U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden held separate town halls at the same time on competing U.S. TV networks, bringing very different messages.
The latest COVID-19 news from around Canada on Oct. 15, 2020.
KELOWNA, B.C. — A man who pleaded guilty to murdering four people will have to wait 25 years before applying for parole as part of a life sentence to be served concurrently for all the crimes he committed in Penticton, B.C. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Alison Beames said Thursday that John Brittain's "execution-style" killings in April of last year caused great suffering for the victims' families. But she said imposing a longer period of parole eligibility would be inappropriate for someone who is 69 and remorseful for his actions. Brittain will be 92 by the time he can apply for parole, and Beames said that meets the objectives of denunciation, deterrence and retribution. She said a person who commits four murders and is sentenced to consecutive 25-year parole ineligibility terms would receive, on paper, the same sentence as someone who commits one first-degree murder. Beames acknowledged the pain of the families, five of whom read victim impact statements in court on Wednesday. "Although judges cannot, and I do not, make decisions based on sympathy or prejudice, I can assure the victims of these horrific crimes that they have my deepest sympathy for their losses." Brittain pleaded guilty Wednesday to the second-degree murder of Rudi Winter and the first-degree murders of Barry and Susan Wonch as well as Darlene Knippelberg. Court heard he shot them multiple times within a span of about 35 minutes on April 15, 2019. He broke down several times at the sentencing hearing earlier Thursday as he apologized to the families, saying he shattered their lives when he decided to shoot their loved ones with a high-powered rifle at close range. He said he is also sorry for the devastation he caused his former wife, the City of Penticton and its residents, as well as police officers who responded to the carnage he was responsible for. The court heard Brittain turned himself in to the RCMP immediately after shooting Knippelberg, his last target, when she answered the door. He told police all four neighbours harassed his former wife, who'd complained to him about them for years in connection with multiple issues that also had her filing complaints with the city, which addressed them but not to her satisfaction. In one case, she said Barry and Susan Wonch were buying, fixing and selling furniture from their home without a business licence, the court heard. She also said smoke from the couple's chimney bothered her, and there were property violations. Brittain said Katherine Brittain, whom he divorced in 2014, did not know he would use his rifles to shoot her neighbours. "If she had any idea I would do such a thing, she would have stopped me or called the police," Brittain said. "I, only I, am fully responsible for this." Parole eligibility for first-degree murder is set at 25 years, while it is between 10 and 25 years for second-degree murder. Brittain's defence lawyer, Paul McMurray, had asked for a 25-year eligibility period while Crown attorney Colin Forsyth called for a 40-year term, including 15 years for the second-degree-murder charge. Brittain told the sentencing hearing that he doesn't understand why he resorted to such violence, but that the "catastrophe" came after 20 years of major depression and work-related burnout in his engineering job. The court heard that some of the officers who responded to the shootings have not been able to return to work. In his apology to the police, Brittain said: "I'm sure what you saw and had to deal with that day was not what you ever wanted to see or have to deal with when you entered your profession. I see these images in my head, and they will torment me for the rest of my life." McMurray said his client led a model life as an engineer who worked on water projects in poor, remote communities in Canada and West Africa, but the isolation of that job caused his depression. which he was experiencing in the spring of 2019. Brittain lacks interpersonal skills and is driven by "fixing things," including what he considered a problem he had to solve when he killed four people, McMurray said, adding his client told police when he turned himself in that "other options were taken off the table." -- By Camille Bains in Vancouver. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 15, 2020. The Canadian Press
By the end of this month, VIGR Life Cannabis Inc. (VLC) plans to begin growing what it calls "premium craft cannabis" for distribution across Canada. But first, it needs to get the grow-op's logistics — including its watering system, temperature and humidity rate — just right.Rick Turchet, VLC's president and CEO, said it was a long time coming to get to this point. After many long conversations and lots of paperwork, he and his team of Regina entrepreneurs were granted the Health Canada cannabis cultivation licenses to launch their business earlier this month.From there, Turchet said they found a building in a Regina industrial area and bought 24 growing pods from Manitoba's Delta 9 Cannabis. With that came an agreement that Delta 9 would buy all of VLC's product in the first year, and sell it in its retail stores and others across the country. "We looked at this hard for a long time," Turchet said. "We thought we could create some jobs, a great business and see where it takes us."To start off, he said VLC will create six jobs. By the end of next year, Turchet said they hope to roughly double that to about 12 or 15 employees. For now, Turchet said VLC is made up of a handful of Saskatchewan-raised people who have experience in other startups, consumer packaging and growing medical marijuana. Prior to weed legalization in 2018, Turchet said a couple of people on his team had their medical pot licenses, allowing them to grow their own cannabis. Right now, he said their expertise will help guide which strains of marijuana they decide to grow. "They were able to time test different plants, cultivars and were able to figure out a way to get high yield cannabis — and that's the key: you want a high yield, high quality cannabis," he said, noting that — paired with an elevated terpene content — is what separates craft marijuana from the rest.Toward the end of the month, Turchet said they're expecting to get their first order of plants and will begin growing from there. "We're excited to be in the agriculture capital of Canada — if not the world," he said. "We're going to learn and, as we continue to do it, we're going to grow." Down the road, Turchet said VLC would like to become fully integrated with the end goal being to grow and process its own cannabis, and to run its own retail stores.
Weather can change fast in the icefields of Yukon's Kluane National Park.What started as a beautiful blue-sky day in late September soon turned to a stormy day, and a local sightseeing company found itself with a plane stuck on a remote snow-covered airstrip.The company almost had to abandon the $200,000 plane for the winter.Yukon charter company Icefield Discovery was flying three B.C residents for a sightseeing day trip on Sep. 30, to Mount Logan, the St. Elias mountains, and the Icefield Discovery base camp near Mount Logan.But when landing on the snow-covered airstrip, one of the plane's skis broke through the crust. "Literally our last day of flying for the season," said Sian Williams, operations manager of Icefield Discovery.She said it was lucky that there was a helicopter also working in the area for Parks Canada."So when they finished work for the day, we were able to get that helicopter to come in and fly our clients out," she said.For two days, Williams and a small crew stayed at the camp to try and pack down a runway for the Helio Courier STOL (short take off and land) plane to be able to take off.But the weather didn't cooperate. Williams said it rained and the snow just became heavier and sloppier, making it impossible to construct a useable runway. The crew decided to leave the plane, stuck in the snow at an altitude of 2,590 metres. It would be a while before conditions improved enough to go back for the aircraft."That's kind of the danger at this time of year is that, you know, winter storms are coming in off the ocean, the snow is getting deeper and deeper," said Williams.Waiting for the weatherIcefield Discovery has been providing air charter support for scientists, mountaineers and other tourists since the early 1970s.The flight charter company is mostly a summertime operation with many international clients. But this year, it has only been Yukoners and people from B.C. because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two weeks after leaving the plane behind in the mountains, the weather improved. Williams said they contracted Horizon Helicopters out of Whitehorse to help them out. Horizon Helicopter flew to the site with an engineer and an Icefield Discovery pilot, to de-ice the plane and dig out its skis. "Our pilot flew back to Silver City and slung in a snowmobile — that way they could pack and make a runway," said Cole Hodinski, operations manager and chief pilot for Horizon Helicopters. Hodinski says Horizon also had a plan B — bring in a heavyweight Airbus H215 helicopter, which can lift up to 4,500 kilograms, to hoist the plane out.But plan A worked out. The snowmobile was able to pack down a kilometre-long runway for the plane to take off and fly home a few days ago. "It's been a couple pretty stressful weeks, really worrying about getting that plane out of there," said Williams."So we're really grateful for Thanksgiving weekend. You know, we're like, 'OK, we got our plane back. This is wonderful.'"The aircraft is now safely back in Icefield Discovery's hangar near Destruction Bay, Yukon.
The City of Calgary says there is nearly $122 million in property taxes that weren't paid by the Sept. 30 deadline — about $77 million of that from residential properties.City council extended this year's tax deadline from June 30 to the end of September because of the pandemic and the state of the economy.The numbers only account for those who choose to pay their taxes in one lump sum.Mayor Naheed Nenshi says normally about 95 per cent of lump sum taxes are paid before the deadline, and this year's total was 89 per cent for residential.Non-residential payments were at 91.6 per cent. "I'm actually not that worried about it," said Nenshi. "It's not that much different than in previous years and because we cut the penalty for not paying on time in half. I'm just imagining that a lot of folks just did the math and said 'given my cashflow today, I'd rather take the 3.5 per cent penalty rather than go and find the money somewhere else.' So I'm not that worried."The city also says enrollment in the tax instalment payment program, which allows monthly payments, is the highest it's ever been.If property taxes aren't paid for three years, the city can auction off the land, but Nenshi says nearly all affected landowners typically make good on their account before they could lose their property at the tax sale.
A court martial involving a Canadian Armed Forces officer accused of sexual assault is one of several trials in limbo over another challenge to the constitutionality of the military justice system. The latest challenge stems from an order from chief of the defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance last year that placed responsibility for disciplining Canada’s military judges with another senior officer he appointed. Since August, three of the current contingent of four judges have ordered four courts martial to be stayed after determining that Vance’s order infringes upon their own independence, which in turn undermined the accused service member’s right to a fair trial.
NEW YORK — Select nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards, announced Thursday. Best Musical: “Jagged Little Pill”; “Moulin Rouge: The Musical”; “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical” Best Play: “Grand Horizons”; “The Inheritance”; “Sea Wall/A Life”; “Slave Play”; “The Sound Inside” Best Book of a Musical: “Jagged Little Pill,” Diablo Cody; “Moulin Rouge: The Musical," John Logan; “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical,” Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: “A Christmas Carol,” Christopher Nightingale; “The Inheritance,” Paul Englishby; “The Rose Tattoo,” Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb; “Slave Play,” Lindsay Jones; “The Sound Inside,” Daniel Kluger Best Revival of a Play: “Betrayal”; “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”; “A Soldier's Play” Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Ian Barford, “Linda Vista”; Andrew Burnap, “The Inheritance”; Jake Gyllenhaal, “Sea Wall/A Life”; Tom Hiddleston, “Betrayal”; Tom Sturridge, “Sea Wall/A Life”; Blair Underwood, “A Soldier’s Play” Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Joaquina Kalukango, “Slave Play”; Laura Linney, “My Name is Lucy Barton”; Audra McDonald, “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”; Mary-Louise Parker, “The Sound Inside” Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Aaron Tveit, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Karen Olivo, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”; Elizabeth Stanley, “Jagged Little Pill”; Adrienne Warren, “Tina - The Tina Turner Musical” Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Ato Blankson-Wood, “Slave Play”; James Cusati-Moyer, “Slave Play”; David Alan Grier, “A Soldier’s Play”; John Benjamin Hickey, “The Inheritance”; Paul Hilton, “The Inheritance” Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Jane Alexander, “Grand Horizons”; Chalia La Tour, “Slave Play”; Annie McNamara, “Slave Play”; Lois Smith, “The Inheritance”; Cora Vander Broek, “Linda Vista” Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Danny Burstein, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”; Derek Klena, “Jagged Little Pill”; Sean Allan Krill, “Jagged Little Pill”; Sahr Ngaujah, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”; Daniel J. Watts, “Tina - The Tina Turner Musical” Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Kathryn Gallagher, “Jagged Little Pill”; Celia Rose Gooding, “Jagged Little Pill”; Robyn Hurder, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”; Lauren Patten, “Jagged Little Pill”; Myra Lucretia Taylor, “Tina - The Tina Turner Musical” ___ Online: http://tonyawards.com The Associated Press
Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe and NDP Leader Ryan Meili discussed their plans to help the economy recover from COVID-19 during the leaders debate Wednesday. The two parties are campaigning toward the Oct. 26 vote.
LONDON — Books about a Haitian revolutionary, The Beatles and the brain are finalists for Britain’s leading nonfiction literary award. Contenders announced Thursday for the 50,000-pound ($65,000) Baillie Gifford Prize include Sudhir Hazareesingh’s “Black Spartacus,” a biography of Toussaint Louverture, who led a slave uprising that sparked Haitian independence in the 18th century; Craig Brown’s “One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time” and Matthew Cobb’s “The Idea of the Brain." Also on the shortlist ate Christina Lamb’s book about women and war, “Our Bodies, Their Battlefield”; Amy Stanley’s “Stranger in the Shogun’s City,” about a woman's life in 19th-century Japan; and fact-based ghost story “The Haunting of Alma Fielding,” by Kate Summerscale. The award recognizes English-language books in current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. The winner will be announced at a digital ceremony on Nov. 24. The Associated Press
Three years into the #MeToo movement, there may be more awareness around workplace sexual harassment. But a new report finds that almost three-quarters of people reporting such harassment suffer from retaliation if they complain. More than 7 out of 10 people who reported sexual harassment at the workplace said they faced some form of retaliation, up to and including being fired, said the report. It analyzed 3,317 online requests for legal help from the Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund, between January 2018 and the end of April 2020. The finding on retaliation was one of the most striking of the broad-ranging report, shared with The Associated Press ahead of its release Thursday. It also found that workplace harassment severely impacted workers’ economic, physical and mental health, and that often, people were subjected to more than one form of workplace harassment — both sexual and racial, for example. The study was conducted by the National Women’s Law Center, which houses and administers the Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund, launched in early 2018 to help workers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to take their complaints of sexual misconduct to court. It connects them with legal assistance and in some cases helps defray costs. The number of people reporting retaliation was “shocking,” said Sharyn Tejani, director of the fund. “Retaliation takes all different forms,” she said. “Losing your job, losing shifts, losing pay — or if you've already lost your job, you can’t find another job in that industry.” On top of that, Tejani noted, is the further complication of the coronavirus pandemic. “So now you have a situation where there’s incredibly high unemployment, some jobs are going away and never coming back, and so for all the reasons that people are afraid of reporting and afraid of being retaliated against, COVID-19, like it does with so many things, makes it so much worse and so much more problematic." Tejani said the study was conducted nearly three years into the fund's operations “to see if the trends we were noticing were really going on, and also because we know that secrecy helps sexual harassment flourish. The more we can talk about it, (we can) let people know, ‘You are not alone, this isn’t anything that you did, this is about how workplaces are and how they shouldn’t be.'” The report found that power dynamics remain a strong factor fueling sexual harassment. More than half, 56%, of workers who identified their harasser in their online requests said it was someone they reported to. And often, harassers were not held accountable; nearly two in five people, 37%, said nothing happened to the perpetrator. Tejani said that here, too, the pandemic has exacerbated an already difficult situation. “When you have a huge power differential there is more likely to be harassment,” Tejani said. “Because of all the economic stressors, COVID-19 increases the power a supervisor can have, because people are so much closer to the edge, and much more willing to put up with things in order to keep a job." Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the law centre and co-founder of the fund, said the scenarios outlined in the report should sound "an alarm to legislators and policymakers: Until harassers are held accountable, workplaces will remain unsafe for everyone.” In a statement, she said the findings “reveal the courage it takes for people to come forward and report the harassment and abuse they're experiencing in the workplace.” Among the findings: — Of those who experienced retaliation, 36% said they were fired, and 19% said they'd experienced poor performance evaluations, or were otherwise treated poorly at work. — Most people reported harassment to their employer, 64%, rather than a government agency, court or law enforcement. — Nearly a third (29%) of those who reported harassment said nothing was ever done about it. — Nearly one in five people (19%) said the harassment had a damaging impact on their mental health. Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the Time's Up Foundation, noted a positive sign in the findings, which is that more survivors are coming forward. “While it's outrageous that sexual harassment and assault at work remain so prevalent, it's inspiring to see so many survivors rise up to fight back,” Tchen said. “If one thing's clear, it's that we're never going back to the days where sexual harassment will remain hidden in the shadows — and that's a good thing.” A landmark 2016 report on sexual harassment by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said roughly three out of four people who experienced harassment never reported it “because they fear disbelief of their claim, inaction on their claim, blame, or social or professional retaliation.” Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press
Lumber prices have skyrocketed as more people do renovations and new builds during the COVID-19 pandemic.And while retailers and mills are reaping the rewards of increased demand, the same can't be said for woodlot owners.Rick Doucett, the president of the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners, said the royalties paid to woodlot owners for raw materials have not increased during the pandemic even as the prices for finished lumber has gone up."The expectation [is] when you [see] the price of lumber increase to that amount, you would see a corresponding increase in price of roundwood, which is used to make that particular lumber," said Doucett."In this particular case, even though there's been… record setting lumber prices, we're certainly not seeing record setting roundwood prices. In fact, we're not even seeing increases at all."Doucett said the price of finished lumber, the kind you would buy in a hardware store, has skyrocketed."Lumber prices over the last six, seven, eight months have have gone up over 100 percent," said Doucett. "Back in June on the Natural Resources Canada site, the price for two by fours per thousand [board feet] was $600. And in September, it was $1,300 per thousand [board feet]."Current systemDoucett said the issue is that the price paid by mills is determined by how much lumber they have in lumber yards.They can get a lot of lumber from Crown land, and Doucett says the province isn't selling that wood at a competitive price, which hurts woodlot owners."Because we have a large supplier of wood, basically the Crown, that doesn't seem to care whether they make any money selling wood, that wood supply gets into people's yards and it creates an inventory issue that is used to keep the prices of what needs to be paid for private wood down," said Doucett.The disparity is so deep Doucett said he didn't cut any wood on his lot this year because he didn't feel he would get a fair return on value.Doucett said in other jurisdictions, like Alberta, harvesters pay wood royalties on a sliding scale based on the price of the finished product.Pushing for changeHe said New Brunswick doesn't do this, and it's in the best interest of the mills for this arrangement to continue."I suspect that those that would have to pay those royalties, you know, on a sliding scale, based on the value of finished products, are putting up an argument why that might not be beneficial to New Brunswick," said Doucett. "I'm not privy to that argument, but I do know that other jurisdictions have moved in that direction."Doucett said the federation has lobbied successive governments to change legislation to make the arrangement more equitable for woodlot owners, so far with no success."The original Crown Lands and Forest Act has been gutted by amendments that served only one part of the equation, which is basically the interests of the industry," said Doucett. "We made many suggestions to many governments as to what amendments need to be either replaced or put back into the Crown Land and Forest Act to bring some fairness back into the system. But nobody's moved on it."
Experts say the Saskatchewan leaders' debate on Wednesday night was civil and that both Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe and Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili did a good job of outlining their party platforms.Jim Farney and Winter Fedyk joined Sam Maciag, host of the CBC Saskatchewan News at 6, after the debates to share their insights.Farney is a political scientist and head of the University of Regina department of politics and international studies. Fedyk is a political strategist who started the Women for Saskatchewan website to amplify women's voices in politics.Fedyk said that while there wasn't really anything new revealed during the debate, there were some "cheeky" comments on both sides.She said Meili had some success pushing Moe on questions about the Global Transportation Hub and the Regina Bypass."So for Scott Moe to really hammer home … that the question is who do you trust? That is a bit risky, in my opinion," Fedyk said.Mandatory face masksNeither Moe nor Meili took a clear stance on making masks mandatory in public places, but Meili did criticize Moe for not providing more guidance. Farney said he was surprised when Meili went on the attack over the topic of face masks, because the parties have been relatively successful at depoliticizing the response to the COVID-19 crisis.As a doctor, medicine is Meili's area of expertise, but Farney said that so far Meili had deferred to the experts."I'd say he nudged right up to the line of trying to push over into that tonight. I think he stopped short, but I was a little bit surprised that he pressed as hard as he did on that point."Education funding and economic uncertaintyMore than once, Meili turned the conversation to smaller class sizes and support for schools, but Farney said he would have liked to have a clearer picture of what the package for education would be."I have a better sense, I suppose, of the direction that Meili wants to move in. But what is enough to solve the problems overall to get class sizes to an acceptable level? So I know what the government did and I know the direction that Meili wants to move in, but that's not a complete picture."Farney said he also would have liked to see more of an acknowledgement from both parties about the economic uncertainty the province is facing right now."In the scrums after, Mr. Moe was making some pretty definite promises about no tax increases, for example. We are in probably the most uncertain economic condition that we've seen in my lifetime and that level of definity I was kind of surprised by."Spending and cutsMoe pushed Meili on the NDP's spending plans, pointing to $4 billion of spending allegedly unaccounted for in the NDP's platform. Fedyk said she would have liked to see Meili push Moe more on some of his party's spending, like recently announced irrigation infrastructure.Fedyk noted that the year before the Sask. Party came into power in 2007-08, provincial spending was $7.8 billion and in 2019-20, it was $15 billion — not including pandemic spending."We're really not having an honest conversation about what it is that we're spending our money on now," she said. "What are we getting for that money?" Farney agreed, saying there were a lot of numbers getting thrown around."The talk of cuts is a little bit too easy. And we need to get to hard numbers on that."'Real conversation' about Indigenous issuesFarney also noted this is one of the first Saskatchewan debates he's seen where Indigenous issues were discussed."Whatever you think of the content of that part of the debate, there was a real conversation about it. And I think that's a really important evolution in our province's history."One Indigenous issue the debate tackled was the government's suicide prevention strategy and Tristen Durocher's suicide awareness campaign.CBC's Saskatoon Morning spoke to two veteran MLAs, who retired just as this campaign began, to get their opinion on the debates. Nancy Heppner was a longtime Saskatchewan Party MLA for Martensville-Warman. Danielle Chartier represented Saskatoon Riverdale for more than a decade for the Saskatchewan NDP.Chartier she said she was unimpressed with Moe's response to the questions about the government's suicide strategy."The strategy that this government currently has doesn't have timelines, doesn't have accountabilities, doesn't have resources committed to it," Chartier said. "We've got experts in the field who've said it's really not worth the paper it's written on."Moe was also asked about his response to Tristen Durocher's campaign to raise awareness for suicide prevention."I felt as if Mr. Moe didn't answer those questions as well as he could have but it's hard to answer when you didn't actually go and speak to the young man," Chartier said.Heppner said she agrees with Moe that legislation isn't needed to implement the province's Pillars of Life plan."There's still more work to do," Heppner said. "We've always said that there's no end date on this. There's always more work to do."'Neither too shouty nor dull'Both Heppner and Chartier agreed that both leaders did a good job."It wasn't an hour long of personal attacks, which I really appreciated," said Heppner."It was neither too shouty nor dull," said Chartier. "I thought that both men made their own case for their respective political parties very well. They laid out very different visions for the province."
RIO RANCHO, N.M. — People have always crossed borders to play baseball, and the sport routinely reaches across borders to fans. But rarely do players have to cross a border almost every day to participate in a game they love while dodging the tensions and rhetoric around this imaginary line. And that's what members of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos, a binational professional baseball team with home stadiums in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Laredo, Texas, have to do. A new Showtime sports documentary follows this AAA Mexican League baseball team that plays on both sides of the border amid the tension around immigration, divisive politics, and environmental concerns. “Bad Hombres” centres around the 2019 season of the Tecolotes as players chase dreams and a championship while avoiding drug cartel members who have lookouts in every city. Players often cross the border by foot to each game with equipment in tow. They must also endure a militarized Mexico tank patrolling the parking lot of its Nuevo Laredo stadium in the midst of cartel battles. The team has to wear U.S. Customs and Border Protection patches at Laredo games sponsored by the federal agency. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s heated rhetoric about a border wall and promises to “close the border” threaten the team’s season. Immigrants fleeing violence in Central America land in both towns. For two cities long connected by economies and families, the Tecolotes serve as a welcome uniter — even just for nine innings. Second baseman Juan Martinez of Los Angeles watches the turmoil while also trying to concentrate on hitting a low-and-away slider to the opposite field. Aging catcher Luis Flores, 32, embarks on one of the best seasons of his career but must contemplate whether he should take a high school coaching job back in Del Rio, Texas, to be close to his young family. Catcher Cristian Mejia of Sinaloa, Mexico, takes calls from his mom, who pleads with him to stay inside during road games to avoid the violence in the street. Of course, the faith of the season comes down to the last series against a rival. Former Associated Press journalist-turned-filmmaker Andrew Glazer said he came up with the idea for the project after seeing a reference about the team in a 2018 New Yorker story about singer Alejandro Escovedo. The team gave him access to players during the 2019 season while Glazer also documented the news around the border. “I wanted to take viewers on this immersive journey so they could see what I saw,” Glazer said. “I didn't want to change any minds but I wanted to share the truth.” The documentary is scheduled to premiere Friday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. ___ Russell Contreras is a member of The Associated Press’ Race and Ethnicity Team. Follow him on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/russcontreras Russell Contreras, The Associated Press
A UPEI researcher is spreading the word about the new 24-hour movement guidelines for Canadian adults that he helped create.The new guidelines were released Thursday, and give Canadian adults direction on what a healthy 24 hours looks like, in terms of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep."These new guidelines focus on how to make the whole day matter," said Travis Saunders, an assistant professor in applied human sciences at UPEI."The other thing that's really exciting is that they also incorporate recommendations for light physical activity, so they really focus on how we can improve our health by focusing on the whole day."Why sleep mattersSaunders said previous guidelines focused more specifically on physical activity, even though physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep all interact. "If you're physically active, you're probably going to sleep better that night. If you're not sleeping enough, you're not going to feel like doing a workout. If you're using screens late at night, we know that reduces your sleep," Saunders said. "That's why we've packaged these all together — because not only does each of these behaviours impact our health, but they all affect our ability to do those other behaviours."Too much sittingSaunders' section of the report focused on sedentary behaviour, which he described as "any time we're sitting down and burning very few calories." The stakes are high: "Research has shown that people who spend more time being sedentary have higher risk of death, higher risk of things like heart disease and diabetes, high risk of some cancers, higher risk of depression, lower cognitive function." But there are things you can do to counteract that, short of always standing upright or making sure you are moving all the time."We've also seen that just simply reducing or breaking up your sedentary time can also lower some risk factors for heart disease and diabetes," Saunders said. "So it really has a large health impact — and especially screen-based sedentary times seem to have a very important impact on our health." 8 hours or lessSaunders said the new guidelines recommend that Canadian adults get eight hours or less of sedentary behaviour each day, including three hours or less of recreational screen time, and that they sit for shorter periods of time."Rather than sitting for two or three hours at a stretch, try and break that up. That seems to be very beneficial," Saunders said."Using things like standing desks, rather than just sitting all day, you can alternate between sitting and standing," Saunders said."These new guidelines specifically recommend that we do more light activity, including standing throughout the day."Saunders said Canadians are also encouraged to look at commuting by active transportation, using the stairs instead of an elevator, or going for a walk instead of choosing time in front of a screen. Some questions Saunders recommends as you look at your day: 'Where am I spending most of my time sitting down, and where am I spending time in front of a screen, and how could I make that time more active?" Changing behaviourUPEI Masters student Kevin Douillette worked on the research on sedentary behaviour. He said Canadians don't necessarily understand the impact of too much sitting. "With the previous physical activity guidelines, where you only needed so many hours of physical activity, there wasn't any baseline for sedentary behaviour," Douillette said. Travis McIsaac is a research assistant who also worked on the research."It's not always easy to change behaviour, but with increased knowledge, maybe it coaxes people into reexamining some of their habits and some of the ways where they kind of default to sedentary behaviour," McIsaac said. "Hopefully if they learn a little bit more about it, they can look for ways to get a little bit more physically active."Saunders said it was exciting for him and the other researchers at UPEI to be part of the two-year project.More from CBC P.E.I.:
GREY-BRUCE – There are now seven active cases of COVID-19 in Grey-Bruce, with one person hospitalized. As of Tuesday morning, Grey Bruce Public Health reported one new case in the previous 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 155 cases, 31 of them in health-care workers. The recent cases reported were in Owen Sound and Georgian Bluffs.
A cluster of coronavirus cases among the homeless population in Alaska's capital city has increased to include 31 people, officials said. Juneau city officials responded by closing the downtown public library to indoor service, KTOO Public Media reported Tuesday. City Manager Rorie Watt said the outbreak among homeless residents is serious, but the city has "the potential to manage the situation more than if we had a similar number of cases randomly throughout the community.”
A new Canadian study has found that over the first five months of 2020, government and corporate approaches to COVID-19 went from taking decisive, collective action against the pandemic to emphasizing individual responsibility. The study, titled "Passing the Buck vs. Sharing Responsibility: The Roles of Government, Firms and Consumers in Marketplace Risks during COVID-19," is published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research. Its authors analyzed speeches and tweets by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, as well as tweets and emails from a handful of major corporations, from January to May.
The federal government is ready to use its financial leverage over the health system to fight anti-Indigenous racism in health care, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says. Miller said the treatment of Joyce Echaquan, who used her phone to livestream hospital staff using racist slurs against her as she lay dying in a Quebec hospital, is more evidence of the ways the system has failed Indigenous people for generations. Miller said he doesn't think it's helpful to try to punish provinces for inadequate action on racism, especially in the middle of a pandemic, but the federal government has a moral duty to set and maintain standards.
The P.E.I. government is once again providing funding to internet service providers (ISPs) to provide better and faster service on P.E.I., it announced in a written release Thursday. Applications for the funding were announced in August and are through the P.E.I. Broadband Fund, which added two new streams at that time: a home-improvement grant for homeowners to improve their internet service, and a layer of funding for ISPs, which provides grants of up to 90 per cent of upgrading costs, with a maximum of $150,000 per project.Prior to this new funding stream for ISPs, there was a 50/50 cost split between the internet provider and the government, but the province found that many local businesses couldn't foot the bill.The seven companies receiving almost $1 million total are: Wicked Eh, Air Tech Communications Inc., Buzz Networx Inc., Island Monitoring/P.E.I. Monitoring, Island Telecom Services Inc., NSEW Connect Inc. and Red Sands Internet Inc."Our system redesign will provide every one of our customers with a better overall internet experience without increasing prices," said Joelene Ferguson, Wicked Eh chief branding officer, in the release. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2020. "We really need to work hard on this especially — you look what COVID has done. People working from home — we've had students trying to work from home with poor internet service," said Minister of Economic Growth Matthew MacKay."We really put the best effort we could through this department to work as fast as we can to speed up the process and be as flexible as we can in working with the local ISPs and taking their ideas and putting them to work."MacKay said "just under 2,000 civic addresses" will be hooked up by the seven service providers before the end of the year.More from CBC P.E.I.
With a surge in cases amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for flu shots is also rising in hot spots like Quebec and Ontario as some are worried there are not enough flu shots. Antony Robart speaks with the CEO of Ontario Pharmacists Association Justin Bates about the issue.