The throne speech promised to create national standards for long-term care homes, which were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as continued support for businesses and an investment in child care nationwide.
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.
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.
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."
OTTAWA — Political tricks in the House of Commons could lead to Canadians being treated to a snap fall election. A motion by the Opposition Conservatives to set up a committee to probe allegations of the misuse of public funds on COVID-19 relief programs has been deemed a confidence matter by the minority Liberals. The Bloc Québécois have said they'll support the Tories, leaving the New Democrats once again in a position to determine whether Canadians go to the polls or not. All four parties in the Commons insisted Tuesday none of them want to go that route, but the Liberals said the Tories have left them no choice, while the Tories and BQ laid the fault at the government's feet. There is a third way, NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus told the House of Commons Tuesday: find a compromise. Allow a member of the opposition to helm a committee specifically tasked to probe pandemic spending, which could include matters like the WE Charity affair and be able to get the required documents, Angus said. The Liberals have proposed their own version of such a committee, but with a Liberal at the head of the table. "We can't trust a Liberal chair," Angus said. "Let's vote on someone that all parties can agree would be a good solid opposition chair. That way we know we can get the job done. That's about working together. That's the offer that's on the table." The Liberals gave no clear sign midday Tuesday that they were open to that, holding tight to their assertion that the more aggressive proposal from the Tories crosses a line. The proposal is in the form of an Opposition day motion, a day in the parliamentary calendar when an opposition party can put forward an issue and call it for a vote. What the Conservatives had originally called for was an "anticorruption" committee that would focus nearly exclusively on three different COVID-19 relief programs having links to individuals or organizations with close ties to the Liberals. Among them, the student grant program the Liberals intended to have managed by WE Charity, an organization with long-standing connections to the Trudeau family. Several parliamentary committees had been probing that deal before the Liberals prorogued Parliament in August. Efforts to resume their work last month have been stymied by the Liberals' decision to filibuster committees where they have control. The new committee proposed by the Conservatives would be controlled by the Opposition, 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 and have precedence over any other House of Commons committees to carry out that work. The Liberals argue such a committee would bog down ministers and public servants and keep the government from carrying out any other work, in service of a partisan goal rather than the public interest. "If you read carefully the motion that has been put forward, it is a motion that frankly drips with a lack of confidence in this government," Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday. The NDP aren't entirely comfortable with the Tory proposal either, raising concerns about how it directly names people as being complicit in alleged corruption when there's no proof. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole said earlier Tuesday the Liberals' confidence-motion gambit underscores the opposition's point that 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, including changing the name away from "anticorruption" and potentially broadening its mandate upon consultation with the NDP and BQ in order for it to be able to function. 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 changed 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. A vote on the motion will take place later this week, potentially on Wednesday's one-year anniversary of the Liberals' being re-elected with a minority government. They've already survived a confidence vote on their speech from the throne, thanks to support from the New Democrats after they won concessions on pandemic benefit programs. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2020. Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
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
MONTREAL — Nurses and other health-care workers blocked two major bridges in Montreal and Quebec City Monday, escalating pressure tactics to push the province to address working conditions they say have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebec continues to report more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, and Nancy Bedard, president of the Federation interprofessionnelle de la sante du Quebec, said many nurses are taking sick leave, retiring or quitting. "It was already extremely difficult before the pandemic," Bedard said in an interview. "(But COVID-19) came and exasperated health-care professionals even further." Members of the union, which represents about 76,000 health-care workers, blocked traffic Monday morning on Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge and on the Quebec Bridge in the provincial capital. The union is negotiating a new collective agreement with the province. The protests came amid growing concerns around whether Quebec's health-care network will be able to withstand the pressure of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebec reported 1,038 new cases of COVID-19 as well as six more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Monday, bringing the total to 94,429 cases and 6,044 deaths since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations also increased by five compared with the prior day, for a total of 532, and 92 of those patients were in intensive care, an increase of four. The effects of the pandemic are being felt in hospitals, long-term care homes and in other health-care facilities across the province, some of which were already struggling with staffing shortages before COVID-19 hit. Jason Harley, an assistant professor in the department of surgery at McGill University, conducted a survey of 64 nurses and 55 physicians in the McGill University Health Centre network in August, comparing their stress levels before and after the pandemic began. Harley said the survey, completed with fellow McGill professor Tina Montreuil and funded by the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity, found significant increases of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout among the workers. Fifty per cent of nurses and 20 per cent of physicians surveyed were considering quitting, while they said difficulties finding a work-life balance and keeping up with management strategies to manage the pandemic were among their biggest stressors. "There's no question that our health-care professionals, they need support," Harley said. "It's critical for our society that . . . our health-care system, is able to continue to function, especially in this period of time when it's under extra strain and in turn, the people who are providing us with care are under additional strain." Gatineau Hospital in the Outaouais region was forced to temporarily close its intensive care unit last month due to a nursing shortage. Patrick Guay, president of the local health-care workers' union, said at the time that the closure marked the culmination of months of problems. "If one (nurse) leaves to go eat, that means a single nurse must take care of four patients. It's unthinkable and unsafe," he said. Meanwhile, the health agency for the Quebec City region said in an email Monday it is currently looking to fill 948 jobs across its network. That includes 172 vacant nursing and 120 auxiliary nursing positions, 66 vacancies in food services and 60 others in housekeeping, spokesman Mathieu Boivin said. Ahead of their protests on Monday, Quebec health-care workers said they wanted smaller patient-to-caregiver ratios and more stable and complete work teams. Bedard said 1,700 workers have quit since March 1. "There are people quitting every day," Bedard said. "The way the government has treated health-care professionals during the pandemic has really been the final straw for many of them." Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel said she was "disappointed" the health-care workers chose to protest the way they did, adding that contract talks will continue. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020. Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, The Canadian Press
Environment Minister Jeff Yurek said Monday that the proposed new list of items accepted will include plastic cups, foils, trays and bags. "This expanded list of materials will be standardized across the province to make recycling easier and more consistent," he said. The province will also expand blue box services to more smaller and rural communities with populations under 5,000.
An earthquake in Alaska caused officials to assess the possibility of a tsunami in British Columbia on Monday before they determined there was no threat. The tsunami warning in the United States stretched for nearly 1,600 kilometres along Alaska’s southern coast, with waves over 60 centimetres at the nearest community as the threat subsided. The Alaska Earthquake Center said the quake was widely felt in communities along the southern coast, including Sand Point, Chignik, Unalaska and the Kenai Peninsula.
Jeff Bridges says he is being treated for lymphoma and his prognosis is good. The 70-year-old actor channeled his The Dude character from “The Big Lebowski” in a statement on social media about the diagnosis Monday evening. The affable Bridges is considered Hollywood royalty, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, who both died in 1998.
A man living in the Heritage neighbourhood of Regina who was the subject of a previous public disclosure has been arrested.Steven Brian Ewanchuk, 71, was arrested Monday morning.Regina Police say the Correctional Service of Canada issued a warrant for his arrest due to heightened concerns about his risk to reoffend and that the arrest was not the result of a new criminal allegation.Ewanchuk has a long criminal history dating back to the 1970s that includes violent sexual offences, and he was considered to be a high-risk to reoffend sexually.He was living under supervision in the Heritage neighbourhood. Police say Ewanchuk has now been returned to a closed custody facility.
Canada reported a new COVID-19 milestone on Monday with total infections rising above 200,000 since the pandemic began in early March and as the country's second wave was expected to be worse than the first. Ontario and Quebec, which account for around 60% of Canada's 37.6 million people and just under 80% of the country's reported COVID-19 cases, have seen sharp increases in cases in recent weeks. Total cases rose by 3,289 to 201,437 while deaths reached 9,778, an increase of 18 over the previous day, government data released on Monday showed.
This year's flu vaccine rollout will also be used as a lesson for how a possible COVID-19 vaccine could be delivered to the Saskatchewan public."It's an all-hands on deck approach," said Dr. Kevin Wasko, a physician executive with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA)."We can trial a new way of doing things so when a COVID vaccine becomes available we can have a widespread response across the system."The flu vaccine became available to the public on Monday. This year it is available at more than 550 locations across the province.Vaccines will be made available at acute care centres, emergency departments, family physicians and in home care, as well as at traditional mass clinics and pharmacies."There might be some initiatives that we've tried that are new and different that work very well, while there may be others that didn't work so well and that we may not want to repeat when the COVID vaccine becomes available," Wasko said.The province has put in its largest ever order (596,000 doses) of the flu vaccine.More locations will hopefully translate into more people getting the vaccine, said Dr. Tanya Diener, the SHA's medical health officer in Regina."By increasing our influenza immunization coverage we can actually protect our population and thereby avoid what we call a twindemic (where large numbers of the population come down with influenza and COVID-19 at the same time)."Diener said it is important for everyone to get the vaccine, but especially for young people, the elderly, pregnant women and those with underlying conditions.Wasko said plans are in place for home-care providers and family physicians to deliver the flu vaccine.SHA recommends calling ahead to see if you need an appointment. That applies whether you are going to your own doctor, walk-in clinics, pharmacies or mass clinic sites.In Saskatoon the mass clinic site has been moved from Prairieland Park to SaskTel Centre and is by appointment only. About 30 of the private boxes at SaskTel Centre are being used for the vaccinations.Bring a mask and your health card, and follow COVID-19 guidelines such as physical distancing and washing of hands. Do not go to a clinic if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.Clinics will run from Oct. 19 until Dec. 23, though the vaccine will still be available until the end of March.Go to 4flu.ca to find an immunization clinic near you.
Calgary-based Topaz Energy Corp. says it is pricing its initial public offering at the low end of the $13-to-$15 range it announced last month. The subsidiary of Calgary-based Tourmaline Oil Corp. says it expects gross proceeds of about $217.5 million through an offering from treasury of 16.7 million common shares priced at $13 each, the same dollar target it identified in an announcement in September. Tourmaline senior capital markets analyst Jamie Heard says the company decided to reduce its part of the offering because it believes Topaz is worth more than $13 and it's in "no hurry" to sell.
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. What we are watching in Canada ... Debate begins later today on the Conservatives' push for an anticorruption committee the Liberals argue undermines Parliament.
Some issues at the centre of a violent dispute over a First Nation lobster fishery in Nova Scotia date back to a decision about treaty rights made 20 years ago. The National’s Andrew Chang talks to Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack and Colin Sproul, who heads the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association.
STRATFORD, Ont. — To binge or not to binge will be the question for Shakespeare fans as the renowned Stratford Festival in southwestern Ontario launches its own streaming service. The repertory theatre company has announced a new digital subscription series that includes not just the usual theatrical fare from the Bard but also music, cooking, conversations and comedy. The festival is charging $10 per month for Stratfest@Home, which is now up and running with a mix of films featuring festival talent, and brand new artist-driven content. The film offerings span decades and include a festival production of "The Tempest" starring Christopher Plummer, who can also be seen alongside Nikki M. James in "Caesar and Cleopatra." Other titles include the Timothy Findley play "Elizabeth Rex," starring Diane D'Aquila and Brent Carver, and "Antony and Cleopatra" with Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh. The new site also promises interviews with artists, new commissions and original content — from Dan Chameroy's mini soap opera "Leer Estates," to Roy Lewis's "Stratford Festival Ghost Tours" and Stratford Festival executive chef Kendrick Prins' "The Early Modern Cooking Show." The festival will add new content weekly and also bring back its Thursday night watch parties on YouTube on Oct. 22. The festival says it plans to announce its 2021 season in the new year "when there is a clearer understanding of pandemic performance guidelines." “With social isolation once more upon us, nights growing longer and winter approaching, we need the consolation of community like never before," artistic director Antoni Cimolino said Monday in a statement. "With these viewing parties and the many related artistic programs in Stratfest@Home, we invite you to enter the warmth of the Festival bubble." Online: https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020. The Canadian Press
A local musician with degrees in biology and neuroscience has found an innovative way to combine her interests.Angie Coombes, who goes by the stage name Angie C, is recording an album featuring TONTO, Calgary's historic analogue synthesizer — and she is playing the instrument with her mind.First, Coombes experiments by focusing on different thoughts, questions and imagery while wearing a consumer-grade brainwave sensor headset.Then, the data recorded from the headset is routed through software and a special circuit board created by an engineer, where it is changed into voltage control, Coombes told the Calgary Eyeopener."We could actually create a voltage that would go to TONTO and [then] manipulate things like reverb, low frequency oscillators, resonance cut off — and it worked," she said.A world firstIt's an idea Coombes first explored in 2016, when she participated in the MakeFashion Wearable Technology Gala, and designed colour-changing brainwave-controlled outfits.This time around, her experiment is making use of a machine that was created to explore new sounds.Officially known as The Original New Timbral Orchestra, TONTO was built in 1968 by music producers Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff.It helped spawn several albums by the legendary Stevie Wonder, and created the iconic bass line for the song, Superstition."The whole idea behind it was to be a basis for experimental music. Not just new sounds — people think of a synthesizer as just being for new sounds. I had ideas about different types of music," Cecil told the CBC in November of 2018.TONTO is now housed at the National Music Centre in Calgary. * WATCH Angie Coombes "play" TONTO using her mind in the video above.For Coombes, who had her own ideas about different types of music, the synthesizer was an appropriate fit for her experimentation."When [TONTO] was first created in the late 1960s, it was really quite an enigma. But where we're applying this new modern technology, with the brainwave headset to this old analog synthesizer … it's a world first," said Coombes.Controlling parametersAn interesting dimension of the experiment, Coombes said, is seeing what thoughts trigger different — or similar — reactions from TONTO.She has found that she is able to control certain parameters, such as pitch and volume, through visualization.And when she imagines keeping those parameters level in her mind, they would stay consistent for a while, Coombes said."I really found that if I thought of a question or … even the word 'why,' it seemed to really make my brain quite excitable. And that would then, you know, make, like, the pitch go up or the volume go up on TONTO," Coombes said."Other things I tried was, like, visualizing a purple flame coming down through my body and into the ground, and that was able to reliably bring the sound down in volume."Ultimately, Coombes said her hope is that tools like synthesizers, computers and the brain sensor headset will make music production more accessible."I just think it'd be so cool if in five years' time, you could just think music in your head and have it come out into the computer," Coombes said."Right now, there's still quite a bit of in-between work that you have to do with music production. So that's really my hope in the end, is that this will really make it easier for people to create music."With files from Erin Collins and the Calgary Eyeopener.
TORONTO — More than ten years after mass arrests during the G20 summit in Toronto, the city's police force said Monday that it regrets that "mistakes were made" when hundreds were detained at the time. The Toronto Police Service said that in attempting to preserve peace, there were times when many people were detained when they shouldn't have been, with many held in "unacceptable conditions." "We regret that mistakes were made," the force said in a statement. The statement came about two months after the force and hundreds of protesters and others reached a $16.5 million settlement over widespread arrests during the summit. On Monday, a court officially approved the entire settlement package, which includes the statement and other acknowledgments from police, said Eric Gillespie, one of the lawyers representing protesters in the case. Lawyers said in August that those arrested will each be entitled to compensation between $5,000 and $24,700, depending on their experiences. The settlement also included a commitment from police on how large demonstrations would be handled in the future, said Murray Klippenstein, who also represents members of the class action. He said that includes some police training, respect for charter rights and the avoidance of the “kettling” mechanism, which had seen police box-in people in certain areas in the city. "The class representatives and many class members have constantly said this is not just about monetary compensation," said Klippenstein. "It’s about other things, including this kind of acknowledgment by the police." One of the suit's lead plaintiffs, Sherry Good, said she hopes nobody would be "kettled" in Toronto again. "I’m very pleased they’ve acknowledged that they did wrongdoing and they are looking towards a future to not having a repeat of what happened ten years ago," Good said. The police force said reaching an agreement in the case was an important development "that will help everyone move forward.” Toronto hosted the G20 summit of world leaders in June 2010. Many public demonstrations were organized to address issues like climate change, globalization, and poverty. Thousands of protestors demonstrated peacefully, but some protests were accompanied by deliberate vandalism. Police reacted by encircling large groups of hundreds of protestors in several locations in downtown Toronto with cordons of riot police, holding them for hours, and then transferring many of them to a temporary detention centre in the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 19, 2020. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Denise Paglinawan, The Canadian Press
Queen's University says it is renaming its law school building, Sir John A. Macdonald Hall, after significant consideration and months of public consultation.The Kingston, Ont., university's move follows mounting calls across the country to remove monuments commemorating its first prime minister, who is also recognized as the architect of the residential school system. Last week, a Macdonald nameplate was removed from a statue in Regina in protest and, this past summer, a statue of him was toppled in Montreal.Also in Kingston, where Macdonald grew up, there are calls to remove his statue from a local park, though the mayor has so far rebuffed them.While Macdonald is "rightly celebrated" for his role in founding modern Canada, his full historic legacy cannot be ignored, said law school dean Mark Walters in a news release, ."We now have a richer and better understanding of the hurtful views and policies he and his government advanced in relation to Indigenous peoples and racial minorities," said Walters who, with university principal and vice-chancellor Patrick Deane, recommended the change to the board of trustees, which was approved on Monday."What was made clear through our consultations is that the Macdonald name sends a conflicting message that interferes with the values and aspirations of the current law school and Queen's community where Indigenous and racialized students must feel welcome and included."Under direction from Deane, the law school set up an advisory committee in July to look at how it should respond to an online petition, with more than 4,600 signatures, calling for a name change, a news release from the university said on Monday.Public consultations with more than 3,000 people over two months led to a 65-page report that recommended the school name be changed, the release said.'Safe and equitable space'The residential school system, which the Truth and Reconciliation Commission said amounted to "cultural genocide," saw about 150,000 Inuit, First Nations and Métis children taken from their families as an act of forced assimilation. Macdonald was also responsible for instituting a head tax on Chinese immigrants.Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Queen's associate vice-principal of Indigenous initiatives, said the name removal, in the era of reconciliation, takes into account the greater good."This decision affirms that Queen's is headed in that direction in terms of creating a safe and equitable space where each member of the community has a strong sense of belonging. As we continue to dismantle these colonial symbols, we get closer to achieving an inclusive community for all," she said in the release.Details on how the university will decide on a new name will be released at a later date.The online petition that called for removing Macdonald's name recommended the school instead name the building Patricia Monture Hall, after the Mohawk lawyer and Queen's graduate whose work made the oath to the Queen optional for new lawyers.
Canada on Monday criticized remarks by the Chinese ambassador to Ottawa last week about Hong Kong protesters, in the latest round of a long-running diplomatic dispute tied to the arrest of a Huawei Technologies Co Ltd executive in Vancouver. Although the dispute centers on Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese citizen arrested in late 2018 on a bank-fraud warrant issued by U.S. authorities, the ambassador's comments were about granting asylum to Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. At a news conference on Thursday, Ambassador Cong Peiwu warned Canada against granting asylum to protesters because he said they were "violent criminals" who threatened the "health and safety" of the 300,000 Canadian passport holders living in Hong Kong.
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