A man previously reported missing has been found safe, according to Regina police.
The man had not shown up for work Tuesday morning and family was concerned because it was unlike him.
Police say they confirmed his safety along with RCMP.
A man previously reported missing has been found safe, according to Regina police.
The man had not shown up for work Tuesday morning and family was concerned because it was unlike him.
Police say they confirmed his safety along with RCMP.
Health officials are keeping a very close eye on hospital capacity as Alberta's COVID-19 cases continue to surge, driving hospitalization numbers to a new high.Between Friday and Monday, 961 new cases were identified in the province. Another 243 people tested positive on Tuesday.Hospitalization numbers for COVID-19 are now the highest they've been since the start of the pandemic.According to provincial data, Alberta hit an all time high on Monday with 102 Albertans hospitalized and 13 of those patients in intensive care. As of Tuesday, 100 people were hospitalized with 14 in ICU. * Saturday: 98 people in hospital, 13 in ICU. * Sunday: 100 people in hospital, 15 in ICU. * Monday: 102 people in hospital, 13 in ICU. * Tuesday: 100 people in hospital, 14 in ICU.The recent numbers surpass previous peaks of 93 hospitalizations in July and 88 in April."We've seen an increase in acute care admissions in recent weeks," Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said on Tuesday, pointing to outbreaks Calgary's Foothills Medical Centre and Edmonton's Misericordia hospital as key drivers of that increase.The patients are concentrated in Alberta's two major cities, with 48 of them in the Edmonton zone, 39 in the Calgary zone and the remaining 13 spread throughout other parts of the province."Forty-one per cent of our current COVID hospitalizations are due to acute care outbreaks. We are watching our province's health system carefully to ensure that hospitalizations and ICU admissions remain within our province's capacity," Hinshaw said.Alberta currently has 70 ICU beds dedicated to COVID-19 treatment. As of Tuesday, 14 Albertans were in intensive care.Hospitalization numbers manageable for nowDoctors are tracking the number of hospitalizations closely as well."It's concerning, for sure," said Dr. Jim Kellner, a pediatrics infectious disease specialist with the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine."Certainly that number is meaningful and it's significant. But it's not pushing our capacity in hospital. When you look at the initial planning for peak capacity at that time, [the province] was looking at many hundreds of beds being occupied for COVID-19 patients."Kellner says the slow burn Alberta started seeing after the province began lifting restrictions is being replaced by a steeper rise in case numbers. And what happens in the next two to three weeks will be key."The question is, are we still going to be able to maintain this as a slow burn or — to use the other terms — are we going to head into a second wave with a big rise? Or will this be the other scenario of coming to a much lower peak that will then drop off again?" he said.Even with the recent spikes, Kellner says Alberta is still faring better than other harder hit parts of the country."On a per capita basis, our hospitalizations have risen, for sure. But the level of hospitalization is still low. If you compare us some of the other places in Canada — most notably Quebec — our hospitalization rate and our severe outcome rate, like fatalities, is still much much lower," he said.Meanwhile, Alberta Health Services says it has plans in place to care for a substantial increase in critically ill patients. That includes stockpiling equipment such as ventilators and having enough trained staff on hand."At this point in time, we are able to accommodate the current demand for COVID-19 patients within our usual bed capacity. We have plans in place to increase our ICU capacity should the need arise," a spokesperson said in a statement emailed to CBC News.Key triggersDespite the recent spikes, Alberta's hospitalization rates have not yet met thresholds that would trigger further mandatory restrictions.One such trigger is a cumulative increase of five per cent or more in hospitalizations over the previous two weeks.According to Hinshaw, Alberta's hospitalization rate has increased 3.8 per cent over that period.Another statistic that officials are monitoring is ICU bed capacity. The province has said that if 50 per cent of the ICU beds allocated for COVID-19 are full, that would trigger further restrictions.On Tuesday, 14 of the 70 dedicated ICU beds were full."[We are] watching those triggers very very carefully, making sure that we are monitoring the ability of our acute care system to manage new cases," Hinshaw said."And, of course, having put these voluntary measures in place in the Edmonton zone — where we are seeing the majority of our new cases right now — as a measure to try and bend that curve down so that we don't end up hitting those triggers, ideally."
The government of the Northwest Territories and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation have "reset" their relationship and have agreed to move forward with the $1.1-billion Slave Geological Province Corridor project.The project in part would see a 413-kilometre, two-lane, all-season road built between mineral-rich areas northeast of Yellowknife and western Nunavut.The idea is to create new economic opportunities that benefit both territories. The road would connect Nunavut to Canada's highway system and link up to a potential deep-water port on the Arctic Ocean.Earlier this summer, Dettah Chief Edward Sangris said the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) was pulling the plug on its support and cited concerns about "antiquated methods of procurement and Indigenous engagement."YKDFN said in a news release that it hoped there would be more priority given to "capacity building, benefits for Northern and Indigenous business, local hiring, and community engagement." In an interview with CBC, Sangris said the decision-making processes are "outdated" and therefore do not reflect the needs and interests of Northern people.He also said they do not acknowledge the value that local knowledge can add to projects which involve natural resource extraction, especially when it comes to environmental impact assessments. The best people to work and to study the environment "are the people who depend on the land," he said, because "most environmental concerns are actually being addressed at every stage of development."He says Northern firms, such as the Indigenous-operated Det'on Cho Corporation, have expertise that extends beyond economic value, and that expertise could more accurately reflect the needs and interests of all Northern peoples. 'More work to be done'The groups have now agreed to work together once again to move the project forward, according to a joint news release issued on Wednesday.The release says after a meeting on Sept. 25, all parties agreed that "strong relationships" between the territory, Indigenous governments and other organizations are necessary for major infrastructure projects.Sangris and Yellowknives Dene Chief Ernest Betsina were at the meeting, along with Premier Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Infrastructure Diane Archie and Minister of Finance Caroline Wawzonek.However, "there's more work to be done," said Sangris. The relationship between the territorial government and YKDFN will take some redefining, he said. "The government always talks about reconciliation [but] in order for reconciliation to work, you have to understand, you know, the culture, the tradition, the spirituality of the people," Sangris said. Wednesday's news release says projects like the Slave Geological Province Corridor are "critical" for the territory's COVID-19 recovery.It also says road access will help the mining industry by "enhancing the feasibility of expanding the Taltson hydro system.""Economically, the Northwest Territories is at a critical juncture," Sangris said in a statement."Indigenous, territorial, federal and municipal governments must work together to move projects forward that will stimulate the economy, create employment, attract investment and ensure a bright future for all Northerners while respecting Indigenous traditions, culture, Treaty rights and title."Betsina says the First Nation looks forward to working with the government on the projects.In a statement, Cochrane said partnerships between Indigenous governments and organizations are important for projects such as the Slave Geological Province Corridor. Such projects help expand and diversify the economy, she said."I am pleased to report the success of this meeting and look forward to many more in the future," she said.
WestJet will soon no longer fly to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney, Charlottetown and Quebec City and drastically cut back its service to St. John's and Halifax.The Calgary-based airline said Wednesday it is eliminating 100 flights, which represent about 80 per cent of the airline's service in and out of Atlantic Canada. The airline also says it is also suspending operations to Quebec City, by removing its flight between there and Toronto.The route cancellations mean that the airline will also shutter its operations in the airports of Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton and Sydney. The routes will be cancelled as of Nov. 2."It has become increasingly unviable to serve these markets," CEO Ed Sims said. "Since the pandemic's beginning, we have worked to keep essential air service to all of our domestic airports, however, demand for travel is being severely limited by restrictive policies and third-party fee increases that have left us out of runway without sector-specific support."The decision will put 29 employees on temporary layoff, including: * Five in Sydney. * Eight in Fredericton. * Eight in Moncton. * Eight in Charlottetown.The moves mean that the entirety of WestJet's service to Atlantic Canada will now be based out of Halifax, with daily flights to Toronto, Calgary and St. John's at least once a day. This time last year, the airline flew 28 different flight routes across the region. As of next month, they will have just three. Except for the Halifax to St. John's flight, no other Canadian city east of Montreal will have a WestJet flight coming in or out of it for the foreseeable future.WestJet says customers with tickets on now-cancelled flights are entitled to travel credits for their cancelled flights, but not a refund, which the airline notes the Canadian Transportation Agency has deemed acceptable given the realities of COVID-19."We fully anticipate returning to the region when the situation improves and will extend the travel credit expiry date beyond the current 24-month window should it be required," WestJet spokesperson Morgan Bell told CBC News.The company says that on top of the cuts in Atlantic Canada, about 100 corporate jobs, mostly based at the airline's Calgary headquarters, will also be cut.Pandemic walloped demandThe changes come amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has walloped demand for air travel. WestJet typically has about two million paying customers a month on its flights, but since the pandemic began in March, it has only sold about 1 million tickets, total.WestJet was taken private by Onex in a $5 billion buyout last year, so the airline's finances are no longer public. But we do know that other airlines have had their balance sheets obliterated by the pandemic.In its last financial statement in July, WestJet's biggest rival, Air Canada, revealed it burned through between $15 and $17 million a day through April, May and June.Earlier this summer, Air Canada also cancelled 30 routes, the plurality of which were in Atlantic Canada.They also come after previously announced moves by WestJet to lay off 3,333 people across the country, and a deal with pilots to agree to a 50 per cent pay cut instead of even more layoffs."We understand this news will be devastating to the communities, our airport partners and the WestJetters who rely on our service," Sims said. "While we remain committed to the Atlantic region, it's impossible to say when there will be a return to service without support for a co-ordinated domestic approach. Our intent is to return as soon as it becomes economically viable to do so."Monette Pasher, executive director of the Atlantic Canada Airports Association, used the same word to describe the news: "devastating."She's calling on governments to financially help the industry survive the pandemic, calling it an "essential service," moving essential workers and cargo "and getting Canadians home."Despite doling out hundreds of billions of dollars in coronavirus relief packages, the federal government thus far has not come out with an aid package targeted at the aviation industry, and Pasher said, "The time has come to support our sector."Airports in Atlantic Canada are poised to lose $76 million this year, she said."We are worried about our communities on the other side of this [and we are] starting to worry if we are going to have air service."John Gradek, co-ordinator of the aviation management program at McGill University, says it isn't necessarily the case that people in those places should expect to be completely shut out of air travel in and out of the region."There will be a new way of serving Canada's regional markets that will depend on regional carriers rather than national ones," he said in an interview. After Air Canada's cuts in June, a number of regional players stepped up to add flights to fill the gap. "They're smaller airplanes, but more frequent services," Gradek said. "I think you'll see the same things happen."Ultimately, he was not surprised by the move, nor does he place any blame on the company for it."There isn't demand," he said. "People just are not flying."
VANCOUVER — NDP Leader John Horgan says he regrets making hurtful comments in answering a question about white privilege during the leaders debate in the B.C. election, while Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson acknowledged the advantages he has because he is a white male. Both party leaders were asked Wednesday about their answers in the debate the previous evening after being criticized for their responses. Horgan shared his experience playing lacrosse as a youth, telling the debate moderator he doesn't see colour. On Wednesday, Horgan said he needs to be reminded daily that he does not face the challenges of systemic racism that many others do. "As a personification of white privilege, I misspoke, words matter," he said at a campaign stop at Richmond. "I deeply regret it, but I'm also committed to making sure that every day I'm reminded of the discomfort that I cause to people and I will work to correct that." Horgan said he did not intend to hurt people with his debate comments. “I was jolted out of my comfort last night and I’m going to reflect on that," he said. "I profoundly regret that I alienated and hurt people last night.” In an earlier statement on Twitter, Horgan said he wished he had given a different answer during the debate when the three party leaders were asked how they have reckoned with white privilege. "Saying 'I don’t see colour' causes pain and makes people feel unseen," he wrote. "I’m sorry. I’ll never fully understand, as a white person, the lived reality of systemic racism. I’m listening, learning, and I’ll keep working every day to do better." At the debate, Wilkinson discussed his time working in rural B.C. as a doctor in Indigenous communities, saying all people must be treated equally. He expanded on his comments Wednesday at a campaign stop in Kitimat. "In medical practice, I became very much aware of the particular struggles of Indigenous people in dealing with the health-care system and in dealing with society's other structures," Wilkinson said. "The idea that people in our society are somehow treated differently because of the colour of their skin or where they grew up or who their parents are is not acceptable." He said he grew up fortunate as a white male and it wasn't until his teenage years that he realized he received different treatment than others. "It's wrong. It's not fair," said Wilkinson. "I've suggested in the (Liberal) platform there should be anti-racism training for everybody in the provincial government." He said that training would include elected people. The Green party's Sonia Furstenau said at the debate she cannot comprehend that some mothers tell their children to be wary of the police. She pledged to work to end systemic racism, but admitted neither she nor the other two party leaders could ever grasp its nuances. Prof. Annette Henry of the University of British Columbia's Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice said she believes Furstenau gave the strongest answer in the debate, but Wilkinson and Horgan didn’t seem to understand what systemic racism is. "I don't really think they understand how they are implicated in everyday systemic racism and how the structures that we live in prevent people from access, prevent people from opportunities, prevent people from being educated, from getting adequate health care from getting adequate housing," she said. Lama Mugabo, a community engagement co-ordinator for the Hogan's Alley Society, which advocates for Black people in Vancouver, said he wants a premier who sees colour. "When you say you don't see colour, what does that really mean?" he said. "I don't want people not to see that I'm Black. I want them to appreciate that I'm Black and recognize my Blackness. I don’t want any special treatment, but I want to be acknowledged as such.” — By Dirk Meissner in Victoria and Amy Smart in Vancouver. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 14, 2020. The Canadian Press
The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Brendan Gallagher to a six-year contract extension with an average annual value of US$6.5 million. The 28-year-old Gallagher had 43 points in 59 games with the Canadiens in 2019-20. It marked the third straight season Gallagher has led the Canadiens in goals.
Half of Indigenous and Black Calgarians do not feel the city is accepting of people from diverse backgrounds, according to the 2020 Vital Signs report.The report is released annually by the Calgary Foundation, and combines research with a citizen survey on issues tied to quality of life that include living standards, the environment and nature, and giving back and values.The results help the foundation, which funds hundreds of charities every year, determine where it directs its resources.According to its website, new contributions last year totalled $35.4 million. The foundation had an asset base of $1.0 billion and it granted $54.9 million to 996 charitable organizations."This is a very important resource for us," said Taylor Barrie, the foundation's vice-president of communications, on the Calgary Eyeopener on Wednesday."But we also feel this is a really important tool for Calgarians, whether personally or professionally, to have some conversations about what role they play in addressing some of these results."Equity and racial justiceThis year, and for the first time since the reports were first published in 2007, it segmented some of the survey results by race, and dedicated a section to equity and racial justice."There is one data set we feel is especially relevant to 2020," Calgary Foundation president and CEO Eva Friesen wrote in the report."As the data indicates, for Black, Indigenous and people of colour, the experience of our city is often harder. By reflecting on the inequality, discrimination and hardship many of us unfairly experience, we can begin to change."The results indicated that while 82 per cent of Calgarians believe racism toward Black, Indigenous and people of colour exists, many Black Calgarians — nearly 70 per cent — have felt unsafe or threatened in the city.Meanwhile, 56 per cent of those surveyed believed that Calgarians are committed to anti-racism, equity and inclusion — but that belief drops to 53 per cent among Indigenous people and 35 per cent for Black Calgarians.Sixty-one per cent of Calgarians believe that Black and Indigenous people experience higher levels of violence by police and the RCMP, but that figure jumps to 72 per cent among those who are Black and Indigenous themselves."If you have felt threatened or unsafe because of differences in skin colour or gender or religion, then you are 20 per cent more civically engaged than people who generally don't feel unsafe," Barrie said.Living standardsThe majority of Calgarians continue to worry about their finances, which is the continuation of a trend for the report."That sort of holds true for the last few years — 73 per cent of Calgarians told us they're stressed about money," Barrie said."It's harder to find work. In 2019, 50 per cent of us felt we could find suitable employment. And this year, that number dropped to 27 per cent. So concerns around stretching your dollar, father, continues to be true."Thirty-three per cent of Calgarians sometimes struggle to afford the necessities, including rent, groceries and utilities. Meanwhile, 17 per cent always struggle.And this year, 67 per cent of Calgarians feel pessimistic about the economy — which is a jump from 42 per cent in 2019.The weight of the pandemicInterestingly, and in spite of COVID-19, respondents rated their quality of life higher in 2020 than they did in 2019."I would say one thing we were pleased to see is that, generally, quality of life held pretty steady," Barrie said."And we conducted the survey in June, sort of in the height of some of the uncertainty and concerns around the pandemic. And still, 75 per cent of Calgarians said their quality of life was good or excellent, and that's actually up from 69 per cent last year."Seventy-nine per cent of Calgarians also believe the city is a great place to raise kids in 2020, compared with 68 per cent in 2019, and Calgarians reported an increase in happiness with their social networks, sense of belonging and ability to cope with daily stress."We learned that, you know, even though we've been socially distant for the last seven months, we're doing all right," Barrie said. "So, some good news navigating the past few months."The exception, according to the survey, was primarily reflected in Calgarians under 25, who are more likely to be lonely and suffer from poorer mental health."You are definitely carrying more of the burden of the stress of the future of the city, I would say," Barrie said.The full report can be found online.Its results are based on the survey responses of 1,000 Calgarians. A probability sample of 1,000 results in a margin of error of +/- 3.10 per cent, 19 times out of 20.With files from the Calgary Eyeopener.For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.
This year's Santa Claus parade will look a little different for spectators in parts of Windsor-Essex as organizers plan to keep the parade stationary. The Windsor Parade Corporation is calling it a reverse Santa Claus parade, whereby the floats will stand still along a street and people will either walk or drive-by to enjoy the entertainment. On Tuesday, Maggie Durocher from the Windsor Parade Corporation proposed the idea to Amherstburg's town council, which agreed to move forward with it. The idea has already been approved in Kingsville, though Windsor and Essex County are still on the fence."These are difficult times but I'll be damned if we just roll over and play dead because it's difficult, you gotta find ways to make things happen," Durocher told CBC News. But Tecumseh has already decided to cancel its annual Santa Claus parade after council received a report from the town's parks and recreation department that advised against holding the event. "Based on the ability to secure entertainment, the ongoing public health guidelines limiting [the] number of people in facilities and the need for volunteers and staff to assist with the event, it was recommended that the event be cancelled for 2020," a news release from the town states.At this time, they are looking at alternative events to hold online during the holiday season. Meanwhile, other parts of Canada have already approved a reverse Santa Claus parade and some already tried it out for Canada Day. Durocher said she'd rather have the event be a walk-thru rather than a drive-thru, but the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit said having spectators drive past will be best due to increasing COVID-19 cases across Ontario. But Durocher said this might complicate matters as they'll need to plan for traffic and organize where to place cars that are waiting to access the route. If it's the only way for the show to go on, then Durocher said they are prepared to make the adjustment. "I'm okay with it because it means the kids still see Santa," Durocher said. But that's not the only thing that will be different. Marching bands won't be present and there might be more inflatables than usual. They're also only accepting a small number of community entries. "We are working hard with a lot of different partners to bring something that is still going to look good and is still going to be exciting and still really great for the kids, that's important to note," Durocher said.
The Anchorage Community Development Authority has announced an agreement to purchase the JCPenney parking garage and JCPenney’s majority ownership of the former Nordstrom building. The organization said its board of directors approved the investment in the downtown properties in an attempt to guide the area’s future, Alaska Public Media reported Tuesday. Under the terms of the agreement, the development authority will pay $1.7 million for the parking garage and $1.5 million for an 80% stake in the Nordstrom building.
If you own a parrot, you are constantly cleaning and this little whisk broom is perfect for quick clean-ups. Einstein was watching his owner use it and immediately wanted to "help" me clean. He had the best time tussling with it and to the owners, surprise did not growl! Einstein the Talking Texan Parrot is a silly, smart, and popular parrot who loves to talk and entertain! He knows the names of several animals and likes to make their sounds. In addition to his silly vocalizations, he likes to have conversations with his owners, talking, doing animal sound imitations, and acting silly. He also enjoys singing and dancing in some of his video compilations. With his amazing talking abilities and funny antics, Einstein the talking parrot’s videos will keep you entertained for hours! Einstein parrot is also famous for some of his silly quotes and sayings. Online, Einstein, the talking parrot is popular across many social media platforms. Einstein’s favorite places to talk at home is perched on the shower wall, in the kitchen on his drawer, and on his screened-in back porch. As stated on his website, Einstein’s mission statement: “To entertain and bring joy, to foster the human-parrot bond, and to convey that parrots are deserving of immeasurable amounts of patience, nurturing, and companionship.” Einstein’s website, einsteinparrot.com is designed to inform you about the care of parrots and also entertain you. As previously mentioned, Einstein is popular on many social media sites such as YouTube @einsteinparrot, Instagram @einsteinparrot, Twitter @einsteinparrot, and Facebook @einsteintexanparrot. Living with a parrot is a big commitment. Parrots live a very long time. A parrot such as Einstein can live to be 50 or 60 years old. Many larger parrots like Macaws can live to be 100 years old. They all require a lot of care, proper nutrition, training, time, and patience. Parrots need a lot of attention and lots of toys and activities to keep from being bored. Parrots are also expensive, a large cage is an investment, and plenty of play perches to spend out of cage time. Specialized veterinarian care is also required. Most of all they require your companionship and a forever home. Many people decide after the first few years of parrot ownership that the responsibility is too great and the parrots become neglected and sometimes abandoned. When that happens they are sent to parrot rescue facilities to be adopted by a new family or some spend their lives in sanctuaries. It is often said, “Having a parrot is much like raising a raising a 2 to a 3-year-old child for the rest of your life!”
Job losses loom at Ekati, and uncertainty over the future of the N.W.T. diamond mine is taking a financial and emotional toll on workers, says the Union of Northern Workers (UNW).After a bid to buy Ekati failed last Friday, Dominion Diamond Mines says it could make some of its temporary layoffs permanent. The company says its objective is to get the mine back up and running.It did not offer any numbers for potential job losses. News that the proposed sale to The Washington Companies had collapsed went out in a Canada-wide press release before local management or the union could speak to Ekati workers, an Oct. 13 news release from the union states.Kurt Bergstrom is the UNW's regional vice president for the Kimberlite region, and a worker at Ekati who was temporarily laid off when the mine shut down in March."The unfortunate news released late last week by the employer is a major setback in what was looking to be a promising restart to their operations and getting our brothers and sisters back to work," said Bergstrom in written statement."I want to assure our members that the union will continue to reach out to the employer and put workers' best interests at the forefront."The union says the lack of transparency around the future of the mine is hard on those who count on Ekati to support their families and communities. "The pandemic has had a devastating impact on many sectors," reads a statement from UNW President Todd Parsons. "And it's very frustrating, as a union, to have to sit on the sidelines and watch billion-dollar corporations play monopoly with people's lives."Parsons said the territorial government has to protect Northerners from corporate entities with "no personal stake in our future and who answer to no-one but their shareholders."The union said it's waiting for more information from Dominion on the future of Ekati. CEO resigns after bid failsAfter the bid by The Washington Companies to buy Ekati's assets and liabilities failed, Dominion Diamond CEO Pat Merrin resigned, said a Dominion spokesperson in an email.Merrin left to "focus on his role at the Washington Companies," where he is chief of operations, the email states. In the interim, Dominion Diamond's chief financial officer Kristal Kaye, its chief operating officer Mike Welch and chairperson Brendan Bell are working on an "alternative plan to secure a strong and stable future for the Ekati Mine."A group of creditors that opposed the Washington Companies' bid showed interest in Ekati's assets. Dominion says it will take whichever path gets Ekati back up and running. Without a committed buyer, the mine will stay on care and maintenance.Government 'hopeful' for another buyerMeanwhile, N.W.T. Premier Caroline Cochrane says the government is keeping an eye on what happens next."We're concerned about our residents, those are jobs out there. We're concerned about the royalties and the taxes that mining brings in. There's a lot of benefits."Mining makes up almost 40 per cent of the territory's GDP.Cochrane says if a new buyer doesn't surface, her government plans make up for lost jobs through remediation projects at Ekati and beyond. There are millions of dollars in securities for the mine site, and across the N.W.T. there are many other mine sites and unremediated drill camps that could mean jobs, she said. Still, no buyer for Ekati is a "worst-case scenario," the premier said. "We're hopeful, very hopeful that another buyer will come forward," said Cochrane.
Facing another round of provincial budget cuts in 2021, the University of Calgary says there will undoubtedly be job cuts.Speaking with CBC News following a virtual town hall on Tuesday, university president Ed McCauley said impending provincial budget cuts and an eventual transition to performance-based provincial funding means the school will need to find efficiencies in its next budget. "The magnitude of the budget cuts that we're talking about are very, very large," he said."Our campus operating grant has already been reduced from $475 million and it's going to be continued, we predict, down to $375 million by 2022-2023."McCauley said when the university's budget was cut last school year, they moved quickly. "We recognized the magnitude of the problem and unfortunately had to lay off 500 people. We didn't want to move the problem down the road. We wanted to actually confront that problem right away," he said. But, with the upcoming cuts, McCauley said the university isn't in the clear. "There are also probably going to be job losses," he said.McCauley said officials are looking at every possibility to minimize further layoffs. "We're looking at things like retirement schemes, we're looking at things like if somebody leaves university or or retires about not replacing that person," he said. "Job loss through attrition, not necessarily through layoffs." Speaking during the town hall, U of C provost and vice-president Dru Marshall said they'll also be looking at departmental structures and finding ways to streamline services. "If we look at administrative costs here, we can see some small faculty that have the identical structure to large faculties, even though they're a tenth of the size. So that tells us the administrative costs are probably too high," she said. "We look at departmentalized structure and we see some barriers that happen within units. Really this will be about streamlining what it is we're trying to do and how we can get to a much more efficient and fast moving structure."Looking for efficienciesMcCauley used student counselling services as an example of what this could look like. "If there are small faculties who have, for example, student counselling that might be done right now within a faculty, maybe that student counselling could be provided in a partner model across three faculties," he said. "That would enable students to get the appropriate counselling, but it might gain in efficiencies."With a goal of saving millions of dollars by 2022 and reducing dependency on provincial government funding, which has been reduced, the University of Alberta outlined three academic restructuring scenarios earlier this month that are under consideration. They all involve consolidating faculties to save administrative costs. McCauley said the situation at the U of C is different than the one facing the U of A. "We have demonstrated that we are effective and we are efficient in terms of administrative costs. We have much lower administrative costs at the University of Calgary compared to the University of Alberta," he said. "We're in a different position from the University of Alberta. And what I've been trying to do is to explain to the government, the ministers, the minister of finance and so on, the unique position the University of Calgary is in in trying to deliver our student experience."That's where the U of C's Growth Through Focus plan comes into play, according to McCauley. "We're going to need to break down silos. We're going to get to strike partnerships and act quickly and be nimble as well as being focused. These all sound like trite phrases, but I think that's really, really important to recognize these, given the imperatives for change that we face as a university and as a city," he said. McCauley said the Growth Through Focus plan includes a plan to increase the enrolment at the university from 33,000 to 37,000 by 2030, and increasing alternative revenues by $600 million to $2 billion in the same timeframe.Partnerships with industry groups and donations from community members and alumni will be a big part of growing the U of C's revenue streams. "It's challenging talking around partnerships at a time when all components of our society have been suffering from either the COVID-19 or as well, the global recession," he said."It's going to be hard, but we have a lot of talent at the University of Calgary. We've got a lot of things that we can actually bring to our community partners to help them and to also help us."McCauley said the university is focused on making sure that its communities understand the value proposition at the University of Calgary and what it can contribute as a partner. "It is about forming the synergy where we really are working together on some of these big, important problems."McCauley said the university will be launching an engagement process on Oct. 19 to hear more from stakeholders about their thoughts on the Growth Through Focus plan, and how the university can move forward as provincial funds continue to decrease.
Mackenzie Hughes started the 2021 PGA Tour season with the highest ranking of his career and he's already reaping the benefits. Hughes, from Dundas, Ont., will be in the field at this week's CJ Cup, which has moved South Korea to Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. "You want to build your schedule around the biggest tournaments and you want to play the best players in the world."
Wood Buffalo council passed a mandatory mask bylaw Tuesday, which will only be enacted when Alberta Health Services confirms 50 or more active cases of COVID-19 in the region. Currently, there are 26 active cases in the region. If there are 50 cases, the bylaw will be triggered and will stay in place for 30 days. If there are fewer than 50 cases after 30 days, the mask requirement will be lifted. But if the cases haven't come down, the mandatory masks will stay in place. Council was divided, with the bylaw passing in a 7-4 vote. Councillors Sheila Lalonde, Keith McGrath, Verna Murphy and Jeff Peddle opposed the bylaw. First-time offenders of the bylaw could be given a $100 fine, which doubles for a second offence. The bylaw applies to indoor public places and in public vehicles. There are several exemptions to the bylaw, including children under five, people who unable to use a mask or people assisting another person with a disability, where wearing a face mask would hinder the ability to provide help. As well, people can temporarily remove the mask to eat or drink in a designated area, exercise, or attend a religious service. Coun. Murphy said she was worried the bylaw would cause harassment and aggression between citizens who were and weren't wearing masks in public. Murphy said she's experienced harassment and intimidation based on her decision to be in public with or without a mask. "They call me vulgar names on the sidewalk because I don't have a mask on. Or they call me names in the grocery store because I do have a mask on," said Murphy, who said she has lived with a compromised immune system for the last 28 years. "Jesus people, just wear your effing masks… or don't. But it is at the end of the day your decision." Coun. Peddle said he was divided on the topic, but ultimately voted against the bylaw. Mainly because he didn't feel the municipality would be able to enforce the bylaw properly and he felt it's an issue that should be addressed by the province. We have a moral responsibility to protect those who are vulnerable. - Mayor Don Scott Coun. Phil Meagher, who voted in favour of the bylaw, said he felt the masks would make the community safer, and he wanted to implement it "for the kids." Coun. McGrath was in opposition saying people should be trusted to make responsible decisions on their own. And that imposing the bylaw would infringe on the rights of residents. He added that any business that wanted to enforce mandatory masks has already done so. "I feel our enforcement officers have better things to do with their valuable time than giving fines to citizens for something that is an individual matter," said McGrath. Mayor Don Scott said his preference would've been for the province to deal with mandating masks. But regardless he thought it was important for public health. "We have a moral responsibility to protect those who are vulnerable," said Scott. He added an amendment to the bylaw that would force any public transit users to wear a mask regardless of the number of people with COVID-19 in the region. That passed unanimously. Council will review the bylaw by Jan. 31, 2021
Today is Joshua Telemaque's 18th birthday, but what was supposed to be a happy occasion has been tarnished by a racist message that the teen says left his heart hurting."It will be a part of me for a long time; throughout my life, it will always be there," Telemaque said of the pain caused by the incident. The recent graduate of St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Pickering, Ont., just east of Toronto, was stunned when he learned last week that his intended yearbook quote had been replaced with a message that read: "Rip Harambe Dooga booga.O" — referring in part to a gorilla that was killed at a Cincinnati, Ohio, zoo in 2016."It made me feel very sad and hurt. I remember that feeling. It was a pain in my heart when I saw it," Telemaque said in an interview Wednesday with CBC Radio's Metro Morning."It felt like my body just froze. I just broke down. Words can't explain it."The teen's original message was a tribute to his late grandmother, who played a central role in his life growing up. The two shared a special bond that began just moments after his birth, Telemaque's mother, Marva Massicot-Telemaque, told host Ismaila Alfa in the same interview.He says his original entry was supposed to read: "RIP Grandma. Thank you for guiding me through my four years of high school."Telemaque said his grandmother was an inspiration, and her kindness motivated him to be "someone like her."Soon after the family learned that his message had been changed, Massicot-Telemaque met with the school principal. She also received a call from the Durham Catholic District School Board's superintendent of education. In a statement earlier this week, the board said it has launched an investigation to "determine the circumstances that allowed this to happen and the individual(s) who were involved."We assure you that this offensive act of misconduct, disrespect and racism is taken seriously," the statement continued. The Durham Regional Police Service is also involved in the review. The high school has recalled the yearbooks, but Telemaque said there is little the board could do make up for the hurt he feels."The harm will not go away. It's permanent," he explained.He added that he has received an outpouring of love and support from his friends, and that he hopes to go on to inspire other people in the same way that his grandmother did for him. After the story of what happened to Telemaque began making headlines, both in Canada and internationally, dozens of strangers — including five Toronto Raptors players — sent him birthday well wishes that were compiled in a video online. You can watch it here.For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.
New Brunswick police are asking for the public's help to find writer Richard Vaughan after he was reported missing on Tuesday. A police spokeswoman says the 55-year-old, who writes under the name RM Vaughan, was last seen near his home in downtown Fredericton on Monday afternoon. The Fredericton Police Force says several attempts to locate Vaughan have been unsuccessful.
In a season already marked by the impact of multiple talented rookie pass-catchers, Chase Claypool of the Pittsburgh Steelers made NFL history on Sunday.The hulking Abbotsford, B.C., native was instrumental in his team's 38-29 victory over in-state rival Philadelphia, becoming the first rookie in league history with at least three receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in a single game.Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger heaped praise on the 6-foot-4, 238-pound wideout following the team's latest win."He has got some God-given abilities that not many people in this world have," Roethlisberger told ESPN's Brooke Pryor. "He's big, fast and strong and he's very, very smart. I'm really proud of the way he's playing right now."Although COVID-19 concerns led the NFL to cancel its pre-season, Claypool has quickly established himself as a key contributor on the Steelers' offence and earned the trust of his signal caller."That last touchdown [in Week 5 against Philadelphia] is a perfect example," Roethlisberger said of Claypool's 35-yard catch-and-run score. "[I] changed the play and he makes it happen. I just have to give him a little bit of a cue. It's awesome."The second-round draft choice, who played four years at the University of Notre Dame, has witnessed an increased workload throughout his first pro season, as evidenced by an ascending amount of passing-game targets in each of Pittsburgh's first four games.Claypool, 22, possesses a tantalizing combination of size and speed, the likes of which has drawn comparisons to former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.During the NFL's annual pre-draft combine in February he joined Johnson as the only receivers ever to run a sub-4.45 time in the 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4, 235-pounds or larger.Coupled with a sparkling senior campaign in South Bend where he amassed 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns on 66 receptions, Claypool was still relegated to being the 11th wideout selected in April's draft.While lost in the shuffle of a deep rookie receiving class and just one year of elite collegiate production, it was no coincidence that when the instability of Notre Dame's quarterback situation was resolved in 2019 so too was Claypool's output.Thus far, exhibiting lab-created athleticism and an array of highlight-reel plays, he's outshone many of those chosen ahead of him.In effort to temper expectations – as most NFL head coaches habitually do – Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin summarized Claypool's most recent performance by neatly suggesting "he had a good matchup."A tough sell considering he also became the first Steelers rookie since 1972 to record a rushing and receiving touchdown in a single game — a feat last achieved by Hall of Famer Franco Harris.No stranger to setting records, he scored on an 84-yard play during Pittsburgh's Week 2 win over the Denver Broncos. The first of his career and the longest touchdown from scrimmage in NFL history by a Canadian-born player.Initially a star AAU basketball player, Claypool shifted his focus to football midway through his time at Abbotsford Senior Secondary where he helped the Panthers to a 2015 AA high school championship appearance.'She's my reason'Off the field, Claypool's journey to the NFL hasn't come without personal hardship. In 2011, his older sister, Ashley, took her own life.He detailed his experience in 2017, saying the loss of his sister is one of his greatest driving forces in fulfilling his on-field ambitions."I actually think about it every day – especially when it comes to playing football … You've got to find a reason why you're doing something," he said. "She's my reason."As a result of pandemic-related travel restrictions between Canada and the United States, Claypool last saw his family shortly after April's draft."It's definitely tough because I know they won't be able to come to any games this year … but I'm used to it," he said before Pittsburgh's Week 5 game against Philadelphia. "I just stay in touch and I know they're supporting me back home."
A 37-year-old Nova Scotia man is facing multiple charges after police say the truck he was driving crashed April 12 and one of his passengers died.The RCMP said in a news release Wednesday that Jason Edward Alexander of Bible Hill, N.S., was driving the truck when it veered off Highway 246 in the community of Oliver, Colchester County.As the truck took a sharp turn it went over and embankment and landed on its side. One of Alexander's passengers, a 30-year-old woman from Westville, died at the scene. Alexander and two other passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.They left the scene of the crash before police arrived, according to the RCMP. Alexander faces several charges including: impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, and failure to stop at an accident resulting in death.He will appear in Truro provincial court on Nov. 18. MORE TOP STORIES