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Victoria police seeking ‘dangerous’ high-risk sex offender
Scott Jones, 56, carries a court-designated "dangerous offender" designation.
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Maine lobster business salvaged its summer despite pandemic
The Maine lobster industry is in the midst of a multi-year boom, and fishermen have caught more than 100 million pounds for a record nine years in a row.
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This is what happens to your body over months in isolation
Being homebound for so long contorts the body, weakens the heart and lungs and even impairs brain function. This is what half a year of isolation, staying home and staying sedentary can do to your body.
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Trump approves Alberta-Alaska rail line project; line would move oil, other resources
Trump's approval is the first step in the regulatory process on the U.S. side for a line that would transport oil, grain, ore and other goods.  
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Lethbridge group sets up unsanctioned overdose prevention site in Galt Gardens
Four people used the pop up site Friday night, and there were no overdoses. The group plans to set up again Saturday night in Galt Gardens.
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Junior hockey: Vees blank Silverbacks, Warriors down Vipers
Penticton opened the BCHL’s extended preseason schedule with a convincing 7-0 win on Friday night.
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Woodstock police investigate two unrelated stabbings
Police say the two unrelated incidents were targeted, and that the suspects and victims were known to each other.
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Reality check: A look at claims by Trump, Biden ahead of the first presidential debate
As Americans absorbed news of a grand jury decision not to prosecute Kentucky police officers for killing Breonna Taylor, Trump's campaign pointed to purported economic progress for Blacks under his administration that didn't tell the full story.
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SHA issues potential COVID-19 exposure alert for Yorkton gym
The Saskatchewan Health Authority issued the COVID-19 exposure alert for the Yorkton Pumphouse Pumphouse Athletic Club for Sept. 18 and 19.
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Canada's death toll could hit 16,000 by the end of the 2020, new modelling warns
Canada could see as many as 16,000 COVID-19 deaths by the end of the year if current public safety measures don’t change, according to new modelling from the United States that has provided accurate assessments of the American death toll.
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COVID-19: Quebec reports nearly 700 new cases as infections continue to surge amid second wave
Seven more deaths were also reported, which occurred between Sept. 19 and 24. This brings the total COVID-19 death toll in Quebec to 5,821.
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The oilpatch and environmentalists rarely agree on anything. The Liberals’ throne speech is an exception
On Friday, federal Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan tried to strike that balance again, announcing $320 million in federal funds to Newfoundland’s offshore oil industry, to “support jobs and ensure the sustainable, long-term, lower-emitting future” of the industry.
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Susan Delacourt: Climate change isn't at the top of Justin Trudeau's agenda. His environment minister can live with that — for now
Being an environment minister is all about choosing your battles, even in non-pandemic times, Susan Delacourt writes.
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Canada says it’s finally going to get tough on tech giants like Facebook and Google — but media observers worry it’s all talk for now
The government doubled down in the throne speech on its stance to force tech giants to share revenue with Canadian media, but the news media sector says it needs more details on when and how.
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Toronto police investigating after body found in water at Ashbridges Bay
Emergency crews were called to the area at 11:56 p.m. Friday.
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Quebec reports 698 new COVID-19 cases, seven more deaths
That's the highest single-day count since May 21.
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One active COVID-19 case reported in Nova Scotia, no new cases Saturday
Public Health officials say the person is currently hospitalized in intensive care.
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Who is Amy Coney Barrett? A closer look at Trump's expected Supreme Court pick
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor, is a proven conservative with a compelling personal story who has long been atop U.S. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court short list.
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Montreal police search for suspect after 82-year-old man killed in hit-and-run
Officers arrived on the scene of a collision in the Ville-Marie neighbourhood after a call to 911 at around 11:30 p.m. Friday.
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‘When can I get the flu shot in Alberta?’ And other questions, answered
"Getting a flu shot is essential," said Dr. Kirsten Fiest, a professor of epidemiology and critical care medicine at the University of Calgary.
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7 active cases of COVID-19 remain in New Brunswick
New Brunswick has reported 200 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, and has seen 191 recoveries.
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Thousands protest COVID-19 restrictions in central London
The demonstration comes as Parliament prepares to review COVID-19 legislation and the government imposes new restrictions to control the disease.
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Quebec reports nearly 700 new COVID-19 cases as pandemic total passes 71,000
Quebec public health authorities announced Saturday that 71,005 people have tested positive for COVID-19, and 5,821 people have died due to the disease since the start of the pandemic.
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Houston area residents warned over water potentially tainted with brain-eating microbe
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warned the Brazosport Water Authority late Friday of the potential contamination of its water supply by naegleria fowleri.
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TikTok judge schedules Sunday hearing as Trump’s ban looms
TikTok owner ByteDance has asked the court to block the ban, set to begin on Sunday night, even as it pursues approvals from the government for the sale of a stake in its U.S. operations to Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc. under pressure from President Donald Trump.
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COMMENTARY: After vapid throne speech and address, it’s hard to see why prorogation was necessary
The throne speech and Justin Trudeau's subsequent address reveal that proroguing Parliament was just an attempt to deflect from the Liberals' scandals, Rob Breakenridge says.
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Wearing a mask but not covering your nose? You’re doing it all wrong
Evidence is emerging that COVID-19 has an easier time infecting people through the nasal passage compared to the mouth.
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He Caught COVID-19 Working In Quebec Long-Term Care. Now He’s Awaiting Deportation.
MONTREAL — When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Quebec last spring, Mamadou Konaté worked in a number of Montreal public long-term care homes (CHSLD). He was at the epicentre of the country’s pandemic.Assigned to cleaning duties, the 39-year-old Ivorian “witnessed death for months.” He himself caught coronavirus at the end of April, at the height of the first wave. When he recovered, he went right back to the front lines.Today, Mamadou is awaiting deportation.His long-time friend Amelia Orellana told HuffPost Quebec his story, since Mamadou has been detained at an immigration holding centre in Laval for more than a week.He is undocumented, meaning he doesn’t have legal status in Canada.***Mamadou arrived in Quebec in Feb. 2016 after fleeing the Ivory Coast, where he had been imprisoned during the military conflict that followed a 2002 failed coup.According to court documents reviewed by HuffPost, he was “beaten, mistreated, perhaps even tortured, during his detention” at the hands of rebel group Forces nouvelles, between 2004 and 2005.Many of those who orchestrated the rebellion now occupy influential positions in President Alassane Ouattara’s government there. Mamadou fears retaliation if he returns to the Ivory Coast.In Quebec’s long-term care home system, where he started working through an agency at the beginning of the pandemic, undocumented migrants like Mamadou do a lot more than clean, Orellana argues.“All the floors are covered by undocumented persons who don’t just clean. They socialize with the elderly residents. They help them when nobody else is there. They develop ties,” she describes.“They are the front line.”Just like thousands of other cleaners, cooks and security guards, however, Mamadou doesn’t satisfy the provincial and federal governments definition of a “guardian angel.”When he arrived in Canada, Mamadou’s asylum claim was denied. The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada determined that he was inadmissible to Canada because of his involvement, from 2002 to 2003, with Forces nouvelles, the same group that later imprisoned him when he defected.According to article 34(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, members of any group that has engaged in an “act of subversion against a democratic government” are inadmissible to Canada.In a 2018 application for judicial review of the decision, Mamadou’s lawyer alleged that he was forcibly recruited by the rebels, which would not make him a “member” in the eyes of the law. Federal Justice Luc Martineau denied the application for judicial review, mentioning “contradictions” in Mamadou’s declarations about his enrollment.Two days before his removal from Canada, scheduled for July 9 2018, Federal Justice Sébastien Grammond heard his request for stay of removal.A doctor who had been treating him at Montreal’s Clinic for Asylum Seekers and Refugees for two years told the court that Mamadou suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and insomnia. He was also experiencing visual and auditory hallucinations.“Considering that Mr. Konate may now be deported, Dr Olga Wrezel wrote, it is my clinical opinion that there is a high risk that he may act on his suicidal ideation and end his life rather than face the danger of being tortured and killed by the army.”Justice Grammond granted the stay of execution, judging that there was a “high risk” of Mamadou attempting suicide if he were sent back to the Ivory Coast.Tired of living in “anguish and fear,” Orellana says, Mamadou voluntarily surrendered to the federal authorities on Sept. 16 in presence of his lawyer, Stewart Istvanffy. He wants the removal order suspended while he files to get his application for permanent residency under humanitarian and compassionate considerations to be reexamined. His lawyer told HuffPost he wants to submit new evidence pertaining to Mamadou’s work in the CHSLDs.He has been detained since the day of his surrender. His request for release was rejected by the Immigration and Refugee Board on Wednesday.Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) spokesperson Louis-Carl Brissette Lesage told HuffPost in an email that “detention must only be considered under exceptional circumstances, when no reasonable alternative to detention can be implemented.”As of the first day of Mamadou’s detention, only 31 people were detained in immigration holding centers across the country, including 12 in Laval. Accounting for those being detained in provincial facilities, CBSA recorded a total of 132 detainees, a 62 percent decrease compared to March 17, at the beginning of the pandemic.Since CBSA doesn’t comment on specific cases citing privacy concerns, HuffPost wasn’t able to confirm what motives the board invoked to keep Mamadou in detention. But his lawyer insists that “no exceptional circumstance was mentioned” during his detention review, and that he was kept mainly because he is considered a flight risk.Istvanffy described the review procedure as “kafkaesque.”“It seemed like the CBSA agent did not want to hear anything about COVID-19 or the fact that he worked [in the CHSLDs] during the pandemic,” the lawyer said. “It’s really heartbreaking to see humans being treated with so little consideration.”A strict program Mamadou Konaté is far from being the only undocumented immigrant working on the front lines of what Quebec Premier François Legault described as “the battle of our lives.”And he’s not the only one who might get sent back to his home country.Federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced last month that some asylum seekers who worked in the health-care system across the country during the pandemic could become eligible for permanent residency.He called the announcement “historic,” recognizing the work of “heroes” who would be facing “an uncertain future in Canada” without the program.The special pathway to permanent residency, however, is reserved for those who provided “direct care to patients,” such as orderlies and nurses. A restriction which Quebec insisted upon, as reported by Radio-Canada in July.“We think it is completely absurd,” Orellana told HuffPost about the restrictions.At the time the announcement was made, many migrant rights groups had called the program too narrow, claiming it would “leave thousands of people behind.”“At the height of the crisis, these people answered diligently,” Wilner Cayo, a spokesperson for Debout pour la dignité had told the Canadian Press. “Does [Minister Mendicino] think they are good enough to work, but not good enough to stay?”***A few days after the details of the program were announced, organizations and Quebec MPPs published an open letter in La Presse, calling for cleaners and security agents who worked in CHSLDs to be included.Friday, the province’s second opposition party, Québec solidaire, asked International Relations Minister Nadine Girault to call upon the federal government to stop Mamadou’s deportation. The party also wants the province to award him a Quebec Selection Certificate “at the earliest opportunity.”Meanwhile, even if he is being detained, Mamadou isn’t scared as long as he remains in Canada, his friend says.“He worked in CHSLDs. It’s hard to be more afraid than there.”Also on HuffPost:
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‘Follow-Up’ Podcast: Singh Ready For Another Election, Calls 2019 A ‘Massive Success’
OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh wants to be prime minister, but he insists his career ambitions have taken a back seat amid a growing second wave of COVID-19 cases.The NDP leader sat down with HuffPost Canada’s “Follow-Up” podcast to talk about how his party finds itself again in a position of power to make or break the Liberal minority government ahead of a confidence vote over the throne speech.“Conservatives certainly are looking for an advantage and are trying to find an opportunity to go to an election. That isn’t our goal,” Singh told host Althia Raj. “We’re in a second wave now, our goal is to get the help to people.”Last year’s election whittled the NDP down to 24 MPs, its worst showing since 2004, but Singh called the results a “massive success.” The party was in a “very bad position” heading into the election, he said, adding should a new one be called in the fall or spring, his party is in a better place now.Pundits Karl Bélanger, Kate Harrison, and Greg MacEachern join Raj later to talk about the Liberals starting a new session of Parliament wounded after a summer of WE Charity-related controversies, Singh’s role as kingmaker, and what to expect from new Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole.Listen to the episode:Follow-Up With Althia Raj · #54 Jagmeet Singh’s Complicated Relationship With Liberals Get this episode and more “Follow-Up” on iTunes or Google Play. New to podcasts? Here’s how to get started.RELATED Singh Claims ‘Major Win’ After Liberals Boost Proposed Benefits To Match CERB 10 Key Highlights From The Liberal Throne Speech Climate Action Will Be ‘Cornerstone’ In Creating 1 Million Jobs: Liberals Trudeau Appeals To Canadians After Tories, Bloc Say They Can’t Support Throne Speech
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LCC cancels classes due to COVID-19: report
The report says six high school students and two staff members at Montreal's Lower Canada College have received positive test results.
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Apple’s battle royale with Epic Games starts for real
The legal fight between Apple and the Fortnite maker begins Monday, when a judge will decide whether to force Apple to let the video game back into the App Store with Epic’s in-house payment option.
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Estée Lauder pays NASA $128,000 for photo shoot in space
The U.S. cosmetics giant is paying NASA to fly 10 bottles of its skin serum to the International Space Station, where astronauts will take pictures of Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair in the cupola control tower, which has panoramic views of the cosmos.
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18-year-old man charged with murder after northern Manitoba homicide: RCMP
Island Lake RCMP found the body of a 35-year-old woman, who hasn't been identified, at a home in the community of St. Theresa Point on Thursday.
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Tiny airborne particles may pose a big coronavirus problem
Some scientists are now focusing on tinier particles, the ones that spread more like cigarette smoke, in studying the spread of coronavirus. They can linger in the air for minutes to hours, spreading throughout a room and build up if ventilation is poor. The potential risk comes from inhaling them.
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Russia given five more months to fix ‘deficient’ anti-doping plan
Track’s world governing body said Russia’s deadline to to fix a plan to combat doping in track and field was moved from Sept. 30 to March 1.
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AP Explains: What’s next for Trump’s Supreme Court pick?
Here's a look at the confirmation process and what we know and don’t know about what’s to come.
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Designated Lebanese prime minister resigns amid political impasse
France's Emmanuel Macron has been pressing Lebanese politicians to form a Cabinet made up of non-partisan specialists that can work on enacting urgent reforms to extract Lebanon from a devastating economic and financial crisis worsened by the Aug. 4 explosion at Beirut port.
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Ontario reports 435 new coronavirus cases after over 43K tests completed
No new deaths were reported on Saturday, keeping the provincial death toll at 2,837.
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