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CORNER BROOK, N.L. — A 24-year-old man from Fort McMurray, Alta., is facing numerous charges including failing to self-isolate, following a traffic stop early this morning in Corner Brook, N.L. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says they stopped a vehicle shortly before 4 a.m. and the driver fled on foot. In a release, they say the driver was quickly apprehended and now faces charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, refusal, and obstructing a peace officer. He is also charged with failing to self-isolate after arriving in the province on Jan. 22. He has been ordered to appear in court on on February 9. Police say the driver was also given a 90 day driving suspension and the vehicle was impounded. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2021. The Canadian Press
A new anthology of stories from Vancouver's Chinatown shows how the community is surviving and thriving despite the challenges of gentrification and COVID-19. The neighbourhood has great cultural and historic significance, but has been hit hard by the pandemic. One survey done in October 2019 found that 17 per cent of Chinatown businesses were empty compared to the citywide average of 10 per cent. The combination of higher rents due to gentrification and reduced foot traffic has shuttered some of the long-standing mom and pop operations in the neighbourhood in the past year. "And, you know, when these shops close their doors, it affects the people who depend on their supplies for culturally appropriate foods and groceries and specifically, you know, Chinese seniors and other low-income folks who happen to live in the area," said Brooke Xiang, president of Chinatown Today, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing stories about Vancouver's Chinatown. Xiang is the co-editor of Chinatown Stories: Volume 3. It's an anthology of stories and interviews from Chinatown during the pandemic. "Editors aren't supposed to pick favourites, but for me personally, I love the two interviews that we did with Chinese seniors," Xiang said. "What I learned from these interviews personally is that the kind of community-building work that we are trying to do today, as youths or younger people — like this isn't anything new, right? It's what our elders ... have been doing for generations." As the Lunar New Year approaches on February 12, Xiang hopes the Year of the Ox brings a sense of strength for the community and the organization. "The ox is a symbol for strength and for stubbornness. I hope that Chinatown Today can be a, you know, maybe not stubborn organization, but a source of fortitude and that hopefully it's a better year." Chinatown Stories: Volume 3 is now available for purchase. Listen to the interview with Brooke Xiang on CBC's On The Coast:
Sarnia Police Service, Sarnia Fire and Lambton Paramedics responded to a call related to a deceased woman on Saturday evening, according to a Sunday media release. Emergency responders arrived at a residence in the 200 block of Essex Street at around 6:20 p.m. where they found a dead woman — now identified as Sue Elin Lumsden, a 66-year-old Sarnia resident. "Members of the Sarnia Police Service Criminal Investigations Branch have since taken over the investigation and are treating it as a homicide," the statement reads, making it the third death treated as a homicide in the city this month. The investigation is still preliminary and the residence is currently being held as a crime scene. Police urge residents to keep their windows and doors locked and secured. Residents in the area who have video surveillance are asked to contact Sarnia Police Service. Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Branch Information Line at 519-344-8861, ext. 5300, or Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund plans to double its assets to 4 trillion riyals ($1.07 trillion) by 2025, Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday, a move that would make it one of the world's biggest sovereign wealth funds. The fund would invest 3 trillion riyals in new sectors over the next 10 years, said the prince, who is Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and chairs the fund's board. A new five-year plan would make the fund "the leading catalyst for Saudi Arabia’s economic transformation and diversification," the prince added in a speech on state TV.
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 53-year-old man who was found injured in a residence in the Athlone neighbourhood. Patrol officers arrived at a residence near 128 Avenue and 129 Street at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, responding to a trouble not known call, according to an Edmonton Police Service news release. The officers found an unconscious man inside the home, and began performing CPR on him until EMS arrived. He was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries at about 4:20 a.m. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning, but in the meantime detectives are treating the death as suspicious.
Spain's top military chief has resigned after it was revealed he and other senior officers jumped the queue for a coronavirus vaccine.View on euronews
Officials in President Joe Biden's administration tried to head off Republican concerns that his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief proposal was too expensive on a Sunday call with Republican and Democratic lawmakers, some of whom pushed for a smaller plan targeting vaccine distribution. "It seems premature to be considering a package of this size and scope," said Republican Senator Susan Collins, who was on the call with Brian Deese, director of the White House's National Economic Council, and other top Biden aides.
A male teenager who worked at an Ontario long-term care home has died of COVID-19, the Middlesex-London public health unit said Saturday. Dan Flaherty, spokesperson for the Middlesex-London Health Unit, said one of the three deaths it reported on its website Saturday is a staff person. The other two people who died, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 80s, were also associated with long-term care homes. The teen is the youngest person in the region to have died of COVID-19. The teen's age and workplace have not been released. "We are not able to provide any other information including the individual's exact age or the facility where they worked, as this could risk identifying them," Flaherty said in an email. Dr. Alex Summers, associate medical officer of health for the Middlesex-London Health Unit, told CBC News Network's Natasha Fatah that the young man was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 and was a staff member at a long-term care home. The diagnosis came within the last four weeks and his infectious period had actually ended, Summers said. An investigation is underway into the death, he said. Summers called it a "tragic young death" in the region. "It's certainly a very sad day and a reminder of how the impact of this pandemic can be felt," he said. "This is the youngest person who had been diagnosed with COVID who has died since the beginning of the pandemic for us in our region." 'It's a tragic day,' health official says Summers could not say if the young man had underlying health conditions. The investigation is looking into that, he added. Summers previously said the teen was not working at a long-term care home while infectious, but the health unit now says the teen did work at the home for a short period of time, early on in the infectious period, before going into isolation. He said the health unit believes some members of his immediate household may end up testing positive for the virus. "COVID-19 transmits very readily among households," he said. Summers said the anticipated spread to his family is "just another reminder of how infectious this disease certainly can be." Members of the health unit have spoken to the young man's family, he said. "It's a tragic day," he said. "I think there is a sense of sorrow among us today." In an email to CBC Toronto, Ontario's long term care ministry confirmed the death of a long-term care home worker but provided no other details. "We extend our deepest condolences to their family, friends and colleagues," Rob McMahon, spokesperson for the ministry, said in an email on Saturday. "Due to sensitivities and requirements for protection of privacy for Ontarians, and for protecting Ontarians' confidential personal and health information, we cannot comment on individual cases," McMahon added. "We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of all long-term care staff working under challenging conditions to care for our most vulnerable during the pandemic."
A church north of Waterloo, Ont., opened for Sunday service in defiance of a Superior Court of Justice order. The order, obtained by the Attorney General, tells Trinity Bible Chapel to follow the requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act. If they opened for in-person services, church officials could be held in contempt of court. A statement by senior pastor Jacob Reaume was posted to the church's website on Friday informing people the church would be open for in-person services on Sunday. The statement argued the church is providing an essential service to its members and community. Under the Reopening Ontario Act, just 10 people are permitted inside a building for a religious ceremony or service. Church officials were issued tickets on two separate occasions for in-person services held Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 for exceeding gathering limits. These tickets were issued after the province implemented a provincewide lockdown on Dec. 26. The church held a drive-in service on Jan. 10, which is permitted under provincial rules. On Sunday, independent MPP Randy Hillier, who has likened COVID-19 to a bad flu in the past, tweeted he was at the church for one of two services. The Waterloo Regional Police Service tweeted that officers are working with regional bylaw and public health officials "to ensure appropriate action is taken." "We ask for your patience, as these are complex issues that require proper engagement of the judicial process. We urge members of the public to abide by public health guidelines and the current Stay-At-Home order," the service tweeted. The Region of Waterloo said in a statement on Sunday that bylaw officers were "on location to observe activities and we continue to work closely with and support our provincial enforcement partners." There was no mention from the region on whether the church will be issued any additional tickets, although the region noted there is a "minimum fine of $10,000 and a maximum fine of $100,000 (individual) / $10 million (corporation) upon a conviction for hosting or organizing an in person gathering that exceeds the 10-person limit and prescribes a maximum fine of $100,000 if convicted for attending such a gathering." The region did "thank the many places of worship that continue to comply with the Reopening Ontario Act. These actions help protect our community's health."
LONDON — Tammy Abraham scored three times as Chelsea beat Luton 3-1 while Leicester had to rally against another second-tier club before ousting Brentford by the same score to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday. Abraham scored twice in a seven-minute span in the first half. Jordan Clark profited from the struggling Kepa Arrizabalaga’s latest goalkeeping error to reduce the deficit to 2-1 on the half-hour before Abraham struck again in the 74th minute, his 11th of the season. Timo Werner missed a late penalty in a frustrating end to his afternoon. Chelsea will play another lower-league club, Barnsley, in the round of 16. This victory was crucial for under-pressure manager Frank Lampard after five losses in the past eight Premier League games. LEICESTER COMEBACK Brentford, which beat four Premier League teams on its way to this season’s League Cup semifinals, threatened another shock when it took the lead through Mads Bech Sorensen’s sixth-minute goal against Leicester. But Leicester turned it around within six minutes at the start of the second half. James Maddison weaved through the Brentford defence to the edge of the area before teeing up Cengiz Under, who powerfully fired in the equalizer. Youri Tielemans was tripped in the area by Tariqe Fosu and the Belgium midfielder netted from the penalty spot. Maddison killed it off in the 71st minute when he tapped in the rebound after Harvey Barnes’ shot was saved. BURNLEY ADVANCES Jay Rodriguez struck twice for Burnley in a 3-0 win at Fulham — the 31-year-old striker's first goals since July. With just under 10 minutes left on the clock, Rodriguez turned provider for Kevin Long for the third. A week after they drew in the Premier League, Manchester United and Liverpool meet again in the FA Cup with Jürgen Klopp’s side struggling in its Premier League title defence. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
This year, Canada’s correctional investigator announced his office is launching a series of in-depth investigations looking at Indigenous programming in Canada’s prisons — specifically around access to culture and community support. “We want to hear from Indigenous inmates to learn from their experiences,” Dr. Ivan Zinger writes in his 2019-2020 annual report. “We intend to look at program participation criteria and compare results and outcomes for those who are enrolled in Indigenous-specific interventions.” An earlier investigation from Zinger revealed that the number of Indigenous inmates in Canadian prisons has reached historic highs, surpassing 30 per cent in recent years and on a trajectory to keep growing. In B.C.’s Fraser Valley, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) operates an Indigenous-focused minimum security institution — one of four “healing lodges” that exist across the country. At Kwìkwèxwelhp in Harrison Mills, about 50 inmates work with Elders, tend to a healing garden, and have access to a longhouse. Boyd Peters Xoyet-thet of the neighbouring Sts’ailes Nation was involved in the transition when Kwìkwèxwelhp was turned into a healing lodge in 2001. “Here in Sts’ailes, we have the benefit of having the cultural history and teachings and knowing how much the land is healing for us,” says Peters, who is also a director with the BC First Nations Justice Council. “In our culture, we know that we need to take care of ourselves in a good way, in a balanced way, so we take care of the physical, the mental, the spiritual and the emotional. The mental is the education part.” Sts’ailes Nation signed a memorandum of understanding with CSC around Kwìkwèxwelhp, which means “a place to gather medicine.” It was previously called Elbow Lake Institution. Inmates — referred to as Kwikw te Alex (meaning “Elbow Lake brothers”) — are given opportunities to upgrade their education on a high school, university or vocational level. One program through Kwantlen Polytechnic University called ‘Inside-Out’ involves pairing up to 13 Kwikw te Alex with the same number of criminology students. Another initiative involves inmates being part of archeological work at Sts’ailes ancient village sites — a skill they can take to their home communities after being released. “We have the guys come down and they clear out the sites for us and they make it really beautiful,” Peters says. “So you can see how beneficial that is and it gives them the incentive to further their education.” Though Kwìkwèxwelhp offers several educational programs, current statistics show that more needs to be done on a national level. Aside from addressing the massive overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in prisons, the current offerings of education in most institutions is falling short, Zinger says. In fact, three-quarters of federally sentenced individuals have some need for education or employment, according to Zinger’s 2019-2020 annual report. “The need for learning opportunities behind bars is considerable,” he writes. “A high percentage of inmates have had negative experiences in formal educational systems; many have dropped out, and most have had difficulty finding legitimate employment or have never held a steady job.” Zinger has asked Canada’s public safety minister to form an independent working group to implement current and past recommendations on education and job training. His office has been asking for improvements in this area for at least a decade, saying inmates’ access to information and technology is “backwards and obsolete,” often still reliant on technology from the early 2000s. Though CSC statistics say that 68 per cent of inmates upgraded their education and 60.8 per cent completed vocational training before release in 2018-2019 — Zinger says that might not mean much. “These indicators do not necessarily mean that they earned a high school diploma or hours toward an apprenticeship,” he writes. “It may only indicate the completion of a single education course or credit or the completion of a vocational program.” Vocational programs include short courses such as Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), the Basics of Fall Protection, Work Safely with Power Tools, Food Safety or Occupational Health and Safety. Further, less than three per cent of CSC’s overall budget — $64 million — is allocated towards learning. “For a population with such need, these financial resources appear insufficient,” Zinger’s report says. According to CSC, their Indigenous Continuum of Care model, soon to be under review, is Elder-driven and based on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel spoken about by Peters — caring for the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental. Despite the many cracks in the system, Peters says involving Elders as teachers can make a difference for Indigenous inmates. His mother is an Elder at Kwìkwèxwelhp, and worked with a man who was looking to be transferred to the healing lodge from another institution. “He had strong mental health issues because he was in segregation for years so he had no trust in people and he had huge anxiety,” he explains. “The Elders helped him to see the sacredness of the things that we have. So he went to the water, he went to the longhouse, he talked to the Elders and he learned that he has gifts that he never did utilize.” Today, that man is a professional seamstress, Peters says. “He can make anything out of cloth, just these beautiful things,” he says. “That’s what can happen when some of the guys get to learn some of the teachings and they open themselves up and they learn to trust. That’s what the medicines of the land will do.” Catherine Lafferty, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Discourse
The evening ritual of applauding and banging pots to show solidarity with health-care workers has pretty much subsided since its peak during B.C.'s first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Prince George men Ivan Paquette and Wesley Mitchell are continuing the tradition. Every Monday at 7 p.m., the two men lead a group that includes members of Lheidli T'enneh and other First Nations — as well as non-Indigenous people — as they perform an Indigenous drum dance to cheer on medical professionals and patients from the parking lot of the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia. At the time of their performance on Jan. 11, they had two friends in the hospital. "We're going to do some songs for them tonight — one in ICU and another one on life support," Mitchell said at the beginning of the performance. "Just put them in your prayers," he said. Northern Health continues to have one of the highest rates of COVID-19 positivity and patients in critical care in B.C. During the prayers, Paquette places a bundle of eagle feathers at the centre of the performers' circle. The number of feathers varies depending on how many people have died of the novel coronavirus, as announced by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry every Monday. "Every life has a purpose and meaning, and it [the bundle of feathers] is to honour their life," Paquette said. When patients and workers in the hospital noticed the singing and drumming outside on Jan. 11, they went to the windows to watch and show their appreciation. Some even danced along. While performing, Paquette was thinking about his friends and family members who are front-line workers. He says he also thinks about the elders. "They have fear. They have concerns of what's going on … they need that love [from the community]," he said to CBC story producer Catherine Hansen. Paquette says his circle of drummers will pray and perform outside the hospital every Monday until the pandemic ends. "I was a born leader," he said. "To be a strength to support for my fellow men in my community is something I've always done since I was a young man." Tap the link below to hear Catherine Hansen's story of Indigenous drum dance for patients and health care workers on Daybreak North: Subscribe to Daybreak North on CBC Listen or your favourite podcast app, and connect with CBC Northern British Columbia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Ottawa is reporting 76 new cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths. The number of active cases has dropped to 939. Today's Ottawa update Ottawa Public Health (OPH) recorded 76 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, but zero deaths. The health authority also declared another 125 cases resolved. The infection rate in Ottawa rose to record levels after Christmas, but has started to decline. The current lockdown in eastern Ontario went into effect Dec. 26, and is scheduled to last until Feb. 11. A provincial stay-at-home order is also in effect. Numbers to watch 37: The number of Ottawa residents being treated in hospital for COVID-19, up by three since Saturday. . 0.91: The average number of people infected by a single COVID-19 case, or R(t). Anything below one suggests the spread is coming under control. Across the region In western Quebec, officials confirmed another 23 new cases and one more death on Sunday. Quebec's lockdown is in effect until Feb. 8, and includes an 8 p.m. curfew.
Pierre-Luc Dubois isn't about to let his final moments with the Columbus Blue Jackets colour his future. The star centre had already publicly expressed his desire to move on from Ohio when Columbus coach John Tortorella benched him early in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay for a listless performance. On Saturday, Dubois got his wish — the Blue Jackets dealt him and a 2022 third-round draft pick to the Winnipeg Jets for forwards Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic. With the deal done, Dubois is moving past his final outing for Columbus. "I was doing the math earlier — I’ve played almost 300 games, almost 6,000 shifts in the NHL, so there’s a lot more than just the one shift," he told reporters on a video call Sunday. "It’s something that’s behind me and I’m just really excited to be here and be part of this team." The 22-year-old from Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., arrived in Winnipeg late Saturday night and sat down to watch highlights of his new teammates trouncing the Ottawa Senators 6-3. The Jets (4-1-0) are a team Dubois said he used to hate playing against. "The combination of size and skill and work ethic, they're just hard to play against," he said. "And you cap it all off with one of the best goalies in the NHL, it was really annoying playing against them." Picked third overall by Columbus in the 2016 NHL draft, Dubois hasn't been easy to play against over his three seasons in the league. Though he was limited to a single goal in five games with the Blue Jackets this year, he led the team in scoring last season with 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists). Over 293 career NHL games, he's chalked up 159 points (66 goals, 93 assists). Dubois signed a two-year, US$10-million contract with Columbus before the start of the season, but made it clear he wanted to play elsewhere. "It was a long process. It wasn’t just one morning you woke up and you felt differently," he said. "There’s a lot of stuff that happens. "And without going into detail, I just think that sometimes you have to remain true to yourself and how you feel and how you think." Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff believes the six-foot-three, 208-pound forward will fit in well with the offensive core the Jets have assembled. It's a group that's seen success early this season, climbing into second place in the North Division, just two points behind the Montreal Canadiens. "I think if you look at Pierre-Luc’s analytics, you look at how he drives play through the middle of the ice and you look at his performance in the playoffs, those are enticing things," Cheveldayoff said Saturday. "He seems to rise to the bigger games in that regard and he’s looking for the opportunity to play in a market that’s crazy about hockey." Dubois believes he'll complement Winnipeg's existing pieces, too. "I think the combination of size and skill is something that I have too, so I think it’ll be a perfect fit," he said. "It’s such a good team that the time to adapt won't be too hard." It could be some time before Dubois hits the ice with his teammates, however, due to federal quarantine requirements. While sitting in a hotel room for 14 days may be a challenge physically, the Jets' latest addition plans to use his time to get up to speed on how his new squad plays. He'll take part in team meetings via Zoom, and watch plenty of games and video. Dubois said he's already received a number of texts from his new teammates. He's also got a built-in welcoming committee in the city — his dad, Eric, is an assistant coach for the Jets' American Hockey League affiliate, the Manitoba Moose. Dubois said every time he's come to play in Winnipeg, his mom has provided him with a home-cooked meal. When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the NHL in March, Dubois retreated to Winnipeg to be with his family. "It already feels like home," he said. "This could be an amazing opportunity to help an already really good team and to become an even better player.” This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2021. Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press