Year in review: A look at news events in October 2020


A look at news events in October 2020:

01 - Stringent new rules took effect in three Quebec regions at the heart of rising COVID-19 case counts in the province. Bars, cinemas and restaurant dining rooms were ordered closed for at least 28 days in Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudiere-Appalaches. Restaurants were still allowed to offer takeout. The strictest of the new measures included prohibiting private gatherings. Violators could face a $1,000 fine.

02 - Canadian Eugenie Bouchard was knocked out in the third round of the French Open. It was her best showing in a Grand Slam tournament since 2017.

02 - Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein was charged with the rape of two more women in Los Angeles County. The 68-year-old is already serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York.

02 - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. The results came just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks had come down with the virus after travelling with the president several times. Later in the evening, a feverish and "fatigued" Trump was taken to a military hospital. Reports said the president had been injected with an experimental antibody cocktail in treatment at the White House. Trump's expected stay of "a few days'' at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was said to be precautionary.

03 - Green Party of Canada members chose Annamie Paul as their new leader. Paul won a bare majority of votes in the eighth round, defeating Dimitri Lascaris. Paul succeeds Elizabeth May, who stepped down after leading the party for 13 years. Paul, who is Black and Jewish, took the microphone in an Ottawa art gallery after her win was announced. She declared herself the descendant of slaves and an ally of those who are fighting for justice.

03 - One of the greatest pitchers in modern baseball history died. Bob Gibson, who spent his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals, was 84.

04 - Iconic Franco-Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada died of COVID-19 complications at the age of 81. Takada retired from his fashion house in 1999 to pursue a career in art, but his brand remains one of the most respected fixtures of Paris high fashion.

04 - Police announced actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd was shot and killed in Atlanta. Authorities said he was shot in the back multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene in the city's southwest side. Byrd was known for his roles in many Spike Lee films and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2003 for a Broadway performance.

05 - White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

06 - John Turner was laid to rest at a state funeral at Toronto's St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica. Canada's 17th prime minister was praised as a gifted politician with a strong social conscience. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Turner's closest family were among the limited guests for the service. Turner died on Sept. 19 at the age of 91.

06 - Guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen, who had battled cancer, passed away at the age of 65. Van Halen, whose blinding speed, control and innovation propelled his band into one of hard rock's biggest groups, also supplied the unmistakable grinding solo in Michael Jackson's hit "Beat It."

08 - Democrat Kamala Harris and Republican Mike Pence both sidestepped difficult questions during a 90-minute vice-presidential debate in Salt Lake City. Pence refused to say if climate change was an existential threat or whether Donald Trump would accept the election results should he lose on Nov. 3. Harris declined to say whether Joe Biden would push to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court.

09 - The World Food Program won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. The prize comes with a $1.1-million cash award and a gold medal.

09 - Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said U.S. President Donald Trump was partly responsible for two separate plots to kidnap her and overthrow the state government. Six men were charged in federal court with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer in reaction to what they viewed as her "uncontrolled power,'' while another seven face charges under Michigan's anti-terrorism laws for allegedly targeting police and seeking a civil war.

09 - Canada's leading public health official said the second wave of COVID-19 has surfaced as a series of regional epidemics. Dr. Theresa Tam said these will require a tailored response in addition to vigilance.

09 - Nunavut's housing minister was stripped of his cabinet portfolios because of a post on his Facebook page. Premier Joe Savikataaq said Patterk Netser's post about the Black Lives Matter movement and his criticisms of Black women for having abortions were unacceptable.

11 - Donald Trump said he's ready to resume campaigning. The White House doctor said Trump was no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus. But he wouldn't go so far as to say explicitly whether Trump had tested negative. The president insisted he's now "immune" from the virus — a claim that's impossible to prove.

11 - Canadian diplomats had their first contact with the "two Michaels" since in-person visits in mid-January. Dominic Barton, Canada's ambassador to China, had internet-based visits with Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. Beijing has said it can't allow in-person visits to prisons because of concerns over COVID-19.