Despite some concerns about its accuracy, infectious disease specialist Dr. Zain Chagla says the newly approved rapid test for the coronavirus will make testing available to more people.
Last week's death of a 22-year-old St. Thomas University student from India has been ruled a drowning.RCMP Const. Hans Ouellette said the cause of death was determined after an autopsy. He said police do not suspect "criminality" in the case. Aranyam Bora was cliff jumping at the Mactaquac Headpond on Wednesday when he slipped below the surface of the water and disappeared. His body was found by RCMP divers on Thursday morning. Bora was a fourth-year St. Thomas University student, majoring in political science and international relations. He was from India and came to New Brunswick to study. He was a competitive bodybuilder and martial artist and was in incredible physical condition, said his girlfriend, Milly Squires, a McAdam native and third-year St. Thomas University student. Squires is still baffled by the details. She said her athletic boyfriend knew how to swim. In August, the pair visited a waterfall near Welsford, where they spent some time in the pool of water. She said she never would have dreamed he could have drowned. "He was adventurous and he was, at times, a little reckless, yes, but he wasn't stupid," Squires said Wednesday afternoon. "I don't think he would have gone if he didn't believe he could swim."Another friend, Sayan Chatterjee, also believes Bora could swim.Chatterjee, who was designated by Bora's family members to speak for them, said he saw a picture of Bora. swimming but had never witnessed it in person. Chatterjee said his former dorm mate was also an avid fitness buff, "always at the gym lifting weights." He said Bora will be missed by a lot of people. Neither Chatterjee nor Squires knew whether Bora jumped feet first or dove head first from the cliffs at the headpond. Squires said the thought that Bora, who often went by Ary, was conscious for a time before slipping under the water "keeps me up at night.""Knowing that it was drowning and knowing that he did surface and he was flailing, it haunts me every night thinking that he could have been terrified or he would have been scared. Because Ary didn't get scared of anything. "
TORONTO — A man in northwest Toronto was shot dead in broad daylight as he was heading to the hospital with his newborn baby, police said Thursday. Police said the man, whose identity has not yet been released, was getting into a vehicle with a baby approximately a month old and a female companion when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting around 9:15 a.m. "This family unit was in the process of getting into the vehicle to take their child to the hospital," Insp. Paul Rinkoff said at the scene. Spokeswoman Const. Laura Brabant said it's not yet clear whether the man was the intended target, and no one else was hurt in the incident. Two men were seen leaving the area in a late-model four-door sedan, she said. While police believe there is no longer an immediate threat in the Lawrence Avenue West and Jane Street area, Brabant said the fact that the suspect remains at large is concerning. "You've got a potential shooter out there with a firearm in a vehicle, going around shooting in the middle of daylight, so that's always a concern," she said. The constable said the incident took place in a busy area that includes several schools, at a time when there would have been many people around. "We're lucky no one was the victim of any stray bullets," she said. Officers will be canvassing the area and seeking to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident or has security footage of the area, she said. The Toronto District School Board said three schools were placed in lockdown during the investigation and would soon switch to the less serious hold and secure. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 1, 2020. The Canadian Press
Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said the province will not be returning to stage 2, as it existed earlier in year.
For Guillermo Nieto, a Mexican businessman who grew up smoking pot, the cannabis greenhouse on his family's vast farmlands in Guanajuato state is part of a bigger dream. One that involves deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies. Nieto and several Mexican businessmen have spent years positioning themselves for a time when the country opens up what would be the world's biggest legal cannabis market in terms of population, where the drug can be lawfully cultivated and sold.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole accuses Liberals of lacking a real plan for the COVID-19 crisis in his reply to the speech from the throne.
Ana Liza Ochotorena didn't know her father's birthday in May would be his last. No one did. Her oldest son, Daniel, even paid for food to be delivered to his grandparents' place in metro Manila for his papa's 74th birthday celebration. The last time Ana Liza saw her father, Manuel Paz, was six years ago when she travelled from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Manila City for a vacation. She struggles to find words knowing that she can't go back home now. "My father, he's alway on my heart and he's always on my prayer," she said in a Labrador Morning interview.Little did they know that a few months after Manuel's birthday, they would be grieving for a man they say is the reason they're in Canada. It all happened so quickly.Manuel's younger daughter, Khaty Balaan, and her family, who also live in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, are still in shock. "It's hard to believe that my father pass away because of the COVID-19. It's hard to accept, but I'm trying to accept what's going on for that," she said, noting there are thousands of cases in the Philippines. Ana Liza says her father would go to the mall to get food for himself and their mother, Lydia, who isn't able to walk due to health issues. Then Lydia started feeling unwell, and about two weeks later, the couple went to hospital after having difficulty breathing.Ana Liza says her father lost his appetite and his ability to walk. He was admitted into the ICU immediately to be intubated, while Lydia was put into an isolated room as her condition wasn't as severe.Manuel died at hospital about a week later, on Aug. 27.His wife is at home recovering.Grieving far away Daniel, 27, remembers his grandfather being active and always telling jokes.He hadn't seen his grandfather since he left the Philippines to come to Labrador eight years ago, and he was on vacation when he got the call that his grandparents were in hospital. "I was so shocked they got the COVID-19. I just, like, keep on praying both of them survive, they recover," he said.He says his grandfather waved and looked strong on a video call.> I cannot express my sadness. I want her to be strong. To recover from that COVID virus. \- Ana Liza OchotorenaA couple of days later, Daniel heard the sad news. "I thought it was like, 'No, he's not going to pass away. He was strong the last time I seen him.' Like, I don't belive that it's happening, that he's gone," he said.Ana Liza is grateful to doctors and nurses who let them see their father via the video call right up until his final breath. Khaty says the manager of the Canex grocery store, where she works, was supportive."It's hard to work when your mind is over in the Philippines. I'm trying to work, but need to be strong for our family over here," she said, adding that they feel blessed to live in Labrador at a time when COVID-19 is hitting other provinces hard. "COVID is real. It is not a joke. Take the precautions not to spread the virus. Love your family. Be careful," said Khaty's husband, Andreo. The families are trying to stay positive, drawing strength from each other, but it's also difficult being so far away from home, said Ana Liza."We want to go to the Philippines but we're not allowed to go. It's very hard. It's a lot of sacrifice being here in an isolated place," Ana Liza said. About $10,000 in medical expenses is another burden on the family's shoulders, and Ana Liza says they still don't have her father's ashes. The family needs to complete a death certificate and they're waiting for the hospital to provide details so they can settle the bill from a half a world away, and it's all the more difficult because Manila is in lockdown, which means no funeral for their father either.The family has been raising money by selling items online, holding yard sales, even borrowing money from relatives. Kitchen staff at the Manila hospital helped with donations to offset some the costs while their employers in Labrador have also contributed money, much to the family's gratitude.Keeping spirits up Lydia is at her home in Manila, where she's been recovering from the coronavirus in isolation. Ana Liza calls her frequently to make sure she's OK, and buys her much-needed items like Lysol online, because other family members in Manila can't visit her due to the lockdown.> COVID is real, it is not a joke. Take the precautions not to spread the virus. Love your family. - Andreo BalaanHer mother said after she came home from the hospital, people were scared of her. Ana Liza says her mother told her, "'I feel like I'm condemned by the people. I have a great sin because of having that coronavirus,'" she said. "That's why she was crying."Still, their mother is strong and funny despite having lost her husband and is now alone. Ana Liza says she tried to bring her parents to Labrador but her mother was ill at the time and wasn't up for making the move.Ana Liza and Khaty now want to bring their mother to Labrador, especially now that their older sister, who lives in the Philippines, is going to the U.S. and there won't be anyone there to take care of their mother. They say Lydia's last checkup shows that she tested negative for COVID-19, and is now clear of the virus. A loving father One of the hardest parts for Daniel is not being able to keep a promise he made to his grandfather. He told his papa that he wanted to go home to visit him this year, before COVID-19 made that impossible. It's all the more painful for him, because he was raised by his grandparents while his mother was working away from home. "This is like a promise that I'm going to visit him, and spend time with him, but I couldn't do it no more. He's gone. Until now I can't believe he's gone," he said.At one point, Ana Liza worried she wouldn't be able to get passports for her children to travel with her to Canada in time, but her father helped, reassuring her that everything would be OK. "He's a very thoughtful father. We are grateful and thankful for him for everything. That's why we're in Canada because of him," Ana Liza said. "He is our inspiration, a loving father," she said. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Shia LaBeouf has been charged with misdemeanour battery and petty theft. Prosecutors allege that the 34-year-old actor fought with a man named Tyler Murphy and took his hat, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday from the Los Angeles city attorney. A representative for LaBeouf did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
A Neguac man who murdered two teenagers and left another for dead in two small communities near Miramichi 34 years ago has been permitted to continue his day parole for another six months. The decision by the Parole Board of Canada comes four months after Kenneth Esson, now 56, was denied full parole and had his day parole revoked after they said he had an "unrealistic belief" that he had no risk of reoffending. Esson has been serving a life sentence for first and second degree murder, attempted murder and sexual assault since March 3,1987 and his parole eligibility was set at 25 years."In coming to a decision to continue your day parole, the Board remains ever mindful of the nature and gravity of your offences. You are responsible for the violent and brutal murder, sexual assault and attack on two young girls and your ex-partner," the two board members wrote in the September decision. Esson pleaded guilty to murdering 13-year-old Tara Prokosh and 19-year Theresa McLaughlin and the attempted murder of 14-year-old Gina Guitard. Prokosh and Guitard were attacked by Esson on Aug. 11, 1986 after he followed them as the two were out biking on a dirt road in Lower Newcastle, N.B. He forced them to strip, raped the older girl and stabbed them repeatedly. Prokosh died but Guitard survived and was found the next morning by her family who had spent the night searching for the two girls. While RCMP searched for the person responsible for the attack, they released a police sketch. Esson took pains to alter his looks by growing a mustache and getting a perm in his hair. Victim known to himSix weeks after the attack on the young teenagers, Esson, who was in the process of separating from his wife, called McLaughlin, who also lived in Neguac, and the two met, drank together and had consensual sex. The two then argued over the identity of the father of McLaughlin's infant son and Esson choked her until she was unconscious. He then drove to a gravel pit where she regained consciousness and continued to argue. Esson then pushed her out of his vehicle, she lost consciousness and he hit her in the head with two large rocks, killing her. Esson fled the province but returned and was arrested after a witness said he had been with McLaughlin. He was then linked to the first attack through descriptions of his vehicle.The parole board decision, released from the Pacific Region which covers British Columbia, says Esson was denied full parole in Jan. 2018 but granted day parole for three months.The day parole was continued and reviewed without issues until it was revoked in May 2020 when Esson was seeking full parole again.At that time the board said they felt Esson's "lack of insight" into several issues including the sexual component of his reoffending, his lack of transparency with his case management team regarding a relationship and discontinuing his sex drive reducing medication found his "risk in the community was undue." Based on a psychiatric risk assessment requested by the parole board, it was noted by a psychiatrist that taking the medication was critical for Esson to manage his risk in the community. Esson's day parole was reinstated a month later with a change in the conditions and he was given a written reprimand. The decision states Esson "gained further insight and appreciation for the need to be open and attentive to the details" of his risk management. As part of his condition to be allowed out on day parole again, Esson has to take his sex drive reducing medication. 'Shock, horror, pain'CBC News has learned Esson is living in a halfway house in Victoria, B.C., works full time and has weekend passes to stay in a basement suite he maintains. In the decision the parole board tells Esson they "remain ever mindful of the nature and gravity of his offences." "The extreme seriousness of your offences, and the significance of the harm you have caused can not be understated. The long standing harm and impact on the victim and surviving family members is always front of mind." The parole board said the victim impact statements which describe the "shock, horror, pain, overwhelming grief and trauma your actions caused" show his violent actions still have a "profound effect on the surviving family members, and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future."
With 45 temporary foreign workers in isolation across the region, local politicians say they're trying to reopen the city's migrant worker isolation and recovery centre as the facility's contract ended Wednesday. Funding for the Canadian Red Cross to operate Windsor's isolation centre ran out this week and, while the city has decided it will continue operating the facility, it is still looking for continued federal support.Pressure is mounting to secure a federal government commitment as the need to isolate migrant workers resurfaced on the weekend, with two dozen more people requiring shelter, bringing the current number to 45. According to chief of staff Andrew Teliszewsky, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens had a meeting with Canada's Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair on Friday about funding. "We left that meeting feeling very positive that the minister and the federal government would come to the table," Teliszewsky said. "We're hopeful that we'll have confirmation shortly." Teliszewsky confirmed to CBC News that the city wasn't able to place the temporary foreign workers in isolation at the Holiday Inn over the weekend as federal funding to run the isolation centre out of the hotel would run out prior to the completion of the workers' two-week quarantine period. As a result the workers are isolating elsewhere in the region, though Teliszewsky could not confirm where. He said the workers are being looked after by farm owners and through privately-raised funding. He also could not confirm how long the isolation centre, located at the Holiday Inn on Huron Church Road, has sat empty. If funding is approved, it's unclear if the hotel would continue to be the designated isolation centre. City seeks 'equitable treatment'In a letter to the federal government on Sept. 24, the provincial government said it would also like to see "continued federal assistance." "Continued federal support for an isolation site for farm workers living on farms will ensure that all farm workers in Ontario and their communities remain healthy and safe," reads part of the letter to the deputy minister of health Stephen Lucas and the deputy minister of public safety, Rod Stewart. Teliszewsky said the city is looking for "equitable treatment" as the federal government recently announced $13.9 million in funding for a 12-month isolation centre in Toronto. "We're basically looking at them [to acknowledge] that Windsor and Essex County have a unique need as a result of the the migrant farm workers and this isn't news to the federal government, given all of the attention to this issue over the course of the summer," he said."So if they're prepared to cough up money for the City of Toronto, we're hopeful that the City of Windsor is also on their radar."Brian Masse, the NDP MP for Windsor West, is also advocating for more federal support on this issue saying that, "there's no doubt that the City of Windsor needs to be supported with regards to the isolation centre and migrant worker supports ... the migrant situation needs to be improved and this is part of the solution."Despite harvest season coming to an end, national representative with the United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada Santiago Escobar said there are still thousands who live in the area year-round. "It's important that we welcome the initiative that the city will be in charge of these facilities ... to centralize and especially ... when it comes to fighting COVID," Escobar said, adding what the industry went through in the first wave could have been prevented had these accommodations been in place earlier. Justine Taylor, the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers' science and government relations manager, said they want to see the centre be supported in case of a second wave. "As we begin to head into the second wave its really important to ensure that we have a regional response plan in place to effectively manage any new outbreaks that might arise," she said.
The RCMP has reversed its policy on mask-wearing after being accused of discrimination over the rule, which saw bearded Mounties — including Sikh and Muslim officers — reassigned to desk duty.The policy, which was condemned by both activists and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, required front-line officers to wear properly fitted N95 respirator masks — something that isn't always possible for RCMP members who wear beards for religious reasons.In a statement Thursday, the chief human resources officer for the RCMP said that, following a risk assessment by commanding officers, "impacted bearded members across Canada may [now] return to operational duties" with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)."Calls for service will be triaged from call centres, with bearded members being assigned to respond operationally only if the risk of exposure is low or multiple responding officers will be present," said the statement from chief human resources officer Gail Johnson. "Each case will be assessed on an individual basis."The original policy was described as discriminatory and disappointing by Prime Minister Trudeau, who added it "shouldn't have happened." Under questioning in the House of Commons this week, Trudeau said the policy was an example of systemic racism in the RCMP.Johnson said she was also disappointed in the policy."I share the frustrations of our police officers across Canada who are personally affected," she wrote Friday. "While these dedicated and valued members have been accommodated for medical or religious reasons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, over the last few months they have not been able to serve Canadians on the front lines as we worked to find equipment and operational solutions."The policy was implemented at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki issued a directive on mask use for front line officers, saying the respirators had to be sealed correctly and that "one of the most common causes of a breached seal is facial hair."World Sikh Organization legal counsel Balpreet Singh said his organization, which liaised with a group of about 30 officers, wrote to Lucki and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to ask for a resolution to the issue. Blair's office condemned the policy and said it expected the issue to be rectified "as quickly as possible.""Diversity in policing makes it more effective," Blair wrote in a statement Thursday. "We must always be vigilant against systemic discrimination. Respect for religious and cultural differences is our strength as a Nation and of the RCMP." "The RCMP will ensure that Sikh and Muslim officers can do their jobs safely, while respecting and accommodating their faith," he added. "We thank them for their service."Singh said the move was a step in the right direction."I'm going to be watching it very closely to make sure that everything goes smoothly," he said. "But the RCMP officers I've spoken to since this announcement are quite hopeful that it will mean a substantive change to their situations."
A B.C. woman is worried that a push to use online systems for health-care appointments during COVID-19 could be leaving seniors and people without internet access on the wrong side of the digital divide.Leahann Mohle of Salmon Arm handles scheduling and driving her parents-in-law to appointments for lab tests and other medical care. Usually, she schedules those appointments over the phone.But she says this past week, when she called to set up some blood work, she was told making appointments over the phone was no longer an option and her in-laws should create an online account with Interior Health's MyHealthPortal to schedule their visit."If you didn't want to do that, the option was to stand in the queue for people who do not have appointments, and that line can be very, very long," she told CBC Daybreak South guest host Brady Strachan."It's not ideal for them to be standing out there just to do a bit of blood work."Mohle was told if her in-laws weren't able to make the online appointment themselves, they could attach their MyHealthPortal accounts to hers so she could do so on their behalf.But in doing so, they would be giving her access to all their private health-care information and history."I do not need access to all that personal information," Mohle said. "All I want to do is make an appointment."Mohle said the whole situation has her worried about other people in the community who don't have internet access or aren't comfortable navigating the online booking information."They would have to give their personal information to a family member or a neighbour or somebody who can help them get online just to make an appointment to get blood work. And it just seems so wrong to do that," she said.In an initial statement to CBC, Interior Health said while it is piloting an online system in Salmon Arm to speed up appointment bookings during COVID-19, phone bookings should still be available on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.However, other people in the region confirmed to CBC that they, too, had been told making appointments by phone was no longer an option — and were instead waiting long hours in line or attempting to teach elderly relatives how to use the online system.One said her husband had chosen to delay a test ordered by his doctor because they couldn't wait in line in person, and were unable to navigate the online booking system.CBC relayed these stories to Interior Health, which declined an interview but instead provided an emailed statement saying there had been a "misunderstanding" and that Shuswap residents should still be able to make lab appointments over the phone. The authority encouraged as many people as possible to use the online system. After this statement was issued, patients were still reporting being told that scheduling appointments over the phone was no longer possible.More stories from CBC KelownaSubscribe to Daybreak South on CBC Listen, and connect with CBC Kelowna on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Canadian manufacturing activity expanded in September at its fastest pace in more than two years as easing of COVID-19 restrictions helped boost demand from both domestic and export markets, data showed on Thursday. The IHS Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' index (PMI) rose to a seasonally adjusted 56.0 in September, its highest level since August 2018, from 55.1 in the prior month. "Overall, the health of the Canadian manufacturing sector continued to strengthen in September, as has been the case throughout the third quarter," Shreeya Patel, an economist at IHS Markit, said in a statement.
It's dramatically impacted tackle football in Canada, but Jim Mullin feels the COVID-19 pandemic gives national organizers a chance to identify and address the challenges facing the game. On Thursday, Football Canada unveiled plans to hold a two-part summit with Canadian football leadership. The second stage, expected to take place in January, is scheduled to address the alignment of female tackle, high school and flag football.
NEW YORK — It's been four years since Rihanna released an album but the singer is working hard on recording new music. The pop star, 32, told The Associated Press for her new album she's already held “tons of writing camps" — where songwriters are put into groups to create original tracks for artists. Now, she said she's asked herself the questions: “What do I feel personally? What do I want to put out, and as an artist, how do I want to play it with my art? How do I want to interpret that?" “How do I want to reimagine it because it’s been so structured before," Rihanna continued in a recent interview. The multi-genre artist who has won Grammys in the R&B, dance and rap categories added: “You do pop, you did this genre, you do that, you do radio, but now it’s just like, what makes me happy? I just want to have fun with music. Everything is so heavy. The world that we live in is a lot. It’s overwhelming every single day. And with the music, I’m using that as my outlet." Rihanna's “ANTI," the singer's eighth album released in 2016, was a critically acclaimed effort, launching multiple hits such as “Work," “Love on the Brain," “Needed Me" and more. Overall, Rihanna's achieved 14 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since making her debut in 2005. She's accumulated 31 Top 10 hits on the chart. Since the release of “ANTI," she's guest appeared on songs like DJ Khaled's “Wild Thoughts," Kendrick Lamar's “Loyalty," N.E.R.D.'s “Lemon" and Future's “Selfish." Her only 2020 release has been “Believe It” with PartyNextDoor. Rihanna, who has been uber-busy with her successful makeup and fashion lines, says the pandemic has challenged things musically speaking, but she plans to press on. “I want to go on tour but I can’t, so I’m stuck with music that I love, and now I’m trying to figure out how I can even create visuals to that," she said. “That’s a challenge as well. But I love challenges so, you know, I’m gonna get it done.” ______ AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report. ______ Leanne Italie is a member of the AP’s Entertainment and Lifestyles team. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/litalie. Leanne Italie, The Associated Press
Chrissy Teigen said she and John Legend are in “deep pain” following her miscarriage, which she announced on social media early Thursday. Teigen wrote that they were "driving home from the hospital with no baby. This is unreal." “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough,” she wrote, alongside a picture of herself in tears on a hospital bed. Another image showed her and Legend grieving together over a bundle cradled in her arms. Revealing they had chosen the name Jack, the model and the musician wrote of their love for their lost son, who would have been their third child. “To our Jack - I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you,” she wrote. Legend retweeted her post, adding “We love you, Jack.” Thanking those who have been sending “positive energy, thoughts and prayers,” Teigen concluded, “We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience. But everyday can’t be full of sunshine. On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it.” The Associated Press
Can the COVID-19 pandemic foster a new spirit of democratic collaboration that transcends partisan politics?Elsewhere on Planet Earth the answer appears to be a resounding no, but Yukon's political parties say they're game to try.With the territory's Legislative Assembly set to resume Thursday, party leaders say they hope tackling a backlog of issues left over from a spring sitting shortened by the pandemic takes precedence of party politics. But they still couldn't resist some partisan sniping during pre-sitting interviews."The approach that Yukon Party MLAs are going to be taking in this sitting is going to be very constructive and positive where we're going to offer solutions and we're going to bring forward our ideas to contrast with the Liberals," said new leader Currie Dixon, who doesn't have a seat in the legislature.He added: "We're going to leave the partisan theatrics to the Liberals."Tracy-Anne McPhee, the government house leader, said she's expecting a large helping of opposition questions, but is "pleased" to hear the Yukon Party pledging a more productive approach."We've always taken the position that that constructive work together is far more productive on behalf of Yukoners than sniping or insults or name calling for the purposes of trying to make a point," she said. NDP Leader Kate White said her party already tries to offer suggestions."The NDP have constantly been putting forward alternative ideas, good ideas about problems that exist," she said. "And if the other two parties are interested in behaving in a similar fashion, then we look forward to it." Pandemic fallout will likely dominate agendaBoth opposition leaders say they're particularly concerned about how the Liberals plan to rebuild the economy after the pandemic. The Yukon Party also plans to press the government on how the education system is handling life under COVID-19, while the NDP wants to see more help for a tourism industry that has been decimated by a steep drop in visitors.The fall sitting comes after a longer-than-usual summer break. All three parties agreed to shut down the spring sitting early over fears surrounding COVID-19, although the opposition parties did so reluctantly and in exchange for some policy concessions.During the summer, the Liberal government rebuffed opposition calls to reconvene the Legislative Assembly early to discuss COVID-19 issues, as well as concerns over back-to-school planning. The Liberals say the opposition refused to take part in informal briefings.Meanwhile, in response to both the pandemic and its economic fallout, the Liberals rolled out numerous public health orders and economic relief programs without any debate in the legislature.'It is going to be a busy session'Expect the fall sitting to include plenty of opposition questions about those measures, plus debate on two supplementary budgets, for both the last and current fiscal years. Debate on last year's supplementary budget wasn't finished before the house adjourned, and pandemic-related spending has blown a hole in government fiscal projections for this year, said McPhee."All [departments] have been drastically affected by COVID and that's what you'll see for the most part in that budget," she told reporters Tuesday. "And then there can be questions about funding that's been provided by the federal government or other choices that this government has made." McPhee said the government plans to introduce legislation to ban single-use plastics and set fixed election dates. It will also continue with bills to ban conversion therapy and offer employment leave for victims of intimate partner violence that are left over from the spring."It is going to be a busy session," McPhee said.The government has five sitting days to bring forward all of its bills for the fall session. It's also not yet clear how long the sitting will last. It can range from 20 to 40 sitting days (the house sits Monday to Thursday), with the most common length being 30.It can run even longer if all three parties agree: the Yukon Party says it plans to push for a 51-day sitting to get to the annual limit of 60 days. It's more likely the sitting will run 40 days, though for that to happen, two parties representing a majority of MLAs have to agree by Oct. 14. That question figures to be a major test for each party's best intentions.
Rob Howley is in lockdown at home in Wales these days, thanks to recent heightened COVID-19 restrictions. The 49-year-old Howley, whose coaching career was derailed by a betting scandal on the eve of last year's World Cup in Japan, has been hired on a three-year contract as senior assistant coach for the Canadian national men's team.
Corey Taylor, “CMFT” (Roadrunner Records) Corey Taylor had songs bursting out of him and nowhere to perform them. The singer with the roaring-yet-melodic voice churned out heavy metal and hard rock hits for more than 20 years with Slipknot and Stone Sour. The other tunes Taylor had spinning in his head were more eclectic, spanning multiple genres. Armed with the confidence of singing for two highly-successful bands, Taylor decided it was time to share the style-twisting music with his first solo album. “CMFT" is hard rock at its core, sprinkled with elements of classic, glam and blues rock, heavy metal, rap, rockabilly and a tinge of grunge. Joined by musicians who shared his musical vision, Taylor's first solo project is filled with catchy hooks, memorable riffs and powerful choruses, the genre seemingly changing with each song. The opening track, “HWY 666,” sets the this-is-not-Slipknot tone with a fusion of outlaw country, hard rock and a touch of punk which Taylor calls a cross between Johnny Cash and Pantera. The first single, the catchy “Black Eyes Blue,” is an ode to The Clash and the first of two songs about his wife, Alicia Dove. Taylor spent more than two years learning the piano for “Home,” a heartfelt song showing off his vocal range. Taylor nods toward the Rick Rubin-produced rap-rock of the 1980s by collaborating with Tech N9ne and Kid Bookie on the big-chorused “CMFT Must Be Stopped.” “Samantha's Gone,” a sarcastic take on being the “old sober guy,” has a 1980s glam rock vibe, while “Meine Lux” is sort of a cross pollination between The Misfits and Van Halen. The homages keep coming with “Halfway Down,” a rocker with a Bon Scott-era AC/DC lyrical vibe. “The Maria Fire” has a jazzy rock vibe to it and “European Tour Bus Bathroom Song,” about a sign every rock musician who's ever toured Europe knows, brings the album to a raucous, punk rock close. John Marshall, The Associated Press
Cast members Joel Oulette and Crystle Lightning, and co-creator Michelle Latimer, discuss how CBC's new TV series "Trickster" is a "game changer" for Indigenous storytelling and film production. The six-episode thriller debuts Oct. 7 on CBC.