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Most Canadians comfortable with pace of easing coronavirus restrictions: poll

LAURA OSMAN THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

OTTAWA — As provinces start to tiptoe toward normalcy by gently lifting restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, a new poll suggests Canadians are largely happy with the pace.

People in most provinces taking steps to reopen were between 60 and 70 per cent supportive of those moves, while 16 to 30 per cent would like to see their government slow down a little.

Some provinces have already begun loosening physical distancing measures put in place as the growth in the number of COVID-19 cases started picking up steam in March.

In Quebec, which has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Canada, the province is allowing some retail stores to reopen outside of Montreal with an eye to reopen the manufacturing and construction sectors next week. On Monday it pushed back the reopening of non-essential stores in the Montreal area at least another week.

Ontario, with the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the country, is allowing the partial reopening of some seasonal businesses. Manitoba has gone even further, allowing slightly restricted access to libraries, museums, and restaurant patios.

But in Alberta, which plans to allow certain retail stores, restaurants and daycare centres to reopen as early as May 14, people seem less comfortable with how quickly things are moving.

There, 50 per cent of respondents would like the province to slow down.

The poll, conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies between May 1 and 3, surveyed 1,526 adult Canadians and 1,002 adult Americans randomly recruited from its online panel. The internet-based survey cannot be assigned a margin of error because online polls are not considered random samples.

“Alberta is a bit different,” said Christian Bourque, vice-president of Leger.

“Everywhere else people seem to be in tune with what their governments have announced.”

Bourque was surprised by the latest results, considering similar polls in the last weeks indicated Canadians wanted to see major milestones hit before physical distancing measures were lifted, such as the development of a vaccine or a two-week period without new cases.

“I expected people to be even more cautious than they are,” he said.

In the latest poll, 28 per cent said they would be comfortable lifting restrictions if there are only sporadic cases and no pressure on the health-care system.

One reason for the acceptance of provincial plans to gradually reopen may be the steady support and trust respondents have expressed in their governments, which have remained high throughout the Canadian epidemic, Bourque said.

That’s in stark contrast to the United States, where 43 per cent of respondents expressed satisfaction with measures put in place by President Donald Trump to fight COVID-19. In Canada, 77 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with what Ottawa is doing.

The other reason may be that people are starting to slip when it comes to following the rules.

In general, the poll suggests Canadians’ fear of themselves or a loved one contracting the virus is lower than it was at the end of March. And while 27 per cent of Canadians said they did not comply with at least one of the public health measures two weeks ago, that number grew to 35 per cent in the latest poll.

That’s mainly because people are a little more likely to visit friends and family now, Bourque said. Last week only 16 per cent reported doing that and this week it was 18 per cent.

“More people now find it harder to do everything governments are asking them to do,” he said.

Bwl at Umhänge Im Vereinigten Königreich

rogerstestuser | posted Monday, May 4th, 2020

Sie könnten alle über die englische Bewl Duales Studium BWL (EBW) wissen, aber es ist wichtig zu wissen, dass es viele andere Bwl im Angebot sind.

Zum Beispiel gibt es eine at North Devon (Anmerkung: Es gibt auch Kurse in Bedfordshire, Kent und Suffolk) und eine sechste Form in Solihull.

Ein paar der Bwl at London sind in Orten und der beste Teil ist, dass, wenn man sie kostenlos besuchen wollen, gibt es Stipendien zur Verfügung. Das ist die Art von Bwl es überhaupt geht – geht an die Orte, die Sie zu Besuch lieben, aber ohne dafür bezahlen zu müssen.

Es gibt auch ein paar at Leeds, die nur wenige Gehminuten von einigen der beliebtesten Attraktionen at England sind. Darüber hinaus gibt es Bwl at Sheffield (Spezialisten Bwl in Pflegeheimen), Lancaster (bekannt für seine Kultur und Kunst bekannt), Birmingham und Coventry. Können Sie eine Bwl at Wolverhampton, ja, insbesondere ein in einem historischen viktorianischen Krankenhaus besuchen.

Mit allen diesen im Auge, was werden Sie tun? Sie haben wahrscheinlich schon vor der berühmten Psychologie Grad gehört, S O jetzt ein guter Zeitpunkt, um in die Schule zu gehen und sich einen Psychologie-Abschluss zu bekommen.

Nun, das ist die Bwl, die Ihnen helfen könnte aus. Ihr GPA ist wahrscheinlich sein, wenn Sie Ihren Psychologie-Abschluss haben. Aber was ist, wenn Sie Ihr zweites Jahr Ihres Bwl in Capes beenden?

Psychologie Grad hat ghostwriting einen langen Weg von den frühen Tagen die bereits Biologie und Chemie studiert hatten. Heute werden sie als Wissenschaft Grad anerkannt. Allerdings nur es ist eine Wissenschaft Grad bedeutet nicht, dass es automatisch viele Schüler in einem bestimmten career folgen.

Psychologie Grad sind sehr wichtig at unserer Gesellschaft der Stellen im öffentlichen Dienst sehen wir heute meist psychologisch sind in der Natur. Psychologie ist das Feldsich die sich mit dem menschlichen Geist, während der Biologie mit dem menschlichen Körper betrifft. Studium der Psychologie, insbesondere die verschiedenen psychischen Erkrankungen und lektorat preise alltägliche menschliche Probleme.

Das Gebiet der Psychologie hat sich in den letzten Jahren stark gewachsen sehr, dass mehr als eine Hälfte aller College-Kurse sind Psychologie Grad. Es gibt viele bekannte Universitäten und Hochschulen Psychologie Grad anbieten, so dass tun Sie Ihre Studien nach dem Jahr der Bwl in Capes fortzusetzen www.akadem-ghostwriter de/facharbeit dass Sie das finden, dass zu Ihnen passt das Beste.

Pass away college of Essex ist eine der Top-Universitäten im Vereinigten Königreich, wenn es um Psychologie Grad kommt, und es ist eine allgemeine Tatsache, dass viele berühmten Ärzte, Forscher und Wissenschaftler auf Studium an dieser Universität gegangen sind. In der Tat ist es oft gesagt, dass diese Universität ist der Ort zu studieren, wenn Sie Arzt werden wollen. Die schönen Künste und Geisteswissenschaften Programme sind auch zu plain.

Eine andere beliebte Wahl für Studenten nach Bwl in Capes ist eine college of Bedfordshire. Sie nicht so gut wie Essex bekannt, diese Universität hat seine eigene interessante Geschichte.

Während einer kurzen Zeit in dem späten achtzehnten Jahrhundert war es die älteste Universität in England und gewann sogar einen Preis für eine Architektur. Dies ist eine Universität mit viel zu bieten – und es ist der perfekte Ort zu gehen, wenn Sie eine Sprache lernen möchte.

University of Dundee und University of Durham, andere Bwl in Capes gehören Trinity College, University of Bristol. Sie können wählen, hier für die Bwl in Capes at jedem dieser Universitäten zu studieren oder Sie können beide in der gleichen Universität tun. Es hängt alles davon ab, was Sie interessiert und was Sie zahlen sich leisten können.

Sarah Gunn’s Mother’s Day Gift Giving Guide

Sarah Gunn | posted Monday, May 4th, 2020

1. Gifts That Give – SickKids Hospital

Mother’s Day Gift Set

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Memory Box

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2. A La Carte Gift Ideas

Poppy and Peonies – bags www.poppiesandpeonies.com

Bluboho – jewelry www.bluhobo.com

Fiori Flowers – flowers www.fiorioakville.com

Cambie – blanket www.cambiedesign.com

Report: China hid coronavirus’ severity to hoard medical supplies

WILL WEISSERT, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Monday, May 4th, 2020

U.S. officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak – and how contagious the disease is – to stock up on medical supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence documents show.

Chinese leaders “intentionally concealed the severity” of the pandemic from the world in early January, according to a four-page Department of Homeland Security report dated May 1 and obtained by The Associated Press. The revelation comes as the Trump administration has intensified its criticism of China, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying Sunday that China was responsible for the spread of disease and must be held accountable.

The sharper rhetoric against China coincides with administration critics saying the government’s response to the virus was inadequate and slow. President Donald Trump’s political opponents have accused the president and his administration of lashing out at China, a geopolitical foe but critical U.S. trade partner, in an attempt to deflect criticism at home.

The analysis states that, while downplaying the severity of the coronavirus, China increased imports and decreased exports of medical supplies. It attempted to cover up doing so by “denying there were export restrictions and obfuscating and delaying provision of its trade data,” the analysis states.

The report also says China held off informing the World Health Organization that the coronavirus “was a contagion” for much of January so it could order medical supplies from abroad – and that its imports of face masks and surgical gowns and gloves increased sharply.

Those conclusions are based on the 95 per cent probability that China’s changes in imports and export behaviour were not within normal range, according to the report.

Trump has speculated that China could have unleashed the coronavirus due to some kind of horrible “mistake.” His intelligence agencies say they are still examining a notion put forward by the president and aides that the pandemic may have resulted from an accident at a Chinese lab.

Speaking Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Pompeo said he had no reason to believe that the virus was deliberately spread. But he added, “Remember, China has a history of infecting the world, and they have a history of running substandard laboratories.”

Mandatory face coverings required for Longo’s shoppers starting Monday

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 4th, 2020

If you do your grocery shopping at Longo’s you will now be required to wear a face covering while in the store.

“As a family business, our number one priority is the health and safety of our Team Members and Guests,” reads a letter posted on the company website and sent to shoppers by President and CEO Anthony Longo. “To help protect our community, effective May 4th, 2020, all Guests will be required to wear a mask or face covering while in our stores.”

The company said “any sort of face covering” such as a bandanna would be acceptable in responding a number of questions on social media regarding the lack of notice for customers to purchase masks.

The company added that if anyone refuses to wear a mask or face covering or they are not able to wear one, they should speak with the store manager.

“To reiterate, if a guest arrives to a store and doesn’t have a face covering or mask, we’ll do our best to ensure your shopping experience is a safe one,” read the social media post.

Children under the age of 2 are exempt from the new face covering measure.

The new measures come in the wake of an outbreak of COVID-19 among employees at two of its GTA locations.

The Longo’s location on Weston Road in Vaughan reopened March 28 after undergoing a deep cleaning and sanitization and being closed for two weeks after as many as eight employees tested positive for coronavirus. An employee at the Longo’s store in Maple also tested positive for the disease but public health officials allowed the store to remain open as there was no threat to the public.

There’s been no word if any of the other major grocery retailers will follow Longo’s lead and require shoppers to cover their face while in their stores.

In the United States, Costco is making it mandatory for its members to wear a face covering while in their stores starting Monday.

“We know some members may find this inconvenient or objectionable, but under the circumstances we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience,” the company said in a letter sent to Costco members. “Although some may disagree with this policy or question its effectiveness, we’re choosing to err on the side of safety in our shopping environments.”

It’s uncertain if the measure will also apply to Canadian Costco locations. There was no updated statement on the company’s Canadian website, with the only requirement for face coverings applying to employees at this time.

Provinces set to ease restrictions Monday as death toll increases

LEE BERTHIAUME, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, May 4th, 2020

Provinces across the country are set to begin easing COVID-19 restrictions on Monday following a weekend in which thousands more cases of the respiratory illness were identified, hundreds more were reported dead and a much-ballyhooed made-in-Canada testing kit was recalled.

Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are among those set to take another step out of lockdown by allowing the resumption of some economic and social activities that have been halted for than a month due to the pandemic.

Manitoba is poised to go the farthest by allowing museums, libraries and retail businesses – including restaurant patios – to re-open, albeit at half capacity. Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta are also letting non-essential medical activities, such as dentistry and physiotherapy, resume.

Ontario and Quebec aren’t going as far. Ontario is allowing a small number of mostly seasonal businesses to re-open while Quebec is easing the lockdown on most retail stores outside the Montreal area, which has been hit hard by COVID-19 over the past month and a half.

Yet unlike the other provinces, Quebec’s plan to begin re-opening comes as the province has shown little progress in curbing the illness’s spread, with another 1,800 positive cases and 183 deaths from the disease reported over the weekend.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault has previously defended plans to start re-opening, noting most of the province’s deaths have been in long-term care homes and arguing the fight against COVID-19 is entirely different in those facilities.

Quebec officials also added more than 1,300 cases to April’s count, saying those numbers weren’t originally included because of a technical problem. The province accounts for more than half of the Canadian cases of COVID-19, which includes more than 3,680 deaths.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault did not hold a briefing on Sunday, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other federal government officials sidestepped questions in Ottawa about the province’s plan to begin re-opening even as more cases continue to be reported.

Those plans also include unlocking elementary schools and daycares across Quebec on May 11.

“Different regions will have different measures to bring in at different times and our job is to make sure we’re supporting them as best we can as we go through this carefully and step by step,” Trudeau said during his daily COVID-19 update.

That federal support includes obtaining enough protective equipment for workers as provinces open more segments of their economies, helping increase testing capacity and supporting research into COVID-19.

It was in that vein that Trudeau announced $175 million in federal funding to a Vancouver biotech company, AbCellera Biologics Inc., which the prime minister says has identified antibodies that could be used to create treatments or a vaccine.

The prime minister also announced $240 million to boost online access to health services, including mental-health treatment and virtual access to family doctors for primary care, and the creation of a special council tasked with ensuring Canada can obtain more protective equipment.

Public Procurement Minister Anita Anand said the council will include members from business and civil society, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Red Cross, and will be charged with buying equipment from abroad and developing it at home.

Anand went on to outline some of the initiatives that the federal government has pursued to obtain more protective equipment for frontline workers, including hiring the U.S. shipping firm UPS to ferry equipment from Shanghai.

Agreements have also been reached with New Brunswick-based biotech firm LuminUltra to produce 500,000 COVID-19 tests per week until next year after Ottawa was able to facilitate the delivery of important chemicals for the tests from China last week.

Yet even as Anand was hailing one made-in-Canada solution to the country’s need for more tests, federal officials were playing down the recall of another test that was being hailed by some last month as a major advance in the fight against COVID-19.

Ottawa-based Spartan Bioscience’s announcement Sunday that it was voluntarily recalling its rapid test for COVID-19 after Health Canada expressed concern about its effectiveness nonetheless represented a setback for expanded testing in the country.

Health Canada first approved the tests on April 13 and they were set to be rolled out by three provinces.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said during a COVID-19 briefing in Ottawa that the recall of 5,500 testing kits won’t affect the national testing goal of 60,000 people a day, since that figure is based on systems already in use.

But she acknowledged that it could affect the speed of further test increases and especially affect rural communities where local in-clinic tests would be especially useful. At the moment, such samples are often transported to laboratories and other testing sites elsewhere for analysis.

The need for more testing is widely considered to understanding the true scope of COVID-19 infection in Canada and devising ways to limit its spread before the economy can be fully restored to pre-pandemic levels.

Trudeau, meanwhile, sidestepped questions about unsubstantiated reports from the United States that some intelligence officials believe the novel coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab in the city of Wuhan – an allegation repeated by U.S. President Donald Trump.

“We will continue to work with intelligence agencies around the world, not just the Five Eyes (Canada, Australia, Britain, New Zealand and the U.S.) but friends and partners as well and look to find answers to the many questions people are asking,” Trudeau said.

“But it is still early to draw firm conclusions and indeed our focus remains on how we are working to protect Canadians, how we are ensuring that Canadians have our entire focus right now and our entire ability to support them through this time.”

Will we have to trade privacy for freedom to get ‘back to normal’?

THE BIG STORY | posted Monday, May 4th, 2020

In today’s Big Story podcast, in order for us to go back to day-to-day lives that are even close to normal, we’re going to have to be able to track contacts of people who test positive for coronavirus — and we’re going to have to be able to do that unbelievably quickly. Right now, we don’t have the capacity to do that on a large scale. And if we don’t promptly hire an army of health workers to do it manually, we will have to look to technology.

Using surveillance to track citizens in the interests of public health, though, is an incredibly slippery slope. What would it look like? Who would have access to the data? How could people who don’t want to participate opt-out? Is this even possible in a democracy? Should it be? These are the questions we need to think about before an emergency leaves us with no time to figure out the details.

GUEST: Jesse Hirsh, research and futurist, writer at metaviews.ca

https://thebigstorypodcast.ca/2020/05/04/will-we-have-to-trade-privacy-for-freedom-to-get-back-to-normal/

Supreme Court rejects Catholic order’s appeal of $2.6M sex abuse award

ADRIAN GHOBRIAL AND JESSICA BRUNO | posted Friday, May 1st, 2020

CAUTION: This story contains graphic content related to allegations of sexual assault and might be upsetting to some readers. If you or someone you know are victims of sexual violence, find local support through the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres; the Government of Canada has compiled a list of sexual misconduct support centres. If you are under 18 and need help contact the Kid’s Help Phone online or at 1-800-668-6868.

For his entire high school career, Rod MacLeod was sexually assaulted and raped by a now-convicted pedophile priest.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a multi-million-dollar court award in his favour, denying the priest’s religious order the opportunity to launch another appeal.

“It is possible to achieve justice in Canada,” MacLeod said in a statement.

MacLeod’s case against Fr. William ‘Hod’ Marshall has made national headlines as one of the few suits against a Catholic priest in Canada ever to go to trial.

In 2018, a civil jury awarded MacLeod $2.6 million in damages. He was sexually assaulted by Marshall in the 1960s while he was a student at St. Charles Catholic High School in Sudbury, where Marshall was a teacher. The abuse occurred throughout MacLeod’s high school career.

“It was about 50 times altogether,” he said. Much of it occurred at school, and in Marshall’s gym teacher office.

“He would also catch you in the hallways, in the school and drag you into a classroom that wasn’t being used. Lock it all up,” said MacLeod. “Then he started coming to the house.”

As MacLeod became adept at avoiding Marshall at school, he said the priest asked his parents to let him spend time alone with their son, supposedly to give him driving lessons. From a devout Catholic family, MacLeod said his parents were honoured that a priest had taken their son under his wing and had no idea what was going on.

It wasn’t until more than 50 years later, when MacLeod said he was in the car listening to a radio program about sexual predators when he realized he probably wasn’t the only victim, and he should come forward so that others would too.

Marshall admitted to assaulting MacLeod and 16 other children during his decades-long career as a priest and educator. He pled guilty and was convicted in 2011. He was also separately convicted of assaulting two boys in Saskatchewan.

At a 2012 deposition as part of a civil case against him, Marshall admitted to assaulting boys at nearly every school he worked at.

He said whenever he was confronted about his actions, he would confess, and would often be moved to another school. Along with St. Charles in Sudbury, he worked at schools in Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor, Saskatoon, and Texas. He also had multiple stints at Toronto’s St. Michael’s College School.

All the institutions were operated or staffed by the Catholic order of priests he belonged to, the Congregation of St. Basil, also known as the Basilian Fathers or Basilians, whose headquarters are in Toronto.

Marshall died at 92 in 2014. Before he died, he voluntarily gave up his priesthood.

MacLeod’s multi-million-dollar verdict is a Canadian record for clergy abuse. The Basilians lost an appeal at provincial court last fall.

Just before Christmas 2019, the group of Catholic Priests filed leave to appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada, disputing at least $1.5 million of the damages.

Lawyer Rob Talach has been working with MacLeod on this case for years.

“I would not expect a Christian organization to be using tax-free dollars, charitable money given to them in good faith, to do legal battle after legal battle to try and suppress a victim who is seeking compensation,” Talach said.

He adds the appeal also had legal implications for victims across Canada.

For people who were abused as children, “it’s now legally easier to get compensated. That’s a good thing,” he explained. “You’d think the Church would want that, [not] to reverse that and make it more difficult for victims in general.”

The Basilians did not respond to our request for comment on the ruling before deadline Thursday.

CityNews has been following MacLeod’s case for months and recently asked the Basilians why they were appealing the case.

They refused to answer our question, declining to comment on specific priests, survivors or events. Their lawyer did forward a statement on some of our questions about policy and the history of the Church’s understanding of sex abuse.

“There has never been any doubt or misunderstanding that sexual abuse of a child is, and always has been, wrong,” the Basilians wrote.

They go on to say there was a historical belief by professionals and the Basilians, that children wouldn’t remember sexual abuse or be impacted by it. They also say a lack of understanding of attraction to children, contributed to the thinking that sex abuse “was a moral failing, and could be addressed by deeper spiritual focus and commitment.”

The statement adds they “have adopted policies that reduce or negate opportunities for potential abuse.”

You can read the full statement below.

Tragedy fatigue and cultural shift

Since the 1990s, Canadian Catholic churches and religious orders, including the Basilians, have implemented codes of conduct and sexual abuse policies.

Dr. Nuala Kenny, a Catholic nun and pediatrician who specializes in treating victims of abuse, said many good priests and bishops feel overwhelmed by the stories of victims who have come forward.

“This tragedy fatigue has developed a certain type of burnout, and one of my worries is you get complacent about policies and protocols being enough, and you don’t look at what is underlying,” she said.

Over her 40-year career, Dr. Kenny has served on Church commissions and authored books calling on the institution to make cultural shifts to prevent abuse. She believes the Church needs to become less hierarchical, more open to the communities it serves and less concerned about protecting its own reputation.

Ahead of the original trial, the Basilians sent Macleod multiple settlement offers.

By deciding not to take them, he said he ran the risk of having to pay the Basilians’ legal fees, even if he won. The 70-year-old said if this was about the money for him, he would have taken a settlement and disappeared.

“They offered a lot of money in order to put a stop to it,” he said. “But you see when they put a stop to it, they also put a lid on it, so people don’t hear about it. My motivation was to make sure that as wide an audience as possible hears what’s going on.”

It was a decision that carried the risk of financial ruin, even if he won.

“The jury could have come back and said, ‘Oh, yes, we think it was terrible, and we award you $250,000′,” but if that didn’t exceed what the Basilians had offered him to settle, “I’d be responsible for the legal fees, which is hundreds of thousands of dollars for the other side.”

When the original jurors delivered their decision on MacLeod’s case, they concluded the Basilians had concealed Marshall’s behaviour to avoid “scandal,” were “grossly negligent,” and “put children in harm’s way.”

Talach describes the appeal as anything but “pro-victim. It’s definitely anti-victim, and it revictimized a man who was abused as a tween who just turned 70, who’s had a long journey, a tough fight, a trial, a Court of Appeal hearing, and now they want a third shot. When is enough is enough?”

“You would think that here we’re dealing with a religious order now,” adds MacLeod. “They’re supposed to be the keepers of the ethics and how we’re supposed to relate to God and to each other. They’re supposed to be the ones that lead us, if you will. And their behavior has been the opposite. It’s been a behavior of only being interested in the money, only listening to their lawyers, never listening to their hearts, never saying, ‘Well, what would Jesus do in this circumstance?’ Not even on the table.”

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