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WARNING: This story contains details some readers may find distressing. When Jackie Bromley heard that the remains of 215 children were found at the site of a former residential school in B.C., she had flashbacks to her time at St. Mary's Residential School on the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta. Bromley, who is now 70, remembers students talking about graves behind the school when she was 10 — but doesn't remember seeing any headstones. "I thought about the backyard, apparently there were some graves there. And the first thing I thought of was, I wonder if there are some kids that were buried, you know?" Bromley's classmates were right — there were students' graves in the schoolyard. A letter in 1945 from an Indian agent to the school's principal requests that Indigenous workers be made to redig the graves next to the school, to make them even deeper. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) states that it's difficult to place an exact figure on how many residential schools operated in Canada. Kisha Supernant says it's similarly hard to say just how many unmarked children's graves there are. Students write on a chalkboard at Red Deer Indian Industrial School in Alberta in either 1914 or 1919. The school had one of the highest mortality rates, with at least 70 of roughly 350 students dying during the 26 years it was in operation. It is estimated 50 children may be buried in an unmarked cemetery in a field nearby.(United Church of Canada, Archives) Supernant, who is Métis and a descendant of the Papaschase First Nation, is an anthropology professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She and her team use ground-penetrating radar equipment to help Indigenous communities survey burial grounds across the Prairies. She said remote sensing techniques such as GPR and drones are crucial in surveying unmarked graves to ensure the sites are not physically disturbed. "There is power in the scientific evidence we can provide. It shouldn't be necessary, communities should be able to be listened to, but I am happy to support communities in that," Supernant said. "The ownership and access to all the data sits with the community…. This is not showing up and running a piece of equipment…. It's a process of engaging with the community, with being attentive to the sensitivity of what we're doing and the potential impacts it can have." At least 4,100 children died Supernant as well as Indigenous leaders and advocates are calling on the federal government to fund the use of GPR equipment at former residential school sites across the country. "This is part of reconciliation. This is part of the calls to action and I strongly believe that communities should be resourced to do the work that they need and want to do," she said. The Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement has identified 139 residential schools across Canada — 25 of which were in Alberta. However, that number excludes schools that operated without federal support, such as those run by religious orders or provincial governments. Some schools also underwent name changes, or were relocated. Click here to see a larger version of the map of residential school locations. This map shows the location of residential schools identified by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. More than 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students were sent to these facilities.(Truth and Reconciliation Commission) More than 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were placed in such schools between the 1870s and 1990s. At least 4,100 children died while attending school — more than one in 50 students — and the TRC estimates the actual toll could be 6,000 or higher. At least 821 of those deaths were in Alberta. Linda Many Guns, the associate vice-president of Indigenization and decolonization at Mount Royal University, is descended from residential school survivors. She said research shows many parents were never told what happened to their children — and extensive research will be required to uncover many students' stories. "There was an extensive pattern of genocide that was deliberately being instituted, not just through these organizations, but also, on a daily basis, through the Indian agents that were overseeing and administering all the reserves," she said. 'Ancestors are asking me to do this work' A TRC report stated that Indian Affairs was generally opposed to sending the bodies of children who died at school back home, because of the cost. It's estimated that many residential schools have burial sites due to the high death rates — but few have locations that are formally documented, and even fewer are maintained. The graves found in Kamloops are believed to represent previously unrecorded deaths. WATCH | Remains of 215 children found on grounds of B.C. residential school: "These schools were established to forcibly assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture. Underfunded, located in remote places far away from children's home communities, and lacking proper oversight, the schools were plagued by disease, dubious educational outcomes and physical, emotional and sexual abuse," reads an Alberta government resource guide on the schools' history. For Supernant, the history is personal. She said through her research, she's learned of relatives who attended residential schools. "I feel quite strongly that the ancestors are asking me to do this work," she said. "It's the most meaningful and important work I will ever do." The TRC report called on the federal government to create an online registry of residential school burials, and to work with impacted groups to develop a plan for the ongoing identification, documentation, maintenance and commemoration of burial sites. Funding denied The TRC did request $1.5 million in funding to search for those unmarked graves in 2009, but that funding was denied by Ottawa. Chantal Chagnon drums at a vigil in Calgary for the children of Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation. Shoes representing the bodies of 215 children found buried at the former school site this week were laid on the steps of city hall.(Terri Trembath/CBC) "Subjected to institutionalized child neglect in life, they have been dishonoured in death," the report reads. Kelly McGillis organized a vigil in Calgary over the weekend to honour the children in B.C. and call for action to search for other grave sites. "We need Canada and everyone to acknowledge that if 215 children have had their lives lost and we have 139 residential schools and all across Canada … where are our leaders in finding out where our ancestors are buried and how we can honour them?" At the vigil, 215 shoes were set out to represent each child. The City of Calgary has ordered flags to be flown at half-mast. Bromley, whose parents and grandparents also attended residential school, said being able to honour the lost children would be healing. "Yeah, I would rather like to know the list [of names]. A proper list." Support is available for anyone affected by the lingering effects of residential schools, and those who are triggered by the latest reports. The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066. A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.
Windsor-Essex residents who are 80 and up are eligible to book their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday morning. Dr. Wajid Ahmed, medical officer of health, said offering second doses for the first time was an "important milestone" in the region's vaccine rollout, but he pleaded for people to continue following public health measures. "We need your help. We are almost at the end of the tunnel. Please help us reduce the daily case counts and reduce the overall risk to our community," he said at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit's (WECHU) daily briefing Monday. As of Monday, 245,782 people in the region have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, representing about 70.5 per cent of adults along with about 6,200 youth. People who are 80 and up who got their first vaccine dose at least 28 days ago are eligible to call or go on the health unit's website to book their second dose. Those 70 and older who have had their first dose before March 31 are eligible to join a wait list for an appointment. Theresa Marentette, CEO of WECHU, said the health unit's website was experiencing technical issues for about 45 minutes on Monday morning, but access has since been restored. She encouraged family members to help their loved ones book their second dose. The health unit is monitoring uptake on vaccine appointments to ensure that all those who are eligible are aware, according to Marentette. 2 pop-up clinics The health unit also announced it's hosting two walk-in, pop-up vaccination clinics for youth and their families this week. One clinic is taking place in Belle River at the Atlas Tube Recreation Centre on Tuesday and the other is slated for Thursday at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. The clinics will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and no appointments are required. All youth aged 12 to 17 are eligible to attend, along with their immediate family members. New hospital visitor policy Effective Monday, Windsor Regional Hospital is relaxing its visitor policy in light of decreasing COVID-19 rates in the community and within the hospital. The hospital will allow one essential visitor per patient per day, with some exceptions. Over the course of a hospital stay, patients can switch between two visitors, however, only one can visit at a time. Full details are available on the hospital's website. 25 new cases Monday Meanwhile, the region reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Seven of those new cases were due to close contact with a confirmed case, while six were community acquired — meaning there is no known source of transmission— while a dozen remain under investigation. Fifteen people in hospital with COVID-19 cases, including four in intensive care. There are 223 cases considered active in the community, and 134 active cases are variants of concern. Windsor-Essex public health officials announced Monday that a COVID-19 variant, the B.1.617 strain that was first found in India, has been confirmed in Windsor-Essex for the first time. Two cases of the variant have been reported. Both are tied to international travel, one of which was the U.S. "Our team is ensuring that proper case and contact management are happening and no further spread is happening," Ahmed said. There are eight active outbreaks at workplaces in Windsor-Essex: One in Kingsville's agriculture sector. Two in Windsor's health-care and social assistance sector. One in Lakeshore's health-care and social assistance sector. One in Windsor's manufacturing sector. One in Tecumseh's manufacturing sector. One in Lakeshore's finance and insurance sector. One in Windsor's food and beverage sector. There's also an outbreak ongoing at Southwest Detention Centre, which has been active since late April. Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton Health officials in Chatham-Kent recorded seven new cases of COVID-19 since the municipality's most recent update on Friday. Chatham-Kent Public Health also reported an additional COVID-19 fatality, the 17th person to die after contracting the disease since the pandemic started. There are currently 17 active cases in the municipality. Lambton Public Health lowered its case count by one Monday after a previously-recorded case was found not to meet the definition. In total, 33 cases are considered active in the area.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas's top leader in the Gaza Strip on Monday expressed optimism about reaching a prisoner exchange with Israel, while Egyptian mediators seek to hammer out a long-term cease-fire following an 11-day war in the Gaza Strip earlier this month. Yehiyeh Sinwar spoke after meeting with Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel, who visited Gaza a day after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a trip aimed at shoring up an informal cease-fire brokered by Cairo. Sinwar said “there is a real chance to make progress” in indirect negotiations that could involve the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, and the return of two Israeli citizens and the remains of two Israeli soldiers held by Hamas since the previous war in 2014. Egypt often serves as a mediator between Israel and Hamas and was a key player in negotiating the cease-fire that ended the fighting. Kamel, who has not given public statements, is the highest-ranking Arab official to visit Gaza since 2018. The war, which was halted by a cease-fire on May 21, was triggered by weeks of protests and clashes in Jerusalem over Israel’s policing of a flashpoint holy site and efforts by settler groups to evict Palestinian families in the nearby Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The fighting erupted May 10 when Hamas launched a barrage of rockets at Jerusalem. It fired over 4,000 rockets toward Israeli cities during the fighting, while Israeli warplanes struck some 1,000 targets in Gaza. More than 250 people were killed, the vast majority of them Palestinians living in Hamas-ruled Gaza, and parts of the territory suffered heavy damage. “Today, by the grace of Allah, after this victory of May 2021, our Palestinian cause is making tangible and clear progress," Sinwar said. Speaking to foreign reporters on Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that any reconstruction of Gaza would depend on progress in the issue of returning captive Israelis held by Hamas. “We are willing to help with fixing the area, rebuilding it, construction, etc. But it’s conditioned with the return of our boys back home, the abducted soldiers," he said. Gantz also said the rules have changed in Israel's dealings with Hamas and vowed a much harsher response to any violations of the new cease-fire. “We will brutally retaliate, but we will do it in our own time and will not accept the previous reality to show itself again,” he said. Earlier on Monday, another senior Hamas official said Israel must halt its “aggression” in both Gaza and Jerusalem if it wants calm following this month's fighting in the Gaza Strip. “We discussed several files, most importantly the necessity to oblige the occupation to stop its aggression on Gaza, Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah and all over Palestine," Khalil al-Haya told reporters. He said Israel must also fully lift the blockade it imposed on Gaza when Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007. “If this happens, then calm and stability could return,” he said. Al-Haya ruled out linking Gaza's reconstruction to Hamas' release of Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, the two Israeli civilians held captive and the remains of Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, two soldiers killed in the 2014 war. Instead, the militant group is likely to demand the release of a large number of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. Sinwar intimated Monday that Hamas is demanding the release of over 1,100 prisoners held by Israel, more than the number freed in a 2011 exchange for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit. Sinwar himself was freed from Israeli prison in that trade. The Egyptian-brokered truce has held but did not address any of the underlying issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel and Hamas have fought four wars since 2008. On Sunday, Israeli troops shot a Palestinian man who sneaked into the country from the Gaza Strip with a knife. The military confirmed the incident on Monday but did not provide details on his condition. The military said the suspect carried a knife and infiltrated the fenced border near Moshav Sde Avraham, a few kilometers (miles) from the coastal territory. A security guard told Israeli media on Monday that the suspect stabbed him. The army said the suspect had been moved to a nearby hospital but his condition was not immediately known. Israeli authorities were trying to figure out how the suspect snuck across the fenced border. Fares Akram, The Associated Press
RCMP are looking for the man who assaulted a boy and his father after they requested that the stranger put his dog on a leash at a public park in Airdrie, Alta. The incident happened at Nose Creek Park on May 14 at about 10:05 p.m, according to a release on Monday. The culprit was in the park with a woman and a child, along with his unleashed dog. "The victim indicated that his children were afraid of the dog and asked for it to be leashed. Shortly after this request was made, the male suspect assaulted a youth male and his father," the release said. The father suffered serious injuries. RCMP are asking for anyone with surveillance cameras near Nose Creek Park to review their images from May 14 between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The suspect is white, of an average size and was wearing a grey baseball cap. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or their local police or Crime Stoppers.
Home inspectors in Ontario are sounding the alarm. Some say that in today's hot real estate market, more and more buyers are being pressured to make offers on homes without full home inspections. "It's like playing Russian Roulette with your finances and your home's finances and your family's finances," said Len Inkster, the executive secretary of the Ontario Association of Certified Home Inspectors, one of a number of groups representing workers in the field. He said that based on conversations he's having with inspectors throughout the province, he believes that less than 25 per cent of all home sales are being inspected. "In this current situation, Ontario buyers are in trouble" - Bob Price, Home inspector "It's so out of control," said Bob Price, a home inspector for Windsor, with 15 years in the industry. "Home buyers, I think, that they now realize they're making the biggest purchase of their lives, but they have no protection." He explained that in today's "frenzied market," buyers have a better chance of getting a house without any conditions, including getting an inspection, adding that the pressure of the market and the rush to make a purchase are forcing people to make poor decisions. Inspectors warning against limited-scope inspections Matt Awram, owner of Third Eye Home Inspections in Amherstburg, worries that people are being misinformed. "They're being told that they can't have a home inspection, or they're not going to get the house, but that's just not the case," he said. Len Inkster, the Executive Secretary of the Ontario Association of Certified Home Inspectors, says he's been fighting to regulate the industry for nearly nine years.(CBC) He frequently gets calls from recent home buyers, he explained, requesting an inspection after a sale has gone through because they weren't able to get one beforehand, sometimes leading to "horror stories." He explained that while pre-purchase inspections (after an offer has been accepted) are rare now, pre-offer and pre-listing inspections continue to take place, but he stresses that buyers should make sure they're getting full inspections, instead of what are called "limited-scope inspections." These inspections only focus on certain areas of a home rather than doing a complete inspection. Some, like Awram and Price, won't do limited-scope inspections. Inkster says they're growing in popularity in some parts of Ontario, especially in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent, adding that he's also seen them popping up in Peterborough and Kingston. "Hate them," Inkster said, stressing that his association is firmly against them. "The problem with the limited-scope inspections, if you do it for a buyer, it's not extensive enough to give the buyer the right information on the condition of the property to let them understand what sort of maintenance costs they might be letting themselves in for." Inkster says they're frequently used as a marketing tactic by realtors representing sellers, during the pre-listing phase. He said it might encourage buyers to not get their own inspections. Time limits for inspections Damon Winney, the president of the Windsor-Essex County Association of Realtors, says buyers should always aim to get a full home inspection whenever possible. However, given that homes are selling quite quickly, "you may be under a time crunch," he explained. Matthew Awram, of Third Eye Home Inspections, says he's calling for legislation to regulate the industry.(Katerina Georgieva/CBC) "I think it's dangerous to limit the scope of an inspection. It should be as much as you can do within the property itself," but adds that in cases where time doesn't allow for a full inspection, he says "a limited scope is better than nothing." Sellers also dictate whether or not a home inspection can even happen, Winney explained. "Some sellers may say, 'No, we're not going to allow a home inspection,' which may raise a question mark on the property. Number two, is we may only have a limited time frame that we're able to conduct the inspection with the inspector with us." Price explained that often, he'll get told he only has a 30-minute window to do a full inspection, even though a full inspection takes an hour and 20 minutes to do. In those cases, he turns around and walks out because he can't do his job in that amount of time. "It's nothing that we've ever seen in the past," he said. "In this current situation, Ontario buyers are in trouble." Damon Winney says his advice to buyers is to always aim to get a full inspection on a house before making an offer.(CBC) Winney said buyers paired with a strong realtor can sometimes try to negotiate more time for full inspections. But Inkster blames realtors for creating the time crunch in the first place. He says the current market is being driven by "auction fever" with buyers and sellers making decisions born out of panic. "There's a whole series of things going on and it's being driven by stupidity and greed, in my opinion," Inkster said. "Every single professional dealing in real estate has got something to answer for there. But above that, the government is just — and it doesn't matter which colour you you vote for — they're all the same. Nobody seems to want to do anything except make a profit." Fighting for regulation of the industry Awram, Price and Inkster are all pushing for regulation of the inspection industry. Bob Price says his business has taken a big hit.(Submitted by Bob Price) Lack of regulation has been an issue for years, Inkster said, only made worse by the market. He said his association has been pushing for legislation for nearly nine years. "It will actually allow us to weed out the bad inspectors. It will stop people who are not qualified and therefore not licensed from doing inspections at all," Inkster said. The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services says the Home Inspection Act is not yet in force. In a statement to CBC, a spokesperson said, "The ministry is continuing to review this file to determine the best approach to protecting the interests of home buyers and sellers in an appropriate and effective way." 'Industry is bleeding' In the meantime, Inkster says the industry is on a steep decline, with many inspectors leaving the industry altogether. He said they've lost around 65 per cent of professional inspectors in Ontario since 2019. He worries that if things carry on this way, in another 18 months, there won't be any home inspectors in Canada. "This industry is bleeding," Inkster said. Price says his business is way down. He used to do 750 inspections a year, but that he's now down to about 150. "It's a catastrophic hit, there's no doubt," Price said. He's frustrated that nobody is stepping up to the plate to fix the situation to ensure consumers are being protected. "I've never seen anything fail as much as the home inspection industry," Price said.
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Monday May 31, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 315,187 new vaccinations administered for a total of 23,471,446 doses given. Nationwide, 2,012,849 people or 5.3 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 61,931.118 per 100,000. There were no new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 26,018,414 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 90.21 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 30,682 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 301,331 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 575.464 per 1,000. In the province, 2.19 per cent (11,446) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 358,370 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 68 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 84.08 per cent of its available vaccine supply. P.E.I. is reporting 9,044 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 87,861 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 553.877 per 1,000. In the province, 8.11 per cent (12,868) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 105,595 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 67 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 83.21 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nova Scotia is reporting 77,294 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 560,843 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 574.694 per 1,000. In the province, 4.43 per cent (43,252) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 651,450 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 67 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 86.09 per cent of its available vaccine supply. New Brunswick is reporting 50,355 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 470,122 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 602.69 per 1,000. In the province, 5.08 per cent (39,633) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 534,115 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 68 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.02 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Quebec is reporting 97,392 new vaccinations administered for a total of 5,503,277 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 643.158 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 5,887,119 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 69 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 93.48 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Ontario is reporting 144,833 new vaccinations administered for a total of 8,984,278 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 611.63 per 1,000. In the province, 4.68 per cent (687,894) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 10,075,515 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 69 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 89.17 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Manitoba is reporting 10,321 new vaccinations administered for a total of 844,084 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 612.986 per 1,000. In the province, 7.75 per cent (106,678) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 953,290 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 69 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.54 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Saskatchewan is reporting 11,061 new vaccinations administered for a total of 717,609 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 608.58 per 1,000. In the province, 6.60 per cent (77,767) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 815,975 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 69 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 87.94 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Alberta is reporting 39,042 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,759,729 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 626.92 per 1,000. In the province, 8.82 per cent (388,200) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 2,945,025 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 67 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 93.71 per cent of its available vaccine supply. British Columbia is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,106,269 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 605.325 per 1,000. In the province, 3.14 per cent (160,885) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 3,526,330 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 69 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.09 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Yukon is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 52,649 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,261.628 per 1,000. In the territory, 59.34 per cent (24,763) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 57,020 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 140 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 92.33 per cent of its available vaccine supply. The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 52,237 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,157.761 per 1,000. In the territory, 51.74 per cent (23,344) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 63,510 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 140 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 82.25 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nunavut is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 31,157 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 804.55 per 1,000. In the territory, 36.44 per cent (14,113) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 45,100 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 120 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 69.08 per cent of its available vaccine supply. *Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as some approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 12 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 31, 2021. The Canadian Press
As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have begun planning to give second doses in the coming weeks. More than 23 million people across Canada have now had at least one dose of a vaccine. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says by the summer, Canada will have enough vaccines so that every eligible resident will have gotten their first dose, and by September, it will have enough doses for everyone to be fully vaccinated. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has recommended that Canada turn toward the ultimate goal of fully immunizing the population, now that supplies of COVID-19 shots are increasing. The advisory panel said those at highest risk of dying or becoming severely ill should be prioritized for second shots, either after or alongside first doses for anyone else who is eligible for a vaccine. Since the novel coronavirus is still circulating in Canada, NACI is still recommending that the second dose be received up to four months after the first dose, in order to maximize the number of people who get at least one shot. Here's a list of the inoculation plans throughout Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador All people in the province aged 12 and older can now book an appointment for a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. So far 2.19 per cent (11,446) of the population has been fully vaccinated. --- Nova Scotia Appointments for an initial COVID-19 vaccine shot are now open to people 12 years of age and older. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for use in children aged 12 and up. The Moderna vaccine is only available for those 18 and older. Under the province's accelerated vaccine plan, someone who received their first dose of vaccine on March 22 and is due for a second dose on July 5 will now be able to reschedule their second appointment for as early as the week of June 20. The province has stopped the use of AstraZeneca's vaccine as a first dose. The Health Department says the decision was based on "an abundance of caution'' due to an observed increase in the rare blood-clotting condition linked to this vaccine. The department also says it will reschedule anyone who was to receive AstraZeneca to instead be inoculated with Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna "in a timely manner." --- Prince Edward Island In Prince Edward Island, residents as young as 16 can book a COVID-19 vaccine. People 16 years and older who have certain underlying medical conditions, pregnant woman and eligible members of their household can also get a vaccine. So far 8.11 per cent (12,868) of the population has been fully vaccinated. --- New Brunswick Residents in New Brunswick aged 12 to 17 are now eligible to book an appointment for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Officials also say residents 55 and older who received an Astra-Zenaca vaccine for the first dose at least eight weeks ago can now get a second dose of the vaccine with informed consent. So far 5.08 per cent (39,633) of the population has been fully vaccinated. --- Quebec In Quebec, all residents 12 and older can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. The province's health minister says Quebecers 12 to 17 years old will be fully vaccinated by the time they return to school in September. Quebec also says it will shorten the delay between first and second doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to eight weeks from 16 weeks. The province says more than 5.8 million doses of vaccine have now been administered, with more than 58.1 per cent of the population having received at least one dose. --- Ontario All adults in Ontario can now book COVID-19 vaccine appointments. People turning 18 in 2021 can book Pfizer-BioNTech shots. Youth aged 12 and older can also book appointments across Ontario. They can book through the provincial online portal, call centre and through pharmacies offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the only shot authorized by Health Canada for use in youth aged 12 and older. Ontarians, meanwhile, are getting the option to shorten the interval between COVID-19 vaccine doses. Most people are being scheduled for doses four months apart, but officials say the new interval could be as short as 28 days. The plan will start with seniors aged 80 and older this week and the province will later offer second shots based on when people received their first. People will keep their original appointments if they don’t re-book. The province aims to see all eligible Ontarians fully vaccinated by the end of September. Ontario is also resuming use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine but only as a second dose. Those who received the first dose of AstraZeneca between March 10 and March 19 during a pilot project at pharmacies and some doctor's offices in several Ontario communities will be first in line to receive their second dose. Ontario says more than 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered across the province. So far 4.68 per cent (687,894) of the population has been fully vaccinated --- Manitoba Manitoba is using the Pfizer vaccine for everyone aged 12 and up, and the Moderna vaccines for people aged 18 and up. These are available through a few channels including so-called supersites in larger communities. The province is also allowing anyone 40 and over to get an Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine through pharmacies and medical clinics, subject to availability. People 30-39 can get a shot if they have certain underlying health conditions such as chronic liver failure or severe obesity. The province has opened up second-dose appointments to all Indigenous people aged 12 and up, to people with certain medical conditions such as severe heart failure and Down syndrome, and anyone who received their first dose on or before March 29. Provincial health officials say they now expect 70 per cent of Manitobans aged 12 and older to get a dose by the end of June. So far 7.75 per cent (106,678) of the population has been fully vaccinated. --- Saskatchewan Saskatchewan says it reached the step two threshold of its reopening roadmap released last week, with over 70 per cent of residents age 30 and older having received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That means restrictions will begin to be relaxed June 20, which includes easing capacity limits on retail, personal care services, restaurants and bars, although they must still maintain physical distancing among occupants or have barriers in place. The rules also raise caps on private indoor gatherings to 15, while capacity limits jump to 150 for both public indoor gatherings and all outdoor assemblies, whether public or private. Premier Scott Moe says once 70 per cent of the entire adult population is vaccinated, Saskatchewan can move to the third step of its plan and remove almost all of the remaining public health orders. Saskatchewan residents aged 12 and older are now eligible to book their first COVID-19 vaccine appointment. A school immunization program for those aged 12 to 18 will be introduced in June, but eligible residents of that age can also be immunized at clinics offering the Pfizer vaccine. Anyone 85 and older or anyone who received their first vaccine dose before February 15 can now book their second dose. Anyone diagnosed with cancer and solid organ transplant recipients will be receiving a letter of eligibility in the mail which will allow them priority access to a second dose. There are drive-thru and walk-in vaccination clinics in communities across the province. The province says 6.60 per cent (77,767) of the population has now been fully vaccinated. --- Alberta Every Albertan aged 12 and older is now eligible for a vaccine. As of May 27, 60.3 per cent of Albertans over the age of 12 had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The milestone means the province's second stage of easing restrictions can begin on June 10. It is subject to hospitalizations being below 500 and trending downwards. Some of the restrictions that would be lifted include allowing outdoor gatherings – including weddings and funerals – with up to 20 people. Restaurants would be allowed to seat tables with up to six people, indoors or outdoors. Retail capacity would also increase, and gyms could open for solo or drop-in activities with three metres of distancing. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, has said people who are immunocompromised can book a second dose three or four weeks after their first shot. All other Albertans are eligible to get their second dose three to four months after the first. For the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the province lowered the minimum age to 30. They are, however, reserving the remaining supply for second doses when people are eligible. More than 250 pharmacies are offering immunizations. So far 8.82 per cent (388,200) of the population has been fully vaccinated. --- British Columbia British Columbia is setting an end-of-summer target for everyone in the province to receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has also announced a decrease in the time between the first and second dose of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, cutting the interval to eight weeks from 16 weeks. But the interval for people who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as a first dose and are waiting for their second AstraZeneca shot may take longer. Henry said the province is waiting for results from international data on AstraZeneca, including the effectiveness of mixing vaccine shots and ongoing concerns about rare blood clots. Henry said the rollout of second doses will be similar to the first dose, with those at the greatest risk at the top of the list. Seniors, Indigenous people and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable were to start getting their invitations to book a second shot by the end of May. The province will try to ensure that everyone gets the same vaccine they were first administered, but a shortage of the Moderna vaccine may mean people will have to substitute it for a Pfizer shot. Henry said the National Advisory Committee on Immunization has reviewed the evidence on using different vaccines and has updated the guidance, confirming that while it is preferable to have the same product, it's not always possible. Pfizer and Moderna are the same type of vaccines. Families can get vaccinated together in B.C. as the government allows youth between the ages of 12 and 17 to get their COVID-19 shot. The shots will be administered at community clinics instead of in schools based on feedback from families, with 310,000 children in B.C. eligible to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which has been approved for that age group. As of Friday, about 3.1 million doses of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines had been administered in B.C., which means about 63 per cent of those eligible have got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. So far 3.14 per cent (160,885) of the population has been fully vaccinated. --- Nunavut Chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson says Nunavut has placed an order for doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine with the federal government to vaccinate people ages 12 to 17 in the territory. The Moderna vaccine is currently the only one available in Nunavut. Nunavut has opened vaccinations to anyone 18 and older. It is also offering shots to rotational workers coming from Southern Canada. In the territory, 36.44 per cent (14,113) of the population has now been fully vaccinated. --- Northwest Territories The Northwest Territories is now offering vaccinations against COVID-19 to young people between 12 and 17. The territory, which has only been using the Moderna vaccine, recently exchanged some of that for doses of the Pfizer product, which Health Canada has now approved for anyone as young as 12. So far 51.74 per cent (23,344) of the territory's population has been fully vaccinated. --- Yukon The territory is now vaccinating children aged 12 to 17. The government says clinics in most communities will be held in schools, while those in Whitehorse can get their shot at the Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre. The children will be getting the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The territory says because of limited supply and stricter handling requirements, the vaccine will only be available for a short time. It says second doses for those 12 to 17 will start on June 23 and medical travel will be supported for youth who aren't able to make the clinic date in their community. The Moderna vaccine is available to adults 18 years of age and older. The government says 59.34 per cent (24,763) of the population has now been fully vaccinated. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 31, 2021. The Canadian Press
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday the U.S. allowing South Korea to build more powerful missiles was an example of the U.S.’s hostile policy against the North, warning that it could lead to an “acute and instable situation” on the Korean Peninsula. It’s North Korea’s first response to the May 21 summit between the leaders of the United States and South Korea, during which the U.S. ended decades-long restrictions that capped South Korea’s missile development and allowed its ally to develop weapons with unlimited ranges. The accusation of U.S. policy being hostile to North Korea matters because it said it won’t return to talks and would enlarge its nuclear arsenal as long as U.S. hostility persists. But the latest statement was still attributed to an individual commentator, not a government body, suggesting North Korea may still want to leave room for potential diplomacy with the Biden administration. “The termination step is a stark reminder of the U.S. hostile policy toward (North Korea) and its shameful double-dealing,” Kim Myong Chol, an international affairs critic, said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. “It is engrossed in confrontation despite its lip-service to dialogue.” “The U.S. is mistaken, however. It is a serious blunder for it to pressurize (North Korea) by creating asymmetric imbalance in and around the Korean Peninsula as this may lead to the acute and instable situation on the Korean Peninsula now technically at war,” he said. The United States had previously barred South Korea from developing a missile with a range of longer than 800 kilometers (500 miles) out of concerns about a regional arms race. The range is enough for a South Korean weapon to strike all of North Korea but is short of hitting potential key targets in other neighbors like China and Japan. Some South Korean observers hailed the end of the restrictions as restoring military sovereignty, but others suspected the U.S. intent was to boost its ally’s military capability amid a rivalry with China. The commentator Kim accused Washington of trying to spark an arms race, thwart North Korean development and deploy intermediate-range missiles targeting countries near North Korea. The South Korean government said it “prudently watches” North Korea's reaction, but Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo wouldn't comment otherwise, since the remarks were attributed to an individual, not an official statement from the North Korean government. The North Korean statement comes as the Biden administration shapes a new approach on North Korea amid long-dormant talks over the North’s nuclear program. During their summit, Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said a new U.S. policy review on North Korea “takes a calibrated and practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy” with the North. U.S. officials have suggested Biden would adopt a middle ground policy between his predecessors — Donald Trump’s direct dealings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Barack Obama’s “strategic patience.” Some experts say Biden won’t likely provide North Korea with major sanctions relief unless it takes concrete denuclearization steps first. The North Korean statement criticized the Biden administration’s review indirectly, saying the new policy was viewed by other countries “as just trickery.” Hyung-jin Kim, The Associated Press
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 6 p.m. The number of COVID-19 cases in Alberta hospitals continues to fall, as does the number of active cases. The province's website says there are 446 people in hospital with COVID-19, a drop from 478 on Saturday. There are 8,073 active COVID-19 cases in Alberta, down from 14,533 a week ago. There are 391 new cases today and five added deaths. --- 4:10 p.m. Saskatchewan is reporting the fewest people in hospital with COVID-19 since Nov. 28, reporting 109 virus patients receiving care. The news comes on the same day Saskatchewan takes the first step on its reopening roadmap. Officials announced last week that starting today, the province would be relaxing restrictions on outdoor sports. Other changes include allowing private gatherings of up to 10 people, permitting public indoor gatherings with a maximum of 30 people and raising limits on public outdoor gatherings to 150 people. Saskatchewan is reporting 171 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death. --- 2 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 292 new COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths. All of the new deaths were men who ranged in age from their 40s to their 70s. Manitoba's current five-day test-positivity rate is 12.3 per cent provincially and 13.6 per cent in Winnipeg. There are 74 people in Manitoba who are in intensive care who either have active COVID-19 or are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care. --- 1:22 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting seven new cases of COVID-19 today. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Rosann Seviour says four of the cases are in the western health zone, two are in the eastern zone and one has been identified in the central zone. Seviour says with an emerging cluster of cases the western region is being placed under "Alert Level 4". People are advised to stay home as much as possible except to get essentials like groceries and medications. She says the province now has 104 active cases of novel coronavirus with three people in hospital. --- 12:20 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting 20 new cases of COVID-19 today and one new virus-related death. Health officials say a woman in her 80s has died in the Halifax area bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 85. There are 14 new cases of novel coronavirus in the Halifax area, five in the province's eastern zone and one in the western zone. Nova Scotia has 505 known active cases of the infection, with 42 people in hospital including 17 in intensive care. --- 11:26 a.m. New Brunswick is reporting nine new cases of COVID-19 today. Health officials have identified five cases in the Moncton area, two cases in the Fredericton region and one case each in the Saint John and Miramichi regions. The province has 143 known active cases of novel coronavirus and a total of seven people are in hospital. Six people are hospitalized in New Brunswick including two patients in intensive care, while the remaining patient is in an intensive care unit in a hospital outside of the province. --- 11:23 a.m. The Quebec government is reporting 315 new cases of COVID-19 as well as two additional deaths due to COVID-19. Hospitalizations declined by nine to 364, while the number of people in intensive care dropped by one to 90. The province gave another 95,305 more vaccine doses over the previous 24 hours, and has currently administered just over 5.5 million shots. --- 10:30 a.m. Ontario is reporting 1,033 new cases of COVID-19 today and 18 more deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 237 new cases in Toronto, 214 in Peel Region, and 80 in York Region. Today's data is based on 26,565 completed tests. The Ministry of Health says 749 people are in hospital due to COVID-19, with 614 in intensive care and 417 on a ventilator. The province says 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit data and anticipates the number of hospitalized patients may rise when reporting compliance increases. The province says 144,833 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Saturday's report for a total of more than 8.9 million doses. --- 9:45 a.m. Ontario will soon be replacing it's chief medical officer of health. The province issued a release this morning sayin Dr. Kieran Moore will succeed Dr. David Williams by the end of June. Moore is currently the chief medical officer of health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health The province says Williams is planning to retire as of June 25. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2021. The Canadian Press
Toronto actor Paul Soles, who voiced the lead role in Stan Lee's original "Spider-Man" animated series and Hermey the elf in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," has died.His sister, Ruth-Ellen Soles, says he died of natural causes last Wednesday at home in Toronto.He was 90.Soles was the first actor to play the teenage Peter Parker and his arachnid-powered alter-ego onscreen in "Spider-Man" in the 1960s.In a 2018 interview with The Canadian Press, he said he was initially "at a loss" on how to portray the role, partly because he didn't feel like a superhero growing up.But it turned out Lee wanted Spidey to have more human characteristics than other heroes of the era. Soles said he identified with the teen character's feelings of being an outsider amongst his peers."I was like the proverbial 19-pound weakling who gets the sand kicked in his face," Soles said."I never considered myself a superhero or how he would sound. But as it turned out over the years, that is what Lee apparently intended.”Soles was born and raised in Toronto to parents Arthur L. Soles and Lillian (née Goodfellow), who were of Polish/Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. He had two siblings."He was a great person, he was a kind person, he was an ethical person, he was hugely funny," Ruth-Ellen Soles said Monday in an interview.Soles worked at radio stations while studying at Western University in London, Ont., and dropped out after his third year to work full-time in the business, which saw him take a job at a NATO military airbase in Germany in the 1950s.In 1962 he returned to Toronto, married wife Jean (née Allan) and went on to a longtime co-hosting job at CBC-TV's "Take-30." His other credits around that time included the CBC-TV sketch comedy series "Charlie Had One But He Didn't Like It, So He Gave It To Us" and the public broadcaster's game show "This Is The Law."Soles also acted on stage in Canada and the U.S., but his roles as Spider-Man and Hermey, the misfit elf and Rudolph's sidekick from the 1964 stop-motion animated TV special became part of the cultural lexicon. They would make him a fixture at comic-book conventions for years."Spider-Man" was produced in Canada and the U.S., and ran on ABC from 1967 to 1970 with a cast of mostly Canadians.Soles said his upbringing helped him identify with the teen angst of the friendly-neighbourhood superhero, noting he felt at times like he wasn’t accepted "by the vast majority" while growing up Jewish in Toronto from 1930-onward."That helped me find a common ground to be able to at least play the character with those characteristics, with those qualities that I think Stan had in mind," he said.“That, in a sense, was a bit of a bond and why it was fun to do the character.”Soles' honours included a 2017 Canadian Screen Award for best actor in the digital series "My 90-Year Old Roommate." He was deeply committed to his craft and also had passions for cars, jazz music and aviation, says his family."I idolized him and wanted to do anything he did and that he would let me do with him," said his sister."And anybody that I've ever spoken to over the years, the first thing that always came out of their mouths was 'He was such a decent, kind person,' and I'm proud of that."This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 31, 2021. Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday re-imposed anti-coronavirus travel controls on its southern province of Guangdong, announcing anyone leaving the populous region must be tested for the virus following a spike in infections that has alarmed authorities. Guangdong, which borders Hong Kong, recorded 20 new confirmed cases, all contracted locally, in the 24 hours through midnight Sunday. Guangdong’s numbers are low compared with many places in the world, but the rise has rattled Chinese leaders who thought they had the disease under control. People leaving Guangdong by plane, train, bus or private car after 10 p.m. on Monday must present results of a nucleic acid test within the past 72 hours, the provincial government announced. It said testing stations for truck drivers would be set up on major roads. The government of the provincial capital, Guangzhou, a business center of 15 million people, ordered mass testing after locally acquired infections were found beginning May 21. The government said 700,000 people had been tested through last Wednesday. China had relaxed most restrictions on domestic travel after the ruling Communist Party declared the virus under control last March. Travelers arriving from abroad still must be tested. On Saturday, residents of one Guangzhou neighborhood were ordered to stay at home for door-to-door testing. In some areas, outdoor markets and child care facilities were closed and in-person grade school classes and indoor restaurant dining canceled. China reports a handful of new cases every day but says almost all are believed to be people who were infected abroad. The mainland’s official death toll stands at 4,636 out of 91,099 confirmed cases. The Associated Press
A Saskatchewan First Nation is preparing to locate the final resting place of their ancestors using ground-penetrating radar and band leadership say the effort is an important one for the community. Last week, the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in B.C. announced that a mass grave at the Kamloops Residential School containing the bodies of 215 children had been discovered, spurring sadness and anger with Canada's long-living colonial roots. Chief Cadmus Delorme, of the Cowessess First Nation, says every community has its stories about the horrors that took place at Canada's residential schools. This includes Marieval Indian Residential School which operated in the area where Cowessess is now located from 1899 to 1997, with the First Nation taking over the school's grave site from the Catholic church in the 1970s. Speaking on the same day hundreds of children's shoes were placed at the Saskatchewan Legislature in memory of the children, Delorme explained bodies buried in unmarked graves at these sites across Canada are the ancestors and family members of those living in First Nation communities. He says in order for reconciliation to happen, those families need to heal and have their loved ones located. "In the coming years, this is going to be the heartfelt thing when it comes to reconciliation and this is the truth," he said. "So Cowessess, we're playing our part. We're doing this to make sure that we will never forget the ones that have gone before us." Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme says his community is preparing to use ground-penetrating radar to locate the unmarked remains of bodies buried in a grave site for the Marieval Indian Residential School.(Bryan Eneas/CBC News) Chief Delorme pointed out that Sunday was actually "Flower Day" in the community, which is an opportunity to go and pay respects to those in graves at the site that are marked. However, he says while these types of practices offer some peace, there is a need to find all of those resting at the site. "Those unmarked graves now have a purpose, to be marked, to be respected and to be given their proper name so that we can have a place to go and give our condolences and to help us heal, because those are our relations," he said. Currently, only one-third of the graves at the site are marked. On Sunday, Premier Scott Moe called for flags across the province to be lowered in honour the 215 children who were found in Kamloops, and Delorme said the recognition, while a small step, is a step in the right direction. With the discovery of the mass grave in Kamloops, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) called for further exploration of the province's residential school sites, calling for federal and provincial parties to take swift action, as the "whole world is watching." "We know that thousands of First Nations children did not make it home and were buried without any markers or outcry from the public," said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron in a news release. "We will not allow Government to continue to ignore these lost children. We must reconcile and reclaim the mass grave sites of our children from across Saskatchewan, within our Treaty Territories, in order to mourn and move forward." Cameron called on families with information about ancestors lost to residential schools to come forward, saying they're already in the process of securing ground-radar expert and equipment to conduct the searches. Delorme says the upcoming project is getting underway with support from the federal government and Saskatchewan Polytechnic says band leadership would be willing to help any other community in Saskatchewan that wants to undergo the process. "We look forward to doing this to help in our healing journey and maybe it will even help others as well," he said, noted the project started with an official blessing at the site on Sunday. The Cowessess First Nation is located roughly 80 kilometres west of the Manitoba border in southern Saskatchewan. A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. Emotional and crisis referral services can be accessed by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866 925-4419.
WATER VALLEY, Alta. — Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers have captured a grizzly bear they say fatally attacked a woman while she went for an evening stroll on her property last week. The government agency says the animal will be euthanized. The agency says in a Facebook post that officers captured two large, mature female grizzlies on Saturday near the site of the attack near Water Valley, Alta. on May 25. The post says one of the bears was lactating, but did not appear to be actively nursing due to the minimal volume of milk, and officers do not believe that she had cubs with her. The other bear is a mature sow that was not lactating, and her teeth are extremely worn, which the post says suggests means she is an older and post-prime bear. The post says officers obtained DNA samples from both bears, which were analyzed and confirmed that the older female grizzly with the worn teeth was responsible for the attack. It also concluded that the bear was not the same animal involved in the fatal attack on a man in the Waiparous Village area earlier in May, about 25 kilometres south of where the woman was killed. "The bear that killed the woman will be euthanized later today, in accordance with the grizzly bear response guide," the Facebook post stated. "This decision is never made lightly, and when it is made, it is to prevent more attacks by that particular bear." The post says the second bear will be released at a to-be-determined location. It says all traps will be removed from the area. The woman's body was found partly buried, initially causing wildlife officers to fear the attack was predatory. However, wildlife officer Paul Frame said Friday that was not the case, as the behavior is similar to what is generally seen with a defensive attack. Bear attacks are infrequent in Alberta, rarely totalling more than one a year, although there were three in 2005. The Facebook post from Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement says due to the unusually large number of bears still in the area, residents are urged to observe bear safety rules and guidelines. "Doing so will help keep everyone safe by avoiding human wildlife conflict and prevent a similar tragedy from occurring," the post stated. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2021. The Canadian Press
VIENNA (Reuters) -Iran has failed to explain traces of uranium found at several undeclared sites, a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog showed on Monday, possibly setting up a fresh diplomatic clash between Tehran and the West that could derail wider nuclear talks. Three months ago Britain, France and Germany scrapped a U.S.-backed plan for the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation Board of Governors to criticise Iran for failing to fully explain the origin of the particles; the three backed off as IAEA chief Rafael Grossi announced fresh talks with Iran. "After many months, Iran has not provided the necessary explanation for the presence of the nuclear material particles at any of the three locations where the Agency has conducted complementary accesses (inspections)," a report by Grossi to member states seen by Reuters said.
Each year, the Canadian Coast Guard College welcomes dozens of new recruits to its waterfront campus in Westmount, N.S. One of the first assignments of the officer cadets, who come from across Canada, is to order a uniform. David Gerbasi, the college's director of studies, arrived on campus in 2007. "At that particular time, if you were a woman you would just simply order the women's pants, if you were a man you would simply order the men's pants," Gerbasi said. "Regardless if you felt more comfortable in another set of pants, or uniform, that was what was expected." But that is no longer the case. In July 2020, the Canadian Coast Guard uniform catalogue started shifting away from gender identity to size and fit, part of a broader move toward gender-neutral uniforms. All labels on coast guard uniforms are now gender neutral. "Right now our uniforms are labelled as Style A and Style B," Gerbasi said. "It's not only here at the Canadian Coast Guard College, but in the coast guard in general." Gerbasi said the change in terminology means not having to adhere to constraints of being identified as either male or female. David Gerbasi is the Canadian Coast Guard College's director of studies. (Canadian Coast Guard College) 'Long overdue' The demand for a switch to non-binary labelling began several years ago. Gerbasi said he remembers some female cadets initially preferring a certain style of hat provided only to men. In other cases, coast guard members expressed not wanting their gear to define their gender. "I feel as though it's long overdue," Gerbasi said. "You're not being put in a box and given a label." The Canadian Coast Guard is a special agency which operates within the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. It's tasked with ensuring safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. Gerbasi said the college was home to 188 officer cadets in 2020. It keeps a recruitment target of bringing in 80 cadets each fall. The current styles, now known as A and B, will be reworked into more "modernized" gender-neutral designs, with an eye to diversity and functionality, Gerbasi said. The uniform's headgear collection recently saw the addition of a hijab and turban, and there are plans to add a sports patka — a head covering worn by Sikhs — and UV-protection clothing. The coast guard's new uniforms are expected to be ready by mid-winter 2022. Kathryn Foss of Ottawa spent more than 30 years with the Canadian Armed Forces. Now retired, she is an advocate for diversity who applauds the coast guard, a civilian agency, for removing gendered language on clothing. Foss, a transgender woman, said the federal government has been slow to adopt uniform changes. She said unfortunately not all of Canada's uniformed services are as inclusive. "Government institutions are slow to implement something literally as simple as removing the limit to what somebody can order," Foss said, adding that can be particularly upsetting to someone who is non-binary. "If somebody does not view themselves as strictly male or female, they cannot for example express their femininity if their personnel file has an 'M' listed as their sex. "It does not affect operational capabilities [to let] somebody wear the uniform that matches their identity."
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leaders of New Zealand and Australia downplayed their differences over China and urged more investigation into the origin of the coronavirus Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in more than a year. The two leaders also indicated an Australian-born mass murderer would remain imprisoned in New Zealand. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, in the tourist resort of Queenstown. Morrison was the first major world leader to visit New Zealand since both countries closed their borders last year to keep out the virus. Australia has taken a hard stance against China in recent years and the relationship between the nations has deteriorated. New Zealand has opted for a more diplomatic approach at times, which some say is too soft. But Morrison said he and Ardern had similar philosophies. “Australia and New Zealand are trading nations,” Morrison said. “But neither of us would ever trade our sovereignty or trade our values. We have stood side-by-side to defend and protect and promote these values. Not just on the beaches of Gallipoli but in Afghanistan and so many other places around the world." Ardern said New Zealand maintained a strong and principled stance toward China on human rights and trade, and its positions were very similar to Australia’s. She said New Zealand remains a committed member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance with Australia, the U.S., Britain and Canada. “That is not in question, not in doubt," she said. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the two leaders had made “irresponsible remarks" about China’s internal affairs concerning Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and the South China Sea, which China claims virtually in its entirety. The two were guilty of “seriously violating international law and basic norms of international relations, and grossly interfering in China’s internal affairs," Wang said at a daily briefing. Morrison said Australia works closely with New Zealand in the Five Eyes partnership and many other international forums. “I think as great partners, friends, allies, indeed family, there will be those far from here who would seek to divide us," Morrison said. “And they will not succeed.” Morrison said it was self-evident there was increased strategic competition between the U.S. and China but that didn't need to lead to conflict. Both leaders said they hope the World Health Organization will continue its investigation into the origins of the pandemic. “It's got nothing to do with global politics," Morrison said. "This has nothing to do with anything other than ensuring that the global pandemic, which has caused such havoc around the world, stealing lives and livelihoods, that we understand how this occurred so we can do everything we possibly can to ensure that it does not happen again.” New Zealand and Australia opened a quarantine-free travel bubble last month, allowing Morrison's visit to take place. Both leaders said the next logical step in the gradual reopening of their borders would be to expand the bubble to include some other South Pacific island nations. The two leaders also indicated that Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, who two years ago slaughtered 51 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, would continue serving his sentence of life without parole in New Zealand. Ardern said the guidance on where he should be imprisoned needed to come from survivors and loved ones, and the informal feedback she'd received from them was in favor of him staying in New Zealand. “And I understand that,” Ardern said. “There's something about the proximity in ensuring that the sentence that was handed down is served.” Morrison said he, too, wanted to respect the wishes and interests of those affected. Nick Perry, The Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) — Violence ushered in the Memorial Day weekend in South Florida, when gunmen indiscriminately sprayed bullets into crowds at two Miami venues. Two people died and at least 20 others were injured early Sunday morning during a shooting outside a banquet hall, about a day after a drive-by shooting killed one person and injured six. Authorities called on the public to help identify the shooters. “This type of gun violence has to stop. Every weekend it’s the same thing,” said the police director of Miami-Dade County, Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III, whose officers were hunting down three suspects believed to have been involved in Sunday's violence. “These are cold blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice,” Ramirez said in a tweet. Two people died at the scene, police said. As many as 25 people went to various hospitals for treatment. Clayton Dillard and his family waited outside the El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade County, where Sunday's shooting took place shortly after midnight, hoping for news about a loved one they feared was among the two fatalities. “I know he's there,” Dillard said, “but they won't let me come claim him.” As of Sunday afternoon, police had not released the names of the victims, whose bodies were awaiting to be removed from the scene — more than 16 hours after the shots rang out outside the banquet hall, which had been rented out for a concert. Police said the gunfire began when three people got out of an SUV shortly after midnight and shot into a crowd with assault rifles and handguns. The shooting was targeted, Ramirez said, but did not elaborate. More than two dozen people crowded behind yellow police tape and a line of squad cars as police continued their investigation into Sunday evening. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis joined in mourning, saying on Twitter he was “praying for the recovery” of the victims and pledged help from state authorities. “We are working with local authorities to bring justice to the perpetrators. Justice needs to be swift & severe!” DeSantis tweeted. Businessman and TV personality Marcus Lemonis, star of “The Profit,” took to Twitter to offer a $100,000 reward to help authorities capture the suspects. Sunday's shooting came a little over a day after a drive-by shooting claimed the life of one person outside another venue about 13 miles away in the Wynwood area. Six others were injured. Some witnesses likened the scene to a “war zone" after a barrage of dozens of bullets sent people scurrying in the night. Democratic state Sen. Shevrin Jones said he wants DeSantis to do more than just pray. He’s calling on the governor to sit down with Democrats to discuss meaningful ways of addressing gun violence. “Thoughts and prayers have been going on for years and thoughts and prayers haven’t done a damn thing inside the Black community — or any community when it comes to gun violence,” Jones said. But he acknowledged Republicans are resistant to discuss the issue. “Republicans don’t want to talk about guns. They think we’re trying to take their guns away from them. If their talking point is that guns are for protection, or that guns are for hunting, just know that that terminology is different in certain communities,” Jones said. “Some of these individuals are using guns to murder. Some of these individuals are using guns to hunt people.” ____ Calvan and Farrington reported from Tallahassee, Florida. Bobby Caina Calvan, Brendan Farrington And Lynne Sladky, The Associated Press
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada must own up to the legacy of the residential school system, which forcibly took Indigenous children away from their families and communities. Many never returned home. Trudeau was speaking about the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says he's not in a race with the other provinces to open up to the rest of Canada. King and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison outlined P.E.I.'s tentative reopening plan last week. By June 27, it would allow travellers from Atlantic Canada to enter without self-isolating provided they have at least one dose of vaccine. By Aug. 8, travellers from elsewhere in Canada who are fully vaccinated would be able to enter without self-isolating, and no pre-travel approval would be required by Sept. 12. However, neighbouring New Brunswick announced it would allow travellers from Canada into the province more than a month earlier — by July 1 — provided they have one dose of vaccine. All restrictions would be lifted by Aug. 2. It would open to P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador visitors by June 7. Premier Dennis King says P.E.I.'s reopening plan is 'built to be flexible and to change as things improve.'(Skype) Both provinces say their plans are contingent on epidemiology and vaccination rates in the region. More than 53 per cent of eligible Islanders have received at least one dose. The goal is to have 80 per cent of people 12 and older fully vaccinated by Sept. 12. As a densely populated Island, P.E.I. would have a limited ability to deal with a severe COVID-19 outbreak, so the government has to be "careful and mindful and cautious" with its reopening, King said in an interview Sunday on CBC's Rosie Barton Live. We're not trying to beat any other province to the finish line. — P.E.I. Premier Dennis King "It's not a race for us here. The only race for us is against COVID and the variants and that's the race we're trying to win. We're not trying to beat any other province to the finish line," he said. King said he understands the frustration and concern from the tourism and business sectors. He said it would be worse to set the dates too soon and have to move them back. The Atlantic bubble was scheduled to reopen April 19, and then again May 3, but had to be delayed due to rising cases in the region. "I don't think P.E.I. will be left in the dust here as this thing rolls out and we get through it all across the country," said King. King said while he is in regular talks with the other Atlantic premiers, they are taking more control of their own destinies when it comes to reopening. "Our plan is built to be flexible and to change as things improve and if we meet the targets faster than we do then we will open," he said. Cautious approach in N.S. Nova Scotia is taking a more cautious approach, but has said it hopes to rejoin the Atlantic bubble by Canada Day. By September, it's expected 75 per cent of Nova Scotians will be fully vaccinated, and then focus will shift to "living with COVID-19," said Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang. Newfoundland and Labrador is expected to announce its reopening plan this week. More from CBC P.E.I.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish agents have captured a nephew of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in an overseas operation and have brought him to Turkey where he faces prosecution, Turkey’s state-run news agency said Monday. Selahaddin Gulen, who was wanted in Turkey on charges of membership in a terror organization, was seized in an operation by Turkey’s national spy agency MIT, the Anadolu Agency reported. The report did not say where he was seized or when he was returned to Turkey. Gulen’s nephew however, was believed to be residing in Kenya. His case is the latest in a series of forced repatriation of people affiliated with Gulen’s movement, which the Turkish government blames for a failed coup attempt in 2016. Gulen, a former ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who now lives in exile in Pennsylvania, has rejected the accusations of involvement in the coup attempt. Turkey has designated his network a terrorist group, which it has named the Fethullahist Terror Organization, or FETO. Erdogan announced earlier in May that a prominent member of Gulen’s network had been captured but did not provide details. On July 15, 2016, factions within the Turkish military used tanks, warplanes and helicopters in an attempt to overthrow Erdogan. Fighter jets bombed parliament and other spots in Turkey’s capital. Heeding a call by the president, thousands took to the streets to stop the coup. A total of 251 people were killed and around 2,200 others were wounded. Around 35 alleged coup plotters were also killed. The Associated Press