White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that the White House is "routinely looking at COVID numbers" when asked what the administration is doing in response to the recent surge in cases in the United States. (Oct. 17)
Some American travellers may have been targeted during an overnight stop in Haines Junction, Yukon, last week.Americans travelling through Canada to Alaska have reported being harassed because of the licence plates on their vehicles.There have been ongoing complaints from Canadians who say Americans should not be allowed into the country during the COVID-19 pandemic or that some are not following the rules.Todd Fuhrmeister and his partner are now in Alaska after driving up from Utah. He was transferred to a military base there.They stopped in Haines Junction Thursday night where they checked into the Raven's Rest Inn, he said.They parked their SUV and trailer with a car on it alongside the access road in front of the hotel.Fuhrmeister said when his partner went out to the vehicle in the morning, she saw the back window of the SUV had been smashed.He said nothing was stolen. He wasn't going to call police, but said the hotel owner did. An RCMP officer spoke with Fuhrmeister and took some information. The hotel owner also arranged for some construction workers to tape down a plastic covering over the smashed window, Fuhrmeister said. He said they did a great job."I didn't expect it to last, but it will be like this until I get moved in my new house and can get a new one from the junkyard," he said.He and his partner followed the rules for travelling through Canada, he said, and wore masks when around other people.The people they talked to along the way were all pleasant to them. And he said the Yukon government employees at the checkstop outside Watson Lake were "very polite."The RCMP officer in Haines Junction mentioned there had been similar incidents targeting vehicles with American plates in Whitehorse, Fuhrmeister said.He said he doesn't blame Canadians for what happened."My guess is someone who is ignorant about the situation saw an opportunity to express their anger," said Fuhrmeister."It's the actions of an individual, or small group of people that don't represent anyone else."The RCMP says it is investigating the incident.
France ordered the temporary closure of a mosque outside Paris on Tuesday, part of a crackdown on Muslims who incite hatred after the decapitation of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. The Grand Mosque of Pantin, a low-income suburb on the capital's northeastern outskirts, had shared a video on its Facebook page before the attack that vented hatred against history teacher Samuel Paty. Police plastered notices of the closure order outside the mosque as the authorities promised a tough response against the disseminators of hate messages, preachers of radicalised sermons and foreigners believed to pose a security threat to France.
A coalition of advocacy groups in Chinatown is calling on the City of Vancouver to keep the historic neighbourhood thriving through the pandemic.Susanna Ng, co-owner of New Town Bakery and Restaurant, says business at the eatery has changed drastically since the start of the pandemic. While Ng says they are surviving with a contingent of loyal customers, most neighbourhood seniors who used to hang out in the cafe have stayed away."We haven't seen them since we re-opened in May," Ng said. Other establishments have reduced hours or shuttered completely, like Goldstone Bakery, a beloved community hub.Michael Tan, the co-chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group, says struggling businesses can pull the neighbourhood into a "vicious cycle." "When you have stores starting to close or, you know, reduce their hours, it's a negative effect because ... there's less traffic, there's less foot traffic, less people visiting," Tan told host Michelle Eliot on CBC's The Early Edition.According to information Tan's group obtained from city staff, 17 per cent of Chinatown businesses are empty compared to the citywide average of 10 per cent."We're hurting a little bit more than most neighbourhoods in Vancouver," he said.That's why Tan's group has written a letter to Vancouver city council asking for measures to help support Chinatown businesses and arts organizations.These measures include reducing street parking rates, opening up a city-owned parking lot to free parking, temporarily widening curbs, increasing street cleaning and investing in the community stewards program. Tan says his group has received positive feedback from a number of councillors on the measures. "What they've indicated to us thus far is they are ready to take some of these measures to city council in the next month or so. So we are expecting very quickly for them to move," he said. He says these measures are urgently needed to help these business survive, and also preserve the less tangible community connections inherent to the neighbourhood."It's not just about those goods and services," he said. "It's the conversations that take place, [it's] that living culture and when we lose places like that, that's losing that cultural heritage."
OTTAWA — Political tricks in the House of Commons could lead to Canadians being treated to a snap fall election. A motion by the Opposition Conservatives to set up a committee to probe allegations of the misuse of public funds on COVID-19 relief programs has been deemed a confidence matter by the minority Liberals. The Bloc Québécois have said they'll support the Tories, leaving the New Democrats once again in a position to determine whether Canadians go to the polls or not. All four parties in the Commons insisted Tuesday none of them want to go that route, but the Liberals said the Tories have left them no choice, while the Tories and BQ laid the fault at the government's feet. There is a third way, NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus told the House of Commons Tuesday: find a compromise. Allow a member of the opposition to helm a committee specifically tasked to probe pandemic spending, which could include matters like the WE Charity affair and be able to get the required documents, Angus said. The Liberals have proposed their own version of such a committee, but with a Liberal at the head of the table. "We can't trust a Liberal chair," Angus said. "Let's vote on someone that all parties can agree would be a good solid opposition chair. That way we know we can get the job done. That's about working together. That's the offer that's on the table." The Liberals gave no clear sign midday Tuesday that they were open to that, holding tight to their assertion that the more aggressive proposal from the Tories crosses a line. The proposal is in the form of an Opposition day motion, a day in the parliamentary calendar when an opposition party can put forward an issue and call it for a vote. What the Conservatives had originally called for was an "anticorruption" committee that would focus nearly exclusively on three different COVID-19 relief programs having links to individuals or organizations with close ties to the Liberals. Among them, the student grant program the Liberals intended to have managed by WE Charity, an organization with long-standing connections to the Trudeau family. Several parliamentary committees had been probing that deal before the Liberals prorogued Parliament in August. Efforts to resume their work last month have been stymied by the Liberals' decision to filibuster committees where they have control. The new committee proposed by the Conservatives would be controlled by the Opposition, have the power to call everyone from the prime minister to civil servants as witnesses, demand the production of documents related to the various programs and have precedence over any other House of Commons committees to carry out that work. The Liberals argue such a committee would bog down ministers and public servants and keep the government from carrying out any other work, in service of a partisan goal rather than the public interest. "If you read carefully the motion that has been put forward, it is a motion that frankly drips with a lack of confidence in this government," Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday. The NDP aren't entirely comfortable with the Tory proposal either, raising concerns about how it directly names people as being complicit in alleged corruption when there's no proof. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole said earlier Tuesday the Liberals' confidence-motion gambit underscores the opposition's point that the government is trying to avoid scrutiny of controversial deals. "In many parts of Canada kids can't go trick-or-treating but the Liberals think Canadians should go to the polls rather than their answering several simple questions," he said. "They don't want the truth to come out." Still, O'Toole said the goal of the motion is not to force an election but to get accountability. He offered to amend it, including changing the name away from "anticorruption" and potentially broadening its mandate upon consultation with the NDP and BQ in order for it to be able to function. The Tories were also willing to include language that would make it explicit forming the committee was not a vote of non-confidence. None of that changed the government's mind. "If you write a book about Frankenstein and call it 'Cinderella,' it's still a book about Frankenstein," said Liberal House leader Pablo Rodriguez. A vote on the motion will take place later this week, potentially on Wednesday's one-year anniversary of the Liberals' being re-elected with a minority government. They've already survived a confidence vote on their speech from the throne, thanks to support from the New Democrats after they won concessions on pandemic benefit programs. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2020. Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
Recent developments:What's the latest?Seventy-eight more Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and one more has died.The city's COVID-19 testing task force is trying to figure out why there's been a drop in the number of people getting tested the last couple of weeks.The Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which oversees communities including Hawkesbury, Clarence-Rockland and Cornwall, will likely follow Ottawa and return to a modified Stage 2 status, according to its medical officer of health.About one in every 700 children in brick-and-mortar classrooms in Ottawa's largest school board have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the school year, according to data analyzed by CBC News.Other school boards are showing a similar pattern.WATCH LIVE | Update from Quebec's premier, health leaders:How many cases are there?As of Tuesday's update from Ottawa Public Health, 6,166 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 745 known active cases, 5,117 resolved cases and 304 deaths.Public health officials have reported more than 9,400 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 7,800 of them resolved.Seventy-one people with COVID-19 have died elsewhere in eastern Ontario, along with 35 in western Quebec. 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 — and Gatineau, Que., health officials are asking residents not to leave home unless it's essential. Indoor dining at restaurants has been prohibited, while gyms, cinemas, casinos and performing arts venues are all closed.The province changed its mind on dance classes in these regions this week and is now allowing them.Dr. Vera Etches, the capital'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.Both OPH and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit are urging people not to have a Halloween party with other households or go trick-or-treating.Ontario's chief medical officer of health said to listen to local officials but rule of thumb if trick-or-treating is allowed, people should stick to their neighbourhood and do it outside with their household only.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.What about schools?There have been more than 180 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.WATCH | Restaurants trying to keep up with rules: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.WATCH | Ottawa's low test numbers:A new COVID-19 testing clinic at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orléans opened Monday. Going forward, it will offer tests using the appointment-based model from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.Ottawa now has five permanent sites, with additional mobile sites deployed wherever demand is particularly high.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
MONTREAL — Nurses and other health-care workers blocked two major bridges in Montreal and Quebec City Monday, escalating pressure tactics to push the province to address working conditions they say have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebec continues to report more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, and Nancy Bedard, president of the Federation interprofessionnelle de la sante du Quebec, said many nurses are taking sick leave, retiring or quitting. "It was already extremely difficult before the pandemic," Bedard said in an interview. "(But COVID-19) came and exasperated health-care professionals even further." Members of the union, which represents about 76,000 health-care workers, blocked traffic Monday morning on Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge and on the Quebec Bridge in the provincial capital. The union is negotiating a new collective agreement with the province. The protests came amid growing concerns around whether Quebec's health-care network will be able to withstand the pressure of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebec reported 1,038 new cases of COVID-19 as well as six more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Monday, bringing the total to 94,429 cases and 6,044 deaths since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations also increased by five compared with the prior day, for a total of 532, and 92 of those patients were in intensive care, an increase of four. The effects of the pandemic are being felt in hospitals, long-term care homes and in other health-care facilities across the province, some of which were already struggling with staffing shortages before COVID-19 hit. Jason Harley, an assistant professor in the department of surgery at McGill University, conducted a survey of 64 nurses and 55 physicians in the McGill University Health Centre network in August, comparing their stress levels before and after the pandemic began. Harley said the survey, completed with fellow McGill professor Tina Montreuil and funded by the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity, found significant increases of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout among the workers. Fifty per cent of nurses and 20 per cent of physicians surveyed were considering quitting, while they said difficulties finding a work-life balance and keeping up with management strategies to manage the pandemic were among their biggest stressors. "There's no question that our health-care professionals, they need support," Harley said. "It's critical for our society that . . . our health-care system, is able to continue to function, especially in this period of time when it's under extra strain and in turn, the people who are providing us with care are under additional strain." Gatineau Hospital in the Outaouais region was forced to temporarily close its intensive care unit last month due to a nursing shortage. Patrick Guay, president of the local health-care workers' union, said at the time that the closure marked the culmination of months of problems. "If one (nurse) leaves to go eat, that means a single nurse must take care of four patients. It's unthinkable and unsafe," he said. Meanwhile, the health agency for the Quebec City region said in an email Monday it is currently looking to fill 948 jobs across its network. That includes 172 vacant nursing and 120 auxiliary nursing positions, 66 vacancies in food services and 60 others in housekeeping, spokesman Mathieu Boivin said. Ahead of their protests on Monday, Quebec health-care workers said they wanted smaller patient-to-caregiver ratios and more stable and complete work teams. Bedard said 1,700 workers have quit since March 1. "There are people quitting every day," Bedard said. "The way the government has treated health-care professionals during the pandemic has really been the final straw for many of them." Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel said she was "disappointed" the health-care workers chose to protest the way they did, adding that contract talks will continue. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020. Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, The Canadian Press
A man living in the Heritage neighbourhood of Regina who was the subject of a previous public disclosure has been arrested.Steven Brian Ewanchuk, 71, was arrested Monday morning.Regina Police say the Correctional Service of Canada issued a warrant for his arrest due to heightened concerns about his risk to reoffend and that the arrest was not the result of a new criminal allegation.Ewanchuk has a long criminal history dating back to the 1970s that includes violent sexual offences, and he was considered to be a high-risk to reoffend sexually.He was living under supervision in the Heritage neighbourhood. Police say Ewanchuk has now been returned to a closed custody facility.
Jeff Bridges says he is being treated for lymphoma and his prognosis is good. The 70-year-old actor channeled his The Dude character from “The Big Lebowski” in a statement on social media about the diagnosis Monday evening. The affable Bridges is considered Hollywood royalty, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, who both died in 1998.
Canada reported a new COVID-19 milestone on Monday with total infections rising above 200,000 since the pandemic began in early March and as the country's second wave was expected to be worse than the first. Ontario and Quebec, which account for around 60% of Canada's 37.6 million people and just under 80% of the country's reported COVID-19 cases, have seen sharp increases in cases in recent weeks. Total cases rose by 3,289 to 201,437 while deaths reached 9,778, an increase of 18 over the previous day, government data released on Monday showed.
Environment Minister Jeff Yurek said Monday that the proposed new list of items accepted will include plastic cups, foils, trays and bags. "This expanded list of materials will be standardized across the province to make recycling easier and more consistent," he said. The province will also expand blue box services to more smaller and rural communities with populations under 5,000.
The 2021 tournament will start on Christmas Day for the first time since 2005, with the Canadians hitting the ice to defend their gold medal for the first time a day later against Germany. The schedule for the 2021 edition of the annual event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation was announced Monday, with three games set for Dec. 25 — a day earlier than its regular start date. The tournament will open on Christmas Day with Switzerland taking on Slovakia, Germany versus Finland, and Russia against the United States, with the Canadians beginning play on Boxing Day against the Germans.
An earthquake in Alaska caused officials to assess the possibility of a tsunami in British Columbia on Monday before they determined there was no threat. The tsunami warning in the United States stretched for nearly 1,600 kilometres along Alaska’s southern coast, with waves over 60 centimetres at the nearest community as the threat subsided. The Alaska Earthquake Center said the quake was widely felt in communities along the southern coast, including Sand Point, Chignik, Unalaska and the Kenai Peninsula.
Some issues at the centre of a violent dispute over a First Nation lobster fishery in Nova Scotia date back to a decision about treaty rights made 20 years ago. The National’s Andrew Chang talks to Sipekne’katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack and Colin Sproul, who heads the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association.
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed Canada's total case count past the 200,000 mark on Monday as tougher health restrictions took effect in some regions facing a surge in infections. The latest numbers from Saskatchewan lifted the national tally over the bleak milestone as the province reported 66 new cases of the novel coronavirus, though other provinces reported significantly more new cases. The development came just over four months after Canada reached the 100,000-case threshold. The bulk of the country's case load has been concentrated in Ontario and Quebec, though numbers have been surging in much of the country in recent weeks. The 200,000-case milestone isn't all that significant in and of itself but it does provide an opportunity to examine how the country is doing in grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, said Barry Pakes, a public health and preventatine medicine physician with the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Canada saw its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in late January and marked 100,000 cases in mid-June, about five months later. That it took almost as long to double the caseload to 200,000 suggests public health measures slowed the virus's spread to some degree in that time, Pakes said. "That's not how infectious diseases work - they double, and they go straight up on an exponential line, and when we put in proper public health measures we're able to dull that somewhat, so I think that's a testament to what we've been doing so far," he said. At the same time, it's crucial to remember that Canada is in the midst of a second wave of the pandemic, and milestones such as this one can sometimes serve as a reminder not to let our guard down, he said. "The problem arises when we rest on our laurels and I think we shouldn't do that, but I think we can be sort of hopeful that we won't see some of the numbers and some of the really big societal effects that have been seen in the U.S. or Europe," he said. "But it does remain to be seen." Quebec continued to lead in new daily cases, reporting 1,038 cases and six more deaths Monday - the fourth consecutive day it has seen more than 1,000 new infections. Ontario, meanwhile, reported 704 new cases and four new deaths. The province has reinstated stricter health measures in four regions - Toronto, Peel Region, York Region and Ottawa - and Dr. David Williams, Ontario's top doctor, recommended against traditional Halloween activities in those areas. The tighter rules, which include closing gyms and movie theaters and barring indoor dining in restaurants or bars, kicked in for York Region on Monday but took effect earlier this month in the other three hot spots. Williams said that when daily case counts began to rise again in September, the province predicted it would see new infections double every 10 to 12 days, which would have led to daily numbers in the 1,200 to 1,400 range by now. He noted that at the time, the City of Toronto also predicted seeing its cases double every six days if no additional steps were taken. "Neither of us, fortunately, have seen that. Measures have been taken, they've dropped that down," he said Monday. The daily case numbers were slow to come down in the first wave but they did drop over time, "and I think we can do that again," he said. Manitoba reported 80 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, nearly two thirds of them in Winnipeg, as new restrictions on gatherings and businesses took effect in that city. The new rules limit gatherings to five people and force casinos and bars to close, and will be reviewed in two weeks. Meanwhile, the federal government announced Monday that limits on travel between Canada and the United States will remain in place until Nov. 21. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020. Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Oct. 20 ...What we are watching in Canada ...Debate begins later today on the Conservatives' push for an anticorruption committee the Liberals argue undermines Parliament.The Liberals are threatening to turn the subsequent vote on the Conservatives' motion to set up the committee into a confidence matter, which could in turn trigger an election.The Conservatives are already scoffing at the notion, saying the Liberals' move underscores the opposition's point.The Tories, the NDP and Bloc Quebecois have all raised concerns the Liberals are trying to avoid extensive scrutiny of contracts and programs set up to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. They point to a decision to prorogue Parliament in August, which shut down the work of existing committees probing one deal in particular, that with WE Charity. The Tories say the special "anticorruption committee" could explore the WE deal and other potentially questionable agreements, so regular House of Commons committees could focus on other matters.While the Liberals say they agree a special pandemic spending committee could be set up, they argue the Conservative approach is overtly partisan and would just tie the government in knots. ---Also this ...The federal government is asking an appeal court to overturn a finding that Canada's spy agency breached its obligation to be fully forthcoming when seeking investigative warrants.A Federal Court of Canada ruling made public in July said the Canadian Security Intelligence Service failed to disclose its reliance on information that was likely collected illegally in support of warrants to probe extremism.Justice Patrick Gleeson found CSIS violated its duty of candour to the court and it was part of a long-standing and troubling pattern.The government said at the time it would address the court's recommendations but would appeal on technical grounds to do with lawyer-client privilege.Federal lawyers acting on behalf of Attorney General David Lametti do cite these grounds but they also ask the Court of Appeal to "set aside" Gleeson's finding that CSIS breached the duty of candour.National security expert Wesley Wark calls the appeal "wrong-headed," saying it seeks to eviscerate Gleeson's core finding about CSIS's behaviour.---What we are watching in the U.S. ...An angry President Donald Trump came out swinging Monday against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the press and polls that show him trailing Democrat Joe Biden in key battleground states in a disjointed closing message two weeks out from Election Day.On the third day of a western campaign swing, Trump was facing intense pressure to turn around his campaign, hoping for the type of last-minute surge that gave him a come-from-behind victory four years ago. But his inconsistent message, another rise in virus cases and his attacks on experts like Fauci could undermine his final efforts to appeal to voters outside his most loyal base."I’m not running scared," Trump told reporters before taking off for Tucson, Arizona, for his fifth rally in three days. "I think I’m running angry. I’m running happy and I’m running very content 'cause I’ve done a great job."His aggressive travel comes as Trump plays defence in states he won four years ago, though the president insisted he was confident as he executed a packed schedule despite the pandemic."We’re going to win," he told campaign staff on a morning conference call from Las Vegas. He went on to acknowledge that he "wouldn’t have told you that maybe two or three weeks ago," referring to the days when he was hospitalized with COVID-19. But he said he felt better now than at any point in 2016. “We’re in the best shape we’ve ever been,” he said.Seeking to shore up the morale of his staff amid growing private concerns that he is running out of time to make up lost ground, Trump blasted his government's own scientific experts as too negative, even as his handling of the pandemic that has killed nearly 220,000 Americans remains a central issue to voters.---What we are watching in the rest of the world ...At the edge of Argentina in a city known as "The End of the World," many thought they might be spared from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.Sitting far from the South American nation’s bustling capital, health workers in Ushuaia were initially able to contain a small outbreak among foreigners hoping to catch boats to the Antarctic at the start of the crisis.But as Argentina passed 1 million virus cases Monday, it is now smaller cities like Ushuaia that are seeing some of the most notable upticks. Doctors have had to quadruple the number of beds for COVID-19 patients over the last month. At least 60% of those tested recently are coming back positive for the virus."We were the example of the country," said Dr. Carlos Guglielmi, director of the Ushuaia Regional Hospital. “Evidently someone arrived with the coronavirus.”Across Latin America, three other nations are expected to reach the 1 million case milestone in the coming weeks — Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The grim mark comes as Latin America continues to register some of the world’s highest daily case counts. And though some nations have seen important declines, overall there has been little relief, with cases dropping in one municipality only to escalate in another.The trajectory is showing that the pandemic is likely to leave no corner of Latin America unscathed."The second wave is arriving without ever having finished the first," said Dr. Luis Jorge Hernández, a public health professor at the University of the Andes in Colombia.Argentina has seen cases spiral despite instituting one of the world’s longest lockdowns. Colombia’s major cities have seen a dip, but smaller areas like the department of Caldas in the coffee region are only now reaching a peak. Peru’s overall numbers have dropped, but officials recently reported 12 regions are spiking back up. Mexico, likewise, has seen a rise in a quarter of all states over the last week.---On this day in 1873 ...Nellie McClung, suffragist, reformer and legislator, was born at Chatsworth, Ont.---In entertainment ...Backxwash has won the 2020 Polaris Music Prize for her album "God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It."The project by the Montreal-based transgender female artist was selected by an 11-member jury as the Canadian album of the year based on its artistic merit.Backxwash, the stage name of performer Ashanti Mutinta, blends gothic elements of rap and metal music with her own personal experiences with faith, family and her queer identity.Her album features distorted samples of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and "In Heaven" a song from David Lynch's film "Eraserhead."The Polaris prize is considered one of the country's most prestigious music awards. Former winners include Haviah Mighty, Jeremy Dutcher, Arcade Fire, and Kaytranada.The winner receives a $50,000 cash prize and heightened global awareness for their album.---ICYMI ...Rene Kukkuvak was out polar-bear hunting with his family on Thanksgiving weekend when he came across something he had never seen before.The hunters were 60 kilometres north of Kugaaruk in western Nunavut when they found four whale carcasses on the beach, waves swirling behind them. "We stopped to take a look around for bears and I can see a seagull on top of a rock. As we got closer, I figured out it was a bowhead whale," Kukkuvak said. After scanning the area in case the carcasses had attracted polar bears, the group took off only to find three more beached bowheads. Kukkuvak says the whales were "a few miles apart."Kukkuvak snapped photos of the dead whales and posted them on Facebook.Steve Ferguson, a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, looked at Kukkuvak's photos and said the bowheads could have been attacked by killer whales.He said the pictures show damage to the bowheads' tongues."That's a key piece of the whales that the killer whales like to eat." The photos also show rake marks on the whales' sides, which Ferguson said could be from killer whale teeth. It appears the whales were close together when they died, he said, but it is difficult to tell how all could have been killed at once. "It's just very unusual."---This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2020. The Canadian Press
CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he and the federal Conservative leader did everything reasonable to respect COVID-19 guidelines during a livestream meeting this weekend. Kenney and Erin O'Toole, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus a month ago and has recovered, sat side-by-side during Saturday's event and neither leader wore a mask. The premier told CHQR radio host Danielle Smith in Calgary that he and O'Toole wore masks before going on air and everyone was screened and their temperatures checked. He says their chairs were measured as being two metres apart, but he admits he and the federal leader may have been slightly closer than that at times. Kenney noted that TV news anchors don't wear masks when they're on the air. The premier told Smith there is some pressure to toughen restrictions as Alberta's COVID-19 case count climbs. "I’m much less concerned about the case count than how that translates into hospitalizations, ICU admissions and of course, worst of all, to COVID-related fatalities," Kenney told the radio show Monday. As of Thursday, there were 117 people in hospital with COVID-19 in Alberta, including 11 in intensive care, the highest overall hospitalization level yet in the province. A month earlier, there were 46 people in hospital, including 8 in intensive care. Kenney noted the fatality rate has gone down over the past seven or eight months, but said the most recent spike must be taken seriously. "As always, our primary goal is to protect our health-care system and avoid it from being overwhelmed like we’ve seen in some parts of the world." He said the best way to achieve that is through people exercising personal responsibility and following public health recommendations, not necessarily imposing new restrictions. "We have to learn to live with COVID. It is going to continue to spread through our population unless and until there is a widespread use of an effective and safe vaccine. We don’t know when that will be," he said. "I cannot exclude the possibility that in the future — that if things get really out of control — that we might have to introduce narrowly targeted measures to limit the spread." This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 19, 2020. The Canadian Press
A Regina man is facing nearly a dozen charges after several businesses in the city were swindled, police say.The Regina Police Service arrested the man, 33, after he was identified as a suspect in four cases of counterfeiting.The man had committed "fraud and counterfeiting activites" at a restaurant in Acres 21 plaza on Chuka Boulevard, a retail store near the Southland Mall and a business each on in the 5700 block of Rochdale Boulevard and 3400 block of East Quance Street, police said.The incidents took place between Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, police added.Police tracked down the 33-year-old on Sunday. Officers unsuccessfully tried to negotiate him from his house, so police obtained a search warrant. The man was taken into custody without further incident, Regina Police Service said.The man is charged with four counts of utter or use of counterfeit money, three counts of fraud under $5,000 and two counts of breach of probation.In addition to the charges linked to counterfeiting, the 33-year-old is charged with resisting arrest and breach of probation.The main is slated to appear in provincial court at 2 p.m. Monday.More from CBC News:
The history of Victoria Park in St. John's spans more than a century, and now its stories are being told in a new, interactive way, thanks to some local talent.Storywalk- Victoria Park is a new mobile app for Apple and Android devices allowing users to hear stories about the park while walking through it. told by people connected to its history.It's a creative collaboration the Victoria Park Foundation and Chris Brookes, an award-winning audio producer and the owner of Battery Radio in St. John's."As you pass different areas, different locations, different spots in the park, it will give a little ding and it will play you something that happened at that spot," Brookes said."Somebody's memory of what happened there, an experience they had."The app uses a phone's location services feature to tell where walkers are in the park, and then plays audio clips automatically when passing a point of interest.For those unable to visit the park, the experience can also be had remotely through what Brookes calls "armchair mode.""There's a map on your screen, and you see the map with all these little dots on it. Touch one of the dots and it will play the story," he told CBC Radio's Weekend AM..Actor and comedian Mark Critch, who also serves as campaign chair of the Victoria Park Foundation, said the app serves as another way to share the history of the park.He said the project was partially inspired by the 100 Portraits of the Great War monument by sculptor Morgan MacDonald that sits in the park, a piece that captures the faces of 100 descendants of soldiers of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment."One of the things that drew us to this idea was the opportunity for people to punch on a photograph, pick one of those faces. Then hear that person who is representing their ancestor tell their story," Critch said.The combination of technology and Brookes' talent made the project come to life, he said.The best guides? The localsOver the course of the app's development, Both Critch and Brookes said they learned of never-before-heard stories about the park as people in the neighbourhood shared childhood experiences."You might not know their names, but they are the best people to walk you through that place," Critch said."They are the ones who have fallen on those rocks and bled, they are the ones who got engaged at the park who fell in love at the park. Who swung on those swings and then pushed their children and grandchildren on those swings. When you use this app, you really do become part of the community and part of the neighbourhood."Brookes likened it to a can opener, peeling the lid off the landscape with stories inside."There's all these things that you can see, but what you don't get to experience is the sort of layer of human experience," Brookes said.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada on Monday criticized remarks by the Chinese ambassador to Ottawa last week about Hong Kong protesters, in the latest round of a long-running diplomatic dispute tied to the arrest of a Huawei Technologies Co Ltd executive in Vancouver. Although the dispute centers on Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese citizen arrested in late 2018 on a bank-fraud warrant issued by U.S. authorities, the ambassador's comments were about granting asylum to Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. At a news conference on Thursday, Ambassador Cong Peiwu warned Canada against granting asylum to protesters because he said they were "violent criminals" who threatened the "health and safety" of the 300,000 Canadian passport holders living in Hong Kong.
In the crucial battleground of Pennsylvania, suburban white women turned off by U.S. President Donald Trump could swing the balance of power in favour of Joe Biden and Trump knows it.
U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at public health officials, especially infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, over the COVID-19 pandemic as his election campaign enters the final stretch.