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A Man Who Removed His Mask & Coughed On A Server In Calgary Has Been Convicted Of Assault

"The cough was not a reflexive action, but rather an intentional physical act."

A Man Who Removed His Mask & Coughed On A Server In Calgary Has Been Convicted Of Assault

A man who deliberately coughed on a server in a bar in Calgary has been convicted of assault.

Kyle Pruden, 35, was at the Black Swan Pub in November 2020 when he got into an altercation with a staff member and another customer in the bar, according to court documents.

Pruden was playing on a video lottery terminal and had won $160 but when he went to claim his winnings at the bar, a staff member told him they couldn't pay him until the owner of the bar arrived with cash.

At this point, Pruden took off his mask and started coughing at her, saying "is this because of COVID?"

A customer at the bar, a 60-year-old man, gave Pruden $60 and he left to go to a nearby Boston Pizza for a beer and some pizza.

When he returned a short time later for the rest of his $100 winnings, he mistakenly thought the same customer was a bar employee and started demanding more money from them. After the man told Pruden he had no more money, Pruden hit the man.

Provincial court Judge Heather Lamoureux ruled that "emitting a force consisting of lung air molecules" qualifies as the use of force under the Criminal Code.

"The cough was not a reflexive action, but rather an intentional physical act," Lamoureux added.

In the ruling, the judge noted that there were three other convictions during the COVID-19 pandemic where people had coughed on others.

Toronto Is Now Investigating Its First School Case Of The Omicron Variant

All close contacts have been asked to self-isolate.

Toronto Public Health is investigating its first school-based case of the Omicron variant at a local catholic school in Scarborough.

According to a tweet from TPH on December 6, the Omicron variant case was found at Precious Blood Catholic School near Lawrence Avenue East and Pharmacy Avenue.

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ArriveCAN Is 'Mandatory' No Matter How Long Your Trip Is & Not Using It Can Cause Problems

Canada's health minister warns that not submitting information can mean you're not exempt from travel rules.

A federal government official has reminded travellers that using ArriveCAN is "mandatory" when entering Canada whether they're Canadian citizens or foreign nationals and regardless of how long their trip is.

During a COVID-19 update on December 3, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos spoke about Canada's new travel restrictions that have been put into place because of the Omicron variant and warned that not using ArriveCAN can still lead to serious consequences.

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A Case Of The Omicron Variant Has Just Been Reported In The GTA

The person was in close contact with a traveller coming back from southern Africa.

Durham Region Health Department has announced that one person has tested positive for the COVID-19 Omicron variant on Thursday.

Health officials say the person was in "close contact" with another individual who had recently travelled back from "one of the identified countries in southern Africa," according to a press release.

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There's a new way to find out if you've potentially been exposed to COVID-19, Toronto.

In a news release posted on December 2, City officials launched the COVID-19 Exposure Notifications page that will inform Torontonians of potential exposures that they could have come across in large settings.

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