Chart-topping rapper NBA YoungBoy was arrested on multiple drug charges in Louisiana, Yahoo Entertainment has confirmed.
Chart-topping rapper NBA YoungBoy was arrested on multiple drug charges in Louisiana, Yahoo Entertainment has confirmed.
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. "
An heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune was sentenced Wednesday to an 81-month prison term and immediately thrown behind bars for her role as an unwavering benefactor of Keith Raniere, the disgraced self-improvement guru convicted of turning women into sex slaves who were branded with his initials. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis gave Clare Bronfman the harsh sentence at a hearing lasting more than three hours and featuring emotional statements from several victims gathered in a courtroom under strict coronavirus safety protocols. The judge repeatedly scolded Clare Bronfman for standing by Raniere and his upstate New York organization, even after the evidence made clear she eventually became aware of his sex-trafficking scheme.
The Yalcin brothers had only opened their west Toronto bistro for about six months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now, with sales down between 70 and 85 per cent from before COVID-19, co-owners Ali and Tolga Yalcin said they've been trying to adjust financially, while also working tirelessly to install safety measures and keep the number of patrons low to allow for physical distancing. "We quit trying to plan months ahead — it's days and weeks now," said Ali Yalcin. "Since April, we've had to rethink this whole idea of what a restaurant is, and how we can operate safely." But as of Wednesday, protocols around restaurants and bars across Toronto are changing once again.City council voted unanimously to approve a number of additional measures aimed at curbing a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Under these new rules, restaurants and bars will now have to reduce the number of patrons from 100 to 75, reduce the number of people at a table from 10 to six, collect contact information from each patron at a table, and lower background music to the level of conversation.The proposal was introduced earlier this week by the city's Medical Officer of Health,Dr. Eileen de Villa, and quickly drew support from Mayor John Tory and Board of Health Chair Joe Cressy. "We know that if you reduce the total number of people [in a restaurant], you reduce the likelihood of potential slips in personal protective measures and therefore reduce the likelihood of the transmission of the virus," de Villa said during the council meeting Wednesday. Additionally, on Sept. 25, the Ontario government also introduced a new set of rules, including moving the last call at bars and restaurants, including nightclubs, to 11 p.m. Owners say they're constantly adjusting With the changing rules and regulations, the Yalcin brothers said they are constantly trying to adjust. "We've gone through so many transitions that I feel like we're just always trying to get ahead of the game," said co-owner Tolga Yalcin. Now they're bracing for another hit."All these new rules, they're welcome, but at the same time, we're thinking of the business side," said Ali Yalcin. Tory calls for year-round outdoor dining But there's a glimmer of hope for business owners like the Yalcins.Knowing the newly-approved measures will affect businesses — especially those already struggling — Tory called for enhanced support for restaurants, a motion that was also passed unanimously by council."I realize that these public health measures ... will have a negative impact on businesses that were struggling before, trying to keep the lights on and trying to keep people employed," Tory told reporters Wednesday. Despite the impact, Tory said it's crucial to put health and safety protocols first. "A healthy economy requires healthy people," Tory said. Under the umbrella of Toronto's CaféTO program, the mayor says city staff will work with businesses to introduce and support year-round outdoor dining. Other recommendations will require city council to: * Support the province in any actions it takes with the insurance industry to support small and medium-sized business by preventing astronomical increases in their insurance policies and premiums. * Advise the Ontario government to extend the regulation that allows those with liquor licences to continue selling beer, wine and spirits as part of a food order for takeout or delivery.Toronto COVID-19 bylaws extended The city's COVID-19 bylaws will also be extended until its first meeting in 2021.That includes the bylaws mandating physical distancing in public spaces, mandatory masks, public health measures for bars and restaurants and temporary COVID-19 amendments that cover apartment buildings. All of the these bylaws were set to expire on Thursday.The new rules come after Toronto Public Health identified COVID-19 clusters and outbreaks at several restaurants and bars in the downtown core. City officials also shuttered a handful of restaurants along King Street West for failing to protect the public and their staff.De Villa said it's now up to everyone to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. "This is not the time to panic. It is the time to act," she said at a city hall news briefing on Monday. Ontario could see 1,000 new cases per day Meanwhile, Ontario health authorities forecasted Wednesday that the province could see 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 a day by mid-October. Despite predictions that Ontario's trajectory will mimic that of Melbourne, Australia, which is currently under strict lockdown measures, health officials say they will continue to monitor the effectiveness of measures introduced across Ontario earlier this month. Asked if the province is taking a pause on introducing enhanced measures, Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, said public health officials are "continuing to assess the situation," since much of the province isn't seeing dramatically increasing numbers of cases. "If you do things too aggressively province-wide … there's a whole area outside of Toronto that is saying, 'Why is this impacting us?'"
An international team of researchers found that in some people with severe COVID-19, the body goes rogue and attacks one of its own key immune defences instead of fighting the coronavirus. There are two main arms of the immune system.
Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” and whose own hits include “Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me,” has died. Davis had a long and varied career in music for decades as a writer, singer, actor and TV host and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. “Thank you, dear Lord Jesus, for letting us know the man to whom you gave the most incredible talent,” said Reba McEntire in a statement.
Lorna and Donald Burns are remaining optimistic they will get to their Arizona home in the new year.The retired couple are snowbirds — spending half of the year at their home in North Bedeque, P.E.I., and the other half in Mesa, Ariz. Despite land borders between Canada and the U.S. being closed to non-essential traffic until at least Oct. 21, they hope to travel to Arizona by air in January."We have been going there for five or six years in our RV, and then last November, we actually bought a mobile home in that park," said Lorna Burns."We're planning to go down and fly in and not do that long drive. Things are changing, or have changed, for us."The couple usually leave for their age 55+ active living community in October and return in the spring. They have pushed their departure date to early January due to the pandemic, but also said they'll change their plans if needed.Air travel OKDespite the land border restrictions, Canadians have still been able to fly to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, though P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Office does not recommend it. "Non-essential travel outside of the Atlantic Bubble is still not recommended," said the office in an email to CBC News. "Islanders should give very careful consideration before travelling to areas outside Canada where case counts are high with widespread community transmission."According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States is still the hotspot for COVID-19 across the world with over seven million reported cases and over 200,000 deaths. The Burns said they are following the events south of the border as they prepare to potentially travel."We're watching for border restrictions at the moment. California, Arizona and Florida have no requirements for self isolation, but that could change, and those states have had high incidences of COVID, so we watch for those things," Lorna said."If we had to self isolate, it wouldn't be a big deal"No more repatriation flightsCanada's federal government is also not recommending non-essential travel at this time, but said the advice is not binding. "If Canadians deem their travel essential and choose to travel despite these advisories, they should be aware that there may be other safety and security considerations that may impact them at their destination," said Global Affairs Canada in an email to CBC."The Government of Canada may have limited capacity to offer consular services."> Hopefully the figures, the numbers in Arizona ... will be better than they have been. — Lorna BurnsA spokesperson for Global Affairs said Canadians may have a hard time obtaining essential products and services — including medications — while abroad and may suddenly be subject to curfews, lockdowns and quarantines under their government at their destination.Airlines may also suspend or reduce the number of flights without notice, making it difficult to return to Canada," the email said, adding that the Government of Canada is not planning additional repatriation flights, as it did in the spring when the pandemic first struck.Global Affairs also recommends Canadians travellers contact their travel insurance provider and verify the terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and requirements of their insurance policy before they leave the country.Though they have yet to book a flight to Arizona, the Burns have already purchased their travel insurance through the Canadian Snowbird Association. The association — which has more than 110,000 members — has said it's hard to gauge at this point what percentage of its members will actually head south this winter and that many are stuck in a holding pattern.The Burns, and many of their Canadian and American friends who also travel to Arizona, consider themselves in this group."If we have to cancel for any reason, they will give us most of our money back, so we'll just wait and see how things go in January," Lorna said. "A lot can change."'Might not be the same thing tomorrow'Overall, Lorna said she believes the information provided by the governments to be clear if one knows where to look and takes the time to search it out."You have to kind of take responsibility yourself and search out the answers and realize that what happens today and what you hear today might not be the same thing tomorrow, so it's up to the individuals," she said."Hopefully the figures, the numbers in Arizona, in the greater Phoenix area, will be better than they have been, but again, it's something that we will assess."In the meantime, Lorna and Donald intend to enjoy the Atlantic Bubble, travelling to Nova Scotia in a few weeks."We're hoping things will level off and settle down by January, if not, we'll have to make other plans," said Donald Burns. "Staying home, shoveling snow, putting up with winter, not near as much fun."More from CBC P.E.I.
A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday rejected an effort by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and Republican Party groups to block Montana counties from holding the general election mostly by mail, saying claims that such a system could be marred by widespread voter fraud is “a fiction.” “When pressed during the hearing in this matter, the plaintiffs were compelled to concede that they cannot point to a single instance of voter fraud in Montana in any election during the last 20 years,” U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen wrote.
There's lots to know before getting your nostrils swabbed for COVID-19 at a Windsor pharmacy, so make sure you check these boxes before heading out. Last week the province announced that it has expanded testing to pharmacies, with three Shoppers Drug Marts authorized in Windsor and two others in Sarnia.Across Ontario, strict guidelines have been put in place for those looking to get a test done at a pharmacy.The main rule is that only those who are asymptomatic and have not been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 can receive a test. The person must also fall under one of five categories: * Living or working in a long-term care facility. * Residing or volunteering at a shelter. * Have been given a clearance for international travel. * An international student travelling into the country to start school after the14-day isolation period ends. * An Indigenous person.In Windsor, locations started testing on Tuesday.CBC News spoke with the Devonshire Mall Shopper's Drug Mart pharmacist Matthew Thibert about how testing has gone so far. "It's been busy," Thibert said. "I wasn't really sure whether or not we would see such a demand for it, but I will say that we have definitely seen a lot of demand." He said they've been taking calls since Friday evening and have completed 20 tests so far, but have done 50 phone assessments. The pharmacy is not taking any walk-ins, Thibert said, adding that people must complete a phone assessment before coming in to the store. The assessment will determine whether the person falls under the outlined criteria. WATCH | Local pharmacist Matthew Thibert explains what people need to know before getting testedLocations approved for testing in Sarnia and Windsor include: * Devonshire Mall in Windsor at 3100 Howard Ave. * Tecumseh Mall in Windsor at 7720 Tecumseh Rd. E. * Huron Church in Windsor at 1760 Huron Church Rd. * 2600 Lakeshore Rd in Sarnia. * Michigan & Murphy in Sarnia at 1206 Michigan Ave.
Quebec Premier François Legault says police in the province's red zones — regions where COVID-19 cases are surging — will be issuing $1,000 fines to those who violate newly strengthened public health rules.With fees, those fines will top $1,500 and can be issued for gathering in private residences or protesting without a face covering. Speaking during a late-afternoon news conference on Wednesday just hours before the new rules went into effect, Legault said the negligence of a few has led to the crackdown. "Lives are at stake. We want to keep our children in schools," Legault said. "We also want to protect our health network"Quebec reported 838 new cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths Wednesday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 74,288 confirmed cases and 5,834 people have died in the province. Home gatherings can lead to finesBeyond the few exceptions, such as for caregivers or romantic relations, house guests are not allowed, Legault said.Police are authorized to demand proof of residency and if residents refuse entry, officers will be able to obtain warrants faster through a new, virtual system that was established in collaboration with the Crown, the premier said."We had to give the police the means to intervene," said Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault.Normally the process for obtaining a warrant can take a day or two, but that won't work when police want to break up parties that very same evening, Legault said.He said people who shrug off the rules and host parties are "putting the lives of other people in danger."Protestors to be fined for refusing to wear masksQuebec made masks mandatory inside public spaces, like bars and shops, on July 18, but there have been several protests since.Now, anti-maskers will have to cover up if they want to march or police will be issuing fines.Guilbault said protesting without masks cannot be tolerated and she is not ruling out using force to disperse protests if needed."Eventually, we will cross that bridge when we get there," she said.All gatherings prohibited, travel discouragedLegault said all gatherings will be banned, even outside in public parks — an activity that has grown more popular in places like Montreal during the pandemic. "Police officers will start by trying to disperse the gatherings, but if people don't co-operate, fines can be given," he said.Legault said people from red zones cannot travel to orange zones to eat in a restaurant or gather in a home. They will face fines if they do. He said restaurants will not be required to verify residency, but police can issue a ticket if they catch people violating the rules.People should not travel between regions to pick up groceries or run similar errands, Legault said. People can go to their cottage, for example, as long as they bring their provisions with them. Legault made no mention of roadblocks, something that occurred last spring. However, Guilbault said signs will be posted, warning people they are entering or leaving a red zone.Guilbault said the idea is not to issue as many fines as possible, but to ensure people are staying in their zones and decreasing the spread of COVID-19.She said police will try to educate and inform before resorting to tickets.Back in the spring, hundreds of fines were issued to people who ignored the two-metre rule or threw parties at home.WATCH | Quebec steps up enforcement for new COVID-19 restrictions:Restrictions to take effect at midnightThe new restrictions take effect 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday and are set to last for 28 days, until Oct. 28, in the red zones. The restrictions are: * A ban on home gatherings, with some exceptions, such as a single caregiver, babysitter, tradesperson or technician, allowed per visit. * All bars and casinos are closed. Restaurants can offer only takeout. * Museums, cinemas and theatres are closed. * Being less than two metres apart will be prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations. * Houses of worship and venues for events, such as funerals and weddings, will have a 25-person limit. * Hair salons, hotels and other such businesses will stay open. * Schools will remain open.Libraries were on the list of buildings to close, but Legault clarified on Wednesday that libraries will remain open to borrow books only.
Donald Trump now insists he doesn't know who the Proud Boys are. "Whoever they are, they have to stand down. Let law enforcement do their work." Trumps' changed tone comes after he refused to condemn the white supremacist group. (Sept. 30)
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.
Police forces across Ontario engaged in broad, illegal searches of a now-defunct COVID-19 database, two civil rights groups alleged Wednesday, claiming the use of the portal violated individual privacy rights for months. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Constitution Foundation said in separate reports that many services used the database to look at COVID-19 test results for wide geographic areas and sometimes pulled up personal information unrelated to active calls. "People weren't told that when they went for COVID tests that this information was being shared with police and they certainly weren't asked for their consent," said Abby Deshman, the criminal justice program director for the CCLA.
It appears that an election worker’s decision to throw out nine military ballots in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, amounted to a mistake and not “intentional fraud,” the state’s top elections official said Wednesday. Workers in the elections office in Luzerne County are getting training on handling mailed-in military and overseas ballots, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said during an online news conference.
A haze settled over Metro Vancouver on Wednesday morning as wildfires continue to rage south of the border.Smoke from fires in California has drifted up to the South Coast of British Columbia once again, but experts say the air quality risk is nowhere near as high as it was earlier this month, when a thick plume blanketed the region.According to Environment Canada, the air quality health index is low risk province-wide most of Wednesday, rising to moderate risk in the evening and through Thursday over Metro Vancouver and southern Vancouver Island only.The index is expected to hit a high of five in those regions, compared to 10-plus two weeks ago.CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe says this means Metro Vancouver residents can expect temperatures Wednesday to still get close to the projected 20-26 C across the Lower Mainland, with some humidity due to the muggy conditions.No health alerts have been issued by Environment Canada or Metro Vancouver for B.C. residents due to the offending smoke at this time."All our indications show us that this event will be 10 to 20 times less than the one we had two weeks ago," said Wagstaffe.As of Wednesday morning, the fires in California were still only two per cent contained.New fires erupted Sunday in the famed Napa-Sonoma wine region and in northern California's Shasta County, forcing hasty evacuations of neighbourhoods. Thousands of residents remain out of their homes and structures continue to burn.
A First Nation in southern Cape Breton is set to become the second Indigenous band in Nova Scotia to launch a self-regulated commercial lobster fishery that will operate outside the regular season. The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Chiefs issued a statement Wednesday saying fishers from the Potlotek First Nation plan to head out on St. Peters Bay on Thursday. "The Mi’kmaq Nation celebrates the community of Potlotek as they take to the waters for their Netukulimk livelihood fishery and the many communities that will be taking similar steps in the near future," the assembly said in a statement.
As COVID-19 outbreaks at the Foothills Medical Centre continue to grow, more medical procedures are being postponed, some patients are being diverted to other hospitals and a top infectious disease expert is sounding the alarm.As of Wednesday, outbreaks at six units at Foothills have sent 290 staff into self-isolation, and have caused dozens of surgeries to be postponed.Sixty-three positive cases have been identified in patients, staff and visitors at the city's northwest hospital, and four patients have died.Numbers are 'somewhat horrifying,' doctor says"It's somewhat horrifying, to be honest, to see those kinds of numbers," said Dr. Stephanie Smith, the director of infection prevention and control at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton."It severely impacts the hospital's ability to provide care, and certainly we're seeing that across the province in that there's services that are being diverted to other hospitals. So it's very concerning."Smith says some cardiac catheterization patients who would normally be treated at the Foothills are being diverted to other centres, including the University of Alberta Hospital.Foothills Medical Centre is the only hospital serving central and southern Alberta with cardiac catheterization labs (CCL), where doctors can diagnose heart problems and remove potentially deadly heart blockages. 'Temporary service disruptions'In a statement emailed to CBC News, an AHS spokesperson said the majority of procedures at the Foothills lab are moving ahead. However staffing shortages have led to some treatments being postponed."There are some temporary service disruptions due to staffing restraints from the COVID-19 outbreak. Patients who are affected are being contacted to have their treatment rescheduled," AHS said. AHS said Edmonton hospitals are providing support by taking new referrals but critical procedures continue to be performed at the Foothills cardiac catheterization lab.AHS also said patients who have already been admitted have been transferred to other Calgary hospitals "In the current outbreak situation, patients have been transferred from various units at FMC to other acute care sites in Calgary. In-patient unit transfers have been made in an ongoing effort to ensure patient, healthcare worker and physician safety while we work to manage the outbreaks," the statement said.There are outbreaks on six units at Foothills, including several cardiac wards. Two more units are on "outbreak watch."> It's somewhat horrifying, to be honest, to see those kinds of numbers. \- Dr. Stephanie Smith, infection prevention directorOn Monday and Tuesday, AHS postponed 48 surgeries due to staffing shortages.Smith says the high number of patients, staff and visitors infected paints a troubling picture."For it to be so widespread, I think that one would have to assume that there were at least a couple of patients — I don't know how many — that would have been in the hospital for a period of time unisolated or unidentified," she said.Enhanced visitor restrictions are in place across the hospital, limiting visitors to essential or end-of-life circumstances, and decisions on further surgery postponements will be made as needed going forward, AHS said. The latest update from the province reported 153 new cases of the illness, with 64 people being treated in hospital, including 13 in ICU beds.
A man from Sheshatshiu faces multiple counts of arson after being arrested near the scene of several structure fires near Edwards Brook on Tuesday.RCMP in Happy Valley-Goose Bay were alerted to a cabin fire about 75 kilometres outside the town around 9 a.m., police said in a news release.When officers got to the scene on Route 500 along with officials from the provincial forestry deparment, they found more fires — in total, two cabins, a shed and a truck.According to police, a man was seen running into the woods, and the same man was later spotted on the side of the road with what appeared to be a gun. Officers temporarily blocked the highway and called in a police dog unit for help, the release said.A 22-year-old man was arrested, with two airsoft guns — toy replica guns — in his possession, police said.Police said the truck that was on fire had been reported stolen Monday morning in Sheshatshiu.Police and fire investigators remain at the scene continuing their investigation, while the man appeared in court Wednesday and was charged with three counts of arson, two counts of breaking and entering, damaging property, stealing a motor vehicle and possessing stolen property.The man is due to appear in court again in early October and remains in custody.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
A former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chair said he will vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, citing character flaws in President Donald Trump. Marc Racicot made the statement during an interview Tuesday on Yellowstone Public Radio with Home Ground host Brian Kahn. Racicot said Trump lacks the patience and humility needed to lead the country.
Public health experts, teachers and students are all asking the Legault government to make wearing masks in classrooms mandatory as the second wave of Covid-19 accelerates across Quebec.Many are pointing to schools in Ontario, where the virus is about three times less widespread than in Quebec schools.Multiple factors help explain the discrepancy; the academic year started earlier in Quebec, and more students are attending classes in person.But doctors say the main difference in Ontario is that all students from fourth grade on must wear face-coverings whenever they are on school property. In Quebec, mask use begins in grade five, and students are allowed to remove their masks in classrooms and in the schoolyard."Absolutely the thing which we can do today is mandate the use of masks in schools," Dr. Matthew Oughton, attending physician in the Jewish General Hospital's infectious diseases division, told CBC News in an interview Wednesday.Oughton said crowded indoor spaces, such as classrooms, pose a risk."More crowded conditions equals higher number of face-to-face interactions equals higher chance of transmissions," Oughton said.On Thursday, a spokesperson for Quebec Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge said the ministry is in discussions with public health authorities about the possibility."For the moment, we have no recommendation formulated by Public Health, but if we need to take additional measures to protect our schools, we will," the spokesperson said.Oughton said that the government shouldn't wait."The time to institute preventative measures is before there is a major problem, not afterwards," he said.Teachers and students join call for more mask useTeachers and students are also asking for tighter rules on masks.Several teachers unions have issued public appeals for the mandatory wearing of masks in the classroom in so-called 'red' zones for at least the next 14 days."There's an inconsistency between rules applied in Ontario (where the mask is mandatory) and in Quebec where, even in the red zone, the mask is still not prescribed for students," said a statement from the CSQ labour federation emailed to CBC News."We officially call on public health to be accountable on these important questions while Quebec is reconfining," the statement continued.A student-led walkout is planned this week in at least one Montreal school, Lasalle Community Comprehensive High School, to highlight the need for the measure."One of the main problems in the schools at the moment is that the students cannot social distance properly within the classroom because some of the classrooms are too small. Many of the classrooms do not have windows, or proper ventilation," Lasalle student Mason Padulo wrote in an open letter posted on Facebook."If wearing a mask is mandatory everywhere else, why is it not mandatory in classrooms? Many students don't wear the mask in the classrooms, and most don't in the hallways," Padulo continued.Legault, Arruda say not yetPremier François Legault told a news conference on Tuesday he has no plans to impose a full-time mask requirement, because "we haven't had any recommendations from public health to wear masks full time."A few moments later, the provincial public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, left the door open to eventually issuing that advice."What I can say is that we are following the situation day by day," he said. "I'm not (saying) that we will not make any changes on that. But, for the moment, there is no change," Arruda said. "If there is a big transmission in schools, that we think we can prevent with some measures, we will add them. But (presently) that's not the case."
Erin O'Toole, who recently recovered from COVID-19, asked about Indigenous reconciliation during his first question period as Conservative leader. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there is much work to do on the issue across party lines.