Quebec's Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge announced on Monday tighter measures in designated coronavirus red zones by making masks mandatory for high school students starting Oct. 8 for at least 20 days.
Victoria's iconic 112-year-old Empress Hotel will be out of commission this winter.Fairmont Hotels and Resorts announced late Monday that the hotel will close completely for 87 days, starting Jan. 3, to complete a necessary $3-million renovation to its heating system. A release from Fairmont Hotels and Resorts says there'll be "periods of time where the building will be without heat ... or hot water," as the project involves replacing the building's steam heating system with a high-efficiency hot water heating system, along with replacing two 1960's-era steam boilers and hot water tanks.The hotel's automation system, which controls things like heating, lighting and security features, will also be upgraded. The building is expected to reopen on April 1.The hotel's general manager Indu Brar said in a press release that "being able to leverage the slower season and reduced tourism due to COVID-19 travel restrictions gives us the opportunity to complete these necessary upgrades."Union 'disappointed,' as workers laid off yet againPublic Relations director Tracey Drake said employees will be laid off during the three-month closure, and the hotel is extending its recall time period from 12 months to 24 months, so 90 per cent of employees can return. "[These] are always our quietest months of the year, so many of our colleagues do not work during these months anyways," added Drake.She couldn't say how many employees will be out of work, as many remain laid off from when the hotel closed in March due to COVID-19.Stu Shields, a national representative of Unifor, the union representing the hotel workers, said he's upset that around 75 employees who'd returned to work when the hotel reopened will be out of work yet again. The workers are voting on whether to approve the one-year recall extension that would allow them to reclaim their jobs until March 2022. Results will be known next week. "They are understandably disappointed. They were really hoping that business would open up. It's back onto [Employment Insurance] for the vast majority of the workers there," he said, adding the union is skeptical that the hotel has to close entirely to complete its upgrades.A prudent time to renovate, say tourism advocatesPaul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria, said it's a "prudent time" for the Empress Hotel to renovate, given the slow season expected."They're making a strategic investment ... and it shows a commitment to improve the guest experience," Nursey said.Anthony Everett, CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island said he's surprised the Empress will be closing completely, but expects tourism numbers to drop significantly in Victoria and across Vancouver Island this winter. "Successful businesses … have been using this time to do those things that they otherwise might not be doing, [such as] improvements," he explained. Nursey said he's sympathetic to those businesses who cannot afford to make improvements for the long-term this winter."There's a lot of anxiety as we're heading into the fall," Everett said, adding that "there are going to be some tough decisions this winter" as many businesses decide whether to keep their doors open.
The COVID-19 outbreaks at Foothills Medical Centre, the largest hospital outbreak in terms of sheer numbers to hit Alberta since the start of the pandemic, are taking a devastating toll on heart patients and prompting at least one doctor in southern Alberta to keep less-urgent heart patients closer to home.According to Alberta Health Services, as of Monday afternoon, six of the eight deaths are connected to outbreaks on cardiac wards at the Foothills hospital and 34 of the 42 infected patients have been on impacted cardiac units.All five of the visitors who have tested positive are connected with patients on cardiac wards.As of Monday afternoon a total of 80 patients, staff and visitors had tested positive for COVID-19, and seven units were battling outbreaks, including two cardiac care wards and a cardiac intensive care unit.Because Foothills hospital has one of just three cardiac catheterization labs in Alberta (the other two are in Edmonton) many heart patients from southern and central Alberta often need to be sent there for diagnostic procedures and specialized treatment.For years, doctors in both Lethbridge and Red Deer have been calling for their own cardiac catheterization labs so they don't have to send patients to Calgary or Edmonton for potentially life-saving treatment.'Conservative approach'And doctors outside of Calgary are now weighing the risks of sending patients who are not in urgent need of care.Lethbridge cardiologist Dr. Sheila Klassen said a seriously ill patient she helped care for had be sent to Foothills hospital, just before the outbreak was discovered."That transfer was medically necessary.," she said. "He required advanced care in Calgary but unfortunately he ended up in the middle of the Foothills outbreak. Sadly that was something that we didn't want to see."According to Klassen, the man ended up on one of the cardiac wards with an outbreak. He tested positive for COVID-19 and later died of cardiac arrest."I don't know whether the cardiac arrest was due to COVID-19 or due to his underlying cardiac disease in absence of COVID-19," she said. "But I am concerned he was a very vulnerable patient in terms of COVID-19 infection. So I"m concerned that COVID-19 may have caused the cardiac arrest."It's an ongoing worry for doctors and patients in southern Alberta as the pandemic drags on.There are are only 47 confirmed cases in all of the south zone, while staff inside the walls of Foothills hospital are battling an outbreak that is nearly double that number."Throughout the course of COVID-19 over the last few months and certainly during the recent outbreak … there are many patients who are reluctant to travel up to Calgary because of fear of infection and them knowing that they are in a more vulnerable… population in terms of consequences from COVID-19," Klassen said.When cases aren't urgent, Klassen is finding ways to keep her patients close to home."I lean toward a more conservative approach in terms of medical management and local testing just to avoid inter-hospital transfers recently because of COVID-19," she said.But there are bigger implications to the Foothills hospital outbreaks, according to Klassen.The outbreaks have underscored the need for services, including cardiac catheterization labs, in Lethbridge and Red Deer. "The fact that we're deferring these procedures because of location and distance from a [catheterization] lab and because of COVID-19 cases that differ between locations, I think it speaks to again the inequity in access to care for Albertans living in certain areas of the province versus others."John Church, a health policy expert in the department of political science at the University of Alberta, said the disparity between the healthcare services available in urban and rural Alberta is an ongoing issue and a problem that is very expensive to fix."The stress that the system is currently under [due to the pandemic] is highlighting some of these flaws in our system," said Church."There is a problem in the province with the distribution of healthcare resources, in particular the south of the province … and the Calgary zone in particular gets way more resources than other parts of the province."Church said it's a budgetary issue for AHS which decided long ago that certain expensive services — including cardiac catheterization — would be centralized."And it's not an ideal situation from the point of view of the patient at all."
Islanders may be exchanging face masks for bibs when the COVID-19 pandemic finally comes to an end.Ontario Premier Doug Ford has promised to host "the best Fordfest barbecue that P.E.I. has ever seen" to thank the province for sending 2,000 COVID-19 kits — which equals 8,000 tests — to Ontario."This is a province with 157,000 people helping a province of 14.5 million people," Ford said Tuesday at a news conference in Toronto."I just want to tell the people from P.E.I., I absolutely love you folks."Ford also thanked P.E.I. and Premier Dennis King for sending a tractor-trailer full of meals in the early days of the pandemic, an example of what he called working together in the "great Canadian spirit."He said East Coasters are the type of people who "give their shirts off their backs" in a time of crisis."So Premier King and to all of the folks of P.E.I., I love you, I will be there… This is amazing. I'm getting chills just talking about this."Ontario announced it had 547 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 55,362. It has 5,469 confirmed active cases.More from CBC P.E.I.
The federal government is expected to reveal this morning which single-use plastics will be covered by a national ban coming into effect next year. Ahead of the 2019 election, the Liberals promised they'd seek to ban plastic versions of a number of products by 2021, a commitment that was reiterated during last month's speech from the throne. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is expected to name which products are on that list at 10:30 a.m. ET. CBC News will carry it live online. The ban, which follows some local bans on single-use plastics, is happening under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which required a scientific assessment of the problem first. That report, released in January, said that in 2016, 29,000 tonnes of plastic garbage, the equivalent of about 2.3 billion single-use plastic water bottles, ended up as litter in Canada — on beaches, in parks, in lakes and even in the air. The report looked at the impact of all types of plastics and points to evidence that macroplastics — pieces bigger than 5 mm — are hurting wildlife. Dead birds were found with plastic in their intestines, whales had washed up on shore with stomachs full of plastic (including flip flops and nylon ropes) and in one case, an emaciated turtle was found with plastic in its digestive tract, notes the study. The evidence was less clear about the harmful impacts for people and wildlife of ingesting microplastics, and the scientists recommended further study. At the time, Wilkinson said the evidence on the effect of macroplastics was enough to go ahead with the ban.
MONTREAL — The second wave of COVID-19 infections in Quebec is already looking "very different" from the first, provincial Health Minister Christian Dube said Tuesday. The provincial government reported 1,364 new confirmed cases on Tuesday morning – the highest daily total since the beginning of the pandemic. There have now been 81,014 cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in Quebec, more than half of all cases in Canada. While the first wave was marked by serious outbreaks in long-term care centres, there was limited community transmission outside of those facilities, Dube told reporters at an afternoon press conference. "This time, this is totally different," Dube said, noting there are currently more than 500 active outbreaks across the province. But Dube said the government doesn't know how the virus is spreading through the community. "It's really hard to say, when you have a student being diagnosed at school, where he got it. Did he get it from his parent? Did he get it from his friend? From an uncle who got it at work? It is very difficult to know exactly where you got it," he said. "That's the reason we are saying right now, we are shutting down all those places where we can get together, because we don't know exactly." Schools remain open in the province, but on Monday the government announced high school students in maximum-alert regions will be required to wear masks in class and those in Grades 10 and 11 will spend one day out of every two at home. As of Oct. 2, the most recent date for which data is available, 666 schools had active cases of COVID-19 among staff or students. Restaurant dining rooms, bars, theatres and other venues were shut in the so-called red zones, including greater Montreal and Quebec City, on Oct. 1 for a period of four weeks. The Health Department reported three deaths in the previous 24 hours on Tuesday and said 14 earlier deaths have been linked to the novel coronavirus. Two deaths previously attributed to the disease were determined to have been from other causes, leaving the provincial death toll at 5,899. There are now 397 people in hospital, an increase of 36 from the previous day, while 67 people are in intensive care — an increase of five. But while the number of new cases is now higher than at any other point in the pandemic, the number of hospitalizations remains lower than during its previous peak. Throughout most of April, there was an average of more than 100 hospitalizations a day. Part of that may be due to the fact that younger people, who are less likely to have severe symptoms, are now getting the disease, said Ashleigh Tuite, an epidemiology professor at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. But it's also likely that the number COVID-19 cases in the spring were underestimated. "Comparing the number of positive cases this month to the number of positive cases in April, isn't a fair comparison, because we're just doing more tests in the population," she said. On average, Quebec is now conducting more than three times as many tests as in April and more than twice as many as in May. "There's no such thing as one measurement that tells us everything we need to know," said Dr. Matthew Oughton, an infectious disease specialist at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital. One important factor, he said, is the percentage of tests that are positive. The higher that number, the more likely the disease is widespread in the community. "We usually consider anything less that one per cent to be indicative of good control. In the middle of August, we were at around half a percent," Oughton said. "Whereas, from these numbers today, we're at six per cent provincially." That figure could be even higher in hard-hit areas of the province, he said. While the provincial government releases data on the number of new cases by region, it doesn't do that for testing. As the number of cases grows in the community, there's a greater chance that the disease will once again spread to a high-risk community, which could lead to a sudden rise in the number of severe cases, Oughton said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2020 ——— This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press
Alberta now has 1,900 active cases of COVID-19, after 276 new cases were reported Tuesday. It's the highest number of new cases reported in single day in Alberta since April.The province added one more death, a woman in her 70s in the Calgary zone, to bring the number of people who have died from the disease to 281.There are 61 people in hospital, 13 of them in intensive care.Provincial labs completed 17,654 tests for COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of tests to 1,442,603.The Edmonton zone now has 1,063 active cases, the first time ever it has been over the 1,000 mark.The last time any zone was over that mark was Calgary zone on May 12.Edmonton zone is where the province's largest current outbreak is, as 48 active cases (58 total) are tied to an outbreak at Millwoods Shepherd's Care Centre. The regional breakdown of active cases was: * Edmonton zone: 1,063 cases, up from 982 cases Monday. * Calgary zone: 645 cases, up from 624 cases. * North zone: 99 cases, down from 105 cases. * South zone: 61 cases, up from 47 cases. * Central zone: 26 cases, up from 22 cases. * Unknown: six cases, up from three case.Four more schools have been added to the province's watch list, meaning they have five or more cases, three of which are in Edmonton.Dr, Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, warned on Monday that additional measures may be necessary to bring the transmission rate down in Edmonton.Hinshaw hosts her next news conference on Thursday.
With absentee voting already underway, attorneys for civil rights groups urged the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday to ease requirements for those concerned about the coronavirus by allowing anyone to vote remotely without needing to notarize their ballots. Missouri did relax its absentee voting laws and created a new option for mail-in voting for the 2020 elections. A new exception to Missouri's absentee voting laws also allows at-risk people — defined as those age 65 and older, living in a long-term care facility or with certain existing health problems — to vote absentee without having their ballot envelopes notarized.
Shauna-Lynn Williams was the first to stand up and tell her own story of sexual assault."It took me months to wrap my head around what he did," she said, speaking to more than one hundred people outside Confederation Building in the province's capital on Tuesday.The crowd had convened for a rally, but weren't chanting or crying slogans. Instead, they stood quietly, listening.For Williams, her ordeal didn't end in an arrest or a verdict, despite reporting her experience to the police."I had proof of my assault and I received absolutely no justice," she said."I had recorded evidence of my attacker admitting that he assaulted me ... I was told there was a line of consent that he did not cross, and no charges were laid."High-profile sex assault cases have dominated headlines and airwaves in recent weeks in Newfoundland and Labrador, including the re-trial of Doug Snelgrove, which ended without resolution last month, and the arrest of Stephen Hopkins, a known sex offender who allegedly broke into a St. John's home two weeks ago and assaulted a minor.The publicity, reaching a boiling point, led to a smattering of protests at Supreme Court in the last two weeks, and struck Williams as an opportune moment to gather survivors and allies in one place to call for changes to the justice system."I lived in fear for a very, very long time," Williams said."I was afraid of what he would do because I went to the police. I was afraid to walk around my neighbourhood because he lived nearby."Since planning the rally, she's heard from other survivors, some of whom anonymously submitted their own stories, which Williams read out loud.Rachel Moss, 17, skipped math class to attend Tuesday's rally."I felt it was more important to come and speak up for the rights of women," Moss said."I just wouldn't feel right sitting and solving math equations when I know that so many women are out here dealing with so much injustice."Moss held an optimistic view of social action."I hope that internalized and systemic misogyny is ... one day completely eliminated, but I want to see some direct change," she said.Williams called for more dignity for survivors interacting with the justice system, which critics have called demoralizing and inflexible for complainants who may be experiencing trauma.She also wanted to see stricter measures for those arrested or convicted of sexual crimes, and widespread training for police officers, lawyers and judges dealing with victims."I feel that victims are not believed," she said. "I hope that our government listens ... we are not standing by and allowing this injustice to occur."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is to lay out its plans for the coming year this afternoon in a throne speech at the legislature, which is reconvening for the first time since May. Premier Brian Pallister has already said one key item of business will be to expand paid sick leave for people affected by COVID-19. The government is also expected to reveal more details of its plans for welfare reform, after saying in the spring it would find ways to reduce people's dependence on the program. Because of the pandemic, only half the members of the legislature will be inside the legislature chamber, while the rest take part via video conference. Opposition stalling tactics delayed dozens of bills in the spring on subjects ranging from electricity rates to cannabis consumption. Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew says his party is ready to support some measures, but he won't say whether his party will continue to stall bills the New Democrats oppose. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2020. The Canadian Press
Home renovations were popular among Albertans this summer, but one Edmonton couple took their house project to a new level. Two years ago, Alyssa Chappell and Adrian Rennie bought a charming turn-of-the-century farmhouse on a corner lot in the Mill Creek neighbourhood. On Monday, the 1913 house known as the Abram Residence was designated as a Municipal Historic Resource, meaning it has been recognized as an important piece of Edmonton's history while also giving Chappell and Rennie a grant of almost $75,000 to help with its preservation and restoration. "Like anyone says with an old house, we'll just start with paint and see where it goes," Chappell told CBC's Radio Active on Monday. "But it definitely was a bit of a can of worms when we started doing some demolition within the home." And that's where the new partnership with the city will make all the difference, the couple said. According to David Johnston, a senior heritage planner with the city, the Abram Residence is an example of Foursquare design, which was very popular in Edmonton in the 1910s and 1920s. "It looks like a smaller farmhouse property on a corner lot so it has a nice profile on the streets in the area," he said about the Mill Creek building. The layout of a typical Foursquare house was, as the name suggests, a square footprint with equally divided interior spaces. The simple, budget-conscious design — especially in comparison to earlier Victorian homes — "provided practical and comfortable living for modest middle-class families in the region," according to a city news release. "There's not as many around today," Johnston said about Foursquare homes, "and [the Abram Residence is] a little bit of a rare example in that part of the city." As part of the application process to get historic status, Chappell and Rennie dug into the history of its occupants. The first owners were Benjamin Abram, a real estate broker who later went to work for Account Metals, and his wife Jessie Matilda. They had the house built in 1913 and lived in it until 1919. The second owner was a British veteran who moved to Edmonton following the First World War. Frank Nurding would have been one of the early employees at the Pavey Candy Company, Edmonton's first large-scale candy maker which specialized in treats like hard candy butterscotch, horehound twists and lemon slices. The couple also had to get to the bottom of some major renovations which thus far have included stripping the vinyl siding that covered the original cedar, new windows, upgraded electrical and plumbing, and a new foundation that required lifting the house this summer, Rennie said. "We've learned pretty quickly that you've got to work from the ground up, so I've had to redo some things," Rennie told Radio Active. "The big push right now is to get the thing heated. We have some old cast-iron radiators that we got refinished so we're going to get those operational," he added. Chappell said she'd always been drawn to older homes. The Abram Residence's boasted a claw-foot tub (which "sealed the deal" for her), an enclosed front porch and its location near the ravine and proximity to other old homes. "We weren't prepared for the scope [of renovations] but we are happy that it's gone this way," she said. "It makes the work all the more worth it since we know it's going to be here to stay for others to enjoy for years to come."
The chief of St. Mary's First Nation is calling on a Fredericton city councillor to step down because of language he used after a presentation on race and policing. Chief Alan Polchies says the words used by Coun. Eric Price at Monday's council meeting were unacceptable.Price's comments came after a presentation on policing and community safety by Black Lives Matter Fredericton.Price, who is white, asked BLM organizer Husoni Raymond who would be included in the group's work. "Does this report include other minorities — red skin, brown skin, the folks on St. Mary's etc, etc, as well?"No one at the meeting commented on or acknowledged what Price said.But it didn't take long for the outrage to build on social media. Price apologized on his Facebook page Tuesday morning, saying: "My choice of words was unthinking and stupid. And I am deeply embarrassed."But for some, it was too late and the damage was done. "It's probably a good idea that Mr. Price steps down as city councillor to show that he's taken ownership of his comments," said Polchies. Raymond said he regretted Price's comments detracted from the content of the Black Lives Matter Fredericton presentation."It highlights a gap in governance structures and who's represented in these decision-making rooms," he said. "Where it's people who are not culturally competent about the lived experiences of racialized and marginalized people." Coun. John MacDermid said he was saddened by the language used by Price. Raymond "made a really, I thought, a really good, well-reasoned presentation to the city about what BLM was asking for in terms of how the community really needs to respond to systemic racism and how we function … and unfortunately the substance and the importance of what Husoni had to say is being distracted from." Ironically, MacDermid said, it speaks to the point.Polchies said he planned to file an official complaint with the city."The other problem," Polchies said, "is that all those other councillors, including the mayor, sat around that table, and when he made those comments no one budged. No one stood up and said, you cannot be making statements or comments like that."Council members wouldn't talk to reporters after the meeting Monday.Mayor Mike O'Brien wouldn't do an interview Tuesday, but in an email he apologized for not addressing the comments in the moment.He said Price will apologize at the next council meeting.
If Alberta wants fish and wildlife officers to take on some of the most dangerous parts of police work, it should pay them accordingly, their union said Tuesday. Mike Dempsey of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees said the United Conservative government is breaking its promise of more money for about 115 officers who will be first responders if police are unavailable. Last fall, the province announced fish and wildlife officers, along with commercial vehicle officers and sheriffs, would be used to increase law enforcement resources in an attempt to address concerns about rural crime.
Grassroots group seeks changes at a Georgia park that honors the Confederacy with its massive mountain carving and streets named after Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. (Oct. 6)
OTTAWA — Federal lawyers are telling the Supreme Court of Canada it would be a miscarriage of justice to grant a new trial to two men accused of plotting to crash a Via Rail train. Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier were found guilty in 2015 of terror-related charges arising mainly from an alleged al-Qaida-inspired scheme to derail a passenger train travelling between the United States and Canada. Both men appealed their convictions, with counsel for Jaser and a court-appointed lawyer for Esseghaier arguing the jury at the trial was improperly constituted. In August last year, the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered a fresh trial for the men on grounds the jury was indeed chosen incorrectly. The Supreme Court is scheduled to review the appeal court's decision in a hearing this afternoon. In a written submission to the court, the Crown argues the convictions should not be overturned on the basis of a highly technical error in the jury selection process that did not cause any prejudice to fair trial rights. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2020. The Canadian Press
Calgary motorists are enjoying the unseasonably warm fall weather, and with it a long stretch of clear, dry roads. But the city is already preparing for what must come next.Calgary's roads maintenance manager says the city is getting ready for an above-average snowfall this winter, and will be using a seven-day plan for clearing Calgary's streets, ensuring the busiest streets are tended to first."The last five years or so, we've averaged about 140 centimetres of snow per year," said Chris Hewitt at a press conference to outline the city's snow and ice removal strategy. "Last year was a little heavier, we had about 190. This year, while we don't know what to expect, we are prepared for a fairly heavy snowfall season."The seven-day plan means city crews will plow or sand most roads within seven days after a significant snowfall.The city will also be testing a new salt product this winter, in some controlled areas as a trial."It's a salt product that may work at lower temperatures than regular salt," he said. The new salt is different than adding aggregate to the roads, sometimes called pickle."When we're talking about salt, we're talking about a pure salt mixed for lower temperatures," Hewitt said. "Pickle is an aggregate that we use. It's mixed with salt, we use that at a much lower temperature to put down abrasives and to create traction on the street."Hewitt is asking that people start preparing for winter conditions."We know that when the snow comes, driving can be a challenge," he said. "We encourage people to plan a little more time, take a little more time for their routes, maintain a safe distance between vehicles, slow down, certainly winterize cars and then, you know, look for driving tips — we have driving tips on calgary.ca/snow."Hewitt says the city's snow budget is in good shape.The city spent $25 million on snow and ice control in the first part of 2020, leaving another $15 million to get Calgary through to the end of the calendar year.
White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Tuesday the United States will not tolerate any election interference from foreign countries. O'Brien said he told his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, to “stay out” of the November election and that there would be severe consequences for any country that violates that directive. O’Brien spoke to reporters after delivering remarks at a national security summit in Salt Lake City.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's minority Liberal government survived a confidence vote tonight as the House of Commons voted 177 to 152 to pass the speech from the throne.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his parliamentary caucus voted for the speech after winning some key changes to legislation last week.Those concessions included extending benefits for workers left jobless or underemployed by the COVID-19 pandemic and introducing ten days of paid sick leave for any Canadian who has to stay off work because of the pandemic.The Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois voted against the speech and the three MPs in the Green caucus joined them. Newly elected Green Leader Annamie Paul said earlier today that her party could not support the speech. Paul said that while there were good things in the Liberals' agenda-setting speech last month, the Green Party could not support it because it lacked a plan to protect those living in long-term care from COVID-19."I'm not just speaking of seniors. I'm also speaking of people with special needs and with disabilities," Paul told a news conference on Parliament Hill. "Those people are not protected." Paul also said the speech should have committed to a guaranteed livable income which would make Canadians more resilient to economic shocks.
European shares fell on Wednesday but Wall Street looked set to recover some of its losses from the previous session, with confusion over U.S. stimulus plans and uncertainty about the Nov. 3 presidential election dominating markets. Trump broke off talks with Democrats in a tweet on Tuesday, saying that negotiations will stop until after the election, when he promised a major stimulus bill if he wins. The news quickly rattled Wall Street but Asian investors became less concerned overnight on the grounds that whoever wins the election will still introduce a fiscal stimulus bill.
The Alberta Federation of Labour has launched a website that calls for Albertans to boycott businesses which have previously donated to pro-UCP Political Action Committees before the last provincial election. As Kendra Slugoski explains, Premier Jason Kenney calls it deeply disturbing and an attack on job creators.
With cold weather quickly approaching amid a pandemic, the City of Toronto’s winter homeless programming will begin two weeks early. But even with additional supports and shelter space, many are remaining outdoors over COVID-19 fears. Matthew Bingley reports.