From Meghan Trainor to Dolly Parton, these artists all dropped albums for the 2020 festive season.
From Meghan Trainor to Dolly Parton, these artists all dropped albums for the 2020 festive season.
A Turkish appeals court on Friday overturned the acquittal of nine people, including philanthropist Osman Kavala, in a case related to nationwide protests in 2013, according to court documents seen by Reuters. The case had ended with the surprise acquittal of nine defendants last February due to insufficient evidence. The trial was followed closely by Turkey's Western allies and rights groups, who said it was symbolic of what they saw as a crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan.
January in the service industry has always meant lower sales and slower nights as customers cut down on spending after the holidays. But 2021 has been especially tricky for some bars and restaurants trying to recover from a slow New Year’s Eve. Typically one of the busiest nights of the year, B.C. restaurants and bars had to adapt to a last-minute COVID-19 health order temporarily barring them from selling liquor after 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. Ian Tostenson, president and CEO of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association, said the night could have been a helpful boost during the slowest month of the year. “What we saw wasn't a complete collapse, but it was almost a complete collapse ... a lot of people cancelled at the last minute,” he said. Many people who had reservations after 8 p.m. cancelled, and restaurants were left with extra food and party supplies that had already been purchased, Tostenson said. He said he thinks many restaurants are still feeling the effects of the night — he heard from two restaurant groups in downtown Vancouver that said they lost a quarter of a million dollars on the holiday between them. However, it might be larger bars and restaurants that felt the brunt of it. Paul McCloskey, co-owner of The Arbor on Main Street in Vancouver, said although the pandemic order came as a surprise, his restaurant didn’t suffer. “New Year's Eve is not typically that busy for us, anyway. We're the place that people go on their way to somewhere else, on an event night,” he said. “Every small business that I’ve spoken to about it was either able to pull a rabbit out of the hat and make it work ... or they just cancelled their second seating.” McCloskey said the places that did have to scrub later NYE seatings were the reason why he signed an open letter by Meeru Dhalwala, co-owner of Vij’s restaurant, to provincial health officer Bonnie Henry asking her to apologize about the last-minute switch and commit to more communication in the future. “What I do know is that instances of transmission in restaurants have been incredibly low compared to the general workforce,” he said. “But I do think we're proving we should be open all the time ... I understand why (health officials) did it, but it doesn't feel like a very reasoned decision.” Henry has since addressed the letter, saying it was a necessary move to limit late-night gatherings and potential COVID-19 transmission. “It really was about overconsumption of alcohol later in the evening, so that’s why we targeted all of the places where alcohol can be sold,” she said at a January news conference. “So stores, grocery stores that sell alcohol, restaurants, and bars. And that was done at short notice because of the issues that arose.” As far as Tostenson and the BC Restaurant Association are concerned, although the night was a shock to the industry, it will recover. He said he has heard so many stories of resilience and adaptation through the pandemic — and New Year’s Eve was no different. “There's always a good side. This is an industry that is so determined to be resilient and innovative,” he said. “But they continue to fight through this because I think they’re starting to see a bit of blue sky emerging down the road here.” Cloe Logan / Local Journalism Initiative / Canada’s National Observer Cloe Logan, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, National Observer
A Nepean retirement home where 10 people have died from COVID-19 is the first in the city to begin vaccinating residents and staff against the illness, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) says. "As part of Phase 1 of the COVID vaccine rollout in Ottawa, Valley Stream Retirement Home was identified as a high-risk retirement home and the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was made available and administered to staff, essential caregivers and residents on Jan. 17," OPH confirmed Thursday. OPH finished administering the first vaccine doses to residents in long-term care homes in mid-January, but Valley Stream is the first high-risk retirement home to be offered the same opportunity. At a news conference on Wednesday, Ottawa's general manager of emergency and protective services Anthony Di Monte said that while second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine would be delayed for some, one high-risk retirement home and one "congregate home with older adults" would still have a chance to receive first doses of the vaccine. In total, 51 of Valley Stream's 134 residents have tested positive for the virus since the outbreak began on Jan. 2. Thirteen of those cases are now considered resolved. Another 27 staff members have also tested positive, 10 of which are now resolved. Jennifer Rose's 80-year-old father Richard Currie lives at Valley Stream, but has tested negative so far. "I'm obviously grateful and thankful that they're getting vaccines, and [with] my dad still testing negative, I'm happy he's getting that protection," Rose said, adding she's sympathetic to families that haven't been so lucky. "I just find it's so hard for the families that did lose somebody to this," she said. "They were close to being able to get that vaccine. It's just heartbreaking that it was almost within their grasp." Cleaning protocols enhanced Revera, which owns numerous long-term care facilities in Ontario and across North America, said it's working closely with OPH to maintain proper protocols and limit the spread of the virus at Valley Stream. "We are doing enhanced cleaning at Valley Stream, frequently disinfecting high touch surfaces like handrails and doors, common areas and staff rooms," the company's chief medical officer, Dr. Rhonda Collins, wrote. Collins said all residents are being monitored and tested if they show symptoms, while staff are screened at the beginning and end of their shifts. Visits are restricted to essential caregivers, as well as essential visits for palliative residents. "We recognize how difficult these measures are for residents and their families, and we appreciate their patience and understanding as we put these precautions in place for the safety of our residents," Collins wrote. According to OPH, the recent delay of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine "did not impact the administration of vaccines at Valley Stream." Earl Brown, professor emeritus of virology at the University of Ottawa, said while it's important to administer the second dose within a specific period of time after the first shot, giving more vulnerable people a single dose may prove the best option — as long as that second dose isn't too far behind. "It really comes down to maximizing your benefit," Brown said. "So numbers-wise, it generally has tended to favour spreading out the first dose and getting the second dose in somewhat of a timely manner. " But while the two vaccines both report higher than 90 per cent effectiveness in stopping the virus, Brown said it's believed they're less effective for older people. "I think the unknowns loom larger with this group."
TORONTO — After a 10-month investigation, a task force commissioned by the Ontario government has issued a range of sweeping recommendations to reform the province's securities regulator. The Capital Markets Modernization Task Force's 70 recommendations include major governance changes to Ontario Securities Commission, such as establishing an adjudicative body within the OSC to rule on alleged securities act violations. The task force also recommends expanding the agency's mandate to augment its regulatory function, and changing its name to the Ontario Capital Markets Authority. The task force was commissioned in 2019 by Ontario's finance minister, with the goal of encouraging growth and competition in the province's capital markets. In the report, the task force decried the lack of new securities issuers in Ontario, which they warned could lead to fewer head offices and fewer investment growth opportunities in the province. Over the course of its investigation, the task force met with more than 110 different stakeholders as it was developing its recommendations. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2021. The Canadian Press
Un gin biologique sera très bientôt produit directement à Val-des-Sources. L’entreprise Birster s’est installée dans le parc industriel et pourrait commencer la distribution dans quelques semaines à peine. « On est sur les derniers milles, assure Guillaume Birster, vice-président de l’entreprise qu’il dirige avec son frère. On fait des produits biologiques et le processus est plus long. Les bouteilles et les étiquettes s’en viennent. Il faut aussi attendre les analyses en laboratoire de la SAQ. Pour notre premier lot, ce sera en février et on pense plus au mois de mars avant qu’il se retrouve sur les tablettes. » La Distillerie Birster, nommée ainsi en l’honneur du père de Guillaume décédé il y a deux ans, proposera un gin avec une touche « florale ». « On parle d’un gin assez classique qui se mélange bien en cocktail, explique Guillaume Birster. On explore avec la racine de l’orpin rose. On travaille aussi avec la canneberge du Québec. » L’entreprise s’inscrit dans la volonté de la région de se diversifier au niveau économique. « Pour l’instant, notre plan est de rentrer dans les SAQ et ensuite ce sera à nous de vendre notre produit aux succursales, mentionne M. Birster. Éventuellement, c’est dans nos plans de vendre au lieu de production, mais la contrainte c’est qu’on doit le vendre au même prix que la SAQ. » Engouement Depuis une vingtaine d’années, la popularité du gin a explosé en raison notamment de son utilisation pour de nombreux cocktails. Plus de 90 gins sont produits au Québec aujourd’hui. « Il y a vraiment un engouement, confirme Guillaume Birster. La raison pour laquelle on fait beaucoup de gin au Québec, c’est parce que c’est un produit qu’on peut sortir rapidement. Pour le rhum, les lois canadiennes demandent une maturation d’au moins un an, donc il n’y a pas beaucoup de compagnies qui peuvent attendre un an avant de vendre une première bouteille. » C’est d’ailleurs dans les plans d’avenir de l’entreprise de Val-des-Sources de produire un rhum. « On veut développer un rhum de mélasse 100 % biologique, ajoute-t-il. On essaie de le travailler un peu comme les rhums jamaïcains avec des notes de bananes et d’ananas. On travaille là-dessus. » Simon Roberge, Initiative de journalisme local, La Tribune
Midland's top staffer says more clarity around enforcement means sterner action by the town against those that disobey stay-at-home orders. "I know there's been a lot of discussion with the health unit around educating people," said CAO David Denault. "The education can only go so far. I think you're going to have to enforce much more strongly. The health unit itself is getting around to some of the areas where we've heard some of the complaints, like the malls. "Unfortunately, we're going to have to start patrolling areas like the toboggan hills and rinks," he added. "If people don't listen, we're going to have to ticket them. If numbers continue to rise as they're predicting, I think there will be a sterner side to enforcement." Until now, said Denault in his update to council this week, the approach was to educate and then enforce. Since Nov. 15, he said bylaw has issued 282 tickets and done 12 tows (non-COVID related). "We really don't want to do that to the public," said Denault. "But to be efficient and make sure we're taking care of our services, we need to do this. Please make sure you move your vehicles so we can get around and take care of the facilities." Coun. Jon Main wanted to know what the town planned for warming centres, considering public buildings are closed due to the stay-at-home orders. "Unfortunately, a lot of our warming centres are municipal facilities, which are not open," he said. "Is it our responsibility to provide warming centres?" Denault said that is one facet municipalities are struggling with. "It is one of the opportunities we have with the rec centre," he said. "We have been able to accommodate some individuals that have come there during frigid times. We'll continue to do that. We'll make sure we connect with our organizations in the community to understand that can be done. The more traditional facilities just aren't able to open." At the beginning of the meeting, Coun. Bill Gordon also asked what had become of the YMCA's request for town support in reopening its facility. "I know the YMCA had approached us without a financial ask, but with the indication that there would be something coming," he said. "It looks like we attempted to reach out to them and do something that didn't work out so I wonder if we could talk a little bit about that." Denault said all municipal CAOs had met up with the YMCA to discuss what they would need and to share with them options their municipalities may be able to bring forward with council approval. "There were no offers made," he said, adding he couldn't share any numbers due to a request of confidentiality by the Y. "At the end of the day, the YMCA determined they could best address their needs on their own. "We did leave them with the option that if they do require some assistance from the municipality, we can be engaged to help out," said Denault. Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com
The Edmundston region, Zone 4, will go into a full lockdown Saturday at midnight amid climbing case numbers and a series of outbreaks. The evolution of the pandemic is "extremely worrying" in this area of northwestern New Brunswick, Dr. Jennifer Russell said at a live-streamed COVID-19 update Friday. Cases have been reported in schools, workplaces and residences for the elderly, and the region has the highest number of active cases in the province. Russell shared the spiralling case numbers that prompted Public Health to urge a lockdown. On Jan 6, she said, there were seven active cases in Zone 4. That number doubled in just two days. By Jan. 11, the number of active cases doubled again. Four days later, it doubled a third time and by Jan. 19, it had doubled a fourth time. From those seven cases reported two weeks ago, there are now 129 active cases in Zone 4. "At the current rate, that number will exceed 200 active cases early next week and potentially 400 active cases before the month is over," Russell said. "We really can't let this go on." How the Zone 4 lockdown will work The lockdown, which takes effect Saturday night at midnight, will be in effect for 14 days and will be reassessed every seven days. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard, speaking at the Friday update on COVID-19, said the decision to postpone the start of the lockdown to Saturday was to allow residents get the supplies they need before businesses close and to give businesses and the Department of Public Safety time to prepare for the new rules. She provided these details of the lockdown in the Edmundston region: All kindergarten-to-Grade 12 schools will close. Online learning only. Service New Brunswick offices will close. Only essential services can stay open. A wage top-up of $3 an hour will be available to early childhood educators who work during lockdown. Regulated health care professionals can stay open but provide virtual services where possible. Grocery stores, NB Liquor stores and Cannabis NB stores will remain open. Indoor gathering, including religious gatherings, must be virtual only. Funerals will be limited to a single-household bubble. Public spaces, including rinks and ski hills, will close. Outdoor activities with household bubble will be allowed. ATV and snowmobile trails will close. Restaurants, salons, farmers markets will close. Drive-thru and takeout only. Veterinary clinics can stay open with curbside animal dropoff. Libraries will remain open to allow internet access. People will be encouraged to work at home if possible. Lottery tickets will be available online only. Evictions will be banned until 10 days after lockdown ends. Tech support will be available to students and staff experiencing connectivity issues related to online learning at 1-833-453-1140. A complete list of businesses that are allowed to operate will be posted on the provincial government's gnb.ca website. Speaking as a doctor, and as a mom Dr. Jennifer Russell took a moment Friday to reassure parents who are worried about sending their children to school in red zones. As reported by CBC News on Thursday, more than 14,000 students stayed home from school Wednesday, the day Zones 1, 2 and 3 rolled back to red-phase restrictions. Russell said she knows it can be upsetting to be faced with decisions when you don't have access to all the discussions and information that supported them. But as a parent, she said, she wants other parents to know that she weighs the same concerns they do. "When I speak to you up here, I wear my physician hat," Russell said. "But I'm also a parent. I have two kids, two teenagers who attend school here in Fredericton — one of them has asthma — and I wouldn't knowingly do anything to put their health at risk. So unless I get a call from Public Health informing me that they are a close contact of a case, they will be going to school in the red and orange levels." Russell said the decision to keep schools open was made because they're "the safest place for our children to be." "And that's not just an opinion. It's rooted in science." In the 32 New Brunswick schools that have had COVID-19 cases, "we haven't seen a case where the virus was transmitted directly from one student to another." Tightened travel restrictions for all zones Travel into New Brunswick will further be restricted for all health zones as of midnight Saturday night. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard detailed the changes Friday, noting that anyone entering the province will have to self-isolate for 14 days. Exceptions will include those who travel back and forth daily for work, truck drivers, and those who must travel for medical care, child care and child custody. "However," she said, "these travellers will still have to be tested weekly. Residents of Pointe-à-la-Croix and Listuguj First Nation, in Quebec, may still cross the border for medical appointments and to fulfil child custody arrangements. They may also cross once a week to purchase essential items, Shephard said, but they will be subject to mandatory weekly testing. More testing centres set to come online Dr. Jennifer Russell is again urging residents to "get tested, even if you just have one symptom." Testing in some zones is "not where it should be," Russell said at Friday's COVID-19 update. The Miramichi region, Zone 7, has repeatedly been flagged as having a low test rate, and on Friday, Russell said it has the lowest number of tests per 100,000 population in all of New Brunswick. "The Miramichi region is at four tests per 100,000 population," Russell said. By comparison, the Edmundston region is at 308 tests per 100,000, and the rest of province is hovering at around 40 or 50 tests per 100,000, she said. "Zone 7 is needing to have more tests for sure." Several additional testing centres will be opening soon in Sussex, Sackville and Perth-Andover, and a new testing centre opened in the Zone 4 community of Clair this week, Russell said. Police to conduct roadside checks for compliance Residents have been advised to avoid all non-essential travel into and out of the Edmundston region, Zone 4, which enters a full lockdown Saturday night at midnight. Asked how this would be enforced, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said that if there is "obvious non-compliance," Public Safety will be issuing fines and "there will be consequences to some who decide to travel for non-essential reasons." Road checks were set up in Edmundston on Friday to check for compliance with single-household bubbles. The checks were being held to raise awareness of the province's emergency order, the Edmundston Police Force told Radio-Canada. The force noted that checks would continue throughout the weekend, and that people found to be in non-compliance could face fines of $292.50. 30 new cases, including one in Miramichi region There are 30 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, Russell said, including one case in the Miramichi region, the first confirmed case in that region since Boxing Day. The cases break down in this way: Moncton region, Zone 1, eight cases: an individual 20-29; an individual 30-39; two people 40-49; two people 60-69; and two people 70-79. Saint John region, Zone 2, one case: an individual 40-49. Fredericton region, Zone 3, one case: an individual 50-59. Edmundston region, Zone 4, 19 cases: an individual 19 and under; two people 20-29; an individual 30-39; an individual 40-49; three people 50-59; two people 60-69; three people 70-79; six people 80-89. Miramichi region, Zone 7: an individual 60-69. All cases are self-isolating and under investigation. The number of confirmed cases is 1,087 and 742 have recovered. There have been 13 deaths, and the number of active cases is 331. Five patients are hospitalized, three of them in intensive care. As of Friday, 181,797 tests have been conducted, including 2,215 since Thursday's report. Variant cases found in Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil confirmed Friday that two previous cases of COVID-19 were found to be variants of the virus. McNeil told a news briefing the province also detected two variants of the virus in cases previously reported in December. He said the two cases were related to travel outside Atlantic Canada and self-isolated as required. After further testing, one was found to have had the U.K. variant of COVID-19, while the other had the South African variant. In New Brunswick, Dr. Jennifer Russell said no variant cases have been identified yet, but she noted she is "very concerned" about the variant getting into the province. "We have sent 19 specimens to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg since Dec. 23 to get sequenced for the variant and have had eight negative results," she said Friday. "We have six more to come this week." The province has sent more specimens for variant sequencing in the past two weeks, "just because we've had more cases overall," Russell said. Nadeau plant outbreak just one of many clusters The outbreak at the Nadeau poultry plant in the Edmundston area, where 28 employees have tested positive, is only one of multiple clusters of the virus in the region, Dr. Jennifer Russell said Friday. Some of the cases outside the plant were caused by the Nadeau outbreak, but others had a different source, Russell said. The province is still investigating how the outbreak at the poultry plant started. MLA wants crackdown on travelling between zones Miramichi MLA Michelle Conroy is calling on the province to crack down on residents who continue to travel from one health zone to another at a time when non-essential travel is discouraged or against the rules. Conroy said the Miramichi region, which is in the orange phase of recovery, has seen a lot of people from health zones that are in the red phase. She suggested these travellers were visiting Miramichi because it's safer. "People are still travelling region to region," Conroy, of the People's Alliance, said on Information Morning Fredericton. Under Public Health guidelines, necessary travel is only recommended between orange zones or between red zones but not between red and orange zones. Conroy said she has heard of people from the Moncton region visiting stores in the Miramichi area, and she's asked her constituents to report such sightings. It wasn't clear how a Miramichi resident can know someone is from Moncton. But she said residents in other zones need to follow the rules and should face consequences if they don't. "That's completely not acceptable." At the same time she's concerned about visitors from red zones, Conroy is pushing the province to ease restrictions and allow Zone 7 to move back to yellow phase so residents can expand their bubbles. Until Friday, there had been no active cases of COVID-19 in the Miramichi region since Dec. 26. One case was reported on Friday. Conroy said the heavy restrictions are taking a toll on people, particularly on their mental health. "We should be able to see our family and be able to relax the rules around our loved ones a little bit." Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said Conroy had some legitimate points, but stressed that everyone is at risk of COVID-19 in New Brunswick, regardless of their health zone. "Caution is there for everyone to know they are vulnerable as their neighbours." Public Safety has increased enforcement inspections across the province. "We're trying very hard to let people know, zone-to-zone transmission is real." Members of all-party cabinet committee don't always see eye to eye New Brunswick's all-party COVID cabinet committee is still intact, but opposition members say their support has its limits. Earlier this week, People's Alliance leader Kris Austin spoke out in frustration after the government suddenly changed the rules of the red phase of recovery and kept schools open if they didn't have any cases. Interim Liberal Leader Roger Melanson said Friday that he'll support decisions based on advice given by New Brunswick Public Health. But Melanson said he's not on the committee to support Premier Blaine Higgs or the Progressive Conservative government. "We need to do everything we can as political leaders, for people to be in a position to be in the safest possible circumstance," Melanson said during an Information Morning interview with some members of the all-party cabinet. Green Party Leader David Coon said the committee, which was established early in the pandemic, is a great way to include a range of perspectives in decision-making, but he shared Austin's concerns about recent conflicting messages. Coon said the province could have done a better job preparing residents for the new version of the red phase. "Lots of people are worried they're doing the wrong thing and don't want to make a mistake," Coon said. "That's what happens when rules change quickly without warning." Health Minister Dorothy Shephard admits communication hasn't been perfect, but she blamed this on an evolving understanding of COVID-19 and how to manage it. Everyday, officials are learning something new, she said. "This is about supporting the people of New Brunswick." Public exposure warnings Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on the following flight: Jan. 3 – Air Canada Flight 8910 from Toronto to Moncton, arrived at 11:23 a.m. Public Health has also issued the following potential COVID-19 exposure warnings: Edmundston region: Sparta Progression Gym, 113 44th Ave. D., on Jan. 13 and Jan. 15 between 7 and 9 a.m. Moncton region: Goodlife Fitness Centre, 175 Ivan Rand Dr. E., on Jan. 13 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Moncton North After Hours Medical Clinic, 1633 Mountain Rd., on Jan. 14 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Edmundston region: Jean Coutu Kim Levesque-Cote Pharmacy, 276 Broadway Blvd., Grand Falls, on Jan. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parts for Trucks,21 Powers Rd., Grand Falls, on Jan. 11, 12 and 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. What to do if you have a symptom People concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online. Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: A fever above 38 C. A new cough or worsening chronic cough. Sore throat. Runny nose. Headache. New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell. Difficulty breathing. In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes. People with one of those symptoms should: Stay at home. Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor. Describe symptoms and travel history. Follow instructions.
Four men were given long jail sentences on Friday for the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese men, women and children who suffocated to death in a stifling, airtight shipping container in October 2019 as they were being smuggled into Britain. The discovery of so many dead people - two as young as 15 - in the back of the truck on an industrial estate to the east of London shocked Britain and Vietnam. Judge Nigel Sweeney said they had suffered an "excruciating slow death" as he jailed seven men involved in the people smuggling gang for a total of 92 years at London's Old Bailey criminal court.
Curling Canada has decided to use the national ranking system as its selection criteria for the final wild-card berths at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier. The announcement clears a path to the Calgary bubble for Manitoba's Mackenzie Zacharias and Ontario's Glenn Howard. Beth Peterson, also from Manitoba, saw her chances greatly improve but the decision closed the door on Alberta's Kelsey Rocque and Saskatchewan's Robyn Silvernagle. “We needed to take our time and do our due diligence on this selection process,” Curling Canada chief executive officer Katherine Henderson said Friday in a release. “In the end, it was decided that we created the Canadian Team Ranking System for exactly these purposes. "It is a proven system with a history that we use for all of our other selection processes, and ultimately, from a consistency standpoint, it makes the most sense for this situation.” The Scotties is set for Feb. 19-28 at the Markin MacPhail Centre and the Brier will run March 5-14. The Canada Olympic Park venue will hold six events in all in a spectator-free setting due to the pandemic. Curling Canada scrapped its usual play-in game for both national team championships. Instead three wild-card entries were added to each field, creating 18-team draws. The federation previously announced that the final 2019-20 Canadian rankings would be used for the first two wild-card spots. Criteria for the third wild-card spot was listed as "to be determined," giving some hope to slightly lower-ranked teams or rinks who made off-season roster adjustments. Formal wild-card team entry announcements are expected next month once all provincial and territorial playdowns are complete. Howard, a four-time Brier champion, gets the third wild-card spot thanks to his No. 9 ranking. The first two wild-card spots were already clear with Mike McEwen of Manitoba at No. 5 and Kevin Koe of Alberta at No. 6. The complete women's wild-card picture won't be determined until the end of the month. Second-ranked Tracy Fleury of Manitoba is a lock for the first spot. Prince Edward Island's Suzanne Birt is next at No. 9, but she's a heavy favourite to represent her province again. Birt is one of two entries in the Jan. 29-31 P.E.I. championship. Either way, Zacharias — who won a world junior title last year — will get the second or third wild-card spot based on her No. 11 ranking. Peterson, meanwhile, is a whisker behind her on the list and only needs a Birt victory to book her ticket for Calgary. Chelsea Carey is ranked fifth in Canada but is a free agent. Rocque, at No. 6, and Silvernagle, at No. 10, weren't eligible since they only have two returning members, one short of the required minimum. A Curling Canada spokesman confirmed Friday that the 3-of-4 rule also applies to the third wild-card picks. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2021. Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press
Pendant que la neige tombait à gros flocons samedi dernier, j’ai déniché quelques trésors cachés sur le site web de l’Office national du film, onf.ca. Pour vous, j’ai fait une sélection des meilleurs courts-métrages mettant en vedette la neige, l’hiver et nos paysages nordiques. Idéal pour une soirée de couvre-feu, faute d’aller jouer dehors. Découvrez l’homme derrière la légende qui a sillonné les Laurentides pendant des décennies et qui en a tracé les plus importants sentiers. Ce portrait, réalisé pour le centenaire d’Herman Smith-Johannsen, révèle un explorateur infatigable, sa résilience et son humour. Le documentaire trace des parallèles entre sa Norvège natale et ses Laurentides d’adoption, et nous fait voyager dans le temps. Dans une scène, on le voit racontant ses souvenirs dans une voiture, cigare en bouche, pendant que des paysages enneigés défilent par la fenêtre. En noir et blanc, ce court-métrage offre un regard d’ensemble du ski au Canada, de Banff aux Laurentides. On y retrouve l’enthousiasme des premières neiges, la leçon de ski, le remonte-pente pour les « moins vaillants » (dit le narrateur), et la vue magnifique une fois arrivé au sommet. Somme toute, le sport a bien peu changé, 73 ans plus tard. Une journée à la patinoire, présentée par Gilles Carle, le célèbre cinéaste québécois dans ses débuts. La musique de Claude Léveillée anime même ce court-métrage sans paroles. En bottes ou en patins, on y découvre le simple plaisir de patiner, de glisser et de jouer sur la glace. Pourquoi ne pas jouer une amicale partie de hockey, avant de se déhancher sur la glace au rythme de la musique de l’heure : le rock ‘n’ roll! Suivez ces deux Inuits (appelés Esquimaux dans le film) alors qu’ils bâtissent un iglou pour la nuit, pendant que le narrateur vous explique comment faire. Vous n’aurez besoin que d’un couteau à neige… et de neige. Les Inuits peuvent prendre aussi peu que 40 minutes ou aussi longtemps que 2 jours pour construire leur iglou, selon leurs besoins. Mon préféré. Suivez l’artiste Alexander Young Jackson dans la création de ses paysages uniques. Jackson est membre du Groupe des sept, un rassemblement de paysagistes canadiens qui ont révolutionné l’art durant les années 1920. Pour faire ses ébauches, Jackson part en expédition dans la nature automnale de l’Ontario, au Lac Grace, puis dans les collines enneigées de Saint-Tite-des-Caps, juste au nord de l’Île d’Orléans. On le voit en canot, faire du portage et même escalader les parois rocheuses du bouclier canadien, tout pour trouver le parfait paysage.Simon Cordeau, Initiative de journalisme local, Journal Accès
ÉMILIE PELLETIER Initiative de journalisme local — Le Droit La province de l’Ontario déplore 87 décès causés par la COVID-19 survenus au cours de la dernière journée. En tout, 5701 Ontariens ont perdu leur combat contre le coronavirus. Par ailleurs, la santé publique a répertorié 2662 infections à la COVID-19, jeudi, portant le total à 250 226 cas depuis le début de la pandémie. La même journée, 1512 personnes atteintes du virus étaient hospitalisées, dont 383 aux soins intensifs. Parmi ces derniers, 291 avaient besoin d’un respirateur pour rester en vie. Foyers de soins de longue durée En foyers de soins de longue durée, 99 résidents et 64 membres du personnel ont reçu un diagnostic positif à la COVID-19 au cours des 24 dernières heures. Jusqu’à présent, 13 746 infections ont été répertoriées chez les résidents en FSLD, ainsi que 5494 cas chez les employés. On compte aussi 42 résidents de ces établissements qui ont perdu la vie au cours de la dernière journée à cause de la COVID-19. En tout, près de 3300 personnes habitant en FSLD sont décédées en raison du virus. Depuis le début de la pandémie, la COVID-19 a causé la mort de dix membres du personnel, dont deux ayant perdu la vie en 2021. Jeudi, 11 168 Ontariens ont roulé leur manche pour se faire vacciner contre la COVID-19. En tout, ce sont 49 292 personnes en province qui ont reçu les deux doses nécessaires pour être complètement vaccinées contre le virus. Cela représente 264 985 doses totales administrées depuis que le vaccin est disponible en Ontario. Le nombre de doses quotidiennes devrait diminuer au cours des prochains jours, en raison des problèmes d’approvisionnement des vaccins de la compagnie pharmaceutique Pfizer. Les données liées au coronavirus présentées dans ce texte ont été tirées du plus récent bilan de la COVID-19, présenté par le Système intégré d’information sur la santé publique (SIISP), vendredi à 10h30. À LIRE AUSSI: L’Ontario juge pouvoir réaliser son objectif de vaccinationÉmilie Pelletier, journaliste, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Droit
The company also requested a review of an earlier labor board decision to hold the election by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a filing dated Jan. 21. Amazon's first U.S. union election since 2014 was scheduled https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-labor/amazon-union-election-to-start-in-february-u-s-labor-board-idUSKBN29K2BV to begin with the mailing of ballots in early February and a vote count starting March 30. The company alleged multiple gaps in labor board precedent, errors made by the acting regional director, and missed opportunities for mail-ballot improvements to back its motion.
Police are back at the scene of a previous homicide investigation in St. John's after receiving reports of shots fired at a home on Craigmillar Avenue early Friday morning. Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers were at 40 Craigmillar Ave. on Friday, a house investigated in connection with the shooting of shooting of James Cody, 47, in July. Police would not confirm is the house was of interest in Friday's shooting. In a press release early Friday afternoon, the RNC said officers responded reports shortly before 6 a.m. of shots fired at a residence on Craigmillar Avenue and were investigating a weapons offence. Police did not confirm 40 Craigmillar was connected to those reports, but said there were no injuries. On July 5, Cody was found dead on the pavement on the west end St. John's street. Footage obtained by CBC News from a nearby street captured five gunshots at 4:09 a.m. that day. Three days later, according to police court filings, investigators seized a KelTec P-11 9mm Luger handgun on a street behind Craigmillar. The RNC's forensic identification services were on Craigmillar on Friday, and the RNC says its criminal investigation division is investigating. Friday's press release says the incident is not believed to be a random attack. Both Cody and the owner of 40 Craigmillar Ave., Kurt Churchill, have past charges accusing them of links to drug trafficking. In July, lead RNC investigator Supt. Tom Warren said there was no information to suggest the homicide was linked to the drug trade or any other past crimes. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
France has one of western Europe's highest rates of distrust in modern-day vaccines. On Unreported Europe we take a look at why, what anti-vaxxers have to say and what can bring sceptics rounds. View on euronews
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Friday he wanted it known that he had no plans to commit suicide in prison, as he issued a message of support to his followers on the eve of protests the authorities say are illegal. Navalny was detained on Sunday after flying home for the first time since being poisoned with what the West says was a military-grade nerve agent that Navalny says was applied to his underpants by state security agents. The 44-year-old lawyer, in a Moscow prison pending the outcome of four legal matters he describes as trumped up, accuses President Vladimir Putin of ordering his attempted murder.
Élu pour la première fois à 24 ans, Adam Rousseau en est à son troisième mandat comme conseiller municipal à Saint-François-Xavier-de-Brompton. Il investit en moyenne entre 10 et 15 heures par semaine dans ce rôle et touche quelque 7000 $ par année. Un petit calcul rapide permet de constater que, dans le meilleur des cas, le temps consacré à la politique municipale est payé un peu plus que le salaire minimum. S’il consacre plus de 10 heures par semaine, le taux horaire descend encore plus bas. Si à l’inverse un conseiller ne consacre que quelques heures par mois à la fonction, le salaire horaire sera beaucoup plus haut. Il n’y a pas de balises claires sur le nombre d’heures que doivent travailler les élus municipaux. « Je regarde le maire de Saint-François-Xavier-de-Brompton, qui n’est pas une énorme municipalité mais qui est en croissance, et il peut mettre en moyenne 30 heures par semaine, explique Adam Rousseau. Avec le contexte de méfiance, on est souvent embêté lorsqu’on fait une demande de remboursement et, souvent, on assume les frais. C’est une job 24/7 et 365 jours par année. Un élu actif devrait se payer. » Cette réalité fait en sorte selon lui que le rôle d’élus convient beaucoup plus à des gens qui n’ont pas d’obligations financières. « La job d’élu municipal dans les petites communautés, c’est pour les riches et les retraités, lance-t-il. Il ne faut pas se le cacher. Une personne à la préretraite ou indépendante de fortune n’aura pas d’enjeux à réduire ses heures de travail et être à 30 heures par semaine à son emploi principal. » Adam Rousseau pense à se présenter comme maire de sa municipalité en 2021 et pourrait justement faire campagne sur l’enjeu des salaires. « Je pense à faire ma campagne électorale avec comme objectif qu’à la fin de mon mandat le maire soit à temps plein, explique-t-il. Après cela, n’importe qui qui voudra se présenter n’aura plus les limites du temps partiel combiné à d’énormes responsabilités. » Les délais de mise en œuvre des projets, les rencontres en journée durant la semaine avec des ministères ou des firmes pour des projets et le manque de flexibilité de certains employeurs sont aussi des freins, selon lui, à l’implication de la jeunesse. Le rôle d’élu reste tout de même, malgré les désagréments, l’un des emplois les plus gratifiants, assure Adam Rousseau. « Il y a des défaites et des déceptions, mais aussi plein de victoires qui amènent un accomplissement professionnel qui vaut beaucoup d’argent, résume-t-il. On a réellement un impact. Il a toutefois encore beaucoup de choses à améliorer. »Simon Roberge, Initiative de journalisme local, La Tribune
Frontline health care workers in Strathmore had a bit of extra time following their long shifts last week thanks to an initiative to provide them with a free meal. The meals were provided by the Calgary Health Foundation, a charity that raises money for health care across the City of Calgary and surrounding communities. The initiative, called Feed the Frontline, started after the organization started to receive requests from the community for ways to show gratitude to frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, explained Valerie Ball, director of marketing, communications and community engagement with the organization. “I think over the last couple of months, health care workers have been tirelessly putting everything that they have into providing care and fighting COVID-19 and ensuring that we are taken well care of,” said Ball. “So, people just really wanted a way to give back and give thanks.” The meals, from Sunterra Market in Calgary, were offered to staff members working in hospital and community health centres, in Calgary and 16 surrounding communities, said Ball. “It’s just to give them a night off, after everything they put into work every single day, whether it’s to fill their belly and rejuvenate or maybe spend some more time with their family.” Feed the Frontline provided health care workers in the region 21,000 meals in total, including 325 meals to health care workers living in Strathmore. The meals are a welcome relief, said Shayla Noel, a pre-triage screener at the Strathmore Hospital. “We do get pretty busy and it’s exhausting some days, so to be recognized is just touching,” said Noel. “I know everyone who is being recognized is very appreciative.” Work in the hospital has been busy, but everyone can still be seen, said Jarrett Fawdry, Strathmore Hospital site manager. “COVID is an old hat now – with our enhanced infection prevention and control measures, we’re very comfortable inside with what we’re doing to protect our patients in the community.” With meal prep and cooking out of the way for a night, Fawdry said he would spend some extra time with his kids, while Noel said she “might go to bed early.” Sean Feagan, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Strathmore Times
La pandémie et la pénurie de main-d’œuvre ont eu raison d’un autre commerce de la région. La quincaillerie Tremblay-Laroche, établie depuis plus de 25 ans à Saint-Gédéon, ne rouvrira après avoir fermé ses portes le printemps dernier, faute de personnel. Le bâtiment situé au 223, rue de Quen, a été mis en vente. Le personnel restant et l’inventaire ont été transférés à la succursale de Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, qui elle aussi vit des heures difficiles en ce qui a trait au personnel. « Malheureusement, on est obligé de fermer la succursale. Deux employés sont partis pendant la première vague de COVID le printemps dernier pour d’autres magasins et on n’a pas été capable de les remplacer », explique le propriétaire, Marc Tremblay. Pénurie de main-d’œuvre Marc Tremblay s’explique mal le fait que malgré un taux de chômage élevé, il soit si difficile de combler des postes aux deux succursales. En deux ans, même les ouvertures de poste pour le magasin de Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix n’ont pas pris preneurs. « On a de la misère à combler malgré le fait qu’on dise qu’il y a beaucoup de personnes qui ne travaillent pas. Je ne comprends pas grand-chose là-dedans. Avec toutes les annonces qu’on a faites, on n’est pas capable de combler les besoins. On a essayé de toutes les manières. On a fait des parutions Facebook et ici au magasin et on ne réussit pas… », déplore-t-il Année mouvementée L’été dernier, les Québécois se sont adonnés aux travaux de rénovation. L’équipe de plus en plus restreinte du groupe Tremblay-Laroche a été mise à rude épreuve. « L’équipe a dû mettre les bouchées doubles. Avec deux personnes en moins, ça paraît. On a comblé le stock de Métabetchouan avec l’inventaire du magasin de Saint-Gédéon. Ça n’a pas été une année rose », ajoute Marc Tremblay. Questionné à savoir si une lueur d’espoir régnait toujours pour le magasin de Saint-Gédéon, le propriétaire a affirmé qu’il concentrait dorénavant ses efforts sur le magasin de Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix. « On ne se fait pas d’illusions. On a mis le bâtiment à vendre », souligne-t-il. En novembre 2019, le groupe Tremblay-Laroche, alors affilié à BMR, avait quitté cette bannière pour joindre le groupe Castle en raison de désaccords. « BMR nous imposait des choses qu’on ne voulait pas. On ne se sentait plus chef dans notre propre magasin. Ils nous laissent acheter et faire ce qu’on veut », avait expliqué à l’époque Marc Tremblay. Plus d’un an plus tard, il se dit « très satisfait » de ce changement.Julien B. Gauthier, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Lac St-Jean
HURON COUNTY – Huron County will host the annual Ontario West Coast Tourism Summit this year, virtually. The free, two-day event will concentrate on the tourism landscape pre- and post-COVID and rural tourism’s advantages. Tourism industry expert William Bakker of Destination Think will speak on Jan. 25 from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Destination Think works with the most innovative tourism boards in the world, according to their website. They create vision, solve business challenges, and “execute brilliant, integrated campaigns.” His presentation will include tourism market trends focusing on the tourism landscape, pre-COVID, and post-COVID. Attendees will hear about destinations that are “re-imagining themselves with a goal of re-building, with both the economy and environment in mind,” according to a press release from Huron County. A facilitated breakout session will follow, which will focus on how Huron County’s tourism sector can work together towards a successful recovery from COVID-19. The second day of the summit will be held on Jan. 26, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Director and Master Experience Crafter Chris Hughes, from BC Hughes, a tourism, management, and marketing company will share the advantages of rural tourism and how operators can use this advantage to match shifting tourism trends. Hughes will discuss the key elements needed to develop effective touring routes. He will also share how operators can adjust their own tourism experiences to become part of a regionally themed touring route. “The County remains dedicated to working collaboratively and supporting our vibrant tourism sector,” Warden Glen McNeil said in the press release. “Specifically, I want to thank the industry for the resiliency and innovation they have shown over the past year. Huron County tourism, and all of those that support it, are essential to the vitality of our county.” Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times
Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats confirmed centrist Armin Laschet as their new party leader on Friday after a postal ballot, which was required to legally uphold his election by delegates in a digital vote on Saturday. Laschet, premier of Germany's most populous state and the self-styled Merkel continuity candidate, won 83.35% of the valid postal votes cast by 1,001 delegates, the CDU said. Laschet must now unite a conservative bloc that has never been entirely comfortable with Merkel's centrist course, despite her four successive federal election victories.