Like many other celebrities in the weeks leading up to the presidential election, influencer and TV personality Tana Mongeau is encouraging her social media followers to vote. But she’s doing it a little differently.
Six Wolastoqey communities have filed notice of a court action asserting title to their traditional lands along the St. John River, known to them as the Wolastoq. The title claim covers about half the province.Community leaders announced the title claim, filed against both the federal and provincial governments, at a news conference on the old burial ground at St. Anne's Point in Fredericton.They said the Wolasotqey Nation never gave up title to its land in the river watershed when it signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the British Crown in the 18th century.From 1725 to 1779, the Crown entered into treaties with five Wabanaki Confederacy nations, including the Wolastoqiyik, at the time known as the Indians of the St. John River. "We entered into treaties to have peace and friendship with the Crown, but we never agreed to give up our lands," said Chief Allan Polchies Jr. of Sitansisk First Nation in Fredericton."We have always honoured our side of the treaties, but the Crown has not."Broken agreements over the years have left the Wolastoqey communities among the poorest in the province, while others draw wealth from unceded Wolastoqey land, Polchies said. "The treaties made clear that the land would not be taken away from us without lawful process," Chief Patricia Bernard of Madawaska First Nation said. "The treaties were not respected." "The newcomers pushed us from our lands, the lands that had given us life for thousands of years and forced us into six small reserves along the Wolastoq."Should the six Wolastoqey communities win a declaration of title, Bernard said, they would need to be consulted on matters such as resource extraction projects."When things are going to happen with respect to the province, they will have to come consult."The Wolastoq begins in Maine and runs down through Quebec and New Brunswick into the Bay of Fundy. The Wolastoqey chiefs title claim is only asserting lands within New Brunswick as part of the claim, but they have been in contact with Wolastoqey leaders in Maine and Quebec for potential future claims.The lands and waters being claimed are those along the Wolastoq as well as its tributaries."We now know it was our territory because people went to every corner of it to live our lives, and harvest our foods and our medicines, and do our ceremonies and bury the ones that we've lost," said Chief Ross Perley of Neqotkuk, or Tobique."We know the Crown knew it was our land because when they came here to make treaties with us and our people they called us the St. John River Indians."The lawsuit will ask the court's recognition of the Wolastoqey Nation's title to the land, known as Wolastokuk, but the chiefs said they aren't looking to displace people or get the land back from homeowners or farmers. Nor are they seeking compensation."We are not interested in kicking any regular folks out of their houses or off their farms," said Chief Shelley Sabattis of the Welamukotuk First Nation in Oromocto."We have no problem with sharing," Perley said. "Sharing the land was foreseen in the treaties, it was the spirit of the treaties, but the treaties said if the settlers wanted the land, there would be a legal process for them to get it."Bernard said now was the time to file the title claim because the nation has only recently become unified to the level it is now."Our community members have been saying this for years, our elders have been telling us about the treaties for years," Bernard said. "We have only recently become united as a Wolastoqey Nation, and that has caused us to organize and move forward."Bernard said that the chiefs would rather not have to file a title claim but have few options, since negotiations with the provincial and federal governments have had "zero success."Bernard said the lawsuit was years in the making and the issue could take years to settle."This very may likely take us to the Supreme Court if we don't see any willingness from the government to actually sit down and do some acknowledgement."Bernard said the Wolastoqiyik, or People of the Beautiful River, get their name from the river Wolastoq,which speaks to how connected the nation is to the land."There's always going to be challenges but with a win in this title, we have a say," Bernard said. "It makes the government have no choice but to talk to us."Bernard said that the province's forestry management plan is an example of when First Nations people were not consulted with in New Brunswick and things would be different had they been properly consulted. "Get in the same canoe as us and paddle down the river," Perley said. "For a better New Brunswick, this needs to be settled."Status quo is unacceptable, it's now time to confirm our title to these lands and these waters, for a better future for our people."Communities of Kingsclear and Woodstock are also part of the title claim.
Four Calgary police officers will face a disciplinary hearing for their role in the shooting death of Anthony Heffernan in 2015.A fifth officer, Maurice McLoughlin, resigned from the force prior to the decision by the chief of police and will avoid any hearings or penalties as a result — a move the Heffernan family called "cowardly."Alberta is one of the few, if not the only, jurisdictions in the country where police officers can resign in the face of discipline and maintain a clean record.McLoughlin fired the shots that killed Heffernan. Following an investigation, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) recommended he be charged. The Crown prosecution service did not pursue charges. 2 of 8 allegations to be heardThe hearing decision, handed down by Chief Mark Neufeld on Sept. 23, dismisses six allegations brought forward by Heffernan's family, including insubordination and willfully or negligently making false statements in relation to the incident. The two allegations that will be heard are unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority for entering the hotel room where Heffernan was shot and neglecting duties as police officers "by failing to adequately consider tactical goals and risks before entering the room."The details of the chief's decision were not previously known. The hearing follows two investigations into the incident, one by ASIRT and the other by the RCMP on behalf of the Calgary Police Service and in response to the complaints filed by Heffernan's family.Heffernan was killed after the five officers entered his Barlow Trail hotel room following a complaint from staff that Heffernan had missed his checkout time and "did not respond to demands to leave."Heffernan had relapsed and was taking drugs.After officers breached the door of his room some time later, he was shot four times. Officers said he rushed at them with a syringe in his hand.Family reactionTom Engel, the lawyer representing the Heffernan family, says his clients are happy there will be a hearing on two of the allegations, but are disappointed in the dismissals and will likely seek a review of the decision with the Law Enforcement Review Board. "They want to see the officers, all of the officers who were involved in this, held accountable," he said."The consequences were obviously as severe as they can be and they think that the punishment ought to be harsh."Engel said, however, that's not likely "given the way that punishment of police officers is meted out in this province."Still, the lawyer said it's important that the two allegations will be examined and hopefully shed light on why the officers rushed into a room on a wellness check and ended up killing Heffernan. "This is the kind of conduct that is under heavy scrutiny nowadays, about how police respond to a mental health check on the welfare calls," said Engel. "So it's extremely important. It'll be a very, very important disciplinary hearing."The Calgary Police Service sent a statement attributed to Supt. Scott Boyd reiterating the decision made by Neufeld. "Given that a public hearing will take place, and to ensure a fair process for all involved, it would be inappropriate to provide any additional information at this time," it read. There is no date set for the disciplinary hearing, but Engel said it might not be finished by the end of 2021. Any appeals, from the officers involved or from the family, could mean years of continued legal wrangling.
Russia called on Monday for an evaluation of the legal and financial repercussions of the Trump administration announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) next July. Russia's delegation, addressing a two-day meeting of WHO's Executive Board, said: "We need to analyse legal procedures and administrative and financial procedures regarding steps taken by the United States against the WHO."
A Vancouver woman is claiming in a complaint to B.C.'s Human Rights Tribunal that a property management company acted in a discriminatory manner by denying her a rental apartment.Shayfaye Baylis, 32, alleges that after paying a damage deposit for a $1,500-a-month, two-bedroom apartment in Vancouver's Punjabi Market neighbourhood in July, Goodrich Realty cancelled the rental when staff learned she receives income assistance."I felt disheartened," Baylis said. "I've never gone through a process like this. Ever."Baylis, a casual housing support worker for a non-profit organization, receives income assistance for her disability — rheumatoid arthritis and lupus — which sometimes keep her from working.Baylis said in her complaint that under B.C. tenancy laws, once a landlord accepts a deposit, the tenancy is established.Baylis alleged after she paid, Goodrich refused to sign her shelter information form, which she needs a landlord to sign when she changes addresses in order to keep receiving income assistance. Baylis alleges Goodrich's property manager Donna Louie told her over the phone, "We've had nothing but bad experiences from people who need these forms filled out.""At that point, I really felt she was making the decision based on that," Baylis said.Days later, Baylis was declined as a tenant.A landlord cannot refuse to rent to a tenant based on their lawful source of income income, including income assistance.Baylis and her lawyer Grace McDonell have filed a complaint with B.C.'s Human Rights Tribunal claiming discrimination, including on grounds of lawful source of income."It wasn't until she brought up that disability, brought up the fact that she needed financial assistance, that essentially led down the path of her being rejected," McDonell said.The allegations have not been proven in court or tested by the tribunal. The tribunal will review Baylis's complaint to determine if it can proceed.Back and forthBaylis's complaint alleges over three days beginning July 19, she viewed the apartment, filled out an application and emailed Goodrich references and screenshots of her phone banking app showing deposits.On July 22, Goodrich sent Baylis an email with rental terms and instructions to send $800 via e-transfer for the damage deposit and move-in fee. Later that day, Baylis emailed Goodrich the shelter information form. Baylis and Louie spoke on the phone and Louie raised the issue of past tenants. On July 23, Baylis sent Goodrich an employment letter.On the morning of July 24, Goodrich demanded proof of her employment income within four hours. Baylis said in her complaint she had already provided that.On July 25, Goodrich emailed Baylis saying her application was denied because it lacked information. Goodrich refunded her $800 three days later."At no time prior to Ms. Baylis's request for a shelter information form signature, did Goodrich... indicate to Ms. Baylis that her application to rent the apartment was in any way incomplete," the complaint states."That financial questions were only posed once Ms. Baylis shared information about her disability and source of income is discriminatory. Her tenancy was rejected on that basis."Company says renter at faultLouie, in a phone interview, said Goodrich did nothing discriminatory and Baylis was declined because she would not disclose her employment income. Baylis denies that.Louie did say she told Baylis they had problems with tenants using shelter forms."Consistency of employment income is what we are looking for," Louie said."We had bad experiences before with people who keep changing the shelter form and we just don't get the proper income."Louie said she tried multiple times to get employment earnings information."You must give me the employment income," Louie said. "That's the number one most important thing in [an] application for rental because all the other income, one lump sum, can drop any time. We cannot count on that."Louie said the company does accept tenants on income assistance, but with "precautions" and "special arrangements." The company did not provide details of such arrangements.Tenancy complaints uncommonDanielle Sabelli, a lawyer with the non-profit Community Legal Assistance Society who is not involved in the case, said the situation raises the issue of how discrimination can deny people housing options in Vancouver's already tight rental market.Tenancy complaints only represented five percent of all tribunal complaints in 2018-19 but Sabelli believes they are underreported. Renters may not recognize discrimination or know the grounds under which they are protected, she said. Many landlords are unaware they have responsibilities under human rights legislation."Housing is essential to a person's dignity, safety, well-being and ability to participate in their communities," Sabelli said."So these housing violations are particularly egregious."Baylis said she's fortunate she could keep living in her basement suite in Vancouver's Champlain Heights neighbourhood.She, too, believes tenancy discrimination is underreported and wants to bring attention to it.CBC Vancouver's Impact Team investigates and reports on stories that impact people in their local community and strives to hold individuals, institutions and organizations to account. If you have a story for us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONTREAL — The grand chief of the Atikamekw Nation said he had a positive meeting with Quebec Premier Francois Legault Monday but he's still waiting to see action.Grand Chief Constant Awashish and other community leaders met with Legault to discuss the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman who filmed staff insulting her as she lay dying in a Joliette hospital last week."He was listening, I don't know if he (understood) everything but I know he was listening," Awashish told reporters outside the premier's Montreal office.The Atikamekw community wants an apology from the government and the ability to participate in a public inquiry into Echaquan's death, leaders have said. The incident has been described by members of Indigenous communities as an example of systemic racism in Quebec's public service.While Legault has described the actions of the Joliette hospital staff members as racist, he has repeatedly maintained that systemic racism doesn't exist in Quebec."In my eyes, and in the eyes of many experts, there's a systemic problem in the public services," Awashish said after the meeting. "We didn't agree on the definition of 'systemic' but I think we speak the same language, just differently."But even if the government doesn't acknowledge systemic racism, Awashish said he believes Legault could bring about positive change."He has the power to do it, now we're looking for the will," he said.Legault said later there was agreement that the staff at the Joliette hospital would be trained on how to better offer services to Indigenous people, and the training would be offered throughout the health-care network.The premier also said his government would create a public awareness campaign on the importance of fighting racism. “It’s time we move toward action,” Legault said.Earlier on Monday, the lawyer for Echaquan's family says he hopes the video of her suffering will help the public appreciate the discrimination faced by Indigenous people.Jean-Francois Bertrand said he’s heard from non-Indigenous people who told him they knew that members of First Nation communities suffer discrimination, but it remained an abstract concept. For those people, he said, seeing the video of the mother of seven being insulted was a wake-up call.Bertrand said in an interview on Monday he supports the recent decision by deputy premier Genevieve Guilbault to open a public inquiry into Echaquan’s death. “It’s a very important step."The lawyer said he plans to ensure the family obtains “interested party” status during the inquiry, which he said will enable it to call witnesses and introduce evidence.On Friday, Bertrand said he would sue the hospital on behalf of the family and file complaints with the police, the order of nurses and the human rights commission.Bertrand said Monday he also wants to see an investigation into the Joliette hospital. The regional health authority that runs the hospital has said it will conduct an internal investigation and that the nurse and the patient-care attendant heard insulting Echaquan in the video have been fired.A private funeral is scheduled for Echaquan on Tuesday in the Atikamekw community of Manawan, about 250 kilometres north of Montreal. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 5, 2020.———This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The recent death of a man who travelled to Newfoundland and Labrador from Central Africa was not primarily due to COVID-19, Health Minister John Haggie said Monday. Nonetheless, the man is listed as the province's fourth COVID-19 victim. “The only comment I can make about that is that COVID-19 is recorded on the death certificate, as far as I'm informed by the chief medical examiner, as a supplementary diagnosis, not the principal diagnosis,” Haggie told reporters. Privacy concerns, he added, kept him from saying much else about the man or his death. The man tested positive for COVID-19 after he died, Haggie confirmed. Health authorities say the man, between the ages of 60 and 69, arrived last Wednesday and died a day later while self-isolating. They say he was not exhibiting symptoms during his travel to the province. On Sunday, authorities said a woman connected to the man and also between the ages of 60 and 69 had tested positive for COVID-19. She too had travelled to the province from Central Africa. On Monday, health officials advised passengers on Air Canada flight 604 on Sept. 30, seated in rows 13 through 17, to self-isolate for 14 days from the moment they arrived into the province, and to call 811 to arrange a test. Passengers on AC8876 from Halifax to Deer Lake, N.L., on Sept. 30, are also being asked to self-monitor for symptoms and to call 811 to arrange a COVID-19 test. Passengers from that flight who are required to isolate have already been contacted, the Health Department said. Meanwhile, the Labrador-Grenfell health authority said Monday in an email that a communication error led to a health-care worker from Saskatchewan misunderstanding isolation rules. Authorities said last week she tested positive for COVID-19 after she had arrived in Labrador with a travel exemption as an essential worker. In response, the Health Department asked anyone who had visited two Happy Valley-Goose Bay stores during specific times to arrange for a COVID-19 test. Essential workers who travel to Newfoundland and Labrador are required to isolate when they aren't at work, for 14 days upon their arrival into the province. The regional health authority said the woman misunderstood isolation rules because of a communication error. On Thursday, Haggie told reporters an investigation was underway to determine if the woman had visited the two stores. He said on Monday that he hadn’t been told about the alleged communication error when he held the press conference. A Health Department spokesperson said the agency was updating its process for informing out-of-province health-care workers about proper isolation protocols. Haggie said Monday he’d seen the updated policy on paper and that he was satisfied with the changes. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2020. Sarah Smellie, The Canadian Press
Edmonton police have charged a female youth in the death of 13-year-old Sierra Chalifoux-Thompson. The youth has been charged with second-degree murder, police said in a news release Monday afternoon. She cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Staff Sgt. Brenda Dalziel refused to specify the age of the accused. She did say the victim and accused did not have a close relationship, but knew each other through mutual friends. Just after 11 p.m. on Friday, police were called to the area of 75th Street and Mount Lawn Road on the report of an assault. When officers arrived, they found the teen with serious injuries. She was treated and taken to hospital by paramedics, where she was pronounced dead. "This is a really difficult situation for homicide investigators," Dalziel said. "For first responders, for the EMS that attended and of course it's a tragedy for the family. Both families I think in this case." An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday. Dalziel declined to specify the cause of death. Social media attention to case Dalziel acknowledged all the attention the case has gotten on social media, but said investigators are relying on facts as they look at the evidence. "I know that many things have been shared on social media," Dalziel said. "I want you to know homicide is very much aware of what has been happening and we're doing our very best to gather as much evidence as we can at this time." Police say they're continuing to look for witnesses and any video that may have been taken on Friday night in the area. Dalziel would not say if it's possible others could be charged in connection with Chalifoux-Thompson's death, telling reporters the file is now with the Crown. 'Full of love' The Chalifoux family spoke to media Monday evening, gathering in the vicinity where Sierra was assaulted. Angela Chalifoux said her daughter loved drawing, music, dancing, making videos and making people laugh. "She knew exactly how to make somebody happy when they were upset," Chalifoux said. "The minute she walked in any room, she just lit it up." The mother said that Sierra used to be friends with the youth charged and that they had a falling-out. Chalifoux asked the public and the community to resist retaliating toward the youth. "I know there's been a lot of backlash and hate pointed toward the individual that was charged — I don't want that, Sierra wouldn't want that." Chalifoux said her daughter was a loving person who thrived on helping people. "She was so full of love, she forgave very, very quickly. She wouldn't want her to be hurt." Catherine Chalifoux also said the youth charged with killing her granddaughter doesn't deserve to be bullied, but she does want justice. "But she does deserve to do time for what she did. Sierra's not ever going to come back," the grandmother said. "I want justice for Sierra and I do hope she does time in jail." The family is asking for anyone who was present at the assault to come forward and report to police. "We do need answers and those guys hold the answers, whoever else was there," said Catherine Chalifoux. A memorial for Chalifoux-Thompson was growing Monday at the location she was found by police. Flowers, stuffed animals, a red shoe and a homemade poster of childhood photographs of the victim were placed near a utility pole.
Seven patients have died at Delta Hospital due to COVID-19 since an outbreak was declared Sept. 16 prompting the hospital to no longer admit new patients. However, the emergency department remains open for urgent care and all scheduled surgeries at the hospital will go ahead, Fraser Health said Monday."The emergency room is open and can provide usual emergency department care. But if a patient requires additional care beyond the emergency department and needs to come into hospital overnight or for a number of days, those patients will be transported to a different hospital," said Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin, the interim chief medical health officer and vice-president, population health with Fraser Health. Patients will be taken to a a hospital within the Fraser Health network.A total of 18 patients have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Delta Hospital, along with 17 staff. Brodkin said some of the staff cases are a result of community exposure rather than from their place of work, whereas all the patients acquired the infection at the hospital.The outbreak is contained to the second floor which is a large medicine unit, the health authority said."We appreciate that this has been a very difficult time for for everyone, for the patients themselves who have become sick and their families and acknowledged that it has been a tough go," said Brodkin.The health authority says enhanced infection prevention and control measures introduced at the onset of the outbreak continue to be in place. At the daily COVID briefing on Monday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said reduced staffing is another reason to close admissions."There's been quite a lot of health care workers who've been exposed and many of them as well, who are now off and self isolating because of those exposures," she said. "So the emergency department is open, but the hospital is closed for admissions right now." Outbreak at Surrey Memorial HospitalFraser Health is also dealing with an outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital, after evidence of transmission in a medicine unit, according to a news release sent out Friday morning.The health authority said the outbreak is limited to one unit, which is temporarily closed to admissions.It said it has notified all patients in the affected unit about the outbreak and has informed the families of patients who are unable to communicate with their loved ones.An outbreak was previously declared at the hospital's nephrology unit in early September.11 long-term care outbreaksThe health authority also announced an additional outbreak at a long-term care home in South Surrey on Monday. A staff member at Chartwell Crescent Gardens in South Surrey has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is currently in self-isolation at home. "We're working very closely with the site to proactively implement a number of enhanced infection prevention control measures. We also have the rapid response team that's been deployed to work with the site," said Brodkin.In total, 11 long-term care and assisted living facilities in the Fraser Health region are dealing with an outbreak. "We know that this continues to be a difficult time for everyone as we respond to COVID-19. For families that have their loved ones in long-term care, our hospitals and our teams are working hard to provide the necessary care to protect our patients," said Brodkin.
“The Searcher,” by Tana French (Viking) Cal Hooper, a Chicago cop whose wife has left him for reasons he does not yet understand, tells himself he’s done with police work. He retires from the force, moves to western Ireland, buys an abandoned country house, and sets to work fixing it up. Not much given to introspection, his therapy is carpentry, hiking through the countryside, and fishing its streams. Cal’s clannish neighbours aren’t the welcoming sort, but gradually some of them appear to warm to him, sharing stories and hard liquor at the village pub. Before long, however, the reader senses that unknown danger lurks in the region’s green pastures and fog-shrouded mountains. Irish novelist Tana French spends the opening chapters of “The Searcher,” her eighth book, skillfully fashioning her complex characters and vividly portraying the harsh beauty of the landscape. The plot doesn’t get going until Trey, a pre-pubescent child from a poor mountain family, asks Cal to find a brother who has suddenly gone missing. At first, Cal declines, but Trey, who has nowhere else to turn, keeps pestering him. When Cal finally relents and starts nosing around, he gets both himself and Trey in a world of trouble with locals who have something to hide. French’s novels are marketed as mysteries because crimes happen in them, but there’s little here to remind readers of bestselling crime writers such as Michael Connelly and Hank Phillippi Ryan. French is more interested in exploring how her characters react to stress and how they resolve moral dilemmas than in plot twists, suspense, and “whodunit.” In fact, there’s less suspense in “The Searcher” than in French’s earlier novels. However, readers who share her interest in exploring the lives of flawed and compelling characters will find much to love here, including prose as vivid and poetic as you are likely to find anywhere. ___ Bruce DeSilva, winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, is the author of the Mulligan crime novels including “The Dread Line.” Bruce Desilva, The Associated Press
There is a scene in the documentary “Time” that captures a woman on the phone trying to speak to a judge's clerk. She's put on hold. Nothing happens as the seconds tick away. One minute becomes two. The woman is still, waiting patiently. Eventually, she gets through but the call comes to nothing. Most filmmakers would leave that tedious moment on the cutting room floor, but not director Garrett Bradley, who is making her first nonfiction feature. Her film is precisely about wasted time. “Time” is a story about loss and patience and an unjust system that demands both. The woman on the phone is Sibil Fox Richardson and she's trying to get her husband released from prison while also raising six boys. “Time” is her story, augmented by video diary entries she made for her husband, locked up in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Bradley weaves these incredibly intimate videos with her own footage of Richardson and her family, always unrushed. A young son is seen sleeping or putting on socks. The slow pan out from a grandmother's face. A son simply eating. People chatting before an event. All while a lazy piano plays. “Time” had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where Bradley was awarded best director for U.S. documentary, becoming the first Black woman to win that prize. “Time” deserves every award it gets: It is terrific filmmaking, augmented by the woman at its centre, a formidable and charismatic figure. Richardson and her husband, Robert, both spent time for the attempted armed robbery of a credit union to help keep their urban clothes store afloat. No money was stolen and the culprits were all first-time offenders. She served three years; her husband got a 60-year sentence in 1999. This black and white film is not about guilt or innocence. It's about the cost one family has had to bear. Richardson was pregnant with twins when their father was locked up; the film captures them on the cusp of turning 18. “They have no idea what fathers even do,” she says. The filmmakers go back and forth in time, juxtaposing images of 20 years ago with recent footage. Toddlers become men, men go back to kindergartners. There is always something missing — a husband and a father. “Time is when you look at pictures of when your babies were small. And then you look at them and you see that they have moustaches and beards," Richardson says. "And that the biggest hope that you have was that before they turned into men, that they would have a chance to be with their father.” The personal gets political as Richardson argues that the national prison system is just a modern form of slavery. “Listen, my story is the story of over 2 million people in the United States of America,” she says. She becomes an advocate and a dynamite public speaker. But above all, there is love, an unwavering, fierce love for a man she can only visit twice a month. Among the interesting things about Bradley's approach is the film's colour palette. She has chosen to strip the home movies of colour and present her own modern footage in the same monochrome, giving the different parts of the film a knitted smoothness and timelessness, a wheel that keeps spinning. The last few moments contain some of the most exhilarating and moving moments ever committed to film and Bradley’s reversing of video images — ending with a kiss — is simply gorgeous, poetic filmmaking. “Time” is very much worth everyone's time. “Time,” an Amazon Studios release, is rated PG-13 for language and adult situations. Running time: 81 minutes. Four stars out of four. ___ MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. ___ Online: https://amzn.to/34kxpwE ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press
The federal government is returning to a controversial lottery system to distribute coveted sponsorships to reunite immigrant families.Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino today announced details of the new parent and grandparent sponsorship program. The program will open Oct. 13 for a three-week window when people can fill out online forms to express interest in bringing their relatives to Canada. The program had been suspended due to the global pandemic.After the three-week period ends, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will randomly select potential sponsors and invite them to submit applications.Those selected will have 60 days to submit their applications. Normally there are 20,000 spots available, but due to the suspension caused by COVID-19, there will be 10,000 available spots this year and 30,000 in 2021."We think this is the fairest way in which to administer the intake and to invite expressions of interest," Mendicino told CBC News."We know that last year there was a high demand and there were some individuals who were disadvantaged by the intake process, so we wanted to create a level playing field as much as possible."First-come, first-served system failedThe Liberal government moved to a first-come, first-served online application system last year after scrapping the controversial lottery system.But that approach left tens of thousands of people frustrated and furious because they couldn't access the form or fill it out quickly enough.Some said the sprint to file applications worked against those who couldn't fill them out quickly, such as people with disabilities or literacy issues, or those living in places with slow internet connections.The lottery system has also been contentious, with critics claiming it essentially gambled with peoples' lives.The lottery process in 2018 replaced another first-in system which was also unpopular because it led to a mad rush every January — with people lining up overnight at the doors of processing centres or paying placeholders to stand in line and deliver applications prepared by consultants or lawyers.'Super visa' another optionSome people have pushed for a weighted system — one that would boost an individual's chances in the lottery according to the number of years they express interest in sponsorship.Mendicino said the government will continue to look for ways to improve the application system. "I'm not closing the door to reassessing the intake process after this year," he said.Canadian citizens and permanent residents also can apply to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada for up to two years at a time with a 'super visa', which allows multiple entries for up to 10 years.Under that program, applicants must show proof of private medical insurance and financial support. During the pandemic, applicants have been expected to meet COVID-19 travel restrictions and follow public health guidelines.Conservative MP and immigration critic Raquel Dancho suggested the Liberals were blaming the pandemic for the delayed launch of a program that has failed people for the past two years."Justin Trudeau has failed to ensure a fair and compassionate immigration process for those hoping to call Canada home. Frankly, it's unacceptable and those that depend on the immigration system deserve better," she said.NDP MP and immigration critic Jenny Kwan said it's "unbelievable" that, after months of delay, the government chose to return to what she called a "failed" lottery system."This is definitely not building back better. It's going backwards and it's a disgrace," she said.Kwan has pushed the government to lift the cap on the number of sponsorships and set processing standards so that families can reunite with their loved ones in a reasonable, predictable way.Reuniting families should not be 'luck of the draw': KwanShe said it's wrong that the parent and grandparent sponsorship program is the only immigration stream based on a lottery."Reuniting with loved ones should not be subject to the luck of the draw," she said.Vishnu Kaginkar arrived in Canada as a permanent resident in 2009 and began working to find a job, buy a home and settle into the new culture with a plan to sponsor his parents from India.He said he has been trying without luck since 2015 — while a friend who landed in Canada in 2016 was able to sponsor his parents the following year."I am not jealous of him but it's frustrating to see his parents are here within a year and I have been waiting for the last five years," he said in an email exchange with CBC."I was expecting at least they would give priority to the people who have been here ... contributing to the economy and society. The new system they introduced today has left me nervous and hopeless because it's the lottery system again."
A five-centimetre needle is found in a woman's spine at least 16 years after giving birth — which hospital staff failed to report at the time. Experts say with Canada's medical malpractice system stacked against patients, it's likely no one will have to take responsibility.
There have been three reported incidents of laser interference on planes over Amherst, N.S., in recent weeks and Transport Canada is asking people to report to police anyone aiming lasers at aircrafts.On Sept. 15, 16 and Oct. 2, the Moncton Flight College reported lasers being pointed at planes, according to the Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System.At least two of these incidents involved green lasers. Police were notified in all cases, according to the reports.Transport Canada's website says lasers can distract the pilot, create a glare that impedes their vision or even temporarily blinds them.In an email, Transport Canada said it is aware of the Amherst incidents, but there is "currently insufficient information for the department to open an investigation pertaining to these incidents."Transport Canada spokesperson Cybelle Morin said in the email that aiming a laser at an aircraft is both dangerous and illegal."Citizens should call their local police immediately if they see someone pointing a laser at an aircraft," Morin said.New safety measures mean that Canadians cannot possess a battery-operated hand-held laser over one milliwatt within a 10-kilometre radius of any airport or certified heliport, unless for a legitimate reason such as work, school or educational purposes.People caught pointing a laser at an aircraft or into airspace can be fined up to $100,000 and even be sentenced to up to five years in prison.According to the Transport Canada website, in 2019 there were nearly 250 reported laser strikes on aircrafts in Canada.MORE TOP STORIES
Summerside police are looking for the source of fentanyl-laced street drugs that resulted in the death of a man by accidental overdose last week."It may prove to be tough in the end, but our investigators will be going back to people — friends and family of the deceased — to try and see if we can sort that out," said Sgt. Jason Blacquiere.Police were called last Thursday morning to a Summerside residence where a man in his mid 40s had been found dead.Police suspected it was a drug overdose. An autopsy was performed and late Friday afternoon, the coroner's office confirmed fentanyl was involved."Because of the presence of fentanyl, our major crime unit is working to try and locate the source of the drugs — where the victim may have gotten the drugs," said Blacquiere.Summerside police said drugs seized at the residence will be sent for further testing.Fentanyl is a powerful opioid, 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. It's especially dangerous in street drugs, because people using the drugs often don't know that they're taking fentanyl — or how much is being taken.Police and frontline health-care workers are once again warning people who use street drugs to be careful."Because of the risk of death and overdose, given how potent the drug is, we want the community to be aware that it is present and to use caution and take safety precautions if you're going to be using illicit drugs," said Blacquiere."We'd recommend having a naloxone kit on hand and someone also there with you that knows how to use the kit."Naloxone can help prevent deathNaloxone is a short-term antidote to fentanyl. Sprayed up the nose, it can keep overdose victims alive until they reach hospital.Naloxone is available in pharmacies on Prince Edward Island, and from the province's Needle Exchange Program, through mental health and addictions programs, and from some community groups.Since April, 11 accidental opioid-related overdoses have been reported on P.E.I., according to the Department of Health and Wellness. Eight of them involved fentanyl, and at least two overdoses proved fatal.More from CBC P.E.I.
Another Crown corporation is mandating masks be worn on its premises because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Starting Thursday, NB Liquor will require all patrons to wear face masks when shopping at their corporate stores.This comes a few weeks after Service NB said masks would be mandatory at all locations starting on Oct. 1.As with Service NB, NB Liquor's move appears to be targeted at reducing lineups outside locations, especially with cold weather looming."By making masks mandatory while in our stores we can continue to keep our team members and customers safe, while increasing the capacity in the store," NB Liquor said in a statement posted to its website.NB Liquor said the mask order does not extend to agency stores as they are "privately owned and therefore ANBL has no authority over store policies at private locations outside the sale of alcohol products."NB Liquor's corporate cousin, Cannabis NB, is not requiring mandatory masks in its stores.The corporation has "been and will continue to monitor the situation as it pertains to mandatory masks," spokesperson Sarah Bustard said in an emailed statement. "When more information is available we will communicate that with our customers."Mandatory masks, maybe?The new mandatory mask order for NB Liquor comes less than a week after Premier Blaine Higgs was unclear about whether or when a blanket mask policy would be on the way for the province.Higgs said a mandatory mask policy may, or may not be, coming as soon as this week, Oct. 8, which is Thursday."Although I prefer not to make mask use mandatory in public spaces, I know that it may soon be necessary," Higgs said on Oct. 2."There is a possibility we will implement this next week. It could be a week or two out. … I guess the only clarity here I'll add, it could be as early as Oct. 8, or it could be delayed a few weeks, but I would suggest that mandatory masks are coming soon into our province."CBC News has asked the province if a mandatory mask policy is imminent and is awaiting response.Atlantic viewElsewhere in the Atlantic bubble, mandatory masks are already required in many public places.Nova Scotia brought in mandatory masks for people in indoor public spaces back in July.Several major retailers in Atlantic Canada, including Superstore and Walmart, have already made wearing a mask a requirement for entry.The City of Moncton has moved to make masks mandatory in all city-owned buildings.The province also mandates masks be worn in public places where physical distancing is not possible.
The fall harvest has begun, and that means more slow-moving tractors are rolling around on Niagara’s roadways. Both drivers and farm machinery operators have a role in making this year’s harvest a safe one. Lee Alderson of the Ministry of Transportation pointed out that most tractors and combines – marked with an orange and red triangle emblem on the rear – have a maximum speed of 40 km/h, but travel slower when towing.
A former tech executive was sentenced Monday to one year of home confinement for paying $300,000 to bribe his son's way into Georgetown University as a tennis recruit, even though the son did not play tennis. Peter Dameris, of Pacific Palisades, California, appeared before a Boston federal court judge via video because of the coronavirus pandemic. Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 21 months of home confinement along with a fine of $95,000.
The PCs are presenting a motion, calling for the delay of the provincial general election until October 2021, insisting the move has nothing to do with their party trailing in recent polls. Opposition House leader David Brazil said Monday it's about safety."The priority here now is ensuring that people are not exposed to anything that they shouldn't have to be," said Opposition House leader David Brazil on Monday. "Everybody wants to exercise their democratic rights.… We can dispel all of that and keep people safe by putting it [off] until we have a better understanding of how we can deal with COVID-19. Hopefully there's a vaccine."The private member's motion calls for changing the legislation, and proposing the election be held the third week in October of next year. Under provincial legislation, an election must be called within a year of a new premier being sworn in.After question period Monday, Health Minister John Haggie was asked if it would be wise to delay the election. "I think that's a difficult question to answer. My main focus at the moment is what's happening in the province, in terms of public health.… [Cases] are now closer together than they were, say, three or four weeks ago, where we might have had a case every seven or days," Haggie said. Nothing to do with polls: BrazilAn MQO poll released in mid-September asked, "If a provincial election were held today, which party would you most likely vote for?"Of the 289 respondents, 53 per cent of those decided and leaning supported the Liberals, 33 per cent supported the PCs, 11 per cent supported the NDP and one per cent supported the NL Alliance. The poll, conducted from Aug. 19 to Sept. 6, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.When asked if putting off a general election is in any way related to those numbers, and possibly wanting to try to close the gap, Brazil replied, "It doesn't at all."He pointed to the byelection in Humber-Gros Morne, where polls close Tuesday at 8 p.m. "We just saw what happened with the byelection in Deer Lake. The potential, how that could have blew up," Brazil said, appearing to reference three, out of Newfoundland and Labrador's total four, active COVID-19 cases. The cases are travel-related.When it was pointed out to Brazil that New Brunswick recently held a provincial election with no uptick in COVID-19 cases, he acknowledged "there's things that probably could be done.""But we don't want to put any extra risks when it's not necessary," he added, insisting Newfoundland and Labrador's geography means it shouldn't be compared with other jurisdictions. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
A university in southwestern Ontario is testing wastewater from campus residences for early signs of COVID-19 and expects to find out this week if new cases are cropping up. The monitoring could help the University of Guelph take early action against potential outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, said professor Lawrence Goodridge, who is leading the team of researchers carrying out the project. "By testing wastewater, we capture anybody who is potentially infected regardless of whether they're showing symptoms or not," Goodridge said in an interview Monday. "The idea is that if you tested it and you find it, then you can take steps to hopefully stop an outbreak from happening." The testing detects levels of COVID-19 released in human feces, Goodridge said, and previous studies have shown that the virus appears in wastewater around a week before a person starts showing symptoms. Testing began last week at five campus residences, where a total of about 2,000 people live, Goodridge said. Results are expected this week that could signal potential new cases, he said. The testing cannot, however, tell where in a building the virus is coming from, only that someone living there might be infected, Goodridge said. "All we can say is that at least one person in this building is shedding the virus," he said. "But once we know that, there's things that we can do." For example, he said, the university can set up a mobile testing unit to individually test students from a certain residence and quarantine those found to be infected. Goodridge said that approach has already been taken at several universities in the United States. He noted, however, that the wastewater testing is just an additional tool to detect COVID-19 and is not meant to replace individual testing done by health units. "We believe that because we've seen effective use of it elsewhere around the world, although there's still research questions to be asked, we can actually employ this right now," he said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2020. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Denise Paglinawan , The Canadian Press
Western University has put 100 students on academic probation for breaking rules around physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other universities are also cracking down in the name of safety as cases are linked to parties. [Note: This story also contains images gathered by Liam Alfonso/Western Gazette]