Thames Valley public board confirms COVID-19 case tied to St. Thomas school
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7 more positive COVID-19 tests reported in Waterloo, active case count falls to 156
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Waterloo Public Health coronavirus test numbers jump by 40K after switch to new system
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Ontario tightens long-term care visitor rules as coronavirus cases increase
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Historic building in downtown Kelowna about to be listed
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Quebec's new measures include appeal to youth, adoption of COVID-Alert app
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Netflix Canada in October 2020: What’s new this month
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Sipekne’katik chief says meeting with federal government was ‘positive’
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Canada To Spend Extra $400 Million To Fight COVID-19 Around The World
OTTAWA — Canada will commit an extra $400 million in development and humanitarian spending to combat COVID-19, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.The new money will go to “trusted partners on the ground fighting COVID-19,” Trudeau said Tuesday during a videoconference at the United Nations that he co-hosted with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness.It was the second time since the spring the three held a meeting of the UN’s High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond. Trudeau, Guterres and Holness held their first joint UN meeting in late May, less than three weeks before Canada failed to win a temporary seat on the Security Council.Canada ran on platform of trying to help rebuild the post-pandemic world in a contest that pitted it against Norway and Ireland for two non-permanent seats on the council, starting next year. This pandemic has provided an opportunity for a reset.Prime Minister Justin TrudeauTrudeau said after the UN Security Council defeat that Canada would remain active on the world stage in trying to rebuild the battered pandemic economy. “Canada believes that a strong, co-ordinated response across the world and across sectors is essential. This pandemic has provided an opportunity for a reset,” Trudeau said Tuesday.“This is our chance to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to reimagine economic systems that actually address global challenges like extreme poverty, inequality, and climate change.”READ MORE Canada's Deficit To Hit $330 Billion Amid Pandemic: PBO 'The World Is In Crisis, And Things Are About To Get Much Worse': PM To UN Feds Pledge $440M To Be Part Of International COVAX Vaccine Program Trudeau said Canada will invest more in the coming years and he will continue to advocate for debt relief for developing countries facing economic hardship because of the pandemic.Canada will push to have the voices of those countries heard in larger forums such as the G7, G20 and the World Bank, he added.Guterres said he welcomed Trudeau’s push for debt relief, adding he would be advocating for it in the G20.He said the initiative would provide up to $12 billion in relief for participating countries.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2020.
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Profile: Braden Schneider could be on Habs' radar in entry draft
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B.C. man charged with alleged sexual assault involving teenager, say Vernon RCMP
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‘He wanted to spill the beans’: Durham officer who arrested Adam Strong testifies at murder trial
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Increased testing alone can't account for COVID-19 spike: experts
While COVID-19 testing capacity has expanded across Canada, experts stress that the increased testing does not explain the worrisome trend in positive infections and that the 'lagging indicators' of hospitalization and deaths are still to come.
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N.S. appoints team to lead justice reform, drive anti-racist policy change in Nova Scotia
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Former Calgary MP Rob Anders charged with tax evasion
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Coronavirus: Middlesex-London reports 1 new case, smallest daily increase in weeks
Tuesday's coronavirus update for London and Middlesex County was the smallest daily increase since Sept. 10.
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SQ suspect missing New York couple might be in Quebec
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Former Conservative MP Rob Anders facing multiple charges for evading taxes
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Ottawa plans to buy millions of COVID-19 tests that provide results in under 15 minutes
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Edmonton’s NHL hub city bubble bursts as players head home after Stanley Cup awarded
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1 arrested following assault with imitation firearm, forcible confinement: Northumberland OPP
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Court appearances can now be made at the Guelph Public Library
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Movie shoot involving prop guns in Oakville, Ont., interrupted by police
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Are children burning The Rock's movies now that he's endorsed Joe Biden?
A week ago, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made his first political endorsement, for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, whilst wearing a conspicuously tight shirt in a video interview with them on social media. He said he felt it was important to make his opinion clear, as this year’s U.S. presidential election is a particularly “critical” one.  “Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT,” Johnson tweeted. As a political independent & centrist, I’ve voted for both parties in the past. In this critical presidential election, I’m endorsing @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT. We must ALL VOTE: https://t.co/rZi1mxh8DC pic.twitter.com/auLbc8xDBv— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 27, 2020 Now, if Twitter is to be believed – and that means take this with a grain of salt – not only are some grown adults struggling with the announcement of Johnson’s endorsement, but so are their Republican-leaning children. Since-deleted Twitter user @Jamiehanson1939 posted this weekend, “Unfortunately, everyone I know is about to turn our backs to the Rock. We used to be huge fans. My children have already started burning his movies. Such a sad day to hear The Rock say this. My teen’s took this really hard. Figured he was smarter than this.” pic.twitter.com/LtcwVKdCsQ— Michaela Okland (@MichaelaOkla) September 27, 2020 Some took this quite seriously, including actor Josh Gad, who tweeted, “If your children are burning movies, The Rock is most likely not the issue in your home.” If your children are burning movies, The Rock is most likely not the issue in your home. https://t.co/PG18YMgvtY— Josh Gad (@joshgad) September 27, 2020 Indeed, but the fact is it doesn’t matter if this tweet is true or not – the Internet ran with it anyway when user Michaela Okland decided to tweet it as her own as a joke, leading to outrage in her comments. Many suggested she does not understand the democratic process and, in an inspired bit of punnery, that she’s got “rocks for brains.”  In the few days since the original tweet, users all over the social network have begun sharing the message as if it’s their own, either in support of Okland or simply to cause more chaos. Perhaps many have even begun throwing their copies of Pain & Gain or Baywatch into the fire (where they, arguably, belong). Oh god I didn’t realize how many people weren’t getting the joke pic.twitter.com/MKCaRpUJah— Michaela Okland (@MichaelaOkla) September 27, 2020 I am laughing so hard pic.twitter.com/eVlFSPnKh7— Orin (@orinanne) September 28, 2020   Who would’ve thought The Rock could inspire such political furor?
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'He was looking to meet me': Public health leaders face threats, harassment over COVID-19
It happened around the time Dr. Robert Strang was announcing a mandatory masking policy for most indoor public spaces in Nova Scotia. Masks for malls, spas, body art shops, places of worship, and trains, buses and ferry terminals. The list was long. “It’s about caring for each other,” Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health said. As he spoke, “there was an individual who was communicating into my department that he was going to kind of be waiting for me after that announcement, to have a confrontation,” Strang recalled in a matter-of-fact manner.  “He was looking to meet me ….. clearly indicating he wanted to have a physical confrontation.” The appropriate security alerts went out, including to Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s office, where Strang was at the time. Nothing ever came of it, and Strang by no means wants to compare what he’s had to deal with to the death threats faced by B.C.’s Dr. Bonnie Henry, who last week revealed she’s had security in her home after receiving abusive letters and calls to staff. In Strang’s case, it was a vague threat, though a concrete one, and one example of the ugliness and unpleasant and personally directed comments he’s received, particularly on Twitter. Strang has been celebrated as a hero, a voice of calm and clarity. But in times of calamity, of “catastrophes or disruptions of the social order, people often look for simple narratives and explanatory models to identify culprits,” McGill University anthropologist and cognitive science Dr. Samuel Veissière has said. While surveys suggest Canadians generally have a high level of trust in public health officials, the human mind hates uncertainty, Veissiere explained in an interview. And, as confirmed COVID-19 infections surge in parts of Canada, uncertainty is spreading. In the U.S., public health officials are facing “unprecedented hostility” in the midst of the pandemic, S tanford and Johns Hopkins university experts wrote in August in JAMA , the Journal of the American Medical Association. The harassment “is extraordinary in its scope and nature, use of social media, and danger to the ongoing pandemic response,” the authors wrote. The bullying — and worse — reflects “misunderstanding of the pandemic, biases in human risk perception, and a general decline in public civility.” More than 27 public health officials in 13 states have resigned or been fired since the pandemic started. Public health officials have been the targets of “angry and armed protesters” outside their homes, harassing phone calls and threats of bodily harm. Canada hasn’t seen the same ferocity or resistance to COVID-19 restrictions as in the Uninted States, but the country’s public health officials aren’t immune to harassment.  Chief medical officers of health have become the very public face of COVID-19, but there’s also a deeply misogynistic streak here as well, said Strang, who first talked about the threat he received on a Halifax radio show last week. “There’s a segment of the population that somehow feels it’s OK to treat women in leadership positions in a way that they wouldn’t think about a male leader.” “There have been threats at times,” Dr. Heather Morrison, Prince Edward Island’s chief public health officer told CTV. “It makes me concerned for my family and my children and my staff.” In Ottawa, medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches has received “pretty ugly emails, but I can handle that, in terms of they haven’t been death threats,” Etches told a media briefing last week. People are suffering — from economic loss, from social isolation — “so of course people are frustrated. It’s understandable,” Etches said.  People are looking for someone to blame and somewhere to express that anger, and it’s important she hears from them, Etches said.  “I don’t think things have reached a situation where I think that I’m in danger.” B.C.'s top doctor says she's received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has also been the target of abusive messages. “While some people may feel justified in criticizing public health officials, there is no room for hate,” the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement to the National Post . “While Dr. Tam has been the target of hateful messages, notably on social media, we do not comment on specific security matters.” Toronto medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa has experienced “occasional” disparaging letters and comments, “but certainly nothing that I would characterize as significantly abusive or certainly anything where I felt personally threatened. And I would hope that wouldn’t happen,” de Villa said last week, adding that the response from Torontonians has, overwhelmingly, been positive. But McGill’s Veissière, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry, sees a “a potential pitfall of participatory democracy. When we involve people too much in public decision-making the possibility of discontent increases significantly,” he said. “Because we have such democratic institutions, because our leaders have been actually very honest, even confessing when they did not know what was going on, more uncertainty but also more resentment has spread among the general public,” he said. In the U.S., the pandemic has become so polarized and politicized it is dividing friends and families. Although nowhere near the same degree of dissent, Canada has experienced large anti-mask protests, Veissière said. In any crisis, people search for scapegoats and culprits, he said. “On the extreme end, you have the QAnon people who think that the aliens and satanic pedophiles are trying to take over the world. “For ordinary citizens looking for culprits, they’ll turn to elected officials and public health officials.” A recent poll by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies found one-quarter of respondents considered the threat of COVID-19 vastly overblown. Veissière worries that over-reporting the vitriol and harassment directed at  public health leaders risks creating more of it. All credible threats should be investigated and those whose harassment crosses legal lines should be prosecuted, the authors of the JAMA commentary wrote. “Harassment of pubic health officials must stop; instead, all efforts and attacks should be directed against the virus.” There’s still a healthy scientific debate about the extent to which lockdowns help, or harm, Veissiere said. But there ought to be more room for the nuanced greys in the middle, which most people don’t like, Veissiere said. “Nuance is maximal uncertainty — it makes people anxious. They would much rather have simple stories with culprits. But we’re all in this together, and we’re doing our best.” No matter where chief medical officers of health land on an issue, “not everybody is going to be happy,” Strang said. “There are always complex issues, with a lot of competing interests that we have to try to insert public health thinking into.” During a pandemic, with the daily COVID-19 briefings, the decisions are that much more visible, the pressure that much greater, he said. “There’s no doubt that this has been, and remains, a stressful time for medical officers,” said Strang. “But we step up and do what we need to do.” What worries him is how stretched public health continues to be, from the front lines to senior decision makers. “Our ranks are very thin, and it’s a real risk that people already are tired and exhausted,” Strang said. “If we have to really ramp up for a strong second wave, that may push us beyond the brink.”
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Kindergarten teacher sentenced to death for poisoning children in China
One child died and 24 fell ill after eating the poisoned porridge at school last year.
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Ontario reports 554 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths
Ontario’s new COVID-19 cases fell to 554 on Tuesday from an all-time high of 700 the previous day, with a slight drop in testing and four new deaths, the Ministry of Health reported.
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Alberta’s auditor general finds province’s disaster risk assessment plan in poor shape
In a report released Tuesday, Doug Wylie says Alberta doesn't have a consistent plan for evaluating the risk the province faces from disasters such as floods or wildfires.
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Feds sign deal to buy 7.9 million rapid COVID-19 tests, pending approval
The federal government has signed a new deal to buy 7.9 million rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests, pending Health Canada approval. If approved, the tests from Abbott Rapid Diagnostics would be sent to the provinces to help increase their surge capacity for COVID-19 testing.
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Saskatchewan election tracker 2020: Here’s what the parties are promising
Global News is tracking what's been promised by the leaders of the parties in the run-up to the Saskatchewan election on Oct. 26.
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Hextall on Hockey: The Stanley Cup has been won. Now what?
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This rich cake lets funky black walnut shine
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Google makes data pledge to win EU nod for Fitbit deal
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Casino New Brunswick reopens with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines
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Five key findings: Apprentice handed Trump a badly needed cash lifeline, NYT says in new tax returns report
In the second instalment of its bombshell investigation into the highly sought-after finances of U.S. President Donald Trump, which it released Monday, the New York Times paints Trump as a failed businessman whose hunger for money has led him into some shady deals over the last two decades. Exploring his long association with TV’s The Apprentice, the report says Trump used the show’s success to boost his own businesses — and reports that the boon could not have arrived at a better time. Here are five key revelations from the investigation: 1. Running dry Throughout the 1990s, Trump posted yearly losses and by the end of 2002, he was reported to be $352.8 million in the red. Profits from his past endeavours, including his failed Atlantic City casinos, were running dry. To maintain his wealthy appearance, the Times reports, Trump started a half-serious presidential campaign in 2000 that got him a prime time spot on Jay Leno, a McDonald’s ad that saw him pocket $500,000, and royalties from a ghostwritten book. 2. The Apprentice, a lifeline for Trump In the early 2000s Mark Burnett, who created TV’s Survivor, approached Trump about starting The Apprentice, a reality TV show that saw contestants vying for his approval. Trump would yell “You’re fired” each week until one person was left, and that winner would get to work on a Trump project. Trump latched onto the idea quickly. As soon as the show started filming, production staff noticed glimpses of his crumbling empire — chipped furniture throughout the office — and wondered how a self-proclaimed billionaire had the time to shoot a reality TV show. However, the deal he struck up with the show earned him half of its profits including money from product placements in each episode. In the first year, Trump made $11.9 million. In 2005, made $47.8 million. The positive cash flow was an adjustment for the businessman who had consistently reported large business losses that allowed him to pay $0 in federal income taxes for a number of years. He made so much during the period that he paid $70.1 million in taxes over three years — which he would later recoup with aggressive accounting, winning an IRS tax refund that is now under audit. Trump disclosed to an NBC executive, the Times reports, that it didn’t matter if the show pulled high ratings because he could market his other endeavours on the show, and that would net him profits. After the show premiered, he ended up being right, and he brought in $5.2 million from 11 different ad campaigns. He did not discriminate in what he advertised, from steaks to vodka to cologne. 3. Alleged pyramid schemes and talking business Trump started veering into more questionable services and products over time, the Times reports. Before the first year of The Apprentice wrapped up, he earned $300,000 at a speaking event in Dayton, Ohio, at which attendees paid nearly $3,000 each to obtain the secrets of instant wealth. The company that ran the event was later accused, in a lawsuit, of running Ponzi scheme. One company paid Trump $7.3 million to speak at events with titles such as “Real Estate Wealth Expo: One Weekend Can Make You a Millionaire.” He co-wrote a book with that company’s founder and netted $1.4 million in royalties. Five key revelations from Donald Trump's tax returns On Celebrity Apprentice, he teamed up with ACN, a multilevel marketing company that told clients they could make a living by selling video phones. Trump promoted its products and the company devoted a webpage on its site to its “Trump partnership,” which featured photos of him at its events and a glowing testimonial from Trump. In 2011, when the video phone technology in question had become obsolete, Trump still featured the phone on The Apprentice and played it up, the Times reports. During the recession that followed the 2009-2009 financial crash, he increasingly peddled get-rich-quick schemes at a time when people grew desperate for a payday. He promoted a multilevel marketing company that sold vitamins and the company rebranded itself the Trump Network, the Times reports. Trump made $2.6 million but the company declared bankruptcy within a couple of years. 4. Licensing the Trump name The businessman’s casino bankruptcies tainted his credit and building properties became less viable for Trump. He started licensing his name to other development projects. One such deal was with Bayrock, a company whose founders had a murky past in the former Soviet Union. Bayrock went to Russia to secure financing for Trump-branded hotels destined to pop up around the world, the Times reports. The deal ended up solely producing the Trump Soho condo hotel in Manhattan, but Trump realized he could not only slap his name on neckties and mattresses, but on entire buildings, using the TV show to market them. Trump started the Trump Hotel Collection in 2007, riding the successful wave of The Apprentice. The collection emphasized building foreign projects, including in Toronto, Dubai, Scotland, Panama, and elsewhere. The licensing deals he struck meant he earned significant fees upfront, without fronting any risk. He made money — $46 million — even though of the 10 properties listed on the collection’s website, three never broke ground and five others either were left incomplete or eventually severed ties with the Trump name. The Times reports that Trump showed a history of tacking his name onto developments, and if they went south, he could easily claim no responsibility — he had simply been licensing out his name. 5. Golfing to debt Eventually, income streaming in from The Apprentice and licensing deals began to dwindle, along with the show’s ratings. In 2011 he earned $51 million. In 2018, that number plummeted to $3 million. Yet, he continued to pour money into acquiring golf courses. In 2014, he injected $144.5 million into the Turnberry course in Scotland, despite the property reporting losses year after year. It was a similar story at his Doral resort in Florida. To fund these ventures, his tax records show he borrowed $100 million in 2012 against his equity in Manhattan’s Trump Tower. In 2013, he took out $95.8 million from his share of a real estate partnership. The next year, he sold $98 million worth of stocks and bonds. His mortgage on the Trump Tower still needs to be paid back, the Times reports, and the maturity dates on additional loans are coming due. He owes $160 million to Deutsche Bank on his Washington hotel and $148 million for Doral — both businesses which do not turn profits.
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NDP faces uphill battle against Saskatchewan Party as writ drops: experts
The Saskatchewan NDP, led by Ryan Meili, will be in tough against the Saskatchewan Party and Scott Moe, according to experts who spoke to Global News.
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