Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Gov. Gen. Julie Payette are headed for what could be an uncomfortable public moment on Wednesday, when Payette delivers the speech from the throne while her office is under a cloud of controversy due to harassment claims.The Governor General is always the centre of attention when a throne speech is presented — but never before like this.Earlier this month, the Privy Council Office confirmed it had hired a private company to conduct a probe into claims of a toxic work environment and verbal harassment at Rideau Hall. The probe was triggered by a CBC News story detailing reports of mistreatment.CBC News has spoken to more than 20 sources, including current public servants and former Rideau Hall employees, who say that Payette has created a toxic workplace by yelling at, belittling and publicly humiliating staff. Payette's second-in-command and longtime friend, Assunta Di Lorenzo, also faces claims of bullying employees.Political scientists and constitutional experts say they expect to see Trudeau and Payette going through the motions of the throne speech ceremony while trying to downplay any suggestions of underlying tension between the PMO and Rideau Hall."It's an awkward situation," said Michael Jackson, president of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada at Massey College in Toronto. "One has never seen as prolonged a criticism of a vice-regal person as in this particular case."Jackson said he plans to watch Payette's delivery of the speech very closely to see if she adds any comments of her own. While the speech itself is written by the Prime Minister's Office and outlines the government's policy vision, governors general are the ones who actually read the speech publicly in the Senate chamber — and can also add a preamble about their own activities.On occasion, past governors general have injected short passages into throne speeches touching on events of national importance, such as upcoming royal visits or anniversaries, Jackson said. The Privy Council Office, which receives a Governor General's introductory text to be included in the speech, confirmed it "typically includes a few paragraphs." But in a departure from the norm, Payette added 11 to 12 paragraphs to the speech in 2019 — including a reference to the shared "space-time continuum."'Platitudes'"We share the same planet," Payette said during the 2019 speech. "We know that we are inextricably bound to the same space-time continuum and on board the same planetary spaceship.""I thought it was surprising for the Governor General to put her own imprint on what is a speech by and for the government of the day. These kinds of almost platitudes and digressions confused many people," Jackson said.Philippe Lagassé of Ottawa's Carleton University researches the roles of Parliament and the Crown in Westminster states like Canada. He said Payette feels strongly about protecting her privacy and how she's portrayed in the media — and he wouldn't be surprised if she makes some reference to the controversy swirling around her office in Wednesday's speech."I think it will be interesting to see if Her Excellency makes a point of addressing the criticisms in some direct or indirect way," he said. Beyond the harassment claims, those controversies include the hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money spent on enhancing Payette's personal privacy. CBC News has also cited sources saying Payette's disregard for the Mounties paid to protect her has resulted in added security risks and unnecessary costs to the taxpayer. The National Post and Radio-Canada published stories about claims of ill treatment of staff when Payette ran the Montreal Science Museum.But anything Rideau Hall wants to add to the speech would have to be vetted by the government ahead of time. The Privy Council Office plays a role in overseeing that vetting process."This isn't going to come as a surprise to anybody — unless she chooses to ad lib on the spot," Lagassé said.Barbara Messamore, a history professor and fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada, said Wednesday's speech from the throne is likely to go smoothly. She said it would be wise for Payette to keep her additions to the speech to an absolute minimum."We should not see any nod to any controversy," said Messamore. "That's not what the occasion is about and I think it would be a distraction."The prime minister skirted the harassment controversy at first. More than a month after it broke, however, Trudeau called Payette an "excellent" Governor General and said he had no intention of replacing her. His words offended many of the whistleblowers who complained of harassment — one said it felt like a "kick in the stomach."Asked later why he praised Payette publicly, Trudeau referred to her former roles as an astronaut and scientist."We have engaged a third-party reviewer to follow up on these serious allegations and we will wait for the reviewer to do their work," Trudeau said on Sept. 9.Errol Mendes, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Ottawa and a former senior adviser to the Privy Council Office, said Trudeau's comment likely was meant to lighten the atmosphere between the PMO and Rideau Hall before the throne speech."I think he was trying to temper the fact he had just launched a truly historic investigation into the allegations of the Governor General," Mendes said. "That has never happened before in the history of the country."So maybe he was trying to lessen the potential tension between him and the Governor General before the throne speech."
For more than a decade, Alejandra Rivera and her two elderly dogs, Sophie and Chasta, were a tight-knit family — but earlier this week, that family was torn apart.Rivera and her brother-in-law want to see changes after what she says was an aggressive dog attack at a Saskatoon off-leash area that left Chasta, a 12-year-old Yorkshire terrier and a long-time family pet, dead. Rivera says she was at the Hampton off-leash area on Wednesday with her two dogs. She says she was carrying her 13-year-old dog, Sophie, when a large dog ran over and picked up Chasta, shaking the small dog violently and throwing it into the air.Rivera, originally from Colombia, says she was able to get Chasta away from the attack. She approached the owner about taking responsibility for the aggressive dog — one of three at the park — but he downplayed the situation and left without providing any information, she says.Chasta was taken to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Clinic, but later died from her injuries, which included a broken back in four places. Rivera and her brother-in-law, George Barreras, are asking the owner of the other dog to come forward and take responsibility.She says she doesn't understand how a fellow dog owner could be so cruel."I would say to him, how can he look at his face in the mirror," she said, fighting back tears. "How can he look into his eyes in the mirror knowing that a little tiny dog was happy, and his dog just went and bit him so bad, and he just really didn't care." Barreras says the family would also like to see conversations about an off-leash area for small dogs, or small-dog hours at existing areas, in Saskatoon. He worries it may be a child who will be attacked next. "This individual has to be stopped," he said. "Because the combination of aggressive dogs and a careless owner always ends in a tragedy." Dog owner Brenda Squair, who was at the park with her pup on Friday, was horrified when she heard about the attack, saying it's like a "hit and run.""It just makes me sick to my stomach," she said. "It's awful."Owner should come forward: kennel club presidentBarreras said the family is planning to file a report with Saskatoon Animal Control Agency and the Saskatoon Police Service about the incident. While police do not investigate incidents involving one animal attacking another, Barreras says the family feels the other owner tried to intimidate Alejandra with his three animals.The Saskatoon Animal Control Agency will launch an investigation into the attack once an official report has been received, said a statement from Saskatoon's director of recreation and community development, Andrew Roberts. However, Roberts noted dogs at off-leash areas "must remain under the control of their owner." The city's website notes animals should know and obey basic commands before visiting.Under the City's Dangerous Animals Bylaw, a person who owns an animal that attacks, assaults, wounds, bites or kills, is subject to fines starting between $250 and $750, to a maximum of $10,000.Roberts says the city has 11 dog parks, which range in size and terrain, and the smaller parks may be better for owners of small or shy dogs. The city's Pet Wellness Guide recommends Caswell Dog Park for smaller dogs.Small-dog-only parks already exist elsewhere in the province, including Moose Jaw.Dana Haukaas, the Moose Jaw Humane Society's executive director, said having the small-dog space is important, since some large dogs may be comfortable with other large dogs, but may struggle when it comes to smaller canines.Haukaas said it may be time to have a conversation about that type of park in Saskatoon. "It certainly wouldn't hurt," she said. "There would be less incidents, and even if small-breed dogs don't get along with each other, there's less likelihood of severe damage happening to another dog."However, she said the most important thing is for owners of all dogs — big or small — to know their pet's limits and behaviours to determine if the animal is safe to take to the off-leash area.Susan Mogenson, the president of the Saskatoon Kennel and Obedience Club, encourages the owner of the dog that attacked Chasta to come forward. She says while it's likely the man is embarrassed or even fearful about what might happen, taking responsibility may go a long way."They didn't go to the park expecting their dog to kill another dog," she said. "But to own up to the mistake that happened, that's showing you're a better person than the incident." As for Rivera, she's trying to find a way to preserve her beloved pup, and is seeking out a taxidermist who works with small canines to take on the commission.
An Ottawa elementary school has become the first in Ontario to close due to COVID-19 concerns after two staff members and two students tested positive.Parents with children at Monsignor Paul Baxter Catholic School in Ottawa's Barrhaven neighbourhood were notified about the closure on Saturday.It's also the first school to close in the nation's capital.Fellowes High School in Pembroke, Ont., became the first school in the province to close because of an outbreak of COVID-19 after staff members tested positive last week."Please know that we take our direction from Ottawa Public Health," Mark Kennedy, principal of Monsignor Paul Baxter, said in a letter to parents and guardians. "We have been working closely with OPH since we learned of our first confirmed positive test result of COVID-19."Public health officials have notified parents, guardians and school staff of the positive tests. Close contacts of the individuals have also been contacted and will be provided further instruction about how and when to be tested, among other actions to take. School will remain closed for approximately 14 daysThis is the eighth case of COVID-19 detected at a school run by the Ottawa Catholic School Board.Two students at St. Leonard School in Manotick, one student at Holy Spirit School in Stittsville and one student at Holy Cross School near Mooney's Bay have all tested positive for the virus. Monsignor Paul Baxter is the first school to shut its doors, however, and will remain closed for approximately 14 days, according to the board."Of course, we all want to do everything we can to help ensure our students' and staff's safety," Kennedy wrote in the letter.While the school remains closed, the principal said since the vast majority of students are healthy, the school wants them to continue learning online while at home. The board isn't sharing information about the individuals who tested positive, citing privacy concerns. A spokesperson from Ontario's Ministry of Education confirmed Monsignor Paul Baxter is the first elementary school in the province to close.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported nine new cases of COVID-19 in the region this weekend.Six of the new cases are from people having close contact with confirmed cases, two of the cases were acquired in the community and one case is under investigation. There are 86 people with the virus currently in self isolation.According to the health unit, 76 people have died because of the virus and 2,453 cases are resolved. As of Sunday, three senior facilities are considered to be in outbreaks, the most recent being Dolce Vita in Windsor which has had an outbreak since September 10. Four residents and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility.Rosewood Erie Glen in Leamington had one staff member test positive for the virus. New Begninnings, also in Leamington, has had an outbreak since August 10 where 21 residents have tested positive along with seven staff members.New gathering limits take hold On Saturday, the province of Ontario extended its limits on social gatherings to the entire province which were previously imposed in just the Toronto, Peel region and Ottawa areas. The decision comes following "alarming growth in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province.""Clearly, the numbers are heading in the wrong direction," the premier said in a release. "We need everyone to follow the public health rules in order to prevent another province wide lockdown, and protect all our citizens, especially the elderly and the vulnerable."The limit on indoor gatherings was reduced from 50 people down to ten people, and only 25 people are allowed to gather outside rather than the previous limit of 100 people.The new limits, which were made effective immediately, will apply to functions such as, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.Organizers who hold such events face a minimum $10,000 fine.The rules do not apply to "events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing art events."The limits are set to be in place for the next 28 days. Potential public exposuresOver the past few weeks, the health unit has flagged several businesses for potential COVID-19 exposures.In each case, a customer or staff member has tested positive and the health unit wants anybody who may have come into contact to be alerted, self-monitor for symptoms and seek care if symptoms develop. The affected businesses and dates include: * The Chelsea at 576 Ouellette Ave. on Sept. 6 * Spagos at 3850 Dougall Ave. on Sept. 6, Sept. 9, Sept. 10 * Crunch Fitness LaSalle at 5844 Malden Rd. on Sept. 8.COVID-19 in Sarnia-LambtonLambton Public Health has recorded a total of 344 cases of COVID-19.Two cases are currently active and 317 are resolved.Twenty-five people have died.COVID-19 in Chatham-KentChatham-Kent Public Health reported no new cases on Sunday. There have been a total of 366 positive cases, with three active cases in the community. Two of those cases are active and 362 people have recovered.Two people have died from the virus in the region.
Two days of Chinese military aircraft approaching Taiwan demonstrate that Beijing is a threat to the entire region and have shown Taiwanese even more clearly the true nature of China's government, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday. Multiple Chinese aircraft flew across the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait and into Taiwan's air defence identification zone on Friday and Saturday, causing Taiwan to scramble jets to intercept. At a news conference in Beijing on Friday about China's U.N. peacekeeping efforts, China announced combat drills near the Taiwan Strait and denounced what it called collusion between the island and the United States.
Hamilton police are investigating to find — and charge — the organizers behind a "Mega Meet 2.0" car show they say gathered hundreds of vehicles and a large crowd that spilled across several Ancaster parking lots on Saturday night. With help from Peel Regional Police, York Regional Police and Ontario Provincial Police, Hamilton officers broke up the massive gathering of car enthusiasts at Cineplex Cinemas on Golf Links Road. But despite it wildly surpassing the limits placed on gatherings earlier that day by the provincial government, police say no one there was charged or fined. "Given the size of the crowd, and the overall risk to public safety, the need to disperse the crowd outweighed the ability to find specific individuals at that time," said Supt. Will Mason of the Hamilton police in a media event on Sunday. A Hamilton investigating team is taking over. If the organizers are identified, police say they will be charged, mostly with fines under the provincial pandemic response. Police would not go into detail on where they were in that process.WATCH: 'Mega Meet 2.0' car show takes over Ancaster parking lot:Mason said Hamilton police received information that a "mega meet" was planned for the lot. By the time three officers arrived, a large group of cars had already set up.In an hour, people filled the movie theatre parking lot, the Chapters parking lot and spilled into smaller surrounding lots. A large proportion of those people came from outside Hamilton, he said. Mason called the gathering "abhorrent.""The participants should be ashamed of themselves, and they're going to go home to families who they potentially are putting at risk," he said. The meet started at about 6 p.m. and police cleared the bulk of people from the parking lot by 9:30 p.m. People who were asked to leave, he said, were mostly co-operative.Premier limited gathering sizes Saturday morningThe crowd was well over the new allowable limits for outdoor social gatherings set by the province to slow the spread of COVID-19.Staff Sgt. Richard Vanderboom said police were concerned about the size of the crowd and about the potential for street racing. On Saturday, he declined to estimate how many people were there, but said about 500 cars had turned out. "We were trying to prevent a potential street racing problem. We were successful," he said.Mason said that the goal was to disperse the group as quickly as possible to mitigate risk of COVID-19 and street racing, which is why police didn't stop to issue fines. The cars parked in the lot included pickup trucks, sports cars and tow trucks. Mainly young people attended, Vanderboom said.About 20 police officers in all, including from the out-of-town services, were involved, he said.Earlier on Saturday, Premier Doug Ford had announced that the province was lowering the number of people allowed at social gatherings across Ontario.Effective immediately, private, unmonitored gatherings were to be limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors for the next 28 days, Ford announced at a news conference at Queen's Park.Ford condemned the event in a statement on Sunday, adding that people's sacrifices and efforts can't be "all for nothing." "The reckless behaviour that we saw in Ancaster last night was totally unacceptable," said Ford. "While Ontario has made incredible progress in the fight against COVID-19, we cannot take that progress for granted. This fight isn't over and now is not the time to let our guard down."Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas MPP Sandy Shaw said she spoke with police about the incident. "This was a very dangerous situation that risked our safety," she wrote on Twitter."An event like this is unacceptable."The group involved with these "mega meets," Mason said, has been creating "traffic chaos" throughout the GTA with anywhere from 50 to 300 street racing-style cars attending events. He added this was a new occurrence for Hamilton. Participants have been known in the past to "take over city streets" to drift or race, Mason said. He added that some people have used vehicles to block intersections and highway ramps to hamper police response. Mason said there were no incidents of street racing or roadway takeovers involved with this event. Officers are aware of that video has been posted to social media and will be following up with it in their investigations. Police are asking anyone with information on the organizers to contact them at 905-546-3886 or Crime Stoppers.
When Chris Eggers and his wife signed up for an in-store text message promotion at a Toronto Shoppers Drug Mart, they thought they'd collect extra PC Optimum points.Instead, Eggers alleges, hackers stole them all."Every week, [PC Optimum] would text me, 'See if you're a winner and click on the link!'" he explained."One of the links I clicked, and I still have the text, asked me to enter my PC optimum information."So, Eggers, 37, entered the couple's log-in details."I believe it is at that point that my identity was compromised," he told CBC Toronto.All the text messages came from the same number. But only one, he says, asked him to enter his account information.A few days later, the couple was alerted that all their points had been cashed in."My wife got emails saying that our PC Optimum points were being redeemed at Vaughan Mills Mall, 600,000 of them," Eggers explained."And so, of course, we panic, you know, try to open the app and change everything, but at that point it was all gone."Hackers redeemed more than $1,100 worth of pointsEmails the couple supplied to CBC Toronto show a total of $1,149.99 worth of merchandise was redeemed at the Shoppers Drug Mart located in the Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Vaughan, Ont. north of Toronto.Eggers notified Loblaw Companies Ltd., the corporation that operates the PC Optimum program, and has since filed a report with York Regional Police.Scammers have targeted the reward system before.Two years ago, CBC News interviewed eight people across Canada who said they'd each had more than 100,000 points stolen from their accounts after Loblaw merged its two rewards programs — PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum — to form PC Optimum on Feb. 1, 2018.The reported thefts are just one more problem plaguing Loblaw, which was already dealing with technical glitches involving PC Optimum, and fallout from a bread price-fixing scandal, including the related controversy over asking some people to send their ID to collect a $25 gift card as compensation for the overpriced bread.No connection to text promotion, Loblaw saysWhen the company replied to Eggers days later, he was told his email had been compromised and there was no connection to the in-store text promotion.That's something Eggers still has trouble accepting."I don't believe that because if somebody was going to compromise my email, then they would have gone after my banking," he said."It's quite a leap to think that when you get into somebody's email that they have a Shoppers Optimum and that's ... the cherry they want to pick."In a statement to CBC News, Loblaw says the company reviewed screen shots of Eggers's contest text messages and related links and has "not found any site/page that asked for PC Optimum account information.""The links provided simply show a promotional code," the statement readsLoblaw apologizes for 'the inconvenience this has caused'However, the retailer does acknowledge recent "smishing campaigns" — text messages asking for information, claiming to be from PC Optimum in recent months. "We're still reviewing to see if that could be the case in this instance," the company said, adding their investigation is ongoing."We are committed to understanding the scenario and how we can best help our customers moving forward."Loblaws says representatives have worked with Eggers and his wife to restore their points and secure their account.The company also says it apologizes for "the inconvenience this has caused [for the couple] and the delay in resolving it."Eggers says he's happy to have their points back but worries others could have also been hacked.
Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall, the iconic country bar that's been home to line dancers and mechanical bull riders for nearly 50 years, is up for lease.The bar, located at 9615 Macleod Trail S.E., offers 17,000 square feet of interior space with 5,400 square feet of patio, and sits on a 2.74-acre parcel on one of Calgary's busiest roadways, according to the listing."For the first time in its history, this property is available," the MLS listing reads.Calls to the company on Saturday were met with an automated message, saying "This number is temporarily unavailable."Ranchman's was founded by Harris Dvorkin and Kevin Baker in April 1972.The bar started as a self-serve cafeteria, but grew into a more than 1,000 seat dance hall, and a Calgary landmark.It was named Country Club of the Year sixteen times by Canadian Country Music Association, and launched the careers of artists like Paul Brandt. It's also been featured in movies like Cool Runnings and Brokeback Mountain.For tens of thousands of patrons each year during the Calgary Stampede, Ranchman's was a must visit — to learn line-dancing, listen to live country music, eat beef on a bun, or ride the mechanical bull.After Dvorkin's death in 2017, the bar was sold to a group of local business owners, led by Doug Rasberry. Rasberry owned the Back Alley nightclub for more than two decades before the space was transformed into the Marquee Beer Market. The Back Alley nightclub returned to the space in late 2019.CBC News has reached out to Rasberry's representatives for comment, and has yet to receive a response.Ranchman's closed on March 17, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has not been permitted to reopen since, as nightclubs remain closed in Alberta.
It has a tendency to creep up on you.One day you're enjoying evening dinners on the patio, proudly serving up the vegetables you planted and tenderly cared for all summer.And then, all of a sudden, there it is. A frost warning.Your juicy tomatoes and spicy chile peppers need to get out of the garden, and fast, leaving you buried under piles of fruits and vegetables.CBC Quebec reached out to three chefs, with three very different takes, in search of the perfect tomato recipe to make the most of the fall harvest.Marinara sauceMario Russo remembers Sunday afternoons at his childhood home in Montreal would often turn into a boisterous, crowded affair.His parents, both from Naples, would lay out an assortment of tomatoes on the kitchen table, brushing the dirt off before slicing a small X on the bottom of the tomato. "The whole family, we would all get together — peeling and charring the tomatoes, and after that we'd all sit down to eat together — it was incredible."The X makes it easier to peel the tomatoes once they are plunged into boiling water, Russo explained. The tomato chunks are then put into jars and sterilized, providing a fresh base to make sauce throughout the winter.Russo now runs several restaurants in Montreal and recently opened the Birra & Basta Tavern in Quebec City, where he continues cooking his family's traditional marinara sauce.The secret to the sauce, Russo said, is that "you have to sing to it."Mario Russo's marinara sauce:INGREDIENTS * 6 small mason jars of tomatoes * 1 bottle tomato passata * 2 onions * 3 tablespoons garlic * 4 tablespoons sugar * 2 tablespoons salt * 1 1/2 tablespoons pepper * 1 1/2 tablespoons dry basil * 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil * 6 tablespoons olive oil * 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes * 1 cup white wine * 1 bunch of fresh basilSTEPS * Put tomatoes in pot to boil, add sugar * In a small pot, fry garlic until golden then add onions. * Add 1 cup of white wine * Let simmer until it reduces by half * Once reduced to half, add to tomatoes * Always stir the sauce; once it starts boiling turn heat down to low * Always take out the foam on top to take out acidity * Cook for 45 minutes * Finally, add all spices, olive oil and one bunch of fresh basilAloo GobiDarryl Masih looks over a pot of simmering Aloo Gobi, an Indian classic he learned to cook from his mother.Even though the main ingredients are cauliflower and potatoes, tomatoes are key to any good Indian recipe, he said."They're like one of our best kept secrets," Masih said."It plays a really big part in the creation of curries, masala blends. And sometimes it does end up playing a leading part in most of my dishes."Born in Toronto, Masih moved to Quebec City in 2006 to work as a DJ and event planner. Three years ago, he shifted gears and started offering chef-at-home catering services, complete with customized soundtracks for his dinner guests.Although he grew up eating mostly vegetarian dishes, his favourite is undeniably butter chicken, made with fresh tomatoes. "That's what gives it that red, beautiful colour — along with whatever other spices that are added."Darry Masih's Aloo GobiINGREDIENTS * 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil * 1 large onion, peeled and cut into small pieces * 1 bunch fresh coriander, leaves and stalks separated, roughly chopped * 1 small green chili, chopped into small pieces (or one teaspoon chili powder) * 1 large cauliflower, leaves removed and cut evenly into eighths * 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into even pieces * 16 ounces diced tomatoes * fresh ginger, peeled and grated * fresh garlic, chopped * 1 teaspoon cumin seed * 2 teaspoons turmeric * 1 teaspoon salt * 2 teaspoons garam masalaSTEPS * Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan. * Add the chopped onion and one teaspoon of cumin seeds to the oil. * Stir together and cook until onions become creamy, golden, and translucent. * Add chopped coriander stalks, two teaspoons of turmeric, and one teaspoon of salt. * Add chopped chillies (according to taste) Stir tomatoes into onion mixture. * Add ginger and garlic; mix thoroughly. * Add potatoes and cauliflower to the sauce plus a few tablespoons of water (ensuring that the mixture doesn't stick to the saucepan). * Ensure that the potatoes and cauliflower are coated with the curry sauce. * Cover and allow to simmer for twenty minutes (or until potatoes are cooked). * Add two teaspoons of Garam Masala and stir. * Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves on top of the curry. * Turn off the heat, cover, and leave for as long as possible before serving.Green tomato ketchupKarine Daigle was on maternity leave from her job as an accountant when her life took a left turn. Her mother-in-law, who owns a produce farm on Île-d'Orléans, asked if she'd want to make bread-and-butter pickles to sell at the roadside kiosk."I said 'Sure, why not!' And it just grew from there," said Daigle.Eight years later, Daigle has expanded into jams, jellies and other classics, like green tomato ketchup.Perfect for the last few tomatoes that haven't quite ripened by September, the important step is to salt the tomatoes and let them sit overnight, Daigle said, to extract the excess liquid.While many people think immediately of tourtière as the perfect canvas for fruit and green ketchups, Daigle said she uses it as a condiment on nearly everything, from sausages to grilled vegetables.She still uses her mother-in-law's vegetables for her creations, which is why she called the business Compliments de Belle-Maman."It's kind of to pay tribute to her hard work."Karine Daigle's Green Tomato KetchupINGREDIENTS * 30 green tomatoes, diced * ¼ cup coarse salt * 8 onions, chopped * 4 apples, peeled, core removed and diced * ½ celery, chopped * 2 greens peppers, diced * 3 cups white vinegar * 5 cups sugar * 1/3 cup marinade spicesDIRECTIONS * In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes with salt * Let stand for at least 8 hours, better overnight * Drain well * Put the pickling spices in a small cheesecloth bag * Combine vegetables with vinegar, sugar and spice bag * Cook for two to four hours over low heat, stirring occasionally. * When it tastes good, pour into hot, sterilized jars and boil in water for 15 minutes
The RCMP said Saturday it is working with the FBI after federal U.S. officials intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin."The RCMP can confirm that it has received a request for assistance from the FBI in connection with a suspicious letter sent to the White House," spokesperson Dan Brien told CBC News in an email."Initial information from the investigation suggests that the letter originated in Canada," said Brien. He said he could not offer more details at this time.A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said his department was aware of the reports. The letter was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and U.S. President Donald Trump, an official told The Associated Press. A preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, a poison found naturally in castor beans, the official said.The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.The FBI, the Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were leading the investigation.In a statement, the FBI said agents were working to investigate "a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility" and that there is "no known threat to public safety."WATCH | Letter containing toxic substance mailed to White House:
SAULNIERVILLE, N.S. — A flotilla of non-Indigenous fishing boats moved into St. Marys Bay off western Nova Scotia on Sunday to remove lobster traps set by fishermen from the Sipekne'katik First Nation.Colin Sproul, of the Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association, said about 100 boats were removing the traps and fishermen were intending to take them to the wharf in Meteghan, N.S., later in the day.Sproul said the fishermen were taking action on what they believe is an illegal out-of-season fishery because the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has refused to do so."It's not going to take very long," Sproul said of the operation. "All of our members have been instructed not to engage with any Indigenous people or any types of violent acts. We are just looking to remain peaceful."Sproul blamed the federal government for what was unfolding."When we are forced into this kind of position it's really indicative of how out of touch the government is with the situation down here in Atlantic Canada."But the Sipekne'katik First Nation says its people have a treaty right to fish at any time. Indigenous fishermen set their traps Thursday, 21 years after the Supreme Court of Canada decided Donald Marshall Jr. had a treaty right to fish for eels when and where he wanted — without a licence.Tension has mounted since — RCMP arrested two people on assault charges at the wharf in Weymouth, N.S., on Friday following reports of ugly confrontations over the First Nation's lobster fishing operation.On Saturday, Indigenous fishermen set up a set up a blockade of rope and lobster traps at each end of the wharf in Saulnierville, N.S., in what they called a security measure.Rhonda Knockwood, the First Nation's director of operations, said its fishermen and RCMP were documenting the actions of non-native fishermen on Sunday."They have a lot of video and are gathering evidence of criminal activity," Knockwood said. "We are keeping the peace here we are just trying to implement our (fishery) plan."She said the RCMP was in the area but could only do so much to monitor the situation."The volume of boats that are on the water far exceeds the police," said Knockwood. "The Coast Guard and DFO have a responsibility on the water too and they are absent."In a news release issued earlier Sunday, Sipekne'katik Chief Mike Sack said that he had held a "positive meeting" on Saturday with federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan to discuss a path forward. Sack said both had agreed to continue talks.He expressed disappointment at reports that some traps lines had been cut overnight Saturday calling it "disheartening."“Attempts to block our boats from fishing and our people from the wharf and ongoing damage caused to our vessels and equipment are our biggest concern right now," Sack said. "The RCMP has extended resources over the weekend however, additional resources maybe required as the fleet continues to harvest this week."A statement from Jordan's office also said the talks with Sack were "constructive," and the minister reaffirmed her immediate priority was keeping people safe and de-escalating the situation in St. Marys Bay."Conversations will continue with Chief Sack and his council, as well as with Indigenous leadership and industry, in the hopes of fostering greater understanding," the statement said. "Our government will continue to work collaboratively with First Nation communities to fully implement their treaty rights."In an email, DFO spokesman Stephen Bornais said Sunday that "the safety and security of all harvesters is our first priority."Bornais said that Canadian Coast Guard vessels were in the area to monitor the situation, to provide support upon request, and to ensure that sufficient search and rescue capacity is present in the area in case it was needed."DFO is co-ordinating with local law enforcement to ensure fishing interactions in the area remain safe and respectful," he said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2020.—by Keith Doucette in HalifaxThe Canadian Press
The Popeyes chicken sandwich has been a popular topic in the U.S. the past couple of months, with posts about the fast food flooding social media and customers starting fights when restaurants sell out. The sandwich has even been the subject of a Saturday Night Live sketch.This reaction left many Canadians wondering just how good this chicken sandwich was and in June some parts of Canada, specifically Edmonton, were given trial access to the popular item.This left Calgarians all the more curious — but the wait is now over.This past Monday, billboards and signs went up featuring the burger, leaving Popeyes Louisiana Kitchens in Calgary with lines out the door.And let's just say reactions varied, with some Twitter users saying Americans hyped the burger a little too much, only for it to be dry.So, the Calgary Eyeopener sent restaurant critic Elizabeth Carson to brave the takeout line and assess just how good this sandwich really is."The chicken was moist. It had full coverage of the thick batter over the entire piece of chicken. It was crispy, it was crunchy, and it didn't taste too salty or greasy, which is kind of amazing," she said."And the toasted brioche bun was chewier and heavier than what a good bakery would produce. But actually, it wasn't bad for fast food."However the food critic said it only came with two slices of pickles and sadly not much chipotle mayonnaise."And, you know, you need more pickles. The sour pickle is a really good foil to all the richness of all the other ingredients."All in all, she says the first bite wasn't bad. * To listen to Elizabeth Carson's full review on the Calgary Eyeopener, check out the link below!"And then I dug it up with a packet of Louisiana hot sauce, and then added hefty dollops of the coleslaw side, and that changed it up to something I actually thought was pretty darn good," she said.However what really surprised Carson was the mayhem in the Popeye restaurant itself."I was at the 17th Avenue location and the lineups were super long. There's a dedicated door dash queue. Cars were lined up down 17th Avenue for the takeout window and the staff are being yelled at by customers for the over 20-minute wait time on some of the orders."She adds that despite the sandwich being good, she still gives it 3.5/5 stars."That's the best I can do for fast food," Calgarians reactIt's been a week since the sandwich has been in our neck of the woods, and the reviews are mixed.The Popeye's sandwich has 700 calories, 380 from fat, MSG and almost 1500 mg from salt, which was something this Twitter user definitely noticed.However these two Calgarians vote that is indeed worth the "hype." Others called out the American for being too generous when rating this burger and that they are not a fan.What would you rate the Popeye's chicken sandwich? Tell us in the comments below!
President Donald Trump says he's moving "very quickly" to select a Supreme Court nominee following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump tells reporters his pick could come in in the next week and will “most likely" be a woman. (Sept. 19)
Relatives of some of the 12 Hong Kong people arrested by China at sea last month demanded the city's government check on their condition and ensure that lawyers appointed by the families and not the Chinese government can meet with them. The 12 were arrested on Aug. 23 for illegal entry into mainland Chinese waters after setting off from Hong Kong in a boat bound for self-ruled Taiwan. All were suspected of committing crimes in Hong Kong related to anti-government protests that erupted last year.
Organizations representing people with chronic illnesses in Canada are worried about the potential impact another surge of COVID-19 cases would have on the health-care system.These groups say the pandemic has created delays in diagnosis, which could cause further strain on the system later on."It's a significant concern and one that we don't even understand yet," said Kelly Cull, director of advocacy with the Canadian Cancer Society."As provinces and territories begin this process of resuming services, we know that there is going to be a significant backlog within the health-care system for patients who have potentially gone untreated and who are hopeful that their cancer hasn't spread."Seema Nagpal, vice-president of science and policy at Diabetes Canada, said many people were unable to seek care at the height of the pandemic — and there is concern another surge could reduce access to services again."Those things have consequences, obviously," Nagpal said.One of those consequences, Nagpal said, is increased rates of diabetes complications in the future, such as kidney and nerve damage, heart attack and stroke."If patients are struggling with their diabetes management right now, that could be long-term consequences for individuals and for society, because obviously those types of things can be quite costly to our health-care system," said Dr. Jill Trinacty, an endocrinologist based in Ottawa.She said she heard from patients this spring who were struggling to exercise because of gym closures and who were making food choices based on emotion more often.First wave offered 'invaluable insight'Carla Adams, spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said the province has since reintroduced or increased programs that were slowed or suspended due to the pandemic."We are making progress in many areas including surgery, diagnostic imaging and lab services, as examples," Adams said."We acknowledge that this has been a difficult time for many Nova Scotians who have experienced delays in their care."Adams also said the first wave of COVID-19 offered the health authority "invaluable insight" for any potential second wave."We need to have the right resources, providers, equipment and protocols in place to effectively contain the spread of COVID-19 while enhancing and maintaining the highest level of services possible for patients and families," she said.WATCH | Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam on potential COVID-19 surge:A recent patient survey of people with Type 2 diabetes suggests that 89 per cent of people struggled to access health-care professionals during the pandemic, and one-fourth of those patients say they found it challenging to manage their blood glucose levels, which can lead to complications.The survey was done by Novo Nordisk Canada, a pharmaceutical company that specializes in diabetes care medications and devices, including insulin manufacturing. The online survey was done for six days in May and included 551 Canadians.Poor blood sugar control can also lead to hospitalizations for short-term complications, such as adverse reactions to high blood sugars or seizures related to low blood sugars."These are things that may get delayed and missed when people have delays in accessing care," Nagpal said.Meanwhile, the Canadian Cancer Society is urging governments to prioritize resuming early detection screening, particularly for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer."If you're diagnosed at an earlier stage, your outcomes are likely to be better than if you were diagnosed at an earlier stage, so detection and screening is a critical part of this conversation," Cull said.In Nova Scotia, while some pre-screening services have resumed, routine mammograms have experienced backlogs and home-screening kits for colon cancer are still not being sent out.Call also said there needs to be a comprehensive plan for a potential surge in cases, which would ensure the health-care system has supplies, space and resources to deliver cancer care safely.People with chronic illness are also more likely to have adverse complications from COVID-19, such as hospital admission, needing to be ventilated or even death.While Nagpal said the health-care system adapted as best as it could during the pandemic, doing visits over the phone or online, she is unsure everyone was able to benefit from those changes.That includes people in more vulnerable situations who may not have internet access or who do not have flexible workplaces to accommodate appointment times."I'm not sure that everybody was able to adapt and accommodate during the pandemic, it wasn't equal across all people living with diabetes that's for sure," Nagpal said.MORE TOP STORIES
It's that time of year when backyard gardeners are hauling in the last of their bounty of fruits and vegetables — and for Milad Khalil, there's nothing more exquisite than a nice ripe tomato."I grow these beautiful heirloom tomatoes. They're Italian tomatoes. I just take pride in them," said Khalil, the co-owner of Napoli's Café in Stittisville, in a recent interview with CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning."A little bit of sea salt, a little bit of olive oil. And that's all you need."If you've got more beefsteak or big boy tomatoes than you know what to do with, well, Khalil has a few tips.'Room temperature, always'First of all, whatever you do, do not eat them cold, out of the crisper."Who wants to have a tomato that's been in a fridge all day?" said Khalil. "Ideally, you want a tomato that's at room temperature, always."If you're not preserving or canning them, there's always the option to freeze them as tomato paste, he says.But he also has a zestier, more garlicky idea."I love fire-roasted tomatoes. Use a nice, hot wood-burning oven if you have access to one. You blister all the tomatoes, you get all that smoke. You get some roasted garlic into them. You make some fresh pasta," said Khalil. "You're golden. You're done."If you don't have a wood-burning oven, you could also use your barbecue or smoker, said Khalil — or simply roast them in the oven."Blister the tomatoes, peel back the skin, mash them up, add some garlic to them, heat them up. Add some pasta and some oil. And it's beautiful."And if you're trying to lay off the carbs?"You can put them into a salsa. Or a salad. If you want to keep them raw there are a thousand ways to do it," said Khalil. "One of my favourite salads is tomatoes with a nice buratta cheese. Add some white balsamic [vinegar]. A little bit of truffle salt goes a long way. Add some other vegetables. You're done."Not relishing your green tomatoes?If you've ended up with tomatoes that are stubbornly staying green, however, Khalil says don't despair."Just take them off. Put them in a paper bag … or just put them in the window and they'll be fine."Or just leave them as is."I don't know about you, but I love fried green tomatoes," said Khalil, who simply dredges slices in buttermilk, flour and bread crumbs and then deep fries them.
VANCOUVER — Migrant workers and advocates called for a "just recovery" from the COVID-19 pandemic during a digital rally on Saturday.The pandemic has shown how heavily Canada relies on migrant and undocumented workers to perform essential jobs, said Chit Arma, who chairs the Migrant Workers Centre's board of directors in Vancouver."The pandemic has also exposed the extent to which these essential workers do not enjoy essential rights, and the long-standing systemic problems with the temporary foreign work program that puts workers in an extremely precarious position," she said during the video conference.The rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre.The campaign calls the federal government to create a new permanent residency program for all essential migrant and undocumented workers, and to allow the workers to apply for an open-work permit while waiting for their applications to process.No one at the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada could immediately be reached for comment.On July 31, the federal government announced $58.6 million in funding that it said would boost protections for temporary foreign workers and address COVID-19 outbreaks on farms.Of that, $35 million was earmarked to improve health and safety on farms and in employee living quarters to prevent the spread of COVID-19. About $7.4 million would support the workers, including $6 million for direct outreach delivered through migrant support organizations, the government said.The government also said it was working to develop mandatory requirements to improve living conditions in employer-provided accommodations.In August, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced a temporary measure to provide a pathway to permanent residency for asylum claimants working in health-care during the pandemic.Under the measure, the frontline workers would be able to apply for permanent residency if they met certain criteria, including having made a an asylum claim before March 13 and having been issued a work permit after their claim."This approach recognizes those with precarious immigration status who are filling an urgent need and putting their own lives at risk to care for others in Canada," the government said in a news release.Natalie Drolet, executive director of the Migrant Workers Centre, said the measure excludes other frontline workers like grocery store clerks, truckers and care workers."While this is a positive step, it leaves too many migrant workers and undocumented workers behind who have also been on the front lines in the pandemic," Drolet said.Migrants and undocumented workers play key roles as health-care workers, grocery store clerks, cleaners, care workers, truckers and agricultural workers, Arma said.More than 1,300 migrant workers in Ontario alone have been infected with COVID-19 she said. Three have died, including one undocumented worker, she said.Arma came to Canada in 2005 to work as a caregiver. Her temporary status in Canada gave her stress and anxiety, she said."I had papers, I had documents, and yet I had that fear of being removed, a fear of speaking up because I might be deported," she said."I can imagine how undocumented workers are experiencing even worse because of the lack of documents they have."Maria Cano arrived to work as a caregiver in 2017 through the temporary foreign worker program. She said the experience showed how disempowering the experience could be, even before the pandemic struck.Cano worked for four different families and moved to three different cities in her first few years. They expected to work long hours without compensation, she said."When I spoke up, I lost my job," she said. "That entire process was very stressful and financially draining."She finally found a "nice Canadian family" who treated her with respect and sponsored her but said others shouldn't hope for the same luck, they should be protected with recognized rights instead."The COVID-19 pandemic makes it more difficult and stressful for all the undocumented and migrant workers in Canada," she said.Beginning Dec. 15, the B.C. government will require employers wishing to high foreign workers through federal programs to register with the province.The government said in a news release Saturday that the measures would ensure the workers are paid for the hours they work, have accurate job descriptions and ensure their rights and safety are protected on the job.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2020.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press
Some pubs in western Quebec are applauding the government's decision to crack down on establishments not following COVID-19 prevention rules. On Friday, the Quebec government announced it would be carrying out an enforcement blitz focused on more than 1,000 establishments in "yellow zones" across the province.Those zones, which include the Outaouais, are regions now on alert after recent outbreaks of the virus. As part of the blitz, police would be checking if establishments are serving after midnight — which is currently not allowed — and breaking other COVID-19 rules. "I actually think that it's a good thing," said Manuela Teixeira, who runs the Chelsea Pub and Biscotti & Cie in Chelsea, Que., about 15 kilometres northwest of downtown Ottawa.Teixeira said police showed up at both of her establishments on the weekend, checking for things like proper mask wearing and hand sanitizing and whether the tables were properly spaced."We're all in this together. We have to put measures in place to keep everybody safe. And this way, we may be able to stay open," she said.Teixeira also urged any establishments that haven't been following the rules to begin doing so."I can understand the economic pressure has been huge on them. So I can totally understand that. But at the same time, it's not going to get better if there's an outbreak," Teixeira said.Trying to make it through the winterThe Gatineau Police Service told Radio-Canada it had five teams patrolling Friday night, but didn't say whether any tickets were issued.The MRC des Collines de l'Outaouais police force was also out patrolling and said its officers didn't ticket anyone.At 5th Baron Brewery in Gatineau's Aylmer sector, co-owner Jacob Barrett said they hadn't received a visit as of Saturday afternoon.He said they're ready for one, however, with all their COVID-19 measures in place."We're aware that a second wave is very well possible. So yes, our business is important to us, but so is the safety of all our clients and patrons. So we're fine with it," Barrett said.Barrett said he understands the blow the restaurant industry has been dealt by the pandemic, adding he's trying to get the City of Gatineau to permit fire pits on patios to help businesses get through the winter.Lobbying for those measures will go better, he said, if everyone is obeying the rules. "We try to implement a safety first policy, and we hope that everybody follows along. Everyone's going to lose if we get a second wave — clients are going to lose, businesses are going to lose."A full report of the blitz is expected on Monday.
Calls for racial justice have penetrated police forces, journalism schools, Hollywood productions and professional sports — and now lawyers say it's time for Canada's legal system to catch up.In an open letter sent last week to Justice Minister David Lametti, 36 law organizations asked the federal government to fill all six of the current vacancies on the Federal Court of Canada with judges who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour.Since that letter was written, a seventh vacancy has opened up.Of the 44 judges currently on the court, only two identify as either Indigenous or a person of colour."I've been waiting for something like this throughout my whole legal career, being a person who's racialized," said Ottawa immigration lawyer Jamie Liew.Liew is a member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the organization that spearheaded the letter. She's also a law professor at the University of Ottawa."The argument that law is neutral is false. It really ignores the lived … experiences that people have in our justice system," she told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning recently."You only need to look at how many racialized people are incarcerated. We need to take a better look at how law is interpreted and applied."Justice minister responds to call for diversityIn an interview Friday with Ottawa Morning, Lametti said the federal government had created a "rigourous" process to fill vacancies on the court, using judicial appointment committees that are "highly representative.""I don't think anybody wants us to go back to a process where a politician just picks people out without any kind of process," Lametti said, when asked if he'd commit to the request made in the association's letter.According to the Ministry of Justice, since October, 59 per cent of the judges who have been appointed or elevated are women. Another 19 per cent identify as a visible minority, while three per cent identify as Indigenous."People come through that … rigourous process recommended or highly recommended. At that point, then I will endeavour to make the bench as representative as possible, in looking at that pool of candidates," Lametti said."The best person for the job will also be representative of Canadians," he added. "The pools are beginning to get there."Liew said she wondered if case outcomes would be different with a more diverse judiciary."[One has to ask if] their perspectives would be different if they had some lived experience, either representing … or being a person of colour," she said.The letter sent by the law associations also cites bilingualism as an obstacle for some diverse would-be judges — a qualification Lametti described as "useful [but] not the only thing.""We need to … meet the constitutional rights of Canadians in terms of hearing proceedings in their own language," he said. "But it is not a requirement for any one candidate." While there are also residency requirements that affect who can be promoted to the federal court, Lametti said a diverse bench rather than one "narrowly white and male" will ultimately better understand the concerns of the people who come before them."We still need to do better, but we're clearly pushing it in the right direction," said Lametti, who held a virtual forum last week to discuss how to make courts more representative. "There's a false dichotomy out there … between merit and diversity. Inclusiveness and merit go hand-in-hand."
The Quebec government is expected to announce today that it is reducing the size of private gatherings and imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants in the province's two biggest cities amid an increase in cases of COVID-19.Radio-Canada has learned that Montreal, Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region, which is south of Quebec City, will be placed on "moderate alert."That is the orange, or second-highest, alert level under the province's regional system for categorizing the danger posed by the novel coronavirus.Government officials told Radio-Canada they are still finalizing their decision, but barring any other major developments, the announcement is expected to be made Sunday.Quebec reported 462 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and 427 new cases on Saturday. The province hasn't seen similar daily increases since late May. Hospitalizations have been increasing at a slower rate, and are now at 138, up from 124 a week ago.Being placed in the orange category — up from yellow, designated as the "early warning" level — will come with tightened public-health restrictions. According to Radio-Canada, these restrictions are likely to include: * Reducing the maximum number of people allowed at a private gathering from 10 to six. * Reducing the maximum number of people allowed per restaurant table from 10 to six. * Requiring bars to stop serving alcohol earlier than midnight.A provincewide police operation was conducted this weekend to investigate whether bars are respecting public-health rules. Sources told Radio-Canada that further measures could be taken pending the results of the operation. Gatherings in indoor and outdoor public places are also expected to be limited to 50, as opposed to 250 people. But government officials said there will be exceptions to that rule.For example, in theatres and cinemas where physical distancing is easily respected, the 250-person limit would remain, but wearing a mask would be mandatory at all times, even when seated.It is still unclear whether school activities will be affected by the decision to place the three regions in the orange level.Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé, public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda and Dr. Éric Litvak, medical advisor to public health, will give an update on the COVID-19 situation in Montreal at 5 p.m. ET Sunday.Measures aimed at preventing 'super-spreading' eventsChristopher Labos, a Montreal cardiologist and epidemiologist, said the new measures appear to be targeted at the types of activities public health officials believe are responsible for the recent increase in infections: large gatherings in homes and bars."Any time you have a large number of people coming together, especially in situations where people tend not to wear masks and tend not to practice social distancing, those are the situations in which the virus can spread and spread quickly," Labos said."The real objective here is to try to limit those types of events, what are often called super spreader events."Other provinces are imposing new sanitary restrictions as their COVID-19 cases continue to climb. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the province is lowering the number of people allowed at social gatherings across the province. Ontario reported 407 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.Private, unmonitored gatherings will be limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors for the next 28 days. Those who break these rules risk facing a minimum fine of $10,000 for the organizers and a $750 fine for guests.In British Columbia, public health officials ask that private gatherings have no more than six people, and that those six people are consistent. Earlier this month, the province moved to close all nightclubs and ban service of alcohol in bars, pubs and restaurants past 10 p.m., following an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Peel police say they are investigating an altercation between two men and a woman in Brampton on Saturday in a case they no longer consider to be a kidnapping.Officers were called to a parking lot near Creditview Road and Wanless Drive shortly after 10 p.m. when a caller reported a female being forced into a vehicle and yelling: "Help me, help me." Investigators now say it appears that two vehicles pulled into the lot, which is a commercial space.The first vehicle is a red sedan, possibly a late model Lexus, and it is associated with the woman. The second vehicle is a black Audi and it is associated with the two men. According to police, the three people got out of their vehicles, and a short time later, an altercation occurred between the woman and two men.The woman then returned to her vehicle and one man returned to his vehicle. At that point, both vehicles drove away. Police are still searching for the people in connection with the altercation. Police said the woman has long, curly hair. Police did not give any description of the two men involved in the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators with the 22 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, or anonymously at Peel Crime Stoppers.
The country performed 1,061,411 tests on Saturday, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the outbreak. The United States tested on average 650,000 people a day in the week ended Sept. 13, down from a peak in late July of over 800,000 people a day. In March, President Donald Trump said "anyone who wants a test, gets a test."
Earlier this year, Calgary's deaf community celebrated the opening of a new gathering space.Just over six months later, organizers say they need to start all over again.Organizers with the Calgary Association of the Deaf (CAD) say they entered the organization's offices on Sept. 9 to discover a painful scene."We entered the building and didn't realize that our office had been broken into," said Rytch Newmiller, CAD's secretary and treasurer. "Everything had been stolen."According to Newmiller, thieves stole about $50,000 in material goods, including computers, iPads, laptops and video production equipment. They also stole items that are hard to put a dollar value on."The files, the papers, the documentation that we had … those were invaluable," he said. "Our history, our antiques from the seniors who have donated … we had stuff from 1935 until now. So how do you place a value on that?"Calgary police said a break-in took place at the CAD offices at about 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 9, adding that they are currently seeking out information and potential witnesses."My heart, my energy, we have worked so hard for the last eight years doing fundraising for the local community," Newmiller said. "The businesses that support us … everything is lost. It's gone."One of only five spaces across CanadaCAD celebrated its 85th anniversary this year with the opening of the new centre in northwest Calgary, a location that took years of work to open.It featured assistive technologies like video-relay services, and is one of only five spaces like it around Canada.Clark Archibald, president of CAD, said the break-in means the organization will have to put all of its services — including those for seniors, youth and those intended to respond to COVID-19 — on hold."I feel really sad. I'm really upset. I feel almost like I'm grieving, really … It was quite the impact on [us] and we are a non-profit organization," Archibald said. "I would never expect someone to come in to rob us."Now, everything is lost and we're starting all over from day one."Beyond the material losses, CAD anticipates the break-in will have a huge impact on isolated persons that use the services of the organization on a daily basis."[To provide] services within Alberta, we've been struggling and fighting for that. And after the break-in, it's really unfair that we have to start all over again," Newmiller said."But we're not giving up. We will fight back. We'll make sure we have access for all deaf people in Alberta. We can't lose that."
Officers who broke up a massive gathering in a Hamilton parking lot hours after the provincial government tried to clamp down on such events won't hesitate to lay charges in the case, police warned Sunday as they announced an investigation was underway. Hamilton Police Supt. Will Mason said the hundreds of people that congregated in the Ancaster area on Saturday were blatantly disregarding new provincial rules meant to contain the spread of COVID-19. Premier Doug Ford, spurred on by rising case numbers, lowered limits for both indoor and outdoor social gatherings provincewide on Saturday.