Public health officials have warned there’s no way to limit the risk of COVID-19 to zero as students return back-to-school. But some parents and teachers say more could be done to limit the spread of the virus. In tonight’s top story, Jeff Semple looks at the lingering concerns as classes return for the fall.
Schools around the world are also re-opening this week. That includes Europe despite an upward trend in new infections. In hard hit Spain, children as young as six must wear masks, but in England, also severely impacted by COVID-19, most students won’t be required to wear face coverings. As Redmond Shannon reports, government’s are watching nervously which back-to-school plans pass and which ones fail.
The American president is adding more fuel to the fire in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake that triggered deadly protests. Today Donald Trump surveyed the damage in Kenosha, Wis. He chose not to meet Blake’s family and instead used his time to praise police. Trump was never welcome in the state, but as Jackson Proskow reports, he went anyway.
Governments across Canada are keeping a close eye on New Brunswick where the first provincial election campaign during the pandemic has crossed the halfway mark. The usual candidate meet and greets are much more challenging because of the risk of COVID-19. And as Ross Lord reports, for one politician who got into the race after tragedy, making a personal connection with voters means taking extra precautions.
The residential school system is a dark chapter in Canadian history. Tens of thousands of Indigenous, Métis and Inuit children were forced to attend the government-run institutions, where nearly 3,000 children are known to have died while at the schools. It’s likely many other deaths were not documented. The abuse many experienced has affected generations of families. Today the federal government recognized the system as a defining event that’s not to be forgotten. And as Abigail Bimman reports, two former schools will now be national historic sites.