With 100 days until the Tokyo Games, organizers are faced with a host of challenges, including a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, a slow vaccine rollout and Tokyo residents worried about the virus.
With 100 days until the Tokyo Games, organizers are faced with a host of challenges, including a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, a slow vaccine rollout and Tokyo residents worried about the virus.
REGINA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians can expect a “one-dose summer" as more COVID-19 vaccines are delivered, but Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says people in his province can expect better than that. "The fact of the matter is, we’re not going to have a Trudeau summer here in Saskatchewan," Moe told a news conference Tuesday. “We’re going to have a one-dose spring and quite likely a two-dose summer, as we are planning to have second doses available to everyone in the province by sometime in the middle of July.” About 40 per cent of Canadians are vaccinated with at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Saskatchewan is running ahead of national numbers, with about 50 per cent of adults — and more than 70 per cent of those aged 40 and over — having already received their first dose. That 70 per cent marker is one of the key thresholds in the first step of Saskatchewan's reopening plan, which Moe said he expects will come into effect on May 30. That will be three weeks after 70 per cent of adults over 40 have had a first dose, and the province expects all Saskatchewan adults will be eligible to be vaccinated by that date as well. Moe said this gradual reopening plan meets the province’s public health and economic needs, even if the initial vaccination threshold is lower than the federal government’s recommendation to vaccinate 75 per cent of adults before loosening restrictions. “I think it’s important for us to recognize — and important for the prime minister to recognize — that we’re not going to just turn a switch and the economy comes on when we hit 75 per cent or some magic number,” said Moe. “You need to gradually reopen the economy, bring people back into their communities and allow people time to reintegrate back into what life used to be like.” The province is expecting to start administering second doses later this month. There were 186 new infections reported Tuesday, and four more deaths due to the virus. The province said there were 2,064 active cases and 162 people in the hospital, with 38 in intensive care. After hundreds of demonstrators attended protests over COVID-19 restrictions in Regina and Saskatoon over the weekend, Moe reminded those who are frustrated that vaccines — not protests — are the best way to get those measures lifted. “The absolute, bar-none, best way to have the public health measures removed is to make your appointment, go receive your first vaccine and as soon as you’re eligible … get your second shot,” he said. With "a very, very few" number of Oxford-AstraZeneca shots left in the province, Moe said health officials are also tweaking some of their vaccine rollout plans. Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone said the province is no longer using AstraZeneca vaccines for first doses due to a lack of supply. “We simply don’t have enough of the vaccine in the province,” he said. Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, said he is following ongoing studies about the efficacy of mixing and matching vaccines. “There is good information emerging — and we will be confirming the same over the next two weeks — that Pfizer especially as a second dose is perfectly safe and effective if your first dose was AstraZeneca,” he said. “And if we have AstraZeneca at that time, it can be offered as well. (But) either vaccine is fine and, likely, based on supply, Pfizer would be the second dose." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. — By Julia Peterson in Saskatoon The Canadian Press
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man who fatally shot six people at a Colorado birthday party before killing himself was upset after not being invited to the weekend gathering thrown by his girlfriend’s family, police said Tuesday, calling the shooting an act of domestic violence. The shooter, 28-year-old Teodoro Macias, had been in a relationship with one of the victims, 28-year-old Sandra Ibarra, for about a year and had a history of controlling and jealous behavior, Colorado Springs police Lt. Joe Frabbiele said at a news conference. Police said there were no reported incidents of domestic violence during the relationship and that the shooter didn't have a criminal history. No protective orders were in place. “At the core of this horrific act is domestic violence,” Police Chief Vince Niski said, adding that the gunman had “displayed power and control issues” in the relationship. About a week before the shooting, there was another family gathering where there “was some sort of conflict” between the family and Macias, Niski said. The other victims of the shooting early Sunday were Ibarra’s extended family. They were identified as Melvin Perez, 30; Mayra Ibarra de Perez, 33; Joana Cruz, 52; Jose Gutierrez, 21; and Jose Ibarra, 26. Investigators don’t know yet how the shooter got the weapon, which Frabbiele described as a Smith & Wesson handgun. He said it was originally purchased by someone else in 2014 at a local gun store but was not reported stolen. The gunman had two 15-round magazines, one of which was empty, and police recovered 17 spent shells at the scene. The shooting occurred at a home in the Canterbury Mobile Home Park on the east side of Colorado’s second-largest city. Three children at the party, ages 2, 5 and 11, were not hurt. Two families were celebrating the birthdays of family members, and 10 people were inside the home when the gunman arrived “and shot all six victims in quick succession” before turning the gun on himself, Frabbiele said. The children inside were in “close proximity” to the shots fired, he said. Police received the first of three 911 calls from inside the home. Another was made by an adult who managed to escape. Three teenagers had left the party just before the shooting, Frabbiele said. They returned shortly after to discover what happened. Arriving officers found Jose Gutierrez gravely wounded inside; he told the officers the suspect was in the home, Frabbiele said. Gutierrez died later at a hospital. “One of the smaller children and some of the teenagers lost both parents,” Frabbiele said. Police say the families of the victims had requested privacy. “In Colorado, we’ve had domestic terrorism incidents where lots of people were killed, we’ve had random acts like going into a King Soopers or a movie theater, but let’s not forget about the lethality of domestic violence,” Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said. Suthers was referring to a March 22 attack on a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, that killed 10 people, including a police officer, and a 2012 shooting at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora that killed 12 and injured 70. “What we have here is a situation where all these people were together and (we) apparently had the anger directed at the adults and his partner. And the tragic consequences are unfathomable. We’ve got children orphaned by this situation,” Suthers said. Gladis Bustos, who lives three homes away, had tearfully identified the home’s owner as Joana on Monday. Bustos called her a warmhearted, hardworking person who always took the time to say hello to her neighbors and brag about her children. Colorado Springs police say eight of 15 homicides this year, including Sunday's victims, were related to domestic violence. Last year, nine of 39 homicides were tied to domestic violence. The weekend attack follows a series of mass shootings — defined as four or more dead, not including the shooter — to plague the U.S. this year. Before the Colorado Springs shooting, a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University showed there had been at least 11 mass shootings since Jan. 1, compared with just two public mass shootings in 2020. After the Boulder shooting, Colorado lawmakers introduced a bill to create a state Office of Gun Violence Prevention to educate residents about gun safety and collect data on Colorado gun violence. Other bills advancing through the Democratic-led Legislature would tighten background checks, allow municipalities greater freedom to adopt gun control laws that are stricter than state law, and require a person facing a protection order related to domestic violence to report what firearms they possess. ___ Associated Press writers James Anderson and Patty Nieberg in Denver contributed to this report. ___ This story has been corrected to show that Colorado Springs police Lt. Joe Frabbiele's last name was misspelled and that one of the children at the party, as well as some teenagers, were orphaned, not that all of the children were orphaned. Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. There are 1,299,572 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,299,572 confirmed cases (78,039 active, 1,196,819 resolved, 24,714 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 5,373 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 205.34 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 49,623 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 7,089. There were 32 new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 321 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 46. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 65.03 per 100,000 people. There have been 32,867,352 tests completed. _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,156 confirmed cases (81 active, 1,069 resolved, six deaths). There were 15 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 15.51 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 48 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is seven. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 1.15 per 100,000 people. There have been 250,666 tests completed. _ Prince Edward Island: 187 confirmed cases (eight active, 179 resolved, zero deaths). There were zero new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 5.01 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of four new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is one. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people. There have been 150,343 tests completed. _ Nova Scotia: 4,152 confirmed cases (1,591 active, 2,490 resolved, 71 deaths). There were 118 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 162.45 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,145 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 164. There were zero new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of two new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.03 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 7.25 per 100,000 people. There have been 681,459 tests completed. _ New Brunswick: 2,015 confirmed cases (137 active, 1,837 resolved, 41 deaths). There were two new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 17.53 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 57 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is eight. There were zero new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of three new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.05 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 5.25 per 100,000 people. There have been 316,040 tests completed. _ Quebec: 359,456 confirmed cases (7,817 active, 340,637 resolved, 11,002 deaths). There were 660 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 91.16 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 5,981 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 854. There were nine new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 43 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is six. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.07 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 128.31 per 100,000 people. There have been 8,622,017 tests completed. _ Ontario: 497,092 confirmed cases (31,151 active, 457,599 resolved, 8,342 deaths). There were 2,073 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 211.42 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 20,400 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 2,914. There were 15 new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 199 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 28. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.19 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 56.62 per 100,000 people. There have been 14,378,482 tests completed. _ Manitoba: 42,779 confirmed cases (3,837 active, 37,945 resolved, 997 deaths). There were 329 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 278.19 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 2,966 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 424. There were zero new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 17 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.18 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 72.28 per 100,000 people. There have been 722,766 tests completed. _ Saskatchewan: 43,481 confirmed cases (2,064 active, 40,911 resolved, 506 deaths). There were 186 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 175.11 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,475 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 211. There were four new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of seven new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 42.93 per 100,000 people. There have been 800,782 tests completed. _ Alberta: 211,836 confirmed cases (24,998 active, 184,719 resolved, 2,119 deaths). There were 1,449 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 565.33 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 13,183 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,883. There were two new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 20 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is three. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.06 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 47.92 per 100,000 people. There have been 4,320,308 tests completed. _ British Columbia: 136,623 confirmed cases (6,217 active, 128,782 resolved, 1,624 deaths). There were 515 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 120.77 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 4,270 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 610. There were two new reported deaths Tuesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 30 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 31.55 per 100,000 people. There have been 2,581,120 tests completed. _ Yukon: 84 confirmed cases (two active, 80 resolved, two deaths). There were two new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 4.76 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of two new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 4.76 per 100,000 people. There have been 9,129 tests completed. _ Northwest Territories: 112 confirmed cases (61 active, 51 resolved, zero deaths). There were 10 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 135.07 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 41 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is six. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people. There have been 20,761 tests completed. _ Nunavut: 586 confirmed cases (75 active, 507 resolved, four deaths). There were 14 new cases Tuesday. The rate of active cases is 190.58 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 51 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is seven. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people. There have been 13,403 tests completed. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
VICTORIA — British Columbia recorded 515 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, continuing a downward trend of infections as the vaccination rate accelerates. Health officials say in a news release that 6,020 people have active infections, 426 of whom are hospitalized, including 141 in intensive care. Two more people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,624. More than 2.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, 110,516 of which are second doses. The government is also extending the provincial state of emergency through May 25, saying it would allow health and emergency management officials to keep using extraordinary powers to support the pandemic response. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix urged every adult to register amid "ample" vaccine supply. “The number of people protected with a COVID-19 vaccine is going up every day, and the number of people requiring care in hospital is trending down," the joint statement says. "This is what we want to see and what we want to keep going." Most British Columbians are doing their part, but officials continue issuing tickets to owners, operators and event organizers who don't, Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, says in a statement. "By following orders for the next while and avoiding non-essential travel, you'll be doing your part to get us all through this sooner,' Farnworth says. Non-essential travel outside of a person's health authority is currently prohibited. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
New Brunswick Public Health reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and issued a reminder about the importance of getting tested, even though the entire province is back at the yellow alert level for the first time since mid-March. Seven of the new cases are in New Brunswick, while the other two involve residents who are isolating outside the province, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell said in a statement. Since Tuesday, 22 people have recovered from the respiratory disease, putting the active number of cases at 123 — the lowest it's been since late March. Seven people are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including three in an intensive care unit. Another four people are hospitalized out of province. "Although the entire province is in the yellow alert level, we must all continue to do our part to slow the spread by following public health guidance and by getting vaccinated once we are eligible," said Russell. "Don't take any chances with your health or the health of your family, friends and members of your community. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please get tested." Residents may request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to book an appointment. A section of the Edmundston region, Zone 4, which had been at the orange COVID alert level, joined the rest of the province at the yellow level, on Monday at midnight.(CBC) The breakdown of the new cases is as follows: Moncton region, Zone 1, two cases: A person 30-39 A person 60-69 One case is a contact of a previously confirmed case and the other is an out-of-province travel case. Bathurst region, Zone 6, five cases: A person 20-29 Three people 50-59 A person 60-69 Three cases are travel-related, including one which is out-of-province, one is a contact of a previously confirmed case and the other one is under investigation. Miramichi region, Zone 7, two cases: Two people 60-69 Both cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases. New Brunswick has had 2,024 confirmed cases of COVID since the pandemic started. There have been 1,859 recoveries so far and 41 COVID-related deaths. A total of 308,173 COVID tests have been conducted, including 1,483 on Tuesday. As of Wednesday, 287,609 New Brunswickers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That's 41.5 per cent of the eligible population, aged 12 and older. Special care home resident who died had 2 vaccine doses Four of the five residents of a special care home in Grand Falls who died in a COVID-19 outbreak had received at least one dose of vaccine, and one of them had both doses, the Department of Health has confirmed. On Monday, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell had declined to say whether any of the victims at Pavillon Beau-Lieu had been vaccinated, citing confidentiality. But on Tuesday, Department of Health spokesperson Bruce Macfarlane said in an emailed statement that "4 of the 5 were immunized with at least one dose and one of the 4 was immunized with two doses." He did not offer any explanation for the sudden change in position. The COVID outbreak at Pavillon Beau-Lieu, a special care home in Grand Falls, in the Edmundston region, Zone 4, has grown to 53 cases, including 38 residents and 15 staff. (Submitted by Madeleine LeClerc ) "I can also confirm that a first-dose clinic was held on Feb. 20th and a second-dose clinic on April 23rd at Pavillon Beau-Lieu." Macfarlane did not say how much time elapsed between the inoculation of the residents who died and their onset of symptoms. Russell has repeatedly stressed the vaccine takes at least two or three weeks to "really kick in," and the maximum protection is reached only two to three weeks after receiving the second dose. The outbreak was declared on April 21 after one case of COVID-19 was confirmed. The deaths of the residents, aged from their 70s to their 90s, were reported on May 2, May 3, May 5, May 6 and May 8. A total of 38 residents and 15 staff at the 60-bed facility have now tested positive. The outbreak involves the highly contagious variant first reported in South Africa. Macfarlane did not say which vaccine the residents who died received. Every resident in a long-term care home "was offered" a vaccine, he said. "The majority of staff and residents have now received at least one dose." On Monday, Education Minister Dominic Cardy told the COVID briefing that second-dose clinics have been held at 75 per cent of all long-term care homes in the province. The remainder will take place by the end of the month, he said. More than 63 per cent of all long-term care home staff have received their first dose of a COVID vaccine, while nearly 36 per cent have received two doses "and are now fully vaccinated," Cardy said. 136 KVHS students isolating There are 136 Kennebecasis Valley High School students in isolation, awaiting the results of their COVID-19 tests, according to Department of Health spokesperson Bruce Macfarlane. No information has been released about how many staff or family members are also isolating after a positive case was confirmed at the Quispamsis school on Saturday. Macfarlane did not say if the case origin has been determined, whether a COVID variant is involved, or if any other positive cases have been identified. The school, which reopened Tuesday, has more than 1,000 students in grades 9-12, according to its website. Isolation ends for Hampton school close contacts Dr. A. T. Leatherbarrow Primary School in Hampton reopened as expected Tuesday, after families were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 at the school Sunday, confirmed Department of Health spokesperson Bruce Macfarlane. "Individuals previously identified as a contact of a person in the school have been instructed by Public Health to end their isolation," he said in an emailed statement. Macfarlane did not respond to any other questions. Roughly 230 students and staff at the kindergarten to Grade 2 school had been asked to self-isolate with their families until midnight Monday while contact tracing was conducted. UNB Magee House update "A handful" of people at Magee House, the University of New Brunswick Fredericton residence with a COVID-19 outbreak, are still self-isolating, said Department of Health spokesperson Bruce Macfarlane. "All should have their isolation period completed by May 16," he said in an emailed statement. The outbreak at the 101-unit apartment-style residence was declared on April 27, after six cases were confirmed. Residents told CBC News they were notified about the first positive case on April 22. At least 13 cases have since been linked to the outbreak that involves the highly contagious COVID variant first recorded in India. No public update on case counts have been provided since May 4. Isolation for those who tested negative throughout the outbreak ended Saturday at 11:59 p.m. "Regional medical officers of health have the purview to extend isolation as required," Macfarlane said of the others. An unknown number of adults and possibly children who live in UNB's Magee House residence in Fredericton are expected to remain in quarantine until Sunday because of the outbreak of the coronavirus variant first reported in India.(Maria Jose Burgos/CBC) Public Health believes the elevator in the seven-storey building was the source of transmission in the outbreak, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell told CBC News. "Surfaces definitely were the cause, based on all the investigations around the ventilation system, et cetera, and in questioning the cases, et cetera," said Dr. Jennifer Russell. "So our final conclusion, based on the fact that we did not find anything else, that is our best hypothesis and conclusion at this point in time." About 180 people live in the building, which is designed for mature students, some of whom have families. Health officials previously said the risk of contamination from recirculated air had been deemed "minimal." A Public Health inspector and UNB engineers found "there was a teeny tiny chance that there could have been some cross-contamination with one particular component" of the ventilation system, Russell had said. "So that was shut off [April 27]. And they won't be turning it back on until we give the go-ahead." Atlantic roundup Nova Scotia reported 149 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, putting the total active cases at 1,621. Seventy-five people are in hospital, including 15 in intensive care. Newfoundland and Labrador confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 81 active cases. Prince Edward Island has had no new cases since Monday, and has nine active cases. Latest exposure notifications Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the coronavirus at the following locations and dates in the Fredericton region, Zone 3: My Home Consignment, 5 Acorn St., Fredericton — May 8 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., May 7 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., May 6 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and May 5 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sobeys, 1180 Prospect St., Fredericton, — May 8 between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lunar Rogue, 625 King Ave., Fredericton — April 28 between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Fix Auto, 156 Greenview Dr., Hanwell — May 6 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., April 30 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., April 29 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and April 28 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Public Health is offering COVID-19 testing to anyone who has been in a public exposure area, even it they're not experiencing any symptoms. Residents may request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to book an appointment. Previous exposure notifications Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on May 6 while on the following flights: Air Canada Flight 396 – from Edmonton to Toronto, departed at 6:50 a.m. Air Canada Flight 8898 – from Toronto to Moncton, departed at 8:43 p.m. Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the coronavirus at the following locations and dates in the following regions: Moncton region: Pumphouse, 5 Orange Ln., Moncton, on May 4 between 8 and 10 p.m. Staples, 233 Main St., Moncton, on May 5, between noon and 8 p.m. Walmart Supercentre, 477 Paul St., Dieppe, on May 6, between 7 and 10 p.m. Greco Pizza, 311 Acadie Blvd., Dieppe, on May 7, between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Greco Pizza, 120 Killam Dr., Moncton, on May 5, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m., May 3, between 5:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., and May 2, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. Greco Pizza, 311 Acadie Blvd., Dieppe, on May 4, between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre emergency department, 330 Université Ave., Moncton, on May 7, between 2-9:30 p.m., and May 6, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saint John region: Foodland, 1 Market Sq., Quispamsis, on May 3, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Fredericton region: Lunar Rogue, 625 King St., Fredericton, on April 28, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Fix Auto, 156 Greenview Dr., Hanwell, on May 6, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., April 30, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., April 29, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and April 28, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. What to do if you have a symptom People concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online. Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: Fever above 38 C. New cough or worsening chronic cough. Sore throat. Runny nose. Headache. New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell. Difficulty breathing. In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes. People with one of those symptoms should: Stay at home. Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor. Describe symptoms and travel history. Follow instructions.
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Police in Saskatchewan have taken an RCMP officer into custody following a man's death they say they are investigating as a homicide. Investigators with the Prince Albert Police Service were called on Tuesday night to a wooded area within the city after receiving a report that a man's body had been discovered. "Any time someone's life is taken it is certainly tragic and just really sad," Charlene Tebbutt, media co-ordinator with the Prince Albert police, said Wednesday. "We have taken a serving member into custody," The service's criminal investigations division is leading the investigation, but city police have requested the appointment of an independent observer to oversee the case. Tebbutt wouldn't confirm whether the RCMP officer is a man or a woman, but confirmed the individual is stationed with the Prince Albert detachment. Police say the Mountie and the 26-year-old victim were known to each other, but no other information has been released. There's no word on whether charges have been laid. Saskatchewan RCMP did not respond to a request for comment. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2021. The Canadian Press
Gerald (Spike) Peachey, a longtime Downtown Eastside resident and safe drug use advocate, has died at the age of 55. Sarah Blyth, executive director of the Overdose Prevention Society, says Peachey represented the Downtown Eastside community with his activism. "He was a really, really big champion of overdose prevention," said Blyth, who met Peachey almost 10 years ago. Blyth told Early Edition host Stephen Quinn that Peachey was one of the first volunteers at the Overdose Prevention Society, he spoke as an advocate for many organizations, and was a contributor at Megaphone Magazine. Sarah Blyth, executive director of the Overdose Prevention Society, is pictured in Vancouver on Tuesday. (Ben Nelms/CBC) Another friend of Peachey's, Kevin King, who is a founding member of OPS, described Peachey as "a warm, gentle character, with a heart of gold." King says Peachey's death came as a complete shock to him as he had seen him the day before. "He was always a big activist for removing the stigma of being an addict. And basically his main goal was to be able to walk side by side with normal people just like anyone else and not be judged or looked down upon," King said. Kevin King, a founding member of OPS, is pictured in Vancouver on Tuesday. (Ben Nelms/CBC) Peachey even took a shot at city council when he ran as an independent candidate in 2018 with the slogan "put a Spike through Vancouver City Hall." "He cared really deeply and he did go to every different community. I mean, he campaigned harder than most people," Blyth said. Nicholas Crier got to know Peachey through Megaphone Magazine in 2016. He says he will always remember him for his eccentric style and personality. "Prayers to his family and all of his friends, probably hundreds of friends in the world. He'll be severely missed here. And we won't forget you or your hair or your top hat." Crier said. Nicolas Crier is pictured in Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday, May 11, 2021. Crier was a friend of Gerald 'Spike' Peachey.(Ben Nelms/CBC) As the overdose crisis continues to worsen in B.C., Blyth says the loss of Peachey will be felt by everyone in the community. "We really can't afford to lose voices like Spike because, you know, there's still so much stigma." In April, B.C. marked five years since declaring a public health emergency due to overdose deaths. The provincial government announced soon after that they are taking steps to become the first province in the country to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illicit drugs. Jessica Hannon worked closely with Peachey at Megaphone Magazine. (Ben Nelms/CBC) Jessica Hannon, former executive director with Megaphone Magazine, worked closely with Peachey over the years. She believes that the thousands of overdose deaths during the crisis could have been avoided if it weren't for the stigma around drug use. "We need to keep pushing forward. We need to say this is not acceptable and that people deserve better and we need decriminalization that is led by drug users," Hannon said. "I think that's what I'll remember about Spike, is that he would want us to keep fighting." Listen to Sarah Blyth talk about Gerald (Spike) Peachey's advocacy to eliminate the stigma of drug use:
MOSCOW (AP) — Under Kremlin orders, the U.S. Embassy has stopped employing Russians, forcing the embassy to cut its consular staff by 75% and limit many of its services. The order went into effect on Wednesday, bringing the sharply deteriorating U.S.-Russia relationship to an intensely personal level. Because of the cuts, the embassy can offer only very limited services, such as considering “life-and-death” visa applications. That leaves Russian businessmen, exchange students and romantic partners adrift because they won't be able to obtain visas. Even Americans will be unable to register their newborns or renew their passports. For Anastasia Kuznetsova, a 20-year-old engaged to marry a Californian, it's a crushing blow. She had already spent about two years seeking a fiancee's visa. The notoriously laborious process for Russians to get U.S. visas had already been slowed by COVID-19. “I felt destroyed, much more depressed than I was before," said Kuznetsova, who last saw her fiance in January on a trip to Mexico. “We have no idea when it’s going to continue working and if we will be able to see each other even during these years.” Thomas H V Anthony, an American living in Russia, was already frustrated because of a delay in registering the birth of his daughter, a record of the child's claim to U.S. citizenship. “My expectation was as things get better with the situation with the pandemic, gradually the consulate would open more and more and more,” he said. “It was a big shock to suddenly get an email from them, about two weeks ago, saying effective on the 11th we will no longer be offering any consular services.” For Anthony, this means his daughter, who was born before the pandemic, will not be able to travel to visit her grandparents in the United States in the foreseeable future. The embassy has made no statements on whether it is taking measures to beef up the consular staff with new employees from the United States. Embassy spokespeople could not be reached for clarification on how the mission will handle other jobs also filled by locals, such as security. An order signed last month by President Vladimir Putin called for creating a list of “unfriendly” countries whose missions could be banned from hiring Russians or third-country nationals. The list includes the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Poland and several other European countries, but the United States is the first for which the ban is being enforced. The move followed U.S. sanctions imposed over Russian interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election and involvement in the SolarWind hack of federal agencies. Each country expelled 10 of the other's diplomats. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the ban on local employees is in line with convention. “We rarely employ any local personnel in the country where our diplomatic mission is. And thus we have the full right to transfer this practice onto the regulations which manage the work of the U.S. Embassy and their general consulate in the Russian Federation," he said last month. Yulia Kukula, a university student who was accepted for a PhD program in sustainable energy at Arizona State University, may have found a laborious and costly way around the problem of getting her visa to attend university. After searching online for advice from others in her situation, Kukula was able to sign up for an interview for a visa at the U.S. consulate in neighboring Kazakhstan. But that's a 2,300-kilometer (1,400-mile) trip from Moscow, and the interview isn't until October. The United States once had three other consulates in Russia — in Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok and St. Petersburg — which somewhat eased the travel burden for people seeking visas. But those consulates have closed or stopped providing visas amid diplomatic spats in recent years, in what Alexis Rodzianko, head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, called “a visa war.” That had already placed a burden on the companies in his chamber whose executives needed to travel. “Now it looks like it's impossible for the indefinite future,” he said. The travel restrictions of the pandemic have shown that videoconferencing can't entirely replace the in-person contact of business travel, he said. “They're especially good for people who already know each other and they're much less effective for people getting to know each other,” he said. He also sees a larger problem if the visa halt lasts for long. He worries that because the U.S. and Russian governments are adversaries, a lack of contacts between people on both sides could lead to “dehumanization,” adding, “which is very dangerous because that's what you need to fight a war.” Kuznetsova, who had hoped to celebrate her wedding in the United States this year and had even quit her university in Russia in preparation for the move, feels trapped as a small piece in a large geopolitical dispute. “I understand that there can be problems between countries, it’s normal, it’s happened throughout all of history, but it’s not normal to divide people and separate them, especially when it’s families and the lives of people,” she said. Daniel Kozin And Jim Heintz, The Associated Press
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israel killed a Hamas commander and vowed no let-up in its Gaza barrages on Wednesday as Palestinian militants rained rockets far across the border and Washington dispatched an envoy to try to calm their most intense hostilities in years. At least 65 people have been killed in Gaza since violence escalated on Monday, according to the enclave's health ministry. Six people have been killed in Israel, medical officials said.
Ottawa's medical officer of health and the city's mayor say if local COVID-19 indicators keep declining, there's a chance the province could allow students to return to in-person classes by the end of May. At a news conference Wednesday, Dr. Vera Etches and Mayor Jim Watson called for a regional approach to reopening, noting that indicators in the city's wastewater and the recent downward trend in hospitalizations are encouraging. They said they'd shared those positive trends with the Ontario government. "It's looking positive to be able to open schools toward the end of May if the rate of COVID continues to come down in our community," she said. WATCH | The likelihood of schools reopening this month: However, she warned the current infection rate — about 75 per 100,000 people — is about twice what the rate was when schools reopened in February. High levels of COVID-19 in the community, Etches said, increases the risk of it getting into schools. "We have to continue to be cautious. The level of protection from vaccines isn't enough to stop a resurgence at this point," she said. "The stay-at-home order is what's working right now to bring levels down." 'Makes good sense' Ottawa may be in a better position to open schools sooner than other hard-hit places like Peel Region and Toronto, said Mayor Jim Watson. "Opening the schools on a regional basis makes good sense," Watson said. "The first priority for all of us here is to get our school system back up and running at least so the kids can have at least a month of in-class learning." City public health officials have also said schools will likely provide an important venue for vaccinating children against the virus. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only one Health Canada has authorized for use in children as young as 12 so far. Ontario schools were moved to remote learning following the delayed spring break in April 2021.
EDEN, Texas (AP) — A man shot two West Texas sheriff's deputies dead and critically wounded a city employee answering a dog complaint, authorities said Tuesday. Sgt. Justin Baker of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the suspect was taken into custody after Monday night's attack in Eden, a town of about 1,300 people roughly 210 miles (338 kilometers) southwest of Dallas. Jeffrey Nicholas, 28, has been booked into Tom Green County Jail in nearby San Angelo with a bond set at $4 million and charged with capital murder of a peace officer. No attorney for Nicholas was listed in jail records. The two Concho County sheriff's deputies and a city employee arrived at the home shortly after 8:40 p.m., Baker said. While making contact with people at the residence, “an altercation occurred and quickly escalated to gunfire,” he said. The Lubbock Police Department said in a statement that it was “heartbroken” to learn of the deaths and that its officers on Tuesday would escort the deputies’ bodies to a forensics lab in Lubbock, which is about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of Eden. Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that “our hearts are broken.” “This terrible loss is a solemn reminder of the risks our brave law enforcement officers face while protecting our communities,” Abbott said. The Associated Press
The doctor leading Saskatchewan's fight against COVID-19 is pointing to new data that suggests vaccines have been tremendously effective in keeping people living in the province from getting infected. In an analysis conducted up to May 8, researchers found that out of the 309,276 Saskatchewan residents who received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine up to and including April 17, only 263 became infected with the coronavirus more than three weeks later. That amounts to a "breakthrough rate" of 0.085 per cent. "The vaccine effectiveness is 99 per cent and higher," Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said during a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday. "This is quite remarkable, actually. That's just one dose. The vaccine is protecting us so well." Tuesday's disclosure was the first data of its kind to emerge from Saskatchewan about "breakthrough" infections in vaccinated people. So far, the province has innoculated residents with the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines. Shahab said the findings reinforce the need for all Saskatchewan residents to get vaccinated and follow up with a second dose. Saskatchewan is aiming to fully vaccinate all residents by the end of July, at which point it's hoped the province will be in the third and final step of its plan to gradually lift or ease public health measures enacted in the last year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That plan sets out various vaccination benchmarks before rules can be relaxed, based on single-dose vaccination targets. At least one of Shahab's counterparts has confirmed her province will not echo Saskatchewan's plan. "We do need to look at a number of different factors, so it's not going to be just based on immunization, but that will be one of the important factors," Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, said earlier this week. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has said elements of the reopening plan may be put on pause if there's a concerning spike in cases or hospitalizations. On Tuesday, in the wake of vaccine efficacy data, Moe called on the federal government to come forward as quickly as possible with advice on what people can and can't do once they're fully vaccinated. "I suspect many Canadians are going to be asking the same questions of the federal government," Moe said. "If I travel abroad to a certain country, what are the requirements with respect to quarantine, testing? On my return to Canada, should those [requirements] be the same for someone that is unvaccinated versus someone that is vaccinated? "We would ask them to provide some guidance."
Veterinarians nationwide are dealing with a COVID pet boom. They are so backlogged they can't take new patients, even when extending hours and hiring additional staff. (May 12)
China is framing tough new rules to clamp down on a booming private tutoring industry, aiming both to ease pressure on school children and boost the country's birth rate by lowering family living costs, sources told Reuters. The clampdown will also have the effect of cooling China's cutthroat tutoring market for kindergarten through to the 12th grade, or K-12 pupils, that has grown exponentially in recent years to around $120 billion. At least one major company providing tutoring services has put a billion-dollar private fundraising round on ice amid increasing scrutiny from Beijing and looming industry uncertainty, according to three separate sources.
VICTORIA — Two police departments in the Victoria area and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating the discovery of skeletal human remains in a local waterway.Victoria police say investigators were called to the Gorge Waterway after recreational divers found the partial remains of a human skull bone in early February.Police say in a release that forensic testing by the coroners service suggests the remains are historical in nature, not ancient or archeological.The police statement does not state the differences between those types of remains but says the Saanich Police Department dive team, Victoria Police forensic investigators and the coroners service are working jointly to identify them.Victoria police say they were discovered in waters near the Tillicum Bridge and more information will be released when it's available.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
More than 40% of the members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong plan to or are considering leaving the financial hub, with most citing discomfort with a sweeping national security law as one reason, a survey showed on Wednesday. The AmCham survey, to which 325, or 24% of the business organisation's members responded between May 5 and May 9, showed 42% of them had considered leaving or planned to leave Hong Kong. About 62% of those looking to leave ticked "the national security law makes me uncomfortable" as one of the reasons.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Norman Lloyd, whose role as kindly Dr. Daniel Auschlander on TV’s “St. Elsewhere” was a single chapter in a distinguished stage and screen career that put him in the company of Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin and other greats, has died. He was 106. Lloyd's son, Michael Lloyd, said his father died Tuesday at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. His credits stretch from the earliest known U.S. TV drama, 1939′s “On the Streets of New York” on the nascent NBC network, to 21st-century projects including “Modern Family” and “The Practice.” “If modern film history has a voice, it is Norman Lloyd’s,” reviewer Kenneth Turan wrote in the Los Angeles Times in 2012 after Lloyd regaled a Cannes Film Festival crowd with anecdotes about rarified friends and colleagues including Charlie Chaplin and Jean Renoir. The wiry, 5-foot-5 Lloyd, whose energy was boundless off-screen as well, continued to play tennis into his 90s. In 2015, he appeared in the Amy Schumer comedy “Trainwreck.” His most notable film part was as the villain who plummets off the Statue of Liberty in 1942′s “Saboteur,” directed by Hitchcock, who also cast Lloyd in the classic thriller 1945’s “Spellbound.” His other movie credits include Jean Renoir’s “The Southerner,” Charlie Chaplin’s “Limelight,” “Dead Poets Society” with Robin Williams, “In Her Shoes” with Cameron Diaz and “Gangs of New York” with Daniel Day-Lewis. On Broadway, Lloyd played the Fool opposite Louis Calhern’s King Lear in 1950, co-starred with Jessica Tandy in the comedy “Madam, Will You Walk” and directed Jerry Stiller in “The Taming of the Shrew” in 1957. He was also part of Welles’ 1937 modern-dress fascist-era production of “Julius Caesar” that has gone down in history as one of the landmark stage pieces in the American theater. Norman played the small but key role of Cinna the Poet, opposite Welles’ Brutus. Stage magazine put Welles on its June cover and proclaimed the production “one of the most exciting dramatic events of our time.” Born Nov. 8, 1914, in Jersey City, New Jersey, Lloyd jumped into acting as a youngster in the 1920s. On stage, he was a regular with Welles’ Mercury Theater, the groundbreaking 1930s troupe that also featured Joseph Cotton and Agnes Moorehead and formed the basis of Welles’ classic film debut, “Citizen Kane.” His other plays included “Crime,” directed by Elia Kazan and featuring his future wife, Peggy Craven. The couple were married for 75 years, until Peggy Lloyd’s death in 2011 at age 98. TV viewers knew him best as the memorable calm center of St. Eligius hospital on the 1982-88 NBC drama series “St. Elsewhere.” His Dr. Daniel Auschlander was originally only supposed to appear in a few episodes, but Lloyd became a series regular and stayed with the show for the entire run. The series would inspire such shows as “E.R.” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Lloyd worked steadily as a TV actor and director in the early 1950s, but the political liberal found his career in jeopardy during the Hollywood blacklist period aimed at communists or their sympathizers. In 1957, Hitchcock came to his rescue, Lloyd told the Los Angeles Times in 2014. When the famed director sought to hire Lloyd as associate producer on his series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” but was told “There is a problem with Norman Lloyd,” Hitchcock didn’t back down, Lloyd recalled. “He said three words: ‘I want him,’” Lloyd said. He was immediately hired and eventually worked as executive producer on another series, “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.” His other TV credits include roles in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Paper Chase,” “Quincy M.E.,” “Kojak” and “The Practice.” In 2014, in recognition of his 82 years in show business, and reaching the age of 100, the Los Angeles City Council proclaimed that his birthday of Nov. 8, would be honored as “Norman Lloyd Day.” ____ Kennedy reported from New York. AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. contributed to this report. Lynn Elber And Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press
CALGARY — A court date has been set for a Calgary pastor and two rodeo organizers have been ordered to appear in court after they were all accused of violating public health orders in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. RCMP say in a news release that a court summons has been served in relation to a pre-advertised, maskless "No More Lockdowns" protest rodeo held in early May. Police allege Ty Northcott and Gail Northcott, who are both from Bowden, Alta., contravened the province's Public Health Act. It comes a day after Calgary police released pastor Artur Pawlowski and his brother Dawid Pawlowski from custody. The pair were arrested Saturday and charged with organizing an illegal in-person gathering and promoting and attending an illegal gathering. Artur Pawlowski is to appear in court May 17. The charges come after a court order was granted allowing Alberta Health Services and police to arrest and charge those who advertise illegal gatherings that breach COVID-19 health restrictions. The health agency says there is an urgent need to minimize spread to protect all Albertans as COVID-19 cases surge in the province. Rallies and protests against lockdowns, masks and other COVID-19 regulations have been occurring regularly in Alberta. Police also ticketed protesters leaving another anti-restriction rally Saturday. It was held outside a central Alberta café, after the establishment was closed by health officials earlier in the week. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is mailing out more than 700,000 rebate cheques this month as it returns $285 million to auto fund customers, the largest rebate ever issued by the Crown insurer. That means any Saskatchewan resident who insured their vehicle between Jan. 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2020, will receive a rebate averaging $380. "These rebates will provide a significant injection, to the tune of $285 million, into the provincial economy at a time when we can all recognize that this will certainly be a very welcome boost," said Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SGI. "It's fair to say that this will certainly be the largest (rebate) that SGI's ever done by a good measure." SGI Minister Don Morgan (CBC) The one-time rebates are calculated on insurance premiums paid on everything from motorhomes and trailers to farm vehicles and school buses. SGI estimates the rebate will apply to more than 1.7 million vehicles licensed in the province. To determine how much each customer receives back, SGI calculated the average annual premium over a three-year-period and issued a rebate for 26-per-cent of that amount to the vehicle's registered owner. The rebates cover leased vehicles and vehicles only licensed for a portion of the year and will be mailed to businesses, organizations and individuals. It will not apply to permits. SGI is issuing the rebate from a surplus collected in its rate stabilization reserve, which benefited from some good investments and fewer accidents during the pandemic, Morgan said. "People tended to stay home for a big portion of that period of time. We went through a winter that did not have a lot of bad weather when people were driving," Morgan said. All Saskatchewan vehicle owners pay into the auto fund, which maintains the rate stabilization reserve (RSR). The RSR protects customers from sudden rate fluctuations. SGI saved an estimated $100 million in reduced claims during the pandemic. "The biggest reason that the rebate has been as large as it is, is because of the very strong performance of the investment portfolio that SGI held," Morgan said. According to SGI, customers with outstanding balances will have rebates applied to their accounts. Rebates under five dollars will also be applied to customer's accounts. NDP leader Ryan Meili said the Saskatchewan Party had done a U-turn on its policy regarding SGI. "It seems like the Sask Party is keen to keep our promises, but break theirs," Meili said. In 2007, SGI issued $100 million in rebates to approximately 540,000 customers. In 2006, $44 million in rebates were issued to 520,000 auto fund customers.
Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou will spend two days in B.C. Supreme Court next month trying to convince a judge to allow them to rely on newly discovered evidence as part of their bid to prevent the Huawei executive's extradition. At a case management conference Wednesday morning, Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes agreed to a schedule that will see Meng's defence team make an application to introduce the new evidence starting June 29. Meng's lawyers didn't specify the nature of the evidence, but they have spent the past month poring through HSBC documents released by a Hong Kong court for proof to back up their claims that the United States misled Canada into arresting the 49-year-old by omitting key details about fraud allegations against her. Accused of lying to HSBC executive Meng is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of the Chinese telecommunication giant's founder. Prosecutors claim she lied to an HSBC executive in Hong Kong in 2013 about Huawei's control of a subsidiary accused of violating U.S. economic sanctions against Iran. A Hong Kong judge recently released documents from HSBC to Meng Wanzhou's legal team. The Huawei executive's lawyers plan to ask the judge overseeing extradition proceedings to allow the introduction of new evidence in the case. (Bobby Yip/Reuters) According to the record of the case the U.S. filed to justify the commencement of extradition proceedings in Canada, HSBC relied on Meng's alleged misrepresentations to continue handling financial transactions for Huawei, putting the bank at risk of prosecution and loss. HSBC had a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. government at the time of the alleged offences which meant the bank was under added scrutiny. Meng was arrested at Vancouver's airport on Dec. 1, 2018, and the extradition proceedings have been grinding their way through the court ever since. Final arguments were supposed to have begun at the end of April, but Holmes granted a last minute adjournment to give the defence time to digest the new HSBC documents. Her legal team had already announced plans to argue that the record of the case was flawed when the Hong Kong court agreed to release documents her Canadian lawyers have been denied access to in both the U.K and the U.S. Extradition is supposed to be an expedited process and the Crown has pointed out that the judge is supposed to determine if there's enough evidence, at face value, to warrant a trial — not get into the weeds of the allegations. But the defence has indicated it will argue the U.S. lied and neglected to include key information to make the record of the case look stronger than it is. It claims Meng did not lie and that senior HSBC executives were aware of the risks posed by Huawei's relationship with its subsidiary. it also argues the bank faced no real threat of loss. Defence to argue cumulative effect warrants stay The defence has to file its submissions on the new evidence by June 7 and will make oral arguments on the last two days of the month. Holmes said the final three weeks of the proceedings can begin Aug. 3, but those dates may shift depending on whether she decides to allow the evidence into the proceedings. Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou emerges from her vehicle at B.C. Supreme Court in October 2020. She wears a GPS-monitoring bracelet on her ankle as part of her bail conditions.(Ben Nelms/CBC) The defence is seeking a stay of proceedings based on arguments related to the allegedly misleading record of the case. It has already argued the extradition should be tossed on three other grounds of alleged abuse of process. Meng's lawyers claim she's being used as a political pawn, that her rights were abused at the time of her arrest and that the U.S. is acting outside international law by trying to assert jurisdiction over her actions in Hong Kong. During the August hearing, they will argue that the cumulative effect of all those allegations should result in a stay, even if any one of them alone is not enough to convince the judge. The final part of the hearing will include submissions on the extradition request itself. The Crown has argued that Meng should be sent to New York to face trial. Meng has been living under a form of house arrest since she was released on $10 million bail a little more than a week after her arrest. She has denied the allegations.