Peterborough police are no longer identifying individuals charged with crimes

The Peterborough Police Service says its new policy of not naming an accused in its daily media releases follows policies being implementing by other police services across Ontario.

The service says its policy change went into effect on Jan. 14; however, media were not informed of the decision until Wednesday morning via a media release.

Police say the name of an accused will only be released if it is considered essential to the investigation or a matter of public safety.

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“During a review of the media relations policy, the issue was identified and as result of discussions the Peterborough Police Service feels the court process is the more appropriate process through which names should and can be released,” Chief Scott Gilbert said.

“In making this change, the service is continuing to focus on public safety, crime prevention and community policing rather than public shaming or increasing stigma.”

The service says the issue of releasing names has been an ongoing debate across policing and it is joining the growing number of services across the province with a similar policy. Neighbouring Durham Regional Police Service is one service that releases only the names of accused in more serious crimes.

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Edmonton man killed in northern Alberta collision

RCMP have released more information about a fatal collision in northern Alberta last week that left an Edmonton man dead.

The 41-year-old was killed in a two-vehicle collision involving a car and semi-tractor trailer on Highway 2 south of Athabasca on Friday. The collision happened at about 1:35 p.m., at the intersection with Range Road 634.

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RCMP said the vehicle was heading north on Highway 2 when it pulled out to pass a slower-moving semi truck. The car hit the back of a different semi-tractor unit that was hauling a flat-deck trailer. Police said that semi was also heading north and had pulled into the southbound lane to make a left turn onto Range Road 634.

Highway 2 is undivided in this section, according to RCMP, with passing lanes available at intervals to allow for safe passing. Police said the highway was wet with some slush at the time of the collision.

The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The Edmonton man’s name is not being released.

The driver of the semi was not injured.

An autopsy is scheduled with the Edmonton chief medical examiner.

Police continue to investigate but say further updates are not anticipated.

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Windsor-Essex health unit rescinds instruction to halt entry of temporary foreign workers

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has done an about face just days after instructing all businesses in the region to halt further plans to bring in temporary foreign workers for at least three weeks.

The health unit’s acting medical officer of health’s instruction would have affected roughly 2,000 migrant workers.

At the time, Dr. Shanker Nesathurai said the southwestern Ontario region was grappling with a significant surge in COVID-19 outbreaks at agricultural enterprises. Within the span of a week, the region’s self-isolation hotel for migrant workers had filled and at least three additional hotels were also used in the self-isolation effort.

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But at 6:30 p.m. last Friday, the health unit rescinded the Letter of Instruction. It stated that enough additional capacity for isolation had been secured to allow for the change.

“Throughout the week the health unit has worked with all levels of government to formulate a resolution to this issue,” the health unit said in a statement.

“With the concerted efforts of local leaders in the healthcare, housing, and social service community the region collectively was able to establish the level of support necessary to meet isolation requirements for workers who are sick or who have been exposed.”

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COVID-19 outbreaks among temporary foreign workers has been an issue throughout the pandemic. It has helped draw attention to the living conditions of migrant workers across Canada.

In December, an auditor general report found that the systems intended to safeguard temporary foreign workers working in Canada’s agricultural sector have “provided little assurance of protection” for their health or safety during the pandemic. Nesathurai said last Wednesday that there has been continuing dialogue between stakeholders and government officials but more could be done.

“Have there been significant changes between last year and this year? I’m not confident there have been significant changes.”

The Migrant Workers Alliance For Change described the initial instruction as another example of blaming for COVID-19 outbreaks on migrant workers “when the last two years have proven that it is abysmal living and working conditions that is the cause.”

After the instruction was rescinded, the alliance called on the provincial and federal governments to “do more to ensure” the safety of workers, including access to PCR testing, proper safety equipment, and full and permanent immigration status for workers.

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COVID-19: Nova Scotia premier and top doctor to hold briefing

Students are scheduled to return to in-person learning in Nova Scotia on Monday. While the number of daily cases are no longer hitting record heights, they’re still among the highest the province has seen in the pandemic and that has parents concerned. As Alicia Draus reports, however, new research suggests that the transmission risk in schools is low.

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, are scheduled to hold a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

The briefing will be live-streamed here at 3 p.m. AT.

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As of yesterday, 73 people were in hospital who were admitted due to the virus. Their ages range from 0 to 100.

In addition to this figure, there were 183 people in hospital who have tested positive for the virus. Of those, 120 contracted COVID-19 after being admitted to hospital and 63 tested positive while being admitted for another reason, or were admitted for COVID-19 but “no longer require specialized care.”

This week, Nova Scotia became the only Atlantic Canadian province to return to in-person learning at public schools.

Parents and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union have voiced concerns about the province’s change in direction around COVID-19 in schools, which includes eliminating contact tracing.

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Meanwhile, P.E.I. announced yesterday they are further locking down. Gyms are closed, in-restaurant dining is not permitted and online learning will continue for students until at least Jan. 31.

New Brunswick, which reported 347 health-care workers who have tested positive and are isolating as of yesterday, is still in Level 3 of its winter plan. That level includes single-household bubbles and no public gatherings.

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Quebec reports 88 more COVID-19 deaths as hospitalizations top 3,425

A four-year-old girl has passed away in Quebec City due to “circumstances related to COVID-19,” according to hospital officials. Global’s Raquel Fletcher reports.

Quebec reported 3,425 active COVID-19 hospitalizations on Wednesday and 88 more deaths attributed to the virus.

The total death toll since the start of the pandemic is now 12,541.

Hospitalizations increased by eight with 359 new patients admitted and 351 discharged. Of those in hospital, 285 are in intensive care, for a decrease of four over the previous day.

Another 6,123 infections were recorded in the last 24 hours bringing the total caseload to 812,419. The number of cases does not accurately reflect the situation due to limited screening, according to the province.

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Quebec hospital plan could see ‘harm-reduction approach’ taken to COVID-19

While health officials said Tuesday the rise in hospitalizations driven by the Omicron variant seems to be  slowing, Quebec announced a contingency plan to allow for overburdened hospitals to continue operating.

Rather than focusing on keeping COVID-19 out of their facilities, hospitals would adopt a “harm-reduction approach” to the spread of the virus.

Some of the plan involves allowing workers infected with or exposed to the virus to continue working rather than isolating, and having family members of patients provide basic care to their loved one so medical staff can provide clinical care.

The province also announced that it would begin to distribute Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid to the population in a bid to eventually prevent further hospitalizations.

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Health officials however warn the pill will be reserved for people who are more vulnerable, at least in the next few months, due to limited supply.

While the pill offers hope, health experts are still stressing the need for people to be vaccinated.

In the last 24 hours, Quebec administered 110,035 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. To date, more than 16.6 million shots have been administered, including more than 2.8 million booster shots.

In the province, 85.2 per cent of the population has received at least on dose, while 89.8 of Quebecers aged 12 and over are considered adequately vaccinated.

— With files from Global News’ Kalina Laframboise, Gloria Henriquez and The Canadian Press’ Jacob Serebrin

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Avril Lavigne Says Her New Album ‘Luv Sux’ Has A ‘Pop-Punk Vibe’

Avril Lavigne is going back to her roots.

Appearing on the new “After School Radio” show on Apple Music Hits, the Canadian singer talks to Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus about her new album Love Sux and returning to the sound that made her famous.

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“I’m so excited. The whole energy around it, it was so fun to make it,” she says of the album. “The album’s got a pop-punk vibe all the way through and I feel like this is a type of album I’ve wanted to make for a long time.”

She continues, “My last album was very introspective and deep and this one is just rocking all the way through. And I’m really excited to take this out and play these songs live… I feel this is my most alternative record sonically.”

Lavigne explains how, as the pop music landscape shifted away from guitars and drums, she followed but eventually returned to the music she always wanted to make.

“And so, with this album, I just wanted to not hold back at all and just guitars, drums, just go for it,” she says. “And so I feel like I’ve always wanted to make this record.”

Lavigne also got to work with Hoppus on the new album, which for her was a special treat.

“I was really excited to work with you. I mean, to be honest, you’re one of my favourite artists,” she says. “Dude Ranch and Enema of the State, those were the records I was listening to in high school and as a teenager and I feel like they were really impactful on me as I was coming into my own musical identity.”

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Looking back on her breakout album, Lavigne says, “This year marks the 20th anniversary for my first album Let Go. I don’t know if it’s just because of how long it’s been or with a resurgence or whatever you want to call it in the pop-punk scene right now, but people are really bringing up ‘Sk8er Boi’ a lot. They’ve been asking me to perform it. It goes with this album, too. So I don’t know, but it’s been fun because, I mean, it’s a song I’ve been playing live for 20 years now and weirdly enough still today people are digging it and it’s taken on a whole new life of its own.”

The singer also has plans to turn “Sk8er Boi” into a movie.

“I’m in the process of putting together a film right now for it,” she says. “That’s a lot of work, I’ll tell you. Meeting with production companies, I have my storyline and my idea and then assembling a team, talking and meeting with different writers. And then I get different pitches and then I talk to them. So I found someone right now that I’m digging. And so I think we’re moving forward. And then once the script’s written, I’m just producing and overseeing the whole project. But will you make a cameo?”

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Cardi B To Cover Funeral And Burial Costs After 17 Die In Tragic NYC Fire

Cardi B is covering the funeral and burial costs of the 17 people that were killed in a New York City fire earlier this month.

A blaze ripped through a 120-unit tower in the Bronx on January 9, killing 17 and hospitalizing many more.

The ages of the victims ranged from two to 50, TMZ reported.

Cardi, who was born and raised in the South Bronx, told the publication, “I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal.”

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TMZ stated the rapper had teamed up with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City ensure everyone affected was covered and that the families’ wishes had been met.

Cardi shared, “I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.”

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Fire officials reportedly said the fire was caused by a broken space heater, with two open interior doors allowing smoke to fill the building.

The doors were allegedly meant to have been closed, so an investigation is now taking place as to why this wasn’t the case.

Cardi added in a statement to CNN: “I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still.

“So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help… I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.”

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Katy Perry Returning To ‘SNL’ As Musical Guest With Host Willem Dafoe

Live from New York, it’s Katy Perry!

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, Perry took to Twitter to announce that she’ll be musical guest on the Jan. 29 edition of “Saturday Night Live”, which will feature Willem Dafoe making his “SNL” hosting debut.

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Perry, whose Las Vegas residency “PLAY” recently went on hiatus before resuming in March, shared the news by writing, “Can’t wait to bring my slice of Sin City to the Big Apple.”

While Dafoe will be an “SNL” first-timer, Perry is something of a veteran; in addition to performing as musical guest in 2010, 2013 and 2017, Perry also hosted in 2011.

“Saturday Night Live” next airs Saturday, Jan. 22 at 11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT on Global, featuring former cast member Will Forte as host, and Italian rockers Måneskin as musical guest, hot off their recent win at the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Britney Spears Responds To Sister Jamie Lynn Spears’ Recent Podcast Interview

Britney Spears is apparently not too happy with sister Jamie Lynn Spears, who’s been making the media rounds in recent days to promote her new memoir Things I Should Have Said.

Previously, Spears issued a scorched-earth tweet blasting her younger sister for “lying” throughout the book, writing, “You’ve stooped to a whole new low. Please please stop with these crazy lies for Hollywood books. Now and only now I do know only a scum person would make up such things about someone.”

Meanwhile, Jamie Lynn recently appeared on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast, in which she spoke about her sister’s breakup with Justin Timberlake, among other things.

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Following the podcast’s release, the “Toxic” singer took to Instagram to share a message aimed at Jamie Lynn.

“In life a lot of people say “DO I MATTER ????” … try eating alone for 4 months morning ☀️ … noon 🕛 … and night 🌙 Jamie Lynn,” wrote Spears in the caption to the video, which features a sped-up version of Alanis Morrissette’s “Thank U” as a soundtrack.

“I asked myself every day ‘DOES ANYBODY CARE ??? WTF ??? DO I MATTER ???’ I would honestly be very interested to see your pretty face in the setting I was forced to be in and asking yourself ‘DO I MATTER ???'” Spears continued, still addressing her sister directly.

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“I didn’t get to cry 😢 … I had to be strong … TOO STRONG 💪🏼 !!! So yes … YOU DO MATTER and don’t you ever think for one f**king second you don’t,” she added, concluding by addressing her familiar looking short plaid skirt paired with a white shirt. “Pssss this is my new …Baby One More Time outfit 😂💁🏼‍♀️ !!!!”

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Chinese snow sculptures dazzle Kirkland residents during ongoing pandemic

A Kirkland homeowner’s dazzling snow sculptures have become the talk of the town, attracting curious onlookers and receiving a lot of attention on social media. Global’s Brayden Jagger Haines brings us the story.

A three-meter tall military general and curvy, painted traditional vases — all made from snow — are dazzling Kirkland residents.

Artist Shufeng Zhang has turned his snow covered front lawn into a curated showcase of Chinese culture.

“I love art and I love Sculptures,” Zhang said.

The Kirkland resident has been busy during the winter months with his pandemic project, hand carving intricate snow statues.

Originally from Beijing China, Zhang says over the last two years he has been honing his carving skills, learning along the way. Using only household items such as a pie server and a cheese grater, Zhang can turn a block of snow into a piece of art.

One of the most notable pieces in his collection is a spear-wielding Guan Yu, a famous ancient Chinese military general.

 

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Zhang says each of his peices hold a meaning. Guan Yu represents strength and loyalty. The coloured two meter tall vases standing in his driveway symbolize peace and safety. Zhang says these are all things that are needed to get through this ongoing pandemic.

“I believe they can keep me safe, and Guan Yu can bless me,” Zhang said.

He hopes his therapeutic work will also spread a bit of levity within the community.

Zhang’s work has gained a lot of attention online, and neighbours have been braving the snowy blizzards to see the sculptures in person.

“I feel almost back in China,” Herbert Chang said. “It’s nice to see these sculptures in the neighbourhood.”

Resident Susan Zimmerman and her friends say they went out of their way to see the progress of the outdoor gallery.

“Its impressive. It really is. They did a great job, ” Zimmerman said.

“Were going to continue walking everyday and look out for more,” resident Sattie Dookoo said.

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It takes Zhang between two and three days to construct the carvings. He says he isn’t done yet. With the latest dumping of snow, more are on the way.

“I will do it everyday. I think this year I will make more than ten sculptures,” Zhang said.

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