In The News is a summary of stories from The Canadian Press designed to start your day. This is what’s on our editors’ radar for the morning of October 2 …
What we are seeing today …
President Donald Trump said earlier Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, a surprising announcement that plunges the country into deeper uncertainty just a month before the presidential election.
Trump, who has spent much of the year downplaying the threat of a virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans, said he and Mrs. Trump were in quarantine. The White House doctor said the president is expected to continue to carry out his duties “without interruption” while he recovers.
Still, Trump’s diagnosis would surely have a destabilizing effect on Washington, raising questions about the extent to which the virus had spread to the highest levels of the US government. Hours before Trump announced that he had contracted the virus. virus, the White House said a senior aide who had traveled with him during the week had tested positive.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately, “Trump tweeted just before 1 am” We will get through this TOGETHER! “
Trump was last seen by reporters returning to the White House Thursday night and did not appear visibly ill. Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk for serious complications from a virus that has infected more than 7 million people across the country.
The president’s doctor said in a memo that Trump and the first lady, who is 50, “are doing well right now” and “plan to stay home inside the White House during their convalescence.”
The diagnosis marks a devastating blow for a president who has been desperately trying to convince the American public that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. At best, if you don’t have symptoms, which can include fever, cough, and respiratory problems, it will force you to leave the campaign just a few weeks before the election.
Trump’s handling of the pandemic has already been a major flash point in his run against Democrat Joe Biden, who spent much of the summer off campaign and at his home in Delaware due to the virus. Since then, Biden has resumed a more active campaign schedule, but with small and socially distant crowds. He also regularly wears a mask in public, something Trump mocked him for in Tuesday night’s debate.
Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says he is willing to stop military export permits to NATO ally Turkey if an investigation determines that Canadian technology is causing human rights abuses.
Champagne made the promise in an interview with The Canadian Press as Turkey faces accusations that it is involved in this week’s new fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
He was responding to calls from gun control watchdogs, Armenian Canadians, and New Democrats to suspend the export of an orientation sensor made by a Burlington, Ontario company that is allegedly being used in attack drones. Turks.
Turkey, a NATO member with Canada, has said it supports Azerbaijan in resuming fighting with Armenia that broke out on Sunday in a disputed region in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region in the southern Caucasus.
Armenia has accused Turkey of redeploying Syrian fighters and F-16 fighter jets to support Azerbaijani forces, but Turkey has denied sending people or weapons into the conflict.
Champagne and his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, have expressed concern about large-scale military action between Armenia and Azerbaijan and call on them to negotiate peacefully through the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
What we are seeing in the rest of the world …
One by one, leaders and ministers from more than 100 nations admitted that 25 years after the adoption of a road map to achieve equality for women, not a single country has achieved that goal, and many cautioned that instead of progress , now there is backtracking. French President Emmanuel Macron put it bluntly: “Women’s rights are under attack.”
Addressing a high-level meeting to mark the landmark 1995 UN women’s conference in Beijing on Thursday, Macron said it is no secret that the 150-page plan to achieve gender equality approved by 189 nations in the Chinese capital “would have no chance of being adopted. ”In 2020.
Therefore, “this is not a time for commemorations or complacency,” he warned, because the progress made by women “is being undermined, even in our democracies.”
The Beijing statement and platform called for bold action in 12 areas for women and girls, including fighting poverty and gender-based violence, ensuring that all girls receive an education, and placing women at the highest levels of the companies and the government, as well as at the peace tables. It also said, for the first time in a UN document, that women’s human rights include the right to control and decide “on matters related to their sexuality, including their sexual and reproductive health, free from discrimination, coercion and violence.” .
Macron said in his prerecorded speech that progress is being undermined “starting with the freedom of women to control their own bodies, and in particular the right to abortion.” And he cited continuing inequalities in education, pay, domestic work, and political representation.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has attributed gender inequality to “centuries of discrimination, deep-seated patriarchy and misogyny.”
In today’s most divided, conservative, and still highly male-dominated societies, she said, “we have seen across the world a backlash against gender equality and women’s rights.”
On this day in 2018 …
Canadian Donna Strickland became the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics when she shared the award with a French colleague and an American scientist. The associate professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and Gerard Mourou were honored for their work in the field of pulsed lasers. Arthur Ashkin developed “optical tweezers” that can catch tiny particles, like viruses, without damaging them.
Dr. Amy Tan has worked as a family physician in Alberta for 16 years.
Tan, who practices in a teaching clinic and provides hospice care in Calgary, had planned to continue working in the province for many more, at least until her 11-year-old son finished high school.
But he said his plans changed in the spring when a long and bitter dispute began between the United Conservative government and the province’s doctors.
Tan, also an associate professor at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, will accept a new job in Victoria on November 15.
“I am very grateful that I have the option, when I know that many of my colleagues and other Albertans do not have it,” Tan said in a telephone interview from Calgary.
“The truth of the matter is, I wouldn’t have looked for other opportunities if it hadn’t been for what’s going on.”
Tan said she loves her job in Calgary, but was unable to protect her from political strife, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The dispute began in February when Health Minister Tyler Shandro broke a framework payment agreement with the Alberta Medical Association.
Total physician compensation remains flat at $ 5.4 billion in the government’s 2020-21 budget, but a new funding framework changes the way physicians are paid.
Doctors have said it will force hundreds of clinics across the province, particularly in rural areas, to downsize or close.
Some changes were reversed during the pandemic, but a July survey by the medical association showed that at least 40 percent of doctors have considered moving out of the province.
Shandro has said that it is questionable that doctors would go to other provinces, where they would earn less money. Her press secretary, Steve Buick, added this week that she doesn’t believe the “rhetoric” that doctors are leaving.
He says that the province does not match its values in public health care.
This Canadian Press report was first published on October 2, 2020
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