WestJet will soon no longer fly to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney, Charlottetown and Quebec City and drastically cut back its service to St. John's and Halifax.The Calgary-based airline said Wednesday it is eliminating 100 flights, which represent about 80 per cent of the airline's service in and out of Atlantic Canada. The airline also says it is also suspending operations to Quebec City, by removing its flight between there and Toronto.The route cancellations mean that the airline will also shutter its operations in the airports of Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton and Sydney. The routes will be cancelled as of Nov. 2."It has become increasingly unviable to serve these markets," CEO Ed Sims said. "Since the pandemic's beginning, we have worked to keep essential air service to all of our domestic airports, however, demand for travel is being severely limited by restrictive policies and third-party fee increases that have left us out of runway without sector-specific support."The decision will put 29 employees on temporary layoff, including: * Five in Sydney. * Eight in Fredericton. * Eight in Moncton. * Eight in Charlottetown.The moves mean that the entirety of WestJet's service to Atlantic Canada will now be based out of Halifax, with daily flights to Toronto, Calgary and St. John's at least once a day. This time last year, the airline flew 28 different flight routes across the region. As of next month, they will have just three. Except for the Halifax to St. John's flight, no other Canadian city east of Montreal will have a WestJet flight coming in or out of it for the foreseeable future.WestJet says customers with tickets on now-cancelled flights are entitled to travel credits for their cancelled flights, but not a refund, which the airline notes the Canadian Transportation Agency has deemed acceptable given the realities of COVID-19."We fully anticipate returning to the region when the situation improves and will extend the travel credit expiry date beyond the current 24-month window should it be required," WestJet spokesperson Morgan Bell told CBC News.The company says that on top of the cuts in Atlantic Canada, about 100 corporate jobs, mostly based at the airline's Calgary headquarters, will also be cut.Pandemic walloped demandThe changes come amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has walloped demand for air travel. WestJet typically has about two million paying customers a month on its flights, but since the pandemic began in March, it has only sold about 1 million tickets, total.WestJet was taken private by Onex in a $5 billion buyout last year, so the airline's finances are no longer public. But we do know that other airlines have had their balance sheets obliterated by the pandemic.In its last financial statement in July, WestJet's biggest rival, Air Canada, revealed it burned through between $15 and $17 million a day through April, May and June.Earlier this summer, Air Canada also cancelled 30 routes, the plurality of which were in Atlantic Canada.They also come after previously announced moves by WestJet to lay off 3,333 people across the country, and a deal with pilots to agree to a 50 per cent pay cut instead of even more layoffs."We understand this news will be devastating to the communities, our airport partners and the WestJetters who rely on our service," Sims said. "While we remain committed to the Atlantic region, it's impossible to say when there will be a return to service without support for a co-ordinated domestic approach. Our intent is to return as soon as it becomes economically viable to do so."Monette Pasher, executive director of the Atlantic Canada Airports Association, used the same word to describe the news: "devastating."She's calling on governments to financially help the industry survive the pandemic, calling it an "essential service," moving essential workers and cargo "and getting Canadians home."Despite doling out hundreds of billions of dollars in coronavirus relief packages, the federal government thus far has not come out with an aid package targeted at the aviation industry, and Pasher said, "The time has come to support our sector."Airports in Atlantic Canada are poised to lose $76 million this year, she said."We are worried about our communities on the other side of this [and we are] starting to worry if we are going to have air service."John Gradek, co-ordinator of the aviation management program at McGill University, says it isn't necessarily the case that people in those places should expect to be completely shut out of air travel in and out of the region."There will be a new way of serving Canada's regional markets that will depend on regional carriers rather than national ones," he said in an interview. After Air Canada's cuts in June, a number of regional players stepped up to add flights to fill the gap. "They're smaller airplanes, but more frequent services," Gradek said. "I think you'll see the same things happen."Ultimately, he was not surprised by the move, nor does he place any blame on the company for it."There isn't demand," he said. "People just are not flying."
The government of the Northwest Territories and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation have "reset" their relationship and have agreed to move forward with the $1.1-billion Slave Geological Province Corridor project.The project in part would see a 413-kilometre, two-lane, all-season road built between mineral-rich areas northeast of Yellowknife and western Nunavut.The idea is to create new economic opportunities that benefit both territories. The road would connect Nunavut to Canada's highway system and link up to a potential deep-water port on the Arctic Ocean.Earlier this summer, Dettah Chief Edward Sangris said the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) was pulling the plug on its support and cited concerns about "antiquated methods of procurement and Indigenous engagement."YKDFN said in a news release that it hoped there would be more priority given to "capacity building, benefits for Northern and Indigenous business, local hiring, and community engagement." In an interview with CBC, Sangris said the decision-making processes are "outdated" and therefore do not reflect the needs and interests of Northern people.He also said they do not acknowledge the value that local knowledge can add to projects which involve natural resource extraction, especially when it comes to environmental impact assessments. The best people to work and to study the environment "are the people who depend on the land," he said, because "most environmental concerns are actually being addressed at every stage of development."He says Northern firms, such as the Indigenous-operated Det'on Cho Corporation, have expertise that extends beyond economic value, and that expertise could more accurately reflect the needs and interests of all Northern peoples. 'More work to be done'The groups have now agreed to work together once again to move the project forward, according to a joint news release issued on Wednesday.The release says after a meeting on Sept. 25, all parties agreed that "strong relationships" between the territory, Indigenous governments and other organizations are necessary for major infrastructure projects.Sangris and Yellowknives Dene Chief Ernest Betsina were at the meeting, along with Premier Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Infrastructure Diane Archie and Minister of Finance Caroline Wawzonek.However, "there's more work to be done," said Sangris. The relationship between the territorial government and YKDFN will take some redefining, he said. "The government always talks about reconciliation [but] in order for reconciliation to work, you have to understand, you know, the culture, the tradition, the spirituality of the people," Sangris said. Wednesday's news release says projects like the Slave Geological Province Corridor are "critical" for the territory's COVID-19 recovery.It also says road access will help the mining industry by "enhancing the feasibility of expanding the Taltson hydro system.""Economically, the Northwest Territories is at a critical juncture," Sangris said in a statement."Indigenous, territorial, federal and municipal governments must work together to move projects forward that will stimulate the economy, create employment, attract investment and ensure a bright future for all Northerners while respecting Indigenous traditions, culture, Treaty rights and title."Betsina says the First Nation looks forward to working with the government on the projects.In a statement, Cochrane said partnerships between Indigenous governments and organizations are important for projects such as the Slave Geological Province Corridor. Such projects help expand and diversify the economy, she said."I am pleased to report the success of this meeting and look forward to many more in the future," she said.
Half of Indigenous and Black Calgarians do not feel the city is accepting of people from diverse backgrounds, according to the 2020 Vital Signs report.The report is released annually by the Calgary Foundation, and combines research with a citizen survey on issues tied to quality of life that include living standards, the environment and nature, and giving back and values.The results help the foundation, which funds hundreds of charities every year, determine where it directs its resources.According to its website, new contributions last year totalled $35.4 million. The foundation had an asset base of $1.0 billion and it granted $54.9 million to 996 charitable organizations."This is a very important resource for us," said Taylor Barrie, the foundation's vice-president of communications, on the Calgary Eyeopener on Wednesday."But we also feel this is a really important tool for Calgarians, whether personally or professionally, to have some conversations about what role they play in addressing some of these results."Equity and racial justiceThis year, and for the first time since the reports were first published in 2007, it segmented some of the survey results by race, and dedicated a section to equity and racial justice."There is one data set we feel is especially relevant to 2020," Calgary Foundation president and CEO Eva Friesen wrote in the report."As the data indicates, for Black, Indigenous and people of colour, the experience of our city is often harder. By reflecting on the inequality, discrimination and hardship many of us unfairly experience, we can begin to change."The results indicated that while 82 per cent of Calgarians believe racism toward Black, Indigenous and people of colour exists, many Black Calgarians — nearly 70 per cent — have felt unsafe or threatened in the city.Meanwhile, 56 per cent of those surveyed believed that Calgarians are committed to anti-racism, equity and inclusion — but that belief drops to 53 per cent among Indigenous people and 35 per cent for Black Calgarians.Sixty-one per cent of Calgarians believe that Black and Indigenous people experience higher levels of violence by police and the RCMP, but that figure jumps to 72 per cent among those who are Black and Indigenous themselves."If you have felt threatened or unsafe because of differences in skin colour or gender or religion, then you are 20 per cent more civically engaged than people who generally don't feel unsafe," Barrie said.Living standardsThe majority of Calgarians continue to worry about their finances, which is the continuation of a trend for the report."That sort of holds true for the last few years — 73 per cent of Calgarians told us they're stressed about money," Barrie said."It's harder to find work. In 2019, 50 per cent of us felt we could find suitable employment. And this year, that number dropped to 27 per cent. So concerns around stretching your dollar, father, continues to be true."Thirty-three per cent of Calgarians sometimes struggle to afford the necessities, including rent, groceries and utilities. Meanwhile, 17 per cent always struggle.And this year, 67 per cent of Calgarians feel pessimistic about the economy — which is a jump from 42 per cent in 2019.The weight of the pandemicInterestingly, and in spite of COVID-19, respondents rated their quality of life higher in 2020 than they did in 2019."I would say one thing we were pleased to see is that, generally, quality of life held pretty steady," Barrie said."And we conducted the survey in June, sort of in the height of some of the uncertainty and concerns around the pandemic. And still, 75 per cent of Calgarians said their quality of life was good or excellent, and that's actually up from 69 per cent last year."Seventy-nine per cent of Calgarians also believe the city is a great place to raise kids in 2020, compared with 68 per cent in 2019, and Calgarians reported an increase in happiness with their social networks, sense of belonging and ability to cope with daily stress."We learned that, you know, even though we've been socially distant for the last seven months, we're doing all right," Barrie said. "So, some good news navigating the past few months."The exception, according to the survey, was primarily reflected in Calgarians under 25, who are more likely to be lonely and suffer from poorer mental health."You are definitely carrying more of the burden of the stress of the future of the city, I would say," Barrie said.The full report can be found online.Its results are based on the survey responses of 1,000 Calgarians. A probability sample of 1,000 results in a margin of error of +/- 3.10 per cent, 19 times out of 20.With files from the Calgary Eyeopener.For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.
Rideau Hall has spent more than $110,000 in public money so far on legal representation in response to allegations of a toxic workplace and verbal harassment at the Governor General's office, Radio-Canada has learned.That sum is larger than the original value of the contract the federal government entered into to hire a third party to conduct an external review of the workplace culture at Rideau Hall. On Sept. 2, the Privy Council Office (PCO) said Quintet Consulting was hired on an $88,325 contract. The PCO triggered the probe in response to a CBC News report in July citing a dozen public servants and former employees claiming confidentially that Gov. Gen. Julie Payette belittled, berated and publicly humiliated Rideau Hall staff. Her second-in-command, Assunta Di Lorenzo, is also accused of bullying staff. Many staff members have gone on leave or have left the office altogether, according to former employees.In July, Payette said she welcomed the review and takes "harassment and workplace issues very seriously."Rideau Hall hired former NDP national director Karl Bélanger and his firm, Traxxion Strategies, in August to provide strategic communications counsel and media relations support to Payette. The public relations and communications firm has been paid under $5,000 for its services so far, according to Payette's press secretary."It is an honour and a privilege to serve our country," Bélanger said in a statement.Last week, Radio-Canada revealed that the Governor General has also retained the services of former Supreme Court of Canada justice Michel Bastarache as "constitutional adviser." Bastarache's mandate is to ensure the review does not violate the constitutional protections enjoyed by Payette and to prevent her from becoming personally involved in the process. Bastarache has received $36,208 for his services, Rideau Hall said.Law firm Blakes is also assisting the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG) in the review process and has been paid $74,500 to date.Ashlee Smith, Payette's press secretary, said OSGG doesn't have its own lawyers and the contracts "are a normal part of such an exercise.""This decision was made due to the fact that the OSGG does not have in-house legal counsel, and as with any process, there were some legal and constitutional questions that required addressing, in order to ensure that there would be no conflict of interest for the PCO Legal Services sector," Smith said in a statement. Smith said the contracts were awarded in accordance with the rules and with the consent of the Department of Justice. The government proactively released the figures at Radio-Canada's request. After CBC's story aired, Rideau Hall issued a public statement on Wednesday night stating that governors general "receive constitutional advice from a suite of experts to ensure the impartiality of the institution and to allow for governors general to remain apolitical. This advice is given in a completely independent manner and on as an-needed basis."Smith said the "rights of OSGG staff regarding privacy and confidentiality, which were not covered in the initial terms of reference, are being protected through this counsel."In September, Quintet invited current employees to share their workplace experiences confidentially and gave them until Oct. 5 to let the company know if they wanted to participate. Some former employees got in touch with the company proactively to put their names on the list. Some of the interviews, which will be a maximum of one hour, start in the coming weeks.
The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Brendan Gallagher to a six-year contract extension with an average annual value of US$6.5 million. The 28-year-old Gallagher had 43 points in 59 games with the Canadiens in 2019-20. It marked the third straight season Gallagher has led the Canadiens in goals.
Australia said on Wednesday it was deeply concerned that Australian writer Yang Hengjun is facing trial in China charged with espionage, adding his treatment fell short of "basic standards of justice". Australia's foreign minister Marise Payne said: "We regret that after a lengthy investigation period Chinese authorities have stated that he has been charged with espionage." "We have seen no evidence to support this charge," she said in a statement, adding Australia "is disappointed and deeply concerned" that China had decided to prosecute him.
Semiconductor equipment maker ASML Holding NV <ASML.AS> sounded a note of caution over sales of its newest tools worth $200 million apiece on Wednesday, as it delivered better-than-expected earnings and forecast double-digit growth next year. ASML is depending on the likes of chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd <2330.TW>, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> and Intel Corp <INTC.O> to sell its most advanced "EUV" or extreme ultraviolet, machines, which use energy beams to map out circuitry of computer chips. Intel said in July it was six months behind on plans to make its next generation of chips.
Malaysia's royal palace postponed from Wednesday all meetings for two weeks because of new coronavirus curbs, a palace official said, likely putting off a decision on a bid by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to form a new government. Anwar had on Tuesday met King Al-Sultan Abdullah to try to prove he had a "convincing" parliamentary majority to form a government, sparking a fresh bout of political wrangling just months after Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin took office. The king was scheduled to meet leaders of main political parties to verify Anwar's claim but a two-week partial lockdown took effect from Wednesday in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and neighbouring state of Selangor.
The death of a man in west Edmonton Saturday evening has been confirmed as a homicide. An autopsy has concluded that Jessie Ducharme, 32, died from stab wounds, Edmonton Police Service said in a news release Tuesday. Detectives are looking to speak with anyone who saw a blue Lincoln car in the vicinity of 180th Street and 74th Avenue around 6 p.m. on Saturday. On Saturday, officers were called to a complex near 180th Street and 74th Avenue at about 6:40 p.m. and found a man in medical distress, lying on the ground outside the complex, according to a news release from police. The man was treated by paramedics and police but died at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact EPS.
Five more hand sanitizers were added to Health Canada's evolving recall list on Tuesday, which now includes more than 100 products that may pose health risks.The newest recalled hand sanitizers are: * Last Best Brewing and Distilling Hand Sanitizer from Last Best Brewery (Calgary) * Nomad Hand Sanitizer (Lemongrass) from Rocky Mountain Soap Company (Canmore, Alta.) * Purify Hand Sanitizer and Antibacterial Spray from Prairie Potions (Winnipeg) * Gel d'alcool pour les mains avec émollients, 70% alcool éthylique en format de 250 mL from Sanix (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.) * Gel d'alcool pour les mains avec émollients, 70% alcool éthylique en format de 4 L from Sanix (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.)The products were recalled either for containing technical-grade ethanol without authorization, containing methanol or missing risk statements. Health Canada said if you own any of the recalled products on the list, you should immediately stop using them and consult a health care professional if you have used them and have any concerns. Any adverse events or complaints can be reported to Health Canada.The COVID-19 pandemic created high demand for hand sanitizers. Health Canada said in June that it permitted the temporary use of technical grade ethanol — if manufacturers chose an authorized supplier and obtained Health Canada's permission first.Technical grade ethanol contains more impurities than pharmaceutical or food grade ethanol, so it requires a warning that the products are only for adults, not for those pregnant or breastfeeding and shouldn't be inhaled or used on damaged skin. Some of the products also used unauthorized denaturants, like methanol, which are added to ethanol to make it taste bad and discourage someone from intentionally or unintentionally ingesting hand sanitizer. Reactions to frequent use of a hand sanitizer containing methanol could cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory system irritation and headaches.When washing hands with soap and water isn't an option, Health Canada suggests checking its list of hand sanitizers that have been authorized for sale in Canada.
Cody Rhodes s tood bloodied atop a 20-foot high steel cage, steadied his nerves and attempted a foolhardy moonsault -- in laymen terms, a backflip splash -- onto his waiting opponent. The move, in a way, symbolized Rhodes’ gamble to help create a professional wrestling company that, with some risk and a few twists, has stuck the landing and delivered on its promise to revitalize the industry. Break out the bubbly and add a splash of OJ, because All Elite Wrestling is set to celebrate its one-year anniversary with Wednesday night’s show from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The 35-year-old Rhodes, son of wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes, has been along for the ride from the genesis of the company to its spot as the must-watch show in wrestling. AEW has not only emerged as a rival to the decades-long dominance of sports-entertainment power WWE, it gets a three-count on the ratings chart against the WWE’s counterprogramming show “NXT” most Wednesday nights. Rhodes, fellow stars Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks (brothers Nick and Matt Jackson) star both in the ring and behind the scenes in executive roles. Tony Khan, the son of Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, is the founder, president and CEO of AEW and helped steer the promotion toward a renewal by WarnerMedia of its “Dynamite” program through 2023 only months into existence. Rhodes said it didn’t take long for AEW in both match quality and storytelling to prove a worthy alternative to WWE. “We reached that goal within one ‘Dynamite,‘” Rhodes said. “I think the secret formula there is really just authenticity. The products are vastly different. I think we knew right out of the gate that the alternative wrestling brand that we had talked about and promoted, but was really sight unseen to that point, really ended being correct. We were vindicated that there was this audience that wanted something different from their wrestling and that has been the audience since day one.” The company also has the show “AEW Dark,” with new episodes starting Tuesdays on AEW’s YouTube channel, and TNT has committed to another hour of programming that will not be connected to “Dynamite.” The two hours of national cable exposure still pale to the seven hours each week produced by WWE, leaving time tight to fit in a loaded roster where fighting for air time means more than fighting for a championship bout. “It’s hard to get on ‘Dynamite.” It’s tricky to balance but it does help you prioritize,” Rhodes said. “People think wrestling is so much a suspension of disbelief. But the truth is, wrestling is far more real than people think and the competition to get on ‘Dynamite’ is as fierce as any match competition you’ll ever find.” The “NXT” vs. “Dynamite” showdown hasn’t quite reached the hostility of the Monday Night Wars of the late 1990s -- think of it more like a Wednesday Night Tussle -- but AEW has kept its ratings steady, even as the industry wrestles with the best way to put on shows during a pandemic where fans at live events are scarce. AEW opened the year averaging at least 900,000 viewers before the pandemic took a bite out of viewership numbers. When “NXT” was temporarily bumped from Wednesday in the late summer for other programming, AEW hit 1.016 million viewers for the Sept. 9 episode. AEW, which also wins the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, drew at least 835,000 viewers each of the next three weeks. “When you hit that million mark, and even on the nights where the average might be in the eights or nines, there are segments that go over a million and it certainly begets the question: What would this be like unopposed?” Rhodes said. “But opposed, it’s doing just so damn fine. I think we have a good indicator. We’ve seen what it looks like. But competition is not something we’re shying away from by any means. Wednesday night is our home.” AEW — which packed the anniversary edition with four championships defended on the two-hour show — has attracted young fans by making names out of blossoming talent such as MJF, Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin. And there’s no doubt the former WWE talent — Rhodes, Chris Jericho, AEW world champion Jon Moxley, Miro, Brodie Lee, Jake Hager, Shawn Spears, Taz, the list reads like a WWE 2K15 game — has aided in the familiarity factor for lapsed fans. Mike Tyson has stopped by and teased a future match with Jericho. “I definitely would not close the book on Iron Mike,” Rhodes said. Adding to the authenticity, AEW keeps track of wrestler’s records for its championship ranking system — most winning percentages this year better than the Khan family’s Jacksonville Jaguars. AEW has been fortunate to run shows each week at the amphitheatre connected to the Jaguars’ stadium and roughly 600 fans were in attendance for last week’s episode. Rhodes said AEW will remain in Florida, though the website lists the next travel date as Dec. 2 in New Orleans. “Tony and all of us have agreed that we’ve got to do it slowly and we’ve got to do it securely,” he said. “It is only 15% (of capacity) but it feels so good to have that 15% back. We know on the other side of that glass is millions at home across the world. But it’ll be slow and it’ll be secure.” AEW just hopes it can pack an arena for the second anniversary show — and many years beyond. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dan Gelston, The Associated Press
Apple's iPhone 12 launch drew mixed reactions in mainland China on Wednesday, with fans cheering a 5G model for their favourite brand while others planned to wait for upcoming devices from local rivals like Huawei Technologies. The much-anticipated Apple launch comes in the wake of Chinese Android-platform brands such as Huawei and Xiaomi Corp having already rolled out higher-end 5G devices compatible with China's upgraded telecoms networks, with the U.S. giant seen by some analysts to be late to the party. In its second-largest market by revenue, Apple's announcement was feverishly discussed on social media.
Thousands of Thai protesters set up camp outside Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's office late on Wednesday, in an escalation of three months of demonstrations aimed at forcing the former junta leader to step down. Police and the government urged the protesters to disperse. "This is not a peaceful protest," police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen told a news conference held after 11 p.m. "Protesters have continuously violated the law."
VANCOUVER — John Horgan was held to account for his decision to call a snap election during the pandemic in Tuesday's leaders' debate that saw the New Democrat leader try to frame the narrative surrounding COVID-19 around past Liberal policies affecting health care in British Columbia. The televised debate at the University of B.C. featured the Green, Liberal and NDP party leaders keeping their distance because of the pandemic. They also dispensed with the usual handshakes in a largely civil debate, with some of the most pointed disagreements emerging on the best approach for economic recovery, energy policy and housing development. The economy after the pandemic featured heavily in Liberal Leader Wilkinson's attacks on Horgan as he accused the New Democrats of bringing in a $1.5 billion recovery plan that's too late for many. Wilkinson said other provinces had their plans in place in June and July, while Horgan "stalled" to bring in a plan for B.C. just before he called the election, a decision that has hit the tourism sector hard. "You chose to leave them out in the breeze," he said. "That's not leadership, John, that's self-interest." Horgan tried to tie COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes during the pandemic to previous Liberal governments, arguing tax cuts almost 20 years ago led to 10,000 job losses in health care which caused understaffing in the facilities and "tragic" consequences for senior citizens today. "The B.C. Liberals put a big hole in the budget by giving tax breaks to the wealthiest, firing 10,000 people," he said in a question to Wilkinson, asking him if that was the right decision. "It was the wrong thing to do. It focused on people who didn't need help and punished those who did," Horgan said. "It certainly didn't help seniors when the pandemic hit." The tone for much of the debate was civil, with few interruptions or raised voices. But when the leaders were permitted to debate freely, there were some testy exchanges between Horgan and Wilkinson on housing and the environment. "You've got to get out of your neighbourhood and talk to people," said Horgan after Wilkinson said the NDP housing strategy has seen rents increase across Metro Vancouver. "Housing is still a major problem," said Wilkinson. "I know the truth hurts John." Wilkinson said the NDP's CleanBC plan has done little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "CleanBC is a bit of a sham," he said. "Your CleanBC plan is a giant hot air balloon." Horgan's decision to launch an election was also called into question, but he said after he "grappled" with the decision to go to the polls a year before the next fixed-date election was scheduled he determined it was the right time. "Our worlds have been turned upside down," he said. "And I think the best course of action is to put the politics and the election behind us." Green Leader Sonia Furstenau separated herself from the other two parties on energy policy, criticizing them for subsidizing major projects like pipelines and delaying a switch to an economy based on clean energy. Asked if pipelines like the Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink are still necessary to support jobs, she said the province is running out of time to fight climate change. "We have to invest now into the future that we want," she said. "If we are propping up a dying fossil fuel industry with taxpayer money, what we're going to get is more emergencies down the road." She said spending money to create a clean economy would also create jobs across the province. Furstenau also put Wilkinson under pressure for his promise to eliminate the PST for a year, a promise that would cause provincial revenue to dip by $6.9 billion. The Liberal promise would have consequences with cuts to services including for mental health and housing, she added. But Wilkinson said the tax cut would "turbocharge" the economy by encouraging people to shop in the province. The leaders were also asked to address the issue of racism by relating how they personally reckon their own privilege and unconscious bias as white leaders. "This is a very important question for all of us to look into ourselves to answer," said Wilkinson, adding his time spent as a doctor in B.C. Indigenous communities helped show him all people are equals. Horgan said growing up with Indigenous and multiracial friends he saw peoples struggles with issues of poverty and race. "Regardless of who you are, people need to be included," he said. Furstenau said she cannot comprehend that some mothers tell their children to be wary of the police. "We aren't all equal. I wish it were true, but we're not," she said. At a post-debate news conference, Horgan said "I think it was a good night for British Columbians," and Wilkinson said he will let the people of B.C. decide who won the debate. _ By Dirk Meissner in Victoria. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2020. The Canadian Press
The Black Lives Matter movement isn't named in any of the 120 statewide ballot measures up for a vote on Nov. 3. In California, voters will decide whether to allow affirmative action in public hiring, contracting and college admissions — 24 years after Californians approved an initiative outlawing programs that give preference based on race and gender. Elsewhere, the topics include a replacement for Mississippi's Confederate-themed state flag, a proposed change in Rhode Island's official name to remove the word “plantations,” and efforts in Nebraska and Utah to strip language from the state constitutions providing an exemption to the ban on slavery.
China has opened a new front in its pressure campaign against Taiwan with a series of spying allegations and confessions aired on state television, denounced on the democratic island as entrapment and another reason for people to fear visiting China. China views Taiwan as its sovereign territory and has stepped up a campaign to assert its claim, including sending fighter jets near the island. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says the island will not provoke but will defend itself.
If you own a parrot, you are constantly cleaning and this little whisk broom is perfect for quick clean-ups. Einstein was watching his owner use it and immediately wanted to "help" me clean. He had the best time tussling with it and to the owners, surprise did not growl! Einstein the Talking Texan Parrot is a silly, smart, and popular parrot who loves to talk and entertain! He knows the names of several animals and likes to make their sounds. In addition to his silly vocalizations, he likes to have conversations with his owners, talking, doing animal sound imitations, and acting silly. He also enjoys singing and dancing in some of his video compilations. With his amazing talking abilities and funny antics, Einstein the talking parrot’s videos will keep you entertained for hours! Einstein parrot is also famous for some of his silly quotes and sayings. Online, Einstein, the talking parrot is popular across many social media platforms. Einstein’s favorite places to talk at home is perched on the shower wall, in the kitchen on his drawer, and on his screened-in back porch. As stated on his website, Einstein’s mission statement: “To entertain and bring joy, to foster the human-parrot bond, and to convey that parrots are deserving of immeasurable amounts of patience, nurturing, and companionship.” Einstein’s website, einsteinparrot.com is designed to inform you about the care of parrots and also entertain you. As previously mentioned, Einstein is popular on many social media sites such as YouTube @einsteinparrot, Instagram @einsteinparrot, Twitter @einsteinparrot, and Facebook @einsteintexanparrot. Living with a parrot is a big commitment. Parrots live a very long time. A parrot such as Einstein can live to be 50 or 60 years old. Many larger parrots like Macaws can live to be 100 years old. They all require a lot of care, proper nutrition, training, time, and patience. Parrots need a lot of attention and lots of toys and activities to keep from being bored. Parrots are also expensive, a large cage is an investment, and plenty of play perches to spend out of cage time. Specialized veterinarian care is also required. Most of all they require your companionship and a forever home. Many people decide after the first few years of parrot ownership that the responsibility is too great and the parrots become neglected and sometimes abandoned. When that happens they are sent to parrot rescue facilities to be adopted by a new family or some spend their lives in sanctuaries. It is often said, “Having a parrot is much like raising a raising a 2 to a 3-year-old child for the rest of your life!”
In Vienna, Illinois, no one talks openly about the violence that drove out Black residents 66 years ago, or about how it became a 'sundown town.’ The town is still grappling with racial tensions today. WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE. (Oct. 14)
Weeks before the election, three Black supporters of President Donald Trump sit down with the Associated Press to discuss their allegiance to the President. They know their opinions may be in the minority within their community. (Oct. 14)