This little girl shows no fear as she goes for a thrilling ride with a dolphin. How cool is that?
This little girl shows no fear as she goes for a thrilling ride with a dolphin. How cool is that?
TORONTO — After a 10-month investigation, a task force commissioned by the Ontario government has issued a range of sweeping recommendations to reform the province's securities regulator. The Capital Markets Modernization Task Force's 70 recommendations include major governance changes to Ontario Securities Commission, such as establishing an adjudicative body within the OSC to rule on alleged securities act violations. The task force also recommends expanding the agency's mandate to augment its regulatory function, and changing its name to the Ontario Capital Markets Authority. The task force was commissioned in 2019 by Ontario's finance minister, with the goal of encouraging growth and competition in the province's capital markets. In the report, the task force decried the lack of new securities issuers in Ontario, which they warned could lead to fewer head offices and fewer investment growth opportunities in the province. Over the course of its investigation, the task force met with more than 110 different stakeholders as it was developing its recommendations. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2021. The Canadian Press
MILAN — An impermissible sixth substitution prompted the Italian league judge to inflict Roma with a 3-0 loss to Spezia in the Italian Cup on Friday. Nine-man Roma had already lost Tuesday’s round of 16 match 4-2. In extra time, Roma sent on Daniel Fuzato for Bryan Cristante and Ibañez for Pedro even though it had already made four changes. Five substitutions are permitted under new rules introduced amid the coronavirus pandemic. The changes can made during a maximum of three interruptions during the first 90 minutes and during one more stoppage in extra time. The substitutions occurred during a chaotic finish after Roma defender Gianluca Mancini and goalkeeper Pau López were sent off within 30 seconds of each other in extra time. Former Roma winger Daniele Verde and Riccardo Saponara then scored for Spezia. Spezia faces Napoli in the quarterfinals. It's been a miserable spell for Roma, which was beaten by rival Lazio 3-0 in the capital derby last week in Serie A. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Émilie Pelletier email@example.com Initiative de journalisme local Queen’s Park TORONTO — Dès ce week-end, de nombreux magasins à grande surface d’Ottawa recevront la visite d’inspecteurs qui distribueront des contraventions à ceux qui ne se conforment pas aux exigences en matière de santé et de sécurité liées à la COVID-19. Lorsqu’elle a déclaré l’état d’urgence sanitaire il y a deux semaines, la province a mis en place une campagne élargie d’inspections pour s’assurer que les entreprises essentielles fonctionnent en toute sécurité. Les établissements de vente au détail visés par cette campagne comprennent les magasins comme Walmart et Costco, les restaurants qui offrent des repas à emporter, les stations-service et les exploitations agricoles, notamment. «Les inspections des lieux de travail agroalimentaires font partie de nos efforts continus visant à sensibiliser les gens et à prévenir et limiter les éclosions de COVID-19 afin de protéger la santé et la sécurité des travailleurs et de maintenir notre approvisionnement alimentaire solide», a fait savoir le ministre de l’Agriculture, de l’Alimentation et des Affaires rurales Ernie Hardeman. La fin de semaine dernière, une cinquantaine d’inspecteurs du Travail ont sillonné 240 magasins à grande surface de la région du Grand Toronto, accompagnés d’agents des règlements administratifs locaux et d’agents de police. En tout, ils ont donné 76 contraventions et constaté que plus de 30% de ces entreprises ne respectaient pas les exigences en matière de santé publique. Ce week-end, c’est au tour des entreprises ottaviennes de passer sous le peigne fin de ces inspecteurs, comme l’a annoncé au cours de la semaine le directeur général des Services de protection et d’urgence pour la Ville d’Ottawa, Anthony Di Monte. La prise de mesures adéquates de contrôle des foules et de distanciation physique aux caisses, l’utilisation adéquate des masques et les pratiques de nettoyage et de désinfection font partie des facteurs qui seront dans la mire des inspecteurs. Les contrevenants sont confrontés à des amendes se chiffrant à 750$ pour les employés et à 1 000$ pour les sociétés. Si une violation est plus grave, le tribunal peut aussi imposer des amendes allant jusqu’à 100 000$ pour les particuliers et jusqu’à 500 000$ pour les administrateurs et les dirigeants d’une société. Ces derniers peuvent aussi se voir imposer une peine d’emprisonnement d’une durée allant jusqu’à un an. L’amende maximale pour une société reconnue coupable d’une infraction est de 10 000 000$. La durée des campagnes de sécurité peut aller de quelques jours à plusieurs semaines, selon les circonstances locales.Émilie Pelletier, journaliste, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Droit
JACKSON, Miss. — A leader of the Brexit movement and newly appointed government trade adviser in the United Kingdom is now the head of a conservative think-tank in the American South. Douglas Carswell, 49, started working this month as the new CEO and president of Mississippi Center for Public Policy. Carswell, a libertarian and former member of Britain’s governing Conservative Party, was a member of Parliament for 12 years and a co-founder of Vote Leave, the campaign that pushed the Brexit referendum in 2016. Carswell said his home country was his primary focus as the U.K. negotiated terms of its recently finalized split from the European Union. However, he said he has had a growing interest in working in the U.S. “I think the fight for freedom in America is the most important battle for freedom in the world, because America is the exceptional country in the world,” Carswell told The Associated Press. Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican who left office a year ago, has developed a work relationship with Brexit leader Nigel Farage, and Bryant attended a 2019 event for the lobbying group World4Brexit. Carswell said he has never met Bryant. Carswell clashed with more populist Farage after being the first of only two U.K. Independence Party candidates ever elected to Parliament. Farage ran unsuccessfully more than half a dozen times. Carswell's 2014 election victory gave political momentum to the party and the Brexit cause. He left the U.K. Independence Party in 2017, later stepping down from Parliament. After Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union, many of the figures who led the campaign have moved on to new ventures. Farage became a radio talk-show host and Donald Trump’s main British supporter, once even attending and speaking at a 2016 Trump campaign event in Mississippi. Others have been appointed to the House of Lords by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government. It’s common for former British lawmakers of all political stripes to seek think-tank or academic posts in the U.S. — a career move that can often bring prestige back home. In an email introducing his new position in Mississippi, Carswell said he believes freedom in the U.S. is “under attack” from a “radical New Left.” “If liberty is extinguished, the United States will become just another over-regulated, over-taxed, debt-ridden country, presided over by remote officials,” he said. “That would be a catastrophe for the whole world.” Carswell said he thinks school choice can give low-income Mississippi families more opportunities. He said he will push policies to make the state more competitive in attracting new businesses and allowing existing ones to grow. “Businesses that are traditionally located in hubs like New York, or Chicago or California, quite a few of those businesses are moving away from high tax and regulation regimes to Texas, Florida or Tennessee,” he said. “Why not Mississippi?” The Mississippi Center for Public Policy lobbies for lower taxes, fewer government regulations and free-market approaches to health care. Carswell said he admires that people’s freedoms in the U.S. are defined in federal and state constitutions. “In America, if your local mayor wakes up one morning and decides to take away your fundamental freedoms, you can take the politicians to court under the Constitution, you can enforce your rights as an individual,” he said. It allows “ordinary folk to live their lives free from the arbitrary whim of government,” Carswell said. “It’s only when you don’t have that that you realize quite how precious it is,” he said. “It really is the secret of American success.” Carswell plans to live in Jackson with his family but is not leaving U.K. politics. In November, he was appointed to a three-year term as a nonexecutive director of Britain’s Department for International Trade. Liz Truss, the U.K.’s secretary of state for international trade, said Carswell will work at “striking free trade agreements in markets around the world, operating our own trading system after the transition period, boosting exports and investment across the UK, and championing free trade and shaping global trading rules.” ___ Associated Press reporter Jill Lawless contributed from London. ___ Leah Willingham is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. Leah Willingham, The Associated Press
Depuis le resserrement des restrictions et le début d’un nouveau confinement le 9 janvier, les lieux de culte ont dû fermer leurs portes. Auguste Agaï, prêtre de l’église Saint-Rédempteur, en est certainement navré, mais il s’y est ajusté. Et avec la messe du dimanche offerte virtuellement, les fidèles de Matane aussi. Si M. Auguste Agaï pourrait se laisser abattre par la fermeture de l’église, il s’y montre tout de même compréhensif. Après tout, ces décisions ont été prises par le premier ministre pour freiner la propagation de la COVID-19, et « nous sommes dans un confinement », a-t-il acquiescé. L’église Saint-Rédempteur a donc rendu les armes et l’a exécuté dans la foi. Le curé reste peu enthousiaste à l’idée d’une longue fermeture des lieux de culte. « Selon moi, les lieux de culte font partie des choses essentielles dans la vie des gens. Même si ce n’est pas le pain ou le poisson, l’engagement pastoral nourrit leur vie spirituelle. C’est autant important que la nourriture, car l’homme ne vit pas seulement du pain, il vit aussi de la parole de Dieu ». « Si on me demandait mon avis honnête, je dirais qu’il n’est pas question de les fermer », a admis M. Agaï, rejoint par téléphone. « Dans des temps de grandes calamités, la première chose que les humains font, est de se mettre à genoux et de prier vers Dieu. La société d’aujourd’hui a mis de côté Dieu, alors on ne pense pas que la première chose à faire est de prier vers Dieu, et non de courir vers la science, qui ne trouve pas toujours la solution. » Les fidèles, eux, ont réussi à s’accoutumer et à poursuivre leurs activités eucharistiques à la maison. En effet, le curé Agaï rappelle que les églises ont fermé en mars et à l’époque, les chrétiens avaient fortement réagi. Mais comme ils ont déjà vécu la situation, la réaction a été moins vive au deuxième tour. « Évidemment, certaines personnes sont offusquées, mais les gens s’habituent », a-t-il ajouté. Les funérailles sont toujours permises au nombre de 25 personnes. « S’il y a des familles qui veulent faire des funérailles de leurs parents défunts à l’église, nous sommes toujours là pour les accueillir. Nous ne pouvons que réconforter les familles endeuillées et leur assurer de notre soutien spirituel », a ajouté le curé Agaï.Claudie Arseneault, Initiative de journalisme local, Mon Matane
The Alberta government has relaxed some of the public health measures enacted in December to stop the spread of COVID-19. Despite these changes, Alberta’s case numbers and hospitalizations remain high, and continue to pose a threat to healthcare system capacity, said Health Minister Tyler Shandro, during a Jan. 14 government press conference. “When we introduced new mandatory health measures in December, we did so with a goal to limiting as much in-person interaction as possible, and the point was to minimize exposure to the virus,” said Shandro. “Today, we can’t entirely ease up on this goal, but we can make small adjustments to provide Albertans with some limited activities.” As of Jan. 18, outdoor social gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed. Personal and wellness services are also now allowed to reopen, by appointment only. This includes a variety of businesses, including hair salons, barber shops, aesthetics, manicure and pedicure businesses, reflexology, piercing and tattoo shops, among others. Maximum funeral ceremony attendance was increased to 20 people, but funeral receptions are still prohibited. Trends of the virus will be assessed to determine if restrictions can be eased further. “I want to stress to everyone that while we are actively looking at what restrictions we are able to ease, over the weeks ahead, in order to make any further changes we need everyone’s cooperation to stay within the rules,” said Shandro. “If we continue to see case rates, hospitalizations and our ICU admissions continue to slow down and go down, we will continue to open things up.” School reporting changes The province is also changing how cases in schools are reported. As of Jan. 18, a school with one to four cases of COVID-19 will receive an “alert” status, while if more than five cases are detected, a school will receive “outbreak” status. There will be two categories of outbreaks, for schools with five to nine cases and for 10 or more cases, and the “watch” status will no longer be used. This change is to terminology only and will not affect how AHS is supporting schools or responding to cases. The province will continue to report schools on the COVID-19 school map when two or more cases are identified. Parents will still be notified if there is a single case in their child’s school. As of Jan. 18, across the province there are two outbreaks (both five to nine cases) and 29 alerts in schools, according to the COVID-19 school status map. However, none of these schools are in Strathmore or Wheatland County. Sean Feagan, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Strathmore Times
Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one new case of COVID-19 on Friday, while Nunatsiavut prepares to roll out second doses of the Moderna vaccine next month. The new case is a man under 40 in the Eastern Health region. The Department of Health says it has completed contact tracing, and that the case is related to international travel. Friday's update brings the numbers of active cases to seven, with one person in hospital. So far, 77,463 people have been tested, including 193 since Thursday. Friday's case follows an infection announced Thursday related to contagion on the MV Blue Puttees, a ferry that runs between Sydney, N.S., and Port aux Basques, N.L. While a spokesperson for the operator, Marine Atlantic, said he expected 125 employees to be tested, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang said in a press conference Friday afternoon that all staff on board — 60 people — had been tested. Of those tests, officials found one other crew member who was positive, while everyone else tested negative, Strang said. The Nunatsiavut government on Friday released numbers on residents who got the vaccine when it arrived on the north coast earlier this month. The data shows 70.9 per cent of eligible adults, age 18 and older, got the vaccine. "From the community's feedback, it was very positive," says Gerald Asivak, Nunatsiavut's minister of health and social development. "People were happy and very ecstatic that it was finally here — a sense of relief. And the overall number of 70.9 per cent is something to be proud of." The percentage of those who received the vaccine varied by community: 73.8 per cent in Makkovik, 69.3 per cent in Hopedale, 89.1 per cent in Rigolet, 66.3 per cent in Nain and and 68 per cent in Postville. Asivak said there could be a number of reasons for the varying rates. "There could have been some people being away, out of town, acute illness, away for work, gone to their cabins," he told CBC's Labrador Morning. "I also feel that there might be some vaccine hesitancy around this. It's a brand-new pandemic, it's a brand-new vaccine. Some people might have been very wary of it." Asivak said he suspects there may be "some myths or misconceptions" about the vaccine, but assures residents it has undergone clinical trials with 94 per cent effectiveness. For those looking for more information, about the vaccine, he said residents should visit official websites, like Nunatsiavut's health page, Labrador-Grenfell Health, the provincial government's COVID-19 portal, or the federal government's website. "Trust only trusted sources," he advised. Asivak said planning is well underway for delivery of the second Moderna dose to Nunatsiavut communities from Feb. 8 to 13. "We have been in talks with Labrador-Grenfell Health, and Health and Community Services, even up to as of late yesterday, saying we've done our first part, we need commitment for the second dosage, and we have been receiving confirmation from the government that yes, there will be enough to roll out for the second dosage." While receiving the vaccine has been a great relief for many, Asivak stressed that following public health measures is still vital. Front-line health-care workers, long-term care residents, and isolated and Indigenous communities, as well as vulnerable populations, are the first priority groups identified in the province's vaccine rollout plan. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
BROCKTON – Lise Patry, of LXM Law LLP, did a presentation on the review of the municipal procurement policy. The objectives of the review were to reduce costs, streamline processes, comply with legal requirements, and ensure fair, transparent and competitive procurement policies. The review recommended updating policies, establishing a procedures manual, establishing templates, establishing standard contract terms and training for council and staff. The second part of Patry’s presentation involved reviewing e-bidding software, including one that’s currently available to Brockton – bids&tenders. It’s widely used by Ontario municipalities. The third part involved 2021 procurement policy highlights that reflect best practices outlined in the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry report – specifically, staff and council’s roles in procurement. As was discussed by council, staff and Patry, an updated and streamlined policy should result in more vendors bidding on projects, less staff time devoted to preparing documents, and some cost savings. The new policy would see the CAO be brought into the procurement process, while council provides oversight. Bylaws were passed later in the meeting to adopt the procurement policy and procedures review report, and to adopt a new purchasing and procurement policy. Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times
(ANNews) – The COVID-19 vaccination supply coming to Canada has changed and at least in the short term, it will be much less than was originally planned. Minister of Health Tyler Shandro issued a statement on the latest changes in the amount of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine coming to Canada, saying “I am extremely concerned by the announcement that Pfizer is even further decreasing the amount of COVID-19 vaccine coming to Canada from its factory in Belgium, with no doses expected to arrive next week and further anticipated reductions in the two weeks following.” Alberta’s Health Minister continued by announcing that the focus will be shifted to delivering second doses for those who have already been vaccinated. Elderly people in long-term care homes and healthcare workers who have been administered their first dose are the province’s main priority. First time dose appointments for healthcare workers are postponed as well as some second dose appointments. Shandro then went on to mention that province may not be able to vaccinate elderly people in the general population or Elders living within First Nations territory. “A sharp decrease in vaccines coming to Alberta may also further delay our plans to expand vaccination to all seniors over the age of 75 in the community and individuals over the age of 65 in First Nations communities and Metis Settlements around the province.” “Alberta has the capacity to deliver about 50,000 doses per week and rapidly expand distribution, but we lack supply. Whether we like it or not, Canadian provinces are dependent on the Government of Canada for vaccine supply. We continue to advocate to our federal partners to increase the supply of vaccine as soon as possible,” said Minister Shandro. Meanwhile in Ottawa, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the Federal Government is working with the provinces to prioritize vaccinating Indigenous people against COVID-19. “This is a particularly acute issue and challenge when we’re talking about the deployment of the vaccine,” Miller told a news conference Wednesday Jan 20, in Ottawa. Concerned that Ottawa is not able to vaccinate its Indigenous population living off-reserve, Miller said, “We need participation of the provinces to ensure that needles get into the arms of people that are the most vulnerable.” “The role of the federal government, in my mind, is to offer our assets, offer our co-operation, our resources, our logistical capacities.” In response to the announcements, the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations said that they are dissatisfied with “the COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Plan proposed for our respective Nations without Free, Prior and Informed Consent. “There has been a failure to align resources consistent with the Famine and Pestilence Clause, the Medicine Chest, and the Treaty Right to Health." “Until the past week, our Nations were not informed that Health Canada had engaged Alberta Health Services to determine our vaccine requirements. In the past few months, Canada announced publicly on several occasions that Treaty First Nations were a priority and that vaccines would be provided. First Nations are at a greater risk of exposure due to a number of factors including, overcrowded homes with multi-generational families, lack of housing, remoteness, poverty, and distances to health care facilities and providers,” said the Confederacy in a statement. Also responding to the announcement is Chief Tony Alexis, who issued a statement condemning the vaccination roll-out happening in Alberta, “Meanwhile in Alberta under Minister Shandro’s watch, First Nations communities are seeing case numbers rapidly rise, while the rest of the Alberta covid numbers decline.” “The rate of infections, hospitalizations and ICU admissions for First Nations is increasing at an alarming rate compared to the rest of Alberta. The situation is dire for our people. In my community of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, over 5 per cent of the population has COVID-19 and numbers rise daily.” Alberta Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Marlene Poitras added, “First Nations communities are reaching a breaking point with new cases of COVID-19. When considering the data provided by Alberta Health, we see hospitalization rates of 4.3 for Alberta in general and 7.1 for First Nations living in Alberta. These disparities are un acceptable. There was some hope that access to a vaccine would help us. However, given recent decisions of the Provincial Government, which lacked meaningful First Nations involvement, trust and commitment to partnership continues to be in question. “I’m calling upon the Provincial Government to ensure First Nations leadership are at the decision making tables…to ensure that all First Nations communities are protected from the ravages of COVID-19. “How many times must it be said that Sovereign First Nations must be involved in the decisions that affect them?” The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout prioritize people who live and work in long-term care homes, people over the age of 80, front-line health workers, and adults in Indigenous communities where an outbreak can be particularly harmful and hard to manage. Indigenous Services Canada said there have been 89 COVID-19 cases, including 15 deaths, in nine long-term care homes on reserves located in Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. The number of COVID-19 active cases in First Nations communities reached an all-time high this week with 5,571 reported cases as of Tuesday Jan. 19 Jacob Cardinl, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alberta Native News
Medicine Hat College education students have released their masterpiece. The students took to the virtual stage recently to present their showing of ‘The Show Must Go Online.’ The musical documents a drama teacher and her students, who put on a play virtually after the live, in-person showing is cancelled. Every year education students at the college put on a musical to teach them how to organize, practice, promote and put on a production. Many arts teachers end up directing plays and musicals once they start their career, and this is a way for college students to see how it works. “This is a good opportunity to show the community that there are still ways we can do the things we love, we just learn how to adapt to new situations. We’ve learned about time management, it’s given us confidence and strengthened our communication skills,” said student Kendra Lynn-Tripp. The show can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dl0EhnYa20&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=WilliamLambsdown Mo Cranker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Medicine Hat News
BROCKTON – A delegation consisting of Bob McCulloch and members of the Victoria Jubilee Hall (VJH) committee (Henry Simpson, Bill Carroll, Jim Bohnert) provided council with their annual update on Jan. 12. McCulloch said VJH came up against “the COVID brick wall” in 2020. Revenues dropped, showing a deficit of around $24,000 in December. The situation wasn’t any different from what other theatres were facing, except VJH has a fixed overhead that’s smaller than Blyth’s or Drayton’s, and VJH has income from its long-term tenants. When it became obvious the pandemic wasn’t going away anytime soon, and in-person shows weren’t going to happen, the Jubilee Arts and Music committee (JAM) began looking at other ways to keep VJH in the public eye. Songs by the Gazebo on Sept. 13 attracted a large, socially distanced crowd. VJH was back! Next came the online Christmas Concert, streamed on Wightman and Facebook. The opera hall was silent, but JAM kept things going. Despite the lack of income-generating events and the trials and tribulations of COVID-19, VJH managed to accomplish a lot during 2020, in a large part thanks to grants from the Walkerton Rotary Club, Spruce the Bruce, Brockton council and individual donors. Among the continuing projects at VJH are eliminating water and dampness from the VJH basement, stopping water penetration from the east porch roof into the building and down through the upper deck, doing a full repair on the east columns (as one would repair structural bridge concrete), and providing outside security for the safety of staff, patrons and tenants. Repairs accomplished in 2020 included raising and sealing the remaining eight of 10 basement windows to keep water out of the building. The other two were done two years ago. The grade was raised to run rainwater away from the building. The east porch roof catches a lot of water, and the windowsill above the porch was raised to prevent water from running into the hall. A high-tech product called RhinoLiner was applied to the concrete porch decking. This project was paid for through a Rotary grant of $6,800. The front columns have been patched over the years, but with the help of a Spruce the Bruce grant, a bridge-style repair was completed. As for security, the installation of motion activated cameras will enhance the safety of anyone using the building. VJH was the recipient in 2020 of a prestigious Cornerstone Award, one of 11 heritage sites nationally to be so honoured. The Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Awards bring to national attention exemplary projects that illustrate the viability of heritage buildings for traditional or new uses. Dedicated volunteers are always busy tending gardens, painting, shoveling snow, installing new taps, sinks and hand-washing stations ($1,500 PPE grant) as well as doing the constant minor repairs and maintenance the magnificent building needs and deserves. The VJH delegation ended its presentation with words of gratitude for council’s moral and financial support, and asked that council continue to support the hall with the same amount as last year, $10,000. The money will go to general operations. Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak commented on the “20-year commitment” made by the volunteers to the building and congratulated them on their efforts. Coun. Dean Leifso made special mention of the heritage award the group received. “It was well deserved.” Mayor Chris Peabody thanked the volunteers for their “great work.” Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times
Former Prince Edward Island Liberal cabinet minister Doug Currie announced Friday that he will run for the Conservative Party of Canada in the riding of Charlottetown in the next federal election. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole issued a written release welcoming the former provincial health minister to the Tory team. Currie was acclaimed, meaning no one challenged him for the nomination and the party declared him the candidate without a vote being needed. He addressed his switch in parties during a Zoom interview with CBC News. "For me, this decision's not about really political spectrum, it's more about bringing my passion and my concern and care for the city. It wasn't about really blue versus red, it was more about public service, and you know, I'm very passionate about it." Currie was elected as the MLA for District 11 Charlottetown-Parkdale in 2007 and held several cabinet roles before his resignation in October 2017, including health, education, attorney-general and justice serving premiers Robert Ghiz and Wade MacLauchlan. "As the federal government navigates the post-pandemic economic recovery, we need a strong voice in Ottawa to ensure the needs of the people of Charlottetown are being met," Currie said in the written release. "That's why I'm joining the Erin O'Toole team and Canada's Conservatives. We need a competent, compassionate and prudent plan that supports the well-being of the people of Charlottetown and the unique needs of Islanders for generations to come." Will take on Casey When Currie resigned from politics in 2017, he said he'd "had a good run" and didn't expect to compete in the next election. Currie was an educator before being elected. He returned to the field after leaving politics, working with textbook publisher Nelson Canada and then as vice-president of corporate services at P.E.I.'s Holland College. I think this is going to make the next federal election very, very interesting in Prince Edward Island. — Don Desserud There is no date for a federal election — the last one in October 2019 produced a minority government for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — although speculation spiked a few weeks ago when Trudeau shuffled his cabinet. When an election is called or is forced by opposition MPs combining votes to defeat the government, Currie will be taking on incumbent Liberal MP Sean Casey, who has said he will be seeking a fourth term. In 2019, Casey won 44 per cent of the vote in the Charlottetown riding. The Green Party's Darcie Lanthier came second with 23 per cent of the vote and Conservative Robert Campbell earned 20 per cent. Neither the Green Party nor the NDP has named a candidate so far. 'Very, very interesting' "This is really interesting… there's been stories about Mr. Currie wanting to run federally circulating for a while," said UPEI political science professor Don Desserud. "I think this is going to make the next federal election very, very interesting in Prince Edward Island." He said while people will likely be surprised about Currie's change in political stripe, perhaps they shouldn't be, especially given that there are four strong incumbent Liberal MPs on the Island at the moment. "Maybe it speaks to what's happening with the political parties at the national level… where if you want to be successful in Canada, you have to gravitate toward the middle," he said. O'Toole wants to shake off any notion that his Conservative party is too far right on the political spectrum. Earlier this week he maintained the party "sits squarely in the centre of Canadian politics." Signing up a prominent former Liberal could be a way to help the centrist brand, Desserud suggested. Going up against an incumbent is a "tough road for Mr. Currie to follow," Desserud said, noting that voters tend to be suspicious of politicians who switch parties. "Maybe he knows something we don't know about possible dissatisfaction with the Liberals after one and a half terms, [or] maybe it's basically to position himself for future contests as well," Desserud said. More from CBC P.E.I.
Midland's top staffer says more clarity around enforcement means sterner action by the town against those that disobey stay-at-home orders. "I know there's been a lot of discussion with the health unit around educating people," said CAO David Denault. "The education can only go so far. I think you're going to have to enforce much more strongly. The health unit itself is getting around to some of the areas where we've heard some of the complaints, like the malls. "Unfortunately, we're going to have to start patrolling areas like the toboggan hills and rinks," he added. "If people don't listen, we're going to have to ticket them. If numbers continue to rise as they're predicting, I think there will be a sterner side to enforcement." Until now, said Denault in his update to council this week, the approach was to educate and then enforce. Since Nov. 15, he said bylaw has issued 282 tickets and done 12 tows (non-COVID related). "We really don't want to do that to the public," said Denault. "But to be efficient and make sure we're taking care of our services, we need to do this. Please make sure you move your vehicles so we can get around and take care of the facilities." Coun. Jon Main wanted to know what the town planned for warming centres, considering public buildings are closed due to the stay-at-home orders. "Unfortunately, a lot of our warming centres are municipal facilities, which are not open," he said. "Is it our responsibility to provide warming centres?" Denault said that is one facet municipalities are struggling with. "It is one of the opportunities we have with the rec centre," he said. "We have been able to accommodate some individuals that have come there during frigid times. We'll continue to do that. We'll make sure we connect with our organizations in the community to understand that can be done. The more traditional facilities just aren't able to open." At the beginning of the meeting, Coun. Bill Gordon also asked what had become of the YMCA's request for town support in reopening its facility. "I know the YMCA had approached us without a financial ask, but with the indication that there would be something coming," he said. "It looks like we attempted to reach out to them and do something that didn't work out so I wonder if we could talk a little bit about that." Denault said all municipal CAOs had met up with the YMCA to discuss what they would need and to share with them options their municipalities may be able to bring forward with council approval. "There were no offers made," he said, adding he couldn't share any numbers due to a request of confidentiality by the Y. "At the end of the day, the YMCA determined they could best address their needs on their own. "We did leave them with the option that if they do require some assistance from the municipality, we can be engaged to help out," said Denault. Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com
Clyde the Chihuahua gave dozens of would-be dog rescuers a run for their money this week. He went missing last Saturday in Regina's Glencairn neighbourhood, and while many tried to help collar him, he wouldn't let strangers get near him. A "Help Capture Clyde" Facebook page was set up and more than 300 people joined. Kayla Kurcin said she'd seen multiple posts about the wayward pup and wanted to help. "It was amazing to see the amount of support and willingness of the community to come together and drive around for hours and spend time on social media scrolling and searching," Kurchin told CBC's The Morning Edition. Kurcin said he was finding small places to hide, so community members were setting up traps and monitored locations where he'd been seen. On Wednesday, Kurcin said she almost caught him in the Glen Elm Trailer Court, but he got away. Then on Thursday, Clyde was spotted again, under a shed. Kurcin drove to the location and asked her husband to bring snow fences so they could secure the property. "I went fishing under the shed for him and luckily I saw some fur," she said. She tried to offer him treats to gain his trust, but he wasn't interested. Luckily, she was still able to grab him. "I'm just happy that I was able to spot him under that shed and pull him in and take him home to safety." Kurcin said he was returned to the owner and taken to the vet right away. "He's on IV fluids and he's got a little bit of frostbite on his paws, but he's very well and he'll recover." She's now planning on turning the Facebook page she created for Clyde into a lost and recovery page for pets and for the volunteers who want to help. "It was a happy ending for all," Kurcin said. "It was just an amazing experience.… What made this a success was the teamwork of the community and I couldn't have done it without them."
THUNDER BAY — A 24-year-old Scarborough Ont., resident is facing charges after Thunder Bay Ontario Provincial Police observed a vehicle excessively speeding on Highway 11/17 on Tuesday. OPP said in a news release this week, an officer was on patrol east of Mackenzie Heights Road in the municipality of Shuniah when they noticed a driver driving 152 kilometres per hour in a posted 90 kilometre per hour zone. The driver was charged with stunt driving and driving with an open container of liquor. OPP also issued a seven-day licence suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days. Police are reminding drivers that driving speeds of 50 kilometres per hour or more over the posted speed limit face severe penalties including mandatory seven-day licence suspension, mandatory seven-day vehicle impoundment, fines of up to $10,000 and six licence demerit points. Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source
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Malgré lui, le propriétaire du Centre du sport Lac-St-Jean Mathieu Tremblay se retrouve incapable de faire arriver au pays les trois travailleurs étrangers qu’il a pourtant embauchés il y a un an. Il ne manque que l’autorisation du gouvernement fédéral qui selon lui, tarde à apposer sa signature. La main-d’œuvre se fait si rare dans le domaine des mécaniciens de véhicules récréatifs que le Centre du sport Lac-St-Jean a entamé des démarches il y a trois ans pour recruter des travailleurs étrangers. En décembre 2019, ces démarches ont pratiquement porté fruit. Trois Philippins, deux mécaniciens et un conseiller aux pièces ont donc été embauchés par l’entreprise spécialisée dans la vente et la réparation de VTT et de motoneiges. La pandémie et le manque de reconnaissance du secteur d’emploi sont venus compliquer les choses. « Tout ce qu’il manque, c’est une signature du gouvernement fédéral », assure Mathieu Tremblay. Secteur peu reconnu Il déplore que certains domaines tels que la mécanique automobile et la mécanique industrielle aient plus de facilité à recruter des travailleurs étrangers, malgré la pandémie. « Je pense que les domaines de la vente de véhicules récréatifs et la mécanique de véhicules légers ne sont pas reconnus à leur juste valeur. On n’est pas un sous métier. À l’échelle du Québec, c’est un secteur qui vend 200 000 véhicules chaque année », soutient-il, rappelant que cette pénurie de main-d’œuvre ne touche pas que l’entreprise jeannoise. Pénurie de main-d’œuvre Malgré des affichages de postes partout au Québec, l’aide d’Emploi Québec et l’embauche d’une agence de placement, l’entreprise n’a pas été en mesure de pourvoir les postes vacants. « Des mécaniciens, c’est pratiquement impossible à trouver aujourd’hui. Dans une région comme la nôtre, pratiquement tout le monde a un véhicule récréatif. C’est sûr qu’avec moins de personnel, les réparations et l’entretien prennent plus de temps. » Mathieu Tremblay connaît bien les Philippines. Ayant lui-même voyagé à deux reprises dans ce pays, il a adopté deux enfants qui y sont originaires. L’embauche des trois Philippins est une agréable coïncidence qu’il souhaite bientôt voir se réaliser. « Ils attendent, ils se posent beaucoup de questions. Ils ont hâte de venir ici. Ce sont des professionnels. Au niveau de la main-d’œuvre mécanique, ils sont réputés au niveau international. »Julien B. Gauthier, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Lac St-Jean
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — As the sun rose over Newfoundland and Labrador’s Avalon Peninsula Friday morning, so too did a beeping chorus of snowplows in the province’s capital. About 30 centimetres of snow blanketed the city and the sun was shining down on people digging out their cars. The storm closed many schools, stores and offices across the Avalon Peninsula on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. The weather also put a stop to door-to-door campaigning in the provincial election — for most candidates. On Thursday, Progressive Conservative candidate Kristina Ennis tweeted pictures of herself knocking on doors in a full-body snowsuit. Other candidates, however, moved their campaigning online. Tory Leader Ches Crosbie tweeted a picture of himself holding up a bag of so-called "storm chips," ahead of the storm — though people questioned the small size of the bag. The NDP used a popular internet meme involving a cropped photo of United States Democrat Bernie Sanders at Wednesday's presidential inauguration to take a swipe at the Liberals. The party pasted the photo of Sanders — who is sitting in a chair, arms crossed and wearing fuzzy mitts — in the provincial legislature. The image caption said he was waiting for the Liberals to release their economic plan, which the Liberals have said won't be made public before voters head to the polls. All parties have said that social media will likely play a significant role in the province's winter pandemic election. Liberal Leader and incumbent Premier Andrew Furey called the election last Friday as a storm raged outside the provincial House of Assembly. The Progressive Conservatives and the NDP have wrinkled their noses at the timing, saying the province's hallmark winter storms will dissuade voters and cut into campaigning time. As of Friday morning, there were 122 candidates registered across the province's 40 districts. The deadline for all candidates to submit their paperwork is Saturday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2021. Sarah Smellie, The Canadian Press
Pendant que la neige tombait à gros flocons samedi dernier, j’ai déniché quelques trésors cachés sur le site web de l’Office national du film, onf.ca. Pour vous, j’ai fait une sélection des meilleurs courts-métrages mettant en vedette la neige, l’hiver et nos paysages nordiques. Idéal pour une soirée de couvre-feu, faute d’aller jouer dehors. Découvrez l’homme derrière la légende qui a sillonné les Laurentides pendant des décennies et qui en a tracé les plus importants sentiers. Ce portrait, réalisé pour le centenaire d’Herman Smith-Johannsen, révèle un explorateur infatigable, sa résilience et son humour. Le documentaire trace des parallèles entre sa Norvège natale et ses Laurentides d’adoption, et nous fait voyager dans le temps. Dans une scène, on le voit racontant ses souvenirs dans une voiture, cigare en bouche, pendant que des paysages enneigés défilent par la fenêtre. En noir et blanc, ce court-métrage offre un regard d’ensemble du ski au Canada, de Banff aux Laurentides. On y retrouve l’enthousiasme des premières neiges, la leçon de ski, le remonte-pente pour les « moins vaillants » (dit le narrateur), et la vue magnifique une fois arrivé au sommet. Somme toute, le sport a bien peu changé, 73 ans plus tard. Une journée à la patinoire, présentée par Gilles Carle, le célèbre cinéaste québécois dans ses débuts. La musique de Claude Léveillée anime même ce court-métrage sans paroles. En bottes ou en patins, on y découvre le simple plaisir de patiner, de glisser et de jouer sur la glace. Pourquoi ne pas jouer une amicale partie de hockey, avant de se déhancher sur la glace au rythme de la musique de l’heure : le rock ‘n’ roll! Suivez ces deux Inuits (appelés Esquimaux dans le film) alors qu’ils bâtissent un iglou pour la nuit, pendant que le narrateur vous explique comment faire. Vous n’aurez besoin que d’un couteau à neige… et de neige. Les Inuits peuvent prendre aussi peu que 40 minutes ou aussi longtemps que 2 jours pour construire leur iglou, selon leurs besoins. Mon préféré. Suivez l’artiste Alexander Young Jackson dans la création de ses paysages uniques. Jackson est membre du Groupe des sept, un rassemblement de paysagistes canadiens qui ont révolutionné l’art durant les années 1920. Pour faire ses ébauches, Jackson part en expédition dans la nature automnale de l’Ontario, au Lac Grace, puis dans les collines enneigées de Saint-Tite-des-Caps, juste au nord de l’Île d’Orléans. On le voit en canot, faire du portage et même escalader les parois rocheuses du bouclier canadien, tout pour trouver le parfait paysage.Simon Cordeau, Initiative de journalisme local, Journal Accès
Police are back at the scene of a previous homicide investigation in St. John's after receiving reports of shots fired at a home on Craigmillar Avenue early Friday morning. Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers were at 40 Craigmillar Ave. on Friday, a house investigated in connection with the shooting of shooting of James Cody, 47, in July. Police would not confirm is the house was of interest in Friday's shooting. In a press release early Friday afternoon, the RNC said officers responded reports shortly before 6 a.m. of shots fired at a residence on Craigmillar Avenue and were investigating a weapons offence. Police did not confirm 40 Craigmillar was connected to those reports, but said there were no injuries. On July 5, Cody was found dead on the pavement on the west end St. John's street. Footage obtained by CBC News from a nearby street captured five gunshots at 4:09 a.m. that day. Three days later, according to police court filings, investigators seized a KelTec P-11 9mm Luger handgun on a street behind Craigmillar. The RNC's forensic identification services were on Craigmillar on Friday, and the RNC says its criminal investigation division is investigating. Friday's press release says the incident is not believed to be a random attack. Both Cody and the owner of 40 Craigmillar Ave., Kurt Churchill, have past charges accusing them of links to drug trafficking. In July, lead RNC investigator Supt. Tom Warren said there was no information to suggest the homicide was linked to the drug trade or any other past crimes. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador