The head of a U.S. biotechnology company that is developing one of the most promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates says Canada is not far behind other countries when it comes to receiving doses of its vaccine, despite criticism of the government's procurement plan from the Conservative opposition. "Canada is not at the back of the line," Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman of Moderna, told CBC's Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton on Sunday. Afeyan said because Canada was among the first countries to make a pre-order with Moderna, the country is guaranteed to receive a certain portion of the company's initial batch of doses as long as the vaccine proves safe and effective and is given regulatory approval. "The people who were willing to move early on with even less proof of the efficacy have assured the amount of supply they were willing to sign up to," Afeyan said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live. "Nothing that happened subsequently can affect that." Moderna's mRNA vaccine is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials and preliminary data released two weeks ago show it appears to be 94.5 per cent effective. Millions of doses procured The federal government secured an agreement on Aug. 5 with Moderna for 20 million doses of its vaccine, with the option to procure an additional 36 million doses. The U.S. announced a deal for up to 500 million doses just days later while the U.K. and European Union inked deals with Moderna only in the past two weeks. In total, Canada has procured some 358 million doses from seven companies — the most per capita of any country in the world, according to research from Duke University's Global Health Institute. WATCH | Federal government pressured on when Canadians will get COVID-19 vaccine Despite that promising news, the Liberal government came under intense pressure this week to lay out a timeline for when Canadians will begin receiving an inoculation as countries like the U.S., U.K. and Germany have all announced plans to begin vaccinating their populations in December. Opposition politicians and some premiers argued Canada was falling behind other countries in its planning after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians would have to wait to get vaccinated because the first doses of any vaccine will go to people in the countries where the vaccines are being manufactured. Federal officials said on Thursday that if all goes well as many as three million Canadians — mainly those in "high-priority groups" — could be vaccinated in early 2021. One day later, Trudeau said that Canada is on track to vaccinate nearly every person who wants a shot by September 2021. But officials have provided few details about the government's plan to roll out a vaccine once Health Canada gives one the green light. Conservative critiques At a press conference on Sunday, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole repeated his view that Canada is behind other countries in procuring a vaccine. "While the Americans and the British are talking about mass vaccination throughout December and January, our government is now talking about getting Canadians vaccinated by September," O'Toole said. "We need to show Canadians that there is a plan for the vaccine." O'Toole said the Trudeau government only turned its attention to pre-ordering tens of millions of vaccine doses from companies such as Pfizer and Moderna in August after its collaboration between the National Research Council and Chinese vaccine maker CanSino collapsed following months of delays. "I would not have put all our eggs in the basket of China," O'Toole said. Regulatory approval pending Companies have compressed the time it normally takes to develop a vaccine by initiating the manufacturing of doses even before studies into their efficacy are completed as part of a global effort to develop COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as possible to bring the pandemic to an end. Moderna is in the process of applying for emergency-use authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Once the company obtains that authorization, Afeyan said it will begin shipping doses to countries that have made pre-orders, including Canada. Afeyan said he expects to start shipping the vaccine to Canada in the first quarter of 2021 and the quantity of shipments should increase through the second quarter and throughout the rest of the year. The company expects to be able to produce a total of 20 million doses by the end of 2020 and between 500 million and 1 billion doses throughout 2021. Moderna submitted early safety and pre-clinical data from Phase 1 and 2 trials with Health Canada last month as part of the regulator's rolling regulatory review process. Health Canada must approve any COVID-19 vaccine before it can be distributed to Canadians. Experts say Moderna's vaccine — which requires two shots taken 28 days apart — will be relatively easy to store and distribute because the vaccine can remain stable at normal fridge temperatures of 2 C to 8 C for 30 days. By contrast, another leading candidate manufactured by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer must be shipped and stored at -70 C. WATCH | Health Minister on how the federal government should address vaccine hesitancy: Health Minister Patty Hajdu said it's difficult to nail down a delivery date at the moment for any of the leading vaccine candidates because of the long list of uncertainties stemming from unfinished clinical trials, ongoing regulatory reviews, and manufacturing and logistical challenges related to distribution. "We're all anxious to get out of this mess as a world, but certainly as a country as well," Hajdu said. "As Canada's health minister, I'm staying focused on Canadians and on our own process, making sure our delivery plans are well laid out and that we have what we need in terms of being able to deliver on the variety of different kinds of vaccines." Hajdu added that her top priority is ensuring that Health Canada has what it needs to make sure the regulatory process proceeds smoothly so that any vaccines that are approved are safe and effective.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. A senior administration official said on Sunday that Kushner is to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi city of Neom, and the emir of Qatar in that country in the coming days.
C’est, sous la présidence d’honneur de monsieur Jean Dion, fondateur du Groupe Dion, que la vingt-quatrième campagne de financement de la Ressource pour personnes handicapées Abitibi-Témiscamingue/Nord-du-Québec a débuté, le 10 novembre dernier, sous le thème « Ensemble, cultivons la bienveillance ». C’est avec fierté que j’ai accepté d’assumer la présidence d’honneur de la 24e édition du Téléthon de la Ressource pour personnes handicapées Abitibi Témiscamingue/Nord-du- Québec. « C’est tout d’abord, parce que je souhaite redonner à la communauté, que j’ai répondu positivement à la demande que Rémy m’a adressée. Aussi, lorsque l’on a eu la chance de bénéficier de la confiance des gens, nous pouvons en retour faire confiance aux autres » fait savoir, le président d’honneur de l’édition, monsieur Jean Dion. « De plus, avec l’implication dans la communauté dont il fait preuve depuis des années, j’ai su que je pouvais accorder ma confiance à Rémy Mailloux » a-t-il ajouté. Une production télévisuelle « Ressource », l’organisme organisateur de l’activité, a annoncé que l’activité maîtresse de cette campagne se tiendra le dimanche 31 janvier 2021 de 16 h à 22 h, au Théâtre du cuivre de Rouyn-Noranda. Cette édition sera diffusée en direct et sur les ondes de la station télé NOOVO Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Ce téléthon prendra l’allure d’une production télévisuelle que la population devra visionner à la télévision ou via Internet. Par souci de protection pour toute la population et les artisans du Téléthon, le public ne sera pas en mesure cette année d’accéder à l’intérieur du Théâtre du cuivre. « Nous souhaitons que la population collabore au défi que nous nous sommes fixés, soit de donner l’équivalent de 10% des dons reçus de l’ensemble des donateurs et commerces de la région de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue et Nord-du-Québec » souhaite le président d’honneur de l’édition. « Par cet engagement, nous souhaitons de tout cœur démontrer que notre région est capable d’agir comme une grande famille en s’unissant pour aider ceux qui en ont vraiment besoin. Notre volonté ultime est de remettre à la société ce qu’elle nous donne. Tous ensemble, nous devons être redevables de ce que la communauté nous donne et faire profiter les gens d’ici de nos ressources, tant humaines que financières » a-t-il expliqué. Un nouvel objectif fixé Le nombre de demandes d’aide qui est en constante augmentation, pousse les organisateurs à se fixer un nouvel objectif de 450 000 $. « Ce montant permet de répondre aux besoins de nos membres tout en respectant la grande générosité des témiscabitibiens. Notre comité organisateur, formé d’indéfectibles bénévoles qui œuvrent pour notre cause depuis nombre d’années, appuiera notre président d’honneur régional dans l’atteinte de cet objectif. En effet nos coordonnateurs/coordonnatrices et parrains/marraines d’honneur, eux-mêmes épaulés par des responsables de municipalités, constituent le réseau vital qui permet la réussite de nos téléthons » précise le directeur général de Ressource, monsieur Rémy Mailloux. Un thème bien choisi Pour le président d’honneur monsieur Jean Dion, le thème de ce Téléthon, « Ensemble, cultivons la bienveillance! » est bien choisi. « Pour réussir ce défi, nous savons que nous devons compter sur la générosité de notre population et nous allons nous joindre à elle pour redonner le sourire aux gens dans le besoin. Je souhaite que les personnes handicapées de notre grande région soient fières elles aussi de notre implication et du résultat du Téléthon 2021 » a-t-il conclu., Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
LOS ANGELES — George Clooney is just like us, maybe. The star said he does his own haircuts with a device famously touted in infomercials.In an interview on “CBS Sunday Morning,” the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker said he's been cutting his own hair for more than two decades.“My hair is really like straw,” Clooney said of his thick, salt-and-pepper thatch. “So it's easy to cut, can't really make too many mistakes. So years ago, I bought a thing called a Flowbee."“You did not,” said skeptical interviewer Tracy Smith.“The thing with the vacuum cleaner and clippers, yeah. I still have it," Clooney replied. “My haircuts take, literally, two minutes. ”Flowbee sales surged when the coronavirus pandemic limited access to salon and barber shops in some areas, Fortune magazine reported in late March. But as Clooney told CBS News correspondent Smith, he's been cutting his hair “for 25 years” and relies on the Flowbee.The product's Texas-based maker didn’t immediately respond Sunday to a request for comment.The device, first marketed in the late 1980s, has become entrenched in popular culture: It was spoofed in the movie “Wayne's World" and served as a punchline in TV's “Glee" and “The Nanny.”Stan Rosenfield, Clooney's longtime publicist, said Sunday he didn't know if Clooney tends his own hair. Although the actor is famed for pranking his co-stars, Rosenfield said it seemed unlikely this was one of his practical jokes.___AP Business Writer Sarah Skidmore Sell contributed from Portland, Oregon.Lynn Elber, The Associated Press
NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller, the most famous walk-on in U.S. college football this season, isn't ready to walk away from the sport.After the soccer player-turned kicker became the first woman to play in a Power Five conference football game, Fuller said she wants to remain a member of the team.“I'll stay around as long as they want me, till they like, kick me off,” Fuller said Sunday. “So I'm here for the long run.”Fuller stayed in the COVID-19 testing protocol and was attending meetings Sunday with Vanderbilt (0-8), a day after making history by kicking off to open the second half of a 41-0 loss to Missouri. Fuller executed a squib kick that travelled 30 yards before the ball was smothered by Missouri with no chance for a return.Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, who was fired Sunday, turned to Fuller because COVID-19 issues had left the team with few options for kicking specialists. Graduate transfer Oren Milstein, a 5-foot-7 kicker, had opted out before the season.The other kickers on the Vanderbilt roster are 6-foot Pierson Cooke and 6-1 Wes Farley. Vanderbilt is just 3-of-7 on field goals this season with Cooke's 41-yarder at Mississippi State the longest made.Vanderbilt does not have a men’s soccer team and the football team wanted to add an athlete already in the school’s COVID-19 protocols.Mason said Fuller was the best option and on Saturday she was the only kicker suited up for the Commodores.On Sunday, Fuller said she spoke with special teams co-ordinator Devin Fitzsimmons about staying with the team and he was in favour of it. Fuller said her longest field goal in practice last week was 38 yards, and she believes she can improve as a kicker with more reps.“I asked for some film on some NFL kickers that are comparable to how I kick so I can refine that," Fuller said.Vanderbilt visits Georgia on Saturday, and school officials are hoping to reschedule a final home game against Tennessee that was postponed by the Southeastern Conference.Fuller was trending on social media during and after Saturday's game. People weighed in both cheering and criticizing the 6-foot-2 senior goalkeeper for making the football team less than a week after helping Vanderbilt win the Southeastern Conference women's soccer tournament title.Billie Jean King was among those supporting Fuller with a tweet noting more sports history had been made.“Congratulations to @SarahFuller_27, the women players who came before her, the athletes of women’s football, and all those working on both the sidelines and back offices for blazing trails for the next generation,” King wrote.Fuller said she grew up with the U.S. women's national soccer team as her role models. That made a tweet of support from Mia Hamm, who wrote on Twitter that she watched with her daughters as Fuller made history, also stand out amid the social media flood.But as an athlete, Fuller said she's used to taking criticism and being able to ignore people whose opinions aren't important. Being an athlete at a Division I program, regardless of sport means having a strong mental attitude.“All these little comments and people saying, you know, whatever, it’s nothing because they don’t understand how difficult it can be to just even get to the point of winning an SEC championship,” Fuller said. "And it was just, I mean, luck of the draw that I happened to be available to be a kicker.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press
Au contraire à ce qui a été véhiculer comme informations, le pont entre Béarn et Fabre ne sera pas fermé mais plusieurs restrictions seront en vigueur à la suite de son inspection par la direction générale de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue du Ministère des Transports (MTQ). « Nous ne fermons pas le pont. Il n’en a d’ailleurs jamais été question. En revanche, à la suite d’une inspection, le pont P-07452 doit être réduit en charges à 10 tonnes pour tous les types de véhicules. Le pont est présentement affiché aux charges légales » nous fait savoir le conseiller en communication de la direction générale de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue du Ministère des Transports, monsieur Luc Adam. De la corrosion au niveau des poutres Cette décision trouve son fondement en se basant sur un minutieux diagnostique technique et pour des raisons sécuritaires. « Le pont P-07452 enjambe le ruisseau l’Africain et est situé sur la route 391 à environ 200 mètres de l’intersection de la route 101 vers le nord. Le pont présente de la corrosion au niveau des poutres et des chevêtres. Or, Étant donné la faiblesse du pont, la baisse de charges vise à protéger la structure tout en assurant la sécurité des usagers et ainsi d’éviter la fermeture » nous explique le conseiller de communication. « Un projet de reconstruction complète de ce pont est en préparation au MTQ mais ces travaux ne peuvent être faits à court terme. Le MTQ travaille cependant à une solution de rétablissement à court terme avec le pont existant » a-t-il ajouté. Impact sur le transport lourd À noter que le débit journalier qui passe sur le pont est de 570 véhicules, dont 38 % de transport lourd. « La réduction de charges aura un impact sur le transport lourd en provenance de Scierie Béarn (25 km de plus vers le sud du Témiscamingue) et le Centre de tri de la MRC (35 km de plus vers le sud du Témiscamingue). Le détour se fait par les routes 391, 382 et 101 via Ville-Marie » souligne Luc Adam. La direction générale de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue nous informe que les partenaires (municipalités, entreprises, transport scolaire, service d’urgences, etc.) ont été informés le 16 novembre 2020. L’autobus scolaire n’est épargné Afin de respecter les nouvelles mesures, le déneigement qui est sous la responsabilité du MTQ dans ce secteur, sera effectué avec un véhicule léger de moins de 10 tonnes. « L’autobus scolaire pourra continuer à y circuler, compte tenu que son poids est inférieur à 10 tonnes. Ainsi un nouvel affichage sera en place dans les prochains jours et par l’occasion un communiqué de presse sera alors diffusé pareillement » précise le conseiller de communication.Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
ATLANTA — Bishop Reginald Jackson stepped to the microphone at a drive-in rally outside a church in southwest Atlanta as his voice carried over a loudspeaker and the radio to people gathered in, around and on top of cars that filled the parking lot.“Let’s keep Georgia blue," Jackson said. “Let’s elect Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock to the United States Senate.” The presiding bishop of more than 400 African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia added a pastoral flourish as horns honked and supporters cheered: “If I have a witness, somebody say amen!"As Georgia becomes the nation’s political hotspot this winter before twin runoff elections Jan. 5 that will determine control of the Senate, faith-based organizing is heating up.Conservative Christians are rallying behind Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, while Black churches and liberal-leaning Jewish groups are backing Democratic challengers Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The Democrats' fates are seen as intertwined in a state that this year turned blue in the presidential election for the first time since 1992 by a razor-thin margin.“These runoffs are critically important,” Jackson said. “We want to make sure there is no decrease in turnout.”Across Georgia, the African Methodist Episcopal Church is implementing a program designed to ensure its members, and Black voters overall, cast ballots in the runoff — focusing on votes by mail and early in-person voting. Pastors at each church remind tens of thousands of congregants every week to apply for an absentee ballot and of early voting dates, Jackson said in an interview. Each local church also follows up with congregants to make sure they have a plan to vote.The New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan voter mobilization group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor in 2018, is also preparing to tap the influence of faith communities in stoking turnout.Rev. Billy Honor, director of faith organizing at the group, said the conservative Christian Faith & Freedom Coalition — founded by former Georgia GOP chairman Ralph Reed — has long positioned Georgia “as the home of evangelical fundamentalist types when it comes to the political space."“But the truth is, for a very long time, there has been an active, effective movement of progressive-minded, justice-centred clergy” who have worked in the state on voting rights, health care and other issues, Honor added. He said Warnock was part of that work before his candidacy. Warnock is senior pastor at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, the congregation led by the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.Meanwhile, Loeffler and Perdue can expect to benefit from a conservative Christian base that has long boosted the state’s Republicans. Faith & Freedom made Georgia one of its top three spending targets in a $50 million get-out-the-vote program during the general election and plans increased organizing for the runoffs.The reach of "the evangelical vote in Georgia is very large and very strong,” Timothy Head, the group’s executive director, said in an interview.Head noted that while President Donald Trump kept a strong hold on white evangelical voters this year, Perdue out-performed Trump in Georgia during the general election. President-elect Joe Biden may have won over some evangelicals by contrasting his character with that of Trump, Head said, but he argued that the same sort of case would be harder for Democrats to make against Loeffler and Perdue.Another faith-focused conservative group, the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, is holding trainings and pastor briefings before the runoffs. The anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, whose president advised Trump’s reelection campaign on Catholic outreach, has announced a $4.1 million plan to boost Loeffler and Perdue through a partner political action committee.Religious issues already have become a campaign flashpoint in the runoff. The GOP has resurfaced excerpts from past Warnock sermons to assail him as insufficiently supportive of the military as well as anti-Israel. The Democrat signed a letter last year comparing Israel's policy toward Palestinians to “previous oppressive regimes" and criticized it in a 2018 sermon, while also calling for a two-state solution in the region.Warnock pushed back in a recently released television ad, saying the attacks are “trying to scare people by taking things I’ve said out of context from over 25 years of being a pastor.”One group criticizing Warnock as too left-leaning on Israel, the Republican Jewish Coalition, is also mobilizing on behalf of the GOP incumbents.Jewish Democrats in Georgia predicted that the GOP attack on Warnock’s Israel record would fall flat, citing his record of friendship with the Jewish community through his pulpit at Ebenezer.Sherry Frank, president of the Atlanta section of the National Council of Jewish Women, said she sees “no doubt in the Jewish community about (Warnock’s) stance on Israel and anti-Semitism.” Frank's group is conducting nonpartisan voter turnout work for the runoffs.Georgia’s Jewish Democrats also see, in Ossoff and Warnock, candidates whose joint push for the Senate harkens back to a tradition of Black and Jewish leaders working together during the civil rights movement. Warnock has a bond with a prominent Atlanta rabbi whose predecessor at the synagogue was close with King.Warnock is viewed “as the inheritor" of King’s legacy, said Michael Rosenzweig, co-chair of the Georgia chapter of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, which has endorsed both Democrats. “And to the extent that Jews were supportive of the civil rights struggle and supportive of (King), I think they look supportively on Rev. Warnock.”Ossoff, who is Jewish, has defended Warnock against GOP criticism over Israel and fondly recalled his own connection to the late Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia civil rights leader who endorsed Ossoff before his death in July. In October, Ossoff said he and Lewis talked during their first meeting about “the bond between the Black and Jewish communities, marching alongside rabbis and young Jewish activists in the mid 1960s ... and how important it was that these communities be brought together."___Schor reported from Washington.___Associated Press religion coverage receives support from the Lilly Endowment through the Religion News Foundation. The AP is solely responsible for this content.Elana Schor And Ben Nadler, The Associated Press
La Fondation Émergence a tenu une formation le 26 novembre à 15h, destinée à tous les milieux et services offerts aux aînés de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Cette formation spéciale inclura, en plus d'informations sur les enjeux vécus par les aînés LGBTQ+ et les bonnes pratiques, une intervention de deux organismes de la région, Fierté Val-d'Or et la Coalition d'aide à la diversité sexuelle de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue ainsi qu'un témoignage d'une aînée locale. « Notre objectif est de rendre les milieux et services aux aînés inclusifs à la diversité sexuelle », fait savoir le chargé de programme à la Fondation, Julien Rougerie. La sensibilisation des milieux des aînés Pour monsieur Rougerie, il est important de sensibiliser les milieux aînés à la réalité des personnes aînées LGBTQ+ pour que ces dernières puissent vivre dans un environnement sain et inclusif. « Malheureusement, l'invisibilité des communautés LGBTQ+ au sein des aînés renforce l'idée qu'il n'est pas nécessaire d'en parler et de démontrer son ouverture. C'est donc d'autant plus important de parler de ces enjeux au public », a-t-il ajouté. Le choix de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, selon Julien Rougerie, s’explique par la dimension collaborative avec plusieurs acteurs dans la région. « Nous y avons des partenaires, comme Fierté Val-d’Or dont nous finançons le projet Vieillir en couleur », a-t-il expliqué. Les enjeux de la population LGBTQ+ Si la COVID-19 a mis en lumière l’état fragile dans lequel se trouvent nos aînés, pour Julien Rougerie, il n’y a pas que la pandémie actuelle qui crée des dommages au sein de cette communauté. Les aînés LGBTQ+ demeurent une population largement invisible et donc particulièrement vulnérable. « Lors de notre dernière tournée, la majorité des résidences avaient refusé d’accueillir nos formations et outils, 100 % gratuits pourtant… Le tabou de la diversité sexuelle et de genre est très tenace dans ces milieux, notamment auprès de la direction qui ne souhaite pas toujours réaliser qu’ils peuvent bel et bien avoir un rôle à jouer pour des milieux plus accueillants envers le 10 % de leur clientèle qui est LGBTQ+, mais qui est contrainte de rester ou de retourner dans le placard », poursuit monsieur Rougerie. Rejet et discrimination À noter que la majorité des personnes aînées de la diversité sexuelle et de genre ne sont pas à l’aise d’être qui elles sont dans les milieux et services qu’elles fréquentent. Cela s’expliquerait, en partie par les multiples expériences de rejet et de discrimination qu’elles ont subies au cours de leur vie. Et plus leur âge est élevé, plus ces expériences ont été intenses.Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
A new program that will pay for former youth in care to go to university is money well spent, according to both Memorial University's president and an advocate for children in foster care.The program will cover the cost of four years of undergraduate tuition and fees for young people who have been in the foster care system, something MUN President Vianne Timmons says will give those students "a hand up." "It's really important for those young people to see, and to know, that university is accessible for them … I wanted to make sure that this group in particular had the hope and the resources for a positive future," she said."We do have scholarships and bursaries to support lots of students but we wanted to target this group because so many, when they hit 18 years old, are lost. They don't have the system behind them to support them."The university said in a news release Thursday that the program would be made available for 20 students, but Timmons told CBC News she's willing to expand it if necessary."I guarantee you, if there's more than 20 that step up, we're lifting that cap. Our registrar does not know that yet, but I'm saying this," she said."I want to make sure that anyone who has gone through the foster system has access to a university education with undue harm."> This is a program that changes lives. \- Vianne TimmonsTimmons said the initiative is so important to her, she will personally donate enough money to cover the tuition of one of the students availing of the program."[I] came from a family where no one went to university. All six of us, my brothers and sisters, got access to a university education. It changed our lives," she said."So this is a program that changes lives."In addition to putting forward her own money, Timmons said the university will be looking for donations and reviewing its own spending to cover the cost of the program, diverting funds from other areas if necessary.The program will launch in the Spring 2021 semester with Timmons saying the program will continue as long as she is president, and hopefully long after.'A game changer'Heather Modlin, provincial director of fostering agency Key Assets, says the program will likely have a huge effect in the lives of the young people who avail of it."This has the potential to really be a game changer for children in care and children who have been in care," she said.Modlin said making a education more accessible to youth who have been in foster care is a vote of confidence in those children from the university."I've worked with young people in care for a really long time and I've known some extraordinarily intelligent, innovative, creative, resilient young people who haven't always had the same opportunities in life that other children may have," she said."When children know there's an opportunity, they will rise to meet that … children in care have gotten a really loud and clear message from the university that we believe in you, you belong here and we want to make it possible for you to come to university."And the effect of program goes beyond the individual, Modlin said."Whenever we give people an opportunity to get out of a cycle and create a healthier cycle, there are economic benefits, there are mental health benefits, there are impacts on our health care [system]."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
POTLOTEK — A housing shortage in Potlotek First Nation led one young mother of three to take matters into her own hands when she moved into a vacant home on Nov. 23. The house was promised to another family, but Amanda Marshall says she was desperate. “I love my kids and I’m willing to do anything for them," said the 27-year-old. Marshall has three children ages eight, four and two and says the three-bedroom duplex they were living in was too small for her five-person family.The house is at 8 Estherrich Road. It has a yard, five bedrooms and two baths - all Marshall could hope for. She’s currently taking a business administration program at the Nova Scotia Community College and says she finally has enough space to study. Marshall can send her kids to play in their rooms while she focuses on schoolwork. “I've never seen them so happy in my life,” says Marshall. Her son says he is happy to finally have a home. But she's already received two letters from Potlotek chief and council asking her to exit the premise within 24 hours. Marshall is refusing to leave and thinks the duplex would be fine for the other family. Chief Wilbert Marshall sees it differently. “We’re trying to be fair, but she can’t just move into a house in the middle of the night,” he says. He was travelling when the Cape Breton Post was able to reach him. Marshall is aware the community has a housing shortage but says there are policies in place. He said the duplex is new and was built about four years ago and Amanda Marshall's family is welcome to move back into it. He says the awaiting family is larger than hers but Amanda Marshall disagrees. The chief says the community is building two more houses and hopes to build more but they face barriers. He says they need more land and are lobbying the federal government for housing funding. He is hopeful the moderate livelihood fishery can help. He is hopeful the fishers can begin to build their own houses. “It's such a small community and we need to all get along,” said Wilbert Marshall. The community was offering to build homes for smaller-sized families living in larger homes, but he says it's their choice to take it. Wilbert Marshall says the band tries to stay out of housing disputes because the band lacks an enforcement officer. Amanda Marshall says at least 18 other families forced their way into homes without repercussions, but Wilbert Marshall disagrees, and he says a housing bylaw has been in place since 2007. Amanda Marshall thinks she is being targeted by the band but other community members have expressed a desire for her to leave the home. She says she’ll continue to fight to stay there and plans to read the Indian Act to see what rights she may have to stay in the home. “I’m scared it's going to be taken away, but the thought of having a home brings so much joy." Wilbert Marshall says more information will be available Monday, Nov. 30, the date Amanda Marshall says she's been asked to leave the house. -30-Oscar Baker III, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cape Breton Post
OPEC and allies led by Russia have yet to find a consensus on oil output policy for 2021, after an initial round of talks on Sunday and ahead of crucial meetings on Monday and Tuesday, four OPEC+ sources told Reuters. OPEC+, a grouping comprising members of the of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, plus Russia and others, had been due to ease production cuts from January 2021, but a second coronavirus wave has reduced demand for fuel around the world. OPEC+ is now considering rolling over existing cuts of 7.7 million barrels per day, or around 8% of global demand, into the first months of 2021, sources have said.
If citizens disbelieve the institutions that count ballots and the organizations that accurately report on those results, it will impossible to agree on what a legitimate election looks like.
FAITS DIVERS. Ce qui s’apparente à un malaise de son conducteur aurait occasionné la collision d’un véhicule avec un dix roues stationné devant l’épicerie IGA de Nicolet. L’accident qui a eu lieu le 29 novembre peu après 10h s’est conclut par un blessé mineur. Celui-ci a été reconduit au centre hospitalier de Nicolet par les ambulanciers. Notons que les pinces de désincarcération du Service de sécurité incendie ont été nécessaires pour extirper le conducteur du véhicule indique la Sûreté du Québec. Stéphane Lévesque, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Hebdo Journal
It's cold, it gets dark early, and we're in the midst of a pandemic.In these tough times, food is one of the few things we can take comfort in.That's why at All Points West we have been doing the leg work to find some of the best comfort food in Greater Victoria — to help us all get through what looks to be an arduous winter ahead.Initially, the classic staples like chowders and curries sprung to mind. But as the journey continued, a burning question emerged: What is comfort food?The adventure started with a trip to Chinatown for a visit to a place called Noodle Fans, famed for its beef noodle soups.Owner Chris Lee says he wanted to serve food that people eat at home in China. "The kids like it, the friends like it, so we can copy it in the restaurant," said Lee.Mini He works at Noodle Fans. She says there are several good reasons why noodle soups are a breakfast comfort food in China."It's fast, it warms you up, it fills you and gives you energy to start your day; that's why it's super popular," said He.Noodle Fans initially had a lot of customers wanting to order the westernized Chinese food they were familiar with, like stir-fried noodles. "A lot of Canadians, they refuse to try anything with the soup. A lot of time they will ask for something dry or fried," said He. But customers who are more open-minded often come around, she said. "After they try our classic dish, the beef soup, they say, 'Oh, you were right, the broth is really rich!" 'This food changed them'Trying to expand people's idea of comfort food is a challenge faced not only by Noodle Fans. Trini to D Bone is a Trinidadian restaurant in Victoria that All Points West listener Yoni Bremner recommended. "The rotis fill your mouth and belly with warm, succulent, tender, excellently spiced ingredients wrapped in the most fresh and delicate flatbread wrap," Bremner wrote in an email.Jeffrey and Nirmala Singh are the husband and wife duo behind Trini to D Bone. The restaurant was born out of necessity when Jeffrey was laid off from his roofing job in 2008. The couple made the bold decision to open an authentic Trinidadian restaurant in a city with a very small Caribbean population."It was hard in the beginning because nobody on the Island had known about Trini cuisine," said Jeffrey.But Nirmala refused to compromise the authenticity of their food."I told Jeffrey off the bat, I am not westernizing my food," said Nirmala. "If you were to go into my mom's kitchen, this is exactly what you would get."After years of developing a small devoted following, word of mouth spread beyond the Trinidadian community and into the general public. And taste buds began to shift."At first when we started off, a lot of my customers would eat mild. Now, 10 years after, I can't even supply them with enough hot sauce ... this food changed them, they actually went out of their comfort zone," said Nirmala. Despite the huge amount of work involved in running a restaurant on their own, Jeffrey says the customers' reactions make it worthwhile."We have some customers that hug this [roti] wrap, put it next to their face as they're walking out, it brings a good feeling to your heart seeing this," said Jeffrey.
Peel police say city bylaw officers have doled out thousands of dollars in fines after about 60 people attended a party at a short-term rental unit in Mississauga, Ont.The party took place near Ninth Line and Deepwood Heights. Police were called to the house at 12:15 a.m.Officers went to the scene to help city bylaw officers who are handling enforcement of public health restrictions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Const. Kyle Villers told CBC Toronto. When police arrived, around half of the party-goers left and 29 people remained, he said. Const. Kyle Villers, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said 27 people who were considered guests at the party were given $880 tickets under the Reopening Ontario Act of 2020 for violating limits on gatherings.Two people who hosted the party received a summons that carries a minimum $10,000 fine under the same act. The two are accused of failing to comply a continued section 7.0.2 order.Of the 27 guests, two refused to identify themselves and police arrested and charged them with obstruction of justice, a criminal offence. The two were taken to a police station and were scheduled to attend a bail hearing on Sunday, he said.Villers said the house is short-term rental unit and the party-goers were young adults.Peel region is currently under the province's grey lockdown zone, in which no indoor gatherings are permitted unless people are members of the same household, with some exceptions, including support for seniors living alone. Ben Breit, spokesperson for Airbnb, the company that listed the short-term rental unit, said the party was "unauthorized." "Airbnb bans parties, and the reported behaviour is outrageous. We are in touch with Mississauga officials to offer our support and have deactivated the listing as we investigate further," Breit said in a statement on Sunday.Earlier this year, Airbnb announced a global ban on all parties.Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in a statement on Sunday that she was disappointed to learn about the large gathering."For weeks, I have been telling people to stay home, only leave home to get the essentials and limit your close in-person contact to just your immediate household," Crombie said. "Everyone has to play their part to get this virus under control. With numbers as high as they are, people must remain vigilant. The virus right now is controlling us, we're not controlling the virus," she said."These charges and tickets send a strong signal to the community that we are taking the situation extremely seriously and will not hesitate to enforce the rules."
SYDNEY – Digital Mi'kmaq continues to find ways to help Indigenous students access e-learning in Atlantic Canada by donating over 700 laptops to Indigenous communities across the Atlantic region. Chris Googoo, Ulnooweg’s chief operating officer, says the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the systemic barriers Indigenous students face while accessing education. The company first helped with personal protection equipment but as the pandemic continued they switched gears to meet the needs of online learners. And the organization listened to the communities. Digital Mi’kmaq‘s “Backyard Science” programming is as an educational tool that balances modern science with Indigenous knowledge. Googoo sees it as an educational resource that helps Indigenous students see the link between the study of oceans, ecology and Indigenous knowledge. Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation also contributed $100,000 in grant funding to assist Indigenous communities to increase their educational capacity. Googoo says the laptops they donated cost between $800 to $900 each and were best-suited to run the special Digital Mi’kmaq programming it offered such as 3D tech, animation and robotics. About 250 of those laptops were donated to Nova Scotia with the majority headed to Eskasoni First Nation. “Nova Scotia still has accessibility issues,” says Googoo. He took part in a meeting that discussed the internet access challenges rural communities face in the province. Googoo says the province is committed to meeting those barriers by 2025. Both We’koqma’q and Eskasoni First Nation face internet accessibility issues because of their geographic locations and he knows communities are working to try to fix those problems. Eskasoni is still developing its own telecommunications company. But Digital Mi’kmaq did what they could by donating Chromebooks and laptops. Googoo said he was happy to help but he knows more issues need to be addressed. He thinks the Mi’kmaq education authority, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, is still chronically underfunded. Another issue laid bare by COVID-19 was access to food and food insecurity in Indigenous communities. And a partnership with the United Way helped five communities across the Atlantic provinces begin breaking ground on community food programs like food centres, community gardens and greenhouses. Potlotek First Nation is one that has already started on its greenhouse. The other communities include Lennox island, Eel River Bar, Annapolis Valley and Miapukek. Googoo says he's excited to find out what knowledge and stories on food security issues elders will pass on to younger Indigenous people.Oscar Baker III, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cape Breton Post
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin finished a recount of its presidential results on Sunday, confirming Democrat Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in the key battleground state. Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court even before the recount concluded.Dane County was the second and last county to finish its recount, reporting a 45-vote gain for Trump. Milwaukee County, the state's other big and overwhelmingly liberal county targeted in a recount that Trump paid $3 million for, reported its results Friday, a 132-vote gain for Biden.Taken together, the two counties barely budged Biden's winning margin of about 20,600 votes, giving the winner a net gain of 87 votes.“As we have said, the recount only served to reaffirm Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin," Danielle Melfi, who led Biden's campaign in Wisconsin, said in a statement to The Associated Press.Trump campaign spokeswoman Jenna Ellis said in a statement that the Wisconsin recounts have “revealed serious issues” about whether the ballots were legal, but she offered no specific details to validate her claim.“As we have said from the very beginning, we want every legal vote, and only legal votes to be counted, and we will continue to uphold our promise to the American people to fight for a free and fair election,” Ellis said.With no precedent for overturning a result as large as Biden's, Trump was widely expected to head to court once the recount was finished. His campaign challenged thousands of absentee ballots during the recount, and even before it was complete, Trump tweeted that he would sue.“The Wisconsin recount is not about finding mistakes in the count, it is about finding people who have voted illegally, and that case will be brought after the recount is over, on Monday or Tuesday,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “We have found many illegal votes. Stay tuned!”The deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday. Certification is done by the Democratic chair of the Wisconsin Election Commission, which is bipartisan.The Wisconsin Voters Alliance, a conservative group, has already filed a lawsuit against state election officials seeking to block certification of the results. It makes many of the claims Trump is expected to make. Gov. Tony Evers’ attorneys have asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss the suit. Evers, a Democrat, said the complaint is a “mishmash of legal distortions” that uses factual misrepresentations in an attempt to take voting rights away from millions of Wisconsin residents.Another suit filed over the weekend by Wisconsin resident Dean Mueller argues that ballots placed in drop boxes are illegal and must not be counted.Trump’s attorneys have complained about absentee ballots where voters identified themselves as “indefinitely confined,” allowing them to cast an absentee ballot without showing a photo ID; ballots that have a certification envelope with two different ink colours, indicating a poll worker may have helped complete it; and absentee ballots that don’t have a separate written record for its request, such as in-person absentee ballots.Election officials in the two counties counted those ballots during the recount, but marked them as exhibits at the request of the Trump campaign.Trump’s campaign has already failed elsewhere in court without proof of widespread fraud, which experts widely agree doesn’t exist. Trump legal challenges have failed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.The Associated Press
Polling done exclusively by Ipsos for Global News showed that 60 per cent of Canadians surveyed approve of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's performance in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and that Trudeau’s Liberals maintain their advantage over the Conservatives, with a five-point lead over the party.
Jolly old St. Nick made an appearance in Cornwall, Ont., this weekend for a physically-distanced Santa Claus parade — a celebration that's become a rarity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The "reverse" parade — which had the blessing of local public health officials — featured stationary floats which spectators drove past in their own vehicles, all part of a plan to keep people safe and crowds to a minimum.At the front of the line was the big man himself, Santa Claus, alongside his wife, Mrs. Claus."It's been a difficult year," Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clement said. "And children and teachers in particular have been troopers as they've gone back to school." "And we want to make sure that they have family time, that they enjoy Christmas and Santa." Health unit ensured rules were followedThe Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), which covers Cornwall, is currently considered to be a yellow zone, the second-lowest level on Ontario's pandemic alert scale. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, the top doctor for the EOHU, made sure the proper protocols were followed, Clement said. Other cities in eastern Ontario have chosen not to host parades during the pandemic. In Ottawa, the organizers of the annual Help Santa Toy Parade — one of a number held each year in the nation's capital — decided in September to call off this year's event.Kingston, Ont., chose to cancel its annual parade as well.Clement said her city felt it was important to still honour the tradition, as long as it was done safely and with the health unit's approval.'We are celebrating Christmas' While Santa Claus likely travelled the longest distance to make the event, he wasn't alone. Sue Torrance came from Prescott, Ont., about an hour's drive away, to see the floats decorated with lights."Our community doesn't have one," she said. "And we're doing it. We are celebrating Christmas." Torrance said she felt the parade kept people protected, with attendees bubbled within their vehicles. According to Clement, the parade's organizers held a similar event for Halloween and could be trusted to host Saturday's gathering safely. "[Children] might get a candy cane, which is delivered in a very safe way," the mayor said. "It was important to continue to celebrate, even though it's different [this year]."
Le nombre de cas de COVID-19 continue de grandir au centre d’hébergement Villa-Bonheur, à Granby. Les employés doivent faire face à une nouvelle éclosion dans le «secteur 3» de la résidence. Moins de cinq nouveaux cas se sont ajoutés dans le «secteur trois», qui était en veille d’éclosion jusqu’au dernier bilan. Un nouvel employé s’ajoute aux personnes atteintes de COVID-19 dans le «secteur 2» de l’établissement, portant le nombre à trois employés et onze résidents. Quant au «secteur 1», il demeure stable avec seize résidents atteints ainsi que trois employés. Toujours dans le milieu de la santé, les éclosions au CHSLD de l’hôpital Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins, au CHSLD Leclerc et au Riverain à Granby ainsi qu’aux résidences Dutch Lusignan à Bedford et du Mont à Granby demeurent stables. Aucun cas de coronavirus ne s’est ajouté depuis vendredi. Le centre d’hébergement Marie-Berthe-Couture et l’hôpital de Granby demeurent en veille d’éclosion. Une école s’ajoute Le CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS a annoncé dans son bilan de samedi que l’école de l’Étincelle de Granby enregistrait deux cas de COVID-19 entre ses murs. L’école compte deux pavillons, mais il n’est pas précisé si cette nouvelle éclosion provient du pavillon Saint-Marc ou du pavillon Saint-Luc ni si les deux personnes atteintes sont des élèves ou des membres du personnel. Il s’agit de la seule école primaire de la région aux prises avec une éclosion. Aucun nouveau cas ne s’est ajouté, samedi, au Cégep de Granby et aux écoles secondaires J-H-Leclerc, Massey-Vanier, l’Envolée et Mont-Sacré-Coeur, qui ont tous une éclosion en cours.Cynthia Laflamme, Initiative de journalisme local, La Voix de l'Est