House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio joins 'The Story' with reaction
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio joins 'The Story' with reaction
ATLANTA — Bishop Reginald Jackson stepped to the microphone at a drive-in rally outside a church in southwest Atlanta as his voice carried over a loudspeaker and the radio to people gathered in, around and on top of cars that filled the parking lot.“Let’s keep Georgia blue," Jackson said. “Let’s elect Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock to the United States Senate.” The presiding bishop of more than 400 African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia added a pastoral flourish as horns honked and supporters cheered: “If I have a witness, somebody say amen!"As Georgia becomes the nation’s political hotspot this winter before twin runoff elections Jan. 5 that will determine control of the Senate, faith-based organizing is heating up.Conservative Christians are rallying behind Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, while Black churches and liberal-leaning Jewish groups are backing Democratic challengers Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The Democrats' fates are seen as intertwined in a state that this year turned blue in the presidential election for the first time since 1992 by a razor-thin margin.“These runoffs are critically important,” Jackson said. “We want to make sure there is no decrease in turnout.”Across Georgia, the African Methodist Episcopal Church is implementing a program designed to ensure its members, and Black voters overall, cast ballots in the runoff — focusing on votes by mail and early in-person voting. Pastors at each church remind tens of thousands of congregants every week to apply for an absentee ballot and of early voting dates, Jackson said in an interview. Each local church also follows up with congregants to make sure they have a plan to vote.The New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan voter mobilization group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor in 2018, is also preparing to tap the influence of faith communities in stoking turnout.Rev. Billy Honor, director of faith organizing at the group, said the conservative Christian Faith & Freedom Coalition — founded by former Georgia GOP chairman Ralph Reed — has long positioned Georgia “as the home of evangelical fundamentalist types when it comes to the political space."“But the truth is, for a very long time, there has been an active, effective movement of progressive-minded, justice-centred clergy” who have worked in the state on voting rights, health care and other issues, Honor added. He said Warnock was part of that work before his candidacy. Warnock is senior pastor at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, the congregation led by the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.Meanwhile, Loeffler and Perdue can expect to benefit from a conservative Christian base that has long boosted the state’s Republicans. Faith & Freedom made Georgia one of its top three spending targets in a $50 million get-out-the-vote program during the general election and plans increased organizing for the runoffs.The reach of "the evangelical vote in Georgia is very large and very strong,” Timothy Head, the group’s executive director, said in an interview.Head noted that while President Donald Trump kept a strong hold on white evangelical voters this year, Perdue out-performed Trump in Georgia during the general election. President-elect Joe Biden may have won over some evangelicals by contrasting his character with that of Trump, Head said, but he argued that the same sort of case would be harder for Democrats to make against Loeffler and Perdue.Another faith-focused conservative group, the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, is holding trainings and pastor briefings before the runoffs. The anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, whose president advised Trump’s reelection campaign on Catholic outreach, has announced a $4.1 million plan to boost Loeffler and Perdue through a partner political action committee.Religious issues already have become a campaign flashpoint in the runoff. The GOP has resurfaced excerpts from past Warnock sermons to assail him as insufficiently supportive of the military as well as anti-Israel. The Democrat signed a letter last year comparing Israel's policy toward Palestinians to “previous oppressive regimes" and criticized it in a 2018 sermon, while also calling for a two-state solution in the region.Warnock pushed back in a recently released television ad, saying the attacks are “trying to scare people by taking things I’ve said out of context from over 25 years of being a pastor.”One group criticizing Warnock as too left-leaning on Israel, the Republican Jewish Coalition, is also mobilizing on behalf of the GOP incumbents.Jewish Democrats in Georgia predicted that the GOP attack on Warnock’s Israel record would fall flat, citing his record of friendship with the Jewish community through his pulpit at Ebenezer.Sherry Frank, president of the Atlanta section of the National Council of Jewish Women, said she sees “no doubt in the Jewish community about (Warnock’s) stance on Israel and anti-Semitism.” Frank's group is conducting nonpartisan voter turnout work for the runoffs.Georgia’s Jewish Democrats also see, in Ossoff and Warnock, candidates whose joint push for the Senate harkens back to a tradition of Black and Jewish leaders working together during the civil rights movement. Warnock has a bond with a prominent Atlanta rabbi whose predecessor at the synagogue was close with King.Warnock is viewed “as the inheritor" of King’s legacy, said Michael Rosenzweig, co-chair of the Georgia chapter of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, which has endorsed both Democrats. “And to the extent that Jews were supportive of the civil rights struggle and supportive of (King), I think they look supportively on Rev. Warnock.”Ossoff, who is Jewish, has defended Warnock against GOP criticism over Israel and fondly recalled his own connection to the late Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia civil rights leader who endorsed Ossoff before his death in July. In October, Ossoff said he and Lewis talked during their first meeting about “the bond between the Black and Jewish communities, marching alongside rabbis and young Jewish activists in the mid 1960s ... and how important it was that these communities be brought together."___Schor reported from Washington.___Associated Press religion coverage receives support from the Lilly Endowment through the Religion News Foundation. The AP is solely responsible for this content.Elana Schor And Ben Nadler, The Associated Press
Frustration with COVID-19 restrictions brought out around two dozen maskless demonstrators to Waterloo Public Square on Nov. 28. The group stood outside the entrance in defiance of public health guidelines to wear a face covering, practice physical distancing and avoid large gatherings. Some uneasy shoppers avoided the crowd of demonstrators, steering clear of the group on the way to use the entrance while a few bemused passersby stood back and took pictures. The Chronicle spoke with some of the group’s proponents, who were compelled by a hodgepodge of beliefs, but were mostly alarmed by what they considered governmental overreach and people’s willingness to go along with it. Scott Bartels, of Puslinch, said he was attending the demonstration because he felt the government’s COVID-19 safety measures had "gone way too far” and likened it to a "tail wagging the dog." “Wearing a mask should be a choice,” he added, and likened COVID-19 to the flu. He said folks should “protect the vulnerable, while the rest of us should go about our business.” Some dissenters held up signs that read, “God gave me an immune system,” “Please seek the truth,” and “Pandemic is over.” Organizers had planned the Freedom Rally at 2 p.m. at the square, which was cancelled and moved to Toronto, according to an updated flyer circulating on social media. Curtis Collins said he came to the rally from Kitchener because he wanted to see how many people showed up and "support the cause of freedom, basically.” The threat of the virus wasn’t "as big of a thing as they make it out to be," he noted. “If I kept running across people with COVID-19, I’d be concerned, definitely concerned,” he added. Paul Henderson, who described himself as a reformed criminal and a sermonizing Pentecostal, didn’t stick around too long but said he had come “wanting to represent Jesus in this hour.” He said he wanted to follow Jesus, a healer, and not “live in fear.” “I’ve had intestinal healings, so sickness is never the issue. It’s what you put your faith in.” Henderson said he wasn't anti-mask, though he compared the province’s COVID-19 restrictions to a “Hitler-type reality.” Waterloo region on Saturday broke its single day record for COVID-19 cases, with 86.Swikar Oli, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cambridge Times
Canada remains on a troubling path for new COVID-19 infections as case counts continue to mount, the country's top doctor said Saturday.The most recent infection rates indicate Canada is on track to hit as many as 10,000 new cases a day by next month, Dr. Theresa Tam said."If we continue on the current pace, our longer range models continue to forecast significant increases in daily case counts and estimate that there could be up to 10,000 cases reported daily by mid-December," Tam said in a written statement. "Right now, we have a window of opportunity to act collectively together with public health authorities to bring the infection rate down to a safer trajectory."Canada is currently recording caseloads at about half that level, with the most recent seven-day average standing at 5,335 between Nov. 20 and Nov. 26. Tam said Canada is also averaging 76 deaths a day and more than 2,100 people in hospital. People 80 years and older are experiencing Canada's highest COVID-19 death rate, and there are now more and larger outbreaks in long-term care facilities, hospitals, group living settings, Indigenous communities and remote areas, she said."Those developments are deeply concerning as they put countless Canadians at risk of life-threatening illness, cause serious disruptions to health services and present significant challenges for areas not adequately equipped to manage complex medical emergencies," Tam said.Her assessment came as case counts continued to soar in numerous provinces. Quebec set a new single-day record with 1,480 new infections Saturday as the provincial death toll crossed the 7,000 threshold. Alberta also broke its own record, reporting 1,731 new cases of the virus on Saturday. It also counted five new deaths. Ontario logged case numbers just shy of Friday's one-day record as it reported 1,822 new diagnoses in the past 24 hours.Case numbers also jumped sharply in Manitoba, where officials recorded 487 new infections and 10 new deaths. Among those who died was a boy under the age of 10, officials said, though they offered no other details.Saskatchewan reported 197 COVID-19 cases and one death Saturday.The province ordered the suspension of team sports earlier this week until Dec. 17 after confirmed COVID-19 cases among several minor and recreational hockey teams.The Saskatchewan suspension applies to hockey and curling leagues and dance studios.The Saskatchewan Health Authority posted notices Saturday of COVID-19 exposure risks at curling and recreation centres at Christopher Lake and Shellbrook. Those curling or socializing at either of the two facilities last month must self-isolate for 14 days, the health authority said.In British Columbia, Fraser Health announced the closure of an elementary school in Surrey after confirming 16 COVID-19 cases.Newton Elementary School will close for two weeks, said Fraser Health.B.C. reported a daily record of 911 COVID-19 cases Friday. The province will update its numbers Monday.People must continue to practise physical distancing, frequent hand washing and staying home as much as possible, said a newly appointed member of B.C. Premier John Horgan's cabinet."I just think it's important for us to be thoughtful and caring, but at the same time it's critical that people follow the rules because it's vital to be able to keep our schools open and keep as many of our business open as possible," said Ravi Kahlon, whose ministry includes economic recovery.Figures from New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador show more modest increases of four and two cases, respectively. Prince Edward Island reported two new COVID-19 cases, but they involved young males aged 10 and 19.There were 14 new cases in Nova Scotia and five COVID-19 cases in Nunavut.Tam redoubled her calls for Canadians to heed public health advice, limit their social interactions and practice physical distancing in a bid to bring surging case counts under control.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2020. The Canadian Press
Choosing a name for a new baby can be a tough decision, but a northern B.C. scholar has tried to make this important task easier for Indigenous parents who want to emphasize their children's cultural roots.Last week, Prince George linguist Bill Poser published a booklet of baby names in the Carrier language — or Dakelh — with Carrier Sekani Family Services, after years of research and consultation with elders."Fewer and fewer [Carrier] people know the language, and fewer and fewer of the names are being passed down that way," Poser said to Matt Allen, guest host of CBC's Daybreak North. Poser, who is originally from Vermont and holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been studying Carrier linguistics since 1992. He says his interest in the language stems from a passion for its unique sound system. The former professor at the University of Northern British Columbia says he wrote the guide because a number of his Carrier friends have been interested in naming their children in their ancestors' language, but they didn't know where to start looking for potential names. Poser finished writing the naming guide in 2012, but it wasn't published until recently. Among the common Carrier names listed in the booklet are Ditnan, which means "thundering", Whutl'at, meaning "end of the lake"; and Yak'ushun, meaning "song in the sky."The booklet contains lists of Carrier names borrowed from English and French, and native Carrier names that have rarely been adopted by members of the First Nation since Roman Catholicism came to its territories in the mid-19th century.Poser says Carrier people may have up to three names in addition to their surname, which is often the father's given name and, due to colonization, originates in English or French, such as Peter, William and Louie."The first name a child got was often something having to do with the circumstances of birth," he said."If the mother gave birth under a spruce tree, then the child might be named something like spruce tree," he referred to the Carrier native name Ts'oocheh, which literally means "at the base of a spruce tree.""After a while, a child might switch to another name, which for us would be a nickname that was something about the child, possibly a physical characteristic or a personality trait."A young adult person might give himself or herself a new name based on some important experience that would often be something that happened in dream."Poser uses the name of Soo Yinka Erickson — the daughter of Mavis Erickson, former chief of Carrier Sekani Tribal Council — as an example of a native Carrier name. He doesn't know the story behind her name, but says she is one of the first young Carrier people to have been given a traditional name in modern times.According to his book, Soo Yinka means "beautiful world" in Dakelh.In addition to being used as a naming guide, Poser hopes his work might be of general interest to Carrier people who want to learn a bit more about their cultural heritage."I hope [many people] will find it interesting just to find out about the old names," he said.Tap the link below to listen to Bill Poser's interview on Daybreak North:Subscribe to Daybreak North on CBC Listen or your favourite podcast app, and connect with CBC Northern British Columbia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Hundreds marched through downtown Calgary on Saturday to protest against mandated masks and other public health measures intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the same day record highs in new cases and hospitalizations were reported in the province.The protests, or "Walk for Freedom," have been a weekly occurrence in the city and across the country for months, but Saturday was the first since the province's 10-person limit on outdoor gatherings was announced on Tuesday."To see that there is a group of people in the Canadian population that is against masking, and to say that it infringes on their freedom, is taking the word out of context — it's actually an insult on all those civil rights heroes who fought for freedom," said Dr. Sajjad Fazel, a public health researcher at the University of Calgary."When we look at the word freedom, we're talking about when people's rights are taken away … you're not allowed to drink and drive without any consequences, right? Everything has a consequence … when it's for the public good, the scenario changes."Fazel is part of a team of researchers and scientists studying COVID-19 misinformation to provide recommendations as to how it can be addressed. Some signs at Saturday's protest expressed misinformation, saying vaccines can alter DNA or that masks cause bacterial or fungal infections. Others expressed economic concerns, or anger at the federal or provincial government. Members of at least two far-right or white supremacist groups were also seen in attendance. Fazel said anti-mask protests show the need for clearer public health messaging — and he said empathy is an important tool when having these conversations about science and health.He suggests more conversation can help people understand the roots behind concerns, whether it's a small business owner worried about their livelihood or someone with anti-government sentiment frustrated by mixed messages."Misinformation isn't just lies, it's a mix of truth and lies mixed up together," Fazel said. "One thing that I always tell people is don't look at what one particular doctor, scientist, researcher sees, but look at what the overall body of science and literature is."One of those in attendance at Saturday's protest, lawyer Doris Reimer, said she was there to make sure Canadians know what their rights are."They're violating our human rights over and over and over again — they're bombarding us with mandates left right and centre, and it's unbelievable," Reimer said. Reimer said she doesn't know what the province's latest enforcement measures include, but said the restrictions are pitting families against each other.The new restrictions include a ban on indoor social gatherings, limiting outdoor gatherings to 10 people and moving Grades 7-12 students to online learning until winter break. Most businesses can remain open, subject to capacity rules, and masks are mandatory inside workplaces in Calgary and Edmonton. Protester Charles Haskett said he's concerned the government could use a heavy-handed approach to fines as an income source. Those who break the rules could be subject to a $1,000 fine and up to $100,000 through the courts. "I don't see the value in condemning people and publicly shaming them and fining them for expressing our opinions," Haskett said.No protesters ticketedNo tickets were handed out at Saturday's protest, but police say they are considering a plan for strategic enforcement going forward. In a release issued Sunday, police said their primary objective is to ask for voluntary compliance and to educate the public on the restrictions."With that said, participants in these events are being investigated. Our ticketing is strategic and will take into consideration a number of factors," police said in a release. "Although citizens may not witness the summons at the time, that does not necessarily mean we are not exploring those options."We know this is a difficult time right now and we will use discretion as we do in many aspects of our job."In Ontario on Thursday, two police services announced charges related to anti-mask "freedom" rallies.Haskett said he's concerned with a lack of transparency and inconsistency in messaging.That's something Fazel also said has been a problem."I think the government, really both provincial and federal, need to invest heavily on tailored and targeted public health messages," he said."I'm sorry to say this, but it doesn't help to have politicians and political leaders who aren't adhering to public health recommendations, who aren't supporting public health recommendations fully … that further steels people's belief in [misinformation]."Beyond conversation, Fazel said enforcement of restrictions also remains an important tool —especially as the second wave builds."Definitely having people with no masks congregating on the streets doesn't help anybody. In fact, it does lead to outbreaks and cases increasing," Fazel said."It's just like when somebody is drunk driving, there [are] some consequences. And I believe there need to be consequences for breaking public health orders, especially at this scale. Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu said Friday that police have independence to make some determinations as to how to enforce health measures, but that he expects those who violate health measures will be held accountable.
Estevan– Less than 48 hours after public health orders decreed that movie theatres could still sell food and drink, but it couldn’t be consumed in the auditoriums, theatre operators received word from the provincial Business Response Team that particular order had been reversed. Patrons will be able to purchase food and beverages and take them to their seats. Physical distancing between household groups must be maintained and masks must be worn unless eating or drinking. The limit of 30 patrons per theatre remains in effect. This is a reduction from the previous restriction of 30 per cent capacity. On Nov. 25, the province had announced that concession sales could take place, but “no food or drink may be in the activity area,” which, for theatres, meant within the auditorium itself. Instead, patrons would have had to consume their concessions within the lobby. A wave of theatre closures had been announced earlier on Nov. 27, as theatres across the province realized that it was untenable to stay open without concession sales which allowed consumption in the auditoriums. Since movie distributors get a little over half of ticket sales, theatres rely heavily on concession sales for a substantial portion of their revenue. As word got out to various theatres, they reversed their closure announcements and preparations. Magic Lantern Theatres president Tom Hutchinson said by email Friday night, “I found out mid-afternoon from one of our cinemas, who had been contacted by their local health officer. I had spoken to a government representative in Regina earlier in the day, but didn't get his name. He did not tell me that a reversal was being contemplated.” Magic Lantern has theatres in North Battleford, Meadow Lake, Saskatoon and Regina. Bill Walker, CEO of Landmark Cinemas, said by email late Friday night, “Our local managers were advised by another independent from Saskatchewan. “We will remain open, continue to employee more of our staff and providing an enjoyable and safe movie experience.” Landmark has theatres in Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton, but Yorkton’s has remained closed, and will remain closed, since March. Jocelyn Dougherty owns and operates Estevan’s Orpheum Theatre with her husband Al. She said the afternoon of Nov. 28 that they were not going to open that night, but planned on additional screenings at 1, 3:30, and 7 p.m. for Sunday, Nov. 29. And since there was no school on Monday in Estevan, they would do additional 1 and 3:30 p.m. screenings on Monday as well. The feature is one of the few new movies to come out in recent months, The Croods 2: A New Age. Initially she has not heard confirmation, but by mid-afternoon on Saturday, she had received a phone call from the Business Response Team, confirming this reversal. “It’s been such a roller coaster,” she said. Dougherty added that movies are a stress reliever which “takes away your problems for two hours,” something needed during the time of COVID-19. Hutchinson said, “We are happy that the government reversed its position, but we had advertised our cinemas were closed, and it is taking the managers a lot of work to reverse the situation. We are happy to be open because we think we contribute more to our communities by being open than by being closed. If it is necessary for us to close, we are quite prepared to do that. We need clear leadership from the province, so we can communicate clearly with our customers. Hutchinson added, “I am sure the province is doing the best it can, and we support their efforts. In this case, the regulation was badly conceived and didn't make sense and actually worked against COVID safety, so I am glad it was reversed. It would have been nice if we had been consulted to begin, with because we could have contributed ideas that would have saved everyone a lot of worry. But we all are doing the best we can, government, business, and individuals, to limit the spread and hold on until this pandemic is over. We all make mistakes and we just have to work through them.” Walker said, “We are pleased with the provinces decisions to review this restriction and we will continue to operate with the same focus on health and safety.”Brian Zinchuk, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Estevan Mercury
TUSCLAOOSA, Ala. — Once the Iron Bowl kicked off, Nick Saban was just another passionate, heavily invested fan who was powerless to help his team win.His team still won — big.Mac Jones passed for 302 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, highlighted by two long ones to DeVonta Smith, and No. 1 Alabama rolled over rival No. 22 Auburn 42-13 on Saturday without Saban.John Metchie III, the native of Brampton, Ont., caught two touchdown passes in the victory.The Crimson Tide (8-0, No. 1 playoff rankings) continued a dominating march through a schedule of all-Southeastern Conference games even minus its six-time national champion coach on the sideline.Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and watched the game feed from home, witnessing the usual array of big plays with offensive co-ordinator Steve Sarkisian running the show.Saban said his staff “did a marvelous job.”“Sark did a nice job of managing things, and I sat here and felt a little helpless," he said in a postgame zoom from his home. "I could see things and yell at things and listen to (wife) Miss Terry yell downstairs. It’s a little different. It still feels good to win.”The result was much of the same against the Tigers (5-3), who suffered the second-most lopsided loss of Gus Malzahn's coaching tenure. The only bigger margin was Alabama's 52-21 win in the 2018 Iron Bowl.“They’re a very, very talented team,” Malzahn said. “We knew that. Still we came in here with the mindset that we wanted to win the game. To beat a team like that on the road, you’ve got to make plays. We didn’t do that. We didn’t play our best. It’s obvious.”Alabama started a string of three straight touchdowns with Jones's 66-yard touchdown to Smith, who was streaking by himself downfield after Auburn defenders bit on a double move. He later added a 58-yard catch and run on a quick slant, sprinting away from the Tigers.Smith had seven catches for 171 yards. Najee Smith ran for 96 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown, and Metchie III caught a pair of scoring passes.“Not having Coach Saban is difficult and obviously he did a great job preparing all of us for a situation like this. It was clear we were prepared for this situation."Bo Nix passed for 227 yards and ran for a late touchdown for the Tigers, but also threw two interceptions.“It feels pretty terrible,” Nix said. “It’s not very fun. It just hurts because of everything that I’ve put into it, everything that I’ve done to get to this moment and just come up a lot short. It’s an awful feeling, to be honest with you.”Saban, meanwhile, couldn't talk to his team starting 90 minutes before kickoff though he still led the preparation during the week. He spoke to the media in his home's “recruiting room,” filled with Alabama memorabilia, including an elephant head on the wall and a pool table with a crimson playing surface.“That was really hard, especially the fact that I feel great," the 69-year-old said.THE TAKEAWAYAuburn: Managed a solid 347 total yards but had some missed opportunities. The Tigers had to settle for three long field goal attempts by Anders Carlson, who made kicks of 45 and 47 yards. Star receiver Seth Williams, who's from nearby Cottondale, dropped a sure touchdown, too.Alabama: Continued its strong defensive play of late, having given up 33 points in its last 18 quarters dating back to halftime of the Georgia game. Got revenge for a 48-45 loss last season.STREAKING SMITHSmith has been on fire since fellow star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle's season-ending injury. He has 27 catches for 518 yards and eight touchdowns in the past three games. Smith also helped perhaps motivate his quarterback by showing him a comment from Nix calling Jones “a game manager.”“It was just funny seeing that,” Smith, who was playing his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, said.POLL IMPLICATIONSAlabama was already a unanimous No. 1 and didn't do anything to diminish its standing. Second-ranked Notre Dame beat No. 25 North Carolina 31-17 Friday night. Auburn could fall out of the rankings with the loss.MOORE PICKSMalachi Moore's interception of Nix late in the first half was his third of the season. He's the first Alabama freshman with multiple picks since 2015 when Minkah Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Harrison and redshirt Marlon Humphrey all did it.UP NEXTAuburn: Hosts No. 5 Texas A&M on Dec. 5.Alabama: At defending national champion LSU, one of two teams to beat the Tide last season, in a makeup game Dec. 5.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25John Zenor, The Associated Press
Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the government slashed its initial eight-year schedule and will deliver the remaining C$1.405 billion from a total of C$1.75 billion promised in August 2019, directly to farmers in only three years. The package for dairy farmers also build on a $250 million CETA on-farm investment program, Bibeau said in a statement https://www.canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/news/2020/11/government-of-canada-announces-investments-to-support-supply-managed-dairy-poultry-and-egg-farmers.html. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union, sets out the removal of tariffs on 99% of all goods types traded between the EU and Canada, some over a period of up to seven years.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Nova Scotia, there are guidelines for parents and guardians around the testing options for children in their care.Although many of the same procedures that apply to adults are also applicable to children, there are some differences.Children between the age of four and 18 now have a more comfortable COVID-19 testing option with the rollout of a gargle test in Nova Scotia.Swish-and-gargle testing is available at all COVID-19 primary assessment centres in the province.It was approved for use in Nova Scotia in early October and a pilot program has been running at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax since Oct. 7. A nose test will be administered to children under four and those unable to gargle salty water.Parents and caregivers booking a test should allow at least an hour without food, drink or gum in case their child has gargle testing.One parent or caregiver may attend during the testing but siblings are not allowed.Gargle testNova Scotia Health released a video Thursday to go along with the rollout of the gargle test.In the video, a young woman talks children through the steps required to take the test. "It's really easy and it doesn't hurt," she says. The video assures children that taking the test does not mean they have the virus. A mask must be worn during the entire 15-minute process except when ingesting or expelling the test liquid. The child is given a vial with "salty water" that they are to open and squeeze into their mouth by themselves, or with the help of a parent. After putting their mask back on they must alternate between swishing it around in their mouth for five seconds and gargling for five seconds. The swishing and gargling has to be repeated three times. They will be provided with a container and must spit the liquid into it, which completes the test. A joint news release from IWK Health and Nova Scotia Health said if a child has difficulty completing the test, it cannot be repeated that same day and they will have the option of rescheduling or having a nose-swab test.To make the gargle test easier, parents and children are encouraged to practise the test at home using salty water but not within two hours of the actual test. When to get testedParents should have their children or teens tested if they are told to do so by Public Health because of close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or if they are referred for testing after taking the self-assessment test or by 811.Parents may complete the self-assessment test for children in their household. Test appointments can be booked online.As with adults, children and teens must self-isolate if they: * are waiting for COVID-19 test results. * have tested positive for COVID-19. * have been identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, even if you have tested negative for COVID-19.The province now requires all people living at the same residence to also self-isolate for 14 days.At schoolThe possibility of potential exposure at school is a worry for many parents but there are protocols in place. If a child shows symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, Nova Scotia's back-to-school plan outlines procedures to be followed.The student will be instructed to wash their hands, provided with a mask and moved to a designated isolation area in the school. The parent or guardian will be contacted by the school to pick them up and the student will be monitored in the meantime. The parent or guardian will be advised to complete the online self-assessment or call 811.If someone tests positive for COVID-19 at a school, NSHA Public Health will contact all their close contacts.A close contact is anyone who has been within two metres of the person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more. Close contacts will be advised by public health to arrange testing and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The plan says that Public Health will work with the school to let families know about the case and what they need to do. Parents and guardians of pre-primary children are urged to monitor them using the pre-primary checklist before sending them to school.MORE TOP STORIES
FAITS DIVERS. C’est menotté et en ambulance qu’est reparti du rang Sainte-Anne, à Sainte-Perpétue, un homme qui fait une sortie de route le 28 novembre un peu avant 19h30. Le conducteur qui riait lors de l’arrivée de l’auteur de ces lignes a été pris en charge par les ambulanciers et reconduit à l’hôpital pour ce qui semble être des blessures mineures. Notons que les policiers de la Sûreté du Québec et les pompiers de Sainte-Perpétue étaient sur place. On a également fait appel aux services des incendies de Saint-Léonard-d’Aston pour les pinces de désincarcération.Stéphane Lévesque, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Hebdo Journal
The Surrey District Parents Advisory Council is urging B.C. health officials to mandate masks in classrooms after a second school outbreak in their city.Newton Elementary School in Surrey closed for two weeks on Friday because of an outbreak of at least 16 cases of COVID-19. Earlier this month, an outbreak was also declared at Cambridge elementary in Surrey. "I think most parents do want masks to be made mandatory," said Rani Senghera, spokesperson for the Surrey District Parents Advisory Council. Senghera says parents across the district were nervous even before the Newton outbreak was declared. The Fraser Health region, which includes Surrey, has been the epicentre of B.C.'s second wave of COVID-19. Of the 911 new cases confirmed across the province on Friday, 649 or 71 per cent were in Fraser Health."Most parents think that Fraser Health is not on top of it," Senghera said. Schools not a major source of transmission: Health officialsThe parents Senghera has spoken with feel like information about possible exposures is taking too long to reach them, and they're also confused about who needs to self-isolate, she said.Last week, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made wearing a face mask mandatory in virtually all indoor public spaces, but not schools.While not compulsory in classrooms, masks are expected to be worn by students in high traffic areas like hallways and on buses.On Friday, Henry made it clear she will not be mandating masks in schools. She has repeatedly said schools have not been a major source of virus transmission.Making schools 'safer for everyone'Despite that declaration, the B.C. teachers' union appealed directly to parents earlier this week to "support a culture of mask wearing."The BCTF has been asking for a stronger school mask mandate from the province since August, saying it was unacceptable to treat schools differently from other workplaces.The Surrey Teachers Association has echoed that statement. Like the BCTF, it also wants reduced class sizes to ensure physical distancing in classrooms."The two biggest changes that we're calling for are designed to make schools safer for everyone," said Matt Westphal, president of the association. 'They expected more'Meanwhile, both Westphal and Senghera say parents at Cambridge elementary, which is scheduled to reopen Monday, are feeling nervous about sending their children back to school.Parents and teachers say not enough changes have been implemented to ensure protection from another outbreak. Senghera says the only noticeable change is a staggered recess and lunch time. "Many parents are very anxious about sending their kids back to school on Monday," she said. "Parents are frustrated. They expected more."
MINNEAPOLIS — Toronto native Marcus Carr scored 22 of his 28 points in the first half and Minnesota beat Loyola Marymount 88-73 on Saturday night.Both Gach added 17 points and Liam Robbins had 10 for the Golden Gophers (2-0). Carr, Gach, and Robbins combined for seven of the Gophers' eight 3-pointers.Joe Quintana scored 19 points to lead five players in double-figure scoring for LMU (1-1). Eli Scott added 14 points and Dameane Douglas had 10, and each had a game-high nine rebounds.Gach scored the first four points of the second half and added an alley-oop for a Jarvis Omersa dunk to cap a 24-12 run that stretched the Gophers' lead to 65-49 midway through the second half. Omersa received a technical foul for hanging on the rim.RARE REPEATThe teams will play again on Monday at Williams Arena. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota, the Gophers are only allowed to play one opponent during a three-day span at home. LMU will replace North Dakota State. It will be the first time each team played consecutive opponents during the regular season.ALMOST A GOPHERMattias Markusson, a 7-3 Swedish centre, scored six points for LMU. Markusson entered the transfer portal and Minnesota, along with Louisville and San Diego State, were finalists. The senior is the Lions’ all-time leader in field goal percentage at .591.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):6 p.m.Alberta is reporting 1,731 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths -- a record for the province.There are 14,931 active cases in Alberta with 415 people in hospital, 88 of whom are in intensive care.\---3:55 p.m.Nova Scotia's COVID-19 case count continues to rise as officials are reporting 14 new cases today. Health officials say 12 cases are in the province's Central Zone, while the western and northern zones reported one case a piece. The new diagnoses bring the total number of active cases in the province to 125. Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 3,644 tests as of Friday. \---3:50 p.m.Nunavut is reporting five new cases of COVID-19, all of which have been identified in the community of Arviat. They bring the local total of active cases to 106, and the territory's active case count to 131. A news release from the Nunavut government says all current COVID-19 patients are recovering and in isolation with mild to moderate symptoms. Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut's chief public health officer, says the territory is "on the right path to break transmission and contain the spread of the virus." \---3:15 p.m.Saskatchewan is reporting 197 new COVID-19 cases and one new relateddeath — a person in their 80s in the province's North West zone. The province's health authority notes in its daily pandemic update that a recent outbreak on a teenage hockey team resulted in nine players and a coach testing positive. It also says multiple teams are now self-isolating. Earlier this week, the Saskatchewan government ordered the suspension of all team sports across amateur and recreational leagues, including hockey, curling and dance. The added measures took effect yesterday and are to last until at least Dec. 17.\---3:05 p.m.Prince Edward Island is reporting two new cases of COVID-19, doubling the number of active cases in the province. Health officials say both patients are male between the ages of 10 and 19. One case is a student at Charlottetown Rural High School, while the second involves a person who recently travelled to P.E.I. from outside of Atlantic Canada and has been self-isolating since he arrived. A spokeswoman for the Health and Wellness Department says there are four active cases in the province.\---2:00 p.m.Officials in Manitoba say a young boy is among the ten new COVID-19-related deaths recorded in the province today.No other details about the child were released, other than that he was under the age of ten and was in the Winnipeg region. Since the government's last update on Friday, 487 new infections have been identified. Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin says in a tweet that the weekend "will bring temptations to get together with others and to run errands." He urged residents to resist that temptation, put off optional outings and refrain from going shopping out of province.\---12:55 p.m.Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador are asking passengers who travelled on a recent Air Canada flight to be tested for COVID-19 after announcing a new travel-related case of the virus. They say the case is among two new COVID-19 diagnoses confirmed in the province today.The travel-related patient is described as a man who recently returned to the province from the United States. They say the man in his 50s located in the Eastern Health region travelled on Air Canada Flight 7480 from Montreal to St. John’s on Nov. 25. The province is asking anyone who travelled on the flight to call 811 to arrange a COVID-19 test. \---11:40 a.m.New Brunswick is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 as new diagnoses continue to mount on the East Coast. The province says all four of the cases announced Saturday are in the Fredericton region, with three of those infected between the ages of 20 and 29 and one under the age of 19. All four patients are self-isolating as officials investigate the source of their infections.The latest figures bring the province's total number of confirmed cases to 481, with 363 considered recovered.\---11:15 a.m.Quebec has surpassed the 7,000 COVID-19 death plateau, reporting 37 further deaths linked to the novel coronavirus as well as 1,480 new infections.The Health Department says 10 of the deaths occurred in the past 24 hours.Hospitalizations and intensive care cases are also up today.The province has now reported 139,643 COVID-19 cases and 7,021 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.\---10:55 a.m.Ontario is reporting 1,822 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 29 more deaths related to the virus.The bulk of the new cases are in Toronto and Peel Region - both currently under lockdown and each reporting more than 500 new infections.Officials have said it could take at least two weeks to see some improvements after the added restrictions were imposed on Monday.The province hit a record high of 1,855 new cases yesterday.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2020.The Canadian Press
An Edmonton academic says he's received racist messages in the wake of publicly criticizing the province's response to COVID-19. Earlier this week, Ubaka Ogbogu was interviewed for a CBC story about secret recordings of the province's Emergency Operation Centre daily meetings. The recordings, obtained by CBC, show the provincial government has not followed some of the recommendations made by Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health. In the story, Ogbogu, an associate law professor at the University of Alberta who specializes in public health law and policy, was critical of what was revealed. He described the province's pandemic response as being "in tatters."On Saturday, Ogbogu shared a recording of a message left on his office voicemail on Twitter. He said receiving the message forced him to take his profile off the university's website.The nearly 40 second voicemail is laden with expletives and racist language."C--cksucker, for a f--cking lawyer you sure are a heavy hitter, you and your 20 recorded . . . you're a f--king prick, dude. Go back to your own f--cking country," the message begins."Like, honestly like f--ck off, man. What do you have invested in our politics? What? To get more of your own people here? Like, f--cking go home. This is not your country. You're a loser, f--ck off."Ogbogu said he's used to receiving angry messages for the positions he takes, but this was much more hateful than normal."They've taken the time to research me, that's just not a Twitter post, a tweet or something you post on Facebook. A person who has researched me, found my number, found my email address, to me is a serious threat," he said.The call came from an anonymous number, but he suspects that whoever left the voicemail could be the same person who sent him a hateful email after the CBC story was published, which used similar rhetoric. He decided to take his profile off the University of Alberta website on Friday evening, and contacted campus protective services to secure his public information. He also reported the messages to Edmonton police's hate crimes unit.Ogbogu said he believes the caller wasn't happy with his comments in the CBC story, but said he thinks their views have been framed by the way UCP staff have portrayed him on Twitter that describe him as biased and partisan in favour of the NDP.After the story about secret recordings was published, Steve Buick, press secretary for the minister of health, tweeted about Ogbogu, calling him "the most frantically biased academic in Alberta."When reached for comment on Saturday, Buick said the provincial government condemns hatred directed toward any Albertan. He also defended his response to Ogbogu's criticism."It is only normal for the Government to respond to incorrect information being put on social media," Buick said via email."Nothing in the Government's responses refer to race, ethnicity, or country of origin, and to suggest otherwise is false."Ogbogu said this kind of online targeting by UCP staff members encourages others to pile on and harass him and other academics. "They seem to not understand that our role as academics allows us to be able to scrutinize the government's policies," Ogbogu said. "We're citizens as well. It's a democratic right that we have, to scrutinize our government's policies and, when necessary, criticize them."Ogbogu said he had no option but to take his profile off his university's website, but that it comes at a great cost. "I am one of the few Black academics at the University of Alberta, I am the only Black academic in my faculty, and to then have a profile that essentially says nothing and doesn't tell people how to reach me, to me carries far weightier consequences than perhaps I would have if I wasn't a Black academic," he said.Still, he said he has no plans to stop offering his expert opinion publicly. He said having a vigorous public debate about health policy is important and believes given his expertise it's important for him to be part of those conversations. "It's not an option open to me to just quit now. I can't live with myself if I do. I feel a sense of obligation and duty to Albertans and Canadians to do my job."
Financial support of up to $5,000 will be provided to eligible Métis families to help cover the costs of funerals or memorial services. The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) launched this new program to assist the Métis families who have lost a family member as the federation understands that the COVID-19 outbreak has caused a lot of burden. "Traditionally, Métis families rely on fundraising and support from the community to help pay for the costs of memorial services, but with the limited ability to interact with your neighbours and the financial crisis we are currently in, many families cannot turn to others to help cover the costs of these important services," said MMF President David Chartrand in a press release. "Your Métis Government wants to assist those suffering from the mental anguish associated with the loss of a loved one to lessen the burdens they are facing." To add, the MMF has an existing Bereavement Fund to support Métis families with $200 to fund for the costs of food and hall rentals. The funding is provided through the Metis Community Liaison Department (MCLD). "Those who donate to the Bereavement Fund would expect that the funds continue to go out and support Métis families going through the loss of a loved one," said MMF Minister of the MCLD Andrew Carrier. "This fund will continue to be accessible by Métis families during this trying time." The federation is also offering other supports to help its citizens during the pandemic such as the Emergency Student Assistance Program, the Metis Community Business Fund and a hamper program for vulnerable Métis citizens. "The MMF has provided support to students, entrepreneurs, and families, and now we are proud that we can offer a helping hand to those struggling with the loss of a loved one," said the Minister of Health & Wellness and co-chair of the MMF’s Central COVID-19 Response Team, Frances Chartrand. "The MMF has had a proactive, robust response to COVID-19 and this program is yet another support that we feel is critical to helping our people exit COVID-19 stronger and more united than we entered." Métis families who have recently lost their loved ones are encouraged to contact the federation at 204-586-8474 and request to connect with the MCLD department to check their eligibility for this new funeral support. "We are in the midst of a mental health and economic crisis that we have never experienced on this scale," said Chartrand. "With this in mind, the MMF wants to guarantee that all Métis individuals that pass on are paid their respects and, to the best of our ability, ensure that we lessen the hardships passed on to their loved ones. The MMF has got your back." Nicole Wong is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.Nicole Wong, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Sun
The federal government is laying plans for the procurement and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, inking contracts with seven potential manufacturers and saying six million doses could arrive in the country in the first quarter of 2021. The most recent development from Ottawa came Friday when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tapped former NATO commander Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin to lead the national distribution effort. But various provinces have started spelling out their plans as well. Here's a look at what they've said so far: —Nova ScotiaThe province's chief medical officer of health says he will release a detailed plan for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine once Ottawa shares more information. Dr. Robert Strang said Friday there is no certainty yet about the availability of a vaccine, but expressed hopes an initial supply will trickle into Nova Scotia early in the new year.Strang said a detailed provincial plan, to be released once the federal government has shared more specifics on its end, will include tight control of the supply and clear rules dictating who can be first in line for immunization. He said he's waiting for more federal guidance on issues ranging from priority groups to transportation and storage logistics. —QuebecThe province will be ready to start rolling out its vaccine plan as of Jan. 1, say senior politicians. Premier Francois Legault said Thursday that public health officials have already settled on the list of priority vaccine recipients, but did not release details. Legault said the province is also working to put the necessary infrastructure in place to support a vaccine rollout. That includes obtaining fridges capable of maintaining the extremely low temperatures needed by one of the most promising potential vaccine options, currently in development through pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.Quebec has also tasked assistant deputy health minister Jerome Gagnon, and former provincial public health director Dr. Richard Masse to oversee the province's vaccination effort. —OntarioPremier Doug Ford is among those leaders calling on Ottawa to provide more clarity as officials scramble to develop a provincewide vaccination strategy.Early speculation on the number of doses the province could receive was put to rest earlier this week when federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said such details were still in the works. But Ford has forged ahead, naming former chief of national defence Gen. Rick Hillier to oversee the province's vaccine rollout. Hillier said on Friday he hopes to have a plan developed by year's end, while Ford urged Ottawa to provide detailed information on potential vaccine delivery. "We need a clear line of sight into the timelines of the shipments," Ford said.—AlbertaThe province's top medical official has said she expects to receive 680,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine early in the new year, a figure not yet confirmed by the federal government. Dr. Deena Hinshaw has also said a number of hurdles and unknowns remain as the province works to devise its vaccination scheme. "These (vaccine) numbers, of course, depend on many factors,'' Hinshaw said on Nov. 18. "They depend on the final pieces of the trials that are underway going well. They depend on ensuring that the safety and the effectiveness of the early vaccines can be assured. All of those checks and balances must be cleared."On Friday, Hinshaw said the province is working with Ottawa to get vaccine, but it is "a bit of a moving target" on when vaccines might be available."But our goal is that whenever vaccine is available, we will be ready to start immunizing individuals on that highest priority list."—British ColumbiaProvincial health officials announced on Wednesday that a vaccine strategy for the province is already in the works. Dr. Bonnie Henry, the province's top doctor, said Dr. Ross Brown of Vancouver Coastal Health will join the group working to organize the logistics around the distribution of vaccines.Henry said front-line workers as well as those in long-term care homes will likely have priority for vaccinations.She cautioned that while the province has contracts with vaccine makers, there can be challenges with offshore manufacturing."It's very much focused on who is most at risk and how do we protect them best," Henry said. "There's a lot of discussion that needs to happen."Henry said the province hopes to have vaccines in hand by January.—YukonPremier Sandy Silver told the legislature on Wednesday that the territory has been in discussions with various levels of government on a vaccine rollout plan. He said the goal will be to provide vaccines to elderly people and health-care providers.Silver said rural and remote communities should also get priority status in northern regions, a fact he said he's emphasized with federal authorities. The premier said he has joined the other provincial and territorial leaders in pushing for a national strategy to distribute the vaccine. “How confusing would it be for 13 different strategies right across the nation?” he said. Silver said the Pfizer vaccine could cause logistical problems for remote communities because of its cold-storage requirements, but those issues may not apply to other vaccines under development. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 29, 2020.The Canadian Press
LOS ANGELES — Mike Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime Saturday night during the 54-year-old boxing icon's return to the ring for a lively exhibition bout with 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr.Both fighters had impressive moments during a fight that was unofficially ruled a draw by the WBC judges at ringside. Tyson and Jones fought eight two-minute rounds, and both emerged smiling and apparently healthy from a highly unusual event at Staples Center.“This is better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said of the heavyweight exhibition, which raised money for various charities. “We’re humanitarians now. We can do something good for the world. We've got to do this again.”The former heavyweight champion of the world's return to the ring after a 15-year absence attracted international attention, and Iron Mike did his best to show the form that made him a legend to a generation of boxing fans. Tyson tagged Jones with body shots and a handful of head punches during a bout that was required to be a fairly safe glorious sparring session by the California State Athletic Commission.“The body shots definitely took a toll,” said Jones, the former four-division world champion widely considered the most skilled boxer of his generation. “It’s something to take the punches that Mike throws. I'm cool with a draw. Maybe we can do it again.”Jones walked to the ring with gloves and trunks honouring Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, while Tyson wore his signature all-black trunks. After the traditional pre-fight pomp and an introduction by Michael Buffer, the 50-something champions both came out throwing punches that evoked echoes of their glorious primes.They also tied up frequently on the inside, and their occasionally laboured breathing could be heard on the microphones in the empty arena.Hip hop star Snoop Dogg's witty television commentary was among the loudest noises inside Staples, and he had a handful of zingers: “This is like two of my uncles fighting at the barbecue!”Tyson and Jones were the headliners in the most improbable pay-per-view boxing event in years, engineered by social networking app Triller and featuring fights interspersed with hip hop performances in an empty arena.The event was derided as an anti-sporting spectacle by some critics, yet both Tyson and Jones appeared to handle themselves capably and safely. Fans were clearly enamoured, with the show getting enormous traction on social media.“I hit you with some good shots, and you took it,” Tyson said. “I respect that.”In the co-main event, YouTube star Jake Paul knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson, stopped in the second round of Robinson's pro boxing debut. Paul, in his second pro fight, recorded three knockdowns against Robinson, the three-time NBA Slam Dunk contest champion, before an overhand right put Robinson flat on his face and apparently unconscious.Tyson retired from boxing in 2005, saying he longer had “the fighting guts or the heart” after he quit in a dismal loss to journeyman Peter McBride. Finally free of his sport's relentless pressure, Tyson gradually straightened out his life, kicking a self-described drug addiction and eventually succeeding in acting, stage performance, charity work and even marijuana cultivation while settling into comfortable family life in Las Vegas with his third wife and their children.The idea of a boxing comeback seemed preposterous, but Tyson started toward this unlikely fight when he started doing 15 daily minutes on a treadmill a few years ago at his wife's urging in a bid to lose 100 pounds. The workouts soon became multi-hour affairs encompassing biking, running and finally punching as he regained a measure of his athletic prime through discipline and a vegan diet.Tyson posted a video of himself hitting pads on social media early in the coronavirus pandemic, and the overwhelming public response led to several lucrative offers for a ring comeback. With the chance to make money for himself and for charity, Tyson eventually agreed — but he had to find an opponent.Jones fought steadily into his late 40s, but thought he was done with the sport after winning his last bout in 2018. He couldn't resist the chance to take on Tyson after the greats never met during their first professional careers because Tyson was a heavyweight and Jones mostly was a light heavyweight (178 pounds).Tyson and Jones negotiated with the California commission over the limitations of their bout, eventually arriving at eight two-minute rounds of hard sparring with only ceremonial judging and no official winner. The WBC still stepped in to award a ceremonial “Frontline Battle Belt” to both fighters.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsGreg Beacham, The Associated Press
Small businesses are trying to make the most of online sales as restrictions and lockdowns continue to roll out across Canada. However, as Katherine Ward reports, for some, missing out on that in-person shopping experience has been a huge blow to the bottom line, as only 38 per cent of retail businesses say they're hitting their normal sales targets.
Ahuntsic-Cartierviklle - Alors que le gouvernement du Québec a cherché à clarifier les consignes en vue d’éventuels rassemblements durant le temps des fêtes, la Direction régionale de la Santé publique (DRSP) de Montréal y est allée, elle aussi, de ses précisions cette semaine. Après avoir annoncé la semaine dernière qu’il entendait permettre les rassemblements familiaux autour de Noël, le premier ministre François Legault a laissé entendre cette semaine que les rassemblements ne pourront pas avoir lieu si la situation pandémique ne s’améliore pas d’ici la fin décembre. Des « si » à ne pas négliger Le gouvernement a par ailleurs précisé que seuls deux rassemblements d’un maximum de 10 personnes chacun seraient permis entre le 24 et le 27 décembre. Il a également ajouté que ces rassemblements ne pourront avoir lieu que si tous les convives se confinent une semaine avant et après. La directrice de la santé publique de Montréal, Mylène Drouin, a salué mercredi ces clarifications. La Santé publique insiste particulièrement sur l’importance de s’isoler avant et après les rassemblements. La limite de deux fêtes de 10 personnes maximum chacune sera également cruciale à respecter pour éviter que le virus ne profite de la multiplication des contacts durant le temps de fêtes pour continuer sa progression dans la communauté. Ne pas baisser la garde La Santé publique insiste aussi sur l’importance de maintenir la distance de deux mètres entre les convives lors d’un rassemblement, et de porter le masque lorsque cette distance ne peut être maintenue, même si c’est difficile. Elle invite les personnes à résister à la pression sociale de leur famille pour chanter, danser ou s’adonner à d’autres activités qui présentent un risque de propagation de la COVID. D’autant plus que le système de santé est déjà fragile et que le personnel du réseau a aussi besoin de répit, comme le notait Sonia Bélanger, représentante du Centre de commandement du réseau de la santé de Montréal, lors du point de presse de la DRSP de mercredi. Plus de 200 employés du réseau étaient infectés et environ 150 autres étaient en attente de résultat au 25 novembre, a indiqué Sonia Bélanger. À Ahuntsic-Cartierville, un total de 632 travailleurs de la santé ont été contaminés depuis le début de la pandémie, dont une centaine depuis la mi-septembre, selon les informations fournies par la DRSP au Journaldesvoisins.com. Se faire dépister sans attendre La Santé publique souhaite aussi éviter un engorgement des centres de dépistage à l’approche des rassemblements du temps des fêtes par des personnes qui souhaitent se faire tester pour se rassurer qu’il est sécuritaire de participer à un souper de famille. La directrice de la santé publique insiste cependant pour que les personnes qui ressentent des symptômes d’allure grippaux aillent rapidement passer un test de dépistage, même en cas de symptômes légers. Elle rappelle que les symptômes peuvent sembler « assez anodins » et passer parfois inaperçus, surtout chez les jeunes adultes et les enfants. Selon des informations fournies au JDV par le CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, un peu plus de 1500 test de dépistage ont été réalisés dans les deux centres de dépistage qui desservent le territoire d’Ahuntsic-Cartierville entre le 16 et le 22 novembre. Environ 10 000 tests y ont été réalisés dans les centres situés aux Galeries Normandie et à la Place Bourassa depuis l’ouverture respectivement à la mi-octobre et au début novembre. « Rien n’est acquis » Si une chose est claire c’est qu’il faudra attendre encore quelques semaines avant de savoir si les conditions seront réunies pour permettre des rassemblements au temps des fêtes, alors que le Québec a enregistré jeudi un nombre record de nouveaux cas. La représentante du centre de commandement de la santé à Montréal a profité de l’occasion pour rappeler que la campagne de vaccination pour la grippe saisonnière est en cours. Elle a invité les groupes prioritaires, soit principalement les personnes âgées de 75 ans et plus, les enfants de moins de six mois, les personnes avec des maladies chroniques et les femmes en deuxième ou en troisième trimestre de grossesse, à prendre rendez-vous pour un vaccin. Elle invite la population montréalaise à redoubler ses efforts, en attendant l’arrivée d’un vaccin contre la COVID-19 dans les prochains mois. La mairesse a également rappelé que, rassemblements ou pas, le temps des fêtes sera une période difficile pour bien des personnes. Elle a invité les personnes qui sont en mesure de le faire à contribuer aux guignolées et aux banques alimentaires qui se mettent en branle pour soutenir les ménages dans le besoin durant la période des fêtes. Une campagne de collecte de denrées et de dons monétaires a d’ailleurs cours jusqu’au 6 décembre dans Ahuntsic-Cartierville.Simon Van Vliet, Initiative de journalisme local, Journal des voisins
Rebellious forces from Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray said they had shot down a military plane and retaken a town from federal forces on Sunday, as war dragged on a day after the government announced its military offensive was over. There was no immediate comment from the government or the military on the claims made by Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in text messages to Reuters.