Lobster protests: Nova Scotia MP demands immediate action from Ottawa

Hundreds of non-Indigenous commercial fishermen staged protests at two wharfs in southwestern Nova Scotia, alleging illegal fishing in St. Marys Bay.
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Beta brings heavy rain to several states as storm continues slow trek across south
Beta was the ninth named storm that made landfall in the continental U.S. this year, tying a record set in 1916.
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Kenney says feds’ throne speech ignores oil industry in crisis, doubles down ‘on policies that will kill jobs’
The policy objectives laid out in the federal government's throne speech virtually ignored a Canadian energy sector in crisis and will result in job losses, Alberta's premier said in a statement issued Wednesday night.
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‘This is just the beginning’ for Toronto ‘America’s Got Talent’ finalist
As the clock counted down to determine the five finalists, Roberta Battaglia made it to the Top Five.
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Sebastian Giovinco’s Al-Hilal bounced from Asian Champions League after 31 COVID-19 cases
The Saudi Arabian team only had 11 healthy players, including two backup goalies, with the minimum to play set at 13.
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Alberta RCMP arrest 2nd person in Sturgeon Lake shooting; 2 suspects still at large
Police arrested Albert John Gladue on Sept. 18 on the attempted murder warrant and are still looking for Colin Aulden Bartlett and Tamara Marie Chowace.
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The Heat are one win away from the NBA Finals after Tyler Herro imitates Magic Johnson
Heat rookie Tyler Herro became just the second 20-year-old in NBA history to score at least 37 points in a playoff game. The other: Magic Johnson, who had 42 in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals for the Lakers.
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Total of 70 beached whales rescued off Australia coast, but hundreds more lost
Another 20 surviving whales could potentially still be saved on Thursday and vets were considering euthanizing another four, officials said.
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Haldimand police services board urges OPP to enforce injunction at Caledonia development
The police services board for Haldimand County says the OPP framework for responding to 'Indigenous critical incidents' isn't working in Caledonia amid the occupation of a construction site.
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Steven Stamkos returns, Lightning beat Stars 5-2 in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final
Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos returned -- very briefly -- from a seven-month injury layoff, and scored on his first shot on net as the Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 Wednesday in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
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Peel police seek public assistance in identifying sex assault suspect in Brampton
The assault took place Sunday in the Steeles Avenue East and Parkhurst Square area.
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North Korea fired at a South Korean government official, burned his body: Seoul
North Korea didn't immediately respond to the South Korean announcement.
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The Lightning are two wins away from the Stanley Cup after taking Game 3. The Stamkos effect was short but sweet
In his first game since late February, Tampa captain Steven Stamkos scored just 6:58 into the game, but didn’t play much after that — just five shifts and 2:47 of ice time. His status will be a storyline to watch heading into Friday’s Game 4.
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Blue Jays beat Yankees to inch closer to securing post-season berth
Danny Jansen had four hits and scored three times as the Blue Jays used an eight-run sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
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Rosie DiManno: The Blue Jays’ magic number is down to one. The kids are excited. They can taste the playoffs
Leadoff man Cavan Biggio, son of a Hall of Famer, calls this “the most fun I’ve ever had on the baseball field.” The Jays can clinch a wild-card spot Thursday. Then they have a list of tricky decisions to make, Rosie DiManno writes.
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Nenshi says Calgary could end homelessness ‘within 2 years’ with help from province, feds
Nenshi's comments come after a throne speech in which the federal government committed to ending chronic homelessness in Canada.
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Impact's free fall continues, with no quick solutions in sight
"We didn't play well. We didn't win our battles. We didn't show up when we had to get on the ball," Samuel Piette says after 3-1 loss to Revolution.
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#ICYMI: Hospitals, unlike shelves, are filling up
With hospitalizations at their highest point since July, the provincial government clarified that it wouldn't be giving police special power to enter homes and enforce COVID-19 rules
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NASA plans to land woman, and next man, on moon by 2024
The move is in line with its mandate to establish sustainable space exploration by the end of this decade, the agency said Monday, laying out its plan in a 74-page opus.
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One person in serious condition after motorcycle crash in Brampton, say police
The collision took place at Charolais Boulevard and Torrance Woods, said Peel police
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Searchers find bodies in Jasper National Park, remains believed to be missing couple
“It is believed the couple were hiking and succumbed to their injuries after falling from a steep bank in the area,” RCMP said in a release.
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Don Martin: The prime minister talks turkey in a political address to the nation
The prime minister’s rare televised address was little more than an echo of the throne speech and an overtly-partisan listing of government actions already taken, Don Martin writes in his latest column for CTVNews.ca.
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Pozuelo’s late penalty secures Toronto FC a win over New York City FC
Toronto (7-2-4) ended NYCFC’s unbeaten run at six games (4-0-2) — a stretch that saw it concede just two goals.
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Government report finds fault with operators of Herron seniors' residence
Sylvain Gagnon says the West Island CIUSSS should continue managing the facility and laws must be strengthened to prevent a similar tragedy.
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Lethbridge sees drop in opioid-related EMS calls as province reports jump in overdose deaths
The province's COVID-19 Opioid Response Surveillance Report was released on Wednesday, shining a light on some alarming numbers from the first half of 2020. 
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'Organizational Negligence' At Quebec Care Home Where Dozens Died: Report
MONTREAL — The owners of a private long-term care home in suburban Montreal where dozens of residents died during the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April displayed “organizational negligence,” according to a new report.The Quebec government released the report into Residence Herron on Wednesday, as well as a separate report that looked into a public long-term care home north of Montreal where 100 residents died.In total, 38 people died at Residence Herron between March 26 and April 16, including 23 who died in less than a week between April 5 and 10, the report states.Commissioned by the provincial government, the investigation concludes that authorities at Herron repeatedly failed to address shortcomings noted in prior inspection reports and in a coroner’s report, largely because of vacancies in key posts and a turnover rate that reached 20 per cent a year.“It is clear with such a turnover of staff, things must continually be redone,” the report reads.The report details the chaos that followed the discovery of a first case of COVID-19 on March 26, and its devastating effects on a residence that was described as ill-prepared to confront a pandemic.The private facility was placed under government trusteeship after regional health authorities in late March found only three employees on site to care for 133 residents, some of whom were sitting in overflowing diapers and suffering from dehydration.In the days that followed the first case, residents and staff began showing symptoms. There was no protective equipment until March 28, “except for a few masks,” the report reads. Staff began staying home, either out of fear or because they were told to go into isolation.On March 29, co-owner Samantha Chowieri texted the local health authority to inform them that the residence was short at least 27 people, including nurses, auxiliaries and care attendants.A team dispatched from the health authority found dirty floors, air that smelled of urine and feces and residents who were thirsty and dehydrated.“Several (residents) were soiled, because their incontinence briefs had overflowed and the beds were dirty and the stains suggested it was several days old,” the report says.  “When the incontinence briefs were changed, several residents had burns on their skin and the hygiene of the genital areas had not been done adequately.”Managers didn’t have ‘malicious’ intentionsIn a statement, Herron’s owners said they would take the time to carefully analyze the report before commenting.The investigator commissioned by the health minister, Sylvain Gagnon, also criticized Herron’s owners for failing to collaborate with health authorities, who eventually sought a court order on the matter.He concludes that the managers of the facility did not have “malicious” intentions but they did not have full control over their facility and they lacked understanding of what was required to respond to residents’ needs.“As a result, I must conclude that in the present affair the authorities of the Herron CHSLD demonstrated organizational negligence,” Gagnon writes.But the investigator reserved some of his harshest criticism for the province’s health-care system, which he says failed to address problems with long-term care and persistent staff shortages across the network.He was highly critical of the former Liberal provincial government’s health-care reform of 2015, which was supposed to save costs and improve organization but had a negative effect on patient care, he said.“Were our elders forgotten? Did the authorities at the time lack foresight? We have to answer in the affirmative,” he said.He also recommended the province study whether private long-term care homes have the resources to adequately meet the needs of people who have serious health conditions or loss of autonomy.The government also made public a report into the Ste-Dorothee long-term care home in Laval, which had the province’s highest death toll in the pandemic.Investigator Yves Benoit found that pre-existing staff shortages were exacerbated when staff members had to self-isolate due to exposure and agencies refused to send their workers to hot zones.Asymptomatic employees helped COVID-19 spread through the facility, throwing it into a crisis that resulted in more than 40 per cent of residents testing positive in early April.READ MORE Ontario Must Address Long-Term Care Staffing Crisis As Cases Surge: Unions Quebec Facing ‘Second Wave’ As Coronavirus Cases Rise Despite Restrictions COVID Infections Among Canadian Health-Care Workers Are Above Global Average The Last Months Of A Canadian Who Died Of COVID-19 In ICE Custody Managers at the nursing home criticized health authorities for not setting foot on the site, leading them to feel abandoned.The report concluded that the workers did the best they could, and the problems at Ste-Dorothee were largely the same as those faced by other long-term care homes: a lack of staff, ineffective management structure and shortages of personal protective equipment.In a statement, Health Minister Christian Dube said the government has already acted on many of the recommendations in the reports, which were submitted to the government in June and July.“Not only did the major changes undertaken serve to prepare us for the second wave, our actions are sustainable and their benefits will continue after the pandemic,” he said in a statement.Those changes include mandating that a manager be named to lead each long-term care home, raising salaries, hiring thousands of health-care staff and ensuring infection-control measures are in place in each residence.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan hosts first event on new permanent site
The first performance on the new Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan site isn't a traditional theatre experience.
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'Not one word recognized the crisis': No love for the throne speech in Alberta
The Liberal government's throne speech took place in Ottawa Wednesday afternoon and it's clear that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney isn't happy about it.
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Alberta couple who vanished while hiking found dead in Jasper National Park
In a Wednesday news release, police said on Tuesday evening two bodies were located by a Parks Canada Visitor Safety helicopter in the Verdant Pass area in Jasper National Park. 
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Hotel owner makes coronavirus safety allegations against Metis Nation-Saskatchewan president
The hotel owner said there were several instances where the president had to be reminded of the hotel’s safety policies.
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Woman waits 7 hours for COVID-19 test, calls it ‘unacceptable in a modern city like Toronto’
East Toronto resident Chelsea Kennedy went to Michael Garron Hospital's COVID-19 assessment centre Tuesday morning, fully expecting a long wait.
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Alberta government to demolish Legislature Annex building after finding repairs would cost $29M
The cost of repairs were so high because of the numerous issues in the nearly 70-year-old building, including its windows, elevators, and roofing issues. Many parts of the space also have layers of peeling lead paint. 
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Weighted blankets can help those with anxiety, depression get a better night's sleep: study
According to a new study from Sweden, for those battling insomnia spurred on by mental illness, a weighted chain blanket might be the key to finally getting a good night's sleep.
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Saskatchewan resort providing staycation destination for locals during pandemic
The Champetre County Resort has seen a drastic drop in guests this year, but because of local support, it has been able to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Notes on the Throne Speech, and a reminder that Julie Payette is governor general
Paul Wells: The speech was further from 'bold solutions' and closer to 'old ways of thinking'. Then the PM took to the TV to deliver another message. The post Notes on the Throne Speech, and a reminder that Julie Payette is governor general appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Anti-racism group angered by Premier Kenney’s response to Red Deer violence
A MacEwan University professor says the premier should have said more in response to violence at a Red Deer anti-racism rally.
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