LANSING, Mich. — President Donald Trump did not ask Michigan Republican lawmakers to “break the law” or “interfere” with the election during a meeting at the White House, a legislative leader said Sunday, a day before canvassers plan to meet about whether to certify Joe Biden's 154,000-vote victory in the battleground state.House Speaker Lee Chatfield was among seven GOP legislators who met with Trump for about an hour on Friday, amid his longshot efforts to block Biden's win.“There was this outrage that the president was going to ask us to break the law, he was going to ask us to interfere, and that just simply didn't happen,” he told Fox News of the highly unusual meeting. He did not elaborate on what was discussed, except to say the delegation asked for additional federal aid to help Michigan's coronavirus response.Michigan’s elections agency has recommended that the Nov. 3 results — including Biden's 2.8-percentage point victory — be certified by the Board of State Canvassers, which has two Democrats and two Republicans. The Republican National Committee and the state Republican Party want the board to adjourn for 14 days to investigate alleged irregularities in Wayne County, the state's largest and home to Detroit.Staff for the state elections bureau said that claimed irregularities, even if verified, would not significantly affect the outcome. The Michigan Democratic Party said the total number of Detroit votes implicated by imbalanced precincts — where the number of ballots does not equal the number of names on the pollbook — is at most 450, or “0.029% of the margin” separating Biden from Trump.“The certification process must not be manipulated to serve as some sort of retroactive referendum on the expressed will of the voters. That is simply not how democracy works,” chairwoman Lavora Barnes wrote to the board on Sunday.If the board does not confirm the results and the Michigan Supreme Court does not subsequently order it to do so, Chatfield said “now we have a constitutional crisis." He and other Republicans, however, have indicated that they would not undermine the voters' will.“Michigan election law clearly requires that the state’s electors must be those nominated by the party that received the most votes — not the Legislature,” says a stock email House Republicans are sending in response to people who contact their offices.Experts on Michigan election law have said the state board's authority is limited in scope and that it must certify the results now that all 83 counties have reported theirs to the state. There is concern, though, because Trump personally called the two Republicans on Wayne County's board last week and they said a day later that they were rescinding their previous vote — following an earlier deadlock — but it was too late.Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, a Republican who met with Trump, suggested in a Sunday tweet that the state canvassers might “take the full time allowed by law to perform their duties" instead of voting Monday and said “it's inappropriate for anyone to exert pressure on them."The deadline is Dec. 13, but that is five days after the federal “safe harbour” date — when Congress cannot challenge any electors named by that date in accordance with state law.There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. In fact, election officials from both political parties have stated publicly that the election went well and international observers confirmed that there were no serious irregularities.The issues Trump’s campaign and its allies have pointed to are typical in every election.Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan's current longest-serving member of Congress, told CNN on Sunday that “the voters spoke" and the state had no razor-thin presidential race.“No one has come up with any evidence of fraud or abuse,” he said. He called the request to delay the certification “out of bounds.”The trip to the White House has come under heavy scrutiny. The lawmakers stayed at the luxury Trump International Hotel, and two of them were photographed with expensive drinks at the hotel bar after the meeting.Spokespeople for Shirkey and Chatfield said the legislators covered their expenses and that no taxpayer money was used. However, they did not say if the men paid for the trip themselves or if it was paid for in some other way such as by them tapping into their non-profit “administrative” accounts that can accept contributions from corporate or other donors.Finding out about who runs such lawmaker-connected organizations, who donates to them and what the money is spent on can be extremely difficult, according to a 2016 joint investigation by MLive and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Such accounts can be used to reimburse legislators for travel.___Follow David Eggert: https://twitter.com/DavidEggert00David Eggert, The Associated Press
Le 24 octobre dernier, le restaurant 28 on the Lake de New Liskeard, anciennement connu sous le nom de Rooster’s Bar and Grill, recevait le chansonnier Simon Rivard. Pour souligner le mois de l’Oktoberfest, le propriétaire tentait une nouvelle formule, soit un spectacle en plein après-midi mettant en vedette un artiste bien connu dans le nord de l’Ontario. Originaire d’Earlton, habitant maintenant à Temiskaming Shores, Simon Rivard est un véritable passionné de musique depuis sa tendre enfance. La COVID-19 l’ayant tenu loin de la scène pendant quelques mois, c’est avec beaucoup de fébrilité et d’excitation qu’il retournait enfin devant un public, une dose d’énergie et d’adrénaline qui lui avait particulièrement manqué. Le spectacle au 28 on the Lake qui devait se dérouler de 14 h à 16 h s’est finalement poursuivi un peu plus longtemps que prévu. « Une fois parti, j’ai vraiment de la misère à arrêter… j’ai joué jusqu’à 5 h. » Pour gagner son public, le chanteur et musicien emploie la même recette depuis longtemps et celle-ci est infaillible. « Mon objectif, quand je fais un spectacle, c’est d’aller chercher la foule. Je commence toujours tranquillement. Peu importe que ce soit une noce, un festival, un restaurant, un party privé, je commence doucement parce que le monde n’est pas encore réchauffé. Au restaurant, j’ai donc commencé lentement. Après la première heure, j’avais réussi à embarquer le public. Dans le restaurant, ça tapait des mains, ça chantait avec moi. Plus le spectacle avançait, plus le monde embarquait. Là, à 4 h, c’était le temps d’arrêter, mais rendu là, il fallait que je continue et le propriétaire du restaurant était bien correct avec ça. » L’artiste, qui s’accompagne à la guitare, chante de tous les genres, tant en français qu’en anglais. Il passe du country au rock, de la musique pop à la chanson plus folklorique. Son style varié permet de rejoindre un vaste public. Simon Rivard sera de retour au 28 on the Lake les samedis 14 et 28 novembre de 14 h à 16 h. Son parcours La musique fait partie de l’ADN de la famille Rivard et ce, depuis plusieurs générations. « Ma passion vient de mes parents. Ils ont toujours été intéressés par la musique francophone. Ils écoutaient Claude Barzotti, Francis Cabrel, Diane Dufresne, Offenbach. Dans nos partys de famille, ç’a toujours été des chansons à répondre. » En 2e année, il chante pour la première fois devant un public, invité par Sœur Lucille à chanter à l’église, le dimanche matin. En 7e année, son talent n’est plus un secret pour personne; on lui confie le Minuit Chrétien lors d’un spectacle d’école présenté en soirée devant la communauté. Ensuite, il délaisse la musique quelque temps pour se consacrer aux sports. La passion refait surface en 11eannée alors qu’il est sélectionné pour faire partie du Spectacle Apollo de l’École secondaire Sainte-Marie de New Liskeard. « C’est là que j’ai développé mon talent et mes connaissances comme les techniques de chant, les vocalises, les respirations, la voix, la mise en scène, comment aller chercher un auditoire. On faisait 15-20 spectacles en tournée. Le processus des auditions, le fait d’être sélectionné, ça m’a apporté plus de confiance en moi. » En 1997, Simon participe au concours Ontario Pop dans le cadre du Festival franco-ontarien à Ottawa. Finaliste d’abord, il gagne ensuite dans la catégorie « interprète », ce qui lui permet d’offrir une performance devant 3 000 personnes. Il partage la scène avec le pianiste François Cousineau et le chanteur Claude Dubois qui était le porte-parole de cette édition du festival. Gagner ce concours lui permettait de se rendre directement à la demi-finale du Festival international de la chanson de Granby. « Quand j’ai reçu mon dossier d’informations avec le formulaire d’inscription, j’étais dans ma chambre, à Earlton, dans mon village de fermiers. L’été, je faisais les foins. Je ne pensais pas à la grosse scène. En juillet, je devais envoyer mon inscription pour le festival qui est en septembre. Quand j’ai regardé ça et que j’ai vu le nom de tous les artistes qui avaient déjà leur nom de scène, j’ai paniqué. Moi, je suis Simon Rivard, d’Earlton. Je m’en vais à l’Université Laurentienne en éducation physique. J’ai eu « la chienne » et j’ai décidé de ne pas y aller. Au lieu de foncer, j’ai reculé. » Longtemps, il fut rongé par les regrets. Aujourd’hui, son regard est tout autre. Maintenant père de trois enfants, il est conscient qu’il aurait peut-être passé à côté d’une vie de famille dans laquelle il est parfaitement épanoui s’il avait opté pour la musique à temps plein et à grande échelle. Malgré son désistement au festival, la musique a toujours continué à faire partie de son univers. Il donne plusieurs spectacles par année; parfois en solo, d’autres fois avec sa femme et ses enfants et bien souvent avec Claude Lapointe, un ami de Timmins avec qui il partage la scène une quinzaine de fois par année. La musique, il est fier de la léguer en héritage à ses enfants. « Mon plus vieux joue de la guitare, ma fille joue du piano et du ukulélé en plus de chanter et mon plus jeune joue de la batterie et il chante. Mon épouse chante et joue du piano elle aussi. C’est familial, notre affaire. Et c’est fou tout ce que ça apporte comme joie, comme bonheur, quand on crée de la musique ensemble. » Après ses journées de travail, ce directeur adjoint d’une école secondaire est bien content de retrouver sa guitare et son garage pour partager sa musique. Il est donc possible de voir quelques-unes de ses prestations sur sa page Facebook.Dominique Roy, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Six étudiantes et étudiants du Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue ont participé à la résolution de cas organisée par l’Association des clubs d’entrepreneurs étudiants (ACEE) du Québec. Cette résolution de cas est présentée par l’Université Laval. L’objectif de cette compétition est de stimuler la créativité des collégiennes et des collégiens afin de solutionner un enjeu proposé par une jeune entreprise québécoise. « Habituellement l’ACEE organise annuellement durant une fin de semaine en novembre, un colloque où plus de 600 étudiants entrepreneurs provenant de l’ensemble du territoire québécois y participent. Concours de cas, conférences, ateliers, concours d’idées d’entreprises & réseautage sont au menu » fait savoir la conseillère à la vie étudiante en entrepreneuriat au Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, madame Maryse Labonté. Une grande Tournée des régions interrompue Selon le Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, les équipes participantes avait trois heures pour trouver des pistes de solution au cas présenté. Ils ont ensuite lancé leurs idées en 10 minutes devant un jury. Le contexte si particulier de la COVID-19 a obligé les organisateurs de prévoir le déroulement de la résolution de cas au collégial en mode virtuel via la plateforme Zoom. « Cette année, le colloque n’a pas eu lieu, mais l’organisation a fait en sorte de tenir certaines activités, même à distance, dont la résolution de cas et le concours d’idées d’entreprises. Deux équipes de notre cégep ont participé à la résolution de cas. Par ailleurs, deux étudiants ont déposé leur candidature pour le concours d’idées d’entreprises, mais leur candidature ne s’est pas rendue en finale. Pour répondre à la demande, L’ACEE organise depuis septembre des webconférences. Une troisième a été présentée le mercredi 11 novembre. Plusieurs étudiants y participent en ligne. Aussi, l’ACEE avait débuté une grande Tournée des régions, mais malheureusement, celle-ci a été interrompue en raison des territoires qui sont passés en zone rouge. Heureusement, la tournée en Abitibi-Témiscamingue s’est tenue le 23 septembre avec une quarantaine de participants » nous explique madame Maryse Labonté. Différents ateliers en hiver À noter que l’ACEE organisera à la session hiver différents ateliers pour les membres des Clubs entrepreneurs étudiants (CEE), ainsi que d’autres webconférences. Par ailleurs, des activités sont organisées par les membres des CEE. « Actuellement, ils tentent de trouver des activités qui respectent les mesures sanitaires » souligne la conseillère à la vie étudiante en entrepreneuriat au Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Les six étudiantes et étudiants du Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue qui ont participé à la résolution de cas organisée par l’Association des clubs d’entrepreneurs étudiants du Québec Audrée Cloutier, Félix Clément, Alexis Mathews, Chanaée Turcotte (CEE Relève, campus de Rouyn-Noranda), Cheikh Ahmed Diagne ainsi que Maciré Conté (CEE Club Réseau Affaires, campus de Val-d’Or).Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kevin Molino scored two goals, Robin Lod added another and Minnesota United beat the Colorado Rapids 3-0 on Sunday night for the first playoff victory in franchise history.Fourth-seeded Minnesota, unbeaten in its last nine games, will play top-seeded Sporting Kansas City in the conference semifinals. Sporting beat San Jose in a shootout earlier Sunday.Molino rolled a left-footer from the top of the area inside to post to open the scoring in the 22nd minute.Dayne St. Clair, a 23-year old in his first playoff appearance, had six saves for Minnesota.Lod ran onto a long through ball from Emanuel Reynoso at the top of the area, cut back to evade a defender and flicked in a left-footed side-netter to make it 2-0 in the 54th minute. Jan Gregus tapped a cross to a charging Molino who chipped it over sliding goalkeeper William Yarbrough to cap the scoring in the 79th.Molino also scored twice in Minnesota's 3-0 win over Dallas in the regular-season finale.Colorado had won three in a row heading into the playoffs.The Associated Press
« Tu es né avec une vocation, un don, alors utilise-le » est la signification du mot kinoamazihin. C’est aussi le nom d’une série de formations sur mesure qui a été élaborée par l’organisme Minwashin, en collaboration avec le Conseil de la culture de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue (CCAT), pour répondre aux besoins spécifiques des six stations de radio communautaire de la Nation Anicinabe de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Sur ces six stations de radio, trois sont situées au Témiscamingue : la plus jeune est la station Drumbeat, CKFF – 104.1 à Kebaowek, qui existe depuis la fin mars 2020. Celle de la communauté de Long Point First Nation, la station CFWR – 93.5, existe depuis environ 25 ans et The Coyote, CHNT – 92.3 de Timiskaming First Nation, soulignait récemment son 20e anniversaire. Amélie Brassard, agente de développement culturel pour l’organisme Minwashin, explique : « Chaque station a sa propre couleur. Certaines ont des gens qui y travaillent à temps plein, créent du contenu, sont disponibles et impliqués dans leur communauté. » D’autres stations font face à certaines contraintes et de manière temporaire, ne diffusent que de la musique. C’est pourquoi Minwashin a tenu, en janvier 2020, une rencontre avec les radios de la Nation Anicinabe pour apprendre à mieux connaître les spécialités, les forces et les faiblesses de chacune. L’organisme, dont le rôle est d’offrir ses services liés à la culture aux artistes, aux communautés et aux organisations des Premières Nations, a ensuite déposé une demande de financement pour la concrétisation d’une formation. « Minwashin s’est associé au CCAT, car ils ont l’expertise et beaucoup de contacts pour développer des formations sur mesure. Enfin, on a rencontré les conférenciers et expliqué notre démarche et nos besoins spécifiques », décrit Amélie Brassard. Les formations se font sous forme de conférences Zoom. « Au début, on devait faire Kinoamazihin en présentiel mais, COVID oblige, on a dû changer nos plans moins de deux semaines avant l’événement. Une journée complète en conférence Zoom, c’est difficile et ardu. On a donc décidé de le faire en trois sessions les 28 octobre et 4 novembre derniers, ainsi que le 18 novembre prochain. Cela nous permet d’inclure une formation supplémentaire à notre programme initial. Je crois que nous sommes très gagnants », se réjouit madame Brassard. Les participants, animateurs et administrateurs des radios communautaires anicinabek, sont satisfaits également et leurs commentaires sont très positifs. « Ça répond à leurs besoins, souligne l’agente de développement. Pour le moment, on a couvert les programmes de financement, les entrevues, les rôles et les responsabilités d’un conseil d’administration, ainsi qu’une réflexion pour un outil publicitaire. Aussi, habituellement, pour les rencontres radio, ce sont les animateurs et le directeur qui sont invités donc, c’était intéressant pour les administrateurs d’être présents puisque certains aspects de la formation les touchaient directement. Aussi, c’est toujours plaisant de discuter avec les pairs. » Les six stations anicinabek travaillent déjà de concert sur certains projets mais, comme l’explique madame Brassard, « chaque radio a son horaire à gérer dans le quotidien et ça demande de l’énergie d’organiser des rencontres ». Kinoamazihin comprend donc des moments de réflexion dirigés vers le futur, où on cherche à organiser les différentes stations en un regroupement efficace, sans pour autant enlever la couleur locale de chacune, leur défi étant de créer du contenu pour toute la nation Anicinabe, qui sera diffusé à travers toutes les stations de radio. Un grand projet commun est d’ailleurs en développement et devrait voir le jour en janvier 2021. « Depuis la dernière communication avec les signaux de fumée sur notre territoire, nous avons perdu beaucoup de notre culture, de notre langue. Aujourd’hui, les signaux de fumée se sont transformés en ondes radio et les stations de radio anicinabek seront essentielles dans le processus de garder notre langue et notre culture vivante », a mentionné Richard Kistabish, le président de Minwashin. En effet, ces stations sont des vecteurs d’informations de leurs communautés et on ne peut que se réjouir de les voir se mobiliser ainsi pour faire rayonner la Nation Anicinabe partout sur le territoire.Marjorie Gélinas, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan is resigning. Khan, who has led the party since 2017, will be accepting a new employment opportunity in law, the party said in a release emailed Sunday evening. Khan said it has been an honour to serve the party. "During my time as Alberta Liberal Leader, we were powerful advocates on significant issues including regulating Political Action Committees, remediating orphan wells, eliminating school segregation rooms, and addressing the 'red alerts' crisis with EMS," he said. "We pushed the provincial government to take action on these matters of concern to Albertans. We also raised awareness and grew support for Universal Basic Income, and the necessity of a sales tax. I was proud to advance these forward-thinking ideas to improve the lives of Albertans." Khan was born and raised in Calgary. He is the first openly gay leader of a major Alberta political party, and is a lawyer specializing in Indigenous rights and land-claims litigation In the 2019 election, Khan finished fourth in his riding of Calgary-Mountain View, with 5.6 per cent of the vote. The Liberals were once the province's official Opposition, but after a high of 32 seats in 1993, the party suffered from ups and downs until it fell to third-party status in the legislature in 2012 and elected only one member in 2015. The party thanked Khan, noting in the release he "developed bold new policies, modernized party operations and recruited a new generation of young Albertans to the Alberta Liberal Party." The party said its board of directors will meet soon to decide on next steps.
Health officials in B.C. say the latest restrictions meant to slow COVID-19 infections will put on hold popular holiday events across the province.On Thursday, the officials brought in sweeping new measures meant to slow the rate of infections.They included the suspension of all indoor and outdoor community and social events until Dec. 7, even if they're under 50 people.That means holiday-themed events like Vancouver's Bright Nights in Stanley Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights will not be able to go ahead until at least Dec. 7.On Friday the Vancouver Park Board initially said it was seeking clarification about what the new orders meant for its events.On Sunday, Health Minister Adrian Dix confirmed that the two events, and other similar ones, would fall under the new order.'Very unfortunate'"These are great events, all of them and they (like many others) have worked hard to meet the test of the orders pre-last Thursday," he said in a message to CBC News."It is very unfortunate. Obviously, the provincial health officer will be reviewing the impact on COVID-19 over the next two weeks."Dix said the new orders are needed now, despite the consequences for holiday events."Alas, there are many many gatherings that are beloved and affected."A Park Board spokesperson said on Sunday that anyone who had already purchased tickets to either event would be able to apply for a refund.Bright Nights in Stanley Park was scheduled to run from Nov. 26 to Jan. 1, while VanDusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights was set to begin on Nov. 27 and run until Jan. 3.
JANESVILLE, Wis. — U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, according to a statement from the Republican lawmaker, who represents Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district.The congressman said he began experiencing mild symptoms over the weekend and contacted his health care provider while at home in Janesville, Wisconsin.Steil said he spent all of last week working in Washington, D.C.“Following CDC guidelines, I am immediately quarantining and will continue serving the people of Southeast Wisconsin from my home in Janesville,” he said.Steil was first elected in 2018 and held on to his seat in November for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, which includes Kenosha and Racine counties and portions of Milwaukee, Rock, Walworth and Waukesha counties.The Associated Press
More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that students at Dawson College not be forced to do in-person exams at the end of term.Most of the school's end-of-term tests will be done online, but a handful of science programs have decided to schedule on-site exams.The student union has come out in opposition to the plan, saying it puts students at risk, especially as COVID-19 cases in Montreal continue to rise."It is in a red zone, we cannot possibly go in school in the centre of this pandemic," said Kevin Contant-Holowatyj, chair of the Dawson Student Union.The union released a statement saying that student health should come first."Finals are already a stressful time for students, and we believe that having to be in a room with other students can augment the stress to many of the student population. While we understand that some students and faculty may be concerned with academic integrity, this cannot outweigh in any way the risk of contracting the virus," reads the statement.The petition, which has a goal of 2,500, had more than 2,100 virtual signatures as of Sunday evening.Dawson students also circulated a petition asking for online exams in the summer term, which only garnered 500 signatures.For its part, Dawson said the decision to hold some exams in-person was made to protect academic integrity, and was done in consultation with public health experts.It said the decision could be revisited if new health concerns come to light.
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Tim Melia stopped all three of San Jose's shootout attempts and Sporting Kansas City converted all of its tries to beat the Earthquakes on Sunday after they finished overtime tied at 3 in the Western Conference semifinals.Top-seeded Sporting advanced to face play No. 4 Minnesota or No. 5 Colorado.Gianluca Busio scored in the first minute of stoppage time to give Sporting Kansas City a 3-2 lead, but Chris Wondolowski scored about six minutes later, heading home a high cross to the far post by Cristian Espinoza to force extra time. It was just the second career playoff goal for Wondolowski, who has an MLS-record 166 goals in the regular season.In the shootout, Johnny Russell opened the tiebreaker with a goal, Melia stopped Oswaldo Alanís, and Ilie Sánchez connected for Sporting. Jackson Yueill was stopped, Khiry Shelton scored, and Melia stopped Espinoza to end it.Melia is 6-0 in shootouts. The 34-year old goalkeeper went into the match allowing goals on just 54% (14 of 26) of the penalty kicks he’s faced, the lowest percentage in MLS history.Kansas City's Roger Espinoza opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Carlos Fierro answered in the 22nd, and Shea Salinas scored in the 34th minute to give the Earthquakes a 2-1 lead.Sánchez put away a corner kick by Busio in the 47th minute. It was the 10th goal off a corner kick by Sporting Kansas City this season, most in MLS.The Associated Press
Saskatchewan announced 236 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 2,683.Of the new cases, 82 are in Saskatoon, 52 in Regina and 24 in the north central region of the province.17 of the cases are in the north west zone of the province, with 13 in the south west. The central west, south central and north east zones of the province all have nine cases.The far north west reported eight new cases, the south east reported six while the far north east and the central east both reported two new cases. The far north central part of the province reported one new case of COVID-19.Two cases are pending residence information.Hospitalizations are now at a record high with 99 people receiving care. 80 people in in-paitent care and 19 people in the ICU.Ninety more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recovered people to 3,757There are now 6,473 total reported cases of COVID-19 in the province.The province said the seven-day average of daily cases increased to 211, with 17.4 new cases per 100,000 population.It said that daily cases numbers are expected to fluctuate as a result of factors such as weather-related and logistical delays in lab specimens reaching the testing centre.
FOND-DU-LAC, Sask. — Officials in northern Saskatchewan are warning that residents of a remote community gripped by an outbreak of COVID-19 are putting people at risk by flouting public health protocols. The Athabasca Health Authority says people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 — including some who are experiencing symptoms — in Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation have refused to get tested. It says some are even hosting parties. The health authority says in a Facebook post that those who have been directed to self-isolate because they tested positive for COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who did aren't following those orders. Many of these people, the post continues, are frequenting the Northern Store which it says puts everyone at risk, including the community's nurses and paramedics. A little over two weeks ago, the fly-in community of about 1,000 people had no cases, but by Sunday was reporting 63 cases, 52 of which were active. For weeks there hasn't been a consistent supply of running water for cleaning and handwashing in Fond du Lac due to mechanical issues with the water treatment plant, and some health officials have said that may have contributed to the spread of the virus. "There continues to be house parties in the community with many people attending. We are aware of a party that had over 50 people attend this past week," Sunday's post by the Athabasca Health Authority stated. "This event has the potential to be a super spreader within the community." The post does note that some people have recovered, but it says people need to follow restrictions for at least three more weeks to bring infections down to zero. "This will take a commitment from everyone in the community not just some of you," it said. The authority estimated last week that more than two-thirds of the active cases are tied to the community's school, which has closed. The community said on Facebook Sunday that 325 people in Fond du Lac — approximately a third of the population — are currently considered close contacts of someone with COVID-19. Saskatchewan reported 236 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. No additional deaths were reported, which means the provincial total remained at 33. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020. The Canadian Press
Sask. Premier Scott Moe stood his ground on the topic of locking down the province in a radio interview yesterday, even after the province announced a record 439 new cases of COVID-19.Moe was on CORUS Entertainment's The Roy Green Show to discuss his strategy around COVID-19 and how to prevent a "disastrous" circuit-breaker lockdown in Saskatchewan. Shutting down would dramatically impact small businesses in Saskatchewan and in Canada, he told Green."That's why we are looking at every other lever that we have to control the spread of this virus … and minimize the impact on our small businesses," Moe said. His comments on The Roy Green Show were made shortly after Moe's press secretary released a statement, expressing concerns about Saturday's record high COVID-19 cases totals on his behalf.On Sunday NDP Leader Ryan Meili said Moe's interview showed the premier was gambling with the lives of Saskatchewan people and taking huge risks with the provincial economy by preventing a short-term lockdown.To Meili, Moe's comments showed he was ignoring what experts have said, what health professionals have said and what's happening in other provinces.The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses criticized the government's measures as not enough earlier this month, adding the organization to a growing list of health professionals and advocates calling on the government to do more. In Manitoba wide-scale lockdowns were enacted once that province's health-care system was overwhelmed by a second wave of COVID-19, something Meili warned could happen here soon."[Moe is] stuck with his own ideas and the fact of the matter is, is that his ideas on this are dumb," Meili said. "He doesn't have a good understanding of what's going on. He's in over his head and he's making the wrong choices and we're all going to pay for it."NDP continues calls for circuit-breaker lockdownLast Tuesday, when asked why the government wasn't introducing measures to shutter non-essential businesses — and could be seen as choosing jobs over minimizing spread of the COVID-19 — Moe said it wasn't the time for a lockdown and maintained new measures announced that day would be effective."One: it reduces the spread temporarily. Two: we are not sacrificing one for the other. We've always said that's not the choice that needs to be made," he said."We feel that we are at a stage here where a slowdown will work. We may get to a lockdown in the days ahead."Moe added thousands of Saskatchewan residents and families were still recovering from the economic burden of the first lockdown.A day after Moe made his comments, the NDP called on the government to enact a three-week-long circuit-breaker lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. On Sunday Meili reiterated his party's call for a temporary shutdown and said while such a move would have a negative impact on the provincial economy, it would hurt businesses less than a full-scale, indefinite lockdown would."Having the circuit breaker is about making sure that we have the least possible damage," Meili said. "You need to do two things: One, you need to do it early and briefly, so you actually get the cases under control — and then allow the economy to restart again — and then you have to have the financial support in place."Following the NDP's initial call for a circuit-breaker lockdown Merriman's office issued a statement rejecting the idea and said it would continue consultations with the hospitality, faith, recreation and athletic communities on further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Meili said in acting without seriousness, Moe's actions will be damaging to the provincial economy and human life in Saskatchewan and it's frustrating to see this approach from a person who's supposed to be in charge.The statement issued by Moe's press secretary on Saturday said the Premier and Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab would have more to say about COVID-19 early in the coming week.Meili said he and his party hope the government introduces measures that show it is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously when more information is provided next week."It's hard to watch this being so badly handled and all we can do is push," he said.
Alberta shattered daily records for a fourth consecutive day with 1,584 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.No new deaths were reported. So far 471 people have died from the disease.There are 319 people in the hospital due to COVID-19, 60 of whom are in intensive care. Here's the regional breakdown of active cases reported on Friday. The province said the next detailed update on case numbers by region would be available Monday. * Calgary zone: 4,614 * Edmonton zone: 5,479 * North zone: 686 * South zone: 611 * Central zone: 714 * Unknown: 91Alberta reported higher daily new numbers than the provinces of Ontario and Quebec on Sunday. Ontario reported 1,534 new cases and Quebec reported 1,153 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Ontario's population is 350 per cent larger than Alberta, while Quebec's population is close to twice the size of Alberta.
BAIE-COMEAU, Que. — Brandon Frattaroli scored twice while Nathael Roy scored the shootout-winning goal as the Baie-Comeau Drakkar vanquished the Val-d'Or Foreurs 3-2 in Baie-Comeau on Sunday afternoon.Frattaroli scored his first of the game in the second period, before scoring the game-tying goal with 10:01 to play in the third. Jacob Gaucher and Marshall Lessard scored for the Foreurs.Roy and Julien Hebert scored in the shootout for Baie-Comeau. Justin Ducharme scored in the shootout for Val-d'Or.Olivier Ciarlo turned aside 31 shots for Baie-Comeau. William Blackburn saved 16 shots for Val-d'Or. Val-d'Or outshot Baie-Comeau 33-18. The Drakkar (4-8-0) went 1-for-2 on the power play. The Foreurs (7-1-4) went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.ARMADA 4 VOLTIGEURS 1BOISBRIAND -- The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defeated the Drummondville Voltigeurs 4-1 in Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday evening. Luke Henman, Alexis Gendron, Yaroslav Likhachev and Zachary Roy also scored for the Armada.HUSKIES 3 OCÉANIC 2RIMOUSKI -- The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defeated the Rimouski Océanic 3-2 in Rimouski on Sunday afternoon. Xavier Bouchard scored the game winning goal for the Huskies at 13:26 of the third period.OLYMPIQUES 3 SAGUENÉENS 2 (OT)CHICOUTIMI -- The Gatineau Olympiques beat the Chicoutimi Saguenéens 3-2 in overtime in Chicoutimi on Sunday afternoon. Samuel Savoie scored the game winning goal for the Olympiques at 2:44 of overtime.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.The Canadian Press
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 6:08 p.m. EST on Nov. 22, 2020: There are 330,492 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 132,042 confirmed (including 6,829 deaths, 114,085 resolved) _ Ontario: 103,912 confirmed (including 3,486 deaths, 87,508 resolved) _ Alberta: 46,872 confirmed (including 471 deaths, 34,206 resolved) _ British Columbia: 25,474 confirmed (including 331 deaths, 17,477 resolved) _ Manitoba: 13,544 confirmed (including 229 deaths, 5,193 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 6,473 confirmed (including 33 deaths, 3,757 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,168 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,070 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 430 confirmed (including 6 deaths, 347 resolved) _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 319 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 294 resolved) _ Nunavut: 130 confirmed (including 2 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 68 confirmed (including 64 resolved) _ Yukon: 32 confirmed (including 1 death, 22 resolved) _ Northwest Territories: 15 confirmed (including 10 resolved) _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Total: 330,492 (0 presumptive, 330,492 confirmed including 11,455 deaths, 264,048 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020. The Canadian Press
The Archbishop of Vancouver says he is "baffled" by the province's recent decision to suspend in-person worship while keeping restaurants and gyms open.J. Michael Miller said in a Sunday morning homily that "the restrictions placed on banning congregations, even limited ones, from attending Holy Mass are, of course, a matter of grave concern to us both as Catholics and as citizens of British Columbia."On Thursday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie suspended all in-person faith-related gatherings in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.Worshippers have been told not to attend services at their gurdwara, synagogue, church, mosque or temple.Churches remain open for prayer, adoration and individual confession. Church basements can also be used for other purposes, like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, which Miller said in his address that he is thankful for.But he called it "puzzling" that even limited prayer services are suspended, when he said none of B.C.'s 78 parishes have been the source of a community outbreak."Certainly we must pray that the situation will soon change, so that we can return to Mass with a congregation, even if reduced in number," he said."We all want to protect the health of British Columbians, but that burden should not — must not — fall unjustifiably or unequally on communities of faith."Health officials in B.C. confirmed another 516 cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 10 more deaths. Masks are now mandatory in indoor retail and public spaces. That includes malls, grocery stores, liquor stores, community centres, municipal buildings, libraries, common areas in hotels and restaurants and bars when not seated at a table.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's approval rating has risen to its highest level in a year with barely six months to go before legislative elections, an opinion poll showed on Sunday. The face-to-face survey of 1,000 Mexicans between Nov. 12-18 by polling firm Buendia & Laredo showed Lopez Obrador had the support of 64%, bolstered by his social spending programs. The rating was up from the 59% he scored in the pollster's prior August telephone survey, reaching the highest level since November 2019 - well before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 100,000 people in Mexico.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):6 p.m.Alberta is reporting 1,584 new COVID-19 cases, but no new deaths.It's the fourth straight day the province has announced a record-breaking number of new cases.In each case, the total was over 1,000. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, says on Twitter there are 12,195 active cases in the province and that 319 of them are in hospital. Sixty are in ICU.---3:10 p.m.Nova Scotia is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19.Six of the new cases are connected to previously identified patients, while the source of five others are under investigation.Health officials say someone also tested positive at a rapid screening pilot program for bar patrons and customers in Halifax last night.Their test is not included in today's numbers because the results of their standard test, which is more accurate, have not yet been returned.Nova Scotia now has 44 active cases of COVID-19.---2:45 p.m.Saskatchewan is reporting 236 new cases of COVID-19 today.No additional deaths are being reported, which means the provincial total remains at 33.The province says in its daily update that the seven-day average of daily cases is 211.---1:55 p.m.New Brunswick is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 and three possible school exposures.The province says five cases are in the Saint John region and one is in the Fredericton area.Health officials confirmed cases at schools in Hampton and Saint John, while teachers, staff and parents at Harbour View High School in Saint John have been warned of a possible exposure.With today's numbers and after a record-breaking 23 cases were announced yesterday, New Brunswick now has 77 active cases of COVID-19.---1:50 p.m.Manitoba has identified 243 new cases of COVID-19 and is reporting 12 new deaths.Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 229 COVID-19 deaths in the province.There are 228 people with COVID-19 in hospital in Manitoba, 52 of which are in intensive care.The province's chief public health officer continues to urge residents to only leave their homes for essential purposes.---1:40 p.m.The number of people with COVID-19 in the Nunavut community of Arviat has swelled to 98, after the territory reported today that there are 18 new cases.New COVID-19 diagnoses are also being confirmed today in Whale Cove and Rankin Inlet, which each have 15 cases, but health officials say there is still no evidence of community transmission in either location.Nunavut now has 128 active COVID-19 cases, but no deaths.The territory's chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, says health teams are working around the clock in hot spots to trace, test, isolate and contain the spread of the virus.---12:45 p.m.Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting three new cases of COVID-19. Two are connected to a cluster of cases in western Newfoundland, and the other is travel-related.Public health says a case announced Friday whose source was under investigation was also found to be travel-related.The province now has 21 active COVID-19 infections.---12:30 p.m.Newfoundland and Labrador's Memorial University has put the brakes on a plan to gradually bring some staff back to work next week amid concerns about COVID-19.In a statement Sunday, the university says the decision to postpone the plan was made because of rising case numbers in the province.As of Saturday afternoon, Newfoundland and Labrador was reporting 18 active COVID-19 infections.The five new cases announced Saturday marked the province's biggest one-day jump in cases since April.---11:10 a.m.Quebec is reporting 1,154 new cases of COVID-19 today and 23 additional deaths linked to the virus.The province says eight of those deaths took place in the last 24 hours, 11 occurred between Nov. 15 and 20, three came before Nov. 15 and one is from an unspecified date.Quebec has now reported 132,042 cases of COVID-19 and 6,829 total deaths since the pandemic began.Hospitalizations went down by four today for a total of 642. Of those, the number of people in intensive care increased by four to 103.---10:45 a.m.Ontario is reporting 1,534 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with 14 new deaths linked to the virus. The numbers are down slightly from a new single-day high case count of 1,588 reached yesterday. The latest figures come a day before new lockdown measures are set to take effect in the longstanding hot spots of Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region.Both enter the grey classification of the province's pandemic response framework tomorrow, meaning most non-essential businesses will be closed or limited to providing curbside or delivery service.--- 10:30 a.m.A small town in western Newfoundland is asking residents to stay home and businesses to close amid COVID-19 concerns.In a release Saturday night, the town of Deer Lake said the town office and arena were closing until December 7, and asked non-essential businesses to follow suit.The town says residents should stay home as much as possible, especially those with high risks for complications.There are five cases of COVID-19 currently active in western Newfoundland, with the source of one of those infections still unknown.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020. The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said one of New Brunswick's new COVID-19 cases was identified in the Moncton area. In fact, the patient is in the Fredericton region.