As Canada’s legal cannabis industry turns two on Oct. 17, 2020, licensed stores across the country are celebrating a jump in sales, with one retail expert saying the COVID-19 pandemic has been a “boon” for the industry. Jasmine Pazzano explains.
Melanie Vogel never expected to spend the winter in a remote hotel in northern Yukon.She spent the last three years walking from Newfoundland to the North — and then the pandemic hit.Vogel arrived in Yukon just before borders closed in March, abruptly stopping her 20,000 kilometre route.Now the German traveller is planning to spend winter at the Eagle Plains Hotel on the Dempster Highway, while she waits to be allowed into the Northwest Territories."It's almost like a mini adventure in this adventure," she told CBC's Yukon Morning.Vogel is walking the Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail, which runs across Canada.She had been living in Toronto beforehand, when she decided one day, "I need to go.""My personal calling is just for the road," said Vogel, age 45.She started in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and has covered 10 provinces so far. She was joined by a dog, Malo, in Manitoba and had planned to end her journey in Victoria, B.C. at the end of the year, after making it to the Arctic Ocean.But like everything else, COVID-19 changed her plans.Trapped in Yukon, Vogel says a couple let her stay in their home south of Whitehorse. She only planned to stay a night, but ended up staying for three-and-a-half months."I was kind of blown away by this kind of hospitality and kindness," she said.When Yukon travel restrictions relaxed in July, she started walking again, spending a week in Dawson. She arrived at Eagle Plains in September, hoping to cross the N.W.T. border.But the N.W.T. does not allow Yukoners to enter the territory, and Vogel's application for an exemption was denied."I could complain about it, but I decided not to spend so much time on being frustrated," she said.Instead, she's focusing on the positive parts of the journey: the Dempster Highway will have much less traffic, and she's been offered housekeeping work in Eagle Plains.She's looking forward to experiencing winter life in Yukon, which will give her time to start the book she is writing.Vogel says she saved money for the trip while living a minimalist lifestyle. In 2019 she received a grant from the Royal Geographical Society, and says she gets sponsors and donations from people who follow her journey.She has about 400 kilometres left to walk to Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. on the Arctic Ocean, before turning south on the trail. Vogel said it will be "a huge milestone for me as this is the mile zero point of the Great Trail up here in the North.""It took me three years and [four] months to get to where I am right now," said Vogel."I do not just want to cancel all that just because the pandemic hit. The pandemic is now part of my journey. I will be patient. I will wait here. Then I will continue."
A Canadian journalist didn't want to take any chances driving through the Windsor region with American plates, so Emma Loop stuck signs to her car letting everyone know she's a local and isn't breaking the law. Loop works in Washington D.C. and is originally from Belle River. A few weeks ago she crossed the border and drove home to be with her family for a while. Following all the rules, Loop quarantined for 14 days and when she was ready to go out, she was a bit worried about the attention her Washington D.C. licence plates would get. "I read stories where people driving in Canada with U.S. plates have been harassed and their cars have been damaged. I think there was a car in Muskoka that got keyed and I don't want that to happen to me," said Loop. Her family also expressed their concern so she got to work making a few signs aimed to dispel any fears. Each sign says "I'm Canadian and have completed the 14 day quarantine." "I put a bit of thought into it," said Loop. "I wanted everyone to know that I'm Canadian, I'm not skirting any rules, I'm here legally." 'People think the signs are funny'She also posted the signs on Twitter, where the tweet was liked more than 500 times. It also garnered response from other Canadians who have done the same. "It kind of took off," said Loop. "There were a lot of people who thought it was kind of funny." Some people online demanded that Loop change her plates, but that's not something she plans to do since she's going back to Washington D.C. at some point. For now, she is driving around the region and so far she and her car are unscathed.
Condo owners at Fort McMurray's Hillview Park complex are finally moving back home, four years after they were burned out in the Horse River wildfire.The homeowners say they're happy to be home, but the threat of bankruptcy still looms and there are some issues with the homes.Robert Coppard bought his Hillview Park unit in 2008.Recently he got the keys to his home and spent a week moving in. "I wanted to celebrate, but yet I felt very jaded," Coppard said. "I was thankful for my family and for my friends to help us, but yet I miss my neighbours because so many people didn't make it." The build isn't over, he said. There's no fence, lawn or appliances.After all the special assessments and extra fees he's had to pay for the unit over the last four years he expected the unit to be "a lot nicer," he said. "But we're home." Coppard has had to sink an additional $100,000 into the property for the rebuild in part due to special assessments.In June, homeowners were hit with a special assessment between $64,000 and $76,000, depending on the unit. The original builder, Vancouver-based Viceroy Construction, was removed from the project in 2017. Now Viceroy and the condo board are embroiled in a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.Between the assessments and the long rebuild time, many residents have gone bankrupt or been foreclosed on.Coppard says about 10 of his neighbours and friends will never return to the area. "I miss them," he said.Down the street, Eric Rosina has the keys to his unit, but isn't in his home yet. His property doesn't have a dishwasher, refrigerator or stove. He said there's a shortage of appliances because of the pandemic. Rosina has put sticky notes around his home, noting the deficiencies. Things like a gap in the carpet on the stairs to the basement, marks on the front door and missing faux brick around the fireplace. "It's kind of a mixed feeling," Rosina said. "I know a lot of people that aren't returning." He said he's grateful he was one of the homeowners that was able to hold onto his property over the last four years. "I consider myself extremely fortunate to be in the position I'm in right now, but I'm teetering," he said."If things don't start improving … I'll probably be another one to hand in the keys." Residents were given a listing of the homeowners needing appliances for their properties. There were only 81 homeowners listed in the 214-unit complex. Shelley Paulin moved back home and, in an emotional interview, said she's grateful to be home. "I'm definitely going to struggle," she said."I look across the street and a next-door neighbour that actually babysat me as a kid, he's not coming back home. He walked away from his place." The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said it's working with the condo board to do the final inspections of the condos. The municipality says the units don't need occupancy permits, as each unit has been inspected between 20 and 30 times. "No significant deficiencies or hazards have been identified," a municipal spokesperson said in an email.
This is an opinion column by Hazel Hollingdale who is currently writing a book about her family's experience of losing their dog, Maybe, to an act of animal cruelty. For more information about CBC's Opinion section, please see the FAQ.When a neighbour killed our dog, my partner was just steps behind her. He heard our dog, whose name was Maybe, barking and then a gunshot. He rounded the corner to find our neighbour walking out from the bush, a rifle at his side. My partner asked our neighbour if he had seen Maybe, and our neighbour calmly stated that he had just watched her run toward our house. We spent the next two weeks searching our small community of Savary Island in deep snow.When it melted, we found blood and the gore where he killed her, three metres from where he had stood with the rifle. He watched us from his truck as we collected the evidence. He had buried her on an empty lot with his backhoe, where she lay anonymous and alone in the frozen ground while we desperately searched. Later, he confessed to killing her in a rage, and peddled misinformation to try to rationalize why he had shot her in the head and lied to us. A neighbour he confessed to convinced him to return her body to us two weeks later. Losing Maybe to this act of violence devastated us. Relationships with our animals are unlike any other. They are an inexhaustible well of love, joy, and humour and offer unconditional acceptance. Maybe was an extraordinary little being who bustled with an exuberance for life and love and made our family complete. Then he took her away from us.The RCMP arrived nearly a week after we reported these events and told us that killing someone's dog was not a criminal offence. It is. Our neighbour was eventually arrested and charged under the section of the criminal code that makes it illegal to injure or kill an animal. Killing Maybe was, in fact, illegal.This was the first of many misinformed responses from authorities. Time and time again RCMP officers, Crown prosecutors, and others in the criminal justice system minimized his acts and failed to understand their impact. The Crown attorney refused our requests to meet with him. It felt like to them, Maybe was "just" a dog and the devastation of this violent act on our lives was minimized. A week before trial, our neighbour negotiated a plea bargain that ultimately saw him not get a criminal record. He pleaded guilty to a lesser firearms offence, and the judge suspended probation. We've spoken with others whose animals have been killed and we've learned that the emotional upheaval and apathetic response from the criminal justice system are the norm, not the exception.Animals are worthy of our respect and protection and there is much room for improvement in Canada's animal welfare legislation. A 2015 national research poll commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare found 92 per cent of respondents support updating the Criminal Code to make it easier to convict animal cruelty offences. Some amendments have been made; in B.C. in response to the slaughter of sled dogs after the 2010 Olympics, and in the recent passing of Bill C-84.Rochelle Stevenson, a professor at Thomson Rivers University who studies animal cruelty, notes that since 1896, animal protections have been listed under part XI of the criminal code, which deals with property offences. Dr. Stevenson suggests 124 years later, it is more in keeping with society's changing views of animals to instead have these crimes categorized and treated as offences against public morals.Research shows animal cruelty is often a precursor to other violent offences and it's estimated that an average of 55 per cent of perpetrators of intimate partner violence commit acts of animal cruelty. In Canada, the SPCA has a unit trained to lead cruelty investigations and are vested with the power to recommend charges to the Crown. Despite this, less than half of their investigative costs are covered by government funding. By not treating these crimes with the gravity they deserve we miss important opportunities to intervene at critical times. We are Maybe's advocates. She isn't here to speak for herself, nor could she if she was. Killing Maybe was not a property offence, because she didn't belong to us. We were a family. An animal's right to life and the lasting effects these violent acts leave on families should be factored into how the criminal justice system treats these offences.There was a time that drinking and driving was considered harmless. Just a few years ago, sexual harassment and assault were regularly trivialized. Society has changed and animal cruelty laws and how they are enforced need to catch up to our collective values around animal welfare.Do you have a strong opinion that could change how people think about an issue? A personal story that can educate or help others? We want to hear from you.CBC Vancouver is looking for British Columbians who want to write 500-600-word opinion and point of view pieces. Send us a pitch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be in touch.
Hundreds of people gathered in Halifax Sunday afternoon to show their support for Mi'kmaw fishers and their moderate livelihood lobster fishery, in the wake of ongoing tensions in the southwestern part of the province.People carrying signs reading "we see through your racism" and "all eyes on Mi'kma'ki" stood together in Grand Parade, cheering for passionate speeches being made on the steps of City Hall."Our nation is in danger," said Kyra Gilbert, a young Mi'kmaw woman, to loud cheers.Mi'kmaw women who have been on the front lines in the Digby and Saulnierville areas during the recent violence spoke about the toll it's taken on the community, and their disgust and disappointment with the RCMP response.The gathering took place just a day after a fire broke out in Middle West Pubnico at one of two facilities vandalized by commercial fishermen earlier this week.Police say the fire is suspicious and a man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries believed to be related to the fire. More RCMP officers also arrived in the area Sunday, including an emergency response team, a critical incident command team and officers from Prince Edward Island who are trained in de-escalation and crowd control.Tensions over fishing rightsTensions have been simmering for weeks in the province's southwest, sparked by the launch of the Mi'kmaw fishery outside the federally mandated commercial season — 21 years after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the case of Donald Marshall Jr.The landmark decision affirmed the Mi'kmaw right to earn a "moderate livelihood" from fishing. The court later said the federal government could regulate the Mi'kmaw fishery but must justify any restrictions it placed on it.Many commercial lobster fishermen say they consider the new Sipekne'katik fishery in St. Marys Bay illegal and worry that catching lobster outside the mandated season, particularly during the summer spawning period, will negatively impact stocks.Sipekne'katik officials have said the amount of lobster that will be harvested and sold is tiny compared with what's caught during the commercial season, which begins in late November and runs until the end of May.MORE TOP STORIES
Recent developments: * Ottawa Public Heath (OPH) reported 70 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the city's total to 5,969 cases since the start of the pandemic. * A Service Ottawa employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked on Oct. 15 and remains in isolation. * A long-term care home in Hawkesbury, Ont., has had its first death from the novel coronavirus.What's the latest?One of the seven Ottawa-area long-term care homes that recently learned they'd be getting support from the Canadian Red Cross is reporting its first death from COVID-19.The Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury, Ont., has now had 35 cases, with 27 residents and eight staff members testing positive.In Ottawa, public health officials confirmed 70 new cases but no new deaths Saturday, while the City of Ottawa said a Service Ottawa employee who'd last worked at the city hall branch on Thursday had tested positive.As the recent resurgence of the coronavirus has put Halloween under a cloud of uncertainty, two spooky local businesses are talking about how they've had to adjust their plans.How many cases are there?As of OPH's Saturday update, 5,969 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 785 known active cases, 4,883 resolved cases and 301 deaths.Public health officials have reported nearly 9,000 cases of COVID-19 across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 7,400 of them resolved.COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa, none since early September.What can I do?Both Ontario and Quebec are telling people to limit close contact only to those they live with or one other home if people live alone.In Ottawa — which has been rolled back to a modified Stage 2 — health officials are asking residents not to leave home unless it's essential. Indoor dining has been prohibited, while gyms, cinemas, casinos and performing arts venues are all closed.Residents of long-term care homes are now not allowed to go out for social or personal reasons.Sports using City of Ottawa facilities are limited to practices and teams must restrict the number of players and coaches, causing some leagues to suspend their season.Dr. Vera Etches, the city's medical officer of health, has said the national capital's health-care system is on the verge of collapse, with hospitalizations rising swiftly and people experiencing delays getting test results.Residents are also being told not to have a Halloween party with other households or go trick-or-treating.Gatineau and parts of the Outaouais are now on red alert, which means restaurants and bars can't serve people indoors, organized sports are suspended and theatres must close.Quebecers are also urged not to travel to Ontario or between regions at different levels on its scale except for essential reasons.Even though most of the region has been declared a red zone, Premier François Legault said kids can trick-or-treat as long as they don't go with friends and precautions are taken when giving out candy.Ski hills in the Outaouais will also be able to open this winter.What about schools?There have been about 175 schools in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region with a confirmed case of COVID-19:Few have had outbreaks, which are declared by a health unit in Ontario when there's a reasonable chance someone who has tested positive caught COVID-19 during a school activity.Distancing and isolatingThe novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.People can be contagious without symptoms.This means people should take precautions such as staying home when sick, keeping hands and frequently touched surfaces clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible and maintaining distance from anyone they don't live with — even with a mask on.Masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec and are recommended outdoors when people can't stay the proper distance from others.Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate, as should anyone told to by a public health unit. If Ottawans don't, they face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in court. Kingston, Ont., has slightly different rules.Some people waiting for test results in Quebec don't have to stay home. Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days under certain conditions.Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible. Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic and resources are available to help.Where to get testedIn eastern Ontario:Ontario recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, or if you've been told to by your health unit or the province.Anyone seeking a test should now book an appointment. Different sites in the area have different ways to book, including over the phone or going in person to get a time slot.People without symptoms, but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy, can make an appointment at select pharmacies in Belleville, Kingston and Ottawa.Most of Ottawa's testing happens at four permanent sites, with additional mobile sites wherever demand is particularly high.There's also a new site slated to open tomorrow in Orléans.The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has sites in Alexandria, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Limoges, Rockland and Winchester.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark health unit has permanent sites in Almonte, Brockville, Kemptville and Smiths Falls. Pop-up test sites are scheduled for Thursday in Carleton Place and Friday in Perth.In Kingston, the test site is at the Beechgrove Complex. Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.People can arrange a test in Bancroft and Picton by calling the centre or Belleville and Trenton online.Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor or 1-844-727-6404 for a test or with questions, COVID-19-related or not. Test clinic locations are posted weekly.In western Quebec:Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with symptoms. People without symptoms can also get a test.Outaouais residents can make an appointment in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond or 617 avenue Buckingham.They can now check the approximate wait time for the Saint-Raymond site.There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.First Nations, Inuit and Métis:Akwesasne has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only.Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.People in Pikwakanagan can book a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603.For more information
SURREY, B.C. — Fraser Health has declared new outbreaks of COVID-19 at a meat processing facility in Surrey, B.C., and two area long-term care homes. The health authority says evidence of transmission was found among staff at J&L Beef Ltd., where 13 people have tested positive for the illness so far. It says public health workers first became aware of a potential outbreak 10 days ago, after receiving a positive lab test from an employee on Oct. 8. Fraser Health says it's working with the facility to strengthen COVID-19 mitigation strategies. It says one staff member at the The Village, an assisted-living and long-term care home in Langley, B.C., has also tested positive for COVID-19, along with one staff member at Rosemary Heights Seniors Village in Surrey. The health authority says teams are working at each site and enhanced infection control measures are in place. As of Friday, B.C. had confirmed 11,189 cases of COVID-19 and 251 deaths. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 18, 2020. The Canadian Press
KAMPALA, Uganda — The women grappled with each other inside the vehicle. The driver jerked to ease the grip around her neck, then turned to elbow her attacker in the back seat. She flung the door open to make her escape, ending the simulated attack. “This one is too strong for me," the attacker said, smiling and shaking her head. Then it was another woman's turn in the exercise to prepare drivers for Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service, Diva Taxi. The taxi service, dreamed up by a local woman who lost her logistics job at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, was launched in June and has recruited over 70 drivers. They range from college students to mothers hoping to make good use of their secondhand Toyotas. “It started off as a joke, supported by close friends and family, but eventually the idea picked up,” said company spokeswoman Rebecca Makyeli. “They said, ‘Why not? As ladies, you know we can no longer slay on Instagram on the outside, so why don’t we slay as divas with a cause.' So we called it Diva Taxi.” It's uncommon to find women taxi drivers in Uganda, a socially conservative East African country where most women labour on farms or pursue work in the informal sector. Diva Taxi believes countless women are looking for job opportunities at a time of severe economic distress. The International Labor Organization has said women’s employment in developing countries is likely to be hit harder than men’s in the pandemic. “I should say I was personally affected by COVID," Diva Taxi founder Gillian Kobusingye said. A regular traveller, she found herself grounded indefinitely as authorities imposed restrictions on movement to slow the spread of the virus. For several weeks, even taxis were not authorized to operate in Uganda. Still, Kobusingye felt optimistic. “Despite whatever circumstance in the world, there will be need of something to reach somebody ... And how does that happen? Through transport,” she said. She believed that a woman seeking to become a driver was likely to want the opportunity more than any man. And she backed women to be more reliable. “Our ladies are extremely hardworking, very motivated, and I like their sense of pride when they do this work," she said. "They do it with one heart compared to other people, and that’s the difference we have with our competitors.” Some clients, who include men, agree. “The divas are always on time,” said Kampala-based auditor Jemimah Bamwebaze, a regular user. She also feels safer "being driven by a fellow woman.” A prospective driver must have a car in good condition and a smartphone equipped with the mobile app that clients use, along with a valid driver's license and a certificate of good conduct issued by Interpol. With Diva Taxi, 85% of proceeds from a trip go to the driver, strikingly low in Uganda but part of a plan to size up the market, Makyeli said. Driver Donna Ochen, a FedEx accountant furloughed in March who looks after three children, said she had been “doing nothing” at home when she saw a Diva Taxi employee on television discussing opportunities for women. With the consent of her skeptical husband, she contacted the company and was recruited. “I decided to take it up because it would be an opportunity for me to serve and earn and support my family,” Ochen said. And "it would empower me to do something for myself rather than sitting.” Another driver, college student Tracy Abola, said her mother, a teacher, had been out of work since schools were shut down in March. Abola had been driving a 1998 Toyota “to keep up appearances with friends” until she learned she could make money with Diva Taxi. “So I decided to do something so that I can also help a bit at home,” she said. The Diva Taxi app has been downloaded at least 500 times, and each of the company's 72 drivers makes an average of 30 rides each week, Makyeli said. The company expects to have 2,000 active users by the end of this year, a modest target in a city of over 3 million people where taxis and passenger motorcycles are the main means of transport for the working class. Despite the security training — each driver also receives a canister of pepper spray — safety remains a concern. Ochen said she drives only during the day “to avoid being caught up in any tricky situations," including with drunken groups. Even as she hopes to return to her job as an accountant, she plans to remain a Diva Taxi driver for as long as possible. “We love what we are doing and it's really fun,” said founder Kobusingye, an occasional driver herself. “I can't wait to partner with every woman out there that's willing to be part of Diva Taxi.” Rodney Muhumuza, The Associated Press
A landslide in central Vietnam on Sunday buried at least 22 army personnel, just a week after another landslide killed 13 as heavy rains continued to pound the region, state media reported. The latest landslide sent rock and earth crushing into an army camp at the foot of a mountain following a week of incessant rain in Quang Tri province, the official Vietnam News Agency reported. On Thursday, rescuers recovered 13 bodies, 11 of them army officers, from a landslide in Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri’s neighbouring province.
LONDON — The chair of Britain’s Hay literary festival said Sunday the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival’s curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates while working with him. Caitlin McNamara alleged she was attacked in February by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, the Sunday Times reported. The Times said McNamara, who had travelled to the UAE to work on the launch of the literary festival there, claimed she was assaulted by the sheikh when they met at a remote island villa. The Foreign Ministry of the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula also home to Dubai, said it does not comment on personal matters. When asked about the case, Britain's Metropolitan Police confirmed that a woman contacted the force on July 3 to report an allegation of rape, and said an initial statement has been taken from her. The Associated Press does not usually name sexual assault victims, but McNamara agreed to be identified by the Sunday Times, which ran her picture on the front page. Hay Festival chair Caroline Michel said her colleagues are committed to supporting McNamara in seeking legal action and said the festival will not return to Abu Dhabi while the sheikh remains in his post. “What happened to our friend and colleague Caitlin McNamara in Abu Dhabi last February was an appalling violation and a hideous abuse of trust and position," Michel said in a statement. “Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan made a mockery of his ministerial responsibilities and tragically undermined his government’s attempt to work with Hay Festival to promote free speech and female empowerment,” she added. The sheikh’s ministry paid for the four-day festival in Abu Dhabi, which took place in late February and featured several famous authors. Sheikh Nahyan has received international attention as the Emirates hosted Pope Francis and moves toward normalizing ties with Israel while welcoming Jews to this Muslim-ruled nation. Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press
The latest premiere at the Jewish State Theater in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, explores the horrors of the Holocaust via a survivor's memories of the Auschwitz and Plaszow concentration camps. Friday's debut of “The Beautiful Days of My Youth” by Romanian Jewish Holocaust survivor Ana Novac follows the National Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations on Oct. 9, the day when deportations of Romania’s Jews and Roma began in 1941.
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SURREY, B.C. — The RCMP say officers found five people unresponsive in a Surrey, B.C., residence when they responded to a call early Saturday morning. Police say it was initially reported as a gas leak incident. However, upon further investigation they say it was determined there had been no gas leak and that the five had all overdosed on drugs. They say Surrey Fire Department and B.C. Ambulance Service personnel also attended and treated the parties with Naloxone, a medication designed to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Police say the five people were eventually revived and then taken to a local hospital for further treatment. Investigators say no drugs were found in the residence so they don't yet know what the five consumed, but they believe the drugs must have been highly concentrated as each person required upwards of four doses of Naloxone. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 18, 2020. The Canadian Press
Election officials say Toronto's first experience with voting during the COVID-19 pandemic will be safe, despite rising case counts and public health recommendations that call for residents to stay home as much as possible.Two federal byelections in the ridings of Toronto Centre and York Centre are scheduled for Oct. 26, with advance voting already underway in both contests.The byelections mark the first time Canadians will cast federal ballots since the onset of the pandemic. Voters will be heading to the polls in the midst of what Ontario health officials are calling the second wave of COVID-19."Everything that we've been able to do to ensure the safety of the voters and the safety of our poll workers, we have implemented," said Natasha Gauthier, a spokesperson for Elections Canada. Those measures include limits on the number of people in polling stations to allow for physical distancing.Annamie Paul, the new Green Party leader who is running in Toronto Centre, has called for the byelection to be delayed due to health and safety concerns, though candidates from the other major federal parties have not voiced similar concerns."The situation in Toronto Centre is critical," Paul said in a statement earlier this week. "The prime minister is asking Toronto Centre residents to choose between exercising their democratic right to vote or risking a potential super-spreader event."Ontario moved Toronto into a modified Stage 2 on Oct. 9, which includes a temporary ban on some indoor activities such as dining and gym workouts. Those restrictions will remain in place on byelection day.COVID-19 cases in Toronto surged around the start of September, though the number of new daily cases is no longer growing as rapidly. Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa has asked residents to leave their homes only for essential purposes.Holding byelections now 'the safest thing to do'Elections Canada said voting can only be delayed in exceptional circumstances that make an election "impracticable" to hold.Gauthier, the agency spokesperson, said the conditions in Toronto do not meet that threshold."We're nowhere near that point … The measures that we have implemented are allowing us to deliver a safe election," she said.Even if the agency's chief electoral officer determined that an election should be delayed, the recommendation would have to be approved by the prime minister's office. Justin Trudeau has said he wants to hold the elections as quickly as possible, considering the possibility that the pandemic could worsen in the coming months."We made a determination that moving forward quickly on these byelections was probably the safest thing to do," Trudeau said earlier this month.Byelections must be held within six months of a seat being vacated. Former finance minister and Toronto Centre MP Bill Morneau resigned on Aug. 21, while former York Centre MP Michael Levitt stepped down on Sept. 1.Toronto Mayor John Tory said on Friday that he supports the decision to hold the byelections, as long as safety measures, including "appropriate physical distancing" are possible."As long as you're careful and put all the different health measures in place, I think these things should proceed, democracy has to go on," he told reporters Friday afternoon.Voters can expect changes, possible delays at pollsElections Canada says voters can expect to see a number of changes at the polls, in addition to the restrictions on the number of people allowed inside a polling location at a given time. There will also be only one election worker assigned to each table, compared to the usual two.Some of those changes may result in longer lines and wait times for voters, Gauthier warned.Voters can also request mail-in ballots, the deadline for which is Tuesday, Oct 20.Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault has written a report calling for more substantive changes to ensure the safety of voters casting their ballots during the pandemic. Those changes will not be made in time for the coming byelections, since they require changes to the Canada Elections Act, which must be approved by Parliament.The proposed changes include moving election day from Monday to a two-day period of Saturday and Sunday, which would increase total voting hours from 12 hours to 16 hours spread over two days.The report also calls for Elections Canada to have greater power over how it conducts elections in long-term care facilities.
TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $8 million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto 649 draw. However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in British Columbia. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Oct. 21 will be approximately $11 million. The Canadian Press
Who did Ottawa police charge this past week for violating the Quarantine Act?Which potent potable is in short supply at local LCBOs?And where is a 600-bed "mega-hospital" slated to be built?These are just a few of the questions designed to vex and perplex you in this week's CBC Ottawa news quiz.On a desktop computer? For the best quiz-taking experience, click on the arrows in the bottom right-hand corner of the quiz widget to expand it.