Twitter is testing a new way to follow accounts. The company announced today it’s rolling out a new feature, “Suggested Follows,” that will pop up a list of other accounts you may want to follow on the profile page of someone you had just followed. The feature will be tested on Android devices, for the time being.
The feature offers a tweak to how following currently works on mobile. At present, when you tap “Follow” on a user’s profile page, you’re presented with a small list of suggested accounts you may also want to follow.
Twitter explains that its accounts suggestions are based on a number of factors, and are often personalized. But in the case of suggested follows, it uses algorithms to determine what accounts may be related to the profile you’ve just visited, or if people who follow that user tend to follow certain other users.
Now testing on Android: You may see a suggestion to follow a group of relevant accounts on the profile page of someone you just followed. You can instantly add all the accounts with a single tap and easily remove the ones you don’t want to follow. pic.twitter.com/fayS9uIFvV
That’s why, for example, when you follow someone whose profiles notes they work at a particular company, the Suggested follows may then include others who also work there. Or why when you follow a celebrity of some sort, you may be presented with other high-profile accounts as suggestions.
Before, however, you would have to tap on the suggestions one by one if you wanted to follow them. Twitter’s new test instead, groups a larger number of suggestions that you can follow with just one tap. You can then opt to remove those accounts you may not want to follow after first adding the full group.
This could make it easier for users to gain follows, if their account is related somehow to another account that’s seeing a high number of follows. It could also help Twitter newcomers to build out their networks, while helping existing users expand their own.
Twitter says the test is taking place on Android. The company didn’t note if or when the feature would expand to iOS.
A Vancouver woman is claiming in a complaint to B.C.’s Human Rights Tribunal that a property management company acted in a discriminatory manner by denying her a rental apartment.Shayfaye Baylis, 32, alleges that after paying a damage deposit for a $1,500-a-month, two-bedroom apartment in Vancouver’s Punjabi Market neighbourhood in July, Goodrich Realty cancelled the rental when staff learned she receives income assistance.”I felt disheartened,” Baylis said. “I’ve never gone through a process like this. Ever.”Baylis, a casual housing support worker for a non-profit organization, receives income assistance for her disability — rheumatoid arthritis and lupus — which sometimes keep her from working.Baylis said in her complaint that under B.C. tenancy laws, once a landlord accepts a deposit, the tenancy is established.Baylis alleged after she paid, Goodrich refused to sign her shelter information form, which she needs a landlord to sign when she changes addresses in order to keep receiving income assistance. Baylis alleges Goodrich’s property manager Donna Louie told her over the phone, “We’ve had nothing but bad experiences from people who need these forms filled out.””At that point, I really felt she was making the decision based on that,” Baylis said.Days later, Baylis was declined as a tenant.A landlord cannot refuse to rent to a tenant based on their lawful source of income income, including income assistance.Baylis and her lawyer Grace McDonell have filed a complaint with B.C.’s Human Rights Tribunal claiming discrimination, including on grounds of lawful source of income.”It wasn’t until she brought up that disability, brought up the fact that she needed financial assistance, that essentially led down the path of her being rejected,” McDonell said.The allegations have not been proven in court or tested by the tribunal. The tribunal will review Baylis’s complaint to determine if it can proceed.Back and forthBaylis’s complaint alleges over three days beginning July 19, she viewed the apartment, filled out an application and emailed Goodrich references and screenshots of her phone banking app showing deposits.On July 22, Goodrich sent Baylis an email with rental terms and instructions to send $800 via e-transfer for the damage deposit and move-in fee. Later that day, Baylis emailed Goodrich the shelter information form. Baylis and Louie spoke on the phone and Louie raised the issue of past tenants. On July 23, Baylis sent Goodrich an employment letter.On the morning of July 24, Goodrich demanded proof of her employment income within four hours. Baylis said in her complaint she had already provided that.On July 25, Goodrich emailed Baylis saying her application was denied because it lacked information. Goodrich refunded her $800 three days later.”At no time prior to Ms. Baylis’s request for a shelter information form signature, did Goodrich… indicate to Ms. Baylis that her application to rent the apartment was in any way incomplete,” the complaint states.”That financial questions were only posed once Ms. Baylis shared information about her disability and source of income is discriminatory. Her tenancy was rejected on that basis.”Company says renter at faultLouie, in a phone interview, said Goodrich did nothing discriminatory and Baylis was declined because she would not disclose her employment income. Baylis denies that.Louie did say she told Baylis they had problems with tenants using shelter forms.”Consistency of employment income is what we are looking for,” Louie said.”We had bad experiences before with people who keep changing the shelter form and we just don’t get the proper income.”Louie said she tried multiple times to get employment earnings information.”You must give me the employment income,” Louie said. “That’s the number one most important thing in [an] application for rental because all the other income, one lump sum, can drop any time. We cannot count on that.”Louie said the company does accept tenants on income assistance, but with “precautions” and “special arrangements.” The company did not provide details of such arrangements.Tenancy complaints uncommonDanielle Sabelli, a lawyer with the non-profit Community Legal Assistance Society who is not involved in the case, said the situation raises the issue of how discrimination can deny people housing options in Vancouver’s already tight rental market.Tenancy complaints only represented five percent of all tribunal complaints in 2018-19 but Sabelli believes they are underreported. Renters may not recognize discrimination or know the grounds under which they are protected, she said. Many landlords are unaware they have responsibilities under human rights legislation.”Housing is essential to a person’s dignity, safety, well-being and ability to participate in their communities,” Sabelli said.”So these housing violations are particularly egregious.”Baylis said she’s fortunate she could keep living in her basement suite in Vancouver’s Champlain Heights neighbourhood.She, too, believes tenancy discrimination is underreported and wants to bring attention to it.CBC Vancouver’s Impact Team investigates and reports on stories that impact people in their local community and strives to hold individuals, institutions and organizations to account. If you have a story for us, email [email protected]
A Nova Scotia man whose wife tried to stop him from having a medically assisted death has followed through with the procedure, which was delayed by court proceedings for the past two months.Jack Sorenson of Bridgewater, N.S., died with medical assistance at the Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg, N.S., on Saturday at the age of 83, according to his obituary. He was approved and scheduled for medical assistance in dying (MAID) this summer, but his plans were put on hold when his wife, 82-year-old Katherine Sorenson, applied to Nova Scotia Supreme Court to stop him.Jack Sorenson had Stage III chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and was assessed with only 49 per cent lung capacity. In an interview in August, he said his shortness of breath caused him immense suffering.Katherine Sorenson acknowledged her husband’s suffering, but she said it was mental, not physical. She opposed his request for MAID because she said his wish to die was rooted in anxiety and mental delusions. She has also said she has a moral opposition to MAID.The day before Sorenson’s death, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal had rejected his wife’s latest bid to block her husband’s efforts. Justice Cindy Bourgeois, who authored the decision on behalf of the three-judge panel, ruled that, with only rare exceptions, courts should not intercede if medical authorities have followed the proper procedures for assessing a patient’s MAID request.A divisive dispute in a long marriageThe Sorensons had known each other for more than 60 years and were married for 48. After Katherine launched her legal efforts to stop her husband from accessing MAID, he moved out of their shared home and the couple stopped speaking.A member of Katherine Sorenson’s legal team told CBC that she had requested to see her husband before he died, but her request was not granted. “She found out a few hours after his passing from the funeral home when they called to advise that they have his body,” lawyer Kate Naugler said in an email.Naugler said Katherine Sorenson penned her husband’s obituary, which asks for donations to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition in lieu of flowers. That organization has been paying her legal fees throughout her court challenge.After last week’s decision from the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, her lawyers said they had instructions to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. On Monday evening, Naugler said they still intended to pursue the appeal.In addition to Jack Sorenson, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Schelene Swinemar — a nurse practitioner with the health authority — were also listed as respondents in Katherine Sorenson’s court challenge.Sorenson remembered as great musician, teacherJack Sorenson’s obituary said he was born May 3, 1937, in the small mining town of Wallace, Idaho.Carrying a masters and a doctorate in music from the University of Washington at Seattle, he taught at Dalhousie University in Halifax from 1970-1974. Following that, he was a music producer for CBC for several years before he and his wife bought a restaurant in Mahone Bay on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. The couple ran two Mahone Bay restaurants over the years, selling the last one in 2003. He also taught private piano lessons, and many students and employees remember him with fondness for his kindness in encouraging them in their skills whether in music or cooking.”Many good friends will miss Jack for his interesting, quirky, challenging ideas,” the obituary said.MORE TOP STORIES
Four Calgary police officers will face a disciplinary hearing for their role in the shooting death of Anthony Heffernan in 2015.A fifth officer, Maurice McLoughlin, resigned from the force prior to the decision by the chief of police and will avoid any hearings or penalties as a result — a move the Heffernan family called “cowardly.”Alberta is one of the few, if not the only, jurisdictions in the country where police officers can resign in the face of discipline and maintain a clean record.McLoughlin fired the shots that killed Heffernan. Following an investigation, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) recommended he be charged. The Crown prosecution service did not pursue charges. 2 of 8 allegations to be heardThe hearing decision, handed down by Chief Mark Neufeld on Sept. 23, dismisses six allegations brought forward by Heffernan’s family, including insubordination and willfully or negligently making false statements in relation to the incident. The two allegations that will be heard are unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority for entering the hotel room where Heffernan was shot and neglecting duties as police officers “by failing to adequately consider tactical goals and risks before entering the room.”The details of the chief’s decision were not previously known. The hearing follows two investigations into the incident, one by ASIRT and the other by the RCMP on behalf of the Calgary Police Service and in response to the complaints filed by Heffernan’s family.Heffernan was killed after the five officers entered his Barlow Trail hotel room following a complaint from staff that Heffernan had missed his checkout time and “did not respond to demands to leave.”Heffernan had relapsed and was taking drugs.After officers breached the door of his room some time later, he was shot four times. Officers said he rushed at them with a syringe in his hand.Family reactionTom Engel, the lawyer representing the Heffernan family, says his clients are happy there will be a hearing on two of the allegations, but are disappointed in the dismissals and will likely seek a review of the decision with the Law Enforcement Review Board. “They want to see the officers, all of the officers who were involved in this, held accountable,” he said.”The consequences were obviously as severe as they can be and they think that the punishment ought to be harsh.”Engel said, however, that’s not likely “given the way that punishment of police officers is meted out in this province.”Still, the lawyer said it’s important that the two allegations will be examined and hopefully shed light on why the officers rushed into a room on a wellness check and ended up killing Heffernan. “This is the kind of conduct that is under heavy scrutiny nowadays, about how police respond to a mental health check on the welfare calls,” said Engel. “So it’s extremely important. It’ll be a very, very important disciplinary hearing.”The Calgary Police Service sent a statement attributed to Supt. Scott Boyd reiterating the decision made by Neufeld. “Given that a public hearing will take place, and to ensure a fair process for all involved, it would be inappropriate to provide any additional information at this time,” it read. There is no date set for the disciplinary hearing, but Engel said it might not be finished by the end of 2021. Any appeals, from the officers involved or from the family, could mean years of continued legal wrangling.
The director of a prominent Arctic research institute says dress codes that prohibit female participants from wearing tight-fitting clothing are not meant to be sexist.Antje Boetius, the director of the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, which spearheaded the year-long MOSAiC polar research expedition, said recent controversy over the policy came as a surprise.”These clothing regulations are so normal for people joining expeditions, and they are existing on research vessels worldwide,” she told CBC. “It would have not occurred to me that this was linked to gender.”The MOSAiC Expedition, billed as the world’s largest and longest polar research mission, embedded scientists in Arctic sea ice for a year to make groundbreaking observations about the changing climate.But as the mission was entering its final phase, a report in environmental news outlet E&E News said female participants aboard the mission’s support ship on its maiden voyage to the pole 11 months previously had been told wearing tight or revealing clothing could pose a “safety risk” with men at sea for an extended period.The report by journalist Chelsea Harvey raised concerns that the dress code aboard the Akademik Fedorov, announced days after an incident of sexual harassment on the ship, placed blame on female passengers and made sexist demands they dress modestly to manage the behaviour of men.Media reports ‘scandalize and sexualize’ regulationsThe Alfred-Wegener-Institut did not initially comment on Harvey’s reporting when it was first published in September.Boetius said the institute had initially refrained from commenting because they hoped the story would not generate much comment. Reached by CBC last month, they issued a short statement saying the policy was “repeatedly emphasized” to participants both before and after the incident of harassment.But amid growing reaction to CBC’s reporting on the story, the institute released a lengthy statement accusing the CBC and Harvey of “scandaliz[ing] and sexualiz[ing] gender-neutral regulations that are perfectly commonplace on commercial and research vessels.”The statement reiterated that the policy had always been in place and was communicated to participants “independently of the incident.” It said “a few first-time participants apparently paid insufficient attention … and in some cases failed to comply with the rules,” prompting the reminder. > It would have not occurred to me that this was linked to gender. – Dr. Antje Boetius, director of Alfred-Wegener-InstitutHarvey said no one with the Alfred-Wegener-Institut has contacted her since her story published last month. In her reporting and in interviews with CBC, she said participants were only made aware of prohibitions on wearing tight-fitting or revealing clothes partway through the voyage.”We were told there are a lot of men on board this ship … and some of them are going to be on board this ship for months at a time,” Harvey told CBC last month. “In my meeting … what we were told was this was a ‘safety issue.'”Harvey’s story for E&E also notes a statement signed by 18 members of the MOSAiC School, a training program aboard the ship, saying that “policies made on this cruise, or at least the communication of those policies” implied that “women’s dress may invite or justify experiencing harassment or misconduct.”Director says dress codes commonplaceBoetius, a participant in 50 expeditions herself, said it is normal for ships to implement dress codes that require participants to refrain from wearing dirty work or exercise clothes in certain areas like the mess hall.”All of these rules have nothing to do with gender,” she said.But the rules are unwritten, decided by the ship’s captain at the time of the voyage and not by the institute. As such, the institute could provide no written record of the policies implemented aboard the Akademik Fedorov, or when they were communicated.Boetius said aboard the main research vessel, the Polarstern, participants were told not to wear dirty work clothes into the mess or go outside if not properly dressed.> You just have to respect rules that are put forth on board. – Dr. Antje Boetius, director of Alfred-Wegener-InstitutThat’s a far cry from the policy Harvey said was discussed aboard the Akademik Fedorov partway into their journey, which she described as “no leggings, no very tight-fitting clothing — nothing too revealing — no crop tops, no hot pants [and] no very short shorts.”Boetius said implementing a common, written dress code would be too difficult, as the mission partners with multiple shipping companies and would need to secure their approval.”You just have to respect rules that are put forth on board,” said Boetius. Communicating the policy orally “should be enough for grown-ups,” she said.Boetius suggested the reasoning for the policy may be to prevent participants from going directly from exercise to the mess hall without changing their clothes, or protect them from “getting a cold” from going outside while improperly dressed.She said after the clothing policy was breached “very often,” the safety officer “asked the chief scientist to make sure the scientists would behave.”‘More important issues to address’Boetius said providing a safe and inclusive environment is still “very important.” The institute’s statement says they improved their communication of clothing policy after hearing complaints following the initial journey and heard of no further issues.Sexism is widespread in the sciences and in polar research in particular, even though many leading polar institutions are led by women. Multiple studies show large numbers of female researchers experience some form of harassment in their careers.But Boetius was perplexed that the clothing policy described by Harvey could be perceived as sexist.”We think there are many more important issues to address,” she said.Boetius said women face barriers related to child care and work-life balance that are far greater than those posed by dress codes or harassment.”It is not my experience that the glass ceiling comes from sexual causes,” she said.”For all the struggles we fight, to think that coming with clean clothes to a mess room, that this is a gender issue,” she said, “this is not the fight we need to fight.”
MONTREAL — The grand chief of the Atikamekw Nation said he had a positive meeting with Quebec Premier Francois Legault Monday but he’s still waiting to see action.Grand Chief Constant Awashish and other community leaders met with Legault to discuss the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman who filmed staff insulting her as she lay dying in a Joliette hospital last week.”He was listening, I don’t know if he (understood) everything but I know he was listening,” Awashish told reporters outside the premier’s Montreal office.The Atikamekw community wants an apology from the government and the ability to participate in a public inquiry into Echaquan’s death, leaders have said. The incident has been described by members of Indigenous communities as an example of systemic racism in Quebec’s public service.While Legault has described the actions of the Joliette hospital staff members as racist, he has repeatedly maintained that systemic racism doesn’t exist in Quebec.”In my eyes, and in the eyes of many experts, there’s a systemic problem in the public services,” Awashish said after the meeting. “We didn’t agree on the definition of ‘systemic’ but I think we speak the same language, just differently.”But even if the government doesn’t acknowledge systemic racism, Awashish said he believes Legault could bring about positive change.”He has the power to do it, now we’re looking for the will,” he said.Legault said later there was agreement that the staff at the Joliette hospital would be trained on how to better offer services to Indigenous people, and the training would be offered throughout the health-care network.The premier also said his government would create a public awareness campaign on the importance of fighting racism. “It’s time we move toward action,” Legault said.Earlier on Monday, the lawyer for Echaquan’s family says he hopes the video of her suffering will help the public appreciate the discrimination faced by Indigenous people.Jean-Francois Bertrand said he’s heard from non-Indigenous people who told him they knew that members of First Nation communities suffer discrimination, but it remained an abstract concept. For those people, he said, seeing the video of the mother of seven being insulted was a wake-up call.Bertrand said in an interview on Monday he supports the recent decision by deputy premier Genevieve Guilbault to open a public inquiry into Echaquan’s death. “It’s a very important step.”The lawyer said he plans to ensure the family obtains “interested party” status during the inquiry, which he said will enable it to call witnesses and introduce evidence.On Friday, Bertrand said he would sue the hospital on behalf of the family and file complaints with the police, the order of nurses and the human rights commission.Bertrand said Monday he also wants to see an investigation into the Joliette hospital. The regional health authority that runs the hospital has said it will conduct an internal investigation and that the nurse and the patient-care attendant heard insulting Echaquan in the video have been fired.A private funeral is scheduled for Echaquan on Tuesday in the Atikamekw community of Manawan, about 250 kilometres north of Montreal. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 5, 2020.———This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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There are two new cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick in a Moncton special care home, the province’s chief medical health officer announced Tuesday afternoon. The two residents of Manoir Notre Dame are between 70 and 79 and 80 and 89, Dr. Jennifer Russell said at a news conference. Russell described them as in “stable” condition.Russell said contract tracing is underway to understand how the residents became infected. “We don’t have any more information about how it got there at this time,” Russell said. A mass-testing team was at the Moncton home and those who may have been infected are being isolated, Premier Blaine Higgs said.Russell said some staff members have reported COVID-19-like symptoms. “We are deeply concerned for the remaining 110 residents and 56 staff,” Russell said. There have been 205 total cases across the province since March. Of those, 196 have recovered and two people have died. Those deaths were residents of a special care home in the Campbellton region. Admissions and visits at Manoir Notre Dame are suspended until further notice.”I do not have to remind anyone of the seriousness of the situation,” Russell said.At Manoir Notre Dame, a resident told Radio-Canada that they had been confined to their rooms.The Murphy Avenue home is listed as a special care home licensed for 120 beds, according to the provincial government website.Several Ambulance New Brunswick staff were present and people in protective gear could be seen coming out occasionally. Dr. Yves Leger, the regional medical officer of health, could also be seen going into the building. Several people who approached the front doors were turned away. Staff at the home declined to comment. Messages left requesting comment from the home’s operators were not returned. Higgs called the new cases unwelcome, but not unexpected news. He said over the summer the province was able to keep the spread of COVID-19 contained. The premier said that some people had asked why precautions imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19 are still in place. “Today’s announcement is why. This pandemic is not over,” Higgs said. Meanwhile, Vitalité Health Network on Tuesday announced the suspension of visits to the surgical unit at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre until further notice.”This situation is due to the implementation of preventive measures related to COVID-19,” the health network said in a news release. It wasn’t clear if that was related to the cases at the care home. On Monday, the province announced two new cases of COVID-19 in the province. That brought the total number of active cases to five. One of the new cases was in Zone 2, or the Saint John region. A news release said the person is between 60 and 69 and the case is related to travel from outside the Atlantic bubble. The second new case announced Monday is in Zone 1, the Moncton region and described as an individual between 20 and 29 related to international travel.
NEW YORK — Lawyers for a woman who claims President Donald Trump raped her in a department store dressing room a quarter century ago said Monday that he can’t hurl insults at her and then cite his job as reason to remove himself as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit, forcing taxpayers to pay up if he loses.
“Only in a world gone mad could it somehow be presidential, not personal, for Trump to slander a woman who he sexually assaulted,” lawyers wrote in a Manhattan federal court filing on behalf of E. Jean Carroll, a media figure who hosted a daily “Ask E. Jean” advice show in the mid-1990s, when she now says she encountered Trump at a luxury store.
“There is not a single person in the United States — not the President and not anyone else — whose job description includes slandering women who they sexually assaulted,” the lawyers asserted.
The Justice Department last month tried to substitute the U.S. as the defendant, saying courts have recognized that elected officials “act within the scope of their office or employment when speaking with the press, including with respect to personal matters.” The move would put taxpayers on the hook for any potential payout in a lawsuit seeking damages and a retraction of the statements.
A message was left with a spokesperson for Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz, along with the Justice Department.
Attorneys Roberta Kaplan and Joshua Matz, representing Carroll, asked a judge to refuse the government’s request to replace Trump as a defendant or force it to prove that defaming Carroll three times in June 2019 with a “slew of lies” was part of his job.
They wrote that the defamatory attacks included assertions that Carroll had falsely accused other men of rape, that she lied about him to advance a secret political conspiracy and sell books and that he had never met her even though they’d been photographed together. The lawyers noted that Trump also had said: “She’s not my type.”
And they said the move to substitute the U.S. as defendant and move the case from state to federal court was part of a pattern of manoeuvrs designed to delay progression of the case, including Carroll’s effort to get a DNA sample from Trump to see if it matches male genetic material on a dress she says she wore the day of the alleged attack.
The Associated Press does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly.
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Although Blake Snell was thoroughly frustrated about giving up three homers in his biggest start of the season, the Tampa Bay ace at least had a grudging appreciation for the New York Yankees’ swings on each ball that cleared the wall at Petco Park. The Rays’ breaking-ball maestro was a whole lot more disappointed about the pitches on which he couldn’t get the Yankees to swing at all. “They were just a lot more patient today with certain guys that are usually swingers and more carefree, so that was interesting to see,” Snell said.
As the number of cases of COVID 19 grows in Quebec, officials are imposing more measures for red zones. On Monday, team sports activities are cancelled and mask wearing is expanded in schools.
With turkey, thanks, and togetherness at top of mind for many, B.C. health experts have some tips on how to give thanks this holiday season, without giving COVID a chance to spread.Oct. 12, 2020 will mark Thanksgiving across the country, but like just about everything else during the pandemic, it will require sacrifice and adapting, according to B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, took to twitter Sunday to say it’s time to create “some ingenious Canadian COVID-19 ‘holiday hacks.’ “Dr. Tam’s call was echoed by experts in B.C. who said get creative, but stick to the basics when it comes to COVID hygiene practices and don’t forget to be meticulous about handwashing, covering coughs, and wearing non-medical masks or face coverings where appropriate.How to give thanks safely?”Avoid shared meals or shared utensils. Not using the same serving spoon is obvious. Not feeding from the same plate and handing it across the table,” said Dr. Srinivas Murthy, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia.Murthy also warned while sticking to six is the recommendation from Henry, even within that bubble of six, people need to adapt during Thanksgiving, upcoming holidays and celebrations.”Keep it shorter than you would usually. Not necessarily have the long, prolonged meals that we had previously,” Dr. Murthy said because risk of spreading the virus increases with the duration of an exposure within a close space. Henry reiterated that message by saying, “Make our celebration large in thanks, large in gratitude, but small in size.”She said there’s no need to leave family and friends out, but make the connection by phone or video call. “Make sure you have ways to include others that you might normally have in the room with you, remotely,” Henry said.Opt out of a buffet style meal, serve individual plates of food instead and sit apart from those not in your household.Or spend Thanksgiving outdoors if you can.Henry said this is the start of a busy holiday season with much more to come. With Thanksgiving just days away, it could be the first look at how future holidays can be spent safely.”I really believe that Santa Claus will know how to do this and do it safely as well,” Henry said.
A 20-year-old Regina man is facing charges after a hit-and-run collision with a pedestrian. Regina police say on Friday, Oct. 2 at about 9:45 p.m. CST, officers were called to a crash between a vehicle and pedestrian at McCarthy Boulevard and 9th Avenue N. Police say the pedestrian was struck but didn’t sustain any serious injuries, while the vehicle fled the scene. Minutes before the hit-and-run, police say a vehicle with the same description was reported to police for driving erratically in a nearby parking lot. Police found the vehicle and the driver was inside. He was arrested without incident and taken into custody. The 20-year-old has been charged with operating a vehicle dangerously to the public and failure to stop after an accident. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on these charges on Nov. 16 at 9:30 a.m. CST.
VANCOUVER — A dam operator investigating an unexpected surge of water that rolled down a North Vancouver river and killed an angler says it’s exploring the possibility of an alarm system at the site.
Metro Vancouver CEO Jerry Dobrovolny says the option is being considered for the Cleveland Dam after a large volume of water was released last week without warning when a gate opened during maintenance work.
One person died among a group of five people who were fishing on the banks of the Capilano River.
RCMP said last week a search was continuing for a man who was unaccounted for.
Dobrovolny says Metro Vancouver is confident that the incident did not involve terrorism, sabotage or malicious intent.
He says the level of the lake behind the dam will be lowered so the gate can be taken out of service for the winter.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2020.
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A coronavirus patient himself, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Americans were learning to live with the pandemic, posting comments online that drew a rebuke from Facebook and Twitter for likening the COVID-19 death toll to that of the annual flu. A day after leaving a nearby hospital for the White House, where he will receive intensive treatments unavailable to most people, the Republican, 74, again understated the effects of the virus on social media. Twitter Inc responded by putting a warning label on the post, saying it included potentially misleading information.
Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid has tested positive for COVID-19.
McDavid, a 23-year-old forward, is self-quarantining at home and experiencing mild symptoms, according to the Oilers.
“He will continue to be monitored and will follow all associated health protocols,” the team said Monday night in a statement.
McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, is widely considered the best player in the NHL. The captain of the Oilers had 34 goals and 63 assists in 64 games during the pandemic-shortened season.
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Three workers were killed Monday when a stairwell collapsed inside a high-rise building under construction in Houston, according to fire department officials. The fire department said one injured worker was taken to a hospital and was listed in stable condition. Firefighters were waiting for engineers to confirm the building was stable enough for them to go in and recover the bodies of the workers, said Assistant Fire Chief Ruy Lozano.
Summerside officials have been dealing with complaints over the last few weeks about “significant damage” caused by beavers in Heather Moyse Park.Coun. Cory Snow, chair of the city’s community services committee, says beavers have been gnawing on a variety of trees planted throughout the park.”Beavers need to chew off trees, is my understanding, to keep their teeth from growing so large, so they’re just doing what they naturally would do. Unfortunately, it’s causing some significant damage for us,” Snow told CBC News. “So we need to do what we can do safely for the beavers and our park and address the issue.”He said he didn’t have an exact figure for the number of trees affected. The city has asked the province for a permit “to safely remove and relocate” the beavers from the park near Three Oaks High School, said Snow. > We tend to have wildlife in all our parks, which is great. — Summerside Coun. Cory SnowThe park area is a marshland, so the beavers are in the area naturally, “doing what beavers do,” he added. “We tend to have wildlife in all our parks, which is great.” The recreational area is named in honour of Heather Moyse, a native of Summerside who won Olympic gold in the women’s bobsleigh event at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games along with partner Kaillie Humphries. More from CBC P.E.I.
Via Rail is suspending service on its Montreal-to-Halifax Ocean line indefinitely as COVID-19 cases spike in several jurisdictions.Service was stopped March 13 because of the pandemic and was scheduled to start up again on Nov. 1. Via Rail, however, has decided to postpone the resumption of service.”Recent bulletins by authorities show that a second wave of the pandemic has begun in some regions of the country,” Via said in a statement on its website. “The authorities indicate that this situation is worrisome as we are heading into autumn and winter, which are seasons presenting a high risk for respiratory diseases.”While cases have remained relatively low in Atlantic Canada, case numbers have spiked in Quebec in recent weeks.On Monday, Quebec reported a further 1,191 new cases of COVID-19 and six deaths.It was the fourth day in a row where new cases were over 1,000.People allowed to travel to the East Coast from outside the Atlantic bubble have to quarantine for two weeks.Via Rail said anyone who had purchased tickets will be contacted and refunds will be issued automatically.
The following hilarious maps — conceived by either the incredibly creative or incredibly bored — give us a new way to view the United States.
The proudboys hashtag, associated with a far-right group in the United States, was taken over this weekend by members of the LGBTQ community in Vancouver and around the world.It started after a callout from actor George Takei last week, who suggested on social media that gay men add the hashtag proudboys to photos of themselves celebrating the LGBTQ community.Proud Boys has been associated with violence and the far-right movement. The U.S.-based Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) describes the all-male organization as a hate group. The Proud Boys, founded in 2016 by Canadian Gavin McInnes, was recently in the spotlight after U.S. President Donald Trump was asked to condemn white supremacist and militia groups during last week’s presidential debate. Instead, Trump called on the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”Environmental activist Peter McCartney, who posted a photo of him and his partner kissing on Bowen Island, said it’s time to take a stand.”That pride is something we started, and we’re going to take it back.”Vancouver author and LGBTQ activist Danny Ramadan also felt inspired to participate in the takeover, saying it was a beautiful display of the diversity of the gay community.”This is one of the most special photos that I’ve ever had in my life,” said Ramadan, who posted a photo of his wedding last year.”I’m in an interracial relationship and I thought that’s something that should be added to that narrative.”‘It’s about taking that space away’For Ramadan, the idea of taking over a hashtag is just the start of what needs to be done to combat hate.”I think its really not about sending a message to the Proud Boys … it’s about drowning their hateful voice, it’s about taking that space away from them,” he said.”We need to … make it so they can’t hold events in public, organize online, actually take those spaces away from them so they can’t recruit people,” said McCartney, in an interview with On the Coast’s Gloria Macarenko.
History has taught Brent Monson that when opportunity knocks, expect Alex Singleton to answer the call. The win moved Philadelphia (1-2-1) atop the NFC East standings. The six-foot-two, 240-pound Singleton returned a Nick Mullens interception 30 yards for a touchdown to stake the Eagles to a 25-14 advantage with 5:42 remaining to play.
The estates of murder victims Barry and Honey Sherman are telling the Supreme Court of Canada that unsealing court files related to the wealthy Toronto couple would pose “grave physical safety risks” to estate trustees and beneficiaries. A Toronto Star newspaper reporter seeking the files argues the attempt to keep them under wraps ignores legal tenets concerning privacy and the principle of open court proceedings. The parties are to expand on their written pleadings in a Supreme Court hearing slated for this morning.
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