401 traffic stop in Kingston results in multiple weapons charges – Kingstonist

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A Quebec man is headed into 2022 with a laundry list of charges after a traffic on Highway 401 for speeding led to police discovering he was in possession of a loaded, prohibited handgun.
According to the Frontenac County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), members of the OPP East Region Traffic Incident Management Enforcement (TIME) Team conducted a traffic stop on Highway 401 at approximately 1:10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. The officers pulled over the vehicle on the eastbound lanes of the highway in between the exits for Joyceville Road and Highway 15.
Upon approaching the driver and investigating, police found the man was wearing a bulletproof vest. Additional investigation located a loaded, prohibited handgun with a high-capacity magazine, ammunition, and a concealed, prohibited knife. Furthermore, officers found that the driver’s licence had already been suspended for previous driving infractions.
As a result, Lalute Maurice Reid, 46, of Lachine, Quebec, is facing the following traffic charges and Criminal Code charges:
Additionally, the Reid’s vehicle was towed and impounded, and he will be responsible for all related fees and fines. Reid was held for bail to appear in the Criminal Court of Justice in Kingston the same day.
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Canada's women's soccer named CP team of the year after Olympic gold – CBC Sports

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Avoid cruises even if vaccinated, CDC tells Americans – BBC News

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned Americans to avoid cruises regardless of vaccination status due to concern over Covid-19.
On Thursday, the CDC said the virus can quickly spread in the confined spaces of a ship and that the likelihood of infection is high.
It has elevated its travel warning for cruise ships from level three to four – the agency's highest.
The CDC is currently monitoring over 90 cruise ships for Covid-19.
The agency said there has been an increase in cases on cruise ships since identification of the Omicron variant. It warned that even fully vaccinated passengers who have received a booster dose can spread the virus while onboard.
The CDC also recommended that cruise ship passengers be tested between one and three days prior to their voyage, and three to five days after, regardless of vaccination status.
It added that unvaccinated passengers should self-isolate for a week after disembarking.
On Wednesday, the CDC said it was monitoring 92 cruise ships for Covid-19 amid a spike in cases across the US.
It maintains a colour-coded chart for cruise ships on its website based on surveillance data from the previous seven days.
Ships that are marked "red status" are believed to contain a "sustained transmission" of the virus on-board.
As of Thursday, no vessels were marked with the red status. The vast majority were classified as yellow, meaning that at least one case of Covid-19 among crew has been detected.
Yellow status also means that a particular vessel meets the threshold for further CDC investigation.
Reuters reported on Thursday that one vessel – the Queen Mary 2 – will remain in Barbados and not return to New York as a precautionary measure as it brings on additional staff.
The cruise industry was one of the sectors worst hit by Covid-related shutdowns in 2020.
The industry's largest company, US giant Carnival, reported losses of $10bn (£7.4bn) in 2020 after revenues fell 73% during the pandemic.
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COVID-19 outbreak declared Rideaucrest long-term care home – Kingstonist

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Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Rideaucrest Home, a long-term care home in downtown Kingston.
The outbreak was officially declared on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, and there are currently two active cases of the virus associated with the outbreak – one of a staff member at the facility, and another among an unspecified population.
On the same day, 291 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the KFL&A Public Health region, with 198 of those cases being in the City of Kingston. Public Health reported a 12.2 per cent positivity rate for those tested in the region across the past seven days, during which 1,337 new cases have been reported locally.
Currently, there are 26 COVID-19 outbreaks in the region with 151 active cases of the virus between them. Two of those outbreaks, apart from the one at Rideaucrest Home, are within long-term care facilities – the outbreak at Extendicare Kingston on Queen Mary Road, which began on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 and currently has one active case involved, and an outbreak at Arbour Heights Long Term Care Home on Tanner Drive, which began on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 and currently has two active cases involved.
Rideaucrest Home is “City-owned, non-profit long-term care facility,” with 170 single resident rooms, according to the City of Kingston.
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Your daily horoscope: December 31 – The Globe and Mail

Capricorn.
Issues that once meant a lot to you won’t worry you at all over the coming year. Why? Because your mind has moved up to a higher level of awareness. Where before you saw only chaos and confusion now you can see there is a real cosmic plan.
Put your worries behind you and see in the new year with a smile on your face. The current cosmic outlook is hugely positive, so give yourself permission to have fun and be the life and soul of the party sort that others want to get close to.
Don’t worry about your money situation – get out into the world and see in 2022 in whatever way makes you happiest and no matter how much it costs. You’ve got a whole new year ahead of you to find ways to make ends meet.
What happens in your world depends overwhelmingly on your own thoughts and feelings, so think and feel only good things about yourself and your loved ones and friends. If you can imagine a wonderful future then you are sure to experience it too.
There are so many openings and opportunities available to you now that you may have trouble making up your mind what to do next. The important thing today, and every day, is that once you choose a path you must follow it through to the end.
Take whatever dreams exist in your head and bring them to the world’s attention. You may be surprised to find just how many of the people around you share your vision for the future – and if you work together you can make it happen.
If you turn on the charm today family and friends will go out of their way to provide what it is you desire. Creatively and romantically the old year will close on a high, and the new year will begin on a level you may never have experienced before.
You don’t have to do anything special as the old year draws to a close, you just have to be kind to yourself and to those who play important roles in your existence. Partnerships and relationships will be especially productive as 2022 gets underway.
At some stage today you will come to the conclusion that old fights and feuds are no longer worth getting annoyed about. You may not be able to forgive what certain people said and did but you can easily forget about it. It’s time to move on.
If your head tells you one thing today and your heart tells you another it is your heart you must follow. You may be logical by nature but sometimes it is your feelings that are more important and one of those times is now.
Everything will go right for you today and over the first weekend of the new year. Even when you appear to have made a wrong move the universe will step in and manipulate reality until your wrong move becomes the one and only right move.
Is romance high on your agenda as the old year comes to a close? It should be. Someone you have admired from afar will find their way to your side over the next few days and it won’t be long before you realize how much they admire you too.
This looks like being a new year to remember for all the right reasons, so make a conscious effort to look on the bright side, especially as certain people seem determined to wallow in doom and gloom. The world’s future has in fact never been brighter.
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Ontario updates COVID-19 testing guidance; cuts isolation period from 10 to 5 days for fully vaccinated residents – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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Ontario is updating its COVID-19 testing requirements and cutting the isolation period from 10 to five days for fully vaccinated residents, while also limiting publicly-funded tests to high-risk individuals only.
On Thursday, Ontario’s top doctor announced an update to the province’s testing and isolation guidance amid record-high cases counts due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
Beginning on Friday, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests offered by the province will only be available for high-risk individuals who are symptomatic and/or at risk of severe illness from the coronavirus, instead of being widely available to anyone looking for a test.
Groups who will be able to receive PCR tests include workers and residents in the highest-risk settings, those experiencing homelessness, Indigenous communities, contacts identified in an outbreak setting, and those who are seeking care in a hospital emergency room.
Members of the general public who are experiencing symptoms are being asked not to seek testing and to assume that they have the virus and self-isolate at home.
“This updated eligibility will ensure that those that have the highest risk of severe outcomes, and those caring for them, have timely access to test results,” Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said in a COVID-19 update Thursday afternoon.
“This we recognize reflects some significant changes from our previous COVID testing strategy, which meant that anyone with symptoms could receive a PCR test. But the Omicron variant is rapidly spreading and we must preserve these resources for those who need them the most,” he added.
Moore also said that people with a positive result from a rapid antigen test will no longer be required to get a confirmatory PCR test.
Rapid tests are also in limited supply across the province and will be reserved for health-care and high-risk settings, Moore said.
“This means that if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are not eligible for a PCR test, and do not have access to a rapid antigen test, you should assume that you have COVID-19 and isolate according to our revised guidelines,” Moore said.
It has been nearly impossible to book timely PCR tests lately with many testing locations reportedly offering appointments in early January at the earliest due to unprecedented demand.
On Thursday, the province logged 13,807 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day tally ever reported in the pandemic.
However, Public Health Ontario said the case count is an underestimate due to the backlog of tests and should be “interpreted with caution.”
 
The province also announced today that it will be changing its required isolation period based on evidence that the virus is the most infectious in the two days before and three days after symptoms develop.
Effective immediately, fully vaccinated individuals and children under 12 years old only have to isolate for five days instead of 10 following the onset of symptoms. Their household contacts are also required to self-isolate.
However, unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and immunocompromised individuals will have to stick with the 10-day isolation period.
The change follows similar guidance released this week by the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention in the U.S.
Moore said infected Ontarians can end their isolation after five days if their symptoms are improved for at least 24 hours.
Non-household contacts are required to self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days.
Employees who work in high-risk health-care settings can return to work after 10 days from their last exposure or symptom onset but could return to work earlier to accommodate staff shortages.
“…To ensure sufficient staffing levels, workers have the opportunity to return to work after isolating for seven days based on a negative PCR test on day six, or two negative RAT (rapid antigen test) at day six and seven,” Moore said.
The province is also shifting its focus for contact tracing and will no longer be contacting all individuals who test positive for the virus.
Now, only positive cases in higher-risk settings, such as long-term care homes and retirement homes, will be contacted by public health units.
“Other individual cases will be asked to identify and inform their own close context. This means that not everyone will get a call from Public Health with guidance or next steps,” Moore said.
Sick individuals are urged to self-isolate at home and visit Ontario’s website for more information.
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Canada-wide warrant issued for wanted Nanaimo woman – CHEK

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A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 45-year-old woman from Nanaimo.
Courtenay Cross is wanted, once again after being let out on statutory release following a 27-month sentence for Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
She was released on December 16, 2021.
According to Nanaimo RCMP, Cross had been approved to stay at a residence in Nanaimo but just five days after her release, she left the home.
Police say that her current location is unknown.
As a result, a Canada-wide warrant has been issued for her arrest for breaking the conditions of her approved statutory release.
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Offenders on statutory release are supervised in the community by Correctional Service Canada (CSC) Parole Officers and will be returned to prison if they are believed to present an undue risk to the public, according to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act.
Cross is a 45-year-old woman, 5 ft. 6, 120 pounds, and the below picture provided is recent.
Anyone that has information on the whereabouts of Courtenay Cross is being asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.
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Thieves in Trenton slip away with $200,000 worth of butter – Toronto Sun

Provincial police in Quinte West are investigating the Christmas day theft of more than $200,000 worth of butter from a trucking yard.
Police were called to a trucking facility on Glen Miller Road in Trenton on the morning of Dec. 26.
Investigation determined that at about 11 p.m., on Dec. 25, four suspects broke into the facility after being dropped nearby by someone driving a black sport utility vehicle.
The four stole two transport trucks and hooked up two trailers which were each loaded with approximately 20,000 kilograms of butter, with a combined retail value of about $200,000.
The trucks and trailers were tracked down in the Toronto area on Dec, 27. But the butter was gone.
Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS).
#QuinteOPP are investigating the theft of about $200,000 in #Butter. Two trailers were stolen from a facility on Glen Miller Rd in #Trenton on Dec 26. Trucks/Trailers have since been located in the #Toronto area emptied of all contents. Know something? Call OPP 1-888-310-1122^dl pic.twitter.com/AFGU4tWNVZ
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Latest COVID update Dec. 30: 589 new cases, 2176 active cases – CKOM News Talk Sports

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Saskatchewan reported its second-highest single-day total of COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
There were 589 cases reported, the most since 601 were announced on Sept. 30.
There were 650 cases announced on Oct. 7, but that included 241 cases that previously had been missing.
The Ministry of Health’s daily report came out just hours after Premier Scott Moe and Health Minister Paul Merriman said the province now is paying more attention to hospitalizations than case numbers.
On Thursday, the number of COVID patients in Saskatchewan hospitals fell to 79 — the lowest that figure has been since it was 79 on Aug. 17.
The total reported Thursday included 14 patients in intensive care, the fewest since there were 14 on Aug. 24.
“The (Omicron variant of the) virus is moving a little different than it was with Delta,” Merriman told reporters on a conference call. “We haven’t seen hospitalizations jump.”
The active case total rose to 2,176 on Thursday, an increase of 204 per cent from Nov. 30. But over the same time period, hospitalizations have fallen by 40 per cent.
The government said there were 117 confirmed cases of Omicron in the province and 1,055 probable cases.
The province also reported four deaths Thursday, including a person under the age of 19. It’s the fourth fatality in that age group since the pandemic started.
Two people in the 60-to-79 age group and one person between the ages of 40 and 59 also died. The deaths were reported in the Regina, Saskatoon, northwest and southeast regions.
The new cases were in the Saskatoon (242), Regina (137), central-east (44), southeast (27), southwest (24), northwest (20), south-central (20), north-central (18), central-west (18), northeast (four), far northwest (three) and far northeast (one) zones.
The hometowns of 31 cases are pending.
The total in the Saskatoon region was detected in 711 tests, while the Regina cases were found in 576 tests.
The cases reported Thursday included 294 people who were considered fully vaccinated and 291 who weren’t vaccinated. The 20-to-29 age group led both categories, with 94 vaccinated and 74 unvaccinated individuals in that age range contracting the virus.
To date, there have been 84,446 cases reported in Saskatchewan. There were 56 recoveries reported Thursday, increasing that total so far to 81,315.
The seven-day average climbed to 257, or 21.3 per 100,000. The average stood at 51 on Dec. 18.
There were 1,751 doses of COVID vaccines administered in the province in the latest reporting period, with 653 first shots and 1,098 second doses.
To date, 1,798,358 shots have been given in Saskatchewan, including 856,332 second shots.
Dr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer, told reporters on a conference call Thursday that schools will reopen as scheduled in the new year.
He noted case levels are not yet at a level where the province needs to do anything differently in its schools.
Health officials expect to see transmission in schools — just as there has been to this point — but they believe it can be managed without reverting to online instruction.
Shahab offered a number of suggestions to help people avoid COVID transmission on New Year’s Eve.
Those include visiting only with close family and friends in gatherings of up to 10 people from two or three households. Then, small gatherings can connect virtually with other small groups.
If people opt to celebrate at a restaurant, bar or public venue, they should wear masks when not at their table.
He also suggested people should take a rapid test before they go out, even if they’re vaccinated.
“We need to do what we can to keep New Year’s Eve celebrations safe,” Shahab said. “We will see a surge, but we need to manage the surge and keep it as low as possible.”

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