Last week's death of a 22-year-old St. Thomas University student from India has been ruled a drowning.RCMP Const. Hans Ouellette said the cause of death was determined after an autopsy. He said police do not suspect "criminality" in the case. Aranyam Bora was cliff jumping at the Mactaquac Headpond on Wednesday when he slipped below the surface of the water and disappeared. His body was found by RCMP divers on Thursday morning. Bora was a fourth-year St. Thomas University student, majoring in political science and international relations. He was from India and came to New Brunswick to study. He was a competitive bodybuilder and martial artist and was in incredible physical condition, said his girlfriend, Milly Squires, a McAdam native and third-year St. Thomas University student. Squires is still baffled by the details. She said her athletic boyfriend knew how to swim. In August, the pair visited a waterfall near Welsford, where they spent some time in the pool of water. She said she never would have dreamed he could have drowned. "He was adventurous and he was, at times, a little reckless, yes, but he wasn't stupid," Squires said Wednesday afternoon. "I don't think he would have gone if he didn't believe he could swim."Another friend, Sayan Chatterjee, also believes Bora could swim.Chatterjee, who was designated by Bora's family members to speak for them, said he saw a picture of Bora. swimming but had never witnessed it in person. Chatterjee said his former dorm mate was also an avid fitness buff, "always at the gym lifting weights." He said Bora will be missed by a lot of people. Neither Chatterjee nor Squires knew whether Bora jumped feet first or dove head first from the cliffs at the headpond. Squires said the thought that Bora, who often went by Ary, was conscious for a time before slipping under the water "keeps me up at night.""Knowing that it was drowning and knowing that he did surface and he was flailing, it haunts me every night thinking that he could have been terrified or he would have been scared. Because Ary didn't get scared of anything. "
An heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune was sentenced Wednesday to an 81-month prison term and immediately thrown behind bars for her role as an unwavering benefactor of Keith Raniere, the disgraced self-improvement guru convicted of turning women into sex slaves who were branded with his initials. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis gave Clare Bronfman the harsh sentence at a hearing lasting more than three hours and featuring emotional statements from several victims gathered in a courtroom under strict coronavirus safety protocols. The judge repeatedly scolded Clare Bronfman for standing by Raniere and his upstate New York organization, even after the evidence made clear she eventually became aware of his sex-trafficking scheme.
The Yalcin brothers had only opened their west Toronto bistro for about six months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Now, with sales down between 70 and 85 per cent from before COVID-19, co-owners Ali and Tolga Yalcin said they've been trying to adjust financially, while also working tirelessly to install safety measures and keep the number of patrons low to allow for physical distancing. "We quit trying to plan months ahead — it's days and weeks now," said Ali Yalcin. "Since April, we've had to rethink this whole idea of what a restaurant is, and how we can operate safely." But as of Wednesday, protocols around restaurants and bars across Toronto are changing once again.City council voted unanimously to approve a number of additional measures aimed at curbing a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Under these new rules, restaurants and bars will now have to reduce the number of patrons from 100 to 75, reduce the number of people at a table from 10 to six, collect contact information from each patron at a table, and lower background music to the level of conversation.The proposal was introduced earlier this week by the city's Medical Officer of Health,Dr. Eileen de Villa, and quickly drew support from Mayor John Tory and Board of Health Chair Joe Cressy. "We know that if you reduce the total number of people [in a restaurant], you reduce the likelihood of potential slips in personal protective measures and therefore reduce the likelihood of the transmission of the virus," de Villa said during the council meeting Wednesday. Additionally, on Sept. 25, the Ontario government also introduced a new set of rules, including moving the last call at bars and restaurants, including nightclubs, to 11 p.m. Owners say they're constantly adjusting With the changing rules and regulations, the Yalcin brothers said they are constantly trying to adjust. "We've gone through so many transitions that I feel like we're just always trying to get ahead of the game," said co-owner Tolga Yalcin. Now they're bracing for another hit."All these new rules, they're welcome, but at the same time, we're thinking of the business side," said Ali Yalcin. Tory calls for year-round outdoor dining But there's a glimmer of hope for business owners like the Yalcins.Knowing the newly-approved measures will affect businesses — especially those already struggling — Tory called for enhanced support for restaurants, a motion that was also passed unanimously by council."I realize that these public health measures ... will have a negative impact on businesses that were struggling before, trying to keep the lights on and trying to keep people employed," Tory told reporters Wednesday. Despite the impact, Tory said it's crucial to put health and safety protocols first. "A healthy economy requires healthy people," Tory said. Under the umbrella of Toronto's CaféTO program, the mayor says city staff will work with businesses to introduce and support year-round outdoor dining. Other recommendations will require city council to: * Support the province in any actions it takes with the insurance industry to support small and medium-sized business by preventing astronomical increases in their insurance policies and premiums. * Advise the Ontario government to extend the regulation that allows those with liquor licences to continue selling beer, wine and spirits as part of a food order for takeout or delivery.Toronto COVID-19 bylaws extended The city's COVID-19 bylaws will also be extended until its first meeting in 2021.That includes the bylaws mandating physical distancing in public spaces, mandatory masks, public health measures for bars and restaurants and temporary COVID-19 amendments that cover apartment buildings. All of the these bylaws were set to expire on Thursday.The new rules come after Toronto Public Health identified COVID-19 clusters and outbreaks at several restaurants and bars in the downtown core. City officials also shuttered a handful of restaurants along King Street West for failing to protect the public and their staff.De Villa said it's now up to everyone to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. "This is not the time to panic. It is the time to act," she said at a city hall news briefing on Monday. Ontario could see 1,000 new cases per day Meanwhile, Ontario health authorities forecasted Wednesday that the province could see 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 a day by mid-October. Despite predictions that Ontario's trajectory will mimic that of Melbourne, Australia, which is currently under strict lockdown measures, health officials say they will continue to monitor the effectiveness of measures introduced across Ontario earlier this month. Asked if the province is taking a pause on introducing enhanced measures, Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, said public health officials are "continuing to assess the situation," since much of the province isn't seeing dramatically increasing numbers of cases. "If you do things too aggressively province-wide … there's a whole area outside of Toronto that is saying, 'Why is this impacting us?'"
An international team of researchers found that in some people with severe COVID-19, the body goes rogue and attacks one of its own key immune defences instead of fighting the coronavirus. There are two main arms of the immune system.
Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” and whose own hits include “Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me,” has died. Davis had a long and varied career in music for decades as a writer, singer, actor and TV host and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. “Thank you, dear Lord Jesus, for letting us know the man to whom you gave the most incredible talent,” said Reba McEntire in a statement.
Lorna and Donald Burns are remaining optimistic they will get to their Arizona home in the new year.The retired couple are snowbirds — spending half of the year at their home in North Bedeque, P.E.I., and the other half in Mesa, Ariz. Despite land borders between Canada and the U.S. being closed to non-essential traffic until at least Oct. 21, they hope to travel to Arizona by air in January."We have been going there for five or six years in our RV, and then last November, we actually bought a mobile home in that park," said Lorna Burns."We're planning to go down and fly in and not do that long drive. Things are changing, or have changed, for us."The couple usually leave for their age 55+ active living community in October and return in the spring. They have pushed their departure date to early January due to the pandemic, but also said they'll change their plans if needed.Air travel OKDespite the land border restrictions, Canadians have still been able to fly to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, though P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Office does not recommend it. "Non-essential travel outside of the Atlantic Bubble is still not recommended," said the office in an email to CBC News. "Islanders should give very careful consideration before travelling to areas outside Canada where case counts are high with widespread community transmission."According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States is still the hotspot for COVID-19 across the world with over seven million reported cases and over 200,000 deaths. The Burns said they are following the events south of the border as they prepare to potentially travel."We're watching for border restrictions at the moment. California, Arizona and Florida have no requirements for self isolation, but that could change, and those states have had high incidences of COVID, so we watch for those things," Lorna said."If we had to self isolate, it wouldn't be a big deal"No more repatriation flightsCanada's federal government is also not recommending non-essential travel at this time, but said the advice is not binding. "If Canadians deem their travel essential and choose to travel despite these advisories, they should be aware that there may be other safety and security considerations that may impact them at their destination," said Global Affairs Canada in an email to CBC."The Government of Canada may have limited capacity to offer consular services."> Hopefully the figures, the numbers in Arizona ... will be better than they have been. — Lorna BurnsA spokesperson for Global Affairs said Canadians may have a hard time obtaining essential products and services — including medications — while abroad and may suddenly be subject to curfews, lockdowns and quarantines under their government at their destination.Airlines may also suspend or reduce the number of flights without notice, making it difficult to return to Canada," the email said, adding that the Government of Canada is not planning additional repatriation flights, as it did in the spring when the pandemic first struck.Global Affairs also recommends Canadians travellers contact their travel insurance provider and verify the terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and requirements of their insurance policy before they leave the country.Though they have yet to book a flight to Arizona, the Burns have already purchased their travel insurance through the Canadian Snowbird Association. The association — which has more than 110,000 members — has said it's hard to gauge at this point what percentage of its members will actually head south this winter and that many are stuck in a holding pattern.The Burns, and many of their Canadian and American friends who also travel to Arizona, consider themselves in this group."If we have to cancel for any reason, they will give us most of our money back, so we'll just wait and see how things go in January," Lorna said. "A lot can change."'Might not be the same thing tomorrow'Overall, Lorna said she believes the information provided by the governments to be clear if one knows where to look and takes the time to search it out."You have to kind of take responsibility yourself and search out the answers and realize that what happens today and what you hear today might not be the same thing tomorrow, so it's up to the individuals," she said."Hopefully the figures, the numbers in Arizona, in the greater Phoenix area, will be better than they have been, but again, it's something that we will assess."In the meantime, Lorna and Donald intend to enjoy the Atlantic Bubble, travelling to Nova Scotia in a few weeks."We're hoping things will level off and settle down by January, if not, we'll have to make other plans," said Donald Burns. "Staying home, shoveling snow, putting up with winter, not near as much fun."More from CBC P.E.I.
A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday rejected an effort by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and Republican Party groups to block Montana counties from holding the general election mostly by mail, saying claims that such a system could be marred by widespread voter fraud is “a fiction.” “When pressed during the hearing in this matter, the plaintiffs were compelled to concede that they cannot point to a single instance of voter fraud in Montana in any election during the last 20 years,” U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen wrote.
There's lots to know before getting your nostrils swabbed for COVID-19 at a Windsor pharmacy, so make sure you check these boxes before heading out. Last week the province announced that it has expanded testing to pharmacies, with three Shoppers Drug Marts authorized in Windsor and two others in Sarnia.Across Ontario, strict guidelines have been put in place for those looking to get a test done at a pharmacy.The main rule is that only those who are asymptomatic and have not been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 can receive a test. The person must also fall under one of five categories: * Living or working in a long-term care facility. * Residing or volunteering at a shelter. * Have been given a clearance for international travel. * An international student travelling into the country to start school after the14-day isolation period ends. * An Indigenous person.In Windsor, locations started testing on Tuesday.CBC News spoke with the Devonshire Mall Shopper's Drug Mart pharmacist Matthew Thibert about how testing has gone so far. "It's been busy," Thibert said. "I wasn't really sure whether or not we would see such a demand for it, but I will say that we have definitely seen a lot of demand." He said they've been taking calls since Friday evening and have completed 20 tests so far, but have done 50 phone assessments. The pharmacy is not taking any walk-ins, Thibert said, adding that people must complete a phone assessment before coming in to the store. The assessment will determine whether the person falls under the outlined criteria. WATCH | Local pharmacist Matthew Thibert explains what people need to know before getting testedLocations approved for testing in Sarnia and Windsor include: * Devonshire Mall in Windsor at 3100 Howard Ave. * Tecumseh Mall in Windsor at 7720 Tecumseh Rd. E. * Huron Church in Windsor at 1760 Huron Church Rd. * 2600 Lakeshore Rd in Sarnia. * Michigan & Murphy in Sarnia at 1206 Michigan Ave.
For Guillermo Nieto, a Mexican businessman who grew up smoking pot, the cannabis greenhouse on his family's vast farmlands in Guanajuato state is part of a bigger dream. One that involves deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies. Nieto and several Mexican businessmen have spent years positioning themselves for a time when the country opens up what would be the world's biggest legal cannabis market in terms of population, where the drug can be lawfully cultivated and sold.
Quebec Premier François Legault says police in the province's red zones — regions where COVID-19 cases are surging — will be issuing $1,000 fines to those who violate newly strengthened public health rules.With fees, those fines will top $1,500 and can be issued for gathering in private residences or protesting without a face covering. Speaking during a late-afternoon news conference on Wednesday just hours before the new rules went into effect, Legault said the negligence of a few has led to the crackdown. "Lives are at stake. We want to keep our children in schools," Legault said. "We also want to protect our health network"Quebec reported 838 new cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths Wednesday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 74,288 confirmed cases and 5,834 people have died in the province. Home gatherings can lead to finesBeyond the few exceptions, such as for caregivers or romantic relations, house guests are not allowed, Legault said.Police are authorized to demand proof of residency and if residents refuse entry, officers will be able to obtain warrants faster through a new, virtual system that was established in collaboration with the Crown, the premier said."We had to give the police the means to intervene," said Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault.Normally the process for obtaining a warrant can take a day or two, but that won't work when police want to break up parties that very same evening, Legault said.He said people who shrug off the rules and host parties are "putting the lives of other people in danger."Protestors to be fined for refusing to wear masksQuebec made masks mandatory inside public spaces, like bars and shops, on July 18, but there have been several protests since.Now, anti-maskers will have to cover up if they want to march or police will be issuing fines.Guilbault said protesting without masks cannot be tolerated and she is not ruling out using force to disperse protests if needed."Eventually, we will cross that bridge when we get there," she said.All gatherings prohibited, travel discouragedLegault said all gatherings will be banned, even outside in public parks — an activity that has grown more popular in places like Montreal during the pandemic. "Police officers will start by trying to disperse the gatherings, but if people don't co-operate, fines can be given," he said.Legault said people from red zones cannot travel to orange zones to eat in a restaurant or gather in a home. They will face fines if they do. He said restaurants will not be required to verify residency, but police can issue a ticket if they catch people violating the rules.People should not travel between regions to pick up groceries or run similar errands, Legault said. People can go to their cottage, for example, as long as they bring their provisions with them. Legault made no mention of roadblocks, something that occurred last spring. However, Guilbault said signs will be posted, warning people they are entering or leaving a red zone.Guilbault said the idea is not to issue as many fines as possible, but to ensure people are staying in their zones and decreasing the spread of COVID-19.She said police will try to educate and inform before resorting to tickets.Back in the spring, hundreds of fines were issued to people who ignored the two-metre rule or threw parties at home.WATCH | Quebec steps up enforcement for new COVID-19 restrictions:Restrictions to take effect at midnightThe new restrictions take effect 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday and are set to last for 28 days, until Oct. 28, in the red zones. The restrictions are: * A ban on home gatherings, with some exceptions, such as a single caregiver, babysitter, tradesperson or technician, allowed per visit. * All bars and casinos are closed. Restaurants can offer only takeout. * Museums, cinemas and theatres are closed. * Being less than two metres apart will be prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations. * Houses of worship and venues for events, such as funerals and weddings, will have a 25-person limit. * Hair salons, hotels and other such businesses will stay open. * Schools will remain open.Libraries were on the list of buildings to close, but Legault clarified on Wednesday that libraries will remain open to borrow books only.
Police forces across Ontario engaged in broad, illegal searches of a now-defunct COVID-19 database, two civil rights groups alleged Wednesday, claiming the use of the portal violated individual privacy rights for months. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Constitution Foundation said in separate reports that many services used the database to look at COVID-19 test results for wide geographic areas and sometimes pulled up personal information unrelated to active calls. "People weren't told that when they went for COVID tests that this information was being shared with police and they certainly weren't asked for their consent," said Abby Deshman, the criminal justice program director for the CCLA.
It appears that an election worker’s decision to throw out nine military ballots in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, amounted to a mistake and not “intentional fraud,” the state’s top elections official said Wednesday. Workers in the elections office in Luzerne County are getting training on handling mailed-in military and overseas ballots, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said during an online news conference.
It didn’t take long for fisheries experts from British Columbia to slam the Canadian government for its latest announcement on the impacts of salmon farms on Fraser River wild salmon stocks. A news release sent out on Monday said Fisheries and Oceans Canada had finished nine scientific risk assessments to determine the impact of interactions between wild Pacific salmon and pathogens from the salmon farms in the Discovery Islands.
Harvest season is the best time of year for produce at its peak, and with more home gardens growing this year — and stocking up at farmers markets — you may find yourself with a lot of produce to use right now.It's helpful, when you have fruits and veggies that are starting to wilt, to be able to look at what you have and come up with a few uses for it.Soup is a great catch-all that doesn't require precise measures or specific ingredients. You could toss just about anything into the pot and make it work.Risotto is similarly flexible, and has become my current go-to meal. A bowl of risotto is fitting for a pandemic for many reasons: It's comforting, inexpensive and built on a staple (rice) that's affordable and infinitely shelf-stable.You can add just about anything to it, and your produce doesn't have to be particularly fresh and crisp; sauté some zucchini or mushrooms, grate in a raw beet, toss in whole or grated tomatoes or some leftover roasted squash.Cheese is always a good idea, and you can use your cheese ends. Risotto can contain meat but doesn't require large quantities; it can also easily be made vegetarian or vegan. You could use stock, but water is also perfectly acceptable and does not produce a lesser risotto.You could make a batch for one or two or 10, and only need to remember a general ratio: one part rice to about four parts stock or water. Start with a bit of onion, add a splash of wine if you like, taste as it gets close to being done. Beyond that, anything goes.And if you need another excuse to stir up a pot of risotto, leftovers can be rolled into balls around a chunk of cheese and fried to make crisp arancini — the very best lunch (or dinner) the next day. And though risotto has a reputation for being high-maintenance, you don't really need to stand at the stove and stir constantly, just frequently. Stirring is what allows the rice to release its starch and make it luxuriously creamy (a knob of butter helps, too), but you don't need to stand at its service for 20 minutes. (But even if you did, it's kind of therapeutic to just stand and stare into a pot of risotto.) Blank-slate RisottoRisotto is more method and ratio than recipe — use about 1:4 rice to stock or water, and go from there.If you want to add mushrooms, sauté them at the beginning, as they won't break apart too much as the risotto cooks.Stir often and don't walk too far away. It's a perfect thing to make while puttering around the kitchen.You could add tomatoes or a grated raw (or cooked) beet as the risotto cooks, and add greens at the end — they just need a minute to wilt.A squeeze of lemon at the end is delicious, too.Ingredients: * 3-4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or water * 2 tbsp canola or olive oil * 2 tbsp butter (divided) * ½ small onion or 1-2 shallots, finely chopped * 3/4 cup short-grain Arborio rice * Splash of white wine (optional) * ½-1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Instructions:Warm the broth in a pot or in the microwave, just so that when you add it to the risotto, it doesn't cool it down each time.In a large-ish saucepan, heat the oil and about a tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes, until softened and any excess moisture has cooked off. Add the rice and stir it around for a minute or two, until nicely coated with oil and butter. If you like, add a splash of wine and stir until it cooks off. Add about half a cup of the broth and stir until it is absorbed. Continue adding broth a bit at a time, allowing it to be absorbed before adding more and stirring frequently until the rice is creamy and tender, about 20 minutes.When your rice is just tender to the bite, stir in the Parmesan and another knob of butter.Season with salt, if it needs it — it may not, with the salty Parmesan and depending on the saltiness of the stock.AranciniIngredients: * Risotto, chilled * Mozzarella cubes * 1 cup bread crumbs * 1 egg * 1/3-½ cup canola oilInstructions:To make arancini, chill the risotto overnight.Cut some mozzarella, provolone or other melty cheese into small (about ½-inch) cubes and shape a couple of spoonfuls of the risotto into a ball around it. Crack an egg into a shallow dish and beat it with a fork; put some panko or other dry breadcrumbs into another.Roll the cold risotto into golfball-sized balls around a chunk of cheese, and roll each in the beaten egg, and then in crumbs to coat. Heat an inch or so of oil (canola or another mild vegetable oil) until it's hot but not smoking. If you have a thermometer, aim for around 350 F; it should sizzle around a bit of bread dropped in.Gently lower a few arancini at a time into the oil and cook until golden on one side, then roll them around to cook on the other side.If you're concerned that the inner chunk of cheese won't be sufficiently melty, put them on a cookie sheet in a 350 F oven for 10 minutes or so. This is also a great way to keep the first ones warm while you cook the rest.
An Edmonton man has been charged after St. Albert RCMP discovered guns, body armour and various household items in a stolen vehicle parked outside the Century Casino. On Sept. 23, an officer conducting patrols in the casino's parking lot spotted a Ford Explorer in an unlit area of the property. Inside the vehicle police found five shotguns, including a loaded 12 gauge, ammunition, a tactical vest and drugs that are believed to be heroin.
As Ontario health officials project some 1,000 new COVID-19 cases per day in the first half of October, Premier Doug Ford still won't say at what point the province could see rollbacks to Stage 2 of its reopening plan."We aren't rolling back today. I'm not saying that's not going to happen, but today that's not a conversation that's going to happen in cabinet," Ford told reporters at a news conference just hours after the provincial government released the stark new forecasting on Wednesday.The premier, along with Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, insisted that while the province reached a record-setting new daily case count this week, it would not emulate the widespread lockdowns seen during earlier phases of the pandemic."It's a different time," Williams said, indicating the province would go after "target" areas as opposed to moving in "broad strokes," adding for example, that Ontario intends to keep its schools open. Still, there was no word on when those regional rollbacks could take place. The comments come as the province confirmed another 625 infections of the novel coronavirus and released updated modelling of the possible curves Ontario could see in its infections throughout the fall. As for why the province hadn't yet released its complete fall preparedness plan, Ford said it was being announced piecemeal over several days so that the public could properly absorb it.Shortly after the news conference, the full plan was published on the province's website. You can read the entire plan below.On hand to deliver the data at Wednesday's earlier forecasting news conference was Williams, as well as Adalsteinn Brown, dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and Matthew Anderson, president and CEO of Ontario Health. The number of new cases reported daily are doubling every 10 to 12 days, Brown said, meaning the province could see a "remarkably high surge" in coming weeks.The growth in infections was initially limited primarily to the 20-39 age group, he said, but now cases are climbing in every age group. "Although we see a large amount of infections among younger people right now, this is likely starting to spill over into older age groups, which is where we see the most tragic and most challenging consequences for health and for the health-care system," Brown said. The five-day rolling average of new daily cases, a measure that smooths peaks and valleys in data, has been steadily rising since reaching its low in the first two weeks of August. Brown also noted a troubling upward trend in the per cent positivity rate of COVID-19 tests, which is now approaching three per cent in places like Toronto, Peel and Ottawa. The provincewide average is currently about 1.75 per cent. Williams said the modelling doesn't take into account new rules introduced by the government in recent days, such as closing strip clubs and limiting hours of operation for bars and restaurants. Health officials will wait to see if the measures help to curb the growth in new cases before possibly implementing any further restrictions, he said.Williams added that residents must again strictly follow public health rules."We need to pull up our socks," he said. "We can impact the curve."WATCH | Not all COVID-19 measures need to be provincewide, says health official:The modelling also warns about the risks of increasing occupancy in hospital intensive care units, which Anderson said is just one measure of the virus's impact on the health-care system.The province is trying to avoid ordering a total stop to most surgeries, as was done earlier in the pandemic, creating a significant backlog. But normal hospital operations cannot be maintained if more than 350 patients are in ICUs across the province, the projections state.As of Wednesday, 35 people were being treated for COVID-19 in ICUs in different parts of Ontario."Really what we're trying to reflect ... is that this disease can have a profound impact on other aspects of our life and of our society," Anderson said. "What we want to do is protect those procedures."Consistent with recent weeks, the majority of the 625 new cases reported on Wednesday by Ontario's Ministry of Health were concentrated in four public health units: * Toronto: 288 * Peel Region: 97 * Ottawa: 64 * York Region: 41Health Minister Christine Elliott said about 62 per cent of new cases are people under 40 years old.Ontario has now seen a total of 51,710 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in late January. Of those, about 84.9 per cent are considered resolved. Another 457 were marked resolved in Wednesday's report.There are currently some 4,955 confirmed, active infections provincewide, the most since April 29. As part of that total, the province is reporting another 52 cases of COVID-19 in schools across the province.The government says at least 32 of those infected are students, while eight are staff and 12 have not been identified.Wednesday's development brings the total number of cases in schools to 342 — 188 of which are in students.The government says 282 of the province's 4,828 schools have at least one case of COVID-19. It says three schools have been shut down due to the virus. The number of patients in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 now sits at 150, nearly double what it was just one week ago. The rise in hospitalizations began about two weeks after new daily cases started accelerating.The province's network of labs processed 35,753 test samples for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, while the backlog of tests waiting to be completed has grown to 67,126.See the province's full fall preparedness plan for yourself here.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday didn’t condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer, branding it solely a “left-wing” problem and telling one far-right extremist group to “stand back and stand by.” “Almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing," said Trump, whose exchange with Democrat Joe Biden left the extremist group Proud Boys celebrating what some of its members saw as tacit approval. Wallace specifically mentioned Kenosha, Wisconsin, where a white teenager was charged with killing two protesters during demonstrations over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford was asked Wednesday about rumours his government was getting ready to move the province back to Stage 2 of its reopening plans. While he said that it's not happening today, "everything's on the table," but added a move like that wouldn't emulate the previous closure of the province.
Mark Sloat has been working in auction houses for 40 years, since he was 17 years old. This week, his Auction Center in Fredericton is selling more than 700 pieces of memorabilia from the Hilltop pub, a place he remembers fondly from his 20s, when it was a club with a dance floor and disc jockey. "For anybody who has been in Fredericton at all since the '70s, '80s and '90s, and grew up here, the Hilltop is probably indirectly responsible for their life, their divorce, their marriage or their kids," he said, chuckling, while sitting down on one of the wooden chairs that are part of the auction.According to Hilltop owner John Kileel, the restaurant was the first beverage room in the province. It was established in 1974 by the Hill brothers, and Kileel purchased it in 1981."By beverage room, I mean ladies were allowed in. Prior to that, in taverns, only males were permitted inside."It was common for people to try to buy the colourful alcohol and motor oil signs that decorated the tavern's walls, but Kileel said the pub held off from doing so, until now."Over the years, some of the signs disappeared. They grew legs, if you will."During the COVID-19 pandemic, while the restaurant was closed to the public, hundreds of signs were brought down from the walls to give the restaurant a new, more modern look.Sloat said a lot of these signs, which date back to the 1950s and 60s, don't come up in an auction like this very often.After less than two days of bidding, some signs, which are made of enamel, are at $500, according to Sloat. "Anybody with their own pub or their own bar or anybody with a bit of nostalgia in their minds, they're gonna be looking at maybe picking up one or two or something," he said.He also expects the tables and chairs from the pub to be purchased in no time."If these chairs and tables could talk ... I mean, maybe what they'd say would be bad."A road trip to PhiladelphiaMany of the signs were originally purchased in Philadelphia around 1985 when Kileel and the manager of the Hilltop at the time drove down to purchase paraphernalia. A lady who owned a warehouse with vintage items sold the signs to them.It was sad for Kileel and some of the staff who have been the Hilltop since the '80s to take the signs down. "That's a bygone era, really," he said.'Like going to the market on Saturdays'For Sloat, auctioning off items that bring back memories is always fun."But it would have been more fun to do in a live auction because sometimes people lose their minds," he said.Since 1993, the Auction Centre, which he bought more than 30 years ago, has been hosting auctions every Thursday and garnering a crowd of about 150 to 300 people."It has been a social event. It was like going to the market on Saturdays. And with all that is going on now with COVID it's been missed by a lot of people, including myself."Since June, his auctions have taken place online."My wife would be the first one to say, I am not a computer guy. With online auctions it takes much longer. People take longer to come pick stuff up."But Sloat said the auctions reach audiences who wouldn't be able to sit down in a warehouse on Thursdays for an hour to buy something. For example, people all over the Atlantic provinces and Alberta have called to inquire about the Hilltop memorabilia. The auction that includes Hilltop items ends on Thursday at 1 p.m.
Saskatchewan reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 more recoveries Wednesday.One of the new cases is located in the northeast, eight are in the Saskatoon area, one is in the central west, two are in the central east and two are in the Regina area.These cases bring the province's total to 1,913 reported cases, 139 of which are considered active.There are currently nine people in hospital, eight of whom are receiving inpatient care. Five people are in Saskatoon, one is in Regina and two are in the southwest. One person is in intensive care in the north central zone of the province.On Tuesday 1,280 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan. That brings the total performed tests in the province to 190,795.Covid-19 alerts for the publicThe Saskatchewan Health Authority notified the public Wednesday afternoon that individuals who tested COVID-19 positive were at the following businesses in Regina, Saskatoon and Warman last week: * Sept. 24: Once Upon a Child, 2779 Avonhurst Dr., Regina, from 12 to 1 p.m.; A&W restaurant, 2701 Avonhurst Dr., Regina, from 1 to 2 p.m.; Amazing Adventures, 210 Leonard St., Regina from 5:45 to 7 p.m. * Sept. 25: Harbour Landing Co-op, 4560 Parliament Ave., Regina, from 4:45 to 5:05 p.m.; Warman McDonalds, 920 Centennial Blvd, Warman, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon; Warman Burger King, 910 Centennial Blvd, Warman, from 5:50 to 6:30 p.m. * Sept. 26: Cineplex Cinemas at the Centre, 3510 Eighth St. E, Saskatoon, the Unhinged movie in theatre 5 between 6:30 to 8:30 p.m..People who were at those places at those times are supposed to immediately self-isolate if they have symptoms of COVID-19. People without symptoms are to self-monitor for the next two weeks. CBC Saskatchewan wants to tell more stories about how the pandemic is touching the province's most vulnerable and marginalized populations. How has COVID-19 affected you? Share your story using our online questionnaire.
Police west of Toronto say they've laid sex assault charges against a staff member at a forensic mental health facility for youth. Halton police allege a 24-year-old woman who was a relief worker at the Syl Apps Youth Centre in Oakville, Ont., victimized an underage resident at the facility. The Mississauga, Ont., woman is facing charges of sexual assault, sexual exploitation and breach of trust.
Luke Porter was in Canmore or climbing trips in the Bow Valley twice already this summer and he plans to sneak in one more trip in October, hopefully before the snow flies. It's a long drive for the Edmonton millwright, which means he stays overnight, either in a tent or a hotel. "I spend money when I am there," Porter said.
Chalk it up to the perils of parking overnight on the tarmac of a northern airfield in Canada.A CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopter was damaged earlier this month by what appears to have been a puzzled polar bear.The aircraft belong to 413 Squadron, which is based in Greenwood, N.S. It spent the night at a remote airstrip in Saglek, Newfoundland and Labrador on Sept. 16, said Lt.-Col. Brent Vaino, the squadron commander.The aircraft was supposed to land on a helipad at an automated NORAD radar station near the remote community, but poor weather over northern Labrador prevented the crew from reaching it. They were detoured to an airstrip closer to sea level."The crew had to park the aircraft down below, not up at elevation like they wanted to," said Vaino. "Because of that, it's an area with a body of water on either side and polar bears do occasionally transit on either side of them, and this case that's what happened."More curious than hungry?In the darkness, while the crew slept at the radar station, the bear chose to conduct a snap inspection of the brightly painted helicopter, causing what the air force said was "superficial damage" when it pushed on the side door.Vaino said he believes the animal was curious and likely not hungry.The bear managed to pop out an emergency exit window and rip the cover off the nose cone."The polar bear did not get inside the helicopter and there were no crew members in the vicinity at the time," said the air force's Twitter post, which was accompanied by a series of photos that show the damaged side of the helicopter and the window with an oily paw smear."Probably like most folks, I chuckled at bit," Vaino said of the initial report that reached him in Nova Scotia."I think it's fair to say this is first time anybody has encountered this — in this Wing, anyhow."Search and rescue personnel are more accustomed to the hazards posed by polar bears when they operate out of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Vaino said "unique challenges like this" are why the air force trains these crews in the far North.A security detachment normally accompanies the helicopter. Vaino said that because of the pandemic — and the fear of introducing COVID-19 into such a remote community — the number of military personnel on the training mission was restricted.It took four days to repair the aircraft and get it out of Saglek because replacement parts had to be flown in and foul weather prevented a military fixed-wing plane from landing. The spares eventually came in by helicopter.Saglek is located in the Torngat Mountains and was originally built as a U.S. Air Force base in the 1950s at the beginning of the Cold War.It was later handed over to the Canadian military and is now home to an automated long-range radar station that forms part of NORAD's North Warning System.The nearby Saglek Fjord — known by local fishermen as "The Devil's Place" because of its ever-changing winds — was profiled last spring in National Geographic magazine as "the best place in the world to see polar bears."The Cormorant helicopter was participating in a northern search and rescue exercise.
A new temporary shelter for sex workers is expected to open in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in the coming weeks.Run by the WISH Drop-In Centre Society, the shelter at 340 Alexander St. will offer 23 beds, showers, laundry facilities, meals and other services for cisgender, trans and two-spirit women who are street-based sex workers. It's a service that's long been needed for sex workers, who often spend uncomfortable nights sleeping in chairs at the WISH Drop-In Centre and have been asking for a shelter like this for years, said executive director Mebrat Beyene.The COVID-19 pandemic and opiod crisis accelerated the urgent need for this kind of facility, she added. "We know that this is going to make women safer, we know that it will provide much needed stability and safety and access to supports," Beyene said."It is going to increase safety, it is absolutely going to save lives."Access to other WISH programsIt's the first 24/7 shelter exclusively for sex workers in Canada and was made possible through a partnership with the City of Vancouver and BC Housing, Beyene added.The city provided and renovated the space for a "nominal" lease amount and BC Housing provided the funding for its operation, Beyene said.Some of the beds will be allocated to sex workers who need short-term respite, but the majority of the beds will be for longer-term stays while permanent housing solutions are found.A team of 20 to 25 staff will operate the shelter, and peer staff will be hired through the WISH Supportive Employment Program.While staying at the shelter, women will also be able to access other WISH programs and supports including literacy programming, Indigenous programming and music therapy. The shelter's back lot will have additional washrooms provided by the city, and an outdoor area in which to relax.Funding for the shelter is in place for a year, but Beyene said having it exist as a longer-term shelter has been a long-standing goal for WISH. "This is a really significant milestone and this is a long time coming," Beyene said."We're hoping that we can turn this into a longer-term service."
The 37-year-old Atikamekw woman entered a Joliette, Que. hospital and died 2 days later but not before capturing the degrading treatment by staff on camera.