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'That fan is just irreplaceable': Family keepsake stolen from Battleford family

CTV Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:53
Lyle Bear and his family are in the middle of getting their basement window replaced after someone recently broke into their new home in Battleford.
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Campaign set up to help family of man found dead in Saskatoon fire

CTV Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:41
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support the family of Alexander Jacobs, who was found dead in a fire last Friday in the Nutana neighbourhood.
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Global News at 6 Saskatoon — Aug. 12, 2020

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:38
The Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, edition of Global News at 6 with Ryan Kessler on Global Saskatoon.
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School districts navigate back-to-school guidelines

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:29
The provincial government is leaving the bulk of back-to-school planning to the 27 individual school divisions. As of Tuesday, there are two levels of guidelines for divisions to work within. The Chinook School Division released its reopen plan on Aug. 4, following the provincial governments first level of regulations. It includes increased cleaning, a strict stay at home policy for staff and students feeling ill, voluntary mask use and avoiding shared equipment. Approximately 6,000 students attend the division’s 62 schools in the southwest. Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools in Melville, Theodore and Yorkton have released a 27-page document details its plans for back-to-school procedures. It outlines developing strategies for hygiene, physical contact, managing guests, and extra-curricular activities. The plan also includes what will happen if a student, parent or staff member becomes ill. The division is not making face masks mandatory, but says they should be used “when all other controls have been fully explored.” The Creighton School Division begins its reopen plan by highlighting that it will evolve as the COVID-19 pandemic does. In a document released on Aug. 1, the district is following similar conditions as aforementioned divisions regarding hygiene, what to do when a child or employee is ill and cohorting classes. It will also observe staggered start times and lunch breaks to avoid crowds. Masks are only required for staff in close contact with a sick student. In a tweet, the Good Spirit School Division, which oversees 26 schools in East-Central Saskatchewan, is revising its plan following the provincial government’s level two guidelines announced on Tuesday. Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division (RCSSD) will follow strict hygiene, cleaning and distancing guidelines in the fall semester. As is common among the divisions at this point masks are not required in most circumstances. Holy Trinity Catholic Schools says it will begin the year observing the province’s level two guidelines. Individual schools in the division will manage start times to minimize physical contact, according to the plan released Tuesday. As the board operates on level two masks will be mandatory for students in grade four to 12 in common areas. The Horizon School Division, based in Humboldt with 43 schools in east-central Saskatchewan, will minimize physical contact when available, encourage frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Masks for students are recommended but not required. In the Ile-a-la-Crosse School Division, field trips are cancelled for now. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms and will be assigned to a cohort. Masks and face shields will be available at the schools but not required. The Light of Christ RCSSD, based in the North Battleford area, will require schools to have more hand sanitizer and cleaning products. Students will only be allowed to bring backpacks, lunch kits, water bottles and outwear between home and school. Masks will only be required when staff members interact with a student showing symptoms. The Living Sky School Division plans to follow heightened cleaning and physical distancing rules when classes start in the fall. In an update posted on the division’s website on Aug. 7, it said it would review level two of the province’s guidelines and update its plan. The Lloydminster Catholic School Division has not released a plan for resuming classes in the fall but the public division has an outline. Public schools will have staggered start, recess and lunchtimes. Visitors to the school and students on buses will be required to wear masks. Staff and students will receive two reusable cloth masks when they arrive on Sept. 1. Classrooms for the around 5,000 students in the Northeast School Division will change from pre-pandemic setups to include more hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, distance markers on floors and seating plans. The Northern Lights School Division calls its return to school plan a living document. At this point, personal protective equipment (PPE) is not required unless caring for an ill student. Board members plan to collaborate with local health experts to keep the plan as up to date and safe as possible. The Northwest School Division will follow standard hygiene, cleaning and distancing rules. The only time masks will be required is when staff are in close contact with a sick student. The Prairie South School Division plans to stagger recess and snack breaks and reduce physical contact. Currently, people will only be able to access schools for essential purposes. Before and after school programs won’t start until Sept. 14 or later. The Prairie Spirit School Division is conducting a parent survey following the province’s level two guidelines. It closes at noon on Aug. 17. Before level two was announced the board, which educates more than 11,000 students, released a return to school format. The Prairie Valley School Division plans to begin the year at level two. Staff and students from grades four to 12 will be required to wear masks in high traffic areas and anywhere two-metre physical distancing can not be maintained. The division will provide one reusable mask to students when they return to class. Class resumes on Sept. 1 for students in Prince Albert Catholic Schools. Increased cleaning and handwashing measures will be in place along with changes to ensure safe distancing. The Regina Catholic School Division will require students from grades four to 12 and all staff to wear masks. In a statement, the division says it’s board of trustees made the decision last week and are pleased the province included the provision in Tuesday’s update. Regina Public Schools will be doing the same and requiring mask use. Children in kindergarten to grade three don’t need to wear masks but are encouraged to have non-medical masks at school. The board is currently finalizing its full formal return to school guidelines. Parents in the Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division will have to wait for a revised plan as well. The original plan included physical distancing guidelines, cleaning plans and other safety strategies. SRPSD School Re-Entry Plan Revised Students on buses to Saskatoon School Division schools will have to wear a face mask. Student between grades four and 12 must wear it for the remainder of the school day when they can’t keep their distance. Staff and visitors to public schools, including parents and caregivers, will be required to wear a mask. Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools will resume in-class lessons on Sept. 1 for more than 19,000 students in the Bridge City and surrounding area. Assigned seating, signage and plexiglass barriers will be implemented in shared spaces. Children returning to class in the South East Cornerstone School Division will notice increased hygiene and physical distancing measures. Staff and students are welcome to wear masks but it is not mandatory at this time. Finally, the Sun West School Division’s re-entry plan was published on Aug. 1. It focuses on similar safety and hygiene requirements as students go back to class. Masks are only required when around a sick student or when distancing can’t be maintained. Masks and hand sanitizer will be delivered to schools prior for the first day of class.  

Avalanche score 3 third-period goals to beat Coyotes 3-0

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:21
EDMONTON - Colorado dominated well into the third period with nothing to show for it. All that firepower and the Avalanche could not solve Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper. Once they broke through, an avalanche of goals followed, giving Colorado a hard-earned win to open the Stanley Cup playoffs. Nazem Kadri and J.T. Compher scored 10 seconds apart in the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 14 shots and Colorado opened the best-of-seven playoffs with a 3-0 victory over the Coyotes on Wednesday. "It was an easy game for us to get frustrated in," Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson said. "We played well the majority of the game and they locked it down. We just stuck with it, knew it was going to come." Colorado dominated the Coyotes through the first two periods, outshooting them 29-7, yet couldn't get anything past Kuemper. Grubauer made the saves when he had to for his second career playoff shutout and Kadri broke a scoreless tie by punching in a rebound on a power play with 7 minutes left. The Avalanche broke it open from there. Compher scored on a backhanded rebound and Mikko Rantanen made it three goals in 1:23 to give Colorado the lead heading into Game 2 on Friday. "We weren't a real dangerous team, but we did capitalize on the chances we did get," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. Kuemper stopped 152 shots in four games against Nashville in the Stanley Cup qualifiers and was superb again, making several spectacular saves to keep the Coyotes in it. He finished with 37 saves. Arizona's offence didn't give him much help. The Coyotes are used to counterattacking, but 14 shots against a high-scoring team like Colorado isn't going to cut it. "Our group is comfortable playing in a game like that," Coyotes forward Derek Stepan said. "Although their shots were getting higher, we're fine with that. We just got to start generating more on the offensive side of things." Arizona benefited when when the NHL expanded the post-season bubbles to 12 teams per conference and took advantage, knocking off Nashville 3-1 in the Stanley Cup qualifiers. Kuemper was superb, stopping 152 shots, and the Coyotes had production throughout the lineup, with 16 players notching at least a point, 11 scoring a goal. The Avalanche presented a much bigger problem. The No. 2 seed in the West, Colorado is one of the NHL's most dynamic scoring teams, led by Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon, and has scoring depth across its lines. The Avalanche had the Coyotes on their heels in the first period, peppering Kuemper with 13 shots while Arizona managed just three. The Coyotes thrive in the rope-a-dope, though, and escaped the first period with a scoreless tie. Arizona had some better stretches in the second period, yet had to be bailed out by numerous difficult saves by Kuemper to keep it scoreless while being outshot 16-4. "It's Darcy, Darcy, Darcy and that's it," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. Colorado didn't get frustrated and finally wore down the Coyotes in the third period, turning a tight game into a runaway in a span of 83 seconds. Kadri got it started after Stepan was hit with an interference penalty on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on a call the Coyotes didn't agree with. "It's a tough job, but I really disagree with that call in the Stanley Cup playoffs," Stepan said. Compher scored on a rebound right after Kadri's goal and Rantanen put it out of reach, one-timing a cross-crease pass from MacKinnon. "We were talking in the intermission about patience," Rantanen said. "We were creating a lot of chances, but couldn't find of the net. We knew it was coming." Notes: Coyotes C Nick Schmaltz missed his fifth straight game with a head injury, but could return soon. ... Colorado went 1 for 2 on the power play, Arizona 0 for 2. ... Arizona G Antti Raanta missed his third straight game since suffering a pregame injury before Game 2 against Nashville. UP NEXT Game 2 is Friday in Edmonton. ___ More AP NHL: and The Associated Press

Zubair Sheikh running for Saskatoon mayor

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:16
A Saskatoon business owner and engineer says he will run in the next Saskatoon civic election and promises no tax increases.
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Environment Canada issues tornado warning for parts of southern Saskatchewan

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:01
The potential tornado is located roughly 10 kilometres north of Tyvan and is tracking to the northeast at 30 kilometres an hour, says Environment Canada.
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Saskatchewan school divisions mandate masks, but parents say more needs to be done

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:58
Some school divisions are revising back-to-school safety plans to include mask mandates. For some, the increased measures offer a sigh of relief.
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Simon Fraser University drops the ‘Clan’ as sports team name

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:56
VANCOUVER - Varsity sports teams at Simon Fraser University will soon have a new name after the school's president announced it is retiring the 'Clan' moniker following a community engagement process. In a letter, Andrew Petter says student views were the most important factor influencing the decision to change the Clan name, which is a nod to the Scottish heritage of the school's namesake. A report from the athletics department says a survey of community members showed the name's association with the American white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan was harmful to students. Petter says students shared stories of unsafe situations and upsetting conversations stemming from misinterpretation or misuse of the name derived from a Gaelic term for a close-knit group of relatives. Simon Fraser is the only Canadian university affiliated with the U.S.-Based National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, and the report says the old team name was inappropriate in that context, while it was also at odds with the school's efforts to promote reconciliation. The process to choose a new team is expected to will wrap up by the end of the year, with athletes competing under the names Simon Fraser or SFU in the meantime. "As we move away from using the Clan as our team name, I want to stress that we continue to be exceedingly proud of the people, teams and accomplishments associated with the Clan over our long history. The Gaelic word for family was chosen to honour friendship, loyalty and connection, commitments that remain deeply ingrained at SFU," Petter wrote in his letter. The report says student athletes and coaches have reported shock, shame, misunderstanding, taunts and threats in connection to the Clan team name over the years. An associate professor at the university started a petition to change the name out of respect for athletes in the United States in 2017 and two students launched another effort earlier this year. That petition garnered nearly 14,000 signatures before Petter announced his decision on Wednesday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020. The Canadian Press

Coronavirus: Saskatchewan museums reopening with some changes

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:55
WATCH: Some Saskatchewan museums are now opening for the first time in months with a few changes.
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From masks to cohorting, a guide to back-to-school rules across the country

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:53
Plans are being made across the country for how to safely send students back to school in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Here is a look at what the various provinces have said about getting kids back to classes. --- BRITISH COLUMBIA British Columbia has laid out its plan for studies to resume in "learning groups" this fall. School districts are to post final back-to-school details online by Aug. 26. Back to class: Schools were initially scheduled to welcome students back full time on Sept. 8, but the province announced it is pushing back the restart date by two days to Sept. 10. Groups: Students will be sorted into learning groups to reduce the number of people they come in contact with. For elementary and middle school students, groups will be no larger than 60 people. Secondary school groups will be capped at 120. Physical distancing: Students and staff don't need to maintain physical distancing within their learning group, but contact should be minimized. Outside the group, physical distancing is required. Students should be more spaced out in classrooms. Masks: Students and staff will not be required to wear masks in schools, but the province says it's a "personal choice that will always be respected." It says provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry recommends non-medical masks be worn by adults and older students when they are unable to physically distance like in hallways and on buses. New routines: The province is urging schools to stagger recess, lunch and class transition times and take students outside whenever possible. Transportation: Middle and high school students are asked to wear masks on buses. Students should be assigned seats, and a transparent barrier may be used to separate the driver. --- ALBERTA The province is planning to fully reopen schools from kindergarten to Grade 12 this fall. Measures will be tightened if an outbreak occurs and class sizes could be reduced to 20. Back to class: School will be back in session with extra safety measures, but the province says there are programs to support remote and alternative learning. Groups: Schools should sort students into cohorts by class when possible to minimize contact with others. Physical distancing: Physical distancing is recommended when possible. Rooms should be rearranged to increase space between desks. Masks: Masks will be mandatory for staff and many students in some school settings. Students in Grades 4 to 12 must wear masks in all common areas, such as hallways and on buses. Staff are required to wear masks whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained. Mask use will be optional for kids in kindergarten through Grade 3. The government says all students and staff will receive two reusable masks as part of the policy. Transportation: Parents are asked to bring their children to school if they can. Students who take the bus will sit in the same seat every day. New routines: Schools are advised to consider a "no sharing policy," with each student bringing their own supplies. Class, lunch and recess schedules will be staggered. --- SASKATCHEWAN Saskatchewan first unveiled a set of back-to-school guidelines in June, but released more details Aug. 4. Back to class: Students will return to class as early as Sept. 1. Groups: Groups of students and staff members assigned to them should stick together throughout the day and try not to mingle with other groups. Schools should aim to minimize the number of different instructors who interact with students throughout the day. Physical distancing: Officials say maintaining physical distance is "less practical" for younger children, and the focus should be on limiting physical contact. Officials suggest limiting hugs and hand holding and suggest using alternative greetings such as air high fives. Schools are also to have dedicated quarantine areas where symptomatic students can go before they are picked up by parents. Masks: The province says it's up to school boards to decide whether to make masks mandatory for students and staff. The chief medical health officer advises Grade 4 to 12 students should wear them in busy areas such as hallways and on buses. Transportation: Parents should take their kids to school when possible, and pickup and drop-offs should happen outside. Students using school transportation should be assigned seats, and a partition may be used to separate the driver. New routines: Start times, recess, lunch and class transitions may be staggered to allow for more space for physical distancing. Schools should rearrange their classrooms to space out students. Students and staff are asked to bring hand sanitizer.  --- MANITOBA The Manitoba government says most students are to be back in classrooms on Sept. 8 with new guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Back to class: All students from kindergarten to Grade 8 are to have in-class instruction five days a week. High school students will also be in class full time, except in schools where there is inadequate space for physical distancing, in which case there will be some days of remote learning. Groups: When physical distancing isn't possible, students will have to be organized into cohorts no larger than 75, and minimize contact with others. In these cases, there must be at least one metre between their desks. Physical distancing: The province says students are required to maintain a two-metre distance to "the greatest extent possible." When it isn't possible, physical barriers may be an option. Spaces should be arranged to encourage separation. Masks: Masks are not required for students or staff. Transportation: Buses will be running at reduced capacity, and parents will be asked to transport their children to school if they can. New routines: Lunch and recess are to be staggered to minimize congestion, and in many cases teachers will change classrooms instead of students. --- ONTARIO Ontario students will be back in class September, but their schedules and class sizes may vary depending on where they live. Back to class: Elementary students and many high schoolers will be in school five days a week in standard class sizes. However, secondary students at two dozen boards that are higher risk will only attend class half the time, and will spend the rest of the week working on "curriculum-linked independent work." Parents will also have the option to keep their kids out of class, and boards must provide options for remote learning. Groups: For high schoolers in high-risk districts, class sizes will be capped at 15. Meanwhile, elementary students won't be broken up into smaller groups, but will be grouped into cohorts and their exposure to different teachers will be limited. Physical distancing: While Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the aim is to keep students one metre apart from each other, a guidance document says only that schools should promote "as much distancing as possible" rather than being strictly enforced.  Masks: Masks will be mandatory for students in Grades 4 through 12, and will be strongly encouraged for younger kids when they're in indoor common areas. Staff will be expected to wear masks. Transportation: Some school boards may have more than one student assigned to a seat. When physical distancing isn't possible, masks will be mandatory for students in Grades 4 to 12, and younger students will be encouraged but not required to do the same. New routines: Students in some districts will have to pre-register for in-person schooling. Some schools may limit or even ban visitors, including parents. Breaks will be scheduled to allow students to wash their hands. --- QUEBEC All elementary and high school students in Quebec will be required to attend class in September unless they have a doctor's note indicating they're at high risk of COVID-19 complications or they live with someone at risk. Those students will be allowed to study remotely. Back to class: Class attendance is mandatory for elementary and high school students. For Grades 10 and 11, schools have the option of alternating schedules where students attend one day out of every two - as long as schools cannot maintain stable classroom bubbles. Grade 10 and 11 students are encouraged to attend classes as much as possible. Groups: Each classroom will be its own bubble and students will not be required to maintain a two-metre distance between classmates. Physical distancing: Students will need to keep a two-metre distance from all school staff, as well as all other students outside their classroom bubble. There are no physical distancing requirements for children or teachers in pre-school. Masks: All students in Grade 5 and up - as well as all school staff - must wear a mask inside all common areas of the school except the classroom. Masks can also be removed when students are eating. Transportation: No more than 48 students will be allowed on a school bus, with no more than two students sitting on the same bench. Preschool and elementary school students are strongly encouraged to wear masks, while older students are required to wear them. New routines: When schools return in the fall, teachers will move from classroom to classroom, but students will stay put. Backup plans: In the event of an outbreak in one class, the entire classroom bubble will be sent home to continue studies remotely. Authorities are also putting together an emergency protocol in the event of a second wave to ensure instruction continues online if entire schools are again forced to close. Ideas include quickly distributing tablets or laptops to students needing them and establishing a digital platform to continue courses and maintain communication. --- NEW BRUNSWICK The province has outlined a set of requirements schools must follow in developing their plans for the fall. Back to class: Students in kindergarten to Grade 8 are to attend school full time, while those in Grades 9 to 12 are to be taught using a combination of in-class and remote instruction. At-home course work can include online learning, guided projects and experiential education. Groups: For kindergarten through Grade 2, group sizes will be reduced to about 15, wherever possible. Group sizes should also be shrunk for Grades 3 to 5. Grades 6 to 8 will resume at regular class sizes. Students in Grades 9 to 12 will not be grouped because of their schedules and course options. Physical distance: Grade 9 to 12 classrooms are required to maintain a one-metre distance, while a two-metre distance is recommended in common areas at all grade levels. Masks: It's unclear where the province stands on staff and students wearing masks. Transportation: The province says it's working with school districts to develop plans for transportation. Pickup and drop-off schedules may be staggered. New routines: Arrivals, breaks and lunches are to be staggered. Public access to school buildings will be limited, and students, staff and visitors may also be subject to screening. High school students will be expected to have their own laptop or similar device, and some subsidies will be available. --- PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND Schools on the Island are preparing to welcome all students back to class, while drafting backup plans for remote studies if required. Back to class: Schools are to reopen for teachers and staff on Sept. 1 and for students on Sept. 8. Groups: Students will be organized into cohorts when possible and limit their exposure to others. Physical distancing: Students will be taught about the importance of physical distancing, and extra teaching and cleaning staff may be hired. Schools are also asked to reduce class sizes as much as possible, reconfigure classrooms and make use of spaces such as libraries and multipurpose rooms. Masks: The province says all staff and students in Grades 7-12 are "strongly recommended" to wear masks when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Students from kindergarten through Grade 6 may wear masks when physical distancing is impossible. Staff interacting with children who have complex medical needs are strongly recommended to wear face shields and gloves. Transportation: Parents are asked to take their kids to school whenever possible. To reduce the number of riders on buses, schools may add vehicles and routes or implement walk-to-school programs. It is strongly recommended that all students and drivers wear masks on the bus. New routines: P.E.I. education authorities are revising curricula for this school year to make up for learning gaps caused by lockdown constraints. Schools will stagger schedules to minimize congestion. The provincial school food program will be expanded next year in keeping with public health precautions. Elementary school students will stay in their classrooms for lunch. --- NOVA SCOTIA Education Minister Zach Churchill says the province's objective is for schools to return to 100 per cent capacity in the fall, but its plan includes measures to address the possible onset of a second wave of COVID-19. Back to class: The province aims to have all elementary and high school students in classrooms by Sept. 8. Groups: Students will be asked to keep to cohorts. Physical distancing: Students and staff will be encouraged to maintain a two-metre distance whenever possible. Lecture rooms will be reorganized to increase space between desks. Masks: Masks are not required in classrooms, but students and staff may choose to wear them. While it's recommended that they bring their own, masks will be provided to those who don't have one. Staff and students in Grades 10 to 12 must wear masks when physical distancing is difficult. Transportation: Students who take the school bus will be required to wear non-medical masks. New routines: Only students and staff will be permitted to enter school buildings. When possible, teachers will be asked to move their classes outdoors. Students will be asked to bring their own computers to school, and the province says it has acquired an additional 14,000 devices for those with limited access to technology. Backup plans: If a COVID-19 outbreak occurs during the academic year, schools will move to a blended learning model with smaller class sizes and home learning for older students. --- NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR The province's back-to-school plan aims to maximize in-class attendance with the option of a return to remote learning if the COVID-19 risk increases. Back to class: The province's plan outlines three scenarios - in-class instruction, remote learning or a combination of both, depending on the COVID-19 risk in a particular community. Groups: Cohorting by class is recommended when it's feasible, but students' schedules shouldn't be disrupted to support smaller groupings. Physical distancing: Schools should aim to create a two-metre distance between desks, or as much distance as possible. However, provincial authorities say these precautions should not interfere with the daily school routine, and strict physical distancing should not be "over-emphasized" to children, because it is not practical and can cause psychological harm. Masks: The province does not recommend masks for children, but says their use should not be "stigmatized" for those that choose to wear them. Staff will not be required to wear masks if physical distancing is possible. Transportation: It will be up to school districts to determine their transportation operations, considering precautions such as assigning seats and separating the driver with a physical divider. New routines: All students must bring their own supplies in keeping with a "no sharing" policy. Backup plans: In the event of moderate-to-widespread transmission of COVID-19, school districts will move to online learning. Classroom attendance should be limited to about 50 per cent when the COVID-19 risk in a community is considered low to moderate. Newfoundland and Labrador says it will spend $20 million to purchase laptops for teachers and students in Grades 7 through 12 to support remote learning. --- YUKON The territorial government says it's making plans for the next school year that include flexibility around the number of students in classes if there's a second wave of COVID-19 or increased risk of transmission. It says each school will determine how it will adjust its operations to meet those guidelines, and school principals and staff are expected to share that information prior to September. Back to class: Preliminary plans indicate that in rural communities, all students will return to school full time. In Whitehorse, however, kids in kindergarten through Grade 9 will return to full-day in-school instruction, while Grades 10 to 12 will spend half their day in the classroom, and the rest learning remotely. Groups: Class sizes may be smaller to meet safety restrictions. Masks: Wearing masks is a personal choice. Transportation: Bus school and schedules will be posted to the territory's website. New routines: Schedule shakeups may mean that some students won't have their regular teacher or the same classmates. School meal programs may be adapted with new safety measures and pickup options. Backup plans: The territory has outlined a spectrum of school options if the risk to the community increases, ranging from rotating schedules to suspension of face-to-face learning.   --- NORTHWEST TERRITORIES All N.W.T. schools have submitted plans to reopen their doors this fall. The territory says education authorities are taking a flexible approach in their planning to account for a potential second wave of COVID-19 in the fall. Back to class: While plans will vary from school to school, the territory will offer in-person instruction whenever possible, while ensuring alternative options are available. Groups: Students in kindergarten through Grade 6 will be in classroom "bubbles," and won't have to practise physical distancing within these groups. Physical distancing: For Grades 7 to 9, students are asked to maintain a one-metre distance from each other, and two-metre distance from staff. Grade 10 to 12 students are asked to allow for two metres of distance from their peers and instructors. Masks: Students of all ages may be required to wear masks in situations where physical distance cannot be practised, such as moving through the hallways. Transportation: There may be changes to bus schedules, and all riders will be required to wear masks. New routines: More time will be spent learning outside. School hours and schedules may also look different. Students are asked to label personal items and not share. Backup plans: The territory says schools are preparing to shift between in-person, distance and blended learning at short notice should there become active COVID-19 cases. --- NUNAVUT The territory has released a four-stage plan for reopening schools based on the risk of the novel coronavirus in a community. Back to class: There are no reported COVID-19 cases in Nunavut, so all schools are set to reopen  this fall with enhanced cleaning and safety precautions. Groups: It is recommended that schools cohort students by class and limit mixing as much as possible. Physical distancing: Distance requirements will depend on what stage a community is in, and will primarily be achieved by limiting school attendance. Masks: In most cases, the use of masks is not recommended for children. If there are exceptions, parents will be notified, and masks will be provided. Transportation: As it stands, bus schedules are set to resume. Students older than 13 may be required to wear masks. New routines: Group activities will be limited. Students won't be allowed to share food in lunchrooms. Backup plans: The territory says schools could go part-time if contact tracing were to identify a possible source of COVID-19. All schools would be closed if community transmission were to take place.   This report was first published by The Canadian Press on Aug. 12, 2020.   The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Hockey Association releases guidelines, but no date set for season

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:46
The Saskatchewan Hockey Association has put out guidelines for hockey to return, but there’s still one major detail missing: A date. The SHA said the province and health officials are not prepared to set a date for when hockey games can be played. That includes minor, junior and senior leagues. The SHA said all teams should be aware of the guidelines being put in place by Hockey Canada, which can be found online. Those will include masks being recommended for coaches and team staff in areas where physical distancing is not easy to do, such as in locker rooms and on benches. Players will also need to use their own clearly marked water bottles and cannot share them. Hockey Canada also said pre-game and post-game handshakes should be eliminated. Minor hockey associations that have AA teams can host their identification camps but are restricted to a 50-person limit according to the province’s Re-Open Saskatchewan guidelines surrounding mini-leagues. A total of 30 individuals within the total of 50 can participate in one ice session at a time. Organizers must also keep a record of attendees, and people participating in the event, including spectators, must sign in with a name, phone number and/or email to help with contact tracing. Once teams are formed, they can only practise together. AA teams are comprised of players who live in the AA community or live nearest to the AA community except for four major cities that can’t draw players from outside their cities. (Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert for male; Regina and Saskatoon for female). Other hockey teams are formed outside the four larger cities in the following fashion:
  • U11/U9/U7 communities must register players who live nearest to their community with an allowable radius of 80 kilometres;
  • U13 communities can register any players from within an 80-km radius;
  • U15 communities can register any players from within a 120-km radius; and,
  • U18 communities can register any players from within a 160-km radius.
There won’t be any tournaments held in the province and teams won’t be allowed to participate in tournaments in different provinces until at least the new year.

Health workers' union protests in Saskatoon

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:39
Barbara Cape says she saw a lot of tired eyes above the masks worn by union members demonstrating outside Saskatoon's St. Paul's Hospital on Wednesday. Read More

U of S professor floats the idea of ‘pool testing’ for back-to-school plan

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:36
A microbiologist at the University of Saskatchewan believes the province needs a different approach to COVID-19 testing in schools. Kyle Anderson, an assistant professor of biochemistry, microbiology and immunology at the U of S, thinks pooled testing should be used for Saskatchewan schools. Anderson, who has five kids of his own, believes the government’s current plan lacks a lot of attention. Pool testing, also known as surveillance testing, tests multiple samples of COVID-19 in one batch. “This would get as many tests done as possible. There can be 10 swabs washed into the same solution to make a single test,” said Anderson. “Whether one student has the virus or two, each student in that group would be tested individually afterwards to catch the cases before they could spread.” In Anderson’s method, each classroom could undergo weekly pool testing. Anderson added that constant testing could help identify asymptomatic kids who may be unknowingly spreading COVID-19. If a test result comes back negative, the classroom would be OK until the next week. If there was a positive case, individualized tests would be done on everyone in the group. Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, said during a media conference Tuesday that broad testing at schools isn't part of the current back-to-school plan. “Children who are in school are a high property. We need to make sure tests are done in a timely way,” Shahab said. Despite the current plan in place, Shahab added that pool testing is a very interesting concept. Anderson described more important elements of broader testing in schools in a video he shared to Facebook on Monday.

Traffic stop near Shellbrook results in weapons charges

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:30
Two people are facing weapons-related charges after the RCMP stopped a vehicle Sunday near Shellbrook. In a media release Wednesday, the Mounties said members of the Provincial Crime Reduction Team conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle turning onto a dirt road Sunday at about 3 p.m. After pulling over the vehicle, the officers became suspicious of the occupants and started a firearms and weapons possession investigation. A search was done and officers found two modified firearms, bear spray, several knives, drug paraphernalia and ammunition. A 36-year-old man from Beauval was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a prohibited firearm without authorization, possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, failure to comply with a firearms prohibition, possession of ammunition while prohibited and failure to comply with an undertaking. A 20-year-old woman from the Shellbrook area was charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a prohibited firearm without authorization, and possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle. The third person in the vehicle, a 39-year-old man from Saskatoon, was given a traffic ticket for driving without a licence.

U of S prof suggests 'pool' testing to make Saskatchewan schools safer

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:18
University of Saskatchewan professor Kyle Anderson wants the provincial government to try "pool" testing to make the return to schools this fall safer. Read More

Students, parents react to Safe Schools Plan update

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:16
WATCH: Some school divisions are revising its back-to-school safety plans to include mask mandates. For some the increased measures offer a sigh of relief. But as Allison Bamford reports many are still questioning the province’s role saying more needs to be done.
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Puerto Rico Supreme Court upholds second round of primaries

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:09
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the votes cast during a botched primary over the weekend are valid and that a second round of voting will be held this Sunday at centres that never opened or did not remain open for the required eight hours. The ruling was a response to five lawsuits filed after missing or delayed ballots meant that voting occurred in only about 60 of Puerto Rico's 110 precincts last Sunday. "Let's hope that, in the name of democracy, there are no more failures, inefficiencies, errors or delays. Any other result or deviation from what is stated here would be clearly unacceptable," the court stated. Three of the five lawsuits were filed by gubernatorial nominees who demanded that the votes already cast be tallied and made public. A fourth suit by Gov. Wanda Vzquez, who competed in her party's primary, asked that a second round of voting be held at all voting centres that opened late. The fifth lawsuit was filed by a female voter represented by the American Civil Liberties Union who sought that the entire primary be scrapped and held again. The decision was celebrated by voters, including Andrs Prez, a retiree who stood in line for nine hours before going home after being told that his voting centre would not open. "They did a good job," he said of the Supreme Court justices. "It's what's easiest and least problematic." Prez said he would show up at the same voting centre at 6 a.m. Sunday to cast his balot. Electoral officials acknowledged after the voting debacle that the last remaining ballots didn't arrive until Saturday night and that rental trucks carrying ballots and electronic voting machines didn't go out until early Sunday, the day of the primary. The materials usually are delivered one or two days ahead of time. Vzquez and the presidents of the island's two main parties have demanded the resignation of the elections commission president, Juan Ernesto Dvila. Dvila has said it would be irresponsible to do resign while the primaries are still unresolved and told The Associated Press that he does not believe it was a mistake to hold the primaries despite knowing things were running behind schedule. He blamed the delays on the pandemic, Tropical Storm Isaias and a last minute request from both parties for additional ballots. "I want to urge the People of Puerto Rico to have confidence in our electoral system," Dvila said in a statement shortly after the ruling. "We will evaluate and adopt the corresponding measures to ensure that the voting process is orderly and that the expectations of the voters who participate in this process are honoured." A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances has authorized $1.27 million for the second round of votes, warning in a letter that "the efficiency in the use of these funds is paramount." Vzquez is competing against Pedro Pierluisi, a former justice secretary who represented Puerto Rico in Congress for eight years, for the gubernatorial nomination of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party. Pierluisi briefly served as governor last year after Gov. Ricardo Rossell quit following huge protests over corruption and a profanity-laced chat that was leaked. But the island's Supreme Court ruled Vzquez was constitutionally next in line as justice secretary since there was no secretary of state at the time. The main opposition Popular Democratic Party has three nominees: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yuln Cruz, known for her public spats with U.S. President Donald Trump following Hurricane Maria; Puerto Rico Sen. Eduardo Bhatia; and Carlos Delgado, mayor of the northwest town of Isabela. Bhatia said he respected the decision of the Supreme Court and like others urged people to go out again and vote. "Don't let anyone make you think that the decision has already been made," he said. "Don't let anyone make you think that your vote doesn't count." DNica Coto, The Associated Press

Southern Saskatchewan provincial parks receiving upgrades

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:01
The $8-million investment is part of $14.6 million being invested across Saskatchewan’s provincial parks system this year.
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SEIU-West protests in Saskatoon amid stalled contract talks

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 16:55
Members of SEIU-West were out on Saskatoon streets waving purple signs and ringing cowbells on Wednesday to protest a lack of progress in collective bargaining talks. Protests at 11 different health-care locations for a roughly three-hour period were the latest tactic to try and force the provincial government back to the negotiating table after going more than three years without a contract. President Barbara Cape feels the pressure from members to strike a deal. "We've been without a collective agreement in the health-care sector, as of today, it's 1,230 days," Cape said. "Our members are frustrated. They're burning out." Cape says no contract means less power to recruit and retain laboratory technicians, licensed practical nurses, and the dozens of other careers at the frontlines of the pandemic fight. Seeing other funding decisions over the last few months for things like a new playing surface at Griffiths Stadium makes Cape think more money for more staff is there. "How is it possible that we have resources during a pandemic to offer up to the CFL? We have resources to returf a practice field, but we don't have resources for frontline health-care workers who are walking into some pretty precarious situations every single day," Cape said. A spokesman with the province declined to comment on the ongoing negotiations. "The government of Saskatchewan respects the collective bargaining process and believes the best agreements are the ones that are negotiated by the parties," a statement from the province said. "It would be inappropriate to make any comments on the specifics of negotiations while the parties are still bargaining." There’s another fast-approaching obstacle that could drag these negotiations on even further: A fall election. "Right now we're in a period: The silly season of election campaigning without the writ being dropped," Cape said. "We really call on the Government of Saskatchewan to check your conscience and consider what we're doing to our health-care system." Cape said Health Minister Jim Reiter hasn't been seen in months as the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations, which represents the interests of SEIU-West in contract negotiations, attempts to make progress on discussions ahead of the election.