A bright, teal-coloured houseboat is upside down and slowly sinking in Porlier Pass in B.C.'s Gulf Islands after a towing mishap Sunday evening.Royal Canadian Marine Search And Rescue responded to the incident at around 5 p.m.It says a towing vessel was struggling to get the houseboat through the pass, located between Valdes Island and Galiano Island. Suddenly, a strong current ripped out what it calls the "bottom floatation" that was holding the houseboat up.It started sinking and pulling the towing vessel down with it. Rescue crews were able to secure the towboat, although the houseboat remains in the water. No one was injured in the incident.Transport Canada says the houseboat is an obstruction and it is making arrangements to have it removed.Dan White, a Valdes Island resident, witnessed the houseboat initially go by as it was being towed."I didn't see the actual incident when it broke free ... but a few minutes later I saw the houseboat coming back through the pass without the boat attached to it and, yeah, upside down," White said.He says the community is mostly worried about debris from the houseboat washing up on shore for the foreseeable future — especially with a storm on its way that could smash it up."It's more of an eyesore than anything," he said. "Over the years to come, there's going to be lots of styrofoam from underneath the boat that was used for the floatation. It's going to be washing up on the beach and that'll be concerning for the environment for sure."
MONTREAL — The second wave of COVID-19 in Quebec will be younger, more spread out across the province, and possibly more challenging for the health network compared to the first wave, Health Minister Christian Dube said Tuesday.Most COVID-19 deaths during the first wave were concentrated in Montreal-area closed living environments such as long-term care homes. The second wave, however, is being driven by community spread in regions that were largely untouched the first time around, Dube said.Quebec reported 489 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, one day after the province's public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, announced that the second wave of the pandemic had begun."We noticed that the start of this second wave is not all like the first wave," Dube told reporters in Quebec City. Regions that were spared in the spring, such as the Quebec City area, "are now very affected by the virus."The second wave is also driven mostly by younger people who may be less likely to fall seriously ill but who are more likely to spread the virus in the community, where it is more difficult to trace, Dube said.Eventually, he said, those cases will make their way into the health network, which has been "weakened" by an exhausting spring and summer fighting the novel coronavirus. "People are tired. Our employees are tired. It was difficult, we gave them holidays, but that's not sufficient. I think we need to protect them."Dube said projections on hospitalization levels will be released Wednesday.Also on Tuesday, the health minister raised the alert level for three more regions. Dube said the Laval region north of Montreal and the Outaouais region in western Quebec will be moving to the orange, or moderate, alert level. The Centre-du-Quebec region in central Quebec will move from green to the yellow, early-warning level, he said.Orange is the second-highest level in the province's COVID-19 risk-assessment system, which measures the risk posed by COVID-19 in specific geographic areas.Laval and Outaouais join Montreal, the Quebec City area as well as the Chaudiere-Appalaches region in the orange list, which involves tighter restrictions on bars and restaurants as well as lower limits on most indoor gatherings.In orange zones, bars and restaurants will need to stop selling alcohol at 11 p.m. and close by midnight, while a maximum of six patrons will be allowed to sit at the same table, down from 10 patrons. Indoor private gatherings in orange zones will be capped at six people, down from 10 people.When asked how they would enforce the measures on private gatherings, Dube did not rule out giving police increased powers to intervene without having to obtain a warrant, although he said such a measure would be a last resort."If we have to go there, we'll go there," he said. "But I'm telling you our government, we've said it and we'll repeat it in the coming days, I think we can do without going there," he said.Dube also put out a call for retired dentists, nutritionists, medical technicians, midwives and other professionals who are interested to help with COVID-19 testing to put their names forward through a government website. He said the government also needs to recruit more contact tracers to meet the growing demand.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2020.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press
It's a stormy start to fall in Nunavut, with no relief expected until the weekend. On the first day of fall, Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a winter storm warning for Kinngait — the first of the season in Nunavut. Southern Baffin Island and Nunavik are in for a week of rain, snow and gusting winds. A low-pressure system made its way from Hudson Bay toward the island on Tuesday. The system will likely get stronger later in the week from the remnants of Hurricane Teddy, which is currently approaching the Maritimes. Tracking the systemThis low-pressure system will move toward southern Baffin Island tonight, and continue over communities Wednesday and Thursday.Here's how it will play out: * Kinngait will be the first to see winter storm conditions, and will get the brunt of the heavy, wet snow. Gusty conditions to 90 kilometres per hour will intensify overnight and into Wednesday. * Kimmirut will see rain and wind Tuesday night, with more precipitation building through the early hours of Wednesday. Gusting winds will begin Tuesday evening. * Iqaluit will have snow Tuesday evening, and gusting winds beginning after midnight to 90 kilometres per hour. * Pangnirtung will see stormy conditions Wednesday morning with the beginning of a rain-snow mixture. Gusts will increase to 90 kilometres per hour early Wednesday afternoon. These conditions will last through Thursday as this system continues to spin around until it absorbs further energy from the remnants of Hurricane Teddy. The most intense conditions will occur on Wednesday with the storm clearing into Saturday. Current warnings in placeA winter storm warning is in effect for Kinngait, and the conditions will continue through the next few days. Wind gusts will increase to 90 kilomtres per hour overnight, and up to 25 centimetres of wet, heavy, messy, snow is expected to fall through Thursday.This will create near-blizzard conditions, with reduced visibility for the community through the next 24 to 36 hours.Meanwhile, Kimmirut currently has a wind warning in effect, for gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour. As for marine warnings, in the regions surrounding Nunavik and southern Baffin Island, gale warnings are in effect for gusts to 47 knots. Waves may increase to five meters through Wednesday. Messy mix of snow, rain on the wayThis system will bring a messy mixture — particularly to Kimmirut, Iqaluit and Pangnirtung — in which snow will change to rain and back to snow over the week. Kinngait is more likely to just have wet snow.Winter storm conditions are likely over the next few days, which means reduced visibility, blowing snow and wind causing potential damage to buildings.Environment Canada recommends postponing non-essential travel during the winter storm warning.
Lawyers representing the federal and some provincial governments made their cases before Canada's highest court today for keeping or killing the carbon tax — the cornerstone of the Trudeau government's climate agenda.For the first hearing in the Supreme Court of Canada building since the pandemic began, all nine justices arrived wearing face masks. They spread out over two rows to maximize physical distancing, with Plexiglas barriers between their red seats.Their first day back saw lively exchanges between justices and lawyers from all sides, who were pressed on three separate appeals from Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan, the three provinces challenging the national carbon policy on constitutional grounds. The question before the high court is whether Ottawa overstepped its authority by imposing a carbon pricing backstop in provinces that don't have mechanisms to curb greenhouse gas emissions that meet Parliament's standards.The problem with the federal policy, said lawyer Mitch McAdam — who is acting for Saskatchewan — is the federal government is telling provinces like Saskatchewan how they ought to reduce their emissions."This legislation is an Ottawa-knows-best. It's a big brother type of legislation," McAdam said.In 2019, the appeal courts in Saskatchewan and Ontario upheld the federal law. Alberta's Court of Appeal ruled it unconstitutional earlier this year.The lawyers for Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta said the environment falls under provincial jurisdiction and greenhouse gas emissions continue to be monitored by provincial governments. 'Pollutants without borders'But federal lawyer Guy Pratte argued climate change is a national concern that's too big for any one province to tackle on its own."Greenhouse gases are pollutants without borders," Pratte said in his opening remarks.Ottawa is making the argument that it has the constitutional responsibility to respond to the threat of climate change by implementing a national price on pollution — something that has been recommended by experts as an effective way to reduce emissions. Pratte told the high court the provinces have flexibility and substantial power to adopt the kind of carbon pricing systems they like, as long as they meet Ottawa's minimum standards.But Justice Malcolm Rowe said the tax is a preference, not a necessity."There are various ways to control emissions and they don't all involve price," Rowe said.Lawyer Joshua Hunter, representing Ontario, argued this point when he told the court the province already has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22 per cent through the closure of coal plants — something that didn't score the province any points under the federal carbon pricing policy.Justice Rosalie Abella pushed back, pointing out that in the absence of that policy, provinces could choose not to act."They [provinces] don't have Plexiglas at their borders and the effect of not choosing to engage in strategies that are ultimately helpful to the rest of the country has enormous implications," Abella said. Debate over climate change as a national concernChief Justice Richard Wagner asked McAdam whether the threat of climate change should be considered when considering the limits of the federal government's powers in the Constitution."Science has evolved, things that happened, were present in 1867 are different today, and should we take somehow this context into consideration when we interpret the Constitution?" Wagner asked. McAdam said the "living tree" doctrine — the legal theory that the Constitution must be read in a broad and progressive manner to adapt to changing times — must be applied with great caution. "This isn't about pruning the tree or recognizing a new branch or a new leaf. This is about ripping the tree out by the roots and replacing it with a new tree," McAdam said.Justice Michael Moldaver called that analogy a "gross overstatement" and asked McAdam why he does not see climate change as an overriding, critical concern.Justice Suzanne Côté also touched on this point by asking McAdam what would happen if one province opted to do nothing about curbing emissions — which led to an uncomfortable exchange with the chief justice."That's federalism and that's democracy," McAdam said. "If it's an unpopular decision, then they have to go to the polls and face the electorate.""Are you saying that a national concern does not exist in the Constitution?" Wagner replied."I think it is an illegitimate power," McAdam said."That would be contrary to all our jurisprudence," Wagner said.
A woman who was captured on video throwing a bottle at a Black runner in New York City and yelling a racial slur at her has been charged with attempted assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, authorities said Tuesday. (Sept. 22)
Vatican officials have defended their intention to renew an accord with Beijing that gives the pope say over the appointment of Chinese bishops, following a highly unusual public call from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to abandon it. In a series of Tweets and an editorial in a conservative U.S. Catholic journal published on Saturday, Pompeo said the Vatican should not renew the agreement, which was signed two years ago and expires next month. "The Vatican endangers its moral authority, should it renew the deal," Pompeo Tweeted.
OTTAWA — The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 4:45 p.m.Nova Scotia is reporting a new case of COVID-19 for the first time in more than two weeks.Dr. Robert Strang, the province's chief medical officer of health, says the new case involves an essential worker who travelled outside Canada.Strang also announced that starting Sept. 28, residents of long-term care facilities will be allowed to leave their residences to visit family and friends.\--- 4:30 p.m.A long-term care home in Winnipeg says one of its residents has died after testing positive for COVID-19. Parkview Place says the resident was one of seven people living at the facility who has the novel coronavirus, as does one staff member. The death has not yet been reported by the Manitoba government, which lists 18 COVID-19 deaths in the province since the pandemic began.\--- 3:10 p.m. Public health officials in the nation's capital are making self-isolation mandatory for those who might have COVID-19, until a test rules it out. Ottawa public health officer Dr. Vera Etches issued a sweeping order today saying those who flout it could be subject to fines as a high as $5,000 per day. Among others, the order applies to those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or are known contacts of someone who has tested positive. Ottawa is seeing a rapid rise in the number of new cases, reporting 93 new positive tests today, the most in a single day since April. \---2:15 p.m.Manitoba is reporting 24 new COVID-19 cases, 20 of them in Winnipeg. Active case numbers continue to rise in the city and health officials are warning of a case connected to College Louis Riel high school in Winnipeg. The province also says two previously announced cases have been connected to Maplewood Manor, a long-term care home in Steinbach.Visitor restrictions have been put in place.\--- 1:45 p.m.Ontario Premier Doug Ford says expanding access to the flu shot is the first pillar of his province's COVID-19 fall preparedness plan.Ford says the government is spending $70 million to obtain at least 5.1 million doses of the flu vaccine.He says the push to get people immunized against the seasonal flu is to preserve capacity in the province's hospitals.Ontario's health minister says the first batch of flu shots is expected to arrive next week and will first be distributed to long-term care homes, hospitals and other congregate living facilities.\--- 1:20 p.m.Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says capacity for COVID-19 testing in Canada continues to be built up.But she says it is a finite resource and testing must be carried out "smartly."In many corners of Canada, people have complained of waiting in line for nearly the entire day to obtain tests or being turned away from testing centres at capacity.Tam says officials are trying to broaden available test options. But she says no amount of testing will be enough if people don't shrink their social bubbles to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. \---1 p.m.Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says staving off future lockdowns will depend on whether people can follow COVID-19 mitigation measures.She says keeping gatherings small and respecting the rules is a sacrifice everyone needs to make. But she says virus activity is not the same across the country, or even across single provinces. So she says a "surgical approach" is needed to determine whether restrictions need to be tightened and it should be targeted to regions of concern.\--- 12:57 p.m.Deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo says it is difficult to declare whether Canada as a whole is in a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. He says in Ottawa itself, there is a second wave, and his colleagues in Quebec say a second wave is underway there. He says he agrees, considering what is happening in those jurisdictions, but the situation isn't the same throughout the country. Njoo says what might happen elsewhere is up to how closely everyone follows public health guidelines.\--- 12:44 p.m.Tam has wrapped her update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada with a direct message to young people:The novel coronavirus's spread in their cohort must be pared back for the good of the rest of the country. Tam says young people played a crucial role in crushing the spring wave of the pandemic and they can do it again. A review of known cases in Canada shows the incidence has remained highest among young adults since late June.\---12:37 p.m. Canada's chief public health officer says the country is now at a crossroads when it comes to avoiding a major resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Theresa Tam says if the status quo is maintained when it comes to how many people are in contact with each other, there will be a surge in infections. If people's contacts increase, the epidemic will bounce back faster and stronger, as contagious people spread the virus. But she says if the rate of contacts gets pared back, the epidemic will come under control in most place. \--- 12:35 p.m.New federal figures are being released to show the national picture of the COVID-19 pandemic. The data suggests that based on recent infections, the number of new cases could raise as high as 155,795 by Oct. 2. The potential number of deaths could be as high as 9,300.\--- 12:30 p.m.Dr. Theresa Tam says COVID-19 outbreaks are now occurring in a wider variety of settings across Canada. She says while it's not unexpected to have cases in schools, they do need to be monitored to see if they are settings for transmission. She says that the severity of outbreaks in long term care homes has declined, but they do remain a concern. The rate of hospitalizations currently lags behind increases in reported cases but shows early signs of rising. Tam says the potential for the novel coronavirus to spread into more high-risk settings could also mean a rise in deaths.\--- 12:10 p.m. Canada has now committed more than $1 billion to buy doses of COVID-19 vaccines after securing a fifth deal with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline.Procurement Minister Anita Anand says Canada has a deal in place to buy up to 72 million doses of their experimental vaccine candidate, which is just starting the second of three trial phases this month.In all, Canada has committed $1 billion to buy at least 154 million doses of vaccines from five different companies, and most of that money will not be refunded even if the vaccines never get approved.\---12:05 p.m. Rebecca O'Toole, the spouse of federal Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, has tested positive for COVID-19. The party says she began showing symptoms on Sunday, was tested that night in Ottawa, and her results came back late Monday night. Erin O'Toole tested positive on Friday for the novel coronavirus and has been in isolation. Their two children are being monitored for symptoms. \---11:50 a.m.Quebec is reporting 489 new cases of COVID-19 — almost 100 fewer cases than were reported on Monday.Health authorities also reported today one death attributed to the novel coronavirus they said occurred between Sept. 15 and Sept. 20.The province says the number of hospitalizations rose by 20 in the last 24 hours to 168. Of those, 28 patients are in intensive care, two fewer than on Monday.There have been a total of 68,617 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 5,805 deaths attributed to the virus in Quebec since the pandemic began.On Monday, the province's public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, said he thought Quebec had entered a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.\---11:00 a.m.Ontario is reporting 478 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with three new deaths related to the virus.Health Minister Christine Elliott says 68 per cent of the new cases involve people under the age of 40.The province is also reporting 52 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 26 among students.Ontario is expected to announce part of its COVID-19 fall preparedness plan today, which comes as daily virus case counts continue to climb to levels not seen for months.\--- 10:00 a.m.The Canadian government will sign on to a global vaccine-procurement program and by week's end hopes to announce how much money it will pledge to the cause.Procurement Minister Anita Anand is set to announce further deals with vaccine developers today as the federal government seeks to make sure Canadians have access to a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as one is approved.But Canada is also joining what's known as the COVAX Facility, a global program focused on ensuring equitable access to a vaccine for all countries, regardless of their income levels. \---9:40 a.m.The federal Public Health Agency of Canada says it will release updated modelling today on the spread of COVID-19. The agency's predictions will provide a look at what the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths might be in the short-term, based on how the virus has been spreading in recent days.Their new figures come amid rising case counts that have seen some jurisdictions already say they are officially into a second wave of the pandemic. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2020.The Canadian Press
Toronto parents say it's "just insane" that thousands of children have been without teachers this week when virtual elementary classes were set to begin.Angela Matich, a Toronto mother, said her two children were both without teachers on Tuesday and both were disappointed. One is in Grade 3, while the other is in Grade 6. She said she herself is frustrated with the delay.Every day this week, she said it'll be a question of finding out: "Did we win the teacher lottery?"Matich estimated that up to 30,000 children did not have teachers assigned to them as of Tuesday. She said it's as though more than 40 per cent of children showed up on the first day of school and were told: "We don't have a teacher for you. Go home." "That's just insane to me. I can't understand how we've gotten to this point."On Monday, the Toronto District School Board said 60,000 elementary school students had signed up for online classes as COVID-19 cases continue to climb and it had planned for all of them to begin studies on Tuesday.But the board said it wasn't able to assign staff to all classes, which means some students have had to wait to begin online school until there is a teacher in place. On Monday, the board said it had to hire about 500 elementary teachers to accommodate the number of students registered for online learning.Ryan Bird, spokesperson for the TDSB, said on Tuesday the board has hired about 300 teachers, and still needs to hire about 100 to 150 more. But he said the board hopes to have the majority of them secured by Wednesday. WATCH| CBC's Ali Chiasson talks to parents about the delay in online classes for some students:Parents were not impressed that the board waited until the very last minute to tell parents that virtual school would not be and running for all.Matich said parents took time off work on Tuesday to be there on what they believed would be the first day."Kids were crying this morning," she said.She said she hopes the children will have teachers by later this week or next week. In the meantime, there has been anxiety, stress and confusion. It has affected the mental health of parents, she added.Online learning challenging since March, parent saysMatich said online learning has been challenging since the pandemic hit in March and online learning began."From the get go, on March 13, it's been nothing but confusion, lack of communication and frustration for most TDSB parents and I would assume also TDSB staff," she said."Resoundingly, what you will hear from TDSB parents is that there's a complete lack of timely, relevant and concise information. Parents have to really dig."Adrienne Mitchell, another parent, agreed."We didn't tell our JK student Blair that she could potentially have school this morning. It wasn't worth getting her hopes up again," Mitchell said."She's been looking forward to school for quite a while. She's been fairly upset seeing kids go off to school in her neighbourhood and her not being able to participate."In a message on its website on Monday, the board said students not assigned teachers would begin the school year with independent learning.The board said it is implementing what it calls a "rolling start" to virtual school."We know that this will be a disappointment for some and is not how we had hoped to begin the school year. Please let me assure you that efforts to hire more teachers have been ongoing and staff have been working around the clock and through the weekend to keep things moving forward," the message said.Board turning to supply teachers to fill the gapsTo fill the gaps, the board said it has "predominantly" pulled from its roster of occasional teachers, who have already been vetted, according to Bird.That list should be enough to meet its staffing needs, but if it isn't, the board could urge other teachers to apply to join the pool, he said."It is a challenge because we've taken a staffing process that typically takes months to complete and organize ... and we've really condensed that to two to three weeks," he said."Given the reality that we're facing right now and the changing information over the summer, we could not begin that as early as we had hoped, so the timelines have been quite tight, and then over the weekend it became abundantly clear that the numbers just weren't adding up."The newly hired teachers can't immediately start their classes since they need to be trained to use the board's online learning platform, among other things, he said.
According to researchers at Dalhousie University, the Atlantic provinces are experiencing significant increases in food costs that are outstripping the rest of Canada, and New Brunswick may be the worst off.Sylvain Charlebois, a professor at Dalhousie University and director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab, looked at numbers from Statistics Canada and found that over the past 20 years, the cost of food has risen faster than the cost of products and services that make up the consumer price index.And nowhere more so than in New Brunswick.Charlebois said the problem is New Brunswick's "food comes from far away and logistical costs are really a problem."Another issue, according to Charlebois, is that there is little to no processing of food happening in New Brunswick."Without processing, you don't control the supply chain," he said."So you are likely very vulnerable to factors you don't control like the currency and energy costs and things like that."He said more processing means more control of the province's food and its costs.Months ago, when the pandemic first changed people's daily lives by limiting outings and supply chains, gaps in food security came into focus.Charlebois said it seems the government took notice and started working with his lab on ways to extend the growing season, in an effort to make local food available year-round."Which is really critical," said Charlebois."And it's not just about potatoes, it's about celery, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, everything which is important for New Brunswickers diets," he said.While the pandemic has caused food prices to rise, "really the food inflation rate has been a challenge for most Canadians for many, many years now."In Saint John at On the Vine Meat and Produce, owner Sean Fillmore said that as prices drept up over the years, he's noticed people being more careful about what they're paying for food."They're loyal to their wallets."But it's understandable," Fillmore said."It's getting harder to put supper on the table so they shop around."And his customers agree.Mireille Savoie said she's had to change the way she eats to accommodate her growing food budget. She cut down on meat because she couldn't afford it."The price is sky high and it's so hard to try to eat healthy," said Savoie.When she couldn't cut back anymore, she put in a garden."I do intend in the winter to try to grow a little something inside."David Eagles has taken to strict budgeting and using apps to find the best prices for food. "So if it means I'm spending an extra four or five bucks on gas, I will go to four or five different stores to meet my budget every week," he said.Eagles said he was a cook in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where he was able to compare prices."You could get a six-litre jug of milk for three bucks and you're paying six bucks for four litres here," said Eagles. "The price of living when it comes to the food is absolutely astronomical."
Two RCMP officers charged in the shooting death of a 31-year-old man in northern Alberta will be getting a jury trial. Jessica Brown of the Whitecourt RCMP detachment were arrested in June and initially changed with criminal negligence causing death. The pair appeared Tuesday in Whitecourt provincial court and, court documents say, there was an election for a jury trial.
Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé says his team is looking into "erroneous" comments made by a prominent Montreal health official on a local news station last week.Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, head of the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest de l'île de Montréal, has come under fire for comparing COVID-19 to the seasonal flu on CTV News."It probably isn't much more dangerous than the seasonal flu," he said in an interview on Sept. 14."It probably is at least equally as transmissible as seasonal flu, and unlike the seasonal flu, which has a tendency to affect the very old and very young, this seems to have been a virus that affected the very old and those with existing medical conditions."Health experts across the nation and around the world have cautioned against comparing COVID-19 to the flu as the mortality and transmission rate is considerably higher. Rosenberg's comments have been circulating widely online, providing fodder to pandemic deniers while frustrating those who recognize COVID-19 as a potentially fatal disease that can leave survivors with long-term health consequences.Regardless, a spokesperson for the CIUSSS, Carl Thériault, told CBC that Rosenberg stands by his comments.Speaking during a news conference on Tuesday, Dubé said he hasn't heard Rosenberg's full interview yet, but based on what he has learned so far, it "was not appropriate."COVID-19 is more severe than flu, expert saysDubé said, with more than 5,000 Quebecers dead after the first wave of COVID-19, Rosenberg's comments were wrong as far as he can tell. But, the minister said, he would like to further understand the full context of the comments."We need to have a discussion with him," Dubé said.Dr. Karl Weiss, chief of infectious diseases at the Jewish General Hospital, said Rosenberg may want to explain the context of his comments as COVID-19 is a new coronavirus with particular characteristics that are much different than the flu."It is clear that COVID-19 is much more severe than the seasonal flu," he said on Radio-Canada's Tout un matin Tuesday."It's not the same illness at all."COVID-19 death rate compared to fluThe rate of deaths related to COVID-19 in Quebec is 68 per 100,000 residents, according to the latest federal data.Though the majority of cases are in Quebec and Ontario, the rate of deaths nationwide is 25 per 100,000 residents. More than 145,000 Canadians have caught the disease and 9,199 have died since March.The death rate for influenza in Canada on an annual basis is usually between nine and 13 deaths per 100,000 people, depending on severity of the flu season according to Dr. Allison McGeer.Watch Dubé share his thoughts on Rosenberg's comments: McGeer is an infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She spoke to CBC this summer when comparisons to the flu began circulating online in the form of memes.According to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, which has been tracking the spread of the coronavirus worldwide, the mortality rate in the U.S. is even higher than Canada, at 35.75 deaths per 100,000 people.By comparison, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows the age-adjusted death rate in the U.S. for both influenza and pneumonia has varied quarterly over the past few years from around 9 to 16 deaths per 100,000."COVID is unquestionably much worse than a bad flu season," McGeer said, but noted Canada's influenza death rate is kept in check by vaccines.
Police in Saskatchewan are checking-up on people who are in mandatory self-isolation after returning from international travel.Regina Police Service spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich said Tuesday that police receive a daily list from the Saskatchewan Health Authority of people who have recently travelled. "We dispatch a police car to the home address to ensure that the person is in fact doing that mandatory 14-day isolation," said Popowich. "And if they're not, then we refer it back to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) for further action as per the public health order." Saskatoon police and the RCMP are also doing visits to check on compliance with the provincial order, which states anyone who has travelled internationally must isolate for two weeks. People who are isolating are allowed to be outside on their own property, such as a backyard or balcony, and they can take solitary walks if they do not have symptoms. Non-compliance referred back to health authorityPopowich said police do not issue immediate fines if a person does not open the door. Instead, they report back to the SHA to follow up. CBC has contacted the SHA for more information about the police visits and who initiated them.Regina and Saskatoon police have both been doing check-ups since April.'There are consequences' Police could issue a fine if someone is found to be repeatedly violating isolation after multiple checkups, but Popowich said she is not aware of any such fines being issued so far.She said there are some instances where people may not receive a visit from police, for example if there is a mistake in the address or if police receive the information late in the quarantine period."Don't risk getting a fine. Certainly don't risk potentially carrying an infection to someone who is not as easily able to handle the illness," she said."Treat it as though you could be paid a visit if you've been out of the country and you're not self-isolating. If you're not, then there are consequences."Popowich said Regina police have enough resources to take on the role of checking compliance. "Those calls get dispatched at a time when typically our other call loads are lower," she said. In April, a Regina woman who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 was fined $2,800 for allegedly not complying with the order to self-isolate.
Recent developments: What's the latest?Ottawa schools are already dealing with dozens of cases of COVID-19.According to data shared by Ottawa's four boards, 38 schools had reported at least one case of COVID-19 involving a staff member or student. Fifty students or staff have tested positive.Two Ottawa schools have what are considered outbreaks, when there's a reasonable chance the coronavirus passed from one person to another during a school activity.There are two major speeches today that should include updates on the national pandemic plan: this afternoon's speech from the throne and this evening's national address by the prime minister.While some Ottawa home improvement stores say they're struggling to keep backyard firepits in stock, one fire official is reminding residents it's not as easy as lighting a flame and roasting marshmallows.How many cases are there?As of the most recent OPH update on Monday, 3,772 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. That includes 587 known active cases, 2,906 resolved cases and 279 deaths.Overall, public health officials have reported 5,700 cases of COVID-19 across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 4,500 of those cases considered resolved.COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 34 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario. What's open and closed?As the number of active COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Ottawa, its public health officials are ordering anyone who fits one of these descriptions to immediately self-isolate or face a fine of $5,000 per day: * Tests positive for COVID-19. * Has signs or symptoms of COVID-19. * Was in close contact with someone who has tested positive. * Is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test. * Has reasonable grounds to think they have COVID-19.They're allowed to end their isolation after 14 days or if they test negative.WATCH | Shrink your bubble, says Ottawa's medical officer of healthOntario and Quebec have rolled back some public health rules because of the widening spread of the coronavirus, considered the second wave in Quebec and some parts of Ontario, such as Ottawa.Private, unmonitored gatherings across Ontario are now limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors until at least mid-October.Quebec has introduced tighter restrictions in the province's "orange zones," which now includes the Outaouais.Physically distanced gatherings in public venues can still include up to 250 people, although in "orange zones" like western Quebec the maximum in a place of worship, a rented hall, or festival is now 25.WATCH | Outaouais moves to 'orange':Ottawa will resume ticketing drivers who park longer than allowed in unmarked areas on Oct. 1.Kingston, Ont., has tightened its distancing rules in city parks and increased fines.Distancing and isolatingThe novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.People don't need to have symptoms to be contagious.That means physical distancing measures such as working from home, meeting others outdoors as much as possible and keeping distance from anyone you don't live with or have in your social circle, including when you have a mask on.Ottawa's medical officer of health and Quebec's top health official are pleading with residents to reduce the number of people they're in close contact with as new cases of COVID-19 continue to surge.Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.Masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in all of eastern Ontario and Quebec, including transit services and taxis in some areas.Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can't stay the proper distance from others.Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days if they have not had a fever for at least 48 hours and has had no other symptom for at least 24 hours.Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.Getting tested any sooner than five days after potential exposure may not be as useful since it takes about that long for the virus to grow to be detectable by a test, said Ottawa's medical officer of health Vera Etches in early September.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Where to get testedWait times and lines have been long at many of the area's test sites, causing some to reach capacity before closing time or even before opening.Health officials have said they're trying to add more test capacity. Ontario Premier Doug Ford has said he'd like pharmacists to be able to test starting this week.In eastern Ontario:In Ottawa any resident can get tested, but record wait times have led Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to ask that testing be limited for now to people with symptoms or who have been referred for a test because of contact tracing.Testing for the general public happens at one of four permanent sites, with additional mobile sites wherever demand is particularly high. Some tests are also done in hospitals.The Brewer Arena's CHEO area for children age two months to 17 years old is now primarily by appointment, which you can book online.Ottawa's two care clinics on Moodie Drive and Heron Road are open later today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., because of maintenance on their computers systems.A test clinic is expected to open at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orléans, likely by mid-October.WATCH | Reaction from a school with a recent case:In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, there is a drive-thru centre in Casselman and walk-up site in Hawkesbury and Winchester that don't require people to call ahead.Its medical officer of health says the Casselman centre will be moved to reduce its impact on traffic.Others in Alexandria, Rockland, Cornwall and Winchester require an appointment.In Kingston, the Leon's Centre is hosting the city's test site though Gate 2. There's another test site at Queen's University's Mitchell Hall open 5 to 8 p.m. on weekdays.Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.You can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre and in Picton by texting or calling. Only Belleville and Trenton run seven days a week.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit asks you to get tested if you have a symptom or concerns about exposure.It has a walk-in site in Brockville at the Memorial Centre and testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment.Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor and those without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.People can also visit the health unit's website to find out where testing clinics will be taking place each week.In western Quebec:Outaouais residents can get a walk-in test in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond.There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.They can call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment or if they have other questions.First Nations, Inuit and Métis:Akwesasne has had 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases, most linked to a gathering on an island in July.It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only.Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.Inuit in Ottawa can also call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse.For more information
Edmonton Public Schools will become the first jurisdiction in Alberta to collect race-based data for students in areas such as achievement, discipline and attendance.The motion was formally endorsed at Tuesday's school board meeting when trustees voted unanimously in favour of directing administration to develop a model to collect race-based data to dismantle systemic racism and racial discrimination."I think that if we are serious about addressing it, which I believe that we all are, then collecting race-based data is the first and necessary step," said Trisha Estabrooks, board chair, in her opening remarks."And I'd also say if we want change, which again, I believe we all do, then we must first understand the gaps and the inequities in order to come up with policies. This is about finding ways to best support students, in particular racialized students."The move comes as protests around racial inequality have swept across North America this year with many in Edmonton demanding better from police, schools, media and government.Edmonton's public school board has grappled with its own issues around systemic racism, which led to the resignation of a trustee and the endorsement of a new model to replace the controversial resource officer program. The board also recently voted to rename two schools: Dan Knott School and Oliver School.The board will consult with Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities impacted by racism on how the data will be collected."Their voice is absolutely essential," Estabrooks said.Improved policy making, resource allocationThe administration will also seek advice from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), which has been collecting race-based data since 2006. "The results and findings of this first Student and Parent Census have been leveraged both within and outside the school board for improvement planning, programming, policy making, resource allocation, as well as solicitation of funding and resources for high needs school communities," states a report provided to Edmonton Public Schools trustees.The TSBD's first survey drew a response from students of 84 per cent despite optional participation, which would also be the case in Edmonton."But I think that we need to do a really good job of building that compelling case to participate in the student census, because it does give us good information to inform decision making and resource distribution in our division," Darrel Robertson, the board's superintendent, told trustees at Tuesday's board meeting.Provincial data-collection?The motion also calls for a letter to be sent to Alberta's minister of education requesting the implementation of data-collection in all provincial schools — a step trustee Michael Janz spoke about enthusiastically."Because ultimately we are all in this together as many of our students move back and forth between various jurisdictions … but also looking at how we can better support students all throughout Alberta," Janz said, adding it would also provide an opportunity to collaborate.In 2017, the Ontario government began collecting and analyzing the data of students' ethnicity to eliminate discriminatory practices, systemic barriers and bias from schools to support all students to succeed.The unanimous vote comes as little surprise given trustees collaborated to craft the recommendation. While the data would be collected anonymously, trustee Bridget Stirling said some families are concerned it could lead to profiling of students. Robertson said it's an issue the board will work through in consultation with the privacy officer and the province, as well as drawing on the TSBD's experience.A few trustees emphasized the importance of being able to provide a timeline to the public but Robertson said it's difficult with such complex work. He estimated it could take two years.Estabrooks said the work prior to data-collection is critical."I think we're hearing that it's important to take our time on the consultation," she said. Trustee Nathan Ip asked if the collection of the data would include the composition of staff but Robertson urged the board to tackle one project at a time."I highly encourage all of us to just manage expectations because we are dealing with a pandemic right now," Robertson said. "I just would highly encourage lots of patience as we move through this process."
BERLIN — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from a Berlin hospital after more than a month's treatment for poisoning, with doctors now believing that a “complete recovery” from the nerve agent is possible, the facility said Wednesday.Navalny spent 32 days in treatment in Berlin's Charite hospital, 24 of which were in intensive care, before doctors deemed his “condition had improved sufficiently for him to be discharged from acute inpatient care.”As he was released Tuesday, the 44-year-old displayed his characteristic sarcastic sense of humour. In an Instagram post, he took swipe at Vladimir Putin, scoffing at reported comments by the Russian president suggesting he might have intentionally poisoned himself.Navalny, Putin’s most visible opponent, was flown to Germany two days after falling ill on Aug. 20 on a domestic flight in Russia.German chemical weapons experts have determined he was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok — findings corroborated by labs in France and Sweden.The hospital said that based on Navalny's progress, treating physicians believe that a “complete recovery is possible,” but added that it ”remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning.”During his convalescence, Navalny has in recent days been posting regular photos from the hospital on Instagram, first showing him sitting up in his bed surrounded by his family, then up and about in the building.In his post Tuesday night accompanied by a close-up photo, he laughed off reports that Putin suggested to French President Emmanuel Macron in a call that he might have “swallowed the poison himself.”“Good theory, I believe it deserves the most careful attention,” Navalny wrote in Russian.“Cooked Novichok in the kitchen. Took a sip from a flask on the plane. Fell into a coma.”He wryly wrote then the “ultimate aim of my cunning plan” must have been to die in Siberia, where the cause of death would be “lived long enough.”“But Putin outmanoeuvred me. You can’t fool him,” Navalny wrote. “As a result, I lay in coma for 18 days like a fool, but didn’t get my way. The provocation failed!”The nerve agent used in the attack was the same class of Soviet-era agent that Britain said was used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, in 2018, and Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders have called for Russia to fully investigate.Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than two weeks as he was treated with an antidote. Members of his team accused the Kremlin of involvement in the poisoning, charges that Russian officials have vehemently denied.Russia has bristled at the demands for an investigation, saying it needs Germany to share medical data or compare notes with the Russian doctors who said they found no trace of poison in his system while he was at a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk.Germany has noted that Navalny was in Russian treatment for 48 hours, and that Russia has its own data.Germany has also enlisted the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for technical assistance in the case.Last week, the international agency said its experts had “ independently collected biomedical samples from Mr Navalny for analysis by OPCW designated laboratories”Results have not yet been announced.The Charite statement was released in consultation with Navalny and his wife, and the hospital would not comment further on whether he would continue to receive outpatient care there.Navalny's team has said he eventually plans to return to Russia, but had no immediate statement after his release from the hospital.____Litvinova reported from MoscowDavid Rising And Daria Litvinova, The Associated Press
The First Nation community operating a new, self-regulated lobster fishery in Nova Scotia says its harvesting regulations rival and may even exceed the standards of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans."They're pretty much the same regulations when it comes to the [DFO regulated] commercial season," said Brandon Maloney, director of fisheries for Sipekne'katik First Nation, which launched its first Mi'kmaq-regulated fishery in Saulnierville, N.S., last Thursday. The launch followed decades of disagreement with government officials over the Mi'kmaq treaty right to earn a "moderate livelihood" from fishing, affirmed by the 1999 Supreme Court ruling in the Marshall case. A rare clarification by the Supreme Court stated that the federal government could regulate treaty fishing if it was justified and if the Mi'kmaq were consulted.Debate on the issue has been tense online and in communities near Saulnierville, and has often focused on DFO's yet-to-be-determined position on what qualifies as a "moderate livelihood."Following recent claims from non-Indigenous commercial fishers that Mi'kmaq are using illegal bait and equipment, Maloney said the band's regulation policies on safety, conservation monitoring and fishing gear are to the same standards as the commercial fishery."The trap sizes, escape hatches … all of those have been adopted from the commercial [DFO regulated] season," he said. "It's just easier because all of the traps are already equipped that way."Maloney said in some cases, the regulations specific to monitoring and counting the catch at the wharf may even exceed DFO's, given that the Mi'kmaw operation yields so few lobster in comparison.Photos of modified trapsOn Sunday, a news release by Coalition of Atlantic and Quebec Fishing Organizations, which represents numerous fishing associations in the Atlantic region and the Maritime Fishermen's Union [MFU], called on DFO to "publicly haul-in thousands of lobster traps set out of season.""This is about conserving the fishery for everyone – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishermen," said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association, in the release. "Unless there is one set of rules driven by conservation of the fishery, Canada's fishery will be destroyed."The release included a photo of lobsters in what appears to be a damaged, modified trap. "Illegal sea trap with escape mechanism blocked with tie wraps," the caption reads.A spokesperson for the coalition did not provide sources for the photos, but said they were "fairly confident" the photos came from the commercial fishers in St. Mary's Bay. Further requests for comment on the release were not returned.Maloney, who has seen the photos circulating on social media, said he believed they were evidence that non-Mi'kmaw fishers were violating DFO general regulations."The only thing that's clearly illegal in that whole situation is [commercial fishers] pulling up someone else's gear. It doesn't matter what pictures they take, they've already had the time to sabotage it," he said."They're illegally pulling them up to vandalize them and make us look bad…. It's disturbing."DFO declined to comment on whether or not citations have been issued since last Thursday in the area surrounding the Mi'kmaw traps, instead referring to a joint statement issued Monday by DFO Minister Bernadette Jordan and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. "DFO fishery officers, Canadian Coast Guard vessels and personnel, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Public Safety officials are co-ordinating their efforts in the sea, on the land, and in the air, and are working with officials from the Province of Nova Scotia to respond to any dangerous situations as they may arise," the statement reads."We want to work with First Nations leaders on the path forward of the implementation of their treaty right, and look forward to upcoming conversations on this matter."Rights 'protected in perpetuity' According to Maloney, the seven Mi'kmaw harvesters who received moderate livelihood licences from Sipekne'katik on Thursday also received the Rights Implementation and Fishery Management Plan, an 18-page document that explains the band's policies on areas like licensing and harvesting, the sale and intended use of lobsters, and a section of 27 general regulations. The plan includes a list of eight objectives that "advance the principles defined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and form the basis for fishery decision making," the document reads.According to the list, their objectives are: * To ensure conservation of the resource to protect and exercise Mi'kmaq Treaty and Aboriginal Rights to harvest natural resources for the benefit of the community and its members. * To alleviate family poverty and advance the size and security of the middle class within the Sipekne'katik community * To ensure community adherence to the traditional Mi'kmaq principles of Netukulimk. * To contribute to the social and economic well being of the community. * To develop and promote livelihood fishing activities that will provide stable and effective employment and income for community members. * Provide food to meet the nutritional and social needs of local Sipekne'katik band members. * To ensure the public and harvester safety are protected. * To have economically self-sufficient fishing operations, including management and administration."Conservation" refers to the protection and preservation of fisheries resources "to ensure the Mi'kmaq Rights are protected in perpetuity," the document reads.Maloney said the plan has been in the works for three years, and was based on community consultation through multiple surveys and in some cases, house-to-house visits. Maloney said the captains and crews remain positive despite the opposition the Mi'kmaq have faced harvesting under the new fishery. "A lot of them were born into this, they don't know anything else," he said. "They're just really proud people. It's half and half for them — they want to fish and make a living, but they also want to stand up for their rights."
Prince Edward Islanders can expect strong winds and a lot more rain as post-tropical storm Teddy passes over the eastern end of the Island today.Classes are cancelled at the P.E.I. Public Schools Branch and French Language School Board. P.E.I.'s Emergency Measures Organization will provide an update at 1:30 p.m.Teddy was downgraded from hurricane status before it hit the Nova Scotia coast, between Halifax and Cape Breton, at about 9 a.m., but it still has sustained winds of 100 km/h near its centre. * Islanders can call in cancellations to 1-877-236-9350.The latest track for Teddy has its centre passing near or over eastern P.E.I. at midday, said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland. The storm has already dropped 30-50 millimetres of rain across the Island, and a further 15 to 30 millimetres is expected.Along with that will come winds of 50 km/h with gusts to 80, and higher gusts possible along the coast.Western P.E.I. is already experiencing those strong winds, said Scotland, and Confederation Bridge is recording gusts up to 100 km/h."With these strong winds, Islanders should be prepared for power outages," said Scotland."Also, please stay away from the coast as these strong winds, occurring near high tide, will result in elevated water levels, large waves and pounding surf. Coastal flooding is possible, particularly along the North Shore."Northumberland Ferries has cancelled all sailings for the day. At 10 a.m. traffic restrictions were in place on Confederation Bridge. The bridge forecast shows windy conditions will persist into the afternoon.There are no major outages at Maritime Electric so far.The rain will taper off to showers in the early evening on P.E.I., but strong winds are forecast to persist until midnight.More from CBC P.E.I.
TORONTO — Canada's largest school board is drawing on its pool of supply teachers as it rushes to meet a surge in demand for online learning. The Toronto District School Board said it hired 300 teachers Monday and was working Tuesday to bring on another 100 to 150 to fulfil its staffing needs for virtual elementary school classes.The board anticipates the hiring will be complete in the next few days so the virtual classes can be set up by the end of the week, spokesman Ryan Bird said.The board has "predominantly" pulled from its roster of occasional teachers, who have already been vetted, in filling those gaps, Bird said.That list should be enough to meet the board's staffing needs, but if it isn't, the board could urge other teachers to apply to join the pool, he said."It is a challenge because we've taken a staffing process that typically takes months to complete and organize ... and we've really condensed that to two to three weeks," he said."Given the reality that we're facing right now and the changing information over the summer, we could not begin that as early as we had hoped, so the timelines have been quite tight, and then over the weekend it became abundantly clear that the numbers just weren't adding up."The newly hired teachers can't immediately start their classes since — they need to be trained to use the board's online learning platform, among other things, he said.The TDSB announced Monday it was again delaying the start of some virtual elementary classes as more students signed up for online learning.It said while the online courses were set to begin Tuesday, some classes had not yet been assigned a teacher.Students with no teacher assigned were expected to start off with independent learning.The board said 60,000 students have signed up for online learning at the elementary level, and another 18,000 at the high school level. In total, about 2,200 teachers are needed for the elementary virtual classes and 800 for the high school ones, it said.The latest employment survey conducted by the Ontario College of Teachers found that the province's decade-long teacher surplus has come to an end, with early-career teachers reporting very low unemployment rates in 2019."Teacher shortages are expected over the next several years that could reach well beyond the already challenging French-language shortages of the past few years," the report said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 22, 2020.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Nunavut Health Minister George Hickes says so far, none of the territory's politicians have applied to bypass a mandatory two-week hotel quarantine in order to return from southern Canada. Since August, a public health exemption has allowed Nunavut's members of the Legislative Assembly, the territory's member of Parliament and its senator to skip the government-run isolation required for all residents returning from the South. The isolation exemption is only for travel related to parliamentary, Legislative Assembly, and constituency business. The travel must be approved by public health authorities, and does not extend to elected officials' staff or family members. "There have been politicians back and forth and nobody has applied for that exemption," Hickes said in the legislature on Tuesday. But Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main says his constituents feel it is unfair that political leaders can get exempt from the hotel quarantine. "I didn't think that was possible, to be honest, to find something less popular than the isolation hubs, but here we have it," said Main. "The exemption to a 14-day isolation requirement [for politicians] is even more unpopular with my constituents." > I didn't think that was possible, to be honest, to find something less popular than the isolation hubs, but here we have it. \- John Main, MLA for Arviat North-Whale CoveUsing examples of his own constituents, Main said new mothers are required to quarantine with their infants, and one medical traveller spent 29 days in a hotel in total, after they needed to go back to the hospital because of health complications. "What was the reasoning for giving an exemption to elected officials?" Main asked. Public health officials say the isolation hotels are a main reason why there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut communities. As of Monday, there were 768 Nunavut residents in two-week quarantines in hotels in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Yellowknife. Only for an emergency, Hickes saysHickes said there has been a lot of "confusion and concern" from the public about the exemption. On Monday, the first day of this week's special pandemic-related sitting of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly, Hickes said he can't imagine what it's like to do the quarantine and hopes he doesn't have to. "What started this [exemption] was a national dialogue with regards to our members of parliament or through our members of our senate and their ability to be able to return home and get back to work as needed," Hickes said on Tuesday.That's work related to the pandemic, he said. Hickes said the exemption might be used for an urgent federal meeting, to make sure Nunavut's voice is heard."I understand the value of why it's there. I don't anticipate anyone using it unless it's absolutely necessary," he said. Like a critical worker, when a politician returns home they would have to self-isolate when not at work, keep physically distanced at work and wear a mask when that isn't possible.It's in line with what politicians across Canada are doing, Hickes said. An exemption was made early on for the senator and member of parliament. "Dr. Patterson felt that it was very important to make sure out of pure openness and transparency, that provincial and territorial legislators also had that availability," Hickes said. Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, who recently visited multiple communities as part of a housing tour, is known to have done multiple hotel quarantines before travelling from the South. House Speaker Paul Quassa announced Monday that MLAs can't use their constituency budgets to travel South. The government's Financial Management Board made this decision. MLAs however, don't typically need to travel South for work.
Toronto FC learned Tuesday what lies ahead in the rest of the pandemic-rejigged MLS regular season. On the plus side, coach Greg Vanney gave a thumbs-up to the facilities in their Hartford home away from home, talking up the team's hotel and food as well as Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, where TFC will play home games due to border restrictions limiting U.S. teams from coming north. "The setup's been great ... No complaints," Vanney said Tuesday.
P.E.I. is starting a pilot project next month it hopes will address a need for more substitute teachers and provide some extra job security for those selected.More than 60 substitute teachers answered an ad for expressions of interest to take part.Five to 15 selected substitute teachers will receive a contract for the full school year, even though they will still float between classes or schools.Kelly Drummond, director of human resources, corporate planning and principal support for the Public Schools Branch, said if successful, the project could be expanded to include more substitute teachers and also some other casual positions within the school system.'Need guarantee of income'"Folks are looking to move into this profession, but they really need a guarantee of income," she said."It's been a couple of years now in some dialogue with regards to the teachers' federation on some strategies and how we can provide some continuity and some guaranteed hours and employment for our substitute teachers. And so this year, we thought we'd take the opportunity to look at hiring full-time substitute teachers in what we would call an itinerant role."More from CBC P.E.I.
“I will fill that seat,” Trump responded before launching into an extended riff on his plans to quickly nominate a successor to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. During a swing through Wisconsin a few hours earlier, there were no big crowds for Democrat Joe Biden, whose campaign is strictly following protocols to combat the coronavirus. The battle over the future of the Supreme Court was largely missing, too, with Biden far more eager to talk about the pandemic, health care and the economy.
The recovery search for a missing teen near Northport, P.E.I., has been temporarily put on hold as weather conditions have deteriorated in the path of the oncoming storm.Sgt. Neil Logan of Prince District RCMP said crews were recalled around 2 p.m. Tuesday as conditions were becoming unsafe for the searchers."We had our helicopter up today and boats in the water and conservation was up there assisting us as well," Logan said."Really disappointing day for us there. Over the last two days we have really been hoping that we were going to bring this to a conclusion and kind of give the family some closure there on everything."They are looking for 17-year-old Alex Hutchinson, who went missing in the water last Wednesday.He was boating with two other teens, Ethan Reilly and Max MacIsaac, when their small boat capsized.MacIsaac was able to make it to shore Wednesday evening and called 911.Reilly's body was recovered near Fox Island on Sunday.Logan said the dive crews have been going non-stop during the day since arriving on scene last Thursday. "We just want to make sure everybody's safe. We don't want anybody to get hurt with the hurricane coming in in the water," Logan said.May resume search Thursday"I'll have to see how the weather goes. The plan, kind of, for now is Thursday based on the forecast," Logan said."But it could let up enough that we can get out there and do some coastline stuff on on Wednesday as well. We'll have to see, I guess, what the storm brings to us."Logan says the crews have been appreciative of the community support — providing meals and snacks for searchers from the Northport Community Centre."We just can't thank everybody enough that's been involved," Logan said. "The community, the fishermen, you know, obviously the fishermen are such a great resource for us. They know everything about that area up there. Just a lot of support."More from CBC P.E.I.
Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, says there will be a dramatic resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Canada unless people limit contact with others in coming days. Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu urged people to think carefully before accepting invitations to social gatherings.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address the country about the COVID-19 pandemic hours after his government delivers a throne speech to lay out a new vision for Canada.