CHICAGO — Two sisters accused of stabbing a West Side Chicago store security guard 27 times with a knife after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer were ordered held without bond Tuesday. The alleged attack late Sunday by Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, left the 32-year-old victim hospitalized in critical condition, police spokeswoman Karie James said. An argument that began after the women refused the guard’s request to wear masks became physical when one of the women punched the man, James said. Jessica Hill allegedly pulled a knife from her back pocket and began stabbing the man, while Jayla Hill held him in place by his hair. The man was stabbed in his chest, back and arms. The women were arrested at the scene of the attack and both were treated for minor lacerations at a nearby hospital, James said. During Tuesday’s bond hearing before Cook County Circuit Judge Mary C. Marubio, the women’s court-appointed attorney said the stabbing was self-defence, adding both women suffered from a bipolar disorder. Prosecutors said the guard never approached either women before the attack. The Associated Press
The Calgary police officer on trial for assault testified he believed his arrestee had slipped out of her handcuffs and that he didn't mean to throw the woman on the floor face-first. Const. Alex Dunn, 34, testified in his own defence on Day 2 of his assault causing bodily harm trial. In December 2017, Dunn arrested Dalia Kafi for breaching her court-imposed curfew and obstruction of justice after she gave him a fake name when the car she'd been travelling in was pulled over by police.At the arrest processing unit (APU), video shows Kafi ducking away from Dunn as he tries to remove a scarf from her head to take a photo. After a brief struggle, Kafi, who is Black and was 26 years old at the time, was thrown to the ground with her hands still cuffed behind her back.Kafi's head can be seen bouncing off the ground and she appeared to be briefly unconscious. She suffered a broken nose, which required surgery and split lip, which needed stitches. Dunn testified Tuesday that during the struggle to remove the scarf, he believed one of Kafi's hands had slipped out of the cuffs and grabbed his hand, which was on her shoulder. "Her hand had come up and wrapped around my hand," he said. "I immediately said to her, and excuse my language, your honour, 'what the f--k, you're supposed to be in handcuffs."In fact, the handcuff on Kafi's right hand had slid up toward her elbow so even though her arms were attached to each other behind her back, Dunn testified she was somehow able to reach up to her left shoulder and grab the officer's hand.Dunn said he felt the need to do a "dynamic takedown" on Kafi in order to regain control. He said he feared she had slipped out of the cuffs and could use them as a "swinging hook weapon."Throughout the encounter with Kafi, Dunn testified, she had been verbally abusive, swearing at him and making other inappropriate comments, including one about his girlfriend. Under questioning from defence lawyer Cory Wilson, Dunn said Kafi's comments didn't bother him or make him angry. That he'd encountered similar behaviour in hundreds of other arrests."Did it make you angry or upset?" asked Wilson."No," replied Dunn.The officer said he didn't feel there were other safe options that would prevent Kafi from potentially attacking him. Once Kafi was on the ground, Dunn said, he realized she was still in handcuffs.Asked by Wilson if he meant to take Kafi down face-first or cause her harm, Dunn replied "no."On Monday, a senior officer testified the take-down of Kafi was the worst use of force he had witnessed in his 30-year career. Staff Sgt. Gordon Macdonald also testified there was no justification for the "judo-style throw."'Don't grab the police'Once she was on the ground, Dunn said there was no need for further use of force on Kafi because she was under control. "I had succeeded in what I had intended to do ," said Dunn. "I advised her, 'don't grab the police.'"Other officers stepped in and Dunn said he backed away so he wouldn't agitate her further. An out-of-town judge and prosecutor have been brought in to handle the case due to the potential of conflict-of-interest regarding a Calgary officer who is part of this city's justice system. Medicine Hat provincial court Judge Michelle Christopher is presiding over the three-day trial. Prosecutor Ryan Pollard will get the chance to cross-examine Dunn on Tuesday afternoon.Dunn is working in an administrative position with the Calgary Police Service.
Roughly 20 Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers were "threatening" to arrest Dominion strikers at Weston Bakeries in Donovans Business Park Tuesday night if they didn't move from the picket line, according to a union representative. Dominion workers vacated its secondary picket line at the Loblaw Companies Limited distribution centre overnight Sunday and were hit with an injunction Monday morning preventing them from picketing outside.Union members moved locations and set their target to Weston Bakeries, owned by the Weston family, the owners of Loblaw. "Loblaws hasn't taken us to court, there's no injunction. They've had two days to file an injunction. They haven't done that," said Chris MacDonald, assistant to Unifor national president Jerry Dias and lead negotiator for Dominion workers during the strike."We've complied with every injunction we've ever had and it's a shame that the company is relying on the St. John's police here to do their dirty work."MacDonald said police told him they were preparing to arrest people for blocking trucks exiting the property. He said he's not sure why police are trying to enforce an injunction that doesn't exist, and the reason he was given is that police are enforcing the Highway Traffic Act. The union said the picket line outside of the bakery is peaceful. "We're in the driveway. We're not even on the road," MacDonald said. Hoping to a get a deal doneLoblaw lost against dozens of other injunctions it filed on Monday which would have prevented striking employees from popping up at other locations owned or associated with the business.It's not clear if Weston Bakeries was among that list, but 30 Shoppers Drug Mart locations, three No Frills stores, three independent grocers and the company's wholesale club store were. The injunction on the distribution centre won in court. Dominion employees have been on the picket line since August, calling for more full-time jobs as the union says more than 80 per cent of workers are part time and 60 full-time jobs were converted into part-time jobs in 2019. MacDonald said picketers are preventing trucks with product from exiting Weston Bakeries to try to get Loblaw back to the bargaining table. "We've booked rooms at the St. John's Sheraton tomorrow. We've tried to get them back to the bargaining table, we've booked rooms, we've brought our bargaining committee in from all over the province," he said. "We're going there prepared to get a deal. Instead of telling us that they're coming to get a deal, Loblaws is relying on the police to do their work here. And instead of getting back to the bargaining table they'd rather put us through this."Picketers told CBC News nobody had been detained as police began clearing out shortly after 8:30 last evening. Some police units remained on scene. CBC News has requested comment from both the RNC and Loblaw's Atlantic director of corporate affairs. Read more articles from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
The bodies of two people have been found in the ruins of a large fire that destroyed part of a three-story apartment complex in Penticton, B.C, and displaced dozens of residents Tuesday morning. Firefighters arrived just after 4 a.m. to find the 36-unit building at 427 Elm Avenue 'heavily involved,' according to Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson."The fire was on the exterior of the building and was lapping up to the third floor and into the apartments through the balconies," Watkinson said."It got into the roof structure and tore across the roof."Heavy winds contributed to the fire's spread, according to Watkinson."This apartment complex faces Skaha Lake and the wind was pushing it hard into the building and it carried it into the roof very quickly," he said.The fire department is working to account for all of the residents, according to Watkinson."A number of properties are not 12 months a year —they are vacation homes. So we are still working through the data of who is missing and who is just away," he said.After the fire had been extinguished a structural engineer cleared firefighters to begin a search of the apartment complex for anyone remaining in the building. That's when the two bodies were discovered, said Watkinson.The Penticton RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating.Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki offered his condolences to the victims' families and neighbours Tuesday afternoon. "On behalf of city council and all residents of Penticton, I wish to express our deep condolences to the families and neighbours who lost loved ones and friends following this morning's tragic fire on Elm Avenue," he said in statement."We join them during this time of grief with our thoughts and support." Fire crews were able to keep the blaze on one side of a fire wall in the apartment complex, according to Watkinson, who said the building was not completely destroyed.Nearby hotels had to be temporarily evacuated during the fire, but guests have since been allowed to return.RCMP say while the cause of the fire is still under investigation, it does not appear to be criminal in nature.
VANCOUVER — The RCMP officer who arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver's airport says he didn't know how long questioning by Canada Border Services Agency officials would delay her arrest. Const. Winston Yep testified in B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday in the extradition case of Meng, whose lawyers are trying to show her arrest two years ago was unlawful and she should not be extradited to the U.S. on allegations of fraud. "We didn't know how long it was going to take," Yep said. "We were not going to interfere with their examination." Yep also admitted under cross-examination that he failed to correct an affidavit prepared for him to sign that included a line saying Meng had no known connection to Canada, after border officials told him she had two homes in Vancouver. Yep is the first in a series of witnesses called to testify this week at the request of Meng's defence team, which is gathering evidence for arguments it will make next year that she was subjected to an abuse of process. The defence has alleged there was a "co-ordinated strategy" to have the RCMP delay her arrest so border officials could question Meng for three hours under the pretence of a routine immigration exam. It's one of several allegations of wrongdoing that Meng's team is lodging against the RCMP and the CBSA, along with accusations they kept intentionally poor notes and failed to arrest her immediately according to the warrant's requirements. During questioning by Crown attorney John Gibb-Carsley on Monday, Yep told the court that the RCMP shares information with the CBSA as well as foreign agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States, subject to certain restrictions like personal information. Yep testified that border officials told him before Meng was detained that she had two homes in Vancouver and they had concerns about her immigration status. He said they agreed CBSA would conduct its screening first after Meng landed in Canada, then Yep would make the arrest. In cross-examination, defence lawyer Richard Peck questioned why Yep didn't raise concerns about the affidavit he signed earlier when he learned of her Vancouver homes. Yep swore in the affidavit, which was required to execute the warrant, that he had knowledge of the case. "If you knew she had ties to Canada ... that would be the right thing for you to do, yes?" "Yes, but I did not prepare the affidavit and it was my error in not recognizing that," Yep responded. He said he did not take any steps to verify the contents of the affidavit beyond reviewing a case summary provided to him at the same time. Peck also asked Yep why he didn't arrest Meng immediately after the plane landed or during a 13-minute window while she waited in a screening room before border officials questioned her. "It could have been just as easy for you to arrest her as she stepped off that plane and handed her over to CBSA to do whatever they had to do and then take her away. That way she had her rights, charter rights," Peck said. Yep said that wasn't discussed. He wanted to respect CBSA's jurisdiction at the airport and believed he was still abiding by the arrest warrant's stipulations for an "immediate" arrest, he said. "My interpretation of 'immediately' is 'as soon as practicable,'" he said. The court heard the Department of Justice provided Yep with instructions on how to execute the arrest that included locating Meng, confirming her identity, arresting her and informing her of her rights. Peck asked Yep if he alerted the Department of Justice that the CBSA would question Meng before he arrested her. Yep said he did not. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 27, 2020. Amy Smart, The Canadian Press
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday he would speak to executives at Suncor after the company announced it would move its Mississauga and Oakville offices to Calgary in 2021, saying he would “try to convince them” to expand their facilities in Ontario.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) is considering "disciplinary options" for unionized health-care workers who walked off the job earlier this week. Nursing and support workers who participated in Monday's wildcat strike could be fined, suspended or even fired from their jobs, Finance Minister Travis Toews told reporters at the legislature on Tuesday. "They're looking at individual employee actions, individual employees who took part in the illegal walkout," Toews said. Next steps could include reporting any regulated workers to disciplinary bodies for professional sanctions, he said. Working conditions and the Alberta government's move to outsource up to 11,000 jobs prompted the job action. On Monday night, the Alberta Labour Relations Board declared the workers' walkout to be an illegal strike. Although the board cited no wrongdoing by their union, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), Toews said AHS will ask the board to investigate whether union leaders were involved in organizing the strike. "Just from information in the public realm, it would appear that union leaders were instrumental, or certainly there was a high degree of possibility that union leaders were instrumental in the activities," Toews said. Although he wouldn't point to specific evidence, Toews said social media posts, news reports and information received by his office suggest leaders were involved in organizing the walkout. AUPE issued a short statement Tuesday, saying leaders can't comment on AHS's labour board complaint. Moves to investigate individual employees may prompt the union to file grievances against the employer, the statement said. On Monday, AUPE President Guy Smith said the walkout was led by workers, not union officials. "We know that your employer's going to react very strongly to what you're up to today," Smith said over a megaphone Monday to workers rallying outside Edmonton's Royal Alexandra Hospital. "They're going to try and bully you and intimidate you to not be out here. If you stick together and stay strong, nothing can overcome the power of workers standing together — remember that." Opposition calls move a 'witch hunt' AHS said the organization is reviewing Monday's events and considering next steps including possible disciplinary options and consequences. "That process could take some time to ensure we complete a thorough review and investigation," spokesperson Kerry Williamson said in an email. He did not say how many workers AHS was investigating or how long it would take. Opposition NDP leader Rachel Notley said the move is a continuation of the UCP government's attack on health-care workers. "If the finance minister insists upon engaging in a witch hunt against regular, hard-working frontline workers in the middle of a pandemic it will show us that they have learned nothing from yesterday," Notley said on Tuesday. "What they must absolutely do is declare a truce." The government has said outsourcing up to 11,000 health-care jobs such as cleaners, laundry and food service workers, porters and others could save up to $600 million a year. Two-thirds of health-care centre laundry across the province is already handled by private contractors. The NDP disputes the estimated cost savings of outsourcing. Notley said the government expects low-wage health-care workers, many of whom are women of colour, to cheerfully report to high-risk jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic while waiting for pink slips. "On what planet does this look even a little bit like basic common sense and humanity?" Notley said.
A Federal Court judge ruled Tuesday that the Canadian government won't be going on trial for contributions to climate change — striking down a lawsuit brought by 15 young Canadians who argued the government was violating their charter rights.Federal Court Justice Michael Manson rejected a lawsuit initiated by the youths aged 10 to 19 years old. Their case called on the court to compel Ottawa to develop a science-based climate recovery plan.But Manson ruled the claims don't have a reasonable cause of action or prospect of success, so the case cannot proceed to trial.The lawsuit filed in 2019 says Canada's failure to protect against climate change is a violation of the youths' charter rights.On Tuesday, Manson ruled the network of government actions that contribute to climate change is too broad for the court to grapple with, and the court has no role in reviewing the country's overall approach to climate change.First and hardest hitPlaintiff Haana Edenshaw, 17, of the Haida Nation, says despite her disappointment, she is refusing to get discouraged and plans to keep pushing to have the case heard, after seeing the effects of climate change in her village of Masset on Haida Gwaii off B.C.'s North Coast.She said poverty rates and the location of communities leave Indigenous people at higher risk to the negative effects of climate change."Indigenous youth in Canada are often the first hit and the hardest hit," she said.Another plaintiff named Sophia said that it is "a big wake-up call for all Canadian and Indigenous youth. Canada has tried to silence our voice in court and block our calls for climate justice. We won't be dissuaded."In September, government lawyers argued the lawsuit should be thrown out, as it was far too broad to be heard in court. In Tuesday's ruling, Manson agreed the terms were too broad. Joe Arvay, the lead lawyer on the case, says it's a disappointment, but he plans to push forward and appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.The case, La Rose et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen, was initially filed on Oct. 25, 2019.The lawsuit argued that the plaintiffs — 15 children and teens from across Canada — had their rights to life, liberty and security and equality violated by a government that had failed to do enough to protect against climate change.In the government's defence submission, federal lawyer Joseph Cheng said the drivers of climate changes are a global problem, and Canada can't act alone to solve the issue. He also argued that the case fell beyond what courts can meaningfully adjudicate.The statement of claim was filed the day teen climate activist Greta Thunberg visited Vancouver and led a climate strike rally attended by thousands. It says that "despite knowing for decades" that carbon emissions "cause climate change and disproportionately harm children," the government continued to allow emissions to increase at a level "incompatible with a stable climate capable of sustaining human life and liberties."But there's no explicit environmental right in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And, in his decision, the justice disagreed that right is implicit, as argued in the case."Of course it's disappointing, but the journey is far from over," said Brendan Glauser of the Suzuki Foundation. Glauser said the ruling acknowledged the negative impact of climate change as something that's significant and pointed out the justice also said the "public trust" doctrine is a legal question that the court can resolve — which, he said, offers legal ground with which the group can attempt to move forward."We are proud of our plaintiffs. These brave young plaintiffs know we only have a decade to turn things around, and so far, we are not on track," said Glauser.For more on this story, tap here to listen to the Sept. 27 episode of What on Earth with Laura Lynch.
BRUSSELS — The long-running royal scandal that has riveted Belgium and damaged those involved has achieved a new milestone after former King Albert II reunited with the daughter he fathered out of wedlock more than half a century ago — and stubbornly refused to recognize. Capping a momentous few weeks, the ex-king and his wife Queen Paola received the former Delphine Boel at their residence, the 18th Century Belvedere Castle outside Brussels. Boel, a 52-year-old artist, last month won recognition as Her Royal Highness Princess Delphine following a bitter two-decade paternity fight. “After the tumult, the suffering and the hurt, it is time for forgiveness, healing and reconciliation," the three said in a joint statement issued by the Royal Palace on Tuesday, two days after the meeting. “Together, we decided to take this new path. It will require patience and effort, but we are determined," they said. In September a Belgian court ruled in Princess Delphine’s favour and officially recognized her as the daughter of King Albert II, something the aging monarch had fought tooth and nail to avoid ever since paternity rumours became public in 1998. Princess Delphine is an artist known for her quirky, sometimes outrageous, statues that could even have references to her royal father. Albert II, 86, was king until 2013. The gathering Sunday was soon followed by a reportedly warm meeting with her half-brother, the reigning King Phillipe, at the royal palace. Rumours about Albert and Princess Delphine’s mother, the aristocratic wife of a wealthy industrialist, had been around for years but Albert long refused to recognize her. Princess Delphine said going to court was all about getting family recognition and the love of a father who had for too long cold-shouldered her and fought her in court. She said it made her life “most painful." Sunday's photo of the encounter showed the three in front of a fireplace with cookies, untouched, on the table. All three sat apart and their smiles were restrained, yet it was a watershed moment for Belgium's royal house. “During our encounter at the Belvedere Castle, each of us, with empathy and in serenity, was able to express their feelings and experiences," the statement said. “A new chapter had opened, rich in emotions, peace of mind, understanding and hope." Raf Casert, The Associated Press
SASKATOON — Right-wing, pro-independence candidates had a stronger showing in Saskatchewan's election than the Opposition NDP in some rural ridings and experts say that means Premier Scott Moe's Saskatchewan Party can't rest easy in victory. The Buffalo party ran candidates in 17 of 61 constituencies and captured nearly three per cent of the votes cast on Monday, excluding mail-in ballots that have yet to be counted. While they didn't manage to snatch any seats, Buffalo candidates outdid the NDP by considerable margins in the ridings of Estevan, Cannington, Cypress Hills and Kindersley. "We accomplished more in the last three months than anybody ever gave us credit for and everyone is extremely happy and pleased," said Wade Sira, who was a distant third in his constituency north of Saskatoon. In July, the Buffalo party changed its name from Wexit Saskatchewan — an apparent play on the U.K. Brexit movement — and chose Sira, a municipal reeve, as leader. Sira said his party wants a Quebec-like relationship with the federal government that would have Saskatchewan take control of immigration, policing, pensions and firearms. Many platform ideas echo proposals Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's United Conservative government has been examining to get what it calls a "fair deal" from Confederation. "As Buffalo, we see ourselves not as separatists. We see ourselves as sovereigntists," Sira said in an interview Tuesday. "We need to be treated equal in Canada and not like a colony." Moe's Saskatchewan Party was decisively re-elected in Monday's vote, although some seats are too close to call until mail-in ballots are counted. Moe acknowledged in his victory speech that some people voted for the Buffalo party to express their frustration with Ottawa. "And to those voters I want to say: I hear you. And I want to say this government hears you," Moe said. "We share your frustrations and we share many of your objectives. We are not happy with the federal government either." A brand of conservative populism fuelled by anger at Ottawa and hatred of big government has been simmering in Saskatchewan and Alberta since Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's re-election last fall. Lisa Young, a professor at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, said it's a challenge for both Moe and Kenney — the Alberta premier more so because of the strength of Alberta's NDP under Rachel Notley. "But if the NDP in Saskatchewan is able to recover and be more popular, it will be the same issue for Moe," Young said. "There's a danger that the votes on the right split, and that's where conservative governments can run into electoral trouble." Alberta's Freedom Conservative Party and Wexit Alberta combined into the Wildrose Independence Party earlier this year. Kenney replied with an emphatic no when asked during the UCP's annual general meeting last weekend whether he would support separation. "We're likely to see Moe take some pages out of Jason Kenney's playbook," said Young, who pointed to the Kenney government's "fair deal" panel as a way to show alienated westerners their provincial government is listening. Greg Poelzer, a University of Saskatchewan political scientist, said Moe is at a crossroads where he can either chose to be — in Reform Party founder Preston Manning's words — a "little westerner" or a "big westerner." The former turn inward and protect their own interests, while the latter build bridges and play a constructive role in federation, Poelzer said. "If the Buffalo party wasn't here, didn't exist at all, I think the premier would have more room to manoeuvre." Poelzer said Moe would be wise to differentiate his party from Buffalo and not get pulled to the right — both for the public good and as a way to prevent a centrist challenger from rising on the left. "That takes a lot of courage because it's a lot easier, especially after a massive win and a very decisive win, to go the other route." This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 27, 2020. By Lauren Krugel in Calgary. With files from Stephanie Taylor in Regina The Canadian Press
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The government body responsible for reviewing a $9-billion natural gas project in Saguenay received a clear mandate from the province: look into the environmental, economic and social impact of Énergie Saguenay locally.But it was not asked to study the pipeline that will be needed to supply the plant with natural gas.And it won't take into account the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) created when the natural gas is extracted in Alberta.Those questions have nonetheless been front and centre from the onset of Quebec's Environmental Review Board (BAPE) on Énergie Saguenay.The public hearings that began in October resumed this week, and are being held online until November 4.The fact that the pipeline will be analyzed separately at a later date has been at the core of criticisms from citizens and environmental groups presenting briefs this week."The division is an obstacle to the analysis of this project in its entirety," said Rebecca Pétrin on Monday, director of Eau Secours. Having to navigate two separate BAPE procedures goes against the interest of citizens for whom the BAPE was created, said Mauricie resident Geneviève Richard."It represents twice the effort and time from citizens who want to participate," said Richard on Monday.GNL Quebec wants to build a natural gas liquefaction terminal on the Saguenay River, where tankers would fill up and ship liquid natural gas (LNG) to European and Asian markets.It says that by replacing coal and other more polluting energy sources with LNG, it would eliminate 28 million tonnes of GHG annually.The investment group behind the project has also set up a separate company, called Gazoduq Inc., that is currently going through the steps to have a 780-kilometre pipeline approved to carry the natural gas from Northern Ontario to Saguenay.Focusing solely on the Saguenay terminal and ignoring the GHG produced at the source, from natural gas wells in Alberta, is like "ignoring the elephant in the room," said Marc Durand, a retired professor of engineering geology, who presented his findings to the commission on Monday.GNL Quebec estimates about one per cent of its natural gas could leak into the atmosphere during its transit from Alberta to international markets, either during the extraction, transportation or liquefaction stages.Durand said those leaks — known as fugitive emissions — are more likely to range from four to nine per cent, according to the latest industry estimates he looked at, when taking into account the entire life cycle of the natural gas wells."The industry has never been able to prevent fugitive emissions from these wells" once they are shut down, Durand said, when it comes to fracked natural gas.During the first phase of the BAPE hearings, GNL Quebec said that 85% of the natural gas it would purchase would come from fracking sites in Alberta, include shale gas, making it all the more complicated to control emissions once the wells are shut down, Durand said."The government legislation is two decades behind on this."'Groundhog day'The CEO of Quebec's Energy Association, Éric Tétrault, said Durand's estimates don't take into account the leaps the Canadian oil and gas industry has made to invest in new technologies.Tétrault said that Canadian regulations are far stricter than other countries', like Russia, where infrastructure is decaying."Fugitive emissions are overall under control. We shouldn't be exaggerating the risks," Tétrault told the BAPE's commissioners on Monday evening.While Quebec has benefited from its access to hydroelectricity, other countries need a transition period before they can convert from coal to greener energies, Tétrault said.Quebec now has the opportunity to be at the forefront of that transition, he said."It's the greatest gesture Quebec could make to reduce GHGs worldwide."But the actual impact of Énergie Saguenay has not been clearly laid out, according to the environmental group Équiterre.On Monday, the director of government relations Marc-André Viau said the first phase of the BAPE hearings, held in October, failed to address some key issues.On many days when citizens were asking questions on what impact the project would have on global GHG emissions, no experts or government officials were present to answer."The GHG were addressed with sweeping statements from the promoter rather than with independent scientific data," Viau said.After fighting the construction of the Energy East pipeline, abandoned in 2017, Viau said having to discuss the construction of a new pipeline project all over again "feels like groundhog day."The head of the commission, Denis Bergeron, opened this week's hearings by stating he was given a clear mandate by the Minister of the Environment to look solely into Énergie Saguenay, and that "neither the BAPE nor the commissioners" have the power to criticize that decision, he said.The office of Environment Minister Benoît Charette has not responded to CBC's requests for comment on this question.
Teachers Under Strain: CBC News journalists in Atlantic Canada and eastern Ontario teamed up to send out questionnaires to thousands of teachers to ask how they're feeling two months into an extraordinary school year. More than 2,000 teachers replied. Classrooms look like they never have before this fall and teachers are feeling the weight of returning to school amid the pandemic, regardless of whether they're in a region deemed a COVID-19 hot spot or an area with little or no community transmission. "The workload is never-ending. There's no time to breathe this year. There's no time to prep. There's no time to eat your lunch. You really are go, go go," says Lisa Levitan, a primary teacher in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, located in an Ontario region that's been rolled back to stricter measures due to a steep rise in coronavirus cases.She's also hearing these sentiments from many colleagues. "Teachers have been coming to me letting me know how upset they are, how stressed out they are. They're not eating. They're not sleeping. They're very overwhelmed. And quite frankly, some have already taken a year without pay or taken a year of sick leave or just decided this is not the job for them altogether," said the 16-year teaching veteran, who is a union steward at her school.Once a student in the board that she now teaches in, Levitan said "amazing" educators from her childhood inspired her to pursue the profession. "I love my job. I can't wait to come to work every Monday morning," she said. "But this is the first time I've ever even considered taking a leave of absence or taking the year off.… I love what I do, but I don't know if I'm going to make it the year."WATCH | Ottawa educator on the toll of teaching amid COVID-19: As part of an ongoing project, CBC News sent a questionnaire to the public email addresses of approximately 22,000 school staffers in eastern Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. We asked specifically that teachers respond, and more than 2,000 did.They shared responses to topics ranging from what physical distancing looks like in their classrooms to remaining in the profession. Just over 70 per cent of the respondents — who spanned kindergarten to high school teachers — said physical distancing between students in class happened not very often or not at all. Meanwhile, nearly three-quarters of the participants said that inside classrooms, they are not very often or not at all able to remain physically distanced from students. A third of the respondents said they're considering changing professions or retiring.Though COVID-19 case counts are drastically different across provinces, respondents across regions shared similar feelings of being overwhelmed, stressed or exhausted. These concerns are echoed by educators in Quebec, which has had the most COVID-19 cases and deaths in Canada. CBC News sent a similar but separate questionnaire to the public email addresses of approximately 10,000 public school workers in that province: queries based on responses to an earlier questionnaire about Quebec teachers' concerns before school started. More than 1,500 French- and English-language teachers responded to the latest one, with just over half saying they are rarely or never able to stay physically distanced from students. About 34 per cent of the Quebec respondents have considered changing professions, while 23 per cent are thinking of retirement."We are all feeling drained. We're all feeling exhausted and wondering how we're going to get through this school year," said Shelly Bembridge, a Grade 6 teacher in the Halifax Regional School Board."I love being an educator, but I don't feel like that's what I'm doing right now. I feel like I'm a technician. I'm troubleshooting technology problems. I feel like I'm a COVID rule-enforcer."Bembridge said she's working harder than she ever has in her entire 18-year career. "I want to focus on student learning and supporting students in academic pursuits, and I don't feel like I have the skill set to do all of the other things on top of what I'm doing."Teaching has changedSo much of the onus has been for schools to develop and maintain health protocols such as sanitization, she said. Bembridge believes teachers should have instead been given the time to focus on how to keep students engaged given the varying models school might take amid the pandemic. She's grappling with, for instance, how to adapt the learning stations she's built since she can't have students move around in the classroom. "It takes time to develop those alternative means of delivering the curriculum in an engaging way," she said. "The only way I'm able to kind of give those engaging opportunities to my students is coming home every day and dedicating hours of my own personal time. But that comes at a cost to my family. It comes at a cost to my sleep, my mental health." Students may be back in school, but many people aren't fully aware of the fundamental differences in how classes must operate now, according to Paul Wozney, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union."Teachers can't group students together freely. The kinds of physical activity that you can do with students and the way that you can use spaces in the building is different.… [Additional] cleaning and sanitation, all that has an impact," he said."People assume that teaching is the same. It's not. Teaching has changed. How you do your job with physical distancing, with public health protocols — it's not the same work, and that's been a huge adjustment." Educators at 'state of high alert' If teachers feel stress, it can trickle down to the students, says developmental psychologist Lisa Bayrami, a contract lecturer at Lakehead University. "We need to prioritize the well-being of educators because if they're feeling as though they're in survival mode… they don't have the capacity to co-regulate and to engage in those attuned, positive relationships with students," she said."We really need to support educators so that they are able to move out of this state of high alert into one which allows them to support the well-being of their students." Many teachers, Bembridge and Levitan included, have called on their provincial education ministers to pay a visit to schools to see how their respective back-to-school plans actually look inside classrooms. "We know that many students, their families, and education staff may be experiencing increased stress, anxiety, feelings of isolation and may be worried about their health and well-being and the well-being of their families and friends," Caitlin Clark, spokesperson for Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce, said in a statement.She reiterated that the ministry provided health and safety training ahead of the 2020-21 school year, including a day dedicated to mental health and well-being, and pledged $3 million that could be used to support staff mental health and well-being.> If you're hungry and haven't had any sleep and haven't had a chance to rest or breathe, then you're not likely going to be able to give your best professionally. \- Dominic Cardy, New Brunswick education minister'We're trying our best'Educators' levels of exhaustion and heavy workloads had already been on the radar pre-COVID, said New Brunswick Education Minister Dominic Cardy, who acknowledged that the pandemic has forced teachers to step up more than they ever have."If they're not getting recharged, they're not going to be able to teach properly. It's not just a question of looking out for the teachers and their well-being. It's a question of the quality of the education system: if you're hungry and haven't had any sleep and haven't had a chance to rest or breathe, then you're not likely going to be able to give your best professionally," Cardy said."We are trying our best to make sure that within the framework of properly protecting our school system from COVID-19, that we are very cognizant of the weight and the load this is imposing on teachers. We're going to do our very best as we go through this to deal with that and, when it's done, to make sure that there are efforts made to deal with what will be long-term consequences." Navigating a return to school during the pandemic has been "uncharted territory," said P.E.I. Education Minister Brad Trivers, who noted that "the amount of energy that teachers expend is definitely higher than normal" right now. "It's natural for everybody to be feeling some anxiety and stress as we go into uncharted territory. But the key thing is we're learning all the time, and we're willing to adjust and make changes as needed."To share your experience in the education system during COVID-19 and for any story tips, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org With files from the CBC Investigative Unit, Jennifer Chevalier, Shaina Luck, Jonathan Montpetit, Karissa Donkin, Brittany Spencer and Deana Sumanac-Johnson
The Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I. (TIAPEI) has launched a new campaign called Tourism Counts to raise awareness about the importance of tourism on P.E.I. and its value for the Island economy. "I think normally what you would see from tourism by way of videos and campaigns would be very optimistic and happy," said Corryn Clemence, the association's CEO. "That's not so much what we're going to see in this campaign. This is the harsh reality that our industry is facing right now."The campaign will share the personal stories and perspectives of those who worked in the sector this season. Clemence said they will talk about the impact COVID-19 had on their businesses, their families and answer questions like "what keeps you up at night?"The goal, Clemence said, is to garner support and encourage Islanders to support local whenever possible. "It's been a devastating year," said Clemence. 1 in 7 businesses risk closureBill Kendrick, co-owner of Experience P.E.I., said he lost about 90 per cent of his business this year. "I'm not looking for anybody to feel sorry for me or my company. But I do hope that Islanders develop an understanding and are supportive."Kendrick's company isn't alone. According to TIAPEI, due to the pandemic, thousands of P.E.I. tourism jobs are at risk of being lost, and one in seven businesses are at risk of permanent closure. "I think what the campaign is really trying to do is educate all of P.E.I. about just how important the sector is to everybody whether you're working it or not," said Doug Newson, the CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority. "And the importance of supporting local when you can so that a healthy tourism industry is here on the other side of this pandemic."'Built on passion'Premier Dennis King also announced on Tuesday that the Department of Tourism is waiving fees for the 2021 season due to the COVID-19 hit."That's a small token of what we can do, and a small token of what we need to do heading forward to assist this industry to get back on its feet," he said.As for Clemence, she said despite it being a "heart-wrenching campaign," at the end of the day the videos show just how much everyone in the tourism industry on P.E.I. cares. "The tourism industry is built on passion. It's built on dedication and it's built on optimism and resilience. And we want to come back stronger," she said. "We just need the support of Islanders to do that."More from CBC P.E.I.
Charges against a prominent Moncton lawyer of public nudity and causing a disturbance will be dropped if he successfully completes alternative measures.Christian Michaud, 48, of Ammon was charged last February after behaviour allegedly caused by ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms. At the time, Michaud said he regularly forages for mushrooms and mistakenly consumed those particular mushrooms.The case was recommended for the alternative measures program. The province says the program is designed to "hold eligible adults accountable for their actions at the community level" and to make better use of resources by providing alternatives to the criminal justice system.Michaud told Radio-Canada last month that as part of the alternative measures, he admitted his fault in the incident and paid $85 the for cleanup of a police vehicle.He is to return to court Dec. 11. If he is considered to have successfully completed the alternative measures, the charges against him will be dropped.Michaud served as the president of the Law Society of New Brunswick in 2018-2019.
Recent developments:What's the latest?An Ontario advocacy group would like everyone to stop assuming there's a shortage of nurses and start talking about the need for full-time jobs and better working conditions, specifically in long-term care.A CBC Ottawa survey of educators across the region reveals mounting levels of stress that have many contemplating another career or early retirement.WATCH | An Ottawa Grade 1 teacher's story:How many cases are there?As of Tuesday's update from Ottawa Public Health (OPH), 6,694 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19.There are 706 known active cases, 5,671 resolved cases and 317 deaths.Public health officials have reported nearly 10,300 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 8,600 of them resolved.Seventy-six people with COVID-19 have died elsewhere in eastern Ontario, along with 41 in western Quebec. What can I do?Both Ontario and Quebec are telling people to limit close contact only to those they live with or one other home if people live alone to slow the spread of the coronavirus.In Ottawa — which has been rolled back to a modified Stage 2 — and Gatineau, Que., health officials are asking residents not to leave home unless it's essential. Indoor dining at restaurants has been prohibited, while gyms, cinemas and performing arts venues are all closed.Ottawa's medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches says there are encouraging late-October signs the spread is slowing, but people should be wary of blind spots such as taking a lunch break at work or carpooling.WATCH | How to further slow Ottawa's spread:OPH and some eastern Ontario health units are urging people not to have a Halloween party with other households or go trick-or-treating.The province's chief medical officer of health says Ontarians should listen to local officials, but as a rule of thumb, if trick-or-treating is allowed, people should stick to their neighbourhood and do it outside with their household only.Gatineau and parts of the Outaouais are on red alert, which means restaurants and bars can't serve people indoors, organized sports are suspended and theatres must close.Quebecers are also urged not to travel to Ontario or between regions at different levels on its scale except for essential reasons.Even though most of the region has been declared a red zone, Premier François Legault said kids can trick-or-treat as long as they don't go with friends and precautions are taken when giving out candy.What about schools?There have been more than 180 schools in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region with a confirmed case of COVID-19:Few have had outbreaks, which are declared by a health unit in Ontario when there's a reasonable chance someone who has tested positive caught COVID-19 during a school activity.As of mid-October, a small fraction of Ottawa students and staff had tested positive.Distancing and isolatingThe novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.People can be contagious without symptoms.This means people should take precautions such as staying home when sick, keeping hands and frequently touched surfaces clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible and maintaining distance from anyone they don't live with — even with a mask on.Masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec and are recommended outdoors when people can't distance from others.Anyone with symptoms or who's ordered to do so by their local public health unit should self-isolate. The duration is subject to a range stipulated by health officials in both Ontario and Quebec.Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible. Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.WATCH | COVID-19 and Vitamin D:What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic and resources are available to help.Where to get testedIn eastern Ontario:Ontario recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, or if you've been told to by your health unit or the province.Anyone seeking a test should now book an appointment. Different sites in the area have different ways to book, including over the phone or going in person to get a time slot.Testing numbers have been lower than the groups running it would like and they want people to know there are often same-day appointments available.People without symptoms, but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy, can make an appointment at select pharmacies.Ottawa has five permanent test sites, with additional mobile sites deployed wherever demand is particularly high.The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has sites in Alexandria, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Limoges, Rockland and Winchester.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark health unit has permanent sites in Almonte, Brockville, Kemptville and Smiths Falls.Kingston's test site is at the Beechgrove Complex. The area's other test site is in Napanee. Both are open seven days a week.WATCH | Signs of waning antibody immunity to COVID-19 over time:People can arrange a test in Bancroft and Picton by calling the centre or Belleville and Trenton online.Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor or 1-844-727-6404 for a test or with questions, COVID-19-related or not. Test clinic locations are posted weekly.In western Quebec:Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with symptoms.Outaouais residents can make an appointment in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond or 617 avenue Buckingham.They can now check the approximate wait time for the Saint-Raymond site.There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.WATCH | Canada passes 10,000 COVID-19 deaths:First Nations, Inuit and Métis:Akwesasne has a COVID-19 test site available by appointment only. It expects to bring back its mobile site in the spring.Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.People in Pikwakanagan can book a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603.Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.For more information
A seven-year-old boy was severely injured after he was run over by an SUV in the parking lot of the Canadian Superstore in Campbell River last week. Alicia Sewid said that she was loading groceries into her car on Oct. 21 when a white SUV, driven by an elderly man drove by and hit her son John who was standing next to her. An ambulance arrived and they were airlifted to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. John’s pelvis was broken and a test tube was inserted to relieve the pressure on his lungs, Sewid said. On Sunday, Sewid witnessed a “miracle” when the doctors removed the test tube and John was able to get up. Although they were allowed to go home, the doctors told Sewid that John will require at least six to eight weeks to recover. Sewid was also told that it would take up to a year for John to walk again. John is still “shaken up” and “sore” from everything that happened last week but his friends from school have been sending him cards and letters which been very comforting for him, his mother said. She has been reading him each and every card and letter sent from well-wishers. Many community members and strangers reached out to Sewid and her son after they heard about his accident on social media and a prayer chain organized by Sewid’s cousin went viral. Another cousin, Barbie Johnston started a gofundme page for John and has raided almost $4,200 for his medical expenses. Sewid, who is pregnant with twins, is still in shock from last week’s ordeal and is waiting to hear back from the RCMP. She had taken a picture of the licence plate of the car and has given it to the RCMP. Sewid said she is yet to hear from the police. When contacted, the RCMP told the Mirror that the investigation is still ongoing and that they have the driver’s information and have spoken to him. “At this point in time, based on the information we have, the RCMP is not considering charges against the man,” said Campbell River RCMP spokesperson, Const. Maury Tyre. READ ALSO: Special Victims Unit named as Campbell River Mounties of the Month Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Campbell River Mirror
Joshua Ogden, the teacher who raised the issue of a housing and rental shortage in Kyuquot was able to buy a property on Walters Island after the Mirror reported the issue. In July, Ogden and fellow community members had spoken about not being able to get mortgages for properties that are in non-service areas or far from fire safety services. In August, Ogden and his family were able to buy a home, through “generous financing” provided by people they know and by Thanksgiving they moved into their new home.
COVID-19 cases in Chatham-Kent continue to climb as the region reports 16 active cases tied to a community outbreak. Chatham-Kent Public Health has one community outbreak listed on its website: a place of worship. The health unit would not specifically confirm that the cases are from the Word of Life Church in Blenheim, for privacy reasons, but on Oct. 22, the church pastor posted on the organization's Facebook page that one family had tested positive and that he would be closing the church for 14 days.In the post, pastor Tim Joyce said, "Unfortunately one of our church families has tested positive for the coronavirus. Since I had close contact with one of the members I have been contacted by the health board to self isolate for 14 days. I have not tested positive for the virus." CBC News reached out to the church, though it declined to comment. In an emailed statement, public health said "we have isolated the congregation and tested its members, whom are co-operative. We understand the place of worship on their own accord closed its doors for two weeks, but if public health feels it needs to remain closed for longer, we can keep it closed."Probable case reported in Lambton-Kent secondary school Chatham-Kent Public Health is also contacting students and staff at a secondary school in the Lambton-Kent District School Board. There is one probable case at the school. The health unit hasn't named the school, but says it remains open. The Lambton-Kent District School Board's COVID-19 Advisory webpage lists two schools with confirmed cases: Tecumseh Public School and Northern Collegiate Institute & Vocational School. These cases follow an exposure that occurred at a Canadian Blood Services event at Chatham-Kent's YMCA on Sunday. Public Health said they have contacted about 150 people who were there after an attendee tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Those contacted were told to self-isolate and get tested. As of Tuesday, Chatham-Kent is reporting 401 total COVID-19 cases. Of the 27 active cases, three people are in hospital.
Changes are coming slowly to a system that has historically hampered the success of Black and Mi'kmaw students in Nova Scotia while creating opportunities for others, a legislative committee heard Tuesday.Representatives from the Education Department appeared before the human resources committee to give an update on changes meant to improve outcomes for Black and Mi'kmaw students in the province and put an end to decades-old inequities."If you haven't experienced racism firsthand, you've more than likely benefited from it," Marlene Ruck Simmonds, the department's executive director of African-Canadian services, told committee members."So if it's creating barriers for others, that means it's opening up pathways for others. I know that's a very strong statement. But I need you to sit with that because that is the reality in which we are living in Nova Scotia."Changes madeLast year, the Education Department implemented dozens of changes in effort to improve the school experience for Black and Mi'kmaw students, including: * Requiring all schools to examine desegregated data when it comes to discipline and achievement. * Revising the curriculum for Black-Canadian studies. * Developing a mandatory anti-racism and discrimination course for all school administrators. * Working on a plan to address the disparities in access to technology for Black students. * Hiring more student-support workers. * Providing grants to schools to create culturally safe spaces.There are roughly 7,700 Black students enrolled in public school in Nova Scotia. A disproportionate number are on what's known as individual program plans, or IPPs, that adjust outcomes and expectations based on perceived weaknesses.Inspiring, engaging studentsRuck Simmonds said more consultation is happening with parents to determine whether IPPs are the best way to help their child succeed or if other supports are more appropriate."A Black brain is similar to a white brain, entering into the doors of education," she said."It's how are we inspiring and engaging students? And what are the learning opportunities that we are creating so that all children can be successful?"A 2016 government review also found a disproportionately high number of students who self-identified as Indigenous were on individual program plans. Those students were 1.4 times more likely to have an IPP in at least one subject or programming area than non-Indigenous students, according to the review.While the roughly 6,800 Mi'kmaw students enrolled in public school are faring better academically than their Black peers, the Education Department is not satisfied with the slightly better test scores."I've heard from system leaders who are saying they really believe it's not enough to ensure that kids get across the stage," said Wyatt White, director of Mi'kmaq services with the Education Department."It's really about holding account to say, when they complete their high school experience, was it meaningful?"In 2018, a sweeping report prepared by education consultant Avis Glaze highlighted an "achievement gap" for Black and Mi'kmaw students as "a persistent and troubling problem that must be addressed."Cathy Montreuil, deputy minister of education, told the human resources committee Tuesday the problem exists within the education system."This underachievement is not a reflection on the student, but on the system that needs to provide opportunities to learn and achieve," she said.Montreuil is hoping the changes implemented by the department last year will start to pay off soon.Research has shown it takes two to three years to see improved outcomes for kids once staff practices have changed, she said.She said the changes are aimed not only at improving test scores, but ultimately making sure Black and Mi'kmaw students are happy and healthy at school."Make no mistake [the education system] knows how to raise scores. We could raise the scores of kids who [are] not achieving well and leave them devastated with respect to their well-being and the impacts of racism on them," she said."That's why well-being and achievement have to be woven together."For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.MORE TOP STORIES
A psychologist and psychiatrist who evaluated Phillip Tallio before the guilty plea that landed him in prison for most of his life both testified this week that they believed he did not have the intellect to understand the seriousness of his situation.One expert recalled that Tallio thought pleading guilty in October to the murder of his cousin might mean a better chance of getting home for Christmas.Dr. Peggy Koopman, a registered psychologist, told the B.C. Court of Appeal in Vancouver on Monday that Tallio had a "blind faith" that somebody — perhaps his defence lawyer — was going to come and save him."Phil Rankin was his rescuer," Koopman said, referring to Tallio's lead lawyer. "He was sort of trusting ... it would come out OK."Tallio ended up behind bars for 37 years, imprisoned for the sexual assault and murder of his 22-month-old cousin Delavina Mack in April 1983 in the Central Coast community of Bella Coola, B.C. A historic appeal of his sentence is underway based on serious concerns about his two alleged confessions, Tallio's cognitive limitations and a tunnel-visioned police investigation that ignored the possibility of other suspects.Koopman was hired by Tallio's defence team to consult on his overall intellect and understanding of legal proceedings before his murder trial. She interviewed and tested Tallio for several days before the trial began in October 1983.The psychologist said he could be easily confused if questions weren't worded the right way, sometimes becoming agitated and answering with what he thought people wanted to hear just so people would stop asking. She said Tallio, then 17, operated at the cognitive level of a 12 year old, unable to understand the court proceedings."It was suggested to him that he would plead to second-degree murder. I remember him saying, very clearly, 'This means I'm not guilty,'" Koopman recalled."His idea was that he was going to be not guilty because they weren't charging him with first-degree murder anymore," she continued."He said to me, 'I hope I'm going to be home by Christmas.' "The Crown challenged Koopman on the recollection in cross-examination, pointing out that the exchange about the holidays isn't anywhere in her case notes from that time. The psychologist said she relayed her concerns directly to Tallio's lawyer."You warned Mr. Rankin that Mr. Tallio might misunderstand what a plea of second-degree murder was?" asked Crown lawyer Janet Dickie."Absolutely," Koopman said.Tallio never admitted guilt, experts sayTallio was arrested for Mack's murder within 24 hours of her death. The RCMP officer who allegedly took his confession during a third round of questioning claimed the audio-recorder malfunctioned when the teen admitted his guilt. Koopman said Tallio had never admitted guilt to her, despite them developing a level of trust during their interviews together. A psychiatrist who worked at the B.C. Forensic Psychiatric Institute and testified in appeal court this week said Tallio never admitted guilt to her, either.Dr. Emlene Murphy, a registered forensic psychiatrist, met with Tallio the night he arrived at the forensic institute for a court-ordered assessment on April 25, 1983. Over the course of several meetings, Murphy found Tallio was "not very accessible [and] irritable" with "a low IQ," but not necessarily mentally ill. Murphy referred Tallio to a colleague at the institute for a second opinion: Dr. Robert Pos.Pos, a controversial psychiatrist who has since died, claimed he asked Tallio a question after reviewing his case and Tallio allegedly gave answers suggesting he was guilty.But Pos's methods were widely seen by other psychiatrists as "objectively dangerous and unreliable," according to appeal documents. Pos allegedly believed he could tell psychopaths from the bulge of their veins and the way the hair on his own neck stood up in their presence.Tallio has said he never even met with Pos.The murder conviction ultimately hinged on the two confessions in question.Crime scene left unsecured for hours, court hearsOn Tuesday, court also heard from the former RCMP officer who was first on the scene of Mack's murder. Bruce Hulan, who is now retired, said he arrived at the Mack home at 6:15 a.m. to find Delavina's grandmother carrying the child's body to the truck to take her to the hospital. Hulan remembered seeing Tallio standing outside the house with other members of the family.Hulan spent seven or eight minutes inside the house after arriving, court heard. He took three photos, seized six exhibits as evidence — including stained bed sheets — and left after he was called to the hospital.The officer left the murder scene unattended, telling Delavina's grandfather not to let anybody in the bedroom until more police arrived. The crime scene was not secured until at least 10 a.m., Hulan said.There was no direct evidence linking Tallio to the murder at the time of his trial. Final submissions in the appeal begin on Nov. 23. If Tallio wins, the nearly four decades he spent in jail will be the longest time any Canadian has served for a wrongful conviction.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 8:15 p.m. As of Oct. 26, federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says there were 362 active cases of COVID-10 in First Nations communities — the highest active case number since the pandemic began in mid-March. In addition, he says there are currently 28 cases among Inuit in Nunavik, Quebec. Since the start of the pandemic, Miller says there have been a total of 1,254 cases of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities and 50 deaths. 6:50 p.m. B.C. is reporting 217 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,322 active infections in the province. The number of people in hospital has ticked up to 84, but no one else has died after contracting the illness. More than 5,100 people are now under public health surveillance after exposure to a known case. Infections have been detected at Fellburn Care Centre and St. Michael's Centre in Burnaby, meaning outbreaks are ongoing at 21 assisted-living or long-term care homes and two acute-care facilities. In a statement, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry repeated her expectation that masks are worn in indoor public spaces, including shopping malls, grocery stores, community centres and health-care facilities. She says public spaces indoors are different from schools, offices and businesses that have established learning groups and work cohorts supported by comprehensive COVID-19 safety plans. --- 5:30 p.m. Canada has reached another grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, surpassing 10,000 deaths connected to the novel coronavirus. Alberta reported another two deaths from COVID-19 today to bring the national tally to 10,001. Canada crossed the threshold of 5,000 deaths on May 12, a little over two months after the first death was reported. --- 2:30 p.m. Quebec Premier Francois Legault says his government plans to adopt a decree on Wednesday that will subject gym owners and their patrons to fines should they flout public health orders. On Monday, a coalition claiming to represent more than 200 fitness-related centres called on the province to allow them to reopen. Some threatened to reopen Thursday in violation of Legault’s order. The premier said Monday that gyms, bars and entertainment venues in the province’s biggest cities will remain closed until Nov. 23 to reduce COVID-19 transmission. --- 2 p.m. Manitoba has tallied its highest daily number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Health officials reported 184 new infections on Tuesday and three more deaths. The latest victims include a woman in her 60s connected to an ongoing outbreak at the Parkview Place long-term care home in Winnipeg, and a man and a woman, both in their 80s, connected to an outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. The death at Parkview Place is the 19th linked to the care home, where dozens of staff and residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Outbreaks have been declared on three separate wards at St. Boniface Hospital, where 22 patients and nine staff had tested positive for the virus as of Monday. Manitoba has had a total of 4,532 cases and 58 deaths. Some 2,238 cases are active. --- 12:15 p.m. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is acknowledging that the COVID-19 pandemic, in his words, "really sucks." He says his six-year-old son asked him recently whether COVID-19 is forever. Staying apart, telling children they can't trick-or-treat, accepting restrictions that harm business, and giving up on gatherings are all incredibly difficult. Trudeau says the pandemic is a chance to show who Canadians really are — people who sacrifice for each other. And he says a vaccine is coming, and so are a spring and summer after the impending winter. No person, institution or government is perfect, but Trudeau says everyone has to do their best to protect everyone else. --- 12:20 p.m. Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of active cases in the province to 55. The cases are in the Campbellton region and involve two people between 50 and 59 years of age and one person between 80 and 89. Public Health says two of the cases were identified as a result of mass testing on Sunday of 1,135 people in Dalhousie. New Brunswick has had 334 confirmed cases, with 273 people having recovered, and there have been six deaths. --- 12 p.m. Dr. Howard Njoo says we know a lot more now than we did last spring about how to contain the spread of COVID-19 but the challenge is to do those things. He says it's clear that gatherings over the Thanksgiving weekend are contributing to the current increases in sickness. During the first wave of the pandemic, the unknowns made it hard to be sure how to protect ourselves. Canada's deputy chief public health officer says we now know that physical distancing, staying out of crowded indoor places and practising good hygiene are critical. Njoo says if we don't do those things, the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads and puts vulnerable people at risk. --- 11:50 a.m. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada's COVID Alert app is up to 4.8 million downloads. But, he says, Canada is notching record numbers of new COVID-19 cases, and each victim is important. So Trudeau says more people need to download the app and take basic precautions like wearing face masks and reducing their contacts with others. --- 11:15 a.m. Ontario is reporting 827 new cases of COVID-19 today, and four new deaths due to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 355 cases are in Toronto, 169 in Peel Region, 89 in York Region and 58 in Ottawa. The province has conducted 23,945 tests since the last daily report, with an additional 22,636 being processed. In total, 312 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 75 in intensive care. --- 11:10 a.m. Quebec is reporting 963 new cases of COVID-19 and 19 more deaths linked to the novel coronavirus. The Health Department said today four of the deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, 14 date back to last week and one death was from an unknown date. The number of patients in hospital declined by 16 to 527 while the number of intensive-care patients dropped by two to 91. Quebec has reported a total of 101,885 COVID-19 cases and 6,172 deaths linked to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. --- 10:55 a.m. Nova Scotia is reporting one new case of COVID-19. Health officials say the case is in the central health zone, which includes Halifax, and is related to travel outside the Atlantic region. The province has six active cases of novel coronavirus. In total, Nova Scotia has confirmed 1,102 cases, while 1,031 cases have been resolved and there have been 65 deaths. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 27, 2020. The Canadian Press
Nova Scotia universities are getting ready to welcome back international students who have been kept away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.According to a release from the province Tuesday, almost two dozen institutions can start accepting international students in early November with extra health precautions in place.Robert Summerby-Murray, president of Saint Mary's University in Halifax, said the move is "really exciting" for SMU and the rest of the approved schools."International students bring a tremendous vibrancy, of course," he said."By bringing students from around the world to Nova Scotia, we're helping to build the Nova Scotia economy, we're creating change in our culture and society, and that's particularly important."N.S. schools to be announced next weekImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada keeps a list of learning institutions that can receive international students. Nova Scotia schools are expected to be included when the list is updated on Nov. 3.Although this first semester has been completely online, Saint Mary's is moving to a hybrid learning model this winter where students can attend more classes and lectures on campus depending on their year and program."Being here is a key part, of course, for international students to come and experience the Canadian way of life, even if they are going to arrive on the first of January," said Summerby-Murray.All post-secondary schools have to follow public health guidelines including ensuring students arriving from another country quarantine for 14 days, as well as providing accommodations, transportation and meals during quarantine.Summerby-Murray said Saint Mary's has space in residences and off-campus housing ready for international students, while certain hotels may also be an option.The number of international students continuing their studies online at Saint Mary's this year has not changed during the pandemic, said Summerby-Murray. However, he said the number of first-year students from outside Canada is down "quite considerably." Many have deferred their start dates to January rather than begin online.Some schools using hotels for quarantineDalhousie University in Halifax expects to see at least 250 international students come back to Nova Scotia between now and Jan. 31, 2021.Janet Bryson, a spokesperson for Dalhousie, said the school's plan to welcome those students back has been approved by the provincial Department of Advanced Education. Most of the students are already enrolled online.Upon arriving in Halifax, students will be quarantined for 14 days at a hotel approved by the university. Lodging and meals during quarantine are expected to cost between $1,800 and $2,000, said Bryson.The hotel and transportation from the airport must be prebooked by an adviser at Dalhousie's International Centre.Last year, the province said Nova Scotia welcomed more than 12,000 international post-secondary students from more than 150 countries.Missing out on international students has been especially hard for Cape Breton University, which has seen a huge spike in international enrolment in recent years. Last month, university president David Dingwall told CBC his school had lost $16.6 million in revenue as of Aug. 31 due to lower enrolment numbers and the "significant" loss of international students.MORE TOP STORIES
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