Monthly Archives جولای 2020

Vancouver city councillor being threatened caught on video

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In an interview Friday, Allen said the man was just about to “shoot up” on her doorstep so she asked him to move on, and he stood up and leaned right into her, which scared her, and called her “a f—ing hoe.”

“I literally jumped out of the way,” she said. Then Fry “put his body” between her and the drug user, she said.

Hawks Street has become a main thoroughfare for the campers, and residents and police say there has been a spike in violent crime.

Allen doesn’t have children but she said in her row of townhouse there are four units with families who have children under three years old.

“That tent city needs to go,” said Allen...

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Man to face homicide trial in shooting death of Derry Township woman in her home

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The man charged with killing a Derry Township woman in her home on July 20 was ordered held for trial Friday in a hearing closed to the public.

Even suspect Nathan Joseph Quidetto, 20, of Unity waited outside District Judge Mark Bilik’s tiny Derry Township courtroom during the hearing. Emily Smarto, Quidetto’s defense attorney, said her client waived his right to be present during the hearing, opting to wait outside with sheriff’s deputies.

It all was aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.

The number of people attending a hearing was limited to investigators, a witness, attorneys and two family members of 52-year-old Tracy Marie Squibb, wh...

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B.C. Hydro says pandemic hits Site C project, expect delays, cost increases

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VICTORIA — British Columbia’s massive Site C hydroelectric dam project has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and now faces construction delays and rising costs.

B.C. Hydro president Chris O’Riley says in a quarterly update submitted to the B.C. Utilities Commission that the pandemic has had a material impact on safety, cost and schedule for the project in northeast B.C.

Site C’s budget in April 2018 was estimated at $10.7 billion, including reserve and contingency funds amounting to about $1.5 billion for unexpected costs.

O’Riley’s update to the utilities commission does not estimate the extent of increased costs but says reserve funds are being accessed.

Energy Minister Bruce Ralston says in a statement that he’s concerned about the news and has appoint...

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Westmoreland Manor halts family visits after employee tests positive for coronavirus

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COVID-19: Medical equipment in care homes at risk of contamination: VCH study

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In all three facilities, the virus was detected on standard reusable blood pressure cuffs, for a total of four contaminated blood pressure cuffs of nine that were tested.

The virus was also detected on the handle of a mobile linen cart and on the touch display of an electronic tablet used for electronic medication records.

Lead author Dr. Atiba Nelson, a public health and preventive medicine resident physician who led the environmental swabbing with a VCH team, said the study was done in sites with known outbreaks and were enhanced cleaning protocols were in place.

“Although more research is needed to determine if this kind of contamination could contribute to transmission of the virus, it did highlight areas of concern,” Nelson said, in a statement.

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An Inconvenient Lesson From the Pandemic: We Have to Stop Eating Meat

In November 2019, the
United Nations Environmental Programme, or UNEP, called for global greenhouse gas
emissions to decline nearly 8 percent every year until 2030 if there is to be
any chance of restraining global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). In the first four months of
this year, anthropogenic emissions did indeed fall 8 percent due to shutdowns
responding to the Covid-19 pandemic—for a brief moment, the prerogatives of
short-term and long-term necessity coincided. Many economies’ emissions have
since bounced back, however; by the year’s end global greenhouse gas pollution will likely
decrease by only 5.5 percent. The worst shock in the history of
capitalism—far surpassing the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008,
Black Thursday in 1929, and the Spani...

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Vancouver’s ninth homicide victim identified

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Vancouver police have identified the city’s ninth homicide victim as 41-year-old Thomus Donaghy.

Donaghy was stabbed on Monday, at around 8:30 p.m., near Thurlow and Comox streets.

He was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.

Donaghy was working at the Overdose Prevention site connected to St. Paul’s Hospital, when he went outside. He was involved in a fistfight with an unidentified man in the area of Comox and Thurlow before the man stabbed him.

“We believe there may be additional witnesses to the altercation who have not yet called police,” said Vancouver police Sgt. Sergeant Aaron Roed

“Any information they can provide could be critical to the investigation.”

Investigators are also looking for dashcam footage from any drivers in the area of Com...

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Allegheny County records 2nd highest new covid-19 case count

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Allegheny County saw its second biggest addition of new covid-19 cases Friday, with the county’s Health Department reporting 244 new incidences.

The cases come from a batch of tests conducted from over the past month, 30 of which have specimen collection dates from more than two weeks ago. Officials said they were aware of the backlog and have already completed case investigation and contact tracing.

In addition, the county set another record for new hospitalizations, adding 33 more people to its total of 669. On Thursday, the county reported 23 hospitalizations.

In the past four days, 86 people have been added to the county’s number of hospitalizatio...

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COVID-19 update for July 31: Here’s the latest on coronavirus in B.C.

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• COVID-19: What’s open and closed in Metro Vancouver due to coronavirus

• B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


3 p.m. – Health officials issue statement on latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

12 a.m. – Health officials urge caution this long weekend

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, confirmed 29 new cases on Thursday, a number connected to the Canada Day activities in Kelowna.

Henry said “what you do today and this weekend determines how we manage in the weeks and months ahead.”

Dix echoed the message, suggesting B.C...

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Let’s Cancel the Presidential Debates Forever

No one, except perhaps the swampiest of DC hacks, is likely to mourn the loss of the Republican or Democratic conventions, both of which have been digitized and locked down due to America’s abysmal failure at containing the coronavirus pandemic. The quadrennial political gatherings are a relic of a bygone era. Today, they’re boring and expensive and are good for little more than giving high-flying donors one more avenue for access. Amid all the hoopla and pageantry, we learn almost nothing new about the candidates or their parties; the rulemaking sessions and platform decisions are largely formalities. Technology and changes in party politics have rendered these gatherings anticlimactic, if not useless...

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