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Following a months-long standoff with a landlord who was trying to get them to leave, a Halifax couple say they had to move hundreds of kilometres away because they couldn't find any shelter beds locally.Melody Baldock and Laurissa Forrest said they wanted to stay in their Fairview apartment at the end of April because the COVID-19 pandemic and a shortage of affordable housing made it impossible for them to find anywhere else to go.Their lease expired and their landlord — Adam Barrett, the owner of Blackbay Real Estate Group — would not renew. When they stayed anyway, he turned off the power.Four months later, Baldock and Forrest came home to find the door to their apartment and some interior doors removed, two windows missing and the tap gone from the kitchen sink.With the help of Dalhousie Legal Aid lawyer Fiona Traynor, Baldock and Forrest filed a bylaw complaint with the Halifax Regional Municipality to have their doors reinstalled, but according to Traynor, the bylaw office never came to investigate.No shelter beds availableBy Wednesday of last week, almost a week after the landlord removed the apartment fixtures, Baldock and Forrest came to an agreement with Barrett to finally vacate the apartment by Saturday at 2 p.m. AT."We probably made around 10 to 15 calls last week ... just calling day after day to find out whether or not there are any shelter beds. We were told that there are no shelter beds in Halifax, which is pretty dismaying to hear," said Traynor.So Forrest and Baldock started looking further afield, and left for the first shelter where they found a bed, which was in Moncton, N.B."We didn't have much of a choice," said Baldock.She said they left most of their possessions behind and got a ride to Moncton with a friend on Friday night.But the shelter in Moncton did not work out. Baldock said she and her partner felt unsafe after witnessing violence between other residents; and Baldock, a trans woman, slept on a couch because shelter staff wouldn't allow her to sleep in the women's wing.Hoping for normalcy in Cape BretonAfter two nights, they moved again, this time to a shelter in Cape Breton, where Baldock grew up.Baldock said on Monday that she and Forrest were much more comfortable in the new shelter, and she said she was optimistic about finding some normalcy after months of stress and uncertainty.She and Forrest were disqualified from income assistance when their lease expired, but now that they're in the provincial shelter system, they have access to support workers who are helping them to reapply for aid and find permanent housing.Baldock said she and Forrest are hoping to find "a normal life," which would include having "doors on and [being] able to eat properly again and not to have the anxiety of not knowing what your landlord is going to do and stuff like that. And just go back to not having to worry if you're going to be OK or not."Barrett did not respond to CBC's request for comment Monday. He previously said Baldock and Forrest were bad tenants who had fallen far behind on their rent, fought with neighbours and caused damage to the building.Baldock and Forrest have filed a claim against Barrett through the residential tenancies board for losses incurred after their lease ended, including $600 in food that went bad when the fridge and freezer lost power. They have a hearing set for later this month.Traynor said looking in vain for shelter beds with Baldock and Forrest was an "eye-opener." She said some of the community organizations she contacted offered to help the couple find a tent, as a last resort."A tent is not a home and a tent is not a safe place to put anyone, especially during the time of COVID," said Traynor.MORE TOP STORIES
Monday's demonstration came after a fifth night of street protests in Rochester ended peacefully and with no arrests. Video posted by the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper showed the demonstrators later being wrapped in blankets and led away from the protest site.
Five of the eight doctors working at the Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic in Sundre, Alta., have given written notice to their patients that they will be leaving to work elsewhere.The clinic made the announcement on its Facebook page Sept. 4, and cited the provincial government's fraying relationship with family physicians as the catalyst."As promised back in February and March, we at the clinic have been transparent and open about the actions of the government and its impacts on our clinic and community," the post read."We are deeply saddened to announce that five of our physicians have provided written notice that they will be leaving our community and province at the end of April 2021."The announcement follows the withdrawal of the clinic's services from the Sundre hospital in July, when doctors said provincial health care funding cuts forced them to choose to keep the clinic running instead.Terry Leslie, mayor of Sundre, said he had not heard about the clinic's announcement, but acknowledged that the issue was ongoing in the community.In a statement, a spokesperson for the health ministry said the government wished the five physicians the best in their careers and thanked them for their service to their patients."When physicians from the Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic decided to cease providing services at the Sundre hospital, AHS worked with physicians from a different clinic to ensure that the hospital remained fully covered," said Tara Jago in an email."Our government will continue to ensure that services at the hospital are fully covered and that Sundre residents have access to family doctors."Jago said the province's budget deficit contributed to recent changes in how Alberta's doctors are paid."It's not unreasonable for the government to want to manage the budget for doctors, which is 10 per cent of Alberta's entire budget," Jago said. "Our goal through this process has been simply to hold spending to current levels."A 'heartbreaking' decisionAccording to the Rural Sustainability Group, which was created to draw attention to what it calls an impending health-care crisis in Alberta's rural communities, the exodus will leave about 5,000 to 6,000 Albertans without a doctor.One of the physicians who will be ending her services at the Moose & Squirrel next spring is Dr. Carly Crewe.She has been working there for the last five years — since she started practicing medicine, Crewe said. It was where she imagined spending the entirety of her career.This made the decision especially painful."I really believe that I won't find colleagues and a culture and a staff that supports physicians … like that anywhere else when I leave. And so, it's a really, really heartbreaking decision to have to make," Crewe said."But it has come down after months of, really, my joy and my career being degraded … there has just been so much disrespect thrown our way, and I cannot remain in a province where my skills are not valued anymore."The unwilling sacrificeThe province has not been honest with the public about the changes that they are making to the healthcare system, Crewe said.Furthermore, doctors are being vilified on social media, and she is tired — of being called greedy, or money hungry.For the last two and a half months, she has been working in the Northwest Territories, and to get what she described as some "fresh air" away from Alberta."Coming to a new location … put into stark contrast how different my enjoyment for my job was — in Alberta versus somewhere else, where I was away from the government," Crewe said."I had really started to lose the love for my career in Alberta. And it's not because the medicine changed, and it's not because the patients changed."Crewe has given up a lot for her career, she said. Her family has made sacrifices, too. "I'm just not willing to really sacrifice everything I've put into becoming what I am ... to work in a province where I'm so disrespected."Escalating tensionsAfter coming to power in April 2019, the UCP signalled early on that health care — which at $20.6 billion eats up 42 per cent of the province's operating budget — would be a key target for cuts to rein in spending.Tensions between family physicians in Alberta and the provincial government escalated in February, when Health Minister Tyler Shandro unilaterally ended the Alberta government's master agreement with the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) under Bill 21, and imposed a new funding framework. The AMA, which represents the province's doctors, filed a lawsuit against the government in April, alleging Shandro's actions breached their charter rights because they were denied arbitration. The province filed a statement of defence in July that denied doctors' charter rights had been breached and accusing the doctors of "job action" for either withdrawing, or threatening to withdraw, their services.That same month, the AMA released a survey that suggested 42 per cent of the 1,740 doctors who responded are planning to leave the province.Another 87 per cent said they would alter their practices in response to the pay changes. Nearly half said they would change or withdraw services they provide to hospitals and other AHS facilities.Shandro responded to the AMA survey by threatening to publicly release the billings of individual physicians."Since Albertans should know the facts, the government is also exploring introducing physician compensation transparency, as exists for public servants in Alberta and physicians in a number of other provinces," he said in a news release at the time.'Albertans are going to suffer'The state of the relationship is so fractured that Dr. Sam Myr, who is with the Rural Sustainability Group, said she believes it will actually be difficult to recruit new doctors to replace the ones that are leaving Alberta.In the spring, Crewe said that Bill 21 will allow the province to tell new doctors where they must practise medicine in Alberta."In reality, what we need is some sign that [the] government is actually willing to listen to our very real concerns of how they are changing health care for the worse in this province," Myr said.Physicians in at least 10 communities, including Sundre, Pincher Creek and Lac La Biche, have already either withdrawn services or indicated they plan to leave.Because they are an essential service, physicians can't strike, Myr said. And because Alberta's doctors have lost the right to arbitration, the only recourse for those who want change is to leave the province, themselves.But the government attempted to challenge that, too.The final strawIn a letter written by Health Minister Tyler Shandro to the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSA), he implored the CPSA to change its standards of practice for physicians by July 20 in an attempt to stop the province's doctors from leaving their practices en masse due to an ongoing dispute over pay."Patients in these communities," Shandro wrote, referring to rural communities, "should not have to face an entire group of physicians withdrawing services."The letter asked the CPSA to change its standards of practice for physicians, and in order to stop the province's doctors from leaving their practices en masse, or withdrawing services.This letter was the final straw for Crewe. She said that it was what prompted her resignation."I feel like [Shandro was] threatening our profession's right to self-regulation," Crewe said. "I just have no trust for what that means for this government with my profession."According to Myr, the government's actions are unconstitutional."It's quite terrifying to be a contractor in a situation like that, where you have absolutely no rights, and you might be able to be told exactly where to go, and that you're at fault if you leave," Myr said. "I really don't blame physicians for leaving at this point."
An Edmonton police officer suspended without pay following a violent arrest in which he drove his knee into a prone man's back has pleaded not guilty to assault.The Edmonton Police Service announced Const. Michael Partington had been charged with assault and removed from duty in June, shortly after bystander video of the August 2019 arrest circulated online.The video shows an Indigenous man, Elliot McLeod, lying still and facedown on the sidewalk. A police officer appears to hold McLeod's arms behind his back.Then, a second officer — Partington — walks up and suddenly drops, driving his knee into McLeod's upper back. McLeod screams in pain and begs the officers to stop. "Do not run from the police," one officer shouts at him. "Did you think I wouldn't catch you?"The video was shared with police after the arrest. The EPS Professional Standards Branch referred the investigation to Crown prosecutors after its initial investigation "concluded that the level of force described in the police report was not consistent with the force observed in the video," EPS said in a statement.Partington pleaded not guilty to assault on Aug. 28. A five-day trial is scheduled for next March in Edmonton provincial court.WATCH | Video shows violent arrest of Elliot McLeodIn July, the Edmonton Police Commission, a civilian oversight body, upheld the decision to suspend Partington without pay.Police union president Sgt. Michael Elliott told members in a subsequent email that the union is using "every proper legal mechanism to address what we feel is an incorrect and unjust suspension." The union is providing Partington with criminal and labour legal counsel.Arrestee's charges stayedIn a previous interview with CBC News, McLeod said the officers took him down a side street and assaulted him twice while he was handcuffed, at one point with a bag over his head."After he arrested me, throwing me into his cop car, he dragged me out of that cop [vehicle] twice while I was in cuffs and assaulted me," McLeod said over the phone from the Edmonton Remand Centre. "This is what I am trying to get justice for."The four charges against McLeod stemming from the August 2019 arrest, including assaulting and resisting a peace officer, were stayed in January. He is currently out on bail awaiting trial after being charged with second-degree murder in an unrelated case earlier this year.
Mounties say one woman is dead and another is seriously injured after two different hiking accidents along the Sigurd trail system near Squamish, B.C. RCMP say the first call came on Friday for a woman who had fallen into Crooked Falls, where she was located clinging to a log about 70 feet from a lookout point. RCMP say they worked with Squamish Search and Rescue to locate the woman, who was in her early 30s and came from Vancouver, but she had died of her injuries.
When Kearie Daniel flipped through the pages of a booklet her daughter worked on throughout the school year, the mother of two said it broke her heart."What I saw was at the beginning of the year when she said she drew herself, she drew herself as Black, as she was. By the end of the year, she was drawing herself as white, or colourless even, with yellow hair and blue eyes," Daniel told CBC News. Daniel, who lives in York Region, nearly 60 kilometres north of Toronto, believes her now seven-year-old daughter's desire at such a young age to be "like everyone else" is due to not seeing herself reflected in the school or the curriculum.But she says the recent push by Black Lives Matter to get people around the world to recognize of the importance of Black experience has led to an opportunity to change that.She's one of the founding members of Parents of Black Children, an advocacy group that began as a way to fight racism at the public and Catholic school boards in York Region, but has now expanded province-wide. The group is calling on the provincial government to "decolonize" the curriculum — in other words rebuild it to represent Canada's diverse population.Because Ontario's education system was designed in a period when the country was colonized, the group says, the views, lessons, and history are all from a Eurocentric perspective."It was not designed for Black or Indigenous or otherwise racialized people," Daniel said."It was designed to benefit some people and take power and disenfranchise other people. So that's the system that we're sending our kids in to every day," she added. "We're sending them into a system that didn't recognize their humanity."As well as decolonizing the current curriculum, the group is also calling on the province to: * Reform the Education Act. * Remove police resource officers from all schools. * Bring in 'system navigators,' people from outside the system to help families navigate and advocate for their kids in the education system. * Hold people in the system accountable for anti-Black racism experienced by students. Curriculum should be inclusive, diverse, professor saysCharmain Brown, the course director and practicum facilitator at York University's faculty of education, agrees with Daniel's group and would like to see Black history built right into courses."I think if we're going to truly be honouring all learners and all experiences and thinking of Canada, all the contributors to Canada, the Indigenous, the Black, the Japanese, the Chinese, all the communities that we have that make Canada who it is, we have to honour all those voices," said Brown, who is also an adjunct professor of education at Tyndale University, a Christian post-secondary institution in Toronto.Brown is one of the co-authors of 365 Black Canadian Curriculum, a resource for teachers initiated by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario that honours Black Canadian contributions to the country's history and is available on the union's website in French and English.But she points out that even though it is available to all teachers across the province, it really comes down to choice and whether teachers decide to incorporate it into their lesson plans or not.Black history 'not recognized'Natasha Henry, the president of the Ontario Black History Society, says if teachers are left to decide when and how to teach Black History, it can lead to what she sees as "the potential erasure of Black history.""People of African descent have been in Canada ... for over 400 years, and this is not recognized throughout the curriculum," Henry said.As a historian who also helped author 365 Black Canadian Curriculum, Henry says it's important to weave Black History into all subjects throughout the entire year for Black students' development as individuals.She says it's equally important for non-Black students to learn about Black experiences to get a fuller appreciation of Canadian history. Decolonizing in the classroomAt schools across Ontario, the first few days of September were set aside for teacher development. Part of the conversation, says Amesbury Middle School principal Salima Kassam, was focused on how to address anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism.Kassam says, even though it was a tough conversation to have, it's one she is used to."It's looking at anti-Black racism and looking at colonialism. You know, it's heavy. It's hard, it's theoretical, but we have to knowledge-build so that we can unlearn that at Amesbury." The student population at Amesbury is ethnically and racially diverse, so Kassam says the teachers are constantly working hard at educating everyone about the cultural differences in their community. That means incorporating Black history lessons right into the curriculum, she told CBC Toronto."At the end of the day, as educators, what we control, where our power is, is what we're doing in our pedagogy, through our practice in our classrooms, how we interact with students in the hallways, what we do for extra-curriculars. That's where our power is."Meanwhile, Daniel also recognizes the first steps the Ontario government has made, including ending streaming in Grade 9 and a ban on suspensions for students in junior kindergarten to Grade 3, can reduce the harm being done to Black children.But it's not enough, she said."There needs to be commitment to change from the Ontario government going beyond those little tiny steps into transformational change," she said. "I am hopeful. I think that there are a lot of educators who want to do the right thing, who are trying to learn, but we need the system to support them."For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.
A parliamentary e-petition sponsored by Conservative Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner that calls for the federal government to scrap its firearms ban has been certified with more than 230,000 signatures — the most on the online platform since it was introduced in 2015.The petition asks the prime minister to immediately scrap his "firearms confiscation regime," calling it "undemocratically imposed without debate during a pandemic while Parliament is suspended, [and] an assault on Canadian democracy.""[Canadians] are wondering why the government has chosen to confiscate legally-owned firearms during a suspended parliament," Rempel Garner said in an interview with CBC News."When we know that that is going to do little to reduce the issue of violent crime in Canada, in terms of firearms that are obtained illegally."In May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a ban on 1,550 makes and models of "assault-style" weapons in Canada. A two-year amnesty period was granted before Canadians are required to dispose of the weapons.In making the announcement, the prime minister said that assault-style weapons had "no place" in Canada."These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time," he said at the time.Instead of a ban on assault-style weapons, Rempel Garner's petition calls on the government to crack down on firearms obtained illegally, specifically targeting the prevention of smuggled firearms across the U.S. border."Canada has one of the most rigorous firearms acquisition licensing regimes in the world," she said. "When we're looking at the very important issue of preventing firearms violence in Canada, we have to look at where firearms that are used in violent crime are coming from and we know that the vast majority of those are illegally obtained and primarily smuggled in from the United States."Advocate says weapons are 'designed to kill'Heidi Rathjen, a gun control activist and survivor of the 1989 Polytechnique massacre, pushed back against Rempel Garner's petition, saying the banned weapons are "designed to kill.""There's no legitimate justification for allowing that kind of power in the hands of ordinary civilians. These weapons belong to the military. These are weapons of war," Rathjen said. "They're not needed for hunting or even legitimate target practice … these are civilian versions of military weapons that, you know, many, if not most, have been put on the market in the last couple of decades."Following the Polytechnique massacre, Rathjen said students of the school garnered more than 500,000 signatures on a paper petition, signed by hand and gathered through regular mail, over a period of four months."But again, petitions are one thing. I think, what really matters, is what the public wants," Rathjen said. "A majority of Canadians support the ban on assault weapons. I think the Liberal government did the democratic thing when they passed these orders in council."Parliamentary petitionAs Parliament is currently prorogued until Sept. 23, Rempel Garner will need to wait to table the petition."Because it is an official parliamentary petition, the government is required to respond to all the signatories that are on there," she said."So I think that the government is going to have to think really carefully about its response, because there's a lot of people in Canada that cross political boundaries that are concerned with this issue and are not pleased with the government's response."According to a spokesperson in the House of Commons, Rempel Garner's petition has surpassed any other petition on the number of signatures since the launch of the new system for electronic petitions in 2015.Historically, however, a number of paper petitions have also obtained a large number of signatures, including an anti-abortion petition in 1975 that contained more than one million signatures. That contradicts Rempel Garner's claim in social media that hers is the largest Parliamentary petition in Canadian history.As part of the e-petition platform, signatories are required to enter a valid email address and click on a link sent to that address, and additional monitoring tools are in place to ensure the integrity of signatures, the spokesperson said.
CALGARY — A central Alberta doctor says some clinics have stopped allowing patients to carry bags and backpacks since a family doctor was killed on the job last month.Dr. Walter Reynolds, a 45-year-old father of two, was attacked by a patient wielding a weapon at a walk-in clinic in Red Deer, Alta., on Aug. 10. Deng Mabiour has been charged with first-degree murder. He is to appear in court this week.Dr. Peter Bouch, who knew Reynolds, says members of the Red Deer Primary Care Network have set up a committee to work with Alberta Health Services and Occupational Health and Safety in an effort to make clinics safer.Some clinics, he says, are already asking patients to leave their bags at the front desk and, going forward, there need to be standards for how to manage difficult patients who might be demanding, aggressive or suffering from mental illness."There's no way we can completely stop an event like what happened," Bouch told The Canadian Press. "Even though this was a rare thing physicians and their staff are vulnerable every single day."Bouch said the committee is to met with professionals that have expertise in workplace safety. He hopes there will be a list of general recommendations within the next six months.The president of the Alberta Medical Association says Reynolds's death highlights the need for changes to make the profession safer across Canada."The horrific attack on Dr. Reynolds has highlighted the issue of safety in physician offices and other practice settings. It's essential that physicians, staff and patients are safeguarded. This is a large and complex issue that no single party can address on their own," said Dr. Christine Molnar, a diagnostic radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist based in Calgary.Molnar said the medical body's healthy working environments advisory committee will discuss whether there's an expanded role for the association in the area of safety and workplace violence.She said it's not just a problem in Alberta."I have been speaking with the Canadian Medical Association and my counterparts at the provincial and territorial medical associations and there are concerns on a pan-Canadian basis regarding everything from physical security to psycho-social safety."Alberta's health minister has called Reynolds's death a terrible loss. But Tyler Shandro stopped short of saying anything would be done by the government."Family physicians are part of the front line of health care. They put themselves at the service of every patient in need, but that should never mean being exposed to violence," Shandro said in an email."The RCMP have confirmed this was an isolated incident and indicates no increased risk to the people of Red Deer."Shandro suggests physicians or others with concerns about their security should contact the RCMP's victim services division.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 7, 2020— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press
The University of Guelph is mourning the loss of a student, Bradley Traynor, one of four victims in a shooting in Oshawa on Friday."This is devastating news; a shocking tragedy that touches and affects us all," University of Guelph President Charlotte Yates said in a statement.Traynor was a third-year bachelor of commerce student with a major in management economics and finance at the university's Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics. The university said he was a member of its Model United Nations Club and was the club's director of financial relations. Traynor, his father Chris Traynor, and his two younger siblings, Adelaide and Joseph Traynor, were shot and killed in their Oshawa home on Friday by an "uninvited person."Durham police have identified the shooter as 48-year-old Mitchell Lapa from Winnipeg who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The homicide unit is still investigating the motive and there has been no information released on Lapa's relation to the victims. Traynor's mother, Loretta Traynor, was injured but survived. Traynor's other brother, Sam Traynor, was not home at the time of the shooting."Bradley's future was full of promise and possibilities, and our campus community is mourning this tragic loss," Yates said. "We send heartfelt sympathy to Bradley's surviving family members, to his classmates and instructors at U of G, to his friends and to the Oshawa community and all those who knew him and his family."The university says it understands this time is difficult for many members of its community, especially for people who were close with Traynor. It is reminding people who have been affected by the tragedy of the resources and support available, including: * Student Counselling Services, ext. 53244. * Multi-Faith Resource Team, ext. 58909. * Employee assistance program for faculty and staff, 1-800-265-8310. * Crisis Text Line, text "UofG" to 686868. * International Student Adviser, ext. 58698. * Good 2 Talk Help Line: 1-866-925-5454. * Here 24/7, 1-844-437-3247.
After being out of school for months due to COVID-19, students in Durham Region head back to school on Tuesday. Morganne Campbell has the latest.
Diane Costello's dying wish is to see her parents who live in Michigan, but COVID-19 restrictions are keeping them from reuniting. "It would mean the world to me, this will be the last time I ever see them," she said from her hospice room in Windsor. Two years ago, Diane was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and in March she was told that there were no other options because treatment had stopped working, her daughter Shayla confirmed to CBC News. Unsure of how much time she has left, Diane said she just wants to be able to see her American parents — Marolyn Hotchkiss, 77, and Norman Hotchkiss, 80 — who haven't visited her in person for six months. Under the Quarantine Act, the federal government has made it mandatory for anyone crossing the border to self-isolate for 14 days to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. But Diane's parents have their own health concerns, which prevent them from quarantining without medical treatment for two weeks once they cross the border. Shayla and Diane have been pleading with local government officials, including the region's MP Brian Masse and MP Irek Kusmierczyk, to grant their family and exemption from the order. Kusmierczyk has brought the matter to federal Minister of Health Patty Hajdu's office. "It's heartbreaking," Shayla, 22, said. "It's not just us whose in [this] situation and like my mom said, it's her wish, it's her parents … it's so hard just to be here alone … we've been trying and we're not going to give up."Government not making exceptions for 'compassionate reasons' In an email to CBC News, the federal government said while they cannot directly comment on Shayla and Diane's situation, they "recognize the challenges this pandemic and temporary border measures have posed for families and [the government] has sought ways to keep families together and support family unity while respecting measured public health controls."The statement continues to read that the federal order under the Quarantine Act "requires anyone entering Canada, unless exempt, to isolate for 14 days if they have symptoms of COVID-19, or to quarantine (self-isolate) themselves for 14 days if they are asymptomatic in order to limit the introduction and spread of COVID-19.Under this order, there are currently no exemptions for compassionate reasons, such as visiting critically ill loved ones in hospitals/long-term care facilities, or the attendance of funerals."'I just want to see my parents'While Shayla and Diane understand the federal order, they don't know how much longer Diane has to live and said they are willing to do anything to bring their family members over. "Please I don't care who has to do it, I just want to see my parents ... that's all I want, even just a five minute visit," Diane said through tears. "When I need them now the most, they can't come." Though they've been able to do video calls, Diane said nothing compares to an in-person visit. Shayla said she wants to make this happen, even if it's a window visit, just so that "my mom can hear their voice and hear their laugh, just [to] bring some normalcy back in our life." Despite all the Costellos have faced over the past two years, they said they remain positive that a miracle will happen and have felt the support from many people across Windsor and Michigan.
An Annapolis Valley, N.S., man who first came to the province as a foreign farm worker has created a true Cinderella story by starting his own business. Richard Gardner applied to work in Canada in 2004, but had no say in where he would go. He didn't know anything about the Annapolis Valley.He went to work for Charles Keddy Farms and Melvin Farms. "I used to do strawberries with Charles Keddy and cauliflower, cabbage, green onion and stuff like that with Stephen Melvin," Gardner said Friday. After a few seasons of work, he grew to love Nova Scotia.Then he met Serilla and fell in love with her, too. They married.This summer, she helped him open Cinderella's Caribbean Pot in New Minas. Cinderella is his mother's name."Well, back in Jamaica, my mom, she's a cook back in the district, so that's where I learn all of this cooking from," he said. When CBC visited, customers formed a long line minutes after Gardner opened for the day. Sarah Fraser has been supporting the food truck since it opened. She and her two children ordered the jerk burger. "That's the second time; it's actually really, really good. Usually we do the jerk chicken sandwiches, but we switched it up," she said. 'It's a beautiful, beautiful community'The Gardners say local businesses and government safety inspectors have gone out of their way to help them succeed. "It's a beautiful, beautiful community. Customers gave a warm welcome. They're here every day. Some come four or five times a day," Richard said. COVID-19 has kept Cinderella Gardner from sampling the food, but she's helping from home and hoping to visit next year.Serilla said things get pretty hot in the kitchen."When it reaches into the 40s, that's when you really start minding it. We've learned to kind of move around each other and who's in what space, so it's worked quite well."We still love each other at the end of the night," she said with a laugh. Gardner said the new career has been a big risk, but worth it."When the chance is there, you have to take it, right? You have to make a change in life sometimes. Take a chance and never give up. Just fight — determination, right?" He's currently based out front of West Side Charlies, a pool and billiards hall. The owners invited the Gardners to use part of the parking lot for the food truck and serve Red Stripe beer inside to continue the Jamaican experience for thirsty customers. Gardner plans to operate the food truck daily until the weather gets too bad in November, and then reopen in the spring. MORE TOP STORIES
BEIJING — India and China accused each other Tuesday of making provocative military moves and firing warning shots along their disputed border despite talks to end the escalating tensions.China said Indian forces Monday crossed into territory it holds along their disputed border and fired warning shots at a Chinese patrol in what it called a violation of their agreements. India denied that and said the Chinese soldiers tried to surround one of their forward posts in a “grave provocation” and also fired few warning shots.The nuclear-armed rivals have been engaged in a tense standoff in the cold-desert Ladakh region since May, and their defence ministers met Friday in Moscow in the first high-level direct contact between the sides since the standoff began.China’s western military command said the incursion occurred Monday along the southern coast of Pangong Lake in the area known in Chinese as Shenpaoshan. On the Indian side, the area is known as Chushul where the two countries local military commanders have held several rounds of talks to defuse the tense standoff.After shots were fired, Chinese forces took “necessary measures to stabilize and control the situation,” the command said, in the statement citing spokesman Zhang Shuili. It demanded the Indian forces withdraw and investigate the move to open fire.Col. Aman Anand, an Indian army spokesman, said China continues “provocative activities to escalate” tensions along the front line and called the China’s military statement an attempt to mislead domestic and international audiences.Anand said the Chinese soldiers had tried to surround an Indian military post and fired a few shots in the air when the Indian soldiers “dissuaded” them. He said Indian troops “exercised great restraint.”He accused China’s military for “blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvrs while engagement at military, diplomatic and political level is in progress.”There was no word of casualties on either side.Late last month, India says its soldiers thwarted the Chinese military’s moves “to change the status quo” in violation of a consensus reached in past efforts to settle the standoff. In turn, China also accused Indian troops of crossing established lines of control.The activity last month and on Monday were alleged to have occurred on the southern bank of Pangong Lake, a glacial lake divided by the de facto frontier and where the India-China faceoff began on its northern flank in early May.The standoff escalated to a medieval, nighttime clash June 15 that was the deadliest conflict in 45 years between the nuclear-armed rivals. According to Indian officials, Chinese troops atop a ridge at the mouth of the narrow Galwan Valley threw stones, punched and pushed Indian soldiers down the ridge at around 4,500 metres (15,000 feet). India said 20 of its soldiers were killed, including a colonel. China did not report any casualties.The disputed and undemarcated 3,500-kilometre (2,175-mile) border between India and China, referred to as the Line of Actual Control, stretches from the Ladakh region in the north to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. According to China, the frontier is about 2,000 kilometres (1240-mile) and claims entire Arunachal Pradesh as its territory.The nuclear-armed Asia giants fought a border war in 1962 that also spilled into Ladakh and ended in an uneasy truce. The two countries have been trying to settle their border dispute since the early 1990s, without success.India unilaterally declared Ladakh a federal territory and separated it from disputed Kashmir in August 2019, ending its semi-autonomous status. The move further strained the relationship between New Delhi and Beijing, which raised the issue at international forums including the U.N. Security Council.In a symbolic move amid soaring tensions, India has banned scores of Chinese-owned apps, including TikTok, citing privacy concerns that it said pose a threat to India’s sovereignty and security.The Associated Press
Jillian Batting says her son's skin sometimes crawls so bad he can barely wear a T-shirt at home.The middle-school student has a diagnosed sensory processing disorder that can cause him discomfort. While he can sometimes wear masks without issues, other times it's a problem that can't be ignored.Batting said the staff at her school in Warman have gone above and beyond when it comes to accommodating her son, as he has a medical exemption, but she worries about what the upcoming school year will hold for him and her three other children."One of my other concerns would be how the other students are going to handle, for example, my son," she asked. "Will the other students make fun of, or bully, my son because he gets a little bit of special treatment?"> Whether you're an anti-masker or a pro-masker, be kind to each other. \- Jillian Batting, Warman ParentHer youngest child, a daughter in Grade 3, also has some issues wearing a mask. Batting said her daughter finds it difficult to speak and has to readjust it regularly, which could lead to touching her face and exposing herself to risk. Unlike her son, her daughter does not have a medical exemption and will be required to wear the mask at school."We will provide them for her, but I'm not expecting her to wear it on a very regular basis," Batting said. Batting said these are just some of the concerns she has about making students wear masks. She also has questions about oral hygiene while wearing a cloth mask, mask costs and whether or not kids will be able to fully focus if they feel uncomfortable throughout the day."There are a lot of parents out there who are very concerned about how this will affect their child's health," she said.While Batting said she is not against masks, there are some people who are — but experts have countered claims by anti-mask groups."As a medical professional, we wear masks in our day-to-day practice and it has not caused doctors or nurses or surgeons any harm," Dr. Jennifer Kwan, a family physician in Burlington, Ont., told CBC News.The real risk, said Kwan, is wearing your mask incorrectly, including sharing it with others, reusing non-reusable masks, or not cleaning cloth masks properly. Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control at Toronto's University Health Network, added that she has not "seen any medical or scientific evidence that shows that wearing a mask depletes your body of oxygen. Nor do they let any harmful gases, such as carbon dioxide, build up, she said.Students can be punished for repeated refusal School divisions must provide accommodation for students with medical conditions, but students without will be required to follow rules put in place by school divisions, which have been formulated with guidance from the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.The guidance says divisions can mandate mask use, as it is a matter of student and staff safety, and that requiring a student to wear a mask does not violate the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code."If, however, a student is unable to wear a mask because of medical reasons, that student must be accommodated in the same way as any student with medical restrictions," the guidance explained.It says discussions with parents and guardians should be the first step, but that students can be refused entry to a school or a bus if they refuse to follow the guidelines.Parents could be fined for keeping kids out of schoolThe SSBA also said parents have an obligation to ensure their children are attending school, even if they don't agree with the division's policies."If parents will not support the Division/school rules then the parent will have full responsibility for ensuring registration of the student in an alternate form of allowable education," the guidance says.If parents refuse to enrol their child, they may be subject to legal proceedings under Saskatchewan's Education Act, which could result in a fine of $5,000 for a first offence and $10,000 for a second.Many parents see no problems with masks Many Saskatchewan parents have fully embraced masks. Regina parent Danielle Mullinex has already taught her children how to wear them safely, noting she's tried a variety of masks to find some that are comfortable for her kids."I think it's important to try those things ahead of time," she said.Mullinex said she's had no issues getting her kids to wear masks."I think it's all about just telling them the honest truth about why we are wearing masks and that it's our responsibility to try to keep ourselves safe as well as other people safe," she said. "People don't sometimes give kids enough credit. They understand what's going on. You just have to talk to them."Research shows majority of Saskatchewan residents support mask useResearch conducted by The Angus Reid Institute back in July found that those with anti-mask sentiments are the vocal minority, as more than half — 55 per cent — of the Saskatchewan residents surveyed are in favour of making masks mandatory in public places.However, while the majority of those surveyed were in favour of mandatory masks, Saskatchewan had the highest percentage of people who were opposed to mandatory masks in the country, coming in at about 45 per cent. That's the highest opposition of any province in Canada.In comparison, Saskatchewan's neighbour to the west in Alberta came in at 60 per cent of respondents in favour of mandatory masks, and 40 per cent opposed."In most of the country it's actually quite an uncontroversial idea," said Dave Korzinski, research director at The Angus Reid Institute. "[But] there is less of a sense that it is necessary in Saskatchewan."Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, a professor of community health and epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, said data has shown that mask wearing, combined with social distancing and good hand hygiene, helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. He said masks in school will be an essential part of keeping students, staff and the wider community safe from further spread."We cannot afford to have any outbreaks in classrooms and schools because each of the children who are attending classes are connected, in turn, to a family," he said.Muhajarine said many people who hold anti-mask sentiments are not only opposed to wearing a mask, they're opposed to being told what to do. "I really don't think science or rational advice would really move them from the positions that they've taken," he said. "This is not science-driven or rational decision making, but I think ideologically driven." He said no parents should be telling their kids to refuse to wear masks, as they may be putting their kids, and their entire school, at risk. "Not only is it irresponsible it is actually, in my view, immoral," he said. Batting said that while she does have concerns about what masks will mean for her children she is not anti-mask, but feels parents should be given more choice. She said the dialogue around masking needs to improve, as no matter which side of the conversation you're on, people still need to be civil. "Whether you're an anti-masker or a pro-masker, be kind to each other," she said. CBC Saskatchewan wants to tell more stories about how the pandemic is touching the province's most vulnerable and marginalized populations. How has COVID-19 affected you? Share your story with our online questionnaire.
Demonstrators took to the streets of Halifax on Monday to demand paid sick days for all workers in Nova Scotia.Hailie Tattrie, an organizer with Fight for $15 and Fairness Halifax, says they're fighting for 10 paid sick days a year."We believe that everybody deserves 10 paid sick days. If you're sick, you're sick. You can't go into work," said Tattrie."Folks shouldn't have to be deciding about paying bills or going into work sick, and I think that's especially relevant now during a global pandemic."The Nova Scotia government doesn't require employers to give their staff paid sick leave, so sick leaves are often based on contracts or collective agreements.Tattrie said that leaves a gap for people like grocery store workers or those in the service industry, who would need to miss a day's wages if they call in sick.She noted that many of these non-unionized, low-wage workers have been working throughout the pandemic to provide essential services to the public."These essential workers, they stepped up for us during the pandemic, and now it's time for us to step up for them and fight for what they deserve," said Tattrie.While COVID-19 "truly highlighted this need" for paid sick days, Tattrie said it's a fight that needs to last beyond the pandemic.She said the 10 days should also cover caregivers, such as parents who need to stay home and care for sick children.Federal program 'clunky'Mark Culligan, another organizer with Fight for $15, said they're calling specifically for employer-paid sick days, not the new sick leave benefit recently announced by the federal government.Culligan described the Canada recovery sickness benefit, which begins at the end of the month, as "clunky." It requires workers to miss 60 per cent of their scheduled work in the week that they claim the benefit, and it only covers workers who must miss work for reasons related to COVID-19."The other big problem with the program is that it's temporary. It's only going to last for a year," said Culligan. "We think this is a long-term problem that requires a permanent solution."He said mandating paid sick days is "the only way that we're going to prevent workers from showing up sick."The rally also called for better protections for migrant workers. Since the pandemic began, many migrant workers in Canada have gotten sick from COVID-19 and at least three have died.Stacey Gomez, a member of the Halifax-based group No One Is Illegal, said some do not qualify for subsidies like the federal government's emergency response benefit. "This is what inequality looks like," she said.Gomez called for permanent immigration status for all migrant workers.NDP plans to introduce legislationKendra Coombes, the MLA for Cape Breton Centre and NDP labour spokesperson, said people without paid sick leave are forced to choose between staying home and missing a day's worth of pay, or going to work sick and potentially spreading an illness."That is an unfair, unattainable position that we put workers in every day," she said. "And it is necessary that it is enshrined in the labour codes to ensure all workers have that right."The NDP plans to introduce legislation for 10 paid sick leave days this fall."COVID-19 is not [the only] issue," said Coombes. "We're going to have influenzas, and potentially other pandemics, so we need to be ready, and we need to be allowing our workers to be safe."Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has previously said that he doesn't believe government should impose paid sick days."I'll let the employers and their representatives come to determine what benefits they want," he said in early March.MORE TOP STORIES
Bridlewood School, St. Angela School and Lester B. Pearson High School in Calgary, as well as Raymond High School in Raymond and Lawrence Grassi Middle School in Canmore, have all reported in letters to parents that a case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed.In a statement, Alberta Health Services said they were working directly with the schools to limit risk of spread."This includes assessing the [classroom] setting, and identifying and assessing the close contacts of the case," the statement reads. "Any individual considered exposed to this case will be contacted directly by Alberta Health Services."Infection prevention control measures (physical distancing, masking, hand hygiene, environmental cleaning) have also been reviewed with the school."AHS said that a single case in a school population is not considered an outbreak, so no case-specific details will be shared.All five facilities will remain open to in-person learning as the schools work closely with AHS to "ensure necessary measures are in place to protect all students."The five facilities are the latest to report cases of COVID-19 since reopening last week. A case was also confirmed at Bowness High School earlier this week.Calgary had 638 active COVID-19 cases as of Friday. Cases were also reported at Canyon Meadows School in Calgary and Meadow Ridge School in Okotoks before classes resumed last week. Premier Jason Kenney said last week that his government has accepted that such infections are inevitable and don't warrant closing down all classrooms.Similarly, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, said there was no perfect way for the province to relaunch — and no matter the levels of protection implemented, some cases will occur."We'll continue to watch, because we all continue to learn through COVID. We will take the learnings and put them into our models and our guidance moving forward," she said in an interview with CBC News last week.
A windstorm knocked out power to thousands of homes in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island on Monday afternoon.As of 3 p.m. PT, about 3,600 customers had lost power in Langley, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford, and another 4,200 were in the dark on Vancouver Island, according to BC Hydro spokesperson Mora Scott."We have seen a number of trees and branches come down on our wires and in some cases we do have wires down," Scott told CBC."Crews are working hard right now to make the necessary repairs and we hope to have everyone's power up as quickly and safely as we can."Fallen trees and power lines also closed a section of Highway 7 between Mission and Maple Ridge on Monday afternoon.An Environment Canada special weather statement remains in effect for parts of Metro Vancouver, including Surrey, Langley, Richmond and Delta, as well as the southern Gulf Islands, greater Victoria and east Vancouver Island, as gusts of 50-70 km/h are expected into the evening.
The Philippine president pardoned a U.S. Marine on Monday in a surprise move that will free him from imprisonment in the 2014 killing of a transgender Filipino woman that sparked anger in the former American colony. President Rodrigo Duterte said he decided to pardon Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton because the Marine was not treated fairly after opponents blocked his early release for good conduct in detention.
OTTAWA — Canada's chief public health doctor says a slow but steady increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is a cause for concern.Dr. Theresa Tam says today the average daily number of people testing positive over the last week is 545 — a 25 per cent increase over the previous week which saw a daily average of 435, and 390 a week before that.That number increased every day over the last week prompting Tam to remind Canadians not to get complacent about their risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.Overall, in the last week, 3,955 people tested positive across Canada, and 28 people died of COVID-19.That compares to 3,044 positive tests and 44 deaths in the week prior.Tam says most Canadians are following public health advice and that has allowed Canada to keep the COVID-19 pandemic "under manageable control" but says she is concerned about the uptick in positive cases."This is a concern and a reminder that we all need to maintain public health measures to keep COVID-19 on the slow-burn path that we need," she said in a statement."As we enter the fall, Canadians will need to be even more vigilant about following public health guidance, particularly as the cold weather shifts activities indoors."She said people need to assess both their personal risk if they contract COVID-19, and the risk of severe illness in people in their household or their COVID-19 bubble.Any event people want to attend should be assessed to determine what COVID-19 precautions are in place and if the event can allow for social distancing or the use of masks, she added.As of today, 131,895 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Canada, and 9,145 people have died. Almost nine in 10 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 7, 2020.The Canadian Press
Demonstrations calling for more police accountability and an end to systemic racism are being organized at universities across Canada in what is being called a Scholar Strike, where educators and students will protest on campuses.