The holistic approach taken on the Liberals' single-use plastics ban includes working with industry leaders to improve on Canada's recycling systems, says ecologist Chelsea Rochman.
The end is coming for plastic grocery bags, straws and cutlery after the federal government announced today which single-use plastics will be covered by a national ban coming into effect next year.Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson unveiled the list of soon-to-be-banned items Wednesday morning at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.As it was compiling the list, the government said it considered plastics that are harmful to the environment and hard to recycle, and whether there are readily available alternatives.The single-use plastics that will be banned are: * Grocery checkout bags * Straws * Stir sticks * Six-pack rings * Plastic cutlery * Food takeout containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics (like black plastic packaging)The regulations to introduce the ban will be finalized by the end of 2021, said Wilkinson."When a ban comes into effect, your local stores will be providing you with alternatives to these plastic products, like reusable or paper bags in place of plastic," he said."I know it is presently hard to come back from the grocery store without a single use plastic item ... You use it, you throw it in the recycling bin and more often than not, it ends up in a landfill. This has to change, which is why we'll be working with grocers and industry leaders and provinces and territories to keep more plastic in our economy through recycling."Changes coming for restaurantsWhen asked how small businesses — especially restaurants surviving on takeout sales during the pandemic — will handle the shift, Wilkinson said the government was careful to choose items with environmentally-friendly alternatives already on the market."We've been very sensitive to try and ensure this can be done in a very much affordable way for all businesses," he said. "I mean, most of the beer industry has already moved away from [plastic six-pack rings] and moved to hard caps on the top of them, which are recyclable "Restaurants Canada, a not-for-profit association representing Canada's food service industry, says it will keep pushing for policies that "avoid any undue burden on businesses continuing to rely on single-use items to safeguard the health and safety of staff and customers.""The COVID-19 crisis has made the critical need for single-use items very clear. Throughout the pandemic, restaurants have quickly and effectively adapted to evolving public health guidance," said spokesperson Marlee Wasser in a statement."Businesses are willing to adapt their practices and make investments to support progress toward the implementation of a Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste. But they want to ensure these investments are effective."Watch | Liberal government bans some single-use plastics to 'achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.'Paul Shufelt, a chef who owns five restaurants in Alberta, said he isn't too worried."I think it's a great initiative. I'm happy to see it," he said."Is it going to make things tougher for some? Perhaps. But I think we can all learn to live without plastic straws and those plastic grocery bags and things like that. We just have to adjust our life a little bit."Shufelt said that while the change likely will come with increased costs, he's happy to see it happen."Is this going to be the thing that breaks us? I don't think so. Is it going to cost a little more? Probably," he said."But in the grand scheme of things, I feel like this is something we can do for the greater good."Wilkinson said the ban will not include plastics used to make personal protective gear or medical waste. As part of the government's goal to reach zero plastic waste by 2030, the federal government said it's developing new standards for other plastic items to require them to contain a minimum amount of recycled material.Report flagged wildlife concernsThe ban, which follows some local bans on single-use plastics, is happening under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which required a scientific assessment of the problem first.That assessment report, released in January, said that in 2016, 29,000 tonnes of plastic garbage — the equivalent of about 2.3 billion single-use plastic water bottles — ended up as litter in Canada on beaches, in parks, in lakes and even in the air.The report looked at the impact of all types of plastics and pointed to evidence that macroplastics — pieces bigger than 5 mm — are hurting wildlife.Watch | 'We are not leading the world in this'Dead birds have been found with plastic in their intestines, whales have washed up on shore with stomachs full of plastic (including flip flops and nylon ropes). In one case cited by the study, an emaciated turtle was found with plastic in its digestive tract.The evidence was less clear about the harmful impacts of ingesting microplastics for people and wildlife, and the scientists recommended further study. At the time, Wilkinson said the evidence on the effects of macroplastics was enough to go ahead with the ban.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville police released details Wednesday of its investigation into the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a case that has sparked nationwide protests. Mayor Greg Fischer said it was important to release the investigative files as quickly as possible, after making “necessary redactions." Much of the information in the files was included in records from the grand jury proceedings that were released last week, he said. “I urge all to be sensitive that these files contain information and images that are traumatic and painful,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a release. The files include investigative letters, interview transcripts, officers’ body camera videos, audio and video files of interviews, crime scene unit reports and search warrants. Some items were redacted, blurred or withheld for privacy or legal reasons. Photos and videos of Taylor were “blurred out of respect,” police said. Audio of personal conversations that officers had while their body cameras were activated were redacted. Those conversations “had nothing to do with the scene or case,” police said. The Associated Press
Victoria's iconic 112-year-old Empress Hotel will be out of commission this winter.Fairmont Hotels and Resorts announced late Monday that the hotel will close completely for 87 days, starting Jan. 3, to complete a necessary $3-million renovation to its heating system. A release from Fairmont Hotels and Resorts says there'll be "periods of time where the building will be without heat ... or hot water," as the project involves replacing the building's steam heating system with a high-efficiency hot water heating system, along with replacing two 1960's-era steam boilers and hot water tanks.The hotel's automation system, which controls things like heating, lighting and security features, will also be upgraded. The building is expected to reopen on April 1.The hotel's general manager Indu Brar said in a press release that "being able to leverage the slower season and reduced tourism due to COVID-19 travel restrictions gives us the opportunity to complete these necessary upgrades."Union 'disappointed,' as workers laid off yet againPublic Relations director Tracey Drake said employees will be laid off during the three-month closure, and the hotel is extending its recall time period from 12 months to 24 months, so 90 per cent of employees can return. "[These] are always our quietest months of the year, so many of our colleagues do not work during these months anyways," added Drake.She couldn't say how many employees will be out of work, as many remain laid off from when the hotel closed in March due to COVID-19.Stu Shields, a national representative of Unifor, the union representing the hotel workers, said he's upset that around 75 employees who'd returned to work when the hotel reopened will be out of work yet again. The workers are voting on whether to approve the one-year recall extension that would allow them to reclaim their jobs until March 2022. Results will be known next week. "They are understandably disappointed. They were really hoping that business would open up. It's back onto [Employment Insurance] for the vast majority of the workers there," he said, adding the union is skeptical that the hotel has to close entirely to complete its upgrades.A prudent time to renovate, say tourism advocatesPaul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria, said it's a "prudent time" for the Empress Hotel to renovate, given the slow season expected."They're making a strategic investment ... and it shows a commitment to improve the guest experience," Nursey said.Anthony Everett, CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island said he's surprised the Empress will be closing completely, but expects tourism numbers to drop significantly in Victoria and across Vancouver Island this winter. "Successful businesses … have been using this time to do those things that they otherwise might not be doing, [such as] improvements," he explained. Nursey said he's sympathetic to those businesses who cannot afford to make improvements for the long-term this winter."There's a lot of anxiety as we're heading into the fall," Everett said, adding that "there are going to be some tough decisions this winter" as many businesses decide whether to keep their doors open.
The COVID-19 outbreaks at Foothills Medical Centre, the largest hospital outbreak in terms of sheer numbers to hit Alberta since the start of the pandemic, are taking a devastating toll on heart patients and prompting at least one doctor in southern Alberta to keep less-urgent heart patients closer to home.According to Alberta Health Services, as of Monday afternoon, six of the eight deaths are connected to outbreaks on cardiac wards at the Foothills hospital and 34 of the 42 infected patients have been on impacted cardiac units.All five of the visitors who have tested positive are connected with patients on cardiac wards.As of Monday afternoon a total of 80 patients, staff and visitors had tested positive for COVID-19, and seven units were battling outbreaks, including two cardiac care wards and a cardiac intensive care unit.Because Foothills hospital has one of just three cardiac catheterization labs in Alberta (the other two are in Edmonton) many heart patients from southern and central Alberta often need to be sent there for diagnostic procedures and specialized treatment.For years, doctors in both Lethbridge and Red Deer have been calling for their own cardiac catheterization labs so they don't have to send patients to Calgary or Edmonton for potentially life-saving treatment.'Conservative approach'And doctors outside of Calgary are now weighing the risks of sending patients who are not in urgent need of care.Lethbridge cardiologist Dr. Sheila Klassen said a seriously ill patient she helped care for had be sent to Foothills hospital, just before the outbreak was discovered."That transfer was medically necessary.," she said. "He required advanced care in Calgary but unfortunately he ended up in the middle of the Foothills outbreak. Sadly that was something that we didn't want to see."According to Klassen, the man ended up on one of the cardiac wards with an outbreak. He tested positive for COVID-19 and later died of cardiac arrest."I don't know whether the cardiac arrest was due to COVID-19 or due to his underlying cardiac disease in absence of COVID-19," she said. "But I am concerned he was a very vulnerable patient in terms of COVID-19 infection. So I"m concerned that COVID-19 may have caused the cardiac arrest."It's an ongoing worry for doctors and patients in southern Alberta as the pandemic drags on.There are are only 47 confirmed cases in all of the south zone, while staff inside the walls of Foothills hospital are battling an outbreak that is nearly double that number."Throughout the course of COVID-19 over the last few months and certainly during the recent outbreak … there are many patients who are reluctant to travel up to Calgary because of fear of infection and them knowing that they are in a more vulnerable… population in terms of consequences from COVID-19," Klassen said.When cases aren't urgent, Klassen is finding ways to keep her patients close to home."I lean toward a more conservative approach in terms of medical management and local testing just to avoid inter-hospital transfers recently because of COVID-19," she said.But there are bigger implications to the Foothills hospital outbreaks, according to Klassen.The outbreaks have underscored the need for services, including cardiac catheterization labs, in Lethbridge and Red Deer. "The fact that we're deferring these procedures because of location and distance from a [catheterization] lab and because of COVID-19 cases that differ between locations, I think it speaks to again the inequity in access to care for Albertans living in certain areas of the province versus others."John Church, a health policy expert in the department of political science at the University of Alberta, said the disparity between the healthcare services available in urban and rural Alberta is an ongoing issue and a problem that is very expensive to fix."The stress that the system is currently under [due to the pandemic] is highlighting some of these flaws in our system," said Church."There is a problem in the province with the distribution of healthcare resources, in particular the south of the province … and the Calgary zone in particular gets way more resources than other parts of the province."Church said it's a budgetary issue for AHS which decided long ago that certain expensive services — including cardiac catheterization — would be centralized."And it's not an ideal situation from the point of view of the patient at all."
Islanders may be exchanging face masks for bibs when the COVID-19 pandemic finally comes to an end.Ontario Premier Doug Ford has promised to host "the best Fordfest barbecue that P.E.I. has ever seen" to thank the province for sending 2,000 COVID-19 kits — which equals 8,000 tests — to Ontario."This is a province with 157,000 people helping a province of 14.5 million people," Ford said Tuesday at a news conference in Toronto."I just want to tell the people from P.E.I., I absolutely love you folks."Ford also thanked P.E.I. and Premier Dennis King for sending a tractor-trailer full of meals in the early days of the pandemic, an example of what he called working together in the "great Canadian spirit."He said East Coasters are the type of people who "give their shirts off their backs" in a time of crisis."So Premier King and to all of the folks of P.E.I., I love you, I will be there… This is amazing. I'm getting chills just talking about this."Ontario announced it had 547 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 55,362. It has 5,469 confirmed active cases.More from CBC P.E.I.
MONTREAL — The second wave of COVID-19 infections in Quebec is already looking "very different" from the first, provincial Health Minister Christian Dube said Tuesday. The provincial government reported 1,364 new confirmed cases on Tuesday morning – the highest daily total since the beginning of the pandemic. There have now been 81,014 cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in Quebec, more than half of all cases in Canada. While the first wave was marked by serious outbreaks in long-term care centres, there was limited community transmission outside of those facilities, Dube told reporters at an afternoon press conference. "This time, this is totally different," Dube said, noting there are currently more than 500 active outbreaks across the province. But Dube said the government doesn't know how the virus is spreading through the community. "It's really hard to say, when you have a student being diagnosed at school, where he got it. Did he get it from his parent? Did he get it from his friend? From an uncle who got it at work? It is very difficult to know exactly where you got it," he said. "That's the reason we are saying right now, we are shutting down all those places where we can get together, because we don't know exactly." Schools remain open in the province, but on Monday the government announced high school students in maximum-alert regions will be required to wear masks in class and those in Grades 10 and 11 will spend one day out of every two at home. As of Oct. 2, the most recent date for which data is available, 666 schools had active cases of COVID-19 among staff or students. Restaurant dining rooms, bars, theatres and other venues were shut in the so-called red zones, including greater Montreal and Quebec City, on Oct. 1 for a period of four weeks. The Health Department reported three deaths in the previous 24 hours on Tuesday and said 14 earlier deaths have been linked to the novel coronavirus. Two deaths previously attributed to the disease were determined to have been from other causes, leaving the provincial death toll at 5,899. There are now 397 people in hospital, an increase of 36 from the previous day, while 67 people are in intensive care — an increase of five. But while the number of new cases is now higher than at any other point in the pandemic, the number of hospitalizations remains lower than during its previous peak. Throughout most of April, there was an average of more than 100 hospitalizations a day. Part of that may be due to the fact that younger people, who are less likely to have severe symptoms, are now getting the disease, said Ashleigh Tuite, an epidemiology professor at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. But it's also likely that the number COVID-19 cases in the spring were underestimated. "Comparing the number of positive cases this month to the number of positive cases in April, isn't a fair comparison, because we're just doing more tests in the population," she said. On average, Quebec is now conducting more than three times as many tests as in April and more than twice as many as in May. "There's no such thing as one measurement that tells us everything we need to know," said Dr. Matthew Oughton, an infectious disease specialist at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital. One important factor, he said, is the percentage of tests that are positive. The higher that number, the more likely the disease is widespread in the community. "We usually consider anything less that one per cent to be indicative of good control. In the middle of August, we were at around half a percent," Oughton said. "Whereas, from these numbers today, we're at six per cent provincially." That figure could be even higher in hard-hit areas of the province, he said. While the provincial government releases data on the number of new cases by region, it doesn't do that for testing. As the number of cases grows in the community, there's a greater chance that the disease will once again spread to a high-risk community, which could lead to a sudden rise in the number of severe cases, Oughton said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2020 ——— This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press
Edmonton Public Schools will ask the province to suspend diploma exams for high school students in the 2020-21 academic year, the board agreed unanimously at a meeting Tuesday. Board trustees said requiring students to take the provincially-administered tests would add pressure to an already stressful learning environment in the COVID-19 pandemic. Trustee Shelagh Dunn suggested the move in a motion Tuesday. Even though the province aims to return to near-normal learning, Dunn said this year is nowhere near that. "I believe it's unhealthy to act as if things are normal when they aren't," Dunn said when presenting the motion. "It could be a recipe for fatigue, exhaustion and burn out." Dunn noted the potentially complicated situation of students and staff needing to self-isolate during exam time. "We need to find a way to relieve some of the pressure and stress within the system and focus on mental health and well-being," Dunn said. The diploma exams are given to assess a student's achievement level in core Grade 12 courses and ensure province-wide achievement standards, the government website says. The standardized test, usually offered five times a year, was cancelled in March when the pandemic started. They've also been cancelled during catastrophes like the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire and the flooding in Calgary in 2013. Board Chair Trisha Estabrooks noted a few health concerns in proceeding with diploma exams. With nearly 30 per cent of students learning online, it's still unclear how the province would administer the tests, normally given in large groups in gymnasiums. Estabrooks pointed out that students opting to learn from home are doing so to cut out the potential exposure a classroom environment might present. "To ask them to come in and write a mandatory diploma exam in person, is going against the very choice that truly is the strength of our re-entry plan," Estabrooks said. Estabrooks also mentioned the added stress and effects on mental health for both staff and students. Return to regular Colin Aitchison, press secretary for Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, said a majority of parents indicated they wanted to keep diploma exams in the school re-entry plan. "We heard very clearly that parents wanted a return to regular assessment for their children," Aitchison said in an email to CBC News Tuesday. Aitchison referenced a survey by Alberta School Councils' Association that found nearly 65 per cent of parents favoured a return to regular assessments. "That said, we are always exploring options to make this return to in-person learning as smooth as possible and we will make adjustments to the school re-entry plan as required," he added. But Estabrooks noted that that survey was done in May. "I think that survey was a moment of time and certainly that reflected the sentiments of parents across the province," Estabrooks said during a video news conference. "A lot has happened since May," she added. Estabrooks said the province hasn't presented a plan to accommodate on-line learners during the exams. Aitchison said school divisions are responsible for administering the exams and coordinating with their students and families. Trustees agreed school grades this year would be difficult to compare to previous years. "I think we can all agree that the marks that are awarded this year need to come with a disclaimer," Estabrooks said. The EPSB motion includes asking the province to postpone provincial achievement tests, given to students in junior high. But Aitchison said administering PATs is optional this year as outlined in Alberta's school re-entry plan so individual school authorities have the ability to decide if they will administer PATs. As chair of the board, Estabrooks will send a letter to the minister of education and copy the Alberta School Boards Association and the Public School Boards' Association of Alberta.
An unknown man in a ski mask grabbed an 11-year-old boy by the neck and dragged him from behind while the child was out for a walk with his family in Quesnel, B.C., according to RCMP.Police say the family was walking on the river walk trail between the Quesnel River Bridge and the Lebourdais Park ball diamond around 7 p.m. on Monday when the 11-year-old stopped to rest.As the rest of the family continued to walk along the trail, police say a man ran at the boy, grabbed him around the neck and began dragging him, but the child managed to fight off the attacker and ran to join his family."This attack happened in an area close to a playground, recreation centre and ball park, where young children and families frequent seven days a week," RCMP Sgt. Richard Weseen said in a news release."We recommend all parents to have a talk with their children about safety plans, awareness, and what to do if approached by a stranger."The suspect is described as five feet nine inches tall, skinny, and wearing a ski mask, blue hoodie, white shirt, jeans and sneakers.Police say he ran away from the scene toward Shepherd Avenue and Murphy Street. Investigators say they believe the suspect may have been caught on dashcam or home surveillance video or seen by witnesses and are asking anyone who might have footage to call police.Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call Quesnel RCMP at 250-992-9211 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 11:21 a.m. EDT on Oct. 7, 2020: There are 172,807 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 81,914 confirmed (including 5,906 deaths, 67,735 resolved) _ Ontario: 55,945 confirmed (including 2,988 deaths, 47,613 resolved) _ Alberta: 19,211 confirmed (including 281 deaths, 17,030 resolved) _ British Columbia: 9,841 confirmed (including 244 deaths, 8,184 resolved) _ Manitoba: 2,246 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,441 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 1,984 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,821 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,089 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,021 resolved) _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 276 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 269 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 205 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 198 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 59 confirmed (including 57 resolved) _ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved) _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved) _ Nunavut: No confirmed cases, 4 presumptive _ Total: 172,807 (4 presumptive, 172,803 confirmed including 9,538 deaths, 145,402 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2020. The Canadian Press
NEW YORK — Eddie Van Halen, the guitar virtuoso whose blinding speed, control and innovation propelled his band Van Halen into one of hard rock’s biggest groups and became elevated to the status of rock god, has died. He was 65. A person close to Van Halen’s family confirmed the rocker died Tuesday due to cancer. The person was not authorized to publicly release details in advance of an official announcement. “He was the best father I could ask for,” Van Halen's son Wolfgang wrote in a social media post. “Every moment I've shared with him on and off stage was a gift.” With his distinct solos, Eddie Van Halen fueled the ultimate California party band and helped knock disco off the charts starting in the late 1970s with his band’s self-titled debut album and then with the blockbuster record “1984,” which contains the classics “Jump,” “Panama” and “Hot for Teacher.” Van Halen is among the top 20 bestselling artists of all time, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Rolling Stone magazine put Eddie Van Halen at No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists. Eddie Van Halen was something of a musical contradiction. He was an autodidact who could play almost any instrument, but he couldn’t read music. He was a classically trained pianist who also created some of the most distinctive guitar riffs in rock history. He was a Dutch immigrant who was considered one of the greatest American guitarists of his generation. Honours came from the music world, from Lenny Kravitz to Kenny Chesney. “You changed our world. You were the Mozart of rock guitar. Travel safe, rockstar,” Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx said on Twitter. Added Lenny Kravitz: “Heaven will be electric tonight.” The members of Van Halen — the two Van Halen brothers, Eddie and Alex; vocalist David Lee Roth; and bassist Michael Anthony — formed in 1974 in Pasadena, California. They were members of rival high school bands and then attended Pasadena City College together. They combined to form the band Mammoth, but then changed to Van Halen after discovering there was another band called Mammoth. Their 1978 release “Van Halen” opened with a blistering “Runnin’ With the Devil” and then Eddie Van Halen showed off his astonishing skills in the next song, “Eruption,” a furious 1:42 minute guitar solo that swoops and soars like a deranged bird. The album also contained a cover of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love.” Van Halen released albums on a yearly timetable — “Van Halen II” (1979), “Women and Children First” (1980), “Fair Warning” (1981) and “Diver Down” (1982) — until the monumental “1984,” which hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album charts (only behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”). Rolling Stone ranked “1984” No. 81 on its list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. “Eddie put the smile back in rock guitar, at a time when it was all getting a bit brooding. He also scared the hell out of a million guitarists around the world, because he was so damn good. And original,” Joe Satriani, a fellow virtuoso, told Billboard in 2015. Van Halen also played guitar on one of the biggest singles of the 1980s: Jackson’s “Beat It.” His solo lasted all of 20 seconds and took only a half an hour to record. He did it as a favour to producer Quincy Jones, while the rest of his Van Halen bandmates were out of town. Van Halen received no compensation or credit for the work, even though he rearranged the section he played on. “It was 20 minutes of my life. I didn’t want anything for doing that,” he told Billboard in 2015. “I literally thought to myself, ‘Who is possibly going to know if I play on this kid’s record?’” Rolling Stone ranked “Beat It” No. 344 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Jackson’s melding of hard rock and R&B preceded the meeting of Run-DMC and Aerosmith by four years. But strains between Roth and the band erupted after their 1984 world tour and Roth left. The group then recruited Sammy Hagar as lead singer —some critics called the new formulation “Van Hagar” — and the band went on to score its first No. 1 album with “5150,” More studio albums followed, including “OU812,” “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” and “Balance.” Hit singles included “Why Can’t This Be Love” and “When It’s Love.” Hagar was ousted in 1996 and former Extreme singer Gary Cherone stepped in for the album “Van Halen III,” a stumble that didn’t lead to another album and the quick departure of Cherone. Roth would eventually return in 2007 and team up with the Van Halen brothers and Wolfgang Van Halen on bass for a tour, the album “A Different Kind of Truth” and the 2015 album “Tokyo Dome Live in Concert.” Van Halen’s music has appeared in films as varied as “Superbad,” “Minions” and “Sing” as well as TV shows like “Glee” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Video games such as “Gran Turismo 4” and “Guitar Hero” have used his riffs. Their song “Jamie’s Cryin” was sampled by rapper Tone Loc in his hit “Wild Thing.” For much of his career, Eddie Van Halen wrote and experimented with sounds while drunk or high or both. He revealed that he would stay in his hotel room drinking vodka and snorting cocaine while playing into a tape recorder. (Hagar’s 2011 autobiography “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock” portrays Eddie as a violent, booze-addled vampire, living inside a garbage-strewn house.) “I didn’t drink to party,” Van Halen told Billboard. “Alcohol and cocaine were private things to me. I would use them for work. The blow keeps you awake and the alcohol lowers your inhibitions. I’m sure there were musical things I would not have attempted were I not in that mental state.” Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam and his family immigrated to California in 1962 when he was 7. His father was a big band clarinetist who rarely found work after coming to the U.S., and their mother was a maid who had dreams of her sons being classical pianists. The Van Halens shared a house with three other families. Eddie and Alex had only each other, a tight relationship that flowed through their music. “We showed up here with the equivalent of $50 and a piano,” Eddie Van Halen told The Associated Press in 2015. “We came halfway around the world without money, without a set job, no place to live and couldn’t even speak the language.” He said his earliest memories of music were banging pots and pans together, marching to John Philip Sousa marches. At one point, Eddie got a drum set, which his older brother coveted. “I never wanted to play guitar,” he confessed at a talk at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2015. But his brother was good at the drums, so Eddie gave into his brother’s wishes: “I said, ‘Go ahead, take my drums. I’ll play your damn guitar.’” He was a relentless experimenter who would solder different parts from different guitar-makers, including Gibson and Fender. He created his own graphic design for his guitars by adding tape to the instruments and then spray-painting them. He said his influences were Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix. Van Halen, sober since 2008, lost one-third of his tongue to a cancer that eventually drifted into his esophagus. In 1999, he had a hip replacement. He was married twice, to actress Valerie Bertinelli from 1981 to 2007 and then to stuntwoman-turned-publicist Janie Liszewski, whom he wed in 2009. “I’m so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments,” Bertinelli wrote on Instagram, showing an image of their baby son. “I will see you in our next life.” __ AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report. ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is once again notifying the public that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were at various businesses in several communities while they were likely infected. These latest alerts include businesses in Regina, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Estevan and Harris, and come a day after a lengthy list of exposure alerts for Regina, Prince Albert, Dafoe, Stornoway and Yorton. The health authority says further exposures took place at the following locations during the following dates and times. Estevan: * Affinity Credit Union, Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. * Estevan Leisure Centre, Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, 6:20 to 6:50 p.m. * Tap House Restaurant, 1128 4 St., Oct. 1, 7:30 to 8 p.m. * Sobey's, 440 King St., Oct. 1, 5 to 5:45 p.m. Harris: * Prairie Centre Credit Union, Oct. 2, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.Prince Albert: * Prince Albert Gospel Outreach Church, 921 Central Ave., Sept. 14 to Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. 11 p.m.Regina: * Regina International Airport, Oct. 1, 10 to 10:30 a.m. * Air Canada Delhi to Toronto Flight AC43, Seat 12E, Oct.1, 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. * Air Canada Toronto to Regina Flight AC7939, Seat 20C, Oct. 1, 8:45 a.m. to 10:02 a.m.Saskatoon: * Hotel Inn and Suites, 253 Willis Cresc. S., from Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. to Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. * Mucho Burrito, 3020 Preston Ave. S., Sept. 28, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.The health authority advises any people who were at these locations on the specified dates and times to immediately self-isolate if they have had, or currently have, symptoms of COVID-19. They should call HealthLine 811 to book a testing. Anyone who was at the any of the above locations but is not experiencing symptoms should self-monitor for 14 days.
The acclaimed new documentary "Time" tracks the story of Fox and Rob Richardson, using home videos taken over two decades to capture a family's struggles while a father and husband is imprisoned. (Oct. 6)
An artificial ice rink in Dufferin Grove Park is slated to be updated and replaced despite an outcry from local residents who say they need the outdoor public space now more than ever this winter.The city says it has consulted the community, done an assessment on the condition of the rink and completed the tender process for the renovation work. It has yet to award a contract but says Dufferin Grove Park artificial ice rink will not be open for use this winter."In order to maintain this facility in a state of good condition, the rink and equipment must be replaced imminently," the city said in an email to CBC Toronto this week."A condition assessment of the rink itself was completed, and indicated that since it is at the end of its 25-year life cycle, there is a realistic chance of equipment failure." Ian Merringer, a resident who lives near the park, said the timing could not be worse, given that the city is in the middle of a pandemic, and residents don't believe the rink is in a state of disrepair. Merringer said he has been taking his family to the rink for the past 12 years. The rink has two pads, one usually used for pleasure skating, with the other usually used for shinny, and the frozen surfaces are some of the busiest in the city."This has been the heart of the community every winter," Merringer said."Where are people going to go to have the release, the escape that they need, or the exercise, or just the bare social interaction?"In an email, Merringer said: "Skaters come from all over the west end to glide across the ice, night and day. There is an innovative skate rental system and an always open café. Any night of the winter you can see neighbourhood kids whizzing around, new skaters trying to keep their feet from flying out from under them and hockey players on the shinny rink dividing up sticks to start new games."According to Merringer, residents were told that construction was supposed to start soon after last year's skating season. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that work didn't get underway.Merringer said he thinks it makes more sense to wait until next spring to start the rebuild."There's nothing to say that it couldn't serve this community for another three, maybe four months."He said dozens of residents have written letters to the city, asking for a stay of demolition of a few months so the skating pads could be a place people can exercise and socialize during a winter when options for doing either inside will likely be limited due to the pandemic.According to the city, if work on the rink replacement begins this year, the work will be completed before the 2021-2022 skating season. But if the work is delayed until March 2021, the rink will not be completed in time for it to open for next year's season.The city said staff will create and maintain a natural ice rink at the location beginning in January, weather permitting.Coun. Ana Bailao, who represents Ward 9-Davenport, said there is no question that the rink needs to be replaced."There's two reports that say that rink shouldn't even be operational anymore," she said.Bailao said she has pushed her staff to examine every option, but at the end of the day, there are just too many safety risks to reopen the rink."There are professionals here at the city that are engineers, that review those reports, I am not an engineer, I have to rely on the information and the safety parameters and concerns that staff put in front of us," she said.Merringer, however, has said he has also read those reports and doesn't believe the safety risk is as great as the city is suggesting."The health risk is having this closed, not having it open."WATCH | CBC's Greg Ross reports on Dufferin Grove Park artificial ice rink:
Regina police and the coroner's office are investigating after the discovery of a man's body in Wascana Park Tuesday morning.A police spokesperson says a call came in just before 7 a.m. CST about a man lying motionless on the ground.His body was found near Lakeshore Drive, between Avenue B and Avenue C, which is close to the Holodomor memorial.Paramedics confirmed he was dead. There is no word yet on what caused the man's death.Police say the man has been identified and his next of kin have been notified. They have not released his name.Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s legal fight with a woman who accuses the international soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago is heading toward a trial before a federal judge in Nevada. No date was immediately set, but U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey said she will hear arguments and decide herself whether Kathryn Mayorga was mentally fit to enter a 2010 hush-money agreement with Ronaldo’s representatives that paid Mayorga $375,000. Ronaldo’s attorney, Peter Christiansen, declined Tuesday to comment.
A young humpback whale that was found dead in the Strait of Juan de Fuca last week was in good health but appears to have been struck in the head before it died, a necropsy has revealed.The dead animal, which has been identified as a male known as Hawkeye or MMX0094, was first spotted on Sept. 27, according to the Pacific Whale Watch Association.A boat with Victoria's Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours came across the dead whale again on Sept. 30 and found the carcass lying belly up, giving the team a chance to look at the underside of its tail, which has unique markings used by scientists to distinguish individual humpbacks."It was a very sad sight to see," tour company naturalist Val Shore said in a news release."We circled slowly around the whale to get photos from all angles, looking for signs of injury or entanglement. We couldn't see anything obvious."The whale had last been spotted alive on Sept. 22, when it appeared to be healthy, the news release says.The carcass was towed to shore near Seiku, Wash., on Saturday and examined by a team of veterinarians.According to the non-profit Cascadia Research Collective, because the whale was so decomposed it was not possible to determine an exact cause of death."However, it was determined that the whale had been in reasonable health prior to death and showed evidence of pre-mortem blunt force trauma to the head," the research group said in a post online."The return of humpback whales to the Salish Sea and their increased use of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, an area of high and increasing vessel traffic coming and going from ports in Puget Sound and southern British Columbia, has made ship strikes of whales a growing concern on both sides of the border."Two humpbacks have been struck and killed by Washington state ferries in the last two years, according to the Pacific Whale Watch Association.
TORONTO — Two people have been charged for failing to comply with federal quarantine rules after the pair showed up at a rally shortly after returning to Canada, Toronto police said Tuesday. The two accused are the first people to be charged criminally in Toronto under the federal Quarantine Act, police spokesman Const. David Hopkinson said. "We started in the pandemic by educating the public. Now we have switched to enforcement," Hopkinson said. "Charges with regards to this are rare. We've had very, very good compliance by our community." Investigators said Christopher (Chris Sky) Saccoccia, 37, and Jennifer Saccoccia, 34, of King City, Ont., landed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Sept. 20 after travelling abroad. Police allege that despite being ordered to quarantine for 14 days, Christopher Saccoccia was seen in the Yonge-Dundas area of downtown Toronto on Sept. 26 and was issued a provincial offence ticket. Authorities also allege both Christopher Saccoccia and Jennifer Saccoccia went to a rally attended by roughly 500 unmasked participants at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday. Both were served Monday with a notice to appear for a virtual court hearing on Nov. 12, police said. Public health rules require everyone coming from outside the country to quarantine for at least 14 days. Saturday's rally saw demonstrators protest against public health measures meant to help curb the spread of COVID-19. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2020. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Denise Paglinawan, The Canadian Press
Alberta now has 1,900 active cases of COVID-19, after 276 new cases were reported Tuesday. It's the highest number of new cases reported in single day in Alberta since April.The province added one more death, a woman in her 70s in the Calgary zone, to bring the number of people who have died from the disease to 281.There are 61 people in hospital, 13 of them in intensive care.Provincial labs completed 17,654 tests for COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of tests to 1,442,603.The Edmonton zone now has 1,063 active cases, the first time ever it has been over the 1,000 mark.The last time any zone was over that mark was Calgary zone on May 12.Edmonton zone is where the province's largest current outbreak is, as 48 active cases (58 total) are tied to an outbreak at Millwoods Shepherd's Care Centre. The regional breakdown of active cases was: * Edmonton zone: 1,063 cases, up from 982 cases Monday. * Calgary zone: 645 cases, up from 624 cases. * North zone: 99 cases, down from 105 cases. * South zone: 61 cases, up from 47 cases. * Central zone: 26 cases, up from 22 cases. * Unknown: six cases, up from three case.Four more schools have been added to the province's watch list, meaning they have five or more cases, three of which are in Edmonton.Dr, Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, warned on Monday that additional measures may be necessary to bring the transmission rate down in Edmonton.Hinshaw hosts her next news conference on Thursday.
A weekend memorial for a beloved elder on the Tsuut'ina Nation may have caused potential COVID-19 exposure for other community members. As Jill Croteau reports, it's prompted the closure of the administration office and all the schools.
Canadians are trying to decipher confusing advice from public health officials about what kind of gathering, if any, is appropriate and safe for Thanksgiving.