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Customer causes damage to Brandon business after refusing to wear mask

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WINNIPEG —
A customer at a Brandon, Man., business became “angry” and knocked over a display after being asked to wear a mask, according to the Brandon Police Service.

The incident took place around noon on Monday at a business in the 900 block of 18th Street.

Police officers said an employee called them to report a male causing a disturbance.

Once police got to the business, they were told the person walked into the store and wasn’t wearing a mask. The employee then asked him to put on a mask and even offered to give him one.

Police said the customer became “agitated and angry” and knocked over a display case and caused minor damage. No one was hurt.

The customer left before police got to the scene.

Police spoke to the employee and store owners, who all declined further police involvement.

CTV News Winnipeg reached out to Freshii Inc., which confirmed it was aware of this incident at one of its restaurants in Brandon.

“Freshii remains committed to taking all steps necessary to protect the health and well-being of our customers and our staff,” it said in a statement.

“We will continue to comply with all local regulation in relation to mask-wearing and other COVID-19 related best practices.

The province put the Prairie Mountain Health Region, which includes Brandon, under Code Orange health restrictions on Monday. This means that masks are mandatory in all public places and that group sizes are limited to 10 in indoor and outdoor spaces.

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‘That doesn’t make any sense to us’: Small group of businesses required to close under health orders

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It’s been almost a week since the province implemented new health restrictions in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Some businesses are required to close their doors for a minimum of two weeks, but only businesses that have an entertainment facility liquor license.

Allen Morrison, the owner of Club 200 on Garry Street, has kept the front door closed all week.

Now he’s asking why such a small number of establishments are being targeted.

“The only license that was left that wasn’t allowed to open was mine, an entertainment facility,” said Morrison. “Myself and 14 other licenses in the province out of 2,100.”

On Monday, the PC Government announced that businesses with an entertainment facility liquor license needed to close to members of the public, except for takeout food.

Initially, the province said all beverage rooms, bingo halls, casinos, and event centres would be required to close, but by Monday, the province had amended the order to only include entertainment facilities.

Morrison said he’s supported all the health regulations up to this point, but he wants his business to be held up to the same standard as others.

“How do I pose any greater threat than any of the other five businesses on my street [when] two of them have had positive tests?” said Morrison.

“I’d like somebody to answer me that question, why am I sacrificing and why my staff are sacrificing?”

Christopher Graves, the owner of King’s Head Pub, had to close his doors and start up a takeout food service so his staff could keep working.

He doesn’t believe that shutting down such a small number of businesses will help flatten the curve.

“Other places out there that have had multiple infractions and repeat offenders, and they’re allowed to continue to stay open? That doesn’t make any sense to us,” said Graves.

In a statement to CTV News, the Province of Manitoba said:

“After further review and consultation, it became apparent that the sector has evolved beyond the current liquor categories that have not been significantly updated in decades. Liquor license categories were designed to be tools for liquor enforcement, not a public health response.”

“Our commitment has always been to take the least amount of restrictions for the greatest public health benefit.”

The Province said because many beverage rooms were operating like restaurants, it was determined that a closure of those types of businesses would not be required at this time.

Morrison said Club 200 is one of the very few places where people from the 2SLGBTQ+ community can go to feel safe, and aside from Fame Night Club, it’s the only 2SLGBTQ+ space from Regina to Toronto.

“Allow us the same opportunity to earn a living, to keep our doors open, and to keep our staff working that they’ve afforded every other license in this city.”

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Latest COVID-19 business exposures, as of Oct. 24

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The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is warning the public of potential exposures to COVID-19 on three Regina Transit bus routes and at several businesses in Regina and Saskatoon.

The alerts issued Saturday mean a person who later tested positive for COVID-19 rode the bus or visited a business while they were likely infectious.

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Oct. 10:

Habano’s Martini & Cocktail Club, 2288 Dewdney Ave., from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Oct. 15:

Stone’s Throw Café, 1101C Kramer Blvd., from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

Boston Pizza, 10-3795 Chuka Blvd., from 6 to 7 p.m.

Oct. 16:

Regina Transit bus route #10 and route #4, from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Pennington’s, 2034 Prince of Wales Dr., from 11 to 11:20 a.m.

Brewed Awakening, 3115 Woodhams Dr., from noon to 12:15 p.m.

Home Depot North, 1030 Pasqua St. N, from 3:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Shoppers Drug Mart, 2223 Victoria Ave. E #E4, from 9 to 9:30 p.m.

Oct. 7:

Northland Confectionary Groceries, 479N Broad St., from 4 to 9 p.m.

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Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on behalf of the American people through sheer force of will and unrivaled knowledge about the art of the deal.

He has checked off some items on his to-do list.

Trump pushed through the most significant overhaul of the U.S. tax system since President Ronald Reagan. Trump, as he said he would, tilted the Supreme Court further to the right with confirmation of two conservative justices and likely a third, Amy Coney Barrett, in the coming days. His promise to get tough on illegal immigration has resulted in a surge in migrant apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border.

But Trump has also faced the same hard truth that each of his White House predecessors learned: Governing is rarely easy.

A look at some of the president’s unfinished business as he asks voters for a second term in the White House:

HEALTH CARE

Trump has managed to undermine President Barack Obama’s health care law, but has fallen far short of his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

His administration has managed to dismantle parts of the law. Enrollment periods have been shortened, some subsidies were ended and the individual mandate — the fine for people without health insurance — has been eliminated.

Trump says he’s still focused on replacing the with something “much better and much less expensive.” He said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that “it will be so good” if the Supreme Court puts an end to “Obamacare” when the justices hear challenges to it next month.

The number of uninsured Americans has risen under Trump’s watch. According to Census Bureau data released last month, nearly 30 million people in the U.S. lacked coverage at some point during 2019, about 1 million more than in the previous year.

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“ENDLESS WARS”

Trump has made only modest progress toward meeting his 2016 pledge to bring home all troops from what he calls America’s “endless wars.”

When Trump took over the White House, the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan stood at about 8,400, and there were about 6,800 troops in Iraq.

Within a year, the number of troops in Afghanistan climbed to about 15,000. Trump approved commanders’ requests for additional troops to reverse setbacks in the training of Afghan forces, fight an increasingly dangerous Islamic State group and put enough pressure on the Taliban to force it to the peace table.

In February, the U.S. and the Taliban signed an agreement that calls for the eventual complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

With an eye toward the election, Trump has accelerated his push to bring troops home, teasing that all U.S. troops could be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Pentagon officials said the number of troops in Afghanistan will drop to 4,500 in November. But defence officials insist there are no plans to have all troops home from Afghanistan by the end of the year. U.S. officials also say there currently is no approved plan to reduce the number to 2,500 by early next year. The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

In Iraq, the number of U.S. troops has dipped from about 5,000 to roughly 3,000, although officials say the number fluctuates higher as units rotate in and out.

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THE WALL

During his 2016 primary run, Trump sought to mark his ground as a hard-line immigration enforcer who would build “a great, great wall on our southern border.”

“And I will make Mexico pay for that wall,” Trump said as he launched his run for the White House in June 2015. “Mark my words.”

Nearly four years later, Trump still has work to do completing his wall and much that has been completed has been paid by U.S. taxpayers despite promises otherwise.

The president’s administration has promised to build 450 miles by the end of this year and has so far built 371. Trump has replaced hundreds of miles of old, worn-out barriers, meant only to stop cars, with tall, 30-foot fencing that is much harder to get over and impedes wildlife from crossing the border. Conservationists in Arizona, where a bulk of the building has taken place, say the new wall is detrimental to wildlife and the surrounding ecosystems.

Mexico has steadfastly refused to pay for the border wall, though Trump earlier this year suggested that the wall is being paid, in part, by remittances from Mexican immigrants working in the U.S.

To date, the money is coming from the U.S. Treasury, meaning today’s taxpayers and the future ones who will inherit the federal debt. To the extent any people who came into the U.S. illegally are kicking in for the wall, it’s because they’re working and paying taxes like other workers.

Trump also freed up $3.6 billion for the wall last year by diverting money from military construction projects as well as $2.5 billion from approved counterdrug spending.

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MIDEAST PEACE

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Early in his presidency, Trump expressed confidence that his administration could broker a long-term peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. “We will get it done,” Trump declared in May 2017. He put his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner in charge.

Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a step that was cheered by Israelis and the president’s evangelical Christian supporters in the U.S. but angered Palestinian leaders. He scored a big win in recent weeks with the U.S. nudging Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates — three Arab states — to normalize relations with Israel.

The normalization of relations between Israel and the three Arab nations is certainly an important achievement. But the agreements between nations that have never been in direct conflict don’t meaningfully move the ball in achieving the large and long elusive goal of achieving peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

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INFRASTRUCTURE

The White House’s multiple attempts to designate an “infrastructure week” — each effort quickly eclipsed by other issues — have become something of a running punchline in the administration.

In his 2016 victory speech, Trump said he would rebuild the nation’s highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools and hospitals, making American infrastructure “second to none” and putting millions to work in the process.

Nearly four years later, Trump’s soaring rhetoric has failed to produce legislation.

In April 2019, Trump reached an agreement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. This March, he resurrected the idea for a “VERY BIG & BOLD” plan for infrastructure spending to help jolt the staggering economy after the coronavirus pandemic hit.

While Pelosi and Schumer again threw their support behind big infrastructure spending, Senate Republicans have bristled at deficit spending, and Trump’s sales pitch has gone nowhere with his own party.

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TRUMP’S TAXES

On the debate stage four year ago, Trump said his federal income taxes were “under a routine audit” but promised they would be released as soon as the IRS finished.

Four years later, Trump says the IRS still hasn’t completed its work, and the president has yet to fulfil his promise to release his tax returns. No law prevents Trump from making his tax filings public while under audit.

Questions about Trump’s tax returns — and his broader financial situation — have only grown following revelations that he is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt. That sort of debt load, ethics experts say, raises concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by those to whom he’s indebted.

The New York Times reported last month that Trump’s debt includes more than $300 million in loans that will come due in the next four years.

Trump dismisses his debt load as a “peanut” compared with his assets.

The president is the only post-Watergate president not to release his tax returns.

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Associated Press writers Robert Burns, Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward and Astrid Galvan contributed to this report.



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