More than 600,000 eligible U.S. voters live in Canada and Susan Rice, a national security adviser to former president Barack Obama, says those votes could be key in the outcome of November’s election.
Some American travellers may have been targeted during an overnight stop in Haines Junction, Yukon, last week.Americans travelling through Canada to Alaska have reported being harassed because of the licence plates on their vehicles.There have been ongoing complaints from Canadians who say Americans should not be allowed into the country during the COVID-19 pandemic or that some are not following the rules.Todd Fuhrmeister and his partner are now in Alaska after driving up from Utah. He was transferred to a military base there.They stopped in Haines Junction Thursday night where they checked into the Raven's Rest Inn, he said.They parked their SUV and trailer with a car on it alongside the access road in front of the hotel.Fuhrmeister said when his partner went out to the vehicle in the morning, she saw the back window of the SUV had been smashed.He said nothing was stolen. He wasn't going to call police, but said the hotel owner did. An RCMP officer spoke with Fuhrmeister and took some information. The hotel owner also arranged for some construction workers to tape down a plastic covering over the smashed window, Fuhrmeister said. He said they did a great job."I didn't expect it to last, but it will be like this until I get moved in my new house and can get a new one from the junkyard," he said.He and his partner followed the rules for travelling through Canada, he said, and wore masks when around other people.The people they talked to along the way were all pleasant to them. And he said the Yukon government employees at the checkstop outside Watson Lake were "very polite."The RCMP officer in Haines Junction mentioned there had been similar incidents targeting vehicles with American plates in Whitehorse, Fuhrmeister said.He said he doesn't blame Canadians for what happened."My guess is someone who is ignorant about the situation saw an opportunity to express their anger," said Fuhrmeister."It's the actions of an individual, or small group of people that don't represent anyone else."The RCMP says it is investigating the incident.
A coalition of advocacy groups in Chinatown is calling on the City of Vancouver to keep the historic neighbourhood thriving through the pandemic.Susanna Ng, co-owner of New Town Bakery and Restaurant, says business at the eatery has changed drastically since the start of the pandemic. While Ng says they are surviving with a contingent of loyal customers, most neighbourhood seniors who used to hang out in the cafe have stayed away."We haven't seen them since we re-opened in May," Ng said. Other establishments have reduced hours or shuttered completely, like Goldstone Bakery, a beloved community hub.Michael Tan, the co-chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group, says struggling businesses can pull the neighbourhood into a "vicious cycle." "When you have stores starting to close or, you know, reduce their hours, it's a negative effect because ... there's less traffic, there's less foot traffic, less people visiting," Tan told host Michelle Eliot on CBC's The Early Edition.According to information Tan's group obtained from city staff, 17 per cent of Chinatown businesses are empty compared to the citywide average of 10 per cent."We're hurting a little bit more than most neighbourhoods in Vancouver," he said.That's why Tan's group has written a letter to Vancouver city council asking for measures to help support Chinatown businesses and arts organizations.These measures include reducing street parking rates, opening up a city-owned parking lot to free parking, temporarily widening curbs, increasing street cleaning and investing in the community stewards program. Tan says his group has received positive feedback from a number of councillors on the measures. "What they've indicated to us thus far is they are ready to take some of these measures to city council in the next month or so. So we are expecting very quickly for them to move," he said. He says these measures are urgently needed to help these business survive, and also preserve the less tangible community connections inherent to the neighbourhood."It's not just about those goods and services," he said. "It's the conversations that take place, [it's] that living culture and when we lose places like that, that's losing that cultural heritage."
France ordered the temporary closure of a mosque outside Paris on Tuesday, part of a crackdown on Muslims who incite hatred after the decapitation of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. The Grand Mosque of Pantin, a low-income suburb on the capital's northeastern outskirts, had shared a video on its Facebook page before the attack that vented hatred against history teacher Samuel Paty. Police plastered notices of the closure order outside the mosque as the authorities promised a tough response against the disseminators of hate messages, preachers of radicalised sermons and foreigners believed to pose a security threat to France.
Recent developments:What's the latest?Seventy-eight more Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and one more has died.The city's COVID-19 testing task force is trying to figure out why there's been a drop in the number of people getting tested the last couple of weeks.The Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which oversees communities including Hawkesbury, Clarence-Rockland and Cornwall, will likely follow Ottawa and return to a modified Stage 2 status, according to its medical officer of health.About one in every 700 children in brick-and-mortar classrooms in Ottawa's largest school board have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the school year, according to data analyzed by CBC News.Other school boards are showing a similar pattern.WATCH LIVE | Update from Quebec's premier, health leaders:How many cases are there?As of Tuesday's update from Ottawa Public Health, 6,166 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 745 known active cases, 5,117 resolved cases and 304 deaths.Public health officials have reported more than 9,400 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 7,800 of them resolved.Seventy-one people with COVID-19 have died elsewhere in eastern Ontario, along with 35 in western Quebec. What can I do?Both Ontario and Quebec are telling people to limit close contact only to those they live with or one other home if people live alone.In Ottawa — which has been rolled back to a modified Stage 2 — and Gatineau, Que., health officials are asking residents not to leave home unless it's essential. Indoor dining at restaurants has been prohibited, while gyms, cinemas, casinos and performing arts venues are all closed.The province changed its mind on dance classes in these regions this week and is now allowing them.Dr. Vera Etches, the capital's medical officer of health, has said the national capital's health-care system is on the verge of collapse, with hospitalizations rising swiftly and people experiencing delays getting test results.Both OPH and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit are urging people not to have a Halloween party with other households or go trick-or-treating.Ontario's chief medical officer of health said to listen to local officials but rule of thumb if trick-or-treating is allowed, people should stick to their neighbourhood and do it outside with their household only.Gatineau and parts of the Outaouais are now on red alert, which means restaurants and bars can't serve people indoors, organized sports are suspended and theatres must close.Quebecers are also urged not to travel to Ontario or between regions at different levels on its scale except for essential reasons.Even though most of the region has been declared a red zone, Premier François Legault said kids can trick-or-treat as long as they don't go with friends and precautions are taken when giving out candy.What about schools?There have been more than 180 schools in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region with a confirmed case of COVID-19:Few 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.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 people should take precautions such as staying home when sick, keeping hands and frequently touched surfaces clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible and maintaining distance from anyone they don't live with — even with a mask on.WATCH | Restaurants trying to keep up with rules:Masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec and are recommended outdoors when people can't stay the proper distance from others.Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate, as should anyone told to by a public health unit. If Ottawans don't, they face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in court. Kingston, Ont., has slightly different rules.Some people waiting for test results in Quebec don't have to stay home. Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days under certain conditions.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.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.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic and resources are available to help.Where to get testedIn eastern Ontario:Ontario recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, or if you've been told to by your health unit or the province.Anyone seeking a test should now book an appointment. Different sites in the area have different ways to book, including over the phone or going in person to get a time slot.People without symptoms, but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy, can make an appointment at select pharmacies in Belleville, Kingston and Ottawa.WATCH | Ottawa's low test numbers:A new COVID-19 testing clinic at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orléans opened Monday. Going forward, it will offer tests using the appointment-based model from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.Ottawa now has five permanent sites, with additional mobile sites deployed wherever demand is particularly high.The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has sites in Alexandria, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Limoges, Rockland and Winchester.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark health unit has permanent sites in Almonte, Brockville, Kemptville and Smiths Falls. Pop-up test sites are scheduled for Thursday in Carleton Place and Friday in Perth.In Kingston, the test site is at the Beechgrove Complex. Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.People can arrange a test in Bancroft and Picton by calling the centre or Belleville and Trenton online.Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor or 1-844-727-6404 for a test or with questions, COVID-19-related or not. Test clinic locations are posted weekly.In western Quebec: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.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.Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.First Nations, Inuit and Métis:Akwesasne 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 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 a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603.For more information
HALIFAX — Tensions remain high in the dispute over the Indigenous lobster fishery in Nova Scotia. Here are five things to know about the situation. 1. The dispute has a long history. In September 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the treaty rights of the Mi'kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy bands in Eastern Canada to hunt, fish and gather to earn a "moderate livelihood." The court decided that a Mi'kmaq fisherman from Cape Breton, Donald Marshall Jr., had the right to fish for eels and sell them when and where he wanted — without a licence. That ruling was based on the interpretation of the Peace and Friendship Treaties approved by the British Crown in 1760 and 1761, which describe long-standing promises, obligations and benefits for the Crown. The Supreme Court also said Marshall's treaty rights were protected by the Constitution. However, the court said those rights are limited to securing "necessaries" and do not extend to the "open-ended accumulation of wealth." 2. The Supreme Court of Canada clarified its ruling and muddied the waters. Two months after the Marshall decision, the Supreme Court provided a clarification that remains at the heart of the current dispute in Nova Scotia. The court stated that the constitutionally protected treaty rights cited in the first decision were not unlimited, and the Indigenous fisheries could be regulated. The court, however, also said those regulations had to be justified for conservation or other important public objectives. That key caveat is often cited by non-Indigenous commercial fishermen who say they would have no problem with a separate, Indigenous commercial lobster fishery, so long as it complied with federally regulated seasons. When the Sipekne’katik First Nation launched its self-regulated lobster fishery on St. Marys Bay on Sept. 17, the federally regulated fishing season in that area had been closed since May 31, and it doesn't reopen until Nov. 30. 3. The federal government has reached fishing agreements with other First Nations in the region. After the Marshall decision spelled out the extent of treaty rights in 1999, some First Nations started fishing for lobster right away, prompting a backlash from non-Indigenous protesters. The Mi'kmaq communities at Burnt Church in New Brunswick and Indian Brook in Nova Scotia — now known as Sipekne’katik — defied federal authorities and set traps outside the regulated season. That led to the seizure of traps, arrests, charges, collisions on the water, shots fired at night, boat sinkings, injuries and threats of retribution. At the time, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans assumed an aggressive posture on the water, where DFO boats were spotted ramming Mi'kmaq boats from Burnt Church. Despite an ugly start, the federal government eventually started helping First Nations build their communal commercial fishing fleets. Between 2007 and 2015, the value of communal commercial landings rose from $66 million to $145 million for the Mi'kmaq and Maliseet First Nations. And in 2019, Fisheries and Oceans Canada signed two 10-year Rights Reconciliation Agreements with the Elsipogtog (Big Cove) and Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church) First Nations in New Brunswick, and the Maliseet of Viger First Nation in Quebec. 4. Most Mi'kmaq in Nova Scotia say they aren't interested in selling out their treaty rights. Bruce Wildsmith, legal counsel for the Mi'kmaq Rights Initiative, has said the 2019 agreements don't meet First Nations' requirements for a licensed moderate livelihood fishery, which he sees as separate and distinct from a regular commercial fishery. These agreements require Indigenous fishers to adhere to federal regulations, including restrictions on when fishing can take place. Wildsmith, who represented Marshall before the Supreme Court, says the Mi'kmaq want a moderate livelihood fishery based on separate consultations with the federal government. The fishery would have its own set of regulations based on nation-to-nation agreements that have yet to be drafted, despite years of talks. 5. Conservation of the lobster stocks is central to the debate in Nova Scotia. Some commercial fishermen have argued that lobster fishing should not be permitted at this time of year because lobsters moult — shedding their undersized shells — in the mid-summer months, which is also when female lobsters can mate. The Sipekne’katik First Nation, however, has insisted that its fisheries management plan ensures conservation of the lobster stocks, noting that fishing didn't start until Sept. 17. The First Nation has already submitted a fisheries management plan to Ottawa. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2020. Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press
The report https://bit.ly/34gTD3L from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 299,028 more people died between Jan. 26 and Oct. 3 than the average numbers from past years would have indicated. The CDC did not provide specific explanations for the excess deaths but said it expects the deaths to include those related directly or indirectly to COVID-19. The agency defines excess deaths as the difference between the observed numbers of deaths in specific time periods and expected numbers of deaths in the same time periods.
OTTAWA — The federal New Democrats on Tuesday were once again grappling with a decision about whether to support the minority Liberal government or potentially force an election upon Canadians struggling with the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. But NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh refused to see it that way, calling it a "farce" that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a confidence matter out of a Conservative motion to create a special COVID-19 pandemic investigation committee.If the result is an election, that's on Trudeau to explain to Canadians, Singh said."I can't imagine how the prime minister of Canada would look those people in their eyes, people who are afraid and worried, and say, 'I know you're worried and afraid, but we're going to election because I don't like a committee,'" he said."That is outrageous and is absurd."At issue is a Conservative motion that would create a special House of Commons committee to probe allegations of corrupt spending in COVID-19 programs, a move the Liberals say essentially means the opposition has no confidence in the government and an election should be held. The Bloc Québécois said Tuesday they will support the Conservatives, meaning the pressure is on the NDP to make a crucial decision: side with their opposition colleagues and bring down the government, or with the Liberals. Singh was pressed on which direction he would go but wouldn't say. Negotiations are ongoing, but what concerns him, he said, is whether the Liberals are even interested in negotiating. "The prime minister is not looking for solution here, the prime minister is looking for an excuse to go to an election," he said."And I will not give the prime minister an excuse to go to an election … He is not going to be able to hide behind the opposition." A vote on the motion is to be held on Wednesday, which also marks the one-year anniversary of the Liberals' being re-elected with a minority government. They've already survived several confidence votes, thanks to support from the New Democrats after they won concessions on pandemic benefit programs. The NDP could also abstain for Wednesday's vote, which would toss the choice into the hands of three Green and two Independent MPs, as there are 153 Liberal MPs (not counting the Speaker who votes only in the event of a tie) — the same as the combined number of Conservative and Bloc Québécois MPs.Green MP Elizabeth May questioned the Conservatives' motivation Tuesday, accusing them of chasing headlines."I certainly agree that we want to get to the bottom of matters that are being covered up, but this motion smacks of flavour of the day in the WE Charity scandal," she said.The Liberals have countered with their own version of a special committee that would look at all pandemic-related spending, including but not exclusively spending that the Conservatives allege smacks of corruption. It would have six Liberal members, including the chair who would vote only in the event of a tie, and six opposition members.The Conservative version would focus on three examples of spending that they've linked to individuals or organizations with close ties to the Liberals. It would have 15 members, nine of them from opposition parties, and a Conservative chair.The primary focus would be on the abandoned multimillion-dollar student grant program the Liberals intended to have managed by WE Charity, an organization with long-standing connections to the Trudeau family. Several Commons committees were probing that deal before the Liberals prorogued Parliament in August. Efforts to resume their work have been stymied by the Liberals' decision to filibuster the committees.The Conservatives' committee would have the power to call everyone from the prime minister to civil servants as witnesses, demand the production of documents related to the various programs within a specific amount of time and take precedence over any other House of Commons committees to carry out that work. The Liberals have argued that would paralyze government, a notion the opposition dismissed Tuesday. One of the NDP proposals is to have the Liberal version of the committee chaired by a member of the opposition, ostensibly to avoid Liberal filibustering although having an opposition chair was not enough to end a days-long filibuster last week at the ethics committee."We can't trust a Liberal chair," NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus said during debate on the motion Tuesday.The Liberals gave no sign Tuesday they were open to an opposition chair, holding tight to their assertion that the more aggressive proposal from the Tories crosses a line. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole said earlier Tuesday the Liberals' confidence-motion gambit underscores the argument the government is trying to avoid scrutiny of controversial deals. "In many parts of Canada kids can't go trick-or-treating but the Liberals think Canadians should go to the polls rather than their answering several simple questions," he said."They don't want the truth to come out." Still, O'Toole said the goal of the motion is not to force an election but to get accountability. He offered to amend it, changing the name away from "anticorruption" and broadening its mandate upon consultation with the NDP and Bloc.The Tories were also willing to include language that would make it explicit forming the committee was not a vote of non-confidence.None of that appeared to change the government's mind. "If you write a book about Frankenstein and call it 'Cinderella,' it's still a book about Frankenstein," said Liberal House leader Pablo Rodriguez.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2020. Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the Liberals filibustered committees where they have control.
An Edmonton utility company says a sinkhole that’s about four times as deep as an adult giraffe is tall won't cause any structural risks to nearby homes and businesses, but it will cause traffic headaches. "Out of an abundance of caution and public safety, we have closed the intersection as we continue to investigate to determine the affected area and scope of the repairs," Epcor said in a message to people in the Parkallen neighbourhood. "As a result, there are significant traffic impacts in the area."
Britain will help to fund trials using a manufactured COVID-19 virus to deliberately infect young healthy volunteers with the hope of accelerating the development of vaccines against it. The government said on Tuesday it will invest 33.6 million pounds ($43.5 million) in the so-called "human challenge" trials in partnership with Imperial College London, laboratory and trial services company hVIVO and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. If approved by regulators and an ethics committee, the studies will start in January with results expected by May 2021, the government said.
The numbers are still coming about how many businesses have been shuttered as a result of COVID-19, and considering the financial pain many firms are experiencing, a true tally won't be known for quite a while. But evidence of the tens of thousands of businesses that have closed can be found in shopping malls and on main streets across Canada. Behind the figures and boarded-up businesses is the human toll the closures had on the entrepreneurs who saw their passions, dreams and financial lifeblood disappear.These are the stories of three entrepreneurs from different industries who faced that arduous reality and agreed to share details about their businesses' downfall, the emotions they've felt and how they're trying to keep their chin up through the heartbreak.'I knew we couldn't weather that storm'It only took a few days after the Alberta government forced Scott McDermott to close down his fitness gym that he realized the ultimate fate of his business.Leading up to the coronavirus lockdown in March, he had already cancelled group workouts and child-minding services as fears grew about the coronavirus pandemic. He and his staff were busy preparing online workouts, meal plans and programs for members.Two days after Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake, a resort town in central Alberta, was told to close its doors, McDermott had his weekly meeting with his bookkeeper. As they looked over the numbers, it hit him. No matter how successful the online offerings were, there was no financial path to overcoming how deep of a hit COVID-19 was going to have on his gym."I just had to stop and go, 'You know what, this isn't gonna work.'"Even if gyms would reopen quickly, there would be restrictions, and he knew some members wouldn't feel comfortable returning for quite a while, regardless of the health and safety protocols introduced."I knew we couldn't weather that storm," he said."It was crystal clear. There was not a cell in my body that didn't know that was the right decision." That March night he wept at his desk until 2 a.m. After 18 years in business, it was over."We put so much into it, and we helped so many lives, and we made such a difference, and it was just gone."WATCH | How this fitness gym owner realized his business would have to close:After he informed the staff, customers who had prepaid memberships were invited back to take some of the fitness equipment as a trade.Now, months later, McDermott is trying to stay positive. Instead of working upwards of 100 hours a week as an entrepreneur, his stress levels are noticeably down.Part of the reason is because the gym was open 24 hours a day, so he always felt like he was working. In addition, the last five years were difficult financially with a struggling Alberta economy and rising business costs.> We stole from our RRSP, and we took from our savings account, and we borrowed money from our parents because you kept believing it's going to get better. It's going to turn the corner. When COVID hit, it's like, no. That's it. \- Scott McDermott"We stole from our RRSP, and we took from our savings account, and we borrowed money from our parents because you kept believing it's going to get better. It's going to turn the corner. When COVID hit, it's like, no. That's it."As painful as it was to shutter his business, he's trying to enjoy this transition in life. He's active with public speaking, online fitness coaching and writing two books. He's also promoting a documentary about his recovery from a horrific cycling crash in 2015 during an ultra-endurance race.He isn't sure if any of these ventures will flourish enough to pay the bills, but he's excited to find out."It's like a blank slate," he said. "I'm just trying to be creative and find a way."'Telling the team was really, really hard'Unlike McDermott, Brianna Hallet was able to reopen her hair salon after the lockdown began in March. However, as the summer wore on, it became clear SwizzleSticks Salon Spa in Calgary was no longer viable.Adhering to health restrictions meant operating at less than half capacity with up to seven stylists working at one time, even though there are 16 chairs.The spa side of her business never did reopen to offer massages, facials and other services.Meanwhile, she said her landlord wouldn't budge on providing any relief, and the business struggled to pay the rent that was still owed for the spring months when the shop was closed.Hallet also didn't qualify for the federal government's Canada Emergency Business Account, which provides small businesses with interest-free loans of up to $40,000."It just seemed like there were too many blockades, and we really didn't know what the rest of the year would also hold. So even if we got through the next month, what would the next month bring? Would we have to be closed again?"When the decision was made to permanently close, Hallet had her accountant in the room to help explain the situation to staff and help with the transition."Oh my gosh, telling the team was really, really hard. I had the PricewaterhouseCoopers team with me. So that was really nice to have some support on site, but that was an emotional day. Lots of tears."WATCH | It wasn't just one financial obstacle to overcome:The end of SwizzleSticks is still a painful reality for Hallet who worked there 14 years and was the owner for the last six years."It's been hard. It's been a really tough identity thing. I didn't realize how much of my identity I placed within SwizzleSticks. Even last night, I was journaling some thoughts, and it's still — it's the identity," she said, along with grief and mourning. Hallet is thankful she kept up her skills behind the chair after becoming the salon owner, as she's been able to find work at a different salon.While her first experience as a business owner didn't end the way she would have liked, it hasn't diminished her entrepreneurial spirit."Absolutely, it's just a part of me. There are too many opportunities not to do it again."'It feels like a huge loss of yourself'At the beginning of the year, business was actually pretty good at Enzo Energy Services. The oilpatch has had many struggles since the severe price crash began in 2014, but in the early months of 2020, Casey Johnson's shop in Red Deer, Alta., was pretty active, and crews were busy.The trucking company hauled chemicals and other fluids for the oil and gas industry.Still, he clearly remembers March 9. Saudi Arabia and Russia had begun flooding the market with oil as part of a price war and — coupled with growing coronavirus fears beginning to hurt demand for fuel — sent crude prices spiralling to their lowest levels in several years.On that day, "all the trucks came home," he said. "The trucks really just never went out again."Enzo qualified for multiple government aid programs, but it didn't make an impact."For the size of company we were, it was like firing a paintball gun at a tank. It just wasn't enough," he said. "The core issue was such a drop in demand for our services."In August, the business shutdown, and two auction companies were called to sell off everything from large trucks to office desks and chairs. Johnson always thought his business would eventually be sold or merged with a larger company."It was excruciating," he said. "It was probably the hardest decision I've ever made in my life."At its height, the firm had 25 employees."To tell them and their families that their paycheque will not be coming from the business any longer was really hard."WATCH | The tough transition after closing your business:Johnson himself has been able to find work at an environmental company, which he described as a relief to keep him busy while this part of his life winds down. There's still more work ahead to be done with creditors, and finding a new tenant for the building won't be easy.Still, he's optimistic about the future. When he does reflect on the business, he tries to focus on the many high points of the 10-year journey."When a business closes down, it feels like a huge loss of yourself," he said. "[But] we're more than the job we do or the business that we own. And there's more value to life than the business, even though when you're in the middle of it, it can be hard to make that distinction."Did you have to permanently close your business this year? Share your experience by sending us an e-mail.
The Sipekne'katik First Nation's Mi'kmaw-regulated lobster fishery has faced tense and sometimes violent opposition by commercial fishery workers, but support from hundreds of Mi'kmaq and non-Indigenous allies is reaching fishers at the wharf where many anchor their boats. At the federal wharf in Saulnierville, N.S. — which was the launch site of the fishery — Millie Augustine of Elsipogtog First Nation has had an inside view of the support the fishery has been receiving.She's been volunteering at the wharf, cooking for the fishers, their fellow community members and their non-Indigenous allies. "I'm cooking for the people," said Augustine, a former lawyer. "They're taking the stand for our treaty rights ... doing their share, and I'm doing my share as well." Since the Sept. 17 launch of the fishery, hundreds of Mi'kmaq from across their ancestral territory of Mi'kma'ki, which encompasses most of the Atlantic region, have shown support for the community and its fishers through rallies, donations and by travelling to the wharf.Augustine said the show of support and the work required to organize it, is a full-time job. She's cooked meals with donated food for up to 80 people a day this week, and has seen about 60 donations of food and supplies arrive at the camp. She's been cooking mostly over a small fire pit in a tent structure bordered by lobster traps. "There's so many people showing up with food, I barely have time to cook, but that's just how Mi'kmaw people are," she said."We always fed our people. We're one big family and we feed our family."The general mood since she's been around has been "very, very positive," Augustine said, adding it's a result of near-constant support and donations from non-Indigenous communities in Nova Scotia.Gate keepers 'keep the peace'Reaching across the dirt lot a few hundred metres from Augustine's kitchen is a makeshift gate of lobster traps and nautical rope, attended by volunteers keeping track of visitors and deliveries. Rosalyne Grant of Sipekne'katik First Nation said the gate is meant to keep track of information and determine if visitors could pose a risk to the Mi'kmaq. "We ask them why they come here, what their purpose is, if they support us or they don't," she said."That's it. [We] keep the peace."Grant, who has been captured in numerous livestreamed videos facing off with opposing fishers in the past week, said she's at the wharf to defend her nation's rights. "I'm a strong believer in the 1752 treaty," she said."That's our l'nu [Indigenous] right, and I believe those boats out there and the men on them have the right to go fish."Lannie Porter, who is Wolastoqiw (Maliseet) from Woodstock First Nation, N.B, said she was prompted to come to Saulnierville when she saw livestreamed videos of what was taking place in the area. "I couldn't sit home. I had to be here," Porter said."I came as soon as I could. I'm here to support our fishing rights and to support my brothers and my sisters and help out in any way that I can." It's the second time Jesse Gould of Membertou First Nation in N.S. has travelled to volunteer at the site since the fishery launched."I got work at home, but I ... told them I gotta come up here," he said. Like Porter, Gould said videos shared on social media pushed him to come to the wharf. He's been on site nearly a week and has spent hours taking information from visitors. "I've been standing here at the gate for a while. It's needed," he said."You gotta be prepared for anything."
Parks Canada has installed 18 electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations at national park sites across Prince Edward Island this summer.It is part of an initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by moving to more electric options."Ours is a mid-grade electric vehicle charger so depending on your battery level, it could take up to eight hours to charge your vehicle," said Bill Courtney, Parks Canada asset manager for P.E.I. National Park."We offer these electric vehicle chargers free-of-charge. You can come charge your vehicle and enjoy the places."Equipment for the 18 charging stations was donated by Tesla, while Parks Canada handled the design and installation costs.Park sites that now have Tesla chargers installed: * Two at Ardgowan National Historic Site in Charlottetown. * Six at Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish. * Six in P.E.I. National Park at Brackley Beach. * Four in P.E.I. National Park at Greenwich.There were already two electric-vehicle charging stations installed in the P.E.I. National Park at Dalvay — one for visitors by the Dalvay Trail House and the other to be used by Parks Canada's electric fleet.Parks Canada is using one electric vehicle, a 2019 Nissan Leaf ,and two hybrid vehicles on the Island.Spark of changeCourtney said Parks Canada will be trying to add EVs to its fleet every year."The government of Canada and Parks Canada are endeavouring to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. One way to do that is to move from gasoline and diesel engines to electric vehicles," Courtney said."We want, both ourselves, to purchase more electric vehicles and we would like to encourage the travelling public to consider purchasing electric so that they can do their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change."Courtney said $150,000 was spent by Parks Canada to ensure the equipment and infrastructure were properly installed at different park locations.Going GreenParking spaces have been painted to identify where the chargers are so people with EVs know where to park, and others know where not to."You're probably familiar with accessible parking spots being blue in some places. There are designated spots for expecting mothers or young families," Courtney said. "Well, we have green parking spots now and that means it's designated for electric vehicles only."Courtney said the charging stations will be available year-round but some of the sites do not get plowed during the winter months, so access will be as conditions permit.CBC reached out to the P.E.I. Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy but no one was made available to comment on the province's current EV fleet or future plans.Minister Steven Myers recently drove an electric vehicle from tip-to-tip in one day to demonstrate the EV charging station network.The province has encouraged the use of electric vehicles in the 2019 Sustainable Transportation Action Plan.Currently, it is free to register an EV on P.E.I. and half price for hybrid vehicles.There is a federal incentive to purchase a zero-emission vehicle through Transport Canada but no further provincial incentives on P.E.I.More from CBC P.E.I.
Pink balloons and banners, cupcakes and celebration. Young Sydney waved her arms in excitement, smiling as family and friends sang happy birthday. A first birthday for her. So much joy and love swirling around the room. And unavoidably, so much pain, too. This was supposed to be one of the best days of Scott Jenkins's life. Now it's taking everything he has just to make it through Oct. 20. His birthday and his daughter Sydney's birthday on the same day — but exactly one year ago life changed forever. It would be the last time Scott saw the love of his life. His wife, Aly Jenkins, died giving birth to Sydney, the tragic outcome of a rare complication during childbirth — an amniotic embolism — almost unthinkable for a healthy 30-year-old.Now the father of three continues to piece life back together. WATCH | Scott Jenkins recounts a difficult day, an even harder year:"My birthday will never be the same. We can't change that. But we can make it a great day for Sydney and celebrate her and what her mother did for her," Scott told CBC Sports.Now in a new home not far from where Scott and Aly started their family in Warman, Sask., Scott is figuring out this new normal for his five-year-old son Brady, two-year-old daughter Avery and Sydney. "That's the hardest part. I don't really know what this is supposed to look like," he said. "It's hard. It's been a grind. I'm still learning. I think I'm going to be learning for a long time and trying to learn what a mother does. They're special people," he said. "Trying to be a mother and father."In the early, dark days and still today, it's Scott's three kids who keep him going. "They help me wake up every day," he said. "They cheer me up."The hardest part is when they go to bed because that's when Aly and I would have a hot tub or a glass of wine. Watch a show and hang out. So during the day I"m fine because it's busy."But at night, when sun sets and the kids are tucked in, Scott plays over the 14 years together with Aly. They met at a golf tournament in Waskesiu, Saskatchewan in Grade 11 and fell instantly in love."We had the best life in the world. Everything was perfect," Scott said. "And then you get sent to rock bottom pretty quickly .You don't really know what rock bottom is until you hit it."Everywhere Scott turns in his new home he can still hear Aly. "If I'm doing something stupid and mess up the bottle or something around the kitchen or Brady is crying, I can hear her say 'do this or go give him a bath,'" Scott said. "It's weird what you hear. You just listen to those voices. She trained me well. Fourteen years of training me for this."Aly loved being a mom. Brady and Avery were everything to her and she was so excited to have a third child. Aly was a proud mom, physiotherapist and committed curler, who dreamed of one day competing in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. "She would have been training and practising like crazy. She would have been angry all these tournaments were cancelled because COVID is in the way," Scott said, smiling. "It's that time of year when she'd have a different jump in her step."It's been the curling community who has rallied behind Scott and his family over the past year, and he wanted to give back to honour Aly. In September, Scott held the first Aly Jenkins Memorial Tournament with all of the funds raised going to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, which provides hospitals with life-saving equipment for premature babies born critically ill.The tournament, which he plans to hold annually, raised $10,000."It's a big thing to keep her memory alive and do something good with it," Scott said. "She was such a kind and caring person. Seeing the machines when we were in the [neonatal intensive care unit] and seeing how that saved Sydney's life, it clicked a couple weeks after to start doing fundraising."Sydney wouldn't be here without that help."Scott, 32, has been on leave from his sales job with a construction company, making sure he can be there as much as possible for his three children. His family and Aly's family have helped him through it all. But he's worried about what life will look like once he returns to work."There's nothing out there if a mother passes away to get their maternity leave. Aly would have had the option for 12 to 18 months. I was only given 35 weeks paternity leave," he said. "She put in the time and paid into it. Why can't it be rolled over to the father?"Insurance has helped Scott pay the bills while away from work, but he's hoping changes can be made to support families who have to go through the nightmare he has. "I hope things can change for future fathers who sadly have to go through this. It's something you don't want to think about. You have enough on your plate for a year," he said.WATCH | Tribute for Aly Jenkins:But this isn't about the money. It's about being the best father he can for his children. "I need to be here for them. I have to be home. I have to be there to raise my kids," Scott said. One year later, Scott continues to put on a brave face for those around him, all while honouring a wife, a mom, a curler — his best friend."She was super woman," he said. "We're going day-by-day still. That seems to help. One step at a time. Take on the new firsts and seconds. Keep carrying on and trying and make it as enjoyable for these kids. Learn. Laugh. listen and help them become amazing moms, a dad, and friends."That's what Aly would want."
Just five per cent of Canadian children met basic physical activity guidelines early on in the pandemic, which is why school phys-ed programs are now looking for alternatives to get students to work up a sweat in a safe fashion.As a result of physical distancing measures and increased remote learning, children have had more sedentary time during the pandemic, and that has had implications for schools planning physical education.The Toronto District School Board, for instance, has asked gym teachers to cancel fall fitness training after phys-ed instructors reported that students' physical activity levels have been alarming so far."They've noticed that kids are out of breath immediately, so the lack of physical activity that's taken place over the last seven months is showing," said George Kourtis, who heads the TDSB's phys-ed program.Even so, educators say it's imperative that kids get a workout of some sort. But that comes with challenges in a remote learning environment.WATCH | Schools adjust as kids lacked exercise during lockdown:Jennifer Bell, a Grade 11 phys-ed teacher with TDSB's virtual school, recently demonstrated lunges to a class by doing the movements toward her laptop screen. But the students had their cameras turned off, which makes the learning more difficult."How do we teach sports skills while you're standing in your living room?" Bell said. "You don't necessarily have another opponent or a partner to play a sport with. That's where we're trying to get creative."Physically distanced footballGetting creative includes activities like juggling to practise movement skills and having students regularly type in their 15-second heart rate measurements to show that their heart rate is increasing from the participation, Bell said.Maryam Sabir, 14, is taking Grade 9 phys-ed in person in Toronto. Maryam said physical distancing rules put a new twist on learning to play football."You had to stay six feet apart," both horizontally and vertically, Maryam said. "You can't really communicate with other people. It becomes harder to play in the game."Maryam said she enjoys being physically active. When the phys-ed class ends next month, she plans to continue to get a workout by playing basketball or soccer with friends.Importance of movementNational health guidelines recommend that children and youth (aged 5-17 years) have high levels of physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour and sufficient sleep each day, including: * Nine to 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night for those aged five to 13 and eight to 10 hours per night for those aged 14 to 17, with consistent bed and wake-up times. * No more than two hours per day of recreational screen time.Mark Tremblay, a senior scientist in obesity at the CHEO Research Institute in Ottawa, was part of a team that surveyed more than 1,400 parents of children and youth online nationally in April, about a month after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in Canada.Prior to the pandemic, about 15 per cent of kids met Canada's 24-hour guidelines for physical activity, sedentary time and sleep, said Tremblay.He found that movement levels had plunged as low as three per cent during the early days of the restrictions."Almost no Canadian kids were practising the healthy living behaviours that are associated with health, and that puts them at increased risk, of course, of physical and mental health issues going forward," Tremblay said, which "is not what public health officials want."The study, published this summer in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, suggested that the pandemic wasn't entirely to blame. But certain factors could increase the likelihood of healthy movement behaviours outside of school, including: * Parental encouragement and support. * Parents playing actively with their children. * Dog ownership.The lack of physical activity was also influenced by children's living arrangements. Kids who spent more time active outdoors were more likely to live in a house as opposed to a 40-story apartment building downtown where families may not feel safe playing outside, Tremblay said.Tremblay said the public health messaging about staying home is important, "but it doesn't mean stay inside."The scientists plan to repeat their survey on kids' physical activity levels in early November.
U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at public health officials, especially infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, over the COVID-19 pandemic as his election campaign enters the final stretch.
Samuel Paty, the 47-year old history teacher beheaded by a suspected Islamist last week, will posthumously get France's highest award, the "Legion d'Honneur", education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told BFM TV on Tuesday. Paty was murdered on Friday in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. The murder shocked France, and carried echoes of the attack five years ago on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Spotty research and inconsistent monitoring have made it impossible to evaluate the health of most Canadian watersheds, a study has found. "It's still largely unknown," said Elizabeth Hendriks of the World Wildlife Fund, which has just released its second evaluation of the condition of Canada's freshwater environments. Hendriks said the report points to the need for standardized, national water monitoring done by local communities. The report, the result of two years of study and advice from both academic and government researchers, finds that there's so little known about most watersheds that no conclusion can be made on their health. There's enough known about 67 of Canada's 167 watersheds to assess how well they're standing up under the pressures of development, loss of biodiversity and climate change. That's a slight improvement over 2017. For those 67, the news is encouraging. Nearly two-thirds are rated good or better, evaluated on the basis of water abundance, quality, invertebrate life and fish health. "Where we do have information, it's looking good," Hendriks said. "What we're doing seems to be working." But for large swaths of the Prairies, the Arctic, northern Ontario, northern Quebec and Nova Scotia, there's just no way to tell how well rivers, creeks, streams and lakes are doing. Data on water quantity and quality is mostly available. But when it comes to the health ecosystems, the gaps are large. Assessing the health of fish and other life is only possible in one-third of watersheds. That's important information that's just not there, Hendriks said. "We're in the middle of a biodiversity and climate crisis. We feel the climate crisis through water — floods, drought, increasing temperatures of lakes, the flow of water, melting glaciers." John Pomeroy, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan and head of the Global Institute for Water Security, agreed much of Canada's fresh water is poorly understood. "I'm sure we don't have enough information," he said. Water flow can be adequate and contaminants might be below health thresholds, Pomeroy said. But that doesn't tell you what's happening over the long term — or in the lake and river beds where bugs and snails and other crucial species live. "Unless you're sampling lake sediments, you won't even know that the lake is slowly accumulating toxic substances." Hendriks and Pomeroy suggest consistent, long-term water monitoring has been a victim of government cuts since the 1990s, which have never been fully reinstated. Both call for a national program — potentially using community-based monitoring — to create a standardized, consistent way to monitor and compare the health of Canada's freshwaters. Pomeroy said the responsibility is currently divided between the federal government, provinces, territories and First Nations. "As a result, water-quality monitoring is terribly fragmented." Hendriks said the Canada Water Agency, which the federal Liberals recommitted to in the recent throne speech, could provide that framework. "It will help ensure where investment in monitoring is happening, so you're not guessing what monitoring has to happen where, (or) where do we begin investing in restoration. "Without a framework, how are decisions being made?" This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2020. — Follow @row1960 on Twitter Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A earlier version spelled the last name of Elizabeth Hendriks incorrectly.
Province House, Canada's only legislature not to have sat during the pandemic, is gearing up for what will likely be a short sitting — one where MLAs may spend as much time shifting in and out of the chamber as debating bills or putting questions to cabinet ministers.All three parties have agreed to new pandemic rules that will limit the number of MLAs in the chamber to 29 rather than the 51 members that make up the legislature.The numbers will be divvied up to reflect the proportion of government and opposition members in the legislature.Debate will be halted every hour to give elected representatives waiting in the wings a chance to swap seats with those in the chamber, in order to give as many MLAs as possible a voice during proceedings, including time allotted for the two Independents in the legislature.Questions piling upIt may make for discontinuous debate but NDP House leader Claudia Chender is eager to return to Province House, which last sat March 10.The governing Liberals passed a budget last spring in the shortest amount of time allowable under the rules: 13 days."We have not been in the legislature since early March and the world has changed," said Chender. "We're in a fundamentally different landscape now than we were then." Chender said her caucus colleagues have many questions to put to the McNeil government, including what a second wave of COVID-19 would mean for the province.They also want to hear from the Liberals on the dispute between commercial and Mi'kmaw fishermen that has turned violent in recent days, said Chender. As well, they want an update on the planned public inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting."We have big questions about justice [and] law enforcement," she said.Not enough timeMembers of the Official Opposition are just as anxious to question the governing Liberals, according to PC House leader Allan MacMaster.His major concern, however, is the possibility of another lightening-quick sitting."The earliest the House will go in now is late November," said MacMaster. "And there's not much left of the year at that point and the House has only sat 13 days this year."This is a government that's out to do what it wants and ... it certainly doesn't care about what the opposition thinks."Government House leader Geoff MacLellan refused to answer questions about the next sitting.MORE TOP STORIES
Sweden has banned telecoms equipment from Huawei [HWT.UL] and ZTE <000063.SZ> in its 5G network, joining other European nations that have restricted the role of Chinese suppliers on security grounds. Telecoms regulator PTS said https://www.pts.se/en/news/press-releases/2020/four-companies-approved-for-participation-in-the-3.5-ghz-and-2.3-ghz-auctions Tuesday's decision, ahead of a spectrum auction due next month, followed advice from the country's armed forces and security service, which described China as "one of the biggest threats against Sweden". European governments have been tightening controls on Chinese companies building 5G networks following diplomatic pressure from Washington, which alleges Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for spying.
For example, steroids such as dexamethasone can lower the risk of dying for severely ill patients. A panel of experts convened by the National Institutes of Health updates guidelines as new studies come out. -- Not hospitalized or hospitalized but not needing extra oxygen: No specific drugs recommended, and a warning against using steroids.
Justice Robert Kelly will deliver his decision today in the manslaughter trial of Ottawa police Const. Daniel Montsion, a case that has forced the city to confront questions of police brutality, accountability and racism on the force.Montsion is charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in relation to the death of Abdirahman Abdi. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.On July 24, 2016, Montsion punched the 37-year-old in the head several times during an arrest outside Abdi's apartment building in Hintonburg. The officer was wearing gloves with reinforced knuckles at the time.Abdi suffered a heart attack and lost vital signs while lying face-down and handcuffed. He was declared dead in hospital the next day.The 37-year-old Black man's death raised questions about the treatment by police of racialized groups, as well as those with mental health issues.It sparked protests across Canada and led to the formation of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, which has advocated on behalf of Abdi's family and called for police reform.Trial started in 2019Montsion was charged in March 2017 and, after pre-trial hearings where he waived his right to claim his right to a speedy trial had been violated, the trial began in February 2019.Court heard from 21 witnesses over more than 70 days, during which lawyers argued over the reliability of a key surveillance video of the arrest.The Crown attorneys argued Montsion showed "wanton or reckless disregard" for Abdi's life and safety because the officer began punching him moments after arriving on the scene, and that he used excessive force.They said the punches delivered by Montsion broke bones in Abdi's face, caused sever brain damage and were a significant factor in his death.The defence argued Montsion's use of force was appropriate and reasonable, given police are put in dangerous situations and forced to make split-second decisions.The defence argued the video showing Montsion arriving at the scene should have been thrown out after an expert witness said it was riddled with technical issues. The assault with a weapon charge comes down to the reinforced gloves Montsion was wearing. The Crown argued the gloves were a "weapon of opportunity," while the defence contended the gloves were protective equipment and part of Montsion's uniform.The defence raised questions about whether the blows Abdi sustained to his head caused his death, which was described at one point during the trial as "homicide by heart attack."Dr. Christopher Milroy, Ottawa's chief pathologist, acknowledged during his cross-examination by the defence that it would be difficult to separate the effects of another officer's baton blows and pepper spray from Montsion's punches.That other officer, Const. David Weir, had originally responded to complaints that Abdi had been groping and harassing women at a nearby coffee shop. Court heard from a witness who said a group of people had tried to restrain Abdi before police arrived.Weir chased Abdi to the front steps of his apartment complex. He testified that he felt Abdi possessed "super-human strength," and credited Montsion with saving his life. The Crown called Weir's testimony "embellished and exaggerated."The defence alleged that prior to the arrest, Abdi was experiencing excited delirium, a controversial condition that refers to a combination of symptoms associated with extreme mental and physiological excitement, but is not recognized as a syndrome in the medical community, according to the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.The Crown did concede that Abdi's behaviour prior to his arrest was "assaultive," and that he wasn't taking the medication prescribed to him for a mental health issue.
Students at the University of Ottawa are condemning a letter signed by 34 professors at the school defending a colleague who was suspended for using the N-word in class.Part-time University of Ottawa professor Verushka Lieutenant-Duval was suspended Sept. 23 after a student complained she had said the N-word during a class as an example of a word that a community has reclaimed.In response to her suspension, 34 professors in multiple departments signed a letter of support for her on Friday — the day Lieutenant-Duval returned to teaching — saying that the use of the term can offer educational value and that a classroom is a place for debate. "It is important that university administrations, while helping to uncover and abolish all forms of systemic racism, ensure that the transmission of knowledge, the development of critical thinking and academic freedom is protected," the letter said in French.In a statement posted to social media, the Students Union called the professors' letter "appalling."A group of law students and a group of med students wrote in separate letters that they were "gravely alarmed" by the letter supporting Lieutenant-Duval, and called on the school to develop a zero-tolerance policy on the use of the N-word by anyone at the University of Ottawa."I cannot even fathom what academic freedom is because I'm here trying to tell you using the N-word is already alienating me and not giving me a freedom to exist in these spaces," said Hannan Mohamud, one of the students who signed the letter from law students. Mohamud is also vice-president of advocacy with the Black Law Students' Association at the University of Ottawa. "Personally, as a Black student, I already feel isolated."School says prof apologizedMohamud said she herself has heard the N-word used in class as an undergraduate student, but did not provide details. She said the experience left her feeling degraded and disappointed. "These problems have never gone away; they are still inherent and very reflected in our society," she said. Using the N-word in class, she said, shows "a lack of acknowledgment and a disassociation from what's happening right now."The University of Ottawa released a statement Monday saying Lieutenant-Duval subsequently apologized for using the term in class and invited students to discuss its use. The school also offered students an opportunity to continue the class with a different instructor."This was a necessary step to accommodate and respect the rights of all," said Jacques Frémont, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Ottawa.'Taking stock'The university has been criticized for racist incidents recently. In May, a report commissioned by the school found that race played a role in a Black student being carded as he entered his residence last year. In September, students complained that racist language was used during a class while a professor was not present. "We are, like many other universities, taking stock of the systemic dimensions of racism, and we have committed to making meaningful changes to address these issues," said Frémont.Frémont did not outright ban the use of the N-word, but said both a professor's right to freedom of expression and the students' right to dignity must coexist. He did note the professor could have used the term "N-word" rather than the actual word, but chose not to and faced the consequences for her actions. Mohamud and medical student Ibrahim Mohammad, who also signed a letter condemning the 34 professors who supported Lieutenant-Duval's use of the N-word, argue that the term should be banned to protect the safety of Black students."This word has been used for hundreds of years to oppress Black people," Mohammad said.Mohammad and Mohamud are also calling on the university to consult Black and Indigenous students on potential repercussions for the use of racist language at the school. "We do not believe that there is any appropriate setting which this word can be used because it is directly harmful to all of the Black students on campus."For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Sri Lanka and the Maldives this month, officials of both Indian Ocean nations said on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to counter China's growing influence in the region. Pompeo will hold two-way talks in Colombo on Oct. 28, a spokesman for Sri Lanka's foreign ministry said, but gave no details. Two people familiar with arrangements for the trip said Pompeo was likely to stop in the Maldives' capital of Male for several hours on the same day.
New Brunswick's seniors are better off staying in their homes as long as they want to — and as long it's safe, according to University of Moncton nursing professor Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard.Vera Spence, an 87-year-old resident of Murray Corner, is a prime example of that.Aside from four years spent in Bathurst, Spence has lived her entire life in the seaside community in southeastern New Brunswick. The houses she's lived in are all nearby. "That was my home that you can see right there," she said Monday, pointing to the house of her childhood. "Then I moved to there, and then we built the new home here."Staying in her community is a "big deal" because it's where she is comfortable."I can go to bed when I want, get up when I want, eat when I want," Spence said."That's the way I live."Cost-effectiveAccording to Dupuis-Blanchard, most seniors are like Spence: they want to stay in their own homes. Aside from making them happier, it's better for their physical health."There's also that sense of belonging that's quite strong, and that is related to health as well because of that feeling of belonging to that community, which you've been part for a while," said Dupuis-Blanchard.She said it also costs less. "Throughout Canada, from the research that has been done and the analysis that have been done there is this magic number of $55 a day — that is the cost for people to age in place with certain services."She said when you compare that to the approximate cost of a hospital stay at about $1,000 a day, or even a long-term care home, which Dupuis-Blanchard said averages out to between $100 and $125 a day, staying at home is cheaper. One caveat is that the $55 estimate doesn't take into account the free labour done by the senior's community and family, which is necessary for most seniors to stay at home because there are still gaps in government programs.Staying home requires helpWhether it's minor work or emergency repairs needed to keep the senior safe or to meet basic needs, the Department of Social Development has home repair programs specifically for seniors.Dupuis-Blanchard said these programs are an important part of keeping seniors in their homes, but they can often be difficult to access or even know about.For this reason, Dupuis Blanchard applied for grant money to see how to better serve rural seniors in their communities with a pilot project called Nursing Homes Without Walls. She received $1.8 million to set up services in four communities, Port Elgin, Inkerman, Lamèque and Paquetville.Pam Van Egmond runs the Port Elgin group, where she has signed up 170 seniors as members. Van Egmond hosts lunch–and–learns, checks in on members, and organizes social get–togethers. She also helps seniors get to medical appointments and tries to help them navigate the application process for government programs.When Spence was recently told she wouldn't be able to have oil delivered to her house until she replaced her old tank, Van Egmond helped her apply to Social Development for the money to purchase a new one. On a fixed income, Spence isn't sure where the money would have come from if the province hadn't helped out. She's grateful to Van Egmond for helping her through the process.Home is where you lay your headDupuis-Blanchard said an important part of aging at home is that it's the choice of the senior. Depending what supports are available, often seniors will end up in some kind of home, and that isn't a bad thing. She hopes that even as nursing homes and special care homes are associated with COVID-19 outbreaks or strict precautionary measures, conversations are sparked about the facilities and what challenges they face."You just have to go on social media since the pandemic began, and we're talking about warehousing seniors and we're talking about, you know, they're like prisons, they can't go out, they can't do this, they can't do that," said Dupuis-Blanchard."And in fact, in in normal times, I mean, these are people's homes."Go-Go VeraWhile she's in good health, Spence plans to stay where she is. She still drives but only as far as the nearest village, Port Elgin, which is about 20 kilometres away.She may not go very far, but she's not idle. Her favourite activities are playing cards and meeting with the local chapter of the New Brunswick Women's Institute. Van Egmond said Spence's nickname is Go-Go Vera, because she'll drop whatever she is doing if she hears there is something she can be helping with in the community.Spence said having things to do keeps her active."It's a lot to be able to stay around where you're used to," she said.
In the crucial battleground of Pennsylvania, suburban white women turned off by U.S. President Donald Trump could swing the balance of power in favour of Joe Biden and Trump knows it.