5 things to know for Thursday, October 28, 2021
TORONTO -- The Alberta premier's office faces toxic workplace allegations, Kyle Beach comes forward, and a mysterious radio signal comes from space. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
1. Toxic workplace: A former Alberta government staffer is suing the premier’s office, alleging her contract was terminated after speaking out against a toxic workplace that included on-site intoxication and sexual harassment.
2. Blackhawks investigation: Kyle Beach, a former player in the Chicago Blackhawks farm system, has come forward as John Doe in the team’s sexual assault investigation.
3. Papal visit: While Pope Francis may visit Canada amid calls for him to apologize for the Catholic Church's role in residential schools, Indigenous leaders say his visit must be "more than a gesture" in order to have an impact on reconciliation.
4. Vaccine mandate: Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says that his caucus has agreed to “respect and abide by” the new rules mandating vaccination in the House of Commons, but at the “earliest opportunity” his party will be challenging the policy decided by a board of MPs.
5. Antidepressant impresses: The inexpensive and well-known drug fluvoxamine can save the lives of COVID-19 patients and cut hospital admissions by up to 30 per cent, according to a new study.
One more thing…
UF-no: A mysterious radio signal from a nearby star system that was detected in 2019 isn’t coming from aliens, scientists say.