Global National: Sept. 29, 2020 | Questions raised after Indigenous woman dies at Quebec hospital

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There is a disturbing story out of Quebec tonight about the treatment of an Indigenous woman in a hospital. She recorded video of staff making allegedly racist and callous remarks about her, while she lay in bed pleading for help. A short time later, she died. Joyce Echaquan, started recording on Facebook Live as she listened to staff insult her, call her stupid and question her life choices. Her case has lead to demands for answers and the call has reached the highest levels, including Premier François Legault, who said one nurse has been fired. There are lots of questions, including whether she was denied medical treatment and whether this is part of a pattern of behaviour. Felicia Parrillo reports.

In Canada, COVID-19 cases continue to rise and there are new efforts to try to fix testing backlogs and get this second wave of infections being seen in some provinces under control. On Tuesday, the federal government announced it had struck a deal to buy nearly eight million rapid COVID-19 tests for use in Canada. The “ID Now” test from Abbott Laboratories can reportedly process results on the spot, in less than 15 minutes. That is much faster than the days some Canadians are waiting for their results. But there is a problem with this new test, Health Canada has not yet approved it and as Mike Le Couteur explains, it’s not yet clear when that will happen.

There are now so many new infections being reported each day that the country has now reached the peak it saw in April. There were 799 new cases reported in Quebec on Tuesday, with 554 in Ontario. But the majority of Canadians infected with COVID-19 don’t know how they got it, which makes limiting its spread more difficult. Abigail Bimman looks at what we do know and how more information is vital for contact tracing.

It’s the first debate between President Donald Trump and former vice-president Joe Biden Tuesday evening. It’s a 90-minute debate with no commercials. Trump and Biden will both be scrutinized as much for how they perform, as for the substance of what they say. Jackson Proskow gives a preview of what we know about both candidates and what strategies we can expect.

Saskatchewan became the latest province to hold an election during the COVID-19 pandemic after Premier Scott Moe launched the campaign on Tuesday. The province was the only one that actually had an election scheduled this year and after taking leadership of the governing Saskatchewan Party, this is Moe’s first crack at getting elected as premier. If he wins, it would be the fourth-straight mandate for the party. Ryan Kessler looks at the campaign and what to expect over the next 28 days.

A company in Ontario claims to have developed game-changing technology in the fight against COVID-19. It’s designed as a wall-mounted device, similar to a carbon monoxide detector, but instead it scans for COVID-19 particles inside a room. The devices are not yet in use as they’re still in the testing phase, nor are they cheap with an expected $12,000 price tag. But as Jeff Semple reports, the devices could soon be coming to the classroom.

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