The RCMP dive team and volunteer search and rescue crews are looking for a diver who went missing in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, B.C. In a written statement, RCMP said emergency crews responded to a call about a possible drowning shortly before 3 p.m. on Saturday. Officers learned that a 52-year-old man was scuba diving on the east side of the William Bennett Bridge when he failed to resurface. Ed Henczel, a volunteer with Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, said late Saturday night that the man had been diving with three other people. Henczel says the area has a fairly strong current because of water constriction under the bridge. "We're still searching, we're still positive," he said Saturday evening. Underwater Recovery Team deployed The search crew on Saturday included 20 volunteers, as well as first responders from RCMP and the local fire department, and some teams searching for the missing man on foot. Crews were planning to head out at first light on Sunday, Henczel said, joining the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team. RCMP are asking that the public give crews space and distance as they continue their search Sunday.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican who now leads the Arizona county elections department targeted by a GOP audit of the 2020 election results is slamming former President Donald Trump and others in his party for their continued falsehoods about how the election was run. Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer on Saturday called a Trump statement accusing the county of deleting an elections database “unhinged” and called on other Republicans to stop the unfounded accusations. “We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country,” Richer tweeted. Richer became recorder in January, after defeating the Democratic incumbent. The former president's statement came as Republican Senate President Karen Fann has demanded the Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors come to the Senate to answer questions raised by the private auditors she has hired. The Senate took possession of 2.1 million ballots and election equipment last month for what was supposed to be a three-week hand recount of the presidential race won by Democratic President Joe Biden. Instead, the auditors have moved as a snail's pace and had to shut down Thursday after counting about 500,000 ballots. They plan to resume counting in a week, after high school graduation ceremonies planned for the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, which they rented for the recount. Trump's statement said, in part, that “the entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED! This is illegal and the Arizona State Senate, who is leading the Forensic Audit, is up in arms.” Richer and the board say that statement is just plain wrong. In recent days, both he and the board have begun aggressively pushing back at what they see as continuing falsehoods from Republicans who question Trump's loss. “Enough with the defamation. Enough with the unfounded allegations,” Richer tweeted Thursday. “I came to this office to competently, fairly, and lawfully administer the duties of the office. Not to be accused by own party of shredding ballots and deleting files for an election I didn’t run. Enough.” The board, led by Republican Chairman Jack Sellers, have been aggressively using Twitter in recent days to push back, firing off a series of messages slamming the private company doing the audit. The board plans to hold a public hearing Monday to further to refute lies and lay out facts about these issues.” “I know you all have grown weary of lies and half-truths six months after 2020 General Elections,” Sellers said Friday in announcing Monday's meeting. Fann sent Sellers a letter on Wednesday requesting that county officials publicly answer questions at the Senate on Tuesday, but she stopped short of her threat to issue subpoenas. Fann repeated the Senate’s demand for access to administrative passwords for vote-counting machines and internet routers. County officials say they have turned over all the passwords they have and have refused to give up the routers, saying it would compromise sensitive data, including classified law enforcement information held by the sheriff’s office. Fann proposed allowing its contractor to view data from the routers at county facilities under supervision of the sheriff’s office. “The Senate has no interest in viewing or taking possession of any information that is unrelated to the administration of the 2020 general election,” she wrote. The county says the passwords the Senate is seeking are maintained by Dominion Voting Systems Inc., which makes the vote-counting machines and leases them to the county. The company said in a statement Thursday that it cooperates with auditors certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and did so for two prior audits of 2020 results in Maricopa County, but won’t work with Cyber Ninjas. Fann has hired Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based cybersecurity firm, to oversee an unprecedented, partisan review of the 2020 election in Arizona’s largest county. They are conducting a hand recount of all 2.1 million ballots and looking into baseless conspiracy theories suggesting there were problems with the election, which have grown popular with supporters of Trump. ___ Associated Press reporter Jonathan J. Cooper contributed. Bob Christie, The Associated Press
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has broken ground on a controversial park being built on land it originally acquired to be turned into an arena. The Franklin and Main Park Project will take up the majority of a block in downtown Fort McMurray. Featuring a basketball court, playground and community event space, the $4.92 million park is expected to be completed in the fall. Its completion will also mark the end of an eight-year journey that featured big civic dreams, hard economic realities and mixed emotions among downtown businesses that were affected by the municipal expropriation process. The municipality purchased the land in 2013 as part of a plan to build a downtown arena. The municipality expropriated five properties at a total cost of $34.1 million, which includes associated costs like legal fees and tearing the buildings down. The municipality backed away from the idea in 2015, after oil prices crashed and it faced public backlash. One of the buildings acquired by the city housed Longshots, a downtown bar co-owned by Gord Pederson. When he opened the bar in 2006, he knew there was a possibility the land would be wanted by the municipality. He said he's not bitter about the land deal but he is bothered that the building sat empty for about 18 months. "It's just another scar on Fort McMurray that I don't think it deserves." Pederson wasn't against the idea of the arena, but thought the municipality had "excess and grandiose plans." "Downtown Fort McMurray needed that little bit of a boost," said Pederson. Since then, the land has been a parking lot. Draw for downtown? In 2018, council decided make downtown revitalization a priority, then in March of this year, council voted in favour of the Franklin and Main Park Project in an 8-3 vote. Mayor Don Scott and councillors Claris Voyageur and Keith McGrath were opposed. Steven Niehaus, owner of Stacs Fine Food, said he is excited about the park, as it would be across the street from his restaurant. "I know it might not be ideal for everybody, but the park is an exciting thing for us because it's going to give a chance for people to hopefully congregate downtown," said Niehaus. In the winter, the park will have skating trails, he said. Workers during construction should also be good for business. Jon Tupper, former president of the Chamber of Commerce, has been to half a dozen symposiums to talk about downtown revitalization. He said the municipality's strategy for downtown in recent years hasn't been successful. The park is expected to be completed in fall of 2021.(Jamie Malbeuf/CBC) "We razed more structures than we've brought up and that's kind of where we're at today," he said. He said doing something with the space is better than doing nothing, but he doubts it will be an ongoing draw to bring people downtown in a municipality that already has many parks. "Yes, a park is better than a parking lot, but I don't think it fills the gaps and the needs that the city created through their own overzealous expropriation," he said. Pederson agrees with Tupper's assessment. Downtown has been empty ever since expropriation, he said, and a park isn't likely to be the solution. Frances Squire, 82, used to frequent one of the pubs that was torn down during the expropriation. She said the municipality should be spending money on more important things, like flood mitigation. "It's a waste of money," said Squire.
PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — Police are reaching out to villagers in northern India to investigate the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washing up on the Ganges River banks, prompting speculation on social media that they were the remains of COVID-19 victims. In jeeps and boats, the police used portable loudspeakers with microphones asking people not to dispose of the bodies in rivers. "We are here to help you perform the last rites,” police said. On Friday, rains exposed the cloth coverings of bodies buried in shallow sand graves on the riverbank in Prayagraj, a city in Uttar Pradesh state. Navneet Sehgal, a state government spokesman, on Sunday denied local media reports that more than 1,000 corpses of COVID-19 victims had been recovered from rivers in the past two weeks. “I bet these bodies have nothing to do with COVID-19,” he said. He said some villagers did not cremate their dead, as is customary, due to a Hindu tradition during some periods of religious significance and disposed of them in rivers or digging graves on riverbanks. K.P. Singh, a senior police officer, said authorities had earmarked a cremation ground for those who died of COVID-19 on the Prayagraj riverbank and the police were no longer allowing any burials on the riverfront. Sehgal state authorities have found “a small number” of bodies on the riverbanks, he said, but didn’t give a figure. Ramesh Kumar Singh, a member of Bondhu Mahal Samiti, a philanthropic organization that helps cremate bodies, said the number of deaths is very high in rural areas, and poor people have been disposing of the bodies in the river because of the exorbitant cost of performing the last rites and shortage of woods. The cremation cost has tripled up to 15,000 rupees ($210). Health authorities last week retrieved 71 bodies that washed up on the Ganges River bank in neighboring Bihar state. Authorities performed post mortems but said they could not confirm the cause of death due to decomposition. A dozen corpses were also found last week buried in sand at two locations on the riverbank in Unnao district, 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh state capital. District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar said an investigation is underway to identify the cause of deaths. India’s two big states, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, with nearly 358 million people in total, are among the worst hit in the surge sweeping through the country with devastating death tolls. Hapless villagers have been rushing the sick to nearby towns and cities for treatment, many of them dying on the way, victims of India's crumbling health care. After hitting record highs for weeks, the number of new cases was stabilizing, said Dr. V.K. Paul, a government health expert. The Health Ministry on Sunday reported 311,170 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, down from 326,098 on Saturday. It also reported 4,077 additional deaths, taking the total fatalities to 270,284. Both figures are almost certainly a vast undercount, experts say. Rajesh Kumar Singh And Biswajeet Banerjee , The Associated Press
A 28-year-old man is dead and at least three others are seriously injured after about 100 shots were fired in Toronto's Etobicoke neighbourhood on Sunday. Police said they were called to an apartment complex in the Willowridge Road and Eglinton Avenue West area shortly before 2:30 p.m. ET. Speaking to CBC News from the scene, Duty Insp. Michael Williams said a dark coloured sedan entered a roundabout outside an apartment building located at 22 Willowridge Road and approached two parked cars— a Mercedes Benz and a Toyota Camry. An undetermined number of shooters from that sedan then opened fire on the occupants of the parked cars. When officers arrived, Williams said they found one victim in the roundabout near the Mercedes. Two others had collapsed down the street near Richgrove Drive. A Toyota Camry was located in the area of Richgrove Drive and Willowridge Road with bullet holes.(Mike Cole/CBC) A total of four men in their late 20s and early 30s were found suffering from "very serious" gunshot wounds. Police had initially said there were five victims. A 28-year-old man was transported to hospital and later died of his injuries. The homicide unit has been called to investigate. Officers assisted with two emergency runs to hospital. Police say three men are in hospital, including one in life-threatening condition, and two others in serious, non-life threatening condition. Bullet holes were discovered in nearby buildings. Police said they are canvassing the area for other victims. According to reports, two suspected shooters fled the scene in the dark sedan, although police say it's still unclear how many assailants they are searching for. No descriptions of the assailants have been released. Investigators are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage or who may have witnessed what happened to come forward.
Two more ransomware operators appear to have disappeared from the web, a cybersecurity researcher said on Sunday, in another potential aftershock following this month's hack of U.S. fuel transport company Colonial Pipeline. The sites, run by groups dubbed "AKO" and "Everest", appear to have become unreachable over the weekend, according to Allan Liska, a researcher with cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. Other ransomware groups - who make money by scrambling companies' data and demanding hefty payments in digital currency to unlock it - have said they were shutting down or scaling back operations as the U.S. government ramped up pressure.
Montreal police deployed tear gas in downtown Montreal on Sunday after a demonstration in support of the Israeli government was declared illegal. Several hundred people gathered early afternoon at Dorchester Square, waving Israeli flags and dancing to music. They were met by about a dozen pro-Palestinian demonstrators, who launched a protest of their own. The two groups argued, and altercations ensued. Police intervened with tear gas to disperse the crowds, according to Radio-Canada. Police were still on the scene at 4 p.m. encouraging people to leave the area. On Saturday, several thousand people marched through downtown Montreal to the Israeli consulate in Westmount, protesting Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip as well as recent settlement activity. Fighting between the Israeli military and the Gaza-based militant group Hamas continued on Sunday. Militants in Gaza fired an early-morning barrage of rockets into Israel. Then Israeli airstrikes on Gaza flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people on, Palestinian medics said. But despite the heavy death toll and international efforts to broker a ceasefire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signalled the fourth war with Gaza's Hamas rulers would rage on. In a televised address on Sunday evening, Netanyahu said the attacks were continuing at "full force" and will "take time."
Saskatchewan is reporting 167 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the known active case count to 2,082. One person in their 80s has died in the Saskatoon zone. There are 137 people in hospital in the province, with 24 people in intensive care. Here's where the new cases are: Far northwest, six. Far northeast, one. Northwest, 20. North central, 16. Saskatoon, 54. Central west, one. Central east, six. Regina, 29. Southwest, three. South central, 11. Southeast, 14. Six new cases are pending residence information. One case with pending residence information was assigned to the Saskatoon zone. Beginning Monday, restaurants in Regina can open in accordance with restaurant restrictions across the province. Vaccine eligibility is now down to people aged 20 and up, and remains 18 and up in the northern district. Seventy-four per cent of Saskatchewan residents over the age of 40 have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Over the last day, 18,995 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were given — a daily record, according to the government. It said in a release that it's mostly due to the ability to have pharmacies delivering vaccine.
Procurement Minister Anita Anand tells guest host of The West Block Mike Le Couteur that conversations are happening right now about what to do with millions more doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine set to arrive over the coming months. Those arrivals come as some provinces have paused the use of the vaccine over extremely rare blood clots that can occur in some individuals after getting the shot, but as global demand for vaccines remains high and cases continue to soar around the world. “We have committed to donating excess doses,” Anand said. “Our prime minister has mentioned this, I have, and [International Development Minister Karina] Gould and [Health Minister Patty] Hajdu are all on the same page in terms of the need to donate excess doses that Canadians aren’t using, so we are thinking of all of the options relating to any excess doses.”
Two people are dead and a suspect is in custody following a shooting in Listuguj First Nation Saturday morning, according to Quebec's police watchdog. Officers from the Listuguj Police Department were called to a residence on Riverside Road after reports of gunfire. They arrived around 11:30 a.m. and found a person barricaded inside, before hearing more gunshots. A 28-year-old man inside the home refused to co-operate with police, but eventually came out of the house and surrendered. Listuguj Police said Sunday morning a suspect is in custody, but did not provide details about the person's identity. Police found two people injured inside the home. They later died of their injuries in hospital. Quebec City police confirmed Sunday a girl and man in his twenties were killed. The Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government confirmed the incident on their website Saturday evening. "On behalf of myself and Council, our hearts are with you. Our government will continue to make every effort to provide support for those in need through these difficult times," Chief Darcy Gray said in a statement. "In the coming days, LMG will have services available to those impacted." Gray said community members are asked to stay clear of the area as the investigation by Listuguj police and the Quebec City Police Department is ongoing. Quebec's Bureau of Independent Investigation will also look into the circumstances of police intervention during the incident.
The Go Fish Eatery in Kensington, P.E.I., was heavily damaged by fire Sunday morning and is likely beyond repair, says the town's police chief. Chief Lewis Sutherland says a passerby noticed the fire at about 5:30 a.m. and called 911. The Kensington Fire Department had the fire extinguished by the time Sutherland arrived at about 6:15. There were no injuries, and nobody was at the restaurant at the time of the fire, he said. "It's still standing but it will probably have to be taken down." The restaurant, located in an old town structure, had opened for the season May 7. A Facebook post on the Go Fish Eatery Facebook page Sunday said the business expects to be closed for the "foreseeable future." Sutherland said it's a big loss not only for the owners, but the town as well. "They're well known for having the best fish and chips around and people flocked there and it's going to be sorely missed this summer unless they can find another location." The fire marshal is investigating. Sutherland said there is no indication of anything suspicious. More from CBC P.E.I.
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 16, 2021. There are 1,323,681 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,323,681 confirmed cases (71,903 active, 1,226,870 resolved, 24,908 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 5,269 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 189.19 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 43,117 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 6,160. There were 40 new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 328 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 47. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.12 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 65.54 per 100,000 people. There have been 33,383,698 tests completed. _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,184 confirmed cases (82 active, 1,096 resolved, six deaths). There were five new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 15.71 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 1.15 per 100,000 people. There have been 254,361 tests completed. _ Prince Edward Island: 191 confirmed cases (10 active, 181 resolved, zero deaths). There was one new case Saturday. The rate of active cases is 6.26 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there has been five new case. 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 153,397 tests completed. _ Nova Scotia: 4,610 confirmed cases (1,508 active, 3,030 resolved, 72 deaths). There were 86 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 153.98 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 856 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 122. There were zero new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there has been one new reported death. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.01 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 7.35 per 100,000 people. There have been 708,603 tests completed. _ New Brunswick: 2,052 confirmed cases (114 active, 1,897 resolved, 41 deaths). There were seven new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 14.59 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 56 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is eight. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 5.25 per 100,000 people. There have been 321,074 tests completed. _ Quebec: 362,580 confirmed cases (7,509 active, 344,039 resolved, 11,032 deaths). There were 760 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 87.57 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 5,406 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 772. There were eight new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 51 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is seven. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 128.66 per 100,000 people. There have been 8,807,043 tests completed. _ Ontario: 507,117 confirmed cases (27,566 active, 471,096 resolved, 8,455 deaths). There were 2,584 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 187.09 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 18,030 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 2,576. There were 24 new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 194 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 57.38 per 100,000 people. There have been 14,543,950 tests completed. _ Manitoba: 44,617 confirmed cases (4,219 active, 39,392 resolved, 1,006 deaths). There were 430 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 305.89 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 3,195 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 456. There were four new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 16 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.17 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 72.94 per 100,000 people. There have been 740,345 tests completed. _ Saskatchewan: 44,364 confirmed cases (2,072 active, 41,776 resolved, 516 deaths). There were 196 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 175.79 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,400 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 200. There was one new reported death Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 14 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.17 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 43.78 per 100,000 people. There have been 814,814 tests completed. _ Alberta: 217,821 confirmed cases (22,993 active, 192,688 resolved, 2,140 deaths). There were 1,195 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 519.98 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 10,664 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,523. There were three new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 32 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is five. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.1 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 48.4 per 100,000 people. There have been 4,379,989 tests completed. _ British Columbia: 138,304 confirmed cases (5,717 active, 130,953 resolved, 1,634 deaths). There were zero new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 111.06 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 3,367 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 481. There were zero new reported deaths Saturday. 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 31.74 per 100,000 people. There have been 2,615,230 tests completed. _ Yukon: 84 confirmed cases (one active, 81 resolved, two deaths). There were zero new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 2.38 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: 121 confirmed cases (38 active, 83 resolved, zero deaths). There were zero new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 84.14 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 22 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is three. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people. There have been 21,730 tests completed. _ Nunavut: 623 confirmed cases (74 active, 545 resolved, four deaths). There were five new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 188.04 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 63 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is nine. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people. There have been 13,957 tests completed. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 16, 2021. The Canadian Press
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Sunday May 16, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 364,245 new vaccinations administered for a total of 18,098,470 doses given. Nationwide, 1,395,315 people or 3.7 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 47,754.13 per 100,000. There were no new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 20,355,204 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 88.91 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 31,625 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 232,216 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 443.473 per 1,000. In the province, 1.89 per cent (9,876) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland and Labrador for a total of 279,010 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 83.23 per cent of its available vaccine supply. P.E.I. is reporting 8,000 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 67,758 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 427.148 per 1,000. In the province, 7.20 per cent (11,429) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 84,915 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 54 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.8 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nova Scotia is reporting 58,592 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 415,570 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 425.833 per 1,000. In the province, 3.98 per cent (38,830) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 498,490 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 51 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 83.37 per cent of its available vaccine supply. New Brunswick is reporting 47,400 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 349,662 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 448.262 per 1,000. In the province, 4.20 per cent (32,724) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 415,935 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 84.07 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Quebec is reporting 102,752 new vaccinations administered for a total of 4,230,520 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 494.413 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 4,578,079 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 54 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 92.41 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Ontario is reporting 154,104 new vaccinations administered for a total of 6,925,232 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 471.455 per 1,000. In the province, 2.88 per cent (422,960) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 7,843,825 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 88.29 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Manitoba is reporting 12,838 new vaccinations administered for a total of 638,242 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 463.50 per 1,000. In the province, 5.87 per cent (80,771) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 759,870 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 55 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 83.99 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Saskatchewan is reporting 18,568 new vaccinations administered for a total of 571,957 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 485.057 per 1,000. In the province, 4.09 per cent (48,264) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 637,115 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 54 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 89.77 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Alberta is reporting 57,691 new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,144,280 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 487.11 per 1,000. In the province, 7.43 per cent (327,063) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 2,355,255 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 54 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 91.04 per cent of its available vaccine supply. British Columbia is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 2,393,265 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 466.38 per 1,000. In the province, 2.43 per cent (124,880) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 2,740,590 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 53 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 87.33 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Yukon is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 50,652 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,213.774 per 1,000. In the territory, 56.73 per cent (23,673) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 57,020 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 140 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 88.83 per cent of its available vaccine supply. The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 49,811 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,103.992 per 1,000. In the territory, 49.87 per cent (22,501) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 60,000 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 83.02 per cent of its available vaccine supply. Nunavut is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 29,305 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 756.727 per 1,000. In the territory, 33.26 per cent (12,879) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 45,100 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 120 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 64.98 per cent of its available vaccine supply. *Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 16, 2021. The Canadian Press
TORONTO — A 28-year-old man is dead and three others suffered serious injuries in a shooting in Toronto's west end on Sunday afternoon, police said as they began what they said would be a lengthy and complex investigation. A suspect or suspects fired dozens of shots from their car at two parked vehicles, striking four people shortly before 2:30 p.m., Toronto police said. "From the sounds of things, it was very confusing, even for anybody who would have seen what took place," said Insp. Mike Williams. "There was vehicles and people running in different directions. It was quite chaotic." He said two of the victims -- men in their late 20s or early 30s -- tried to run away from the gunfire, but collapsed on the street nearby. Police initially reported there were five victims, but later said there were only four. One of the surviving victims is in life-threatening condition, while two others suffered injuries that are serious but not life-threatening, Williams said. As the wounded recover in hospital, Williams said police were working the scene. One of the two vehicles that was shot at was riddled with bullet holes, with one officer estimating as many as a hundred rounds were fired, Williams said. He said police would be in the area for at least 24 hours to collect evidence and process the scene. The shooting "doesn't appear to be random," Williams said, but officers aren't ruling anything out. He said police don't yet have a description of the suspect or suspects, but they're asking anyone with information to come forward. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2021. The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine effort shifted into high gear on the weekend, administering its seven millionth dose as it prepared to accelerate immunization efforts even further in the coming week. Premier Doug Ford, meanwhile, offered hope that the province's summer camps would be given the green light to operate this season, though without providing any details. Ford stated camps would be able to open for the coming summer, though did not specify whether he was referring to day or overnight facilities. A spokesman from his office later said details would be revealed before the provincial lifts if current stay-at-home order, which was recently extended to June 2 in a bid to help combat the pandemic's third wave. Ford's remarks came at a large vaccine clinic held west of Toronto that operated overnight in a bid to provide shots to those who could benefit from extended hours. Organizers of Doses After Dark, which they dubbed the first mass overnight vaccination clinic in Canada, said it was well attended but may not have achieved the goal of vaccinating between 4,500 and 5,000 people through the night. Paul Sharma, co-lead of Peel Region's mass vaccination program, said the overnight clinic aimed to attract a wider range of people from across a region that's long been one of the province's most active COVID-19 hot spots. "This was really targeted toward essential workers who are working non-traditional hours," he said in an interview on Sunday. "Shift workers, taxi drivers, truck drivers … but also to the younger age group, you know, the 18 to 39 (demographic), which we opened up a few weeks ago." Although a formal count of shots administered at the clinic was not immediately available, Sharma estimated that it reached 60 to 70 per cent of its target. Despite the shortfall, however, Sharma said there was only a brief stretch between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. when the clinic wasn't operating at full capacity. "People are interested in getting their vaccine. They're willing to come in all different hours," Sharma said. In addition to essential workers, Sharma said international students without provincial health cards and people aged 65 and above who had been eligible for some time also attended the clinic. It took place ahead of the latest effort to speed up Ontario's broader vaccination program, which is set to begin including all residents 30 and older later this week. Monday will also see the province revert back to a per capita model of vaccine allocation after diverting half its supply to hot spots with high daily case counts over the past two weeks. The province announced last week that it aims to have all willing adults in Ontario fully immunized with two doses by Sept. 22. All adult residents should be eligible to register for their first jab by the end of May. Vaccine expansion efforts were already reaching new heights over the weekend, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott, who reported the province had delivered more than seven million doses as of Sunday morning. More than 139,000 of those were injected on Saturday alone, she added. The province also reported 2,199 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including 30 more virus-related deaths. Those figures were based on 33,142 tests administered over the previous 24 hours. There were 1,292 COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals as of Sunday morning, a decline of 254 from the day before. Of those patients, 714 were in intensive care and 509 were on ventilators. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2021. David Paddon, The Canadian Press
Kevin J. Johnston, a Calgary mayoral candidate who has threatened to arm himself and go to the homes of health workers, has been arrested after attending an illegal public gathering on Saturday. Police said the gathering took place Saturday morning, in contravention of a Court of Queen's Bench Order which imposes compliance with public health restrictions on organizers of events. Johnston has posted videos of himself speaking about his intentions to arrest health workers if he is elected mayor. He was seen on Saturday approaching police who were enforcing health orders near a protest against pandemic-related health restrictions in downtown Calgary. "We are at a critical point in our province's response to the pandemic and citizens must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone's safety and well-being," police said in an emailed release. Johnston, who is facing charges for hate crimes and assault, is known for organizing, leading and speaking at protests against public health restrictions during the pandemic. He has previously attempted to publish the private information of Alberta Health Services employees. Concerns over voters' list On Friday, AHS was granted a restraining order against Johnston, which prevents him from obstructing or interfering with AHS and its employees, including public health officers. Under the order, he's prohibited from contacting, recording or photographing AHS employees, visiting AHS sites for non-medical purposes or going to the homes of AHS officers or employees. Johnston's registration as a mayoral candidate has raised fears that he may soon be granted access to a list that includes the names, addresses and phone numbers of every Calgarian eligible to vote. The City of Calgary has said it is exploring its legal options regarding the voters' list. Johnston is currently facing an assault charge in B.C. and hate crimes charges in Ontario. None of those charges have been proven in court.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A league of Muslim nations on Sunday demanded that Israel halt attacks killing Palestinian civilians amid heavy fighting between it and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, even as fissures between countries over their recognition of Israel emerged. A statement by the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation hewed closely to previous ones issued by the Saudi-based group, including backing the decades-old call for Palestinians to have their own nation with East Jerusalem as its capital. However, recent normalization deals between Israel and some nations in the group — as well as their own concerns about Hamas — saw diplomats at points instead criticize each other. “The massacre of Palestinian children today follows the purported normalization,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. “This criminal and genocidal regime has once again proven that friendly gestures only aggravate its atrocities.” The past week has seen some of the worst violence across Israel and the Palestinian territory since the 2014 war in Gaza, with militants launching missiles and Israel pounding the blockaded coastal strip home to 2 million people with heavy fire. At least 188 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza with 1,230 people wounded. Eight people in Israel have been killed. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation statement called on Israel to respect Muslims' access to Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, as well as stop settlers from forcibly evicting Palestinian families from their homes. “The plight of the Palestinian people is the bleeding wound of the Islamic world today,” Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar said. But the videoconference meeting saw some delegates instead turn their fire toward countries like Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, Muslim nations which reached normalization deals last year to recognize Israel. While Egypt and Jordan earlier reached peace deals, supporters of the Palestinians criticized the new countries for recognizing Israel before the formation of an independent Palestinian state. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu joined Zarif in criticizing the normalization, though Israel maintains diplomatic ties with Ankara. “There are a few who have lost their moral compass and voiced support for Israel,” he said. “If there are half-hearted statements within our own family, how could we criticize others? Who will take our words seriously?” Zarif also accused Israel of “genocide and crimes against humanity.” “Make no mistake: Israel only understand the language of resistance and the people of Palestine are fully entitled to their right to defend themselves,” Zarif said. Hamas, which seized power in Gaza in 2007, didn't take part in the meeting, which came before consultations at the United Nations over the crisis. Across the Arabian Peninsula, reactions to the fighting similarly has been mixed. In Qatar, home to the Al-Jazeera satellite network, hundreds turned out late Saturday night to listen to a speech by Hamas’ top leader Ismail Haniyeh. Kuwait's parliament speaker reportedly spoke with Haniyeh on Saturday, as did Qatar's foreign minister. Meanwhile, in Bahrain and the UAE, government-linked media hasn't been covering the current flare-up of violence nonstop like other networks in the region. There are murmurs of dissent though. In Bahrain, civil society groups signed a letter urging the kingdom to expel the Israeli ambassador. In the UAE, where political parties and protests are illegal, Palestinians have expressed their anger quietly, worried about losing their residency permit. Some Emiratis also have expressed concerns. “The region’s only democracy," tweeted the Emirati writer and political analyst Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi in writing about Israel's strike on a Gaza building that housed the offices of The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera. Hussein Ibish, a senior scholar at the Washington-based Arab Gulf States Institute, said most Gulf Arab leaders fear Hamas' rocket fire as "cynical, dangerous, unnecessarily provocative and endangering Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza alike.” That takes the pressure off those Gulf leaders to respond, unlike in other confrontations involving the Al-Aqsa Mosque or when Israeli settlers force Arab families out of their homes, he said. “There won’t be much sympathy for what is widely viewed in the Gulf as Israel’s heavy-handed and disproportionate retaliation," Ibish wrote, "but it will be much easier for Gulf leaders and many citizens to regard the exchange as a tragic conflagration at the expense of ordinary people brought about by two leaderships over which they have neither control nor responsibility.” ___ Associated Press writers Aya Batrawy and Malak Harb in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed to this report. Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press
Late last year, Dr. Michael Vance received a letter from a fellow physician accusing B.C. health officials of "terrorizing the general populace" with public health measures related to COVID-19. Dr. Stephen Malthouse, a family doctor on Denman Island whose musings on the pandemic have gone viral in conspiracy-minded circles, urged his colleagues to "stand up and speak out" against restrictions meant to control the spread of COVID-19. Malthouse had attached a copy of a widely circulated open letter he'd written in October, which claims the virus is no more deadly than the flu. Vance, a family doctor in Nelson, was appalled. "We're getting it at our office where we're under stress and we're working and busy and dealing with COVID for the past year. It's a slap in the face to see these conspiracy theories," he told CBC News. Vance was so upset, he filed a complaint in December with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., writing that he has a professional duty to report doctors who pose a danger to the public. He called for Malthouse to be stripped of his licence. "All it really was was an essay full of lies," Vance said of the letter, noting that the sources Malthouse cites include YouTube videos and anti-vaccine websites. Vance is one of four B.C. physicians who've spoken with CBC News about filing complaints against Malthouse related to his writings. All of them say they're frustrated with the lack of concrete action they've seen from the college. "He's still an active member of my college, which is pretty embarrassing for me. If you're practicing medicine and you're a doctor, you shouldn't be able to be doing this," Vance said. College spokesperson Susan Prins wrote in an email that she is unable to discuss complaint proceedings because of privacy laws. However, CBC News has independently confirmed that an investigator has been assigned to look into complaints against Malthouse. Earlier this month, the college issued a joint statement with the First Nations Health Authority, warning that physicians who put the public at risk by sharing anti-vaccine, anti-mask, anti-physical distancing and anti-lockdown misinformation could face investigation and possible discipline. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the college has received 30 complaints related to COVID-19 misinformation, Prins said, but they "may take some time to resolve." Malthouse did not return phone calls from CBC or respond to questions sent by email, but in the past he has defended his statements and said the college should be reaching out to doctors with opposing views on the pandemic. He told The Canadian Press this week, "We really need to have scientific debate about these topics rather than just having rules and regulations and attempts just to make doctors follow the policy alone." 'It devalues what other physicians are doing' In recent months, Malthouse has spoken at multiple anti-mask rallies, appeared in videos downplaying the severity of the pandemic and been the subject of glowing writeups in the far-right media. The letter to his colleagues, dated Nov. 1, denies the existence of a second wave of infections. It was written at the start of a steep spike in daily case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 — within six weeks, an average of 19 people in B.C. were dying of the disease every day. The letter suggested that COVID-related restrictions have caused more deaths than the disease. He correctly pointed out that drug poisoning deaths have spiked, but also repeated a popular but false claim that suicides have "increased dramatically." According to the latest numbers from the B.C. Coroners Service, the number of suicides from January to August of 2020 was actually about seven per cent lower than the same period in 2019. Researchers say similar patterns were seen in the other western provinces. Customers wearing masks stand in a physically distanced line outside a bank in downtown Vancouver earlier this year.(Ben Nelms/CBC) Like Vance, Dr. Jennifer Cochran of Rossland complained to the college after receiving Malthouse's letter. She spoke to CBC News just before doing her nightly rounds on the COVID-19 ward at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital on Wednesday, and said she's "really disappointed" at how the college has responded. "He's not only giving this misinformation to patients and the public but to colleagues. It devalues what other physicians are doing during this pandemic," she said. "It's saying, if you were an intelligent physician, you'd know that COVID was a hoax." Letters to the editor draw more complaints Other physicians discovered Malthouse's musings in different ways. Dr. Charles King, a family physician in South Surrey, has alerted the college to letters Malthouse wrote to the editor of The Islands Grapevine, a newsletter serving Denman and Hornby islands. The Grapevine's letters section has recently featured several lengthy submissions from Malthouse describing COVID-19 vaccines as dangerous and experimental, and downplaying the severity of the disease. Malthouse's letters quote sources including the far-right news website Breitbart, the libertarian institute founded by three-time fringe U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul, and a website called HumansAreFree.com that runs headlines like "Sixth man to walk on the moon: Aliens prevented a nuclear war on Earth to ensure our existence." Dr. Stephen Malthouse appeared at a rally against COVID-19 restrictions in Duncan, B.C., in November, referring to the disease as a 'so-called pandemic.'(YouTube) King said he has spoken to college representatives two or three times about Malthouse's letters, but he's been disappointed by the response. "I thought they really were not responding very briskly," King said. "I was frustrated as a practitioner who spends most of my working life these days working to educate patients to get the vaccine and get us all out of this dreadful pandemic." Meanwhile, Dr. Charles Hoffe of Lytton, who wrote an open letter falsely claiming that vaccines are more dangerous than COVID-19, is no longer working in emergency services at the town's St. Bartholomew's Health Centre, Interior Health has confirmed. The college's warning about spreading COVID-19 misinformation comes more than a year after B.C.'s regulators for chiropractors and naturopaths both issued notices with similar messages in March 2020. The College of Chiropractors says it has investigated five complaints about registrants sharing misinformation or promoting unproven treatments for COVID-19, and each of those has resulted in a reprimand and a fine of $250-$700. Meanwhile, the College of Naturopathic Physicians has received just one complaint, which is still under investigation.
Author Elesa Willies has a real-life mystery she hopes you can help solve. Willies recently discovered an old photo of a young girl while volunteering at the United Church thrift store in Grande Cache, 435 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. "I was going to throw something in the garbage bin and this picture was sitting right on top of everything else," she said. "I said 'Who chucked this away?'" Willies was told the store doesn't keep old photos like that. Who would want to buy it? "I said, 'Well, I'll take it,' because I've always loved history and I've loved mysteries," she said. "It's a beautiful picture, it's done in 1924 of this little girl and so I took it." Elesa Willies holds the portrait she rescued from the garbage at a Grande Cache thrift store.(Submitted by Elesa Willies)The 66-year-old Willies quickly went from volunteer to detective. "I was just curious, I wanted to find out who this little girl was, and what the connection was, and how it ended up in our thrift shop, because we're stuck in the middle of nowhere. "What we can sort of guesstimate is the little girl is probably about two in the photograph and that was 1924, so if she's still alive, which I highly doubt, she'd be like 99 or 100 years old now." Thinking the girl in the photograph might have descendants who would like the photo, Willies began investigating further. The signature, location and date that appears on the photo. (Submitted by Elesa Willies) The signature on the portrait was difficult to read, but it also appeared to have the word Breton, which happens to be the name of a village about 100 km southwest of Edmonton. Willies got in contact with the village and its museum. "The curator of the museum there actually phoned me and said his wife thinks that it says Boston, not Breton, and she then had correctly identified who the photographer was," Willies said. "We managed to narrow down that it was Emile Brunel." That led WIllies to a project called Friends of Brunel Park, located on the grounds of Brunel's former home in the Catskills of southeastern New York state. The non-profit organization collects the artist and photographer's work and is open to the public. The owner confirmed the portrait was taken by Brunel but had no information on who the little girl was or how the photo wound up in Alberta. Brunel owned dozens of photography studios throughout the eastern U.S., including Boston. He became quite famous for his work, and was recruited to take pictures of Hollywood stars. It's safe to assume whoever commissioned the photo would have been quite well off. Beyond that, not much else is known. Willies has shared the photo on social media in hopes someone might have some answers. As an added bonus, Willies, who authored "Footsteps and Whispers — The Series'' about Grande Cache ghost stories and strange encounters, may have some new material to work with for a mystery. The only question is, will it be solved?
One Vancouver man decided to beat his pandemic boredom by starting a new art project, where he draws 'COVID cards' to represent the number of days it's been since the pandemic began. David Laird is a land development planner and engineer, but in his free time he paints and draws. Laird says he's had an interest in art ever since he was a child. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone into their homes in March 2020, Laird decided to pick up the old hobby to fill his time. "It was just purely just to, you know, amuse myself and distract myself from the world," Laird told CBC Vancouver. Laird said he started drawing the COVID cards on the day B.C. first began lockdown last March, and has continued making them nearly every day since. Laird says every card has a number on it to represent how many days it's been since the pandemic started.(Ben Nelms/CBC) "I didn't know how long I was going to do it, but, you know, COVID continued on and obviously still is. And with the help of my neighbour, I decided to go 150 days," he said. Laird says every card has a number on it to represent how many days it's been since the pandemic began. He says the design pictured on the front of the card changes every day, depending on his mood. In a previous interview with CBC, Michelle Winkel, an art therapist in Victoria said she believes art can help people cope with the anxiety many face from the pandemic. "Obviously with COVID, life is pretty stressful," Winkel said, "I believe that art-making is therapeutic," Winkel said. Winkel says she has seen first-hand through her patients, the success art therapy can bring in relieving stress and anxiety. As for Laird, he says he uses his art as a way to escape from negative news and the current reality the world continues to face. Laird says he uses his art as a way to distract himself from distressing news. (Ben Nelms/CBC) "These were starting to take three, sometimes four hours in the morning because I have nothing better to do. They're completely whatever comes into my mind." Laird said. Laird says after 150 days passed and the pandemic still wasn't over, he decided to continue on with his drawings. His neighbour assisted him in making little boxes to stores the cards. He says the art has become a habit and something he'll continue to do until the pandemic is over. "Hopefully you won't come back to see me in a year because we'll all be well."