Law enforcement officials arrested 179 people and seized more than $6.5 million in a worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on the darknet, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. (Sept. 22)
There are growing concerns — and signs — that the idled North Atlantic refinery in Come By Chance could be reduced to a storage and distribution terminal for imported fuels, and that could mean a devastating economic blow to Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as to hundreds of workers connected to the industrial site.Silverpeak, the New York investment management firm that owns the refinery, its marketing division and a chain of North Atlantic service stations, has reserved the name NARL Terminal Inc. with the provincial government's Registry of Companies. The law firm that represents Silverpeak in this province, Stewart McKelvey, filed a request to reserve the name on Oct. 6. According to online records, that request was approved.Silverpeak has declined repeated interview requests from CBC News, with a representative writing in an email that "the company has no comment at this time."But industry sources say that unless a new buyer can be found, it's possible a scenario similar to one that played out in Dartmouth, N.S., seven years ago could be repeated in Come By Chance.And with Silverpeak taking steps to form a new company that could oversee such a facility, one of the companies interested in buying the refinery is speaking out.> 'The conversion of the facility into an import terminal could have unfavourable outcomes for the province and the local community, including permanent job losses, increased fuel prices, and potentially unresolved environmental liabilities.' \- Origin International"The conversion of the facility into an import terminal could have unfavourable outcomes for the province and the local community, including permanent job losses, increased fuel prices, and potentially unresolved environmental liabilities," a representative for Origin International, a U.S.-based private company that specializes in recycling used oil products, told CBC News. Worst-case scenarioThe Imperial Oil refinery in Nova Scotia was closed in 2013, and converted into a marine terminal, requiring only a small fraction of the roughly 400 workers with ties to the refinery.The union representing most of the workers at NARL Refining Inc., better known as North Atlantic, says outside of a complete shutdown, the downsizing to what's known as a "tank farm" would be a worst-case scenario."It would be a big loss of jobs. A huge impact on the economy and the price of fuels here," said Glenn Nolan, president of Local 9316 of the United Steelworkers.Energy Minister Andrew Parsons said he became aware of the the possible creation of a new company through the media on Thursday, when he was asked about the development by allNewfoundlandLabrador.com."The biggest thing I can say is I'm aware, the second thing I can say is it's not a part of any discussions I'm having, and the third thing I can say is obviously I'm not supportive of it," Parsons said during an interview Friday.The 135,000-barrel-a-day refinery was idled in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic caused a global drop in demand for fuel.A proposed sale to Irving Oil collapsed in early October without either side offering an explanation, and now at least two companies have expressed interest in a possible acquisition.Origin International, based in Maryland, issued a statement to CBC News this week saying it plans to reopen the refinery in the second quarter of 2021, and that it will recall all the roughly 500 employees as soon as a deal is inked.A second company is also showing an interest, but has asked not to be identified, said Parsons.'Warm idle' modeWhile backroom discussions are underway, talk is intensifying about the need to keep the refinery in what's called "warm idle" mode as the winter approaches.Silverpeak has requested financial assistance from the provincial government to keep the refinery in what's known as a "steady state." When asked about this on Friday, Parsons said: "We have said at no point are there any options that are off the table."But he said the primary focus is to help steer the current owner and potential buyers toward a possible deal."Most hours of each day are spent with this process," said Parsons.While the province does not have an ownership in the refinery, it has more than passing interest in what's happening.The province is responsible for environmental liabilities that existed at the refinery prior to Silverpeak's purchase in November 2014.An assessment to determine the site's environmental conditions for indemnity coverage is currently ongoing, according to the energy department.In recent years, the refinery has represented as much as five per cent of the province's economy."We have a very significant vested interest in this," Parsons said.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Ontario Provincial Police cruisers watched from a distance Friday morning as a backhoe dug up a road in Caledonia, Ont., by the entrance to a First Nations land reclamation camp that has put a halt to a planned housing development.Members of Six Nations of the Grand River set up camp at the McKenzie Meadows housing development in July and renamed it 1492 Land Back Lane. It's now the centre of a land dispute that's over 200 years old. Six Nations of the Grand River, a Haudenosaunee community that has the largest on-reserve population in the country, neighbours Caledonia, which is about 22 kilometres south of Hamilton.A skirmish between some members of Six Nations and the OPP on Thursday afternoon by the back entrance to 1492 Land Back Lane led camp members to move to establish control over road and highway access points to the two site entrances. The back entrance to the camp links onto Argyle Street before connecting with Highway 6.McKenzie Road, which runs by the front entrance to the site, was dug up overnight on two sides.By Friday morning, on one side of Argyle Street, which runs by the back entrance to 1492 Land Back Lane, a crushed school bus lay on its side with the spray painted words, "Land Back Tours."Nearby, a hydro pole leaned precariously, its base chewed up by fire. Up the road on Argyle Street, a transformer station sat with its gates mangled.WATCH | New clashes in Caledonia land dispute in Ontario:Part of Highway 6 that connects to Argyle Street was also torn up overnight by heavy machinery that members of Six Nations said they commandeered from a road work site. Another part of the highway was blocked by dirt and concrete barriers. A set of CN railway tracks was also dug up, the warning lights knocked across the rails.Injunction granted ThursdayOn Thursday, Superior Court Justice R.J. Harper granted a permanent injunction against the 1492 Land Back Lane camp that had been requested by the developer, Foxgate Development. Haldimand County was also granted an injunction against road blockades.Six Nations members then confronted several OPP cruisers that were parked near the back entrance of 1492 Land Back Lane. Camp spokesperson Skyler Williams said the OPP used a Taser and fired rubber bullets.The OPP issued a statement on Twitter saying that its officers were confronted and police cruisers were heavily damaged in the confrontation and that in response, officers used "appropriate non-lethal force."The property is part of the Haldimand Tract granted to Six Nations of the Grand River in 1784 for allying with the British during the American Revolution.The granted land encompassed 10 kilometres on both sides of the 280-kilometre Grand River, which runs through southern Ontario and into Lake Erie. Six Nations now has less than five per cent of its original lands.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett's office said in an emailed statement that it wants to meet with the community "at the earliest opportunity."The statement said "Canada deeply values its relationship with Six Nations" and wants to work "collaboratively" to deal with the "historical claims and land right issues."
President Donald Trump reviewed his debate performance against Democrat Joe Biden, saying he thought it was "very, very successful" and called it an "exciting night." The president also predicted a win Nov. 3, predicting a "great red wave." (Oct. 23)
Warning: This story contains disturbing details.The Nunavut Court of Appeal handed down a stiffer jail sentence to a mother convicted twice of serious abuse against her young child — and then stayed that sentence. The decision from a three-judge panel was issued on Wednesday. The judges called it an "exceptional" case, and "very sad from everyone's perspective." They decided it was better to keep the young mother out of jail, in order to avoid sending her child into foster care. The woman was convicted of failing to provide the "necessaries of life" and aggravated assault against her five-year-old son in 2017. "[His] body was covered in bruises and bite marks. He suffered severe internal injuries — a lacerated liver and spleen, a kidney contusion, a fractured rib and an obstructed bowel," the appeal court's decision reads. "He could not recall the last time he ate," it said. It was the second conviction against the woman for assaulting her son. When the boy was two weeks old, "she threw her baby down a flight of stairs, the baby landed on his head, and broke his clavicle," the court said. She was convicted of assault causing bodily harm in that incident, and in 2012 received a four-month conditional sentence and 18 months of probation. A conditional sentence is a sentence that is spent in the community instead of jail but the convicted individual must follow conditions — otherwise they may be sent to jail. In December 2019, Justice Sue Charlesworth sentenced the woman to a three-year suspended sentence for her second assault conviction. A suspended sentence is when no sentence has been imposed, as long as the convicted individual follows conditions. Otherwise a sentence, including a conditional sentence, may be imposed. The appeals court decided Charlesworth was too lenient, and instead sentenced the woman to just under two years of jail time, followed by three years probation. The court said it would have imposed a higher sentence had prosecutors at appeal asked for that. Young mother still has four-year-old at homeThe woman has already served the "most arduous part" — six months of house arrest — of her original sentence, her lawyer argued. Then, in an unusual turn, both prosecutor and defence lawyer agreed that sending the woman to jail would do more harm than good. That's because the woman still has another, four-year-old child at home, and there are no indications of abuse against that child. The lawyers argued that the negative effects of sending a small child into foster care outweighed whatever good might be gained from sending the woman to prison. "With considerable reluctance," the appeals court agreed, and stayed the woman's jail sentence. The court said it was "very much influenced by [the prosecutor's] first-hand account of the limited resources available in the north to care for children ... and the bleak future of those in foster care." The woman's son has since been adopted by his grandmother, the court said.
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Two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the province Friday, both in the Campbellton area, Zone 5.The cases involve one individual in their 40s and one in their 70s, and both people are self-isolating, the Health Department said in a news release Friday.The province also reported eight recoveries from COVID-19.This brings the total number of active cases down to 75. There have been a total of 324 cases of the disease in New Brunswick, with 245 recoveries and four deaths.There were 548 tests conducted on Thursday, bringing the total number of tests to 95,584.Premier confident Zone 5 can get handle on virusAs residents of Restigouche County head into the weekend under a more restrictive orange phase or recovery, Premier Blaine Higgs says the region is very close to being put back into the red phase as more positive cases of COVID-19 are announced.After looking at the numbers, Public Health recommendations and where to find the balance, the premier said the government decided to limit interaction in the Campbellton region to single household bubbles to see if it would help limit the spread of the virus. "Can we get a handle on this," Higgs said he and others asked. "And so we believe that we can, but we won't do it without the residents being part of it."Three new cases were announced Thursday in the Campbellton region, or Zone 5, which now has 55 active cases and 300 people in self-isolation. Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, said were four separate chains of infection in the region that cannot be linked, a strong indication of community spread of the virus. Mass testing will take place Saturday and Sunday in Zone 5 as a way for Public Health to get a more accurate picture of the prevalence of the virus in the community. Russell said Public Health would have the data from the two days of testing by Tuesday.Testing of non-symptomatic people will be held Saturday at the Memorial Regional Civic Centre in Campbellton and on Sunday at Inch Arran Arena in Dalhousie. Testing will be done from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. This testing isn't for people who have symptoms, since they would follow the usual route to get tested at a testing centre. Zone 1 hospitals allow more visitors, surgeries Hospitals in Zone 1 are beginning to loosen restrictions now that the region has moved back into the yellow phase of recoveryy.The Vitalité Health Network said it will start allowing more visitors and increase elective procedures at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton and Stella-Maris-de-Kent Hospital in Sainte-Anne-de-Kent. "The return of Moncton and surrounding area to the yellow phase allows us to now adopt somewhat less restrictive rules for visitors and to gradually re-establish service delivery," said Vitalité CEO Gilles Lanteigne in a news release.Visits to patients will be allowed between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.Patients can only have one visitor at a time, except when in palliative care, when two are allowed.Patients who have, or are suspected of having, COVID-19 are not allowed to have visitors.Many questions from public for Higgs, RussellPremier Blaine Higgs and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell answered COVID-related questions from New Brunswick residents on CBC New Brunswick's Information Morning shows. One of the most touching calls came from Edwina Baldwin. She said she has not been able to touch her husband, in a nursing home and in the late stages of Alzheimer's, since the province went into lockdown on March 15.While she has been able to visit him, they must be six feet apart and supervised, and she can't touch him, despite a Sept. 2 announcement that nursing home residents are now allowed to hug one designated person. "Why can I not touch my husband's hand? Next call I get he'll be on his way," Baldwin said. Russell explained it is up to each home to determine how it can handle visits with family, based on the home's operational plan and directions from Public Health."I find it really sad, obviously," Russell said. Testing possible for essential workersAfter addressing a question about travel outside the Atlantic bubble, Higgs said the government is looking at putting new measures in place to test essential workers who are coming back to New Brunswick.At present, these workers who come into the province from outside the bubble are not required to self-isolate for 14 days, as most other people are. Higgs said the province plans a testing program."We would do it maybe on the first day and tenth day, but we would work out some formula there that basically we'd stay in touch and we'd do the testing just to be sure," Higgs said.Another caller asked how soon the province would see rapid testing similar to the pilot project being tested in Alberta that will test essential workers coming into Canada.If the test comes back negative in 48 hours, the person is no longer required to self-isolate but will have to have another test on Day 6 or 7 after arrival. Participants in the test project will be closely monitored through daily symptom checks and be required to follow preventive health measures such as wearing masks in public places and avoiding visiting high-risk groups. Russell said her department will be watching what happens in Alberta to see if the ultimate goal of expanding it to other travellers can be done. "In the meantime, you know, we do have to as, as the premier said, follow the public health directions right now." Campbellton business community sufferingLuc Couturier said people in Campbellton are scared as the region continues to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. "We put our guards down and that's what happens." Couturier owns and operates a family restaurant, Cafe Chez Wes, is the president of the business group Downtown Campbellton, and sits on the board of the Restigouche Chamber of Commerce. He says businesses have been hit hard, including his own."I've lost 50 to 60 per cent of my customers in a week or so. Business is very slow right now." In addition to losing customers because of the suspension of the mini-bubble with Quebec's Avignon region Oct. 8, Couturier said now some businesses are dealing with a closure because of restrictions under the orange phase. "We already see businesses downtown that will be closing their doors shortly. They can't keep up like that." Couturier said he gets frustrated when he hears Premier Higgs claims that the economy is good in the province."Well I'm sorry, sir, but get out of your office and go in the malls and go in the downtowns. Businesses are suffering." As a small business owner himself, Couturier said it isn't acceptable that no help was offered to them by the government.What to do if you have a symptomPeople concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test on the government website at gnb.ca. Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: a fever above 38 C, a new cough or worsening chronic cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset of fatigue, new onset of muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell, and difficulty breathing.In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes.People with one of those symptoms should: * Stay at home. * Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor. * Describe symptoms and travel history. * Follow instructions.CBC's Journalistic Standards a
One of the most prominent leaders of more than three months of anti-government protests in Thailand was freed on bail on Friday and pledged to keep up the campaign to remove Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Jatupat "Pai" Boonpattararaksa was arrested on Oct. 13, when a few hundred protesters scuffled with police a day before a major demonstration that also called for reforms to the monarchy of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. "We will continue to drive out Prayuth in any way we can... I want the people to come out to join us in changing the country," Jatupat told Reuters after his release on bail.
One local resident is concerned by a re-cent ammendment to Mono’s procedural bylaw that allows Council to participate vir-tually in meetings even when there are no emergency measures in place. Elaine Kehoe quizzed Council about the changes, feeling they should be reversed. She called on Council to reinstate the words “during a declared emergency” into the bylaw, believing that members should be attending meetings in person once the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Ms. Kehoe’s reasoning was that the Mu-nicipal Act and the procedural bylaw dictat-ed that public participation was obligatory for all Council and Committee meetings and that since many residents could not partici-pate virtually, due to internet concerns, that this would negate their right to participate in meetings, when there was no state of emergency declared. She also objected to a clause allowing the Clerk to establish or amend procedures. She felt that this should be the sole responsibility of the Council, af-ter consultation with the residents. “Nothing should be changed without get-ting input from the residents,” Ms. Kehoe said.Mayor Laura Ryan noted that, in a re-port from Deputy Clerk Fred Simpson, that provincial legislations had been changed with the passing of Bill 167, concern-ing COVID-19, that amongst other things, changed the Municipal Act to allow for vir-tual meetings without a declared emergency being present. She noted that the proposed bylaw amendments,were to give the Town the flexibility to meet the new legislation. Deputy Mayor John Creelman elaborated on this by citing several specific examples. The first being the ability for anyone, any-where in the world , who wished to address Council, could now do so via the virtual connection. He also noted that delegations could come before Council, virtually, if they wished should in-person not be possible. Further, he said, if councillors were going to be out of town, they could still attend a Council meeting virtually, thus foregoing the necessity to cancel a meeting due to the lack of a quorum. He went on to stress that this would be a blended approach, where both personal and virtual appearance could be accommodated and thus save time and bet-ter serve the business at hand.Fill removalMoving on, Council next addressed the issue of the outstanding fill- removal order, against 833231 4th Line EHS and the proper-ty owner Paul Ritchie. The overwhelming issue involved con-cerned the documentation that the fill had indeed been removed from the site and the regrading completed. Nearby residents in-sisted that no fill had been removed from the property, while the site owner had provid-ed documentation that more than 60 truck loads had been removed to date. In addition, certain testing had been required, regarding soil contamination and as yet no acceptable results, were evident. Several members of Council and CAO Mark Early spoke to the question. The CAO recommended that the matter be held over, pending the results of the testing, while some councillors, and Deputy Mayor Creel-man, wants to see more adequate proof that the fill had indeed been removed and deliv-ered elsewhere. A motion was drafted stating that fur-ther documentation be provided, including weigh bills, tickets, truck waybills and re-ceiving site receipts, further soil testing be conducted, for Hexafluorobenzene and total DDT and that confirmation be made that Mr. Ritchie’s engineering firm had a representa-tive, in attendance, during the fill removal. Council will defer this matter until all the conditions are met.Written By PETER RICHARDSONLOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE REPORTERPeter Richardson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Citizen
When people in the United States talk about moving to Canada to escape four more years of Donald Trump, it's usually either a punchline or a pipe dream. "If Trump wins again, I'm moving to B.C.," says Anastasia Synn, a performance artist from Shelburne, Ont., who has been living in Las Vegas for the last 10 years. Synn is married to Johnathan Szeles, a hard-living magician whose shock-jock mash-ups of comedy, fake gore and sleight-of-hand made him a household name on the Vegas strip a decade ago.
Simcoe County's decision to leave out Port McNicoll as a LINX route stop has Tay councillors upset. At a recent committee meeting, Couns. Mary Warnock and Paul Raymond expressed frustration at the county's letter that informed the township that LINX route 6, Orillia to Midland, will be making stops in Waubaushene and Victoria Harbour, but avoiding Port McNicoll entirely. "They're driving past a very populated area of our township," Warnock said in a conversation with MidlandToday. "It's kind of in the middle. Waverley is being serviced by another route. Port is the only one left out. It's concerning to us as that area doesn't have any grocery store or healthcare. They go to Midland for everything." She said it's an essential and necessary service. "(Port McNicoll residents) pay the same taxes as everybody else to the county," said Warnock. "From a point of view of the age-friendly plan, it all fits into it. For seniors to be able to live in their community, they need transportation." Carol Collins, a senior who will be moving into the county's seniors housing in Victoria Harbour at the end of this year, is a user of the county's accessible service LINX Plus+. She hopes it will also be available to everyone who will occupy the new building on Maple Street. But she said she understands how crucial the service is even for people who don't need accessible transit. "There are a lot of people that can't get that," said Collins, who currently lives in Midland. "Having the LINX come in to Victoria Harbour would be great. I can't believe it's not a given considering there are 40 apartments going in there." Port McNicoll residents overwhelmingly agree their neighbourhood should be included as a stop on the route. "We need this for so many reasons," said Nadine Woods, of Port McNicoll. "We have a number of young people and seniors in Port McNicoll that don't have a driver's licence and would find it much easier to have other transportation that is affordable. "We need to start including our smaller towns in the way we think about transportation and accessibility in our side towns," she added. "It is needed." Mandy McPherson concurred with Woods. "(It is) absolutely needed and necessary," said McPherson. "There are very few options here for those that don't have access to a personal vehicle, having public transit would be wonderful." Warnock said she hopes the county will reconsider once the township sends a letter back expressing its dissatisfaction with the decision. "I've had young people come up to me and say I just moved to Port McNicoll because it was affordable but I can't get to my job or school in Midland," she said. "That's a concern, too. "In my mind, it's no dfferent than providing ridership for Penetanguishene. They went as far as that, so in my mind it's no different. If you're going to do the route, you can't leave an area out." The county, meanwhile, says its study shows the Port McNicoll stop adds an extra 20 minutes to its 60-minute route loop with two buses going back and forth. And to keep the loop at that duration, it would have to add a third bus to the route, and that would incur a capital cost. Both Warnock and Raymond disagree with that time duration assessment. "They say Port McNicoll is going to add 20 minutes, it's not even 20 kms long," said Raymond. "Victoria Harbour has the most population and Port McNicoll is a close second and Waubaushene is third. I don't know how that translated to ridership numbers." Unlike Victoria Harbour, he said, none of the necesseities of life are within walking distance for Port McNicoll residents. "It entails a taxi ride or taking your own car," said Raymond. "It's hard to qualify how they arrived at leaving out Port McNicoll." As well, the route proposed by the county takes the bus off Highway 12 and onto Talbot Street with a stop at Fourth Street. Whereas Warnock said, "They could come in off Hwy 12, on Triple Bay Rd. and on Talbot St., then you take a left and go back on the highway. It's just a loop. I've driven that and it's 10 minutes tops." Raymond said the county must have come up with the 20-minute, Port McNicoll stop on its own, since it didn't consult the township. "It was an arbitrary decision made by the county," said Raymond. "It just seems like Port McNicoll is an inconvenience. I just feel they dropped the ball on this." The County of Simcoe did not respond to comment requests around the issue in time for publication.Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com
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Owners in a Sherwood Park condo complex have been told they have until Nov. 16 to come up with more than $1 million for repairs. Some residents of the 24-unit Forrest Grove complex at 49 Colwill Blvd. say that no matter how badly the repairs are needed, it's too much money to come up with in such a short time. Victorian Property Management informed owners on Oct. 2 that they each had 45 days to come up with their share of the bill — just over $54,000 each. The company says the money will be used to replace the stucco on the sides of the buildings after moisture was discovered inside the building envelope. Doors, windows and decks on each unit are also due to be replaced. That work will be done at the same time as a cost-saving measure. The total cost of the work, including GST, is $1.3 million. The condo board has $121,000 in a reserve fund but it won't be used to help fund the repairs. In an email to CBC News, Richard Garside with Victorian Property Management said that decision was explained to owners during a recent informational meeting. "Using those funds to reduce the levy is impractical as it would wipe out any funds needed for an emergency," Garside said. Condo owner Richard Lortie said he learned more than a year ago that the repairs would be needed, but believed the cost would be closer to $30,000 for each owner. "Then on Oct. 2 of this year I got an email saying that by Nov. 16 we have to pay the full amount of $54,497," said Lortie, 63. Lortie isn't working and isn't sure how he'll come up with the money. He said the repairs aren't covered by insurance and selling his condo would mean taking a financial hit. "I would have to take a $60,000 loss," he said. "I might have to go bankrupt because I don't know what else to do." Victorian Property Management told CBC News that the board, which is made up of six condo owners, voted unanimously in favour of going ahead with the necessary repairs. Garside said owners have been kept fully apprised of the problems and what needs to be done to address them. The cause of the stucco problem isn't known, Garside said. He said the issue was raised by an owner who noticed staining around a window in January 2019. Further testing and core samples revealed the problem was widespread. An engineer prepared a tender document and in September the board accepted the lowest bid from a contractor. The contractor's proposal had a Nov. 9 start date with a four-month construction window over the winter, Garside said. "We asked about whether or not the work could be put off until the spring and he indicated that would mean he'd have to redo the tender because the tender was based on a Nov. 9 start, and who knows what the product costs will be next year, much less labour costs." That's the major sticking point for some owners upset about the short notice and big bill. Lortie said he'd like to see the most crucial work prioritized and the rest spread out over a couple of years, even if it means it costs more. "Go after the houses that are more damaged," he said. "I know it'll cost a little bit more money but in the long run it will make it more affordable for everybody." Lortie said some residents are also worried about having workers in their homes during the pandemic. He and some other owners are hoping the board will reconsider the timeline and either delay or spread the work out over a longer time frame. CBC News was unable to contact any of the board members but some owners said a meeting has been scheduled for early next week to discuss the situation.
Matthews House Hospice (MHH) will be de-mystifying technology for older adults during its Compassionate Communities Information Fair on Thursday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The virtual information fair will boost attendees’ confidence in the use of technology and virtual services, while sharing all of the wonderful work being done at MHH. "One of the biggest things we've been fearing over the last six months as we've had to go virtual is a lot of our older adult population are very nervous about accessing programs on their computer because they don't want to do something wrong,” said Megan Rochford, MHH Client Care Coordinator. “To help with this, we're having a session on how to use your tablet or your smartphone so that you can use it properly.” Anyone who signs up can get help from MHH volunteers with downloading Zoom and learning how to use it, so they are prepared to attend the information fair. Individuals looking to access that help can email MHH at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-435-7218. The fair provides a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to network and for the hospice to build connections with people who don’t yet need its services, but will be familiar with them if the time comes. "We're really striving to be a compassionate community and this is one of those features that allows us to support all our clients who are living in South Simcoe,” said Rochford. The event will feature a few guest speakers, including comedian Deborah Kimmet who will talk about aging and resiliency. “She’s bringing a light-heartedness to learning all this new stuff about technology and navigating this new world that we're in with a different way of communicating, a different way of being,” noted Rochford. Sean Evans of the OPP will be talking about cyber security and fraud prevention, which is a topic of concern for many seniors as they spend more time on the internet due to the pandemic. Other topics at the information fair include the use of tablets or smartphones, MHH service navigation, online exercise programs, online banking, online grocery delivery, virtual library programs and information on videoconferencing tools. Those interested in attending can view a full schedule of programming at www.matthewshousehospice.ca/compassionate-community and register. Registration is required to attend the event. Attendees also have the option to Zoom in for certain portions of the information fair that appeal to them instead of staying for the whole six hours. "I'd encourage everyone to attend the event; really the goal is to demystify the technology and learn about how we can stay connected in a virtual world, especially during the next six months when we're home more because of winter,” Rochford told The Times. “It just allows us to be more connected with our colleagues and our friends and meet new people and try new things."Sam Odrowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times
A new affordable transitional housing development for women and children in northeast Calgary is being proposed by the area's Sikh community, led by the Dashmesh Culture Centre.The centre, which is also a prominent Sikh temple, is one the largest faith-based organizations in the city.The organization purchased a piece of land from the city that was previously a fire hall in the community of Saddle Ridge, where it hopes to build next year.A rendering shows a large multi-level building with housing and retail. The cost is being estimated at $11 million."It's important because we are here to help, especially through these difficult times," said Amanpreet Singh, president of the Dashmesh Culture Centre."We want to provide women a facility where they feel safe and proud until they get their life back on track."Singh said the project would ensure vulnerable Calgarians, regardless of faith or background, have access to affordable transitional housing. "The whole team is excited and we already have a lot of support in the community," Singh said.Domestic violence and abuse can be an embarrassing and difficult topic to talk about, especially for immigrant women."This is an issue that needed to be addressed and I wanted to be a part of this and contribute because the community really needs this," said Jay Gill, a lawyer and member of the Sikh community, speaking at an event at the site where the project was announced."This is going to be that resource for them to turn where they're not fearing there'll be no cultural understanding or a language barrier."Gill said many immigrant women often aren't aware what resources are available to them and having one in the heart of the community will help."Our community struggles significantly with domestic and family violence," said another Sikh community member Remneek Kaur."Having a facility that understands the background and the cultural barriers that prevent women from leaving such difficult situations can hopefully help give them that push and that help with the transition," Kaur said.Kaur said there's a culture of silence and tolerance among South Asian women that makes it harder to seek help.She said the proposed project all ties in with the Sikh concept of Seva, or selfless service, and prosperity for all."This is a very important project for the community. Whether it's single women or women with children who are facing challenges and need a safe place, Dashmesh Culture Centre have come forward with this really amazing project to support our community members in need," said Ward 5 Coun. George Chahal.Chahal said there's still a lot of planning, design work and community engagement yet to happen but said the location is perfect, being close to amenities like a nearby shopping area, recreation centre and LRT station.Amanpreet Singh said his organization is looking forward to engaging with local communities and hopefully completing the project within the next two years.
L’assassinat de Samuel Paty cherche à dominer par l’effroi l’esprit des millions de personnes qui constituent la communauté éducative dans notre pays.
Two mayoral candidates had choice words for each other as the Regina municipal election grows closer. Incumbent Michael Fougere held a media event on Thursday morning where he said he had concerns about a fellow candidate's policy. At the event, he specifically focused on one of Sandra Masters' campaign promises."We're in challenging times because of COVID-19 ... To meet this challenge, we need to focus on the city's growth, affordability and keeping us safe," Fougere said. "Which is why I'm concerned about some of the promises."In Sandra Masters' platform it says: "As your Mayor I will: Conduct an operations efficiency review within the first six months, and am committed to finding 15 [per cent] in savings from increased operational efficiencies.""Miss Masters is planning to find 15 per cent of city cuts to operations within six months, thinly veiled under an operational review," Fougere said. "That's over $70 million cut. And I've done this job for a while, looked at many budgets and I can tell you the $70 million hole in our operations will absolutely devastate our city."Fougere said a 15 per cent cut of the city budget could mean shutting down regional parks, pool rinks and recreation facilities. Masters said she wanted to thank Fougere for bringing attention to her platform but that he interpreted it. "This is about being resourceful, as resourceful as possible in a critical time when the city needs to be prudent and strategic during a pandemic. It's definitely not about job cuts or service cuts," Masters said. "We clearly have two different ideas or views of managing city operations on behalf of taxpayers," Masters said. Masters said she disagreed when Fougere announced spending in his platform while at the same time promised a property tax freeze. She said she hopes the review will help people feel better about their tax dollars. "I feel like a mystery has been solved, though. I've been out meeting with citizens, meeting with people, and they keep telling me that their property taxes are going up, but they're not feeling like they're getting value for those tax dollars," Masters said. As a result, she said it showed the review is needed to find policies, procedures and wasted time that can be streamlined to be more efficient. "A perfect example is if there's a policy or procedure that requires two or three levels and departments aren't talking to each other," she said. "So you're getting redundant approval processes. You remove one that should save somebody, any one person an hour during their day." Another example she said is how the Co-operators Centre spent $100,000 to change all lights to more efficient LEDs. As a result, the centre is paying back the loan with the power money that is being saved. Masters said she doesn't agree with Fougere's depiction of her cutting $70 million because she's focused on time and process efficiencies. Masters said she cannot commit to not cutting jobs but said she doesn't think there would be job cuts. She instead said the mayor may be choosing to focus on her for a different reason. "I think the mayor may be a little nervous," Masters said. "I think I cause him the most concern because I believe that I can be the next mayor of the city and I think he knows the same thing."Fougere said all candidates are challenging but the main challenge with Masters' is her campaign promise. "What she's proposing is a significant departure from what I think is a reasonable campaign promise," Fougere said. "Because of the the potential devastation of our economy and the services people enjoy each and every day."
Faire partager les valeurs de la République consiste à faire comprendre que notre modèle républicain est garant des libertés et du respect de chacun et à développer l’esprit critique des élèves.
LOS ANGELES — In a new docuseries, a child who uses a walker meets a dog with its own version of wheels. Inmates find solace in training canines for adoption, and pigs strut their stuff in a “body positivity" celebration. That and more is part of “That Animal Rescue Show,” an endearing project that reflects its unexpected creators as well as its stars, human and otherwise. All 10 episodes are out Oct. 29 on the CBS All Access streaming service. “What the series is about is people rescuing animals, and animals rescuing people,” said Oscar-winning documentarian Bill Guttentag ("Twin Towers," “You Don't Have to Die”), one of the big names behind this small gift of touching and quirky stories. The other: Oscar-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater (“Boyhood"), who acknowledges that a documentary is a rare venture for him. But he sees a connection to his films, which include “School of Rock” and the bookend romances “Before Sunrise” and “Before Midnight.” “I’ve often done films about people who are kind of obsessed or passionate people. That’s what you’re looking for in a story,” he said. He and his collaborators, including Nayeema Raza, Guttentag's writing-producing partner, committed to holding themselves and the series to a high standard. “Rick said something to us which I thought was just great,” Guttentag recalled. “’What I’d really like to do is come up with 10 little documentaries that could all make it into Sundance (film festival) on their own.’” An episode of “That Animal Rescue Show,” which had largely completed taping before the pandemic hit, cleared that bar with an episode that was accepted by the Telluride festival before it and others were cancelled due to COVID-19. Even the title sequence is notable, a nod to the early photographic sequence that captured a galloping horse with all hooves off the ground. Cats, chickens and pigs are among those who get the cinematic treatment here. The project found a myriad of subjects in and around Austin, Texas, where longtime resident Linklater has a farm and where the idea for the series was born. Networking credit goes to Dood, the Linklater family pig that drew the filmmaker into the company of the Central Texas Pig Rescue and managing member Dan Illescas, described by Linklater as “kind of a pig behaviourist.” Besides being schooled by Illescas on pigs — “You want to treat them like dogs, but they’re not dogs. They’re pigs,” — Linklater said he was introduced to the volunteer operation caring for some 200 homeless pigs. (Many are given up by owners who find their so-called “mini-pig” is an underfed animal destined to grow, Illescas says in the series.) “I met another guy who had a pig rescue and I was like, ’Wow, this is a whole subculture,” said Linklater. Impressed by the commitment of the animal rescuers, “it just felt like something worth sharing.” Among the gems that are showcased: Safe in Austin, created by a mom who saw a service dog help her son with autism to blossom. It's a haven for a menagerie of abused and neglected animals, visited by children with challenges who “pet, and love and heal alongside the animals,” as owner Jamie Wallace Griner says in the series. The Guttentag-directed episode that was bound for Telluride highlights the Paws in Prison program at a correctional facility. Dogs in need of adoption are paired with inmates who are given the skills to train them and a shot at new confidence. And there is, really, a pageant to celebrate porcine heft featured in episode three. The series' approach is far removed from rote reality TV, Guttentag said, “where they cast you and you play that role, whether or not that’s who you are. In our show, the folks you see, that’s who they are.” The soundtrack features local Austin bands playing cover versions of tunes by artists including Paul McCartney, Carole King and Willie Nelson — all of whom made their work available at a “very reduced” fee, Guttentag said. “Once you start moving down this track of trying to show compassion, I think people want to be a part of it,” he said. Raza offers an expansive and hopeful take on the series' appeal. “So much of the world right now and the content we’re consuming is about differences, and I think this is really a show about the universal elements of humanity," Raza said. "There’s something equalizing when you know a story is real, and for us there’s something equalizing when you see a human and animal rescue each other.” ___ Lynn Elber can be reached at email@example.com and is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber. ___ This story was first published on Oct. 21, 2020. It was updated on Oct. 22, 2020, to correct the name of a Richard Linklater film. The correct title is “Boyhood,” not “About a Boy.” Lynn Elber, The Associated Press
THUNDER BAY - A Brantford male youth is facing several firearm charges following an investigation into an alleged home takeover case. Thunder Bay police say they responded to a Pearl Street address just after 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. Officers were investigating a suspected home takeover possibly linked to drug trafficking activity, according to a police media release. Officers learned there was an unwanted male inside the home and located a 17-year-old youth and a handgun inside a bathroom of the home. The teen who cannot be named due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act appeared in court on Friday morning, Oct. 23, and was formally charged with various firearm offences including possession of a firearm or a weapon obtained by crime. The teen was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in court next on Monday, Oct. 26.Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source
An exam for thousands of resident doctors seeking licensure in Canada has been delayed again by COVID-19. The Medical Council of Canada suddenly cancelled a key qualifying exam set for this weekend, citing public health recommendations and the loss of university venues that were to host the exam. The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II was originally set to take place this Saturday and Sunday at 19 sites across the country, mostly universities and hospitals. But council executive director Dr. Maureen Topps says in a statement that all have been scrapped due to "recommendations by public health and late-breaking decisions by some contracted third-party exam sites, primarily in university settings." A spokeswoman adds that three sites withdrew Wednesday, on top of 11 others that dropped out previously due to public health recommendations and other unspecified reasons. The move affects about 2,400 candidates who were previously delayed when the same exam was postponed in May. Most were granted provisional licences but are still required to pass the exam. “Regretfully, due to recommendations by public health and late-breaking decisions by some contracted third-party exam sites, primarily in university settings, we are no longer able to administer the MCCQE Part II to a large enough reference group cohort to ensure the exam results are defensible from a high-quality psychometric perspective,” Topps said in a statement posted to the council's website Thursday. “We are left with no choice but to cancel all sites for this session of the exam. We apologize for the disruption this has caused candidates." Throughout the pandemic, some resident doctors have raised concerns about the safety of taking an in-person exam, noting an escalating second wave increased risk of COVID-19 exposure, especially for candidates required to travel to Canadian hotspots. Resident Doctors of Canada, which represents more than 10,000 resident doctors, has called on the examining body to defer exams and said in a letter to members earlier this month that it was pushing for "flexibility in the system" and "viable options." As recently as Wednesday, the council expressed its “full intention” to proceed with the exam in as many sites as possible while reaffirming "that the MCC takes the safety of all involved in our exams very seriously." A council spokeswoman says the main reason all exams have been cancelled was that only five exam sites were available, and they could not accommodate enough test-takers required for grading. Exam scores are essentially derived by comparing cohorts to each other, as well as previous cohorts, to set a standard reference — a process that demands a minimum number of test-takers, including first-time test-takers from various Canadian medical schools. The MCCQE Part II assesses the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Canadian physicians and is among the requirements of provincial and territorial licencing bodies. It typically involves residents carrying out physical examinations on actors portraying patients, but pandemic-driven changes this year meant test-takers were going to be asked to to describe their approach to an examiner instead. The two-day exam was also reduced to a one-day event. The next exam is scheduled for Feb. 7 but the council says that is now under review, with efforts underway to offer virtual exams in early 2021. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2020. Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press
Alabama voters once again have the chance to remove the racist language of Jim Crow from the state's constitution, which was approved in 1901 to enshrine white supremacy as state law. A measure on the Nov. 3 ballot would allow the state to recompile its 119-year-old constitution in a process supporters say would remove a lingering stain from the state's era of racial segregation and the legalized oppression of Black people. “What we are trying to do with this small measure is to bring the Alabama Constitution into the 21st century and be more reflective of who we are as a state now,” said Rep. Merika Coleman, one of the sponsors of the bipartisan legislation.
In Florida and North Carolina, mail ballots cast by minority voters and Democrats are disproportionately likely to face rejection.
Registered Psychologist Dr. Brent Macdonald joins Global News Morning Calgary to discuss why some people wear masks in a health crisis, such as the pandemic, while others don’t.