Viewer video shot in Toronto during the wind storm on Nov. 15.
Viewer video shot in Toronto during the wind storm on Nov. 15.
Windsor Police says they've made an arrest an arrest in a fatal hit and run which killed a seven year-old boy.In a news release, police say they located and arrested a suspect on Friday without incident. They said they believe he was the one driving a 2006 Dodge Caravan they seized last Thursday — suspected of being the vehicle involved in the hit and run on Nov. 15 at Jefferson Blvd. and Haig Ave. in Windsor."[The suspect] was taken into custody and a number of criminal charges are anticipated. Further information is expected to be released in the coming days," the release reads."The investigation remains extremely active."
REGINA — Health experts have warned doctors in Saskatchewan that COVID-19 cases could climb to more than 10,000 by early next month.The Ministry of Health on Friday released a presentation delivered to physicians at a town-hall meeting the night before about the virus's current spread and possible trajectory.Information updated to Nov. 20 indicates that, based on the recent average rise in positive tests, the caseload could hit 10,000 in the first week of December if there is no further intervention.The province on Friday reported 329 new cases for a total of more than 7,600 infections since the pandemic arrived in March. There were more than 3,200 active cases — more than 1,000 of them in and around Saskatoon.There were four new deaths of individuals 70 or older, bringing the province's death toll from the pandemic to 44. Officials said 111 people were in hospital, with 16 of them receiving intensive care.The data shown to doctors states that as of Monday the number of active cases and hospitalizations had gone up 400 per cent in the last 30 days. It forecasts that in four to six months, acute care demand for COVID-19 patients could account for half of all available beds and the need for intensive care could be five times total capacity. "These results should be interpreted with extreme caution and may point to the need to go further with public health restrictions," Dr. Jenny Basran, senior medical information officer for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, said in a statement. "The SHA is currently working on updates to further validate this data and incorporate the projected impact of the latest public health measures put in place this week. We expect to be able to share more information by the end of next week."The health authority said modelling for the pandemic changes daily, and some of the latest shows "early positive signs" about the impact of a provincewide mask mandate and five-person limit on household gatherings. Team sports are now banned in the province and capacity limits at public venues such as bingo halls, churches, and wedding and funeral receptions are capped at 30.Only four people can sit together at a restaurant or bar and large retail stores have had to cut their capacity by half.The measures are part of the Saskatchewan Party government's latest effort to reverse the pandemic's spread without ordering non-essential businesses closed.Premier Scott Moe's office also announced Friday that he had tested negative for COVID-19 after eating at a restaurant where he may have been exposed to the virus."The premier is fully satisfied with receiving his test result in four days. He feels that a four-day turnaround is very reasonable given that test results are prioritized for symptomatic individuals," said spokesman Jim Billington, who added that Moe was asymptomatic.Moe planned to stay isolated at his home in Shellbrook, Sask., until Sunday as per public health advice before returning to Regina for the reopening of the Saskatchewan legislature on Monday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press
The New Brunswick Legislature could be holding virtual sittings within the next two weeks.MLAs from four parties sitting on the legislative administration committee agreed Friday to get equipment and technology installed quickly so the assembly can resume its business.It adjourned on Tuesday because almost half of the MLAs are from the two zones that were under COVID-19 orange phase restrictions at the time. The province is discouraging travel into and out of those zones.Since then, a third zone, which includes the legislature itself, has been put into the orange phase.MLAs from the Green Party complained Tuesday that there was still no set-up for virtual sittings eight months after COVID-19 first appeared in New Brunswick.Liberal Leader Roger Melanson said in a statement that a service provider will start installing the system on Monday."The legislature must keep on working through COVID-19 outbreaks and beyond," he said. "This system will allow us to do just that."The new hybrid system could be up and running in time for committee hearings on legislation scheduled for next week.MLAs are scheduled to return for full sittings Dec. 8. Speaker Bill Oliver said he hopes the system will be ready for then, though that date could be pushed back if necessary.
VICTORIA — British Columbia's top doctor has a message for people who don't follow a provincial order to wear a mask in indoor public spaces: order takeout, shop online or stay home.Dr. Bonnie Henry said Friday she was saddened after hearing about store and restaurant employees facing aggressive customers who refuse to wear masks as COVID-19 numbers rise."I remind all of us about the severity of this illness and the fact that we have people who are suffering in our hospitals right now, and their families are suffering too," she said. The RCMP say they arrested a shopper at a Walmart in Dawson Creek this week after he allegedly assaulted an employee who asked him to wear a mask.B.C. set another single-day record with 911 cases of COVID-19, Henry said, adding that a total of 30,884 cases have been diagnosed in the province.Eleven more people have died, bringing the number of fatalities to 395, while a record 301 patients are in hospital.Some faith leaders have questioned Henry's order to ban even limited gatherings at churches, temples and other faith locations while restaurants and bars remain open.Henry said outbreaks have occurred in multiple faith locations despite safety measures in keeping with what is happening around the world."I'd like to be clear that these locations are not doing anything wrong," she said, adding COVID-19 precautions were being followed at the majority of worship places."These are not decisions that we make lightly," she said."We are facing a storm surge, and that is something we are facing globally."Henry said events that were safe even a few weeks ago now threaten the most vulnerable people who attend them as well as entire communities.However, she said most faith leaders understand the measures as they support their congregants from a distance."It is a cruel irony in many ways that when we most need to be with people, that is the most dangerous thing that we can do with this level of transmission we are seeing in communities across the province."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020.The Canadian Press
In a story Nov. 25, 2020, about a new U.S. estimate of missed coronavirus infections, The Associated Press erroneously reported an earlier calculation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, the CDC estimated nine of every 10 cases were being missed, not one of every 10.The Associated Press
ATLANTA — A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved.Experts have proposed giving the vaccine to health workers first. High priority also may be given to workers in essential industries, people with certain medical conditions and people age 65 and older.Tuesday's meeting is for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a group established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The panel of experts recommends who to vaccinate and when -- advice that the government almost always follows. The agenda for next week's emergency meeting was posted Friday.Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Moderna Inc. is expected to also seek emergency use of its vaccine soon.FDA's scientific advisers are holding a public meeting Dec. 10 to review Pfizer's request, and send a recommendation to the FDA.Manufacturers already have begun stockpiling coronavirus vaccine doses in anticipation of eventual approval, but the first shots will be in short supply and rationed.The Associated Press
SYDNEY, N.S. — The Jane Paul Resource Centre for Indigenous women has recently added a murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls prevention worker. Kennedy Marshall is filling that role and she says she just wants to help. “I want to be able to make a difference in my community,” said the 23-year-old. “I always wanted to work with Indigenous people because it's at the root of who I am.” Marshall is Mi’kmaq from Membertou First Nation and knows her focus at the centre is ending violence against Indigenous women. And part of that is creating a safe place to be vulnerable, where the women feel comfortable to ask for help and know staff members won’t gossip about them. Marshall says the LOVE (Leave Out Violence) program provides her with that space when she needed it. When she was 14-years-old, she lost her great-grandfather, Anthony (Auwten) Marshall. He was her best friend and one of the only adults she trusted to be vulnerable with. After his death, Marshall became closed off. One day, a friend invited her to the LOVE youth group, then run by Graham Marshall. She finally found a place she could express herself. Kennedy Marshall says she was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety at an early age and the group went a long way in helping her become healthier. "It gave me the opportunity (to open up) and I want to do that for someone who wasn’t given that chance,” she said. The Jane Paul Centre services vulnerable Indigenous women who may come with a variety of challenges and the centre is trying to meet those needs. Marshall is aware the people she's helping may not trust her at first but she's hoping to build that rapport. Her goals range from helping women drink more water a day to helping them find the right resources to get gainful employment. “I just want to be able to help,” said Marshall. She's also a student at NSCC in the therapeutic recreation program. Marshall fell in love with the field while volunteering at a senior care home. Therapeutic recreation is typically in the health-care field and Marshall said one example is a stroke victim may want to work back to using their hand again, so they start with colouring. She wants to use that same concept by helping the women relieve some stress. “I don’t think a lot of these women just relax and have fun," said Marshall. She has experience in social services and worked at a group home. Marshall started Nov. 5 and hopes to teach the women to unpack all of their burdens and not to take on everyone's problems. She’s also hoping to continue to build on the sense of community the centre brings to the women. Marshall says living off-reserve can be quite the adjustment for Indigenous people, their home communities are where their families and friends are and the women feel like they lose that sense of community. “I want to help people become the best versions of themselves,” said Marshall. Oscar Baker III, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cape Breton Post
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) released a ruling on Nov. 25, which impacts how First Nations children can access funding for services. The ruling says that First Nations children who live on or off-reserve, who do not have Indian Act Status, but who are recognized by their respective Nations for the purpose of applying for funding through Jordan’s Principle, can now apply for support. The ruling also opens up funding for children living on or off reserve who “are not eligible for, Indian Act status, but who have a parent or guardian with, or eligible for, Indian Act status.” The ruling comes after years of pressure from the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (the Caring Society) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to address health service inequities, including delays or denial of services, that First Nations children experience. In memory of the late Jordan River Anderson, of Norway House Cree Nation, Jordan’s Principle is a principle that ensures “First Nations children get the services they need when they need them,” according to the Caring Society. Anderson, who was born with complex medical needs, spent more than two years in hospital while both the federal and provincial governments argued over who should finance his home care. Jordan died at the age of five, never having spent a day at home with his family. Jordan’s Principle calls on the government to pay for a child’s services and seek reimbursement later, so the child does not get caught in the middle of a similar dispute. Beginning in 2007, the Caring Society and the AFN filed an official complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) saying Canada was “racially discriminating against First Nations children.” According to a timeline by the Caring Society, the Tribunal case found that the inequitable funding for First Nations child welfare was insufficient and ‘amounts to discrimination.’ In 2016, the Tribunal found that the Government of Canada was “racially discriminating against 165,00 First Nations children and their families,” and that Canada was “failing to implement the full scope of Jordan’s Principle.” In this recent ruling, the Tribunal emphasized its “commitment to respecting First Nations self government,” saying that recognition of the right to self-determination is consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Anna McKenzie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Discourse
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 7:04 p.m. Nunavut is reporting four new cases of COVID-19, all in Arviat. The territory says it now has a total of 151 active cases of COVID-19. The Government of Nunavut says it will spend $1 million towards community food programming, including extra funding for communities affected by the pandemic. The government says its message to people is to stay well, stay safe and stay home. 6:49 p.m. Health experts have warned that COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan could climb to more than 10,000 by early next month. The Ministry of Health has released a presentation delivered to physicians at a town-hall meeting last night about the virus's current spread and possible trajectory. Information updated to Nov. 20 indicates that, based on the recent average rise in positive tests, the caseload could hit 10,000 in the first week of December if there is no further intervention. The data also states that as of Monday, the number of active cases and hospitalizations had gone up 400 per cent in the last 30 days. It forecasts that in four to six months, acute care demand for COVID-19 patients could account for half of all available beds and the need for intensive care could be five times total capacity. The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it is working to validate the data and will share more information next week. --- 6:34 p.m. COVID -19 infections keep surging in B.C. with the latest peak at 911 new positive cases. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there have also been another 11 deaths for a total of 395 deaths since the pandemic started. There have been three more outbreaks in long-term care or assisted-living facilities, bringing to 54 the number of sites that have outbreaks. More than 10,000 people are under active health monitoring, while 21,304 people who were infected are considered recovered. --- 5:30 p.m. The Alberta government is empowering 700 more peace officers to enforce COVID-19 public health orders. Justice Minister Kaycee Madu says fines for breaking the rules can range from $1,000 to $100,000 in extreme cases that end up in court. New rules announced this week include a ban on private social gatherings and capacity limits in stores. Alberta reported 1,227 new infections on Friday and nine more deaths. Chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw says 405 people are in hospital, including 86 in intensive care. She says one way to free up space for the growing number of severely ill COVID-19 patients in hospital is to postpone surgeries. --- 3:52 p.m. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has tested negative for COVID-19. He was tested Monday after eating at a restaurant in Prince Albert where the Saskatchewan Health Authority says someone there was positive with the virus. Moe's office says he will remain in isolation at his home in Shellbrook until Sunday, as per the advice from public health. He will be in Regina Monday for the opening of the legislature and delivery of the throne speech. --- 2:54 p.m. Saskatchewan is reporting four more people have died from COVID-19 and says there are 329 new infections in the province. Health officials say those who died were 70 and older. The Ministry of Health reports the seven-day average of daily cases sits at 268. There are 111 people in hospital and 16 receiving intensive care. As of Friday, no team sports are allowed in the province and capacity at public venues like churches, movie theatres and casinos is limited to 30 people. The measures are part of the latest round of restrictions Premier Scott Moe announced earlier in the week to stem the virus's spread while avoiding a second shutdown of non-essential businesses. --- 2:44 p.m. Manitoba is cracking down on retailers not following public health orders as health officials say COVID-19 is starting to impact vulnerable populations at a higher rate. Officials announced 344 new cases and 14 more deaths. Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, says there is significant community spread in lower-income neighbourhoods and among the homeless population. He discouraged people from leaving their homes for any non-essential reason and cautioned retailers against trying to find loopholes in the health orders. The province issued a $5,000 ticket to a Winnipeg Costco this week for selling non-essential items. --- 1:57 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting nine new cases of COVID-19, all in the central health zone, which includes Halifax. The province now has 119 active cases of novel coronavirus. Health officials say one new case identified today is at Bedford South School, which is a pre-primary to Grade 4 school in the central zone. Starting today, ongoing voluntary testing is being introduced to monitor, reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care. --- 12:51 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting four new positive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 31 active cases across the province. One of the individuals is a man in his 60s in the eastern region of the province whose infection is related to another identified case. A man and a woman in their 50s in the eastern region and a woman in her 40s in the western region have also tested positive. The source of those three infections is under investigation. --- 12:48 p.m. New Brunswick is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its number of active cases to 114. Public Health says seven cases are in the Saint John area, three are in the Moncton region and two are in the Fredericton area. All three health regions are under the province's heightened "orange'' pandemic alert level. Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer of health, says there should be no non-essential travel in and out of these zones. --- 12:10 p.m. Nunavut's chief public health officer says four members of the Canadian Red Cross touched down in Arviat today to assist with a COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Michael Patterson says the team will help with isolation and contact tracing in the community of around 2,800 people. The Government of Nunavut has also announced it will give $1 million to municipalities for community food programs as the territory heads into its second week of a lockdown. Nunavut is currently under a territory-wide, 14-day lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. --- 11:40 a.m. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Major-General Dany Fortin has been tapped to lead the Canadian military’s role in coordinating logistics for distributing a COVID-19 vaccine across the country. Fortin most recently served as the chief of staff for the Canadian Joint Operations Command. He was also commander of the NATO military training mission in Iraq from November 2018 until last fall. The announcement follows days of criticism over the Trudeau government's vaccination strategy and uncertainty about when Canadians might have access to an eventual vaccine. --- 11:24 Ontario is reporting 1,855 new cases of COVID-19 in another record-high daily increase. Twenty more Ontarians have died from the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says new infections remain concentrated in the Greater Toronto Area, including 517 more cases in Peel Region and 494 in Toronto. Provincial data say the seven-day average for infections in the province is 1,489 per day. --- 11:13 a.m. Quebec is reporting 1,269 new COVID-19 infections and 38 more deaths linked virus, including nine that occurred in the past 24 hours. Health officials said today hospitalizations decreased by six, to 669, and 90 people were in intensive care, the same number as the day prior. The province says 1,236 more people recovered from COVID-19, for a total of 119,727 recoveries. Quebec has reported 138,163 COVID-19 cases and 6,984 deaths linked to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. --- 11:02 a.m. Nunavut is announcing four new cases of COVID-19, all in the community of Arviat. This brings Arviat’s total number of cases to 119. Three more cases in Arviat and Rankin Inlet are now considered recovered. There are 151 active cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020. The Canadian Press
Harold Hague, a Navy veteran of the Second World War’s D-Day battle in northern France and a longtime-owner of Loggie’s Shoes in downtown Regina, died Thursday night of liver cancer. He was 99 years old. Born in Earl Grey north of Regina in 1921, Hague was a signalman among a flotilla of seven Canadian minesweeper ships tasked with finding and destroying underwater German mines at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Amid heavy shelling, the drowning deaths of his fellow soldiers and two destroyed minesweepers, he survived the decisive battle, managing to see his 23rd birthday a week later. “I was just happy to be alive,” he told the Leader-Post a few years back while participating in a film about D-Day. “We were looking forward to that 100th birthday,” his wife Jan said Friday morning. Her husband’s death came quickly. “He went into hospital about 10 days ago. He had fallen twice within a few hours, so I wanted him to go get tested to see if there was something causing this. “As a result of an ultrasound they found a large mass on his liver, which we didn't know about,” she said through tears. After the war ended, Hague returned to Regina and took a job at local staple Loggie’s, eventually becoming a partner and then an owner in 1978. In a short documentary about the store’s closure in 2014, he said, “the store was my life, my blood and my heart; it was everything. It was the reason for my life." Had it not been for Loggie’s, he likely wouldn’t have met Jan, who grew up in Ontario. “I met him in Toronto … he would come buy things for his shoe store, and that's how we met,” she said. “He wrote me to say ‘thank you’ for my service and it just went on from there." "It was just an instant connection with each other ... you couldn't help but like him." Jan moved to Regina to be with him in 1979. His fellow Canadian forces members said he was a gentleman. Retried Brig.-Gen. Cliff Walker commended Hague for his work on the board of governors with the Commissionaires south Saskatchewan division. “He spent 47 ½ years on the board trying to help his fellow veterans," Walker said. “(Harold) had a grounding and a sense of understanding of what he had gone through; he was able to avoid some of the nightmares and the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).” Retired Army Col. Randy Brooks, an Afghanistan War veteran who served with the Royal Regina Rifles, said Hague was often mentoring younger forces members, even if they weren’t with the Navy. The danger of the minesweepers' work wasn’t lost on Brooks, who has deep knowledge of the D-Day invasion. “They were trained to just get on with the job … come hell or high water, and it was both,” he said. Hague’s military and business service earned him numerous awards throughout his life. Among them are the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation Award, the Lieutenant Governor’s Military Service Medal and the Regina Chamber of Commerce Paragon lifetime achievement award. Harold's son Kelly said there won't be a service for him, in light of COVID-19 restrictions. He asked that any donations be made in his dad's name to the Royal Canadian Legion. email@example.comEvan Radford, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Regina Leader-Post, The Leader-Post
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Paul Lantz has spent most of his life in Moosonee. A retired lawyer and a self-taught photographer initially he was supposed to be in the community for a year. He ended up staying for 36 years. “I would be really sorry if I had not gone to Moosonee. It was a great experience to go there,” Lantz says. “I’m glad I stayed there. I look at pictures from Moosonee and I kind of miss the place.” Lantz, 66, worked as a lawyer and an executive director at Keewaytinok Native Legal Service in Moosonee. Funded by Legal Aid Ontario, the clinic provides free legal services to low-income people. Besides Lantz, there were another lawyer and two other staff working at the clinic. “We didn’t have criminal or family cases, not a lot of them. At the beginning, we did whatever came in,” he says. “We did a lot of work with victims of crime, worked with First Nations, a lot of administrative law like social assistance, employment insurance.” It was a warm day in May when a 28-year-old Lantz first arrived in Moosonee. He recalls there were no flies and he thought it was a really great place. While he was up north, he captured a wide array of photos ranging from community events to images of water, land, animals and trains. He also enjoyed shooting ravens and the Moose River, especially during the freeze up in the fall or spring break up. Lantz’s love for photography started at a young age. From his father, he learned that it was important to create a visual record of what happened and what’s going on. “I like to take pictures sometimes of older buildings. It’s nice to go back and look at pictures of things that aren’t around anymore or events,” he says. “And then sometimes, to take (photos) of things that are really beautiful. I go out most mornings to watch the sun come up … to take pictures of that.” His website, paullantz.com, features more than 150,000 photos mainly taken around Belleville and Moosonee. Lantz says almost all of his photos are free for people to download and print. His photos, as well as writing, have also appeared in The Coast newspaper, which served the James Bay coastal communities. “One great thing about Moosonee was journalism, not just the occasional stuff for out-of-town papers but the day-to-day stuff in Moosonee,” he says. “The fact that I was in Moosonee got me stuff in daily newspapers once in a while when they needed something from Moosonee plus the chance to do lots of local stories in Moosonee.” Lantz says it’s also an honour when people want to use his photos for a funeral program for somebody. During his time up north, he also visited Kashechewan, Attawapiskat, Moose Factory, Peawanuck and Taykwa Tagamou. Before Lantz went into law school, he worked as a computer programmer for the SickKids Hospital in Toronto. When he was in law school, Lantz says there wasn’t much focus on Indigenous issues or any specific courses but the situation is different nowadays. “I was fortunate I had a summer job with the Ontario government where I did a lot of research into provincial law on reserve,” he says. “Now, there are intensive programs. There are a lot of courses that will teach about Indigenous or First Nation laws when people go to law schools.” He notes the number of lawyers from northern Indigenous communities is also increasing, which is a “source of great satisfaction” to him. In 2018, Lantz retired and returned to Belleville where he lives with his wife Denise. Denise, who is from Fort Albany, worked for the hospital in Moose Factory and in Moosonee, where the pair met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. “She has seven brothers and I met every one of her brothers and her sister before I met her,” Lantz says. Unlike his wife, Lantz says he can’t speak Cree and he’s only well-versed in English and computer languages. The lack of services and high grocery prices were among some of the challenges he encountered during his time in the northern community. “Healthcare is an issue. It’s easier to access healthcare when you’re down here,” he says. “For example, I did a root canal when I was up there. It took four trips to Timmins. I flew out to Timmins four times for one root canal, so it gets kind of expensive as opposed to here where there are lots of doctors around.” After spending 47 years away from Belleville, where he grew up, Lantz says it felt different going back. Having lived in a big metropolitan city like Toronto, he says he prefers living in a smaller place like Belleville. “Anywhere you go, you can be there in 15 minutes. The traffic isn’t usually that bad. There are a lot of services and if you wanted to go to Toronto, you can just get on the train and go there,” he says. For aspiring photographers, he advises them to take lots of pictures. “That’s the biggest thing. You’re going to take (an) awful lot of bad pictures, then you’re going to take a few good ones,” he says. “Some mornings, I will go out and take a couple hundred pictures and I like 10 or 20 of them.”Dariya Baiguzhiyeva, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, TimminsToday.com
VANCOUVER — The Mountie who says he warned against arresting Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou by boarding her plane when it landed in Vancouver says he made his own decision to come into the airport and help that day. Sgt. Ross Lundie agreed under cross-examination at a B.C. Supreme Court hearing Friday that the RCMP members making the arrest in December 2018 did not ask him to be present that day.But he said when the arresting officers called him the night before the incident asking for advice, he suggested they arrange a meeting with Canada Border Services Agency officials for the next morning and decided he would attend."It was obviously very important from what I'd heard," Lundie testified."Were you concerned that by asserting yourself, that would assist in avoiding some kind of major problem between CBSA and RCMP?" Meng's lawyer Richard Peck asked."I wanted to ensure that went smoothly as well, yes."Lundie, an officer with national security experience based at the airport, said he believed it was important to keep CBSA in the loop because he understood they had their own mandate and responsibilities.His testimony is part of an evidence-gathering hearing in Meng's extradition case where her lawyers are gathering information to bolster their allegations that Canadian officials improperly collected evidence against her.Meng is wanted on fraud charges in the United States that both she and Huawei deny. Meng's lawyers allege that an early plan to arrest her aboard the plane was changed to allow for a "covert criminal investigation" under the guise of a routine immigration exam at the behest of U.S. authorities. Ultimately, Meng would undergo screening by border officers for nearly three hours before she was informed of her arrest and right to counsel.Border officers working at the airport that day have testified they had their own concerns about Meng's admissibility to Canada and deny the allegations made by her lawyers. Lundie told the court that he always discourages his officers from conducting arrests aboard flights unless there is an immediate public safety concern. Meng herself didn't pose any risk to his knowledge, he said, but planes are tight spaces and there can be dangers. It's safer to conduct an arrest in the gate, border screening area or elsewhere, he said. Lundie testified the arresting officers phoned him the night before the arrest while they were driving to the airport to confirm if Meng would be on the flight. That's when he learned of the plan to board the plane, he said.Peck suggested that couldn't be. Phone records show that the arresting officers' boss, Sgt. Janice Vander Graaf, phoned them later that night after speaking with her own superior, whom court has heard was the source of the plane-arrest plan. If Vander Graaf's records are correct, then Lundie couldn't have learned the arrest plan when he said he did, earlier that evening, Peck suggested. "My final suggestion is that you're confused in your memory," Peck said. "OK," Lundie said. Court has also heard that phone records suggested Lundie did have three-minute phone call with a national security Mountie in Ottawa with knowledge of the case that night. Lundie said he has no memory of the call.The hearing will continue on Dec. 7. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his office accidentally sent out an account of a phone call with Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole that hadn't happened yet.The premature account of the call Friday said Trudeau chided O'Toole about Conservative MPs downplaying the deaths of Albertans and comparing the novel coronavirus to the flu.Alberta MP Rachael Harder shared a newspaper column on her Facebook page this week that pointed out provincial statistics saying that just 10 of 369 Albertans who had died of COVID-19 as of mid-November were otherwise healthy. And Ontario MP Dean Allison described COVID-19 as "influenza" in a talk-radio interview.After the call, the Conservatives said Trudeau raised neither of these incidents with O'Toole.And a second read-out of the call from the PMO, after the call had actually taken place, dropped all mention of the matter.It said simply that the two leaders had discussed "the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as vaccine distribution in Canada," along with issues related to president-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration in the United States.The Tory leader went into the conversation with proposals for how Canada can improve its relationship with the U.S. under Biden.In a letter to Trudeau, O'Toole said responding to the COVID-19 pandemic must be the first priority, including ensuring a continent-wide response to vaccine supply, the production of personal protective equipment and managing the border.O'Toole said after that must come dealing with the threat posed by China, and that Canada should seek to join an existing dialogue among the U.S., Australia, India and Japan to oppose Chinese military expansionism. The letter also talks about the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project that outgoing President Donald Trump approved but Biden opposes. O'Toole said it must be made clear to Biden the project is important to Canada's view of the bilateral relationship with the U.S.The letter cites a need for a collective effort on combating climate change, and a call to modernize the binational defence agreement known as Norad, which would include having Canada join the ballistic missile defence program. A copy of O'Toole's letter to Trudeau was obtained by The Canadian Press."This period of transition to the incoming Biden administration represents a unique opportunity to advance Canada's interests and values on the world stage," O'Toole wrote in the letter. "It is my sincere hope the Canadian and U.S. governments can work together for the mutual benefit of both our peoples who have endured so much this past year."A Conservative read-out after the call said the two leaders concluded their chat by mutually "reaffirming the importance of eliminating COVID-19 and by wishing their families well."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020.The Canadian Press
Some online requests for COVID-19 tests got lost in the "technical glitch" involving fax machines that contributed to a backlog of requests, CBC News has learned."We are investigating and do no believe this is widespread," Public Health spokesperson Bruce Macfarlane said in an emailed statement late Friday.It's unclear whether those affected will now drop to the bottom of the wait list.As of Friday at 4:30 p.m., the backlog stood at 690 people — 350 in the Saint John health region (Zone 2) and 340 in the Fredericton region, said Macfarlane.He did not say what the backlog was at its peak.The number of people self-isolating has reached 1,760 — 1,000 in the Saint John region, 386 in the Moncton region (Zone 1) and 377 in the Fredericton region. All three regions are in the orange phase of COVID-19 recovery.Contact tracing has established links between at least two of the regions, Macfarlane confirmed, without elaborating.He did not say how many of those in isolation are health-care workers, but there was "upwards of about 74" in the Saint John area alone on Thursday, Russell had said."Some" of the people isolating "may be waiting on their Day 10 test if they got caught in the fax backlog," said Macfarlane.New goal to clear backlogDr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, had hoped to have the backlog rectified by Friday, at the latest.Public Health now anticipates clearing the backlog by the end of the weekend, said Macfarlane.Processing capacity continues to be expanded, he said.Another testing queue has been established at the Capital Exhibit Centre in Fredericton, and another assessment site will be operating within the city limits "very shortly."In Saint John, an additional assessment site is now operating at St. James the Less Church, 1750 Rothesay Rd., and additional queues have been set up at the Ropewalk Road location.Why faxes are usedDuring Wednesday's COVID-19 news conference, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard told reporters that a "technical glitch" earlier this week had delayed online test requests getting through to schedulers.On Thursday, Russell revealed that it "had to do with fax machines" in the Fredericton health region, Zone 3."My understanding is that's been resolved," she added.Asked for more information about the glitch, Macfarlane said only: "There was some backlog created by fax machine but largely was the result of an increase in demand for COVID-19 testing."The online registration forms for COVID-19 tests are received by the designated testing centres by fax, said Macfarlane.Asked why faxes are used, he replied: "With assessment centres being set up and taken down throughout the province on a as needed bases, fax machines have been used in this infrastructure due to their ease of mobility and for confidentiality."He did not elaborate. The Department of Health has electronic medical records. The transition program to an e-health system was implemented in 2012.Positivity rateNew Brunswick's COVID-19 positivity rate between Nov. 11 and Nov. 25 was 0.9 per cent, said Macfarlane.That means of the 690 backlogged, waiting to be tested, about six will likely test positive.By comparison, the national positivity rate is 3.1 per cent. Across Canada, 5,967 cases were reported Friday.
Port Hardy has its first publicly confirmed case of COVID-19. Lawrence O’Connor shared in a Facebook post that he tested positive for the disease while in quarantine after a trip to the U.S. “There’s nothing pleasant about this painful illness; I feel like I’ve been eaten by wolves, and s**t off a cliff,” he wrote. The good news, if there is any, is that O’Connor has self-isolated since arriving at the Vancouver Airport Nov. 16, so there’s been no one for the B.C. Health Authority to do contact tracing with. “I was lucky enough that I didn’t stumble around in public, not knowing I was carrying it,” he told the Gazette over the phone. O’Connor travelled to Las Vegas to participate in a charity stock car race for Amnesty International. Planning ahead for the required 14-day traveller quarantine, he’d enlisted friends to drop off food and supplies at his door. After a few days of hanging around the house, he started to feel body aches. By Saturday (Nov. 21) it was full on sickness. He contacted B.C. Health and scheduled a drive-through COVID-19 test for Sunday. We’ll call within 48 hours if it’s positive, they told him. Two days passed. I’m in the clear, he thought until at hour 48-and-a-half, he got the call. O’Connor is determined to keep the virus contained to himself, and plans to stay home even though his quarantine is technically over this weekend. “Hopefully this particular strain will die inside of me. That’s the only way this thing will be defeated, is contact tracing and isolation.” He was surprised to learn from the B.C. Health officer who called with the positive test news that for someone at his level of viral load, he’s only contagious for two days before and 10 days after symptoms start to show. B.C. Health confirmed that this is generally the case, but recommendations are adjusted on a case-by-case basis. O’Connor sat beside one person on the plane from Las Vegas to Vancouver, but felt he had to insist that the CDC take his flight and seat numbers. They said they’d post it on their website, but he didn’t get the impression they were going to contact other passengers. B.C. Health does not have purview over flight contact tracing, but confirmed that 48-hours before symptom onset is the standard for regular contact tracing. As for the stock car race, it wasn’t his best, but he’s glad that the event raised a lot of money for Amnesty International. Do you have something to add to this story or something else we should report on? Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgZoë Ducklow, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, North Island Gazette