A downtown Toronto mosque remained closed on Monday night after it received several violent and offensive threats by email early Saturday. Toronto police are investigating.On Twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was "deeply disturbed" by the news, while Toronto Mayor John Tory said the threats are "completely unacceptable" and he stands with the Muslim community.Mustafa Farooq, CEO of the National Council of Muslims, said he is calling on the federal government for a national action plan to dismantle white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups in Canada in the wake of the threats. He said such groups preach hate. Farooq said the council has no plans to name the mosque out of concern that it could be targeted further. "These messages were extraordinarily violent," Farooq said in an interview from Ottawa. "When we get these threats, we don't take them lightly. And that's why the mosque was shut down and remains shut down."Mosque administrators, based on advice from various experts, have closed the mosque for now, he said. It is not known for how long it will be closed.The threats come a month after a fatal stabbing of a volunteer caretaker at an Etobicoke mosque. On Sept. 12, Mohamed-Aslim Zafis, 58, was stabbed once while he sat in a chair outside the front doors of the International Muslims Organization (IMO) mosque at 65 Rexdale Blvd., near Kipling Avenue. Zafis had been controlling access to the mosque to ensure it was complying with public health regulations. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Guilherme "William" Von Neutegem, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of Zafis. Von Neutegem appears to follow a hate group founded in the U.K., according to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, a non-profit organization.Farooq noted the threats also follow a shooting attack on a Quebec City mosque on Jan. 29, 2017 in which six men were killed and five others critically injured.Farooq said the council has spoken to the imams at the downtown mosque. "Obviously, there's a lot of fear. There is a lot of concern. There's a lot of trepidation as to what happened. Why is this happening? What's going to happen next?" he said.Farooq said he is pleased that police are investigating the threats, but said the federal government must take action and the council would like to see a plan within weeks.Action is needed to ensure "we don't have to keep having these interviews, so that we don't continue to keep having to go to funeral after funeral, to respond to threats after threats," he said."This is unacceptable. It needs to stop and the way that needs to stop is through a national action plan to dismantle these kinds of white supremacist, neo-Nazi, violent, Islamophobic or xenophobic groups," Farooq said."I won't allow someone who was trying to terrorize us and intimidate us succeed. We're going to stand up as Canadians. We're going to stand up Canadian Muslims. And I know that so many communities are standing with us," he said.In an open letter to Trudeau, dated Oct. 5, the council urged the government to take action on white supremacist groups. The letter was signed by organizations that represent Jewish, Sikh, Black and Indigenous communities in Toronto, among others, Farooq noted.Police say no arrests have been made yetConst. Alex Li, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said police were contacted about the threats on Saturday.Li said police are appealing for members of the public to remain vigilant, report any suspicious or threatening behaviour and come forward if they have information that could aid the investigation."Hate crime is a possibility. We have not ruled anything out," he said.Li said police will enhance its patrols around Toronto mosques throughout the city to reassure the Muslim community. No arrests have been made and no suspect information is available.Trudeau pledges action, Tory expresses supportTrudeau, for his part, said: "We must do more to counter hatred and we will,"Tory said, for his part, said: "Any form of hatred and discrimination towards a place of worship and those who visit these places will not be accepted in our city."In a statement on Monday, Mary-Liz Power, press secretary for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, said the government recognizes it needs to take more action."Our government has taken significant action to end violence in our communities, and we also know there is more to do. We are committed to doing that work," Power said.Power said the government has received the Oct. 5 letter and shares the council's concern about the prevalence of violence from white supremacist groups in Canada."It is our greatest responsibility as government to keep our communities safe, and we are committed ending and preventing violence in all its forms," she said."We are constantly monitoring all forms of terrorism as they evolve, and our response will meet it." Research facility says action plan neededBarbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism, a research facility at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, said a national action plan is needed. Perry estimates there are "easily" about 300 hate groups in Canada. Islamophobia is "rampant" in these groups, she said."This has come to such a point where communities are at risk across the country. It's absolutely time to intervene," she said. "If a mosque is attacked, that is an attack on the whole congregation."
The Vancouver Canucks have acquired defenceman Nate Schmidt from the Vegas Golden Knights for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft. The Canucks announced the deal on Monday night, shortly after the Golden Knights reportedly came to an agreement with free agent defenceman Alex Pietrangelo on a seven-year deal. The 29-year-old Schmidt appeared in 59 games for Vegas in 2019-20 and recorded seven goals and 31 points.
It's the first time snow has fallen in Calgary this fall, and in some spots there's so much on the ground kids are building snowmen.Unlike other years, it's been a long, warm autumn for southern Alberta but the forecast predicts that is starting to change.Environment and Climate Change Canada said on its website that while rain showers or flurries will end this afternoon, on Wednesday there will be more periods of snow.CBC Calgary asked Calgarians on Facebook to send us their snow shots, and the weather across southern Alberta sure did vary.In the northwest of Calgary, snow can be seen scattered across lawns and homes. In Calgary's south quadrants, some homes weren't too affected by the snow.However for those that live up in Cochrane, 31 kilometres northwest of Calgary, the snow was pretty solid.So solid in fact that children were able to build a snowman out of it!It's not just the north part of Calgary that is experiencing this. Down in Millarville, which is 35 km southwest of Calgary, snow can be seen in backyards.
Ottawa health officials don't know the source, or are still lacking crucial information, for more than a third of all COVID-19 infections in the nation's capital — and some experts say that's concerning.Ottawa Public Health (OPH) categorizes the source of COVID-19 infections under five labels: outbreak, close contact, travel, no known source and no information available.Based on the latest numbers reported Monday, unknown sources of infections and cases with no information available have made up more than 36 per cent of Ottawa's 5,546 cases since the start of the pandemic."That number to me was concerningly high," said Patrick Saunders-Hastings, an epidemiologist risk scientist and manager of life sciences and environmental health at Gevity Consulting. "[It] suggests that there is a weakness or shortcoming in our contact tracing and testing ability."What does 'unknown' and 'no info available' mean?This is how OPH defines both categories: * No known source means the person with a positive case was asked about risk factors and exposures, but "no source of exposure was able to be identified." * No information available means people who test positive "have not been asked about risk factors and exposures yet," and they haven't been identified as a close contact to another person with COVID-19."No known source in particular are those where there's no epidemiologic link," explained Saunders-Hastings. The no-information category in particular is "a bit of a black box," he said, because those cases haven't been traced or followed up. In early October, the city's medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches called Ottawa's contact tracing system "nearly broken" under the current demand. Last week, OPH said it would focus contact tracing on high-risk spreaders.> Unless we control those sources, we are not going to get a handle on the COVID situation. \- Dr. Smita Pakhalé, U of O associate professor of epidemiologyOPH said in an email to CBC News that though the no-information category may appear "high at first," it's readjusted over time as diagnosed people give them more information. "This is a stressful time for those individuals, who are often feeling unwell, and it can be a difficult process that takes time," wrote a OPH spokesperson.Why do those categories matter? As of Monday, OPH was reporting 781 unknown source cases and 1,243 cases with no information available."The higher that number is, the more cause for concern there would be," said Saunders-Hastings.In an ideal world, health officials would know the source of infection for every case — but that's not possible realistically, he said. Not knowing sources of infections could "diminish" public health's ability to respond to COVID-19, Saunders-Hastings said."They don't help us target where transmissions are occurring," he said. "They are missed opportunities to refine and tailor our response strategies."Saunders-Hastings added that the city "may no longer be able to keep up with the surge," and that might lead to further restrictions."We're currently experiencing more cases, or possible cases, than we are able to deal with."Lack of knowledge 'very dangerous'Not knowing the sources of infection is "very dangerous" for community transmission, said Dr. Smita Pakhalé, staff respirologist at The Ottawa Hospital and a University of Ottawa associate professor of epidemiology."If we do not know that information, then all those people [with COVID-19] may not be self-isolating and [there] may be potential of spreading to some others," said Pakhalé."Unless we control those sources, we are not going to get a handle on the COVID situation."Pakhalé also suggested there's a chance marginalized people could make up a large part of the category with no information available.WATCH | U of O prof says Ottawa's marginalized people affected disproportionately:"A lot of people who are living in the margins of society — people who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, or racialized minorities — have been disproportionately impacted," Pakhalé said.The city's vulnerable often don't have a phone, stable housing nor equal access to information via the internet, said Pakhalé, who also leads the Bridge Engagement Centre research clinic, which works with Ottawa's marginalized communities."We don't have information about them, and ... maybe a lot of them [are] represented in that [no information available category], she said. "And that is a very unfortunate reality of our unequal society today."
President Donald Trump has returned to the campaign trail, holding his first rally since he contracted the coronavirus. The president was sidelined from the campaign trail for more than ten days after he tested positive for the virus on October 2. The rally in Florida, a must-win state for Trump, kicks off an aggressive week of travel for the president, which also includes stops in Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina.
With performance halls shut because of the coronavirus pandemic, the best concert venue a violinist could hope for one recent October Friday was a sidewalk in the Bronx. Fiona Simon tuned her instrument as she prepared for one of her only public performances with the New York Philharmonic in months. The setting was a far cry from the orchestra's usual home at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center.
A late-stage study of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” is related to the shot. The company said in a statement Monday evening that illnesses, accidents and other so-called adverse events “are an expected part of any clinical study, especially large studies,” but that its physicians and a safety monitoring panel would try to determine what might have caused the illness. The pause is at least the second such hold to occur among several vaccines that have reached large-scale final tests in the U.S.
Four months after Chantel Moore was fatally shot by the Edmundston police, her grieving relatives say one of the reasons they flew her body back to Vancouver Island, where Chantel had spent most of her life, was they had hoped to get a second autopsy. While Chantel's mother, Martha Martin, did not provide an interview to CBC last week, three of Chantel's relatives from British Columbia, did agree to speak about what they tried to do to get to the truth. "Here, the Nuu-chah-nulth-speaking peoples, we will help in whatever way we can," said Joe Martin, Chantel's great uncle, speaking from Tofino.Chantel's grandmother, Grace Frank, said Chantel was part of a large, extended family of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, and she had only recently moved to New Brunswick to be closer to her daughter, who was living with Martha Martin. Then came the shocking news. On June 4, the police reported they had been responding to a request to check on Chantel's well-being around 2:30 a.m., when she confronted an officer with a knife and he discharged his firearm. Because the shooting involved a police officer, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes was brought in from Quebec to investigate.Frank and Joe Martin said the family didn't believe the Edmundston force's initial story of what happened, and the longer they stayed in Edmundston, after flying in for her funeral, the more they felt there was much that had gone unsaid. It was 'very disturbing' "It was two or three days after we had arrived, we began to learn of things, and like, oh my God, this was very disturbing," said the 66-year-old Martin, the eldest in the family's B.C. delegation.Martin said he spoke to two of Moore's neighbours who lived so close to her apartment that they had a view of the fire escape and stairs outside her door, where it's believed she was shot. He said he also spoke to "three or four" women who cleaned the apartment and packed Moore's belongings."I don't know if I should tell you what they told me," he said.He also went inside the apartment where he said he saw blood spatter on some interior walls, including one of the bedroom walls. "I'm a hunter. I know what blood spatters look like," said Martin, who is also a master canoe carver. Martin said family members were further unsettled in Edmundston when some of them noticed that Moore didn't look right at the funeral home. "I think one of her legs was broken," said Martin, his voice rising in pain."I said, 'What the hell? What the hell happened for God's sakes? What the hell?'""It was supposed to be a wellness check … I'm furious."Something 'off' with her legMoore's grandmother, Grace Frank, said Moore's leg became a topic of discussion after two relatives visiting at the funeral home tried to put moccasins on her feet."They noticed something was wrong with her left leg when they tried to put her moccasins on. They said something was off," said Frank.Frank said the family was denied a request to inspect Moore closely. By then they were convinced that Chantel had suffered a horrific death, so they discussed bringing the body back to B.C., hoping for another chance to see what they wanted to see. "We had a little meeting at my daughter's place in Edmundston," said Frank. "We thought by bringing Chantel's body back to B.C., we'd be able to do that ourselves, and that's exactly what we did."As Frank recollects, it was a B.C. coroner who rejected the idea of an autopsy because it was too late. So family members improvised. At a funeral home in Parksville, B.C., Frank said, she and two other female relatives were able to view Chantel more freely. Frank said it was upsetting to everyone in the room."We believe that something else happened there," she said.Family inventories injuriesMoore's relatives have said the family was told she was shot five times, but police have not provided such a detail publicly. The family believes Chantel may have been shot seven times.In Parksville, Frank said, she observed what she believed to be multiple gunshot wounds, including one in Moore's right arm, two in her right breast and one in her leg.But Frank is also convinced she saw three more injuries that looked like gunshot wounds, on Moore's back, and she said they didn't line up with any wounds to her front."They were not in the same spot as where she got shot in the breast," said Frank.Frank said a funeral home employee offered to lift Moore's leg after giving them a warning."You could see where it was broken," said Frank. "It was broken below the kneecap."Frank said she took photos and some video."It's been very hard, holding this stuff on my phone," said Frank. "But I don't want to delete it before I know we get justice."'We really can't be reckless'Fredericton lawyer TJ Burke, who represents Moore's estate, said he's in regular contact with the Quebec response team that's investigating the case, but he could not corroborate the family's reports of blood inside the apartment or the additional injuries."We really can't be reckless in that regard until we see an actual autopsy report and pathology report, and again, that's not available yet because the way the BEI [Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes] conducts its investigation is that they look at everything in one big picture, analyze it, and then make their conclusions and that's not for public consumption at this point," Burke said.Burke said BEI Quebec had recently informed him that they had been waiting on a pathology report that may have been delayed as a result of COVID-19."They're taking extra precautions to make sure everybody is safe in the biology lab," said Burke."Once the pathology report is concluded, they should be able to finish out the final report.""And once the final report is finished, the detective will meet with myself and representatives of the estate of Chantel to give their findings and conclusions."> It's been like four months now and we still haven't heard anything, only that she was shot and killed. \- Grace Frank, Chantel Moore's grandmotherBurke said he's also waiting to hear what exactly compelled police to find Moore.He confirmed that they first went to Moore's mother's residence and that she redirected them to the apartment where Moore had only just moved in."Traditionally, police officers would go to a person's door for the purposes of conducting an investigation and from what I gather, there was no purpose for the officer to be there, except for his reason of a wellness check."And until we see the purpose of the telephone call, the dispatch records, and what they call the CAD [computer-aided dispatch] report, as to why the officer got on scene, we can't discuss the specificity at this point."Family thinks the call came from MontrealMoore's great aunt, Nora Martin, said she believes the call to police came from a new boyfriend, someone Moore had recently met, who lived in Montreal."Chantel's boyfriend called the RCMP because he was worried somebody was stalking Chantel," said Martin, when asked again last week to describe what she knew about the incident."Chantel was quite scared that somebody was close to her place … that they knew where she lived."Moore's grandmother, Grace Frank, said she used to be able to find the man on Facebook, but said he has since unfriended her.Joe Martin said he would dearly like to see Moore's phone."When Chantel was in trouble that night, she was communicating with someone by texting, maybe with someone in Port Alberni, [B.C.] or Montreal, I don't know," Martin said."'m not sure where. We don't know these things because I don't think we got the cellphone back from the police. That cellphone is a key piece of evidence that we have not received."Pain across generationsNora Martin said it feels like the BEI's investigation has been dragging on while Moore's extended family lives with the pain of not having concrete answers.Grace Frank said she has been so consumed with worry about Moore's six-year-old daughter Gracie, as well as Moore's mother, Martha Martin, she made another trip to New Brunswick about a month ago."It's very, very hard," said Frank over the phone from B.C. "Sitting, waiting ... day and night, day and night.""It's been like four months now and we still haven't heard anything, only that she was shot and killed and had a knife, but I pray every day for the truth to come out.""It's hard to see my [great] granddaughter talking about her mummy. She misses her mummy.""'I want to get angel wings so I can go visit my mummy,' that's what she says."She misses her mum's cuddles. She misses drawing with her mum. She misses her mom in every way. It just hurts, it breaks my heart to hear her talking like that."BEI Quebec would only confirm that Moore's fatal shooting is still under investigation and that, on average, their investigations take about eight to nine months to complete.
VANCOUVER — An actor is sharing his gratitude towards a Vancouver service specializing in finding lost rings after losing his own wedding band, kicking off a panicked search attempt. Jon Cryer, known for his role in the television series Two and a Half Men, was walking along Vancouver's seawall to meet up with castmates, on Friday when he lost his wedding ring. "I pulled my hand out of my pocket and heard a 'ping!' To my left. I walked a couple more steps and realized my wedding ring was gone...," he wrote on Twitter. Cryer said he frantically searched for the missing wedding band but rain and a lack of working lamp posts hindered his efforts. Losing the ring was especially hard, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions restricting him from seeing his wife regularly while filming in Vancouver, he wrote. He returned Saturday to search through a muddy section of grass he believed the ring could be in, but didn't have any luck. Cryer turned to a company called the Ring Finders, that specialize in searching for rings and other lost valuables, to help him in his quest. "In my mind, I'm thinking 'there's a 95 per cent chance it was probably dropped where someone could've seen it'," said Chris Turner, who founded the company in 2009. But the pair were lucky. Turner says it took him three minutes to locate the ring using a metal detector. The ring was found buried in a clump of grass near to where Cryer had searched on Saturday. "This one surprised me. The odds of that ring making it to the grass, not only the grass, the deepest part of the grass ... I was just astonished. I was like 'the gods are on his side for sure'," he said. Cryer said he's stunned at how quickly the ring was found. "I’m still beside myself," he wrote on Twitter. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2020. Nick Wells, The Canadian Press
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Oct. 13. What we are watching in Canada ... The federal government says technical difficulties that thwarted some Canadians' efforts to apply for new financial supports have been solved. The Canada Revenue Agency reported the issues hours after applications for the benefits — meant for those who have missed work due to the COVID-19 pandemic — opened. The agency says it regrets any impact this may have had on would-be applicants. The new benefits come into effect as concerns rise about increasing job losses, with Ontario and Quebec imposing targeted restrictions on restaurants, bars and fitness centres to slow the spread of COVID-19. Applications for the new Canada Recovery Benefit, which will pay $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, can be made through the Canada Revenue Agency. A new caregiver benefit also comes into effect today, after numerous calls since the start of the pandemic for added support for parents and others who are forced to miss work to care for a dependent due to COVID-19. --- Also this ... Canadian Security Intelligence Service employees see the spadework needed to obtain a judicial warrant as "a necessary evil" that detracts from more valuable activities, says an independent review that calls for a cultural shift inside the spy agency. The review, obtained by The Canadian Press, finds that ineffective training, excessive secrecy and a generally poor understanding of responsibilities contributed to CSIS failing to meet its obligation of full and frank disclosure to the Federal Court when seeking investigative warrants. The problems have prompted judges to criticize CSIS for falling short of its "duty of candour" to the court, including a recent case in which the spy agency neglected to disclose its reliance on information that was likely collected illegally in support of warrants to probe extremism. In September 2019, CSIS director David Vigneault asked Morris Rosenberg, a former federal deputy minister of justice, to conduct an independent review with the aim of addressing the ongoing difficulties. Rosenberg, who had access to CSIS documentation and employees, examined spy service policies, procedures and operational files, as well as Federal Court transcripts relating to warrant applications. He also consulted Justice Department lawyers, including those assigned to CSIS, and officials from the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency, a spy agency watchdog. --- What we are watching in the U.S. ... Defiant as ever about the coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Monday turned his first campaign rally since contracting COVID-19 into a full-throated defence of his handling of the pandemic that has killed 215,000 Americans, joking that he was healthy enough to plunge into the crowd and give voters “a big fat kiss." There was no social distancing and mask-wearing was spotty among the thousands who came to see Trump's return to Florida. He held forth for an hour, trying to get his struggling campaign back on track with just weeks left before Election Day. Though he was hospitalized battling the virus only a week ago, Trump's message on COVID-19 was unaltered since his diagnosis: a dubious assessment that the pandemic was just about a thing of the past. Hundreds of people in the U.S. continue to die of the virus every day. “Under my leadership, we're delivering a safe vaccine and a rapid recovery like no one can even believe," Trump insisted. “If you look at our upward path, no country in the world has recovered the way we have recovered." His voice was perhaps a touch scratchy but otherwise, Trump was, well, Trump. Boisterous and bellicose, he thanked the audience for their well-wishes and declared he was no longer contagious as he embarked on a frenetic final stretch of the campaign. --- Also this ... Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is set to face senators’ questions during a second day of confirmation hearings. The mood is likely to shift to a more confrontational tone as the appellate court judge is grilled in 30-minute segments by Democrats gravely opposed to President Donald Trump’s nominee. Barrett's approach to health care, legal precedent and even the presidential election are expected topics. Republicans are rushing her to confirmation before Election Day to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democrats are virtually powerless to stop her confirmation, which could lock in a conservative court majority for years to come. --- What we are watching in the rest of the world ... A top U.S. envoy speaking in New Delhi has calls China “an elephant in the room” and says Washington is keen to advance India’s interests across the Indo-Pacific region. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun says the U.S. was exploring ways to empower India without altering what he called New Delhi's “strong and proud tradition of strategic autonomy." Biegun spoke Monday in New Delhi at the opening session of the India-U.S. Forum as his three-day visit to India kicked off. “India has a strong and proud tradition of strategic autonomy, and we respect that. We do not seek to change India’s traditions,” he said. “Rather we want to explore how to empower them and India’s ability to defend its own sovereignty and democracy and to advance Indian interests, across the Indo-Pacific region.” Biegun's visit follows a meeting last week between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from India, Japan and Australia in Tokyo, who together make up the four Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad. The Quad is seen as a counterweight to China, who critics say is flexing its military muscle in the South China Sea, East China Sea, Taiwan Strait and along its northern border with India. Beijing also faces criticism over its handling of the initial outbreak of the coronavirus as well as its human rights. --- Also this ... The British government has carved England into three tiers of coronavirus risk in a bid to slow a resurgent outbreak, putting the northern city of Liverpool into the highest risk category and shutting its pubs, gyms and betting shops. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the three-tier national system was designed to “simplify and standardize” a confusing patchwork of local rules over what residents can and cannot do. Johnson says shops, schools and universities would remain open in all areas. He told lawmakers in the House of Commons that the goal was to save lives and prevent hospitals becoming overwhelmed without “shuttering our lives and our society” through a new national lockdown. But pubs, restaurants and other hospitality businesses pushed back, arguing that they are not to blame for rising infections. After falling during the summer, coronavirus cases are rising in the U.K. as winter approaches, with northwest and northeast England seeing the steepest increases. Liverpool has one of the country’s most severe outbreaks, with about 600 cases per 100,000 people, even more than the hard-hit European cities of Madrid and Brussels. Under the new measures, areas in England are classified at medium, high or very high risk, and placed under restrictions of varying severity. Areas in the lowest tier will follow existing national restrictions, including a 10 p.m. curfew on pubs and restaurants and a ban on more than six people gathering. In areas at high risk, members of different households are barred from meeting indoors. The “very high” risk tier will face restrictions including closing pubs — apart from those that serve meals — and, if local authorities want, other venues such as gyms and casinos. --- On this day in 1866 ... Fire destroyed 2,500 buildings in Quebec City. --- ICYMI ... Washington state officials say they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking a “murder” hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the giant insects. The Washington State Department of Agriculture says an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, only to lose signs of her when she went into a forest. The hornet was captured on Oct. 5 and kept alive with strawberry jam, which she seemed to enjoy, says Sven Spichiger, a department entomologist. Scientists then tied a tracking device onto her body and released her two days later onto an apple tree. They lost track of her after she went through some blackberry bushes, though officials believe the tracker was still attached at the time of its last signal. “This one was a lot feistier,” Spichiger says. A total of 18 hornets have been found in the state since they were first seen last year near the U.S.-Canadian border, the agriculture department says. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2020. The Canadian Press
Taylor Hall refused to buy into the negativity surrounding the Buffalo Sabres, and instead focused on the positives. The opportunity to alongside captain Jack Eichel was a factor. Add in Buffalo being close to his home in Toronto, and the the Sabres willing to sign Hall to a one-year deal, allowing him to keep his options open for next year, were enough to put him over the top.
Three weeks from Election Day, the largely white congregation at Prestonwood Baptist Church, as well as other white evangelical churches across Texas, are fighting a defensive battle to keep their increasingly diverse state from flipping to support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. “These confirmation hearings could not have come at a more opportune time for the Trump campaign,” said the Rev. Robert Jeffress, a leader of another of the Dallas area’s large, politically influential evangelical megachurches.
Buoyed by massive fundraising success, Democratic Senate candidates are mounting a push in Republican states that few would have thought possible just a few months ago, placing continued GOP control of the chamber at risk. In South Carolina, Sen. Lindsey Graham's challenger, Democrat Jaime Harrison, shattered fundraising records when he announced on Sunday a $57 million haul for the quarter that ended in September. MJ Hegar in Texas reported raising over $13 million during the same period for her race against Republican Sen. John Cornyn.
Joe Biden made two campaign stops Monday in Ohio, attempting to expand the battleground map and keep President Donald Trump on the defensive in a state long thought to be out of reach for Democrats after Trump's wide margin of victory there four years ago. The Democratic presidential nominee stressed an economic message and touted his own record while casting Trump as having abandoned working-class voters who helped him win Rust Belt states that put him in the White House in 2016. The president's reelection campaign countered that few expected Trump to win Ohio so comfortably four years ago and that he would repeat a similar upset on Election Day.