The FBI gave an update on the Brian Laundrie search, where police reportedly found partial human remains while searching for the fugitive. The Sarasota County coroner and a cadaver dog were sent to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, which is part of the Carlton Nature Reserve where several items were found earlier in the day. The FBI has confirmed the items, a backpack and notebook, do belong to Laundrie. Officials said the items were found in an area that until recently, had been underwater. Laundrie is the only person of interest in the death of his former fiancé, Gabby Petito. Petito was found dead in mid-September following their cross country van trip together. However, Laundrie returned home without her and has been missing ever since. Officials said they would likely be searching the park for the next couple of days, stressing this is an ongoing investigation. Meanwhile, a Wyoming coroner released the autopsy results regarding Gabby Petito’s cause of death last Tuesday. Teton County coroner Brent Blue made the announcement, noting her cause of death was manual strangulation. This means it was done not with a ligature, but most likely with someone’s hands.
Dr. Malik Peiris, who previously served on the Lancet medical journal’s COVID-19 origins investigation committee, received China’s “Nobel Prize” for research affirming the Chinese Communist Party’s false narrative that COVID-19 developed naturally. Peiris, a Sri Lankan virologist working in Hong Kong, was one of 12 scientists leading the now-defunct Lancet probe into the origins of COVID-19. While the task force is no longer listed on the medical journal’s website, as it was forced to disband due to extensive conflicts of interests with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, archived web pages reveal Peiris’s participation in the effort. Following Peiris’s stint on the task force, the Chinese Communist Party awarded him with the prize in life sciences in the 2021 Future Science Prize — dubbed China’s “Nobel Prize.” China’s top scientific honor is accompanied by a $1 million prize, which is funded by several Chinese Communist Party-linked companies such as Baidu, Hillhouse Capital, and Sequoia Capital China. State-run media outlet Global Times claimed the award was for his “major discoveries of SARS-CoV-1 as the causative agent of the global SARS outbreak in 2003 with impact on combating COVID-19 and emerging infectious diseases.”
Layoffs are once again hitting the Green Party as party brass look to shave costs amid persistent financial and political woes. The Greens are temporarily laying off half of their staff, or about 10 employees, effective Tuesday, according to three senior party officials who were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about internal matters. The sources say Green executive director Dana Taylor is meeting one on one with affected workers throughout the day to inform them. The culling will affect staff in the office of Leader Annamie Paul as well as in communications and mobilization, marking a partial repeat of temporary layoffs announced last June. Paul, who announced last month she would resign, remains in the top spot as she negotiates with Green executives about compensation for costs incurred during legal battles with the party, sources say. “Ms. Paul has had no say in the layoffs and was unaware of the latest staff cuts until they started happening this morning,” party spokesman John Chenery said in an email Tuesday. […] Legal wrangling has further tilted the Greens’ cash imbalance.
Canada’s Parliament resumes Nov. 22, a full two months after the recent federal election. That’s a long wait, especially for a Liberal government that bears a striking resemblance to the one that just left office. The cabinet won’t even be announced until Oct. 26. While three ministers lost their seats, you would think that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would have already prepared a cheat sheet of potential ministers. Of course, there was that break in Tofino — but still, on behalf of a public that isn’t taking many holidays of late, it’s reasonable to ask: how much time are our politicians actually spending on the job? Considerably less than before, at least when it comes to sitting days in the House of Commons, according to a recent analysis by The Globe and Mail . To date this year, the House has sat for 76 days, and 20 more are planned, for a total of 96. The past Parliament didn’t see much action, either, sitting for 86 days in 2020. And the House sat for just 75 days in 2019. From 2016 to 2020, it sat 105.6 days on average, compared with an average of 123 days per year from 1975–2015, and 138 days yearly from 1945 to 1975.
Here’s a scenario for you to ponder: A Prime Minister calls an election at a time when it’s unclear one is even needed. The election campaign takes a few weeks to unfold. Then, on election night, the results are pretty much the same as they were going into the election. The PM is still in the job. Most of the Members of Parliament who sought re-election won back their seats. OK, so here’s the question: When does Canada’s Parliament resume then? When does the PM return to doing his job? For how long should things be on pause? We’re going to wager that a lot of people are left scratching their heads at this question. They’re probably wondering why there would be any break at all. Isn’t there work to be done? Are there priorities that need to be addressed? That is, after all, what we were told during the campaign. It’s why we even had the election in the first place. How many people would say the politicians should get back to work the very next day? (After all, federal elections are always on a Monday.) A lot of people would probably say that. Politicians get a lot of break time as is, anyway. OK, let’s be generous here: Let’s give them the whole week off.