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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Oct. 2

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Oct 2nd, 2020

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. EDT on Oct. 2, 2020:

There are 160,542 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Quebec: 75,221 confirmed (including 5,850 deaths, 63,144 resolved)

_ Ontario: 52,248 confirmed (including 2,851 deaths, 44,422 resolved)

_ Alberta: 18,235 confirmed (including 269 deaths, 16,370 resolved)

_ British Columbia: 9,220 confirmed (including 235 deaths, 7,695 resolved)

_ Manitoba: 2,029 confirmed (including 20 deaths, 1,388 resolved)

_ Saskatchewan: 1,927 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,759 resolved)

_ Nova Scotia: 1,088 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,021 resolved)

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 275 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 269 resolved)

_ New Brunswick: 200 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 192 resolved)

_ Prince Edward Island: 59 confirmed (including 57 resolved)

_ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved)

_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases, 7 presumptive

_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

_ Total: 160,542 (7 presumptive, 160,535 confirmed including 9,319 deaths, 136,350 resolved)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2020.

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Have you been sold a lie about recycling?

THE BIG STORY | posted Friday, Oct 2nd, 2020

In today’s Big Story podcast, you’re a good citizen, so you probably toss your plastic into the recycling bin. Especially if it has those little recycling arrows on it. Why wouldn’t you? Public service campaigns have been telling you to do this forever? But what if those campaigns were a lie, designed to make you feel better about the plastic you use? What is plastic recycling was never going to be effective, except at selling more plastic?

GUEST: Laura Sullivan, NPR News investigative correspondent

You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle and Spotify.

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

Health Canada approves rapid test for COVID-19

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Oct 1st, 2020

Health Canada has given the green light to a rapid test for COVID-19.

The department posted news of the approval of the Abbott Diagnostics ID Now test this afternoon, a day after the government said it had a deal to buy nearly eight million of the tests from the company.

The deal was conditional on Health Canada’s approving the tests, which it has done today.

The test has been in use in the United States for several months already.

Abbott’s website says the test can produce results in less than 13 minutes in the same place a nasal swab is taken from a patient.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who has been calling for quicker approval from the federal government on rapid testing, called the announcement a “great first step” when it comes to expanded testing options in Canada.

“What we need now is more information about when we can expect the federal government to deliver these units where they’re needed most, including remote and indigenous communities, long-term care homes and other congregate care settings at highest risk of experiencing outbreaks,” Ford said in a statement.

“We don’t have a moment to spare as cases continue to rise.”

Ford also called on the federal government to approval additional rapid test kits such as the BinaxNOW antigen test from Abbott, which has already been approved for use in the United States. That test is described as a highly portable credit card sized test kit that provides results in 15 minutes.

In Question Period, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the approved tests would be distributed to provinces and territories “in the coming weeks.”

Health Canada has emergency authority to quickly approve tests for COVID-19 and has been under increasing pressure to allow the use of rapid testing in Canada as cases surge and Canadians are sometimes waiting days to get their test results.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Oct. 1

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Oct 1st, 2020

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. EDT on Oct. 1, 2020:

There are 158,765 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Quebec: 74,288 confirmed (including 5,834 deaths, 62,564 resolved)

_ Ontario: 51,710 confirmed (including 2,848 deaths, 43,907 resolved)

_ Alberta: 18,062 confirmed (including 267 deaths, 16,213 resolved)

_ British Columbia: 9,138 confirmed (including 234 deaths, 7,591 resolved)

_ Manitoba: 1,993 confirmed (including 20 deaths, 1,327 resolved)

_ Saskatchewan: 1,913 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,750 resolved)

_ Nova Scotia: 1,088 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,021 resolved)

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 274 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 269 resolved)

_ New Brunswick: 200 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 192 resolved)

_ Prince Edward Island: 59 confirmed (including 57 resolved)

_ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved)

_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases, 7 presumptive

_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

_ Total: 158,765 (7 presumptive, 158,758 confirmed including 9,297 deaths, 134,924 resolved)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2020.

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B.C. is going to the polls during a pandemic. Why?

THE BIG STORY | posted Thursday, Oct 1st, 2020

In today’s Big Story podcast, September was a month for rising COVID-19 case counts in British Columbia. October will be a month for an election. Why now? That depends on who you ask. The NDP claim they need a mandate to govern more responsively during a pandemic. Their opponents say it’s a power grab because the NDP’s poll numbers are high.

What will British Columbians think? Will they punish the NDP for forcing them to the polls? Will they lock in a government they appear to approve of? And how do you run an election in a pandemic anyway? What will be different about this one, and how can other provinces learn from what happens in B.C. this October?

GUEST: Liza Yuzda, Legislative Reporter, News 1130

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You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.

The Mohawk Institute: A first look at the former residential school, renovated to tell its history

Melanie Ng and Talia Knezic | posted Wednesday, Sep 30th, 2020

Warning: The story and video contain details that are graphic and may be disturbing.

 

 

The Mohawk Institute in Brantford is one of two remaining residential schools in Ontario. Other such buildings have been torn down or converted, but the hope is that this location is preserved for better understanding and learning. Breakfast Television is the first media to walk through this building since undergoing renovations, with host Melanie Ng taken on the tour.

Each room, each wall, and each door holds within it decades of pain and suffering. Carley Gallant-Jenkins, a coordinator for “Save The Evidence,” speaks of its history. Established in 1831, children from Six Nations were taken away from their parents and brought here to assimilate — with the goal of eliminating their Indigenous cultures and language.

Entering the various rooms, Gallant-Jenkins points out what would occur in each, starting with the boys’ side of the building.

“Teachers and faculty who worked here would pull boys out of their beds at night, bring them down here, make them fight, and they’d watch through windows,” Gallant-Jenkins says.

“The boy who lost would have to clean up afterwards. The boy who won would get extra perks,” she adds, referring to the ‘fight hallway.’

Moving to the boiler room, we learn that physical and sexual abuse often took place in these types of areas because of how loud they were.

“One of the girls’ roles was to do laundry for students and the surrounding community,” Gallant-Jenkins says.

“They were hired out from the school to do the community’s laundry; the school was profiting off of their labour.”

The cafeteria, which was a gathering space where siblings could catch a glimpse of one another, was separated by gender and number.

“They did do their best to try and separate family units,” Gallant-Jenkins says.

In 1970, The Mohawk Institute closed its doors but reopened two years later as the Woodland Cultural Centre. It was deemed a local historic site so that decisions would remain within the hands of the community.

The centre was designed to promote First Nations culture and heritage. After a major flood in 2013 caused severe damage to the building, the community voted to rebuild it.

“If this is a pile of rubble with a plaque in front of it saying what it was, it’s not the same as walking through these hallways and standing where these children stood,” Gallant-Jenkins says when asked why the decision to restore the building was made.

The “Save The Evidence” campaign cost millions of dollars. The ideal timeline was for the building to open its doors again in 2020, but fundraising efforts were hampered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With hundreds of thousands more to raise, organizers are now hoping for a 2022 opening.

“I think I want people, personally, to be left with the resilience, to see what happened to these people, and to see where these communities are today,” Gallant-Jenkins says.

Click here for more information on the Save The Evidence campaign.

Click here to join a virtual tour of your own, for a small fee to support fundraising efforts.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sept. 30

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Sep 30th, 2020

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. EDT on Sept. 30, 2020:

There are 156,967 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Quebec: 73,450 confirmed (including 5,833 deaths, 62,095 resolved)

_ Ontario: 51,085 confirmed (including 2,844 deaths, 43,450 resolved)

_ Alberta: 17,909 confirmed (including 266 deaths, 16,072 resolved)

_ British Columbia: 9,013 confirmed (including 234 deaths, 7,485 resolved)

_ Manitoba: 1,953 confirmed (including 20 deaths, 1,327 resolved)

_ Saskatchewan: 1,899 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,737 resolved)

_ Nova Scotia: 1,087 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,021 resolved)

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 272 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 267 resolved)

_ New Brunswick: 200 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 191 resolved)

_ Prince Edward Island: 59 confirmed (including 57 resolved)

_ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved)

_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases, 7 presumptive

_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

_ Total: 156,967 (7 presumptive, 156,960 confirmed including 9,291 deaths, 133,735 resolved)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2020.

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On the front lines as COVID-19 surges in Ontario

CHRISTINE CHUBB | posted Wednesday, Sep 30th, 2020

In today’s Big Story podcast, cases are increasing exponentially. Hospital admissions are beginning to follow them. The doctors who oversee ICUs are nervous. And the public is looking for clear rules they can follow—only those seem to vary by public health unit.

Dr. Michael Warner runs an ICU in Toronto. He can see the line from his hospital’s COVID-19 assessment centre stretching down the road from his office. Along with other doctors and epidemiologists, he’s been sounding warning bells about how close COVID-19 is to being out of control all over again. So what needs to happen now?

GUEST: Dr. Michael Warner

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Quebec woman accused of threatening Trump ordered to remain in U.S. custody

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Sep 29th, 2020

A Quebec woman accused of sending a ricin-laced threat to President Donald Trump has been ordered to remain in U.S. custody.

District Court Judge Kenneth Schroeder Jr. says Pascale Ferrier was clearly capable of causing harm when she tried to cross the Canada-U. S. border last week.

Ferrier, 53, was arrested while attempting to enter the United States at the Peace Bridge border crossing in Buffalo.

Timothy Lynch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo says Ferrier had a semi-automatic handgun and 294 rounds of ammunition at the time.

Lynch also says experts in Canada found traces of ricin in a mortar and pestle recovered from her apartment in Montreal.

Ferrier’s lawyer, Fonda Kubiak, entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of her client and insisted she is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

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