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Canadian officers are scrambling to place pen to paper for a brand new North American Free Commerce Settlement as Sunday night time’s U.S. deadline to file the textual content of a bilateral cope with Mexico attracts close to. 

“Challenges stay” on the negotiating desk, in keeping with a senior supply with direct data of the state of affairs.

The prime minister, the international affairs minister, and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. are main the Canadian negotiations from Ottawa, because the U.S. and Mexican imposed deadline of Sept. 30 at midnight closes in.

Canadian officers met late into the night time Saturday, and returned to the workplace by 7 a.m. Sunday morning, within the hopes of attending to an settlement.

Nonetheless, one among Donald Trump’s senior advisers is repeating the American menace to maneuver on with out Canada, if it is not going to fall in line by midnight. 

By Monday morning “You will have some information someway,” U.S. commerce adviser Peter Navarro stated on Fox Information Sunday morning. 

“Everyone’s negotiating in good religion proper now as we communicate … So it is both going to be the textual content goes in with Mexico and the U.S., or the textual content goes in with all three international locations.”

Early Sunday afternoon, a supply with data of the negotiations gave an replace to CBC Information, explaining that talks have been “headed in the correct route.”

A number of sources have been upbeat, citing what they referred to as progress. Nonetheless, they’d not specify whether or not a deal tonight was seemingly or not. 

Issues kicked into excessive gear on Saturday morning when Overseas Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland abruptly shifted her UN Common Meeting speech to Monday. Officers at International Affairs confirmed to CBC Information that her rescheduling was associated to NAFTA talks, and one other Canadian official could have to present her Monday speech. 

The deadline is predicated off the requirement that the total textual content of a new settlement be revealed 60 days earlier than it may be signed by Congress. 

Minister of Overseas Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Gerald Butts, senior political advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stroll within the loading dock of the Workplace of the Prime Minister and Privy Council the place NAFTA talks are being held. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Vital points unsolved

Three of the foremost excellent points between Canada and the U.S. in NAFTA talks main as much as this week have been Part 232 nationwide safety tariffs, NAFTA’s Chapter 19 dispute decision mechanism, and rules round Canada’s dairy sector. 

A bulk of Canada’s efforts this weekend have been targeted on securing an exemption to the Part 232 tariffs — particularly coping with autos — which permit President Donald Trump to slap duties on international merchandise within the identify of nationwide safety, a supply with direct data of the talks confirmed. 

On prime of that, Canada’s 270 per cent tariffs on dairy merchandise that exceed the established quota have lengthy left a bitter style within the president’s mouth. As of Friday night time, sources say that dispute has but to be resolved. 

U.S. dairy farmers are sponsored and create an enormous oversupply of milk. 

Watch: Final minute NAFTA talks

Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are all pushing for a trilateral NAFTA pact, a change of tone after the latter two international locations had deliberate to launch particulars on a renegotiated deal with out Canada. 1:32

Chapter 19, one other sore spot, is the dispute mechanism that permits the three international locations to problem every others’ duties in entrance of a panel comprised of consultants from each disputing international locations. The U.S. needs to scrap that mechanism. 

A whole lot of the work being completed Sunday is documenting what has been agreed to, a supply with direct data of the negotiations stated, including that there was progress on dairy rules however wouldn’t touch upon the tariff battle or the standing of Chapter 19. 

Final month, Trump introduced his negotiators had reached a bilateral cope with Mexico. He outlined the deadline  — Sept. 30 at midnight — for the textual content of that deal to be submitted to Congress. Canada can be allowed on board, he defined, however they’d should comply with the phrases spelled out within the bilateral settlement. 

Trump made it clear Canada’s failure to affix can be unacceptable, with hefty auto tariffs as a consequence.  

A Mexican intervention?

Mexico’s new president-elect, nevertheless, stated in an interview Friday that he has agreed to push the American aspect to make a cope with Canada.

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requested him throughout a Thursday telephone name “to intervene and name on the U.S. authorities to succeed in an settlement” with Canada on the renegotiation of NAFTA.

“We agreed to that,” Lopez Obrador instructed reporters in Mexico Metropolis. The president-elect additionally stated he would insist on a trilateral pact.

Nonetheless, later Friday night, Lopez Obrador’s Senate chief, Ricardo Monreal, stated Mexico would not stroll away from a bilateral settlement. 

“The perfect is a trilateral deal, however we’re ready for the potential want of a bilateral,” he instructed Bloomberg Information.

Feelings ran excessive as relations and pals of nursing dwelling residents killed by disgraced nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer testified at the moment at Ontario’s public inquiry into long-term care in St. Thomas.

Closing submissions are being heard this week, capping off the four-month public portion of the inquiry into the security and safety of residents in long-term care. The inquiry was referred to as after Wettlaufer confessed to killing eight folks and harming six others whereas working in nursing properties in southwestern Ontario from 2007 to 2016.

Wettlaufer pleaded responsible final 12 months and was sentenced to life in jail.

Counsel for relations of the victims had been the primary to current their closing submissions earlier than Justice Eileen Gillese when the inquiry resumed on the Elgin County Courthouse.

Justice Eileen Gillese could have two years to make suggestions associated to the circumstances and systemic points that allowed nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer to kill eight nursing dwelling residents in her care over many months in Ontario. (Wadham School/Twitter)

“I wish to put this horrible chapter of my life behind me,” mentioned Andrea Silcox, daughter of James Silcox. He was Wettlaufer’s first homicide sufferer, who died in August 2007.

“Since I work in long-term care, I am unable to go to work with out being overwhelmed by the ideas of my dad and what occasions led as much as his mindless dying.”

Silcox mentioned non-public for-profit long-term care properties function substandard to the extent of public amenities and that they need to be held to the identical customary of care.

Aprad Horvath, son of Arpad Horvath Sr., fought again tears as he took the stand and spoke from his coronary heart on what he skilled through the inquiry.

“I used to be shocked, as a result of I believed I might see extra compassion, extra eager to have accountability, extra standing as much as the plate saying, ‘we screwed up,'” he mentioned.

“However I noticed finger-pointing. I noticed folks throwing one another beneath the bus. I noticed an absence of compassion for [victims].”

Horvath expressed his anger over what he referred to as the incompetence of the folks concerned together with his father’s care.

“It is simply incompetence, gross incompetence​, worrying about what persons are going to say about them, anxious about getting in bother, worrying about how a lot it prices,” he charged.

“Human life would not have a value. It would not have a value, however it appears that evidently some folks assume it does.”

His sister, Susan Horvath, additionally addressed the fee, calling for adjustments to the way in which sufferers are monitored at care properties, testing nurses for drug and alcohol consumption, and inspired households to talk out in regards to the care their family members are receiving.

Susan Horvath tells the Wettlaufer inquiry about adjustments she wish to see going ahead to make care properties safer. 1:38

Beverly Bertram, the one identified survivor of Wettlaufer’s assaults, additionally spoke.

“This tribunal has been a really troublesome a part of my life,” she mentioned. “I now not know who I’m as a result of Elizabeth Wettlaufer consumes my life.”

Bertram, who was certainly one of Wettlaufer’s home-care sufferers, mentioned consideration must be paid to these in care.

“I simply discover it very annoying that my life goes to finish on this method,” she mentioned, “I am 70 now and I deserve higher.”

Beverly Bertram, the one identified survivor of serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s assaults, talks about how the ordeal has consumed her life. 1:24

Written statements from Jon Matheson and Patricia Houde, the son and daughter-in-law of Helen Matheson, together with a joint submission from David Silcox, Daniel Silcox, Dianne Crawford and Joanne Birtch, the youngsters of James Silcox, had been learn by counsel on behalf of the victims.

Ongoing points raised by households of the victims pointed to an absence of registered nurses in long-term care properties, an absence of high quality management and insufficient medicine management.

Justice Gillese thanked the sufferer’s households for sharing their testimony.

“I do know you already know that it has been a really emotional journey for the folks on this room, however in fact it doesn’t examine to the ache and struggling that you’ve endured because of the offences,” she mentioned.

“I actually want we weren’t right here. I want the offences had by no means occurred.”

Listening to ache of family members essential

The general public inquiry has heard from dozens of witnesses and has put the highlight on amenities which are understaffed, with nurses who’re overworked and coping with residents with complicated care wants.

Wettlaufer labored in such amenities. The inquiry has heard she was, by many accounts, a lazy nurse who made frequent errors, however was allowed to proceed working, a minimum of partly, as a result of it is troublesome to recruit and retain registered nurses.

Courtroom processes such because the inquiry will be devoid of emotions, however it’s essential to listen to from these straight impacted by Wettlaufer’s crimes, mentioned lawyer Alex Van Kralingen, who represents a gaggle of people associated to Wettlaufer’s victims.

“There’s any person on the finish of each information level that the Ministry of Well being will get. It is an individual, mendacity in a mattress, with a household that loves them. And if that particular person is taken away in a violent method, as Ms. Wettlaufer did, it’ll have a profound impression on the individuals who cherished that particular person in that long-term care dwelling. And we will not correctly tackle the problems except we correctly perceive their ache.

“Capturing the quantity of ache these folks have gone by will not be going to be straightforward,” he mentioned. “However I truly assume it is crucial to have these feelings … be proven to all Ontarians if they’ll perceive the stakes and the importance of the difficulty.”

Closing submissions from stakeholders

Following sufferer statements, the fee started to listen to closing submissions from 14 further teams and organizations.

Van Kralingen was first to ship his closing submission earlier than the fee.

“This inquiry has highlighted that there are a plethora of systemic points, every of them interacting with the others, with their impression being larger than the sum of their components,” he mentioned.

“What the victims’ teams imagine is that in the identical approach that the systemic issues are dynamic and work together with one another, so will be the options.”

Van Kralingen mentioned long-term care amenities have to work to offer a extra dignified expertise for his or her sufferers and attempt for higher care outcomes. He additionally raised the difficulty of building a nurse to affected person ratio.

“The nursing ratios that we heard about through the course of those hearings can be stunning to any Ontarian,” he mentioned. “It’s undisputed that when Ms. Wettlaufer labored, she was the one RN working with as much as as many as 99 residents.”

Lawyer Paul Scott, who represents a number of the households of Wettlaufer’s victims, reiterated Van Krailingen’s remarks.

“We’d respectfully counsel that specialists should be put collectively who can study, primarily based on an acuity degree and quantity of residents, what’s an acceptable staffing degree?”

The inquiry heard that laws says the minimal degree of care is one registered nurse for 160 sufferers.

One of many key calls for features a necessary inspection of human sources recordsdata of any worker who has been disciplined in a long-term care facility. That shall be essential as a result of a Ministry of Well being and Lengthy-Time period Care witness testified she regrets not taking a look at Wettlaufer’s file, as a result of it contained purple flags that doubtlessly may have prevented her from working once more after Meadow Park.

David Golden, the lawyer representing Caressant Care in Woodstock, started his closing submission by arguing there could not have been any approach to detect Wettlaufer.

“At no time, did any of the registered nurses, or different well being care staff, managers, physicians, residents, households related to Caressant Care Woodstock ever suspect that Elizabeth Wettlaufer was deliberately harming residents,” he mentioned.

Golden added the ministry, the union and the faculty that represented Wettlaufer had additionally by no means suspected that she was deliberately harming residents.

He mentioned all of the individuals who have a hand in long-term care want to return collectively to enhance the system.

“Regardless of good intentions, there shall be no enchancment on this sector except the entire gamers decide to working collectively to make it a extra satisfying and engaging profession selection for health-care staff,” he mentioned.

Golden admitted that Caressant Care was noncompliant with some laws, however mentioned that sufferers had been nonetheless cared for.

“This isn’t a house the place residents had been being ignored,” he mentioned.

“Have been errors being made? Sure. Might the house be criticized for not complying with Lengthy-Time period Care Houses Act? Sure. However on the finish of the day, there was, on the core, a dedication do proper by their residents.”

Ontario PC Premier Doug Ford has promised 30,000 new long-term care beds within the province, however there’s concern about high quality over amount of care.

The inquiry can be anticipated to listen to about amenities’ finances constraints that stop them from spending public funds the place they really feel it’s mandatory.

Any suggestions coming from the inquiry are non-binding, which suggests it will probably’t power care amenities to undertake or change practices and insurance policies.

A Calgary hairstylist remembers feeling like he was in a dream — or nightmare — when he slipped on moss-covered rocks close to the highest of a B.C. waterfall, then fell screaming 45 metres to a small pool beneath.

“It is unbelievable,” Bilal El Ajami stated of his luck surviving comparatively unscathed. “Like, nobody believes me. It is unbelievable.”

He plummeted down a waterfall after slipping on a hike in Fintry Provincial Park close to Vernon on Sunday. The sudden tumble shocked different hikers, who screamed as El Ajami dragged himself out of the shallow, slim pool the place he landed.

“I advised them I am tremendous,” El Ajami advised CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener. “I needed to calm myself down as a result of, you already know, I am nonetheless alive and God gave me one other probability.”

Even the rescuers stated it is miraculous he survived the lengthy, vertical drop.

El Ajami could be very a lot alive. On Thursday morning, he woke in a resort in Las Vegas, the place he is on a visit together with his pals.

He would not drink or gamble however thought he would possibly carry good luck to his pals. The journey was deliberate earlier than his accident.

“I am telling you, it was a miracle,” he stated.

Crossed barrier 

The 25-year-old had taken a trip from his job on the Marda Loop Barber Store to discover Kelowna, B.C., and the encircling space with pals. The group had deliberate an hour hike in Fintry Provincial Park.

They adopted a path to a lifeless finish. A barrier allowed solely a peek on the waterfall.

I began screaming, ‘No, no, no.’— Bilal El Ajami 

“Similar to everyone, I used to be taking footage. It was a wonderful view from the highest,” El Ajami stated. 

He crossed the barrier and dropped his telephone a couple of metre away. He walked down and grabbed it, however noticed an attractive small pool on the backside of the falls.

“So I hike down. It was actually a two-minute hike,” El Ajami stated.

Hugging a rock

As he was ready for his pal to hitch him roughly six metres down the slope, he noticed extra of the waterfall. However then El Ajami stepped on moss-covered rocks.

​”And I slipped. I attempted to carry on a tree. I could not. I attempted to seize onto rocks left and proper. I began screaming, ‘No, no, no,'” he stated.

Belief me, dying can are available in lower than a second.— Bilal  El Ajami

“I used to be like, ‘I am dreaming, I am truly dreaming I am falling over a waterfall,’ so I simply closed my eyes and waited to crash.”

El Ajami got here to on the backside of the slim pool and swam out.

“I believe I handed out at the moment for a minute or two as a result of then I awakened hugging a rock,” he stated.

He could not transfer his left arm or his again. After realizing what occurred, he noticed a dry space alongside the sting. He dragged his physique there together with his proper arm and sat on high of the rock.

He heard folks screaming at him, terrified by what they’d witnessed.

‘We have been simply amazed’

El Ajami believes he survived as a result of he landed in a shallow, slim pool the place the waterfall hits earlier than flowing additional down the slope.

“One millimetre unsuitable, I may’ve been gone. However I used to be tremendous fortunate,” he stated.

El Ajami was properly ready for climbing, in response to Vernon Search and Rescue director Trevor Honigman, however was good to attend for rescuers, reasonably than trying the climb out alone.

“We have been simply amazed he made it,” Honigman stated earlier this week.

El Ajami stated he is too sore to work at his job in the meanwhile, so the present trip in Regulation Vegas brings relaxation and distraction.

His left arm has regained motion however his shoulder remains to be sore, he stated. He has scratches on his palm, left shoulder and again. He is capable of stroll however is stiff and in ache when sleeping and sitting. 

“I really feel nice, to be sincere,” he stated, including he is making an attempt to watch out.

Co-workers shocked

On the barber store, stylists are speaking about tips on how to help their colleague, nicknamed Billy, till he can return to work.

“I simply thought to myself, ‘Oh, my God, we nearly misplaced Billy.’ I am simply glad he is OK,” Newf Souraya stated.

“He is household to us, so something he wants, we’re all the time there for him,” he added.

Bilal El Ajami, from left, and his coworkers Newf Souraya and Tony Sleiman sported inexperienced beards on St. Patrick’s Day. (Newf Souraya/Marda Loop Barber Store)

El Ajami stated he might be extra cautious on future hikes — not that he is planning any quickly.

“I am not even going to cross any limits. That is why they made them, proper? But it surely was, you already know, simply because I really like the views, I really like the swimming pools, I really like being within the water,” he stated.

“I hope it is a lesson for everyone, particularly who love mountaineering, [to] watch out and to be nervous about every little thing.

“As a result of, belief me, dying can are available in lower than a second, as a result of the entire thing took me two, three seconds, and really, it was just a little scary.”


With recordsdata from Lisa Robinson and the Calgary Eyeopener.