Dude the Alaskan Malamute and a sweet little girl share sweet a howling session together. The little girl thinks it’s hilarious when she “boops” his nose and he is so sweet and patient with her!
Dude the Alaskan Malamute and a sweet little girl share sweet a howling session together. The little girl thinks it’s hilarious when she “boops” his nose and he is so sweet and patient with her!
OSHAWA, Ont. — Police in Oshawa, Ont., have identified four people killed in a mass shooting early Friday morning as a father and three of his children, as they continue to seek a motive behind the carnage that took place in a family home.Durham regional police say the deceased are 50-year-old Chris Traynor and his children, 20-year-old Bradley Traynor, 15-year-old Adelaide Traynor and 11-year-old Joseph Traynor.A 50-year-old woman who was injured in the shooting is also related to the family and continues to recover in hospital.Police have identified the shooter as 48-year-old Mitchell Lapa, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and say he was an "uninvited person."Police have not yet specified Lapa's relation to his victims, and the homicide unit is still investigating the motive behind the shooting."Investigators also want to speak to anyone who knew the lone attacker, Mitchell Lapa, as they seek to understand the motivation and reasons for this attack," said Durham police in a statement."If anyone has details or background information about him, they are asked to contact their local police service or one of our lead investigators."Condolences for the Traynor family have been pouring in on social media throughout the weekend, with many describing the family as generous, caring and deeply involved in the local sports community."The Traynor family were beloved and active members of the Oshawa community," reads a GoFundMe page set up to support the surviving members of the family, which had raised more than $85,000 by Sunday evening."Their acts of kindness, love and generosity are unmatched. The impact the family had on everyone they touched will be forever remembered."The Durham Catholic District School Board's director of education offered support to students and families who knew the Traynors."Words cannot adequately express our profound shock and deep sorrow over this terrible event," Tracy Barill said in a statement."As a Catholic community rooted in faith, we continue to pray for the family members and those affected most directly by this heartbreaking news."Ken Babcock, president of Baseball Oshawa, said Chris Traynor had coached with the program for many years, while Joseph Traynor was a member of the Legionaires rep team."Words cannot describe the shocking and senseless tragedy that has struck our wonderful community in Oshawa and impacted our collective baseball family," Babcock said in a statement.Neighbours had described the Traynor family as caring deeply for each other, and said they were often seen spending time playing games and doing chores together in the yard.The City of Oshawa announced that flags would be lowered to half-mast at city hall and other facilities."Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends during this difficult time," Mayor Dan Carter said in a statement, while thanking police and first responders.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 6, 2020.The Canadian Press
They are small towns along the Canadian-American border, marooned by geography, whose residents' lives have already been upended by the border closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Campobello Island, located off the coast of the U.S. state of Maine, is accessible only by a private ferry service that runs during the summer or by driving through Maine, which connects to the island via a bridge. The lack of easy access to the rest of Canada has long been an issue, but is compounded by the pandemic, said Justin Tinker, 34, a civil engineer whose family has lived on Campobello Island for 10 generations.
A bus company says it's fired a driver who failed to drop a four-year-old child off at his Ottawa school Friday and instead drove him to the company's parking lot, some 40 kilometres away in Clarence-Rockland, Ont.The incident happened on Friday morning, the child's first day back at École élémentaire publique Francojeunesse in Sandy Hill. Rima Zayed, his mother, wanted to drive him to school in order to go over some COVID-19 safety measures — but he insisted on taking the bus. "So she said, 'OK.' She dropped him and his brother at the bus stop and she went to wait for him at the entrance of the school," said Yasmine Benali, a family friend who acted as a translator in an interview with CBC News Saturday.Benali said Francojeunesse has two school bus drop off points, one for the elementary school and one for the kindergarten. Zayed's elder son was dropped off at the elementary school, but her younger son, Bader, never got off the bus at the kindergarten building. After notifying the school that Bader didn't show up, Zayed went to the elementary school to ask her elder son if Bader had gotten off the bus with him — but he said no. At this point, around 9:30 a.m., the school called the bus company, Roxborough Bus Lines, to find out if they had the child. Nick McRae, president of the bus company, told CBC News the call came in just as the bus was pulling into the company's parking lot in Clarence-Rockland, Ont."When the driver came back to the yard, the student was still in the bus, which is not following our policies," he said.The boy was driven back to the school, where he arrived around 10:30 a.m. Failed to complete mandatory checkMcRae said while Roxborough Bus Lines is still investigating what happened, it was clear the driver failed to check if there were any children still on the bus before leaving the school.He said the driver has been dismissed, and all other drivers have been sent memos stressing the importance of doing the mandatory child checks. The company is reviewing all its policies, and McRae said they are going to work with the school board and the Consortium de Transport to make sure something like this doesn't happen in the future. "We deeply regret how this happened," he said. > It was shocking, and we're very upset about it. \- Nancy Daigneault, School Bus Ontario executive directorNancy Daigneault, executive director of School Bus Ontario, said what happened was unacceptable. "It was shocking, and we're very upset about it," she said.Daigneault said her organization is conducting its own investigation and stressed that school bus travel is still a safe way to send children to school. "It's very rare. It doesn't happen very often. Once every few years you hear about this," she said. "We safely transport 833,000 [children] to and from school everyday."Won't take the bus for a while After the incident, the family wrote to the Consortium de Transport detailing what happened, and have received both a reply with an apology and a report from the bus company.While the family appreciates the response, they said they still have some questions around the report. They also said they won't be sending their sons on the bus anytime soon, as Bader is still shaken by the experience and says he doesn't want to go back to school. "We really hope that he won't have any fear of going back to school on Tuesday," Benali said. "But this is still to be discovered."
While the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged national economies, it's unexpectedly led to prosperity at the community greenhouse in Inuvik, N.W.T.Having harvested about 2,000 pounds of food in the last two-and-a-bit months, the Inuvik Community Greenhouse is experiencing it's best crop ever, says executive director Ray Solotki."I would say a truckload of food gets harvested every single week, and we've been harvesting now for 12 to 13 weeks," she said.The greenhouse expects to produce about 3,500 pounds — if not more — by the end of the season."So, yeah, we're producing an amazing amount of food," said Solotki.Pandemic forces creativityLike so many organizations, the greenhouse was forced to get creative when pandemic-induced restrictions meant its space couldn't open to crowds of local gardeners in the same way. So the board of directors decided to close its 18,000-square-foot greenhouse to the public and shift from offering individual, four-by-eight-foot plots, to full-on farming. "We put [in] four full rows of beans, and two full rows of spinach, and we have four full rows of potatoes," said Solotki. They're also growing celery, cauliflower, strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb."We're doing high-yield, very high-intensity gardening, and we're seeing incredible results."The move has paid off in more ways than one.Solotki said the greenhouse has also been able to slash the cost of its weekly veggie box, which contains a selection of produce from its market plot, and offer it to many more families.Now, she said, with a much larger market plot and funding from Community Food Centres Canada, the greenhouse can offer the veggie box for $240 for 12 weeks instead of the previous $400 price. Full subsidies are also available. Solotki hopes some kind of larger growing operation will continue at the greenhouse, even after the pandemic dies down.> We're doing high-yield, very high-intensity gardening, and we're seeing incredible results. \- Ray Solotki, executive director of the Inuvik Community Greenhouse"Eighteen-thousand square feet seems like a lot of space, but when it's partitioned down, and you each have your own little spot, and you're only doing your three broccoli, you're not going to get a whole lot," she said."But if you're all gardening together and working together in a larger space, and do a higher yield like we've been doing, you can see a lot more yield for a lot less work and a lot less money."In the meantime, there's still about 1,500 pounds of food to harvest before the end of the season, said Solotki, including "big-ticket items" like squash and potatoes. 58 dozen eggsAnd that's to say nothing of their 22 chickens, which have laid 58 dozen eggs in less than two months. "We sell out immediately, so they never stay in the fridge for more than two or three days. The community is lined up outside to get our fresh eggs," she said.When the frost sets in and the sun dips back down below the horizon, Solotki said, the plan is to take every leaf, plant and spud left over, and boil it all down with the chicken bones into a soup stock."We're going to donate that out to the community so we can serve as many people in need as possible."
The commissioner of Alberta's public inquiry into alleged foreign-funded attacks on the oil industry has pushed back against a legal challenge to suspend his work, arguing an environmental law charity can't prove it will be harmed by his inquiry's findings.In an Aug. 27 legal brief, commissioner Steve Allan also says he still has not yet determined the process under which the organizations he is scrutinizing will respond to his investigation, even as the Oct. 30 deadline for his final report looms.In July, Ecojustice sought an injunction that would halt Allan's work until the court rules on an earlier legal challenge by the charity.Ecojustice filed a judicial review application in November 2019 that asked the Court of Queen's Bench to shut down Allan's inquiry. It alleged the inquiry was created for "partisan political purposes" outside the authority of the Public Inquiries Act and had been tainted by bias from the outset.A hearing on the application was originally scheduled for April but was delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Ecojustice's injunction application cited the fact that Allan had not provided information on how organizations will be allowed to respond to his findings. The charity said it and others may suffer "irreparable reputational harm" if Allan releases those findings under a process not yet fully defined, and before the court rules whether the inquiry is valid.But in his reply to the injunction request, Allan says the environmental law charity cannot show any risk of harm that would warrant an injunction before the court hears the legal challenge.He says Ecojustice was previously told that his final report, due to the energy minister by Oct. 30, will not be publicly released until January 2021, giving the court "ample opportunity to hear and determine the judicial review by then."Ecojustice has "suffered no damage, reputational or otherwise, and is under no imminent risk of this happening," Allan's brief states."Further, there are strong policy considerations, as well as practical considerations, in favour of public inquiries being allowed to proceed once commenced."In an Aug. 28 brief, the Alberta government called any harm Ecojustice has alleged "speculative," and said legislative acts like the creation of an inquiry are presumed to be valid and in the public interest.The government also said there is no evidence that the charity or any other organization will be called soon — or at all — to respond to Allan's findings.None of the allegations from any side has been proven in court.Inquiry procedural rules 'under development'Allan says Ecojustice's injunction request raised concerns about "procedural fairness" the charity did not include in its 2019 judicial review application."In any event, Allan has accommodated, or will do so, Ecojustice's procedural concerns for the conduct of the public inquiry," the brief says, adding the procedural rules of the inquiry remain "under development."There is no indication that evidence gathered in the course of the public inquiry's facts investigations or preliminary findings have been published or are soon to be published," it states.In July 2019, Premier Jason Kenney announced his UCP government would spend $2.5 million on a provincial inquiry into "foreign-funded special interests" and their campaigns to stop oilsands development. The move was widely condemned by environmental advocates and others, such as the non-profit Pembina Institute, as an attempt to intimidate and silence critics.Despite it being a public inquiry, the commissioner's work has been shrouded in secrecy. The government did not release Allan's interim report, provided in January, and Allan has not disclosed who he has interviewed as part of his investigation.Reframing of inquiryThe government has several times amended the scope and scale of the inquiry.On June 25, Energy Minister Sonya Savage said Allan would receive an additional $1 million and a four-month extension to complete his work. In an order-in-council, she also changed the wording of the inquiry's terms of reference in a way that hinted at the possibility that foreign funding of anti-Alberta energy campaigns may not have actually happened.A subsequent Aug. 5 order-in-council from Savage limited what the inquiry is expected to yield. It added a phrase that says Allan "may" make findings and recommendations related to raising awareness of any foreign funding of anti-energy campaigns, how the government can best respond to those campaigns, and any additional eligibility criteria for grants that the province should consider. All of those were outlined as expectations under the inquiry's original terms of reference.Allan's legal brief suggests this reframing gave him direction he lacked for nearly the first year of the inquiry.The orders-in-council "put Allan in a position, for the first time, to gauge the more precise and exact nature of the parties and activities regarding which he had an obligation to report," it states.Now, Allan's inquiry can progress to the second stage and allow parties to respond to his findings — with, the brief says, "a view to satisfying the obligations of procedural fairness which Ecojustice says is owed to it." 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The school playing field may not just be for gym class and recess anymore.When kids return to school, at least one B.C. teacher says the pandemic is the perfect time for educators to move lessons outside, not only because it could be easier to physically distance than indoors, but also because it may offer opportunities for students to learn old lessons in new ways.Cara Laudon, an inner city elementary school teacher in Vancouver who is currently working on a graduate degree in environmental education at Simon Fraser University, says a lot of the curriculum taught in the classroom can be taught anywhere.For example, she suggested, if students are studying geometry, they can practise calculating the perimeter of the school or playground. Or if they are studying the environment, they can learn about water cycles first-hand by exploring their surroundings."We talk about the 100 mile diet, we can do 100 foot field trips," said Laudon Tuesday on The Early Edition.In the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, the local school district has already incorporated some outdoor learning programs into its back-to-school plan.Further south on the island, Carolyn Howe, a Victoria elementary school teacher and a vice president of the Greater Victoria Teachers' Association, would like to increase opportunities for outdoor learning in that school district as well."I would love to see much more support for outdoor learning spaces," said Howe in an interview on On The Island.She said, ideally, the district would have equipment students could sit on outdoors and methods for transporting supplies safely to and from the classroom.In Vancouver, Laudon suggests the school board and city staff connect and provide all schools in the district with a list of parks located within walking distance of each individual school."We need widespread support from families, from our staff, from our administrators and from the community," said Laudon.The grades 3 and 4 teacher said outdoor education is free, accessible and can be fun. If some students are unable to afford a rain jacket or waterproof shoes, Laudon said that, in her experience, school communities have been generous at finding ways to equip kids with what they need."And depending on the age of your students, you know, they don't mind getting wet. They're not made of sugar," she said.The idea of outdoor learning was recently suggested in a report released by Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. Hilary Inwood, head of the Environmental and Sustainability Education Initiative at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, said besides helping reduce the spread of COVID-19, learning outside also provides the benefit of physical movement.But she said it's unreasonable to expect inner-city schools to be able to hold class outdoors all day because of the limited size of some schoolyards. A rotation-based approach would work best, Inwood said.To hear the complete interview with Cara Laudon on The Early Edition, tap here.
When Ted Gaudet drives along Amirault Street in Dieppe, he looks at the squat off-white bungalow with pointed front windows and wonders — what happened?It will be one year ago on Monday that the bodies of Bernard Saulnier, 78, and his wife, Rose-Marie Saulnier, 74, were found inside the house they owned for decades.Police would later say the Saulniers were killed — victims of homicide."There was a lot of concern about what the circumstances were and was there any other threats within the neighbourhood," Gaudet, a Dieppe councillor, said in an interview earlier this month. Police say they don't believe the deaths were random.Gaudet's safety concerns were somewhat eased by the implication from police that the killings were targeted, but unanswered questions remain. "Most people are now, I guess, concerned about the fact that they haven't found the people who have done this, they wonder as to where the investigation is, if they have leads," Gaudet said. RCMP have said little over the last year."The New Brunswick major crime unit is continuing to investigate the double homicide of 78-year-old Bernard Saulnier and 74-year-old Rose-Marie Saulnier," Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh, a spokesperson for the New Brunswick RCMP, said in an interview this week, echoing statements RCMP have issued over the past year.Rose-Marie remembered as generous, kindPaulette Thériault, a Moncton city councillor, remains shocked by the couple's deaths. She said she became friends with Rose-Marie after meeting her in the '90s through Rose-Marie's work as a nutritionist, herbalist and naturotherapist at a health food store."She was extremely generous," Thériault said. "She just knew how to make you feel not only welcomed, but made you feel as if you were very, very important to her." Rose-Marie was born in Memramcook East but lived most of her life in Dieppe and had a degree in nursing, her obituary said. She also held a bachelor degree in applied science in nutrition and owned Natural Choice Health Centre."None of us know how much time we have left on this Earth," Rose-Marie Saulnier's obituary said. "What is left in the end are your actions, the memories you leave behind and how you made people feel. 'Big Mama' always saw the best in people. "She has touched a lot of lives throughout the years."Thériault recalled Rose-Marie's store would be busy, but she'd always make time to talk. Thériault would leave the shop knowing all about Rose-Marie's holidays, what she liked to eat and other parts of her life.Thériault remembers Bernard Saulnier being at Sequoia Dieppe, where Rose-Marie worked for her final five years, after he retired. "He was one of those gentlemen that would say, 'Oh, I tried that green stuff on the shelf, it's really good.' He had a sense of humour and a very nice person."Bernard was a past president of Acadia Electric and was involved with the Dieppe Rotary Club and a New Brunswick construction association, according to his obituary. Bernard was "a very generous person in helping various people in career choices and business success," his obituary states. The couple is survived by two sons, Luc and Sylvio, several siblings and extended family members. Family members did not respond to messages requesting comment.Thériault hopes those who knew the couple are able to get answers and closure. 'Disturbing' not knowing"I find that very, very disturbing to know that someone who was a good citizen, somebody who cared, somebody who gave a lot to the community and who has passed away under these conditions and we have no one who knows what actually happened," Thériault said."That is very, very disturbing." Rogers-Marsh said multiple investigators are still working on the case."We can certainly appreciate if there is public concern, this is certainly a very serious incident - two people were victims of homicide," Rogers-Marsh said. "Our investigators are working, and have been working, diligently on this file. We're working to identify the person or people that were involved and we're continuing to ask the public for their assistance."Asked if that statement means police don't have a suspect, Rogers-Marsh said, "that wouldn't be information I'd be able to confirm."While RCMP issued news releases in the early months of the investigation with photos or descriptions of vehicles, Rogers-Marsh says police have been able to talk to those people and are no longer looking for them. She wouldn't say if they are connected to the case.In December, police carried out a ground search in Moncton's west end neighbourhood for potential evidence related to the case. Officers used police dogs and metal detectors to comb the shores of Jones Lake. Police haven't said if they found anything during the search.Family could be at 'significant risk of harm'There have been indications of a risk to the couple's family. In January, Court of Queen's Bench Justice Jean-Paul Ouellette sealed records related to the couple's estate. The documents are normally publicly available. A court case registry names Luc and Sylvio Saulnier as beneficiaries of the estates.The judge said Luc Saulnier, in a written affidavit in support of sealing the files, laid out other facts "that could be of concern and/or put at risk the security of the family.""Considering who could benefit from the estate, the circumstances of the deceased, the ongoing criminal investigation, the absence of information about the motives and identities of the murder or murderers, publication of information could put both the beneficiaries and their family at significant risk of harm of their lives by unsavoury members of the public who could become aware of such inheritance," Ouellette wrote in his decision on sealing the documents.Sylvio Saulnier listed his parents' home as his mailing address on Service New Brunswick property records. He owned a house on Dominion Street in Moncton that was raided Aug. 28 last year by police targeting an alleged drug-trafficking operation in the Moncton, Fredericton and Woodstock areas.Rogers-Marsh wouldn't say if police have determined there is a connection between the raids and the couple's deaths 10 days later. Sylvio Saulnier no longer owns the Dominion Street property.
Longtime residents of Charlottetown will remember it as an A&W where the servers on roller skates delivered burgers and root beer right to their car.For more than 20 years afterward, it was a Subway, in recent years with a Mary Brown's fried chicken restaurant tucked in the back.Now, the building at one of the busiest intersections in Charlottetown — University and Belvedere avenues — is about to be demolished to make way for a pizza joint.Owner Irwin Dawson said it was time for a change."We're very excited," he said. "I mean, COVID-19, that's put a damper on everything but I'm very excited to open a new business on P.E.I."The new business will be Blaze Pizza, a franchise that specializes in fast-fired custom-built pizzas that are made in front of the customer.Dawson said the new building will be further back on the property in order to maximize parking. The entrance will still be off University Avenue.A new 260-bed residence at UPEI is currently under construction directly beside it.Dawson, who grew up in Clyde River and studied at UPEI, still owns a few P.E.I. locations of Subway, which has been an active supporter of the university as well as youth soccer on the Island.He hopes to have the Blaze Pizza up and running by Christmas, and if all goes well, add a few more across the Atlantic provinces.More from CBC P.E.I.
Three seats.That's all that stood between Blaine Higgs and a majority government in New Brunswick's 2018 provincial election. If his Progressive Conservatives can hold every seat they won in that vote, then that's all that will stand between Higgs and a majority on Sept. 14.So where can he find them? And where does Liberal Leader Kevin Vickers need to look for enough seats to form a government of his own?It's not a given that Higgs and the PCs will be able to win all 22 seats they carried in 2018. Robert Gauvin won the riding of Shippagan-Lamèque-Miscou largely thanks to his own personal profile but quit the cabinet and PC caucus in February over the government's proposed closures of six emergency departments at night.Gauvin is now running for the Liberals in the riding of Shediac Bay-Dieppe and the PCs will be hard-pressed to hold Shippagan-Lamèque-Miscou without Gauvin carrying their banner.That puts the PC search up to four seats.Using the seat projection model of the CBC's New Brunswick Poll Tracker, it's possible to identify the seats the PCs have the best chance of gaining.At the top of the list are two seats won by the Liberals by narrow margins in 2018. Carleton-Victoria was won by just 3.2 percentage points, while Saint John Harbour was won by only 10 votes. With the Liberals down and the PCs up in province wide polling since the last election, these two seats could be the first to flip.Fredericton-York was won by the People's Alliance by just 2.8 points in the last election. Support for the Alliance has been cut in half since that vote. That will make it difficult to hold this seat.With these three, the PCs would be at 24 seats — meaning they need just one more.They could win one of either Fredericton North or Victoria-La Vallée from the Liberals. The PCs finished less than five percentage points short of the Liberals in these two seats. In Fredericton North, the PCs don't need to draw away much of the 21 per cent that went to the Alliance in 2018 to move ahead.If the PCs could carry both of these seats, their count would be up to 26. That would give their majority government some stability, even if they named a speaker from their caucus.For more of a cushion, the PCs could look to Moncton East and Moncton South. The Liberals took them by relatively wide margins in 2018 — 11 and 15 points, respectively — but with the 13-point swing the Poll Tracker is estimating between the two parties province wide, those are margins the PCs could overcome.Fredericton-Grand Lake, the riding represented by People's Alliance Leader Kris Austin, could also be within the PCs' grasp if the sharp decrease in Alliance support throughout the province is replicated in Austin's own seat.It gives Higgs some room to manoeuvre, including gains from both the Liberals and the Alliance in multiple regions of the province. But his options are relatively limited. Beyond these seats, the well looks pretty dry for the PCs.Liberals need to hold their seats before thinking biggerThe Liberals have a far narrower path to government considering where they stand in the polls. Trailing the PCs in province wide support is no path to victory for the Liberals. Even a narrow lead might not be enough to overcome the PCs' better vote distribution.But, let's assume the Liberals recover over the last days of the campaign and are able to hold the 21 seats they took in 2018. While that will be no easy feat — several of the seats mentioned above are trending PC — it would leave them only four short of a majority.Two seats jump out as must-wins for the Liberals. Though Gauvin is running elsewhere, the party would need to win his previous seat of Shippagan-Lamèque-Miscou. The next would be Miramichi, the riding in which Vickers is running. He'll need to beat the Alliance's Michele Conroy, which is by no means a given. But it is hard to imagine a good night for the Liberals if their leader goes down to defeat.With those two gains and 23 seats, the Liberals might be able to form a minority government. If the aim is a majority, then they will need at least two more.Their best options would be in the southeast of the province. Polls suggest the Liberals are running third in and around Fredericton, but they are much more competitive around Moncton.If a Liberal recovery was due to a PC decline, then they might be able to wrest Moncton Northwest and Moncton Southwest from them. The PCs won these seats by narrow margins in 2018. Helping matters for the Liberals is the presence of an Alliance candidate in Moncton Southwest, unlike two years ago.On the other hand, if the Liberals pull support from the Greens they might look to win back the seats of Kent North and Memramcook-Tantramar that were lost to the Greens in 2018.Either of these scenarios, however, imagine a considerable improvement in the Liberals' position. What if, instead, the Greens continue to make inroads at their expense?Greens need PC as well as Liberal votesFinding new seats for Green Leader David Coon to win is not easy. His party won three in 2018 but finished second in only two others: Restigouche West and Restigouche-Chaleur. The Greens finished 21 and 54 points, respectively, behind the Liberals in these two seats. The party will need to make significant gains among francophones in the province in order to move into contention in these ridings.Fredericton, where the Greens won a seat in the October 2019 federal election, has more promise — but only if support for the PCs comes down. Polls suggest the PCs have pulled a lot of support away from the Alliance in and around the city. If they hold that support on election day, the Greens would struggle to win any new seats with Liberal votes alone.The People's Alliance, too, needs to see PC support drop in order for them to have a hope of retaining all three of the seats they won in the last election. Keeping the balance of power in a minority government also depends on it. Gains will be hard to come by.In the end, the fate of all four parties and their leaders could come down to just a handful of individual seats. The path to victory looks easiest for Higgs.He has just over a week to take it.
A quarter century after a police sniper killed an Indigenous man fighting to reclaim his ancestral land, the federal government still hasn't given back the territory. But his relatives say they will keep up the fight. Anthony "Dudley" George was 38 years old the night he died on Sept. 6, 1995, after Ontario Provincial Police tried to remove people of the Stony Point (Aazhoodena) community, part of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, who for three days had occupied land near the territory taken from them by the federal government. His family was one of 18 relocated from Stony Point First Nation — in 1942, after the government expropriated the land to build a military base — to the nearby Kettle Point reserve. Ottawa promised to give back the land, near Sarnia, Ont., once the Second World War ended — a promise it did not keep.George and others moved back to Stony Point, then known as Camp Ipperwash, in 1993. The dispute simmered until, two years later, after waiting for seasonal campers to leave, several community members occupied nearby Ipperwash Provincial Park on the Labour Day weekend, hoping to spark change. Dressed in riot gear and heavily armed, the OPP then tried to clear the park with a nighttime raid, killing George, who was unarmed. "That time was a polarizing time for our community. It's very important to remember those who have gone before us, and it's important to respect and honour our warriors," said Jason Henry, the chief of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, who was 15 years old in 1995. He says the feeling in the community at the time was that people in southwestern Ontario, and in much of Canada, stood with the police, who were directed by provincial leaders to get the protesters out of the popular park. "The trauma of that is long-lasting. The atrocities that have been done to Indigenous people across Canada were already layered and complex. The division in Canada was already ripe. And then this happened," Henry said.WATCH | The lasting impact of the killing of Anthony "Dudley" George:After George was shot, his brother and sister Carolyn George and Pierre George had to drive him to the hospital because there were no ambulances on standby.The lack of medical teams on standby was one of several failures of the OPP and the provincial and federal governments, according to the scathing final report of the Ipperwash Inquiry — a long-delayed look at the occupation, raid and aftermath that became known as the Ipperwash Crisis."Ipperwash revealed a deep schism in Canada's relationship with its Aboriginal peoples and was symbolic of a long and sad history of government policy that harmed their long-term interests," the report concluded. The officer who shot George apologized years later. The province apologized to Kettle and Stony Point First Nation after the inquiry. The OPP did not immediately return calls for comment on this story. WATCH, FROM 1995 | Shooting at Ipperwash Provincial Park:'This is home' In the years since the crisis, about 100 community members have continued to live on the now-closed base, out of about 2,500 who make up the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. The site is still owned by the federal government, which has set up a contract with Kettle and Stony Point First Nation to maintain it. "I feel at home here because this is where I am supposed to be," said Carolyn, Dudley's sister. "This is home." The Kettle Point part of the community has a school, a health centre, restaurants and proper infrastructure such as water and roads. But the military's use of the Aazhoodena territory has created conditions most Canadians would find shocking, Henry said. It is still littered with unexploded ordinances such as grenades and artillery shells.Every year, people from Kettle and Stony Point are hired to help find and remove the explosives. As of last year, 116 unexploded ordinances have been found, and the Department of National Defence says it will take another 25 years to fully clear and decontaminate the land. Land will be transferred to the First Nation in parcels as it is cleared, a spokesperson for the Department of National Defence said in an email to CBC News. A few hectares of land have already been cleared, but have not yet been returned, because the agreement is still somewhat new, the spokesperson said. The buildings in which George's family and other community members live have not been maintained properly since the 1990s, and the military says they're too dilapidated to fix. The homes have running, but not potable, water. People go into a nearby town to fill up jugs to use for cooking and drinking. Pierre, Dudley's brother, used to live in the military fire hall, but it didn't have proper heating. He built a home next door, but it doesn't have running water. "That old place, it was freezing in there. Too cold," Pierre said. "So, I just built this out of wood and scrap myself. I don't have water. I have one power line going in there for a TV." Just last month, the federal government and community leaders met with those who live on the former military base to talk about building better housing and installing infrastructure. Trauma and moving onPierre, 66, still cries when he recalls his brother's death. He says trauma counselling has helped alleviate the flashbacks of that night and the stress-related pain that made it seem like his insides were being ripped out. "I guess I just have to keep on keeping on. What else can I do?" Pierre said. Just inside the gate at Stony Point, there's a sign he painted for his brother, worn and faded but still legible. It reads: "It was here that my brother's earthly journey was ended by an OPP bullet." He and others in the community are optimistic that talks between the leadership of Kettle and Stony Point and the federal government will finally mean adequate housing is built for residents. Henry, the Kettle and Stony Point chief, has also overseen an "Additions to Reserve" process, by which the federal and provincial governments are expected to soon return the lands of the now-closed provincial park to the First Nation. Those lands were also part of the Kettle and Stony Point claim. The process does not include the grounds of the former military base. Large gathering not possibleThis Sunday, the George family and community members will each remember Dudley George in their own way. A large gathering isn't possible in a community trying to make sure there is no spread of COVID-19, so outsiders aren't invited. Carolyn says she hopes by next year, larger gatherings will be possible and her brother can be honoured again. Near where Dudley died, there is a large granite stone in tribute. Henry says it's important for his community to share the story of how Dudley died, and what he died for. "Our connection to the earth is extremely important. It's paramount," he said. "As Indigenous people, we've lost so much. We've lost culture, identity, language and that is due to the loss of land. It's important to acknowledge that there are many different kinds of warriors. Some are in the courtroom, some are in the classrooms ... and some put their lives on the line to defend the land."I think it's important to acknowledge that Dudley was one of those kinds of warriors: A man willing to put his life on the line to defend what is right."
Serbia's president accused Moscow on Sunday of stooping to "primitivism and vulgarity" in an attack on him, after Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman compared him to the actor Sharon Stone in an explicit film scene. Serbia is Moscow's closest ally in the Balkans, but President Aleksandar Vucic has long annoyed Russia by seeking better ties with the West.
A Connecticut city won't waste an opportunity to get a sizeable donation from comedian John Oliver about a weeks-long joke pertaining to the name of a sewage plant in the area. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said on WTNH-TV that he would accept Oliver’s challenge to name the city’s sewage plant after him following Oliver's offer to donate $55,000 to local charities.
A Toronto resident has created a giant globe in the shape of Earth out of plastic garbage collected on Woodbine Beach this past summer.Dora Attard, founder of Plastic Free Beach Toronto, revealed her new art installation on the beach on Sunday to focus attention on the problem of single-use plastics. The globe is made up of more than 500 water bottles and thousands of pieces of coloured plastic. She said the artwork is the result of weeks of picking up garbage in a bid to keep Woodbine Beach clean. It was displayed on the beach in front of Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pool.In the artwork, water bottles make up the world's oceans while plastics of different colours make up the continents."Today, I am showcasing a new installation using beach plastic that was found on the beach this summer," Attard said. "Plastic water bottles are supposed to be the water part of the globe. Then I have each continent covered with different bits of plastics found on the beach in different colours." After the COVID-19 pandemic hit Toronto, particularly in May and June, the amount of garbage left behind on Woodbine Beach was "unbelievable," she said. Attard appealed to the city through her councillor for help and the city brought more garbage bins for the boardwalk and beach and assigned more city workers to beach cleanup. In July and August, the amount of garbage lessened, she said."More people definitely means more garbage," Attard said.Attard said the pieces of garbage most commonly found on the beach are cigarette butts, lids and bottle caps, water bottles and plastic straws. The most surprising thing she found was plastic implants for a bikini. She also finds needles.When she finds toys, she saves them to allow them to be reused. She used to have a community beach toy box that she kept on the beach last summer, but she thinks it was used for firewood and it's disappeared.Attard also organized a beach clean up on Sunday, an activity that she has organized every Sunday since the start of spring. About four groups scoured the beach for garbage on Sunday, picking up individual items with garbage pickers. She also provides rubber gloves and garbage buckets. Attard collects the garbage, sorts it, counts it and weighs it."The majority of the little bits I find are washed up from lake that have been broken down in microplastics, which is more dangerous than a bigger piece. They're eaten by birds and fish, and if you're not a vegetarian and you eat the fish, then the plastic goes inside of you. It's bad cycle," she said.Bryan Bowen and his son Noah join the beach clean up on Sunday."We are here today to support our neighbour Dora's initiative to help keep Woodbine Beach clean. We are going to be picking up some plastic along the shoreline and along the boardwalk," Bowen said."We do live in the area. We use Woodbine beach for swimming and walking all the time. It's been disappointing to see the amount of litter accumulating this summer, so we wanted to come down and lend a hand to help to keep it clean," he added.The pandemic has brought out the crowds to Woodbine Beach, he said."It's great for local businesses and it's great to see so many people enjoying the lake, but we also want everybody just to do their part, pitch in and help to keep the beach clean so we can all enjoy it together."Plastic Free Beach Toronto describes itself as an organization that serves to educate people on the amount of single-use plastic that is used and thrown away daily and to encourage people to create a cleaner world for future generations.
OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Air Force's attempts to capitalize on the layoffs that have ravaged Canada's commercial airline industry during the COVID-19 pandemic have had some early — albeit extremely limited — success.The military has for years been struggling with a shortage of experienced pilots that has led to something of an existential crisis for the Air Force, leaving severely strained commanders without enough veteran aviators to both train new recruits and lead missions in the air.The federal government had started taking steps to try to lure some of those pilots back from the civilian aviation sector, where most had moved after leaving the Air Force, to address a shortfall that reached 275 pilots in December 2018.Those efforts were redoubled with a social media campaign in March, after COVID-19 forced airlines to ground their planes and furlough hundreds of pilots for the foreseeable future, raising hopes some might opt to come back to the stability of the military.The result: Four former military aviators have re-enrolled in the Air Force on a full-time basis, while five others have agreed to join as part-time reservists."The re-enrolment process involves a combined effort by the RCAF, the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group and various career managers, and is one that typically takes several months at minimum to complete," said Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Nora Amrane."This detailed process ensures the RCAF's staffing needs can benefit from returning valuable experience, that CAF enrolment standards are maintained ... and also that the re-enrollee's employment expectations/requests can be met."Yet while any addition is no doubt welcome, Amrane said the military still needs 149 more aviators — even as she attributed much of the gain made from December 2018 to a reorganization that saw fewer pilots needed overall.This reorganization saw the Air Force move several non-flying positions previously filled by pilots so trained aviators could focus on flying planes instead of flying desks."While the reduced requirement suggests the CAF is healthier with pilots, as people are transferred or recruited to fill these air operations officer positions, some pilots will still be required to complete the tasks over the next couple of years," Amrane added. Amrane could not say whether attrition among its pilots had slowed since the pandemic, saying such statistics are not kept on a month-by-month basis.The federal auditor general reported in November 2018 that the military didn't have enough pilots to fly Canada's CF-18 fighter jets. He also found that over a certain period when 40 fighter pilots left the Forces, only 30 new ones were trained.The civilian commercial sector has been hit hard by COVID-19, with hundreds of pilots in Canada furloughed, including 700 at WestJet, which recently tightened its policies and protocols around the pandemic in a bid to get more customers to fly.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 6, 2020.The Canadian Press
If you are at a club with music playing, it takes effort not only to speak to another person but also to listen.Life for hard-of-hearing individuals is like being in a bar with music playing. Now add masks to the mix and the effort required to communicate doubles.With masks mandatory at schools, many parents are worried for their deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) children's ability to learn in class. HOH students that go to mainstream schools rely on facial cues, lip-reading and some on an FM radio system where the teacher will wear a microphone that connects to the student's hearing aid. Masks not only prevent these students from lip-reading but also muffle the sounds coming from their FM systems, thus making learning harder. Edmonton mom Alexandra Kalutich's nine-year-old son Angelo is hard-of-hearing. She said she is continuing online education for her nine-year-old for now as the school had not informed them if any accommodations were in place yet. "He needs to be able to visually see the lips because a huge part of his learning is lip reading and comprehension is reading lips as well. If the teacher's not wearing that FM system, then it's very difficult for him to follow in a classroom," she said. "Where we were concerned was, is he going to be able to hear his teacher? Because how does she put the microphone under the mask? If she's talking through the mask, it's muffled." Kalutich said she sent the school information on masks but had not heard back about what their plans were. The province has asked schools to "enable the full participation and inclusion of students with disabilities — this would include students who are deaf or hard of hearing," wrote Colin Aitchinson, press secretary to the Minister of Education in an email. "In circumstances in which students who require specialized supports and services are not able to follow guidelines and require support and adaptation to public health measures, plans must be developed to ensure their inclusion."The Edmonton Public School Division said they are working on getting clear masks for teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Amber Darragh, an audiologist with EPSB said they have been having conversations with schools to figure out what's best for students since April. "Meeting with teachers and parents and letting them know what are the clear mask options. What are the pros and cons so we can figure out … what works best for the teacher, but also what works best for the student," she said. "Because one mask that works really well for a student who maybe has really severe hearing loss might not be the best one that works for someone with mild hearing loss. So it's going to be very individual depending on the student and the teacher."The Moog Centre for Deaf Education in St. Louis, Missouri, did a lot of research this year on what kind of mask options are there. The research was conducted by Amanda Rudge, director of research and developmentc and executive director Betsy Moog Brooks. They looked into four types of masks: a regular cloth mask, a cloth mask with a clear plastic window, a completely clear mask and a face shield. Their research found that a face shield offered the same level of communication as not wearing anything on the face does. "A face shield is not approved as protection because it's open at the bottom," Brooks said. "So our idea back in the spring was that we would use the face shield, they'll put on that microphone right here and then we would put essentially cloth or fabric, drape it down against our chest so we would be covered, like you would be covered like if you had on a cloth mask."The clothed shield is not available in markets but Brooks said they are considering creating them for schools in St. Louis. Effort to learn has increasedA survey conducted by University of Alberta audiology professor Bill Hodgetts is looking into the impact of the pandemic on hard-of-hearing individuals.Hodgetts said for hard-of-hearing people trying to acquire information takes a lot more effort. But because they are motivated to listen to a person, they will put in all the effort to make sure they understand what is being said."What we're seeing for people with hearing loss is that the effort has gone up tremendously to learn," he said.He said this increased effort can be exhausting, and this stress of trying to learn and acquire information, especially in class, can cause extra anxiety for the hard-of-hearing. "If we're all tapped out with something like this, going back to school in the fall makes them feel like they are just detached from the rest of their classmates," he said. "That's going to be a big issue and there needs to be support for those individuals."
Florida-based shark researchers Ocearch are heading to Cape Breton this week, with the permission of the Canadian government, to kick off a Nova Scotia expedition.The team of scientists will fly into Sydney on Tuesday from a number of American states. They will head to their boat in Louisbourg and will wrap up the expedition in Lunenburg on Oct. 6.John Kanaly, communications manager for the group, said they've been working closely with the federal government and Canadian Border Services Agency to get approval. Team members will follow a strict protocol upon entering the country."Ocearch is taking [COVID-19] extremely seriously … we are taking very strict measures to make sure everybody is as safe as possible," Kanaly said.The ship sleeps 22 people, including crew. Everyone will get tested for the virus and will have to submit their negative test results prior to entering Canada.Local volunteers will drive the group to the ship in Louisbourg, where the group will enter isolation.The volunteers are required to follow the same public health guidelines as the researchers, and to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after they drop off the group."They're a community that we've ... established connections with in the past to support us during these expeditions," Kanaly said.Once on board, there are only specific days certain members can get off the boat."No one except for the list of people that the Canadian government has is allowed on or off the ship," Kanaly said.CBSA has set up a direct hotline in case anyone starts to feel ill or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms.There is an area on the ship to quarantine in the event of illness.CBC News reached out to CBSA for comment Saturday but had not heard back by Sunday afternoon.This year's expedition is a continuation of the work Ocearch started in 2018, and the trip will support close to 20 research projects across North America.Kanaly said it's far more efficient than if each project had to handle and sample their own sharks."Every shark tagged or sampled will be one of the most comprehensively examined and studied sharks in the world," he said.Researchers will look at the reproductive and population health of white sharks, understanding how they're utilizing the province's waters, and identifying what bacteria they carry in their mouths.But this year's expedition will be different than previous years, Kanaly said. COVID-19 restrictions mean they won't be able to engage with Nova Scotians the way they normally would.All of Ocearch's community outreach will be done through their social media channels this year."We love opening up the ship to folks while we're at dock so that they can come aboard and see what it is that we do," he said."We can teach them about it and really inspire them to care about their oceans. Unfortunately, this year, that's just not something we can do."MORE TOP STORIES
OTTAWA — Cries of the pot calling the kettle black are emerging after Canada joined an international genocide lawsuit against Myanmar, because the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls said Canada's Indigenous Peoples are genocide victims.Canada and the Netherlands announced with great fanfare this week that they were joining the genocide application launched by Gambia against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice in The Hague as interveners.Gambia filed the case last fall on behalf of the 57 Muslim countries in the Organization of Islamic Co-operation under the 1948 Genocide Convention.More than 850,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine state after being targeted by Myanmar security forces, who killed thousands while burning villages and engaging in ethnic cleansing and gang rape.Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok said their countries were joining the case to assist Gambia with "complex legal issues" in the case.But Bruno Gelinas-Faucher, a University of Montreal international law expert who has worked at the ICJ, said Canada's presence could cause delays and complications for the Gambian case because of an international legal axiom known as the "clean-hand" principle."There's a risk for Canada to be perceived as adopting a contradictory position of leading a very active foreign policy based on prevention of genocide abroad, and at home, not responding to fully for the calls for justice made by the (inquiry)," said Gelinas-Faucher."I think there is a very important element for Canada not to be seen as putting forth this contradictory position in the world, and to be coherent — have a coherent foreign policy that is in line with its domestic policy as well."Gelinas-Faucher said it is likely Myanmar will raise the Canadian genocide finding in legal arguments that would seek to block Canada from gaining standing in the case. He said that could further brake the already slow-moving wheels of the international court and delay the case for as much as a year.In June 2019, the landmark Canadian report on the victimizing of Indigenous women issued more than 200 recommendations and declared that violence against First Nations, Metis and Inuit women and girls was a form of genocide as that the crisis was "centuries in the making."Champagne said in an interview that he's not concerned about Canada's position on Indigenous issues at home, and that he is content to let "legal experts debate legal issues.""This is not about Canada. This is about genocide committed in Myanmar, and therefore I think Canada has every right to be standing side by side with a country like The Gambia, which is taking the leadership position and being supported by countries like the Netherlands and Canada," Champagne said.Another leading international legal expert said Canada has little to worry about, and that it should be joining the case against Myanmar.Errol Mendes, a University of Ottawa international law specialist who has served as a United Nations adviser, said there is much to distinguish Canada from Myanmar on the question of genocide."I hope our many attempts to reconcile with our Indigenous Peoples will set us apart from the type of actions in Myanmar that we have not seen since the Nazi regime, the Rwanda genocide and the Bosnian genocide," said Mendes."We are far from angels, but hopefully we are not in the same league of those that were involved in these genocides."Canada also brings a lot of international expertise to the case because it helped create the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court, said Mendes."We helped develop the Statute of the Court that includes express provisions on gender violence and rape as indicia of genocide," said Mendes, which he said is relevant in the case against Myanmar at the separate International Court of Justice because of the allegations of sexual violence against its military.Gelinas-Faucher said Canada's feminist foreign policy does leave it well-suited to add value to the case against Myanmar. But the government will have to take concrete action to address the domestic genocide allegations contained in last year's inquiry report."It has to show clearly its commitment to implement fully the recommendations and one of the elements is they said they would create a task force to implement these recommendations, which we haven't seen yet," he said.Champagne said Canada is consulting with Gambia and believes its feminist foreign policy has a role to play in the case."We've seen acts of genocide, systemic murder, sexual violence, torture," the minister said. "The international community is more seized now than ever with the plight of the Rohingya."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 6, 2020.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
Along with pandemic puppies and COVID-19 home renos, boating in Ontario has apparently experienced a boom in popularity this summer, raising questions about safety with so many novice boaters on the province's waterways.People see it as a fun outdoor activity that easily lends itself to physical distancing, experts say. But Const. Kevin Lee of the Toronto Police Marine Unit says it's also been a busier summer than in recent years for service calls, partially due to inexperienced boaters."It's been kind of a compressed summer with a late start and the weather has been hot, so it's been a lot of people down here, a lot more boating traffic, a lot of the beaches are quite full of people," he said. "We've had calls for vessels in distress, broken down or they've gone overboard — just from lack of experience in how to operate a boat."The issue was underscored last Thursday by a fatal crash off Toronto's crowded Woodbine Beach, killing one man and injuring six others. Police are still investigating, but witnesses and at least one video suggest the vessel was travelling at high speed as it hurtled directly into a pile of rocks about 90 metres from the beach.Lee says along with new boat owners, people renting boats have been a problem."You get a lot of people who really don't know how to operate them," he said. "Speeding is a problem. New boaters, because they may not have their licence to operate, they don't know what the speed limit is.Boaters not only need what's known as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, they also require a harbour licence to operate a vessel in the waters within the jurisdiction of the Toronto Port Authority, where it can get pretty congested with a mix of traffic —everything from large cargo ships, island ferry traffic to sail boats and kayaks. This area runs from Humber Bay in the west to Ashbridge's Bay in the east.Craig Hamilton, who is with an organization called BoaterSkills.ca, says if people want to learn how to operate a boat properly they can take a course online to get their pleasure-craft operator card. It is a requirement to operate a boat in Canada."The course teaches safe operating speeds and such, so anybody who takes it will be taught all the rules of the road — safe operating speeds, speed zone restrictions and navigation."He agrees that his summer has been busier than others with new boaters entering the market and the warmer than usual summer days that's attracted a lot more people to the water."We have more boaters out this year we're seeing people that are operating at unsafe speeds," says Hamilton, adding that the pandemic has meant a shortage of supply and less seaworthy boats out on the water."We've seen older vessels because that's all there is or maybe that's all that their budget allows." Inexperienced boaters are not just a concern in the waters off Toronto.Lawton Osler, the president of the Muskoka Lakes Association, a 2,300-member group of cottage owners, says he had a scary incident this summer when his vintage boat had engine trouble."I was having boats just scream by me -- full speed within 10 to 20 metres. Discourteous behaviour, people are not really caring about people around them," said Osler, who lives year-round on the shores of Lake Rosseau about 200 kilometres north of Toronto.He also blames new boaters who have taken up the pastime during the pandemic."Boats are going so quickly and they are selling like hot cakes around here," said Osler, who heard that one local marina sold 100 personal watercraft in one day and had 100 orders it couldn't fill.All that has made for unsafe situations, he said. A 58-year-old Toronto man was killed in July, hit by a personal watercraft while he was sculling on Lake Muskoka."There's just too many boats in the water and they're going very, very quickly and then. There are operators that are not capable of doing at such high speeds."Barbara Byers, the public education director of the Life Saving Society, says so far, this year there have been slightly fewer boating fatalities.Her numbers, compiled from media, police and coroner's reports, indicate that as of last Friday, 60 people across Canada died in boating-related incidents, as compared with 65 for the period ending on that day last year.For Ontario, there have been 16 fatalities for the same period, compared with 21 fatalities last year."With COVID everything was delayed. The boating season started later," Byers said. "It really it wasn't until the end of May, early June that we were allowed to leave our house, so the whole boating season was delayed probably by a month."She advises people headed out on the water this long weekend to wear a personal flotation device."We know from looking at the stats every year that 80 to 90 per cent of people who drown were not wearing a life jacket."