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florida: One evening in early June, the young man went out against her wishes, gathered with friends and removed his mask while eating and drinking, according to CTV. Days later, he felt cold symptoms and a friend at the get-together told him she had tested positive for the new coronavirus. It's just not the time, the Florida woman says she told him, begging him to think about his dad, who is at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness because he is overweight and diabetic. By then, it already had taken hold in the young man's household. The illness's spread among members of the Plantation, Florida, family highlights the outcome dreaded by authorities who feared the recent surge of cases hitting younger Floridians would spread to older, more vulnerable people. The man's father, John Place, 42, is now fighting the virus at a hospital's intensive care unit. ( As reported in the news.

journal lancet: Such early trials are designed to evaluate safety and see what kind of immune response was provoked, but can't tell if the vaccine truly protects, according to CTV. In research published Monday in the journal Lancet, scientists said that they found their experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a dual immune response in people aged 18 to 55 that lasted at least two months after they were immunized. British researchers first began testing the vaccine in April in about 1,000 people, half of whom got the experimental vaccine. Newsletter sign-up Get The COVID-19 Brief sent to your inbox We are seeing good immune response in almost everybody, said Dr. What this vaccine does particularly well is trigger both arms of the immune system, he said. Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University. ( As reported in the news.

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restrictions: However, not everywhere is open, and travellers must follow certain rules, according to CTV. Here's what you need to know now if you are considering taking a trip in Canada or abroad. While most provinces have opened their borders for travel within Canada, some popular international destinations are also beginning to ease their restrictions in a move to welcome back tourists. TRAVEL WITHIN CANADA With most international travel only recently starting to reopen, some Canadians are instead taking the chance to explore their own backyard. However, provincial authorities have cautioned that rules around domestic travel are subject to change. While restrictions vary across the provinces and territories, most of the country is open for domestic tourism. ( As reported in the news.

vancouver metro: But first, some facts, according to National Observer. Anyone feeling chirpy about the rosy state of BC's economy should take a long hard look at Alberta, and never say Never. Those are the Vancouver rules, so we'll get there. Why it matters where the money's from If you think the foundation of BC's economy is the resource sector of forestry, mining and oil and gas, give your head a shake. That's more than three times the size of mining, forestry and oil and gas, which have a combined value of 12.7 billion. According to Business in Vancouver Metro Vancouver's residential real estate is by far the largest industry in the province, clocking in at 38.6 billion revenues in 2015. ( As reported in the news.

pain management: There is a clear deficit in education of health professionals in the causes, types, underlying mechanisms, and effects of pain, as well as how best to treat it, reads a Pain B.C. and Canadian Pain Society CPS response to the study's findings, according to Georgia Asian. People living with chronic pain need better access to a range of treatment services beyond medication, including psychological support, physical therapies, integrated healthcare services, and others, it continues. That's the troubling picture presented in a comprehensive report on pain management published yesterday July 18 by Health Canada. Health Canada's Canadian Pain Task Force report notes that the country's overdose crisis has further complicated pain management. There's a perception that legitimate painkillers like Oxy Contin played a significant role in sparking the country's opioid epidemic. As the Straight has reported in detail, a sharp increase in illicit-drug overdose deaths has led to a backlash against prescription opioids, sometimes without factual justification. ( As reported in the news.

apartheid system: He would have been 102, according to Georgia Asian. It comes a day after the death of John Lewis, the legendary civil rights leader and long-time U.S. Congressman, at the age of 80. Today is Nelson Mandela International Day 2020, as well as the South African icon's birthday. Mandela began fighting South Africa's racist apartheid system in the 1940s and continued into the 1950s and 1960s. He later became the first Black president of South Africa, creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a form of restorative justice. In 1964, he was sent to jail, where he remained for 27 years. ( As reported in the news.

ice: We've got the scoop on all your biggest questions, according to CTV. WHERE DID ICE CREAM COME FROM Our love for ice cream goes way, way back. People will have an excuse Sunday to dig into their favourite flavours as North America celebrates National Ice Cream Day. Thousands of years ago, people around the world figured out that cold sweet a delicious combo. Even King Solomon was fond of a snow-cooled drink at harvest time, according to some Bible translations. Records show that some of history's most famous leaders enjoyed cold treats, from Roman Emperor Nero to Alexander the Great. ( As reported in the news.

history: That a royal despot is the norm; that freedom, rights and self-governance is better, according to Rabble. Conservative or left-leaning, capitalist or Marxists, sushi-lover or vegan they're all products of thinking. That enslaving other people is acceptable; that it is utterly heinous. A history of these synaptic outputs is the subject of Felipe Fern ndez-Armesto's latest book, Out of Our Minds A History of What We Think and How We Think It Oneworld, 2019 . It covers the range of human ideas, from prehistoric man's preoccupations to artificial intelligence. His description of the bubbling intellectual cauldron of post-first-world-war society also has echoes now. But the focus is on topics like the emergence of scientific truth and democracy themes that seem under threat today, with talk of fake news and authoritarians on the march. ( As reported in the news.

rehabilitation clinic: Once back home, even after weeks I couldn't see any progress if I took a small walk, it was like climbing Mount Everest, according to CTV. I was out of breath also just for talking. Now, three months later, the 42-year-old still experiences breathing difficulties. I was very worried, he said. For much of Europe, the peak of COVID-19 infections has passed. Pescarolo is one of dozens of former COVID patients now receiving care at a rehabilitation clinic in Genoa -- and says he is starting to see some progress. ( As reported in the news.

cannabis plant: It made perfect sense, too, what with the country being one of the first to ultimately end marijuana prohibition nationwide, according to NOW Magazine. There would be nothing to stop the barrage of researchers all across the northern nation from rolling up their sleeves to learn more about the therapeutic powers of the cannabis plant. ByMike Adams Published on July 18, 2019 Share Tweet1 Comment It was said last year that Canada was poised to become a global leader in the realm of medical marijuana research. It was exciting news for those of us living in the United States, especially since the federal government continues to uphold a prohibition standard. But as long as our friends in Canada were up there, proving to the world that cannabis is medicine, the naysayers of the nug couldn't stand in the way of progress for much longer. The powers that be still refuse to embrace the possibilities of cannabis and will not lighten the nation's drug policies enough to give science a fighting chance at showing the value in weed. ( As reported in the news.

rights era: A son of Alabama sharecroppers, the young Lewis first preached moral righteousness to his family's chickens, according to CTV. His place in the vanguard of the 1960s campaign for Black equality had its roots in that hardscrabble Alabama farm and all those clucks. But at the very beginning -- when he was just a kid wanting to be a minister someday -- his audience didn't care much for what he had to say. Lewis, who died Friday at age 80, was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists who organized the 1963 March on Washington, and spoke shortly before the group's leader, Rev. If that speech marked a turning point in the civil rights era -- or at least the most famous moment -- the struggle was far from over. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his I Have a Dream speech to a vast sea of people. ( As reported in the news.

training: Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino said holding games would be riskier than training camp, according to CTV. However, unlike pre-season training, regular-season games would require repeated cross-border travel of Blue Jays players and staff, as well as opponent teams into and out of Canada. While the government gave the green light to the Blue Jays to hold training camp at their downtown facility during the COVID-19 pandemic without the normal 14-day quarantine for those entering Canada, Ottawa said no to a request to have a similar setup for Canada's lone Major League Baseball team and visiting teams for regular-season play. Of particular concern, the Toronto Blue Jays would be required to play in locations where the risk of virus transmission remains high, Mendicino said in a statement. As a result, Canada will not be issuing a National Interest Exemption for the MLB's regular season at this time. Based on the best-available public health advice, we have concluded the cross-border travel required for MLB regular season play would not adequately protect Canadians' health and safety. ( As reported in the news.

trudeau tweet: The Tories have argued that a Trudeau tweet from January 2017 is partly to blame for the influx of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States, according to National Observer. Conservative party spokesman Cory Hann says the ad was axed because the situation at the border is not about any one group of people. The tweet is rolled out as a carpet entering a broken fence and the words faith and diversity are visible. Hann says the image, which shows an actual person illegally crossing over the Canadian border, was originally used by a number of media outlets with stories about the surge in asylum seekers. In an opinion piece published Tuesday, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen accused the Tories of peddling false information to stoke fear and called it ridiculous that they blame the flow of asylum seekers on Trudeau's tweet. ; Don't miss out on the latest news Sign up for our daily briefing What people are readingCOVID-19 cases spread to prairie Hutterite colonies Racial justice suffers another blow from Trump We feel like we're held hostage' say diesel-dependent First Nations The full photo shows the man with a group of people carrying suitcases in Quebec, while the edited image used by the Conservative party singled out one man.A quote from a story in the Financial Post is superimposed on the image which says, Trudeau's holier-than-thou tweet causes migrant crisis now he needs to fix what he started. ( As reported in the news.

cannabis: According to a press release from the sheriff on July 15, the enforcement agencies will spend the week of July 15 to July 19 targeting the Eel River watershed to search non-permitted cannabis cultivation sites, according to NOW Magazine. The Eel River winds its way through the Northern California hills that have traditionally hosted much of America's illicit cannabis cultivation. ByJimi Devine Published on July 17, 2019 Share Tweet Comment Major enforcement actions against unlicensed cannabis farms across the Emerald Triangle continued this week, with the Mendocino County Sheriff's office announcing on Monday that the effort had been named Operation Clean Sweep and it was being conducted in tandem with the National Guard and numerous other agencies. However, since California opened up for adult-use cultivation licenses in 2018, many farmers have since made the jump to the legal market or quit the game entirely because of the increased cost of compliance. In addition to the National Guard, the sheriff's office said it was working with the state's Department of Food and Agriculture via its Cal Cannabis licensing arm, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Water Resource Board and Cal Fire to serve search warrants on both public and private lands to investigate illegal cannabis farming sites they've identified prior to the week's actions. All the sites will be those of non-permitted cannabis cultivation sites that are believed to be involved in water diversion and other situations of environmental degradation that impacts several watersheds in the greater Eel River area of Northern Mendocino County, the statement reads. ( As reported in the news.

colonial-era term: A spokeswoman for the Edmonton club said the team had no update Friday morning, according to CTV. Pressure has mounted in recent weeks for sports teams to eliminate racist or stereotypical names. TSN and Postmedia are reporting the Edmonton club will make the change, following the Washington NFL team's decision to do the same earlier this week. Critics say the Edmonton team's name is a derogatory, colonial-era term for Inuit. I had an extremely productive meeting with Edmonton's own football team today after they accepted my invitation to share ideas & perspectives, Paquette wrote. Aaron Paquette, a city councillor in Edmonton, tweeted that he met with the CFL club on Thursday and, while he didn't confirm the name will be changed, he was very impressed with the potential coming out of our conversation. ( As reported in the news.

illicit-drug report: Before today's daily B.C. COVID-19 update, B.C. provincial health officer Dr, according to Georgia Asian. Bonnie Henry revealed the results of research that has affirmed that the province has been effective in mitigating the spread of the virus. Bonnie of British Health Minister Adrian Dix credit Province of British Danuta Centre for Disease 1 of 3 2 of 3Consistent with numbers over the past week, the number of new cases confirmed today July 16 remained above 20. Meanwhile, the B.C. Coroners Service released their illicit-drug report for June. Dr. As in May, the province saw a record number of deaths 175 people died in June. ( As reported in the news.

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breakfast media: If the president was not telling these four Congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring Conway immediately fired back with her own question What's your ethnicity, according to Georgia Asian. Feinberg, who is with Breakfast Media, was momentarily stymied before asking why that was Conway and Feinberg started debating this issue before he got back on track with his original line of questioning. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway played this game when she was asked the following question by White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg. That's when Conway shifted gears and declared that the president has already commented on that. When Feinberg persisted, Conway claimed that Trump tweeted about the issue that Feinberg was inquiring about. ( As reported in the news.

engagement studies: The robot voice asked him to participate in a survey about Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, according to National Observer. It was a weird call, said the man, a Toronto resident who wished to stay anonymous because he works with the municipal and federal governments. The call came from someone using a 647 area code, identified on his cell phone screen as Tell City Hall. He thought the call was asking for some feedback for his past participation in several civic engagement studies. What people are reading Ottawa commits to national paid sick leave program championed by Horgan Doug Ford promotes cannery that's been reprimanded by environment ministry Ford government must phase out natural gas power plants, 29 groups say Four residents in Toronto and Mississauga told National Observer they were contacted by the mysterious group last week. Canadians across the country have been getting calls like this since Canada Day. ( As reported in the news.

fellow citizens: Sir Desmond does not have a blanket objection to covering his visage, you understand he has previously described blackface as an entirely acceptable bit of fun after boasting of dressing up as the late soul singer James Brown, according to Rabble. But while Sir Desmond may believe that all freeborn Englishmen have a sacred right to racist fancy dress, measures to stop the spread of a pandemic that has killed one in every 1,000 of his fellow citizens represent objectionable tyranny. A monstrous imposition! is how our modern-day Boudicca, the Tory backbencher Sir Desmond Swayne, decried the new law compelling customers to cover their faces before entering a shop. He is far from alone social media abounds with Tory activists ripping up their membership cards, assailing an authoritarian government that is not remotely conservative . The anti-mask revolt on the right is a global occurrence. On one level, this is just another expression of dog-eat-dog individualism to hell with the common good if it requires sacrifice on my part, however minor. In Texas, anti-mask activists believe such an imposition belongs in a communist country while the Oklahoma city of Stillwater backed off from imposing a compulsory mask order after threats of violence. ( As reported in the news.

lgbt community: The Nieuwegein City Council called on the municipal executive council to sever ties on July 13 after becoming aware of recent reports on the treatment of members of the LGBT community in Pulawy, according to CTV. In Nieuwegein everyone is allowed to be who he or she is, regardless of his or her sexual orientation, gender, religion or ethnic origin, said alderman Marieke Schouten. Nieuwegein, a city near Utrecht in central Netherlands, released a statement announcing the immediate end to its friendly relationship with the Polish city of Pulawy on Wednesday. LGBT-free zones like Pulawy are really unacceptable as far as we're concerned. However, local authorities in Pulawy did not reply, the statement added. Nieuwegein council was made aware of Pulawy's declaration in January, said the statement, and sent a letter to its counterpart in the spring to express its concern. ( As reported in the news.

littering: If there's anything that would change my line, it would be the continuous littering, according to Georgia Asian. Vanessa Hanson Office worker and five-year smoker I enjoy smoking but I can understand why it's not appreciated by others around me. Smokers, if they want to maintain their privileges, should really be conscious about not littering on our beaches. It's a gross habit and a personal choice. That might deter some people, but if someone wants to smoke they'll just take the ticket and keep smoking. I'm all for the ban. ( As reported in the news.

majority government: The most recent survey shows them at 38 percent, within spitting distance of forming a majority government, according to Georgia Asian. With Andrew Scheer as leader, the Conservatives have not been below 37 percent all year among decided and leaning voters in any of the Angus Reid polls. That's because, according to the Angus Reid Institute, the Conservatives have remained stubbornly high in the polls all year. Meanwhile, the Liberals are languishing at 30 percent, which is an improvement over the three previous polls. Justin Trudeau's personal photographer always tries to put him in a good light, but it doesn't appear to have stemmed the growing tide of public frustration with the prime minister. The New Democrats are at 14 percent and the Greens have the support of 10 percent. ( As reported in the news.

american citizens: Trump did not refer to specific representatives in his latest tirade, but the targets were widely taken by U.S. media outlets to be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts all of whom are American citizens, according to National Observer. So interesting to see Progressive Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world if they even have a functioning government at all now loudly...... Donald J. Trump real Donald Trump July 14, 2019 I think Canadians and indeed people around the world know exactly what I think about those particular comments. But Trudeau missed an opportunity to directly label the Twitter outburst by Trump as racist, as his NDP counterpart did, after Trump falsely tweeted on Sunday progressive' Democrat Congresswomen should go back to the supposedly foreign countries they all came from. That is not how we do things in Canada. What people are reading Global fossil burning breaks record in 2019. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian, Trudeau said at a press conference in Petawawa, Ont., alongside NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg. ( As reported in the news.

filippo grandi: Filippo Grandi, head of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees UNHCR says if the richest countries simply close their borders in response they will undermine their capacity to tackle the issue, and their civilisational values in the longer term, according to Rabble. In a perceptive interview with this newspaper Grandi defined this as the age of egotism in the richer world, dominated by me first, we first, our country first policies and closing minds. This paradox is at the heart of warnings about how foolish is a short-sighted approach to the global buildup in numbers of refugees, asylum speakers and displaced people. Scapegoating refugees in hate speech, cutting off access and failing to deal with the root causes of displacement and forced movement of people could be copied by the global south where 85 per cent of them actually reside. Migrant 39 who failed to reach Europe dies in Libyan detention centre Multilingual videos to better inform Ireland's migrants on Covid-19Fleeing poverty, hunger and political turmoil on the road to Lima A similar closing off of rescue and humanitarian facilities in the Mediterranean by European states and the EU is not only heartless but erodes civilisational and legal values built up over generations. He warns this response is fundamentally ineffective and will make the problems involved far more difficult, or impossible, to tackle in 50 years time. ( As reported in the news.