Scenic sunrise with Beverly's dog Tala silhouetted in front.
Scenic sunrise with Beverly's dog Tala silhouetted in front.
Scientists say a year in which almost 200 tundra lakes drained away could point to what's in store for Canada's North.Between 2017 and 2018, 192 lakes in northwest Alaska lost at least a quarter of their area as the permafrost that held them melted. Canada has plenty of the same kind of landscape and can likely expect the same effects, said Claude Duguay, a University of Waterloo researcher and co-author of a new paper in the journal Cryosphere."It's pretty widespread," he said.Duguay and his colleagues examined some of the countless small, shallow lakes that dot the tundra of Alaska's Seward Peninsula. Many have been stable for millennia while others wax and wane depending on the stability of the permafrost that blocks water from draining both underneath and along the shoreline.During the winter of 2017 and into the summer 2018, the entire region experienced unusually warm temperatures and exceptionally heavy precipitation consistent with what climate change models predict across the Arctic. "These conditions are basically projections of what may be happening in the future," said Duguay.Warmer than usual — air temperatures that year averaged 0 C — and insulated by a thick blanket of snow, much of the permafrost that ringed the shores and sealed the bottoms melted away. In a single year, nearly 1,200 hectares of lake disappeared. That's more than 10 times the usual rate of change and twice the drainage of the previously worst year, 2005-06. Similar lakes sitting on similar geology are easy to find in Canada, Duguay said. They cover the Mackenzie Delta in the Northwest Territories, the Old Crow flats in Yukon and the Hudson Bay lowlands in Manitoba and Ontario. "Some of those regions are already showing similar trends," said Duguay, who added that Canada hasn't yet experienced anything like what happened in Alaska, but it could be coming."The process could accelerate," said Duguay. "That's what we've been seeing. There's been temperature increases of four degrees in the winter. Higher temperature and more snowfall will lead to these types of winters." The Northwest Territories has long been experiencing the effects of melting permafrost: sinking buildings, heaving roads and cracking airstrips. In 2015, a lake in the N.W.T. fell off a cliff when the permafrost holding it up melted. Losing lakes affects how people get around and use the landscape, Duguay said. And as well as being a clear sign of climate change, draining lakes also contribute to it. Permafrost is full of carbon from undecomposed plant material. Melting permafrost exposes that material, which generates both carbon dioxide and methane, the two main greenhouse gases.Canada's vast stretches of tundra hold millions of tonnes of such material, said Duguay."The draining of these lakes will lead to the remobilization of carbon." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2020.— Follow @row1960 on TwitterBob Weber, The Canadian Press
TEMAGAMI – A new park has been proposed to help enhance more healthy living in Temagami. Temagami resident Suzanne Daneault gave a presentation to council at the November 19 regular meeting on the potential Memorial Park. Daneault explained that she was contacted during the summer by Leede Jones Gable chair Donald Ross and he told her that the company wanted to start up a scholarship fund in memory of their vice-president of finance, Robb Hindson, who died in November 2019 and had owned an island in the Temagami area. Leede Jones Gable is a mid-size national investment firm with headquarters in Toronto. She said the company has collected $130,000 to fund the scholarship that will be awarded to students each year who are “going onto further education, whether it be trades, college or university. “They will apply and we will pick one student per year to get funds.” Beyond that, Daneault said that Ross asked her what Temagami would need and she responded to him that the municipality could use a playground. She said that Leede Jones Gable has put forward “an approximate amount of $15,000 for the beginning of a playground.” Daneault stressed that she didn’t come before council to ask for money, rather to ask for a commitment on a piece of property for the potential park – the parking lot located between the skate park and the medical centre. She said that she had acquired a letter of support from the Temagami Family Health Team that is in favour of using the parking lot as the site for the new playground. “There is also a letter of support from Living Temagami (Arts and Culture), which I will submit to the municipality for the park as well, saying that they will be assisting in any fundraising partnerships – if need be,” said Daneault. “The legion is also available to do the same thing.” PARK FEATURES Daneault explained that the new park would have many uses and features. “It’s a park that will allow seniors to have a place to exercise, so there’s outdoor exercise equipment,” she said. “There is a playground for children, which is the start of this with the memorial fund” with the potential for a splash park. She noted there is “great movement” in new splash parks that are low water volume and use. The video she had created for council (which wouldn’t play during the Zoom meeting due to technical issues) also detailed the park having an outdoor ping-pong table and a table with an outdoor chessboard. Regardless of the park’s final features, Daneault stressed that the project hinges on the town allocating the use of the parking lot. “The fundraising would come from the community, it would give us something to work for as we finish 2020 and work into 2021,” she said. “It will allow parents to give their kids something to work with.” Daneault said that issues may arise from those who currently use the parking lot but that “there are other alternatives” in the town for parking and that it isn’t as important as “building our downtown into something where people want to stop. “The community wants to use it, it’s part of our community and we all work at it to create what it is.” Daneault told council what she was looking for is a commitment to letting half of the parking lot be used for the new park and finding some parking solutions “so that we can actually get started on the project.” MOVING FORWARD Treasurer-administrator Craig Davidson said that deputy treasurer Sabrina Pandolfo is doing some research “because parking is an issue.” He explained that in the summertime, the parking lot between the skate park and medical centre is “fairly full” and that in other locations in town the municipality could extend different Land Use Permits that it has. However, he noted that it would come at a cost and Temagami would have to report it. Temagami Mayor Dan O’Mara thanked Daneault for her presentation and said council would have to have more discussions on potential land for the park and resolving the parking issues. He said more discussions will take place at council’s next meeting on December 10.Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker
Nisga’a Nation declared a state of local emergency on Nov. 26 amid rising COVID-19 cases and an exposure in the Nisga’a Elementary Secondary School community. Six school aged children have tested positive for the virus. Other positive cases are linked to two family gatherings in Gitlaxt’aamiks (New Aiyansh). As of Dec. 2, Nisga’a Valley Health Authority (NVHA) has confirmed 32 positive COVID-19 tests. “We are all in this together,” said Eva Clayton, Nisga’a Lisims president in a media release. “We must follow all provincial and Nisga’a health orders to ensure we stop further spread of this serious virus.” Until Dec. 10, entrance to Gitlaxt’aamiks will only be allowed from 8:00 a.m. to midnight — security personnel are monitoring the entrance to the village and patrolling the village from midnight to 7:00 a.m. According to a Nov. 26 Gitlaxt’aamiks Village Government communique, family gatherings and house-parties are prohibited and all offices, churches, and the recreation centre are closed. Masks are mandatory in the village and visitors to Gitlaxt’aamiks are prohibited. The communique states that the majority of COVID-19 cases in the Nass Valley are in Gitlaxt’aamiks and that house parties continue to be a concern. READ MORE: Students at Nisga’a school test positive for COVID-19 “We are meeting regularly and undertaking comprehensive COVID-19 management action,” said Brandi Trudell-Davis, NVHA chief executive officer in the Nov. 26 release. “We look to our Nation, communities, families and individuals to actively take precautionary measures to stop the spread. We are all in this together and and it is the only way we will all get through this.” NVHA is working with the Northern Health Authority to monitor and trace COVID-19 cases.Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News
Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one new case of COVID-19 and four new recoveries on Wednesday, as the province's chief medical officer of health says vaccine distribution will be slow going in its early days.The federal government is preparing to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine, once it receives necessary approvals, as early as January.Chief Medical Officer Dr. Janice Fitzgerald and the public health team is working to build a plan for distribution in Newfoundland and Labrador. Fitzgerald said the province will be getting shipments fairly slowly at first, and in the beginning its distribution will be able to go through the already in place vaccine distribution system. "I think we need to also consider how we're getting this vaccine is not have we've gotten, for example, flu vaccine where we get quite a large amount all at one," said Fitzgerald."I want to temper people's expectations for what's going to happen when we get a vaccine. It's going to be slow in the beginning and we'll get more doses as the months go on."Premier Andrew Furey told reporters he had spoken with federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc on Sunday about distribution. He said Newfoundland and Labrador's challenges differ from those seen in other jurisdictions, and the province has accepted military advice and expertise in the distribution. "We hope to have a broader announcement with more detail about a vaccine distribution committee, which will have military representation on it as such that we can operationalize, and plan and stress test, the plan prior to receiving the vaccine," Furey said. New caseThe new case reported on Wednesday is a man in the Eastern Health region between 20 and 39 years old who returned home from work in Nunavut.According to the Department of Health the man is self-isolating and contact tracing by public health is underway.Because of this case the Department of Health is asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 696 from Toronto to St. John's arriving Tuesday, Nov. 24 to call 811 to arrange COVID-19 testing.In the event of a negative test result, public health is encouraging all passengers to continue monitoring themselves for symptoms for a full 14 days from the time of their arrival in the province.The province's active caseload is now 30.Watch the full Dec. 2 update:During Wednesday's live COVID-19 briefing Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said she continues to hear about workplace Christmas parties being planned, after many days of warning against them and other gatherings over the holidays. "As I've said before this is just one year, and things will have to be different," said Fitzgerald. Health Minster John Haggie also said he has heard of New Year's Eve parties being planned, with virtual tickets suggesting patrons refrain from taking photos or even leave their cellphones at home."What I would suggest for the people who are seriously thinking of going to those, you are actually putting yourselves in harm's way," said Haggie. "There is no conceivable reason why a legitimate establishment would want you to not take a phone or not take photographs unless they're worried about the repercussions of what you might see and record on social media. We are much better than that, and you'll go home from a place like that with more than a hangover if you're not careful."Close eye on clustersOver the last couple of weeks the province has seen three small clusters of COVID-19 crop up in different areas of the province. On Wednesday Fitzgerald said the province is still following up on those clusters in Deer Lake and Grand Bank. "Some people in Grand Bank have gotten through their isolation periods, but not everyone has. So we're still following up, and same for Deer Lake — we're only about half way through that," she said. "We're watching things closely. Anyone who was a close contact may go on to develop symptoms, so that's certainly something we're watching out for. But, by and large, we know what's happening there and we feel comfortable with where we are now."Furey said an update on potentially returning to the Atlantic bubble will be provided on Monday. Travel formAs of Tuesday, the province increased its information-gathering from anyone arriving into Newfoundland and Labrador from elsewhere in Canada. All travellers, including rotational workers, must fill out an online form up to 30 days prior to their arrival. They will then receive a reference number that must be presented to border officials when they get to the province. People crossing the border between Labrador West and Fermont, Quebec will not have to fill out the form electronically in advance.Fitzgerald reassured anyone who already has a travel exemption, noting that it remains valid, but those people still need to fill out the online form to ensure smooth entry into the province.Newfoundland and Labrador's total caseload overall is now 340, with 306 recoveries.In total, 63,163 people have been tested since March — an additional 322 since Tuesday's update.Read more articles from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
EARLTON – Skaters will have to lace up elsewhere in Earlton this year. Armstrong Township council agreed to not have ice installed this winter at the Earlton Recreation Centre. Options were discussed and the decision was agreed upon at council’s regular meeting November 25. Mayor Jean Marc Boileau asked council what they wanted to do in terms of having the ice installed or not. He commented that the town could create an outdoor ice rink outside of the Recreation Centre, but users still would need to come inside the building to put on their skates or use the washrooms. “We have washrooms here but then you also have the gym-goers on the other side,” he said. Issues also were raised that if the ice was installed, the town would have to monitor the number of users in the change rooms and building to remain in line with COVID-19 protocols. Councillor Kevin Léveillé noted that Earlton’s winter festival isn’t happening this winter and Boileau said that École catholique Assomption had told him that its students wouldn’t be skating at the arena this school year. Councillor Michèle Rivard commented that the Englehart and Area Community Arena Complex has its ice installed and that if Earlton didn’t put its ice in that “it sucks that we wouldn’t have ours open, but at least the kids could still do public skating and they would have to go there.” Councillor Matt Golcic said that he didn’t feel Earlton’s arena numbers were all that high anyway and wondered what they were last season. Boileau responded that the arena had about 342 users last winter and part of those numbers were children who would come over with the school, but also that it didn’t happen very often. “Last year was a bad year,” he noted. “I don’t know why.” Council then asked acting public works foreman Caleb Fotheringham what his thoughts were on having ice installed or not so that they could come to a consensus on a decision. Fotheringham said that with no school users or other events happening this winter that he would recommend that the town doesn’t have ice this year at the arena. “If you want to have ice, I’m sure we can make it work, but I would recommend (that we have) no ice.” Council agreed and approved a motion for an ice-free arena this season.Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker
Downhill enthusiasts were out of the starting gate early as Castle Mountain Resort opened its doors this past weekend. The Huckleberry chair was operating Nov. 27 to 29 as part of the resort’s preview weekend. The opening marks the earliest that powder lovers have been able to visit the ski hill in over 10 years. With lockdowns and business closures an all-too-common aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic, the resort’s early opening is a welcomed positive achieved through co-operation between health officials and the Canada West Skiers Association. “It’s difficult to say there’s a bright spot in the middle of a terrible thing like a pandemic,” says Cole Fawcett, Castle Mountain Resort’s sales and marketing manager. “But in the ski industry, one of the bright spots of this whole thing is that the industry is closer than it’s ever been.” To ensure visitor safety at ski hills, individual resorts within the Association collaborated and received input from provincial health agencies to form a set of rules and guidelines for the 2020-2021 season. The result, continues Cole, is not only that safety measures will be consistent for ski resorts across Alberta and British Columbia but also the unity within the industry itself. “It’s been so heartwarming and wonderful that we’ve been working side by side with some resorts who we would consider to be some of our largest competitors,” he says. Safety measures at the hill essentially follow the public health recommendations for people to practise increased sanitization, physical distancing and wearing face coverings. Face coverings Face coverings are required at Castle Mountain when purchasing tickets, waiting in lift lines and riding the lift. Face coverings are also mandatory in outdoor areas where people may be gathering and while indoors. Visitors’ face coverings must be a solid piece of multi-layer fabric with a snug fit that fully covers the nose and mouth. Children five and under are the only exception to this requirement, though the ski hill also recommends they wear face coverings. Tickets and rentals For the 2020-21 season, no multi-day tickets are available. Only single-day tickets are offered, which can be purchased at www.skicastle.ca/tickets and on-site at the outdoor ticketing windows. The guest services area will be open only for people needing a season pass printed or replaced, as well as corporate ticket pickups, direct-to-lift upgrades and administration office inquiries. Currently, the ski hill does not anticipate needing to limit the number of daily ticket sales, though the number of guests will be monitored. Should public health restrictions increase in the future to limit visitors to the hill, season pass holders will have priority access.Rentals are still available through the Alpenland location at the resort. Visitors are encouraged to fill out their rental information before going to the hill online at https://bit.ly/RentAlpenland. Rentals can also be completed in person. Staff are available to help over the phone at 403-627-5389. Lodge Indoor spaces will be operating at reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing can be maintained. A dedicated entrance and exit has been established in the lodge to help manage the flow of visitors. No foot traffic will be permitted into the lodge through the snow school entrance. A valid season pass or day ticket is required to access the upstairs portion of the lodge. Bags, boots and other personal items cannot be left in the day lodge. Visitors are asked to store their items and change into their ski or snowboard boots in their vehicles. The downstairs area of the lodge is reserved for Castle Mountain staff only. Additional weatherproof shelters have been set up outside for guests wishing to warm up and enjoy their own lunch. Simplified food and drink options will be offered at the cafeteria and T-Bar Pub in order to balance health guidelines with service speed and guest needs. For the safety of visitors and staff, it’s asked that all visits to the lodge be less than 30 minutes. Guests using the outdoor eating areas are also asked to be aware of time so others can use the space. Additional sanitizing measures are in place to clean high-touch areas both during operations and after hours. Hand-sanitizing stations will be added to several base area locations. Lifts, snow school and cat skiing Cohorts and families are asked to ride the lift together. Single or double riders will not be forced to ride with anyone outside their cohort. Lift queue configurations will also be slightly different to facilitate physical distancing. While most snow school programs will still be available, supervised lunches and childcare services will not be provided this season unless specifically offered through a program, such as Little Castle Club. Private family lessons have also been added as a program option. Castle’s Powder Stagecoach cat-skiing operation is also continuing this season with minor adjustments. Group sizes have been reduced to one group of up to 12 guests each day. As a result, cat skiing is now being offered five days per week. Staff will no longer sit in the passenger cabin to facilitate guest comfort. Face coverings are mandatory inside the stagecoach, with all guests receiving a complimentary two-layer neck tube. The stagecoach and avalanche equipment will be sanitized at the end of each day. Season goals The staff at Castle Mountain are excited about bringing skiers and snowboarders world-class runs in an enjoyable, safe experience. While business profitability is important, Cole says the season’s measure of success is going to be much different than years past. “The main measurement of success is going to be: did people enjoy themselves, did they do it safely, were our staff safe, [and] did they enjoy themselves as much as possible given the circumstances,” he says. Learning through the experience, he adds, is also an opportunity for the resort to improve operations. “We hope that we take some of the practices that we’ve implemented that maybe actually enhance the experience of our guests and continue them on an ongoing basis.” Additional information is available on the resort’s website, www.skicastle.ca. A special page dedicated to Covid-19 measures will be updated as needed at www.skicastle.ca/covid19. Visitors are also encouraged to call 403-627-5101.Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze
An interesting product checks all the right boxes. The environmentally friendly Stojo collapsible containers could become your next go-to portable cup or water bottle. The containers open and fold like an accordion and are perfect for travellers or when you’re on the go and have no place for that large 16-ounce refillable cup. When collapsed, they become a leak-proof disc. They’re made of strong, food grade silicone, polypropylene or recyclable plastic. They’re free of BPAs, BPSs and phthalates. What’s more is these go-anywhere companions are dishwasher safe and can hold anything that fits – hot or cold, literally from fruits to nuts! The Stojo products were designed by New York dads, who were always on the go. They wanted to create the first ultra-portable, leak-proof reusable cup. It really does live up to the company motto: “have fun with less.” Stojo, like many people today, are on a mission to end aspects of our disposable culture. The environmental benefits are impressive. The company estimates that one Stojo product annually saves 23 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, 281 gallons of water and 16 pounds of solid waste. The cups range from 8 to a whopping 24 ounces, and $12 to $25. The bottle comes in a standard 20-ounce size. For more, visit https://stojo.co/ Mark Pavilons, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, King Weekly Sentinel
NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA: Local communities continue to report a number of active COVID-19 cases. On Sunday, November 29th, the Durham Region Health Department reported the highest number of new cases of the virus in the region, at 130. As of press time, the Durham Region Health Department is reporting Uxbridge continues to have the highest number of active cases in North Durham, with five people listed in isolation. The Durham District School Board reports three cases have been confirmed at Uxbridge public school, with two classes listed in isolation. The Uxbridge community has had 131 confirmed cases to date, with 105 listed as resolved and 21 deaths. Scugog currently has one case listed in isolation, and 28 resolved cases. Brock Township also has one case in isolation, and 20 resolved cases. Meanwhile, the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health unit is reporting Kawartha Lakes currently has six unresolved cases of the virus, 174 resolved cases, and 32 deaths.Dan Cearns, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Standard Newspaper
LOS ANGELES — Native American tribes and advocates are condemning “Big Sky,” a Montana-set ABC drama, for ignoring the history of violence inflicted on Indigenous women and instead making whites the crime victims.They also have assailed the network and the show's producers for failing to respond to their complaints, which they first made known in a Nov. 17 letter. On Tuesday, the makers of “Big Sky” broke their silence.“After meaningful conversations with representatives of the Indigenous community, our eyes have been opened to the outsized number of Native American and Indigenous women who go missing and are murdered each year, a sad and shocking fact," the executive producers said in a statement to The Associated Press.“We are grateful for this education and are working with Indigenous groups to help bring attention to this important issue,” according to the statement. The producers include David E. Kelley ("Big Little Lies," “The Undoing”) and novelist C.J. Box, whose 2013 book “The Highway” was adapted for the series.Created by Kelley, “Big Sky” stars Katheryn Winnick and Kylie Bunbury as private detectives searching for two white sisters on a road trip who go missing and turn out to be part of a pattern of abductions.With a disproportionate number of American Indians among Montana’s missing and murdered girls and women, the fictional approach represents “at best, cultural insensitivity, and at worst, appropriation,” said the signers, including the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council that represents all of Montana’s tribal nations.“I’m not at all surprised that they’re doing this because Hollywood’s been appropriating our trauma and our lived experience for years and years and years,” said Georgina Lightning, an actor and longtime activist. “And we’ve always cried about it. We’ve always called it out. But nobody ever cared. Nobody ever listened and nobody cared.”In the November letter, ABC was asked to consider adding an on-screen message steering viewers to information about the entrenched peril facing Indigenous women in North America. They cited “Somebody's Daughter,” a documentary detailing the murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls crisis, as it's known to those fighting the scourge.“This is such an easy fix for ABC to make,” the film's director, Rain, said in a statement. “Indigenous leaders are reaching out to ally and inform, to open a dialogue. They’re not asking for ‘Big Sky’ to be taken off the air,” he said, but instead be used to inform.When no response was forthcoming, the coalition took its effort public and enlisted support from other tribal organizations, including Canada’s Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association.“Two-thirds of this country doesn’t even know that Native Americans still exist," said Tom Rodgers, president of the Global Indigenous Council and a co-signer of the letter to ABC. “We thought, what a teachable moment.”In response to the producers' statement, a skeptical Rodgers said Tuesday he hadn't heard from anyone connected with the show and called for further details, including which Indigenous partners were being consulted.While more than 5,000 Indigenous women were reported missing in 2016 in the U.S., reporting by The Associated Press has shown the number is difficult to determine because some cases go unreported, others aren’t well-documented, and a comprehensive government database to track the cases is lacking.Advocates, including some lawmakers representing Native Americans, also link the long-standing problem to inadequate resources, indifference and a jurisdictional maze. The rise of the MeToo movement helped give the issue political heft, but Hollywood has lagged in paying heed.While Lightning said she was “a little bit shocked” when she saw a Native American tragedy mirrored in a story but without Native American characters, her years working in Los Angeles meant she wasn’t surprised. Now living in Alberta, she’s in the Canadian miniseries “Trickster,” about a dysfunctional Native family.“There's such resistance” to change in Hollywood, she said. "When you’re used to being one of the good old boys... there's no way they think they’re going to have to conform to the rest of society. It’s such an arrogance.”Native Americans are used to being routinely ignored by American popular culture, registering barely a blip on TV as they're usually seen on only one or two shows, such as Paramount Network's “Yellowstone.” A University of California, Los Angeles, study released this year found that Indigenous actors were cast in six of 1,816 broadcast and cable series roles for the 2018-19 season.But being slighted on the crucial issue raised by “Big Sky” is too bitter a pill to accept, said Rodgers, a Blackfeet Nation member whose Global Indigenous Council, an advocacy group for Indigenous peoples worldwide, helped organize the outreach to ABC.“The one thing we won’t be anymore is ignored. We’re not going to be made invisible, we will not be erased," he said.____Lynn Elber can be reached at email@example.com and is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.___This story has been corrected to use the accurate pronoun for filmmaker Rain.Lynn Elber, The Associated 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
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.MOVIES— Film history fans will get a meal out of David Fincher’s “Mank,” about “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz who is masterfully played by Gary Oldman. Shot in gorgeous black and white, “Mank” transports you into the depression era studio system, Upton Sinclair’s bid for governor, William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies’s elegant parties and to that bungalow in Victorville where the first draft of the classic Orson Welles film was composed. Available on Netflix on Friday, “Mank” is one of the year’s very best films and both a tribute to and searing critique of Hollywood’s golden age. Amanda Seyfried, as Davies, is one of the great performances of the year.— Another film full of excellent performances is “Sound of Metal,” starring Riz Ahmed as a punk metal drummer who experiences sudden severe hearing loss. The film, which is captioned in English, dives into the world of the deaf community with Ruben (Ahmed) in a way you’ve never seen or heard before. It’s the directorial debut of Darius Marder (a writer on “The Place Beyond the Pines”), who assembled an crack team of sound mixers and editors to create a unique auditory experience to simulate what Ruben is going through as he loses his hearing entirely.— If $30 was a little steep for your tastes to rent the new live-action “Mulan,” it’ll finally be free for Disney+ subscribers Friday. From director Niki Caro, this adaptation of the Chinese folk tale about a young woman who disguises herself as a man and takes her father’s place in the army, is breathtakingly beautiful, from the stunning landscapes to the colorful costumes. Although it may fall short on the kind of intoxicating story magic that the Disney label signifies, it is worth a watch and may just inspire some curious young viewers to delve into more Asian cinema classics. Also, if you find yourself missing the songs and Eddie Murphy, the animated 1998 version is also available on the service.— AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSIC— A house is not a home during the holiday season if Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is not blasting – daily! During a normal, non-pandemic year, Carey and her Christmas craziness would be on a holiday tour, bringing joy to fans and lambs in-person. Because live shows aren’t really a thing in 2020, she’s launching a holiday TV special on Apple TV+ on Friday. “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” will includes a mix of musical performances and dancing with amination. Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Tiffany Haddish, Misty Copeland and Carey’s 9-year-old twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe, will make special appearances.— Shawn Mendes released his debut album in 2015 and he’s dropping his fourth effort Friday. “Wonder” continues to showcase Mendes’ growth as a singer, songwriter and performer. The album features the singles “Wonder” and “Monster” with Justin Bieber, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot chart this week. Along with the album is the Netflix documentary called “Shawn Mendes: In Wonder,” which is available for streaming and follows Mendes’ rise and journey over the last few years.— Christmas came early when Carrie Underwood released her first holiday album in September, and on Thursday she’ll debut a musical TV special to accompany the album. On HBO Max’s “My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood” — conducted by award-winning musical director Rickey Minor — the country superstar is backed by a live orchestra, choir and her band. John Legend makes a special appearance and viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at Underwood’s 5-year-old son, Isaiah, recording his vocals for their version of “Little Drummer Boy.”— AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISION— “Selena: The Series” is described by Netflix as a coming-of-age drama that follows Selena Quintanilla from talented youngster to musical phenom, aided by her family. A breakthrough star in male-dominated Tejano music, the singer was just shy of her 24th birthday in 1995 when she was fatally shot by a former business associate. The two-part series debuts Friday with Christian Serratos (“The Walking Dead”) as Selena and Gabriel Chavarria (“East Los Angeles’) and Ricardo Chavira (“Desperate Housewives”) among the cast members.— The 11th and final season of the Showtime dramady “Shameless” debuts 9 p.m. EST Sunday, weaving the pandemic, urban gentrification and personal pressures into the lives of the Gallaghers of Chicago’s South Side. Aging patriarch Frank (William H. Macy) is facing the toll of longtime alcohol and drug abuse, while and Ian and Mickey (Cameron Monaghan, Noel Fisher) struggle as newlyweds. Deb (Emma Kenney) stands ready to give her all to single motherhood and Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) feels the same about his nascent law enforcement career.— Two respected veterans are behind “A Suitable Boy,” a limited series directed by filmmaker Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding,” “The Namesake”) and written by Andrew Davies (“Pride and Prejudice,” “House of Cards”). An adaptation of Vikram Seth’s 1,300-plus page novel of the same name, the 1950s, India-set drama revolves around a university student who’s shaping her identity as the newly independent country does the same. The all-Indian lead cast includes Tabu (“The Namesake,” “Life of Pi”) and Tanya Maniktala. The series debuts Monday, Dec. 7, on Acorn TV.— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber___Catch up on AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment.The Associated Press
A long-time familiar face in the Hudson’s Hope medical community has retired. Long-time resident and nurse Susan Worrall Soderstrom retired this summer after nearly 30 years serving the community. Soderstrom says her career has been a good one, and says she’s glad she stayed to practice in the small community, often filling much need gaps in medical services. “I’ve got good memories here, people growing up and moving on with their lives. It’s nice to see the generations come through and getting to know everyone,” said Soderstrom. “I went into it because I care about people.” Soderstrom started her career in the Prince George Regional Hospital, working in pediatric intensive care for several years, before moving back to Hudson’s Hope. “It was a big change coming from pediatrics to working with all the adults as well,” said Soderstrom. “But it was a good asset to have, with all the children in town here.” Soderstrom also worked in maternity and end of life care in Prince George. “Right from birth to holding their hands when they leave this world, I’ve done it all,” she said. “It was a great asset to have that experience.” Soderstrom says she’s seen a lot working in the small community — a sinkhole at the WAC Bennett Dam in 1996, fires in 1997, and working out of the District Office basement in 1995 while the current clinic was being built. “That was challenging, working out of the basement,” said Soderstrom, laughing. “The stairs. That was the hardest part, it wasn’t easy having to haul people up and down them.” Since then, Soderstrom has been a regular ‘Jill of all Trades’, stepping in over the years to help fill prescriptions and even taking courses to keep the heating system on at the clinic. Soderstrom says she’s looking forward to taking some time to work on some passion projects. “It’s been busy. You get in that work mode and it’s hard to get out of it, I’ve got to learn to relax and pace myself I think,” she said of retirement. “Once I get myself organized and sorted, I’d like to do some more watercolour painting and photography. Do some artsy stuff. I haven’t been able to do watercolours for six or seven years, just because it’s been too busy with work and home.” Northern Health is currently recruiting for a casual primary care nurse for Hudson's Hope. Email reporter Tom Summer at firstname.lastname@example.org.Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News
The Orangeville Public Library has followed the trend of finding creative solutions to Christmas in 2020, — new ways to bring their usual festive activities to children in the community. Beginning on Dec. 4, children young and old will be able to tune in every Friday and enjoy a recording of Santa reading around the fireplace. Videos will be posted to the Orangeville Public Library’s YouTube channel at 10 a.m. on Dec. 4, 11, 18, and on Christmas Day. Additionally, the library will extend the festive fun through holiday-themed story time craft kits for families to enjoy together at home. These kits will be available for pickup from the Mill Street branch beginning on Dec. 4, and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Stories with Santa program has been a favourite at the library over the years, with one aspect of it being Santa’s annual gift of literacy. This facet of the festivities will not be forgotten with the virtual event. Beginning on Dec. 18, children will be able to pick up a wrapped picture book at the Mill Street Library. There is a limit of one book per child, and quantities are limited. Additional virtual programming is available online during the closures via the library’s YouTube channel. Notifications are available by subscribing to the channel. For more information visit www.orangevillelibrary.ca.Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner
TORONTO — A coalition of about 50 retailers is calling on the Ontario government to lift COVID-19 restrictions for non-essential stores it claims is making things worse.In an open letter to Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott, the retailers argue that shutting down Toronto and Peel Region to restrict the virus's spread hasn't reduced the number of shoppers.Instead, consumers are funnelled into fewer, crowded stores and adjacent communities, which potentially creates greater health risk.The retailers say the current policy pushes more consumers to big-box and discount stores that remain open after being deemed essential, while thousands of small, independent and local stores are closed despite selling many of the same products.They say they have been forced to lay off workers instead of employing thousands of temporary people to handle the holiday sales rush.The business leaders are calling on the government to immediately open all retail stores in the province and impose a 25 per cent capacity limit on non-essential stores in lockdown regions."Large and small retailers need each other to create a vibrant retail ecosystem," said the letter signed by the heads of companies including Hudson's Bay, Canadian Tire, Birks and Ikea."Collectively, we are asking that you join with us in common cause and a shared commitment to keeping Ontario families safe and secure through this extraordinarily challenging period."The provincial government responded by noting the restrictions are aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians.Alexandra Hilkene, a spokeswoman for Elliott, said the government must limit opportunities for individuals to have close contact with others to help stop the spread of the virus.This includes allowing box stores to operate at half capacity."These necessary measures are being taken to limit community transmission of COVID-19 in order to keep schools open, safeguard health system capacity, and protect the province's most vulnerable populations," Hilkene wrote in an email Tuesday."To be clear, moving regions into a lockdown is not a measure this government takes lightly. However, as we have seen around the world, lockdowns are a difficult but necessary step to stop the spread, safeguard the key services we rely on and protect our health system capacity."She noted that the Ontario government is now providing $600 million in relief to support eligible businesses required to close or significantly restrict services due to enhanced public health measures.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2020.Companies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A)The Canadian Press
A special all-party committee of the P.E.I. legislature is urging the provincial government to begin "immediate negotiations" with the federal government seeking support for a universal basic income guarantee for the province.But such a program would come with a significant price tag, estimated at $260 million per year — almost $100 million more than the current budget for the entire P.E.I. Department of Social Development and Housing.Providing all Prince Edward Islanders with access to a guaranteed basic income would "ensure every Islander, no matter their circumstance, can live with basic health and dignity," MLA Trish Altass told the legislature Tuesday.Altass served as chair of the Special Committee on Poverty in P.E.I., which has held 24 meetings since Sept. 2019, canvassing local advocacy groups and national experts on how to measure and address poverty in the province, and on how to set up parameters for a basic guaranteed income.In 2016, members of the previous legislative assembly provided unanimous support for a Green motion calling on the federal government to support a basic income pilot project on P.E.I.Since that time, the idea has been picked up by politicians of different political stripes at every level of government. But this report marks the first time anyone has laid out how a guaranteed income might work, and what a program might cost.Proposal now in government's handsWith the adoption of the committee's report in the legislature Tuesday, its work is concluded. It's now up to the government under Premier Dennis King to decide what to do with the committee's 16 recommendations.Ottawa has so far been unwilling to provide financial support for either a basic income pilot for P.E.I. or for similar proposals in other parts of the country.If that remains the case, then the committee's recommendation is that P.E.I. go it alone, providing its own funding for a three-year pilot encompassing up to 4,200 randomly selected Islanders, at an estimated cost of $19 million to $26 million per year.Under the proposed parameters, participating Islanders would be guaranteed an annual income of $18,260 for a single adult and $25,747 for a family of two.That figure is 85 per cent of the threshold determined by Statistics Canada for P.E.I., meant as an indicator of how much it costs a low-income family in the province to purchase basic necessities.The report says any provincial pilot should run at least three years and be evaluated by an arms-length, third-party agency, with a second group of Islanders who aren't part of the pilot also followed for comparison purposes.The committee has made it clear that, ultimately, a fully funded basic income guarantee for the entire province, which would require federal support, would be preferable to a pilot program.Cancelled pilot could leave participants worse offDrawing on the experiences of other communities like Hamilton, Ont., where basic income pilots were cancelled before they had run their course, the committee decided there were risks associated with starting a pilot here."If the project is not renewed, or even cut during the middle of the project, then people with low income are left in a potentially vulnerable place, even more so than before the start of the project," the report states.However, MLAs on the committee believe a basic income guarantee for all of P.E.I. cost-shared with the federal government could serve as a pilot for the rest of the country.The report estimates more than 50,000 P.E.I. residents would qualify for such a program — almost a third of the population. Eligibility would be based on the previous year's tax return. How it could workAny additional earnings beyond the basic income level would clawed back by a proposed 50 cents for every dollar earned for those in the program.For those under 65, the basic income would replace social assistance, although the report notes that the province would still require some sort of income support program to provide benefits in the short-term.For seniors, basic income benefits would be reduced dollar-for-dollar against Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement and spousal allowance benefits.The report says Canada Child Benefit levels are high enough that basic incomes would not have to be increased for families of more than two people.With Employment Insurance, basic incomes would top up earnings if EI benefits were below the basic income level.Living wage pegged at $19.30The committee was also tasked by the legislature at coming up with a living wage for Island residents, which it pegged at $19.30 per hour, based on a report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.As per the CCPA report, the committee said $19.30 is the level "at which a household can meet its basic needs once government transfers have been added to the family's income and deductions have been subtracted."The committee said the living wage needed to support a family on P.E.I could be lowered if government were to provide additional supports for childcare, housing, or public transportation.The current minimum wage on P.E.I. is $12.85 per hour, rising to $13 on Apr.1, 2021.Province needs feds, says premierWhile the committee's report passed without opposition in the legislature Tuesday, no MLA other than the committee's chair took up the invitation to speak to the report.The Green Party included a commitment to a basic income guarantee in its 2019 election platform, but the governing PCs did not. Nor did the third-party Liberals.The premier has spoken in support of a basic income guarantee but also suggested the province couldn't proceed without federal backing."Our government is very committed to working on a basic income guarantee," King told the legislature on July 11, 2019."I believe very much that this is a good idea and I believe very much that Prince Edward Island is the perfect spot to start this but we need the federal government to partner with us."More from CBC P.E.I.
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SCUGOG: The Scugog Memorial Public library recently announced new safety measures for the facility. The new rules, announced recently, were in response to the Region of Durham moving into the red control zone, of the province’s response framework, on Monday, November 23rd. There will now be a screening and contact info interview held before any patron enters. Library staff are encouraging patrons to “keep their visits as brief as possible” or up to a maximum of 45 minutes. There was also one other change made. “No room bookings or study/lounge spaces are available at this time,” read a Scugog library press release. The local library will continue to require masks and social distancing, keep library shelves open to the public for browsing; with items used being isolated from shelves for 72 hours, the selfCheck kiosk will continue to operate and the library will continue to follow the patron limit inside. For more information, visit www.scugoglibrary.ca. Dan Cearns, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Standard Newspaper
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.
Toronto poet and children's writer Dennis Lee is among the winners of this year's Writers' Trust career honours.The Writers' Trust of Canada doled out $25,000 apiece to four well-versed wordsmiths on Wednesday for their continued contributions to Canadian literature.Lee was named the winner of the Matt Cohen Award for a lifetime of distinguished work by a Canadian writer.His achievements include co-founding the independent publishing company House of Anansi Press in 1967, and penning the 1974 children's classic "Alligator Pie."Also recognized on Wednesday was Kerri Sakamoto, the Toronto-based author of three novels exploring the experience of Japanese-Canadians, who won the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award honouring a mid-career writer for their contributions to fiction.Queen's University professor Armand Garnet Ruffo, who draws from his Ojibwe heritage in his genre-spanning works, won the Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize recognizing a mid-career poet for mastery of the form.The $25,000 Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People went to Montreal-based Marianne Dubuc, a French-language author and illustrator whose picture books have been published in more than 25 languages.Organizers say the Writers' Trust Awards has given out a total of more than $300,000 to Canadian writers this year between its prizes for individual works, career achievements and emerging talent.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2020.The Canadian Press
As IndigiNews’s education reporter covering news across Vancouver Island, I’m following all of the latest developments. Every month, I’ll bring you a roundup of what you need to know about what’s relevant to Indigenous students, teachers, parents and families. COVID-19 exposures this month were reported at the following schools across the Island according to Island Health: That’s it for now! If you have news or information that you want to share, email me: email@example.com.Catherine Lafferty, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Discourse