The day after becoming president-elect, Joe Biden's transition team ramps up their plans for a future government, preparing to name a coronavirus task force and roll back some of Donald Trump's policies.
The day after becoming president-elect, Joe Biden's transition team ramps up their plans for a future government, preparing to name a coronavirus task force and roll back some of Donald Trump's policies.
Like many academic programs, due to COVID-19 regulations, the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Indigenous Public Health certificate program, which works to include Indigenous perspectives into the healthcare system, has shifted online this year. There are eight one-week intensive courses. They are offered two at a time, twice a year, by the UBC’s Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health explains Program Manager Rhonda Carriere. The centre has a mandate to raise the health status and self-determination of Indigenous communities. For Carriere, who’s Métis from Red River, inclusion is an essential part of their work. “Our real aim is to make a bridge for people who maybe haven't had the same opportunities,” says Carriere. Normally, the program is held in person, at the UBC campus, but the Winter Institute 2021 will run online from February 15th to the 19th. The program works to decrease barriers Indigenous Peoples face when entering the healthcare field explains Carriere. The training also seeks to address multiple, intersecting Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, including number 23, which calls for increased numbers of Indigenous health practitioners. The program’s courses cover core disciplines in public health, but are approached through Indigenous experiences and perspectives. Students learn about the historic and ongoing health disparities and inequities faced by Indigenous populations, in order to build “applied and theoretical knowledge affirming Indigenous rights to self-determination in relation to health services, research and program development,” the program website states. “Pandemics in Indigenous Communities: Before, during and after COVID-19,” has been added to the curriculum, as well as revamped summer courses: “Introduction to Indigenous Health Research Ethics” and “Social Determinants of Indigenous Health.” Carriere says the program is one part of the vision of co-director Dr. Nadine Caron who’s an Anishinaabekwe (Anishinaabe woman) from Sagamok First Nation. Caron says the program is meant to bring Indigenous community members, leaders and health professionals together, to learn through dialogue and public health perspectives. “For our health care to be responsive to Indigenous peoples in Canada, I think we need our specific direction coming from Indigenous communities,” she says. This, just as a recent investigation confirms “widespread” racism in the B.C. healthcare system. “We need lndigenous leadership embedded within our healthcare system,” Caron adds during an address to the B.C. Patient Quality Council’s series of Health Talks. “This is needed in the evolution of healthcare in order for reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.” Caron says Indigenous communities will trust in the healthcare system, when they can identify with leaders in formal positions, that are Indigenous. “I tell my daughter, despite residential schools, assimilation policies, broken treaties, that we’re still here,” adds Caron. “We are still here, and we are expecting the results that generations before us fought for.” During a UBC Learning Circle, one of the program’s graduates, Linda Jones, from the ‘Namgis First Nation, echoes the idea that “inclusion matters.” “It creates this support system, you feel so included, everybody is so welcoming, and it’s just an amazing feeling. Because of that, now I’m on this clear path of what I wanted to do and how I needed to do it,” she says. Jones is in the process of becoming a doula, also known as a birth worker, for expecting parents. She says the Indigenous Public Health program helped her weave her previous education into something she could offer to Indigenous communities. Jones hopes this program will “get more people out there that'll help create change for all Indigenous people.”Odette Auger, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Discourse
SCUGOG: Scugog councillors have decided not to send their 2021 cost of living wage increase back to the municipality, opposing a motion intended to lessen the tax impact on the community. At a meeting on Monday, November 23rd, Regional Councillor Wilma Wotten made a motion to have “council members support the donation of their 2021 cost of living wage increase back to the municipality to reduce the 2021 tax impact for Scugog Township.” The motion noted how the COVID-19 pandemic “continues to negatively impact economic realities for residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and charities.” Councillor Wotten explained why she decided to go this route instead of recommending a wage freeze. “I feel firmly we would be moving backwards if we were to do a full freeze. Originally I thought it would be good to donate it to a charity of choice, but I think it is better to donate it back to the township, so it can go into our revenue,” she said, adding this money would go towards all taxpayers in Scugog, rather than one charity. Ward 4 Councillor Deborah Kiezebrink supported Councillor Wotten’s motion. “I really appreciate Councillor Wotten’s heart and her thoughts. These have been extremely difficult and painful times for so many people. It’s hard because the services the township has to provide cost more. We’re all affected by this,” she said. But, the majority of councillors rejected the motion. “I’m one of those people who [doesn’t] have a problem donating back, but I’d like to donate back to the community by donating the money to the food bank. These are lean times for all of us, and especially for food banks and especially here in Scugog,” Ward 5 Councillor Lance Brown said. Ward 3 Councillor Angus Ross said this motion does not do enough to help the community. “I support council giving back to the community 100 per cent, but I don’t support this motion because I don’t believe it actually gives back to the community. I think it is a gesture, and that’s fine and I think [there are] times for gestures, how be it though I don’t think this is time for one,” he said. Scugog finance staff estimated the collective wage increase to be about $4,128. Councillor Wotten stated it would be improper for one councillor to decide what one charity these combined funds should be donated to. “How do we choose which one is more important?” she said. Councillor Wotten’s motion failed four to two. Councillors were instead encouraged to give back to charities of their choice. “I know this year I have stepped up my contributions to different organizations, especially in town, and I would just encourage everyone to do the same,” Mayor Bobbie Drew said.Dan Cearns, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Standard Newspaper
PHOENIX — COVID-19-related hospitalizations continue to climb in Arizona as the state on Wednesday reported more than 3,800 additional known cases and a statewide organization representing physicians warned that the state's health care system could be overwhelmed.COVID-19 hospitalizations reached 2,699 as of Tuesday, up more than 100 from Monday and included 642 patients in intensive care unit beds. COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona peaked around 3,500 during the state's summer surge.Health experts have said holiday travel and gatherings are expected to produce additional new cases and related hospitalizations over the next few weeks.“The increase in cases has a genuine potential to overwhelm the health care system in Arizona," the Arizona Medical Association said in a statement, citing deep concern for hospital capacity and medical staffing.“Other states have begun to implement restrictions that include curfews, restaurant closures, and more severe preventive strategies. Arizona is nearing this critical point, with discussions of further action being taken to address the current surge," the AMA statement said.According to the state Department of Health Service's coronavirus dashboard, 10% of all hospital acute-care beds and 10% of ICU beds remained available.The dashboard reported 3,840 additional confirmed cases and 52 more deaths, increasing the state's totals to 340,979 cases and 6,739 deaths.The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.A day after reporting only 822 additional cases, Arizona on Tuesday reported 10,322 additional cases but officials said that the record daily increase was inflated by reporting delays over the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend.The seven-day rolling average of daily new confirmed cases in Arizona rose over the past two weeks from 2,395 new cases per day on Nov. 17 to 4,324 per day on Tuesday, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project.The rolling averages of daily deaths rose from 17.1 to 24.6 and the rolling average of the COVID-19 testing positivity rate increased from 15.9% to 22.9%.The Tucson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks beginning Friday in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.___AP reporter Walter Berry contributed.Paul Davenport, The Associated Press
Lakefield resident Brant Dunford decided to paint a powerful image on a paddle because he wanted to contribute to the Burleigh Falls Beautification Project and to keep the conversation alive about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. “The idea to paint this portrait came to me when I was doing another drawing on the paddle. I changed my mind, basically erased what I had and got inspired to do the portrait. I’m happy with how it turned out,” said Dunford. The paddle depicts an Indigenous girl with a bloodied hand across her face. It’s a strong image that’s used to show the blood shed of Indigenous woman, while at the same time bringing awareness of MMIWG to the forefront. Dunford says the paddle was purchased at a local store. He says in order for him to paint the paddle he had to sand the surface. “From start to finish, it took me the better part of two days,” he says. Dunford, a father of two and the great-grandson of the late Chief Moses Marsden of Alderville First Nation, says he likes to paint as a hobby and says he has a lot of time to do other work. “During the pandemic I find myself doing more paintings,” he says. He said he has painted a few other paddles with different images and says he plans on doing another one to bring awareness to MMIWG. The auction to bid on the paddle began Dec 1 and continues to Dec. 3. Details about the auction are listed on the Burleigh Falls Beautification Project Facebook page. Stephanie Doughty, organizer, says the project is going strong. She expects there to be a large turnout to bid on the paddle as the art is very well done. She says there was a sneak peak on Nov. 15 where many posted comments on the beauty of the artwork and showed interest in bidding before the auction began.Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Peterborough This Week
CENTRE WELLINGTON – Centre Wellington council have approved adding $3.2 million in vehicle and equipment replacement to the 2021 draft budget. This will mainly be covered through reserves and only an additional $42,000 is needed to be increased in the tax supported budget, said deputy treasurer Mark Bradey at Tuesday's budget meeting. Vehicles that are proposed to be added next year include two ton-and-a-half trucks, a single axle dump truck and five pickup trucks across various departments. The vehicle replacement comes in at an estimated cost of $1.6 million with $27,000 needed from the tax-supported budget. To take advantage of costs, treasurer Dan Wilson put forward tender results on two of the pickup trucks for the fire department at a total of $90,000 all inclusive. Fire chief Brad Patton explained the two trucks were 14 and 18 years-old with over 60,000 km and 85,000 km respectively. In COVID times, councillor Bob Foster questioned if these vehicles could be extended for another year or two noting that mileage is relatively low. Patton said this is inline with other departments across the province who view trucks as a 10-year life cycle. “We’re already starting to have breakdowns on them … we can’t have these trucks failing going to calls,” Patton said, adding that he has had personal vehicles with much higher mileage. “Would I want those as an emergency first responder vehicle? Probably not.” On the overall ask for vehicles and equipment, councillor Neil Dunsmore praised town staff for prudent asset management as impact to taxes is relatively small compared to what they’re getting. He noted that finding a vehicle to defer would likely balance the tax impact to zero but didn’t think it should be an emergency service vehicle adding the two trucks to be replaced have had a good lifespan. “If we have a 10 year replacement policy, one is at 18 and one is at 14 (years), thank you for keeping them in the shape they’re in chief Patton but it’s time to replace them before we run into any problems,” Dunsmore said. Foster said the fire chief made a good case for replacing those trucks but put forward a motion to put a moratorium on replacing any other vehicles in 2021. He said he felt $1.6 million was too big an ask during a tough budget year and would like to see staff re-purpose vehicles in different departments. CAO Andy Goldie explained that they do re-purpose vehicles and are always looking for the best option whether that be trading-in, selling or sending it to a different department. This motion ultimately failed to pass however some councillors noted staff should show what they do with the vehicles and share good news on effective use of assets. Council later unanimously approved the vehicle and equipment replacements for 2021.Keegan Kozolanka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com
A last-minute show of generosity by the Town of Penetanguishene will help out the Penetang Junior C Kings. The decision came out of Coun. George Vadeboncoeur’s persistence in finding a way to help out the team. That is why he came back to council at a recent meeting to propose that the Kings be offered a reduced ice-time rate. “We should charge the minor hockey rate that would end up saving the Penetang Kings about $1,900 in terms of their ice rates for the season,” said Vadeboncoeur, addressing council. “In the director's report, it was identified that three of the five teams that responded to the survey charged their junior C teams' minor hockey fees.” He said the Kings represented a great community asset, and that was why it was important to him that council support this move. “It is an important pastime in Penetanguishene and there's a lot of history with the Kings,” he said. “The town did receive a safe restart grant, so I think if we have a shortfall of revenue in the arena, some of that funding from the higher levels of government can be used to cover that deficit.” Jim Brown, president, Junior C Kings, said he was very pleased with the gesture. “This will definitely help out the bank account at the end of the day,” he said, adding, the team spends up to $25,000 per season for ice rentals. “I have to admit I was a little bit in shock to hear the great news. A very big thank you to the Town of Penetang. This will definitely help with the lost revenue from sponsors and fans, as we are a break even club at the end of the day.” Coun. Debbie Levy said she was in support of the motion, but wanted a clarification. “I think you did mention at the end of your motion that this is for 2021 as a COVID measure, or is this something you'd like to see ongoing?” she asked Vadeboncoeur. He elaborated that this request was just for this season. Mayor Doug Leroux said he could see the community value in the presence of the Kings. “The Kings have been with us for many many years,” he said. “They've been with us a long time and they bring a lot of entertainment and good to the community. I have no issue supporting this.” Sherry Desjardin, director of recreation and community services, wrote in an email that the rates for minor hockey for the 2020/2021 season are $128.26 per 50-minute session and will increase to $132.75 for 2021/2022.Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com
McNab/Braeside’s $10-million 2021 budget, set to be passed on Dec. 15, is still “very fluid,” according to township treasurer Kelly Coughlin. She cannot comment on whether taxpayers will pay more taxes in 2021. “I don’t want to give taxpayers the impression that there will be no increase. There are some items that need to be finalized in the coming weeks, that could change the numbers,” Coughlin said in a phone interview Dec. 1. Mayor Tom Peckett, however, said he is confident that there will be “almost no increase in money required from the taxpayers” in an interview Nov. 26. “There’s a little bit of tweaking but I fully expect (the 2021 budget) to be passed on Dec. 15,” he said. “It’s almost equal to last year’s budget.” The first draft of the township’s 2021 budget proposed a 9.59 per cent tax levy increase over this year, with a big chunk of spending set aside for the roads department. “Once it’s passed, we’ll explain how we got there. I can’t really quantify (it yet),” he said. The pandemic has impacted next year’s budget. Expediting the systems required to stream public meetings online will be part of expenses next year. The mayor talked about moving into a new township building in January this year, “getting the kinks out of (the building)” and tackling one of the priorities for council: being able to stream online. “It was always on council’s agenda to get it done. With COVID-19, it’s taking a bit longer than we would have liked to. It’s been a work in progress for us,” Peckett said. “That’s why it’s (included) in the budget. We’re getting there,” he said. He cannot disclose how much updating the systems will cost. Coughlin said that the biggest consequence that the pandemic had on the township’s budget is on recreation programs. “We have to reimagine our programming because of the restrictions on the number (of participants). It impacts indoor programming, and there will be an impact on the revenue side of the things,” she said. “Staff is trying to adjust the operating budgets. We still want to have money available to provide programming to the ratepayers. On the Dec. 15 budget, I will be providing a comprehensive report summarizing the key things included in the budget,” Coughlin added. The treasurer stressed that there have been changes since their last council meeting. “The overall budget is a little over $10 million, that’s what it currently is. That is subject to change. Everything will be finalized on Dec. 15,” she said. Asked if taxpayers can expect any surprises in the budget next year, the mayor said “not for me there isn’t (a surprise). It’s the same as usual, there’s always an increase in fuel cost and labour cost. It’s pretty well the usual.” A notice is posted on the township’s website about the upcoming meeting: “Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Township of McNab/Braeside intends to consider passing a Bylaw to adopt the 2021 Operating and Capital budgets in accordance with Section 290 of the Municipal Act, 2001 at the Regular Meeting of Council to be held on Dec. 15, 2021 at 7 p.m. at the Township Council Chambers, 2473 Russett Dr.”Yona Harvey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Smiths Falls Record News
BROCK: The Township of Brock is continuing its battle against a proposed supportive housing development in Beaverton. At a meeting on Monday, November 23rd, councillors voted to pass an interim control bylaw “to prohibit the establishment of Supportive Housing and Modular Construction, including Manufactured Dwelling Houses, for a period of twelve (12) months, in order to allow for the appropriate completion of further research and consultation.” The supportive housing project is being spearheaded by the Region of Durham, and was announced earlier this year as an expedited development project. According to the Region of Durham, the project is expected to include about 50 units, and will be designed as an apartment building for “single, bachelor-style living only.” The facility is also expected to offer “supports and wrap-around services to residents in the north and the greater Durham community.” But the project has been controversial within the Brock community, with several local residents and councillors recently speaking out against it. Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble stressed the importance of establishing this bylaw measure. “This is really just an important step in better preparing for the future of Brock Township, and making sure we do our due diligence in terms of the planning study, to make sure any supportive housing projects we choose to move forward with are done in a way that is setting them up for success,” she said. Ward 1 Councillor Michael Jubb also supported passing the bylaw. “This is a new reality of life that’s upon us, and it’s very important right now we get this right,” he said. But Ward 5 Councillor Lynn Campbell was concerned about the potential legal ramifications of the bylaw. “It’ll have a real financial impact on our taxpayers if it turns into a legal battle, so I can’t support this,” she stated. Regional Councillor Ted Smith said negotiations between the township and the Region of Durham will continue on this development. Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer called this new bylaw “good forward looking planning.” Dan Cearns, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Standard Newspaper
BURNABY, B.C. — The death of a teenager in Burnaby, B.C., is now being investigated as a homicide. A statement from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says the 18-year-old woman was found in a Burnaby home on Sunday. She was suffering from critical injuries and died in hospital. Sgt. Frank Jang with the homicide team says one man was arrested at the scene but has been released without charges as the investigation continues. Jang says the woman knew her attacker, the case is considered isolated and there is no risk to the public. He urges anyone with information to contact investigators. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2020. The Canadian Press
Le Centre de ressources pour hommes Optimum annonce un partenariat avec le duo humoristique Nouveaux pères, afin de mieux faire connaître ses services et inciter davantage d’hommes dans la région du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean à demander l’aide dont ils ont besoin. Optimum espère avec ce nouveau partenariat fera rayonner davantage ses différents services offerts dans la région. Rappelons que l’on compte parmi ceux-ci le service Trajectoires, qui offre de l’entraide psychosociale, Maison Oxygène, qui propose de l’hébergement avec ou sans enfants pour les hommes, ainsi que Cran d’arrêt, qui aide les hommes à mettre un terme à leurs comportements violents ou impulsifs. Le duo d’humoristes de Dolbeau-Mistassini a été choisi puisqu’il rejoint un nombre important de parents dans la région. Samuel Tremblay et Maxime Pearson partagent sur les réseaux sociaux les anecdotes de leur quotidien depuis quelques années déjà pour valoriser le rôle des pères de la nouvelle génération. « Malheureusement, encore en 2020, trop peu d’hommes souffrant de détresse psychologique se tournent vers les services professionnels dont ils ont besoin. Nous croyons que les gars de Nouveaux pères — par leur approche humoristique et positive — contribuent à faire tomber les barrières. Nous sommes très fiers de pouvoir désormais les compter dans notre équipe », souligne Sébastien Ouellet, directeur général du Centre de ressources pour hommes Optimum, par voie de communiqué de presse. Samuel Tremblay et Maxime Pearson considèrent les services offerts par le Centre de ressources pour hommes Optimum comme essentiels, mais également méconnus et souhaitent les faire rayonner davantage. « Encore aujourd’hui, la demande d’aide chez les hommes représente un défi important. Avec ce partenariat, nous espérons convaincre davantage d’hommes à entrer en contact avec l’organisme. Les gars, ne traversez pas seuls les moments difficiles. Appelez ! », soutiennent les cofondateurs, dans un courriel envoyé au Quotidien. Les pères admettent que dès leur première discussion avec le directeur général de l’organisme, ils ont été témoins de l’importance que le Centre de ressources a dans la région. Ils sont fiers d’offrir un coup de main à cet organisme, et du même coup, avoir un impact positif sur leur communauté. Plusieurs actions de communication seront déployées, au cours des prochains mois, afin de faire la promotion des différents services reliés par Optimum. Une campagne de financement pour les différents services de l’organisme sera aussi organisée dès janvier.Myriam Arsenault, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Quotidien
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A two-week lockdown ends Wednesday in Nunavut for all communities except Arviat, where community transmission of COVID-19 is still occurring. Public health restrictions in Arviat remain as they have been for the past two weeks, said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson during a news conference at the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. As well, masks are mandatory, travel outside of the community is restricted and gatherings must not exceed five people, he said. "This is the fastest way to eventually loosen restrictions," he said. As of Wednesday, there are 80 active COVID-19 cases in Nunavut and 113 people are recovered, according to the territory's news release Wednesday. There are 11 new active cases announced Wednesday in Arviat, where there are currently 65 active cases. Only one new case was reported in Nunavut on Tuesday.While Whale Cove and Rankin Inlet — communities with active cases — are not on lockdown anymore, restrictions are tighter than elsewhere in the Kivalliq region and masks are still mandatory in both communities. Three layer masks are bestGoing forward, masks will be mandatory in all communities where there are active cases of COVID-19, Patterson said. For people making homemade masks at home, those masks should fit well to a person's face and three layers of material is better than two, Patterson said. "If you are taking it off to get a drink of water, don't just pull it down over your chin. Either take it off completely or take it off one ear," he said. "We should wash or sanitize our hands after handling the mask and reusable masks should be washed at the end of every day."> "We can stop transmission within the house, without resorting to relocation. I don't want people to give up." \- Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael PattersonActive case numbers in the territory have been in slow decline over the last few days. "This is a marathon, not a sprint and our actions in the days, weeks and months to come will determine the status of COVID-19 in Nunavut," Patterson said in a release on Tuesday.For households isolating because of COVID-19 in the home, that isolation must continue until 14 days after the last infected person tests positive.Patterson said there are some separate isolation spaces identified in Arviat, but that these spaces are nowhere near the amount that would be needed for the outbreak. He said isolating one person isn't helpful when others in the house may already be infected. But, he said healthy people who live in infected households shouldn't give up trying to stay well. "Once COVID-19 gets into a house, even in a crowded house, it's not a guarantee that everybody in the house is going to get it," he said. "We can stop transmission within the house, without resorting to relocation. I don't want people to give up."That's by being careful, cleaning and staying separate from household members who are ill, he said. Rapid testing on the way for isolation hubs in Winnipeg New support funds from the federal government mean the territory can introduce rapid testing at isolation hubs, Patterson said. Preparations are still being made, but an easily transportable testing device will be used to test isolating residents at the two Winnipeg hubs. This will be done at the beginning, middle and end of each two week stay, Patterson said, as a way to "augment" isolation and "reduce the chance of COVID-19 getting through the isolation hubs." "We were concentrating our efforts in Winnipeg because it currently has the highest risk of introducing COVID-19 to Nunavut," he said. Rapid testing is being considered for Ottawa and Edmonton hubs, but risks are lower so these cities are not the government's priority, he said. "Testing is a possible way of reducing the risk, although we'll never be able to get it to zero," he said. The lockdown is lifted for now, but it could be brought back if needed, Patterson said in the news conference. "We were close to the limit of our ability to respond with the rapid response teams. To avoid getting overwhelmed we opted for the territorial-wide lockdown," he said. "It's going to be a possibility that we could have to do this again." Territory will continue to fund isolationEarly in the pandemic the Government of Nunavut said it would charge non-essential travellers for their stays in isolation hubs — as the N.W.T. government announced this week it would start doing in January — but later went back on that decision saying there were legal and administrative concerns. While the Nunavut government will keep an eye on the N.W.T.'s policy change, "at this time, our government is not looking at that," Health Minister Lorne Kusugak said. "We don't want to have a two tiered standard where some people can afford the isolation and others can't," Premier Joe Savikataaq said. The Northwest Territories has also begun testing high-risk essential workers when they enter the territory — like health care workers, RCMP officers and dentists — Nunavut won't be doing that, Patterson said. "The difficulty we have is that entry testing, the day before you travel, and relying on those results is potentially harmful," he said, adding that some essential workers will test negative but could still be positive. In other jurisdictions those false negatives have led to outbreaks, he said. Testing done as of Dec. 1 has shown 588 negative tests in Arviat, 219 negative test results in Rankin Inlet and 125 negative results in Whale Cove. Monitoring continues in Sanikiluaq where some residents and their households continue to isolate, after two cases were confirmed in early November. Missed the update? Watch it here: People who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to call the COVID hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, or notify their community health centre and immediately isolate at home for 14 days.The government update will play later in the day on CBC Radio in Nunavut.
Sherbrooke — Les affaires s’annoncent plutôt bien pour Agropol, cette jeune ferme urbaine établie au cœur de Sherbrooke. L’entreprise, qui avait au départ les restaurants comme principaux clients, a traversé toute une transformation depuis le premier confinement. « On était 100 % orienté vers les restaurants. On a perdu 60 clients d’un seul coup quand ils ont fermé », se souvient l’un des fondateurs, Samuel Sigouin, qui est âgé de 26 ans. Mais après un déménagement et un changement de marché cible, ses propriétaires veulent maintenant se spécialiser dans le prêt-à-manger gastronomique, en cuisinant notamment leurs propres pousses biologiques, leurs fines herbes et les champignons gourmets de la ferme Mycotrophe de Frelighsburg. Une approche de la terre à l’assiette qui, ils l’espèrent, les aidera à se démarquer dans le domaine de l’alimentation végétalienne. Déjà, cette réorientation les a préparés à survivre à la deuxième vague, alors que les salles à manger estriennes ont été fermées à nouveau le 12 novembre. « Il y a des producteurs urbains et des transformateurs urbains, mais vraiment d’intégrer notre production verticale à travers une gamme de produits prêt-à-manger qu’on veut rendre accessible partout au Québec, ça c’est une première fois que ça se voit », avance M. Sigouin, qui est diplômé en communications et marketing. Son partenaire, Marc-Antoine Larente, 28 ans a pour sa part apporté son bagage de biologiste à la production. Une nouvelle entente avec Horizon Nature, un important distributeur d’alimentation naturelle et biologique, vient également d’être conclue. « On est super heureux de participer à la transformation alimentaire de la province. On veut aller toucher Montréal, Québec, le Saguenay.... Aller remplir la province d’Agropol. On a vraiment l’impression qu’on a des produits et une façon de faire qui gagnent à être connus », ajoute M. Sigouin. Des bols et des boîtes Maintenant établie dans un local du 1060, rue Cherbourg depuis août dernier, l’entreprise, qui ne reposait que sur ses deux propriétaires à temps partiel il y a deux ans et demi, compte aujourd’hui huit travailleurs. Parmi ceux-ci, deux anciens chefs du milieu de la restauration sherbrookoise. Michael Cloutier Boutin et Reuben Bird signent les différents items du menu, comme des bols méditerranéens, des bols asiatiques, des salades, des wraps, et d’autres produits à base de protéines végétales. Ceux-ci, de même que les pousses et les champignons en vrac, sont en partie distribués chez plusieurs détaillants de la région, tandis que la clientèle peut aussi directement commander à l’avance en ligne et récupérer sur place à un moment convenu. Une nouvelle offre est même en route : les boîtes repas « Sans planche ni couteau », qui permettront une préparation rapide à partir d’ingrédients d’Agropol, ces derniers ayant été emballés dans des emballages réutilisables. « On est prêts à se faire connaître. On a un local intéressant et on veut que les gens viennent nous voir. L’avantage, avec ce qu’on fait, c’est qu’on peut rapidement augmenter la production en fonction de la demande », explique M. Sigouin, qui précise qu’avant le déménagement, les lieux n’étaient pas ouverts au public. Jasmine Rondeau, Initiative de journalisme local, La Tribune
Public Health reported six new cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick on Wednesday, including one in Edmundston (Zone 4), which has had few cases throughout the pandemic, and two in Bathurst.Here is the breakdown: * one person 50 to 59 in the Moncton region (Zone 1) * one person 19 and under in the Saint John region (Zone 2) * one person 19 and under in the Fredericton region (Zone 3) * one person 40 to 49 in the Edmundston region (Zone 4) * one person 50 to 59 in the Bathurst region (Zone 6) * one person 60 to 69 in the Bathurst region (Zone 6)All are self-isolating and their cases are under investigation.The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 514 and 388 people have recovered. There have been seven deaths, and the number of active cases is 119, with none in the hospital.As of today, 127,999 tests have been conducted, with 1,321 tests conducted since this time on Tuesday.Teachers feeling 'stressed,' concerned about studentsTeachers are feeling stressed and anxious throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the president of the New Brunswick Teachers' Union says.Rick Cuming said teachers are also expressing concern for their students, colleagues and their own family members. "They're experiencing less preparation time," he said."They're experiencing more supervision to keep kids safe."He said teachers have been forced to supervise kids over recess and lunch, just to make sure no one is talking while their masks are off.Some teachers are even struggling to get someone to cover their class so they can go to the washroom.> What this year is about, is survival. \- Rick Cuming, president of the New Brunswick Teachers' Union"They really don't have any downtime whatsoever."And now, teachers are setting their sights on Christmas vacation at the end of the month."They're sort of pushing through to get there."Some students aren't even showing up to class due to the province's recent decision to roll back certain regions to the orange phase."That is the best place for students to get their social needs, their mental health, their overall well-being met," he said. "That's the best place for teaching to occur."During Tuesday's news briefing, Education Minister Dominic Cardy said New Brunswick students and teachers could get an extended holiday because of the pandemic."It is one of the measures that we are considering right now to see if it would allow us to reduce stress for the school staff and also students and their parents," Cardy said."But it is only one element on a long list of things considered every day," he said.The Christmas break is currently scheduled for Dec. 18 until Jan. 3.Cuming said he wasn't surprised by the announcement, as this has been happening in different jurisdictions across the country."What this year is about, is survival," he said.Hundreds answer Horizon callout for staffing helpHorizon Health Network says it has received hundreds of applications in response to a callout last week for retirees and students to bolster its staffing.In a Nov. 26 tweet, the health network said it was asking retirees, students and the community "to assist with the COVID-19 outbreak should the need arise."In an email, chief human resources director Maura McKinnon said Horizon has identified "an urgent need for staffing" at the Saint John Regional Hospital, as well as at assessment centres in Saint John and Fredericton.As of Wednesday, 260 people had put their hand up to help, and offer letters have been sent out to 37 people so far.Students and retired health-care professionals have been stepping up to assist since the early stages of our pandemic response, McKinnon said, noting "we have had retired physicians, clinicians and … other retirees" helping out in a variety of roles. New hires are now coming onboard daily.They're given mandatory e-learning and additional onsite orientation, and then will help fill a variety of roles, depending on their background experience, including: registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists, personal care attendants, medical laboratory assistants, environmental services and administrative staff and pandemic screeners."Not all of our staffing needs require direct patient contact," McKinnon said. "We place them only in settings or environments where they are comfortable working, and within the scope of their professional expertise or applicable licence."Shannex says latest test results are negativeShannex says it has received the results for tests done on Monday at Howe Hall and Millidge Hall, which are part of its Parkland Saint John campus, and is "pleased to report that all results were returned negative."Shannex Parkland has a total of 15 confirmed cases: 10 residents and four employees at Tucker Hall and one employee at Carleton Hall. Residents who tested positive are being cared for in a special area located on Simms Court, Shannex said in a statement posted on its website Wednesday.Results for testing conducted at Tucker Hall on Tuesday are expected within 24 hours. 100 international students feel isolated in MonctonStudents and administrators at the University of Moncton say they think adequate measures are in place to limit the spread of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus.Three positive cases were confirmed there on Monday.Students federation president Alexandre Arseneau said there's been adequate information and limited activity on campus, but he'd like to see more resources put into mental health supports, especially for the approximately 100 international students who are essentially trapped in residence."If we want to prevent outbreaks, we need to make sure that these people don't feel the need to not follow the restrictions," Arseneau said."We need to make sure these students have all the help and everything they need."University president and vice-chancellor Denis Prud'homme said online medical and mental health services are available to students.Prud'homme said a survey was done at mid-term to see what was going well and what needed improvement.He said the university administration is asking professors to help identify and refer students in need."We asked the profs to be aware a little bit more this year because students are not in class, but to make sure they remind the students if they have any problems to make them known so they could recommend them to the services that are available for them."Arseneau said it's turning out to be a difficult and disappointing academic year."We've seen our tuition go up 16 per cent just during the global pandemic. And the quality of the education online often doesn't respect the norms."Prud'homme defended the value of education being delivered as "fair" and "good.""We believe that we provide the best quality in the situation of this crisis, just like every university," he said.N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 'Superspreader' event responsible for 80% of Saint John cases * He added that it would likely improve as professors get used to remote learning technology.The school is not currently considering offering any kind of rebate, he said, but it will try to keep fee increases for next year to a minimum, as it tries to deal with a $10 million deficit.Potential public exposure warnings for Saint John, Moncton, FrederictonNew potential exposure warning for flight into MonctonNew Brunswick Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on Nov. 28 while on the following flights: * Air Canada Flight 8372 from Fort McMurray to Calgary, departed 6:10 a.m. * Air Canada Flight 144 from Calgary to Toronto, departed at 11:15 a.m. * Air Canada Flight 8918 from Toronto to Moncton, departed at 8:30 p.m.Public Health has also warned of the following possible exposures to the virus in the Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton areas, including gyms, stores, bars, restaurants and on flights.Saint John area * Cask and Kettle on Nov. 17, at 112 Prince William St., between 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., Saint John. * Churchill's Pub on Nov. 20, at 8 Grannan St., between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saint John. * Picaroons on Nov. 21, at 30 Canterbury St., between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saint John. * Thandi's Restaurant on Nov. 21 between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. 33 Canterbury St., Saint John * Vito's Restaurant on Nov. 16, 111 Hampton Rd., Rothesay, between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. * Cora Breakfast and Lunch on Nov. 16 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., 39 King St., Saint John * Goodlife Fitness McAllister Place on Nov. 16 between noon and 1 p.m. and on Nov. 18 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., 519 Westmorland Rd., , Saint John. * NBCC Grandview campus on Nov. 16, 17, and 18 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., 950 Grandview Ave., Saint John. * Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio on Nov. 19 between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., 47 Clark Rd., Rothesay * Big Tide Brewing Company at 47 Princess St. on Nov. 16, between 12:30 to 2 p.m., Saint John. * Java Moose at 84 Prince William St. Nov. 16, between 2 to 2:30 p.m., Saint John.Flights into Saint John:Public Health identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious onNov. 17 and Nov. 18while on the following flights: * Air Canada Flight 8421 on Nov. 17 and 18 from Kelowna to Vancouver, arrived at 8 p.m. * Air Canada Flight 314 on Nov. 17 and 18 from Vancouver to Montreal, arrived at 07:11 a.m. * Air Canada Flight 8792 on Nov. 17 and 18, from Montreal to Saint John arrived at 9:22 p.m.Moncton * RD Maclean Co. Ltd. on Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at 200 St. George St., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. * GoodLife Fitness on Nov. 21 at 555 Dieppe Blvd, Dieppe, between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. * Keg Steakhouse and Bar at 576 Main St. on Nov. 17, between 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Flights into Moncton: * Air Canada Flight 178 on Nov. 19 from Edmonton to Toronto, arrived at 5:58 a.m. * Air Canada Flight 404 on Nov. 19 from Toronto to Montreal, arrived at 10:16 a.m. * Air Canada Flight 8902 on Nov. 19 from Montreal to Moncton, arrived at 4:17 p.m.Fredericton area * The Snooty Fox on Nov. 18 and 19, 66 Regent St., between 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. * GoodLife Fitness Fredericton on Nov. 18 at 1174 Prospect St. between 10:20 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. Nov. 19 between 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. * The YMCA of Fredericton on Nov. 17 at 570 York St. throughout the evening. What to do if you have a symptomPeople concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online. Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: * A fever above 38 C. * A new cough or worsening chronic cough. * Sore throat. * Runny nose. * Headache. * New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell. * Difficulty breathing.In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.People with one of those symptoms should: * Stay at home. * Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor. * Describe symptoms and travel history. * Follow instructions.
Rotaract Haliburton Highlands is organizing a special festive scavenger hunt for local youth over the Christmas period. Starting this Saturday (Dec. 5), participants will have to scour the downtown area for hidden clues to complete the challenge. In total, 12 local businesses have signed up to play a part in the community scavenger hunt. Speaking to the Echo, Rotaract member Vivian Collings said the local club wanted to “do something a little special” this holiday season to help spread the Christmas cheer and put smiles on people’s faces. “We’re going to be handing out activity sheets at the Rotary Drive-Thru Christmas Party this weekend that explain what businesses participants will need to go to, and will also include Haliburton trivia and a colouring page,” Collings said. “As a group, we’re going to go around town and put up pictures of Christmas characters in the windows of participating businesses. Kids will then have to write down what character they find in which business.” Participants that successfully complete all three stages will be entered into a draw with a chance to win a prize. “We’ll have prizes for different ages groups,” Vivian said. “Right now, we have some outdoor games and activities, we have a kite, and some craft kits. Then we’ll also have some stuffed animals for younger children as well.” Rotaract is still a relatively new concept here in Haliburton. The local group was launched in January, and received their official charter from Rotary International in February. At present, the club boasts around 35 members. Rotaract Haliburton Highlands has close ties with the Rotary Club of Haliburton. As Vivian explains, “Rotaract is basically Rotary, just for younger adults.” The club is made up of individuals between the ages of 18 and 30, although allowances are made on a case-by-case basis for people who want to join, but are outside of that age bracket. “We formed the group because we wanted to help out our community in any way that is needed,” Collings said. “There’s a big social component too – being able to build more connections with other people in our age group. We found there’s a big gap between high-school age people in our community and Rotarians – there really wasn’t any other group in town [servicing] people our age, so we started one.” There are currently 10,698 registered Rotaract clubs in 180 countries. The local scavenger hunt is being offered at no cost to anyone wanting to participate. Activity kits will be handed out at the Rotary Drive-Thru Christmas Party this Saturday, and will be available for pick-up at Century 21, located at 191 Highland St. To be eligible for a prize, completed activity sheets should be dropped off at Century 21, or emailed to email@example.com.Mike Baker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Haliburton County Echo
KAWARTHA LAKES: Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is looking into an incident after an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was injured and a young boy was killed in Kawartha Lakes on Thursday, November 26th. According to the SIU, at about 8:45 a.m. “the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was made aware that a father had abducted his son from the Municipality of Trent Lakes.” A little while later, the SIU states, “the OPP located a vehicle of interest, a pickup truck, in the City of Kawartha Lakes on Sturgeon Road. Officers attempted to stop the truck.” “On Pigeon Lake Road, the truck became involved in a collision with an OPP cruiser and a civilian vehicle. At that time, an OPP officer was standing outside of the cruiser and he sustained serious injuries. An interaction ensued between the 33-year-old vehicle driver and officers, and three officers discharged their firearms. The man was struck and airlifted to the hospital in grave condition. Inside the pickup truck was a one-year-old boy. He had sustained a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene,” read an SIU press release. Following the incident, OPP commissioner Thomas Carrique tweeted a suspect had “been apprehended and there [were] no concerns for public safety.” In a follow up tweet, posted in the afternoon, he stated the injured officer was “currently in stable condition and receiving medical care.” The SIU is asking anyone with further information on this investigation to contact their lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. Those who have video of the incident are asked to upload them to the SIU website at www.siu.on.ca. Dan Cearns, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Standard Newspaper
HALIFAX – Boylston residents won’t be rocking Netflix around-the-clock anytime soon, but they and about 1,000 other rural residents of Antigonish and Guysborough counties are set for unexpected upgrades to high-speed Internet by 2023 – adding to communities announced by Develop Nova Scotia in September. “They’re getting new coverage as a result of scope expansions,” Braedon Clark, a Develop Nova Scotia official, told the The Journal in an email last week. “The number of homes and businesses to be connected is 1,342.” The upgrades now include: Southside Antigonish Harbour, Monks Head, Kenzieville (Keppoch Mountain, Addington Forks, Ohio, Hillcrest, Ashdale, Pinevale, South Salt Springs, Beech Hill), Fairmont, Pleasant Valley, Caledonia Mills (Lower Springfield, Roman Valley), Brierly Brook (James River), Mulgrave (Aulds Cove, Pirate Harbour, Middle Melford, Hadleyville), and Guysborough (Boylston, North Riverside, Manchester, Glenkeen). Other rural communities scheduled for scope expansion along the Eastern Shore include: Musquodoboit Harbour (Lower West Jeddore, Quinlan Dr., Ostrea Lake Rd., Anderson Rd., Innis Cove, West Petpeswick), Lake Charlotte (Clam Bay, Upper Lakeville, Ship Harbour, DeBaies Cove, Southwest Cove, Little Harbour, Clam Harbour, Clam Bay), Goffs (Old Guysborough Rd., Devon), and Chezzetcook (Lawrencetown, Leslie Rd.). The new $24-million initiative through the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust (with an additional $9 million from other levels of government and the private sector) will connect 6,700 homes and businesses across the province with high-speed Internet at speeds higher than Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) targets by late 2023. “These scope expansions will reduce the number of remaining unserved or underserved homes and businesses by over half,” said a Develop Nova Scotia press release on Nov. 23. “Preparatory and engineering work will begin immediately on the contract extensions.” It’s not clear whether the scope expansions are part of a planned connection program or an ad hoc response to areas overlooked during the second round of high-speed rural Internet enhancements in the fall. “They (the communities) were identified as still needing connection after our Round 2 announcement in September,” Clark said. According to Develop Nova Scotia, since the first round began in February, more than 21,000 of a targeted 81,500 homes and businesses now have networks in place to provide new or improved high-speed Internet. It also says projects are being completed about 50 per cent faster than industry standards. So far, the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust, other levels of government and the private sector have invested about $263 million the initiative with a goal of hooking up 97 per cent of rural communities in the province with high-speed Internet by summer 2022.Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal
Clasine van Adrichem had been enjoying her time with friends knitting mini-scarves for the plush toys of Mr. PG, the mascot of Prince George, B.C., which were to be given away during the World Women's Curling Championship in the city in March.But when the event was cancelled due to COVID-19, so were her weekly gatherings with her pals. As the province reopened in the summer, van Adrichem came up with a bigger project to reconnect with her friends: to make a gigantic scarf for the eight metre-tall Mr. PG statue itself.Van Adrichem and nine other women — ranging in age from 67 to 92 — congregated weekly in Prince George's Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park to weave the 13-metre long accessory for the city's landmark, which celebrated its 60th birthday in May.On Monday, Mr. PG finally got to put it on. Each member of the team knitted two to three squares, with a total of 25 making up the final scarf. The squares are different colours that represent local organizations and sports teams."Each square probably took close to 10 hours," van Adrichem told Carolina de Ryk, host of CBC's Daybreak North. The weekly knitting sessions in the park were a lifesaver for Sally McLean, who felt isolated at home and didn't get much social support for the first three months of the pandemic."We talked about the weather, and we talked about each other's families and how everybody was doing," McLean said. "We just supported one another in that way as we continued to knit."The women normally make mittens, toques, scarves and sweaters for families in need and give much of their time to support local charities. Van Adrichem hopes Mr. PG's scarf will serve as a reminder to Prince George residents about the importance of giving."There are so many here in the city who need support," she said. "We hope that people will be generous and provide people with something they really need, whether it be food or clothing, at this time of year."Members of the public now have a chance to own a human-size replica of Mr. PG's scarf hand-knitted by van Adrichem, McLean and their teammates. To be in the running, the City of Prince George is encouraging people to comment on its social media channels, stating which nonprofit organizations they've donated to, by Dec. 21.Tap the link below to listen to Clasine van Adrichem and Sally McLean's interview on Daybreak North:Subscribe to Daybreak North on CBC Listen or your favourite podcast app, and connect with CBC Northern British Columbia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Australia's economy grew by 3.3% in the third quarter, rebounding from its first recession in nearly three decades as it recovered from pandemic-related shocks, according to figures released Wednesday.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told reporters the country still has a lot of ground to make up from the coronavirus downturn.“Australia’s recession may be over, but Australia’s economic recovery is not,” he said.Despite the latest quarterly rise, the economy contracted at a 3.8% annual pace. That's after GDP fell by 0.3% in the first quarter and then by a record 7% in the second quarter.“But the Australian economy has demonstrated its remarkable resilience and Australia is as well positioned as any other nation on Earth," Frydenberg said. “Today’s national accounts represent a major step forward in Australia’s economic recovery.”Before this year, Australia had managed to avoid a recession for 28 years. The economy grew even during the global financial crisis thanks to strong demand for Australia's mineral exports and a robust domestic sector.The better-than-expected figures were encouraging, economists said.“The rebound in Q3 GDP reversed around 40% of the decline during the first half of the year and we expect output to return to pre-virus levels by mid-2021," Ben Udy of Capital Economics said in a commentary.Now on top of the pandemic, Australia is enduring a spate of rocky relations with China, its biggest trading partner.Frydenberg said the situation with China is “very serious” but his government is focusing on striking deals with other countries in Asia and beyond.“We have great produce, and we have great services, and we have great resource sectors, and I’m very optimistic about the opportunities for our exporters around the world," he said.Australia's relationship with China worsened this week after a Chinese official tweeted a fake image of a grinning Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to a child’s throat.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the image “repugnant” and demanded an apology from the Chinese government. But China has not backed down.The post took aim at alleged abuses by elite Australian soldiers during the conflict in Afghanistan.Tensions have been growing this year since the Australian government called for an independent inquiry into the origins of the pandemic. China has imposed tariffs and other restrictions on a number of Australian exports.Nick Perry, The Associated Press
Fondée à la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Herwood inc., de Windsor, est une entreprise familiale de fabrication de palettes de bois à la tête de laquelle quatre générations se sont succédé. Savoir-faire, vision et valeurs humaines fortes ont permis à l’organisation de prospérer depuis 75 ans. Rencontre avec le président, Jason Wheeler, 47 ans, petit-fils du fondateur Henry Wheeler. Joueur essentiel dans l’économie, Herwood inc. n’a pas connu de creux de vague en raison de la Covid-19. « Nous avons été épargnés, car l’utilisation des palettes par nos clients est très variée, explique-t-il. En effet, ils évoluent dans le domaine des entreprises pharmaceutiques, industrielles, de l’alimentation, de la fabrication et du transport. Nous offrons également un programme complet de recyclage permettant d’éviter à de nombreuses usines la difficile et dispendieuse tâche de disposer de leurs palettes de bois. Après les avoir récupérées, nous les transformons pour qu’elles soient recyclées dans la production de biomasse, de granules de chauffage, etc. C’est bon pour les entreprises cherchant à désencombrer leur entrepôt autant que pour l’environnement ! » La relève… Même si l’entreprise ne connaît pas de crise, elle éprouve du mal à attirer des travailleurs. « Bon an mal an, une cinquantaine d’employés œuvrent ici, explique M. Wheeler. On produit entre 13 000 et 15 000 palettes par jour, soit 3,5 millions et plus chaque année. Et la difficulté de recruter est bien réelle, se désole-t-il. Le transport en région, ça a toujours été compliqué. Par exemple, beaucoup de gens paient un loyer à Sherbrooke, mais n’ont pas de voiture. Ils devraient s’installer ici, et pour le même prix, devenir propriétaires ! Il faudrait que la MRC et la ville travaillent sur un modèle Habiter et Travailler à Windsor. » « Certaines compagnies vont jusqu’à créer leur propre service d’autobus pour véhiculer leurs employés, poursuit-il. Ici, avec le développement du parc industriel, les travailleurs sont en demande. Il faut trouver des solutions… Et créer de la sociabilité chez nos jeunes. À force de vivre derrière leur écran, ils sont anxieux et un peu déconnectés de la réalité. C’est dommage, car notre entreprise à beaucoup à offrir ! » Espérons que la relève sera présente pour poursuivre la belle histoire de Herwood inc. facebook.com/hwpherwood herwood.ca/frMireille Fréjeau, Initiative de journalisme local, Journal L'Étincelle