Dense snow on the ground in a suburban neighbourhood street.
Dense snow on the ground in a suburban neighbourhood street.
The head of a U.S. biotechnology company that is developing one of the most promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates says Canada is not far behind other countries when it comes to receiving doses of its vaccine, despite criticism of the government's procurement plan from the Conservative opposition. "Canada is not at the back of the line," Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman of Moderna, told CBC's Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton on Sunday. Afeyan said because Canada was among the first countries to make a pre-order with Moderna, the country is guaranteed to receive a certain portion of the company's initial batch of doses as long as the vaccine proves safe and effective and is given regulatory approval. "The people who were willing to move early on with even less proof of the efficacy have assured the amount of supply they were willing to sign up to," Afeyan said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live. "Nothing that happened subsequently can affect that." Moderna's mRNA vaccine is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials and preliminary data released two weeks ago show it appears to be 94.5 per cent effective. Millions of doses procured The federal government secured an agreement on Aug. 5 with Moderna for 20 million doses of its vaccine, with the option to procure an additional 36 million doses. The U.S. announced a deal for up to 500 million doses just days later while the U.K. and European Union inked deals with Moderna only in the past two weeks. In total, Canada has procured some 358 million doses from seven companies — the most per capita of any country in the world, according to research from Duke University's Global Health Institute. WATCH | Federal government pressured on when Canadians will get COVID-19 vaccine Despite that promising news, the Liberal government came under intense pressure this week to lay out a timeline for when Canadians will begin receiving an inoculation as countries like the U.S., U.K. and Germany have all announced plans to begin vaccinating their populations in December. Opposition politicians and some premiers argued Canada was falling behind other countries in its planning after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians would have to wait to get vaccinated because the first doses of any vaccine will go to people in the countries where the vaccines are being manufactured. Federal officials said on Thursday that if all goes well as many as three million Canadians — mainly those in "high-priority groups" — could be vaccinated in early 2021. One day later, Trudeau said that Canada is on track to vaccinate nearly every person who wants a shot by September 2021. But officials have provided few details about the government's plan to roll out a vaccine once Health Canada gives one the green light. Conservative critiques At a press conference on Sunday, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole repeated his view that Canada is behind other countries in procuring a vaccine. "While the Americans and the British are talking about mass vaccination throughout December and January, our government is now talking about getting Canadians vaccinated by September," O'Toole said. "We need to show Canadians that there is a plan for the vaccine." O'Toole said the Trudeau government only turned its attention to pre-ordering tens of millions of vaccine doses from companies such as Pfizer and Moderna in August after its collaboration between the National Research Council and Chinese vaccine maker CanSino collapsed following months of delays. "I would not have put all our eggs in the basket of China," O'Toole said. Regulatory approval pending Companies have compressed the time it normally takes to develop a vaccine by initiating the manufacturing of doses even before studies into their efficacy are completed as part of a global effort to develop COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as possible to bring the pandemic to an end. Moderna is in the process of applying for emergency-use authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Once the company obtains that authorization, Afeyan said it will begin shipping doses to countries that have made pre-orders, including Canada. Afeyan said he expects to start shipping the vaccine to Canada in the first quarter of 2021 and the quantity of shipments should increase through the second quarter and throughout the rest of the year. The company expects to be able to produce a total of 20 million doses by the end of 2020 and between 500 million and 1 billion doses throughout 2021. Moderna submitted early safety and pre-clinical data from Phase 1 and 2 trials with Health Canada last month as part of the regulator's rolling regulatory review process. Health Canada must approve any COVID-19 vaccine before it can be distributed to Canadians. Experts say Moderna's vaccine — which requires two shots taken 28 days apart — will be relatively easy to store and distribute because the vaccine can remain stable at normal fridge temperatures of 2 C to 8 C for 30 days. By contrast, another leading candidate manufactured by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer must be shipped and stored at -70 C. WATCH | Health Minister on how the federal government should address vaccine hesitancy: Health Minister Patty Hajdu said it's difficult to nail down a delivery date at the moment for any of the leading vaccine candidates because of the long list of uncertainties stemming from unfinished clinical trials, ongoing regulatory reviews, and manufacturing and logistical challenges related to distribution. "We're all anxious to get out of this mess as a world, but certainly as a country as well," Hajdu said. "As Canada's health minister, I'm staying focused on Canadians and on our own process, making sure our delivery plans are well laid out and that we have what we need in terms of being able to deliver on the variety of different kinds of vaccines." Hajdu added that her top priority is ensuring that Health Canada has what it needs to make sure the regulatory process proceeds smoothly so that any vaccines that are approved are safe and effective.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. A senior administration official said on Sunday that Kushner is to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi city of Neom, and the emir of Qatar in that country in the coming days.
A 28-year-old man has died following a crash in Mississauga between a transit vehicle and a motorcycle, Peel Regional Police say.The crash happened in the area of Mavis Road and Novo Star Drive, south of Derry Road. Police were called to the scene about 1:40 p.m. Const. Kyle Villers, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said the motorcyclist was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries.Villers said a MiWay bus and the motorcycle were both travelling northbound on Mavis Road when the motorcycle struck the back of the bus. The collision occurred when the motorcycle was making a left turn on Crawford Mill Avenue, he said.A family member confirmed to CBC Toronto that the victim is 28-year-old Gilberto Garcia from Mississauga.Duty Insp. Stephen Duivesteyn, of Peel Regional Police, said the investigation to determine what caused the crash is continuing. Mavis Road is closed from Derry Road to Highway 401 as officers investigate.Officers are asking any witnesses or drivers with dashcam footage to contact them.
Les guignolées ne seront pas les mêmes cette année. Le porte-à-porte de tous les ans a été relégué aux oubliettes pour 2020, mais les organismes qui viennent en aide aux plus démunis ne sont pas moins dans le besoin. Tous sollicitent la population pour des dons en argent et en denrées et la députée Isabelle Charest y a répondu. La députée caquiste a remis 40 000 $ aux guignolées de la circonscription provinciale de Brome-Missisquoi grâce à son programme Soutien à l’action bénévole. Cette somme a été répartie entre les neuf guignolées de la circonscription, qui regroupe 25 municipalités, en fonction de la population qu’elles desservent. «Cette année, Noël et le temps des fêtes seront bien différents pour nous tous et les besoins eux, sont encore plus grands. J’invite tous les citoyens à contribuer généreusement à leur guignolée locale, que ce soit en argent ou en denrées. Votre don fera une immense différence pour les enfants, familles et aînés vulnérables de Brome-Missisquoi qui ont plus que jamais besoin de notre support», estime Mme Charest. La pandémie de COVID-19 n’a pas diminué les besoins, au contraire, et les guignolées permettent d’apporter un peu de lumière dans la vie des familles éprouvées, dans le temps des Fêtes, mais aussi tout au long de l’année. Cynthia Laflamme, Initiative de journalisme local, La Voix de l'Est
COVID-19 case numbers are continuing their slow but steady rise across most of Atlantic Canada. New Brunswick reported 14 new cases today, with health officials saying the bulk are located in the Saint John Region. The area around the city accounted for nine of the province's new diagnoses, with four in and around Moncton and one in the Bathurst area. In Nova Scotia, all 10 of the province's new cases are in the central zone, which includes Halifax, and the total number of active cases is 125.Newfoundland's four new cases, all in the Eastern Health region, bring the provincial total number of active cases to 36. Health officials in Prince Edward Island held a rare weekend news conference, but reported no new COVID-19 cases. Instead, officials said they have not been able to confirm the source of one of the new cases of COVID-19 announced the day before.They said it's unclear how a 15-year-old male student at Charlottetown Rural High School who also plays on a local hockey team contracted the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. "The investigation is ongoing and at this point we are unable to identify a single source of infection," P.E.I.'s chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison told reporters on Sunday. "We have been fortunate with all our previous cases in being able to identify a source or linkage giving us confidence that all our previous cases were related to out of province travel."Still, she said given the amount of testing completed in P.E.I., including 3,000 tests in the past week alone, Morrison said she is reassured the province does not have widespread community transmission.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 29, 2020.The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. Previously released figures from Nova Scotia indicated nine out of 10 new cases were located in the central zone. The province later updated its figures to say all 10 were identified there.
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton won a crash-marred Bahrain Grand Prix where Romain Grosjean somehow escaped with only minor burns after his car exploded into a fireball.The 34-year-old French driver slid off the track Sunday at high speed on the first lap and his Haas car burst into flames after being sliced in two by a barrier. Grosjean clambered out with the fire roaring behind him and his race helmet singed. He was conscious and stable and then taken by helicopter to a military hospital.Governing body FIA said in a statement that Grosjean was staying overnight in a military hospital to have treatment for burns on the back of both hands, but that he did not have any fractures despite hitting the barriers at an estimated speed of at least 200 kilometres an hour.Late on Sunday, F1 posted a video of a smiling Grosjean speaking from his hospital bed.“Just wanted to say I am OK," Grosjean said. “Thank you very much for all the messages.”The crash happened with seven-time F1 champion Hamilton leading from Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Racing Point's Sergio Perez.Hamilton, who secured his title at the Turkish GP on Nov. 15, was subdued and did not celebrate his win after climbing out of his car, other than a brief fist-pump with the Red Bull drivers.“It was such a shocking image to see ... horrifying. It could have been so much worse,” Hamilton said. “I respect the dangers that are in this sport."Moments after the race restarted about 90 minutes later, on Lap 3 of 57, there was another incident as Canadian Lance Stroll's Racing Point clipped the AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat and flipped over.Stroll joked about hanging upside down in his car, before squirming out. The Montreal driver was unharmed.Nicholas Latifi, also of Montreal and driving for Williams, was 14thKvyat was involved in both crashes but not at fault.The first accident happened when Grosjean lost grip and slid to the right, where his back wheel clipped the front of Kvyat’s car and he flew off into the barrier.“At first I was angry that he had turned across me in the way he did, but that changed as soon as I saw the flames and what happened in my mirrors," Kvyat said. “I was really worried. It was a scary moment.”Hamilton's record-extending 95th win saw him finish ahead of Verstappen, who took his 41st career podium and a bonus point with the fastest lap.The 35-year-old Hamilton looked drained at the end.“It’s physical, this track has always been physical. We’ve got lots of high-speed corners so I was definitely feeling it,” he said. “I managed to just about reply to him (Verstappen) when I needed to but I was sliding around a lot out there and I wasn’t really quite sure how it would play out at the end."Perez looked set to finish third and clinch his 10th career podium, but his engine blew with three laps left and flames poured from the back of his car as he pulled over to the side.That put Red Bull's Alexander Albon into third ahead of the McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz. Jr. while Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was only eighth.There is another race in Bahrain next Sunday — on Sakhir's shorter outer circuit — before the 17-race season concludes in Abu Dhabi.Hamilton has a huge lead with 332 points compared to 201 for Bottas and 189 for Verstappen, who can still catch Bottas.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_SportJerome Pugmire, The Associated Press
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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin finished a recount of its presidential results on Sunday, confirming Democrat Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in the key battleground state. Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court even before the recount concluded.Dane County was the second and last county to finish its recount, reporting a 45-vote gain for Trump. Milwaukee County, the state's other big and overwhelmingly liberal county targeted in a recount that Trump paid $3 million for, reported its results Friday, a 132-vote gain for Biden.Taken together, the two counties barely budged Biden's winning margin of about 20,600 votes, giving the winner a net gain of 87 votes.“As we have said, the recount only served to reaffirm Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin," Danielle Melfi, who led Biden's campaign in Wisconsin, said in a statement to The Associated Press.Trump campaign spokeswoman Jenna Ellis said in a statement that the Wisconsin recounts have “revealed serious issues” about whether the ballots were legal, but she offered no specific details to validate her claim.“As we have said from the very beginning, we want every legal vote, and only legal votes to be counted, and we will continue to uphold our promise to the American people to fight for a free and fair election,” Ellis said.With no precedent for overturning a result as large as Biden's, Trump was widely expected to head to court once the recount was finished. His campaign challenged thousands of absentee ballots during the recount, and even before it was complete, Trump tweeted that he would sue.“The Wisconsin recount is not about finding mistakes in the count, it is about finding people who have voted illegally, and that case will be brought after the recount is over, on Monday or Tuesday,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “We have found many illegal votes. Stay tuned!”The deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday. Certification is done by the Democratic chair of the Wisconsin Election Commission, which is bipartisan.The Wisconsin Voters Alliance, a conservative group, has already filed a lawsuit against state election officials seeking to block certification of the results. It makes many of the claims Trump is expected to make. Gov. Tony Evers’ attorneys have asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss the suit. Evers, a Democrat, said the complaint is a “mishmash of legal distortions” that uses factual misrepresentations in an attempt to take voting rights away from millions of Wisconsin residents.Another suit filed over the weekend by Wisconsin resident Dean Mueller argues that ballots placed in drop boxes are illegal and must not be counted.Trump’s attorneys have complained about absentee ballots where voters identified themselves as “indefinitely confined,” allowing them to cast an absentee ballot without showing a photo ID; ballots that have a certification envelope with two different ink colours, indicating a poll worker may have helped complete it; and absentee ballots that don’t have a separate written record for its request, such as in-person absentee ballots.Election officials in the two counties counted those ballots during the recount, but marked them as exhibits at the request of the Trump campaign.Trump’s campaign has already failed elsewhere in court without proof of widespread fraud, which experts widely agree doesn’t exist. Trump legal challenges have failed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.The Associated Press
Shortly after Leonard Cohen died in Nov. 2016, Quebec cartoonist Philippe Girard had an idea.Girard, a Quebec City native who has published more than a dozen graphic novels and comic books, felt that there was a great story to be told about the life of one of the province's most beloved artists, but he figured someone else would beat him to the punch, and maybe even do a better job, so he held off. "But I couldn't stop thinking about it and I wanted to draw Montreal. Then I heard a Leonard Cohen song on the radio and I said to myself that I had to stop circling around the idea," Girard told Radio-Canada.In fact, no such graphic novel based on Cohen's life appeared, and so Girard dove in, beginning to work on what would become Leonard Cohen: On A Wire.The book is set to be released in French in March 2021 by Belgian publisher Casterman. The English version will be available through Montreal publisher Drawn & Quarterly in Nov. 2021.Girard said he wanted the project to be an ode not just to Cohen, but to Montreal and the artists it helps shape.The book's cover shows Cohen walking through the Golden Square Mile, carrying a guitar case and puffing on a cigarette."He's coming back from a concert. He's passing by Ben's Deli — an important restaurant for Montreal and for Leonard Cohen. On his guitar, there are pictograms which serve as winks to themes in the book," said Girard."It's Leonard Cohen at the end of his work day, probably at night, heading home like any other working Montrealer, not in a limousine or a helicopter, but on foot, walking the streets of his city."Girard said he envisions this as the first instalment in what may be a series, featuring biographical anecdotes from different periods in Cohen's life.The book opens with Cohen in Los Angeles on the last night of his life, reflecting on his accomplishments and adventures.A fan of Cohen's work, Girard said he'd listened to the 1992 album The Future "at least 1,000 times."Considering the breadth of Cohen's career, Girard had to be selective in the episodes he wanted to capture in the book.Leonard Cohen: the phoenixHe explained that he began by drawing a Star of David and assigning each point as a decade in Cohen's life. "And for each decade I would choose a song, a woman and an item," said Girard.He added that the moments he chose to include in the graphic novel tie into a central theme."Leonard Cohen is a man who has been declared dead at least 10 times in his life, but who rises from the ashes every time. He was extremely resilient and able to reinvent himself. So I decided to talk about Leonard Cohen: the phoenix, the one who always ends up bouncing back, even when he's down on his knees."More information about Leonard Cohen: On A Wire here.
Ottawa police are trying to track down a man charged with sexual assault with a weapon against a child under 16. The 37-year-old Ottawa man was also charged Sunday with two counts of forcible confinement, robbery with a weapon and three counts of uttering death threats. According to the Ottawa Police Service, the charges are related to incidents involving two teenage girls that happened early Friday evening in the city's west end.Police say the man doesn't have a fixed address, and are asking anyone with details on his whereabouts since Nov. 1 to come forward.Investigators with the force's sexual assault and child abuse unit are concerned there could be other victims.
Kirkland Lake Gold views Timmins as an integral part of the company’s future according to its president and chief executive officer Tony Makuch. Makuch, a native of Timmins, has more than 30 years of experience as a mining engineer. He joined KL Gold in July 2016. Before that, he was the CEO of Lake Shore Gold from 2008 until 2016, when it was acquired by Tahoe Resources. This past week, he was the guest speaker for the latest edition of The State of Mining — a series of discussions hosted by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce over the video conferencing platform Zoom. Makuch covered many topics throughout his presentation. He said the company is “industry leading” in terms of financial strength. “We are the only gold company with no debt whatsoever on the balance sheet. Very clean company. Three very strong, profitable mines that we’re investing strongly in.” KL Gold’s three operating mines are the Macassa Mine near Kirkland Lake, Detour Lake Mine near Cochrane, and the Fosterville Mine in southeastern Australia. Makuch said there is much excitement about the company right now, and that they are continuing strong work in development and exploration. “We’ve had a lot of success at Fosterville since 2016 to 2020; a lot of success at Macassa from 2016 to 2020. I think over the next few years, we’re really going to see how we can take Detour from something that nobody wanted to buy, nobody thought was any good and turn it into something that is really a cornerstone asset.” Makuch referenced some “negative views” by some in the mining world on KL Gold’s acquisition of Detour Lake, which was completed in January, but stated he and his team are very confident in the future of that project. Regarding how these projects could benefit Timmins, Makuch was asked by a Chamber member about KL Gold’s investment in the city, in particular a regional office. “We want to take a lot of the jobs that were done in Toronto and move them closer to site,” said Makuch. “Certainly there are a lot of jobs that were happening at the site that we see we don’t always need them at site. They’d actually be better, more comfortable, management and such, at a central location. “Timmins fits for us for a number of reasons. It is the regional centre. You have a lot of services, especially air services in Timmins, so the logistics of bringing people in and out helps. We’re looking at it from that perspective.” Makuch talked about running Detour Lake differently, and that they genuinely want to grow the local and regional economy as much as possible. “We’re trying to recruit from Northeastern Ontario, from the region, as much as possible, as opposed to across Canada.” Another exciting development mentioned by Makuch was the goal of building an airstrip near the Detour Lake site. “We want to start flying people in and out to the mine site, as opposed to busing. Combined travel time to the workplace currently sits around 3½ hours. By the time people show up at the Cochrane bus terminal and get bused up to site, it’s a significant amount of time. We’re trying to improve the logistics on that. Trying to be more centralized,” he said. “People come to work at Detour; they’re already going to be 14 days away from home. Then I’m asking you to take a half a day, or a day, to get to work, and then a half a day, or a day, to get home. I think that’s not really proper.” Makuch made an interesting point about the overall picture for the average worker, as it relates to home and family life. “Work is a necessary evil that we have to do, to do what we really want to do.” He then elaborated on the plans for the regional office in Timmins. “The concept is, there’s a lot of our G&A; staff (general and administrative), payroll, human resources, benefits, management, engineering, technical services, even our exploration group, are sort of working in a variety of different areas.” The idea is for the company to consolidate those jobs into one area, and felt Timmins would be the right fit. “We had satellite offices in a few areas in the region, we had some people in Kirkland Lake travelling back and forth from Timmins, or flying in from Toronto, we had people up at Detour and in Cochrane,” he said. “Our goal is to build a regional office in Timmins. We need that continuity in management.” In the meantime, they have been renting several smaller office spaces throughout the city and region, including one on Birch Street South. Residents shouldn’t expect to see a shiny downtown office building, however. “We’ve purchased a piece of land we want to build on at the corner of Highway 655 and Laforest Road. It’s very central for us. Logistically, it’s not far from the airport, and it’s on direct road access through to Cochrane. That’s the goal.” When and if that office does come to fruition, it will be a big boost for the city, he said. “We can see somewhere between 120 to 175 people working over there,” said Makuch. “We want to build the region, and we want to grow here and encourage people to come.” Andrew Autio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Daily Press
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole accused the Liberal government Sunday of putting too much emphasis on partnering with a Chinese company for a COVID-19 vaccine in what turned out to be a failed deal.O'Toole said the Trudeau government only turned its attention to pre-ordering tens of millions of vaccine doses from companies such as Pfizer and Moderna in August when its collaboration between the National Research Council and Chinese vaccine-maker CanSino finally collapsed after months of delays.The Council had issued CanSino a licence to use a Canadian biological product as part of a COVID-19 vaccine. CanSino was supposed to provide samples of the vaccine for clinical trials at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University, but the Chinese government blocked the shipments."I would not have put all our eggs in the basket of China," O'Toole said at a morning news conference."If you look at the timeline, that's when Canada started getting serious with Pfizer, Moderna, the other options," he added, saying he was concerned that "the Trudeau government was willing to almost double down on partnering with China" earlier in the pandemic.The government announced its major vaccine purchases in August after it confirmed the CanSino partnership had fallen through. At the time, it said its decision had come after careful consultations with its vaccine task force of health experts.The CanSino partnership with Dalhousie predated the deep freeze in Canada-China relations that occurred after the People's Republic imprisoned two Canadian men, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in apparent retaliation for the RCMP's arrest of Chinese high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou nearly two years ago on an American extradition warrant.This past week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created a firestorm when he said Canadians will have to wait a bit to get vaccinated for COVID-19 because the first doses off the production lines will be used in the countries where they are made.As questions grew about the CanSino deal, Trudeau continued to defend his government's vaccine procurement policy, which he says has secured multiple options for the country. Trudeau also appointed a Canadian Forces general to lead the logistics of an eventual vaccine rollout with the Public Health Agency of Canada. The chairman of American vaccine maker Moderna told the CBC on Sunday that Canada is near the front of the line to receive 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine it pre-ordered.Noubar Afeyan was asked on CBC's Rosemary Barton Live whether the fact that Canada committed to pre-purchase its doses before other jurisdictions means it will get its supply first. Afeyan confirmed that was the case."The people who are willing to move early on with even less proof of the efficacy have assured the amount of supply they were willing to sign up to," he said.O'Toole said with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland poised to deliver the government's long-awaited fiscal update on Monday, the Liberals need to do two things to spur economic recovery: offer a better plan on how it will rollout vaccines for Canadians and step up the distribution of rapid tests."There can't be a full economy, a growing economy, people working, people being productive without the tools to keep that happening in a pandemic. Those two tools are rapid tests, and a vaccine."Freeland's fall economic statement is expected to give a full accounting of the government’s record spending on programs to combat the pandemic. In July, the deficit was forecast to be at a record $343.2 billion but some estimates say it could easily top $400 billion.The government could announce new spending such as taking steps towards a national child-care system, and relief for battered industries such as travel and restaurants that will face an uphill struggle to recover from the pandemic.NDP finance critic Peter Julien sent Freeland a three-page letter urging her to take action on a variety of fronts to help struggling Canadian families during the pandemic.They included taking concrete action on establishing a national pharmacare plan to help Canadians pay for soaring prescription drug costs, and establish a national day-care strategy to help women who have been disproportionately hindered by the pandemic. Julien also urged Freeland to help Indigenous communities and abandon the government's plans to pay for the Trans-Mountain Pipeline and ramp up its fight against climate change.Green party Leader Annamie Paul called on Freeland to deliver "a positive vision for a green recovery" to accelerate Canada's transition to a carbon-neutral economy."We are optimistic that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be widely available next year and so we must be prepared for what comes next," Paul said in a statement.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 29, 2020.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — She's fended off protesters who made a run at her husband. She's moved him farther from reporters during the coronavirus pandemic. She's supported his presidential ambitions again and again — except in 2004, when she deployed a novel messaging technique to keep Joe Biden from running.“No,” Jill Biden, then clad in a bikini, wrote in Sharpie across her stomach and then marched through a strategy session in which advisers were trying to talk her husband into challenging Republican President George W. Bush.Protecting Joe stands out among Jill Biden's many roles over their 43-year marriage, as her husband's career moved him from the Senate to the presidential campaign trail and the White House as President Barack Obama's vice-president. She's a wife, mother, grandmother and educator with a doctoral degree — as well as a noted prankster.Now, with her husband on the brink of becoming the 46th president, Jill Biden is about to become first lady and put her own stamp on a position that traditionally is viewed as a model of American womanhood — whether that means hewing to old ways or finding new, activist ones, in the manner of Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, for example.She intends to keep working as a college professor, which would make her the only first lady to keep her day job outside the home. And if four decades in the public eye are any indication, she'll continue being Biden's chief protector.The role isn't completely unfamiliar territory for Jill Biden. She's been a political wife the entire time she's been married to Joe Biden. Plus, she had a bird's-eye view of what a first lady does during Obama's two terms.But the scrutiny level will change. And all eyes are on the incoming Biden administration to deliver what both Joe and Jill have promised — getting the coronavirus pandemic raging across the country under control.Myra Gutin, a professor at Rider University and the author of several books about first ladies, recalled Barbara Bush telling her: “You know, when I was second lady, I could say anything I wanted, and no one really paid much attention. But the minute I became first lady, everything became newsworthy.”Still, Jill Biden won’t have the learning curve most other new first ladies faced. “She’s been in the public eye for a long time," Gutin said. “She’s going in eyes wide open.”The coronavirus has killed more than 260,000 Americans and upended much of daily life. The Bidens offered themselves as agents of comfort at a time of loss and grief, experiences they know well particularly after their son Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015.From the start, she brought comfort to the Biden family.Joe Biden's first wife and young daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972. Jill Biden helped raise his surviving young sons, Beau and Hunter, before giving birth to their daughter, Ashley, in 1981. She refers to all of them as her children.As Joe Biden commuted from Delaware to Washington while serving as a senator, Jill Biden built a career as a teacher, ultimately earning two master’s degrees and then a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware in 2007.Throughout, Jill Biden's protective streak was notable. There she stood at his side, when Joe Biden withdrew from his first presidential bid under accusations of plagiarism. She says she emulated her mother's stoic style. Jill Biden's mother, she said, didn't even cry when her own parents died. She saw that as strength. “I decided early that I would never let my emotions rule me,” she wrote in her memoir, ”Where the Light Enters.”“As a political spouse, I’ve found that my stoicism often serves me well,” Jill Biden wrote. “In 1988, when Joe’s first presidential campaign started to look bleak, people were constantly looking for cracks in our team. We all felt scrutinized, but I refused to show weakness.”It showed early in the 2020 race when several women accused Biden of inappropriate touching. The candidate denied acting inappropriately but acknowledged that social norms had changed. He pledged that he would change, too.Jill Biden defended him.“I think what you don’t realize is how many people approach Joe — men and women, looking for comfort or empathy,” she told ABC’s ”Good Morning America." “But going forward, I think he’s gonna have to judge — be a better judge — of when people approach him, how he’s going to react. That he maybe shouldn’t approach them.”She recalled a time in her life when she had been treated inappropriately and didn't speak up.“I can remember specifically — it was in a job interview," Jill Biden said. "If that same thing happened today, I’d turn around and say, ‘What do you think you’re doin’?”She's quick to rally to her husband's side, sometimes physically.In New Hampshire in February, a man tried to cross into the roped-off area near Joe Biden. In a flash, Jill Biden crossed behind her husband and put her arms around the man, turned him around and helped push him away.A month later in Los Angeles, she similarly blocked one protester, then a second one, who had stormed the stage while Joe Biden was delivering his Super Tuesday victory speech.When the first one approached waving an anti-dairy sign and yelling, Jill Biden stepped between the protester and her husband. She did the same with the second one, this time putting her arms up to block the intrusion.Both were removed without coming in contact with the candidate. After the 27-second confrontation, Jill turned around saying, “We're okay,” and encouraged Joe to keep the event going. The Bidens then said it might be time for Secret Service protection, and they got it soon after.“I worry about Jill,” Joe Biden said.She's been protective during the pandemic.On Oct. 5 at New Castle Airport in Delaware, she moved her husband back from members of the media as he spoke outside his campaign plane before a trip to Miami.Like many American families, the Bidens spent Thanksgiving differently this year. They stayed at their house in Rehoboth, Delaware, rather than their usual “Nana-tucket,” as her grandchildren have called the Massachusetts island where the Bidens started going early in their marriage to establish a new holiday tradition.In 2020, instead of the usual sprawling family tableau, their daughter and her husband were the only Biden visitors to the house in Delaware. A Zoom call with the larger group was on the evening's agenda.Look, too, for Jill Biden to try to keep things light.“She's not your average grandmother,” granddaughter Naomi said on a video shown at the Democratic National Convention, recalling that Jill Biden once woke her up at 5 a.m. on Christmas morning to go “soul cycling.”“She’s a prankster, she’s very mischievous,” Naomi added with a grin. “When she goes on a run, sometimes she'll find, like, a dead snake and she’ll pick it up and put it in a bag and use it to scare someone.”—-Follow Kellman on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/APLaurieKellmanLaurie Kellman, The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Baker Mayfield took advantage of his best game-day weather in a month, throwing two touchdown passes in Cleveland’s 27-25 victory against Jacksonville on Sunday that kept the Browns squarely in the AFC playoff picture.Mayfield connected with Jarvis Landry and Austin Hooper for scores, ending a three-game drought without a passing TD. Mayfield nearly had two more, but he inexplicably missed wide-open Rashard Higgins in the end zone in the second quarter, then watched Harrison Bryant drop another early in the fourth.Mayfield’s worst misfire was nearly costly. He threw behind Kareem Hunt in the flat on a third-and-1 play late, and Hunt failed to pick up the first down on the ensuing down. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski probably should have kicked the field goal and gone up two scores.Instead, Jacksonville ended up with a chance to tie. James Robinson's 4-yard run made it 27-25. That's because Jaguars coach Doug Marrone took an extra point off the board in the third quarter and attempted a 2-point conversion following an offside penalty. Mike Glennon, making his first start in more than three years, overthrew Keelan Cole on that one.Glennon failed again late for a conversion as his throw sailed out of the end zone.The Browns improved to 8-3 for the first time since 1994, when they were 11-5 under Bill Belichick. It's their most wins in 13 years.Jacksonville (1-10) set a single-season franchise record by losing its 10th consecutive game.Mayfield completed 19 of 29 passes for 258 yards, giving the Browns some much-needed balance for the first time in weeks. He threw for 122, 132 and 204 yards the last three outings while dealing with howling wind, sideways hail and pouring rain in Cleveland.It was 73 degrees and overcast in Jacksonville, perfect football weather. Everyone on the visiting sideline seemed to enjoy it.Nick Chubb ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, taking an option pitch from Mayfield after Bryant’s drop and finding the front corner of the end zone.Landry finished with eight receptions for 143 yards and his first touchdown of the season. He said earlier in the week he was finally feeling better after playing with a broken rib and following off-season hip surgery. It showed as he made several outstretched catches.Glennon completed 20 of 35 passes for 235 yards and two scores in his first start since 2017.Robinson continued his impressive rookie campaign, finishing with 128 yards on the ground.HISTORY MADEBrowns chief of staff Callie Brownson became the first woman to coach an NFL position group in a regular-season game as she filled in for tight ends coach Drew Petzing. Petzing’s wife, Louisa, gave birth to the couple’s first child Saturday.Brownson made NFL history one day after Vanderbilt soccer player Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power Five conference football game. Fuller handled a squib kickoff in Vandy’s 41-0 loss at Missouri.KEY INJURIESBrowns: Safety Ronnie Harrison injured a shoulder on the opening play against his former team and was ruled out. The Jaguars traded Harrison to Cleveland days before the season opener.Jaguars: Defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton was carted off the field in the final minute with a knee injury. ... Receiver Trey Quinn injured his right hamstring on a punt return, his first play with the team, and was ruled out.UP NEXTBrowns: They stay in the AFC South and play at Tennessee next Sunday. The Titans have won three straight in the series.Jaguars: They play at Minnesota, which has won the last four meetings.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLMark Long, The Associated Press
The Charlottetown Rural High School student who tested positive for COVID-19 should not be seen simply as P.E.I.'s 72nd case, but rather someone who deserves the province's love and support, P.E.I. Premier Dennis King said Sunday."He's a regular teenager who is trying to live a normal life in very abnormal times," King said."This is an individual who lives in Prince Edward Island and someone who needs our support, our respect and our love. And in the middle of all [these] crazy times we're living, let's not forget that."Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said she heard the student's name was leaked on social media on the weekend, something she doesn't condone.She said the Chief Public Health Office does not release names of individuals with any communicable disease, including COVID-19, and there is legislation in place to protect privacy.'Right to privacy'"A wonderful part about living on Prince Edward Island is the feeling of closeness, being connected through many social and family ties," she said."While this sense of comfort and familiarity makes P.E.I. a very special place, it does not negate our right to privacy, especially when it comes to our personal health information."> Our first response to hearing this should be making sure that he is well and getting better and that he's recovering because that's who we are as Islanders. — Premier Dennis KingKing said there is a "certain fear" connected to COVID-19, as well as "a bit of stigmatization."But he said the teenager did nothing wrong."Our first response to hearing this should be making sure that he is well and getting better and that he's recovering because that's who we are as Islanders," King said."He doesn't deserve public shaming. He has nothing to be ashamed of. He had symptoms of COVID, he went and got tested. He's isolating. He's working with CPHO to identify his close contacts. He's doing everything he's supposed to be doing."More from CBC P.E.I.
Jolly old St. Nick made an appearance in Cornwall, Ont., this weekend for a physically-distanced Santa Claus parade — a celebration that's become a rarity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The "reverse" parade — which had the blessing of local public health officials — featured stationary floats which spectators drove past in their own vehicles, all part of a plan to keep people safe and crowds to a minimum.At the front of the line was the big man himself, Santa Claus, alongside his wife, Mrs. Claus."It's been a difficult year," Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clement said. "And children and teachers in particular have been troopers as they've gone back to school." "And we want to make sure that they have family time, that they enjoy Christmas and Santa." Health unit ensured rules were followedThe Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), which covers Cornwall, is currently considered to be a yellow zone, the second-lowest level on Ontario's pandemic alert scale. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, the top doctor for the EOHU, made sure the proper protocols were followed, Clement said. Other cities in eastern Ontario have chosen not to host parades during the pandemic. In Ottawa, the organizers of the annual Help Santa Toy Parade — one of a number held each year in the nation's capital — decided in September to call off this year's event.Kingston, Ont., chose to cancel its annual parade as well.Clement said her city felt it was important to still honour the tradition, as long as it was done safely and with the health unit's approval.'We are celebrating Christmas' While Santa Claus likely travelled the longest distance to make the event, he wasn't alone. Sue Torrance came from Prescott, Ont., about an hour's drive away, to see the floats decorated with lights."Our community doesn't have one," she said. "And we're doing it. We are celebrating Christmas." Torrance said she felt the parade kept people protected, with attendees bubbled within their vehicles. According to Clement, the parade's organizers held a similar event for Halloween and could be trusted to host Saturday's gathering safely. "[Children] might get a candy cane, which is delivered in a very safe way," the mayor said. "It was important to continue to celebrate, even though it's different [this year]."
A new program that will pay for former youth in care to go to university is money well spent, according to both Memorial University's president and an advocate for children in foster care.The program will cover the cost of four years of undergraduate tuition and fees for young people who have been in the foster care system, something MUN President Vianne Timmons says will give those students "a hand up." "It's really important for those young people to see, and to know, that university is accessible for them … I wanted to make sure that this group in particular had the hope and the resources for a positive future," she said."We do have scholarships and bursaries to support lots of students but we wanted to target this group because so many, when they hit 18 years old, are lost. They don't have the system behind them to support them."The university said in a news release Thursday that the program would be made available for 20 students, but Timmons told CBC News she's willing to expand it if necessary."I guarantee you, if there's more than 20 that step up, we're lifting that cap. Our registrar does not know that yet, but I'm saying this," she said."I want to make sure that anyone who has gone through the foster system has access to a university education with undue harm."> This is a program that changes lives. \- Vianne TimmonsTimmons said the initiative is so important to her, she will personally donate enough money to cover the tuition of one of the students availing of the program."[I] came from a family where no one went to university. All six of us, my brothers and sisters, got access to a university education. It changed our lives," she said."So this is a program that changes lives."In addition to putting forward her own money, Timmons said the university will be looking for donations and reviewing its own spending to cover the cost of the program, diverting funds from other areas if necessary.The program will launch in the Spring 2021 semester with Timmons saying the program will continue as long as she is president, and hopefully long after.'A game changer'Heather Modlin, provincial director of fostering agency Key Assets, says the program will likely have a huge effect in the lives of the young people who avail of it."This has the potential to really be a game changer for children in care and children who have been in care," she said.Modlin said making a education more accessible to youth who have been in foster care is a vote of confidence in those children from the university."I've worked with young people in care for a really long time and I've known some extraordinarily intelligent, innovative, creative, resilient young people who haven't always had the same opportunities in life that other children may have," she said."When children know there's an opportunity, they will rise to meet that … children in care have gotten a really loud and clear message from the university that we believe in you, you belong here and we want to make it possible for you to come to university."And the effect of program goes beyond the individual, Modlin said."Whenever we give people an opportunity to get out of a cycle and create a healthier cycle, there are economic benefits, there are mental health benefits, there are impacts on our health care [system]."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
It's cold, it gets dark early, and we're in the midst of a pandemic.In these tough times, food is one of the few things we can take comfort in.That's why at All Points West we have been doing the leg work to find some of the best comfort food in Greater Victoria — to help us all get through what looks to be an arduous winter ahead.Initially, the classic staples like chowders and curries sprung to mind. But as the journey continued, a burning question emerged: What is comfort food?The adventure started with a trip to Chinatown for a visit to a place called Noodle Fans, famed for its beef noodle soups.Owner Chris Lee says he wanted to serve food that people eat at home in China. "The kids like it, the friends like it, so we can copy it in the restaurant," said Lee.Mini He works at Noodle Fans. She says there are several good reasons why noodle soups are a breakfast comfort food in China."It's fast, it warms you up, it fills you and gives you energy to start your day; that's why it's super popular," said He.Noodle Fans initially had a lot of customers wanting to order the westernized Chinese food they were familiar with, like stir-fried noodles. "A lot of Canadians, they refuse to try anything with the soup. A lot of time they will ask for something dry or fried," said He. But customers who are more open-minded often come around, she said. "After they try our classic dish, the beef soup, they say, 'Oh, you were right, the broth is really rich!" 'This food changed them'Trying to expand people's idea of comfort food is a challenge faced not only by Noodle Fans. Trini to D Bone is a Trinidadian restaurant in Victoria that All Points West listener Yoni Bremner recommended. "The rotis fill your mouth and belly with warm, succulent, tender, excellently spiced ingredients wrapped in the most fresh and delicate flatbread wrap," Bremner wrote in an email.Jeffrey and Nirmala Singh are the husband and wife duo behind Trini to D Bone. The restaurant was born out of necessity when Jeffrey was laid off from his roofing job in 2008. The couple made the bold decision to open an authentic Trinidadian restaurant in a city with a very small Caribbean population."It was hard in the beginning because nobody on the Island had known about Trini cuisine," said Jeffrey.But Nirmala refused to compromise the authenticity of their food."I told Jeffrey off the bat, I am not westernizing my food," said Nirmala. "If you were to go into my mom's kitchen, this is exactly what you would get."After years of developing a small devoted following, word of mouth spread beyond the Trinidadian community and into the general public. And taste buds began to shift."At first when we started off, a lot of my customers would eat mild. Now, 10 years after, I can't even supply them with enough hot sauce ... this food changed them, they actually went out of their comfort zone," said Nirmala. Despite the huge amount of work involved in running a restaurant on their own, Jeffrey says the customers' reactions make it worthwhile."We have some customers that hug this [roti] wrap, put it next to their face as they're walking out, it brings a good feeling to your heart seeing this," said Jeffrey.
L’entreprise franco-canadienne Turbo Business s’est récemment installée dans un local de l’incubateur industriel de Cowansville. Dans quelques années, ses opérations en France seront toutes rapatriées au Québec. L’entreprise se spécialise dans la fabrication de cosmétiques et d’appareils de diagnostic cutané ou capillaire. « Ces appareils, on les place normalement dans les pharmacies, dans des centres d’esthétique ou dans les cliniques du corps, explique au bout du fil Stófà M. Bénomàr, président associé. Les appareils font le diagnostic de l’état de la peau, de l’état des cheveux et proposent des produits. C’est un outil d’aide à la vente destiné aux esthéticiennes. On est expert là-dedans depuis une bonne vingtaine d’années. » Pour s’approcher des marchés canadien (où la technologie a fait son entrée il y a environ deux ans) et américain, mais aussi pour les avantages que l’entreprise retrouve ici, Turbo Business a choisi de s’installer tranquillement au Québec. « Quelqu’un de mon équipe habitait Farnham et ça faisait longtemps qu’il me parlait de Bedford, Farnham et Cowansville. Alors on a cherché les opportunités pour s’installer dans une de ces municipalités. Cowansville est assez développée. L’incubateur correspondait parfaitement à ce qu’on cherchait puisqu’on peut agrandir. C’est un avantage qu’on n’a pas trouvé à Bedford et Farnham. » Made in Cowansville Pour l’instant, les locaux cowansvillois servent d’entrepôt avant que les produits soient livrés aux clients. On y fait aussi l’étiquetage des produits importés de France en fonction des normes canadiennes. Graduellement, l’extraction simple d’huiles essentielles sera intégrée aux opérations et, d’ici quelques années, on y fera les produits cosmétiques. Ils auront alors besoin du double de l’espace actuellement occupé. Quant aux appareils de diagnostic, le logiciel est fait à Montréal, mais la carcasse est produite en France par une compagnie canadienne, Turbo19. « Le but est de ramener toute la compagnie ici dans un temps rapproché pour maximiser la rentabilité. On a de bons plans d’avenir, un bon plan d’action pour Cowansville, assure M. Bénomàr. Dans deux ans, tout va être ramené ici. On est en train de quitter la France parce que les avantages qu’on a ici sont beaucoup plus importants qu’en France. » S’adapter au coronavirus Pour diversifier ses activités tirer son épingle du jeu, Turbo Business a créé deux appareils de prévention utiles pour aseptiser et prendre la température corporelle sans contact. L’entreprise a créé « des pulvérisateurs pour aseptiser les surfaces dures et les espaces comme chez les dentistes et les médecins, ou encore dans l’espace soins des pharmacies. On a d’autres appareils aussi qu’on place à l’entrée et qui prend la température et distribue le gel hydroalcoolique. » Le pulvérisateur d’aseptisant, fabriqué en Chine, crée un nuage qui va jusqu’à deux mètres de distance et n’oublie aucun recoin, contrairement aux désinfectants dans une bouteille vendue en magasin. La bruine se dépose sur les surfaces et les désinfecte. Le désinfectant, fait à Montréal par un sous-traitant, est quant à lui biologique et écologique, souligne le président associé. M. Bénomàr rapporte qu’un restaurant québécois l’utilise et qu’une école de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal en a fait l’essai avant que le centre de services scolaire dont l’établissement scolaire en question fait partie passe une commande supplémentaire. « Les coûts de fabrication étaient assez élevés, c’est pour ça qu’on s’est dit qu’on allait d’abord le fabriquer ailleurs. Mais si on doit vivre avec la COVID-19 encore deux ans, ça vaudrait l’investissement qu’on le fasse ici. » Cynthia Laflamme, Initiative de journalisme local, La Voix de l'Est