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China's embassy in the Philippines has denounced the United States for "creating chaos" in Asia, after a visiting White House envoy backed countries in disputes with China and accused Beijing of using military pressure to further its interests. During a trip to Manila on Monday, national security adviser Robert O'Brien underscored the U.S. commitment to Taiwan and told the Philippines and Vietnam, countries both locked in maritime rows with China, that "we've got your back". "It shows that his visit to this region is not to promote regional peace and stability, but to create chaos in the region in order to seek selfish interests of the U.S.," the embassy said in a statement issued late Monday.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday vowed to defend the democratic island's sovereignty with the construction of a new fleet of domestically-developed submarines, a key project supported by the United States to counter neighbouring China. Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has been for years working to revamp its submarine force, some of which date back to World War Two, and is no match for China's fleet, which includes vessels capable of launching nuclear weapons. At a ceremony to mark the start of construction of a new submarine fleet in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, Tsai called the move a "historic milestone" for Taiwan's defensive capabilities after overcoming "various challenges and doubts".
The staff tested positive last week and Maxwell was checked for the virus on Nov. 18 using a rapid test which was negative, the prosecutors said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan. Maxwell was placed in quarantine at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn for 14 days, said the letter. Maxwell has not shown any symptoms of COVID-19 and will be tested again at the end of her two-week quarantine.
An opposition lawmaker called on Tuesday for Malaysia to outlaw online hate speech, accusing authorities of downplaying the gravity of an issue highlighted by a Reuters investigation into abuse on Facebook of Rohingya refugees and undocumented migrants. Citing the Reuters report on rising xenophobia online in Malaysia in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, lawmaker Chan Foong Hin asked the Communications and Multimedia Ministry last week to state its plans to combat such hate speech.
Salt that crystallizes with sharp edges is the killer ingredient in the development of a reusable mask because any COVID-19 droplets that land on it would be quickly destroyed, says a researcher who is being recognized for her innovation.Ilaria Rubino, a recent PhD graduate from the department of chemical and materials engineering at the University of Alberta, said a mostly salt and water solution that coats the first or middle layer of the mask would dissolve droplets before they can penetrate the face covering.As the liquid from the droplets evaporates, the salt crystals grow back as spiky weapons, damaging the bacteria or virus within five minutes, Rubino said."We know that after the pathogens are collected in the mask, they can survive. Our goal was to develop a technology that is able to inactivate the pathogens upon contact so that we can make the mask as effective as possible."Rubino, who collaborated with a researcher at Georgia State University in Atlanta to advance the project she started five years ago, was recognized Tuesday with an innovation award from Mitacs. The Canadian not-for-profit organization receives funding from the federal government, most provinces and Yukon to honour researchers from academic institutions.The reusable, non-washable mask is made of a type of polypropylene, a plastic used in surgical masks, and could be safely worn and handled multiple times without being decontaminated, Rubino said.The idea is to replace surgical masks often worn by health-care workers who must dispose of them in a few hours, she said, adding the technology could potentially be used for N-95 respirators.The salt-coated mask is expected to be available commercially next year after regulatory approval. It could also be used to stop the spread of other infectious illnesses, such as influenza, Rubino said.Dr. Catherine Clase, an epidemiologist and associate professor of medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, said the "exciting" technology would have multiple benefits.Clase, who is a member of the Centre of Excellence in Protective Equipment and Materials in the engineering department at McMaster, said there wasn't much research in personal protective equipment when Rubino began her work."It's going to decrease the footprint for making and distributing and then disposing of every mask," she said, adding that the mask could also address any supply issues.The Public Health Agency of Canada recently recommended homemade masks consist of at least three layers, with a middle, removable layer constructed from a non-woven, washable polypropylene fabric to improve filtration.Conor Ruzycki, an aerosol scientist in the University of Alberta's mechanical engineering department, said Rubino's innovation adds to more recent research on masks as COVID-19 cases rise and shortages of face coverings in the health-care system could again become a problem.Ruzycki, who works in a lab to evaluate infiltration efficiencies of different materials for masks and respirators, is also a member of a physician-led Alberta group Masks4Canada, which is calling for stricter pandemic measures, including a provincewide policy on mandatory masks.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 24, 2020.Camille Bains, The Canadian Press
China launched an ambitious mission on Tuesday to bring back material from the moon's surface for the first time in more than 40 years - an undertaking that could boost human understanding of the moon and of the solar system more generally. (Nov. 24)
Residents were given proper notice of a vote to remove Fort Simpson's liquor purchasing restrictions, according to N.W.T. finance minister Caroline Wawzonek. MLA for Nahendeh Shane Thompson – also a minister – posted to Facebook on Monday regarding concerns constituents had raised about the plebiscite held on November 12. Specifically, the post related to concerns about how much public notice was provided leading up to the vote and how to contact the official in charge of it. Residents ultimately voted overwhelmingly in favour of lifting alcohol restrictions in the community. Of 730 eligible voters, 240 cast a ballot and 175 of those were in favour of removing restrictions. The Department of Finance, which oversees liquor regulations in the N.W.T., is now in the process of implementing the result, which may take several weeks. Thompson's post relayed a message he had received from Wawzonek addressing concerns. “Based on all of the information I have received to date, I am confident in the integrity of the plebiscite held in the village of Fort Simpson,” Wawzonek's message to Thompson reads. Wawzonek states some residents who attend school away from Fort Simpson believe they did not receive adequate notice of the plebiscite. She concludes, however, that there was sufficient notice within the village, on Facebook, and through the media in the weeks and months before the vote. She adds returning officer Tammie Cazon fulfilled her duties in the Local Authorities Elections Act by providing public notice of the plebiscite, including details on how and where to vote. Wawzonek says Cazon met legislative requirements by posting public notices in five locations – the bank, the Northern store, the Unity store, the Nahanni Inn and Pandaville restaurant. “It is not the responsibility of the returning officer to locate and notify every resident of the community who may not be currently living in the community. That would be an impossible task," Wawzonek writes. "Voters bear some of the responsibility for informing themselves about how to exercise their democratic right to vote.” The final concern regards the returning officer’s email address and confusion about how to reach Cazon. Wawzonek again asserts faith in the process, saying her department confirmed with Cazon only one email address was distributed for voters to use. Proxy voting was an option in the plebiscite but, according to Wawzonek, Cazon did not receive any emails related to proxy voting. The community of Fort Simpson requested the plebiscite after a petition with more than 150 signatures from residents was turned in to the village council late last year, asking for action to try to remove the restrictions. Restrictions are set to be lifted in the coming weeks, though an exact date has not been set. Once the regulations are changed and restrictions lifted, the village is still bound to pandemic-related alcohol restrictions, which limit customers to a maximum of $200 per day at any liquor store in the territory and six mickeys (375-ml bottles) of spirits in a 24-hour period.Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cabin Radio
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Miss Vickie's Canada says some of its potato chips that were part of a recall in Eastern Canada earlier this month due to possible glass contamination were inadvertently shipped west. The company says the chips were only shipped to retail customers in Alberta, Brandon, Man., and Moose Jaw, Sask, and that it's working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to co-ordinate a voluntary recall. It says 630 bags are involved, and they have very specific "guaranteed fresh" dates and "manufacturing codes." Consumers who have purchased the chips should not eat them and are urged to throw them out or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. At the beginning of November, Miss Vickie's recalled some chips sold online and in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada due to what it said was "isolated reports of the presence of a small piece of glass found at the bottom of the bag." The CFIA says on its website there have been reported injuries associated with the products. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020. The Canadian Press
A B.C. surgeon who called his preteen patient a "loose woman" during an appointment has been fined and reprimanded by his professional regulator.Dr. Bruce Taro Yoneda, an orthopedic surgeon based in Victoria, has admitted that he "engaged in unprofessional conduct by using sexualized language during a surgical consult," according to a public notice posted Friday by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.Yoneda also acknowledged telling the same young patient he would give her a "lube job," and admitted he did not give her a full explanation before he began questioning her about her menstrual cycle.The college's inquiry committee, which investigates complaints against doctors, "was critical of the registrant's admitted conduct and concluded that his use of inappropriate language displayed a lack of insight," the notice says.As part of a consent agreement with the college, Yoneda has been fined $7,500, received a formal reprimand and has had his registration as a doctor transferred to "conditional" status. He's also agreed to take courses in clinical communication and professionalism.
B.C.'s health-care workers are pleading with the public to heed health orders while bracing for difficult working conditions as COVID-19 cases in the province continue to rise.On Monday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced there were another 1,933 cases of COVID-19 over the last three days and 17 more deaths.This comes just over two weeks after restrictions were initially put in place in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health authorities, and a few days after those restrictions were extended to cover the entire province. Christine Sorensen, president of the B.C. Nurses' Union, says nurses are frustrated when they see people continue to gather in groups and not follow the guidelines because that increases transmission and puts additional pressure on the health-care system."It puts greater demands on the staff that also fairly tired, looking for a bit of a rest and a break and really not seeing anything coming in the next few months, particularly with the holiday season coming and people wanting to mix and mingle with their friends and family," Sorensen said. Dr. Kathleen Ross, the president of Doctors of B.C., says the prospect of burnout is looming closer for many front line health-care workers. "Many of us are afraid to go home for fear of infecting our loved ones and many more of us drop our clothes at the door and run to the shower before we even greet our family," said Ross. "We're adjusting to the new normal ... but of course we cannot expect that surge capacity to last forever."And both Ross and Sorensen point out it is not just front line health-care workers shouldering the burden, but additional staff like cleaning crews and maintenance workers who keep the whole health-care system operational."There are lots of unsung heroes in the system, not just in the emergency rooms where there are doctors and nurses taking care of our most acutely ill," Sorensen said. Sorensen says she worries the spike in cases could escalate to point where essential health-care workers are kept on the job even if they've been exposed."[I'm] very concerned [about that]. Nurses are dedicated and they do want to continue working, but if we get enough nurses exposed or sick, we won't have enough nurses to deliver healthcare," she said. Ross says this is a crucial moment."If everyone does their part, if we all step forward and follow the public health guidelines as they have been laid out, then we'll get there. But we have to do it all together."
CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says it has agreed to become the operator of the Syncrude project by the end of 2021, as long as each of the joint venture's owners grants formal approval.Suncor owns a 58.74 per cent stake in the Syncrude Joint Venture, a position it has increased from 12 per cent in 2016.Other Syncrude stakeholders who must approve the agreement are Imperial Oil Resources Ltd., CNOOC Oil Sands Canada and Sinopec Oil Sands Partnership.Suncor chief executive Mark Little says the transition will help Syncrude better compete on cost per barrel.Little says the deal could yield $300 million a year in synergies, noting Syncrude and Suncor have families employed by both operations after years of close ties between neighbouring energy projects.Suncor's statement says that Syncrude and Suncor also stand to gain from the bi-directional pipelines connecting Suncor’s Base Plant and Syncrude’s operations, which are now complete and being commissioned.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.The Canadian Press
A Barrie man who told court he has two months left to live has been sentenced to an additional 96 days in jail. Daniel Blight, 70, appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice via a video feed from the Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene without a lawyer Friday, pleading guilty to two counts of arson, another of assault and breaching a court order to report to a probation officer. Court heard he had set fire to a couple of garbage cans at the Barrie bus terminal in October as well as another in front of a Dunlop Street bar. He also stabbed another resident at a residential building in Allandale with a knife in May, although that man required no immediate medical attention. “I’m dying of cancer, I’ve got two months left to live,” Blight told the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie, adding he needs drugs that cost $2,500 monthly and he can’t find a place to live. He indicated he doesn’t have any relatives in the Barrie area and has no access to housing, but he has saved up enough through monthly government cheques to pay for a place to live. A lawyer appointed as a friend of the court for the hearing said social workers are available through the jail to help inmates upon release and should be able to assist with housing. Justice Nancy Dawson said an aggravating factor in sentencing was his criminal record, dating back to 2013, which included assault convictions. She gave him credit for the 36 days he spent in jail waiting for his day in court, ordering him to serve an additional sentence of 96 days. During an appearance by phone a week earlier, Blight told the court he wanted to plead guilty, but had difficulty hearing the proceedings. “I can’t hear you,” he told the court then. “My ass is on the line. Put me on that video machine.” Court was told at the time that Blight was staying in an area of the Penetanguishene jail that was on lockdown pending the outcome of another inmate’s COVID-19 test and the video suite was unavailable to him. At Friday’s hearing using that video feed, Blight confirmed he could see and hear the proceedings. Eight years ago, Blight was hospitalized after jumping out of his Blake Street apartment as it burned. Margaret Anne 'Peggy' Smith, 61, who was visiting hinm, died as a result of the blaze on May 29, 2012. The province's Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) investigated and reported that there were two possible ignition sources, but the cause was listed as undetermined. An unnamed owner of the house converted into a four-plex was later charged with a series of offences under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, including failing to check doors in fire separations, failing to maintain smoke alarms, failing to maintain closures in a fire separation door, and failing to keep the exits free of obstructions. The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs later reported that fines had been issued as a result. It added that the local fire department never previously charged homeowners for fire code infractions and that a zero tolerance to infractions was then adopted.Marg. Bruineman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, barrietoday.com
On Sunday evening the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division notified the public that a case of COVID-19 had been identified in several schools around the division. These include one individual in Debden Public School, one individual in Ecole Arthur Pechey School in Prince Albert, one individual in John Diefenbaker Public School, two individuals in Carlton Comprehensive High School and a case in the after school program at Ecole Vickers, which is community-run. In Debden all staff and students in Grade 7 to 12 are isolating until Dec. 1, at Arthur Pechey a Grade 5 classroom and staff are isolating until Dec. 1, at John Diefenbaker a Grade 6 classroom and staff are isolating until Dec. 1, at Carlton specific Grade 9 and 12 classrooms and staff are isolating until Nov. 30 and the after school program will see all impacted children and staff isolate until further notice. All schools will remain open for in-person classes for all students that are not required to isolate. There was also a case reported Monday evening Wednesday evening and Friday evening at Carlton. “The division is hoping the recovery is quick and thorough and we extend our get-well wishes to each of these members of our school community and offer our support to the surrounding family. We also extend our support to the staff in our schools who are impacted by the isolation,” the release stated. The division was informed Sunday of these positive COVID-19 test results and communication is being shared with the classrooms/cohorts, the connected staff, as well as with the school community. The learning program will continue remotely for those students affected. As is the circumstance in all reports of COVID-19 in the division due to privacy concerns, further details of the case will not be shared. The school’s COVID Response Plan contains many important measures, processes and protocols that add layers of protection for students and staff. School personnel will continue to be informed and guided by SHA as they manage this case. Staff at all schools in the division remain vigilant in ensuring proper safety measures are in place and personnel from the SHA continue to guide and inform school administration and staff. The division explained that we all share responsibility to minimize the risk of COVID transmission. “The division deeply appreciates the support that students, parents and community members have demonstrated, especially as the number of cases in our region climbs.” The SHA’s local public health team continues to provide expert advice and strong support for our dedicated staff as we manage the pandemic in our communities. “The division is thankful to have such a cohesive team of administration and staff supported by our partners in Health.” Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald
NEW YORK — Former Watergate sleuth Carl Bernstein took to Twitter to list the names of 21 Republican senators who he says have “repeatedly expressed contempt” for Donald Trump and his fitness to be president.Bernstein's post was condemned Monday by some of those involved. It was an eyebrow-raising modern twist on journalism from the former Washington Post reporter who, with partner Bob Woodward in the 1970s, penned scoops that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.Bernstein said he wasn't violating any confidentiality pledges in listing the senators. He said he learned of the politicians' supposed private feelings through conversations with some of their colleagues, staff members, lobbyists and White House aides.“With few exceptions, their craven public silence has helped enable Trump's most grievous conduct — including undermining and discrediting the U.S. electoral system,” he tweeted late Sunday.Bernstein, a CNN political analyst, declined a request to talk about his posts.Many Washington reporters have talked about lawmakers who have privately expressed reservations about Trump but rarely attached names to their stories. Bernstein said he believed several of the Republicans on his list were privately happy about Democrat Joe Biden's victory.Michael Zona, a spokesperson for Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who was on Bernstein's list, said the characterization was untrue.“Sen. Grassley has been a strong supporter of the president and at the same time has made it no secret when he disagrees with the president,” Zona said. “There is no difference between what Sen. Grassley says publicly and privately. Washington journalists might be wise to reconsider trafficking in baseless second- and third-hand rumour. It may restore some lost credibility.”Ohio Sen. Rob Portman “has never talked to Mr. Bernstein and we don't know where he's getting his false information,” said Emily Benavides, the senator's spokesperson.Portman, in a column written for the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday, called on Trump to begin co-operating with President-elect Biden on a transition.There was no article on CNN's website about Bernstein's list on Monday. The veteran reporter appeared on CNN's “New Day” on Friday and named 15 of the 21 senators he tweeted about two days later.Roy Gutterman, a Syracuse University professor who specializes in journalism law and ethics, said Bernstein's approach was unusual and noted the journalist's frequent criticism of Trump.“I don't know if what he did today would fit the model of what he staked his reputation on, which was hard-core investigative reporting,” Gutterman said.It was unsurprising to find Utah Sen. Mitt Romney on Bernstein's list. Romney said last week of Trump's pressure to overturn the election results that it was “difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American president.”“The senator's views about the president are well known by the public,” spokeswoman Liz Johnson said.In a statement, a spokesperson for Indiana Sen. Todd Young said Bernstein's “unsourced rumours” don't deserve a response and that Young has a great working relationship with Trump.Meanwhile, Sean Smith, communications director for South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, said his boss “has never met, talked to or considered interacting with Mr. Bernstein, so no one should give any weight to the baseless accusations of someone who clearly has an axe to grind with the president.”David Bauder, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — “Jeopardy!” record-holder Ken Jennings will be the first in a series of interim hosts replacing Alex Trebek when the show resumes production next Monday.Producers announced Monday that Jennings, who won 74 games in a row and claimed the show's “Greatest of All Time” title in a competition last year, will host episodes that air in January.A long-term host to replace Trebek, who died of cancer on Nov. 8, will be named later.“By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers,” the show's executive producer, Mike Richards, said.The show is in its 37th year of syndication, and Trebek was its only host. It is still airing shows that Trebek filmed before his death.Art Fleming hosted earlier editions of the game show, including the original “Jeopardy!” that debuted in 1964 on NBC and aired for a decade.Richards said “Jeopardy!” will air repeat episodes for the holiday weeks beginning Dec. 21 and 28, meaning Trebek's final week of shows will air starting Monday, Jan. 4.Jennings' episodes begin on Jan. 11.The Associated Press
Suncor Energy says it will become the operator of Syncrude by the end of next year.The Calgary-based energy company currently owns a 59 per cent stake in the Syncrude joint venture, alongside Imperial Oil at 25 per cent, Sinopec Oil Sands Partnership at nine per cent, and CNOOC at seven per cent. Suncor said all joint owners have agreed in principle but that formal approval will still be required. Mark Little, Suncor's president and chief executive officer, said the move presents a big opportunity for the company and other joint owners. Little said "synergies" of $300 million each year are expected, and the company aims to achieve a cash operating cost of $30 Cdn. per barrel of oil and 90 per cent utilization. He said job losses are expected on the administrative side of the business and more details will be clarified going forward. "What's happening now is, instead of having a duplicate structure, now Suncor will take over that and the two organisations essentially will become one. And now we can bring the talents and capability on both sides of the fence to try to make this business as strong as possible," he told CBC. Little said many families have members who work at both operations and that the companies will be stronger together. "As neighbours for almost 50 years, Syncrude and Suncor have enjoyed a close relationship and a long, proud history in the region," Little said in a Monday news release. Syncrude is the largest single source crude oil producer in Canada, and is located in the Athabasca oilsands near Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, where Suncor also has operations. Mike MacSween, executive vice president for Suncor's upstream, said Suncor and Syncrude are working together to ensure the transition is done safely and thoughtfully."The oilsands are a large, complex business, we need talented people to run the facilities and Syncrude has a very experienced, skilled workforce that are committed to the region," he said.Syncrude said on Twitter that it will continue to keep employees and partners informed as it works through the transition process."We're proud of our employee's expertise and commitment to responsible oilsands development. Their contributions will continue to play a strong part in this new chapter," the company's post read.
NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell, the one-time girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, is in quarantine at a New York City federal lockup after a staff member there tested positive for the coronavirus, prosecutors said Monday.In a letter to a judge, prosecutors said Maxwell, 58, was put in isolation last Wednesday as a precaution even though she tested negative. The staff member who tested positive works in the area of the Brooklyn jail where Maxwell is housed, prosecutors said.They said Maxwell is not exhibiting symptoms and will be tested again at the conclusion of the two-week quarantine.The government said she will not be able to meet with her lawyers during quarantine as she prepares for a July trial on charges alleging she recruited three teenage girls for Epstein to abuse in the 1990s. But she will be able to continue to review trial materials 13 hours a day, more than any other inmate, prosecutors wrote.Maxwell has been held without bail since her July arrest. Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan federal lockup in August 2019 as he awaited a sex trafficking trial.An email message seeking comment was sent to Maxwell's lawyers.The Associated Press
The Town of Orangeville is rolling it back a bit after catching people off guard by starting to issue tickets for those exceeding two-hour parking limits on evenings and weekends. The rules against parking for longer than two hours have always been in place but not enforced, leading to people being unconcerned about how long they’re parked during those hours. Some weren’t even aware the two-hour rule existed. “The two-hour limit is not new,” explained Coun. Lisa Post. “This came into place after paid parking was eliminated, to deter people from parking on Broadway for a whole day.” After the hiring of two additional bylaw officers, which allowed for the creation of evening and weekend shifts for the first time, the town was able to start enforcing the bylaw. The move caught a number of people and businesses off guard, leading to complaints about tickets being received. “To just start ticketing without any kind of notice to businesses and residents that it would be happening was not really fair,” said Alison Scheel, general manager of the BIA. “Residents and people aren’t used to it.” Scheel said she feels a bylaw that issues a two-hour limit, particularly on evenings and weekends when there is no strain on parking, is more likely to harm businesses and restaurants in the downtown core. “They’re ticketing people who are just trying to support local businesses, and that’s not really going to benefit anybody,” said Scheel. “Very rarely do you go downtown on a Thursday night after 5 p.m. and all the parking is taken.” Another issue, Scheel noted, doesn’t necessarily lay with the need for the enforcement, but the way in which the bylaw itself is written. “It’s not easy for the town; they’re trying their best and they’re doing what they have to — they’re following the letter of the bylaw itself,” said Scheel. “The way it’s written, they either have to enforce all of it or none of it.” For many people dining at downtown restaurants, getting their hair done, or if they have mobility issues, a two-hour parking limit isn’t necessarily feasible. In the case of employees in businesses like restaurants, parking on the road when there’s no demand for spaces comes down to a safety issue. Scheel pointed to a specific situation she was made aware of, where a female employee wasn’t comfortable parking in the municipal lots due to the fact that she finishes work at night and there is not much lighting. “She felt more comfortable walking along the street to get to her car than through a dark parking lot,” explained Scheel. The two-hour limit was established to prevent people from parking all day, to allow more people to access shops for shorter stops along Broadway. “From an enforcement perspective, if we can get people to move their cars within that two-hour time frame, we can free up more parking in the long term,” said Post. Council’s goal was not to cause harm to downtown businesses, but help them, said Post. With that in mind, council voted to pass a moratorium on the parking bylaw until Jan. 11 “It was put in place to give business owners the opportunity to communicate this to their customers,” said Post. “That six weeks will hopefully give them more than enough time for that.” The moratorium does not apply to overnight parking. Beginning on Dec.1, vehicles parking overnight will still be ticketed under the winter parking ban. Scheel said she would have preferred to see the moratorium to apply only for evenings and weekends. Her concern is that with no limits whatsoever during this period, people will abuse it, as they have in the past. “It’s good that people aren’t going to get tickets and that businesses are going to lose customers because they’re getting tickets,” said Scheel. “But it also means it’s likely people will park all day. Especially during the Christmas season when people are going to be desperate for parking spaces to get into the stores.” Sometime during the next six weeks, the BIA board will be meeting to discuss what changes, if any, should be made. Should the BIA reach the conclusion that the bylaw needs changes, that will be presented to council. “It’s complicated, and it’s not an easy solution,” said Scheel. Post noted that figuring out the best way to address all the parking issues is definitely on the minds of council. “I know that there is frustration and that sometimes municipal parking is full, and I hope that we can address that through our term of council,” said Post. “It’s something we’re already talking about.”Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner
WARSAW, Poland — Police detained several people and charged a female photojournalist with assaulting a police officer as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again on Monday in Poland.Soon after the protest in Warsaw began, police arrived and forcibly removed people, including photojournalist Agata Grzybowska.It was the first case of a reporter being detained during the month of protests that have rocked Poland after a high court ruled in favour of a near-total abortion ban.Officers dragged Grzybowska away as bystanders called on them to stop, saying that she was a journalist. A large group then gathered outside the police station in central Warsaw where she was taken, rallying on her behalf as they waited hours for her release.After she was let go, Grzybowska said that she was charged with assaulting an officer, something she denied. In video footage of the incident circulating in Polish media, Grzybowska does not appear to act aggressively to the officers.She told The Associated Press that an officer appeared to be angered by her use of a flash when she took photos and that he kicked her.Police spokesman Mariusz Ciarka said on TVN24 that police did not realize at the time of her arrest that she was a journalist, though she can be seen in videos holding up her press credentials.Lawmakers from the centrist opposition party Civic Platform went to the police station to intervene on behalf of the reporter and another detained person. One of them, Sen. Bogdan Klich accused police of growing increasingly aggressive toward protesters, in quotes carried by the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper.The protests, organized by the group Women's Strike, have been occurring regularly ever since the country's constitutional court issued an Oct. 22 ruling that further tightens an abortion law that was already one of the most restrictive in Europe.Women and many others have reacted with rage to a step they believe deprives citizens of a fundamental freedom. They have been defying the risk of contagion and a ban on gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic to join demonstrations that have drawn hundreds of thousands of people across the nation of 38 million people.The protests have also come to encompass other grievances against the conservative ruling party, including the detentions of people taking part in the demonstrations.On Monday, protesters blocked traffic in Warsaw while others gathered in front of the Education Ministry building in an expression of solidarity with teachers who have been threatened with disciplinary reprisals by the education minister for supporting the protests.Several people handcuffed themselves to the ministry gate and and a large banner was hung reading, “Free abortion and free education.”One woman glued her hand to the gate of the Education Ministry and the police worked for about an hour to unglue her before she was taken away in an ambulance.As mass protests have continued, the government has so far not taken the legal action needed for the abortion ruling to take effect..Vanessa Gera, The Associated Press
With Toronto and Peel Region in lockdown, Peterborough County politicians have mixed opinions about those living in those regions flocking to the Peterborough area to do some Black Friday or Christmas shopping. Trent Lakes Mayor Janet Clarkson said she doesn’t think the average person from the Greater Toronto Area is going to drive to the Peterborough region. “I can’t see people coming with what our area has to offer. There’s nothing at Lansdowne Place that’s going to attract anybody from Toronto,” she said. People living in the GTA likely expected a second lockdown was on its way, so most people who have wanted to do some heavy-duty Christmas shopping have probably already done it, or they’ll do it online, Clarkson added. But Asphodel-Norwood Mayor Rodger Bonneau said he expects shoppers from the GTA will come to the area. “I don’t know why though. I mean, you can buy so much stuff online,” he said. Sherry Senis, deputy mayor of Selwyn Township, said it’s just too soon to tell if people currently residing in an area that’s in lockdown will flock to Peterborough city and county. “I guess it remains to be seen as to whether they’re going to do that or not. I don’t think that initially that has happened, but they’re just starting the lockdown today, so it remains to be seen,” she said. Senis said she hopes people from the GTA region choose to stay there and shop online, but for those living in the Peterborough region, she said she hopes they continue to support local businesses. “It’s so convenient for people to go online and shop, but unfortunately you’re supporting the big guys and we really need to be supporting our little guys right now and continue to do that,” she said. The COVID-19 pandemic is similar to the Second World War, Clarkson said. “The only difference is this COVID-19 virus is truly a world war, instead of involving select countries. The whole world is now fighting a vigorous, deadly virus,” she said. Clarkson said she remembers as a child watching her parents with their ears tight up to the radio, listening to the advancement of their troops. “My father had been in the first war where they brought the Spanish Flu home and my brother was in the Navy in the second war. Just like that war, many people will be forever without their loved ones, and those who survive, in many cases, will have lifelong injuries,” she said. “We have survived horrific losses before with no ability to control them. This time, it is within our personal behaviour to positively impact the future. We must take this seriously if we don’t want to have more empty spaces in our lives, or forever damaged family members.” Marissa Lentz is a staff reporter at the Examiner, based in Peterborough. Her reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach her via email: email@example.comMarissa Lentz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner