The Sexy Mixtape Is Dead and High Fidelity Can't Bring It Back

Sable Yong

In the second episode of Hulu’s new High Fidelity adaptation, Rob (Zoe Kravitz) painstakingly explains the intricacies of concocting the perfect playlist for a crush. The first, second, and last tracks are most crucial for different reasons: the opener makes the first impression, the second track must then deliver intrigue as the wind beneath the first track’s wings, and the closer is bound to be the most memorable. Also, it’s verboten to repeat an artist more than once unless it’s a theme, and one must never shuffle a playlist, ever. The aux cord overlords hath decreed it.

Receiving an unsolicited mixtape is like being given horny homework—a series of sonic riddles that are meant to unlock the giver’s true affections upon one’s full appreciation. I’ve never asked for anyone to make me mixtape, but once someone went ahead and did it, it always felt rude to ignore it. I hate homework, but I love riddles and I am a sucker for thoughtful gestures, so that’s made me easy playlist prey a handful of times. Little did I know that these playlists bestowed upon me with the gravitas of a Bachelor rose ceremony were not so much a labor of love as they were of a kind of musical micromanagement—more as a menu of all the things they like that I, too, am encouraged to enjoy.

Making a mixtape has long been heralded as an all-time Grand Gesture, romanticized by movies like the original John Cusack High Fidelity. And back in the pre-Spotify days, making one required not just thoughtful selection, but actual work, too. Copying music to cassette tape had to be done in real-time, and mix CDs involved creating some sort of album art as accompaniment. They came with some perfunctory personal title, like “For Sable,” scrawled in Sharpie, which made it feel all the more special.

But texting a link to a drag-and-drop Spotify playlist (even one that follows all of Rob’s rules) is a gesture that reads more like self-promotional spam. A link is too ignorable, too abstract to hold any real meaning.

Of course, it makes sense that you want to share your passions with someone you’re dating. But the good news is that there’s a better way.

The happy medium lies in the context—if music is way important to you, that will be evident simply by its overarching presence in your life. You could buy tickets for both of you to see a band you adore. You could reserve that 80-track playlist to be a cinematic backtrack as you hold your boo’s precious face in your hands, look into their eyes, and say… “Hey. I like you.” Too spicy a move for some perhaps, but trust me when I say that nothing in the Fleetwood Mac discography will have the same impact flowing through Airpods as it will when underscoring some face-cradling words of affection. Nothing.

Through every person I’ve dated, seriously or flingingly, I’ve discovered at least one new-to-me band or artist I’ve come to love, but the key is that it happens through semi-organic discovery. Here’s what I mean: Last year someone I’d been dating came over and as soon as he walked in the door, said, “Whoa, when I left my place, I was playing this song and now it’s playing here.” Coincidental overlap of shared tastes is the courtship sweet spot—elusive, sure, but so much more rewarding than the playlist-foisting route. Sublimation be thy name.

Even now, I still think of that person when I hear that song. Music has a habit of crystallizing emotional experiences into its melodies, the same way scents do. Certain songs become sensorial lassos, able to wrangle you back into a moment of recall at its recognition. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons music makes such potent romantic currency—it has a poetic ability to endorse the best sentiments of our truest feelings without the complicated emotions beneath them. Also, music is fun. Have you ever tried it? It rules.

In fact, I loved the adaptation of High Fidelity—a big reason being that the soundtrack slaps. It revived my own playlist passions while poking fun at the self-serious nature of music snobbery, which makes it even more laughable to hear the show’s resident music snobs bemoaning their luckless love lives as they value people for their cultural tastes above all else. “It’s about what you like, not what you’re like that’s important,” Rob says, acknowledging her own shallow priority. It’s like you’re in a secret club together, which can feel like a much deeper connection than it actually is. Meanwhile, putting on a vibey playlist during whatever your courtship rituals may entail is a more ambient (and less alienating) way to soundtrack your thirst.

Besides, I cannot imagine a worse L to take than being left on read after texting somebody a link to a Spotify playlist you made for them.

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  • Ontario reports 356 new COVID-19 cases, as province gives green light to resume short-term rentals
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    Ontario reports 356 new COVID-19 cases, as province gives green light to resume short-term rentals

    Ontario reported 356 additional cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as the province announced that short-term rentals will be allowed to resume operations on Friday. The move applies to lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and bed and breakfasts, Julie O'Driscoll, spokesperson for Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, told CBC Toronto Thursday. "As you know, many people rely on the rental of these properties to supplement their income, and owners should consult health and safety guidelines related to the tourism and hospitality sector when considering how they can reopen their doors to guests," O'Driscoll said in an email. "Operators and guests should continue to practice physical distancing, wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge, and wash hands frequently."  This follows actions to slowly reopen businesses and resume activities across the province. Meanwhile, the 1.2 per cent jump in cases brings the total in Ontario since the outbreak began in late January to 29,403. Of those, just short of 79 per cent are now resolved.The province says it processed 20, 822 test samples yesterday, more than on any other single day. The figure still falls short of total capacity, however, which currently stands at about 25,000, according to the Ministry of Health.Some 12,760 test samples are currently waiting to be processed.Ontario's official COVID-19 death toll jumped by 45, up to 2,357, after five straight days of increases of less than 20. Thirty-seven of the new deaths occurred in Toronto. Data compiled directly from regional public health units, however, puts the real current toll at 2,376 as of yesterday evening.About 80 per cent of those deaths were residents in long-term care homes. The ministry says it has tracked outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in a total of 309 of the province's 630 long-term care facilities. There are now 89 active outbreaks, the fewest since mid-April.There are 776 patients in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19, a decrease of 15 since the last update and the fewest since April 14. The number of patients being treated in intensive care units also decreased, by six down to 121. Those requiring a ventilator went up slightly, to 94 from 92.The Greater Toronto Area (GTA), meanwhile, continues to account for the majority of new cases. Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, said Thursday that GTA public health units account for about 66 per cent of the province's total. "The GTA focus is becoming stronger," Williams said. Many other health units across the province, "14 or 15" in total, Williams said, recorded no new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.Niagara region and southwestern Ontario, however, are seeing spikes in cases due to outbreaks among agricultural workers. But despite a steady count of daily new cases, the province continues to move toward the implementation of its second phase of reopening. Williams said the province is being "cautious" — moving "steadfastly" in its plan to reopen — while remaining aware of a regional difference in new cases. And as the province's number of daily tests increases, while the correlated percentage of positive cases drops, Williams said health officials are becoming increasingly confident in moving forward with the reopening. Ontario allocates $1.5M to black families and youth The province, meanwhile, announced that it is launching the Premier's Council on Equality of Opportunity, a new advisory group that will help young people "overcome social and economic barriers and achieve success," according to a press release issued Thursday. Details were provided by Premier Doug Ford at the province's daily briefing on Thursday, as well as Minister of Health, Todd Smith, and Jamil Jivani, Ontario's Advocate for Community Opportunities."At a time when the world is facing some of its most difficult challenges, we have to do everything we can to help our next generation of leaders overcome the social and economic barriers before them," Ford said in the statement. The council will have up to 20 members, including a chair and a vice-chair, and will include members between the ages of 18 to 29. Jivani, who will serve as chair of the council for the first year, said the council will work to help give disadvantaged youth a "fair chance to succeed in Ontario's workforce." "For decades, youth from disadvantaged communities have faced barriers to succeeding in our economy. COVID-19 has made these issues worse," he said. Jivani said black communities across the province are "saddened and outraged" by events transpiring in the U.S., specifically the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 in police custody."We understand our responsibility as more than just to talk, but to act," he said. The Ontario government is doing that, Jivani said, by allocating $1.5 million in funding to organizations that support black families and youth."That pain has not gone unnoticed," he said, adding that the plan has been in place for months. Ex-Liberal MP to advise on COVID-19 data collectionMeanwhile, former Liberal cabinet minister and physician Jane Philpott has been appointed to help Ontario improve its COVID-19-related data collection.Health Minister Christine Elliott said that Philpott will be a special advisor on the Ontario Health Data Platform, an initiative first announced by the government in April. During her time as an MP for Markham–Stouffville, Philpott served as the federal minister of health, Minister of Indigenous Services and President of the Treasury Board. According to the province, the platform will provide anonymized health information to public health units, hospitals and researchers to assist their decision making.In a video message posted online,  Elliott and Philpott said it will allow Ontario's fragmented health-care system better detect and respond to the novel coronavirus by helping to identify especially vulnerable populations, predict when and where outbreaks may happen and track the effectiveness of treatments and preventative measures.Ontario's Privacy Commissioner will also be involved in the development and implementation of the platform. Philpott, a family doctor who was ejected from the Liberal caucus in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, will also chair a ministers round table on the response to COVID-19. The round table will include representatives working in public health, medical research and privacy and clinical experts.Throughout the pandemic, some infectious disease experts have criticized Ontario's health data collection as outdated, inconsistent and opaque. The result has been a conspicuous lack of important information to help guide the frontline response to COVID-19, they said.In a news release, the province said that medical professionals and researchers will be able to access the data platform in July.

  • B.C. Family Shocked That RCMP Officers Involved In Indigenous Dad's Death Still On The Job
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  • New Brunswick doctor's story calls attention to COVID-related racism
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    New Brunswick doctor's story calls attention to COVID-related racism

    Dr. Jean Robert Ngola's account of enduring racist harassment since social media outed him as the doctor at the centre of the Campbellton COVID-19 outbreak has drawn some swift reaction from outside the province. Dr. Michael Schull was one of the first to call it out on Twitter as "more COVID19-related racism in Canada.""I think it's especially abhorrent in the times we're living in now," said Schull, an emergency department physician at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and CEO of ICES, a non-profit health research agency."We've seen not just what's going on in the U.S. — these horrific eruptions of violence and the protests that relate to the murder of George Floyd, but also we've seen COVID-related racism in Canada."This is just another example of that and I think we have to call it out when we see it. Now, more than ever." Chinese-Canadians tracking incidents of hateKennes Lin said fear of COVID-19 has unleashed historical and latent racism all across Canada.She is co-chair of the Toronto Chapter of the Chinese Canadian National Council, one of the organizations behind the recently launched website "Fight Covid Racism," which is now actively tracking incidents of hate. Lin said Chinese-Canadians, and those mistaken for being Chinese, are being shunned, spat on, verbally abused, physically attacked and denied services. She says the abuse is happening in public spaces as well as online. She said Chinese-Canadians were stigmatized before in 2003 in the wake of SARS and it started happening again when reports of an unknown disease started emerging from Wuhan, China. U.S. President Donald Trump isn't helping, she said. His repeated reference to "the Chinese virus" has given permission to others to express out loud what they may have been reluctant to reveal openly. And she's convinced Dr. Ngola is also caught up in this wave of xenophobia."When a white individual makes a mistake, the public comes up with reasons to sympathize and empathize with their humanity," said Lin. "But when a racialized person makes a mistake … they're reduced from everything else that they are to just the act of wrongdoing that they have done."Former patient says race has nothing to do with her disappointmentJess Day, of Listiguj First Nation in Quebec, was a patient of Dr. Ngola's for about seven years. She says he betrayed his patients' trust by failing to self-isolate after travelling to Quebec, which is now reporting more than 29,000 active cases of COVID-19.Instead, he continued to see patients at the Campbellton Regional Hospital.Ngola said he had to go to Quebec to collect his four-year-old daughter while her mother travelled to an undisclosed location in Africa to attend a funeral.His decision to go back to seeing patients may have been an error in judgment, he saidDay said he most definitely did make a mistake and for her, this has nothing to do with his race or country of origin.Premier Blaine Higgs and Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health, have previously linked the outbreak to a medical professional who travelled to Quebec and didn't self-isolate, but it has yet to be explained how the individual is solely responsible for the new cluster of cases.'You can't have colour in this at all'Ralph Thomas, recipient of the 2012 New Brunswick Human Rights Award in recognition of decades of work as a community activist and promoter of black history, said Ngola deserves to be judged without prejudice. He said he knows racism has entered into it, as it always does. "Yeah, that's an automatic thing," said Thomas. But he also thinks the doctor didn't follow the rules and that his actions should be evaluated against the standards of his profession. The process should be colourblind, he said. "Get rid of that [racist] garbage," said Thomas."This gentleman is a professional person and I guess he got his priorities mixed up and he made a bad decision."We all make bad decisions, and whether we're a doctor or the plain guy on the street, we have to pay the penalty. So if there's a penalty, he should pay it."You can't have colour in this at all."

  • Men convicted in Toronto sexual assault saw women as 'disposable,' judge writes
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    Men convicted in Toronto sexual assault saw women as 'disposable,' judge writes

    TORONTO — A Toronto judge says a former bar owner and his manager who were convicted in a violent, hours-long sexual assault saw women as "disposable instruments" for their sexual gratification.Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Dambrot has released his full written reasons for sentencing Gavin MacMillan and Enzo DeJesus Carrasco to nine years behind bars in connection with the 2016 attack.In the document issued last week, the judge rejected submissions that the incident was out of character for the two men.He said while the pair may have presented themselves as respectful in most circumstances, their actions showed a deep sense of entitlement with regard to women and profound disrespect for the personal integrity of the complainant.MacMillan and Carrasco were each found guilty last November of gang sexual assault and administering a stupefying or overpowering drug with intent to assist themselves to commit the indictable offence of sexual assault.Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on two other counts, one of which was unlawful confinement. They also acquitted Carrasco on one additional count of sexual assault.Dambrot handed down his sentence in February but said the detailed decision would come at a later date.At the time, he rejected defence submissions that the complainant, who was unconscious or nearly so, somehow awoke during the assault by the two men and took over as "director" of the activity.The attack was captured on video, though without sound.Prosecutors had called for a 12-year sentence for each of the men, who ran the College Street Bar in downtown Toronto. The defence had asked for a maximum of two years for each.Both men have appealed their convictions on grounds that they were forced to proceed under new rules for jury selection that came into effect last September, even though they had already opted to be tried by a jury.Ontario's highest court found earlier this year that the old rules should have been applied in cases where the accused had chosen a trial by jury before the change took effect, which means a new trial in the case is likely.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 4, 2020.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

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    At least 39 injured in knife attack at China kindergarten

    A school security guard injured at least 39 people in a knife attack at a kindergarten in southern China on Thursday morning, state media reported. The attack was an eerie throwback to deadly attacks at schools in China over past years that prompted security upgrades and that authorities have blamed largely on people bearing grudges or who had unidentified mental illnesses. Chinese state media identified the attacker as a security guard at the school surnamed Li.

  • COVID-19 in Canada: Ontario social 'bubble' to grow soon, COVID-19 is slowing but we're not in the clear
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    COVID-19 in Canada: Ontario social 'bubble' to grow soon, COVID-19 is slowing but we're not in the clear

    As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians are concerned about their health and safety.

  • Underwater hunters discover a Titanic-like mess of decades-old fishing garbage
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    Underwater hunters discover a Titanic-like mess of decades-old fishing garbage

    During an underwater hunt not far from his seaside home in Mahone Bay, N.S., shipwreck diver Tony Sampson and his crewmates aboard a barge found "the mother lode" last week. But it wasn't treasure. It was another man's trash — abandoned or lost fishing equipment, called ghost gear."Looming out of the darkness came these images, it almost looked like the Titanic," Sampson, who works for the company Titan Maritime, said with a chuckle.In the cloudy water, he found himself exploring three kilometres of plastic fishing lines weighed down by 50 bags filled with sand and gravel, resembling the stanchions of the famous sunken ship.It wasn't the Titanic wreckage, but it was an immense amount of ghost gear spread over a 600-metre watery grave."Wouldn't it have been nice to find a shipwreck laden with gold? Of course, it would have," he said as he pointed to four tonnes of stinky gear they hauled up and piled onto the boat.It might be rubbish but its removal is a priceless contribution to the protection of endangered North Atlantic right whales, whose numbers are dwindling due to fishing gear entanglements.In the coastal waters off Nova Scotia's South Shore, fishing gear can also harm endangered leatherback turtles migrating to their summer homes in Cape Breton and great white sharks.Land was still in sight when the crew pulled up the ghost gear. And it wasn't in very deep water, only about 15 metres. If it broke free in a storm, it could have threatened recreational boaters."If a boat travelling at speed got caught up in that, it would come to a very bad end," Sampson said.Last July, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard spent three days hauling lost fishing gear from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Dubbed Operation Ghost, crews netted nine kilometres of rope and 101 snow crab traps.But that's just a drop in a vast, polluted ocean. Every year, 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear is left to litter Canada's oceans. Last year, DFO announced it would spend $8.3 million over two years for ghost gear retrieval, disposal and innovative gear technology.But in the first year, all of the program is tapped out. In a statement, the press secretary to Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan, Jane Deeks, said 82 proposals valued at $39 million came in. DFO awarded funding to 26 Canadian and international projects.Titan Maritime didn't receive any funding despite meeting the program requirements, said Allen Munroe, the company's director of business development. The ex-navy commander said the team had no choice but to help."I equate it to — you hear a mayday when you're at sea," said Munroe. "You're bound as a mariner to go and respond, and in this case we're bound to respond as well."To support its pitch for funding, the company spoke to fishermen from Yarmouth in southern Nova Scotia to Cape Breton and found they were quick to reveal their secrets. Discarded equipment also threatens to snarl up traps, nets and lines still in use."They're very honest, and they showed us where a lot of it is, and they said millions of tonnes. So it's going to take a long, long time to get the ocean scoured," said Munroe.Titan's hope is the federal program will be renewed.Deeks said the department is optimistic about the interest in the program, but is not in a position to commit to additional funding.Ken deBoer customized a ROV, known as an underwater drone, specifically for this quest. But this was no fishing expedition. They had longitude and latitude numbers provided by the Canadian Hydrographic Service leading them to the spot, Sampson said.Between 2011-2017, the service gathered data from high resolution multi-beam echo-sounders, airborne lidar bathymetry and remote sensing imagery to create a new navigational chart of the Mahone Bay-area, southeast of Oak Island, said Stephen Parsons, a geomatics engineer at CHS.Parsons said the service provided Titan Maritime with "detailed images, created during the processing of the hydrographic data, showed possible manmade objects such as moorings and lines."The information was so accurate that as soon as the ROV was lowered and turned left, the hunt was over. DeBoer hovered the machine in front of the find and gathered the crew of four."Everybody came over and huddled around the screen, and five highs going around on the barge, and it was fun," said deBoer.Even with a crane and a winch, it took the crew an entire day to haul up the ghost fishing gear.Ryan Mosher, the skipper, said it took lots of work to unravel three kilometres of rope attached to polystyrene buoys and sand bags. Lines were cut and tied to cleats so the bags wouldn't be lost again."We had strings all over the boat," he said.Based on clues from the ghost gear and the marine life growing on it, it's estimated the mess had laid on the bottom of the sea for between 20 to 40 years.But this garbage might have value, after all. Titan is partnering with recycling company Goodwood Plastic to repurpose ocean plastic into building materials.Sampson is glad to have salvaged so much stuff from the sea, his backyard."This here, to pull this off the bottom, it not only gives us a warm sense but it is doing something for the environment here as well," said Sampson. "It feels great, it really was a win."MORE TOP STORIES

  • Nunavut man in violent arrest video later 'viciously attacked' while in police cells
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    Nunavut man in violent arrest video later 'viciously attacked' while in police cells

    Nunavut RCMP say they will conduct a review of an attack against an Inuk man from Kinngait, Nunavut, who was allegedly assaulted while in police custody by another inmate following his violent arrest captured on video earlier this week.The video — which prompted RCMP to remove an officer from the community and launched two separate investigations — was captured by a bystander late Monday night, sparking outrage from within the territory and beyond. It shows a police officer using the door of an RCMP truck to knock the man over before he was arrested by five police officers.Police say an independent and an internal investigation is underway to determine the circumstances of what happened and whether criminal charges are warranted, while the officer has been placed on administrative leave.Kinngait, formerly known as Cape Dorset, is a hamlet of around 1,500 people.'Viciously attacked'A court document obtained by CBC News reveals that after his arrest he was put in cells where he ended up being "viciously attacked" by another inmate.That individual had been arrested for domestic assault and failing to comply with probation orders. He was described by police as extremely intoxicated and violent at the time he was detained. He was placed inside the same cell as the man struck by the door in the video because police say they were at capacity.When the man in the video accidentally made contact with him, he was repeatedly punched and kicked.Police say he was too intoxicated to defend himself and eventually fell to the floor, where he was stomped on while laying helpless before being placed in a chokehold.Police had to enter "the blood-covered cell" to stop the assault.WATCH | RCMP officer uses pickup truck to take down manHe was eventually removed from cells and transported to the local health centre for treatment. The document says his right eye had been swollen shut and there was heavy bruising around his orbital bone. Nursing staff also found blood around his ear drum. He was eventually medevaced to Iqaluit for further medical evaluation and has since left hospital.The other man has been charged with aggravated assault.In a news release Thursday, commanding officer of the V Division RCMP Chief Supt. Amanda Jones said she has ordered an administrative review of the incident in cells alongside the investigations into the actions of the officer depicted in the video.There are four cells inside Kinngait's RCMP detachment. When the man in the video was brought in, the detachment had seven prisoners, all of who whom were intoxicated at the time, according to the release."V Division RCMP continue to work diligently to serve the community of Kinngait in managing the high volume of calls for service while balancing resources and demands placed on the members," she wrote in the release.'This is not a one-off'The head of Nunavut's legal aid agency said the RCMP needs to explain what happened. "Looking at this as two incidents is absurd," said Benson Cowan, executive director of the Legal Services Board. He is calling for an independent investigation."That man was only in custody because of the actions of the RCMP and while he was in custody, he was under their care and protection and they failed in that regard significantly." He said if senior RCMP officers in the territory were aware of the assault, it would be a breach of the public's trust if police did not offer an explanation of what occurred in their original statement Tuesday.As for the video, Cowan said it speaks for itself."That was a highly aggressive and deliberate use of force. It was an act of violence," he said. "We hear about it in every community, regularly. This is not a one-off."Cowan said it's time for people in the territory, the federal government and the RCMP to have a conversation about meaningful change, accountability and civilian oversight to policing in the territory.  "Is the RCMP a reliable partner in that conversation? That's what I think they have to explain and be accountable for right now."   Trudeau addresses videoWhen asked about the video during his daily COVID-19 briefings in Ottawa Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sidestepped a question on who should be held accountable."We recognize in Canada that there are systemic discrimination problems. We need to address our justice system, we need to address challenges in our society that are a lived reality for racialized Canadians, for Indigenous Canadians," he said."Even as we watch with horror what's going on in the United States, we know that we have an awful lot of work to do right here in Canada."When pressed further by a Globe and Mail reporter on why he had expressed horror at what is going on in the United States, but stopped short of expressing the same thing at what's happening to Indigenous people in Canada, Trudeau said the country is not immune from the things that are going on in the United States.WATCH | Trudeau pressed by Globe and Mail reporter on Kinngait RCMP video"Racialized Canadians, Indigenous Canadians have long suffered systemic discrimination in every part of this country. And even though we have taken significant steps over the past years — there is much more to do," he said."The events of these past weeks in Canada and in the United States have underlined how much more work we have to do. We will be there to do it hand in hand as allies to the black community, to Indigenous peoples and to all racialized Canadians."A day after the video surfaced, Nunavut's premier issued a brief statement on Twitter."We're all hurting right now. The death of George Floyd in the US and the movement we're seeing in response across the world. But also right here in Nunavut, with the video from Kinngait," Joe Savikataaq wrote."Systemic racism and unconscious bias are real — painfully real. On behalf of our cabinet and the entire government, please know we will we continue to fight against it. We stand together, and we stand united to make the world better," said the premier.There have been a series of recent high profile incidents in Nunavut involving RCMP this year. Police shot and killed a 31-year-old man in the hamlet of Clyde River last month after responding to an incident at a home.

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    Former U.S. defence secretary condemns Trump's handling of crisis 

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    Astaldi issued maximum fine, found guilty of 'professional incompetence' for Muskrat Falls collapse

    The company overseeing construction of the Muskrat Falls powerhouse during a formwork collapse four years ago that left five workers immersed in wet concrete did not have the proper engineering permits to carry out the work, a professional review has found. Astaldi Canada Inc. also allowed unqualified personnel to review designs and carry out inspections, and fell short in its responsibility in areas such as quality control, design, workmanship and construction.Those were just some of the troubling findings of an adjudication tribunal against Astaldi by the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL).The tribunal's findings, which were released late last month, mark what is likely the final chapter in an incident that shone a spotlight on a project that was already spiralling out of control.The formwork collapse has also come to symbolize a boondoggle that is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule, and which threatens to send electricity rates into the stratosphere and further cripple the province's already fragile finances.Held together with rotted woodFive workers were standing on the wooden formwork for draft tube No. 2 in May 2016 as 500 cubic metres — the equivalent to 70 mixer trucks filled with concrete — was being poured.The formwork, according to expert reports, was poorly designed and held together in places with rotted wood. As a result, the large structure collapsed near the end of the pour, sending the workers into a dangerous mixture of wet concrete, splintered wood and steel rebar."I think people felt fortunate that nobody was seriously injured," Janet Bradshow, CEO and registrar for PEGNL, said Wednesday about the collapse.One worker was completely submerged."There were quite a few deficiencies, which I would view as surprising," added Bradshaw.Three other draft tubes were completed without incident.'We were very disappointed'Both Astaldi and Nalcor, the province's Crown energy corporation, hired outside experts to investigate the collapse, and provincial occupational health and safety staff ordered that work be stopped.After reviewing those independent reports, PEGNL initiated its own probe, and determined that Astaldi had a permit to carry out civil engineering work in the province, but not structural engineering."We were very disappointed that despite Astaldi knowing that a permit to practice structural was a requirement, that they went ahead and did the work without getting one," Bradshaw said.It's the second tribunal ruling into the collapse. A year ago, Ontario engineer Peter Liu, whom Astaldi hired to oversee the draft tube project, was stripped of his right to practise engineering in Newfoundland and Labrador for what was deemed by a tribunal as "professional incompetence" and "did not have the necessary qualifications" to carry out his senior role.The second tribunal report came to the same conclusion, and ruled that the company demonstrated "professional incompetence" with the formwork. Company given top fineMeanwhile, Astaldi pleaded guilty to the allegations, and must pay the maximum fine of $25,000, and half the cost of the tribunal, up to $5,000.The company will also face some tough scrutiny if it ever wishes to do work in the province in the future. It will be required to submit a document to PEGNL that details how it has improved its work practices, and will be subjected to a quality assurance audit.But such a scenario is very unlikely. Nalcor evicted Astaldi from the project in late 2018 before its scope of work was complete, and its Italian parent company faces a financial crisis.Both sides are also locked in a long-running arbitration, with Astaldi seeking up to $500 million from Nalcor, with arbitration hearings scheduled for October.Bradshaw said if Astaldi had provided the proper oversight, it's very likely that the deficiencies that led to the collapse would have been detected."One of the reports described it as a Swiss cheese model, where … many things went wrong.  Any one of those things probably would not have caused it. But the combination of all of them is what made it happen," she said.PEGNL is the licensing body for engineers and geoscientists in the province, representing more than 5,000 members and and 600 companies.Not all of those are located in the province, but in order to work in Newfoundland and Labrador, those individuals and companies have to be licensed by PEGNL.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

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    Black lives matter says Meghan, calling U.S. events 'devastating'

    Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, has spoken about events following the death of George Floyd saying she was sorry that children had to grow up in a world where racism still existed and that current events in the United States were "devastating". "I know you know that black lives matter," Meghan said in a video she recorded for students graduating from her old high school in Los Angeles which was aired on Wednesday. The death of Floyd has become the latest flashpoint for long-simmering rage over police brutality against African Americans and led to nationwide protests, some violent, with curfews imposed in some cities to quell the disorder.

  • State Department says U.S. will reassess intelligence-sharing with Canada if it lets Huawei into 5G
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    State Department says U.S. will reassess intelligence-sharing with Canada if it lets Huawei into 5G

    The United States is prepared to reassess its intelligence-sharing arrangement with Canada if Huawei is given the green light to take part in building Canada's 5G networks, a State Department spokesperson said today.The federal government still has not announced its decision on whether the Chinese telecom giant will be allowed to participate in building Canada's next-generation wireless networks, despite more than a year and a half of assessing the question."We in the U.S. government have made it very clear to all of our friends and allies around the world that if Huawei is allowed into a country's national security systems, we will have to protect our intelligence-sharing relationship," Morgan Ortagus, spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, told CBC News today."We'll have to make an assessment if we can continue sharing intelligence with countries who have Huawei inside their most sensitive technology, in their most sensitive national security areas."We think that the Canadian government will make their own sovereign decisions and what's best for Canada's national security."Watch: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Huawei and 5GThe prime minister didn't say today when Canadians can expect a decision on Huawei and 5G, or whether he's willing to risk injuring the relationship with Canada's closest ally by allowing the Chinese telecom giant to participate in the networks."Every step of the way, we have listened to our security agencies, our intelligence agencies, worked with our allies," Trudeau said in response to a reporter's question today. "We will make the right decision for Canadians to both keep Canadians and businesses safe while at the same time ensuring competitiveness in our telecom industry."Some private companies aren't waiting for Ottawa to make a decision. Bell and Telus announced yesterday that they would not be working with Huawei as they pursue their 5G plans. Instead, both are opting to use equipment from European companies Ericsson and Nokia.Washington has long argued that Huawei poses a national security threat because the Chinese government has the power to compel private companies like Huawei to hand over sensitive information. Huawei's critics say they fear the company would conduct espionage on behalf of Beijing.U.S. tries to clip Huawei's wingsContacted by CBC News, Huawei's VP for corporate affairs in Canada said State's "threats" are consistent with "the Trump administration's preference for bullying and coercing rivals and allies alike. ""Huawei has operated in Canada for more than a decade without a single security incident related to our equipment. Not one," said Alykhan Velshi. "We look forward to the Government of Canada making an evidence-based decision on Huawei's role in Canada's 5G rollout."This decision should be made by, in, and for Canada, not Donald Trump's Washington."In recent weeks, while much of the world has been focused on the pandemic's rising death toll, Washington has announced new measures aimed at curbing Huawei's global influence.On May 15, the U.S. Department of Commerce changed its export control rules to restrict "... Huawei's ability to use U.S. technology and software to design and manufacture its semiconductors abroad."The move is meant to make it harder for Huawei to obtain the supplies it needs, to significantly raise its operating costs and to force the company to rely on goods that may be less reliable and more vulnerable.As a middle power, Canada often has found itself taking collateral diplomatic damage from tensions between U.S. and China, as both superpowers fight to become the global leader in technology.That damage started ramping up in December of 2018, when Canada arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition request.Beijing immediately demanded her release and executed swift retaliatory actions. Two Canadians — Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor — were arbitrarily detained in China; they've been held for more than 500 days. Beijing took trade action as well, halting large purchases of Canadian canola and, for a time, Canadian pork.Ortagus condemned China's imprisonment of the two Canadians. She said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has brought this issue up regularly during high-profile meetings with his Chinese counterparts.  "The United States, we're taking a lot of actions, doing everything we can behind the scenes with the Canadian government," she said. Asked if the United States might deploy sanctions to pressure China to release the two men, Ortagus said "we're not going to preview any public actions that we may take."

  • Inside the Halifax high-rise at the centre of a Canadian COVID-19 tragedy
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    Inside the Halifax high-rise at the centre of a Canadian COVID-19 tragedy

    Gerald Jackson spent his final days with COVID-19 lying just centimetres from another man's bed, separated by a curtain in an eighth-floor room. A third man lay about three metres away.It was not what Darlene Metzler had pictured for her father, the 21-year navy veteran who loved dancing the jive, singing and travelling on cruise ships.But Jackson, 84, had been diagnosed with dementia and his medical needs were beyond what home care or assisted living could provide. In May 2019, he moved to a triple-bed room inside the Centre building at the Northwood long-term care facility in Halifax.In mid-April Metzler got a call: one of her father's two roommates had tested positive for COVID-19. The staffer on the phone told Metzler the COVID unit was full; there was no way to separate Jackson from the others."There was only one way to feel, and that was to prepare for the phone call that said my dad is positive," she said.Metzler and her siblings didn't know that triple rooms existed at Northwood until they learned their father would be placed in one. Now, they place the blame for his death on April 28 on the configuration of the 44-year-old building."This was like a hospital room," Metzler said in an interview. "I challenge somebody to walk in that room and tell me that doesn't look like institutional living where seniors are being warehoused."It is one of many difficult lessons learned at Northwood, where the virus has claimed the lives of 53 residents, making it one of the deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks in the country and accounting for the bulk of the 60 victims in Nova Scotia.Some families have called for a public inquiry or a class-action lawsuit to examine the facility's decisions, particularly around shared rooms.For its part, Northwood said it's long been concerned about the issue. For three years, it's had a plan before the province to make all rooms private — a proposal that continues to sit with Department of Health.Those tight quarters, combined with a crucial misunderstanding by health officials early on of how the virus could spread asymptomatically, proved fatal.Northwood bills itself as the largest not-for-profit continuing care organization in Atlantic Canada. It dates back to 1962 and a social movement created to help seniors living in poverty. It cares for some of the most frail and vulnerable people in the province.Its Halifax facility, located off Gottingen Street near the Macdonald Bridge, is made up of three buildings — the Tower, the Manor and the Centre. Their original purpose was not to warehouse seniors, but standards for such residences were different when they were built.Today, single rooms with ensuite washrooms, grouped around a central living room or kitchen area are preferred — not a possibility in most of Northwood's downtown campus.Of the three buildings, the Centre is the youngest, dating from June 1976. It's also the building where COVID-19 has raged longest and hardest. It has 297 beds in total. More than half are in double or triple rooms. There are another 188 long-term care beds in the Manor, in both shared and private rooms.But right now the old arrangements are moot. By late May, Northwood had been able to separate all but 25 of its 485 beds. Some residents have been moved to a hotel.Space has also opened up for another reason — many who lived at Northwood are now dead.Northwood has dealt with communicable diseases like influenza and gastroenteritis before, and early in March the facility started taking the same sort of infection control steps for COVID-19. They included cleaning door knobs, handrails and elevator buttons more often, and tracking flu-like symptoms in residents.On March 12, it restricted visits from families and volunteers who had recently travelled outside Canada. Two days later, it applied the same rule to staff who had travelled internationally and told them to self-isolate. All workers were screened daily for fever and cough.Then, late in the morning of Sunday, March 15, the province announced its first three cases of COVID-19 and immediately closed long-term care facilities to all visitors. The move was so sudden that some families who had visited Northwood that morning were told not to return later in the day.At the time, public health officials recommended against healthy people wearing masks. The position was that the virus was only spread by those who were symptomatic, a belief that turned out to be wrong.In hindsight, Northwood now knows the virus had started spreading and incubating among staff and residents shortly after the no-visitor order was issued.Northwood CEO Janet Simm said contact tracing later determined an asymptomatic person could have been in the facility as early as mid-March.It's even possible they were there before the province declared a state of emergency that closed many businesses and limited social gatherings to no more than five people.At the time, there were outbreaks in the communities of Enfield and Elmsdale, and in the Prestons-Lake Echo-Lawrencetown area. Simm said contact tracing has shown it's "very clear" that's how staff members first became infected.It is also certain that a significant number — more than 10 — were unaware they had COVID-19 as they worked in different areas of the building."It was very, very early on. The symptoms that we're now screening for are very different than what we were screening for way back in early April," said Simm. "So those poor staff had no idea that they were putting residents or co-workers at risk."On April 5, the first staff person inside Northwood tested positive. The next day, all staff were told to don masks through their shifts — a move that came before the Public Health Agency of Canada issued long-term care guidelines that called for similar measures.A day later, five residents tested positive, yet only one had any contact with the staff person. It was becoming clear the virus was spreading asymptomatically.Two wards set aside for COVID-19 patients filled up. Staff soon decided not to shuffle roommates, even if they tested negative. The decision drew sharp criticism from many families but is defended by Simm, who said they quickly learned that even if a roommate of a positive resident had tested negative, chances were they had already caught the virus.On April 17 and 18, the first three residents died of COVID-19. Dozens of other residents and staff were sick. The facility was no longer able to cope on its own.The worst weekendFrom Toronto, Michele Heath could tell something was wrong. At the beginning of the pandemic the Northwood staff had time every day to set up a video call so Heath and her siblings in Dartmouth, N.S., could chat with their mother, Ruth, a resident of the nursing home.But that changed as time went on.It culminated on the evening of April 18, a Saturday, when Heath called the nursing station every quarter of an hour, letting the phone ring until it stopped. No one answered."My family and I found that very disconcerting and a clear message that the staff must be run off their feet and just going full out just to try to respond to the needs of the residents," Heath said.She does not blame staff and believes they took good care of her mother. But two days later the siblings decided to remove her from Northwood, even though it meant taking on an exhausting schedule of 24-7 care.By that weekend, so many Northwood workers were sick or self-isolating that staffing at times sunk to just "a couple of people" per 33-bed floor, according to Northwood executive director Josie Ryan. The care workers could not keep up.But the picture changed dramatically that Monday, when reinforcements from the Nova Scotia Health Authority and other nursing homes began to deploy at Northwood.Ryan explained that day, the tone of relief clear in her voice, that Northwood now had four staff on every floor, plus an occupational therapy and physical therapy team making sure residents were hydrated and had some social time."They may not get a shower but their personal hygiene needs are being met," Ryan said."So it's been a good day so far this morning."With the help of more than 40 extra people, the staffing situation stabilized. That weekend, the first resident had been moved to a 29-bed "recovery unit" set up by the province at a nearby hotel.Regular swabbing of residents and staff in order to test for the virus continued, with the expectation that more cases would be found. By the end of May, Northwood had recorded 345 cases of COVID-19, nearly 30 per cent of them among staff.Metzler, the daughter of COVID-19 victim Gerald Jackson, is concerned the province has said little so far about whether Northwood will be able to maintain the new arrangement where most residents have single rooms."I think we need to keep the momentum going so that people hear that this isn't acceptable, that change is required," she said of shared rooms. "It's not good for infection control measures. It's not good for privacy."I don't think it's good for the staff either. My heart goes out to those wonderful caregivers that work there, that are doing the best they can every day with what they have."Heath, whose family made the decision to move their mother out of Northwood on April 20, said her mother was in a "very small" shared room with one other person."I think that's one of the key elements that needs to be examined here," she said. "What should the physical structures look like? How should they be designed to best ensure, certainly, infection control and prevention, but also to create a home-like environment for individuals? Because really that's what I think everybody would like to have for their loved ones."Heath's family would like to see a public inquiry examining all of the lessons learned during the pandemic: the size and configuration of rooms, the decisions on testing and communications on when to issue personal protective equipment to staff, the compensation for care workers, and how the virus managed to spread so widely in this one particular facility.Northwood had a full house in the weeks leading up to the outbreak: 17 people were admitted in March, including 11 transferred from the hospital system and six from the community. There were 16 vacant beds, but none in the most in-demand long-term care.The facility has been worried about the effects of crowding for years. In 2017, it sought $13 million from the Department of Health to add three floors to the Centre building, a change that would allow all residents a single room.The board of directors of Northwood had concerns about infection control, and was so worried it considered converting some of its affordable seniors housing units into long-term care beds.The province did not approve the funding proposal in 2017, nor in 2018 or 2019, when Northwood submitted it again.At the time, influenza was considered the main problem, but the experience with COVID has put those concerns in a new light."Influenza is a really huge issue — not necessarily something that the public is aware of, but in long-term care influenza [and] other types of infections in vulnerable populations is something that we deal with every day," Simm said.Weeks before the first Nova Scotians tested positive for COVID-19, the local NDP MLA, Lisa Roberts, questioned Health Minister Randy Delorey in the legislature about the proposal."I know staff continue their discussions with the facility provider as to opportunities," Delorey told the House on Feb. 28. "It would be inaccurate to suggest that the submission was not considered; they continue to have discussions with the provider about their proposal."Those discussions continue to this day.Simm said the Department of Health has been "very supportive" of Northwood moving to single rooms, but ultimately the decision on whether residents can keep the private rooms they now have rests with the province.Both Delorey and Premier Stephen McNeil have said questions about shared rooms will be reviewed once the outbreak is over."The work for decisions about the future of what long-term care infrastructure facilities are going to look like, that hasn't, as part of our review, taken place yet. Our focus has been on our response and the care for individuals," Delorey said in an interview.The 29 Northwood residents who have been living in a hotel for weeks must eventually be placed somewhere. There is not enough space at Northwood to give each a single room, so some will be returning to roommates.If Northwood returns to its previous configuration, it won't be hard to find people to occupy those shared rooms. According to the health minister, the wait-list for long-term care has grown since the pandemic began from about 1,300 people to 1,400 or more.Delorey also pointed out that Northwood is not the only facility in the province with multiple-occupancy rooms. It's a feature of many older nursing homes.The province announced last year the construction or conversion of 162 new long-term care beds, most of them in Cape Breton, and last week said another 23 were coming to the Halifax area. New construction will be to modern standards, but not one of those facilities is ready yet.Metzler said she worries about a resurgence of the virus, and that flu season is also not far off. She said Northwood residents should not be placed back in shared rooms."I get the impact of it backing up the hospital system, for instance, there's probably patients in a hospital waiting for long-term care beds. So then that's backing up the hospitals and so on and so forth. I don't have the answers, but I know what needs to be done."MORE TOP STORIES

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    Carnival's Princess Cruises extends suspension of some voyages

    Cruise lines, hammered by a crisis which has seen some ships develop into high-profile infection hotspots, in recent days have been steadily pushing back cancellations well into the second half of 2020. Princess Cruises, long a favourite of older travellers, said it has extended the delay of operations on all cruises sailing in and out of Australia through mid-September on the Sea Princess, Majestic Princess, Sun Princess and Sapphire Princess.

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    Jailed 'Wolf Pack' members sentenced for another sex crime in Spain

    One of the men was sentenced to four years and six months, while the other three were sentenced to two years and 10 months for sexual assault and breach of privacy that occurred a couple of months before the rape during the San Fermin festival. The first "Wolf Pack" case, referring to the name the group of men called themselves, gained notoriety amid the global #MeToo movement, triggering mass protests and calls for changes to Spain's rape law. Evidence of the second sexual assault was discovered during the investigation of the San Fermin case in the northern city of Pamplona.

  • Overworked, underpaid and at the breaking point: Personal support worker calls for government aid
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    Overworked, underpaid and at the breaking point: Personal support worker calls for government aid

    Antoinette Calder has reached her breaking point. After months of stress the Deer Island woman is desperately in need of some down time. "I actually called today and told my supervisor I have to take this weekend off," said Calder. "I need a mental health day, I really do." Calder, who is 59, has had just four days off since the COVID-19 crisis hit the province in March. She's worked as a personal support worker (PSW) for the past two years after a long career as a trucker. Home-support workers provide care that keeps elderly New Brunswickers out of hospitals and nursing homes.  It's a difficult, physically and emotionally exhausting job that finds her lifting, washing and feeding her clients. She makes sure they take their medications, she picks up groceries and, in one case, even cares for the dog. "It's pretty bad when I have to go to bed at nine o'clock because I'm tired. You eat dinner, do the dishes and go to bed. Nine o'clock and I'm in bed. That's not me." Calder's sometimes the only emotional support for clients isolated by the pandemic. "We're dealing with older people who are so frightened of what's going on because they know they are high risk and they're watching the news," said Calder. "It's just exacerbating their fears." She feels a responsibility for them, running errands and stopping in on her own time to see how they're doing. But when she's actually on the clock, she's paid $14.80 per hour, only slightly better than minimum wage. She's not paid for the time she's not with the client, has no sick pay and no pension plan.'Go where the money's at'Calder works for Home Health Services, a non-profit home-care provider based in St Stephen. But the rate paid to home care PSWs is set by the provincial government. She's worried about where things are going. The population on Deer Island is aging fast and the only other full-time PSW there is a year older than her."We need an influx of younger blood into this profession. But when they can go and feed fish or go to work at a grocery store and make more money that we make ... it's a no-brainer. They're going to go where the money's at." But Calder, and many others in her profession, feel no value is being placed on their work. Tina Learmonth, past president of the New Brunswick Home Support Association, echoed that concern. She said if for some reason PSWs didn't come to work one day, the province would shut down. "We can't afford all our seniors to go into emergency rooms, we can't afford everybody to stop working because they need to take care of their parents," said Learmonth. "So we need to place value in the work that this workforce does."Investment neededFew home-support workers are men, but Learmonth said she suspects if men had been doing work all along, the pay would be a lot higher than it is now.Learmonth said the sector desperately needs investment, and the need for higher wages has been acknowledged in ongoing meetings the association has had Department of Social Development officials."It's not a matter of us on one side of the table and them on the other side debating whether or not this sector needs more money. They agree. It's just a matter of let's roll up our sleeves and do it, let's figure out how we can make it happen."  Asked if PSWs should be paid more, Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard said "damn straight." But it's a question of what the province can afford."When we want to give a dollar-an-hour [raise] and we're looking at a $24- or $30-million bump, we have to be prepared for that," said Shephard. "It doesn't mean that we cannot continually keep trying to do so, and we will continue to."Slight raise comingWorkers in the sector are scheduled to get a 50-cent-an-hour increase Nov. 1. A temporary increase in pay is on the way thanks to a federal COVID-19 benefit aimed at front-line workers.It will provide $500 a month backdated to the beginning of the crisis for a maximum total payment of $2,000.Calder has another suggestion: Boost PSW salaries to where they should be — about 30 per cent higher — and create an education program to attract young people into the field, a program offering training and credits they can later build on to move into careers like nursing.She's written letters raising her concerns and suggestions to several of the province's MLAs."I want to hear are you going to help us or not?" she said. "And I got zippo. Zilch. Nothing. I'm tired of this rhetoric. I'm tired of them not listening to us. I'm tired of it."

  • Attorneys: 2 ex-cops charged in Floyd's death were rookies
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    Attorneys: 2 ex-cops charged in Floyd's death were rookies

    MINNEAPOLIS — Two of three Minneapolis police officers accused of aiding and abetting in the death of George Floyd were rookies barely off probation when a more senior white officer ignored the black man's cries for help and pressed a knee into his neck, defence attorneys said Thursday.Earl Gray said his client, former Officer Thomas Lane, had no choice but to follow the instructions of Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with second-degree murder in Floyd's May 25 death. Gray called the case against his client “extremely weak.”A judge set bail at $750,000 apiece for Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao, when they made their first appearances in Hennepin County District Court Thursday. Simultaneously, and just blocks away , celebrities, friends and relatives gathered to memorialize Floyd at a Bible college.The Minneapolis Police Department fired all four officers last week and charged Chauvin — initially with third-degree murder — the following day. But protests that began on the streets of Minneapolis quickly spread across the nation, calling for justice for Floyd and other African Americans who were killed by police.On Wednesday, the three other officers were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. If convicted, they potentially face the same penalty as Chauvin: up to 40 years in prison.Gray said Thursday that all Lane did was hold Floyd’s feet so he couldn't kick, and he underlined that the criminal complaint says Lane asked Chauvin twice if they should roll Floyd over and expressed concern that Floyd might be in delirium. He said Lane performed CPR in the ambulance.“What was my client supposed to do but follow what his training officer said? Is that aiding and abetting a crime?” Gray asked.Gray and Kueng’s defence attorney, Tom Plunkett, asked the court for lower bail, saying their clients had been police officers for just four days when Floyd was killed. Police records indicate that while the men were rookies, they had more experience than a handful of days on the force. According to their records, they joined the department in February 2019 and became full officers in December. Minneapolis officers must serve a year on probation and spend time in field training with a more senior officer before they are fully qualified.Kueng, who is black, became a police officer because he “wanted to make his community a better place,” Plunkett said. He said Kueng was raised by his single mother on Minneapolis’ predominantly black north side.Plunkett and Thao's attorney, Robert Paule, did not address the merits of the charges in court and declined to comment after the hearing out of respect for Floyd's family during the memorial.Judge Paul Scoggin set their next court dates for June 29. Gray said he plans to renew his arguments for lower bail then, saying it could take more than a year for Lane's case to go to trial.A date for Chauvin's first court appearance has not been set, and his attorney has not publicly commented on the case. The latest criminal complaint says his actions were a “substantial causal factor in Mr. Floyd losing consciousness, constituting substantial bodily harm, and Mr. Floyd’s death as well.”The complaint against Lane, 37, notes that while he suggested to Chauvin that Floyd should be rolled over he "took no actions to assist Mr. Floyd, to change his position, or to reduce the force the officers were using against Mr. Floyd.”Kueng's complaint says the 26-year-old was positioned between Chauvin and Lane and could hear their comments. Thao, 34, was seen in the cellphone video standing near a crowd of bystanders, and his complaint says although he fetched a hobble restraint — designed to restrict the movement of a person in custody — from the squad car, “the officers decided not to use it and maintained their positions.”Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights have ordered a civil rights investigation of the police department to determine how to address racial discrimination and create systemic change.Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press

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    What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for June 4, 2020

    THE LATEST: * Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported nine new cases Thursday and no new deaths. * Henry is presenting new epidemiological models Thursday. * As of Thursday, there have been 2,632 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. * 166 people have died. * 2,265 people who tested positive have recovered. * 26 people are in hospital, including six in intensive care. * There are 201 active cases of the virus across B.C.Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported Thursday that nine new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in B.C.There were no new deaths reported.So far, B.C. has detected 2,632 cases of COVID-19 — 2,265 people have recovered and 166 people have died of the disease.There are 201 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. Twenty-six people are in hospital, six of whom are in intensive care. All of the people in hospital are in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions.New modelling expectedBritish Columbians can expect to see a new perspective on how COVID-19 has affected the province as health officials present their latest epidemiological modelling on Thursday afternoon.Nationally, the federal government said its data shows the number of cases is dropping. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a new modelling report released later Thursday will show many communities are seeing very low numbers of new cases, most of which can be traced, but warned the country still has a long way to go in its fight against the virus."I want to be very clear: We are not out of the woods," Trudeau said Thursday morning.The number of active outbreaks of the disease in health-care settings in B.C. continues to fall. On Wednesday, there were six ongoing outbreaks in long-term care homes or assisted living facilities.Meanwhile, health officials are reminding British Columbians that the ban on gatherings of more than 50 people remains in place. For those planning to participate in protests against racism and police brutality, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has recommended keeping a safe physical distance from others and wearing a non-medical mask.A number of municipalities, including Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, are moving to open spray parks, outdoor pools, outdoor summer camps and events as restrictions ease. A statement Thursday said Port Coquitlam is opening spray parks on June 15 and outdoor pools by July 2.Both Port Coquitlam and Port Moody said staff are planning modified outdoor day camps for children over the summer.A public health order from Henry has banned overnight camps in B.C. during the pandemic.READ MORE:Top COVID-19 stories todayImportant reminders:Health officials widely agree the most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. The World Health Organization said more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 infections are estimated to be mild.What's happening elsewhere in CanadaAs of Thursday morning, Canada has 93,085 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases, with 51,048 of the cases considered recovered or resolved, according to data compiled by The Canadian Press. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial data, regional information and CBC's reporting stood at 7,539.For a look at what's happening across the country and the world, check the CBC interactive case tracker.What are the symptoms of COVID-19?Common symptoms include: * Fever. * Cough. * Tiredness.But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.What should I do if I feel sick?Stay home. Isolate yourself and call your local public health authority or 811. Do not visit an emergency room or urgent care centre to get tested.Find information about COVID-19 from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available in B.C. from 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. PT, seven days a week at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).What can I do to protect myself? * Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean. * Keep at least two metres away from people who are sick. * When outside the home, keep two metres away from other people. * Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government's website.If you have a COVID-19-related story we should pursue that affects British Columbians, please email us at impact@cbc.ca

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    The Canadian Press

    Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

    President Donald Trump’s Pentagon chief shot down his idea of using troops to quell protests across the United States, then reversed course on pulling part of the 82nd Airborne Division off standby in an extraordinary clash between the U.S. military and its commander in chief. Both Trump and Defence Secretary Mark Esper also drew stinging, rare public criticism from Trump's first defence secretary, Jim Mattis, in the most public pushback of Trump's presidency from the men he put at the helm of the world's most powerful military. Mattis' rebuke Wednesday followed Trump's threats to use the military to “dominate” the streets where Americans are demonstrating following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes.

  • New Canadian modelling shows COVID-19 waning but relaxing restrictions still risky
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    New Canadian modelling shows COVID-19 waning but relaxing restrictions still risky

    OTTAWA — Canada's top doctor says the country has been successful at slowing the spread of COVID-19 but warns that relaxing public health restrictions too quickly or too soon could lead to a rampant resurgence of the disease.Dr. Theresa Tam presented a new report on the novel coronavirus in Canada Thursday, including new short-term projections that say between 157 and 1,857 more Canadians could die of COVID-19 in the next 11 days.The projections, based on recent trends, estimate in the best-case scenario at least another 4,459 people will be diagnosed with COVID-19 by June 15, and in the worst-case scenario there will be more than 14,000 new cases by then. What happens depends almost entirely on how well Canadians practise proper public health behaviours, and how good health systems are at testing, contact tracing and isolating positive cases."Without a vaccine or treatment, public health measures remain essential to control the epidemic," said Tam.Canada has been averaging just under 800 new cases a day for the last week, down from an average of 1,050 new cases the week before that.Tam said most of the country has seen spread of the disease diminish substantially but there remain hot spots of community transmission in Toronto and Montreal that are concerning. In the last two weeks, Ontario and Quebec accounted for 90 per cent of new cases, and most of those were in those two cities.Tam said the efforts Canada has made, including physical distancing and closures of businesses and public spaces, have allowed us to flatten the curve, but we can't get cocky and think the worst is over so we can get back to normal now."Resurgence can actually occur at any time over the course of the outbreak depending on what we're doing on the ground," she said. "We mustn't forget that."As of Thursday, Tam said, Canada has had 93,441 positive cases and 7,543 deaths. She said about 16 per cent of patients required hospitalization and three per cent needed to be admitted to intensive care.The eight per cent death rate reflects the number of outbreaks in long-term-care homes — more than 80 per cent of patients who died are connected to long term care homes or seniors' residences. But Tam said the rate must be viewed knowing the overall number of people who have had COVID-19 is not yet known, because lab-confirmed cases are "just the tip of the iceberg."Plans to test Canadians for antibodies to detect whether they have had the novel coronavirus will give a better sense of the true number of cases, Tam said.The modelling also shows Canada has successfully reduced the reproductive rate — the number of additional people infected by a single person with COVID-19. This virus is highly infectious and in some parts of the world the rate was as high as five, meaning every person getting COVID-19 was passing it on to five more people.In Canada, the rate peaked at just more than two, but the numbers show that began to decline sharply in the last week of March when the country went into strict lockdown in almost every province. Tam said the rate needs to be consistently below one for more than three weeks to be sure public health measures are working.It has been below one most of the time since the beginning of May but the hotspots of community transmission in Toronto and Montreal are exceptions, said Tam.Overall, the report says, with a high degree of physical distancing and case testing and tracing, Canadians can expect that the number of new cases will stay very low, including no real second wave in the fall.With weaker controls, a surge of cases could see half of Canadians infected, with a rising number of cases throughout the summer and into next winter.With no controls at all, as many as 80 per cent of Canadians will get infected by the end of the summer."It doesn't take very long for an outbreak to really gain some steam," said Health Minister Patty Hajdu.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier Wednesday he is encouraged by the overall trends in Canada but warned the country is not out of the woods.Clusters of cases of COVID-19 have disproportionately affected institutional settings including long-term care homes, hospitals, prisons and meat plants. Canada's largest single outbreak is linked to the Cargill meat-processing plant in Alberta, with 1,560 cases including workers, their family members and others in their communities.This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 4, 2020.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

  • Exploratory drilling now exempt from federal environmental impact assessment
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    Exploratory drilling now exempt from federal environmental impact assessment

    The federal government has announced a change it expects will help Newfoundland and Labrador's oil and gas industry as it struggles to stay on its feet.A new regulation means environmental assessments for exploratory drilling offshore will be done more quickly, by exempting offshore drilling in Newfoundland and Labrador from federal environmental impact assessments.The move — which Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan announced in St. John's Thursday — is expected to reduce the time that such assessments will take to as little as 90 days.> When I spoke with oil industry CEOs, that regulatory hurdle was still their No. 1 impediment to exploring off Newfoundland. \- Seamus O'ReganMinisterial exemption regulations came into effect Thursday through the Impact Assessment of Canada. The change "excludes exploratory drilling processes within our region from the requirement to undergo a project specific federal impact assessment," said O'Regan, who is also Newfoundland and Labrador's federal cabinet representative. "From business and investors in this industry, this has been the No. 1 thing that the government of Canada has been asked for for years."O'Regan said it will reduce the time assessment take to a tenth of the time they used to require."Here's what the regional assessment does: It provides faster timelines for exploration on the offshore of this province, from up to 905 days under the previous legislation to as little as 90 days," O'Regan said.The announcement comes as Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil industry has been reeling from one setback after another. Hundreds of layoffs at the Hibernia platform are looming, while production remains dormant at the Terra Nova field. Meanwhile, the Bay du Nord oil prospect — which was touted as opening up a new deepwater frontier for petroleum development off Newfoundland — has been put on hold, and exploratory work by the Chinese company CNOOC International has  been suspended.Integrity of assessmentsO'Regan focused on the value of faster assessments, and was emphatic that they will still be thorough."When we talk about tightening these timelines we are in no way taking away from the integrity of the environmental standards that we have," he told reporters.> It was government at its worst, to be honest with you. It just wasn't designed for our offshore. \- Seamus O'ReganHe said the old process was inefficient and required the same paperwork repeatedly."It was government at its worst, to be honest with you. It just wasn't designed for our offshore," said O'Regan."When I spoke with oil industry CEOs, that regulatory hurdle was still their No. 1 impediment to exploring off Newfoundland. It was just all the time that it took."Assessments will continue to be done locally.A federal statement Thursday said the regulations will still require proponents to consult with the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, which regulates the offshore industry, as well as with federal authorities such as Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Response to pleas for federal helpThe minister was also asked to respond to a letter that the Newfoundland Offshore Industries Association, known as Noia, recently wrote to the federal government. Local industry leaders and politicians are looking for assistance as the industry struggles with low oil prices and slumping demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic."What we're trying to arrive at is a solution that will in the short term will help people now. What can we do right now to make sure that people are okay so that when we get through this those companies and that industry remains intact. Those talks are ongoing all the time," said O'Regan.O'Regan believes what is happening in the oil industry can be described as a slump but he expects the industry in Newfoundland and Labrador will rebound, especially if it is committed to reducing emissions."There will be a place for oil for quite a long time. We haven't found another way to fly a plane yet. There are still decades of oil use," he said."We have a product that is very competitive. It's a sweet, light crude on our offshore. We have a stable regulatory environment. These things you don't take for granted when people are looking for investments around the world."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

  • SIU clears Toronto police after man's hip broken in takedown after undercover drug deal
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    SIU clears Toronto police after man's hip broken in takedown after undercover drug deal

    The province's police watchdog has cleared a Toronto officer of any wrongdoing after that officer broke a man's hip while taking him to the ground after he sold $40 worth of crack cocaine to an undercover cop.According to a report from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), it all began just after 3 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2019.That's when members of Toronto police's drug squad were conducting an undercover bust in the area of Church Street and Queen Street East. An undercover officer in plain clothes approached a 61-year-old man on the south sidewalk of Queen and asked for $40 worth of crack cocaine, the report says.The man left the area before coming back, and then handed off drugs to the officer, according to the SIU. That's when the officer walked away from the scene and gave a signal to other police waiting nearby that the sale had gone through.Police then converged on the area and confronted the man. One officer showed him his badge and told him he was under arrest. The man then pulled back and "broke the officer's hold," the report reads, so the officer then grabbed the man by his clothes and forced him to the ground, where he landed on his right side.According to security camera video from the scene, the officer investigated by the SIU could be seen kneeling on the man with his knees on his back and left shoulder.The man was handcuffed "after a struggle," according to the report. This happened around 3:15 p.m."The complainant immediately complained of pain in his right hip," the report notes.The man was later taken to 51 Division, where he was strip searched and put in a cell. At 8:30 p.m. — five hours after he was taken to the ground — the man was led into the division's booking hall. On security video from the station, the man "appeared to be in severe pain," the SIU report says.The man was later taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken hip.In his written decision, SIU Director Joseph Martino said there are "no reasonable grounds" to believe the officer committed a crime in connection with the man's arrest and injury."When the complainant resisted his arrest by pulling free of the [subject officer's] hold, the officer was entitled to resort to a measure of force to take him into custody," Martino wrote."In my view, the takedown that followed, which does not appear to have been overly violent, was a reasonable tactic in the circumstances," he said, also noting that "no strikes of any kind were delivered by the officers."While I accept that the complainant suffered his injury in the course of his takedown at the hands of the [subject officer], there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the arrest or the force that was used to effect it were unlawful. Accordingly, there is no basis for proceeding with charges in this case and the file is closed."

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    The Canadian Press

    Ocasio-Cortez backs challenger of House Democratic chairman

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed the Democratic primary challenger of a veteran House committee chairman and fellow New Yorker in her latest challenge to party leaders. Ocasio-Cortez, who in less than two years has shot from obscurity to one of Congress' most recognized names and faces, announced late Wednesday that she was backing 44-year-old local educator Jamaal Bowman over Rep. Eliot Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Ocasio-Cortez's support for Bowman puts her in direct opposition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who as a party leader backs incumbents when they face primary foes.

  • Protesters vow to continue fight for justice after George Floyd’s death
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    Protesters vow to continue fight for justice after George Floyd’s death

    After nine days of demonstrations, protesters say they’re continuing to fight for justice and not only for George Floyd.