Date: Aug 14, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

More than 500 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 after visiting a strip club in downtown Toronto, public health officials say.

According to Toronto Public Health, an employee at Brass Rail Tavern, located near Yonge and Bloor streets, has tested positive for the disease.

The employee worked at the facility on the following dates: Aug. 4 (7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 5), Aug. 5 (8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Aug. 6), Aug. 7 (9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Aug. 8) and Aug. 8 (7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 9).

“As a precaution, TPH is advising anyone who attended the Brass Rail Tavern during these dates and times to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for the 14 days after their last visit during this time period,” officials said in a news release issued on Friday.

“There was no risk to anyone attending the Brass Rail Tavern outside of these dates and times.”

Toronto Public Health said they were notified of the matter on Thursday and have since followed up with all known close contacts of the employee and have asked those individuals to self-isolate for 14 days, as well as get a COVID-19 test.

Officials are also working to notify customers who left a contact number with the establishment.

“We have received a contact tracing log from the establishment and are calling those who have left their number,” Toronto’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vinita Dubey told CTV News Toronto on Friday. “It’s up to customers to leave their name and a correct number so in a situation like this we can reach you directly.”

“We do recognize though that the contact logs were not necessarily up to date and there were a number of people who may have attended this place and that’s why we’ve gone ahead and issued a press release as well.”

Through their investigation on Thursday, Dubey said inspectors also learned of some concerns relating to a lack of proper physical distancing.

“We completed an investigation, an inspection, last night and did a thorough inspection on compliance with the Ontario regulation and with Toronto city bylaws related to COVID-19 mitigation measures and found that this establishment had some areas that they were not following the regulations, for example physical distancing between tables, physical distancing between some of the staff and the customers and the contact logs would be another one,” she said.

Dubey said a notice of non-compliance was issued to the establishment and officials will return on Friday for another inspection.

n a news release issued on Friday, the City of Toronto said Brass Rail Tavern is cooperating with officials.

Speaking on the situation during a news conference on Friday afternoon, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said they’ve got to follow the protocols, thats it.

“It’s about follow up and we’re going to show how contact tracing works. We’re going to be contacting everyone that was over at this location and we’re going to follow up, they have to get tested, he said.

There are 500 people – you’ve got to practice social distancing, you’ve got to put on a mask – I know it sounds ironic talking about that – you have to.”

Approximately 550 people passed through the establishments on the dates the employee worked, Toronto Public Health said, and those individuals should visit the government’s website and use their COVID-19 assessment tool. They also say there is no need to self-isolate and “people can continue their routine daily activities if an individual remains healthy and does not develop symptoms.”

Anyone who develops symptoms should immediately contact Toronto Public Health, take a COVID-19 test and self-isolate.


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    Date: Aug 14, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

More than 300 confirmed cases of illness have been reported in Canada in connection with a Salmonella outbreak involving U.S.-grown onions.

In their latest update released Friday, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) states that 339 cases have been confirmed in the country. One hundred of those cases were confirmed in the past week.

PHAC warned people to not eat or sell any onions from Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, Calif., adding that “if you are not sure where a red, yellow, white, or sweet yellow onion was grown, do not eat it.”

The public health authority said there is no evidence to suggest that onions grown in Canada are connected to the outbreak.

PHAC says that people started getting sick between mid-June and late July. To date, 48 people have been hospitalized.

Those who became sick reported eating red onions at home, at restaurants and in residential care facilities.

Here’s a look at where cases have been reported:
British Columbia (78)
Alberta (208)
Saskatchewan (19)
Manitoba (19)
Ontario (8)
Quebec (6)
Prince Edward Island (1)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall warning for products that came into the country.

People who become ill with Salmonella often develop a fever, chills, diarrhea, cramps and nausea.

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to Salmonella should contact their health-care provider.


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    Date: Aug 14, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

Waterloo Regional Police say a deadly car explosion in front of the Kitchener, Ont. courthouse Friday morning “appears to be the result of a suspected improvised explosive device.”

Police have confirmed that a man died in the explosion, and that he was connected to two Kitchener residences where investigators were conducting searches - on Hearthwood Drive and Grand Flats Trail.

They said the Peel Regional Police Explosives Disposal Unit was assisting at those locations.

ust before 8 p.m., Waterloo Regional Police posted an update on Twitter, saying that had concluded their search at Hearthwood Drive and Grand Flats Trail. They also said they would be reopening the streets around the courthouse.

Police have not released the name of the man who was found dead in the car.

“I can’t speak to who created it, but it appears that the male who is deceased is responsible for this explosion, said Supt Eugene Fenton.

‘THERE WAS A BODY INSIDE’

First responders were called to Frederick and Duke Streets around 10:30 a.m. after residents heard a loud bang.

I looked up at the building to see what it was and saw the flames shooting out from over here, said Mike Sylvester.

He was working at a nearby construction site when the explosion happened.

Sylvester says some of his colleages tried to get a closer look at the vehicle.

A couple of my coworkers ran over there and took a look inside, and there was a body inside, he said. It was engulfed in flames so they couldnt do anything.

Rob Kowalczyk, who also works near where the explosion occurred, said he heard a bang and could smell smoke and plastic burning.

Some of the guys on-site tried to help the person out but werent able to make it in time. They opened the door and it just fed the fire more, he said. Unfortunately they werent able to save that person.

Police confirmed around 2 p.m. that a man had been pronounced dead at the scene.

EXPLOSIVE DISPOSAL UNIT CALLED IN

There was a large police presence in the immediate area in the hours after the explosion.

Just after 2 p.m., police put out a tweet saying they were evacuating the immediate area, including Frederick Street, Scott Street, Duke Street and Weber Street.

They also said the explosive disposal unit was also being brought in as a precautionary measure.

CARS DONT NORMALLY BLOW UP

Former OPP Commissioner and CTV News Public Safety Analyst Chris Lewis said the explosive disposal unit is called in whenever theres a serious safety concern.

Where theres known to be explosives, or suspected to be, or in some cases they just dont really know, so they err on the side of caution, they bring those tools in, he said.

Lewis said the unit would look for more explosives, especially in a situation where its not clear why the explosion occurred.

A car parked on a street, that normally doesnt blow up unless its an intentional thing, he said.

Lewis said the unit is specifically trained for explosive disposal. They typically send in a robot with a camera to evaluate the scene before deciding how best to handle the situation.

Lewis added the unit would also examine why an explosion occurred and look for any evidence, including components of a device, fingerprints or DNA.

In order to carry out their jobs safely, Lewis said police would evacuate an area and create a perimeter to prevent any injuries should an explosion occur.

He added that explosive disposal units have become even more important in a counterterrorism world.

When I joined policing in the 70s, terrorists were something in some other world, Lewis said. But in that whole counterterrorism world, theres been more and more training around explosive devices.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact police.


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    Date: Aug 14, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

Canadian and U.S. officials have agreed to keep the border between the two countries closed to non-essential travel for another month. This comes as both countries are still working to stop the spread of COVID-19, and as tensions continue to flare between Canadians and prospective American visitors.

The current extension of the cross-border agreement expires on August 21, though as the spread of COVID-19 continues in both countries, the restrictions on recreational travel will remain in place until at least Sept. 21. The ban on discretionary travel was first introduced in March and has been extended each month since.

“We are extending the reciprocal restrictions at the Canada-US border for another 30 days, till Sept. 21, 2020. We will continue to do what’s necessary to keep our communities safe,” tweeted Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.

The agreement, as it stands, exempts the flow of trade and commerce, as well as temporary foreign workers and vital health-care workers such as nurses who live and work on opposite sides of the border. Tourists and cross-border visits remain prohibited.

This is the fifth renewal of the border restrictions since the coronavirus pandemic was declared.

During a briefing on the latest COVID-19 modelling, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said the assessment as to when it’ll be safe to allow recreational travel between Canada and the U.S. is happening continuously as the epidemic can shift quickly. She also said Canadian health officials are in regular contact with U.S. public health authorities, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Every month when we evaluate that situation again, well take into account whats going on, on both sides of the border. But, as you know, as we look at further planning out, we have to look at different options of how we can increase safely—as safely as possible—international travel,” Tam said.

As of June 9, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of either Canadian citizens or permanent residents can enter Canada to be reunited, under a limited exemption to the current border restrictions. This has allowed both foreign and cross-border Canada-U.S. families to reunite under certain stipulations, including having to remain in Canada for at least 15 days.

While those eligible to cross the border for this reason include parents, spouses, common-law partners, dependent children and their children, many other families remain separated by the border restrictions including non-married couples. Those in this predicament continue to push for a further loosening of the rules in order to see their loved ones.

NOT THE TIME TO VISIT

While the restrictions have been in place for months, that hasn’t stopped some Americans from coming into Canada, which has led to numerous instances of confrontations between locals and visitors with U.S. license plates, as well as other expressions of frustration.

Some have legitimately boarded flights from the U.S. to Canada —which is permitted with restrictions like quarantining on arrival—though thousands of others have tried less-legitimate routes, or tried to cross over to come shopping or sightseeing.

As has been seen in Nova Scotia, the concerns about Americans are not without some merit, as there have been confirmed cases linked to people’s failure to self-isolate.

The tensions aren’t exclusive to American visitors. Even some cross-province travel has irked locals, both in the Atlantic Canada bubble, and out West, where British Columbia Premier John Horgan suggested those with out-of-province license plates on their vehicles consider taking public transit or riding a bicycle if theyre feeling harassed.

Here are some notable examples of cross-border COVID-19 tensions.

THE ALASKA LOOPHOLE

At least a dozen Americans have been fined under the Quarantine Act, after trying what’s been coined the “Alaska loophole”: travellers telling border agents that they are passing through Canada in order to get to Alaska for an essential purpose such as working or returning home, but they end up vacationing in Alberta and British Columbia instead.

In response the federal government has rolled out new restrictions requiring foreigners entering Canada en route to Alaska to do so at one of five approved border crossings and prohibiting them from visiting any tourism sites or stopping to get food anywhere other than drive-thru restaurants along their way. These pass-through visitors are also being given a hang tag to attach to their vehicles rear-view mirror, to make them easily identifiable. The tag will include the date by which they must leave Canada.

These crossings prompted Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland to urge Americans to exercise caution and delay their trips to Canada until it has been deemed safe to do so.

I love the Rockies too. I grew up in Alberta. Personally, I can think of no better place to spend time, she said in mid-June. But now is not the time to visit, hopefully we will be back to normal at some point soon.

TENSION IN COTTAGE COUNTRY

Ontario cottage country is typically home to many Americans over the summer, though this season there have been reports of out-of-towners being targeted and having their cars keyed.

This prompted Muskoka Lakes Mayor Phil Harding to encourage his residents to not jump to conclusions.

“Just because somebody is driving a U.S. vehicle doesnt make them a bad person or carrier of the virus, and certainly doesnt preclude them potentially from being here for a variety of other reasons,” he said.

Harding has also spoken about an incident in near Huntsville, Ont., where he said two men approached a man getting gas and said “youre American go home,” to which the man stated he lived in Canada.

FLOAT CHASE

With so many shared waterways there have also been incidents where Americans have floated into Canada despite warnings not to, as the restrictions include a ban on any cross-border entry for boating or fishing.

Among the instances of improper aquatic crossings was a whale watching boat with American passengers that crossed into Canadian waters in B.C. In that case the boat operator was fined 1,000 and escorted back to the United States.

As well, there’s been a “float chase” down the Kettle River in B.C. after a Washington State border jumper entered Canada illegally at a closed border crossing and ended up on foot, and eventually in the water for two and a half hours as he tried to evade arrest.

He was eventually escorted back to shore with the help of some “good Samaritans” who waded in after him.


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    Date: Aug 14, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

It was a macaroni mission for Kraft Hockeyville as Bevan Harlton, also known as ‘Noodle Boy’, walked 14 kilometres from Grand Coulee to Pense in an effort to rally support.

Pense, a community of 500, is one of four finalists for Kraft Hockeyville. It’s also the only finalist from Western Canada.

“This is a massive deal for us, we’re just so proud and so excited,” said Shauna Young, the town’s mayor.

The excitement comes as the voting window for the Canada-wide contest opened bright and early at 7 a.m. Friday, the same time Noodle Boy’s pasta-fuelled pilgrimage got underway.

Along his TransCanada Highway route, Harlton heard many honks and hollers from passing supporters.

“I was able to catch a lot of people’s eyes. And there’s a lot of big stares, a lot of big smiles, a lot of honking and waving,” said Harlton, whose noodle costume extends almost three feet above his head.

The town has already won 25,000 for rink upgrades and its minor hockey program for being named a finalist. But if Pense garners more votes than the other three communities, it will win 250,000.

“We have got an excellent administration and town council that know how to stretch a budget, but budgets only go so far,” Young said.

People can vote an unlimited amount of times before the contest closes at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Personally I think I’ve cast probably 2,000 votes,” said Young.

Another resident of the farming community noted he’d already voted at least 6,000 times in the morning alone.

“If there is any place where you’ve got a connection back to Saskatchewan, I ask you just to dig deep, throw yourself online and cast a vote,” pleaded Young.

Area farmers even took the morning off to show Pense their support, combining security with support for Noodle Boy.

“Agriculture is the heart of this town and there are other industries around but farming is at the root of all things around here,” said Harlton.

The winner of Kraft Hockeyville will be named during Saturday night’s broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada.


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    Date: Aug 14, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

The Regina Public School board rolled out a number of changes for elementary schools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

In a news release, the school board said staff and administrators are working to restart school in a way that is safe for students and staff.

FIRST DAY BACK

While the first day of school is set for Sept. 1, Regina Public School students will have their returns to school staggered. Students will attend school at different times during the first week. Exact times and details will be available soon.

NEW RECESS TIME

The times before and after recess normally see students gathered in hallways and smaller areas. Morning recess will now take place from 8:53 to 9:08 a.m. and afternoon recess from 3:22 to 3:37 p.m.

Morning and afternoon breaks will be provided, and classes will take turns going outside to reduce physical contact.

“Some Regina Public Schools have been successfully using adjusted recesses for many years. They can provide teachers with more flexibility with instruction time and play time,” RPS said in the news release.

SCHOOL ZONE TRAFFIC

Regina Public Schools advises parents not to drive or stop vehicles within one block of the school. Students are encourages to walk, bike or run to school.

LIMITING SCHOOL VISITORS

Public access to schools will be restricted. Electronic and telephone communication with parents is encouraged. Visitors will be asked to contact the school before arriving. Guest speakers and presentations are disallowed until further notice.

In a Tweet, Regina Public Schools said it hopes to release similar guidelines for high schools soon and that parents will hear directly from the school board next week.


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