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Canadian Taylor Pendrith notches career-best tie for third at Korn Ferry event

3 hours 38 min ago
BERTHOUD, Colo. - Canadian golfer Taylor Pendrith posted the best finish of his career on the Korn Ferry Tour on Saturday, tying for third at the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes. Pendrith, from Richmond Hill, Ont., was 13 under for the tournament after shooting a 2-under 70 in the fourth and final round. The 29-year-old Pendrith and four other golfers finished two strokes behind winner Will Zalatoris of the United States. Fellow American Chase Johnson was second at 14 under. Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., tied for 10th at 10 under, while Vancouver's Stuart Macdonald tied for 63rd at one over. The result pushes Pendrith up 23 spots to 26th on the Korn Ferry points list. The top 25 at season's end earn PGA Tour cards. Pendrith's previous best showing on the PGA Tour's top feeder circuit was a tie for fourth in 2016 at the Club Colombia Championship. One shot back entering the final round Saturday, Pendrith moved into a tie for the lead after draining three birdies on his front nine. But bogeys on Nos. 10 and 14 dropped him back before a birdie on No. 16 allowed Pendrith to notch the career-best result. The tour shifts to San Antonio for its next two events. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2020.   The Canadian Press

Blue Jays hope to start team workouts at Toronto’s Rogers Centre Monday

3 hours 41 min ago
The Toronto Blue Jays will have plenty of young talent with them when they open summer training camp at Rogers Centre next week. But even with the minor-league season officially cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, general manager Ross Atkins says that doesn't mean those potential future stars will make the major-league roster this year. Toronto's top prospect, 23-year-old right-hander Nate Pearson, was included in the Blue Jays player pool that was announced last week - a group of up to 60 players that will train with the team ahead of the shortened MLB season. Fellow pitching prospects Alek Manoah and Simeon Woods Richardson were also included on that list, as was infielder Jordan Groshans and catcher Alejandro Kirk.  Atkins says there will be plenty to think about before adding those players to their roster for a 60-game season that is set to begin July 23. "I think our best development opportunity, as it stands right now, is going to be in the major leagues, but then it becomes balancing - is that actually what's best for them at this time? And putting them in the best possible position to have extended success," Atkins told reporters on a conference call Saturday.  "We've talked a lot about this in the past - throwing someone into the major leagues on opening day just because it seems like they're the hottest, they're looking the best. We always want to factor in the body of work, what it means to be there on opening day. ... So the transitions are a huge part of success in our view in ensuring that a player is getting to the highest level in optimal form while (also) balancing your desire to win every single day." Toronto's player pool will be training at Rogers Centre after receiving permission from the Canadian government this week to use the stadium for camp purposes. Atkins said the plan is for players and personnel to fly to Toronto from their spring training site in Dunedin, Fla., on Sunday with the first team workout Monday. Players who have been cleared with two negative COVID tests have already been training in Dunedin. Those who don't make the initial 30-man roster for the season will continue training in Buffalo, Atkins said, though he added that the team is still finalizing those plans. Without minor-league games, ensuring players get their reps seems like a difficult task. But Atkins says the Blue Jays are "going to be creative as we possibly can" with developing their young players in an environment lacking any real competitiveness. "We've already talked a lot about how we can create the best development opportunities while having guys primed to help our major-league team," he said. "And then beyond that, we'll continue to do the things we have been doing and putting guys in positions to continue to think about baseball in a different way and think about their development in different way." Atkins expects most MLB teams to carry a large number of pitchers on their rosters, especially early in the season, as they continue to build their arms back up after a significant layoff. He says he's happy with where Toronto's starting pitchers are at now, with some getting up to four innings of simulated-game practice lately, but added that the team will likely have to ease them into game speed. "What we'll focus on is competitiveness and less on bulk as they start the season," he said. "So if one of our starting pitchers is only able to make it four innings or three innings on his first start, we'll be prepared to offset that. "We would rather make sure that the effectiveness and the health is at the forefront." A shortened season - couple with a condensed training period - also adds much more urgency to each game. So roster construction will become more important from the outset, Atkins said. "There's always the pull and tug with getting into a rhythm and guys finding that rhythm and their timing, especially for hitters," he said. "What you don't want is a revolving door and people just coming and going. "I think the ultimate outcome is when you have every piece of your roster in a position to make an impact in some way, and you're figuring out a way to maximize that." This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2020. Melissa Couto, The Canadian Press

Yanks pitcher Tanaka alert after hit in head by Stanton blow

3 hours 56 min ago
NEW YORK - Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was alert and sent to a hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the team's first official summer camp workout. Tanaka's hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground, cradling his head at Yankee Stadium. Trainers quickly ran to Tanaka, who stayed down for a few minutes before sitting up. Trainers tended to his head and appeared to check his vision. Tanaka was helped to his feet and walked off the field with help. The Yankees said in a statement that Tanaka was responsive and walking under his own power. He was sent to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation. Stanton, who had his jaw broken by a high fastball in 2014, bent over at home plate and watched motionlessly. New York star Aaron Judge repeatedly waved behind home plate and asked a video journalist to stop taking images. Yankees players, some still stretching at the start of the club's first official practice since Major League Baseball set a truncated 60-game schedule last month, stood or knelt silently. Stanton was the third batter Tanaka faced to start the session, and no protective screen was in place. The music that was playing over the sound system was turned off and a screen was put in front of the mound. Pitcher Jordan Montgomery began warming up and started to throw to hitters about five minutes after Tanaka walked off. The music was turned back on a few minutes later. The 31-year-old Tanaka was 11-9 with a 4.45 ERA last season. The Japanese star is 75-43 in six years with the Yankees. ___ Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Jake Seiner, The Associated Press

Alberta First Nation monitors hundreds for COVID-19 as it announces curfew

4 hours 7 min ago
SIKSIKA NATION, Alta. - A First Nation in southern Alberta has implemented a curfew as its health workers monitor more than 200 people for signs they may have developed COVID-19. Siksika Nation Chief Ouray Crowfoot said in video messages posted on Facebook that as of Thursday there were 21 known COVID-19 positive cases with links to the community west of Calgary, and that five separate and unrelated case clusters had been uncovered in the previous 12 days. Crowfoot said that as of Wednesday, 258 Siksika Nation members were under "active investigation and daily followup" by the community's health services team - a number he said had quadrupled in only three days. On Friday, councillors approved a temporary curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, with exceptions that Crowfoot said can be made on an as-needed basis for work or other reasons. Crowfoot encouraged Siksika Nation members to co-operate with health officials if they call, and to avoid non-essential travel to nearby cities.  He said the risk of community transmission is high and that each new case cluster makes it even harder to contact trace and isolate people fast enough. "We realize you have freedom of choice but we don't have freedom of consequence. If we choose not to follow these guidelines, the consequence may be that we contract the virus and spread the virus further through our community," Crowfoot warned in a video message posted Thursday. In a message posted Friday, Crowfoot said his community had met meeting with federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and Alberta Indigenous Affairs Minister Rick Wilson to address shortfalls in resources for dealing with the pandemic. Crowfoot said the community's annual Sun Dance ceremony was continuing, but that each participant was being tested prior to entering and that health workers were screening people as they came and went. "It is understandable that people may feel anxious regarding this current situation, but if we continue to stay vigilant to the public health measures and do our best to limit travel and to avoid gatherings we have a chance to slow down the spread on our nation and also give our health team a chance to do their job," Crowfoot said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 4, 2020 The Canadian Press

RCMP search for information after vehicle shot leaving gas station

5 hours 47 min ago
Maidstone RCMP is looking to identify and arrest people responsible for shooting at a vehicle leaving a gas station. The RCMP received calls on Friday night about a vehicle being shot at north of Lloydminster. The vehicle, allegedly carrying the perpetrators, is described as a dark coloured Ford F-150 extended cab. It was later recovered on Highway 17 near Lloydminster, Alberta. No one was with the truck when it was found, according to RCMP in a media release. The RCMP believe this was a random incident. No one was injured during the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maidstone RCMP by calling 306-893-4800. Information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers online.

‘This is something that needs another look:’ Petition started to revive Saskatchewan film industry

6 hours 20 min ago
‘Just Friends’ starring Ryan Reynolds, and ‘The Messengers’ featuring Kristen Stewart. These are just two of many movies and shows that have been filmed in Saskatchewan featuring star-studded casts. But since the film tax credit was eliminated in 2012 the appeal of coming to Saskatchewan to film shows or movies has became obsolete, according to Alyson Ford. “All these other provinces are booming with film, yet Saskatchewan is twiddling their thumbs. When I think of the root cause of this, I think of the tax-credit being eliminated,” she said. Ford started a petition to bring awareness to the idea of reinstating the film tax credit. Her petition has already garnered more than 4,000 signatures and continues to grow. “In 2012 we unfortunately lost this credit, and it was a very large incentive for companies to come and do business in Saskatchewan,” said Ford. “Fast forward a few years, we kept seeing production companies leaving the province, we also found that we weren’t attracting many new production companies. The industry became very stagnant in Saskatchewan.” Creative Saskatchewan had offered $2-million dollars in grants for projects intended to be shot in Saskatchewan, as well as employing Saskatchewan-based crew. The Saskatchewan Party has claimed that it’s enough to keep the industry going in Saskatchewan but Ford disagrees. “We need some sort of incentive for the future of film in Saskatchewan,” she said. “This is something that needs another look. It will generate jobs, tax-dollars, as well as bring excitement to communities around the province.” Covid-19 has created a huge backlog on production for shows and movies, with some titles being pushed back up to two years. “The filming industry is now behind and will have to catch up, there isn’t a better time to bring production back to Saskatchewan. It could be a huge inject to our hospitality and tourism industry,” she added. Ford said she had people from different political parties reach out to her and say that they would take a greater look at the credit if they were elected in the fall provincial election. “These production companies should film here because we are a beautiful province,” Ford said. “We have a lot of talented people here.”

Severe thunderstorm watches issued for central and southern Sask.

7 hours 40 min ago
Environment Canada has issued severe thunderstorm watches for several parts of central and southern Saskatchewan. The affected areas include regions around Outlook, Humboldt, Swift Current, Moose Jaw and Fort Qu’Appelle. The cities of Lloydminster and Regina are also covered. In Environment Canada’s terminology, a “watch” means that conditions are favourable for severe weather, including strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. This is different from “warnings,” where dangerous weather is highly probably or already underway. People are being urged to keep an eye on alerts and forecasts. Severe weather has already been observed this weekend. On Friday night, the weather office issued tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings for the southern part of the province. At the Assiniboia weather station, wind gusts were as high as 122 kilometres per hour.

PEI reports three new COVID-19 cases, including one seniors’ residence employee

7 hours 50 min ago
CHARLOTETOWN, P.E.I. - Prince Edward Island is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since late April, including one person who worked at a Charlottetown seniors' home. Dr. Heather Morrison, the province's chief public health officer, says the three cases include a man in his 50s and two people in their 20s. None of the cases are related to seasonal residents or the opening of the Atlantic bubble this week. The man in his 50s was an essential worker who'd recently travelled outside the province and has self-isolated since returning home. The other two cases are connected and involve a male in his 20s who travelled to Nova Scotia and came into contact with someone from the United States and is asymptomatic. The female is connected to that person and is symptomatic, and worked at Whisperwood Villa, a seniors' residence in Charlottetown where residents will be tested. She wore protective equipment on the job, did not provide direct care to residents and left as soon as she felt unwell. As a precaution, all residents and staff will be tested at the home on Saturday afternoon but Morrison said risk of transmission is considered low and none of the residents are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Morrison says it's disappointing, but authorities have frequently said they needed to be ready for more cases. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2020. The Canadian Press

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

7 hours 55 min ago
OTTAWA - Migrant workers and other non-permanent residents - many of whom have been working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic - are taking to the streets in cities across Canada today, calling on Ottawa to grant them greater rights and protections. Temporary foreign farm labourers, care workers, international students and undocumented workers who have been working throughout the pandemic as "essential workers" say they are being left behind by the Canadian government. Many have fallen ill and cannot access medical treatment, while others have not received wage top-ups offered to other essential workers - all because of their non-permanent status in Canada. Meanwhile, migrant or undocumented workers who have lost employment due to the pandemic have been ineligible to receive emergency income supports such as the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, making them even more vulnerable. Syed Hussan, executive director of Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, says Canada's social welfare, health care and education systems are designed to offer differentiated rights on the basis of people's status. He says everyone deserves to have the have the same rights and protections, which is why the alliance and all those marching today are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to grant permanent residency to all non-permanent residents in the country. The cross-country action comes a week after the death of Juan Lopez Chaparro, a 55-year-old father of four who has been the third migrant farm worker to die from COVID-19 in Canada. The Canadian Press

Raptors will face Houston, Portland and Phoenix in three scrimmages

8 hours 26 min ago
The Toronto Raptors will face their first competition in more than four months when they play the Houston Rockets in a scrimmage on July 24. The NBA released the scrimmage schedule on Saturday ahead of the July 30 restart. Each team will play three exhibition games at Disney World in Orlando. The Raptors will also face Portland on July 26, and Phoenix on July 28. Toronto opens the eight-game seeding round on Aug. 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA shut down March 11 due to COVID-19. The 22 teams playing in the seeding round are scheduled to arrive in Orlando next week. The Canadian Press

CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos plan to talk to Inuit communities about team name

8 hours 36 min ago
EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos “will ramp up” their engagement with Inuit communities to evaluate their views on the CFL team’s name. The Eskimos made the announcement Friday. “We recognize that there has been increased attention to the name recently and we will ramp up our ongoing engagement with the Inuit communities to assess their views,” the CFL team said in a statement. In February, the Eskimos announced they were keeping their name. That followed a year-long research process that involved Inuit leaders and community members across Canada. “The Edmonton Eskimos conducted an extensive research and engagement program with Canada’s Inuit community regarding our team name,” the team said in its statement Friday. “We announced the findings from that program several months ago which included the fact that there was no consensus among the Inuit people and considerable support for the Eskimos name among Inuit in various parts of Canada.” The name has been used by Edmonton sports teams since the late 19th century. Also on Friday, the NFL’s Washington Redskins announced they were undergoing a “thorough review” of their nickname. In a statement, the club said recent events in the United States and feedback from the community prompted the review. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians said they will review their long-debated nickname on Friday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 3, 2020. The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version contained outdated information about the Edmonton Eskimos’ team name.

Powerful storm system moves through S. Sask, more coming

10 hours 24 min ago
Environment Canada issued tornado warnings along with severe thunderstorm warnings and watches as a powerful storm system moved through southern Saskatchewan Friday evening. "With the amount of energy that was present last night (Friday) the thunderstorms grew quite rapidly and quite quickly," Environment Canada meteorologist Justin Shaer said. Tornado warnings first began in the Assiniboia and Gravelbourg areas around 6:30 p.m. The warnings explained the storm system was developing strong rotations and was capable of damaging winds, large hail and intense rainfall. During the peak of the storm, Shaer said the Assiniboia weather station recorded a wind gust at 122 kilometres an hour. Posts on Twitter overnight showed the storm's impact on the Weyburn area. Just got home in Weyburn and part of West side on Highway 13 is a bit flooded #skstorm 11:53pm pic.twitter.com/N9V40IrLHb - Tia Griep (@wxamorilla7) July 4, 2020 While Shaer did not have rainfall totals for Weyburn on Saturday morning, but he said flooding wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility. "There were some severe thunderstorms that did go through the Weyburn area around 11 p.m. to maybe midnight," he explained. "The Weyburn weather station did record a wind gust of 109km/h." Another storm system developing in Montana could mean another unstable evening. "There is the potential for severe thunderstorms again over southern Saskatchewan toward Carlyle and Estevan again," Shaer said. "The southwest isn't necessarily out of it as well...it's still quite a lot of energy." This type of weather is arriving right on time for the prairies, according to Shaer. "Storm season typically matches up with crop season. So when you see the crops growing they're usually providing quite a bit of moisture into the atmosphere which then feeds the energy for thunderstorms," he said.

Whitecaps’ match against FC Dallas at MLS is Back Tournament pushed back

10 hours 30 min ago
The Vancouver Whitecaps' opening match against FC Dallas at the MLS is Back Tournament has been pushed back. Six FC Dallas players have tested positive for COVID-19 since arriving in Florida and the entire Dallas delegation is currently quarantining at the MLS host hotel. The Whitecaps, meanwhile, had to delay their departure south because of a pair of inconclusive test results that prompted more testing - which subsequently proved to be negative, according to the league. Their matchup was originally scheduled for July 10. The game will now be played later in the group stage, on a date yet to be announced. "The later match date will allow both teams additional training days in Orlando in advance of their first match," the league said in a statement. Both teams will open the tournament July 15 with Vancouver facing San Jose and Dallas taking on the Seattle Sounders. Vancouver, originally slated to leave Wednesday, is now scheduled to arrive in Orlando on Monday. The Montreal Impact arrived in Florida on Thursday. Toronto FC was scheduled to fly Saturday after pushing back its departure by one day, citing the need for more time to complete pre-travel COVID testing. The World Cup-style tournament is taking place at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in the Orlando area.   This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2020. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Powerful storm system moves through S. Sask, more coming

10 hours 31 min ago
Environment Canada issued tornado warnings along with severe thunderstorm warnings and watches as a powerful storm system moved through southern Saskatchewan Friday evening. “With the amount of energy that was present last night (Friday) the thunderstorms grew quite rapidly and quite quickly,” Environment Canada meteorologist Justin Shaer said. Tornado warnings first began in the Assiniboia and Gravelbourg areas around 6:30 p.m. The warnings explained the storm system was developing strong rotations and was capable of damaging winds, large hail and intense rainfall. During the peak of the storm, Shaer said the Assiniboia weather station recorded a wind gust at 122 kilometres an hour. Posts on Twitter overnight showed the storm’s impact on the Weyburn area. Just got home in Weyburn and part of West side on Highway 13 is a bit flooded #skstorm 11:53pm pic.twitter.com/N9V40IrLHb - Tia Griep (@wxamorilla7) July 4, 2020 While Shaer did not have rainfall totals for Weyburn on Saturday morning, but he said flooding wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility. “There were some severe thunderstorms that did go through the Weyburn area around 11 p.m. to maybe midnight,” he explained. “The Weyburn weather station did record a wind gust of 109km/h.” Another storm system developing in Montana could mean another unstable evening. “There is the potential for severe thunderstorms again over southern Saskatchewan toward Carlyle and Estevan again,” Shaer said. “The southwest isn’t necessarily out of it as well…it’s still quite a lot of energy.” This type of weather is arriving right on time for the prairies, according to Shaer. “Storm season typically matches up with crop season. So when you see the crops growing they’re usually providing quite a bit of moisture into the atmosphere which then feeds the energy for thunderstorms,” he said.

Police announce fourth victim stemming from tractor tragedy southeast of Montreal

10 hours 45 min ago
MONTREAL - Quebec provincial police say a fourth person has died following Wednesday's tractor accident in Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, southeast of Montreal. The accident had claimed the lives of three children - all under the age of five - out of a total of 10 people who were thrown from the front loader of a tractor. Sgt. Claude Denis says today that police were informed Friday night of the death of one of the two adults who had been listed in critical condition earlier this week. The condition of the second adult wasn't immediately available. Five others - three children and two adults - were also seriously injured in the accident. A 38-year-old Quebec man was charged with criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm during a court appearance on Thursday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2020. The Canadian Press

Blackstrap has a new option to beat the summer heat in Saskatchewan

10 hours 58 min ago
With summer in full swing, people are itching to get outdoors and have some fun. A neat new business has popped up in the province that might be right up their alley. It’s called Saskatchewan Aquatic Adventures. It’s basically a giant inflatable playground on the water. Co-owner Steph Baer says it has everything. “There’s monkey bars, slides, there’s leap pads where you try and run across,” said Baer. “And there’s an all-in-one activity centre. It’s a big tower where you can slide down, you can jump off of it and you can test your endurance and see if you can climb up it.” One of the water parks just opened at Blackstrap Provincial Park. Because of COVID-19, operators have had to reduce the number of people they let on at one time; the limit is now around 80. Baer says despite the restrictions, people of all ages are enjoying the parks. “People are excited to get out and enjoy the warm air,” Baer said. “The summers are short so people just want to get out to the beach.” Saskatchewan Aquatic Adventures also runs out of Regina Beach and soon will be at Danielson Provincial Park near Loreburn. For more information go to its website.

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, Amnesty, sex worker advocates say

14 hours 41 min ago
OTTAWA - Canada's sex work laws are creating undue harm and contribute to human rights violations during COVID-19, sex workers and human rights advocates say, which is why they're now pushing Ottawa to stop enforcing them. Amnesty International Canada has joined a number of rights and sex work advocates in a lobby effort asking federal Justice Minister David Lametti for a moratorium on prostitution laws. "We need to make sure the existing laws on the books aren't enforced," said Jackie Hansen, women's rights campaigner for Amnesty International Canada. "Government has put them in a position where they won't provide them income supports and yet will criminalize them if they work. That just needs to stop." They say decriminalizing sex work would help ease the burden workers have faced by taking away police surveillance of their work and their lives. "Because sex work is not recognized as work, the labour standards and protocols that other industries are receiving right now are not available to the sex industry," says Jenn Clamen, national co-ordinator of the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform. Businesses employing sex workers often operate in the shadows, so as they reopen they have no way to formalize and co-ordinate safety protocols or access supports for personal protective equipment, which are available to other industries, Clamen said. These groups have also been raising alarm about how the criminalization of sex workers has caused them to remain ineligible to receive emergency income supports despite seeing their incomes disappear overnight when the pandemic hit. There are provisions in Canada's prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest, which has led many workers to prefer to remain undocumented, their incomes undeclared. This means they don't have the necessary paperwork to prove eligibility for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit - a program being administered through the federal tax system. "Criminalization is a direct barrier for accessing CERB and is a direct barrier for sex workers accessing other legal and social, medical supports in the community," said Jelena Vermilion, executive director of Sex Workers' Action Program (SWAP) Hamilton. Vermilion, who is also a sex worker, says organizations like hers have been raising money through grassroots campaigns to provide aid to those who are struggling. But despite the relative success of some of these local initiatives, this aid has only been able to offer $50 or $100 gift cards and cash transfers to workers. "That doesn't pay rent at the end of the day," she said. "A lot of us are not surviving. It's really pushing people who don't have the option to access CERB into destitution, into further entrenched poverty. It's going to cause people who were already on the margins, just surviving, to be ruined." The federal government has shovelled out millions in COVID-19 aid to shelters, sexual assault centres and a number of organizations that serve women and marginalized groups, including a $350-million investment to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. Clamen says these funds, while necessary, are not providing the help sex workers need. Middle-class Canadians who lost their jobs are getting access to income supports, but sex workers are being helped by charities giving out gift cards, she said. "The $100 grocery card that dictate where sex workers or people who don't have income should shop or get their groceries is an extremely paternalistic response to people who actually need income supports," Clamen said. "The money needs to go into the hands of people." While they continue to push for more direct financial aid, Amnesty International Canada, the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform and other rights advocates say halting the enforcement of the laws that criminalize their lives would do much more. "This is about the human rights of sex workers. When you are just furthering marginalization and you are furthering inequality, this is not where we want to be," Hansen said. "In a pandemic it can't be a response that leads to some groups being disproportionately marginalized and impacted because government finds it hard to figure out how to handle this issue." In a statement Friday, Lametti's office says officials are "aware of the specific concerns" that sex workers and advocates have highlighted but offered no comment on whether it is considering this legal move. "We continue to engage with individuals and groups affected by the former Bill C-36," the statement said, referencing the federal prostitution law brought in under the Conservative government of former prime minister Stephen Harper. That law is up for its mandatory five-year review this year, which Lametti's office says will provide "an appropriate forum for parliamentarians to examine the full range of effects that this legislation has had since its coming into force." This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2020. Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $25 million Lotto Max jackpot

14 hours 57 min ago
TORONTO - No winning ticket was sold for the $25 million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw. That means the jackpot for the next draw on July 7 will grow to approximately $30 million. The Canadian Press

A look at how provinces plan to emerge from the COVID-19 shutdown

16 hours 27 min ago
Provinces and territories have been releasing plans for easing restrictions that were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here is what some of the provinces have announced so far: Newfoundland and Labrador On July 3, Newfoundland and Labrador joined the other Atlantic provinces in lifting travel restrictions within the region. Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island can now travel to any of the other three provinces without self-isolating for 14 days after arriving. Visitors from provinces and territories outside the region will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days and adhere to local entry requirements. However, once the self-isolation period has passed, those visitors will also be allowed to travel within the Atlantic region. The premiers of Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick have also hinted restrictions could soon be lifted for visitors from the rest of Canada if all goes well. The province has also said it will begin allowing provincial historic sites to reopen, starting today (July 4). All sites will have one-way flow patterns for visitors, with designated entrance and exit doors where possible. The province entered "Alert Level 3" on June 8 in its five stage reopening plan. It means groups of up to 20 people are now permitted, as long as they observe physical distancing. Up to 19 people are allowed on public transit. Private health clinics, such as optometrists and dentists, can open, as well as medium-risk businesses such as clothing stores and hair salons. Eleven government service centres reopened to offer in-person services that can be booked by appointment, including written tests, driver exams and identification photos. During Level 4, some businesses such as law firms and other professional services were allowed to reopen along with regulated child-care centres, with some restrictions. Outdoor games of tennis were allowed to resume, though players must bring their own equipment and not share it. At Level 2, businesses with performance spaces and gyms are to reopen, while Level 1 would represent "the new normal." --- Nova Scotia Nova Scotia and the other Atlantic provinces lifted travel restrictions within the region on July 3. Residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island can now travel to any of the other three provinces without self-isolating for 14 days after arriving. The province is also increasing the limits on gatherings organized by recognized business or community organizations. That includes weddings, funerals, cultural events, concerts, festivals, dance recitals and faith-based gatherings, which, as of July 3, increase to 250 people if they're outdoors and 200 - with maximum 50 per cent capacity - if they're indoors. In either case, physical distancing is still required. The province announced on June 26 that all bars and restaurants could resume operating at full capacity and serve customers until midnight. However, establishments must continue to adhere to physical distancing rules. The province is also allowing private campgrounds to operate at 100 per cent capacity.  Provincial campgrounds reopened June 15 at reduced capacity to ensure a minimum of six metres between individual sites.  All public pools can now reopen with physical distancing for lane swimming and aquafit classes. These events do not include family gatherings, which remain limited to a 50-person maximum with physical distancing. The province earlier announced that Nova Scotians could start gathering in close social groups of up to 10 without physical distancing. Licensed child-care centres and family daycare homes reopened across the province on June 15. Nova Scotia has allowed summer day camps for children to open as long as they have a plan to follow public health measures. Most businesses ordered shut in late March were allowed to reopen on June 5. The list of businesses includes bars and restaurant dining rooms, hair salons, barber shops, gyms and yoga studios, among others. Some health providers were also able to reopen, including dentistry, optometry, chiropractic and physiotherapy offices. The province has said there will be no return to school this year. --- Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island and the other Atlantic provinces are lifting travel restrictions within the region on July 3. The province has now moved into Phase 4 of its reopening strategy. Households can now gather in groups of up to 15 indoors and up to 100 people can congregate in larger venues. People can also gather for religious services of up to 50, or up to 100 in larger churches. More personal services are also available and casinos are reopening. Under Phase 3, which began June 1, in-house dining at restaurants was allowed. Small groups were permitted to participate in recreational and some sporting activities and libraries got the green light to reopen. Gatherings of up to 15 people indoors and 20 people outdoors and the reopening of child-care centres were also allowed. As well, family and friends could once again visit residents at long-term care homes, though the visits require an appointment and must take place outdoors. People wanting to travel to seasonal residences can apply to do so, and will be put through a risk assessment before approval. Seasonal residents will also to be tested for COVID-19 before completing two weeks in self-isolation after arriving in the province. Under Phase 2, non-contact outdoor recreational activities were permitted, and retail businesses could reopen with physical distancing and select health-service providers. Priority non-urgent surgeries resumed on May 1. The P.E.I. legislature resumed May 26. --- New Brunswick New Brunswick and the other Atlantic provinces lifted travel restrictions within the region on July 3. Its premier has also hinted restrictions could soon be lifted for visitors from the rest of Canada if all goes well. The province moved to the yellow phase of its COVID-19 recovery plan on May 22, allowing barbers and hair stylists to reopen as well as churches and fitness facilities. Dental care, massage, chiropractors and other "close contact" businesses and services could also reopen. But the Campbellton region, which extends from Whites Brook to the Belledune, had to take a step backwards to the "orange" level on May 27. Residents were told to once again avoid contacts outside their two-household bubble. Non-regulated health professionals and personal service businesses that opened May 22 also had to close again. And people should only be travelling in and out of Zone 5 for essential reasons. Further restrictions were lifted on June 5. Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people were allowed, as well as indoor religious services of up to 50 people, low-contact team sports and the opening of a long list of facilities including swimming pools, gyms, rinks, water parks, and yoga and dance studios. Under New Brunswick's latest recovery rules, Canadian residents can now visit family members or properties they own in the province, provided they self-isolate for 14 days - or the duration of their visit if it's less than two weeks. As well, New Brunswick residents no longer need to self-isolate when returning from work in another Canadian province or territory. All organized sports can resume with appropriate physical distancing and sanitizing. Overnight camps can reopen and indoor visits can resume at long-term care facilities for one visitor at a time, or two if one of the visitors needs help. The cap on the number of people who can gather in controlled venues - including churches, swimming pools and rinks - has been lifted, but crowd numbers will be limited by the ability to maintain physical distancing. Masks in any building open to the general public are required except for children under the age of two, children in daycare and people who can't wear face coverings for medical reasons. Retail businesses, offices, restaurants, libraries, museums and seasonal campgrounds were earlier allowed to reopen providing they have clear plans for meeting public health guidelines. The final phase, which officials have said will probably come only after a vaccine is available, is to include large gatherings. --- Quebec Premier Francois Legault says masks will be mandatory for all public transit users as of July 13. Legault says following a two-week grace period ending July 27, anyone without a mask will not be permitted onto a public transit system anywhere in the province.   Quebec reopened several sectors and relaxed the rules for indoor gatherings on June 22, particularly impacting the Montreal area. Restaurants can reopen in the greater Montreal and Joliette areas while indoor gatherings of up to 10 people from three households are now permitted in these regions, like elsewhere in Quebec. Gyms, arenas, cinemas, concert venues and places of worship can reopen across the province with a maximum capacity of 50 people for indoor gatherings. Day camps across the province have also reopened, with physical distancing. Sleep-away summer camps won't be allowed to reopen until next year. Residents of long term care homes that don't have active COVID-19 cases were earlier allowed to receive visitors inside, meet people outdoors and participate in group activities. They were also allowed to leave the facilities unaccompanied for more than 24 hours. Volunteers and hairdressers were also allowed inside the facilities. On May 25, some retail businesses reopened in the greater Montreal area, while retail stores outside Montreal reopened on May 11. Parks and pools have also been allowed to reopen across the province with certain restrictions.  Sports teams resumed outdoor practices on June 8, and matches can resume at the end of the month. That includes baseball, soccer and any other sports that can be played outdoors. Quebec's construction and manufacturing industries have resumed operations with limits on the number of employees who can work per shift. Elementary schools and daycares outside Montreal reopened on May 11, but high schools, junior colleges and universities will stay closed until September. Elementary schools in the greater Montreal area are to remain closed until late August. Courthouses across the province were permitted to reopen on June 1, with limited seating capacity and Plexiglas barriers protecting clerks and judges. Camping is now allowed outside the Montreal and Joliette regions, as are cottage rentals. Checkpoints set up to slow the spread of COVID-19 came down on May 18 in various parts of Quebec, including between Gatineau and Ottawa. --- Ontario Torontonians riding public transit must now wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 - the new rule going into effect July 2. Toronto city council voted to make wearing masks mandatory in public indoor settings, with the bylaw coming in to effect on July 7. Mayor John Tory says the temporary bylaw will not affect social gatherings. Mayors from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area asked Premier Doug Ford to make masks mandatory across Ontario, but the premier rejected the idea. Ferry service between Toronto and the Toronto Islands resumed on June 27 but at only 50 per cent capacity to allow for physical distancing. The Toronto Zoo also reopened and the province said it's loosening some restrictions around indoor sports and fitness to enable amateur and professional athletes to train. Ontario's two most heavily populated regions had more businesses open their doors on June 24 as Toronto and Peel moved into Stage 2 of Ontario's pandemic reopening framework. All regions of the province except the southwestern communities of Leamington and Kingsville have now officially entered Stage 2. Businesses given the green light to resume operations in Toronto and Peel include hair stylists, pools and tour guide services. Restaurants are also allowed to reopen their patios for dine-in service, though no one is yet allowed to be served indoors. Meanwhile, the limit on social gatherings increased from five to 10 provincewide. Restrictions on wedding and funeral ceremonies were also eased. The number of people allowed to attend an indoor ceremony is restricted to 30 per cent capacity of the venue, while outdoor events are limited to 50 people. However, the number of people allowed to attend all wedding and funeral receptions remains at 10. Ontarians can resume visiting loved ones in long-term care homes, as long as they test negative for COVID-19. All construction has resumed, with limits also lifted on maintenance, repair and property management services, such as cleaning, painting and pool maintenance. Golf courses can reopen though clubhouses can only open for washrooms and take-out food. Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches can also open, as can private parks and campgrounds for trailers and RVs whose owners have a full season contract, and businesses that board animals. Short-term rentals including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes and condominiums were allowed to resume operations on June 5. The Ontario government says students will likely return to school in September with a mix of in-class and remote learning, though boards will develop various scenarios, depending on how COVID-19 is spreading at that point. Premier Doug Ford has said there won't be a one-size-fits-all approach in schools, but parents provincewide will have the option of sending their children back to class or keeping them learning remotely. This summer's Honda Indy Toronto has been cancelled. --- Manitoba Several more restrictions were eased in Manitoba on June 21. Restaurants and bars no longer have to operate at half capacity, however tables must be two metres apart or have a physical barrier in between them. Non-smoking bingo halls and video lottery terminal lounges can also reopen at 50 per cent capacity. Child care centres and retail stores can return to normal capacity, and people arriving in Manitoba from the other western provinces, northern territories and northwestern Ontario no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days. Larger public gatherings are also allowed. Instead of a cap of 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors, people can fill up to 30 per cent of the capacity of any venue as long as they can be split into groups of 50 indoors or 100 outdoors. Each group must be able to enter and exit separately. On June 1, the province eased a ban on people visiting loved ones in personal care homes. Homes can now offer outdoor visits with a maximum of two guests per resident. Visitors will be screened upon arrival and must practice physical distancing. Amateur sports and recreation programs, as well as bowling alleys, have been allowed to resume operations. Elementary and high schools will not reopen this school year. --- Saskatchewan Saskatchewan's top doctor says his advice on wearing masks to protect against COVID-19 could change in the coming months. Wearing a mask in Saskatchewan isn't mandatory now, but chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab says it may become a rule if there's an uptick in transmission rates. Saskatchewan is expanding its COVID-19 guidelines for visitors to long-term care homes. Starting July 7, health officials say residents of long-term care homes can have two family members or support persons for visits, with one person allowed in the facility at a time. Patients in intensive care and those receiving palliative care can have two people present at the same time, as long as they keep physical distance. Visitors are expected to follow health-care guidelines, such as wearing masks, to protect others against the spread of COVID-19. Saskatchewan moved into the next phase of its reopening strategy on June 22. Under Phase 4.1 camping in national parks can resume, but by reservation only. Youth camps can reopen, but for day use only, and with guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, including the constant disinfection of play structures and monitoring of children for coronavirus symptoms. Outdoor sports like soccer, softball and flag football can resume, though full-contact sports remain prohibited, as does competitive play, tournaments and inter-provincial travel for games. Shared equipment must be disinfected frequently, while congratulatory gestures, such as high fives and handshakes, are not permitted. Saskatchewan's outdoor swimming pools and spray parks can reopen with physical distancing, maximum capacity, and stringent cleaning rules in effect. Though they can now do so, some municipalities, including Regina and Saskatoon, have said they won't be reopening their outdoor pools right away. The province is also doubling the allowable size of indoor public and private gatherings to 30 people where space allows for two metres between participants The third phase of Saskatchewan's reopening plan started June 8 with the province lifting a ban on non-essential travel in the north. More businesses were also allowed to reopen, including places of worship and personal care services such as nail salons, tattoo parlours and gyms. Up to 150 people or one-third the capacity of a building, whichever is less, can attend church services, including weddings and funerals. Outdoor graduations can be held with a maximum 30 graduates per class and an overall attendance of 150 people. The previous limit was 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors. Restaurants and bars can open at half capacity, with physical distancing between tables, and child-care centres can open their doors to a maximum of 15 kids. The second part of Phase 4 is expected to include reopening guidelines for indoor pools, rinks, libraries, museums, galleries, movie theatres, casinos and bingo halls. A date for Phase 4.2 has yet to be announced. In Phase 5, the province will consider lifting restrictions on the size of public gatherings. The Saskatchewan government says students will return to regular classes in September. --- Alberta In Alberta, everything from gyms and arenas to spas, movie theatres, libraries, pools and sports activities got the green light to reopen on June 12. More people were also allowed to book campsites and sit in restaurants at the same time. Fifty people can now gather indoors and up to 100 can congregate outside. Among the other activities allowed to go ahead are casinos and bingo halls, community halls, instrumental concerts, massage, acupuncture and reflexology, artificial tanning and summer schools. Major festivals and sporting events remain banned, as do nightclubs and amusement parks. Vocal concerts are not being allowed, given that singing carries a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission. Alberta aims to have students back in classrooms this September though Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says a final decision will be made by Aug. 1. --- British Columbia British Columbia announced on June 30 that it would allow visitors in to long-term care homes. Government health restrictions were eased to permit one designated person to see a long-term care resident after being limited to virtual meetings or phone calls since March. The province allowed hotels, motels, spas, resorts, hostels and RV parks to resume operating on June 24. Premier John Horgan said the province has been successful at flattening the curve on COVID-19, which means it can ease more health restrictions and gradually move into the third phase of its reopening plan.  He said the province is able to open more industries, institutions and recreation areas, but gatherings must remain at 50 people or less. The government allowed a partial reopening of the B.C. economy starting May 19. The reopenings are contingent on organizations and businesses having plans that follow provincial guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19. Parents in B.C. were given the choice of allowing their children to return to class on a part-time basis starting June 1. The government said its goal is for the return of full-time classes in September, if it's safe. Conventions, large concerts, international tourism and professional sports with a live audience will not be allowed to resume until either a vaccine is widely available, community immunity has been reached, or effective treatment can be provided for the disease. --- Nunavut Nunavut, which now has one presumptive case of COVID-19, implemented a wide range of public health measures to keep residents safe. But some have since been relaxed. Gyms and pools are available for solo workouts and lap swims. Dental, physiotherapy, massage and chiropractic clinics, as well as offices and stores can open with appropriate safety measures. Individuals may visit galleries, museums and libraries, and daycares are open. Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted while indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people. Territorial parks are being reopened for outdoor activities only and municipal playgrounds will be reopened, the government of Nunavut said in a statement on Monday. ---  Northwest Territories The Northwest Territories announced on May 12 a three-phase reopening plan. The plan includes more gatherings and the possible reopening of some schools and businesses. However, the territory's borders remain closed indefinitely to non-residents and non-essential workers. There are several requirements that must be met before any measures are relaxed: there must be no evidence of community spread; travel entry points in the territory are strong and secure; risks are reduced from workers coming into the territory; and expanded community testing is available. --- Yukon New guidelines have been released for long-term care facilities that will allow for visits with one designated person at a pre-set location outdoors. The territory also said bars with an approved health and safety plan could reopen at half capacity under certain other restrictions starting June 19. Travel restrictions will be lifted between Yukon and B.C. after July 1 under the second phase of the territory's pandemic restart plan. After that date, travellers between the province and territory will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Residents of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut will be also allowed to enter Yukon without quarantining, as long as they travel directly from one of the territories or through B.C. Territorial parks and campgrounds have also reopened. Two households of up to 10 people in total are currently able to interact with each other as part of a "household bubble." --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2020 The Canadian Press

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, July 4

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The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. on July 4, 2020: There are 105,091 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 55,682 confirmed (including 5,560 deaths, 25,158 resolved) _ Ontario: 35,535 confirmed (including 2,682 deaths, 30,909 resolved) _ Alberta: 8,259 confirmed (including 155 deaths, 7,532 resolved) _ British Columbia: 2,947 confirmed (including 177 deaths, 2,608 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,064 confirmed (including 63 deaths, 998 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 796 confirmed (including 14 deaths, 711 resolved) _ Manitoba: 314 confirmed (including 7 deaths, 302 resolved), 11 presumptive _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 261 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 258 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 165 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 158 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 27 confirmed (including 27 resolved) _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Yukon: 11 confirmed (including 11 resolved) _ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved) _ Nunavut: No confirmed cases, 1 presumptive _ Total: 105,091 (12 presumptive, 105,079 confirmed including 8,663 deaths, 68,690 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 4, 2020. The Canadian Press

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