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This is an opinion column by Hazel Hollingdale who is currently writing a book about her family's experience of losing their dog, Maybe, to an act of animal cruelty. For more information about CBC's Opinion section, please see the FAQ.When a neighbour killed our dog, my partner was just steps behind her. He heard our dog, whose name was Maybe, barking and then a gunshot. He rounded the corner to find our neighbour walking out from the bush, a rifle at his side. My partner asked our neighbour if he had seen Maybe, and our neighbour calmly stated that he had just watched her run toward our house. We spent the next two weeks searching our small community of Savary Island in deep snow.When it melted, we found blood and the gore where he killed her, three metres from where he had stood with the rifle. He watched us from his truck as we collected the evidence. He had buried her on an empty lot with his backhoe, where she lay anonymous and alone in the frozen ground while we desperately searched. Later, he confessed to killing her in a rage, and peddled misinformation to try to rationalize why he had shot her in the head and lied to us. A neighbour he confessed to convinced him to return her body to us two weeks later. Losing Maybe to this act of violence devastated us. Relationships with our animals are unlike any other. They are an inexhaustible well of love, joy, and humour and offer unconditional acceptance. Maybe was an extraordinary little being who bustled with an exuberance for life and love and made our family complete. Then he took her away from us.The RCMP arrived nearly a week after we reported these events and told us that killing someone's dog was not a criminal offence. It is. Our neighbour was eventually arrested and charged under the section of the criminal code that makes it illegal to injure or kill an animal. Killing Maybe was, in fact, illegal.This was the first of many misinformed responses from authorities. Time and time again RCMP officers, Crown prosecutors, and others in the criminal justice system minimized his acts and failed to understand their impact. The Crown attorney refused our requests to meet with him. It felt like to them, Maybe was "just" a dog and the devastation of this violent act on our lives was minimized. A week before trial, our neighbour negotiated a plea bargain that ultimately saw him not get a criminal record. He pleaded guilty to a lesser firearms offence, and the judge suspended probation. We've spoken with others whose animals have been killed and we've learned that the emotional upheaval and apathetic response from the criminal justice system are the norm, not the exception.Animals are worthy of our respect and protection and there is much room for improvement in Canada's animal welfare legislation. A 2015 national research poll commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare found 92 per cent of respondents support updating the Criminal Code to make it easier to convict animal cruelty offences. Some amendments have been made; in B.C. in response to the slaughter of sled dogs after the 2010 Olympics, and in the recent passing of Bill C-84.Rochelle Stevenson, a professor at Thomson Rivers University who studies animal cruelty, notes that since 1896, animal protections have been listed under part XI of the criminal code, which deals with property offences. Dr. Stevenson suggests 124 years later, it is more in keeping with society's changing views of animals to instead have these crimes categorized and treated as offences against public morals.Research shows animal cruelty is often a precursor to other violent offences and it's estimated that an average of 55 per cent of perpetrators of intimate partner violence commit acts of animal cruelty. In Canada, the SPCA has a unit trained to lead cruelty investigations and are vested with the power to recommend charges to the Crown. Despite this, less than half of their investigative costs are covered by government funding. By not treating these crimes with the gravity they deserve we miss important opportunities to intervene at critical times. We are Maybe's advocates. She isn't here to speak for herself, nor could she if she was. Killing Maybe was not a property offence, because she didn't belong to us. We were a family. An animal's right to life and the lasting effects these violent acts leave on families should be factored into how the criminal justice system treats these offences.There was a time that drinking and driving was considered harmless. Just a few years ago, sexual harassment and assault were regularly trivialized. Society has changed and animal cruelty laws and how they are enforced need to catch up to our collective values around animal welfare.Do you have a strong opinion that could change how people think about an issue? A personal story that can educate or help others? We want to hear from you.CBC Vancouver is looking for British Columbians who want to write 500-600-word opinion and point of view pieces. Send us a pitch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be in touch.
Condo owners at Fort McMurray's Hillview Park complex are finally moving back home, four years after they were burned out in the Horse River wildfire.The homeowners say they're happy to be home, but the threat of bankruptcy still looms and there are some issues with the homes.Robert Coppard bought his Hillview Park unit in 2008.Recently he got the keys to his home and spent a week moving in. "I wanted to celebrate, but yet I felt very jaded," Coppard said. "I was thankful for my family and for my friends to help us, but yet I miss my neighbours because so many people didn't make it." The build isn't over, he said. There's no fence, lawn or appliances.After all the special assessments and extra fees he's had to pay for the unit over the last four years he expected the unit to be "a lot nicer," he said. "But we're home." Coppard has had to sink an additional $100,000 into the property for the rebuild in part due to special assessments.In June, homeowners were hit with a special assessment between $64,000 and $76,000, depending on the unit. The original builder, Vancouver-based Viceroy Construction, was removed from the project in 2017. Now Viceroy and the condo board are embroiled in a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.Between the assessments and the long rebuild time, many residents have gone bankrupt or been foreclosed on.Coppard says about 10 of his neighbours and friends will never return to the area. "I miss them," he said.Down the street, Eric Rosina has the keys to his unit, but isn't in his home yet. His property doesn't have a dishwasher, refrigerator or stove. He said there's a shortage of appliances because of the pandemic. Rosina has put sticky notes around his home, noting the deficiencies. Things like a gap in the carpet on the stairs to the basement, marks on the front door and missing faux brick around the fireplace. "It's kind of a mixed feeling," Rosina said. "I know a lot of people that aren't returning." He said he's grateful he was one of the homeowners that was able to hold onto his property over the last four years. "I consider myself extremely fortunate to be in the position I'm in right now, but I'm teetering," he said."If things don't start improving … I'll probably be another one to hand in the keys." Residents were given a listing of the homeowners needing appliances for their properties. There were only 81 homeowners listed in the 214-unit complex. Shelley Paulin moved back home and, in an emotional interview, said she's grateful to be home. "I'm definitely going to struggle," she said."I look across the street and a next-door neighbour that actually babysat me as a kid, he's not coming back home. He walked away from his place." The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said it's working with the condo board to do the final inspections of the condos. The municipality says the units don't need occupancy permits, as each unit has been inspected between 20 and 30 times. "No significant deficiencies or hazards have been identified," a municipal spokesperson said in an email.
BC Ferries has banned a dozen anti-mask protesters from sailing for the day after they caused a disturbance and verbally abused other passengers Saturday morning. The disturbance happened on the 8:30 a.m. PT sailing from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay according the the corporation."BC Ferries has a mandatory mask policy," said BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall. "We don't tolerate this type of behaviour."The group was believed to be travelling to the B.C. Freedom Mega Rally 2020 event, which is being held Saturday and Sunday at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Marshall says the corporation called West Vancouver police, who met the ship at the Horseshoe Bay terminal. Corporal Neil Schafer says the initial report from BC Ferries indicated there were 12 anti-mask protestors, but when officers arrived they said the group was about 50 people.Schafer says multiple officers responded to the group when they disembarked from the ferry, but Schafer says by then things had calmed down. "Our officers had a couple interactions with a few of the protestors. Again nothing much of note, and really had de-escalated into a non-incident," said Schafer.No arrests"There were no arrests. There was nothing violent, no weapons from the protestors and our officers just stood by and kept the peace."Schafer says the participants in the disturbance were permitted to continue on their way.BC Ferries said they banned approximately 12 of the participants for at least the rest of today. It also said the ban could be extended.The Queen of Oak Bay was delayed about 45 minutes as a result of the incident. According to the Facebook page for the B.C. Freedom Mega Rally, the group is opposed to censorship, lockdowns, mask and vaccine mandates, social distancing and contact tracing, among other things.
A Canadian journalist didn't want to take any chances driving through the Windsor region with American plates, so Emma Loop stuck signs to her car letting everyone know she's a local and isn't breaking the law. Loop works in Washington D.C. and is originally from Belle River. A few weeks ago she crossed the border and drove home to be with her family for a while. Following all the rules, Loop quarantined for 14 days and when she was ready to go out, she was a bit worried about the attention her Washington D.C. licence plates would get. "I read stories where people driving in Canada with U.S. plates have been harassed and their cars have been damaged. I think there was a car in Muskoka that got keyed and I don't want that to happen to me," said Loop. Her family also expressed their concern so she got to work making a few signs aimed to dispel any fears. Each sign says "I'm Canadian and have completed the 14 day quarantine." "I put a bit of thought into it," said Loop. "I wanted everyone to know that I'm Canadian, I'm not skirting any rules, I'm here legally." 'People think the signs are funny'She also posted the signs on Twitter, where the tweet was liked more than 500 times. It also garnered response from other Canadians who have done the same. "It kind of took off," said Loop. "There were a lot of people who thought it was kind of funny." Some people online demanded that Loop change her plates, but that's not something she plans to do since she's going back to Washington D.C. at some point. For now, she is driving around the region and so far she and her car are unscathed.
People in Czar, Alta., will have to go elsewhere to do any in-person banking. The village's only bank, an ATB Financial agency, was broken into and nearly destroyed by thieves on Thursday morning. "They destroyed both the front doors, they destroyed the front wall, broke the front window," Mayor Angela Large said Friday. "It was a mess." Inside the business, shelves were toppled, paper files scattered and the safe was missing. "They ended up pulling out the safe from the building to the outside," Large said. "I'm not sure what happened but they ended up leaving the safe at the side of the road. Whether they got scared off or couldn't pick it up, I don't know." Security camera footage shows a vehicle in the area at around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, but it doesn't provide many other clues. RCMP Cpl. Ron Bumbry said investigators are looking for two suspects and a truck, believed to be an early 2000s silver or grey Dodge extended cab truck with a flat deck, which they used to enter the bank. "Then they tied a tow-strap to a safe inside. The safe was removed out of the building but the suspects were unable to load it onto the truck before they fled the area." Nothing else was taken, he said. The bank will have to be repaired before it can reopen, Large said. "It's important to the members of the community who, a lot of them, are local to the area and don't maybe drive to town," she explained. "Our next town would be Wainwright or Provost and that's a half hour away, so for the seniors in the area, it's very handy that they have a bank in town." Large said they don't see a lot of crime in Czar, 245 kilometres southeast of Edmonton, though it has been a bigger issue in neighbouring communities. "It definitely is a sign of the times with less people working, or is it more people addicted to drugs trying to get money for drugs? I don't know." A spokesperson with ATB Financial said the company would not comment during an active police investigation. The local owner of the ATB Agency in Czar could not be reached for comment.
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 11:32 a.m. EDT on Oct. 18, 2020: There are 198,076 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 93,391 confirmed (including 6,038 deaths, 78,559 resolved) _ Ontario: 64,371 confirmed (including 3,046 deaths, 55,371 resolved) _ Alberta: 21,775 confirmed (including 288 deaths, 18,651 resolved) _ British Columbia: 11,189 confirmed (including 251 deaths, 9,387 resolved) _ Manitoba: 3,258 confirmed (including 38 deaths, 1,572 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 2,306 confirmed (including 25 deaths, 1,955 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,095 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,025 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 305 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 203 resolved) _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 287 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 272 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 63 confirmed (including 60 resolved) _ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved) _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved), 3 presumptive _ Nunavut: No confirmed cases _ Total: 198,076 (3 presumptive, 198,073 confirmed including 9,757 deaths, 167,088 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 18, 2020. The Canadian Press
Friends and family spent Saturday searching Fredericton for New Brunswick writer Richard Vaughan.They put up posters to raise awareness about his disappearance. "I think for a lot of members of the community, they were very concerned about Richard being missing," said Jenna Lyn Albert, who helped organize Saturday's search for Vaughan."This is all a way of feeling like we're helping and gives us a chance of finding information that would help find Richard."Fredericton police posted on social media on Tuesday that the 55-year-old author was last seen the day before on Aberdeen Street.The police don't suspect foul play, but would like to locate Vaughan or verify that he's safe. Albert said volunteers met at the Fredericton public library on Saturday morning and about 20 people went out from there to search. More were expected to join the effort in the afternoon. The search will focus on the city's trail system and some places Vaughan spent time, like UNB. Volunteers will also put up posters in the city's downtown, uptown by the mall, the north side and along the trails. Albert is the current poet laureate for the city of Fredericton. She met Vaughan when he was artist in residence at UNB and has been working with Vaughan on an anthology of queer writers from New Brunswick. "He also emceed a few events that I took part in and his bubbly personality and charisma was immediately noticeable," said Albert. "He's not only an important part of the writing and artistic community. He's a crucial member of the queer community here in Fredericton and across New Brunswick." Albert said it's been a stressful past few days. "I think there has been a lot of anxiety for those who are seeking Richard out, wanting to have answers, and we're just trying to ease some of that anxiety and rule things out by doing some searching," said Albert.Volunteers will be at the library until 5 p.m. and Albert expects people will continue to search after that.
"I am deeply concerned about the suspicious fire and confident that investigators will find the answers they need to hold those responsible to account", Blair said in a statement. "I have now approved a request from Nova Scotia's Attorney General to enhance the presence of contracted RCMP resources as needed in that jurisdiction in order to keep the peace", he added. Earlier in the day, the fire led to a man being admitted in hospital with life-threatening injuries, the RCMP said.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that the White House is "routinely looking at COVID numbers" when asked what the administration is doing in response to the recent surge in cases in the United States. (Oct. 17)
Canadian Francois Lavoie bowled a perfect game in the round of 16 at the PBA Playoffs. Lavoie bowled 12 straight strikes in his win over Sean Rash to record the 29th televised 300 game in PBA Tour History. The 27-year-old Quebec City native was named the Professional Bowlers Association 2016 rookie of the year after winning the 2016 U.S. Open.
NEW YORK — Savannah Guthrie did more than just display her journalistic chops at NBC News' town hall with President Donald Trump. She changed the subject for her bosses. NBC was reeling heading into Thursday's event, under widespread criticism for scheduling it at the same time as ABC's town hall with Democratic opponent Joe Biden. NBC was accused of rewarding Trump for rejecting the debate commission's plan to do the second debate virtually. That was quickly forgotten when the president sat opposite Guthrie, who questioned him specifically on when he last tested positive for COVID-19 (he said he didn't remember), whether he had pneumonia (didn't say) and his personal finances. The Georgetown Law School graduate had clearly done her homework, seemingly prepared for each response. When the president recited a statistic from a study on the effectiveness of masks in spreading COVID-19, Guthrie had read it, too, and countered him. As host of the “Today” show, Guthrie knows the importance of time and how to stop an interview subject from filibustering. That background also teaches how to crystallize what an audience is thinking in a plain-spoken way, as evidenced in her most-quoted moment. She was incredulous when, after asking why Trump had retweeted a false conspiracy theory that American special forces didn't really kill Osama bin Laden, he said that he “just put it out there” to let people decide for themselves. “I don't get that,” Guthrie said. “You're the president. You're not like you're somebody's crazy uncle who can just retweet anything.” Similarly, Guthrie described the theory promoted online by QAnon that Democrats are running a satanic pedophile ring and that Trump was the saviour meant to stop them, and asked why he didn't denounce it. Trump said he knew nothing about it. “I just told you,” she said. Just because she says something doesn't mean it's true, the president retorted. “There's not a satanic pedophile cult," she said. “You don't know that?” Trump is “hands down” the most difficult public figure to interview, said Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, who with Fox News’ Chris Wallace and now Guthrie have received the most praise of any TV journalists to take him on this election cycle. “The biggest challenge with President Trump is that it’s never a linear conversation,” Swan said. “It’s like riding a bronco. The crafting of the questions doesn’t really matter because he responds to topics.” It requires enormous homework, both to know the facts and anticipate how Trump will respond, he said. Even then, it’s possible to become so absorbed in fact-checking that it disrupts the flow of conversation, he said. When Guthrie asked Trump about his personal finances and taxes, the president tried to cut off the conversation by saying what he has since 2016, that he couldn't talk about it because he was under audit. Guthrie said there was no law that prevented someone being audited from discussing his taxes, and pressed on: “Who do you owe $421 million to?" she asked. She jumped in when, during a discussion about White House events where masks were not worn, the president mentioned how he was touched by people at a reception for relatives of military members killed in service. “Do you believe a grieving military family gave you COVID,” she asked. She took an unusual amount of time for head-to-head questioning, given that the format called for questions from the audience to dominate the event. She followed up audience questions, too: When Trump talked about health care and maintaining protection for preexisting conditions, Guthrie pointed out that his administration was trying in court to eliminate that. One look online provided an illustration of Guthrie's effectiveness. Words like “condescending,” “badgering,” “argumentative" and “bully” were used on social media by supporters of the president. Memes popped up with Guthrie's face made to seem like a vampire or devil. “Why does anyone take Savannah Guthrie seriously?” tweeted conservative talk show host Buck Sexton. “She was clownish and shrill last night. Just awful.” Before an appearance in Florida on Friday, Trump called his experience with Guthrie “small potatoes.” “If you can't handle Savannah, you cannot handle Putin and President Xi and Kim Jong Un,” he said. But it clearly stuck with him. He brought the interview up again at at a second rally in Macon, Georgia: “Last night, she was out of line, I mean, in my opinion. She was out of line." The Nielsen company said Friday afternoon the Biden town hall reached 14.1 million people on ABC between 8 and 9 p.m. and Trump had 13.5 million combined on NBC, CNBC and MSNBC. Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for Trump's campaign, said even though the commission-sponsored debate was cancelled on Thursday, “one occurred anyway.” He said Guthrie played the role of debate opponent and Biden surrogate. Yet in declaring Guthrie one of the winners in Thursday's night of politics on television, the Vox website said her quick line of questioning, pushbacks and fact checks “probably made the White House wish they had just done the debate.” Besides giving NBC News executives a reprieve from dealing with online critics' call for a boycott, Guthrie helped restore the honour of the “Today” show. Her former partner, Matt Lauer, received wide criticism in 2016 for his questioning during back-to-back interviews with Trump and Hillary Clinton. NBC News said it wouldn't make Guthrie or network executives available to speak Friday about the performance. More than anyone, Axios' Swan understands the high stakes involved when interviewing Trump. “There's no question, because the scrutiny of every interview he does is so intense, that you can do enormous damage to yourself if you're not well-prepared," he said. ___ Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report. David Bauder, The Associated Press
VANCOUVER — Police in West Vancouver were called to meet a BC Ferries vessel as it docked in Horseshoe Bay on Saturday after people opposed to public health restrictions aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19 caused disturbances on board. BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall says the group of so-called anti-maskers departed from Nanaimo at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and it's believed they were heading to an event in Vancouver dubbed the "freedom rally." She says members of the group were verbally abusing mask-wearing passengers, so police were called to meet the vessel when it arrived. Marshall says anyone identified as being part of the group was banned from making a trip with BC Ferries for at least the rest of the day, so they would have to find a different way home. She adds the remaining sailings between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay have been delayed about 45 minutes because of the incident. Videos posted to Twitter show a crowd bearing anti-mask and anti-vaccine messages rallying outside the art gallery in Vancouver and the Facebook page for the event indicates a second rally is planned for Sunday. Const. Jason Doucette says the Vancouver Police Department estimates the crowd reached about 1,000 people at its peak on Saturday. Police in West Vancouver could not immediately be reached for comment. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 17, 2020. Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
Recent developments: * Ottawa Public Heath (OPH) reported 70 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the city's total to 5,969 cases since the start of the pandemic. * A Service Ottawa employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked on Oct. 15 and remains in isolation. * A long-term care home in Hawkesbury, Ont., has had its first death from the novel coronavirus.What's the latest?One of the seven Ottawa-area long-term care homes that recently learned they'd be getting support from the Canadian Red Cross is reporting its first death from COVID-19.The Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury, Ont., has now had 35 cases, with 27 residents and eight staff members testing positive.In Ottawa, public health officials confirmed 70 new cases but no new deaths Saturday, while the City of Ottawa said a Service Ottawa employee who'd last worked at the city hall branch on Thursday had tested positive.As the recent resurgence of the coronavirus has put Halloween under a cloud of uncertainty, two spooky local businesses are talking about how they've had to adjust their plans.How many cases are there?As of OPH's Saturday update, 5,969 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 785 known active cases, 4,883 resolved cases and 301 deaths.Public health officials have reported nearly 9,000 cases of COVID-19 across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 7,400 of them resolved.COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa, none since early September.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 — health officials are asking residents not to leave home unless it's essential. Indoor dining has been prohibited, while gyms, cinemas, casinos and performing arts venues are all closed.Residents of long-term care homes are now not allowed to go out for social or personal reasons.Sports using City of Ottawa facilities are limited to practices and teams must restrict the number of players and coaches, causing some leagues to suspend their season.Dr. Vera Etches, the city'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.Residents are also being told not to have a Halloween party with other households or go trick-or-treating.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.Ski hills in the Outaouais will also be able to open this winter.What about schools?There have been about 175 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.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.Most of Ottawa's testing happens at four permanent sites, with additional mobile sites wherever demand is particularly high.There's also a new site slated to open tomorrow in Orléans.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
The warden of the Municipality of Argyle says he's worried about the safety of residents after a suspicious fire destroyed a lobster pound in Middle West Pubnico, N.S., early Saturday, amid ongoing tensions between commercial fishermen and Mi'kmaw fishers."When violence like that happens, it doesn't always just mean property," Danny Muise told Radio-Canada on Sunday morning. "One of these days, something tragic is going to happen because the tension is getting worse and worse as it goes on, and as long as it goes on, you have to be more and more concerned about the safety of the residents."Middle West Pubnico is a small community on the west coast of Nova Scotia, within the Municipality of Argyle. The entire municipality has a population of about 8,000 people.The fire in Middle West Pubnico broke out at one of two facilities raided and vandalized by commercial fishermen in southwest Nova Scotia earlier this week protesting the "moderate livelihood" fishery launched by Sipekne'katik First Nation last month. Mi'kmaw fishers were storing their catches at the facilities.Sipekne'katik Chief Mike Sack said on Saturday morning that the fire in Middle West Pubnico was "very bad news to wake up to." He reiterated his call to the federal government "to step in and make sure safety is ensured."Later Saturday, federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair confirmed that he approved a request to increase RCMP resources "as needed in that jurisdiction in order to keep the peace," amid criticism that Ottawa had not done enough to protect community members.Provincial RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Joyce told CBC News on Sunday that there is now an increased police presence in southwestern Nova Scotia, including an emergency response team, a critical incident command team and officers from Prince Edward Island who are trained in de-escalation and crowd control.Sack said he is "grateful" for the extra officers."While I believe some of the damage, destruction, racist behaviour, harassment and intimidation could have been addressed much earlier as we had repeatedly requested a greater police presence to protect our people and operations, we remain thankful for any and all support we receive," he said in a statement Saturday evening.Tensions over fishing rightsTensions have been simmering for weeks in the province's southwest, sparked by the launch of the Mi'kmaw fishery outside the federally mandated commercial season — 21 years after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the case of Donald Marshall Jr.The landmark decision affirmed the Mi'kmaw right to earn a "moderate livelihood" from fishing. The court later said the federal government could regulate the Mi'kmaw fishery but must justify any restrictions it placed on it.WATCH | Fire engulfs lobster pound: Many commercial lobster fishermen say they consider the new Sipekne'katik fishery in St. Marys Bay illegal and worry that catching lobster outside the mandated season, particularly during the summer spawning period, will negatively impact stocks.Sipekne'katik officials have said the amount of lobster that will be harvested and sold is tiny compared with what's caught during the commercial season, which begins in late November and runs until the end of May.They say the fishery was launched after the band was unable to find common ground with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on the definition of "moderate livelihood.""This has been going on for 21 years and they've never been able to ... tell us what a moderate livelihood means," Muise said.Calls on Ottawa to find a solutionMuise joins other groups and people — including the Sipekne'katik First Nation, commercial fishers, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and opposition parties — who are calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to properly define a "moderate livelihood."In an interview with CBC News on Sunday morning, Sack said he is optimistic that an increased police presence will help ease tensions, but he's anxious to resolve the situation through discussions with the federal government and commercial fishers."I think that their concern for the fishery would have to take place with the government as well," Sack said."And we're willing to help bring them up to speed where our plan is at and how it would look and to help them understand our treaty right to be here.... Anyone that is willing to hear our story and learn from us and vice versa, we're willing to do that."RoseAnne Comeau, who lives in the Middle West Pubnico area, said the increased number of RCMP officers is a welcome sight."It is very unsafe for the people. I mean, this fire that broke out, it was close to the houses and anything could have happened," she said Sunday. "We never slept. I don't live far from here and we could hear the boom, like there were two booms, and I knew [there] was something going on."Comeau said she wasn't surprised by the fire, and she hopes the police in the area will help quiet the situation."We don't want this to happen. They have to settle this once and for all."
Ontario reported 805 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 new deaths related to the virus Saturday, as another Toronto-area public health unit imposed tighter restrictions on local long-term care homes. The new ban on all but essential visitors and caregivers went into effect in York Region amid what Health Minister Christine Elliott called an "alarming upward trend" in COVID-19 cases there. The government issued a statement saying the only visitors now allowed at the facilities in the region north of Toronto are those deemed essential.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire from midnight, both countries said on Saturday night. "This decision was taken following the statement of the presidents of the French Republic, the Russian Federation and the United States of America, representing the co-chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, of Oct. 1 2020, the Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group of Oct. 5, and in line with the Moscow Statement of Oct. 10," Armenia's foreign ministry said in a statement.
Police said Friday they arrested a man suspected of stealing a ring-tailed lemur from the San Francisco Zoo, where officials rewarded a 5-year-old boy who helped recapture the endangered primate with a lifetime membership. The theft of Maki, an arthritic 21-year-old lemur, made the news Wednesday in San Francisco and beyond when zoo officials reported the animal missing and found evidence of forced entry at his enclosure.
New Brunswick officials announced eight new cases of COVID-19 in the province Saturday.The cases include six in the Campbellton region, which is under the orange recovery phase in response to an outbreak in the area. The cases include an individual under the age of 19, an individual 40 to 49, two people 50 to 59, and two people 60 to 69. Public Health says two of the six cases are linked to the outbreak, while the remaining four are under investigation.There was also one new case reported in Moncton region, an individual under the age of 19, and one case in the Saint John region, an individual between 30 and 39.100 active casesThere are now 100 active cases in the province. Three people are in the hospital, including one person in intensive care.Public Health says all the new cases are self-isolating.More than half of New Brunswick's active cases are now located in the Campbellton region, which is at 54. There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 at schools in the region.It's been more than a week since the Moncton and Campbellton regions were forced back to the more restrictive orange phase.The rest of the province remains under yellow-level restrictions.There have been 305 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick and 203 have recovered. There have been two deaths.The province conducted 1,143 tests on Friday for a total of 90,995 since the start of the pandemic.What to do if you have a symptomPeople concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test on the government website at gnb.ca. Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: a fever above 38 C, a new cough or worsening chronic cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset of fatigue, new onset of muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell, and difficulty breathing.In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.People with one of those symptoms are asked to: * Stay at home. * Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor. * Describe symptoms and travel history. * Follow instructions.
Nova Scotia Liberal MP Jaime Battiste says the Mi'kmaw lobster fishery comes down to more than just money. Battiste, the only sitting Mi'kmaw MP, says knowledge and culture also play a role.
In what has now become a tradition on Saturdays in the Belarusian capital, hundreds marched carrying flowers and chanting in protest againt president Alexander LukashenkoView on euronews