not as paranoid all the time."He also wants to be closer to family and his job allows him to work from home in Canada.When he arrived in Canada, he overheard several fellow travellers telling customs agents they were coming from L.A. and moving home. "It seemed like every story was the same," he said.The Canada Border Services Agency doesn't track the number of people crossing the border to move home, because Canadians have an inherent right to do so. 'A huge draw'But there is evidence more Canadians are relocating — in some cases, moving to the Atlantic region from other parts of the country.Megan Holwell, a realtor with Royal LePage Atlantic, said she's seen growing interest from outside the region."Mainly what's making me so busy is I have several out-of-province buyers that are looking to relocate because of COVID," she said. "That was a huge draw for them."With people increasingly working from home, Holwell said buyers are more flexible with where they can live."It's kind of created opportunity for a lot of people there as well," she said.Howell said some of her clients are finding it difficult to view homes in person because of the 14-day quarantine rule, which she said is both a huge time and money commitment. As a result, she ends up showing homes via video conference calls.She said most of her clients who are looking to relocate are coming from Ontario, but she's also getting clients from Alberta and the U.S."I actually showed someone from California a house in Halibut Bay recently," she said.MORE TOP STORIES
Quebec's Indigenous affairs minister is set to be removed from her post, just under two weeks after a video captured staff at a Joliette, Que., hospital hurling insults at an Atikamekw woman as she lay dying.The death of Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old mother of seven, heightened criticism that Sylvie D'Amours had failed to address the discrimination facing Indigenous people in the province.Ian Lafrenière, a member of the Coalition Avenir Québec government and a former Montreal police inspector, will replace D'Amours in the position, Radio-Canada has confirmed.The change was first reported by the Journal de Montréal. Legault is expected to make the official announcement at a news conference alongside Lafrenière at 11 a.m.D'Amours, named Indigenous affairs minister in 2018, has faced questions about her understanding of Indigenous issues and her inability to speak English. She was also under scrutiny for the province's inaction since the Viens report was made public a year ago.The report, the result of a provincial inquiry, documented the discrimination Indigenous people face when receiving public services. It laid out 142 recommendations, including several to address problems in access to health-care services. The province has so far failed to act on the bulk of the recommendations. D'Amours said earlier this month she had a plan in place to address 51.Montreal police also accused of discriminationLafrenière, elected in 2018, is the former head of communications at Montreal police, an organization that has had its own problems with racial profiling and discrimination. A report from three independent researchers released last year found systemic bias in street checks done by Montreal police. According to that report, Indigenous women were particularly overrepresented and were 11 times more likely to be stopped by police than white women.Nakuset, executive director of the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal, said she would have preferred to see someone who had been advocating for Indigenous rights take on the new role, rather than someone who routinely defended the actions of police."He was the face of the SPVM," she said."It's disheartening." She hopes to see Lafrenière work with a team of Indigenous people, and hopes he will make an effort to consult with the community. Echaquan's death has renewed calls for Legault to acknowledge systemic racism exists in the province. An open letter, made public Friday and signed by more than 470 university professors and health professors, called on Legault to recognize systemic racism.But Legault said earlier this week he is committed to making changes in the province to avoid another tragedy like the one suffered by Echaquan."We must not be afraid to say it; the Quebec public service has failed in its duty to Madame Echaquan," Legault said.
Recent developments: * Ottawa has 126 more COVID-19 cases, according to the province.What's the latest?Health advisers to Ontario's government are recommending a modified version of Stage 2 restrictions for COVID-19 hotspots such as Ottawa, sources tell CBC.They include ending dine-in service at bars and restaurants and closing gyms, movie theatres and casinos.The premier is expected to speak at 2:30 p.m. ET.Ontario has set a new high with 939 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Ottawa has 126 of those cases, according to the health minister.St. Jerome Elementary School has been closed by COVID-19, according to the Ottawa Catholic School Board.WATCH LIVE | Prime minister makes COVID-19 announcement at noon ET:How many cases are there?As of the most recent Ottawa Public Health update on Thursday, 5,153 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19.That includes 879 known active cases, 3,978 resolved cases and 296 deaths.Overall, public health officials have reported more than 7,800 cases of COVID-19 across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 6,100 of those cases considered resolved.COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 34 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario. What can I do?Ontario is telling people to limit close contact only to those they live with or one other home if people live alone.In general, occasionally seeing a small number of other people at a time they don't live with outdoors and more than two metres apart carries a lower risk of transmission.Involving food is riskier and OPH has asked residents not to go to a restaurant with people they don't have as a close contact.In Ottawa, the second wave is being driven by people ignoring health rules.Ottawa's medical officer of health has said the entire health-care system is on the verge of collapse and is advising people to celebrate Thanksgiving only with members of their immediate household.Ottawans are now being told not to have a Halloween party and consider alternatives to trick-or-treating and usual late-December gathering plans.Other health units with different COVID-19 situations may have slightly different Thanksgiving advice.Western Quebec's health authority says residents need to stop seeing all people they don't live with, even outdoors, until the end of October.The region is currently on orange alert, which means private and organized gathering limits, earlier closing hours for restaurants and recommendations against travelling to other regions.WATCH | Post-secondary students weigh going home for Thanksgiving:What about schools?There have been more than 160 schools in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region with a confirmed case of COVID-19:Few have had outbreaks, which are declared by a health unit in Ontario when there's a reasonable chance someone who has tested positive caught COVID-19 during a school activity.Ontario updated its COVID-19 school symptom rules last week.Distancing and isolatingThe novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.People can be contagious without symptoms.This means people should take precautions like staying home when sick, keeping hands and frequently touched surfaces clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible and maintaining distance from anyone you don't live with — even when you have a mask on.Masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec and recommended outdoors when people can't stay the proper distance from others.Ottawa will start fining people who don't wear a mask on OC Transpo without a valid reason on Oct. 22.WATCH | At Issue on the COVID-19 Thanksgiving:Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate, so should anyone told to by a public health unit. If Ottawans don't, they face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in court.Kingston's medical officer of health said people living with someone waiting for a test result now do not need to self-isolate and someone with COVID-19 now has to isolate for at least 10 days from the day they first experience symptoms.Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days under certain conditions.Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible. Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.Getting tested any sooner than five days after potential exposure may not be useful since the virus may not yet be detectable, says OPH.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic and resources are available to help.Where to get testedIn eastern Ontario:Ontario recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, or if you've been told to by your health unit or the province.Anyone seeking a test should now book an appointment. Different sites in the area have different ways to book, including over the phone or going in person to get a time slot.People without symptoms, but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy, can make an appointment at select Ottawa pharmacies.Most of Ottawa's testing happens at four permanent sites, with additional mobile sites wherever demand is particularly high.There is limited walk-up capacity and telephone booking for some sites for people without internet access and priority groups such as health-care workers.Its Coventry Road clinic will be closed on Monday.In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the Limoges drive-thru centre is now taking appointments.The health unit also has sites in Alexandria, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Rockland and Winchester. All are closed on Monday.In Kingston, the test site is at the Beechgrove Complex and online booking isn't available yet. For now, people are asked to go to the complex to make an appointment.Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.People can arrange a test in Bancroft and Picton by calling the centre or Belleville and Trenton online.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark health unit has permanent sites in Almonte, Brockville, Kemptville and Smiths Falls.Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor or 1-844-727-6404 for a test or with COVID-19-related or not. Test clinic locations are posted weekly.In western Quebec:Outaouais residents can make an appointment in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond or 617 avenue Buckingham.They can now check the approximate wait time for the Saint-Raymond site.There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with symptoms. People without symptoms can also get a test.First Nations, Inuit and Métis:Akwesasne has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only.Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.People in Pikwakanagan can book a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603.For more information
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RCMP say a 23-year-old woman from Ontario was charged under the Health Protection Act for failing to self-isolate, after police attended several large house parties in Antigonish, N.S., over the weekend.Antigonish RCMP also charged three people at parties last weekend for failing to physically distance, according to spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau.Four people were also charged under the Liquor Act and one person was charged under the Town of Antigonish municipal noise bylaw.RCMP Sgt. Andrew Joyce said the ticket for failing to self-isolate was issued on Thursday, after an investigation related to an incident on Saturday.Now, St. Francis Xavier University said it is also investigating the "event" last weekend.A spokesperson for the university, Cindy MacKenzie, said in an email that any St. FX student found to have violated the school's code of conduct will be subject to the school's disciplinary process."Recommended outcomes are a suspension of a minimum academic term, up to a maximum of a full year, depending on the specifics of each case," MacKenzie said. "We take this matter very seriously."St. FX students were required to sign a code of conduct waiver before they could attend classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.All university students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of the Atlantic bubble also had to quarantine for two weeks before classes began, but several university students across the province have been fined and one student was even expelled for failing to do so.MORE TOP STORIES
Government crackdowns on social gatherings in parts of Quebec, Canada's epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, could drag on longer in hotspots like bars and restaurants, public health experts warned, as COVID-19 hospitalizations have kept rising. The province reported 1,078 new cases on Thursday, accounting for about 60% of Canada's daily tally, and Quebec Premier Francois Legault urged Quebecers to stay home this long weekend when Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving holiday on Monday. "I will not go to see my mother this weekend," Legault told reporters in Quebec City.
P.E.I. businesses are ready to gear up for the national single-use plastic ban, announced this week by the federal Liberal government.The list of soon-to-be-banned items was announced Wednesday morning. The regulations to introduce the ban will be finalized by the end of 2021.The single-use plastics that will be banned are: * Grocery checkout bags * Straws * Stir sticks * Six-pack rings * Plastic cutlery * Food takeout containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics (such as black plastic packaging)P.E.I. has already implemented its own Plastic Bag Reduction Act on July 1, 2019. Since then, businesses have been prohibited from offering single-use plastic bags at the checkout. (Firms were allowed to use up any existing stock they had on hand before the deadline.) But many restaurants across the Island are still offering plastic cutlery, straws and takeout containers that would fall under the national ban next year.'It's a big change'Xi Cei, who manages Mr. Sushi in downtown Charlottetown, said she's encouraged action is being taken on single-use plastics, but that it will likely be an adjustment for businesses."It's a big change and I think we will take a big step to do it, and it will be good for our future, but I think it still will have some small steps to conquer for every restaurant," Cei said. Cei said the biggest concern for a restaurant like Mr. Sushi is delivering food using alternatives that aren't as durable as plastic. Paper containers "might not be so easy for customers" for dishes with a lot of liquid, such as soups, she said.The upcoming ban poses less of a challenge for other restaurants, like Taste of India. With the exception of plastic cutlery, the restaurant switched to using paper takeout products last year."I think it's great," said manager Jessica Xu in reaction to the ban. "There's a lot of plastic that ends up in landfills and the ocean…"The demand is already there for paper containers ... people are happier that we're using containers that are more friendly to the environment."Looking closely at plastic alternativesThe ban is also welcome news to Gerry Moore, CEO of the Island Waste Management Corporation."Anything that we can do to try to eliminate or reduce the amount of landfill in the waste management business, you would view as a positive thing," Moore said. Moore said IWMC will be looking closely at what replaces single-use plastics. Many alternatives currently on the market look like recyclable plastic but are actually compostable."It becomes an issue. You may have, you know, good plastic you can recycle being contaminated by similar products that aren't recyclable but are compostable, and then contaminating those recyclable streams."Moore said he hopes that as the impending federal ban brings more plastic alternatives to the market, companies make sure that biodegradable products are clearly labelled.More from CBC P.E.I.
IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut's chief public health officer says an outbreak of COVID-19 at a gold mine has been contained. Dr. Michael Patterson says there are 10 positive cases and six presumptive cases at the Hope Bay mine, about 125 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay. But he says the cases will not be counted as the territory's, because the workers' home jurisdictions have chosen to record them. That means the territory has yet to record a positive case. Patterson earlier said there was evidence of transmission at the mine, but now says that it's not the case. All travel to and from the site was halted Sept. 28, but Patterson says those who have finished their isolation and those who are not considered high-risk contacts can travel home. He says some contacts remain in isolation are expected to be cleared for travel within the week. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020. The Canadian Press
"The dynamics always change, every year is different," Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said. It all adds up to what should be another interesting period in league history no one envisioned back in March.
FREDERICTON — Matthew Raymond's murder trial in Fredericton will resume Friday morning after it was briefly put on hold Thursday. Justice Larry Landry of the Court of Queen's Bench told jurors a Supreme Court of Canada decision rendered Wednesday could impact the trial. The judge said the court decision, which he did not identify, needed to be discussed by the lawyers in the Raymond trial on Thursday. The jury trial is scheduled to resume Friday with an RCMP computer expert who testified for two days this week about pictures, videos and notes found on Raymond's computer. Raymond is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the August 2018 deaths of Donnie Robichaud, Bobbie Lee Wright and Fredericton police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns. The defence has acknowledged Raymond killed the victims but says he should be found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020. The Canadian Press
The pizzazz of the red carpet will be lacking and fewer films will be on offer at this year's London Film Festival, but fans can still enjoy a broad programme, either on the big screen while socially distanced or streamed into their own homes. Festival director Tricia Tuttle said the hybrid model meant she could deliver a vibrant event to audiences, in cinemas in London and beyond as well as online, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. "This year there really is no physical locus of the festival," Tuttle said in an interview on Thursday.
A school board north of Toronto is scrapping its virtual elementary school program in favour of a hybrid model that will combine in-class and remote instruction, saying it was making the move to support a growing number of online learners. Previously, remote elementary students with the York Catholic District School Board were taught separately online. In a letter sent to parents Wednesday, the board said that in-person students and their remote-learning peers will now be taught lessons together. The change takes effect next week. "Given the various operational and staffing challenges faced in the current remote learning model, and the need to find a solution that is sustainable for the remainder of the school year, a decision has been made in the best interest of all elementary students," wrote Mary Battista, the board's interim director of education. Battista did not provide details on the board's challenges but said in a separate statement that the change would help accommodate the number of students moving from in-person to virtual learning. "Since the start of the school year, we have received numerous inquiries from families requesting to move their child from in class to remote learning," she said. Remote students will now be taught virtually from their home schools, which will allow them to learn alongside their friends, she said. The new model will also allow for a more seamless transition from in-class learning to remote learning throughout the school year, Battista said. "If parents wish to transition their child from face-to face to remote learning, they may now do so at any time," she said in the statement. "As well, if students or classes need to self isolate, or schools closed due to COVID-19 cases, the transition to full remote learning will be seamless." All elementary schools in the board will be closed on Tuesday next week and the new hybrid model will launch the following day, Battista said. In-person classes will continue as usual, she said, while remote learners will join every day through Google Classroom. "It will not mean more students in the classroom because any additional students will be remote learners," Battista said. "Most face-to-face students will remain in the same class with the same teacher." The same hybrid model has been successful with the board's secondary schools since the start of the school year, she said. Filomena Ferraro, president of York unit of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association, said the schools in the board have seen major shifts from in-class to the virtual learning as parents pulled their kids out of physical classrooms on a daily basis over the last month. "A lot of students were in limbo and had no teacher in the virtual system," she said. "The board did what they had to do to make it work." Meanwhile, teachers in the nearby Peel District School Board said they received memos from principals about a similar shift expected to get underway in mid November. Mary Fraser-Hamilton, a high school drama teacher with the Peel board, said she was dismayed. The idea sounds good in theory but presents a range of issues in practice, she said. "Teaching online and teaching in person requires different skill sets, it requires different strategies, it requires different practices, you do different activities and you teach in different ways," she said. "It's going to turn into park-and-bark where teachers just stand up and lecture." The Peel board said it is currently exploring what adjustments would be needed if there are significant enrolment changes in both elementary and secondary schools. Families have until next Wednesday to decide if they want in-class or remote learning. "We'll have a better idea of what changes will be needed following the deadline to switch learning models," said spokeswoman Kayla Tishcoff. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020. Liam Casey, The Canadian Press
It will cost taxpayers $1.8 million to remove a derelict former navy vessel from a jetty on the LaHave River in Bridgewater, N.S.On Thursday, RJ MacIsaac Construction of Antigonish was awarded the federal government tender to dispose of the rusted hulk that was once the HMCS Cormorant.The abandoned navy dive support ship has been tied up in Bridgewater for 20 years and has changed hands several times after it was decommissioned by the Canadian Navy in 1997.The Cormorant partially sank in 2015 and and was designated as an imminent pollution threat after a ship inspection last year.Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan represents Bridgewater in Parliament and has promised action."This issue of abandoned and derelict vessels is a passion of mine, and the Cormorant vessel has been a personal priority for me both as a community member and a Member of Parliament for years," Jordan said in a statement to CBC News. "Our ports are not dumping grounds – they are hubs for community and industry."The 57-year -old vessel contains 6,500 litres of oil and 8,500 litres of oil-contaminated water in machinery spaces, bilges and other compartments.Tanks contain another 116,000 litres of water of unknown quality and is assumed to be oil-contaminated until proven otherwise.A risk assessment prepared for the Canadian Coast Guard in 2019 deemed the Cormorant a "grave and immediate threat of pollution."The estimated the budget for removing pollutants, towing within Nova Scotia and demolition was pegged at $1.9 to $2.6 million.According to the tender document, the process of pumping out contaminants will start this fall.The vessel is to be towed, dismantled and recycled in nine months.This is just the latest disposal for RJ MacIsaac. In 2017 the company removed the abandoned anti-sealing vessel Farley Mowat from Shelburne's harbour.It has also disposed of three former navy vessels at the Port Mersey commercial park in Brooklyn, N.S.MORE TOP STORIES
Curling Canada will likely have to follow the lead of hockey and basketball by using a fan-less hub city approach in order to salvage showcase events like the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier this season. Original plans to hold the Scotties in Thunder Bay, Ont., in February and the Brier in Kelowna, B.C, in March have been all but dashed due to the pandemic. Gerry Peckham, Curling Canada's high-performance director, said the federation is "definitely getting into the deep end of the pool" regarding the possibility of a hub city concept.
CHARLOTTETOWN — The federal government's COVID-19 exposure notification application for smartphones is now live in Prince Edward Island. The COVID Alert app, which has already been introduced in several provinces, notifies someone when they have been in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 and has shared their results. Starting today, Islanders who test positive for COVID-19 can enter a key from Public Health into the application, which will activate the app's notification function. Anyone who had come into close contact with that person and who had downloaded the application will be notified that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Public Health is advising anyone who receives a notification to get tested for COVID-19 and to stay home until they receive their results. Chief public health officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, says the app is a quick and easy way for people to give themselves and others added protection against the novel coronavirus. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020. The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Couples in Ontario can now be legally married by an Indigenous officiant who can perform traditional ceremonies. The officiant will be able to submit the marriage for registration with the province. Indigenous communities will be able to appoint officiants to perform marriages. The province says the changes recognize the role of Indigenous communities and organizations in designating officiants. The minister responsible says the new measure will enhance inclusiveness. The amendments under the Marriage Act are effective immediately. "We have listened to advice from Indigenous partners and acted to ensure the Marriage Act respects the diversity of Indigenous communities and cultures, reflecting our commitment to advancing reconciliation," Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford said in a statement. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 8, 2020. The Canadian Press
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Thursday that while justices nominated to the highest court might be selected on the bases of political ideology, "once that black robe goes on" justices don't tend to be political. (Oct. 8)