An Israeli court sentenced a Jewish settler to life imprisonment on Monday for killing a Palestinian couple and their baby in a 2015 arson attack in the occupied West Bank. Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21 at the time of the killings, was convicted in May of three counts of murder and two charges of attempted murder in what a court determined were racially-motivated crimes. Israel's Shin Bet internal security service, which had interrogated Ben-Uliel, hailed that verdict as "an important milestone in the struggle against Jewish terrorism".
It was supposed to be a vacation Martin and Anne Wills would never forget. In P.E.I. since July, they had booked a stay at the White Point Beach Resort in Nova Scotia for Sept. 9."I just wanted to be pampered for a couple of days," Anne said."We didn't have a vacation last year and we missed our 30th anniversary last year because I had cancer, and I'm fine now. But, nonetheless, this was going to be our big splash."But they were turned away upon arrival.When they presented their identification, which lists their home as Ontario, White Point told them they were only allowing permanent residents of the Atlantic provinces."I said, 'Well, residents? We're in the Atlantic bubble. We're seasonal residents.'" White Point made an announcement in early July that it would only open to guests from the Atlantic provinces this summer, and would review that policy in the fall. "With feedback from our staff, most recent Atlantic Canadian guests, and surrounding communities, we've heard their concerns and made the difficult decision to only allow residents of Atlantic provinces to visit White Point for the rest of the summer," said Dylan Meisner, general manager of White Point in a post on their website. Anne and Martin live most of the year in Toronto.They arrived on P.E.I. in early July after being approved by the province to come to the Island. They completed their mandatory two-week isolation. "Given the situation of the bubble and Nova Scotia's acceptance and New Brunswick's acceptance of that, we consider ourselves residents of Atlantic Canada at the moment," said Martin.The couple was asked for their point of departure at the time of booking. Anne said they gave their P.E.I. address.They said they didn't see anything on the website that told them that seasonal residents wouldn't be allowed. At the front desk, upon seeing Ontario drivers' licences, staff asked why they had given a P.E.I. address as their permanent address. Anne said she was asked for her address over the phone, and gave the one for her P.E.I. residence since that is where they are living."I am in the bubble, it says, clearly, that the Atlantic bubble includes seasonal residents who have quarantined successfully for 14 days," she said. Anne said she had her forms as well as the approval the couple had to have to travel to P.E.I. They offered proof of residency on the Island. But they were still denied.She said a staff member told her that the resort "had a staff meeting and we decided. We would be more comfortable just taking permanent residents of Atlantic Canada."Martin, in his 70s, and Anne, in her 60s, drove back to P.E.I. Want more clarity on rulesThe couple just wants more clarity around the rules."It's their right as a business to decide who they want, I guess," said Martin. "But they have to be very clear on what that decision means,. They have to ask when people reserve both online and by phone."Anne wishes there had been more clarity and consideration given by the resort. If they had been asked if they were seasonal residents, the conversation would have been different, she said. "If they had of asked us, we would have backed away and looked somewhere else ... I wouldn't have quarrelled with them," she said."Nova Scotia has lots of nice places to stay. Like, why deprive us of the opportunity to book some place that wants to have us?" On Sept. 9, the resort posted on it's website that it was extending its policy into the fall season.When contacted by CBC News, Meisner said the policy spoke for itself, and wouldn't be adding further comment.More from CBC P.E.I.
Sean McMullen holds up a small glass bottle to his face as he balances on the stairs of a wooden dock, a snorkel dangling from his head.He's brought out an array of green, brown and clear bottles from misty Terence Bay, about 30 kilometres south of Halifax."This one's interesting though, I've never seen a bottle like this," said McMullen as he shakes watery mud out of the small vessel.The word "Clenwood" can be seen on the glass, although faintly. Small shells cling to its sides.It's a new lead to investigate, and a unique find to add to McMullen's growing collection of treasures.The Halifax photographer has been snorkeling and free-diving since he learned from his dad as a teenager. But he only started filming his underwater adventures with a GoPro this May as a way to pass the time with a pandemic project."It just kind of morphed and took a life of its own, and it just kind of became this obsession," McMullen said.He has quite a following on Instagram and YouTube, where he shows off everything he finds.He said people often leave comments when they recognize a certain item and when it was made, or he will post his finds to social media groups to find out more.That's where he found out some "pretty rare" clay pipes he'd picked up were also from around 1840 or 1850, distinguished by their intricate floral designs.Another exciting find was a Whelan & Ferguson soda bottle, which predates the Titanic and Halifax Explosion. It was created by a Halifax company that no longer exists, and McMullen had never heard of until he started researching."You look at different places in coves and you appreciate the beauty of what it is you're looking at, and then you realize there's a lot of stuff underneath this water," McMullen said."You name it, it's probably there."While he hasn't found anything old enough to be museum material just yet, McMullen said he's always open about what he finds and would be happy to hand over something special.But McMullen's also bringing up more than treasures in his yellow mesh bag.As he swims, McMullen also pulls garbage like plastic, beer cans, old gloves, pop bottles, and once a whole rusting bicycle out of the ocean. McMullen said he often feels sad surveying the muddy bottoms of coves and shoreline around Nova Scotia, but also motivated to clean up what he can.Although he's just one person, he said it feels good to know at the end of the there's "0.01 per cent" less trash in the water.He now groups everything together for a picture to quantify the sheer amount he brings up every time. McMullen said it gives people a new perspective to the picturesque sites they come from, like Peggys Cove."Maybe it'll motivate other people like myself who want to make a difference," he said. "You know, a lot of people do take trash off highways or in neighbourhoods. I'm just taking care of the ocean neighborhood."McMullen has already gotten to one scuba diver: his father Jonathan McMullen.Jonathan often goes on wreck dives and enjoys looking at interesting things, but seeing his son take things from an ecological perspective has inspired him to "keep up" by hauling trash out himself. That includes a kitchen sink.Jonathan said it's often the father teaching the son new things, but in their case McMullen has shown him how to be a more responsible underwater visitor."It's ... kind of rekindled my passion for diving in a different way," he said.When the weather cools off this fall, McMullen plans to get his diving certificate. Then, fitted out with a dry suit to keep warm, he can take his search to new depths.MORE TOP STORIES
BLACKVILLE, N.B. — Three teenaged boys from central New Brunswick were killed early Sunday when the car they were in slammed into a concrete and stone retaining wall in the rural community Blackville.The RCMP say all three occupants were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.Photos from the crash site show a car torn in two and a tangle of metal, glass and plastic across Route 8, the village's two-lane main street. In front of a small home, a low retaining wall in the front yard appears to be smashed to rubble on one side.Blackville resident Eric Walls said he was on his way to bed after watching the hockey game when he heard a terrible sound."It sounded like a bomb," he said in an interview. "It was a huge crash and bang. I came outside and the neighbours were all screaming, 'Call an ambulance!' There were bodies on the ground ... There was no bringing them back."The victims were identified as a 17-year-old from nearby White Rapids, N.B., and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old, both from Blackville."This is the seventh or eighth accident over the last five years — it's terrible, to be honest," Walls said, adding that part of the vehicle involved in the most recent crash had landed in his driveway. "It's almost surreal. It's devastating."The village is about 40 kilometres southwest of Miramichi, N.B., and home to about 950 people. Rodney Buggie, the principal at Blackville School, says two of the boys were in Grade 12 and the other graduated in June."Everybody knows everybody here," Buggie said in an interview. "We're a K-to-12 school and all those boys would have attended kindergarten to Grade 12. Every teacher knew them ... I knew them all very well."The school, which has 348 students, was to be opened Sunday afternoon to offer grief counselling to local residents."Our staff will be there along with counsellors from our school district," Buggie said.Jake Stewart, the area's representative in the provincial legislature, issued a statement Sunday asking residents to keep the victims' families in their thoughts and prayers."I'm shocked and saddened to learn of yet another tragedy here in our home community," said Stewart.He did not say what he was referring to, but a similar crash over the Easter weekend in 2019 killed four teens from the Miramichi area.Their vehicle veered off a wet, rural road on a Saturday night and landed on its roof in a ditch filled with icy water. At the time, the Miramichi Police Force said heroic efforts were made to save the teens, but all four later died from their injuries at Miramichi Regional Hospital.Police in Miramichi later confirmed the victims of the crash on April 20, 2019, were 17-year-old Cassie Lloyd of Escuminac, 18-year-old Emma Connick of Baranaby, 17-year-old Logan Matchett and 16-year-old Avery Astle, both from Strathadam.On Sunday, Stewart said he had been campaigning for re-election on the weekend. Voting day is Monday for a provincial election — the first in Canada since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March."It is important that all local candidates refrain from campaigning out of respect for the families," Stewart said.— By Michael MacDonald in HalifaxThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 13, 2020.The Canadian Press
Peel District School Board says more than 10,000 students have switched from in-person to online learning in the past week.In a letter to families on Saturday, the board says more than 64,000 students are now enrolled in its online school. The board says the increase of more than 10,000 students means it has to make changes to its online school in terms of staffing and timetables.The increase will delay the start of online learning in real time, with students receiving online projects this week, according to their grade, and the expectation that they will be done independently, the board says."Due to this recent increase in online enrolment, we require additional time to staff online classes and reconfigure timetables to ensure an equitable and successful start for all staff and students online," the letter reads. "As a result, we have made some changes to the experience for this upcoming week."Changes will affect both elementary students, from kindergarten to grade eight, and secondary students, from Grade 9 to 12. The board called the increase "significant."Province 'hasn't gotten this right yet,' Brampton mayor saysBrampton Mayor Patrick Brown said he understands that families are reluctant to send their children back to the classroom in person."I can appreciate why there's apprehension with families sending their children to school. Peel and the GTA is at the epicentre of the battle in Canada," Brown said on Sunday."And right now with escalating case numbers, I think there's a lot of families who feel that the government hasn't gotten this right yet."Brown said parents are torn because, on the one hand, they want their children to be with their peers, but on the other, they are concerned about class sizes and the health and safety of students at school. "It creates legitimate concerns," he said.The mayor said it's important to remember that it's common for multiple generations of people to live together in Peel Region and living arrangements could pose an increased risk of transmission among family members when it comes to COVID-19.One parent said she is not surprised that so many students have switched to online learning.Jill Promoli, a mother of two children in the Peel public school system, said both of her children have gone back to class in person, but the family will monitor the situation.Promoli said parents are concerned about class sizes, the number of classes being left empty, and the fact that decisions are being made at the last minute."No, I'm not surprised actually. I think this is something we kind of expected we would start to see happening," she said. "At this point, we've opted to send them, but we are keeping an eye on it. We are in Peel and we know there's case numbers that are ticking up in our region."Elementary students to start with 'learning experiences'From Sept. 14 to 18, the board says elementary students will be provided with "online learning experiences" that they can finish at their own pace. "These learning experiences will be organized by grade level and connected to the Ontario curriculum, with a focus on numeracy and literacy. While parents/caregivers are able to assist their child with these activities, they have been designed for students to complete independently," the letter says.Each morning, starting Sept. 14, the activities will be posted to the board's online school learning website and students are encouraged to click on "Elementary Students" on the home page.On Sept. 17 or 18, online school staff and teachers will connect with families to welcome students and to provide details about instruction, schedules and tools. Live online classes with teachers, or teaching in real time online, will start on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 for elementary students.Secondary students to start with 'inquiry project'From Sept. 15 to 21, the board says secondary students will work on a cross-curricular independent inquiry project aligned with particular core subjects, such as English, math, science and social sciences. Project details will be available on the online school learning website on Tuesday, Sept. 15."These projects will be reviewed by teachers as a pre-instruction assessment opportunity to gauge where students are in their learning," the letter reads. By Sept. 18, students will receive their timetables for the quadmester through their Peel student email accounts.Live online classes with course teachers, or teaching in real time online, will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 22 for secondary students.'These are truly unprecedented times,' board saysThe board says there are online activities on its website to help students make the transition to online learning. "Your online teacher will be able to address any questions you have about these materials when they connect with you," the letter says. Students are urged to contact their community schools if they have questions about resetting email passwords or if they need computers. "These are truly unprecedented times, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition back to school and as we navigate this new way of teaching and learning. We remain committed to providing all students with a high-quality education, whether they are learning in person or online," the letter says.The Toronto District School Board says it will have 70,000 elementary and secondary students doing online learning or what it calls "Virtual School."
Ontario's COVID-19 cases are rising at a rate not seen for months, upping the pressure on Premier Doug Ford's government and public health officials to take fresh action to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The average number of new COVID-19 infections confirmed daily in the province has doubled in a stretch of just three weeks. Ontario's daily count has exceeded 200 on each of the past three days, something that hasn't happened since early June. The trend is worrisome, said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital, in an interview with CBC News "I thought that we were going to see this rise in cases a little bit later," Bogoch said Sunday. "But it's real and it's happening now and it certainly is concerning. We certainly want to make sure that this doesn't continue to grow."WATCH | Dr. Isaac Bogoch on the upward trend in COVID-19 cases:On Friday, during his most recent news conference, Ford described the trend as an "uptick" limited to the most densely populated urban areas of Ontario."Where we are seeing an uptick is a couple regions," Ford said. "It's not the City of Toronto or the Peel Region's fault. This is happening, we've got to work together." A senior provincial official told CBC News that there is "a growing sense of concern" in the government and among public health leaders over the rise in Ontario's COVID-19 numbers. If the trend continues, the official said the province would consider measures targeted at the specific locations and activities that are contributing to the infection rate. Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region, which includes the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, account for the bulk of the province's new cases. Social gatherings, travel and workplace outbreaks appear to be driving the spread in Peel, said the region's medical officer of health, Dr. Lawrence Loh, in an interview with CBC News. Last Monday, the province announced a four-week pause on any further relaxing of pandemic restrictions. Yet case numbers have since risen, even though classes have yet to resume for the roughly 500,000 students in the public and Catholic school boards of Toronto and Peel. "So many Ontarians put so much work into into flattening the curve, into reducing the number of infections, it's really disconcerting to see those numbers go up," said New Democrat MPP Marit Stiles.This surge in new cases — and the government's efforts to stop it from becoming the pandemic's second wave — are likely to dominate debate as MPPs return to Queen's Park following an eight-week break.The provincial legislature sits Monday for the first time since July 21, giving opposition parties the chance to confront Ford and his ministers in question period. Ford has put himself front-and-centre for Ontarians during the COVID-19 pandemic by holding a televised news conference nearly every single day over the past six months. His political approval ratings have soared, particularly after Ontario's daily number of new coronavirus cases receded from its peak in late April. Advocating for a safe return to school will be central to the NDP's focus in the legislature, Stiles said. "We think it's a critical component in ensuring that we weather this storm and that we don't see a really fast increase in infections," Stiles said in an interview with CBC News."There's a lack of confidence in the government's plan. Many parents do not feel that the schools are safe enough."The province has required all boards to offer the option of remote schooling this fall and parents are choosing that route by the thousands. In the Toronto District School Board alone, some 60,000 students are opting for virtual classrooms, roughly one-quarter of the board's enrolment. A surge in demand for online learning from an extra 10,000 students in the past week forced the Peel District School Board to delay the start of its remote classes. The government needs to make public a plan for preventing the feared "second wave" of COVID-19 infections, said Ontario Liberal Party Leader Steven Del Duca. "Other provinces like British Columbia and Quebec have presented their versions of how they're prepared or are preparing for a potential second wave," Del Duca said in an interview."I think it would go a long way to helping provide Ontarians with peace of mind to know that Doug Ford has a similar plan and to see him share that with the people of Ontario." The government will release a comprehensive preparedness plan in the coming weeks, said PC House Leader Paul Calandra. "The cabinet and caucus have been working closely on this, learning the lessons of the first wave," Calandra said in an interview. "This plan will encompass all that we have learned ... to make sure that we are ready should the second wave hit." The plan includes what will be the largest flu immunization campaign in Ontario's history and accelerated efforts to deal with the backlog of non-emergency surgeries. Inside the legislature, measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 will be mixed.For instance, there will be no crowds of reporters in the corridors shouting questions at ministers, known colloquially as scrums. Instead, those post-question-period sessions will take place in the Queen's Park media studio, which has become a familiar sight to Ontarians in recent months as the location of briefings by Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams. However, there is no limit on how many of Ontario's 124 MPPs can be in the legislative chamber at once, as there was back in the spring. The NDP has written to Speaker Ted Arnott expressing concern.MPPs to wear masks"Health experts and public officials, including the Premier, have emphasized the need to limit gatherings. MPPs should lead by example," said Peggy Sattler, the NDP's deputy leader, in the letter.MPPs will wear masks when they are not addressing the legislature, Calandra said. "We will do our best to make sure that we continue physical distancing in the house," he said. Under provincial law, the government must table a report to the legislature by Nov. 21 on the four-month-long state of emergency that was declared in response to the pandemic. Finance Minister Rod Phillips's full budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which was deferred in March amid the arrival of the pandemic, is to be tabled in early November. The government must make public its 2019-20 spending tally, known as the Public Accounts, by late September.
An RCMP officer being sued by a Kelowna, B.C., man who was repeatedly punched in the head during an arrest earlier this year denies the claims and says he was justified in his actions.RCMP Const. Siggy Pietrzak says in his filed response to Tyler Russell's civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court that he was justified in his delivery of the punches, after seeing his fellow officers struggle to arrest the man, who was "larger and stronger" than they were. Russell's lawsuit also names Canada's attorney general and the B.C. Minister of Justice as defendants.The attorney general, who filed his response Sept. 8, also denies the bulk of the allegations in the claim.Russell claims in court documents that he sustained "multiple lacerations to his face, damage to his nose, bruising of his face and bruising of his ribs" during the arrest on May 30. He claims the assault left him with "serious injuries and consequences, including: post-traumatic stress disorder, diminished self-worth, depression, anxiety and loss of enjoyment of life," among other challenges.Two videos of the arrest surfaced in June showing an officer punching Russell in the head at least 10 times while two other RCMP officers restrained him. In the civil claim, Russell says he was sitting in the passenger seat of his work vehicle when police officers approached him and demanded he get out of the vehicle and provide a breath sample. Russell refused as he was not driving and did not have the vehicle's keys in his possession, according to the lawsuit.The civil suit says Russell was never a threat to the RCMP officers. He was not charged after the arrest. The attorney general's account of events presented some additional information, including how Russell was sitting in his pickup truck sweating, with pasty lips and erratic eyes, causing the first officer at the scene to suspect he was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. None of the allegations presented in the civil claim or the two responses have been proven in court. According to documents filed by the attorney general, Russell had a strong odour of alcohol on his breath, was argumentative and verbally aggressive when a breath sample was requested, resisted arrest, and engaged an officer in a physical struggle causing the officer to fear for his safety.After the three officers arrested Russell, RCMP found a half empty bottle of hard alcohol in the truck, a glass pipe with unburned white powder, believed to be cocaine or methamphetamine, along with more white powder in his wallet, according to the attorney general's response. The response says the RCMP officers breached no charter rights, acted in good faith, without malice, and any force used was reasonable and justified in law, leaving no basis for any award of damages. Further, it says the plaintiff acted with negligence for failing to comply with the directions of officers, causing or contributing to any injuries he suffered. Both the attorney general and Pietrzak request that the claim be dismissed with costs.
REGINA — A Saskatchewan judge who ruled a Metis man could stay on the lawn of the provincial legislature to finish his hunger strike against high suicide rates visited the protester Sunday as the demonstration drew to an end.Court of Queen's Bench Justice Graeme Mitchell spoke with Tristen Durocher, who fasted while living for 44 days in a teepee in Regina's Wascana Park following a 635-kilometre march from northern Saskatchewan that began earlier this summer."To the politicians who are going to scream bias, bias, bias because a judge who signed his decision wanted to see the freedom of expression and freedom of religion that his profession is supposed to be fighting and rooting for, by all means go ahead, because you just look that much more ridiculous," Durocher told reporters Sunday following the judge's visit.The provincial government took Durocher to court after the 24-year-old started camping in a teepee in the park, arguing Durocher was violating park bylaws that prohibit overnight camping and saying his presence posed a safety risk.But Mitchell dismissed the government's application for a court order to remove Durocher, saying the bylaws and trespassing notice against him were unconstitutional.Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan declined to comment on the judge's presence at the demonstration."Out of respect for the independence of the judiciary, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the participation of a Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench in an event with an individual, particularly while that judge is still in the midst of writing the full decision involving that same individual," he said. Mitchell delivered a basic decision on the camp Friday because of the tight turnaround between the hearing date and conclusion of the fast. He said previously he intends to deliver a ruling that goes into more depth. According to a document "Ethical Principles for Judges" on the Canadian Judicial Council's website, judges should "consider whether mere attendance at certain public gatherings might reasonably give rise to a perception of ongoing political involvement or reasonably put in question the judge's impartiality on an issue that could come before the court."The document's stated purpose is to provide ethical guidelines for federally appointed judges. It is not a binding code.Mitchell could not be reached for comment by The Canadian Press, but before entering the teepee he told the Regina Leader-Post that he "just wanted to come and visit the site."Durocher's lawyer told a court last week that the ceremonial fast was protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because he's an Indigenous man.Mitchell acknowledged in his ruling Friday the work that's already been done around reconciliation, including the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.He wrote the fast "represents an admittedly small and personal attempt to encourage all of us to move a little further along in our national journey."Durocher said the hunger strike ended at sundown on Saturday night, and there was a feast on Sunday before the teepee was to be taken down. Several members of the protest group cut their braids and tied them together in a noose, which they hung on the door of the legislature."This won't be the end of Indigenous people coming to the Wascana Park west lawn to voice their grievances in a ceremonial way, and whatever way they choose, protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of our country, because that is their right as citizens," he said.Durocher's friend, Christopher Merasty, presented Mitchell with a Metis sash. Merasty said the judge put it on with tears in his eyes and continued to wear it as he left.He said he was honoured Mitchell accepted the sash."That right there shows the truth and reconciliation, not only with the Metis, with the First Nations, with everybody here that's advocating for change," Merasty said."That is a big step forward in the right direction."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 13, 2020.The Canadian Press
A non-profit organization based in Victoria, B.C., has created a program to give away food staples that are culturally appropriate for Black Canadians after learning that many people of colour experience food insecurity amid the pandemic.Cassava flour, dried crayfish, plantains, Shito hot pepper sauce and palm oil are some of the grocery items that the African-Caribbean Arts and Cultural Society provides to low-income newcomers of African descent living in southeastern Vancouver Island through its La Teranga Food Baskets initiative.La Teranga is loosely translated as "hospitality" in Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania."COVID-19 has made finding a lot of these foods a bit more challenging, and they are a lot more expensive," said Boma Brown, manager of the food baskets program, to Kathryn Marlow, host of CBC's All Points West. Food insecurity among Black CanadiansLast month, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry cited a survey conducted by the provincial government indicating that Blacks are one of the ethnic groups in B.C. that are mostly likely to report job losses due to COVID-19. The survey also found respondents with annual incomes less than $60,000 reported food security issues.Based on this and community feedback from two virtual town hall events in June, the society kick-started the food basket program in August.Participants have to fill out an online form indicating where they'd like to pick up the food each Thursday in one of six communities in an area running from Victoria to Nanaimo. Food Baskets program popular in local Black communitiesBrown said most participants report living in a family of four people, and her program aims to reach 200 people per week, but it has been so popular that 12 families were declined service this week due to its limited resources.And the society makes efforts to get the foods that participants may not be able to find from local stores and food banks. "We're trying to source food all the way from Vancouver, sometimes East Coast [of Canada]."La Teranga Food Baskets program is funded by the Canadian government via Canadian Red Cross and will last until November. The Society is holding a crowdfunding campaign to extend the program beyond November.According to latest data from Statistics Canada, more than 43,000 Black Canadians live in B.C.Tap the link below to listen to Boma Brown's interview on All Points West:
Hong Kong's government will not intervene in the case of 12 city residents who mainland Chinese authorities arrested as they tried to flee by boat to Taiwan, despite pleas from their relatives for help, saying it was a mainland matter. The 12 were arrested on Aug. 23 for illegal entry into mainland China after setting off from Hong Kong in a boat bound for self-ruled Taiwan following a crackdown by Beijing on pro-democracy activists in the former British colony. The failed bid by the 12 to flee to Taiwan has highlighted the fears that many people feel in semi-autonomous Hong Kong about what they see as China's determination to end any push for greater democracy in the financial hub.
Wildfires in several western U.S. states are leaving a path of devastation and President Donald Trump is turning the blazes into a political football by blaming poor forest management, while local officials blame climate change.
Even with city council voting last week to keep waiving patio fees for restaurants, some Ottawa restaurant owners are preparing for business to chill when cold weather makes those patios untenable."[They've] made all the difference," Adam Vettorel, chef and co-owner of North and Navy in Centretown, told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning on Thursday. "It's sort of the lifeblood of our business right now."Last week, city council decided that restaurants would not be charged monthly fees for operating patios on sidewalks and streets until March 31, 2021. They could also continue operating patios on private parking lots, even near residential areas, until the end of this year.Mayor Jim Watson said the plan was the city's way to give restaurants hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic "every fighting chance to survive during the cold weather."Even so, Vettorel wondered who'd want to sit on a patio during winter. "Where our patio is now is usually where I shovel all winter," he said. "And I can tell you, it's not a place you want to eat."Uncertainty remains about future of restaurantsVettorel said his restaurant's patio, which seats between 18 to 20 people, will remain open as long as possible.He said he hopes politicians keep being accommodating and understanding toward restaurants during the pandemic, which "the city so far has been." Despite how crucial the patio and takeout have been for North and Navy, the restaurateur remains uncertain how long his business will last. "It just seems like every day, I feel totally different when I wake up," he said. "Some days I'm optimistic and I keep trying to stay optimistic, but other days, it is stressful.""I am waiting for the day where we find out, OK, well, this will be the finish line."Like Vettorel, Harriet Clunie, executive chef of Das Lokal in Lowertown, has spent many days wondering what the future will bring for her German and northern European-styled bistro. Clunie told Ottawa Morning her patio can seat between 55 to 60 people safely, after the city waived her fees and allowed her to extend it — and it's been Das Lokal's "lifeline.""Without the patio, we would possibly not be here," she said. Clunie said her staff are currently coming up with plans for three scenarios: opening the restaurant's interior (it's currently closed until October), keeping the patio open longer than normal, and dealing with another "lockdown." For now, Das Lokal is planning events that embrace the colder weather, like a "bring your own blanket" promotion and warmer cocktails, Clunie said."[We're] trying to be sort of prepared for whatever gets thrown at us," she said. "Which is impossible, but at least we can try."
Three teenaged boys are dead after a car crash in the village of Blackville, N.B., early Sunday.RCMP say the victims are a 17-year-old from White Rapids, and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old, both from Blackville. New Brunswick RCMP responded to the crash shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Route 8, according to a news release. The collision is believed to have occurred when their car crossed the median while travelling north, left the road and struck a retaining wall, the news release said. The three victims were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene as a result of their injuries, police said.The road remained closed until shortly after 1 p.m. Debris could be seen scattered across the roadway.The small community of fewer than 1,000 people is about 40 kilometres southwest of Miramichi.Rodney Buggie, the principal of the community's K-12 school, said two of the victims were in Grade 12 and one was a recent graduate.Buggie said the school will be open starting at 2 p.m., with counsellors present to support students and community members."We're a small, rural area," he said. "Everybody knows everybody. It's terrible."Witness describes sceneEric Walls lives across the road from where the accident occurred. He said he believes the car hit a rock wall while travelling at a high speed, near the Pharmasave on Main Street. "It was just like a bomb went off, it was such a loud noise, and there's debris all over the road," he said.Walls called 911 and blocked the highway with his truck to stop traffic. He said police arrived on the scene 10 minutes later, followed by an ambulance about 30 minutes after the call.The Blackville Fire Department, Ambulance New Brunswick, the Department of Public Safety as well as the New Brunswick coroner's office all responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.The local fire hall was opened to give grieving community members a place to go as the news broke in the early hours of the morning. Walls, who owns the Blackville Special Care Home, said he saw pieces of rock about a foot high on the roadway. He called the accident tragic and said the scene was "horrific" to witness."I know that the community will get together and rally for these families because we have a great community."His son Andrew Walls, 14, is in Grade 8 at the Blackville school and knew the victims."I think everyone's just going to be united, and just mourning with each other," he said. "It's going to be sad missing them."'It's really sad'Jake Stewart, a Progressive Conservative candidate in Monday's provincial election who represented the area in the province's Legislative Assembly before the election was called — said he heard the news early Sunday."It's really sad," he said. "These were good kids, I knew the families — very good people."People are really upset."Stewart was born and raised in Blackville and attended the same school as the victims. He said the crash happened just a few houses away from the home where he grew up."Everyone is either friends or relatives, and people are going to be really sad about this," he said."People at first were really shocked and now they just want to be supportive."Josh McCormack, a Blackville resident and the riding's Liberal candidate, announced on Facebook he planned to cancel all campaign events and social media posts. One of the victims was his cousin, while another was a youth hockey player he coached.McCormack said his family woke him up with the news at about 4 a.m. "We went down to my uncle's house a couple houses down, and we just kind of supported each other and grieved as a family," he said.The hockey player was a "great kid" who always "lit up the room," McCormack said, becoming emotional.He described his cousin as someone with a big smile and good heart who enjoyed working on vehicles.Art O'Donnell, the local People's Alliance candidate, asked community members to think of the families, friends and first responders. Stewart, bidding for re-election, ended his campaign Saturday evening. But he said he would never continue in the wake of an accident.'Fantastic young man'Coleman Price is the pastor at the Upper Blackville United Pentacostal Church, about a five minute drive from the scene of the crash. He received a call Sunday morning letting him know the grandson of a church member was a victim in the accident.Price said he called the grandmother right away."She was absolutely devastated. All she could get out was 'hello,'" he said.The pastor texted most of the congregation to let them know the news, and went on Facebook to post a blue and yellow ribbon, the colours of the local school.He knew the victim and remember him helping to bring the pews into the church a few years ago. Price described him as a "fantastic young man" who was well mannered, kind and pleasant.Several fatal crashes in recent pastSeveral fatal crashes involving teenagers have occurred in the area in recent years.A 15-year-old Miramichi resident was found dead after an ATV crash on Sept. 9, and four teens were killed in April 2019 when an SUV went off the road in Miramichi.Blackville faced a string of tragic deaths in 2018.In May of that year, an 18-year-old Gray Rapids man was killed in a car crash. Then a month later, a father and daughter died after their homemade raft overturned on the Miramichi River.Blackville also grieved the death of a 14-year-old after his dirt bike collided with a car.Counselling was offered at the village office and the health centre.McCormack said the tragedy today brings up memories of the past deaths in the community."A lot of people say we always want to come out stronger, but I think in these circumstances, that's hard to achieve."Walls knows the parents of the victims and attended school with some of them."We have a very strong community but I don't know how much more they can take," he said.The Blackville School shared in a Facebook post on Sunday afternoon that counselling will be available tomorrow and as needed in the days ahead. It also invited former students who need support to attend. Price has been a pastor in the community for about six years. He said not one year has gone by without something devastating happening."Probably most people in the community are just thinking when is this going to end."
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Auburn Bay School in southeast Calgary.Two or more cases have been confirmed at the school, which is located at 7 Auburn Bay Avenue S.E., Alberta Health Services said in a letter posted to the school's website on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.AHS said if staff or students are identified as close contacts of a confirmed case, they will be contacted directly for follow-up. If staff or students develop symptoms, they should self-isolate at home and complete the online COVID-19 assessment tool or call 811 to arrange for testing, AHS said."Public Health staff are investigating to determine who may have been exposed at your school to cases of COVID-19 during their infectious period," the letter read."The virus is passed from person to person by large, respiratory droplets, like from a cough or sneeze. This means that a person would need to have direct contact with droplets from a sick person or surfaces that they have recently touched. The risk of the general population in the school becoming infected because of these cases is low."The school serves Kindergarten to Grade 4 students.School remains openEarlier on Sunday, the school's principal had reported that a case had been identified at the school."Our school remains open to in-person learning for all students, and we are working closely with AHS to ensure necessary measures continue to be in place to protect all staff and students," principal Lori Cullen had written a letter posted to the school's website late Sunday morning.She said school staff will have disinfected key spaces in the school before classes resume on Monday. Cullen said students directed to quarantine will be supported by the school in maintaining course work through Google Classroom.According to the province's school outbreak tracking map, there are three other outbreaks in the province: St. Wilfrid Elementary School and Henry Wise Wood High School in Calgary, and Chinook High School in Lethbridge. AHS guidelines define an outbreak as two or more confirmed cases at the same school within 14 days. As of Friday afternoon, 32 cases had been reported at 29 schools across the province.
Ottawa public health officials confirmed another 47 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the highest one-day total since early May. The nation's capital hasn't seen a daily case tally this high since May 3, when Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 63 cases. Unlike yesterday's numbers, the majority of Sunday's cases — 29 of 47 — were in people over the age of 30. The city's total number of active cases has increased by 13 since Saturday, up to 281. There are now 70 more confirmed active cases in the nation's capital compared to the same time last week. Sunday's report brings the total of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic to 3,274. Of those, 2,726 cases, or approximately 83 per cent, are considered resolved.The city's death toll remains unchanged at 267. Eleven people remain hospitalized, while one person is in intensive care.There are also 19 ongoing outbreaks at city institutions such as long-term care facilities and child-care centres.Ontario reports 204 new COVID-19 casesThe reports from OPH don't necessarily reflect how many people tested positive for COVID-19 on the day they're made public; rather, they indicate the number of new cases OPH is notified of as of 2 p.m. the previous day. Ontario reported 204 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, a slight dip from the past two days.It's the third straight day, however, that the province has reported more than 200 new cases.The province also reported one new death since its last report.In western Quebec, meanwhile, health officials have confirmed 15 new cases since yesterday. The region has had 978 cases of COVID-19 and 34 deaths since the pandemic began.
The ruling United Russia party secured landslide wins at weekend regional elections but suffered setbacks in votes for two Siberian city councils contested by supporters of stricken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, results showed on Monday. Supporters of the opposition politician, who is being treated in Berlin after a suspected poisoning by a nerve agent, made rare gains in Siberia, winning seats in the cities of Tomsk and Novosibirsk along with other opposition groups.
OTTAWA — Pro-gun activists marched in Ottawa on Saturday to contest what they describe as the "injustice and ineffectiveness" of the federal government's assault weapon ban.The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights is behind the outdoor event on Parliament Hill, dubbed an "integrity march," to advocate for the rights of its members.The organization, which did not respond to a request for comment, said on its website the event was aimed at showing Canadians that gun owners are "your friends, colleagues and neighbours."In a post on its Facebook page, the group chided the federal government for its "ineffective and expensive" gun ban, saying Canadians don't support it.The Parliamentary Protective Service said roughly 800 people attended the event.In May, the Liberal government announced it would be banning a range of 1,500 types of assault-style weapons, which it says were designed for the battlefield — not hunting or sport shooting.Nathalie Provost, a survivor of the Polytechnique massacre and a spokeswoman for gun control group PolySeSouvient, said the objective of the federal government was not to penalize everyday citizens who take part in activities like hunting, for example."A hunter has the right to hunt. My family has hunters — there's no problem," Provost said. "What worries us the most is there is little gun control."Provost said she believes pro-gun activists are organizing the march because they are worried."They are worried about losing a privilege," she said. "I think they are very worried and they realize many Canadians want those weapons removed from the market."The Trudeau government announced in May that the newly prohibited weapons could no longer be "legally used, sold, or imported."The government is in the process of setting up a buy-back program to take the guns out of circulation, issuing a tender last month for 15 companies to come up with a "range of options and approaches to inform the design and implementation/management of a potential buy-back program for the recently prohibited firearms."Gun control advocates say the proposed buy-back must be mandatory in order to effectively reduce gun violence."The tap that allowed the entry of new assault weapons is closed, but there are still quite a few in the pool," Provost said.Provost wants these types of weapons to disappear completely from the Canadian landscape."The worst horror scene of my life — it didn't last very long, but it killed six people. And (for) me, it's four bullets in my body," she said."It's maddening the speed at which these weapons destroy."For its part, the CCFR has challenged the constitutionality of the Trudeau government's ministerial order in Federal Court.It argues in its challenge that the banned rifles are weapons intended for hunting and sport shooting, since that is how their owners have used them for decades.The group argues that the new regulations, enacted by ministerial decree, are illegal and go beyond the scope of the powers conferred on the federal cabinet.A spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair defended the legality of the order, saying it came after months of public consultation."The use of an Order-in-Council is exactly the process the law provides for when it comes to classifying firearms," Mary-Liz Power said in an email. "The Conservative Party, under Stephen Harper, used orders in council to downgrade the classification of several dangerous weapons just before the 2015 election without any public consultation."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 12, 2020.The Canadian Press
Lawyers for the United States on Monday asked judges at the United Nations' highest court to dismiss a case brought by Iran seeking to lift sanctions. Lawyer Marik String said Iran had wrongly introduced a subject uncovered by a 1955 bilateral pact, the Treaty of Amity, which Tehran cites as the basis for going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), also known as the World Court. It was "an inescapable reality", he added, that the real aim of Iran's legal suit is to restore a 2015 nuclear pact opposed by the administration of President Donald Trump.
Germany and France called on Russia on Monday to cooperate and investigate what happened to Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after laboratories in France and Sweden independently confirmed that he was poisoned with the Soviet-style nerve agent Novichok. The apparent assassination attempt has brought tensions between Russia and Europe to new heights and fuelled calls for sanctions against Moscow - including scrapping the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a Kremlin flagship project to bring more Russian gas directly to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of using the incident as a pretext to impose additional sanctions on Russia, the Interfax news agency reported.