Alec Baldwin movie set shooting: Authorities give latest 'Rust' investigation findings

WATCH LIVE: Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and Santa Fe district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies hold a joint news conference.

On Thursday of last week, 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed by actor Alec Baldwin after he fired a prop gun on the New Mexico set of the film Rust. Director Joel Souza, who was standing behind Hutchins, was also wounded but has since recovered.

Information about the incident has been slowly trickling out, but some details are fuzzy and others are unverified. It’s still unclear how the gun misfired, why it had potentially damaging projectiles in it, or what, exactly, Baldwin was doing when the gun went off.

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Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and Santa Fe district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies will hold a joint news conference on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing investigation into the shooting incident on the movie set. (You can watch live, top.)

According to court records, the gun Baldwin used was one of three that a firearms specialist, or armourer, had set on a cart outside the building where a scene was being rehearsed.

Assistant director Dave Halls then allegedly grabbed a gun off a cart and handed it to Baldwin, indicating that the weapon was safe by yelling “cold gun,” court papers say. But it was loaded with live rounds, according to the records.

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Baldwin, 63, who’s said to be incredibly distraught by the incident, described the killing as a “tragic accident.”

It remains an active, open investigation.

With files from The Associated Press

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'Civil war' has spread throughout Myanmar, United Nations envoy says

WATCH: UN fears 'imminent attack' in Myanmar after army build-up

The outgoing U.N. envoy for Myanmar says “civil war” has spread throughout the country and the international community should consider measures aimed at replacing the military junta’s leaders with people who are more constructive and want to find a peaceful solution to the army’s ouster of the elected government.

Christine Schraner Burgener, whose 3 1/2-year term ends Sunday, said in an interview with The Associated Press that the measures could be sanctions imposed by individual countries or by the U.N. Security Council, “but it’s up to them.”

She proposed the idea of holding “an all-inclusive dialogue” to the deputy commander-in-chief, Vice Senior Gen. Soe Win, on July 16 but never received a response and has not heard from the military since September. She said she thinks the military is determined to win exactly as it did in the past — “but this is not the case anymore, and I hope it will not be the case again.”

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Myanmar for five decades had languished under strict military rule that led to international isolation and sanctions. As the generals loosened their grip, culminating in Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s rise to leadership in 2015 elections, the international community responded by lifting most sanctions and pouring investment into the country.

The Feb. 1 coup followed November elections which Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won overwhelmingly and the military rejects as fraudulent. Since the military takeover, Myanmar has been wracked by unrest, with peaceful demonstrations against the ruling generals morphing first into a low-level insurgency in many urban areas after security forces used deadly force and then into more serious combat in rural areas, especially in border regions where ethnic minority militias have been engaging in heavy clashes with government troops.

On Sept. 7, the National Unity Government, the main underground group coordinating resistance to the military which was established by elected legislators barred from taking their seats when the military seized power, called for a nationwide uprising. Its “people’s defence forces” known as PDFs operate in many areas and have received training and weapons from some armed ethnic groups.

The PDFs and ethnic armed groups are now up against Myanmar’s military, one of the largest in Southeast Asia with a reputation for toughness and brutality from years of jungle warfare. Although many Western nations maintain an arms embargo against Myanmar, there is no U.N. arms embargo, and the military buys equipment from countries such as Russia, China and Ukraine.

Last week, Schraner Burgener called what’s taking place in Myanmar an “internal armed conflict,” using words from international law.

But in Monday’s AP interview, she said, “We have everywhere violence, it’s not controlled anymore, and the scale of violence is very high. And, therefore, I would say, `yes, a civil war.”’

Unlike the generals’ coup in 1988, when people were killed or put in prison and the military conducted business as usual, Schraner Burgener said this time “the PDFs will not give up.”

She said people are not yielding, the PDFs are getting more military support from the ethnic armed groups, the U.N. has heard around 4,000 soldiers have defected from the army, and so far neither the United Nations nor the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which includes Myanmar, has accepted the coup.

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The U.N. has heard that many soldiers are on the ground conducting “clearing operations” in northwest Chin state, Schraner Burgener said, reminding the world that the military’s “clearing operation” in Rakhine state in 2017 saw villages burned down, widespread rapes and more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

“We heard also from the ground that it will be difficult for the army because Chin region is a very mountainous region, and the Chin people are very determined to defend themselves,” she said. “So, I fear that we will have victims on both sides, and it will be terrible.”

With both sides so invested in armed struggle, what could really have an impact to restore peace?

Schraner Burgener said the U.N. Security Council adopted a presidential statement in March calling for a reversal of the coup, upholding democratic institutions, a halt to violence and the release of Suu Kyi and other arrested officials. But the U.N.’s most powerful body has not adopted a legally binding resolution on the military takeover and escalating violence.

The U.N. envoy said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has shifted “from a position of non-interference to say that the reputation of ASEAN is also important, and therefore they didn’t allow the commander-in-chief to participate at the ASEAN summit” which ends Thursday..

“This is quite a strong message, and clearly, we hope that the solidarity in the region will stand with the people” who overwhelmingly elected Suu Kyi last November, she said.

Schraner Burgener said she is in regular contact with the ASEAN envoy to Myanmar, Brunei Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof, whose visit has not taken place because he was told he couldn’t meet Suu Kyi.

“I think this is the right decision from the ASEAN special envoy, but I still hope that certain dialogue will be possible” with the military leaders, though “for the moment, I’m very skeptical,” she said.

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The U.N. envoy said she also met privately with Suu Kyi 15 times before the February takeover, and “I am really still convinced that she wanted only the best for the country, and she had to deal with the army, otherwise we would have the coup before.” The military-installed government has not let Schraner Burgener visit since it seized power.

She said she is in constant contact with China, which has “an important role in the region,” and doesn’t want to see it destabilized. “So, therefore, I still count on China — that they will make the right decisions for the people and the stability in the region.”

What would the right decisions be?

“Well, I think it must be several measures concerted from the international community, which can maybe lead to a decision to change the leaders of the army to people who are hopefully more constructive and want a peaceful solution,” she said, mentioning sanctions as well.

While the coup has left Myanmar in a civil war, Schraner Burgener said there is one positive result.

The majority ethnic Bamar people — also called Burmans — and the ethnic minorities have “a better understanding of each other,” she said, and “there is more unity in the country.”

She said the ethnic minorities helped those fleeing, gave them shelter and she is already hearing from the Bamar “that they are very sorry that they didn’t help … the Rohingyas, more in the past.”

If Myanmar can revert to a democratic path, Schraner Burgener said, she hopes in the next five to 10 years the country will have a multi-ethnic government where minorities are protected by law, the citizenship law and constitution are reformed, “and that we have a federal structure in the country where everybody has the same right.”

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Ontario science table says COVID-19 vaccine clinics in schools key part of plan to immunize children

The ball is officially in Health Canada’s court when it comes to a COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. As Caryn Lieberman reports, Ontario is getting ready to roll it out as soon as the green light is given.

TORONTO — A group of experts advising the Ontario government says hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics in schools is a key strategy in a plan to immunize children.

Health Minister Christine Elliott has said schools will likely play a large role in the campaign to vaccinate children aged five to 11, once Health Canada approves shots for that age group.

She says it may be done after hours and on weekends, so parents can be with their child when they are vaccinated.

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The Ontario science table says recommendations from health-care providers will also help, as will systems to remind parents about their kids’ first and second doses, and public health communication to address misinformation and foster positive attitudes to vaccination.

The experts say imagery shouldn’t be focused on needles, rather communications should focus on the benefits, such as protecting grandparents, keeping schools open and participating safely in recreational activities.

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They say it will also be important to consider the different development stages for young children and teenagers, such as planning for scenarios in which youth want to get vaccinated but their parents do not, and the ability to consent.

Ontario is reporting 321 new cases of COVID-19 today, and nine more deaths. Elliott says 203 of those cases are in people who aren’t fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

There are 134 people in intensive care units due to COVID-19, and 16 of those patients are people from Saskatchewan. Elliott says 118 of the people in ICUs are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Nearly 88 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and more than 84 per cent have received both doses.

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Toronto District School Board extends COVID-19 vaccination policy deadline for staff

WATCH ABOVE: Parents question TDSB vaccination policy for staff. Caryn Lieberman reports.

Toronto District School Board staff who aren’t yet vaccinated against COVID-19 have been given an extension to get their shots, as long as they disclose their immunization status.

The board says staff who haven’t disclosed their vaccination status by Nov. 1 will be placed on unpaid leave the next day.

That’s the date the board initially set as a deadline for staff to be fully vaccinated.

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But those who have disclosed they aren’t vaccinated or have only received one vaccine dose now have until Nov. 21 to get jabbed.

People who get their first shot by Nov. 19 will have another month to get their second shot.

Unvaccinated staff are to keep taking regular tests for the virus, and the board says people whose exemption requests are denied will have 45 days to get vaccinated.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Plane lands on Hwy. 407 in Markham

A plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Highway 407 in Markham early Wednesday morning, York Regional Police say.

Emergency services were called to the scene just after 10:45 a.m.

Police said a small plane landed on the eastbound lanes, just east of the Woodbine off-ramp.

The plane had originally taken off from Buttonville Airport and police said it is believed it began dealing with mechanical issues.

No injuries were reported.

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Quebec records 478 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

Quebec and British Columbia are the only two provinces that continue to ban dancing in bars and nightclubs as part of their COVID-19 regulations. As Global's Elizabeth Zogalis reports, dancers held a protest in Montreal on Saturday to express their opposition to the measures that they are calling unfair.

Quebec is reporting 478 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and four more deaths attributable to the virus.

The province has been averaging 412 new infections on a daily basis over the last seven days.

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Of the new cases, 345 are among unvaccinated Quebecers, or people less than 14 days removed from their first dose of vaccine.

Health officials say those who are unvaccinated are 19.7 times more likely to end up being hospitalized for COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated.

Pandemic-related hospitalizations dropped by two the last 24 hours with 18 patients admitted and 20 discharged for a total of 257. Of those, 66 are in the ICU which remains unchanged since yesterday.

To date, over 13,1 shots have been administered in the province, including 10,021 doses in the last 24 hours.

Quebec has recorded 423,813  infections since the start of the health crisis and 408,458 recoveries. The death toll linked to complications from the virus stands at 11,485.

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

COVID may be contributing to increase in 'random assaults' in Vancouver: experts

New data reveals that, on average, four people are assaulted by complete strangers in Vancouver every day. Police analysts combed through hundreds of crime reports to uncover the startling figure. They call these unprovoked and random attacks concerning and a starting point to help solve the problem. Jordan Armstrong reports.

VANCOUVER – An uptick in random assaults highlighted by Vancouver police could point to bigger problems that may be magnified by the pandemic, say experts.

Vancouver police said in a series of posts on social media last week that there were 1,555 “unprovoked, stranger assaults” involving 1,705 victims reported between Sept. 1, 2020, and Aug. 31 this year.

“The majority of victims were simply going about their day: running errands, walking, or visiting our city,” said a post.

Const. Tania Visintin said an assault is defined as random when there’s no relationship between the victim and the suspect, and no event led up to the attack.

“Meaning there was no verbal communication or no physical interaction,” she said. “It’s completely random. Out of the blue.”

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Police began to notice the increase when officers compared notes at morning meetings to discuss overnight events, Visintin said.

“We need to collect this data,” she said. “And that way we know how we can use our resources to make the city safe.”

Experts say there could be a range of reasons for the rise in random assaults, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colton Fehr, an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University’s school of criminology, said COVID-19 has put “a lot of different and significant pressures” on people.

“And it’s understandable, I think, for more emotion to be kind of coming to the surface and in those types of circumstances we might see more irrational types of actions, such as assault,” Fehr said.

“That might be one speculative consideration.”

Statistics Canada said in a report released in July that while there were “fairly widespread declines in many types of crime” in 2020, the country saw increases in the “rates of various criminally harassing and threatening behaviours” compared with 2019. It said those included uttering threats, criminal harassment and indecent or harassing communications.

Statistics from three other major Canadian cities show different trends on the number of assaults, although none of them have tracked random or unprovoked attacks.

Toronto reported 17,323 assaults in 2019, which dropped down to 15,203 last year. So far this year, 15,737 assaults have been reported in the city.

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Edmonton police spokeswoman Cheryl Voordenhout said the city has seen a three per cent increase in assaults in its downtown area this year compared with the same time in 2020. But the number of assaults from across the city dropped by about four per cent during the same time period.

Edmonton police reported a seven per cent increase in “mental health-related occurrences” in the downtown area and a two per cent increase citywide for the same time period last year as compared with 2021, she added.

Earlier this month, police Chief Dale McFee addressed what has been happening in the city’s downtown, saying police are working with the provincial department responsible for mental health and addictions.

“We need some supports and some investments made in some of these spaces,” he said.

Const. John MacLeod of Halifax Regional Police said the city saw 2,371 assaults in 2019, 2,379 last year and 1,906 this year.

“As you can appreciate, the number of reports vary from month to month and year to year due to many factors and as such we would not be able to speak to specific trends,” he said in an email.

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Vancouver police released examples of the kind of unprovoked assaults officers have investigated.

In one case, a woman was walking with her elderly father when a girl who appeared to be around 12 years old punched her in the nose. The suspect has yet to be identified, the police department said on social media.

In another, a man was running errands when someone came up behind him and cut his throat, police said. Witnesses helped the man, who had “significant injuries,” police said. A suspect was arrested and charged.

Fehr said mental-health conditions could be exacerbated during the pandemic.

“So really, those who may otherwise be treated or may otherwise be able to cope with their conditions, they’re under a lot more stress in the context of a global pandemic,” he said.

“And one of the things that could happen, depending on the nature of one’s mental illness, they might do something that we would otherwise think is irrational, such as these random sorts of assaults.”

Robert Gordon, a professor at Simon Fraser University’s school of criminology, said the assaults could be a result of a combination of different factors, including drug addictions, homelessness or mental health problems.

“It’s a cocktail that’s quite toxic and not one that we should be surprised about. And it’s taken the COVID situation, I think, to bring it to a bit of a head, because people are scared. Some of that fear pumps up, amplifies the issue of random attacks on the street.”

Visintin said while COVID-19 could be a contributing factor, there is a bigger picture that includes mental illness and drug addiction. Vancouver police intend to continue collecting the data.

Fehr said the information is important because a lot can be learned from the figures, and not just in Vancouver but by comparing it with other jurisdictions as well.

“This sort of data is very valuable for learning how to best govern in times that are akin to emergencies,” he said. “There’s a lot to be gained by collecting this data.”

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Police make arrest in hit and run that killed 16-year-old boy north of Montreal

Quebec provincial police confirmed the arrest of two individuals in connection with a deadly hit and run in Saint-Lin-Laurentides, about 60 kilometres north of Montreal, in September.

The two men, aged 20 and 21, hail from Terrebonne and Sainte-Sophie, respectively. They are expected to appear in court Wednesday afternoon in Joliette to face charges in connection with the death of a 16-year-old boy on Sept. 29.

Police said the teen was struck and killed while walking along the side of route 335 by a driver who did not stop to help him.

At the time, Émile Martineau’s death sent shockwaves through the community.

“Everyone is angry,” said Zachary Tessier, Martineau’s friend. Tessier added Martineau was killed near a daycare where his mom works.

“Émile was a good boy who had a lot of joy,” said Lyly Boisvert Delarosbel, another one of Martineau’s friends.

At the beginning of the month, the SQ said it had located a truck in a parking lot in Saint-Lin-Laurentides that they believed was involved in the death but were still looking for the driver.

Police did not indicate how the two individuals arrested were involved in the fatal incident.

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Nonetheless, news of the arrests comes as a relief to Martineau’s family.

“It won’t bring Émile back but at least justice will be served,” his stepmother Julie Léveillé told Global News in a written statement.

She said investigators worked hard to build a solid case and knowing that brings comfort.

“We’ll be able to start grieving the amazing teen that Émile was.”

The SQ is inviting anyone with information to contact the Centrale de l’Information Criminelle or call 1 800 659-4264.

— with files from Global News’ Olivia O’Malley and Alessia Marratta

 

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Snow expected to continue to hit the Coquihalla on Wednesday

More snow is expected to fall on the higher elevations of the Coquihalla on Wednesday, Environment Canada says.

The national weather agency’s special weather statement for the Coquihalla Highway, from Hope to Merritt, is continuing Wednesday with 10 to 20 centimetres of snow forecast between the day and the evening.

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“An unstable westerly flow will bring snow near the Coquihalla Summit today through tonight,” read the special weather statement on Wednesday.

“The snow will be at times mixed with rain near the summit, and remain as rain over lower elevations of the route. Snowfall accumulations will depend greatly on the exact snow level, but could range from 10 to 20 cm by Thursday morning.”

Since the start of October, winter tires have been required for all highways in the Interior and North, sections of some highways on the South Coast, including the Sea to Sky Highway, and sections of some highways on Vancouver Island, including the Malahat and highways 4, 14 and 28.

Approved tires carry either the M+S (mud and snow) or mountain/snowflake symbol and must have at least 3.5 millimetres of treads.

Drivers caught without the proper tires on designated routes could face a fine of $121.

READ MORE: Winter tires mandatory on most B.C. highways starting Oct. 1

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Lost, missing hiker didn't answer rescuers' calls because it was unknown number

“I’m not answering that!” is a common refrain nowadays when an unknown number pops up on our phones. But then, most of the time we haven’t been missing in the wilderness for 24 hours.

Authorities say a man, who remains unidentified, became lost while hiking on Colorado’s tallest mountain, Mount Elbert, and ignored multiple phone calls from rescue teams because they came from an unknown number.

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Lake County Search and Rescue (LCSAR) claims it got a report last week that a hiker hadn’t returned from the mountain — he had set out at 9 a.m. on Oct. 18 and wasn’t back by 8 p.m., said the organization on its official Facebook page.

“Multiple attempts to contact the subject via their cell phone were unsuccessful,” reads the LCSAR statement.

Five rescue team members were deployed later that night to search “high probability areas,” but they failed to locate the man by early the next morning.

A second team of rescuers resumed the search at 7 a.m. on Oct. 19, but they were soon notified that the hiker, who didn’t know he was being searched for, had already returned to where he was staying.

“The subject stated they’d lost the trail around nightfall and spent the night searching for the trail, and once on the trail, bounced around onto different trails trying to locate the proper trailhead, finally reaching their car the next morning, approximately 24 hours after they’d started their hike,” LCSAR said.

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The lesson here is to answer your phone — no matter what the number is — if you’re not where you’re supposed to be at a certain time, particularly if you’re out hiking alone.

“The subject ignored repeated phone calls from us because they didn’t recognize the number,” LCSAR said. “If you’re overdue according to your itinerary, and you start getting repeated calls from an unknown number, please answer the phone; it may be a SAR team trying to confirm you’re safe!”

LCSAR also emphasized that when someone is in a difficult situation, it can be hard to be logical or make the right decision.

“Please remember that what seems like common sense in hindsight is not obvious to a subject in the moment when they are lost and panicking,” it said.

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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