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Two victims rushed to hospital after shooting at Richmond restaurant
Police were called to Manzo Itamae Japanese Restaurant at Garden City Road and Capstan Way around 7:30 p.m.
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Texas on hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Beta gains strength in Gulf of Mexico
Forecasters ran out of traditional storm names earlier Friday, forcing the use of the Greek alphabet for only the second time since the 1950s.
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Southern Alberta cattle prices remain steady amid COVID-19 pandemic
Earlier this year, some of the largest meat-packing plants in Alberta temporarily closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks, leaving a lot of uncertainty for beef producers. Despite all that, calf prices are holding strong as sale season starts.
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Calgary police issue warning about release of high-risk offender
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Jamal Murray’s Nuggets no match for the Lakers in Game 1 of NBA Western final
Anthony Davis and LeBron James led the way for Los Angeles, making its first conference final appearance since 2010.
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Langley grappling with rash of expensive, illegally dumped construction material
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Peru’s president survives impeachment vote, but turmoil expected to remain
Despite dodging the impeachment attempt, President Martin Vizcarra is still dealing with one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks and a sagging economy as his reputation dims.
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4 Toronto nightclub patrons test positive for coronavirus, staff and visitors encouraged to self-monitor
Toronto Public Health reported that contract tracing determined the four people who tested positive for coronavirus were at Noir inside Rebel between 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 2 a.m. on Sept. 12.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg mourned by hundreds at steps of U.S. Supreme Court
The large group of mourners packed the high court’s steps and the street across from the U.S. Capitol in a nighttime memorial.
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Trudeau Sets Byelections' Date After Liberals Name Candidates For Both Ridings
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called two byelections less than a day after the Liberals named their candidates in each of the Toronto ridings.A short notice from the Prime Minister’s Office says the votes in York Centre and Toronto Centre will take place on Oct. 26.The Liberals are hoping to hold the seats left vacant by the resignations of two government MPs.The party named CTV broadcaster Marci Ien as its candidate in Toronto Centre, which was held by Bill Morneau before his sudden resignation as finance minister and MP in August. Ien announced her candidacy for the nomination in a series of tweets on Thursday, only to be declared the party’s standard-bearer by the end of day. TD Bank Group executive Paul Saguil had previously declared his candidacy for the nomination and so had Scotiabank deputy chief economist Brett House.The Liberals gave the same treatment to Ya’ara Saks in York Centre, a seat left vacant by the resignation of MP Michael Leavitt at the beginning of September.RELATED ‘If There Has To Be An Election, We’ll Figure It Out,’ Trudeau Says Premiers' Ask Feds For Billions In Additional Health-Care Funding O’Toole Blames Feds For Family’s Frustrating COVID-19 Testing Experience What Would A Further-Left Green Party Mean For Canada? Green party leadership hopeful Annamie Paul said she wants to run for her party in the Toronto Centre byelection but needs special permission to do so.The Green party has a rule preventing any of the eight people running for the leadership from running in a byelection before the winner is named Oct. 3.Paul said the Liberals are making politically motivated decision to call the byelections now, when COVID-19 numbers in Toronto are spiking and before the government knows if it will survive a confidence vote on next week’s throne speech.She said the Liberals also know very well the Greens are two weeks away from picking their next leader, and that she was the Green candidate in Toronto Centre in 2019.“The timing is fairly cynical,” she said.One of Paul’s rivals for the Green leadership also has ties to Toronto Centre. Glen Murray was the Ontario Liberal MPP for the riding of the same name from 2010 to 2017.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Employees at pork processing plant to be tested for COVID-19
The Bas-St-Laurent region has 148 active cases of COVID-19 and is in the yellow or pre-alert stage.
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Premier François Legault will be tested for COVID-19 and self isolate
QUEBEC — Premier François Legault will undergo a COVID-19 test and self isolate in the wake of a positive test for Conservative leader Erin O'Toole whom he met earlier this week.
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Erin O’Toole tests positive for COVID-19 and remain in isolation
The Opposition leader was tested in Gatineau on Thursday after one of his staffers tested positive.
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From Oxford to Congress: McMaster prof embroiled in White House scandal ‘loyal’ ... to a fault
Former supervisor says Paul Alexander was ‘deferential’ — sometimes ‘uncritical’ — toward superiors during time at Oxford
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Premiers' Ask Feds For Billions In Additional Health-Care Funding
OTTAWA — Canada’s premiers unanimously demanded Friday that the federal government fork over at least $28 billion more each year for health care, among other big-ticket items on their wish list for next week’s throne speech.They also want Ottawa to increase funding for infrastructure projects by $10 billion.And they want retroactive reforms to the fiscal stabilization program so that provinces hit with a sudden plunge in revenue get more money. That would mean an extra $6 billion for Alberta alone.But it’s health care that tops their wish list.“Nothing right now is more important to Canadians than health care because without health care, we have nothing,” Ontario’s Doug Ford told a news conference alongside Quebec Premier Francois Legault, Alberta’s Jason Kenney and Manitoba’s Brian Pallister.“If we don’t have our health, we don’t have an economy.”Speaking directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ford added: “I can’t be any more clear. We need your support for health care, we’re in desperate need of your support.”The four premiers said they were speaking unanimously for all 13 provincial and territorial leaders. They travelled to the nation’s capital to appear in person at the news conference in order to underscore the importance of their demands.The federal government this year will transfer to the provinces nearly $42 billion for health care, under and arrangement that see the transfer increase by at least three per cent each year.But the premiers said that amounts to only 22 per cent of the actual cost of delivering health care and doesn’t keep pace with yearly cost increases of about six per cent.They want Ottawa to increase its share to 35 per cent, which would mean $70 billion this year. “It is time for the federal government to do its fair share,” Legault said in French.On top of the annual transfer, the federal government has given the provinces an extra $19 billion to help them cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, including more than $10 billion specifically for COVID-related health-care costs.But the premiers said that extra money is one-off; what they need is an increase in annual transfers to ensure stable, long-term funding.“We’ve had this problem to a growing degree over a number of years. Because it’s happened gradually, perhaps we didn’t notice it so much. COVID makes it worse,” said Pallister.“Now we have hundreds of thousands of delayed treatments, diagnoses, surgeries that have yet to be performed. It is absolutely critical that we get this foundational part of our social structure repaired.”Meeting between PM and premiersThe federal government has already shovelled unprecedented amounts of money into emergency aid benefits and other measures to help Canadians weather the pandemic. The federal deficit this year alone is forecast to hit $343 billion.Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc agreed that quality health care is of critical importance and said the Trudeau government will be happy to discuss the premiers’ demands.Trudeau has already agreed to hold a virtual meeting with premiers devoted strictly to the issue of health-care transfers.However, LeBlanc noted premiers have long demanded increased health transfers, including during the era of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, of which Kenney and Pallister were once part.The “critical question,” LeBlanc said, is whether the federal government has the fiscal capacity to meet that demand now.“We have said we will stop at nothing to ensure the safety and security of Canadians in the context of the of the COVID-19 pandemic and that remains our priority,” he said.RELATED ‘If There Has To Be An Election, We’ll Figure It Out,’ Trudeau Says Ontario Tightens Gathering Limits In Toronto, Peel And Ottawa Progressive Conservatives Win Majority In New Brunswick Ford Promises Steep Fines For People Breaking Public Health Rules On infrastructure, LeBlanc said the provinces and territories have not yet used all the money already earmarked for projects. He suggested they should do that before asking for more.The fiscal stabilization program has not changed since 1995 and the money available to eligible provinces is capped at just $60 per resident. The premiers are asking for that cap to be lifted.Kenney said the cap has shortchanged his province, which has been hit by a triple whammy of COVID-19, plunging oil prices and decreased demand for his province’s natural resources.“Alberta’s been there for Canada,” he said.“Now Canada has to be there for Alberta and other provinces that are facing the greatest economic and fiscal challenge since the Great Depression,” he said.The throne speech is expected to include three main priorities: measures to protect Canadians’ health and avoid another national lockdown; economic supports to help keep Canadians financially afloat while the pandemic continues; and longer-term measures to eventually rebuild the economy.In particular, it is expected to promise more health-care funding — including for long-term care homes that have borne the brunt of the more than 9,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Canada — and for child care so that women, hardest hit by the shutdown, can go back to work.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s feminist icon, is dead at 87
The second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg’s pointed and powerful dissenting opinions earned her late-life rock stardom.
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Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole tests positive for coronavirus
A statement released by the Conservative Party Friday night says that O'Toole is in self-isolation and "is feeling well."
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Toronto waterfront nightclub linked with four COVID-19 cases remains open
The four people who tested positive visited the nightclub on Sept. 11, from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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Man dead after head-on crash involving car and cube van west of Cochrane
The driver of a car was killed when his vehicle collided head-on with a cube truck on Highway 1A on Friday afternoon, according to Cochrane RCMP.
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Durham College students return to class and face changes amid coronavirus pandemic
Students are heading back to school at Durham College. But things look a little different with several measures in place to control the spread of COVID-19.
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Andersen doubles down at Tour de France, wins Stage 19
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Coronavirus pandemic means changes to Rosh Hashanah celebrations
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Canada adds nearly 1,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, highest daily increase since May 25
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President Of Public Health Agency Of Canada Steps Down
OTTAWA — The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada is stepping down as the country heads into the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.Tina Namiesniowski, who has been in the job only since May 2019, sent a letter to staff on Friday to say months of responding to the global health crisis has taken a personal toll on many people.“Although we are very resilient, none of us are superhuman and I put myself in that category,” she wrote.“I am now at the point where I need to take a break,” she said.She said she does not want to leave the federal public health agency without leadership at such a crucial time.“I feel I must step aside so someone else can step up,” she said, adding that it was a tough, but right, decision.“You really need someone who will have the energy and the stamina to take the agency and our response to the next level,” she wrote. “And, even though I might not have accomplished everything I would have liked to have done, I truly hope the foundation for change I’ve championed through our work on PHAC of the future will help serve as a road map moving forward.”READ MORE Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole Tests Positive For COVID-19 O’Toole Blames Feds For Family’s Frustrating COVID-19 Testing Experience How To Prepare For A COVID-19 Outbreak At Your Child’s School Or Daycare B.C. Nurses Will Soon Be Able To Prescribe Drugs To Help Curb Overdose Deaths She also thanked Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, for being a “rock” and says they’ve made “an exceptional team.”Namiesniowski has been in the public service since 1989, having held senior jobs at the Canada Border Services Agency and Agriculture Canada and in the Privy Council Office.Eric Morrissette, a Health Canada spokesman, said in an email that a replacement for Namiesniowski will be announced next week.Namiesniowski says she will help with the transition and then take some time to spend with her husband, children and aging father as she thinks about what comes next.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Possible COVID-19 exposure at Saskatoon Walmart: SHA
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has issued a warning about possible COVID-19 exposure a Saskatoon Walmart.
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Youth frightened after man in truck allegedly grabbed his backpack, say Kelowna RCMP
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Kelowna Pride Week begins amidst coronavirus pandemic: ‘It’s completely different’
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Can the NDP get what it wants? Singh says he will work with Liberals, but isn't sure he can trust Trudeau
OTTAWA – Ahead of next week’s throne speech, Jagmeet Singh on Friday gave his demands to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in public hours before he was set to deliver them privately in a one-on-one meeting. Among the demands, Singh wants to ensure people transitioning from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to a revamped employment insurance aren’t worse off. CERB has paid out more than $72 billion in benefits since its inception shortly after COVID-19 forced lockdowns in March, the new EI would reduce the monthly payment most Canadians receive by $400. He also wants to introduce a wealth tax. With Parliament Hill as his backdrop Friday, Singh said he doesn’t want to trigger an election. “It is not my goal to tear down the government. It is not my goal to fight an election. My goal and New Democrat’s goal is to fight for people,” he said. But he also warned his party is fully prepared to take the country to the polls, pandemic or not. “We are absolutely prepared to fight an election.” However, is the NDP really prepared to vote down a government in the midst of a pandemic? A government that has hinted it is prepared to go on a spending blitz with an ambitious agenda that may include many of the policies promoted by the NDP, not least pharmacare and childcare? The Canadian Museum of History, where Singh delivered his speech Friday following several days of caucus meetings, is a place his predecessors have used to launch campaigns. Those previous NDP leaders have also faced a similar choice now before Singh: whether to prop up a Liberal minority government and what concessions can be wrung from them. “I’m less concerned about what the prime minister says, I’m more concerned about what he does,” said Singh. “The throne speech is just words on paper. I want to see concrete action.” 'A pandemic is job one': Trudeau says COVID will be main focus of throne speech Trudeau promises 'ambitious' throne speech, but says he doesn't want fall election Singh said the Liberal’s legislation, the fall fiscal update and a potential budget are the real test. To start with, he wants the government to change its proposal to end CERB and move people over to a revamped EI system. “Justin Trudeau has put forward a plan that will actually cut help to people in the middle of a pandemic. That’s wrong.” Meanwhile, a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a left-leaning think tank, says the country’s billionaires saw their wealth grow by $37 billion during the pandemic. In his speech, Singh said as the Liberals look to get a handle on how to pay for the massive spending they should be looking at those fortunes. His party is proposing a wealth tax and a crackdown on loopholes and tax avoidance. He hinted he wants to see action on that from Trudeau. “Canadians who are worried about paying the bills shouldn’t be the ones paying for the pandemic. Those who made billions off this crisis should pay for the recovery,” he said. The Liberals will need the support of one party to get the throne speech through. New Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is unlikely to support the throne speech and Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet has threatened to vote no confidence if Trudeau doesn’t step down in the wake of the WE charity scandal. Blanchet was in isolation Friday after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and O’Toole was similarly staying inside, waiting for test results after a member of his staff was diagnosed with the virus. That means Singh might be the only opposition leader in Parliament when the throne speech is delivered. The dilemma facing Singh is whether he can trust the Liberals to deliver on any promises made to his party. It is a position the NDP have been in before. In 2005, then NDP leader Jack Layton secured several promises from then prime minister Paul Martin to pass his spring budget. But Layton then voted against the government in a fall confidence vote forcing an election, that became Stephen Harper’s first win. Layton’s side says in the fall Martin’s government war mired in scandal, no longer able to deliver what the NDP wanted and was unwilling to listen to demands they made to protect healthcare. The NDP’s decision to vote down Martin’s government in 2005 is regularly criticized by Liberals. Martin was in the process of securing childcare funding agreements with provinces and attempting to implement the Kelowna accord, a deal to provide significant funding to Indigenous communities. When Harper was elected in early 2006, he pulled back from both those initiatives. However, Kathleen Monk, a veteran of Layton’s team, is dismissive of the people who blame the NDP for the lack of childcare. “I call bullshit on that. You had 14 years with Mr. Chretien, where Paul Martin was at the helm, to do these things.” Brad Lavigne, another of Layton’s advisors, said Martin’s team was unwilling to move when Layton asked for restrictions on private health care delivery. He said minority governments have to be willing to deal and Martin’s team wasn’t. “They came to their goodwill late in the 2005 budget, but it was a shallow pool of goodwill that they had and it quickly dried out.” He said Trudeau’s decision to sit down with Singh and other opposition leaders was a step in the right direction, but that’s the minimum. Karl Bélanger, Layton’s press secretary at the time and now president of Traxxion Strategies, a communications firm, said the challenge the NDP will face is weighing the seriousness of the Trudeau Liberals commitment. “Look at the feasibility of these measures and how likely the government is to move forward with it. And how long it would take because of course, you do not want to give a blank cheque,” he said. Bélanger said the Liberals have often promised items from the NDP platform, but the delivery is where the promises fall down. There are hints next week’s throne speech will include bold moves on pharmacare or childcare, but he said those promises have been made before. “You have to be skeptical of the political will of the Liberals to move forward with such a bold agenda.” But the NDP are also facing two major problems. A recent poll would see them losing seats in a general election and they have a funding crisis. A recent Campaign Research poll put the NDP at 13 per cent nationally, well back of the Conservatives and the Liberals who have a narrow lead, despite the WE controversy. If that support level held in a campaign, the party would lose seats in the next election. The party is also still digging out from a financial hole, with several loans that they took on for the campaign still having to be paid off. Even with its assets, the party’s overall financial position is still nearly $2 million in the red. Their fundraising this year has been relatively strong having raised $965,000 in the first quarter and an additional $1.3 million in the second. But senior veterans within the NDP believe the party’s strength is that it can get things done even without forming government . Lavigne said the NDP had secured support for programs like universal healthcare, old-age security and public housing From 2004 in Martin’s first minority government to 2011, the start of Stephen Harper’s majority, the NDP improved its seat count each time. Anne McGrath, the party’s national director and another veteran of the Layton team, said that was because they were delivering results from the opposition benches, forcing both the Liberal and the Conservatives to do things they wouldn’t otherwise do. McGrath said the NDP are fully ready to hit the campaign trail. “We’ve done it before, under difficult circumstances, and we can definitely do it again. And I feel like we would be in much better shape even at this time than last time,” she said. She said even if a campaign were called next week, the party would be in better shape this time than it was in 2019. Singh said he would rather see the Liberals enact childcare, pharmacare and other progressive policies then save them for an NDP campaign, whenever the election comes. “I’m worried about the Liberal government not acting on those things. I’m worried about them not delivering the help that people need.” His pitch to voters is that he made the Liberals pandemic response more generous, more helpful. “People have seen that if you want someone on your side in your corner when the chips are down, New Democrats have fought for people.” • Email: rtumilty@postmedia.com | Twitter: ryantumilty
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Possible COVID-19 exposure on Regina transit, Saskatchewan Health Authority says
Passengers riding Regina Transit may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus says the SHA.
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Long lines as voters in four U.S. states among first to cast their ballots
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Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole Tests Positive For COVID-19
OTTAWA — Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has tested positive for COVID-19.His positive result Friday evening came hours after Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet issued a statement that he too had tested positive.Both men will now be unable to attend next week’s throne speech, with Blanchet required to isolate until at least Sept. 26 and O’Toole until at least Oct.1.O’Toole, who has been the Opposition leader for less than four weeks, was tested in Gatineau, Que., Thursday after one of his staffers tested positive.A statement from the Conservative Party says O’Toole, 47, is “feeling well.”His wife, Rebecca, and their children Mollie and Jack, all tested negative.The Bloc issued a statement about Blanchet’s positive test earlier Friday.“He will stay in isolation at his home in Shawinigan until Sept. 26, in conformance with the instructions of Quebec public health,” the Bloc said in a statement.“He feels perfectly well.”RELATED Bloc Québécois Leader Tests Positive For COVID-19 O’Toole Blames Feds For Family’s Frustrating COVID-19 Testing Experience Erin O'Toole Self-Isolating After Staffer Tests Positive For COVID-19 Ontario Public Health requires an individual to isolate for at least 14 days after the day of their test if they have no symptoms, and or for 14 days after symptoms start.Quebec’s public health rules say a person who tests positive but doesn’t have serious symptoms must stay isolated for 10 days.Blanchet’s wife, Nancy Deziel, tested positive for the illness earlier this week, after losing her sense of smell, and Blanchet said then that he would be tested as a precaution.The Bloc leader was already in self-isolation, along with much of his caucus and other aides, after a staff member contracted COVID-19.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Extended border closure another obstacle for Alberta Indigenous tourism industry
Indigenous tourism was growing in Alberta before the pandemic hit. Now, many operators hope their doors will still be open when travel restrictions ease.
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Large police presence near Edmonton Exhibition Lands
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Trump’s nominee to replace Ginsburg on U.S. Supreme Court will get Senate vote: McConnell
Reports have said that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish was that "I will not be replaced until a new president is installed" in January.
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Toronto residents turning to music for comfort during pandemic
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