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Senior missing for 9 days found dead in Delta

Senior missing for 9 days found dead in DeltaPolice in Delta say the search for a missing senior has ended in tragedy.On May 15, 88-year-old Jarnail Sanghera of North Delta was reported missing. He was last seen leaving his family residence near Nordell Way and 116th Avenue in North Delta.Police said Sanghera had dementia and diabetes, which was treated through medication.Investigators were able to find video footage of Sanghera walking and received several tips from people about him.On May 19th, police and members of Sanghera's family held a news conference to review the extensive efforts made to find the missing man and to ask for more help in finding him.On Sunday Delta Police said in a tweet that officers were called to a wooded area off Swenson and Nordell Way where they found the body of Sanghera.Officers remain at the scene and say that Saghera's family has been notified of his death.Police did not say what the circumstances of Sanghera's death were but that more information would be available on Monday.


Premier says anyone who wants a COVID-19 test will be able to get one

Premier says anyone who wants a COVID-19 test will be able to get oneTORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Sunday that anyone in the province can get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have symptoms, as cases continued to mount and officials criticized thousands of people who gathered in a Toronto park a day earier.The premier said mass testing is the province's best defence against the virus, adding that the only way for the province to reach its testing capacity of nearly 25,000 is for people to show up to provincial assessment centres. Currenly, daily testing rates hover around 11,000."If you are worried you have COVID-19, or that you've been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, even if you're not showing symptoms, please go get a test," Ford said during a televised speech on Sunday."You will not be turned away, you don't need an appointment, just show up."A spokeswoman for the Minister of Health later said in an email that the province doesn't anticipate demand for tests outpacing supply, even with this directive.The messaging is a marked change from earlier guidelines for the general public, which said that only people displaying one or more symptoms of the novel coronavirus should be tested.Ford also said a new detailed testing strategy targeting specific sectors will be unveiled next week.The announcement comes as cases continue to mount in Ontario, with 460 confirmed cases reported on Sunday along with 25 deaths related to the virus.The new cases account for a 1.8 per cent increase over the previous day.The province now has 25,500 confirmed cases, which includes 19,477 that are marked as resolved and 2,073 where patients have died.The Ministry of Health said it completed 11,383 tests over the previous 24 hours.Meanwhile, the premier criticized Torontonians who flocked to a popular downtown park on Saturday after city officials said thousands of people at Trinity Bellwoods Park were flouting physical distancing rules."I thought it was a rock concert in the beginning when I went out there, I was in shock," Ford said."I get it, it's a beautiful day out, everyone wants to get out and have a great time ... but the images I saw, we just can't have that right now, it's just too many people too close."On Sunday, far fewer people were at the park, Toronto police said, noting that there were more cops and bylaw officers present to issue $1,000 tickets to those violating the rules.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 24, 2020.Salmaan Farooqui, The Canadian Press


Beacon Hill Park fans decry easing of camping restrictions in Victoria

Beacon Hill Park fans decry easing of camping restrictions in VictoriaFans of Beacon Hill Park in Victoria say they're dismayed by city council's recent decision to continue letting about 90 people keep their tents set up in the park during the day. City bylaws state that people camping in the city's parks have to clear their tent and belongings by 7 a.m. each day, but on Thursday, city council passed a motion to continue allowing people to leave their tents set up during the day until June 25. The shelter-in-place motion has been in place since shortly after a provincial state of emergency was declared in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said, ideally, no one should be living outside. "Everyone should be able to stay at home if they're sick, and for people living in tents, they don't have that option," Helps said. The motion also called for city workers to allow up to 72 hours before they remove shelters and belongings that are abandoned or unoccupied, at which point they can be held for 30 days. 'Jewel of Victoria'Roy Fletcher, president of the Friends of Beacon Hill Park Society, said he has received a flood of emails since the motion passed on Thursday from people concerned about the campers and their potential impact on the park. "Many of the camps are moving close to or trampling some of the rare plants," Fletcher said. "It might be four or five years before we see them again."Fletcher said the park is the "jewel of Victoria" and he's afraid the tents will turn into a permanent encampment. There are individual tents as well as about 10 clusters of campers throughout the park, Fletcher said, many of them hidden in some of its natural areas. He said the larger clusters are especially concerning because of the garbage left behind.Some residents are also worried about safety, Fletcher said, because they find the campers threatening.Helps says she understands those concerns, but the 200-acre park is large enough for people to spread out. "It's not an ideal situation and I wish that there were enough spaces for everyone to move inside," she said.Pandora tent city cleared outMeanwhile, on Sunday Victoria police officers removed the remaining people camping at a tent city on Pandora Avenue. The city had set a deadline of May 20 to remove the campers there and at Topaz Park due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Thursday's motion doesn't apply to those living in the tent cities at Topaz Park and on Pandora Avenue.The city worked with the province to find housing for the more than 300 people living in the two parks. Helps said the city is also working to house the homeless at Beacon Hill Park."It's Canada and it's the 21st century and we're a very prosperous nation, and there should be no one sleeping outside — particularly in a public health emergency," she said.


COVID-19: Here are the latest developments

COVID-19: Here are the latest developmentsCoronavirus news is changing quickly. Here are some latest developments.


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