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Last week's death of a 22-year-old St. Thomas University student from India has been ruled a drowning.RCMP Const. Hans Ouellette said the cause of death was determined after an autopsy. He said police do not suspect "criminality" in the case. Aranyam Bora was cliff jumping at the Mactaquac Headpond on Wednesday when he slipped below the surface of the water and disappeared. His body was found by RCMP divers on Thursday morning. Bora was a fourth-year St. Thomas University student, majoring in political science and international relations. He was from India and came to New Brunswick to study. He was a competitive bodybuilder and martial artist and was in incredible physical condition, said his girlfriend, Milly Squires, a McAdam native and third-year St. Thomas University student. Squires is still baffled by the details. She said her athletic boyfriend knew how to swim. In August, the pair visited a waterfall near Welsford, where they spent some time in the pool of water. She said she never would have dreamed he could have drowned. "He was adventurous and he was, at times, a little reckless, yes, but he wasn't stupid," Squires said Wednesday afternoon. "I don't think he would have gone if he didn't believe he could swim."Another friend, Sayan Chatterjee, also believes Bora could swim.Chatterjee, who was designated by Bora's family members to speak for them, said he saw a picture of Bora. swimming but had never witnessed it in person. Chatterjee said his former dorm mate was also an avid fitness buff, "always at the gym lifting weights." He said Bora will be missed by a lot of people. Neither Chatterjee nor Squires knew whether Bora jumped feet first or dove head first from the cliffs at the headpond. Squires said the thought that Bora, who often went by Ary, was conscious for a time before slipping under the water "keeps me up at night.""Knowing that it was drowning and knowing that he did surface and he was flailing, it haunts me every night thinking that he could have been terrified or he would have been scared. Because Ary didn't get scared of anything. "
TORONTO — A man in northwest Toronto was shot dead in broad daylight as he was heading to the hospital with his newborn baby, police said Thursday. Police said the man, whose identity has not yet been released, was getting into a vehicle with a baby approximately a month old and a female companion when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting around 9:15 a.m. "This family unit was in the process of getting into the vehicle to take their child to the hospital," Insp. Paul Rinkoff said at the scene. Spokeswoman Const. Laura Brabant said it's not yet clear whether the man was the intended target, and no one else was hurt in the incident. Two men were seen leaving the area in a late-model four-door sedan, she said. While police believe there is no longer an immediate threat in the Lawrence Avenue West and Jane Street area, Brabant said the fact that the suspect remains at large is concerning. "You've got a potential shooter out there with a firearm in a vehicle, going around shooting in the middle of daylight, so that's always a concern," she said. The constable said the incident took place in a busy area that includes several schools, at a time when there would have been many people around. "We're lucky no one was the victim of any stray bullets," she said. Officers will be canvassing the area and seeking to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident or has security footage of the area, she said. The Toronto District School Board said three schools were placed in lockdown during the investigation and would soon switch to the less serious hold and secure. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 1, 2020. The Canadian Press
Ana Liza Ochotorena didn't know her father's birthday in May would be his last. No one did. Her oldest son, Daniel, even paid for food to be delivered to his grandparents' place in metro Manila for his papa's 74th birthday celebration. The last time Ana Liza saw her father, Manuel Paz, was six years ago when she travelled from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Manila City for a vacation. She struggles to find words knowing that she can't go back home now. "My father, he's alway on my heart and he's always on my prayer," she said in a Labrador Morning interview.Little did they know that a few months after Manuel's birthday, they would be grieving for a man they say is the reason they're in Canada. It all happened so quickly.Manuel's younger daughter, Khaty Balaan, and her family, who also live in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, are still in shock. "It's hard to believe that my father pass away because of the COVID-19. It's hard to accept, but I'm trying to accept what's going on for that," she said, noting there are thousands of cases in the Philippines. Ana Liza says her father would go to the mall to get food for himself and their mother, Lydia, who isn't able to walk due to health issues. Then Lydia started feeling unwell, and about two weeks later, the couple went to hospital after having difficulty breathing.Ana Liza says her father lost his appetite and his ability to walk. He was admitted into the ICU immediately to be intubated, while Lydia was put into an isolated room as her condition wasn't as severe.Manuel died at hospital about a week later, on Aug. 27.His wife is at home recovering.Grieving far away Daniel, 27, remembers his grandfather being active and always telling jokes.He hadn't seen his grandfather since he left the Philippines to come to Labrador eight years ago, and he was on vacation when he got the call that his grandparents were in hospital. "I was so shocked they got the COVID-19. I just, like, keep on praying both of them survive, they recover," he said.He says his grandfather waved and looked strong on a video call.> I cannot express my sadness. I want her to be strong. To recover from that COVID virus. \- Ana Liza OchotorenaA couple of days later, Daniel heard the sad news. "I thought it was like, 'No, he's not going to pass away. He was strong the last time I seen him.' Like, I don't belive that it's happening, that he's gone," he said.Ana Liza is grateful to doctors and nurses who let them see their father via the video call right up until his final breath. Khaty says the manager of the Canex grocery store, where she works, was supportive."It's hard to work when your mind is over in the Philippines. I'm trying to work, but need to be strong for our family over here," she said, adding that they feel blessed to live in Labrador at a time when COVID-19 is hitting other provinces hard. "COVID is real. It is not a joke. Take the precautions not to spread the virus. Love your family. Be careful," said Khaty's husband, Andreo. The families are trying to stay positive, drawing strength from each other, but it's also difficult being so far away from home, said Ana Liza."We want to go to the Philippines but we're not allowed to go. It's very hard. It's a lot of sacrifice being here in an isolated place," Ana Liza said. About $10,000 in medical expenses is another burden on the family's shoulders, and Ana Liza says they still don't have her father's ashes. The family needs to complete a death certificate and they're waiting for the hospital to provide details so they can settle the bill from a half a world away, and it's all the more difficult because Manila is in lockdown, which means no funeral for their father either.The family has been raising money by selling items online, holding yard sales, even borrowing money from relatives. Kitchen staff at the Manila hospital helped with donations to offset some the costs while their employers in Labrador have also contributed money, much to the family's gratitude.Keeping spirits up Lydia is at her home in Manila, where she's been recovering from the coronavirus in isolation. Ana Liza calls her frequently to make sure she's OK, and buys her much-needed items like Lysol online, because other family members in Manila can't visit her due to the lockdown.> COVID is real, it is not a joke. Take the precautions not to spread the virus. Love your family. - Andreo BalaanHer mother said after she came home from the hospital, people were scared of her. Ana Liza says her mother told her, "'I feel like I'm condemned by the people. I have a great sin because of having that coronavirus,'" she said. "That's why she was crying."Still, their mother is strong and funny despite having lost her husband and is now alone. Ana Liza says she tried to bring her parents to Labrador but her mother was ill at the time and wasn't up for making the move.Ana Liza and Khaty now want to bring their mother to Labrador, especially now that their older sister, who lives in the Philippines, is going to the U.S. and there won't be anyone there to take care of their mother. They say Lydia's last checkup shows that she tested negative for COVID-19, and is now clear of the virus. A loving father One of the hardest parts for Daniel is not being able to keep a promise he made to his grandfather. He told his papa that he wanted to go home to visit him this year, before COVID-19 made that impossible. It's all the more painful for him, because he was raised by his grandparents while his mother was working away from home. "This is like a promise that I'm going to visit him, and spend time with him, but I couldn't do it no more. He's gone. Until now I can't believe he's gone," he said.At one point, Ana Liza worried she wouldn't be able to get passports for her children to travel with her to Canada in time, but her father helped, reassuring her that everything would be OK. "He's a very thoughtful father. We are grateful and thankful for him for everything. That's why we're in Canada because of him," Ana Liza said. "He is our inspiration, a loving father," she said. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said the province will not be returning to stage 2, as it existed earlier in year.
The federal government is offering to send the Canadian Red Cross into COVID-19 hot spots as case numbers rise and parts of the country slip into a second wave, according to sources.
An estimated $10-billion liquefied natural gas project proposed for Guysborough County is slowly pressing ahead, despite opposition from an international group of environmentalists.This week, Pieridae Energy said it expects to have detailed design and costs for the Goldboro LNG plant by next spring, and it awarded a contract to Black Diamond Group of Calgary for construction of a camp that would house up to 5,000 workers who will build the Goldboro LNG plant, if it goes ahead.That deal includes hiring Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw companies to provide catering and cleaning services at the camp.However, also this week, a gathering of international environmental groups asked the German government to withdraw a loan guarantee backing the plant.Ken Summers of the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition said the proposal should be scrapped because LNG plants are notoriously large polluters."If this project were to go ahead, Nova Scotia's greenhouse gas emission targets would be gone out the window," he said.Nova Scotia's emission targets have been met since they were first set a decade ago, Summers said, but an LNG plant would reverse any gains in greenhouse gas emissions."If this project were to come online, we would vastly increase them," he said. The province's cap-and-trade system allows large emitters to acquire emission capacity from other companies that are below their targets, but Summers said he doesn't know how an LNG plant would fit into Nova Scotia's plans."There are no offsets available for a company the size of Pieridae, as a new emitter," he said. "It's just not possible."I don't know what the government has in mind. It's a mystery to those of us who watch it closely."Summers also said Pieridae would have to use gas acquired through hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in order to meet its supply needs.James Millar, director of external relations for Pieridae, said that's not true. In fact, he said, a provision of the German loan guarantee precludes the use of fracked gas.Millar said Pieridae's largest customer is Uniper, a German company looking for a 20-year supply of natural gas to ease the reliance on supply from Russia."The German government has been a great partner since the beginning," he said.Millar said Pieridae is still negotiating with the province to meet potential emission targets under Nova Scotia's cap-and-trade system."It can be something along the lines of a partnership with Nova Scotia Power ... retiring their coal fleet and then there's more room for other companies," he said.Environment Minister Gordon Wilson said making room for a large emitter such as an LNG plant would make meeting emission reduction targets "challenging," but greenhouse gas emissions overall are coming down."It's a moving target, but we'll always look at opportunities to reduce and again hold those targets," he said.Millar also said a recent deal signed with engineering firm Bechtel Corp will provide Pieridae with detailed design and costing next spring that is the last piece of the puzzle needed to make the final investment decision on the project.He said Pieridae has signed a benefits agreement with Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq that will mean the inclusion of Indigenous workers and companies when it comes to construction of the plant.Membertou First Nation Chief Terry Paul said the Mi'kmaq welcome the LNG development.There are always concerns about the potential environmental impacts, he said, but the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Chiefs has been working on a deal with Pieridae for a long time."Discussions on that have been going on for a number of years and a lot of the concerns that the chiefs had, and the communities had, have been mitigated, so we look forward to a good relationship with them," Paul said.MORE TOP STORIES
Shia LaBeouf has been charged with misdemeanour battery and petty theft. Prosecutors allege that the 34-year-old actor fought with a man named Tyler Murphy and took his hat, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday from the Los Angeles city attorney. A representative for LaBeouf did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Recent developments: * Ottawa's health-care system in crisis during second wave, according to its medical officer of health.What's the latest?Ottawa's medical officer of health Vera Etches said on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning Ottawa's health-care system is in the midst of a crisis because of the second wave of COVID-19, from labs to hospitals to long-term care home.She said the number of people getting treatment for COVID-19 in hospitals has spiked and people need to see fewer people up close in person.CBC is following four Ottawa students as they return to school for in-class learning during COVID-19 — and some of them are reporting the pandemic sapping the joy out of recess and lunchtime.WATCH | How the pandemic is changing lunch breaks:The federal government is giving $600 million to help small- and medium-sized businesses deal with possible lockdown measures amid a second wave.Ontario updated its COVID-19 screening protocols for children Thursday, no longer telling them to isolate and get tested if they have just a runny nose, headache, sore throat, fatigue or diarrhea.They'll still be asked to stay home, but can return after at least 24 hours if they feel better.Some health units tweak the province's guidelines, so check with the unit in your area.How many cases are there?As of the most recent OPH update on Thursday, 4,388 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. That includes 677 known active cases, 3,422 resolved cases and 289 deaths.Overall, public health officials have reported more than 6,600 cases of COVID-19 across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 5,200 of those cases considered resolved.COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 34 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario. What's open and closed?Health officials on both sides of the Ottawa River are telling people to see fewer people in person or they will be forced to by stricter rules.Ottawa's medical officer of health said Wednesday there's been an "alarming" increase of positive COVID-19 tests, urging residents to cut almost entirely back on close contact with people they don't live with or risk letting the illness spiral out of control.That includes not dining in at restaurants with people you don't live with.Western Quebec's health unit says residents need to stop gathering until the end of October or, like Montreal and Quebec, it will go into the final level of its alert system and they won't be allowed to see anyone they don't live with.Private, unmonitored gatherings across Ontario are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.Western Quebec is in orange alert, which means private and organized gathering limits, earlier closing hours for restaurants and recommendations against travelling to other regions.WATCH | What red alert means:Ottawa and Kingston, Ont., public health officials are ordering anyone with symptoms or who has been identified as a close contact of someone who's tested positive to immediately self-isolate or face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in court.Kingston has also tightened its distancing rules in city parks and increased fines.Ottawa has closed the McNabb Arena respite centre for people without housing and has expanded services at nearby support centres.As of Monday, visitors to long-term care homes in Ottawa will be restricted to staff, essential visitors and one or two caregivers only.What about schools?There have been more than 100 schools in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff or student, most of them in Ottawa.Not all of them have had outbreaks, which are declared by a health unit in Ontario when there's a reasonable chance someone who has tested positive caught COVID-19 during a school activity.Many school boards have a list of affected schools.Distancing and isolatingThe novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.People can be contagious without symptoms.This means precautions such as working from home, keeping your hands and frequently-touched surfaces clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible and keeping distance from anyone you don't live with or have in your social circle, including when you have a mask on.Masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in all of eastern Ontario and Quebec, including transit services and taxis in some areas.Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can't stay the proper distance from others.Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible. Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days if they have not had a fever for at least 48 hours and has had no other symptom for at least 24 hours.What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.Getting tested any sooner than five days after potential exposure may not be useful since the virus may not yet be detectable, says OPH.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Where to get testedWait times and lines have been long at many of the area's test sites, though they have been better this weekThere have also been delays processing tests at laboratories. Ontario's testing backlog reached an all-time high Thursday.Ontario health officials have said they're trying to add more test capacity.In eastern Ontario:The Ontario government recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, or if you've been told to by your health unit or the province because of your work.Most of Ottawa's testing happens at one of four permanent sites, with additional mobile sites wherever demand is particularly high.A test clinic is expected to open at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orléans, likely by mid-October.People without symptoms, but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy, can make an appointment at select Ottawa pharmacies.WATCH | The National's At Issue on the second wave:In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, there are drive-thru centres in Casselman and Limoges and a walk-up site in Hawkesbury that doesn't require people to call ahead.Its medical officer of health says the Casselman centre will be moved to reduce its impact on traffic.Others in Alexandria, Rockland, Cornwall and Winchester require an appointment.In Kingston, the city's test site is now at the Beechgrove Complex near King Street West and Portsmouth Avenue.Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.People can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville, Picton or Trenton by calling the centre. Only Belleville and Trenton run seven days a week and also offer online booking.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit has walk-in sites in Kemptville and Brockville. There are permanent testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment, along with a pop-up site by appointment in Perth today.There is a first-come, first-served site at the Merrickville Community Centre tomorrow.Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor. Those without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.People can also visit the health unit's website to find out where testing clinics will be taking place each week.In western Quebec:Outaouais residents can make an appointment in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond or 617 avenue Buckingham.They can now check the approximate wait time for the Saint-Raymond site.There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.They can call 1-877-644-4545 if they have other questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with symptoms. People without symptoms can also get a test.WATCH | Three Quebec regions now in red alert:First Nations, Inuit and Métis:Akwesasne has had 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases, most linked to a gathering on an island in July.It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only.Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.Inuit in Ottawa can also call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse.For more information
For decades they were told to keep quiet about it but now a new exhibition at The Rooms focuses exclusively on what residential school survivors experienced at the five schools that operated in Newfoundland and Labrador.It once was taboo just to talk about residential schools, says Toby Obed of Hopedale in a video of former students produced for the exhibit.> We were always put down. That was ... the hardest thing that I had to overcome. \- Ivy Strangemore"Don't mention the word. Don't talk about it. Don't say nothing about it. Leave it. Don't talk about it," says Obed in the video.Another former residential school survivor talks about the lasting psychological impact of her time at one of the schools."We were always put down. That was the biggest thing that I found and the hardest thing that I had to overcome," said Ivy Strangemore of Makkovik, Labrador.Maria Brown Brazeau, who now lives in Ottawa, speaks about how the schools worked to strip students of their languages and cultures."He said, 'Don't you ever speak your language again in this school,' with as much venom as he could muster," she says in The Rooms video, describing how she was spoken to by staff as a child at a residential school.Coming full circleOn Wednesday, Obed was in St. John's for the installation and opening of In Their Own Words: Life for Labrador Students at Residential School."It's come full circle from having a very hard fight it court to being here [at The Rooms] It's very significant. Very powerful. Now that it's more out in the open and people are more aware of it, it takes some of that weight off, some of that tension," said Obed, who was one of the first plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit that saw the federal government pay more than $50 million to thousands of former Newfoundland and Labrador residential school students.That almost decade-long court battle also resulted in residential school survivors receiving an apology from Canada's prime minister in 2017, when Justin Trudeau travelled to Happy Valley-Goose Bay.It's emotionalSome items that were used at the apology ceremony, such as candles representing each of the aboriginal and indigenous groups in Labrador, are part of the show. The exhibit includes many photographs of students who attended the schools over the decades following Newfoundland joining Canada in 1949. "It's emotional. A lot of pictures of people we know," said Evelyn Winters, whose parents attended residential school years before she worked with residential school survivors herself."It's really good to see because it's our history. We've been there and our parents have been there [at residential schools], and it's so good to see it out in the open right now and hearing their stories and knowing what they have gone through. It's not hidden anymore."The exhibition will be at The Rooms, on the third floor, near the provincial archives, until next October.MHAs moved by exhibition at House of AssemblyOn Thursday in the House of Assembly, Lisa Dempster, the minister responsible for Indigenous affairs and reconciliation, called the opening of the new show "a very powerful evening."Dempster also reaffirmed the provincial government's commitment to apologize to residential school survivors, a promise made after Trudeau's 2017 trip."Our government remains committed to delivering apologies to former students of residential schools in this province when it is safe to do so," she said."By acknowledging the trauma felt by students and their painful memories, we make a commitment not to repeat the mistakes past but to learn from them."Her words were followed by a statement by Torngat Mountains MHA Lela Evans, whose voice and hands shook as she spoke."Residential schools isolated indigenous children from their families and forcibly prevented children from speaking their ancestral language, disconnected them from their culture and traditions and forced them to adopt Christianity in order to assimilate them into Canadian society. It's a harsh reality and must not be forgotten," she said."I myself grew up with the ghost of residential school trauma in my community and within my own home. The wrongs done to Indigenous people through residential schools was not honourable."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
A Neguac man who murdered two teenagers and left another for dead in two small communities near Miramichi 34 years ago has been permitted to continue his day parole for another six months. The decision by the Parole Board of Canada comes four months after Kenneth Esson, now 56, was denied full parole and had his day parole revoked after they said he had an "unrealistic belief" that he had no risk of reoffending. Esson has been serving a life sentence for first and second degree murder, attempted murder and sexual assault since March 3,1987 and his parole eligibility was set at 25 years."In coming to a decision to continue your day parole, the Board remains ever mindful of the nature and gravity of your offences. You are responsible for the violent and brutal murder, sexual assault and attack on two young girls and your ex-partner," the two board members wrote in the September decision. Esson pleaded guilty to murdering 13-year-old Tara Prokosh and 19-year Theresa McLaughlin and the attempted murder of 14-year-old Gina Guitard. Prokosh and Guitard were attacked by Esson on Aug. 11, 1986 after he followed them as the two were out biking on a dirt road in Lower Newcastle, N.B. He forced them to strip, raped the older girl and stabbed them repeatedly. Prokosh died but Guitard survived and was found the next morning by her family who had spent the night searching for the two girls. While RCMP searched for the person responsible for the attack, they released a police sketch. Esson took pains to alter his looks by growing a mustache and getting a perm in his hair. Victim known to himSix weeks after the attack on the young teenagers, Esson, who was in the process of separating from his wife, called McLaughlin, who also lived in Neguac, and the two met, drank together and had consensual sex. The two then argued over the identity of the father of McLaughlin's infant son and Esson choked her until she was unconscious. He then drove to a gravel pit where she regained consciousness and continued to argue. Esson then pushed her out of his vehicle, she lost consciousness and he hit her in the head with two large rocks, killing her. Esson fled the province but returned and was arrested after a witness said he had been with McLaughlin. He was then linked to the first attack through descriptions of his vehicle.The parole board decision, released from the Pacific Region which covers British Columbia, says Esson was denied full parole in Jan. 2018 but granted day parole for three months.The day parole was continued and reviewed without issues until it was revoked in May 2020 when Esson was seeking full parole again.At that time the board said they felt Esson's "lack of insight" into several issues including the sexual component of his reoffending, his lack of transparency with his case management team regarding a relationship and discontinuing his sex drive reducing medication found his "risk in the community was undue." Based on a psychiatric risk assessment requested by the parole board, it was noted by a psychiatrist that taking the medication was critical for Esson to manage his risk in the community. Esson's day parole was reinstated a month later with a change in the conditions and he was given a written reprimand. The decision states Esson "gained further insight and appreciation for the need to be open and attentive to the details" of his risk management. As part of his condition to be allowed out on day parole again, Esson has to take his sex drive reducing medication. 'Shock, horror, pain'CBC News has learned Esson is living in a halfway house in Victoria, B.C., works full time and has weekend passes to stay in a basement suite he maintains. In the decision the parole board tells Esson they "remain ever mindful of the nature and gravity of his offences." "The extreme seriousness of your offences, and the significance of the harm you have caused can not be understated. The long standing harm and impact on the victim and surviving family members is always front of mind." The parole board said the victim impact statements which describe the "shock, horror, pain, overwhelming grief and trauma your actions caused" show his violent actions still have a "profound effect on the surviving family members, and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said she had no breakthrough to announce in EU talks with Britain but remained optimistic that sealing a deal on a new trade relationship after Brexit was still possible before the end of the year. With just under two weeks before what both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the EU have set as a deadline for reaching a trade agreement, there were still significant hurdles to finding a way to smooth relations when a standstill post-Brexit transition arrangement ends this year. "I can't announce a breakthrough," Merkel told a news conference after two days of talks among the 27 national EU leaders in Brussels, including on Brexit.
With 45 temporary foreign workers in isolation across the region, local politicians say they're trying to reopen the city's migrant worker isolation and recovery centre as the facility's contract ended Wednesday. Funding for the Canadian Red Cross to operate Windsor's isolation centre ran out this week and, while the city has decided it will continue operating the facility, it is still looking for continued federal support.Pressure is mounting to secure a federal government commitment as the need to isolate migrant workers resurfaced on the weekend, with two dozen more people requiring shelter, bringing the current number to 45. According to chief of staff Andrew Teliszewsky, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens had a meeting with Canada's Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair on Friday about funding. "We left that meeting feeling very positive that the minister and the federal government would come to the table," Teliszewsky said. "We're hopeful that we'll have confirmation shortly." Teliszewsky confirmed to CBC News that the city wasn't able to place the temporary foreign workers in isolation at the Holiday Inn over the weekend as federal funding to run the isolation centre out of the hotel would run out prior to the completion of the workers' two-week quarantine period. As a result the workers are isolating elsewhere in the region, though Teliszewsky could not confirm where. He said the workers are being looked after by farm owners and through privately-raised funding. He also could not confirm how long the isolation centre, located at the Holiday Inn on Huron Church Road, has sat empty. If funding is approved, it's unclear if the hotel would continue to be the designated isolation centre. City seeks 'equitable treatment'In a letter to the federal government on Sept. 24, the provincial government said it would also like to see "continued federal assistance." "Continued federal support for an isolation site for farm workers living on farms will ensure that all farm workers in Ontario and their communities remain healthy and safe," reads part of the letter to the deputy minister of health Stephen Lucas and the deputy minister of public safety, Rod Stewart. Teliszewsky said the city is looking for "equitable treatment" as the federal government recently announced $13.9 million in funding for a 12-month isolation centre in Toronto. "We're basically looking at them [to acknowledge] that Windsor and Essex County have a unique need as a result of the the migrant farm workers and this isn't news to the federal government, given all of the attention to this issue over the course of the summer," he said."So if they're prepared to cough up money for the City of Toronto, we're hopeful that the City of Windsor is also on their radar."Brian Masse, the NDP MP for Windsor West, is also advocating for more federal support on this issue saying that, "there's no doubt that the City of Windsor needs to be supported with regards to the isolation centre and migrant worker supports ... the migrant situation needs to be improved and this is part of the solution."Despite harvest season coming to an end, national representative with the United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada Santiago Escobar said there are still thousands who live in the area year-round. "It's important that we welcome the initiative that the city will be in charge of these facilities ... to centralize and especially ... when it comes to fighting COVID," Escobar said, adding what the industry went through in the first wave could have been prevented had these accommodations been in place earlier. Justine Taylor, the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers' science and government relations manager, said they want to see the centre be supported in case of a second wave. "As we begin to head into the second wave its really important to ensure that we have a regional response plan in place to effectively manage any new outbreaks that might arise," she said.
The RCMP has reversed its policy on mask-wearing after being accused of discrimination over the rule, which saw bearded Mounties — including Sikh and Muslim officers — reassigned to desk duty.The policy, which was condemned by both activists and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, required front-line officers to wear properly fitted N95 respirator masks — something that isn't always possible for RCMP members who wear beards for religious reasons.In a statement Thursday, the chief human resources officer for the RCMP said that, following a risk assessment by commanding officers, "impacted bearded members across Canada may [now] return to operational duties" with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)."Calls for service will be triaged from call centres, with bearded members being assigned to respond operationally only if the risk of exposure is low or multiple responding officers will be present," said the statement from chief human resources officer Gail Johnson. "Each case will be assessed on an individual basis."The original policy was described as discriminatory and disappointing by Prime Minister Trudeau, who added it "shouldn't have happened." Under questioning in the House of Commons this week, Trudeau said the policy was an example of systemic racism in the RCMP.Johnson said she was also disappointed in the policy."I share the frustrations of our police officers across Canada who are personally affected," she wrote Friday. "While these dedicated and valued members have been accommodated for medical or religious reasons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, over the last few months they have not been able to serve Canadians on the front lines as we worked to find equipment and operational solutions."The policy was implemented at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki issued a directive on mask use for front line officers, saying the respirators had to be sealed correctly and that "one of the most common causes of a breached seal is facial hair."World Sikh Organization legal counsel Balpreet Singh said his organization, which liaised with a group of about 30 officers, wrote to Lucki and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to ask for a resolution to the issue. Blair's office condemned the policy and said it expected the issue to be rectified "as quickly as possible.""Diversity in policing makes it more effective," Blair wrote in a statement Thursday. "We must always be vigilant against systemic discrimination. Respect for religious and cultural differences is our strength as a Nation and of the RCMP." "The RCMP will ensure that Sikh and Muslim officers can do their jobs safely, while respecting and accommodating their faith," he added. "We thank them for their service."Singh said the move was a step in the right direction."I'm going to be watching it very closely to make sure that everything goes smoothly," he said. "But the RCMP officers I've spoken to since this announcement are quite hopeful that it will mean a substantive change to their situations."
A fiscal update for P.E.I. delivered Wednesday shows the Island coping relatively well with the economic consequences of the pandemic, says Finance Minister Darlene Compton.Compton spoke to Island Morning host Mitch Cormier about the update Thursday."We are actually in a better spot than we thought we would be," Compton said."There's some good news stories through this. Construction is up 7.3 per cent year to date. Housing starts are up 13 per cent through the second quarter of 2020. Farm cash receipts are at a record high."The government is forecasting the economy will shrink 3.9 per cent in 2020, an improvement over the spring projection of 5.1 per cent. But the government's projected deficit is climbing, up $5.4 million to $178.1 million.The sector suffering the most is tourism."Accommodation, food and beverage services, are definitely down and that's the biggest pocket that is struggling through this pandemic," said Compton.The summer season is looking like it could be down as much as 60 per cent. Growth in other sectors, however, is balancing that out for the economy overall, said Compton.Chaotic labour economyThe labour economy has been volatile.Thousands left the labour market in April, and returned in large numbers in June only to leave again in the summer months. The unemployment rate has followed a similar path up and down, rising as high as 15.2 per cent in June and remaining in double digits since April.Compton said she expects job numbers on the Island to return to something like a pre-pandemic norm this fall, even as the tourism sector continues to struggle.As for the rising deficit, there are two main factors, she said.One, the province has seen fewer federal dollars than expected, because some Build Canada projects are delayed. That has decreased projected revenue.On the expenses side, pandemic costs have been higher than anticipated. That includes the cost of reopening schools.The province has set aside a $65 million contingency fund in the event of a second wave of COVID-19, said Compton.Another factor working in the province's favour, said Compton, is that bond raters have given P.E.I. stable ratings, which means interest rates on the debt won't change. That will help keep finances under control.More from CBC P.E.I.
It's been four years since Rihanna released an album but the singer is working hard on recording new music. The pop star, 32, told The Associated Press for her new album she's already held “tons of writing camps" — where songwriters are put into groups to create original tracks for artists. “How do I want to reimagine it because it’s been so structured before," Rihanna continued in a recent interview.
Toronto police say a 27-year-old man was killed in an apparent drive-by shooting Thursday morning as he approached his car with his partner and newborn child. The woman and child were not injured in the gunfire.The daylight shooting took place around 9:17 a.m. in the area of Lawrence Avenue West and Jane Street, police said. Paramedics attempted to treat the victim on arrival but he was pronounced dead on the scene, Insp. Paul Rinkoff said.Officers are now searching for a four-door sedan with two men inside, last seen heading east. A forensics team is poring over the crime scene. Rinkoff told reporters multiple shots were fired.Rinkoff wouldn't rule out the possibility that the man who was killed returned fire at some point.Rinkoff called the shooting "brazen" and "horrific," and said it took place as other parents were taking their kids to school or going to work.Three schools in the area were placed under lockdown while officers examined the scene, police said, but have since reopened.Rinkoff said the homicide unit is investigating the shooting.Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.
Canadian manufacturing activity expanded in September at its fastest pace in more than two years as easing of COVID-19 restrictions helped boost demand from both domestic and export markets, data showed on Thursday. The IHS Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' index (PMI) rose to a seasonally adjusted 56.0 in September, its highest level since August 2018, from 55.1 in the prior month. "Overall, the health of the Canadian manufacturing sector continued to strengthen in September, as has been the case throughout the third quarter," Shreeya Patel, an economist at IHS Markit, said in a statement.
Corey Taylor had songs bursting out of him and nowhere to perform them. The singer with the roaring-yet-melodic voice churned out heavy metal and hard rock hits for more than 20 years with Slipknot and Stone Sour. The other tunes Taylor had spinning in his head were more eclectic, spanning multiple genres.
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