Family worries grow as mystery deepens over missing mother, daughter in Whitby

Tadilde Noble and her daughter Ava Burton have been missing since last week, and for family of the missing women, each passing day becomes more difficult.

After more than a week of looking for clues, family member Richard Rodwell says they are still left in the dark.

“It came out of left field,” says Rodwell, whose wife is the cousin of Ava Burton. “We are in total shock. The entire family is in turmoil right now.”

Rodwell says police have been tight-lipped about the investigation. Meanwhile, the family is experiencing disbelief and confusion over what led to the disappearance of Noble and Burton.

“A notification comes on the phone, and it’s like, we’re hoping that there is something — some sort of information,” Rodwell says. “We don’t know anything as to why this has happened.”

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Family members are devastated, wondering why this is even taking place.

“They are just a peaceful and loving family,” Rodwell says. “Just a loving family, filled with the love of God.”

On Friday, Durham Police said they were looking into the mysterious disappearance of the two women from their home on Scepter Place. Family members had asked police to do a wellness check after not hearing from the two women.

Investigators said they found suspicious evidence in the home, leading them to broaden the investigation. Police executed a search warrant at the home later Friday night and have had a forensics team at the scene ever since.

“They were there all weekend. Our forensic team is there collecting evidence and looking at the home more in-depth,” acting Sgt. George Tudos says.

Investigators have received several tips from residents and are currently looking at surveillance video from local neighbours. They now know the two were last heard from around Oct. 11, but as the investigation unfolds, police say they are growing more concerned.

“We have no information,” Tudos says. “It is concerning as time goes on and we’re hoping we find them sooner rather than later.”

If you can help with the investigation, contact Durham Regional Police.

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Green Party lays off half of staff members as financial drought, internal strife deepens

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Layoffs are once again hitting the Green Party as party brass look to shave costs amid persistent financial and political woes.

The Greens are temporarily laying off half of their staff, or about 10 employees, effective Tuesday, according to three senior party officials who were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about internal matters.

The sources say Green executive director Dana Taylor is meeting one on one with affected workers throughout the day to inform them.

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The culling will affect staff in the office of Leader Annamie Paul as well as in communications and mobilization, marking a partial repeat of temporary layoffs announced last June.

Paul, who announced last month she would resign and has little say in the layoffs, remains in the top spot as she negotiates with Green executives about compensation for costs incurred during legal battles with the party, sources say.

On top of financial troubles, Greens face a self-reckoning after last month’s federal election where the party maintained two seats in the House of Commons but saw its share of the popular vote tumble to about two per cent from nearly seven per cent, capping off a year marked by power struggles, bitter feuds and a defection to the Liberals by New Brunswick MP Jenica Atwin.

The fractious dynamics were on display over the weekend, when the party’s 16-member federal council as well as its five-member executive council — Paul sits on both — took part in several meetings to which the leader was not invited, sources say.

The virtual sit-downs, which included discussion of the impending layoffs, were opened to all Green members for one portion that saw accusations fly over the party’s treatment of Paul, resulting in an apology from new president Lorraine Rekmans over the lack of invitation.

Legal wrangling has further tilted the Greens’ cash imbalance.

Over the summer Paul launched an arbitration related to her employment contract and moves by party brass to oust her through a non-confidence vote and a membership suspension. Both were halted by the independent arbitrator.

In response, several senior officials filed a legal challenge on behalf of the party against Paul that questioned the arbitrator’s decision as tensions between the two sides came to a boil.

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Tuesday’s cuts brought on deja vu for Greens, who saw money woes prompt staff layoffs and nixed funding for Paul’s Toronto Centre riding campaign over the summer.

Former Green Party of Canada Fund president Doug Tingey said in a July report that the “current financial situation is not sustainable.”

He told federal council members in July the Greens would have about $300,000 in the bank if an election were called the next month — the campaign wound up kicking off Aug. 15 — compared to $1.9 million at the outset of the 2019 election and $3 million when the writ dropped in 2015, two sources said at the time.

The relatively small sum did not account for a roughly $1.3-million election loan, or $150,000 in wage subsidies that came into party coffers in late July, sources say.

The cash crunch also comes despite a fundraising bump during at least part of Paul’s 12-month tenure, though party officials have also said fundraising nosedived during the campaign.

Greens raised about $1.36 million in the first two quarters of 2021 compared to about $1.2 million in the same period a year earlier, according to Elections Canada filings.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets Captain Blake Wheeler tests positive, is symptomatic for COVID-19

The Winnipeg Jets have announced that team captain Blake Wheeler has tested positive and is symptomatic for COVID-19 and will not be in the lineup for Tuesday’s 7 p.m. home opener for the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Jets say the rest of the team tested negative.

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Wheeler entered NHL COVID-19 protocols on Monday and was not on the ice for practice. There was no timeline given for his possible return to the lineup.

“We never had to deal with that last year, so it’s kind of a definitely weird scenario to go through,” Mark Scheifele said during his post-morning skate media availability.

“It obviously sucks for him. You hope he’s feeling fine and he comes back feeling good. Obviously the virus is still around.”

The Jets are coming off back-to-back losses at Anaheim and San Jose to open the season while the Wild are 2-0 after a pair of one-goal victories on the road over the Ducks and L.A. Kings.

This will only be the 13th game the Jets have played in 10-plus seasons without Wheeler in the lineup, although the 35-year-old captain, who is from Minnesota, missed six of those games last season.

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Jets head coach Paul Maurice said he felt his team was a little “tight” at the start of Monday’s slightly delayed practice, but did not sense any nervousness during the morning skate Tuesday.

“It’s been part of the world so we kind of live with it. We’re going to be tested every day now and the masks are on all the time,” Maurice said during his media availability ahead of Tuesday’s game.

He said this latest adversity can just be added to the list of distractions that NHL teams deal with on an almost daily basis, “whether it’s your time zone changes, all of those other things that are just factors in all teams.”

Andrew Copp will move up to the No. 1 line with Scheifele and Kyle Connor for Tuesday’s game. The trickle-down effect of Wheeler’s absence will result in Paul Stastny moving up to the second line to play with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Nikolaj Ehlers.

Maurice said the Jets will dress 11 forwards and seven defencemen with Evgeny Svechnikov and Nathan Beaulieu drawing back in while rookie Cole Perfetti will be the lone healthy scratch.

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Investigation into suspicious package leads to charges for Regina man

Regina police have charged a 30-year-old man after an investigation on Monday into a suspicious package at a business.

Police first learned about the situation at around 3 p.m. following a suspicious man who was initially detained for shoplifting.

Background information suggested that the man had a bag containing items that appeared suspicious, police said. According to the report, the bag was moved to an access-controlled area.

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Officers were sent to the 600 block of Albert Street, and following an assessment of the package, the Explosives Disposal Unit was called to the scene. Regina police also requested motorists and pedestrians to avoid the east side of the street during the investigation.

Police managed to handle the package and materials without incident.

The suspect, who police say left the scene, was later identified and arrested.

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Steven Hepper of Regina faces four charges, including theft under $5,000, two counts of possession of explosive substance contrary to an order and possession of incendiary material.

He’s scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon in provincial court.

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Ontario registry allowing businesses, non-profits to make filings online goes live

TORONTO — Ontario businesses and not-for-profit organizations can access more government services online starting Tuesday.

The new Ontario Business Registry allows operators to submit files online that previously could only be processed by mail or fax.

The government says this will streamline the administrative process for over 90 transaction types involved in starting, maintaining or dissolving businesses.

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Government Services Minister Ross Romano says the new registry will remove unnecessary hurdles and help businesses in the digital world.

Tuesday’s announcement coincided with new legislation governing not-for-profit corporations, allowing them to make filings digitally.

That legislation passed in 2010 but could not take effect until the online business registry launched.

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Campbellford Memorial Hospital loses president and CEO after only 4 months on job

Less than four months into the roles, Margaret Beatty has left as CEO and president of Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH).

According to the hospital’s board of directors in a release, the departure was effective Tuesday.

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No explanation was provided as to why Beatty is no longer in the roles at the 34-bed hospital in the Municipality of Trent Hills, 55 kilometres southeast of Peterborough.

Global News has reached out to board director chairperson Kevin Huestis for further details.

In mid-May, the board named Beatty as the next president and CEO to replace Varouj Eskedjian, who was retiring in late June. Beatty took charge on June 24.

In her hiring, the board touted Beatty for her more than three decades in health care including leading a “significant financial turnaround” while serving as CEO at Temiskaming Hospital.

“We thank Margaret for her service and wish her well for the future,” Huestis stated.

“The board and leadership team are committed to ensuring stability and supporting all staff in the provision of the best possible patient care for our community, always, including through a leadership transition.”

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Dr. Bruce Bain, the hospital’s chief of staff, will serve as acting CEO and president during the leadership transition, Huestis said. Bain will remain on as the chief of staff while serving in the interim roles.

— More to come

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Impaired driving charges laid following crash in Penetanguishene, Ont.

Police have charged a man with impaired driving following an overnight crash in Penetanguishene, Ont.

At about 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, officers were called to a crash scene on Champlain Road in the area of Military Road, where there was a destroyed pickup truck and a broken telephone pole.

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Police spoke with the man who claimed to be the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash. According to officers, he displayed signs of alcohol impairment and had minor injuries.

Police arrested the man and sent him to the detachment for breath samples.

Joshua Lachapelle, 24, from Penetanguishene, was subsequently charged with dangerous driving, impaired driving and driving with a blood alcohol concentration of over 80 milligrams.

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Lachapelle’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

He was released from custody and will appear in court in November.

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Manitoba reports 102 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

Another three Manitobans with COVID-19 have died and the province is announcing 102 new cases of the virus.

The cases reported on the province’s online COVID-19 dashboard Tuesday bring Manitoba’s active case count to 1,007 and the province’s five-day test positivity rate to 3.3 per cent.

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The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 reported on the dashboard climbed three to 1,234.

Details of the latest deaths will be provided in the province’s next COVID-19 media release, expected Thursday.

The Northern Health and Southern Health regions saw the province’s largest one-day jump in cases, with 34 reported in the south and 32 reported in the north.

Another 18 cases come from the Winnipeg Health region, seven were found in the Prairie Mountain Health region, and 11 were found in the Interlake-Eastern Health region.

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According to the province, 74 of Manitoba’s latest infections are among people who were not fully vaccinated.

As of Tuesday morning, 92 Manitobans are in hospital due to COVID-19 and 14 patients in intensive care units as a result of the virus.

Manitoba Health Handout

Manitoba Health Handout

Manitoba Health Handout

Meanwhile, a provincial site tracking variants shows 604 of Manitoba’s 1,007 active COVID-19 cases are more contagious variants of concern.

But exactly which variants they are isn’t clear for 600 of those cases, which are labelled “unspecified” on the site. Of the four specified active VOC  cases, two are Alpha and two are Delta infections.

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Since the first variant cases were found in Manitoba in mid-February, the province has reported 20,105 cases and 226 deaths linked to the more contagious strains.

In all, Manitoba has reported 62,332 COVID-19 cases since March 2020.

Health data shows 2,154 tests for COVID-19 were performed Monday.

provincial site tracking vaccination efforts shows 86.3 per cent of eligible Manitobans have received one shot of vaccine and 82.7 have received two doses.

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According to the site, 228 vaccinations were scheduled on Tuesday.

Manitoba reported 51 new cases and one death Monday.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, visit our coronavirus page.

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Kitchener man charged in connection with Walpole Island homicide

Provincial police in Lambton County say a 20-year-old Kitchener man is the latest person to be charged in connection with a homicide on Walpole Island First Nation.

Oyebode Oyenuga of Windsor was reported missing to police in Windsor in February and a few weeks later his body was discovered on Walpole Island.

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The local police force teamed up with the Lambton County OPP to investigate Oyenuga’s death and since August, four other men from Toronto and Windsor have been arrested and are facing murder charges.

A police spokesperson said they will be announcing another arrest soon but did not provide any more details.

On Friday, Lambton County OPP along with Waterloo Regional Police, made the latest arrest at a home in Kitchener.

The Kitchener man is facing charges of accessory after the fact to murder and indignity to a dead body.

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Postelection review to probe where Conservatives bled votes to PPC and NDP

While the People's Party of Canada (PPC) didn't win any seats in Canada's 44th general election, it did snag more of the popular vote than the Green Party. And as David Akin reports, PPC voters were not just former Conservative voters.

The former MP leading the review into the Conservatives’ election performance says it will examine how Tories lost votes to Maxime Bernier‘s People’s Party of Canada.

James Cumming, an Alberta representative who lost his seat to the Liberals’ Randy Boissonnault, says he will begin reaching out to candidates and campaign teams this week.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole tapped Cumming to review the party’s campaign after it was defeated by the Liberals and won two fewer seats than it did in the 2019 federal vote.

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Cumming says he will probe the party’s campaign strategy, its ground game and the data it used, as well as O’Toole’s tour over the 36-day race.

One of the questions hanging over the Conservatives is the role Bernier’s right-wing populist party played in their loss.

During his second federal election as PPC leader, Bernier shifted his focus away from immigration and largely railed against vaccine mandates and other COVID-19 health measures.

Although the PPC failed once again to win any seats in the House of Commons, the Tory review will examine how vote splitting on the right impacted Conservatives across the country.

“Anywhere that we’ve had bleed of vote, I think that that’s important that we study and understand what the factors were, so the PPC would represent some of that,” Cumming said in an interview.

“In Alberta we saw significant bleed of vote to the NDP, so that’s an entirely different situation? In all cases we have to look at where we performed and where we didn’t perform and do that analysis on a riding-by-riding basis, region-by-region basis to better understand what the dynamics are within that vote.”

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O’Toole himself spent the final days of the campaign making increasingly direct warnings to Conservative supporters not to split the vote by casting a ballot for Bernier, cautioning that doing so would lead to another Liberal government.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

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