Alberta Just Cut Gathering Limits Down To 15 People After Another Record-Breaking Weekend

There were 1,440 new COVID-19 cases in the province this weekend. 😳

On Monday, October 26, Dr. Deena Hinshaw addressed the public about COVID-19 in the province. During her address, she announced that Alberta gathering limits will be bumped back down to a 15-person maximum. 

These new limits are mandatory in Calgary and Edmonton, said Hinshaw, and they followed an announcement of 1,440 new cases over the weekend and seven new deaths.

“We have now crossed a tipping point and are losing the balance we have been seeking. This weekend's COVID-19 numbers tell the story clearly. We identified on average 480 cases of COVID-19 per day over the weekend,” said the top doctor.

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4,477 Active cases in Alberta

She said the new case limit applies to any situation where there will be mingling including dinner parties, social events, and basically any type of event. So, this might rule out your Halloween party.

The restrictions apply to wedding and funeral receptions, but not ceremonies.

The province will be reassessing the new limits in a month. 

"This 15-person limit is temporary. It will be reassessed after one month and can be lifted if we see our growth rate, or R-value, decline below one, and new case numbers consistently below 100 in each city," Hinshaw explained. 

In addition, the voluntary health measures that have been in place in Edmonton will now be applied in Calgary.


Dashcam Captures Toronto Woman's Disturbing Racist Encounter With An Angry Driver

A man can be seen yelling racial slurs and spitting at a woman.

A Toronto woman has posted dashcam footage of her racist encounter with an angry driver to YouTube, and she told Narcity she plans to press charges.

Student nurse Michelle Kyi said the incident occurred around 2:00 p.m. on September 15, when she was driving near a construction site in North York.

In the video, a man driving from the opposite direction can be seen honking at her, signaling her to move out of the way. Upon explaining that she couldn't reverse due to a large truck parked next to her blocking her way, the man proceeds to exit his vehicle, and he can be seen yelling at her and calling her names and racist slurs.

"I was telling him to move back so that we all move forward and then you can go," Kyi told Narcity over a phone call. "He was just very aggressive from the get-go, and he was asking me where I'm going."

"I was trying to be calm, but he was really getting to me because he started making fun of me and mocking me," she said.

The video shows the man get in back in his car, before pulling up beside her and yelling further. "He jumped the curb and started calling me slurs," Kyi said, "And then he spat from his car towards me and I got onto my face."

Kyi returned home and was talking to her boyfriend, who mentioned that he'd left their dashcam on, which meant they had evidence for a legal case. "I had a class right after so I haven't gone through the process of reporting to the police," Kyi told Narcity.

"Asian women are targeted every day. It's insane like how it has become," Kyi added. "It was kind of traumatizing because he's a big guy coming on so close to me, and then deciding to do something you wouldn't do to a dog, so to do that to a person...? I mean, words hurt, but to do that to a person in a pandemic?"

The 29-year-old said she wants to bring awareness to the situation. "I want to press charges. I don't want this to go unnoticed. I don't know how many people this guy has done this to because that didn't get caught on camera."

In her video description, Kyi has asked anyone who knows the man to get in touch with her.

The man spitting on her has left her worried about her health and she plans on getting tested for COVID-19.

This morning, the Encampment Support Network Toronto (ESNTO) held a press conference outside Mayor John Tory's condo in support of "the 50+ encampment residents & defenders ticketed/charged for standing up against the City's brutal evictions," they said on Twitter.

On September 14, ESNTO informed their followers on Twitter to come down to Mayor Tory's condo on the morning of September 16. According to a news release issued on September 16, Toronto Police arrested three people today, and eight more are wanted for the protests against the clearing of the homeless encampment at Lamport Stadium back in July.

Following the City of Toronto's trespassing notices on June 12, TPS moved to clear the encampments at Lamport Stadium Park on July 21, where violent clashes between police and protestors ensued. More than two dozen people were arrested that day.

"Crowds of protesters gathered at the closed park to interfere with the City's efforts and to confront police," police officials wrote in the September 16 release. "Repeated efforts were made to engage with people and inform them that a Trespass to Property notice had been previously served by the city and they were required to leave."

"These efforts were largely ignored and the crowds became confrontational and hostile. As a last resort, officers carried out enforcement," police continued.

Police allege that on July 21, a large crowd gathered in front of the 14th Division where they became hostile and threw objects (including soup cans) at officers.

ESNTO tweeted that their first speaker for today's press conference, Skyler Williams, was "grabbed by two plainclothes officers and shoved into an unmarked vehicle which sped away to an unknown location." In their release, TPS confirmed that Williams was arrested and will be charged with failure to comply with recognizance.

The details of Saskatchewan's vaccine passport are officially here after being teased just hours earlier by the province's premier.

During a press conference Thursday, September 16, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced that the province's vaccine passport is set to launch on October 1, following a rise in COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations.

"The choice to not get vaccinated is not just affecting you, it is now seriously impacting those that have made a different choice," said Moe during the press conference.

According to the government, the provincial requirement for proof of vaccination will apply to venues that bring groups of people together in public spaces. These types of places will include indoor dining at restaurants, nightclubs, bars, concert venues, movie theatres, and ticked sporting events. Indoor fitness centres and gyms will also be included.

However, the province's vaccine passport will not be required for publicly accessible places such as grocery stores, places of worship, fast-food restaurants that offer takeout and delivery, and health care services. Hotels, weddings, and funerals also will not need to require proof of vaccination.

In terms of how the vaccine passport will work, Moe said during the conference that it will come in the form of a QR code, which is set to launch the week of September 20. According to Moe, details on how to download the QR code will be shared by the Ministry of Health prior to its launch.

During the press conference, Moe also announced that starting Friday an interim mandatory masking order will come into effect for all indoor public spaces. It is set to be lifted by late October.

Ontario schools are reporting hundreds of COVID-19 cases as students return to in-person learning this month.

According to the Ministry of Education, 109 cases were reported on September 16, 2021, with statistics last updated at approximately 10:30 a.m.

A total of 558 school-related COVID-19 cases have been reported in the last 14 days with 474 of them being directly linked to students.

Despite the uptick shown in the department's data, the overall percentage of provincial schools with cases remains at 7.18%.

The current number of schools with reported cases is 348 out of a total of 4,844. As of Thursday, only one school has closed as a result of these cases.

Since the pandemic forced many Canadians to work from home, a lot of us got used to it, in fact, most of us want to continue working remotely indefinitely.

The hardest part of being at home 24/7 is finding a comfortable work setup. While some people are lucky enough to have a dedicated office space, some people prefer the comfort of their couch.

This Rolanstar Coffee Table that's $169 on Amazon Canada is the perfect solution for anyone whose dedicated WFH station has become their living room.

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The unique thing about this table is that the top pulls up and out so you can use it to eat and work. It has an inner compartment to hide all of your bits and bobs like remote controls and plenty of storage space underneath, too.

It also comes in a brown colour, pictured above, that unfortunately isn't on sale but you can get it for $199.99 which isn't too bad.

You can also get a matching end table and a bookshelf for $99.98 each. The brand also has a regular desk on sale for $129.99 (originally $189.98) if you prefer a more traditional office setup.

Rolanstar Coffee Table

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Price: $169 ($199)

Details: You can get this convertible coffee table made of melamine veneer – a material that's waterproof, heat-resistant and dust-free – shipped for free to your doorstep in just a few days. It's not super hard to set up and even comes with two storage baskets to conveniently store your extra throws or books.


Toronto Public Health just announced a human case of West Nile virus has been found in Toronto for the first time this year.

In a news release on Thursday, TPH said it has "received a positive laboratory report confirming Toronto's first reported case of West Nile virus in 2021 in an adult resident."

"West Nile virus is an illness that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito," according to TPH.

TPH said that while the risk of getting infected in Toronto is low, residents should still take precautions to avoid mosquitoes bites when possible.

"While the risk of being infected with West Nile virus remains low in our city, now is a good time to remind residents of prevention steps they can take while enjoying the outside to minimize the likelihood of getting bitten by an infected mosquito that include using insect repellent and wearing light-coloured clothing, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when headed outside to protect themselves from infected mosquito bites," said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's medical officer of health.

TPH recommends residents take precautions such as wearing light colours and full-coverage clothing like pants and long sleeves while outdoors, applying insect repellent, making sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens, and removing standing water from your property where mosquitoes could potentially breed.

In 2020, 33 human cases of West Nile virus were reported to TPH, according to the news release.


Ontario Lottery Winner Scored Big After Playing The Same Numbers For 2 Years

"I replay the numbers each week and the numbers are made up of my birthday, my husband's birthday and our wedding date."

Consistency seems to be key when it comes to winning big after another Ontario lottery winnerplayed the same numbers each week.

Sandra Kaspar, a 59-year-old from Ramara, won a Lotto 6/49 second prize for $75,791.20 in the August 7 draw after playing the same numbers for two years, according to OLG.

"I replay the numbers each week, and the numbers are made up of my birthday, my husband's birthday and our wedding date," said Kasper.

Kaspar says she checks her tickets after buying them at the store, and the day she won, she was in disbelief after the amount of money she had won came up.

"I ran out to my car, called my husband then ran back into the store to check the ticket again. I was in disbelief."

"At first my husband thought I was joking with him! He did not believe me, but he quickly realized I was serious and was so happy for me!"

Kaspar plans on using her winnings to add to her retirement funds and share her new richness with her ten children.

Ce n'est pas juste à OD qu'il y a de la bisbille, à l'Assemblée nationale aussi et ça fait jaser. AprÚs avoir traité Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois de « woke », François Legault a tenu à donner sa définition de ce terme.

On a d'ailleurs comparé son interprétation de ce mot avec la définition de l'Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) et plusieurs remarqueront qu'il y a quelques différences.

La définition de François Legault

« Pour moi, c'est quelqu'un qui veut nous faire sentir coupable de dĂ©fendre la nation quĂ©bĂ©coise, de dĂ©fendre nos valeurs, comme on l'a fait avec la Loi 21, de dĂ©fendre nos compĂ©tences », a expliquĂ© le premier ministre en mĂȘlĂ©e de presse ce 16 septembre.

En exemple à savoir qui le chef caquiste désigne comme étant « woke », il affirme : « On pourrait parler de ceux qui ont brûlé des livres, ceux qui voient des gestes discriminatoires partout ».

Rappelant que Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois l'avait qualifiĂ© de « Maurice Duplessis » et de « monarque », M. Legault a mentionnĂ© que son homologue de QuĂ©bec solidaire est quant Ă  lui « vraiment Ă  l'autre extrĂȘme ».

« On peut ĂȘtre en dĂ©saccord avec la loi n° 21, mais de dire que c'est discriminatoire, et que la nation quĂ©bĂ©coise n'a pas le droit de dĂ©fendre les valeurs de sa majoritĂ©, bien, je pense que c'est un dĂ©bat qui devient trĂšs important au QuĂ©bec », a ajoutĂ© François Legault pour souligner la pertinence de ce dĂ©bat selon lui.

La définition de l'OQLF

Si le terme « woke » n'a pas fait son entrĂ©e dans le dictionnaire Le Petit Larousse illustrĂ© 2022 et qu'il existe diffĂ©rentes dĂ©finitions, l'Office quĂ©bĂ©cois de la langue française a tout de mĂȘme une fiche terminologique se consacrant au « mouvement Woke ».

Selon la définition de l'OQLF, il s'agit d'un « mouvement qui prÎne une sensibilisation accrue à la justice sociale ainsi qu'un engagement actif dans la lutte contre la discrimination et les inégalités. »

« Le mouvement Woke s'intéresse aux inégalités et aux préjugés qui peuvent découler du racisme, du sexisme et de l'homophobie, notamment.

« Les personnes qui adhĂšrent aux principes du mouvement Woke sont gĂ©nĂ©ralement trĂšs actives dans les mĂ©dias sociaux, oĂč s'exprime une part importante de leur militantisme. »

La définition de Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois

De son cÎté, le député de Gouin s'est abstenu de définir le mot « woke ».

« Je ne connais pas de définition claire et simple de cette étiquette qui circule dans les médias », a-t-il confié lors d'une conférence de presse plus tÎt en matinée ce 16 septembre.

Il ajoute : « Justement, parce que j'ai une maßtrise en sociologie et que j'essaie d'utiliser des mots dont je connais le sens, je n'ai aucune idée de ce que François Legault veut dire. »

Sur Twitter, il a partagĂ© une photo de lui tenant un wok, soit une grande poĂȘle avec de hauts rebords. « Je ne sais pas ce que François Legault a contre les woks. Personnellement, j'utilise le mien chaque semaine », a-t-il lancĂ© Ă  la blague.