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Some American travellers may have been targeted during an overnight stop in Haines Junction, Yukon, last week.Americans travelling through Canada to Alaska have reported being harassed because of the licence plates on their vehicles.There have been ongoing complaints from Canadians who say Americans should not be allowed into the country during the COVID-19 pandemic or that some are not following the rules.Todd Fuhrmeister and his partner are now in Alaska after driving up from Utah. He was transferred to a military base there.They stopped in Haines Junction Thursday night where they checked into the Raven's Rest Inn, he said.They parked their SUV and trailer with a car on it alongside the access road in front of the hotel.Fuhrmeister said when his partner went out to the vehicle in the morning, she saw the back window of the SUV had been smashed.He said nothing was stolen. He wasn't going to call police, but said the hotel owner did. An RCMP officer spoke with Fuhrmeister and took some information. The hotel owner also arranged for some construction workers to tape down a plastic covering over the smashed window, Fuhrmeister said. He said they did a great job."I didn't expect it to last, but it will be like this until I get moved in my new house and can get a new one from the junkyard," he said.He and his partner followed the rules for travelling through Canada, he said, and wore masks when around other people.The people they talked to along the way were all pleasant to them. And he said the Yukon government employees at the checkstop outside Watson Lake were "very polite."The RCMP officer in Haines Junction mentioned there had been similar incidents targeting vehicles with American plates in Whitehorse, Fuhrmeister said.He said he doesn't blame Canadians for what happened."My guess is someone who is ignorant about the situation saw an opportunity to express their anger," said Fuhrmeister."It's the actions of an individual, or small group of people that don't represent anyone else."The RCMP says it is investigating the incident.
France ordered the temporary closure of a mosque outside Paris on Tuesday, part of a crackdown on Muslims who incite hatred after the decapitation of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. The Grand Mosque of Pantin, a low-income suburb on the capital's northeastern outskirts, had shared a video on its Facebook page before the attack that vented hatred against history teacher Samuel Paty. Police plastered notices of the closure order outside the mosque as the authorities promised a tough response against the disseminators of hate messages, preachers of radicalised sermons and foreigners believed to pose a security threat to France.
A coalition of advocacy groups in Chinatown is calling on the City of Vancouver to keep the historic neighbourhood thriving through the pandemic.Susanna Ng, co-owner of New Town Bakery and Restaurant, says business at the eatery has changed drastically since the start of the pandemic. While Ng says they are surviving with a contingent of loyal customers, most neighbourhood seniors who used to hang out in the cafe have stayed away."We haven't seen them since we re-opened in May," Ng said. Other establishments have reduced hours or shuttered completely, like Goldstone Bakery, a beloved community hub.Michael Tan, the co-chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group, says struggling businesses can pull the neighbourhood into a "vicious cycle." "When you have stores starting to close or, you know, reduce their hours, it's a negative effect because ... there's less traffic, there's less foot traffic, less people visiting," Tan told host Michelle Eliot on CBC's The Early Edition.According to information Tan's group obtained from city staff, 17 per cent of Chinatown businesses are empty compared to the citywide average of 10 per cent."We're hurting a little bit more than most neighbourhoods in Vancouver," he said.That's why Tan's group has written a letter to Vancouver city council asking for measures to help support Chinatown businesses and arts organizations.These measures include reducing street parking rates, opening up a city-owned parking lot to free parking, temporarily widening curbs, increasing street cleaning and investing in the community stewards program. Tan says his group has received positive feedback from a number of councillors on the measures. "What they've indicated to us thus far is they are ready to take some of these measures to city council in the next month or so. So we are expecting very quickly for them to move," he said. He says these measures are urgently needed to help these business survive, and also preserve the less tangible community connections inherent to the neighbourhood."It's not just about those goods and services," he said. "It's the conversations that take place, [it's] that living culture and when we lose places like that, that's losing that cultural heritage."
Recent developments:What's the latest?Seventy-eight more Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and one more has died.The city's COVID-19 testing task force is trying to figure out why there's been a drop in the number of people getting tested the last couple of weeks.The Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which oversees communities including Hawkesbury, Clarence-Rockland and Cornwall, will likely follow Ottawa and return to a modified Stage 2 status, according to its medical officer of health.About one in every 700 children in brick-and-mortar classrooms in Ottawa's largest school board have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the school year, according to data analyzed by CBC News.Other school boards are showing a similar pattern.WATCH LIVE | Update from Quebec's premier, health leaders:How many cases are there?As of Tuesday's update from Ottawa Public Health, 6,166 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 745 known active cases, 5,117 resolved cases and 304 deaths.Public health officials have reported more than 9,400 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 7,800 of them resolved.Seventy-one people with COVID-19 have died elsewhere in eastern Ontario, along with 35 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.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, casinos and performing arts venues are all closed.The province changed its mind on dance classes in these regions this week and is now allowing them.Dr. Vera Etches, the capital's medical officer of health, has said the national capital's health-care system is on the verge of collapse, with hospitalizations rising swiftly and people experiencing delays getting test results.Both OPH and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit are urging people not to have a Halloween party with other households or go trick-or-treating.Ontario's chief medical officer of health said to listen to local officials but 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 now 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.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.WATCH | Restaurants trying to keep up with rules:Masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec and are recommended outdoors when people can't stay the proper distance from others.Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate, as should anyone told to by a public health unit. If Ottawans don't, they face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in court. Kingston, Ont., has slightly different rules.Some people waiting for test results in Quebec don't have to stay home. Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days under certain conditions.Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible. Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic and resources are available to help.Where to get testedIn eastern Ontario:Ontario recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, or if you've been told to by your health unit or the province.Anyone seeking a test should now book an appointment. Different sites in the area have different ways to book, including over the phone or going in person to get a time slot.People without symptoms, but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy, can make an appointment at select pharmacies in Belleville, Kingston and Ottawa.WATCH | Ottawa's low test numbers:A new COVID-19 testing clinic at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orléans opened Monday. Going forward, it will offer tests using the appointment-based model from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.Ottawa now has five permanent 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. Pop-up test sites are scheduled for Thursday in Carleton Place and Friday in Perth.In Kingston, the test site is at the Beechgrove Complex. Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.People can arrange a test in Bancroft and Picton by calling the centre or Belleville and Trenton online.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. People without symptoms can also get a test.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.First Nations, Inuit and Métis:Akwesasne has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only.Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.People in Pikwakanagan can book a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603.For more information
OTTAWA — Political tricks in the House of Commons could lead to Canadians being treated to a snap fall election. A motion by the Opposition Conservatives to set up a committee to probe allegations of the misuse of public funds on COVID-19 relief programs has been deemed a confidence matter by the minority Liberals. The Bloc Québécois have said they'll support the Tories, leaving the New Democrats once again in a position to determine whether Canadians go to the polls or not. All four parties in the Commons insisted Tuesday none of them want to go that route, but the Liberals said the Tories have left them no choice, while the Tories and BQ laid the fault at the government's feet. There is a third way, NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus told the House of Commons Tuesday: find a compromise. Allow a member of the opposition to helm a committee specifically tasked to probe pandemic spending, which could include matters like the WE Charity affair and be able to get the required documents, Angus said. The Liberals have proposed their own version of such a committee, but with a Liberal at the head of the table. "We can't trust a Liberal chair," Angus said. "Let's vote on someone that all parties can agree would be a good solid opposition chair. That way we know we can get the job done. That's about working together. That's the offer that's on the table." The Liberals gave no clear sign midday Tuesday that they were open to that, holding tight to their assertion that the more aggressive proposal from the Tories crosses a line. The proposal is in the form of an Opposition day motion, a day in the parliamentary calendar when an opposition party can put forward an issue and call it for a vote. What the Conservatives had originally called for was an "anticorruption" committee that would focus nearly exclusively on three different COVID-19 relief programs having links to individuals or organizations with close ties to the Liberals. Among them, the student grant program the Liberals intended to have managed by WE Charity, an organization with long-standing connections to the Trudeau family. Several parliamentary committees had been probing that deal before the Liberals prorogued Parliament in August. Efforts to resume their work last month have been stymied by the Liberals' decision to filibuster committees where they have control. The new committee proposed by the Conservatives would be controlled by the Opposition, have the power to call everyone from the prime minister to civil servants as witnesses, demand the production of documents related to the various programs and have precedence over any other House of Commons committees to carry out that work. The Liberals argue such a committee would bog down ministers and public servants and keep the government from carrying out any other work, in service of a partisan goal rather than the public interest. "If you read carefully the motion that has been put forward, it is a motion that frankly drips with a lack of confidence in this government," Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday. The NDP aren't entirely comfortable with the Tory proposal either, raising concerns about how it directly names people as being complicit in alleged corruption when there's no proof. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole said earlier Tuesday the Liberals' confidence-motion gambit underscores the opposition's point that the government is trying to avoid scrutiny of controversial deals. "In many parts of Canada kids can't go trick-or-treating but the Liberals think Canadians should go to the polls rather than their answering several simple questions," he said. "They don't want the truth to come out." Still, O'Toole said the goal of the motion is not to force an election but to get accountability. He offered to amend it, including changing the name away from "anticorruption" and potentially broadening its mandate upon consultation with the NDP and BQ in order for it to be able to function. The Tories were also willing to include language that would make it explicit forming the committee was not a vote of non-confidence. None of that changed the government's mind. "If you write a book about Frankenstein and call it 'Cinderella,' it's still a book about Frankenstein," said Liberal House leader Pablo Rodriguez. A vote on the motion will take place later this week, potentially on Wednesday's one-year anniversary of the Liberals' being re-elected with a minority government. They've already survived a confidence vote on their speech from the throne, thanks to support from the New Democrats after they won concessions on pandemic benefit programs. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2020. Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — Nurses and other health-care workers blocked two major bridges in Montreal and Quebec City Monday, escalating pressure tactics to push the province to address working conditions they say have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebec continues to report more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, and Nancy Bedard, president of the Federation interprofessionnelle de la sante du Quebec, said many nurses are taking sick leave, retiring or quitting. "It was already extremely difficult before the pandemic," Bedard said in an interview. "(But COVID-19) came and exasperated health-care professionals even further." Members of the union, which represents about 76,000 health-care workers, blocked traffic Monday morning on Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge and on the Quebec Bridge in the provincial capital. The union is negotiating a new collective agreement with the province. The protests came amid growing concerns around whether Quebec's health-care network will be able to withstand the pressure of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebec reported 1,038 new cases of COVID-19 as well as six more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Monday, bringing the total to 94,429 cases and 6,044 deaths since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations also increased by five compared with the prior day, for a total of 532, and 92 of those patients were in intensive care, an increase of four. The effects of the pandemic are being felt in hospitals, long-term care homes and in other health-care facilities across the province, some of which were already struggling with staffing shortages before COVID-19 hit. Jason Harley, an assistant professor in the department of surgery at McGill University, conducted a survey of 64 nurses and 55 physicians in the McGill University Health Centre network in August, comparing their stress levels before and after the pandemic began. Harley said the survey, completed with fellow McGill professor Tina Montreuil and funded by the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity, found significant increases of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout among the workers. Fifty per cent of nurses and 20 per cent of physicians surveyed were considering quitting, while they said difficulties finding a work-life balance and keeping up with management strategies to manage the pandemic were among their biggest stressors. "There's no question that our health-care professionals, they need support," Harley said. "It's critical for our society that . . . our health-care system, is able to continue to function, especially in this period of time when it's under extra strain and in turn, the people who are providing us with care are under additional strain." Gatineau Hospital in the Outaouais region was forced to temporarily close its intensive care unit last month due to a nursing shortage. Patrick Guay, president of the local health-care workers' union, said at the time that the closure marked the culmination of months of problems. "If one (nurse) leaves to go eat, that means a single nurse must take care of four patients. It's unthinkable and unsafe," he said. Meanwhile, the health agency for the Quebec City region said in an email Monday it is currently looking to fill 948 jobs across its network. That includes 172 vacant nursing and 120 auxiliary nursing positions, 66 vacancies in food services and 60 others in housekeeping, spokesman Mathieu Boivin said. Ahead of their protests on Monday, Quebec health-care workers said they wanted smaller patient-to-caregiver ratios and more stable and complete work teams. Bedard said 1,700 workers have quit since March 1. "There are people quitting every day," Bedard said. "The way the government has treated health-care professionals during the pandemic has really been the final straw for many of them." Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel said she was "disappointed" the health-care workers chose to protest the way they did, adding that contract talks will continue. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020. Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, The Canadian Press
Wall Street opened higher and the dollar hit a one-week low on Tuesday as investors were hopeful of more relief from Washington with U.S. Senate Republicans preparing to vote on a bill to help small businesses hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will talk again on Tuesday, after a 53-minute telephone conversation on Monday "continued to narrow their differences" about the coronavirus aid package, a Pelosi spokesman said on Twitter. Pelosi has set the end of Tuesday as a self-imposed deadline for reaching a deal on a package.
Canada reported a new COVID-19 milestone on Monday with total infections rising above 200,000 since the pandemic began in early March and as the country's second wave was expected to be worse than the first. Ontario and Quebec, which account for around 60% of Canada's 37.6 million people and just under 80% of the country's reported COVID-19 cases, have seen sharp increases in cases in recent weeks. Total cases rose by 3,289 to 201,437 while deaths reached 9,778, an increase of 18 over the previous day, government data released on Monday showed.
An earthquake in Alaska caused officials to assess the possibility of a tsunami in British Columbia on Monday before they determined there was no threat. The tsunami warning in the United States stretched for nearly 1,600 kilometres along Alaska’s southern coast, with waves over 60 centimetres at the nearest community as the threat subsided. The Alaska Earthquake Center said the quake was widely felt in communities along the southern coast, including Sand Point, Chignik, Unalaska and the Kenai Peninsula.
LOS ANGELES — Jeff Bridges says he is being treated for lymphoma and his prognosis is good. The 70-year-old actor channeled his The Dude character from “The Big Lebowski” in a statement on social media about the diagnosis Monday evening. He said he understands the disease is serious. He expressed gratitude to his family, friends and medical team and promised to keep fans posted on his recovery. Bridges is a seven-time Oscar nominee known for his roles in “Starman,” “True Grit,” “The Last Picture Show” and many other films. He won an Academy Award in 2010 for “Crazy Heart” and was most recently nominated for playing a grizzled lawman in “Hell or High Water.” The affable Bridges is considered Hollywood royalty, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, who both died in 1998. The Associated Press
A man living in the Heritage neighbourhood of Regina who was the subject of a previous public disclosure has been arrested.Steven Brian Ewanchuk, 71, was arrested Monday morning.Regina Police say the Correctional Service of Canada issued a warrant for his arrest due to heightened concerns about his risk to reoffend and that the arrest was not the result of a new criminal allegation.Ewanchuk has a long criminal history dating back to the 1970s that includes violent sexual offences, and he was considered to be a high-risk to reoffend sexually.He was living under supervision in the Heritage neighbourhood. Police say Ewanchuk has now been returned to a closed custody facility.
The 2021 tournament will start on Christmas Day for the first time since 2005, with the Canadians hitting the ice to defend their gold medal for the first time a day later against Germany. The schedule for the 2021 edition of the annual event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation was announced Monday, with three games set for Dec. 25 — a day earlier than its regular start date. The tournament will open on Christmas Day with Switzerland taking on Slovakia, Germany versus Finland, and Russia against the United States, with the Canadians beginning play on Boxing Day against the Germans.
Some issues at the centre of a violent dispute over a First Nation lobster fishery in Nova Scotia date back to a decision about treaty rights made 20 years ago. The National’s Andrew Chang talks to Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack and Colin Sproul, who heads the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association.
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. What we are watching in Canada ... Debate begins later today on the Conservatives' push for an anticorruption committee the Liberals argue undermines Parliament.
Environment Minister Jeff Yurek said Monday that the proposed new list of items accepted will include plastic cups, foils, trays and bags. "This expanded list of materials will be standardized across the province to make recycling easier and more consistent," he said. The province will also expand blue box services to more smaller and rural communities with populations under 5,000.
FREDERICTON — Police are casting a wider net in their search for writer Richard Vaughan a week after he went missing in New Brunswick. The Fredericton Police Force is asking the public to share surveillance videos of the area where the 55-year-old, who writes under the name RM Vaughan, was last seen on Oct. 12. Investigators said last week that they didn't suspect foul play in Vaughan's disappearance, but a spokeswoman says police are concerned for his well-being and not ruling anything out at this time. Public information officer Alycia Bartlett says an investigator has followed up on several leads in the case to no avail, and even a small piece of information from the public could change the course of the investigation. Bartlett says Vaughan's colleagues in the creative community have also led informal search efforts into his disappearance. A respected figure in Canada's LGBTQ arts scene, Vaughan's bibliography spans poetry, novels, plays and essay collections, and his short videos have been featured in festivals and galleries around the world. Police say Vaughan was last seen wearing a black and red plaid jacket near his home in downtown Fredericton. He is described as five-foot-10 with short grey hair and glasses. Investigators are asking anyone with footage or tips related to his disappearance to contact the force. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020. The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Children in Ontario's four COVID-19 hot spots should not go trick-or-treating this Halloween, Premier Doug Ford said Monday, stressing that the extent to which that advice is followed could affect the upcoming holiday season. Ford said the recommendation for residents of Toronto, Ottawa, Peel Region and York Region was based on the advice of the province's top doctor as infections in those area continue to climb. “I’m not cancelling Halloween ... just don’t go door-to-door in the hot spots,” the premier said. “It just isn’t safe.” The advice came as Ontario reported 704 new cases of COVID-19 and four new deaths due to the virus. The largest daily gains came in the four hot spots, with 244 cases in Toronto, 168 in Peel Region, 103 in York Region and 51 in Ottawa. What the province does now could have an impact on how Ontarians can celebrate in December, Ford said, adding that he didn't want to be the "bad guy" and was making the recommendation to protect public safety. "COVID sucks. What can I say, it's terrible," he said. "We need to work together this Halloween to protect Christmas." Ontario's chief medical officer, Dr. David Williams, said families in the four hot spots should find alternative ways to mark Halloween, adding that it was also important they not travel outside their neighbourhods to celebrate. Williams also recommended that children in other regions of the province only go trick-or-treating with members of their household. "I would also like to remind everyone that we are in a second wave of COVID-19," he said. "There have been increases in cases in many areas across the province, and the percentage of people tested who get a positive result is going up." The mayors and chairpersons of municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area released a joint statement praising the Halloween recommendations. "We asked the province and health officials for clear and simple advice on Halloween and today they’ve provided that advice," they said. But at least one infectious disease expert said the recommendation didn't sit right with him. The goal should be to find ways to do things safely rather than cancel Halloween activities, Dr. Isaac Bogoch said. "Halloween shouldn’t be too tough to do safely," he wrote on Twitter. "Outside, wearing masks, restricted to family units, distant from others - is about as low risk as it gets." NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the province's message on Halloween is confusing when it is contrasted with its policy on schools. "We send kids to school 30 to a classroom," she said. "We put kids on buses, 70 to a bus, inside, indoors, in cramped circumstances ... but somehow a door-knocking outdoor activity is more dangerous than that. I don't blame parents if they're extremely confused." The new Halloween guidance came as stricter measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 took effect in York Region. The province imposed the same measures on Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa earlier this month. Indoor service in restaurants is prohibited, gyms and movie theatres are closed, and public gatherings can be no larger than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors. Ontario health officials also said Monday that they are closely monitoring case counts in Halton Region, Hamilton, and Eastern Ontario. Meanwhile, the province reported 74 new COVID-19 cases related to schools on Monday, including at least 48 among students. Those bring the number of schools with a reported case to 483 out of Ontario's 4,828 publicly funded schools Monday's figures bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario to 65,075, with 3,050 deaths, and 55,978 cases resolved. This report by The Canadian Press was first published October, 19, 2020. Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
The history of Victoria Park in St. John's spans more than a century, and now its stories are being told in a new, interactive way, thanks to some local talent.Storywalk- Victoria Park is a new mobile app for Apple and Android devices allowing users to hear stories about the park while walking through it. told by people connected to its history.It's a creative collaboration the Victoria Park Foundation and Chris Brookes, an award-winning audio producer and the owner of Battery Radio in St. John's."As you pass different areas, different locations, different spots in the park, it will give a little ding and it will play you something that happened at that spot," Brookes said."Somebody's memory of what happened there, an experience they had."The app uses a phone's location services feature to tell where walkers are in the park, and then plays audio clips automatically when passing a point of interest.For those unable to visit the park, the experience can also be had remotely through what Brookes calls "armchair mode.""There's a map on your screen, and you see the map with all these little dots on it. Touch one of the dots and it will play the story," he told CBC Radio's Weekend AM..Actor and comedian Mark Critch, who also serves as campaign chair of the Victoria Park Foundation, said the app serves as another way to share the history of the park.He said the project was partially inspired by the 100 Portraits of the Great War monument by sculptor Morgan MacDonald that sits in the park, a piece that captures the faces of 100 descendants of soldiers of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment."One of the things that drew us to this idea was the opportunity for people to punch on a photograph, pick one of those faces. Then hear that person who is representing their ancestor tell their story," Critch said.The combination of technology and Brookes' talent made the project come to life, he said.The best guides? The localsOver the course of the app's development, Both Critch and Brookes said they learned of never-before-heard stories about the park as people in the neighbourhood shared childhood experiences."You might not know their names, but they are the best people to walk you through that place," Critch said."They are the ones who have fallen on those rocks and bled, they are the ones who got engaged at the park who fell in love at the park. Who swung on those swings and then pushed their children and grandchildren on those swings. When you use this app, you really do become part of the community and part of the neighbourhood."Brookes likened it to a can opener, peeling the lid off the landscape with stories inside."There's all these things that you can see, but what you don't get to experience is the sort of layer of human experience," Brookes said.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada on Monday criticized remarks by the Chinese ambassador to Ottawa last week about Hong Kong protesters, in the latest round of a long-running diplomatic dispute tied to the arrest of a Huawei Technologies Co Ltd executive in Vancouver. Although the dispute centers on Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese citizen arrested in late 2018 on a bank-fraud warrant issued by U.S. authorities, the ambassador's comments were about granting asylum to Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. At a news conference on Thursday, Ambassador Cong Peiwu warned Canada against granting asylum to protesters because he said they were "violent criminals" who threatened the "health and safety" of the 300,000 Canadian passport holders living in Hong Kong.
FREDERICTON — One of two areas in New Brunswick hit by significant COVID-19 outbreaks nearly two weeks ago is on track to see restrictions eased later this week, the province's chief medical officer of health says. Dr. Jennifer Russell said Monday that she is recommending that provincial cabinet move the Moncton area from the orange to yellow stage of restrictions beginning Thursday because of a continuing downward trend in infections. Russell also announced three new cases of novel coronavirus in the Campbellton-Restigouche health zone, which she said would remain at the orange alert level because of concerns over continued community transmission of the virus and a lack of adherence to public health measures. The Campbellton area "is not going in the same direction," she told a media briefing in Fredericton. "People are not wearing their masks, and people are not social distancing." Russell said health officials have observed lax observance of health restrictions in "multiple" social and workplace settings in the Campbellton area, and she appealed to the public to redouble efforts as a "civic duty" to slow down the spread of the virus. "We are continuing to see the spread of the disease," Russell said. "This is a huge risk for the region of Campbellton-Restigouche . . . . Limit your contacts and keep to your two-family bubble." The new cases reported Monday involve a person under the age of 19, another between the ages of 40 and 49 and another between the ages of 60 and 69. Russell said there were 103 active cases of novel coronavirus in the province, with 57 in the Campbellton-Restigouche region. Since the pandemic began, New Brunswick has had a total of 313 confirmed cases and three deaths, with 207 people having recovered. "That doesn't necessarily mean the exposure happened in the school setting. It could have happened outside of the school setting," Russell said. The province's latest death was reported on Sunday — a person who was a resident at Notre-Dame Manor, a special-care home in Moncton. Health officials said the individual was one of the cases linked to the ongoing outbreak in the area. Russell said Monday that contact tracing had shown that all of the infections in the Moncton area were related to one another, and that new cases in recent days were people who were already self-isolating, meaning that they couldn't transmit the virus to others in the community. Premier Blaine Higgs confirmed that barring a setback, the Moncton region would move back to the yellow phase on Thursday, while he warned that the Campbellton region faces the "distinct possibility" of future restrictions if the situation doesn't improve. "Our goal with the pandemic is to keep our province in the yellow alert level until there is a vaccine," Higgs said. "This is good for our province economically, and it's good for the mental health of individual New Brunswickers." Under the orange alert level people are required to maintain a two-household bubble and must adhere to physical distancing in gatherings of 10 people or fewer while outdoors. Facilities such as gyms, casinos and cinemas are closed, and face masks are mandatory in indoor and outdoor public spaces. The yellow level allows all businesses and community activities to resume under an operational plan, while indoor and outdoor gatherings are allowed with physical distancing in groups of 50 people or fewer. - By Keith Doucette in Halifax This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020. The Canadian Press
In the crucial battleground of Pennsylvania, suburban white women turned off by U.S. President Donald Trump could swing the balance of power in favour of Joe Biden and Trump knows it.
U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at public health officials, especially infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, over the COVID-19 pandemic as his election campaign enters the final stretch.