Heather Abbey, a controversial Indigenous entrepreneur from Saskatoon, appeared on a Halloween-themed episode of Wheel of Fortune Tuesday night and walked away with $21,500 US after solving a puzzle with the phrase, "The Horror, The Horror."Indigenous artists who watched the game show say the real horror is that Abbey still owes them thousands of dollars for a failed trade mission to Tokyo in July 2019, on top of the $62,000 of public money she owes Creative Saskatchewan, a provincial arts agency.Abbey said she is making monthly instalment payments on her debt to Creative Saskatchewan. The arts agency confirmed that to CBC News.But it's little consolation to the artists who say they're owed money. "It kind of drains me emotionally to see her doing things like [appearing on Wheel of Fortune] still with no remorse for the artists and entrepreneurs she used and harmed," said Cree fashion designer Agnes Woodward, who lives in North Dakota, but is originally from Kawacatoose First Nation, about 115 kilometres north of Regina.To take part in the trade mission, Woodward and her husband Whirlwind Bull, a painter, spent more than $6,000 on flights, hotel, food, transportation and a delegate fee of $400 each. The trip did not go as Abbey promised it would. Afterward Abbey sent the couple messages — provided to CBC News — in which she pledged to repay them $3,000."If you owe a lot of money to people and you're on national TV? Like, she has no remorse and no conscience," said Bull. Bull said they paid $1,300 to cover hotel rooms, only to have Abbey check the Canadian delegation into a $20/night Airbnb at the last minute. CBC confirmed that a hotel in Tokyo is trying to collect $15,000 in cancellation and no-show fees after Abbey confirmed the group's reservation just hours before arrival, but failed to show up.Bull said he made a joke of Abbey's appearance on the game show. " 'Oh good, now she's going to pay us back.' But I know she's not going to." Abbey was prepared for backlashAbbey, a Cree woman from Little Pine First Nation, located 200 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, has won numerous awards and government grants for empowering Indigenous artists and for her much-lauded website Indig Inc., an e-commerce platform that allows Indigenous artists to sell their homemade products. It is now offline.She now lives in West Hollywood, Calif., studies at Los Angeles Film School and delivers food part-time."I'm passionate about creating authentic Native American content for the big screen and the small screen," she told Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak on the show.In an article posted to West Hollywood Times, Abbey said she was hoping to win enough money to help pay for her education and take her family on a trip to Paris. WATCH | Heather Abbey's Wheel of Fortune win:However, in an email to CBC News, Abbey said that when she receives her winnings, she will spend the money in three ways: repaying Indigenous delegates that weren't able to attend the Tokyo trip, repaying Creative Saskatchewan and buying a new bed set for each of her two children."I knew that everything would flare up again if I made it on the game show, but I also knew it was an incredibly long shot in the first place — from application to audition to being selected onto the show to the actual game show itself!" she wrote."All in all though, I'm pretty proud of how I played, and that I have actual money coming to make my payments — delivering food isn't exactly keeping me in the money!"Government auditAfter a CBC News investigation last year, Creative Saskatchewan decided to audit five projects undertaken by Abbey and her e-commerce company Indig Inc., that received more than $160,000 total in taxpayer money between 2015 and 2019. The audit concluded that Abbey met expectations for three grants — worth nearly $100,000 combined — that helped to fund, among other things, website design and training for Indigenous artists to create leather mittens and beaded earrings.The two failed projects included a trade mission to Japan for Indigenous artists from Saskatchewan and a retail space for Indigenous artists in a Saskatoon shopping mall."I plan to repay every debt I have," Abbey told CBC News in January, when asked about her outstanding debts.Abbey also said none of her actions were malicious or fraudulent, rather that some business gambles didn't pan out.Creative Saskatchewan spokesperson Craig Lederhouse said the arts agency has an agreement with Abbey to collect the money owed over time."To date, Ms. Abbey is honouring that agreement and has been making monthly payments," he said. "Financial details of the agreement are confidential."Abbey has outstanding debts with more entities than the Saskatchewan government. Public records and court documents show two credit unions and two landlords are seeking $64,000 from Abbey for unpaid loans and rent.Abbey still maintains that some of the delegates are also responsible for the lack of sales on the Tokyo trip, insisting they treated it like a "vacation." A half dozen artists interviewed by CBC News deny that.As for her life now, Abbey said, "after the storm comes the rainbow. Cliché, but true.""Last year I was cancelled, and in retrospect it was probably the best thing to ever happen to me," she said. "Aside from these payments that I still plan to make, I'm free."So yeah, did last year destroy me? Hell yeah it did, but it also rebuilt me into someone that is stronger, and has even more empathy and life experience. Trying to better the world for a few people broke me completely, but it also gave way to being truly happy."
HALIFAX — People thinking about warm weather getaways in the coming months should probably plan to stay home, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health said Wednesday. Dr. Robert Strang responded to reports a Halifax-based travel agency is offering two weeklong trips to Cuba reserved exclusively for residents of Atlantic Canada. He questioned the "wisdom" of non-essential foreign trips while the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world. "The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to advise against non-essential international travel," Strang told reporters. "Choosing to support our local hotels, restaurants and other businesses is the safest and wisest choice for Nova Scotians to make." Absolute Travel Specialists says it will charter two Air Canada flights -- one in February and another in March -- for Atlantic Canadians who want to get some sun in the winter and stay safe from COVID-19. The company said Tuesday a hotel in Cayo Coco will be reserved exclusively for Atlantic Canadians during their stay. Federal law stipulates that Canadians who leave the country must quarantine for 14 days upon their return. Atlantic residents who leave the Atlantic region -- even if they stay in Canada -- must also isolate for two weeks when they return home. Strang cautioned the second wave of COVID-19 is expected to last for at least the next two to three months. "There are no guarantees where we might be with COVID here in Nova Scotia during these coming months and we really don't know with any certainly what 2021 is going to bring either locally, nationally or internationally," he said. On Tuesday, Prince Edward Island's chief public health officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, said the planned trips to Cuba were "not realistic." Morrison said her province would maintain its two-week self-isolation requirement for the "foreseeable future," adding that it was unlikely any changes would be made before the Christmas season. Strang, however, said his province is considering employing rapid testing at its border with New Brunswick for travellers from outside the Atlantic region. He said rapid tests can shorten the two-week isolation period. Starting next month, officials in Alberta will be rapid testing foreign travellers at the Calgary airport and the Coutts land border crossing. Travellers who test negative will be allowed to end their isolation after taking a second test a week later. Strang said he is looking to learn from the Alberta pilot. "As evidence evolves, the epidemiology evolves, our goal is always to find the appropriate balance of keeping things open but also having the necessary level of safety," he said. Nova Scotia reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, leaving the province with five active cases of the disease. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2020. Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole's efforts to straddle the divide between social conservatives and more moderate members of his caucus were on display Wednesday as the House of Commons gave approval in principle to a bill that would outlaw the discredited practice of conversion therapy. The bill passed easily by a vote of 308-7 but exposed divisions within Conservative ranks. O'Toole himself voted in favour of the bill, as did most Conservative MPs. But seven of his MPs voted against it, two abstained and eight others made it clear they were supporting it only grudgingly for now, in hopes that it will be amended by the Commons justice committee. Former leader Andrew Scheer was among those who simply did not show up for the vote. O'Toole allowed his MPs a free vote on the issue, part of his bargain with social conservatives that helped him secure the Conservative leadership in August. The bill would criminalize the practice of forcing children or adults to undergo therapy aimed at altering their sexual orientation or gender identity. Some Conservatives have expressed fears the bill would outlaw conversations between parents and their children or counsel from religious leaders. O'Toole himself has said "reasonable amendments" are necessary to clarify that point. During debate on the bill earlier this week, former leadership contender Derek Sloan went so far as to suggest it would outlaw prayer. Sloan has previously said the bill amounts to child abuse. Justice Minister David Lametti has dismissed those fears, arguing that the bill does not criminalize conversations that are meant to provide guidance to those questioning their gender or sexuality. Sloan was among the seven Conservatives who voted against the bill Wednesday. Others supported the bill for now but made their reservations crystal clear. "With the best of faith, I vote in favour of sending this flawed bill to committee," said Saskatchewan MP Cathay Wagantall as she registered her virtual vote. By contrast, all Liberal, Bloc Quebecois, New Democrat, Green and independent MPs who took part in the vote supported the bill. A number of Liberal MPs made a point of announcing that they were "proudly" voting in favour. The NDP questioned the validity of votes that came with "qualifiers," prompting Speaker Anthony Rota to remind MPs that when voting virtually, they are supposed to say simply whether they are for or against the motion, with no other comment. During question period moments before the vote, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a veiled shot at the sincerity of O'Toole's profession of support for the bill. "Conversion therapy is rooted in the harmful premise that one's sexual orientation or gender identity could and even should be changed," Trudeau told the Commons, in response to a setup question from a Liberal backbencher. "Our legislation will criminalize efforts to force someone to change or hide who they are. While Conservatives couch their support for conversion therapy behind misleading arguments, on this side, we will always stand up for the rights of Canadians." The bill would ban conversion therapy for minors and outlaw forcing an adult to undergo conversion therapy against their will. It would also ban removing a minor from Canada for the purpose of undergoing conversion therapy abroad and make it illegal to profit from providing the therapy or to advertise an offer to provide it. The practice has been widely discredited as cruel and traumatic. The Canadian Psychological Association says there is no scientific evidence that conversion therapy works but plenty of evidence that it causes harm to LGBTQ individuals, including anxiety, depression, negative self-image, feelings of personal failure, difficulty sustaining relationships and sexual dysfunction. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2020. Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that a warning from the FBI on hack-and-leak operations before the Nov. 3 presidential election played a role in its decision to limit the reach of stories from the New York Post that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son. Zuckerberg said it had seen attempts by Russia, Iran and China to run disinformation campaigns. "One of the threats that the FBI has alerted our companies ... to was the possibility of a hack and leak operation in the days or weeks leading up to this election," he said.
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — A southern Ontario restaurant says members of a recent private party that included a provincial politician ignored pandemic-related safety guidelines. In a post on its Facebook page this week, Betty's Restaurant in Niagara Falls, Ont., said the group was "reminded several times" to wear masks when not seated at their table, but chose not to do so. "We can remind guests but we cannot strong-arm them into following rules," the post reads. Progressive Conservative legislator Sam Oosterhoff has apologized for not wearing a mask while posing for a group photo at the restaurant. Oosterhoff, who is parliamentary assistant to the education minister, posted the picture on social media but later deleted it. He said the event was in line with provincial rules, but acknowledged he should have had a mask on when taking the photo. "I should have worn a mask when we took a quick pic, given the proximity of everyone, and I apologize for failing to do so," Oosterhoff said in a statement. Critics have called for Oosterhoff's resignation as parliamentary assistant, saying he was flouting his government's own pandemic guidance. Premier Doug Ford has brushed aside those concerns, saying everyone makes mistakes and he has "100 per cent confidence'' in the Niagara West representative. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton said Wednesday that it's important for all Ontarians — including members of provincial parliament — to "step up" in the fight against COVID-19. "As MPPs, we all have to lead by example — everyone in the province has to do more and take these precautions seriously to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That's the only way we're going to mitigate risks," McNaughton told reporters. Asked whether he would have attended a gathering as large as the one at Betty's Restaurant, McNaughton answered simply: "No." Betty's said Oosterhoff's party was in a private room with a separate entrance and washrooms and did not interact with other patrons. Staff sanitized and disinfected the room after the party, the restaurant said. "We are truly doing our best to follow all guidelines for your safety and ours," the company's Facebook post reads. "We humbly appreciate all of those who continue to support us." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2020. The Canadian Press
The father of Walter Wallace, Jr. asked for violence to stop in Philadelphia, one day after police shot and killed his son. Authorities say Walter Wallace, Jr. was wielding a knife. His family says he was having a mental health crisis. (Oct. 28)
Britain's BT <BT.L> has selected Ericsson <ERICb.ST> to provide 5G radio equipment for its EE mobile network in London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and other major UK cities, building on the contract it signed earlier this year for core technology. It comes after the British government said in July it would ban China's Huawei Technologies from any presence in the country's 5G networks by the end of 2027. Once the deployment is completed, Ericsson will manage around 50% of BT's 5G traffic, the Swedish company said, adding that it will also modernise the company's existing 2G and 4G radio networks.
When Bayan Assi, 29, learned that his wife would finally be allowed to come to Canada, the relief was overwhelming."It was an exhilarating moment. It was like so much pressure was removed off your chest, [and] put on the side," Assi said.The couple married in January. And since then, Assi, a Canadian citizen, has been trying to bring Rawand Shamseddine, 30, to Canada.His efforts intensified after a horrific explosion in August levelled parts of Beirut, where Shamseddine was living. At least 200 people were killed and more than 6,000 were injured in the blast.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) established a program designed to reunite families affected by the explosion. Shamseddine applied, but was told she did not qualify and was turned down.After the couple's plea to IRCC last week, Shamseddine was finally issued a temporary residence permit (TRP) to be able to come to Canada."It was the first time I saw her truly smile, after all this disaster and catastrophe that she's been going through," said Assi. "It was like a glimpse of hope on her face."Assi's relief is tempered with concern for other couples who are also trying to navigate the Canadian immigration process."I think there needs to be a lot more attention to the details of every application," he said.Assi added that he believes his wife's file may not have been properly reviewed, and because of that she was initially denied."Her file, which was made for people affected by the explosion in Beirut, was treated as a normal tourist visa," he explained.Should have been eligible from the startJoseph Daoura, a lawyer who deals with immigrations cases, praised Canadian embassy staff and IRCC for their efforts."They did a great job," said Daoura. "They reviewed their decision which is now in line with the guidance and instructions given [after] the Beirut explosion."But he explains that Shamseddine should have been eligible from the start — under Canada's federal reunification program — since she is married to a Canadian citizen and was living in the area affected by the Beirut explosion.Daoura says another case he worked on with embassy staff also ended in a happy ending. He said he's glad officials there are taking a "humanitarian approach" to reuniting families.The TRP issued to Shamseddine allows her to live in Canada for a period of time, while she waits for approval of her spousal sponsorship visa.Assi says he's looking forward to Shamseddine's arrival and the start of their lives together."It's really starting from point zero, and building [a life] with her, [which] is going to be something beautiful and something I look forward to."
WASHINGTON — Gary Kauffman says he does not scare easily. So when men waving President Donald Trump flags drive by his house in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he stands on his front steps and waves a banner for Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. “Sometimes I yell at them. They yell back at me,” says Kauffman, 54. Still, Kauffman is keeping a closer eye on who they are and what they're carrying as Election Day approaches. Tension has been rising in his town, known best as hallowed ground of the Civil War's bloodiest battle. Recently, it’s become a hot spot of angry confrontations between Trump supporters and liberal protesters. Kauffman has seen some of the Trump supporters carrying weapons. “If there’s guns, I’m a bit more cautious,” he said on Monday. Americans aren’t accustomed to worrying about violence or safety ahead of an election. It’s a luxury afforded by years of largely peaceful voting, a recent history of fairly orderly displays of democracy. But after months filled with disease, disruption and unrest, Americans are worried that Election Day could become a flashpoint. With Election Day next week, voters can point to plenty of evidence behind the anxiety. More than 226,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the United States, and cases are spiking across the country. A summer of protests of racial injustice and sometimes violent confrontations has left many on edge. Gun sales have broken records. Trump has called on supporters to monitor voting and has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power or to explicitly condemn a white supremacist group. There was the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and another spate of violent protest this week over a police shooting of a Black man in Philadelphia. “Human beings don’t do well with uncertainty, and there’s been a lot of uncertainty this year,” said Mara Suttmann-Lea, an assistant professor of government at Connecticut College conducting research on voting. ”Absolutely I’m seeing heightened levels of anxiety ... and it's a more general, existential anxiety — ‘What is the state of our democracy?’" Those worries have shown up in polling. About 7 in 10 voters say they are anxious about the election, according to an AP-NORC poll this month. Biden supporters were more likely to say so than Trump supporters — 72% to 61%. For some, the worries are a vague sense of looming trouble that could take many forms — conflict at a polling place, protest over the outcome, protest over no outcome, a conflagration that splits Americans over now-familiar divisions. “You can feel it in the energy,” particularly on social media, says Cincinnati voter Josh Holsten Sr., 42. “There are just a lot of extra tensions that don’t necessarily need to be there.” Holsten says he is voting for Trump but thinks neither the president nor Biden is doing enough to calm people down. The car salesman has even stocked up on food, water and bulletproof vests for his family — in case the election sparks something bad. Law enforcement and election officials are preparing, too. FBI and local officials in several states have been conducting drills and setting up command centres to respond to election-related unrest. Election officials are training poll workers on how to de-escalate conflict and ensuring they're prepped on the rules about poll monitoring, voter intimidation and harassment. “The procedures have always been there. We’ve just never had to use them,” said Ellen Sorensen, an elections judge in Naperville, Illinois, outside Chicago. “Perhaps this time we may. I don’t know.” A group called Election Protection Arizona says it intends to train hundreds of people at the polls, including on de-escalation guidance in case of confrontations. The Rev. Joan Van Becelaere, executive director of Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio and part of an effort to keep the peace, said the virus has fueled fear and division between Trump supporters and others. The groups, she said, are “extreme places of tension that we really don’t want to meet at these polls." Millions of Americans are voting despite the worries. More than 67 million people have already voted in the U.S., and more than 23 million of those cast their ballots in person. A poll in August by the Pew Research Center suggests that more Americans see the stakes as higher than usual in the 2020 presidential election. Twenty years ago, just half of voters said it really mattered who won. As of August, 83% express this view. For some, that sense of urgency, combined with fierce partisanship and anger, feels like a recipe for conflict. “November’s going to be scary because both sides aren’t going to give,” said Bob Stanley, 66, a longtime Republican and Trump supporter from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Stanley expressed a hope shared by Republicans and Democrats: “I hope it’s going to be an overwhelming majority, or there will be trouble.” Another Johnstown resident, Fran Jacobs, a 76-year-old Biden supporter, expressed similar concerns about whether the result would be clear, whether people would be calm and whether the world would look at the U.S. as a functional democracy. “I’ve never been frightened for the country. I always figured we’re gonna make it. We always pull something up. And I’m really frightened this time,” she said, looking to the sky. "It’s all in your hands, I know.” ___ Associated Press writers Jill Colvin in Washington, Astrid Galvin in Phoenix and Julie Carr Smyth in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report. ___ AP’s Advance Voting guide brings you the facts about voting early, by mail or absentee from each state: https://interactives.ap.org/advance-voting-2020/. Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press
As provincial school-related COVID-19 numbers increase, case numbers for Niagara schools are on the decline. The provincial database which provides daily updates on COVID-19 cases reported 144 school-related cases a cross Ontario Tuesday. Of them, 82 of were reported as student-related cases, 12 of them staff-related cases and the remaining 50 reported as “not identified.” Since the beginning of the school year, the province has reported 1,910 school-related cases. With no new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Niagara schools over the past week, active cases are on the decline. There have been 29 confirmed cases in the region since the beginning of the school year. Carolyn LoConte, communications officer for District School Board of Niagara said, “Currently, we have three cases that are active at the DSBN; 10 cases have been resolved to date.” The DSBN website links those active cases to Port Weller Public School in St Catharines, Grimsby Secondary School and Stevensville Public School. Port Weller has one confirmed case resulting in two classroom closures. The provincial database identifies this case as staff-related. Grimsby Secondary’s student-related case resulted in one classroom closure. The last reported cases by both DSBN and Niagara Catholic District School Board occurred Oct. 20. That night, DSBN confirmed an individual at Stevensville Public had tested positive, and Niagara Catholic reported an individual at Saint Paul Catholic High School in Niagara Falls had tested positive. The Stevensville case has since been identified on the provincial database as staff-related and the Saint Paul case student-related. The Catholic board’s Saint Paul case is the only active one listed on its website; 12 other cases are listed as resolved. There is a lag between the daily provincial data at 10:30 a.m. and news reports about infections in schools. The DSBN website indicated it is updated on weekdays at 4 p.m. The Catholic board doesn’t identify a time when it will be updated but provides confirmation on when it was last updated. Both school boards historically release press releases at about 6 p.m. on days cases are confirmed by Niagara Region Public Health. Sean Vanderklis is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter for the Niagara Falls Review, covering education issues across Niagara. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.Sean Vanderklis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Niagara Falls Review
On a rainy October day, the Sid Smith rink at Christie Pits Park sits empty. But just weeks ago, the popular pop-up skateboard park there was seeing bigger crowds than ever before, and that's prompted the city to look at finding it a new home.This past summer, with so many people looking for ways to exercise outdoors due to the pandemic, the skateboard park proved to be a magnet for people of all ages. The bigger crowds, in turn, led to more noise complaints from nearby homes.So, city council will vote Wednesday on a proposal to lay a concrete pad for the boarders to use elsewhere in the park."It's developed quite a following," said Coun. Mike Layton, who represents the area along with the rest of Ward 11, University-Rosedale. "And I think with it, the number of individuals using it is kind of far exceeding the space at this point," not to mention the patience of those living nearby, Layton added.Layton says because the skate park is in a rink ... "these high wooden boards, the sound reflects off quite close to some residential houses.""When we started the park, we never thought how popular and busy it would be," said Migs Bartula, 41, a lead volunteer at the park and the co-chair of its skateboard committee."Especially with COVID and a hot summer, we have a lot more users." Bartula is all for finding a permanent space for skateboarders to use in the park."We understand that having people using a facility around the clock creates a bit of neighborhood tension."In a recent survey of more than 300 people living in the area, Bartula says more than half reported going to the skateboard park once or twice a week."A lot of people are coming up a few times a month and more than half the people live in the community within walking and biking distance," he added.The city hopes to speak with neighbours and the skateboarding community to determine a good location for the concrete pad with the hope it will be ready for use next spring.But Bartula worries what will happen if the new space proves to be too small."If we're busy at the size we're at, you reduce the size, that creates pressure on people," Bartula said.
Conception Bay South's deputy mayor says the town has to consider two important factors before it votes on whether to approve an ambitious infill proposal for the harbour in Long Pond: the impact on residents, weighed against possible economic spinoffs.While Richard Murphy says it's too early to speculate on which way he will vote, he says he does see the economic upside to the project. "In this day and age, when economic development is at an all-time low, we have a company now that wants to come into the town and set up, which means 30 to 40 full-time jobs, $15 million in startup," he told CBC News on Tuesday. Murphy said Ocean Choice International's proposal for a wharf and cold storage facility could also spark other economic benefits when it is finished. If approved, OCI's proposal would see part of the Long Pond harbour filled in to make way for the new development. Some residents oppose it, saying the plans would have an adverse environmental impact on the area. They have been calling for an environmental assessment and for the project to be moved along the Conception Bay shoreline. OCI recently altered its plans and shifted the project to the harbour's southwest, which has traditionally been the industrial side, while the eastern side has homes and is also used for recreational boating. The shift opens up more room for small craft entering and exiting the harbour. In a media release Friday, company president Blaine Sullivan said the adjustments were made after getting feedback from Transport Canada's navigable waters division, which is part of the regulatory process, as well as from people who have "shown an interest" in the company's proposal."For a project this size, there's been more openness, more consultation. We've set up a website, we've put everything out there," said Sullivan in an interview the same day.Sullivan said if the company gets the green light, he wants infill work to start as soon as possible so construction could begin on the cold storage facility next summer. Once completed, it would store the company's frozen-at-sea product from five of its offshore fishing vessels.Ted Perrin, who grew up in Long Pond and uses the harbour for both commercial and recreational boating, said Monday the recent alterations make it a little better for boats to pass. But, he said, the plan still leaves a lot of unknowns, such as potential line-of-sight issues and whether the spring thaw could lead to an ice blockage and flooding. "You're still building an island in the middle of the harbour that's used by pleasure boats and commercial boats continuously 365 days of the year," said Perrin, who is part of the community group Advocates for the Responsible Development of Long Pond. Fellow group member Andrea Canning wants much bigger project alterations. "It's essentially in the middle of the harbour. So when we look out here we're going to see cars parked in the middle of our harbour," said Canning. "Why can't that be on the shoreline?"> We're going to see cars parked in the middle of our harbour. Why can't that be on the shoreline? \- Andrea CanningBoth Canning and Perrin say they want to see the company, the town council and residents agree on a plan that everyone is happy about. For its current proposal, OCI still has to complete a land-use impact assessment report, which would identify and propose mitigation of potential environmental and community impacts."We're going to want to make sure that all the facts are laid out and the decision is based on good stuff for the town, good stuff for the residents. We want to try and get that balance," said Murphy. He said a final vote could be within three weeks.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
The late Whitney Houston has earned her third diamond-certified album, becoming the first Black artist to achieve the feat. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Legacy Recordings announced Wednesday that Houston's 1987 sophomore album, “Whitney," has reached diamond status, which is equivalent to selling 10 million albums. Others with three or more albums that have reached diamond status include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Shania Twain and the Eagles.
The Trump administration is conducting a wide-ranging antitrust probe into major tech companies. Last week, the Justice Department sued Google, accusing it of illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals in the biggest challenge to Big Tech's power in decades. A Biden campaign spokesman declined to comment on the Google lawsuit but said the candidate has "long said that one of the greatest sins is the abuse of power."
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said Tuesday that new measures in response to outbreaks at bars and nightclubs could be announced this week, but a Saskatoon epidemiologist says more precautions should have been taken before Monday's election."This is one area where we have had some challenges here in the province," Moe said at a news conference in Regina on Tuesday. "I think you'll see [chief medical health officer] Dr. [Saqib] Shahab speak specifically to that and maybe specifically to some initiatives that will provide for a further opportunity to keep patrons safer in those specific situations." He said any measures would be "surgical" and targeted rather than "broad-based" blanket changes. Moe was speaking for the first time since his Saskatchewan Party was re-elected on Monday, returning him to his position as premier. During the last week of the campaign, the single-day increase in new COVID-19 casesin Saskatchewan was more than 50 twice and 60 or higher three times. By Sunday, 48 cases were linked to the Longbranch Bar outbreak, 22 cases were linked to Divas nightclub, 11 cases were linked to the Canadian Brew House in Stonebridge and eight cases were linked to Outlaws Country Rock Bar.Moe said Tuesday that "virtually all" of the outbreaks in Saskatchewan have been linked to individuals, groups or organizations failing to follow provincial guidelines. "We don't have to in my mind, at this point in time, have a broad-based restriction that would come in, for example on nightclubs, when the vast majority of the nightclubs are following the public health advice," he said."There may be something within those nightclubs where we can further prevent the spread, something that doesn't impact the business that they are conducting."> Pandemics don't wait for elections. \- Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, University of Saskatchewan epidemiologist The owner of Divas nightclub in Saskatoon said earlier this month that health officials had fined his business $14,000 for not following COVID-19 procedures. He said at the time that officials originally approved the procedures the bar had in place and that he plans to fight the fine.The Full Gospel Outreach Centre in Prince Albert was also fined for breaching COVID-19 guidelines at church gatherings. Dr. Shahab said on Oct. 16 that new measures would be considered if the number of new cases in the province reached around 60 daily."Certainly we would have to consider at that time, 'OK what further interventions can we put in place?'" Shahab said during a news conference. CBC contacted the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce for a response, but did not receive a reply before the time of publication.University of Saskatchewan epidemiologist Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine said the province should have taken action to address climbing case numbers before the election. "Pandemics don't wait for elections," said Muhajarine."I don't understand what we are waiting for right now. How many new cases do we need to turn day after day before we can actually take some additional public health measures in order to start flattening that curve?"Muhajarine said he is concerned that case numbers will continue to grow if urgent action is not taken. He said comments from provincial health officials and the premier saying outbreaks are linked to a small minority of rule-breakers are "excuses."'Every day counts' Muhajarine said targeted measures to address the source of outbreaks, rather than widespread closures or shutdowns, are needed. "Every day counts," he said. "If we have 60, 70 new cases each day, that's 60 or 70 new cases that could get many more cases tomorrow, day after and so on."There are currently 652 known active cases in the province — the highest number since the pandemic reached Saskatchewan in March. The areas with the highest case numbers on Tuesday were the north central (128), Saskatoon (190) and Regina (105) zones. Moe said the province has a better understanding of the virus and of effective public health responses now than earlier in the pandemic, when travel was restricted to and from northern Saskatchewan due to an outbreak in the La Loche area. He said infections are now increasing among young people in particular. Safe Schools Saskatchewan, an advocacy group for COVID-19 measures such as mask-wearing to protect children in schools, said community spread is making its way into schools. "Now that the election is over, Safe Schools Saskatchewan expects to see strong government action to reduce community transmission in all areas of the province. Mandating masks in all public spaces would be the most efficient way to accomplish this goal," said spokesperson and retired teacher Margi Corbett in a written statement. "The economy relies on schools to be open and running as a safe place for children to learn and be cared for during the day."Consequences for community's most vulnerableSuellen Beatty, CEO of Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatoon, said it is heartbreaking to see residents become more isolated as a consequence of community transmission. "It's a very difficult situation and I would call it a balancing act," said Beatty."We have a lot of COVID in the community. And of course, what we're trying to do in long-term care, in our special care homes, is reduce the risk of someone with COVID coming into our community." She said screening reduces the risk of COVID-19 entering a long-term care facility, but does not guarantee protection. Beatty said she hopes people thinking about breaking public health rules will consider the risk to the community's most vulnerable people.She said she thinks the provincial response to the pandemic has been reasonable and supports the measures taken to date.
If developers had their way forty years ago, the Carnegie Community Centre could have ended up being a restaurant or a museum for a rock collection, or completely demolished. But thanks to the efforts of activists and members of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association, the historic building on Main and Hastings has become what it is today — a living room for the neighbourhood. Libby Davies, a long time NDP member of parliament for Vancouver-East, was one of the leading voices in the fight to save the former public library. The building was constructed in 1903 to house the Vancouver Public Library's central branch, but it fell into disrepair after the library moved into a new building in 1957."Now this building had been unused for decades. It was full of cobwebs. It was dusty. It was dirty. It was musty," Davies said. Davies said members immediately started organizing and thinking about ways to keep the building for the community. Their goal was to obtain funds to renovate the space to make sure it would remain a centre for the community. "The pivotal change came when we convinced then-alderman Harry Rankin, who [was] the chair of the community services committee, to hold his committee meeting in the building," Davies recounted."They had to get civic workers in there to clean it up, spruce it up and set up the committee table in the sort of main foyer when you go in. But having that committee meeting in the building was pivotal. It changed the whole environment. It suddenly became real."Eventually, the group succeeded in getting $650,000 to renovate the building for a community centre, and earned its nickname as the neighbourhood's living room. "It became an anchor. You know, people did not have living rooms in this neighborhood," Davies said. Davies is recounting the fight to save the Carnegie Community Centre in an online lecture Wednesday night for the 2020 Heart of City Festival.The festival, which celebrates stories from the Downtown Eastside, will be taking place with live and virtual events from Oct. 28 to Nov. 8.
Musicians are using an interactive hologram based on Victorian technology to reach fans in the locked down world of the coronavirus pandemic. Musion 3D teamed up with Faroe Islands singer Dan Olsen to launch Fanshare, a modern twist on an illusion technique known as Pepper’s ghost involving a huge sheet of glass which was used in theatres in the 1860s. "It’s the closest you’re going to get to a virtual image, a virtual likeness of the real human being," Musion director Ian O'Connell told Reuters.
Alarmed by the steady rise in new coronavirus cases, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing governors of the country's 16 states to agree to a partial lockdown Wednesday that could include further restrictions on public gatherings and the closure of bars and restaurants. Germany's disease control agency said a record 14,964 new cases were recorded across the country in the past 24 hours, taking the total since the start of the outbreak to 449,275. Germany also saw a further 27 COVID-related deaths, raising its overall death toll to 10,098, the Robert Koch Institute said.
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — President Donald Trump’s campaign has a bold theory for how he will win reelection: It can tap a universe of millions of supporters who did not vote for him in 2016 but will do so this time. Supposedly, these voters are overlooked by polls that show Trump consistently trailing Democrat Joe Biden. They are mostly the white working class from factory towns, farms and mining communities that Trump has elevated to near-mythic status as the “forgotten Americans.” They are disaffected and disconnected from conventional politics. Yet they flock to the Republican president’s rallies, plaster their yards with signs and have been filling up voter registration rolls, the campaign insists. This strategy will be tested in Pennsylvania, a critical state that Trump carried by only 44,292 votes out of 6.1 million cast in 2016. A Democratic surge of votes in cities and suburbs could quickly erase that narrow lead. To hold onto Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, the president needs to prove that a hidden groundswell of supporters exists — and will vote. But the math behind the theory is tight. Trump’s plan requires blowout victories and historic turnout in conservative strongholds across the state, places where he outperformed traditional Republicans four years ago and he knows must do even better. His mission is made clear by his campaign stops in Pennsylvania this week — a tour through GOP areas like Latrobe, Lititz and Martinsburg, “Trump has to drive turnout,” said Terry Madonna, a professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster who has conducted polls in the state for almost three decades. “I don’t see any evidence that he’s expanded his base.” The strategy is more difficult to execute given the stunning disruption wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, both in terms of a public health crisis and nationwide economic dislocation. Trump’s handling of the virus has cost him support among suburban women and older voters. His response to the civil unrest reacting to police killings of Black men only served to energize the resolve of Black women, as candidates and as voters. His wrecking-ball persona has prompted some of his backers in 2016 to reject him. So his fate lies in large part in places like Butler County, an overwhelmingly white, conservative county north of Pittsburgh. There are nearly two Republicans for each registered Democrat. Most adults did not graduate from college. The economy rests on manufacturing and fracking, as well as service-sector jobs from suburbs creeping in from the city. Republican turnout in Butler County was an impressive 80% in 2016. But local Republicans say the goal is to push that number as high as 90% this year. And they’ve spent several months registering new Republicans, adding 9,043 of them this year alone, for a 12.8% increase. Trump’s campaign is trying to replicate those kinds of numbers in other rural and exurban counties in the state. Al Lindsay, a 74-year-old trial lawyer and farmer who leads the Butler County Republicans, says that registration push has been made easy by frustrations over pandemic lockdowns and a growing belief that Democrats don't understand people who are religious and rural. His pitch is simple: “Look, there’s an urgency here. We need you.” ___ Butler wears its industrial past openly. There is still a baseball field at the historic Pullman Park, but the company closed its railcar factory in 1982. Its towns’ Main Streets recall an era when America was ascendant. The wire rope that holds up the Brooklyn Bridge was made in Butler County. So was the prototype for the Jeep deployed in World War II. Republicans have been operating three campaign offices in the county — a declaration of their intention to dominate. Slippery Rock Mayor Jondavid Longo pushed to open one of those offices in his town of 3,600. It sits opposite North Country Brewing, the town’s second-largest employer after Slippery Rock University, where Longo, a former Marine infantryman, attended college. Longo, 30, was elected mayor of Slippery Rock in 2017 by promising to keep taxes low and attract new businesses. The Republican knocked on 1,000 doors on the premise — similar to Trump's — that the key to winning was finding people who had tired of politics. His suits are tailored, his beard manicured and he drives entrepreneurs through Slippery Rock in a matte white Tesla. Trump “has given us an energy that says, Don’t back down, stand up for what’s right,” Longo said. “Open your mouth when you feel compelled to do so.” The mayor has aimed to turn out younger voters, a group that normally favours Democrats. But in Butler County, there are almost twice as many Republicans under 35 as there are Democrats — and their perspectives veer from the politics of their peers across the country. “Most dear to me, first and foremost, would be abortion — obviously, pro-life,” said Adam Jones, 19, a sophomore at Slippery Rock University who plans to cast his first vote for Trump. Behind that, Jones says, he prioritizes the Second Amendment and “resisting socialism.” Tyler Good, 21, was a month too young to vote for Trump in 2016 and is among the Trump voters who’ve been added to the rolls. He’s a Baptist, works as a photocopier technician and hunts deer with a .270 Remington rifle. He says Trump is appealing because he broke the mould of what a president can be. “He’s not a politician,” Good said. “He does get stuff done. He’s a businessman, you know. He doesn’t mess around, it seems.” Republicans like Longo are also hunting for voters like Dane Patricelli, a 27-year-old construction worker who leans conservative but cast his ballot in 2016 for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Patricelli said Trump seemed like too much of a wild card in 2016. He wrestled for months with his decision this year, believing that Biden was a moderate even if the Democrats were drifting leftward. But he ultimately decided last week — after the last debate — that Trump had earned his vote. “I do like Trump because he’s shaken things up and is not bought and paid for,” he said. “He’s sticking to his promises.” But while Trump can tally up some first-time and third-party voters, he continues to lose Republicans like Lisa Barrickman. At 52, she retired from working at a Walmart store and has seen Cranberry Township become part of Pittsburgh’s suburban sprawl. Barrickman said she voted Republican four years ago but can’t this time around. “There is just too much division in this country,” she said. “If you’re a leader, you don’t incite, you quiet the storm. I know all politicians lie, cheat and scam — but it’s just too much to me. Biden — he’s calmer, he doesn’t spew with the hate.” ___ The Trump campaign has long known its best shot at winning was finding new voters in its strongholds, rather than persuading swing Democrats or independents. They used Trump’s raucous rallies in small towns and places that rarely get presidential attention to attract those voters to an unconventional campaign. They launched a voter registration and data collection effort around those events. There are signs of success: In Florida, the party has registered 475,500 Republicans over the past four years, outpacing gains of 395,600 for Democrats. The campaign has claimed that as many as a quarter of attendees at rallies did not vote in 2016. But in Pennsylvania, Democrats still outnumber Republicans by more than 700,000 registered voters, and there are an additional 1.3 million who are not associated with either party. And an Associated Press analysis of voting in key counties demonstrates the hurdles the GOP faces to overcome Democratic enthusiasm. Butler Countyhas10,600 Republicans who were registered but did not vote in 2016. About 11% of them decided to cast a ballot in this year’s Republican primary, in which Trump ran unopposed, according to the analysis using data from L2, a political data firm. That’s a strong indicator that those voters are likely to vote again this year. A similar pattern played out in 10 major Republican counties in Pennsylvania: Just over 10% of registered Republicans who sat out 2016 voted in the 2020 primary. That translates into nearly 14,000 voters. The obstacle for Trump is that Democrats — they had a competitive presidential primary — have more voters and generated a better return rate. Thereare 258,000 Democrats who were registered but did not vote in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties in 2016. But during this year’s primary, more than 34,300 of them became voters and cast ballots. That’s more than double the gains in Republicans from the 10 leading Trump counties. “For both campaigns, they’re seeing an acceleration of the trends we saw in 2016,” said Christopher Nicholas, a veteran Republican strategist. “Biden is doing better in the suburbs across the state. The Trump campaign is doing better in rural and exurban Pennsylvania.” ___ While Democrats stopped most in-person campaigning as the virus peaked during the spring and summer, Republicans were quick to resume an aggressive ground game in Butler County as early as May. The campaign groomed “super volunteers” tasked with pushing turnout to a record, borrowing from the same playbook as Democrat Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, said Brittney Robinson, director of the Trump campaign’s Pennsylvania operations. Many of the Republican volunteers in Butler County are women, and their message is that Democrats just don’t understand parts of the country where schools close for the start of hunting season, said Trish Lindsay, the wife of the local party chairman as well as the vice-chair. “It is the way of life that this election is about — and that is what is dividing people,” she said. While the pandemic is often viewed as a millstone on the president’s popularity, Republicans here say it’s given Trump an extra push. His supporters said the restrictions set by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf were an overreach that shuttered restaurants and hurt businesses. The issues motivating them include abortion, gun ownership and the continued fracking of natural gas — all areas where Trump has delivered for his base and Biden is perceived as a risk. “You start with the proposition that most of the people here are very alienated by the Democratic Party,” explained Al Lindsay, the party chair and Trish’s husband. He was talking about politics while giving a tour of family land he once farmed — now a golf course where natural gas is being pumped from beneath the fairways. Beyond cultural issues, he summarized his case directly: “We’re afraid that if the Biden ticket wins, that the gas and oil thing is going to be shut down.” Democrats are engaged in their own version of hunting for that rare nonvoter who can be persuaded to turn out this time. Catherine Lalonde, 59, wasn’t even registered as a Democrat in 2016, but the trained nurse now leads the Butler County party. She was unaffiliated and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, only to be stunned by her loss. The Democrats’ office — it didn’t exist in 2016 — is a hive of candidates and voters picking up signs in the morning to replace those damaged or stolen during the night. Trump signs might dominate, but frustrated Democrats feel a new urgency about expressing themselves. “Other years, people tended to be a little more cautiousabout putting up signs because they’re in a place with a Republican majority,” Lalonde said. “But this year, they feel they have to do it.” But in Butler County, for every eager Democratic voter like Lalonde, there are more Republicans who are lining up to vote for Trump — and many believe that in this election, everything is at stake. Bill Adams, 76, has long lamented the decline of U.S. manufacturing, having proudly opened up a suction-cup factory in Butler County after transitioning from work as an elementary school librarian. Adams is convinced the nation is at a precipice where Democrats would destroy businesses, if not personal freedom. “I’ve never seen anything like it — we are where Venezuela was before the socialists took over,” he said. “That is the choice. It’s not what I think. It’s what history tells us.” Trump will need many more like Adams if he is to win a second term. ___ AP data reporter Angeliki Kastanis in Los Angeles and data reporter Pia Deshpande in Chicago contributed to this report. ___ AP’s Advance Voting guide brings you the facts about voting early, by mail or absentee from each state: https://interactives.ap.org/advance-voting-2020/. Josh Boak, The Associated Press
Nunavut RCMP officers will have the ability to turn their body-worn cameras on and off when a national pilot project gets underway in Iqaluit next month. That's according to the federal minister of public safety's office in an email to CBC, which said the information came from the RCMP. The Mounties announced last week that the trial run will begin in Nunavut's capital with an eye to expanding the pilot to other Canadian communities.No details on the funding or timeline for that national expansion have been announced. To start with, 20 cameras will be deployed with officers in Iqaluit, Mary-Liz Power, press secretary to Minister Bill Blair said in an email. She said the plan is to expand the project to other Nunavut communities after Iqaluit but did not provide a timeline for that. The cameras deployed in Nunavut next month will have the ability to capture audio as well as video footage, Power said. Nunavut RCMP will hold a media event on Wednesday in Iqaluit to release more information about the pilot project.Body-worn cameras are seen by many as an important police-accountability measure in the wake of calls to defund police departments.But Adam Benforado, an American law professor, told CBC News that research shows police cameras do not provide the independent, unbiased perspective many hope for.An officer's ability to turn a body camera on and off can make it even more difficult to overcome biases, he said.Benforado, author of a bestselling book called Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice, said he studies common assumptions underlying legal institutions. Perspective biasSome of those biases cross international borders, such as perspective bias, Benforado said from his office at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Psychologists and film study experts recognized this long ago, he said: the framing and position of a camera can fundamentally change the story viewers see. "When we're seeing a body-worn camera, we're seeing things from the perspective of the police officer. We're literally standing in the shoes of the police officer," Benforado said.Experiments in perspective bias in the criminal justice process have focused on interrogations, he said. "Scientists have found it really matters what sort of frame is being offered," Benforado said. According to Benforado, viewers who watched the perspective of the police interrogator were much more inclined to think the interrogation was reasonable. But viewers who watched the perspective of the suspect were far less inclined to think that, Benforado said.
The addictions crisis, short-term rentals, a heritage property and semi-trailers are on the agenda for a marathon city council meeting Wednesday. It's the final city council meeting before the Nov. 9 municipal election. The council will hear from a variety of people on a long list of topics. Both local residents and the Sask. Trucking Association will address council about the proposal to remove trucks from 9th Avenue N. The trucking association said it will increase travel time, emissions and fuel consumption. Residents say they are concerned about safety on the road and noise. City council will also hear from six delegations about the proposed energy and sustainability framework. The priorities and planning committee is recommending that city council create a community-wide energy and sustainability framework and action plan. Administration would then create plans, timelines and targets to achieve the goal of city operations being 100 per cent renewable by 2050, as well as a preliminary estimate of the financial and economic impacts of the plan.Heritage property Four delegations are expected to speak further about the Bagshaw Residence at 56 Angus Crescent. The Cathedral Area Community Association and Heritage Regina are thanking the city for its plan to designate it a heritage property. Brandon Hicks and Mariia Zaburko, as well as Crawford Homes, are expected to speak to the proposed demolition of the home. They are proposing a "new heritage property." "Our goal for 56 Angus Crescent is to create a home which will be an anchor in the community and eventually become worthy and appropriate for designation as a Municipal Heritage Property," Hicks and Zaburko said in their submission to city council. "We have a long-term goal of coming back to Counsel in 30 years and revisiting this process. The Bagshaw home may no longer be appropriate for preservation, but that does not mean that the heritage aspects of the property need to be forgotten," they wrote. The city council will be hearing from Shawn Faye and the Regina Hotel Association about short-term rentals at the meeting as well. Both are speaking to the need for regulation of homestays or Airbnbs. The city report is directing the council to review the bylaw every year, have a limit on multi-unit dwellings so only 35 per cent can be short-term rentals, and have a cap on licences if the city's vacancy rate drops below three per cent. Addictions crisisThe last delegations will speak about the addictions crisis in Regina. Councillors Andrew Stevens, Bob Hawkins, Lori Bresciani and Jason Mancinelli all put forward a motion to address the current addictions and substance use crisis in the city. Leah O'Malley with White Pony Lodge and Ronni Nordal are both expected to address the city council. O'Malley said the lodge volunteers would like to share their interactions and experiences to show what it's like after navigating the current system. "We would also like to illustrate the need for a holistic approach involving coordinated efforts in housing, transitional services, funding for current services (particularly Mobile Crisis), as well as mental health supports," O'Malley wrote in her submission. "Harm reduction is a part of the recovery continuum and we must start with the realization that dead people can not recover," Nordal said in his submission. If passed, addictions and substance use would be added to the mandate of the local emergency planning committee, and the city would work with other organizations to develop a city-wide needle cleanup and disposal strategy, as well as a harm reduction strategy that could include safe consumption sites and supportive housing. The Regina city council is meeting at 1:30 p.m. CST on Oct. 28.
The World Trade Organization's bid to select a new leader was plunged into uncertainty on Wednesday after the United States rejected the Nigerian woman proposed as the global trade watchdog's next director-general. Just six days before the U.S. election in which trade is a hot topic, Washington struck another blow at the WTO, which U.S. President Donald Trump has described as "horrible" and biased towards China. The Trump administration has already paralysed the WTO's role as global arbiter on trade by blocking appointments to its appeals panel.
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Here's the latest for Wednesday October 28th: Huge protests in Philadelphia over police shooting; Trump and Biden campaign in swing states; Massive numbers of early vote ballots returned in California; Dodgers win World Series.