Former European Commission President speaks to Euronews Political Editor Darren McCaffrey about what the election of Joe Biden means for US-EU relations as well as Brexit, plus the EU's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former European Commission President speaks to Euronews Political Editor Darren McCaffrey about what the election of Joe Biden means for US-EU relations as well as Brexit, plus the EU's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON — The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump’s administration and allowing Biden to co-ordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on Jan. 20.Trump, who had refused to concede the election, said in a tweet that he is directing his team to co-operate on the transition but is vowing to keep up the fight.Administrator Emily Murphy made the determination after Trump efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states, citing, “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.” Michigan certified Biden’s victory Monday, and a federal judge in Pennsylvania tossed a Trump campaign lawsuit on Saturday seeking to prevent certification in that state.Yohannes Abraham, the executive director of the Biden transition, said in a statement that the decision “is a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track.”He added: “In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies.”Murphy, a Trump appointee, had faced bipartisan criticism for failing to begin the transition process sooner, preventing Biden’s team from working with career agency officials on plans for his administration, including in critical national security and public health areas.“Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official—including those who work at the White House or GSA—with regard to the substance or timing of my decision,” Murphy wrote in a letter to Biden.Trump tweeted shortly after her letter was made public: “We will keep up the good fight and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”Pressure had been mounting on Murphy as an increasing number of Republicans, national security experts and business leaders said it was time for that process to move forward.Retiring Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, who has repeatedly called for the transition to begin, released a new statement Monday saying that Trump should “put the country first” and help Biden’s administration succeed.“When you are in public life, people remember the last thing you do,” Alexander said.Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio on Monday called for Murphy to release money and staffing needed for the transition. Portman, a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, also said Biden should receive high-level briefings on national security and the coronavirus vaccine distribution plan.Alexander and Portman, who have both aligned themselves with Trump, joined a growing number of Republican officials who in recent days have urged Trump to begin the transition immediately. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., also urged a smooth transition, saying in a statement Monday that “at some point, the 2020 election must end.”Meanwhile, more than 160 business leaders asked Murphy to immediately acknowledge Biden as president-elect and begin the transition to a new administration. “Withholding resources and vital information from an incoming administration puts the public and economic health and security of America at risk,? the business leaders said in an open letter to Murphy.Separately, more than 100 Republican former national security officials — including former Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte — said in a statement that Trump’s refusal to concede and allow for an orderly transition “constitutes a serious threat” to America’s democratic process. The officials signing the letter worked under four Republican presidents, including Trump.The statement called on “Republican leaders — especially those in Congress — to publicly demand that President Trump cease his anti-democratic assault on the integrity of the presidential election.”Trump had publicly refused to accept defeat and launched a series of losing court battles across the country making baseless claims of widespread voter fraud and seeking to overturn the election results.Murphy missed a deadline on Monday set by House Democrats to brief lawmakers about the delay in beginning the transition, which is usually a routine step between the election and the inauguration. A spokeswoman for the GSA said that a deputy administrator would instead hold two separate briefings for House and Senate committees on Nov. 30.In response, the Democratic chairs of four committees and subcommittees said they could reschedule the meeting for Tuesday, but no later.“We cannot wait yet another week to obtain basic information about your refusal to make the ascertainment determination,” the Democrats said in a letter to Murphy. “Every additional day that is wasted is a day that the safety, health, and well-being of the American people is imperiled as the incoming Biden-Harris administration is blocked from fully preparing for the coronavirus pandemic, our nation’s dire economic crisis, and our national security.”Portman said it was “only prudent” for GSA to begin the transition process immediately.“Donald Trump is our president until Jan. 20, 2021, but in the likely event that Joe Biden becomes our next president, it is in the national interest that the transition is seamless and that America is ready on Day One of a new administration for the challenges we face,? Portman wrote in an op-ed calling for the transition to begin.Murphy's ascertainment will free up money for the transition and clear the way for Biden’s team to begin placing transition personnel at federal agencies. Trump administration officials had said they would not give Biden the classified presidential daily briefing on intelligence matters until the GSA makes the ascertainment official.“Now that GSA Administrator Emily Murphy has fulfilled her duty and ascertained the election results, the formal presidential transition can begin in full force,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. “Unfortunately, every day lost to the delayed ascertainment was a missed opportunity for the outgoing administration to help President-elect Joe Biden prepare to meet our country’s greatest challenges. The good news is that the president-elect and his team are the most prepared and best equipped of any incoming administration in recent memory.”Among those signing the letter from business leaders were Jon Gray, president of the Blackstone private equity firm; Robert Bakish, president and CEO of ViacomCBS Inc.; Henry Kravis, the co-chief executive of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., another private equity giant; David Solomon, CEO at Goldman Sachs; and George H. Walker, CEO of the investment firm Neuberger Berman and a second cousin to former President George W. Bush.Matthew Daly, Zeke Miller And Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press
The CP Holiday Train is a tradition that many hold dear in Medicine Hat. This year, the train is going to have a different look compared to previous iterations. Canadian Pacific is holding a virtual concert this year, so people can still take live music in while not crowding outside with hundreds of others. “Unfortunately because of COVID-19, we had to make the choice to hold the train virtual this year,” said CP spokesperson Salem Woodrow. “The spirit will continue with the Holiday Train at Home Concert.” The concert will launch at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 on the Canadian Pacific Facebook page. “Even though it’s not in-person, we’re happy to bring the train to communities this year,” said Woodrow. The concert will be headlined by Canadian rock band, The Trews and singer Serena Ryder. Jojo Mason, Logan Staats and Kelly Prescott will also be performing. As is tradition, people will be encouraged to donate to their local food bank as part of the Holiday Train experience. “We know it’s been a hard year for everyone, but we encourage people to donate as best they can this year, and to be as generous as they’re able to be,” said Woodrow. Canadian Pacific will be making donations to food banks in all municipalities that the train usually stops in. The Holiday Train has been around for 22 years, and has stopped all around North America. In its first 21 years, the train has raised more than $17 million and has collected nearly five million pounds of food for food banks. People can find CP on social media platforms by searching for Canadian Pacific.Mo Cranker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Medicine Hat News
Wheatland County has given the green light for the lands of a former school site to be transferred to the Village of Hussar. Hussar School, owned by Golden Hills School Division (GHSD), closed in June 2016 after operating for 67 years. GHSD contacted Wheatland County in August 2017 to gauge the county’s interest in acquiring the Hussar school building and land. Originally, the county was developing plans to obtain the land the school was situated on. But the county eventually decided it didn’t want the land itself. Instead, the Village of Hussar wanted to acquire the land and submitted an expression of interest for the annexation to begin. In June and July 2020, the county informed the school division they could begin the land transfer to the Village of Hussar. The land was transferred to Hussar on Oct. 8. Now that the transfer has occurred, the land must be annexed officially. During its regular meeting on Nov. 10, Wheatland County council voted unanimously to direct administration to start the annexation process. Annexation is a multistep process outlined by provincial regulation. For an uncontested annexation, where all parties are in agreement, the process is simpler, however. After starting an annexation proposal, information is provided to a board, which reviews it and provides a recommendation for an Order in Council and documents to the Minister of Municipal Affairs. If approved, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta considers the annexation and signs the Order of Council. How the Village of Hussar will use the land is undetermined, said Kate Brandt, chief administrative officer. “As of right now, we don’t have any set decision,” she said, adding the village council will be discussing the topic soon. Hussar conducted a development survey to ascertain resident views on the future direction of the village, the results of which are published on its website. One of the questions asked respondents what the school site should be used for. Many of the 39 respondents said it should be kept as a park or recreational space, but 12 said the space could be used for seniors housing of some kind.Sean Feagan, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Strathmore Times
RCMP are looking to speak to a woman who allegedly assaulted an employee of Skaha Lake Liquor Store in Penticton after he had asked her to wear a mask. Penticton RCMP say they responded to a report of an assault at the Skaha Lake Liquor Store on Nov. 21, 2020 at 1:48 p.m. In a post on social media, Skaha Lake Liquor store alleges (with video) that a woman entered the store without a mask and when asked to put one on, she damaged the employee’s cellular phone and spit at the employee. The woman who was wearing a black and pink coloured jacket is described by RCMP as: “It’s extremely troubling an employee who was only following the provincial health orders, was subject to an assault of this nature,” said Sgt. Jason Bayda, Media Relations Officer for the Penticton South Okanagan RCMP. “Spitting at someone is a concern anytime, let alone in the midst of a pandemic.” RCMP are aware of the security footage of the woman making the rounds on social media, and police say they “would like to first provide her an opportunity to come forward and speak to investigators about the matter.” The post on Skaha Lake Liquor Store’s Facebook page also alleges the woman made “racial comments” towards the employee. Penticton RCMP are asking the woman or anyone else who may have information into this matter to call them at 250-492-4300 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).Dale Boyd, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Times-Chronicle
HURON COUNTY – Gift giving just got easier in Huron County with the release of an online wish book on Nov. 12. Highlighting local businesses, the Wish Book provides plenty of gift ideas from retailers and companies across Huron County. Whether looking for a handcrafted one-of-a-kind item or popular brand name products, everyone can find great gift-giving ideas available right in their backyard. According to a press release from Huron County, Canadians spent an average of $1,593 on holiday gifts last year. Not only does shopping locally keep those dollars in Huron communities, but purchasing gifts from local merchants is also the most convenient choice to avoid crowded malls, unexpected delivery delays from online retailers, and making unnecessary trips out of town. There will be daily gift-giving inspiration posts between now and Dec. 24. A weekly draw for $100 in gift certificates from local merchants on Ontario’s West Coast Facebook and Instagram pages. You can view the Huron County Wish Book at https://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/wishbook and scroll through all of the gift ideas to show support for Huron County businesses and communities this holiday season. The County of Huron developed the Huron County Wish Book in partnership with the Blyth BIA, Central Huron BIA, Community Futures Huron, Goodrich BIA, Huron County Chamber of Commerce Seaforth BIA, Municipality of Bluewater, South Huron Chamber of Commerce, Town of Goderich, Wingham BIA and the Zurich District Chamber of Commerce.Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times
NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia’s government is again warning residents of the besieged capital of the embattled Tigray region as the clock ticks on a 72-hour ultimatum before a military assault, saying “anything can happen.”Senior official Redwan Hussein told reporters Monday that the Tigray regional leaders are “hiding out in a densely populated city; the slightest strike would end up losing lives.”Human rights groups and others were alarmed over the weekend when Ethiopia’s military warned civilians in the Tigray capital, Mekele, that there would be “no mercy” if they don’t “save themselves” before the offensive to flush out defiant regional leaders. Amnesty International warns that deliberately attacking civilians and civilian objects “is prohibited under international humanitarian law and constitutes war crimes.”Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister, issued a 72-hour ultimatum Sunday for the leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or TPLF, to surrender.Redwan said that Mekele, a city of around 500,000 people, is now encircled at a distance of about 50 kilometres (30 miles), and with rougher terrain left behind “what remains is the plain land, easier for tanks.”He added, “by providing a brute fact, it is letting people to understand the reality and make the right choice.” Ethiopia’s government is urging Mekele residents to separate themselves from the TPLF leaders in time.Cara Anna, The Associated Press
The Municipality of McDougall currently has two projects for which it would like to apply for funding under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan COVID-19 Resilience Stream. McDougall chief administrative officer Tim Hunt said that if the municipality is approved, it could see $100,000 to support projects. “The two I’d like to move forward with an application for funding is to complete the renovations at the municipal office (and) for accessibility renovations at the Nobel church,” he said during the Nov. 18 council meeting. The municipality is considering taking ownership of the facility as a recreation centre. Hunt said there would be accessibility issues for the entrance, washrooms and general cleanup of the building. “This funding is not going to cover any major renovations we want to do, but it will certainly put us in the position where we can operate the building in a positive (and) respectful manner to the citizens,” he said. Mayor Dale Robinson stated there was flexibility for the money to be moved around depending on the needs of the two projects. Coun. Joel Constable raised the question if there was any thought to replacing the municipal office down the road. “For the amount of money (contractors) were looking for to replace the windows and do some front repairs, it made me think, ‘is it worth doing?’” he asked. The reply from Hunt was, “I don’t see it happening in the very near future … I think this building will last us another few years, for sure.” However, Robinson noted that during the recent wind storm and power outage, it became evident there were some improvements that could be made to the offices. “We have older, outdated electric furnaces heating this building, which is not ideal and we don’t have a generator system that’s capable of powering it,” he said, adding the importance of striking a balance on renovation needs. Council advised staff to move forward with the grant application for the two projects for the Dec. 21 deadline.Sarah Cooke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, muskokaregion.com
En construisant 24 logements, une halte-garderie, un espace communautaire et un centre d’escalade intérieur à Roberval, la Corporation de développement des premiers peuples souhaite offrir de l’hébergement à prix modique pour les familles autochtones, mais aussi un milieu de vie où la culture et la langue font partie du quotidien. Le projet de 6 millions de dollars est en attente d’une réponse de la Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ). Avec les deux incendies qui ont ravagé des immeubles à loyer modique à Roberval au cours de la dernière année, les appartements bon marché sont rares, souligne Mélanie Boivin, directrice générale du Centre d’amitié autochtone du Lac-Saint-Jean (CAALSJ). Et lorsqu’il y a des logements disponibles, ils sont trop petits pour accueillir de grandes familles, comme c’est souvent le cas chez les familles autochtones, ajoute cette dernière. Elle cite en exemple le cas d’une mère de six enfants, monoparentale, qui vit avec sa mère... dans un trois et demi. Plusieurs autres familles sont dans la même situation, car la population autochtone représentait déjà près de 10 % de la population à Roberval en 2015, soit 965 personnes, selon les données de Statistique Canada. Avec la croissance de la population autochtone en milieu urbain, ce nombre doit être plus grand aujourd’hui, estime Mélanie Boivin, qui remarque que la majorité est d’origine atikamekw. En travaillant constamment avec la clientèle autochtone, le Centre d’amitié a voulu trouver une solution durable au manque d’hébergement. Il y a près de deux ans, l’organisation a donc fait l’achat d’un terrain, au coin de l’avenue Sainte-Angèle et de la rue Scott, un investissement de 140 000 $. Le plan : construire un milieu de vie pour les familles autochtones à Roberval, tout en revitalisant un secteur qui en a bien besoin. Pour développer un projet d’hébergement, le CAALSJ a créé la Corporation de développement des premiers peuples (CDPP), en 2020, en partenariat avec le Conseil de la nation atikamekw et le Centre d’amitié autochtone de Saguenay. Et c’est cette corporation qui a soumis une demande de financement de 6 M $ à la SHQ. Dénommé Mishtik, ce qui veut dire « arbre » en innu et en atikamekw, le projet vise à construire un bâtiment de 24 logements, dont 12 unités de trois chambres, six unités de quatre chambres, trois unités de deux chambres et trois autres de cinq chambres. Au-delà d’offrir des appartements assez grands, le projet vise aussi à offrir du répit aux parents en mettant sur pied une halte-garderie. COURTOISIE Un espace communautaire permettra aussi aux résidants de se rassembler et de s’impliquer dans des activités sociales. « Ça permettra de créer un des rares milieux de vie hors des réserves où il sera possible de parler l’atikamekw ou le nehlueun, remarque Mélanie Boivin. Ce projet sera culturellement sécurisant et on compte y rattacher une entreprise d’économie sociale pour offrir des opportunités de développement des compétences et savoirs aux locataires. » Sabin Côté, maire de Roberval, a été impliqué dans le projet depuis ses débuts et il le voit d’un très bon oeil. « C’est un projet structurant qui permettra de créer un milieu de vie enrichissant », estime le premier magistrat. L’investissement de 6 M $ permettrait de revitaliser le secteur centre-ville, dit-il. Centre de transformation sociale Pour bien soutenir les familles qui occuperont le bâtiment, un centre de transformation sociale sera également mis sur pied, un projet de 150 000 $ financé par la Société canadienne d’hypothèque et de logement (SCHL). Ce service, similaire à ce qui est offert dans un Office municipal d’habitation (OMH), offrira notamment de l’aide à la gestion du budget. « Ce sera un service complémentaire qui permettra de soutenir les familles », explique Mélanie Boivin. L’escalade comme pont entre les nations Le futur bâtiment sera aussi un point de rencontre entre les cultures, car une structure d’escalade intérieure y sera aménagée. « On veut mettre le paquet », souligne Jean-François Gill, un instructeur d’escalade innu qui a participé au développement de ce projet. COURTOISIE Dans un premier temps, des structures sur blocs, où les gens peuvent pratiquer leur technique sans harnais au-dessus d’un gros matelas, seront installées. Un mur d’escalade sera aussi aménagé sur toute la hauteur de l’édifice de trois étages. « Je pense que c’est un projet qui a le potentiel d’unir les peuples par le sport », remarque Jean-François Gill. Ce dernier estime qu’une telle infrastructure permettra de faire bouger les jeunes. « J’ai découvert une passion avec l’escalade, et ça m’a donné le feu de vouloir clencher quelque chose de nouveau, confie-t-il. Malgré mon trouble de l’attention, l’escalade m’a permis de canaliser mon énergie et de trouver la concentration supplémentaire pour atteindre mes buts. » Avec le projet Mishtik, le formateur souhaite pouvoir partager sa passion au plus grand nombre et faire croître l’escalade dans la région. Il a d’ailleurs déjà ciblé des secteurs pour développer des voies d’escalade extérieures à Val-Jalbert et près de Dolbeau-Mistassini. À l’heure actuelle, le projet est dans les mains de la SHQ. Pour accélérer le processus, Mélanie Boivin a communiqué directement avec le bureau de la ministre des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation, Andrée Laforest. « C’est inhumain, ce que certaines familles autochtones doivent vivre en ce moment », conclut-elle, espérant que le projet reçoive le financement le plus tôt possible.Guillaume Roy, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Quotidien
A Black man who was stopped by police while dropping his son off at daycare eight years ago was racially profiled, the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal has found.The tribunal ordered the Montreal suburb of Longueuil, a Longueuil police officer and a former police officer to pay Joel Debellefeuille $10,000 in damages, plus interest.Debellefeuille was stopped by police outside his son's daycare in March 2012, after police followed his car for more than a kilometre.In his decision, Judge Christian Brunelle said the city must adopt a policy on profiling that would include providing training to officers, and collecting and evaluating race-based data on people who are stopped by police. Brunelle also said Quebec's human rights commission must pay the plaintiff's legal fees, ruling that the delays in responding to Debellefeuille's complaint were abnormally long and unacceptable. In addition, Dominic Polidoro, who remains a police officer, was ordered to pay $2,000 in punitive damages.The tribunal's ruling is binding, unlike those of the human rights commission.According to the decision, Polidoro testified that he followed Debellefeuille's vehicle because he thought Debellefeuille was looking at him, had gestured toward him and had said something to him while the two vehicles were stopped at a stop sign.Brunelle found that Polidoro's explanation didn't justify his stop of Debellefeuille."It is highly improbable that a white man (or woman) who, while driving their vehicle observed a police officer while continuing to talk with the other passengers and gesticulating — as many people do incidentally while expressing themselves — would be considered a suspect for that sole reason," Brunelle wrote.Brunelle found that Polidoro's actions could only be "rationally explained by the prejudices he maintained, whether consciously or not, toward a Black man driving a luxury car."Debellefeuille, who was driving a BMW at the time, told the tribunal that he had been stopped "numerous times" by police.The other officer who stopped Debellefeuille, Jean-Claude Bleu Voua, was not ordered to pay additional punitive damages because he is no longer a police officer and could not be found by the tribunal.He is believed to have left the country.'This is how we make progress'Collecting race-based data is an important step, said Fo Niemi, the executive director of the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations, which supported Debellefeuille's complaint.Niemi said that data will make it harder for the police department to deny that racial profiling exists.He said his organization is looking to the courts, because municipal and provincial politicians aren't taking action to stop racial profiling."What we are seeing now is that these battles will have to be fought in the courts and when the court sides with us and imposes these decisions," Niemi said. "This is how we make progress."Neither the Longueuil municipal government — which sought to have the case dismissed — nor its police service responded to a request for comment on Saturday.Quebec's human rights commission praised the decision in a statement.The commission is also calling for another Montreal suburb and three of its police officers to pay $35,000 in damages to a Black man who says he was racially profiled.Francois Ducas was also driving a BMW when he was stopped by Repentigny police.Ducas, who objected to the stop and refused to identify himself, was handcuffed and searched.Police issued Ducas, a secondary school teacher, two tickets: one for obstruction, the other for injuring a police officer.The commission believes he was stopped because of his race.Repentigny is challenging the commission's decision. That challenge will be heard before the Human Rights Tribunal.Marlène Girard, the director of communications for Repentigny, said she couldn't comment on the case but that the municipality has "increased the number of initiatives seeking to bring the police service closer to the diversity of its population" over the past few years."Today we acknowledge that we still have work to do," Girard wrote in an email. "We are being proactive, we are not waiting for the outcome of current cases of alleged racial profiling or future allegations in order to take action."Last week, the Repentigny police service announced it had hired a consulting firm to develop a plan to be more inclusive.However, Niemi said he believes the Repentigny police are still denying the seriousness of the problem.
LONDON — Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.In a statement released Monday, the company said its finances will be bolstered over over the coming months largely from a new debt facility as well as an extension of an existing credit facility.Cineworld closed around 660 cinemas in the U.S. and Britain last month due to a lack of blockbusters as producers postpone releases because of the pandemic, including the latest James Bond film, “No Time to Die.”“We look forward to resuming our operations and welcoming movie fans around the world back to the big screen for an exciting and full slate of films in 2021,” said Mooky Greidinger, Cineworld’s chief executive.The group's base case scenario assumes a reopening of cinemas no later than May. In the event of a further delay, it said it expects to retain sufficient liquidity for a number of months longer, but said that may require support from lenders.Despite that caveat, news of the new financing arrangements sent shares shares in the company soaring 17% in London.The hope is that the new money will help the company ride out the pandemic until vaccines are available. Over recent weeks, a number of vaccine candidates have shown promising results.“With vaccine development progressing, this should give investors significantly greater confidence in Cineworld emerging from the crisis, allowing the company to capture demand as it returns with a robust slate of postponed films," analysts at Investec.The Associated Press
A former chief of Siksika Nation and Blackfoot leader, Isapo-muxika, is one of several historical figures under consideration to be featured on the Bank of Canada’s new $5 bill. Eight shortlisted candidates are being considered for the new note selected from a list of 600 eligible nominees from a six-week public consultation process that ended March 11, 2020. Over 45,000 Canadians participated in the process. Isapo-muxika or Sahpo Muxika, known more commonly as Crowfoot, was born circa 1830 near Belly River, Alta. and died April 25, 1890 near Blackfoot Crossing. Crowfoot was a leader of the Blackfoot Confederacy and known for his judicious use of diplomacy, and for being an advocate for peace between Indigenous nations and with settlers. He was instrumental in the Treaty 7 negotiations, and in preventing the Blackfoot Confederacy from participating in the North-West Resistance of 1885. Later in life, he also fostered peace with neighbouring Indigenous peoples. Others shortlisted for the $5 bill include Pitseolak Ashoona, Robertine Barry (“Françoise”), Binaaswi (Francis Pegahmagabow), Won Alexander Cumyow, Terry Fox, Lotta Hitschmanova, and Onondeyoh (Frederick Ogilvie Loft). The list will be submitted for consideration to the Minister of Finance. Each candidate will be judged on enacting positive change, being a national icon, universality (impacting Canada, reflecting values), uniqueness, and relevancy. The selected candidate will be announced in early 2021.Sean Feagan, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Strathmore Times
Provincial police escorted the body of one of their fellow officers home from Toronto to Manitoulin Island today.The provincial police union said two OPP cruisers accompanied the hearse carrying Constable Marc Hovingh, an officer killed in the line of duty last week.The procession left a Toronto funeral home at noon and drove more than five hours to Little Current on Ontario's Manitoulin Island.Watch the procession streamed by OPP on TwitterAccording to the Special Investigations Unit, Hovingh and Gary Brohman were both killed Thursday after exchanging gunfire.Hovingh, 52, was one of the officers who responded to a call regarding an "unwanted man" on a property in Gore Bay, Ont.Ontario's police watchdog says both Hovingh and Brohman died in hospital. Autopsies for both were done in Toronto.Brohman, 60, was identified by Ontario's police watchdog, as a resident of Gore Bay.More stories from CBC Sudbury
Pour exporter davantage de marchandises vers l’Europe, des acteurs économiques du Manicouagan proposent de construire un chemin de fer de 370 km entre Dolbeau-Mistassini et Baie-Comeau. Ce corridor nordique, évalué à 2 G$, ne fait toutefois pas l’unanimité, car plusieurs acteurs du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean voient le projet comme une manière de contourner la région. Le Quotidien vous aide à y voir plus clair. \+ TIRER SON ÉPINGLE DU JEU AVEC UN CORRIDOR NORDIQUE Le projet de Qc Rail a pris naissance dans la MRC de Manicouagan lorsque les acteurs économiques ont analysé les programmes de financement disponibles. « En analysant la situation locale et nationale, on cherchait des projets pour qu’on puisse tirer notre épingle du jeu », explique Marcel Furlong, préfet de la MRC de Manicouagan. C’est le Fonds national des corridors commerciaux, doté d’une enveloppe de 2,3 milliards de dollars provenant d’Ottawa, qui a fait germer l’idée de Qc Rail, une société en commandite créée par Innovation et Développement Manicouagan et la Société du Plan Nord, ajoute l’homme qui en est devenu le président du conseil d’administration. « Les exportations vers l’Europe ont crû de 28% depuis 2015 selon les données du gouvernement fédéral », remarque Marcel Furlong, soulignant la hausse depuis la signature d’un traité de libre-échange. Selon ce dernier, l’augmentation du volume de transport est la prémisse pour développer un projet comme Qc Rail, qui propose un corridor nordique comme alternative au réseau en milieu urbain. Ce corridor prendrait la forme d’un chemin de fer de 370 kilomètres entre Dolbeau-Mistassini et Baie-Comeau, en pleine forêt boréale. « On ne travaille pas en concurrence avec les autres ports du Québec et on travaille de manière la plus transparente possible », ajoute-t-il. Pour l’instant, le projet n’en est qu’à l’étude de faisabilité technico-économique. « On doit d’abord déterminer si c’est possible de construire une infrastructure entre Dolbeau-Mistassini et Baie-Comeau, puis de savoir si ça peut être rentable », souligne Marcel Furlong. Pour réaliser cette étude, Qc Rail déboursera 15 millions de dollars, financé à parts égales par les gouvernements provincial et fédéral. La firme Systra a récemment reçu le mandat de supervision du projet, mais le contrat de réalisation de l’étude sera octroyé au cours des prochains mois. À l’heure actuelle, le projet est évalué à près de deux milliards de dollars, mais c’est l’étude de faisabilité qui viendra confirmer un montant plus exact. « On doit d’abord déterminer si c’est possible de construire une infrastructure entre Dolbeau-Mistassini et Baie-Comeau, puis de savoir si ça peut être rentable. » — Marcel Furlong, préfet de la MRC de Manicouagan En lançant ce projet, les promoteurs savaient qu’ils allaient « soulever de la poussière », selon les dires de Marcel Furlong. « C’est pourquoi on veut travailler avec les acteurs locaux et les communautés autochtones pour trouver les conditions gagnantes », dit-il, en ajoutant qu’il a rencontré les élus de Saguenay, ainsi que les préfets des MRC de la région. Qc Rail vise notamment l’exportation de grains et autres produits alimentaires en utilisant le corridor nordique optimisé entre Winnipeg et Baie-Comeau. Selon un reportage publié dans Le Soleil le 3 novembre, le CN et le CP, les deux principales compagnies de chemin de fer au pays, ont transporté un record de 6,3 millions de tonnes de grains en octobre, une croissance de 13,5% et de 14,2% respectivement sur une année, souligne Marcel Furlong. L’étude de faisabilité se basera uniquement sur les industries existantes, évitant les marchés miniers potentiels dans le nord du Québec, ainsi que le transport de charbon et d’hydrocarbure, ajoute Marcel Furlong. « Ça ne sera pas nous autres qui allons construire ou exploiter le chemin de fer », remarque toutefois Marcel Furlong. Si les conclusions sont positives, l’étude servira d’argument pour convaincre des investisseurs potentiels, comme le CN, qui décidera quels produits seront transportés pour avoir des opérations rentables. À cette étape préliminaire, aucun joueur de l’industrie n’a annoncé son intérêt. Les résultats de l’étude de faisabilité sont attendus en 2023. « Aujourd’hui, personne n’accepterait de construire un chemin de fer dans des zones urbanisées ou sur le territoire agricole, parce que ça dérange la vie des gens. Un corridor nordique peut être une solution idéale pour tous et on doit au moins se donner la chance d’évaluer cette option », conclut Marcel Furlong, qui rêve même à l’idée d’utiliser les locomotives électriques sur ce futur réseau nordique. Le taux d’occupation du Port de Saguenay n’est que de 20% et pourrait accueillir davantage de marchandise. COURTOISIE \+ UN PROJET POUR CONTOURNER LA RÉGION? La Ville et Port de Saguenay estiment que le projet de Qc Rail est tout simplement une manière de contourner la région en faisant transiter les ressources par la Côte-Nord, car les installations portuaires de la région ne sont occupées qu’à 20%. « On est déjà équipé pour desservir ce marché et il y a déjà des voies ferrées qui se rendent jusqu’au port de Saguenay, alors je ne vois pas à quel besoin le projet de Qc Rail vient répondre », lance d’emblée Carl Laberge, le président-directeur général de Port de Saguenay. Pour l’instant, le taux d’occupation au port de Saguenay est de 15 à 20% et Carl Laberge estime qu’il faudrait d’abord optimiser les installations existantes avant de développer de nouveaux réseaux. S’il existe un besoin pour exporter du grain, ou d’autres produits, le port de Saguenay est en mesure de le faire, dit-il. Même si le réseau ferroviaire du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean doit être amélioré, il est tout de même sous-exploité à l’heure actuelle, ajoute le PDG. « Le danger de ce projet, c’est qu’il va contourner la région et faire transiter les ressources par la Côte-Nord, un projet qui pourrait difficilement trouver d’acceptabilité dans la région », renchérit Josée Néron, la mairesse de Saguenay. Saguenay souhaite plutôt optimiser le réseau régional. Le Fonds d’appui au rayonnement des régions (FARR) a d’ailleurs autorisé un financement de 696 000 $ pour la réalisation d’une étude d’optimisation du réseau régional, ainsi qu’un autre montant de 50 000 $ pour développer le tracé optimal, avec les zones de transbordement stratégique, notamment. « Nous allons présenter prochainement au gouvernement une alternative crédible à QC rail », a ajouté Josée Néron. Développer le réseau ferroviaire régional « On va proposer plusieurs scénarios d’aménagement ferroviaire aux élus au cours des prochains mois afin de déterminer les meilleures solutions pour la région », explique Claude Asselin, le coordonnateur de CMAX Transport, qui pilote sur le projet d’optimisation du réseau ferroviaire. Par exemple, l’organisation présentera des scénarios qui permettront d’augmenter le volume et la fluidité de transport provenant des mines du nord. « On doit améliorer le service aux clients industriels », ajoute Claude Asselin, qui cite en exemple le piètre état du réseau entre Chapais et La Doré. « Améliorer le réseau ferroviaire implique de gros budgets et on doit travailler avec les propriétaires, les infrastructures et les dessertes qui sont en place », dit-il, ajoutant quelques améliorations pourraient amener de bons résultats. Les résultats de l’étude de CMAX Transport seront connus au début de 2021, après la consultation des élus. « On va proposer plusieurs scénarios d’aménagement ferroviaire aux élus au cours des prochains mois afin de déterminer les meilleures solutions pour la région. » — Claude Asselin, CMAX Transport Un projet de 60 M$ au Port de Saguenay Carl Laberge préfère ne pas commenter le financement de 7,5 M$ pour l’étude de Qc Rail, mais ce dernier mentionne que le Port de Saguenay a aussi déposé une demande de 20 M$, en vain, au Fond national des corridors commerciaux, dans le cadre d’un projet de 60 M$, pour financer l’installation de convoyeurs entre les bateaux et les trains afin d’optimiser le transport de marchandises en vrac. « Ça améliorerait la fluidité en éliminant le transport par camion et ça serait beaucoup plus sécuritaire », explique Carl Laberge qui qualifie ce projet de structurant, car il est essentiel à la croissance du port. Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, le fonds a financé 86 projets pour un total de 1,8 milliard de dollars. Aucune prise de position dans le Haut-du-Lac Alors que le projet de Qc Rail suscite plusieurs inquiétudes dans la région, les élus du Haut-du-Lac et la communauté de Mashteuiatsh préfèrent ne pas prendre position pour l’instant, jouant plutôt un rôle d’observateur. « On nous a approchés pour siéger sur le conseil d’administration, mais pour l’instant, on a choisi d’être seulement un observateur, parce que c’est un projet qui pourrait passer chez nous et qui aura un impact sur l’aménagement de notre territoire », soutient Luc Simard, le préfet de la MRC de Maria-Chapdelaine. Malgré l’opposition régionale, ni Luc Simard ni Pascal Cloutier, le maire de Dolbeau-Mistassini, ne veulent prendre position pour ou contre le projet pour l’instant. « On doit se tenir au courant, mais le projet n’est pas encore assez mature pour savoir ce qui va être transporté et s’il y aura des opportunités ou des retombées pour nous », soutient Pascal Cloutier, qui mise davantage sur l’amélioration du réseau régional. Mashteuiatsh préfère aussi attendre d’avoir plus d’information avant de prendre position sur le projet, a soutenu Karen Robertson, la responsable des communications de Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan. NoneGuillaume Roy, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Quotidien
LONDON — Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects of a relatively cheap, easy-to-store product that may become the vaccine of choice for the developing world.The results are based on an interim analysis of trials in the U.K. and Brazil of a vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca. No hospitalizations or severe cases of COVID-19 were reported in those receiving the vaccine.AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage data for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world waits for scientific breakthroughs that will end a pandemic that has pummeled the world economy and led to 1.4 million deaths. But unlike the others, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t have to be stored at ultra-cold temperatures, making it easier to distribute, especially in developing countries.“I think these are really exciting results,” Dr. Andrew Pollard, chief investigator for the trial, said at a news conference. “Because the vaccine can be stored at fridge temperatures, it can be distributed around the world using the normal immunization distribution system. And so our goal … to make sure that we have a vaccine that was accessible everywhere, I think we’ve actually managed to do that.”The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in one of the dosing regimens tested; it was less effective in another. Earlier this month, rival drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna reported preliminary results from late-stage trials showing their vaccines were almost 95% effective.While the AstraZeneca vaccine can be stored at 2 degrees to 8 degrees Celsius (36 degrees to 46 degrees Fahrenheit), the Pfizer and Moderna products must be stored at temperatures approaching minus-70 degrees Celsius (minus-94 Fahrenheit).The AstraZeneca vaccine is also cheaper.AstraZeneca, which has pledged it won’t make a profit on the vaccine during the pandemic, has reached agreements with governments and international health organizations that put its cost at about $2.50 a dose. Pfizer’s vaccine costs about $20, while Moderna’s is $15 to $25, based on agreements the companies have struck to supply their vaccines to the U.S. government.All three vaccines must be approved by regulators before they can be widely distributed.AstraZeneca applied for approval of its vaccine candidate in Canada on Oct. 1, under a special process that is allowing Health Canada to review COVID-19 vaccines for use at the same time as the vaccines are finishing their final clinical trials. Pfizer and Moderna have also applied for the rolling-review process.Canada signed a deal with AstraZeneca at the end of September to secure 20 million doses of the highly touted vaccine. The federal government has not said when those doses would be available to Canadians, but they can't be distributed here until Health Canada gives the vaccine the green light for use.Oxford researchers and AstraZeneca stressed they weren’t competing with other projects and said multiple vaccines would be needed to reach enough of the world’s population to end the pandemic.“We need to be able to make a lot of vaccine for the world quickly, and it’s best if we can do it with different technologies so that if one technology runs into a roadblock, then we’ve got alternatives, we've got diversity,'' professor Sarah Gilbert, a leader of the Oxford team, told The Associated Press. “Diversity is going to be good here, but also in terms of manufacturing, we don’t want to run out of raw materials.”AstraZeneca said it will immediately apply for early approval of the vaccine where possible, and it will seek an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization, so it can make the vaccine available in low-income countries.The AstraZeneca trial looked at two different dosing regimens. A half-dose of the vaccine followed by a full dose at least one month later was 90% effective. Another approach, giving patients two full doses one month apart, was 62% effective.That means that, overall, when both ways of dosing are considered, the vaccine showed an efficacy rate of 70%.Gilbert said researchers aren't sure why giving a half-dose followed by a larger dose was more effective, and they plan to investigate further. But the answer is probably related to providing exactly the right amount of vaccine to get the best response, she said.“It's the Goldilocks amount that you want, I think, not too little and not too much. Too much could give you a poor quality response as well ...,'' she said. "I’m glad that we looked at more than one dose because it turns out to be really important.”The vaccine uses a weakened version of a common cold virus that is combined with genetic material for the characteristic spike protein of the virus that causes COVID-19. After vaccination, the spike protein primes the immune system to attack the virus if it later infects the body.Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said the finding that a smaller initial dose is more effective than a larger one is good news because it may reduce costs and mean more people can be vaccinated with a given supply of the vaccine.“The report that an initial half-dose is better than a full dose seems counterintuitive for those of us thinking of vaccines as normal drugs: With drugs, we expect that higher doses have bigger effects, and more side-effects,” he said. “But the immune system does not work like that.”The results reported Monday come from trials in the U.K. and Brazil that involved 23,000 people. Of those, 11,636 people received the vaccine — while the rest got a placebo.Overall, there were 131 cases of COVID-19. Details on how many people in the various groups became ill weren’t released Monday, but researchers said they will be published in the next 24 hours.Late-stage trials of the vaccine are also underway in the U.S., Japan, Russia, South Africa, Kenya and Latin America, with further trials planned for other European and Asian countries.Researchers said they expect to add the half dose-full dose regimen to the U.S. trial in a “matter of weeks.’’ Before doing so they must discuss the changes with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The AstraZeneca trials were paused earlier this year after a participant in the U.K. study reported a rare neurological illness. While the trials were quickly restarted in most countries after investigators determined the condition wasn’t related to the vaccine, the FDA delayed the U.S. study for more than a month before it was allowed to resume.AstraZeneca has been ramping up manufacturing capacity, so it can supply hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine starting in January, Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said earlier this month.Soriot said Monday that the Oxford vaccine’s simpler supply chain and AstraZeneca’s commitment to provide it on a non-profit basis during the pandemic mean it will be affordable and available to people around the world.“This vaccine’s efficacy and safety confirm that it will be highly effective against COVID-19 and will have an immediate impact on this public health emergency,’’ Soriot said.British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he felt “a great sense of relief” at the news from AstraZeneca.Britain has ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine, and the government says several million doses can be produced before the end of the year if it is approved by regulators.Just months ago, “the idea that by November we would have three vaccines, all of which have got high effectiveness … I would have given my eye teeth for,” Hancock said.From the beginning of their collaboration with AstraZeneca, Oxford scientists have demanded that the vaccine be made available equitably to everyone in the world so rich countries can't corner the market as has happened during previous pandemics.Leaders of the world's most powerful nations on Sunday agreed to work together to ensure “affordable and equitable access" to COVID-19 drugs, tests and vaccines.“If we don’t have the vaccine available in many, many countries, and we just protect a small number of them, then we can’t go back to normal because the virus is going to keep coming back and causing problems again," Gilbert said. “No one is safe until we’re all safe.”___Follow AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreakDanica Kirka And Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
At a briefing Monday on how COVID-19 is affecting Horizon Health Network, president and CEO Karen McGrath said, "we could easily be overwhelmed with a very few new cases." McGrath said each of the regional Horizon Health centres tries to keep three to five medical beds open, and two to three ICU beds are kept open at each of the five largest hospitals to have room for a surge in COVID-19 patients."That doesn't sound like a very large number and it's not a very large number," said McGrath."So if, in fact, you have seven or eight people being admitted in a very short time, then in addition to everybody else we're providing care for, that small number could really impact the system and we could become overwhelmed really quickly."McGrath said, despite possible COVID fatigue, people should follow provincial guidelines and do what they can to stop the spread of the respiratory virus because only a few cases can impact the entire system."What happens is then we work very hard to get people out of hospital," said McGrath.She said if numbers of COVID-19 patients start to rise the first step is to cancel surgeries.64 staff isolatingMcGrath said 64 Horizon staff members are currently in isolation. She said there are not staff to fill in for these vacancies. "We are actually looking hour by hour as to how we staff particular areas," said McGrath.McGrath described the ICUs, emergency rooms and medical beds as "mission critical," meaning that these areas have to be properly staffed."That probably means when we get to a certain level, we are redeploying staff from other areas," and other services like surgeries are then cancelled. Stan Cassidy outbreakHorizon Health Network and New Brunswick Public Health are investigating a potential COVID-19 exposure at Horizon's Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation in Fredericton.McGrath said that about five patients and five staff who had direct contact with the staff member were tested, along with all other staff. Patients at the centre are also being tested for COVID-19.She said outpatient services have been cancelled for at least a week, while people receiving inpatient care will remain at the centre, but extra precautions are being taken."We have isolated patients within our facilities," McGrath said.She said the health care worker who tested positive for COVID on Saturday was not working at other places within Horizon.
LONDON — Google faces fresh regulatory scrutiny in Britain over plans to revamp its ad data system, after a group of competitors complained to regulators that the changes would cement the U.S. tech giant's online dominance.Marketers for an Open Web, a coalition of technology and publishing companies, said Monday that it's urging the U.K. competition watchdog to step in and force Google to delay the rollout of its “Privacy Sandbox” scheduled for early next year.The new technology would remove so-called third party cookies that store user information on devices, replaced by tools owned by Google. That means login, advertising and other features would be taken off the open web and placed under Google’s control, the group said.The Competition and Markets Authority confirmed it received the complaint.“We take the matters raised in the complaint very seriously, and will assess them carefully with a view to deciding whether to open a formal investigation under the Competition Act,” it said in a statement, adding that if the concerns need urgent attention, it would consider using “interim measures" to stop any suspected anti-competitive conduct pending a full investigation.The complaint follows up on concerns about Google's new system that the watchdog raised in a July report about online platforms and digital advertising. The report recommended the British government adopt a new regulatory approach to governing digital giants making big money from online ads.Google said the new technology will increase privacy for users while also supporting publishers.“The ad-supported web is at risk if digital advertising practices don’t evolve to reflect people’s changing expectations around how data is collected and used," the company said.Google's Chrome is the world's dominant web browser, and many others like Microsoft's Edge are based on its Chromium technology. Google controls more than 90% of the U.K.’s 7.3 billion pound ($8.8 billion) search advertising market, the CMA said in its July report.Marketers for an Open Web said Privacy Sandbox will deny news publishers access to the cookies they use to sell digital ads, which will greatly crimp their revenues.The group said Google’s changes will move the digital ad business “into the walled garden of its Chrome browser, where it would be beyond the reach of regulators.” It wants a delay until authorities come up with long term remedies to mitigate Google's dominance over key parts of the web.Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press
Bruce, the fiberglass shark made from the “Jaws” mould, is ready for his close-up. The 1,208 pound, 25-foot-long, 45-year-old shark, famous for being difficult to work with on the set of Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller, on Friday was hoisted up in the air above the main escalator of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles where he will greet guests for the foreseeable future. And this time, he co-operated. It is the culmination of years of planning, including a seven-month restoration by special effects and makeup artist Greg Nicotero. The shark is expected to be a major draw for the museum, which plans to open its doors to the public on April 30, 2021. Super fans know that the “Jaws” crew started calling the shark Bruce after Spielberg’s lawyer Bruce Ramer. They’ll also know that the Bruce that will greet guests in the museum wasn’t technically in “Jaws.” He's a replica and it’s the last of his kind. The three mechanical Great Whites designed by art director Joe Alves were destroyed when production wrapped. But once the film proved to be a box office phenomenon, a fourth shark was made from the original mould. For 15 years he hung at Universal Studios Hollywood as a photo opportunity for visitors until he wound up at the Sun Valley junkyard he would call home for the next 25. Nathan Adlan, who inherited his father’s junkyard business, donated him to the museum in 2016. But Bruce wasn’t quite camera ready. A quarter century in the California sun, plus all the years of being re-painted at Universal had taken its toll on the poor creature, who badly needed care and attention. Nicotero, who has worked on “Day of the Dead” and “The Walking Dead,” said he got into the business because of “Jaws” and volunteered for the task of bringing him back to life. “One of the great things about being the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is that we have access to Academy members in all craft areas of the industry,” said Academy Museum Director Bill Kramer. “We can call on our members and other members of the film industry who have either worked on the film that the artifact is from or know enough about the provenance and work that had been done to help us restore it. We’re in an incredibly privileged position.” Restoration was one thing, but loading Bruce into the museum proved to be another ordeal. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano made sure to account for large-scale objects in his restoration of the Saban Building, which was originally the May Company department store. But Bruce is their biggest piece to date and everyone soon realized that he wouldn't be able to get into the building with his fins attached. Last week Bruce was transported from a storage facility on a 70-foot flatbed to the museum at Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard where engineers, construction workers and art handlers removed two panels of glass three stories up to get him into the building. Once inside with fins reattached and a final touching up, Bruce was hooked onto five cables, each of which could hold his weight if any were to fail, and hoisted up on a truss by remote control to get into position in the building’s “spine” where he faces East and is visible from Fairfax. Shraddha Aryal, Vice-President of Exhibition Design and Production, described the years of painstakingly detailed modeling and work that went in to preparing for this moment, including full scale mock-ups and light tests to ensure that all of Bruce’s 116 teeth would be visible to tourists. Seeing him lifted into the building was “such an exciting moment,” she said. Kramer said they expect Bruce to be a huge draw for visitors, which is why he’ll be hanging in a public area where people can see him without having to pay for a museum ticket. Almost a half century after Bruce made generations of kids and adults scared to get in the water, he's now beckoning film lovers into a museum. “We plan on having Bruce greet our visitors for as long as we can keep him up there,” Kramer said. “It’s a free space and a free moment for our visitors to bring delight and hopefully inspire them to learn more about the movies, the history of visual effects and how this prop was made.” Curious visitors can come and check out the massive great white, the restaurant and the Spielberg Family Gallery to see a 10-minute film on the history of cinema before even committing to purchasing a ticket. There will also be a public programming series on conservation and restoration drawing on items from the collection that have been restored including the ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” the Aries-1B from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the extra-terrestrial from “Alien” and, of course, Bruce. “There are so many stories that can take you places just through this one object,” Kramer said. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
The pandemic is starting to take a heavy toll on Alberta, as COVID-19 patients have started to overwhelm hospitals and ICUs. Many Albertans are still calling for tighter restrictions from the provincial government. But as Heather Yourex-West explains, those working on the front lines say any new measures may already be too little, too late.
BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody said Tuesday, “There’s a lot of anxiety about rising numbers of COVID-19.” He said that while Grey-Bruce is still Green, looking at the numbers, a move to Yellow will probably happen. He was pleased to note that all the people he saw at the Hometown Christmas Market event in Walkerton on the weekend were following the safety guidelines, including wearing masks. While there’s no meeting of Brockton council this week, Bruce County council is holding a number of committee meetings. Among the topics on the various agendas are development fees.Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) is putting their season on pause following new public health measures and guidance from the province. The KIJHL provided an update on league operations following the provincial health orders issued Nov. 19 and later clarification provided by Viasport, a B.C. government non-profit sports organization, on Nov. 20. "In light of the new parameters outlined on Friday evening by Viasport, which include restrictions concerning travel between different communities, the KIJHL will pause all regular season game play beginning Saturday, Nov. 21. Under the current Provincial Health Order, competition between teams cannot resume until Monday, Dec. 8 at the earliest. Other Phase 3 activities, including team practices, may proceed so long as they adhere to all aspects of the KIJHL’s Return to Play policies," says a statement on the KIJHL website dated Nov. 21. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the KIJHL says it has made the health and safety of athletes, staff, volunteers, billet families and fans a top priority and the league is closely observing all of the guidance and protocols outlined by the province, Viasport, Hockey Canada and BC Hockey and team’s home facilities. Teams had been sorted into "cohorts" grouped together to reduce travel and exposure to other groups. The Osoyoos Coyotes had played three games thus far this season, with a record of one win, one loss and one overtime loss, sitting at third place in the Neil Murdoch Division. "On Thursday, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced additional province-wide restrictions, and we have been working hard to clarify their impact on our league," the statement from KIJHL says. "We recognize that circumstances can change quickly, and we will update our plans as soon as new information becomes available. The KIJHL appreciates the patience and support of our fans, volunteers, billet families and sponsors as we navigate this process."Dale Boyd, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Times-Chronicle