You won't believe how smart these four puppies are! Watch as they open their cage, sit inside, and then close the gate behind them. Incredible!
Maggie, a two-year-old chocolate Lab, had been in three homes that didn't work out. Then the P.E.I. Humane Society decided to try something different.Jennifer Harkness, the society's development and communications manager, said that when Maggie arrived at the shelter, she was stressed and constantly barking, and it was hard for her to remain calm. > It was really that mental stimulation that she needed. \- Jennifer Harkness"She was so uncontrollable. It was easy to see how she was rehomed three times before," said HarknessBut when they began working with her, they saw a different side."We saw a lot of potential in Maggie. It was really that mental stimulation that she needed."She wasn't going to get in the typical home environment, so the society got in touch with Doug Stokely, a New Brunswick-based dog trainer who has been training police dogs for about a decade.Stokely saw the same qualities staff at the humane society saw."I asked for a couple of videos of her playing fetch and showing her hunt drive and her skills, and just talking with her [trainer] for five minutes, I basically knew that she is the type of dog that needed a job," he said."She has everything — rock-solid nerves, and just that drive and desire to work."'Exactly what we look for in a police dog'Maggie is with Stokely now, training and spending some time with his 19 other dogs, which includes a team of sled dogs.He has been working with her on her sniffing skills, and he said she is thriving in the environment."The reason dogs end up in a shelter, like Maggie, that's exactly what we look for in a police dog," he said.Dogs like Maggie aren't good at hanging around the house, said Stokely. They want to work.Staff at the humane society are thrilled Maggie has found a place."It just proves that taking the time to work with animals on what their needs are is so worthwhile," said Harkness.Maggie has been accepted into a K-9 training program, and Stokely is certain she will do very well, almost certainly ending up as a narcotics detection dog.More from CBC P.E.I.
Police in southern Germany say a woman got a shock while airing out her home when a 25-centimetre (10-inch) Chinese mitten crab scurried in from the terrace through the open door. Freiburg police said Thursday that they received a call reporting the unwanted home invader in the nearby town of Unterlauchringen, near the Swiss border, the previous morning. The invasive species, native to Asia, is now found in many rivers in Germany, and the woman's residence was not far from the Rhine, though the Chinese mitten crab has never been reported in the area before.
Fred Bergman hardly takes a breath as he rattles off the list of economic injuries.Most notably, there's the income losses for 500 people who work at the oil refinery in Come By Chance, N.L., many of them making salaries in excess of $100,000."But then, of course, there's all the spinoff jobs — the distribution facilities for wholesale bulk fuel dealers, the jobs in the distribution network at the retail gas stations," Bergman said, outlining the cascading effects if the refinery shuts its doors for good."You're probably talking at least 1,400 jobs lost in total, potentially more."North Atlantic Refinery Ltd. said this week it's considering all options, including cutting costs, before ending operations. Irving Oil, which had been considering buying the refinery, recently walked away from a deal, leaving the company floundering.If its owners can't find a solution, the closure would be the latest hit to Newfoundland and Labrador's embattled oil industry, which has seen multiple delays in expansion and exploration projects in the last year.Fallout would spread to other sectors, too, said Bergman, a senior policy analyst for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council."You're getting crude oil coming in.… You're getting import jobs, you're getting jobs in the transportation sector. Then you're getting refined product going out," he explained.Nearby retail stores can expect a dip in sales, as out-of-work residents tighten spending. As a result, the provincial coffers can expect to take a hit, too."You're going to get a loss of personal income tax, corporate tax, sales tax," he said.Those sources of income for the government — adding up to about $50 million or $60 million — "would be gone, effectively."The refinery makes up about one per cent of the provincial gross domestic product, according to Bergman. Its loss would further slow an already-sluggish offshore industry hit by delays and uncertainty following global oil market volatility this year.The ripple effect would be smaller in comparison with offshore setbacks, he said, "but certainly, it would add to the woes of the oil and gas industry in Newfoundland and Labrador."Another blow for the provinceLooking at the situation optimistically, he said, oil refineries everywhere — not just at home — appear to have a limited life span.Demand for fuel products could see a broader slowdown globally with more economies pushing for net-zero emissions, said Bergman, pointing to two refinery closures in Nova Scotia, the latest in 2013. "It does happen," he said.But if the Come By Chance refinery does close, it offers a new set of future problems: what to do next."Obviously there's environmental cleanup," Bergman said, and associated costs.The lack of refined fuels also means buyers must import: there's no longer a local option."That's a deduction from GDP. It doesn't really add to GDP anymore," he said"You have to get the fuel from somewhere. People still need to drive their cars, planes still need to fly, boats still need to sail."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
An outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care home in Moncton, N.B., is raising concerns about transmission of the virus inside the Atlantic bubble.On Wednesday, officials in New Brunswick confirmed 17 new cases amid efforts to contain the outbreak at the Manoir Notre-Dame special care home in Moncton, where 13 residents, four staff and two family members tested positive. Officials also identified potential public exposure to the virus at the Moncton Costco Optical Centre and Moncton St-Hubert restaurant."We have lots of connections with New Brunswick, and the Moncton area, and it does raise concern for us here on Prince Edward Island," P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison told CBC News: Compass in an interview Thursday afternoon. "At this time it is a concern, but [we are] watching carefully what is going on," she said. P.E.I. currently has three active cases of COVID-19, and 58 recovered.Changes to the bubble?With Thanksgiving weekend approaching, Morrison said it has her thinking about public health measures and how careful people need to be"I think New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. in particular will all be looking at whether or not we need to make any changes to the Atlantic bubble," Morrison said."At this point, I think we will be trying to make sure that anyone coming to the Island, whether they're visitors or Islanders returning for the weekend, are reminded that if they have any symptoms that they should be tested."A news release issued late Thursday addressed how this reminder will be delivered: "Additional information will be distributed to everyone entering Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge and the Wood Islands ferry to reinforce the need to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, follow public health measures and avoid large gatherings." Think twice about travelIn the interview with CBC News: Compass, Morrison also urged people to think about whether they really need to travel, until officials know more about how the Moncton outbreak is going.After Morrison spoke with CBC, officials in New Brunswick held a briefing and said there are three new cases in that province, although not related to the long-term care home. That brings the total number of active cases in that province to 24.New Brunswick officials also announced wearing masks will be mandatory in most public spaces as of midnight.The COVID Alert app is available to Islanders beginning Thursday, and Morrison urged Islanders to download it. She said it's one more tool officials can use to identify contacts and lessen the spread of the coronavirus. "The more people who download the app, of course the more useful it will be," she said. More from CBC P.E.I.
Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a Tuesday homicide, involving a man who was pushed or fell from a car at the intersection of Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.The names of the suspects will be released if charges are formally laid, police said.As of 6 p.m. Thursday, police were executing a search warrant in the 2600 block of 17 Street S.W., following up after initially seeking a vehicle with the licence plate CHG-6058 and a distinctive "Jesus" bumper sticker.Police said a vehicle of interest believed to be connected to this incident had been located and seized.The victim has been identified as David Bawden, 59, of Calgary.Police are investigating the homicide as a possible random attack. It is believed the victim was walking east in the curb lane of eastbound Memorial Drive, between the Bridgeland and Zoo LRT stations, when at 8:37 a.m., a Volkswagen Jetta pulled over. The victim got inside the vehicle, police said in a release.The victim was pushed or fell from the vehicle about 4.4 kilometres later, at Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.Police and EMS were called to the scene around 8:50 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Police are now asking anyone who was travelling on Memorial Drive between Edmonton Trail and 36th Street N.E. at that time, and who may have dashcam footage, to come forward.No other information will be released at this time, police said, as the investigation is ongoing.This is Calgary's 27th homicide of the year. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1235, the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
Striking Dominion workers have formed what the union calls a "solidarity chain" at a No Frills location in St. John's, an independently owned and operated franchise of a chain owned by Loblaw Companies Limited. Dozens of workers, standing six feet apart, are holding a yellow rope encircling the parking lot of the store on Topsail Road.The store — which, along with Shoppers Drug Mart locations, sells Loblaw products — is open for customers, and the entrance is not blocked by the striking Unifor members, but the union is asking people to buy their groceries elsewhere in a show of solidarity. Sharon Walsh, an executive with Unifor, said the action is fair and legal, calling it a "secondary picket line."She said it's necessary to bring attention to the seven-week strike. "These folks are hurting, they're hurting financially and we are doing what needs to be done to say to Loblaws, 'You need to get back to the table, you need to offer more than you've offered so far,'" she told CBC's Anthony Germain. The employees are handing out a flyer, listing the changes they are seeking from Loblaw. Tracey Murphy, a pharmacist's assistant at the Dominion in Bay Roberts, came into St. John's to attend Thursday's event. "We are all one … we are 1,400 and we are strong," she said."We are not backing down until we get what we want and we are in it for the long haul."No signs of concessions on either sideThe issues that continue to be sticking points include workers who are deemed part time but who work full-time hours, along with a demand for a wage increase. The strike began Aug. 22. All 11 Dominion stores in the province are closed, sending 1,400 workers to the picket lines. There are also no indications an agreement is near. On Sept. 1, Loblaw's Atlantic Canada vice-president, Mike Doucette, laid out the company's side, in a blunt, two-page letter. "You need to know that this strike will not result in an improved offer," Doucette wrote.He also laid out the company's side for why it won't meet worker's demands: competition is fierce, business at Dominions across Newfoundland is in decline, and the tentative agreement reached at the end of July was still on the table.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
RCMP say a 23-year-old woman from Ontario was charged under the Health Protection Act for failing to self-isolate, after police attended several large house parties in Antigonish, N.S., over the weekend.Antigonish RCMP also charged three people at parties last weekend for failing to physically distance, according to spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau.Four people were also charged under the Liquor Act and one person was charged under the Town of Antigonish municipal noise bylaw.RCMP Sgt. Andrew Joyce said the ticket for failing to self-isolate was issued on Thursday, after an investigation related to an incident on Saturday.Now, St. Francis Xavier University said it is also investigating the "event" last weekend.A spokesperson for the university, Cindy MacKenzie, said in an email that any St. FX student found to have violated the school's code of conduct will be subject to the school's disciplinary process."Recommended outcomes are a suspension of a minimum academic term, up to a maximum of a full year, depending on the specifics of each case," MacKenzie said. "We take this matter very seriously."St. FX students were required to sign a code of conduct waiver before they could attend classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.All university students returning to Nova Scotia from outside of the Atlantic bubble also had to quarantine for two weeks before classes began, but several university students across the province have been fined and one student was even expelled for failing to do so.MORE TOP STORIES
The York Catholic District School Board is scrapping the virtual learning program in favour of a hybrid model, combining students from at home and online. Parents are concerned about the change and worry their children will lose out. Caryn Lieberman reports.
A 700-year-old Chinese painted scroll from the Yuan Dynasty fetched 306.6 million Hong Kong dollars ($41.8 million) at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong. The 6.6-feet scroll, titled “Five Drunken Princes Returning on Horseback” is by Ren Renfa, a renowned Chinese artist and government official. One of the princes is Li Longji, who later became the longest-reigning Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty.
Steve Balog was expecting a call from Saskatchewan Party leader Scott Moe this week, but it never came."Honestly it's very disheartening, very upsetting," Balog said.Balog's mother Joanne was killed in a 1997 crash with Moe near the town of Shellbrook. Moe was given a ticket for driving without due care and attention.Moe has apologized publicly for causing the collision. On Tuesday, Moe said he has never reached out to the Balog family to apologize personally."I would offer my deepest apologies to the family, and I will be doing that, when I have the opportunity, directly," Moe told reporters Tuesday morning during an unrelated campaign event.Balog said he believed Moe. He and his brother waited for Moe's call Tuesday afternoon and evening. They checked their Facebook pages and email, but there was no message from Moe. Balog said they did the same thing again Wednesday when they woke up.But Wednesday morning, Moe revealed details of another incident. In 1994, Moe was charged with impaired driving and leaving an accident scene. Moe said he did not disclose this until now because the charges were stayed and he is innocent.Moe was convicted in a separate impaired driving incident in 1992.Following his announcement, Moe also said he's decided to wait until after the Oct. 26 election to call the Balog family."When this discussion occurs I feel it's important that it occurs in a meaningful way," Moe said. "I don't believe that the politically charged atmosphere, the politically charged environment of a campaign, is the appropriate time for this discussion to occur."Balog said he's disgusted by Moe's "flip-flopping." Balog said a man of integrity would let his victims decide the timing of an apology."I find it extremely disrespectful. I don't understand why you would say one thing one day and change your mind the next day," Balog said."I'm not sure why he hasn't reached out for 23 years. Now he's too busy to take the time to do it."Balog said he's starting to see a pattern of unethical behaviour and that Moe's responses have motivated him to look deeper into his mother's case and the other incidents. He hopes everyone will continue to ask questions.He said Moe is prioritizing political calculations over the needs of a grieving family."I just want everyone to know that none of this is really about me. It's about Joanne Balog and justice for her," Balog said.An official for the Saskatchewan Party campaign was asked for a response to Balog's comments, but declined.
In the midst of a global pandemic, an Ontario couple packed up their life and moved with their newborn daughter to New Brunswick, without any family ties to the province and without first being able to tour their new home in person. Andrew Newell and his wife, Ashley, arrived in Fredericton on Oct. 1 — closing day for their new home they purchased while living in Peterborough. Because of the COVID restrictions, the family wasn't able to visit and view the house until all the paperwork was processed, and the family's move was official. "It was a good experience overall when we got here, and there wasn't any surprises," said Andrew. The Newell family made the purchase from their home province while their real estate agent, Bradley MacDonald, showed them properties through various social media apps on his phone.MacDonald walked through each listing that caught the eye of the Newells — virtually. Newell said the process worked well and he relied on MacDonald for details the camera couldn't pick up."I have to remember to ask, 'Does it smell strange in there?' or something like that, right," Newell said. The husband and wife had visited New Brunswick in the past and were shocked with the price of houses compared to Ontario. And for a growing family, that was enough to pull them to the East Coast."I think the average price in Peterborough when we left was somewhere around $550,000, and you're lucky if you can get two bedrooms for that price," Newell said. The pandemic's new way of working and living made the move possible. Newell works in information technology. While most of his work was done from home before the pandemic, everything shifted online in recent months. As for the move: the transaction was executed entirely digitally — right down to the dotting of the i's and crossing of the t's.The Newells' story of moving from a larger centre in Canada to the East Coast during the pandemic is becoming a trend, said MacDonald, who works for the Syroid Group of Gardiner Realty Royal LePage."A lot of families are discovering that they don't need to work in an office in a big city," the real estate agent said, adding that the affordability and lifestyle of Atlantic Canada are part of the appeal.To accommodate the demand from families looking to move from outside the Atlantic bubble, MacDonald said the way he shows houses has changed. "It's been a lot of WhatsApp video calls," he said, which is how he showed the Newells the listings they were interested in touring. "I like to do a video call with them in person, so I can point out things that I see in a house," he said.Although the Newells are some of New Brunswick's newest residents, the family has yet to explore their new neighbourhood because they are still self-isolating. Once the isolation period ends, they're eager to explore their city beyond Google street view.
The latest results from the citizen engagement tool Vote Compass show a majority of Saskatchewanians think the province is doing a good job handling the COVID-19 pandemic.Vote Compass' objective is to promote electoral literacy and public participation during election campaigns. The tool was designed by political scientists and asks participants questions about topics ranging from health care to education to the pandemic. According to the Vote Compass' latest results, about 74 per cent of people believe the Saskatchewan Party is doing a good or very good job handling the COVID-19 pandemic.Meanwhile, 63 per cent believe masks should be mandatory in schools.Residents were divided on how much debt the government should take on to address the pandemic. Vote Compass results show only about 38 per cent of the population think the current amount is sufficient. You can take the Vote Compass survey here. Results are not intended and should not be interpreted as voting advice. Rather, they are an entry point into a discussion of party positions on a suite of issues relevant to the elections. Vote Compass was developed by Vox Pop Labs, an independent, non-partisan group of social researchers and data scientists. Neither Vote Compass nor Vox Pop Labs are affiliated with any political organization or interest group.CBC Saskatchewan wants to tell more stories about how the pandemic is touching the province's most vulnerable and marginalized populations. How has COVID-19 affected you? Share your story using our online questionnaire.
Top executives at BitMEX, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency derivatives exchanges, will step back from their roles, the company said on Thursday, a week after U.S. prosecutors filed criminal charges against them. The company said last week it would "vigorously" fight the allegations after the U.S Department of Justice charged the exchange's three founders, Arthur Hayes, Samuel Reed and Benjamin Delo with violating the federal Bank Secrecy Act. Gregory Dwyer, its first employee, was also charged.
Pier extensions in the Port of Halifax with dredging barges, gravel trucks and construction machinery have become a feature of the waterfront in recent years.Now an invisible expansion will make it easier to co-ordinate the movement of cargo when ships arrive in Halifax.It's a digital upgrade to connect port users without phone calls and paperwork."At the moment, an agent will contact multiple, multiple players in the port. So they will contact the pilot authority, they'll contact towage, they'll contact the terminals to arrange the call of a vessel," said Capt. Allan Gray, CEO of the Halifax Port Authority."In this system, it'll be a single point of truth. The agent's request for a vessel call will go into a single system. It will go out to all the parties and say, can you provide resources at this time for the service? And everyone will come back and confirm."Automated systems are common in European and Asian ports.5-year contract worth more than $1MThe port has signed a five-year contract with Saab for the company's port management information system.Gray said the deal is worth "in excess" of $1 million over the term.The Swedish multinational will run the Halifax project from its Vancouver office where its port management system is already in use.The work will start immediately with the system going live late next year, followed by several years of maintenance and support.The Halifax port sent out a closed call for proposals and Saab was selected from a shortlist."We made a clear decision that we weren't going to go customizing a product from scratch all the way through. We wanted to go to a scalable system that could do real-time monitoring, co-ordination of services, and it had a proven track record in the market."Room for improvement Tens of millions of dollars have been spent to ensure the Port of Halifax has the berths it needs to handle the ever-larger container ships that carry goods around the world.Digitization is part of keeping Halifax's deepwater port competitive, said Gray, adding there's room to grow the amount of cargo it handles."For us, this is about getting some optimization into the system, some efficiency into the system, so we can maximize what we say we already have, which is twice the capacity that we're currently putting through," he said."We just have to be super efficient and reliable about it."System has led to higher revenuesSaab spokesperson Huub van Roosmalen said once the port management information system goes live, people spend less time on the phone because everything can be handled online. This includes ship agents planning vessel visits."The [system] also positively affects invoicing as tariffs are calculated more accurately, reducing avoidable payment delays. In several cases these factors demonstrably directly led to higher port revenues," van Roosmalen said in an email to CBC News.MORE TOP STORIES
As the province seeks to increase affordable spots in the regulated child-care sector, some people working in unregulated child care say the impending changes offer no incentives for them to get licensed, and in some cases may actually make it harder to stay in a field that can't keep up with demand.The Sept. 30 budget contained a big boost for child care with the promise of funding 8,000 $25-a-day daycare spaces across Newfoundland and Labrador, starting in January. It's a shot in the arm for the sector, particularly for parents — but unregulated day homes won't qualify, and the operator of one such home says she can't afford to work at that rate without a subsidy."I don't think I would be able to compete with that, at all," said Alicia Simms, who runs Little Munchkins Day Home in Conception Bay South.Simms says she's swamped with parents looking for spaces, getting two or three requests per day. She charges a weekly rate that works out to close to $40 per day, but if parents demanded $25, she "definitely would get out of child care altogether," she said.It's a tricky balance for operators to figure out what form of care they can manage to provide in the current system. Becoming regulated includes perks, like availing of government subsidies and being able to look after more children; regulated operators can take in up to six children, while unlicensed are capped at four, full time.Simms, who worked at a regulated centre before becoming a mother and deciding to work from home, looked into getting regulated a year ago. But she said she was told she'd have to make a lengthy list of renovations to meet the codes, such as changing all the windows in her house, dividing her backyard and figuring out an alternative washroom, as the one she had was on a floor of the house with no exit to the outdoors."It's not feasible for me," she said."We bought our home, newly renovated. Our house is still fairly new. Our windows aren't even 10 years old."Rules 'are silly'As the name suggests, the number of unregulated providers in Newfoundland and Labrador isn't tracked and there's no official sense of how many children they look after. According to numbers from the provincial government, there are about 8,100 registered spaces, and 20,000 children under the age of four in Newfoundland and Labrador.What is clear is demand for space of any kind is high, and as the province injects millions of dollars into the regulated sector with the $25-a-day pledge, it hopes the allure of subsidies creates more licensed providers."I think with this program you'll see a growth in the number of [regulated] spaces, or at least that's my hope," Education Minister Tom Osborne told CBC News hours after the provincial budget was released."We are encouraging the unregulated to have a look at this."But it appears few unregulated operators are on the fence."Their rules to me, in my opinion, are silly," said Stella Michel, an unregulated child-care provider in Corner Brook, citing an example of a colleague who was told her play structure didn't meet code because it was built on grass, instead of crushed stone."I can take my child-care kids outside. I know full well I can handle these three or four kids … without me having to dig up my yard and put down crushed stone, just simple little things like that."Similar to Simms, Michel said there's no shortage of parents looking for daycare spaces. She estimated as much as 40 per cent of Corner Brook's child-care scene is unregulated, and among her colleagues, the strict government conditions are the top reason people stay that way."it all boils down to the regulations," she said."It's sad, because if we did get registered, it would open up two more spaces in every unregistered day home. So it would end up with more child-care spots, if we did step up and get regulated, but I think as long as the policies and procedures are in place with these rules and stuff, I don't see it happening any time soon."Cynthia Lidstone, an unregulated provider in St John's for more than two decades, agrees. Part of her programming includes play groups and library visits, which she said would be off-limits if she went above board."I don't want as many restrictions on myself, or the children. I wanted to be able to enjoy being able to take kids to the outings," she said.The price of freedomOne negative Lidstone sees to her setup is having to advertise herself, instead of being able to avail of government lists of providers — although she, like others, said finding parents isn't a problem.Lidstone recalled years ago the province dangling financial incentives to become a registered operator, and thinks that may be worth revisiting."Basically, [anything] I'm trying to put into my daycare, I'm doing out of my own pocket," she said.While freedom is a plus, Michel said being unregulated isn't about making more money; she estimates she makes about $4 an hour by charging $40 per day.The lack of regulations also means there's no ability to guarantee quality or care, or cleanliness of space.Simms — a Level 1 early childhood educator — said she creates monthly programming calendars for her kids, just as she did when she worked at a daycare centre.Michel said just because she's unregulated, that doesn't mean she doesn't go to great lengths to keep her house clean, particularly in the pandemic era — she says she spends an extra hour each day disinfecting."I have to," she said. "This is my home. And I don't want kids getting sick, or families getting sick, because of something that happens here in my house."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Trading barbs through plexiglass shields, Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris turned the only vice-presidential debate of 2020 into a dissection of the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with Harris labeling it “the greatest failure of any presidential administration.” Pence, who leads the president’s coronavirus task force, acknowledged that “our nation’s gone through a very challenging time this year,” yet vigorously defended the administration’s overall response to a pandemic that has killed more than 210,000 Americans. The meeting, which was far more civil than last week’s chaotic faceoff between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, unfolded against an outbreak of coronavirus now hitting the highest levels of the U.S. government.
A town councillor vying to become mayor of Wolfville, N.S., was disciplined in 2018 for violating the town's code of conduct by "inappropriately communicating" with a staff member.Carl Oldham is running against fellow councillor Wendy Donovan for the mayor's job. The current mayor, Jeff Cantwell, is not reoffering.A special town council meeting was held behind closed doors on March 13, 2018. Council found that Oldham had breached the provisions of the code, according to the minutes of the in-camera session.On Wednesday, in response to a freedom-of-information request made by CBC for all records connected with the complaint, review and disciplinary action, the town released one other document — a partly redacted email sent by Oldham on March 5, 2018.The subject line of the email has one word in it: "Lazy." Part of the message states: "I would have to say you are the worst … Your favourite saying is I'll look into it, I have heard that so many times from you."Oldham said in an interview that he subsequently apologized to the employee a couple of times."It was a mistake in judgment, myself and the individual have moved on, we still talk and it hasn't been an issue," he said.At the time Oldham was deputy mayor. He was disciplined by being removed from the position eight months before his term was up.Prior to the release of the letter, CBC contacted Cantwell, the town's chief administrative officer and other council members, but no one could provide further details, not even which provision of the code had been breached.David Daniels, a regular council watcher, also asked for more information in a letter written in April 2018. He questioned why the entire disciplinary session was held behind closed doors."Elected officials need to be held accountable," said Daniels. "The ability of the public to understand what happened has been thwarted and this sets a bad precedent."A reply from Cantwell to Daniels's letter less than a week later indicated the incident involved a town employee, which is why council dealt with the matter in camera.Deputy mayorOldham said he has been a councillor for 12 years and this is the first time he has been found to have breached the code of conduct. According to Oldham, some of his council colleagues thought the disciplinary action was severe for what took place.Daniels also questions why Oldham put in his campaign literature that he served two years as deputy mayor, when he had been removed from the post before the end of the term."That is not accurate at all," said Daniels.It also mystified his opponent in the mayor's race, Donovan."Why he put that time on his brochure I don't understand," Donovan wrote in an email. "He could have just said he was DM (Deputy Mayor)."Oldham admitted that early versions of his brochure did have the wrong information, but he has since changed it."I'm human and I make mistakes, but I own up to it," said Oldham.Electronic voting in Wolfville starts on Thursday, Oct. 8.
The popular ride-hailing service Uber announced Thursday morning that it intends to launch its app in Halifax before the new year. The company said it is in the process of finding drivers for the Halifax area, something it needs to complete before it can launch."We're well aware that for years Haligonians have been looking for the same type of safe reliable, affordable transportation that they have experienced in Toronto, in Ottawa, in New York and thousands of cities across the world," said Matthew Price, general manager of Uber Canada. Uber uses a smartphone application that connects people looking for transportation with a driver. It puts the company in direct competition with members of the taxi industry, something that has sparked outcry in places like Toronto. Still, some people in Halifax have complained that the taxi industry in the municipality doesn't meet people's needs and there are often long delays in getting cabs at peak times. Just last month, Halifax council gave ride-hailing services like Uber the green light to operate in the municipality.Drivers wantedDrivers will need to get criminal background checks every year, and have their identities checked with the child abuse registry, in addition to having a vulnerable persons check.Drivers interested in working for Uber need to register and complete the sign-up process on the company's website.They also need to provide a medical examination report in order to receive the required Class 4 licence."Drivers is the No. 1 priority. We're working with the city at the moment to get our municipal licence to operate, but with that in place we should be good to go," said Price.He would not say how many drivers Uber needs before it can start operating, only that the more drivers it has the larger area the company can serve, and the better service it will be able to offer. Uber's app also features a one-touch emergency button that immediately connects a rider to 911. It will display on their screen identifying information about the vehicle and its exact GPS co-ordinates, which the rider can share with 911 operators.A string of taxi drivers have been charged with sexually assaulting their passengers in Halifax in recent years. Price said the emergency feature was not specially designed with Halifax in mind, and is a feature in Uber apps worldwide as part of a suite of safety features. A change in regulationsUntil now, it was unclear if Uber was interested in setting up in Halifax.At the end of September, a spokesperson for the company said Halifax's rule change to allow transportation network companies like Uber to set up was a "positive step forward," but that "regulatory change is required at the provincial level as well."Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines subsequently announced the creation of a restricted Class 4 licence for taxi and ride-hail drivers that will not require them to retake a road-and-knowledge test, although will retain other requirements such as a medical assessment.Price said provincial regulations have now been changed, allowing Uber drivers to hit the road. "We wanted as streamlined a process as possible for drivers and drivers to earn flexibly. The prior Class 4 licence, it was designed for ambulances and small bus drivers. We're confident that the right regulation is now in place."Uber has not given an exact date for when its service will launch in Halifax. MORE TOP STORIES
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