Jason Kenney says there’s ‘a special place in hell’ for hoarders, scammers during pandemic – The Globe and Mail

Jason Kenney says there’s ‘a special place in hell’ for hoarders, scammers during pandemic – The Globe and Mail

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney updates media on measures taken to help with COVID-19, in Edmonton on March 20, 2020. Kenney says officials are continuing to hear about cases of hoarding food and other vital supplies.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says there’s “a special place in hell” for hoarders and scammers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Mr. Kenney says officials are continuing to hear about cases of hoarding food and other vital supplies, along with Internet scams stoking fears about the novel coronavirus to obtain credit card information.

“The poorest amongst us are being hurt by people who are unnecessarily hoarding,” Mr. Kenney told a news conference Monday.

“To those who are trying to exploit seniors and others during this time of a public health emergency, there must be a special place in hell for people like that. Just stop it.

“It is completely un-Canadian. It is un-Albertan. It is unacceptable.”

The premier says people are getting calls from fraudsters claiming to be from Alberta Health Services, telling them they have the virus and using it to leverage their personal and credit card information.

There are also fake websites tied to information on COVID-19 or getting medical supplies that download computer viruses or gather personal data, he adds.

If the Alberta government catches any of these fraudsters or scammers, Mr. Kenney says they “will face the full force of the law.”

Mr. Kenney volunteered earlier Monday at Edmonton’s Hope Mission and he says he learned that demand for free meals is soaring, but the shelter is having trouble filling orders due to grocery chain bottlenecks tied to hoarding.

If everyone shops in normal moderation, Mr. Kenney says, the food supply chain will work just fine.

Mr. Kenney also had tough words for snowbirds returning to Alberta from hot spots in the United States.

When they return, he says, they must go home directly to self-isolate and, if they need supplies, make arrangements to have them delivered by someone else.

“This does not mean going to the grocery store. It does not mean going to the kennel to pick up your dog. It does not mean dropping your RV off at a service company to be serviced. It does not mean going and visiting the grandkids,” Mr. Kenney says.

“You must go directly and immediately to your home without stopping.

“It is an absolute public health imperative – and we are prepared to if necessary use stronger legal tools to impose that obligation on people.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, announced 42 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total in the province to 301.

Dr. Hinshaw also updated the case of western Canadian doctors who attended a recent curling bonspiel in Edmonton with someone who later tested positive for the virus.

She said 11 of 47 Alberta health-care workers who attended the three-day bonspiel, many of them physicians, have tested positive and are self-isolating.

The province also updated its self-isolation timelines Monday. The required 14-day period of self-isolation may be cut short if someone does not show any symptoms after 10 days, Dr. Hinshaw says.

She adds that new testing rules will also give priority to essential workers, although existing testing appointments will be honoured.

Mr. Kenney also announced new economic relief for businesses, including deferring the education portion of property taxes for six months and deferrals on workers’ compensation premiums.

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‘A solemn space’: First interior photos of Franklin’s HMS Terror released – The Globe and Mail

‘A solemn space’: First interior photos of Franklin’s HMS Terror released – The Globe and Mail

The first images from inside the HMS Terror gathered by the Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team using a remotely operated vehicle have been released. The Franklin Expedition ship left England in 1845 in search of the North West Passage and never returned. The well-preserved wreck could hold the clues to what happened to the doom expedition.

It remains, despite nearly two centuries beneath the Arctic seas, amazingly shipshape.

First pictures from inside the HMS Terror, part of the doomed Franklin Expedition, show tidy rows of crockery, neatly stowed storage lockers – even a propeller sitting solidly in place as if ready for a head of steam.

“Overturned armchairs, thermometers on the wall, stacked plates, chamber pots, wash basins – often in their correct position,” said Ryan Harris, one of a team of Parks Canada underwater archeologists probing the secrets of the British warship lost around 1848 while searching for the Northwest Passage.

“We were able to see an incredible array of artifacts.”

The Terror and the Erebus, now lying in shallower water just to the south of its sister ship’s watery berth off Nunavut’s King William Island, set out from England in 1845. Commander Sir John Franklin and his 129 men never returned.

More than 30 expeditions tried to find them. A few artifacts, graves and horrible tales of cannibalism is all they uncovered.

But with a blend of Inuit oral history and systematic, high-tech surveys, the Erebus was found in 2014 and the Terror two years later, to headlines around the world. Since then, Parks Canada has been working to understand what is down there and what light it could shed on a story that has become part of Canadian lore.

The 2017 season yielded a complete underwater survey of the Erebus, Franklin’s flagship. Bad weather shortened last year’s season, but conditions this year couldn’t have been better for a first look into the Terror.

“It was sunny and calm,” Mr. Harris said, speaking by satellite phone from the RV David Thompson, the Parks Canada research vessel perched over the Terror. “You start to see the wreck shortly after you start your descent.”

After numerous dives scouting the exterior, Mr. Harris piloted a melon-sized remote camera through an open hatch and into the ship. The images were stunning.

“You have the lights of the ROV penetrating the darkness,” he said. “Looking forward in the corridor, you see the list of the ship to starboard.

“And then off to the left, you see a succession of doors into various officers’ cabins. Every single sliding door agape. Just imagine piloting the vehicle into one cabin after the next and see the private quarters of each officer. You see the bed places, you see the shelves, shipboard articles on the shelves, scientific instruments in their cases and many, many drawers.”

It was, he said, awe-inspiring.

The Terror and the Erebus set out from England in 1845. Commander Sir John Franklin and his 129 men never returned.

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“You can imagine the bustle of activity that once filled these corridors and cabins and messrooms with clamour,” Mr. Harris said. “You carefully manoeuvre the ROV into the cabins, you feel like you’re in a way violating their privacy. It’s exhilarating, but it’s quite a solemn space.”

The ship remains so intact the camera was able to visit 90 per cent of it. Some skylights even retain their glass.

The only door they found closed was, tantalizingly enough, the one opening on the cabin of Captain Francis Crozier.

Even more tantalizing are all those cabinets and drawers, probably full of journals and maps, Mr. Harris said. Those papers, preserved by cold water and a protective layer of sediment, are likely to be legible.

“Each drawer potentially has materials that could shed light on the fate of the expedition,” he said.

The Terror’s tidy condition only poses another mystery.

“It looks like the ship, in many ways, was fully operational and then suddenly deserted. All the cabin doors were opened, almost as if there was a rush to see if anyone was on board as it sank. We don’t know.”

No Terror artifacts have been recovered. The team has first to map the entire site and analyze hundreds of hours of video.

Excavation is just starting on the wreck of the Erebus. Mr. Harris said he hoped the team could stay at work until mid-September.

A total of 65 artifacts previously recovered from the Erebus were retained by Britain, with many now on tour. Canada and Britain will negotiate where those objects will go after the tour is over. Parks Canada is storing other Erebus artifacts.

Britain has given the ships to Canada.

Future plans for both ships will be decided between Parks Canada, the government of Nunavut and Inuit. Mr. Harris said local guardians and assistants are playing an important role in the work.

“We work very closely with the guardians,” he said.

Meanwhile, the work continues. Mr. Harris can hardly contain his enthusiasm.

“It’s just an avalanche of incredible sights, so many things that put you in the place and the time,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do.”

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