Quebec election: CAQ leader defends millions to U.S. consulting firm during pandemic

Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) Leader Francois Legault is defending his government’s decision to award millions of dollars worth of consulting contracts during the COVID-19 pandemic to a major American consulting firm.

Legault says McKinsey & Company helped advise his cabinet on best practices from around the world on managing COVID-19.

A Radio-Canada investigation published on Friday reveals the company billed the Quebec government $6.6 million — or $35,000 a day — for advice on issues like COVID-19 vaccination and strategic communications.

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Legault’s four main opponents are denouncing the lack of transparency regarding the role that McKinsey & Company played during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Conservatives, Liberals, and Quebec solidaire say the Radio-Canada report is another reason to hold an independent public inquiry into the CAQ’s management of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the PQ has suspended one of its candidates, Pierre Vanier, who made anti-Muslim comments on social media.

 

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Ontarians mark Truth and Reconciliation Day in events across province

Events featuring Indigenous traditions are being held across Ontario as communities mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

In Toronto, a gathering at the city’s downtown Nathan Phillips Square began with a sunrise ceremony followed by Indigenous musical performances and speakers who addressed the crowd.

A sunrise ceremony was also held in Niagara Falls, Ont., where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those who participated – he later spoke with residential school survivors and gave a speech at an event marking the day.

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Later today, Premier Doug Ford is set to attend the unveiling of a garden at Queen’s Park that the province says is meant to recognize the continuing treaty relationship between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples.

Ford wrote in a statement that Ontarians will take the time today to learn and reflect on the dark legacy of the residential school system and its effects on Indigenous communities.

The federal statutory holiday, also called Orange Shirt Day, was established last year to remember children who died while being forced to attend residential schools, those who survived, and the families and communities still affected by lasting trauma.

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Regina cyclist pronounced dead after collision with motor vehicle

A 38-year-old cyclist has been pronounced dead after a collision with a motor vehicle Thursday.

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On Sept. 29 around 5:12 p.m., members of the Regina Police Service responded to a traffic incident involving a vehicle and a cyclist at the intersection of Heseltine Road and Heseltine Gate.

The female cyclist was critically injured as a result of the accident and was pronounced deceased later in the evening at the hospital.

No charges, criminal or Traffic Safety Act have been laid in conjunction with this incident at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone who has information to assist police is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPPS).

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Business openings fell 50% annually in Q2 amid recession fears: Equifax

A new economic outlook report has some bad news and some good news for Canadians. As Aaron McArthur reports, while the forecast predicts a mild recession by the end of the year, we might not even notice it.

Equifax Inc. says new business openings in the second quarter of 2022 were down almost 50 per cent compared to a year ago.

New business openings were also down by almost 49 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2019.

Jeff Brown, Equifax’s head of commercial solutions, says normally around 100,000 businesses open in the second quarter of each year.

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Brown sees the significant drop in new openings as a sign of the potential impending recession.

He says small businesses, which make up the bulk of new openings, are struggling with inflation, decreased consumer spending, increased debt from pandemic loans, and supply chain problems.

The credit reporting agency says debt levels, delinquencies and bankruptcies are creeping back up toward pre-pandemic levels as stresses on businesses rise.

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Suspected Chinese hackers tampered with Canadian chat program: researchers

Suspected Chinese hackers tampered with widely used software distributed by a small Canadian customer service company, another example of a “supply chain compromise” made infamous by the hack on U.S. networking company SolarWinds.

U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike said in a blog post that it had discovered malicious software being distributed by Vancouver-based Comm100, which provides customer service products, such as chat bots and social media management tools, to a range of clients around the globe.

The scope and scale of the hack wasn’t immediately clear. In a message, Comm100 said it had fixed its software earlier Thursday and that more details would soon be forthcoming. The company did not immediately respond to follow-up requests for information.

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CrowdStrike researchers believe the malicious software was in circulation for a couple of days but wouldn’t say how many companies had been affected, divulging only that “entities across a range of industries” were hit. A person familiar with the matter said that there were a dozen known victims, although the true figure could be much higher.

Comm100 on its website said it had more than 15,000 customers in some 80 countries.

CrowdStrike executive Adam Meyers said in a telephone interview that the hackers involved were suspected to be Chinese, citing the hackers’ patterns of behavior, language in the code, and the fact that one of the hack’s victims had repeatedly been targeted by Chinese hackers in the past.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Beijing regularly denies such allegations.

Supply chain compromises – which work by tampering with a widely used piece of software in order to hack its users downstream – have been of increasing concern since alleged Russian hackers broke into Texas IT management firm SolarWinds Corp and used it as a springboard to hack U.S. government agencies and a host of private firms.

Meyers – whose firm was among those that responded to the SolarWinds hack – said the Comm100 find was a reminder that other nations used the same techniques.

“China is engaging in supply chain attacks,” he said.

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OPP still working to identify baby pulled from Grand River in Dunnville

It has been more than four months since the body of a baby girl was pulled from the waters of the Grand River in Dunnville and investigators are still trying to identify her.

On May 17, 2022, emergency crews were notified after two fishermen made the discovery along the banks of the river.

Police estimate the girl is between one-and-a-half and two years old.

She remains with Toronto’s Office of the Chief Coroner, where they are working to determine her identity as well as how she ended up in the river, through various testing including DNA and toxicology.

OPP Detective Inspector Shawn Glassford with the Criminal Investigation Branch, says it is a difficult and lengthy process.

“These things take time,” Glassford says. “We’re hopeful that soon we will be able to share some more information with the community.”

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Glassford says they will continue working hard on the investigation and will not stop until she is identified.

He says, so far, they have received hundreds of tips, but encourages anyone who may know something to contact them.

“If something doesn’t sit right, with a family that had a past dealing with a young female child; if they were given a reason why they had left town and maybe that reason doesn’t make any sense now, since this child’s body was found, call it in.”

Police have created a tip line to assist with the investigation. Anyone with information can call 1-844-677-9403.

To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a message online at www.helpsolvecrime.com.

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19-year-old man arrested after another stabbed in Kitchener on Thursday afternoon

Waterloo Regional Police say a man is in custody in connection to a stabbing that occurred in the Huron South area of Kitchener on Thursday afternoon.

Officers were called to the area near Rochefort and Machado streets at around 4:30 p.m. after it had been reported that a man had been stabbed, according to police.

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When the officers arrived, police say they found a man suffering from stab wounds. He was transported by paramedics to an out-of-region hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

They say the officers soon discovered that the man had been stabbed during an argument.

The officers then arrested a 19-year-old man from Kitchener.

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He is facing numerous charges including aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Police say the victim and accused knew each other and there is no concern for public safety.

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Cambridge man arrested after overnight shooting in Galt: police

A man was arrested on Friday morning in Cambridge in connection with a shooting incident that happened the evening before in the Galt neighbourhood, according to Waterloo Regional Police.

They say officers were dispatched to the area near Fitzgerald and Chester drives on Thursday at around 10:30 p.m. after a shooting had been reported.

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The officers investigated the incident and soon discovered that a man had fired a gun at a car as it was leaving the area.

There were no injuries reported to police as a result of the shooting.

Police say a man then barricaded himself in a home as the officers conducted negotiations with him for several hours.

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At about 5:30 a.m. on Friday morning, police say they arrested the man.

A 39-year-old Cambridge man is facing several charges, including discharge firearm with intent, careless use of a firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

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Man dead, alleged impaired driver in custody after B.C. crash

Police say one driver is dead and two of his family members were sent to hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Abbotsford, B.C., Thursday night.

Abbotsford police say the 51-year-old driver of the other vehicle is in custody as part of an impaired driving investigation.

Officers responded to a crash at the intersection of Wells Line Road and McDermott Road at 6:25 p.m.

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Police say the driver of the car occupied by a family of three died at the scene and the two passengers were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

They say the person in the other vehicle stayed at the scene and was transported to hospital, where he remained in police custody.

Police say investigators are in the early stages of their investigation and looking for witnesses and dashcam footage.

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'Stripped of love': Mi'kmaw woman shares story from years in residential school

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A Mi’kmaw woman who attended a residential school in Nova Scotia for seven years in the 1960s recalls her childhood as a sad one.

Rosemary Paul, who friends and family call Ducy, says she’s been thinking about her past as Friday, the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, approached.

“It’s something I don’t really think about every day, I try not to anyway,” Paul said.

Paul attended the former Shubenacadie Indian Residential School, open from 1930 to 1967.

The former Shubenacadie Indian Residential School is seen in this undated photo from the Congregational Archives.

The former Shubenacadie Indian Residential School is seen in this undated photo from the Congregational Archives.

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Nonetheless, her memory was vivid.

“I remember somebody coming to get me, it was a black car,” Paul said. She was at her grandmother’s house when she was taken.

“I remember getting there. It was on a hill, and to me, it looked like a hospital. I thought I was sick or something.”

To the seven-year-old girl at the time, the Shubenacadie Residential School seemed like a massive building. Paul had never seen a nun before that day, either.

“I was terrified,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

What little was being explained to her was spoken in English. To Paul, that sounded like gibberish; she only spoke Mi’kmaw at the time.

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For the next seven years – until the school was shut down – Paul felt alone.

“I went through a lot,” she said.

“We’d be getting up early in the morning, lining up your underwear to show that we didn’t pee in them or anything. I remember saying the rosary, doing our chores before breakfast, having cold showers, cold baths, and then going to school.

“And right from there, they said I couldn’t speak my language. And each time I spoke it I would get a beating.”

She still remembers the food they were given.

“We used to have porridge every morning, it was lumpy and sloppy… But we ate it. If we didn’t, and if we did eat it and threw up, they’d make us eat it — with the throw-up in it.”

Paul said the children did anything to avoid the beatings, which she still remembers.

“I remember being pulled up by my ears every other day, because I wasn’t a smart girl, you know? And the nuns, I guess they didn’t like it if you weren’t smart.”

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Her younger sister Freda was brought to Shubenacadie a few years later. Paul didn’t know who she was.

“At the time, they brainwashed you and they told you that you had no family, ‘there’s no one here for you.’”

Left to right, Rose Prosper, Ducy Paul and her sister Freda Paul are seen in 2021, and below in an undated photo from the residential school.

Left to right, Rose Prosper, Ducy Paul and her sister Freda Paul are seen in 2021, and below in an undated photo from the residential school.

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Eventually, she learned from other children who Freda was, and they bonded.

“I tried to protect her as best I can, cause of the sexual abuse that we had done to us,” Paul said. “It was hard sometimes, because there was times I couldn’t help her and she couldn’t help me.”

Learning to love again

She remembers her childhood as a sad one.

“My childhood wasn’t a happy childhood there. I always felt sad; I felt alone,” she said.

“They stripped me of love, affection. They stripped me of my family.”

Paul now knows of her eight sisters and two brothers, but they’re not very close because of their childhoods. They only see each other at funerals, she said.

After she left Shubenacadie Residential School in 1967 – only when the school was shut down – she was placed in foster homes, and never went back to her original family.

Paul said abuse and hunger continued in the several foster families she stayed with. “I was skinny… The people I stayed with wouldn’t let me when I wanted to eat.”

That changed when she went to her final foster family, the Bernards in We’koqma’q.

“They were the ones that treated me good, treated me right. I never got no beatings.”

She recalls seeing a jar of peanut butter and fearfully grabbing a spoon.

“I looked around to see if anybody was going to holler at me. I could hear my stepfather saying something in Mi’kmaw. At the time, I didn’t know what he said, but later on, I learned he told my stepmother, ‘let her eat the peanut butter until I was full,’” she said with tears in her eyes.  “I ate the whole jar of it, and they never said a word to me.”

Paul described her stepfather as strict, but good.

“He told me, as long as you are in this house, nobody will touch you, nobody will beat you, so don’t ever be scared of that – and it never happened.”

Though she learned to accept kindness from the Bernards, Paul said it was difficult for her to be soft with others.

Ducy Paul and Rose Marie Prosper

Ducy Paul and her friend Rose Marie Prosper both survived the Shubenacadie residential school. Seen in a 2021 interview with Global News, they've remained lifelong friends.

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She was 20 when she had her first child, and soon after she had another. She called it “the greatest gift in the world,” but motherhood wasn’t easy.

“It’s hard for me to talk to them about it because I feel bad because I wasn’t really a good mother,” she admitted.

“At the time, I didn’t know how to be a mother; I didn’t know how to really love. I was a very strict woman, very, very hard on my kids.

“It wasn’t until about 20 years now that I’ve learned to love again, learned to show my affection to my kids.”

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Paul spent months relearning Mi’kmaw after leaving the residential school. Having her descendants continuing to learn the language was most important to her.

“In the residential school, we were stripped of all that… they beat us every time we tried to speak (Mi’kmaw),” she said. “I learned how to speak it, and I speak it this to this day. I try to teach my kids,” she said, though confessed it was difficult when they moved to the city and had their own children.

Her family is everything to her, she said. But she still never talked to her children about what she went through.

“All the stuff that happened to me, all the wrong things… I’ve learned to put that behind me.”

‘No faith’ in Catholic Church

In May of 2021, when news came out about the 215 children found in unmarked graves at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in B.C., those feelings of sadness overwhelmed her.

“It hurt me a lot, that they were discarded — these babies, young kids — just like trash. They didn’t care; none of them really cared.”

It’s estimated that about 150,000 Indigenous children across Canada were forced to attend residential schools between the 1880s when the federal government began funding the church-led program, and 1996 when the last school was shut down. It’s estimated more than 4,000 children had died at the schools.

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Paul observed the historic apology of Pope Francis in July, but she did not accept it.

“He never did nothing for me, except make me hate the Catholic Church,” she said.

“I was taught I had to say the rosary every day, every day go to church.. and (it) never made no sense to me… I don’t have faith in the Catholic Church at all, I’m sorry.”

She said she believes the Church has not acknowledged the full extent of what was done to Indigenous children at the church-led schools.

Though it’s hard for her to talk about it, Paul said she’s sharing her story because she wants people to know.

“We never made it up… We all had our stories, some worse than others.

“I would just like the people to know what really happened there, and accept that wrongdoings that were done to us really happened,” Paul said.

“I’m thankful I survived.”

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