Frostbite: What it is and how to identify, treat it | CBC News
Frostbite: What it is and how to identify, treat it Social Sharing Frostbite: What it is and how to identify, treat it Oh, we know it’s cold. We can feel Jack Frost nipping at our noses. But what about when he gets gnaws a little harder — what exactly does frostbite mean? Social Sharing Ice crystals form in exposed skin then freeze the tissue, leading to pain, numbness and possible amputation CBC News · Posted: Jan 29, 2019 2:02 PM CT | Last Updated: January 29 Frostbite can be treated fairly easily with no long-term effects but it can also lead to serious injury, including permanent numbness or tingling, joint stiffness, or muscle weakness. In extreme cases, it can lead to amputation.(Justin Fraser/CBC)
Ottawa to offer $114M in new money to provinces, cities for asylum-seeker housing | CBC News
Ottawa to offer $114M in new money to provinces, cities for asylum-seeker housing Social Sharing Ottawa to offer $114M in new money to provinces, cities for asylum-seeker housing Ottawa plans to spend an additional $114.7 million to compensate provinces and municipalities for temporary housing costs for asylum seekers. Social Sharing New funding will be used to compensate provinces, municipalities for temporary housing costs Teresa Wright · The Canadian Press · Posted: Jan 29, 2019 7:26 AM ET | Last Updated: January 29 Asylum seekers walk along Roxham Road near Champlain, N.Y., on Aug. 6, 2017, en route to the Canada/U.S. border. The influx of irregular migrants entering Canada has increased pressure on provinces to provide shelter and social services.(Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)
Ottawa plans to spend an additional $114.7 million to compensate provinces and municipalities for temporary housing costs for asylum seekers.
The money is part of $2.5 billion in new spending plans tabled late Monday as part of the federal government’s supplementary estimates.
The financial document says the influx of migrants entering Canada without the proper approval has increased pressure on provinces to provide shelter and social services. As immigration debate heats up, Quebec’s Roxham Road road still ground zero
The $114.7 million in new funding will be used to compensate provinces and municipalities for temporary housing costs and provide “federal interim lodging facilities” services to supplement the housing capacity currently available.
This money is in addition to $50 million the Trudeau government offered to Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba last summer to help with temporary housing costs for asylum seekers.
But it falls far short of the $200 million the Ontario government says it has spent on irregular migrants and the $300 million that Quebec estimates it has spent.
No breakdown has yet been offered on exactly how much each province or municipality will receive as part of this planned new spending, nor about how decisions will be made on what eligible costs will be covered.
The rest of the $2.5 billion in new spending in Monday’s supplementary estimates includes: $323.2 million for demand-driven services to veterans. $313.9 million for international military missions. $163.5 million to write off unrecoverable Canada student loans. $159 million for arctic and offshore patrol ships. $149.7 million to fund the government’s feminist international assistance agenda.
Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur to appear in court this morning | CBC News
Crown reveals McArthur ‘staged’ some of his victims after serial killer pleads guilty to 8 murders Social Sharing Crown reveals McArthur ‘staged’ some of his victims after serial killer pleads guilty to 8 murders Bruce McArthur, a shadow of the burly man who first made headlines when he was arrested a year ago, pleaded guilty in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday to eight counts of first-degree murder. Social Sharing Graphic content: This story contains details that may be disturbing to some readers Kate McGillivray · CBC News · Posted: Jan 29, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: January 29 Bruce McArthur, second from left, pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder when he appeared in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday. (Pam Davies/CBC)
A year after his arrest sent shock and anger through Toronto, Bruce McArthur on Tuesday morning admitted to killing eight men from 2010 to 2017.
The self-employed landscaper was arrested in January 2018, after years of speculation within Toronto’s Gay Village that a group of men who had gone missing from the neighbourhood were somehow connected.
From then on, McArthur, a stocky, bearded man who had worked part time as a mall Santa, was referred to as an alleged serial killer. The case has been covered around the world.
Ultimately, McArthur was charged in the deaths of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.
On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to all eight counts of first-degree murder.
Appearing before Justice John McMahon in Superior Court, McArthur looked gaunt, with his beard and head shaved. As the name of each of his eight victims was read out, he replied “guilty” in a quiet voice. McArthur admitted to killing these eight men: Top row, from left to right, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 44. Bottom row, from left to right: Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.(Toronto Police Service/CBC)
Michael Cantlon, a lawyer for the Crown, revealed some details of the killings, telling the court that each murder included planning and deliberation, and that six were sexual in nature.
He said that during a search of McArthur’s bedroom, police found a bag containing duct tape, a surgical glove, rope and zip ties.
Cantlon also said McArthur “staged” some of his victims after they were murdered and kept some of their items as souvenirs, including jewelry.
According to the Crown, sentencing will start this coming Monday, when more details of the case will be revealed.
Read the full brief statement of facts read in court: (Text KB) CBC is not responsible for 3rd party content ‘This isn’t closure’
Family of the victims and others impacted by McArthur’s action will have the opportunity to file victim impact statements before he’s sentenced.
The court will have Farsi, Tamil and French interpreters on hand to assist family members who aren’t at ease in English. Haran Vijayanathan says it will never be over for the victim’s families despite Bruce McArthur guilty plea.0:30 Haran Vijayanathan, executive director at the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, has been deeply involved in supporting the victims’ families and organizing community reaction. ‘This is still very raw’: One year since arrest of accused serial killer Bruce McArthur
He said Tuesday the hardest part for many families may be yet to come.
“They’re going to have to relive all that loss again as they put these victim impact statements together. Whenever you have to recount the details, it brings everything back up.” Haran Vijayanathan, the executive director of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, describes the feeling of family and friends of Bruce McArthur’s victims following the serial killer’s guilty plea.0:22
Kinsman’s friend Nicole Borthwick said the guilty pleas have left her feeling angry.
“This isn’t closure,” she told CBC News.
A sentiment also expressed by Karen Fraser, who owns the home where remains of McArthur’s victims were found. Karen Fraser, who owns the house where the remains of McArthur’s victims were found, explains why there will be no closure for her.0:21
Toronto Mayor John Tory also released a statement on the pleas, writing that McArthur “is a monster that preyed on our city.” Tory also said his thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. First disappearance in 2010
The McArthur case dates back years.
The first man to go missing was Navaratnam, who was last seen in September 2010 and who McArthur had a relationship with for a number of years.
A complete timeline of the McArthur investigation can be found here .
Kinsman was the last man to go missing, a day after Toronto’s Pride weekend in June 2017. Lawyers arrive at the Toronto courthouse in advance of McArthur’s hearing Tuesday.(Patrick Morrell/CBC)
His disappearance proved to be a turning point in the police investigation, with the lead investigator, Insp. Hank Idsinga, saying if Kinsman had not been reported missing within 72 hours, police may have missed a key piece of evidence that led them to McArthur.
In court on Tuesday, it was revealed that police collected video evidence of Kinsman getting into McArthur’s van that day. Kinsman’s DNA was found inside in November 2017.
McArthur was arrested two months later.
Over time, police went on to recover the remains of seven of the men in large planters at a residential property in midtown Toronto where McArthur worked. The remains of the eighth man were found in a nearby ravine.
Fraser, the owner of that property, tells reporters she met some of the men McArthur killed. Karen Fraser describes what haunts her to this day.0:18 Controversy over police handling of case
The police drew heavy criticism for their investigation of the missing men, including for comments made by police Chief Mark Saunders in December 2017 — a month after McArthur became a suspect in the murder of Kinsman — that police had no evidence of a serial killer operating in the Gay Village.
In the wake of that criticism, Toronto police created the service’s first-ever missing persons unit .
Ford won’t guarantee future of full-day kindergarten after next year | CBC News
Premier Doug Ford isn’t guaranteeing that full-day kindergarten will continue beyond the next school year.
The program was introduced by former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty and was fully rolled out in 2014. It saves families thousands of dollars a year in child care costs, but it costs the government $1.5 billion a year.
Ontario’s education minister won’t commit to keeping class sizes capped Ontario considers removing kindergarten, primary class size caps Ford’s government is conducting education consultations, including the possibility of removing class size caps for kindergarten and primary grades, and the premier was asked Wednesday about the future of full-day kindergarten.
“I can tell you that there’s going to be all-day kindergarten next year and we’ll sit down and you’ll hear from us in the future,” he said.
‘Areas of education that are broken’ “I can assure you one thing — any decision that’s made is going to be better, it’s not going to be worse. As far as I’m concerned, there’s a lot of areas of education that are broken that need to be fixed.”
Ford said he just wants what is best for students, but a government document frames the current consultation as one that is required, given “the province’s current fiscal circumstances.”
The Progressive Conservative government is trying to trim a deficit they peg at $14.5 billion — though the financial accountability officer says it’s closer to $12 billion.
Charles Pascal, an education expert who served as an adviser to McGuinty, said full-day kindergarten has been shown to provide an important foundation for children.
“It’s shameful in terms of removing something that is already showing, through evidence, how good the program is in terms of child outcomes,” he said.
“The research that’s been done over the last number of years shows that when it comes to social, emotional and literacy gain, the full-day learning program…is improving the outcomes of kids.”
‘Absolutely disturbing’ The Ministry of Education’s own research shows that full-day kindergarten reduces risks in language and cognitive development, and means kids are more likely to achieve academic success in Grade 1.
Research from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education also showed that kids who had been in full-day kindergarten scored higher on reading, writing and number knowledge, and were better able to self-regulate, or manage stresses.
Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, said cutting full-day kindergarten would mean the government is turning its back on students.
“We find it absolutely disturbing that this government would suggest that to balance a budget to deal with the deficit that
they’re going to put in an austerity measure that could possibly see the elimination of full-day kindergarten for students four and five years old,” he said.
“If they want to enhance the program and they want to do the best for students, reduce the class size cap in kindergarten from 29 to 26. Maintain the program, maintain the teacher and (early childhood educator) and maintain the play-based learning.”
Currently, the kindergarten class size cap is 29 students, and the average of class sizes across any board can’t be more than 26. For the primary grades the cap is 23 students, but at least 90 per cent of classes in any board must have 20 or fewer students.
‘Making our youngest students pay’
The consultation document also says there is an average child-to-educator ratio of 13:1 in kindergarten classrooms, as most have a teacher and an early childhood educator.
It asks what the implications of the two-educator model are on student outcomes, educator working conditions and value for money. The document also asks if there are other models the ministry should consider.
NDP education critic Marit Stiles said she is getting calls from panicked parents, worried that full-day kindergarten is on the chopping block.
“No parent should have to worry that their kids will miss out on the advantages of full-day kindergarten,” she said in a statement.
“It’s unconscionable for the Ford Conservatives to consider making our youngest students pay for their cuts.”
‘I couldn’t believe it’: University of Alberta evicted student after attempt to kill himself | CBC News
‘I couldn’t believe it’: University of Alberta evicted student after attempt to kill himself Social Sharing ‘I couldn’t believe it’: University of Alberta evicted student after attempt to kill himself In the fall of 2016, an 18-year-old tried for a second time to take his own life. After his second discharge from hospital in less than a month, a university administrator handed him a notice of eviction from residence. Social Sharing Student was told he was no longer welcome in residence Ariel Fournier 29, 2019 6:00 AM MT 30 Hallways at the University of Alberta are decorated with reassuring slogans such as “Learn to love yourself” and “Take a break and find balance.”(Katrine Deniset)
Hallways at the University of Alberta are decorated with posters with reassuring slogans such as “Love yourself” and “Take a break and find balance.”
One U of A student in Edmonton says that when he walks by the slogans, he feels as if it’s all for show.
In the fall of 2016, the 18-year-old tried for the second time to take his own life. After his second discharge from hospital in less than a month, a university administrator came to meet him.
But instead of offering help, the staff member handed him a notice of eviction from his residence.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said the student, who told his story to Radio-Canada. CBC News is calling him Eric to protect his identity.
“I was being evicted for trying to attempt suicide. I hadn’t put anyone else in danger.”
Eric describes that moment. Eric describes the moment he learned what the university was going to do in response to his suicide attempt.0:20 Edmonton firefighter’s suicide spurs conversation on PTSD
Eric was told he had to move out of his campus residence because he had violated his residency agreement. The agreement states that “the resident will not endanger persons or damage property in the premises and residence.” The student was told he had to move out of his campus residence because he had violated his residency agreement.(Supplied/Name withheld by request)
The administrator handed the student a trespass notice and an eviction letter that said: “You admitted to attempting to commit self-harm within your residence and this was the second attempt.”
The letter also said: “The type of example your actions support have no place in an academic learning environment.”
Eric said he had experienced symptoms of depression since his early teen years, but at university his symptoms worsened. “Things suddenly felt meaningless,” he said.
He first attempted suicide in his second year of university. Police intervened and took him to hospital. After he was discharged, the U of A gave him a list of phone numbers to call if he needed help.
“I never gave it [another] thought to contact those people,” he said. He said the help he was offered was based on an assumption that his actions were a cry for help, not a serious suicide attempt.
One week later, he still had constant thoughts of dying, he said. He tried again to take his own life.
Again, police took him to hospital. When he returned to his dorm, staff had booked him a hotel room for the night and told him they would meet with him the next morning, he said. That’s when the university took action. Decision without explanation
Officials at the U of A haven’t explained how the decision could have been approved.
In an interview this month, André Costopoulos, dean of students, said there is no policy that includes “considering self-harm or actively self-harming” as a reason to ban a student from a campus residence.
Costopoulos wouldn’t comment on the specifics of Eric’s case, but said it’s possible the decision was based on erroneous information.
Two weeks after Eric’s eviction, the same administrator who gave him the letter emailed him about reconsidering the previous decision.
But Eric said the damage was done.
“I just felt like I needed a safe place to stay where I could try to work this out in my head, where I can feel comfortable,” he said. “They took that away from me.” ‘Never justifiable, never acceptable’
The University of Alberta Students’ Union said the eviction is unacceptable.
A letter like the one Eric received is “never justifiable, never acceptable,” Andre Bourgeois, vice-president of student life, said in an interview this month.
Bourgeois said the students’ union is aware of more than one case when a student was evicted under similar circumstances.
He said that he’s concerned that a recent directive from Alberta Advanced Education to have the province provide clinical care services for students will make it harder for school staff to make decisions in the best interests of students with mental health issues.
“I wouldn’t say that I’m confident that the university will never make another mistake when it comes to suicide or mental health,” Bourgeois said.
Eric has thoughts about that, too. Eric talks about the contrast between the messages the university sends about mental health and what happened to him.0:42 Students vulnerable
Mara Grunau, executive director of the Calgary-based Centre for Suicide Prevention, said suicidal thoughts are almost always the result of multiple factors, but students can be particularly vulnerable to certain stresses.
“What we typically see with students is the pressure they feel to achieve,” Grunau said.
“It can also be pressure from living away from home for the first time.”
Symptoms of mental illness also often reveal themselves in late adolescence, she said.
Since 2017, five University of Alberta students have died from suicide, according to Costopoulos.
Still a student, Eric has sought psychiatric help and continues to fight his depression.
If you are dealing with thoughts of suicide you can call the 24-hour Canada-wide crisis service hotline: 1-833-456-4566.
With files from Katrine Deniset and Simon-Pierre Poulin