Evening Brief: 'This sucks. It really, really does.'
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Prime Minister warned of a “tough winter” ahead, as a second wave of COVID-19 continues washing over us, the cold weather arrives, and pandemic fatigue sets in. With cases spiking higher than in the spring in many parts of the country, and compliance with public health measures headed in the opposite direction, Trudeau urged people to hang in there and stay the course.

“This sucks. It really, really does,” he told reporters this morning. “It’s going to be a tough winter. It’s easy for us to want to throw up our hands. … It’s frustrating to have to go through this situation. Nobody wanted 2020 to be this way, but we do get to control how bad it gets by all of us doing our part.”

On the line at this point? The holidays and the getting together with family and friends that comes with them.

“Unless we’re really, really careful, there may not be the kinds of family gatherings we want to have at Christmas,” Trudeau said.

Evening Brief: 'This sucks. It really, really does.'
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Despite the current state of things, Dr. Howard Njoo, deputy chief public health officer, told reporters that right now, there is no need for another full lockdown. More from CBC News.

As for the government’s COVID Alert app, Trudeau said fixes are coming to improve its accuracy.

Meanwhile in Quebec, the partial pandemic lockdown that has closed bars, restaurants, gyms, cinemas, museums, libraries and casinos in Quebec’s “red zones,” mainly in and around Montreal and Quebec City, will continue until Nov. 23. Kevin Dougherty has those details.

In Ontario, the official Opposition and several health-care unions want the governing Conservatives to fast-track NDP legislation that would ensure a minimum standard of care in the province’s nursing homes — something investigators told the government last week it should do. Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton told reporters today that she would support the private member’s bill that would mandate a daily minimum of four hours of care per resident in long-term care homes. Advocates say that number is around 2.7 hours now.

“I think it’s an important concept, and I know it’s been put out numerous times, so I support it,” Fullerton said when asked if she’ll vote in favour of the bill during its second reading tomorrow. But when pushed to say whether she would support it during its third and final reading, Fullerton replied, “We’ll see.” She also declined to say whether her government would fast-track the legislation.

Speaking of long-term care in the time of plague, election officials are warning federal legislators that a national election during the COVID-19 crisis could disadvantage people living in long-term homes, who’ve already borne the brunt of the pandemic. Speaking at the House of Commons procedure and house affairs committee on Tuesday, Tim Garrity, who’s running a byelection as the chief electoral officer for Elections P.E.I., said he personally went to long-term homes to register residents to vote, which was possible only because there’s just one facility in the “small district.”

“Going across Canada, with approximately 10,000 long-term care facilities, will be one of the major challenges of the next federal election,” Garrity said. iPolitics’ own Rachel Emmanuel reports.

From human cases to animal ones, you’ve probably heard by now about the first dog in Canada to test positive for COVID-19. Her name’s Maci, and here she is on the right.

Evening Brief: 'This sucks. It really, really does.'

Private members’ business is officially back on the daily House program — eight months late, but moving fast. But what happens to backbench business in a minority House? Our Process Nerd wades in.

Sen. Lynn Beyak donated to U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election effort by way of the Republican National Committee in May — in violation of U.S. election laws, which forbid campaign contributions from foreign nationals. According to the publicly available Federal Electoral Commission filing, Beyak listed her profession as “retired.” Although she has twice been suspended from the Senate for comments about the Indigenous residential school system, she is still very much a member of the Red Chamber. She listed her mailing address as a post-office box on Davis Point Road in Dryden, N.Y. She actually lives in Dryden, Ont. As VICE reports, her office said the donation was “made in error” and is being returned.

As we told you this morning, a month after the return of Parliament, the Liberals continue to hold a two-percentage-point lead over the Conservatives, according to the latest Mainstreet Research poll.

Summa Strategies has hired top Canadian defence expert, L-Gen (Ret’d) Mike Day, as a senior associate. That and more in this week’s Comings and Goings.

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Electoral fraud during a pandemic not an issue for election officials in N.B., P.E.I. (Global)
Trump signs proclamation formally exempting Canadian aluminum from tariffs (CP)
Ottawa won’t say whether diplomats in Cuba still being briefed on ‘Havana syndrome’ risks (Global)


Despite all evidence to the contrary, the White House’s science policy office has decided that the pandemic is over and it’s President who did the ending. New to you? Us too. But it seems the office saw fit to declare today that “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” ranked at the top of Trump’s list of accomplishments, despite record-high infection rates and hospitals overrun with patients. Sadly, it’s just the latest inaccurate claim from the administration about the pandemic’s severity. Politico reports.

Even though at least five staffers in Vice-President Mike Pence’s office have been diagnosed with COVID-19, Trump’s message on the campaign trail continues to be: “Don’t worry about it.”

At a drive-in rally in Florida today, former U.S. president Barack Obama dumped on Trump for his handling of the pandemic. “What’s his closing argument? That people are too focused on COVID,” Obama said, referring to what has become a staple of Trump’s rallies and Twitter feed. “He’s jealous of COVID’s media coverage.” The Hill has more.

Trump did have time today to lash out at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, spurring chants of “Lock her up!” and berating her for not being grateful enough to him for federal agents’ foiling of a plot to abduct her.

Meanwhile, a federal judge has ruled that the Justice Department cannot step in to shield Trump from a libel lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll, who claims he raped her in a New York City department store more than 20 years ago. Among the judge’s reasons for not allowing this? Trump’s statements about something that happened more than two decades ago are not within the scope of his official conduct. NBC News reports.

In Featured Opinion:

: The faults in our systems: How COVID has exposed Canada’s outdated ways

The Kicker:

Evening Brief: 'This sucks. It really, really does.'

Finally today, to quote Fleetwood Mac, this is second-hand news. But it seems former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev blames the long-running TV show “Dallas,” which featured the oil-tycoon Ewing family, for the fall of the U.S.S.R., because it opened people’s eyes to western lifestyles — as well as big hair, big personalities and big ranches. That’s according to Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, who told the story in a recent podcast interview. Seems an illicit broadcast of the prime-time show is what set the tide turning.

Who knew? On that note, have a great night.

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