Canadian soldier dies after incident during training in eastern Alberta
An incident during training at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright in eastern Alberta has left one soldier dead.
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North Saskatchewan communities adapt Halloween to health concerns
From parades to virtual pumpkin carvings, northern communities are adapting to Halloween during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Climate activists — some in penguin suits — protest opening of Berlin airport
The opening of the Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt airport comes as the global aviation industry struggles with a dearth of travellers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Coronavirus: Masks now mandatory at all Columbia Shuswap Regional District public facilities
The CSRD stretches from Falkland and Salmon Arm in the southwest to Mica Creek in the north and Field in the east.
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More than 90 million Americans have cast general election ballots so far
More than 90 million Americans have voted so far with three days left until Election Day, as a majority of states are reporting record early voting turnout in the 2020 election.
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A return home: Everything you wanted to know about the 2020-21 NBA season
Another shortened season is likely to start in December, with teams — including the Raptors, hopefully — playing in their own arenas.
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British Columbia emergency crews gear up for COVID-19 Halloween
Firefighters are dealing with the annual concerns around fireworks, while police now have added responsibilities amid a new pandemic order banning gatherings in private homes.
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COVID-19 Cases Are Surging In First Nations Communities
WINNIPEG — Grand Chief Arlen Dumas shook his head in shock when he saw the line indicating new First Nations infections on a chart during the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs most recent COVID-19 meeting. “Up until today the average was usually slightly below the provincial rates, but today is quite alarming,” Dumas said Friday.Indigenous leaders and health professionals are warning that the second wave of COVID-19 is building quickly among First Nations on the Prairies. Canada’s chief public health officer, Theresa Tam, reported Friday that 26 Indigenous communities had reported two or more active COVID-19 cases. Seventeen of those were in Manitoba. A surge of infections in Saskatchewan and Alberta is also affecting reserves. The most recent numbers from Indigenous Services Canada show 116 on-reserve cases in Saskatchewan and 79 in Alberta.Health officials say numbers shared by Manitoba’s First Nations COVID-19 pandemic response team  indicate the impact is worsening. There are 516 active cases involving Indigenous people — 171 of them who live on reserve. Manitoba’s test positivity among First Nations stands at 11 per cent. It’s 8.6 per cent for the rest of the province.“Things are going in the wrong direction, and they are going in the wrong direction fairly quickly right now,” said Dr. Michael Routledge, a provincial medical health officer for First Nations and Inuit.The Manitoba government announced Friday it is tightening restrictions in most of the province after a record-breaking 480 new daily cases. Winnipeg is moving to red status ― the highest ― under the province’s pandemic response rating. Health officials said the surge has put a strain on health care and some intensive care units are pushing capacity. ‘Curve is going up’Leona Star with the COVID-19 committee said there is significant concern over the numbers of First Nations people in hospital. Of the 104 people hospitalized Friday, 25 were First Nations, seven of them in intensive care.They ranged in age from 16 to 82.  “The curve is going up,” Star warned. “We are seeing a large spike.”Also on Friday, Ottawa announced an additional $200 million to fight COVID-19 in Indigenous communities. Indigenous Services Canada said in a statement to The Canadian Press that the department continues to work with First Nations to respond to the pandemic. That includes providing testing swabs and personal protective equipment. Spokeswoman Geneviève Guibert added that the department also recognizes the importance and sacred nature of cultural ceremonies. It will respect decisions by chiefs and council on how or whether to hold them, she said.READ MORE Canadians Must Cut A Quarter Of Their Contacts To Control COVID: Top Doc Trudeau Rolls Back Vow To End First Nations Boil Water Advisories By 2021 Assembly Of First Nations Chief Calls On PM To Replace RCMP Commissioner Many of the infections on reserves have been linked to funerals and religious gatherings. Pimicikamak in northern Manitoba is one of a handful of communities that went into lockdown after members tested positive following a funeral. Chief David Monias posted online that one member who tested positive had to be flown south for medical treatment. A church gathering in Prince Albert, Sask., also led to multiple positive cases on First Nations throughout the province earlier in October. The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations held an all-denomination prayer on Friday calling for safety and protection for all community members. “We ask the entire treaty territory to pray for all those living in the shadow of the pandemic, those stricken with the coronavirus, and for the many who have died from COVID-19,” Chief Bobby Cameron said in a statement. “Additionally, pray for protection and good health during the pandemic.”Dumas said Indigenous leadership in Manitoba has been adapting quickly to the growing numbers of positive cases. He said people want to keep each other safe and healthy.  “We are at risk. We can’t be too lax on our vigilance.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 31, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Second person at Saskatoon High School tests positive for COVID-19
Someone at St. Joseph High School in Saskatoon tested positive for COVID-19. It is the second infection in a week.
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Newfoundland and Labrador reports new presumptive COVID-19 case
The province says the man works at the Voisey's Bay mine site in northern Labrador and the company has been notified of the case.
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Public Health confirms coronavirus case at Townsview School in Woodstock, N.B.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Brunswick is 343, 299 of which have recovered.
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New York is requiring most travellers to get a negative COVID-19 test before arrival
With coronavirus cases surging throughout the United States, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that most travellers must now get COVID-19 tests before and after arrival in the state.
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Biden, Obama make a final pitch to Black voters in Michigan ahead of U.S. election
Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters, whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat Donald Trump.
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5 new coronavirus cases in London-Middlesex, 8 recoveries and a new outbreak on Halloween
The MLHU announced a new institutional COVID-19 outbreak on Saturday that was declared last Sunday at Country Terrace.
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Makeover: Out of control hair gets tamed
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Manitoba sees 349 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths on Halloween
Manitoba public health officials confirm two additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported from the Winnipeg health region and 349 new cases.
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Recipe: Great Bear scallops with saffron sauce
These beautiful scallops from Coastal Shellfish in Prince Rupert are truly superb. Complimented with the saffron sauce makes for the perfect dish.
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349 new cases, 2 COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba Saturday
Public health officials in Manitoba announced 349 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths related to the virus on Saturday.
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‘South Park’ guys use deepfakes to turn Trump into local TV reporter
Movie idea pivoted into a viral video putting curious words in famous people’s mouths.
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‘He’s still a threat,’ says victim’s family of murderer who escaped B.C. prison
"I feel concerned for the public," said Jade Frost, whose aunt, Kimberly Clark, was killed by Roderick Muchikekwanape and left under Winnipeg's Redwood Bridge in 1998. 
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From Scheer through O’Toole, Conservatives continue to dominate 2020 political fundraising
Erin O'Toole's Conservative Party raised more than $5.6 million in the third quarter, more than all other federal parties combined.
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Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on Oct. 31
Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Saturday.
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Three ex-federal NDP MPs are ready for life in B.C.’s government. And sick of flying to Ottawa, one can get to work by e-bike
Nathan Cullen, Murray Rankin and Fin Donnelly are looking forward to working on more local, solvable issues — with a lot less travel time. But there’s some nostalgia for Ottawa, “the pulse of the country.”
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Orthodox priest shot at church in France; attacker at large
The attack comes two days after an Islamic extremist knife attack at a Catholic church in the French city of Nice that killed three people.
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Union calls outbreak at Calgary Correctional Centre a ‘horror story’ as COVID-19 infects 65% of inmates
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees says it's being told by workers within the centre that conditions are horrible and many preventative measures are only just being put into place.
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Orthodox priest shot at church in France, attacker at large
French police say a Greek Orthodox priest was shot Saturday outside his church in the city of Lyon, and police are hunting for the assailant.
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Orthodox priest shot at church in France, motive unknown
A Greek Orthodox priest was shot Saturday while he was closing his church in the French city of Lyon, and authorities locked down part of the city to hunt for the assailant, authorities said.
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Vinay Menon: The polls look good for Joe Biden. But I want to scream ‘Wake up, CNN!’
It’s as if the experts are now saying it’s 97 per cent safe to hike in that forest but all I can think about is the 3 per cent chance of getting mauled by a bear.
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