Fearless Forecast Week 11: 7 Rec, 80 Rec Yds
Projected Points: 11.5
Fearless Forecast Week 11: 7 Rec, 80 Rec Yds
Projected Points: 11.5
LANSING, Mich. — President Donald Trump did not ask Michigan Republican lawmakers to “break the law” or “interfere” with the election during a meeting at the White House, a legislative leader said Sunday, a day before canvassers plan to meet about whether to certify Joe Biden's 154,000-vote victory in the battleground state.House Speaker Lee Chatfield was among seven GOP legislators who met with Trump for about an hour on Friday, amid his longshot efforts to block Biden's win.“There was this outrage that the president was going to ask us to break the law, he was going to ask us to interfere, and that just simply didn't happen,” he told Fox News of the highly unusual meeting. He did not elaborate on what was discussed, except to say the delegation asked for additional federal aid to help Michigan's coronavirus response.Michigan’s elections agency has recommended that the Nov. 3 results — including Biden's 2.8-percentage point victory — be certified by the Board of State Canvassers, which has two Democrats and two Republicans. The Republican National Committee and the state Republican Party want the board to adjourn for 14 days to investigate alleged irregularities in Wayne County, the state's largest and home to Detroit.Staff for the state elections bureau said that claimed irregularities, even if verified, would not significantly affect the outcome. The Michigan Democratic Party said the total number of Detroit votes implicated by imbalanced precincts — where the number of ballots does not equal the number of names on the pollbook — is at most 450, or “0.029% of the margin” separating Biden from Trump.“The certification process must not be manipulated to serve as some sort of retroactive referendum on the expressed will of the voters. That is simply not how democracy works,” chairwoman Lavora Barnes wrote to the board on Sunday.If the board does not confirm the results and the Michigan Supreme Court does not subsequently order it to do so, Chatfield said “now we have a constitutional crisis." He and other Republicans, however, have indicated that they would not undermine the voters' will.“Michigan election law clearly requires that the state’s electors must be those nominated by the party that received the most votes — not the Legislature,” says a stock email House Republicans are sending in response to people who contact their offices.Experts on Michigan election law have said the state board's authority is limited in scope and that it must certify the results now that all 83 counties have reported theirs to the state. There is concern, though, because Trump personally called the two Republicans on Wayne County's board last week and they said a day later that they were rescinding their previous vote — following an earlier deadlock — but it was too late.Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, a Republican who met with Trump, suggested in a Sunday tweet that the state canvassers might “take the full time allowed by law to perform their duties" instead of voting Monday and said “it's inappropriate for anyone to exert pressure on them."The deadline is Dec. 13, but that is five days after the federal “safe harbour” date — when Congress cannot challenge any electors named by that date in accordance with state law.There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. In fact, election officials from both political parties have stated publicly that the election went well and international observers confirmed that there were no serious irregularities.The issues Trump’s campaign and its allies have pointed to are typical in every election.Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan's current longest-serving member of Congress, told CNN on Sunday that “the voters spoke" and the state had no razor-thin presidential race.“No one has come up with any evidence of fraud or abuse,” he said. He called the request to delay the certification “out of bounds.”The trip to the White House has come under heavy scrutiny. The lawmakers stayed at the luxury Trump International Hotel, and two of them were photographed with expensive drinks at the hotel bar after the meeting.Spokespeople for Shirkey and Chatfield said the legislators covered their expenses and that no taxpayer money was used. However, they did not say if the men paid for the trip themselves or if it was paid for in some other way such as by them tapping into their non-profit “administrative” accounts that can accept contributions from corporate or other donors.Finding out about who runs such lawmaker-connected organizations, who donates to them and what the money is spent on can be extremely difficult, according to a 2016 joint investigation by MLive and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Such accounts can be used to reimburse legislators for travel.___Follow David Eggert: https://twitter.com/DavidEggert00David Eggert, The Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kevin Molino scored two goals, Robin Lod added another and Minnesota United beat the Colorado Rapids 3-0 on Sunday night for the first playoff victory in franchise history.Fourth-seeded Minnesota, unbeaten in its last nine games, will play top-seeded Sporting Kansas City in the conference semifinals. Sporting beat San Jose in a shootout earlier Sunday.Molino rolled a left-footer from the top of the area inside to post to open the scoring in the 22nd minute.Dayne St. Clair, a 23-year old in his first playoff appearance, had six saves for Minnesota.Lod ran onto a long through ball from Emanuel Reynoso at the top of the area, cut back to evade a defender and flicked in a left-footed side-netter to make it 2-0 in the 54th minute. Jan Gregus tapped a cross to a charging Molino who chipped it over sliding goalkeeper William Yarbrough to cap the scoring in the 79th.Molino also scored twice in Minnesota's 3-0 win over Dallas in the regular-season finale.Colorado had won three in a row heading into the playoffs.The Associated Press
Pour une troisième année consécutive, la Ville de Ville-Marie veut faire bouger ses citoyens cet hiver. L’objectif consiste à parcourir une distance de 100 milles sur 100 jours et ce, du 1er décembre 2020 au 10 mars 2021. « Que ce soit à la marche, en raquettes ou autres, plusieurs moyens sont offerts pour participer, même avec votre vélo stationnaire qui s’ennuie dans un coin du sous-sol » indique la ville de Ville-Marie, dans un communiqué publié à l’occasion. « Il s’agit de la troisième année que la ville s’y applique mais la huitième édition du défi » fait savoir la conseillère à la ville de Ville-Marie, madame Adèle Beauregard. Favoriser la participation des résidents Pour encourager la participation, la Ville de Ville-Marie a décidé de payer les frais d’inscription pour tous ses résidents et son personnel désireux de s’inscrire au Défi 100 milles. « Nous voulons favoriser la participation des résidents et du personnel de la ville, faire en sorte que les gens continuent d’être actifs à l’extérieur malgré la température et profitent ainsi de l’hiver au lieu de le subir » nous explique la conseillère à la ville de Ville-Marie. Afin de profiter de cette offre, la ville de Ville-Marie incite les citoyens de contacter la Ville par téléphone au 819 629-2881, poste 101, ou se rendre au www.villevillemarie.org de façon à accomplir leur inscription gratuite, et ce, avant de faire leur inscription officielle au www.d100m.com. « Nous voulons favoriser la participation des résidents et du personnel de la ville, faire en sorte que les gens continuent d’être actifs à l’extérieur malgré la température et profitent ainsi de l’hiver au lieu de le subir » nous explique madame Adèle Beauregard. Cultiver un esprit de groupe « Dans le but d’inviter les gens à s’inscrire, des capsules vidéo de Ville-Mariennes et Ville-Mariens seront diffusées sur la page Facebook de la Ville de Ville-Marie au cours des prochaines semaines. L’honneur de la première capsule revient au maire, M. Michel Roy. Elle sera suivie de plusieurs autres capsules de citoyens et citoyennes, dont celle d’une personnalité-surprise » estime la ville de Ville-Marie. Je crois que nous aurons une hausse importante des inscriptions par rapport à l’an dernier. Puisque nous offrons un brassard distinctif aux 50 premiers inscrits dans l’équipe de la ville, les gens pourront se reconnaître sur la rue comme étant de la même équipe ce qui créera une certaine solidarité, un esprit de groupe entre eux. En fait le D100M contribue à la qualité de vie des gens en favorisant l’activité physique et la socialisation » conclu la conseillère de la ville. Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
JANESVILLE, Wis. — U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, according to a statement from the Republican lawmaker, who represents Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district.The congressman said he began experiencing mild symptoms over the weekend and contacted his health care provider while at home in Janesville, Wisconsin.Steil said he spent all of last week working in Washington, D.C.“Following CDC guidelines, I am immediately quarantining and will continue serving the people of Southeast Wisconsin from my home in Janesville,” he said.Steil was first elected in 2018 and held on to his seat in November for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, which includes Kenosha and Racine counties and portions of Milwaukee, Rock, Walworth and Waukesha counties.The Associated Press
Le 24 octobre dernier, le restaurant 28 on the Lake de New Liskeard, anciennement connu sous le nom de Rooster’s Bar and Grill, recevait le chansonnier Simon Rivard. Pour souligner le mois de l’Oktoberfest, le propriétaire tentait une nouvelle formule, soit un spectacle en plein après-midi mettant en vedette un artiste bien connu dans le nord de l’Ontario. Originaire d’Earlton, habitant maintenant à Temiskaming Shores, Simon Rivard est un véritable passionné de musique depuis sa tendre enfance. La COVID-19 l’ayant tenu loin de la scène pendant quelques mois, c’est avec beaucoup de fébrilité et d’excitation qu’il retournait enfin devant un public, une dose d’énergie et d’adrénaline qui lui avait particulièrement manqué. Le spectacle au 28 on the Lake qui devait se dérouler de 14 h à 16 h s’est finalement poursuivi un peu plus longtemps que prévu. « Une fois parti, j’ai vraiment de la misère à arrêter… j’ai joué jusqu’à 5 h. » Pour gagner son public, le chanteur et musicien emploie la même recette depuis longtemps et celle-ci est infaillible. « Mon objectif, quand je fais un spectacle, c’est d’aller chercher la foule. Je commence toujours tranquillement. Peu importe que ce soit une noce, un festival, un restaurant, un party privé, je commence doucement parce que le monde n’est pas encore réchauffé. Au restaurant, j’ai donc commencé lentement. Après la première heure, j’avais réussi à embarquer le public. Dans le restaurant, ça tapait des mains, ça chantait avec moi. Plus le spectacle avançait, plus le monde embarquait. Là, à 4 h, c’était le temps d’arrêter, mais rendu là, il fallait que je continue et le propriétaire du restaurant était bien correct avec ça. » L’artiste, qui s’accompagne à la guitare, chante de tous les genres, tant en français qu’en anglais. Il passe du country au rock, de la musique pop à la chanson plus folklorique. Son style varié permet de rejoindre un vaste public. Simon Rivard sera de retour au 28 on the Lake les samedis 14 et 28 novembre de 14 h à 16 h. Son parcours La musique fait partie de l’ADN de la famille Rivard et ce, depuis plusieurs générations. « Ma passion vient de mes parents. Ils ont toujours été intéressés par la musique francophone. Ils écoutaient Claude Barzotti, Francis Cabrel, Diane Dufresne, Offenbach. Dans nos partys de famille, ç’a toujours été des chansons à répondre. » En 2e année, il chante pour la première fois devant un public, invité par Sœur Lucille à chanter à l’église, le dimanche matin. En 7e année, son talent n’est plus un secret pour personne; on lui confie le Minuit Chrétien lors d’un spectacle d’école présenté en soirée devant la communauté. Ensuite, il délaisse la musique quelque temps pour se consacrer aux sports. La passion refait surface en 11eannée alors qu’il est sélectionné pour faire partie du Spectacle Apollo de l’École secondaire Sainte-Marie de New Liskeard. « C’est là que j’ai développé mon talent et mes connaissances comme les techniques de chant, les vocalises, les respirations, la voix, la mise en scène, comment aller chercher un auditoire. On faisait 15-20 spectacles en tournée. Le processus des auditions, le fait d’être sélectionné, ça m’a apporté plus de confiance en moi. » En 1997, Simon participe au concours Ontario Pop dans le cadre du Festival franco-ontarien à Ottawa. Finaliste d’abord, il gagne ensuite dans la catégorie « interprète », ce qui lui permet d’offrir une performance devant 3 000 personnes. Il partage la scène avec le pianiste François Cousineau et le chanteur Claude Dubois qui était le porte-parole de cette édition du festival. Gagner ce concours lui permettait de se rendre directement à la demi-finale du Festival international de la chanson de Granby. « Quand j’ai reçu mon dossier d’informations avec le formulaire d’inscription, j’étais dans ma chambre, à Earlton, dans mon village de fermiers. L’été, je faisais les foins. Je ne pensais pas à la grosse scène. En juillet, je devais envoyer mon inscription pour le festival qui est en septembre. Quand j’ai regardé ça et que j’ai vu le nom de tous les artistes qui avaient déjà leur nom de scène, j’ai paniqué. Moi, je suis Simon Rivard, d’Earlton. Je m’en vais à l’Université Laurentienne en éducation physique. J’ai eu « la chienne » et j’ai décidé de ne pas y aller. Au lieu de foncer, j’ai reculé. » Longtemps, il fut rongé par les regrets. Aujourd’hui, son regard est tout autre. Maintenant père de trois enfants, il est conscient qu’il aurait peut-être passé à côté d’une vie de famille dans laquelle il est parfaitement épanoui s’il avait opté pour la musique à temps plein et à grande échelle. Malgré son désistement au festival, la musique a toujours continué à faire partie de son univers. Il donne plusieurs spectacles par année; parfois en solo, d’autres fois avec sa femme et ses enfants et bien souvent avec Claude Lapointe, un ami de Timmins avec qui il partage la scène une quinzaine de fois par année. La musique, il est fier de la léguer en héritage à ses enfants. « Mon plus vieux joue de la guitare, ma fille joue du piano et du ukulélé en plus de chanter et mon plus jeune joue de la batterie et il chante. Mon épouse chante et joue du piano elle aussi. C’est familial, notre affaire. Et c’est fou tout ce que ça apporte comme joie, comme bonheur, quand on crée de la musique ensemble. » Après ses journées de travail, ce directeur adjoint d’une école secondaire est bien content de retrouver sa guitare et son garage pour partager sa musique. Il est donc possible de voir quelques-unes de ses prestations sur sa page Facebook.Dominique Roy, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
CALGARY — The Alberta Liberal Party says its leader, David Khan, is stepping down.A news release from the party on Sunday evening says Khan is accepting a new job in law.It says the party's board of directors will meet shortly to decide on its next steps.Khan failed to win a seat in Calgary Mountain-View in the April 2019 vote, an election in which the Liberals failed to win any seats.A lawyer specializing in Indigenous rights and land-claims litigation, Khan won the party's leadership in 2017.The Liberals were once the province's official Opposition, but after a high of 32 seats in 1993, the party suffered from ups and downs until it fell to third-party status in the legislature in 2012 and elected only one member in 2015.“During my time as Alberta Liberal Leader, we were powerful advocates on significant issues including regulating Political Action Committees, remediating orphan wells, eliminating school segregation rooms, and addressing the 'red alerts' crisis with EMS," Khan said in the news release."We pushed the provincial government to take action on these matters of concern to Albertans. We also raised awareness and grew support for Universal Basic Income, and the necessity of a sales tax. I was proud to advance these forward-thinking ideas to improve the lives of Albertans."The party thanked Khan, noting in the news release he "developed bold new policies, modernized party operations and recruited a new generation of young Albertans to the Alberta Liberal Party."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.The Canadian Press
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Tim Melia stopped all three of San Jose's shootout attempts and Sporting Kansas City converted all of its tries to beat the Earthquakes on Sunday after they finished overtime tied at 3 in the Western Conference semifinals.Top-seeded Sporting advanced to face play No. 4 Minnesota or No. 5 Colorado.Gianluca Busio scored in the first minute of stoppage time to give Sporting Kansas City a 3-2 lead, but Chris Wondolowski scored about six minutes later, heading home a high cross to the far post by Cristian Espinoza to force extra time. It was just the second career playoff goal for Wondolowski, who has an MLS-record 166 goals in the regular season.In the shootout, Johnny Russell opened the tiebreaker with a goal, Melia stopped Oswaldo Alanís, and Ilie Sánchez connected for Sporting. Jackson Yueill was stopped, Khiry Shelton scored, and Melia stopped Espinoza to end it.Melia is 6-0 in shootouts. The 34-year old goalkeeper went into the match allowing goals on just 54% (14 of 26) of the penalty kicks he’s faced, the lowest percentage in MLS history.Kansas City's Roger Espinoza opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Carlos Fierro answered in the 22nd, and Shea Salinas scored in the 34th minute to give the Earthquakes a 2-1 lead.Sánchez put away a corner kick by Busio in the 47th minute. It was the 10th goal off a corner kick by Sporting Kansas City this season, most in MLS.The Associated Press
« Tu es né avec une vocation, un don, alors utilise-le » est la signification du mot kinoamazihin. C’est aussi le nom d’une série de formations sur mesure qui a été élaborée par l’organisme Minwashin, en collaboration avec le Conseil de la culture de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue (CCAT), pour répondre aux besoins spécifiques des six stations de radio communautaire de la Nation Anicinabe de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Sur ces six stations de radio, trois sont situées au Témiscamingue : la plus jeune est la station Drumbeat, CKFF – 104.1 à Kebaowek, qui existe depuis la fin mars 2020. Celle de la communauté de Long Point First Nation, la station CFWR – 93.5, existe depuis environ 25 ans et The Coyote, CHNT – 92.3 de Timiskaming First Nation, soulignait récemment son 20e anniversaire. Amélie Brassard, agente de développement culturel pour l’organisme Minwashin, explique : « Chaque station a sa propre couleur. Certaines ont des gens qui y travaillent à temps plein, créent du contenu, sont disponibles et impliqués dans leur communauté. » D’autres stations font face à certaines contraintes et de manière temporaire, ne diffusent que de la musique. C’est pourquoi Minwashin a tenu, en janvier 2020, une rencontre avec les radios de la Nation Anicinabe pour apprendre à mieux connaître les spécialités, les forces et les faiblesses de chacune. L’organisme, dont le rôle est d’offrir ses services liés à la culture aux artistes, aux communautés et aux organisations des Premières Nations, a ensuite déposé une demande de financement pour la concrétisation d’une formation. « Minwashin s’est associé au CCAT, car ils ont l’expertise et beaucoup de contacts pour développer des formations sur mesure. Enfin, on a rencontré les conférenciers et expliqué notre démarche et nos besoins spécifiques », décrit Amélie Brassard. Les formations se font sous forme de conférences Zoom. « Au début, on devait faire Kinoamazihin en présentiel mais, COVID oblige, on a dû changer nos plans moins de deux semaines avant l’événement. Une journée complète en conférence Zoom, c’est difficile et ardu. On a donc décidé de le faire en trois sessions les 28 octobre et 4 novembre derniers, ainsi que le 18 novembre prochain. Cela nous permet d’inclure une formation supplémentaire à notre programme initial. Je crois que nous sommes très gagnants », se réjouit madame Brassard. Les participants, animateurs et administrateurs des radios communautaires anicinabek, sont satisfaits également et leurs commentaires sont très positifs. « Ça répond à leurs besoins, souligne l’agente de développement. Pour le moment, on a couvert les programmes de financement, les entrevues, les rôles et les responsabilités d’un conseil d’administration, ainsi qu’une réflexion pour un outil publicitaire. Aussi, habituellement, pour les rencontres radio, ce sont les animateurs et le directeur qui sont invités donc, c’était intéressant pour les administrateurs d’être présents puisque certains aspects de la formation les touchaient directement. Aussi, c’est toujours plaisant de discuter avec les pairs. » Les six stations anicinabek travaillent déjà de concert sur certains projets mais, comme l’explique madame Brassard, « chaque radio a son horaire à gérer dans le quotidien et ça demande de l’énergie d’organiser des rencontres ». Kinoamazihin comprend donc des moments de réflexion dirigés vers le futur, où on cherche à organiser les différentes stations en un regroupement efficace, sans pour autant enlever la couleur locale de chacune, leur défi étant de créer du contenu pour toute la nation Anicinabe, qui sera diffusé à travers toutes les stations de radio. Un grand projet commun est d’ailleurs en développement et devrait voir le jour en janvier 2021. « Depuis la dernière communication avec les signaux de fumée sur notre territoire, nous avons perdu beaucoup de notre culture, de notre langue. Aujourd’hui, les signaux de fumée se sont transformés en ondes radio et les stations de radio anicinabek seront essentielles dans le processus de garder notre langue et notre culture vivante », a mentionné Richard Kistabish, le président de Minwashin. En effet, ces stations sont des vecteurs d’informations de leurs communautés et on ne peut que se réjouir de les voir se mobiliser ainsi pour faire rayonner la Nation Anicinabe partout sur le territoire.Marjorie Gélinas, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Six étudiantes et étudiants du Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue ont participé à la résolution de cas organisée par l’Association des clubs d’entrepreneurs étudiants (ACEE) du Québec. Cette résolution de cas est présentée par l’Université Laval. L’objectif de cette compétition est de stimuler la créativité des collégiennes et des collégiens afin de solutionner un enjeu proposé par une jeune entreprise québécoise. « Habituellement l’ACEE organise annuellement durant une fin de semaine en novembre, un colloque où plus de 600 étudiants entrepreneurs provenant de l’ensemble du territoire québécois y participent. Concours de cas, conférences, ateliers, concours d’idées d’entreprises & réseautage sont au menu » fait savoir la conseillère à la vie étudiante en entrepreneuriat au Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, madame Maryse Labonté. Une grande Tournée des régions interrompue Selon le Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, les équipes participantes avait trois heures pour trouver des pistes de solution au cas présenté. Ils ont ensuite lancé leurs idées en 10 minutes devant un jury. Le contexte si particulier de la COVID-19 a obligé les organisateurs de prévoir le déroulement de la résolution de cas au collégial en mode virtuel via la plateforme Zoom. « Cette année, le colloque n’a pas eu lieu, mais l’organisation a fait en sorte de tenir certaines activités, même à distance, dont la résolution de cas et le concours d’idées d’entreprises. Deux équipes de notre cégep ont participé à la résolution de cas. Par ailleurs, deux étudiants ont déposé leur candidature pour le concours d’idées d’entreprises, mais leur candidature ne s’est pas rendue en finale. Pour répondre à la demande, L’ACEE organise depuis septembre des webconférences. Une troisième a été présentée le mercredi 11 novembre. Plusieurs étudiants y participent en ligne. Aussi, l’ACEE avait débuté une grande Tournée des régions, mais malheureusement, celle-ci a été interrompue en raison des territoires qui sont passés en zone rouge. Heureusement, la tournée en Abitibi-Témiscamingue s’est tenue le 23 septembre avec une quarantaine de participants » nous explique madame Maryse Labonté. Différents ateliers en hiver À noter que l’ACEE organisera à la session hiver différents ateliers pour les membres des Clubs entrepreneurs étudiants (CEE), ainsi que d’autres webconférences. Par ailleurs, des activités sont organisées par les membres des CEE. « Actuellement, ils tentent de trouver des activités qui respectent les mesures sanitaires » souligne la conseillère à la vie étudiante en entrepreneuriat au Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Les six étudiantes et étudiants du Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue qui ont participé à la résolution de cas organisée par l’Association des clubs d’entrepreneurs étudiants du Québec Audrée Cloutier, Félix Clément, Alexis Mathews, Chanaée Turcotte (CEE Relève, campus de Rouyn-Noranda), Cheikh Ahmed Diagne ainsi que Maciré Conté (CEE Club Réseau Affaires, campus de Val-d’Or).Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Health officials in B.C. say the latest restrictions meant to slow COVID-19 infections will put on hold popular holiday events across the province.On Thursday, the officials brought in sweeping new measures meant to slow the rate of infections.They included the suspension of all indoor and outdoor community and social events until Dec. 7, even if they're under 50 people.That means holiday-themed events like Vancouver's Bright Nights in Stanley Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights will not be able to go ahead until at least Dec. 7.On Friday the Vancouver Park Board initially said it was seeking clarification about what the new orders meant for its events.On Sunday, Health Minister Adrian Dix confirmed that the two events, and other similar ones, would fall under the new order.'Very unfortunate'"These are great events, all of them and they (like many others) have worked hard to meet the test of the orders pre-last Thursday," he said in a message to CBC News."It is very unfortunate. Obviously, the provincial health officer will be reviewing the impact on COVID-19 over the next two weeks."Dix said the new orders are needed now, despite the consequences for holiday events."Alas, there are many many gatherings that are beloved and affected."A Park Board spokesperson said on Sunday that anyone who had already purchased tickets to either event would be able to apply for a refund.Bright Nights in Stanley Park was scheduled to run from Nov. 26 to Jan. 1, while VanDusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights was set to begin on Nov. 27 and run until Jan. 3.
HALIFAX — About 150 people showed up to the Dome nightclub in Halifax on Saturday night, but it wasn’t to dance or get a drink.They were there to get a rapid COVID-19 test, as part of a pilot screening program aimed at bar staff and patrons in downtown Halifax. The Nova Scotia government launched the project amid growing concerns about community transmission in Halifax, particularly among young people.“We are having a problem with 18- to 35-year-olds,” Premier Stephen McNeil told a press conference on Friday afternoon. “They are going out when they are feeling sick, they are going out in large groups, and quite frankly different groups, and they’re not distancing. They’re living as if COVID does not exist.”Of the approximately 150 rapid tests done on Saturday night, one patron's test came back positive, according to a Sunday release from the provincial department of health. That positive test was not included in the 11 new cases announced in the province on Sunday. Instead, officials are waiting for the results of the person’s regular COVID-19 test, which they say is much more accurate.Nova Scotia reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the total number of active infections in the province to 44. Saturday and Sunday’s case increases were the largest the province has seen in several months. "The majority of new cases we are seeing involve social interactions -- people who may or may not be symptomatic going downtown with friends and staying for several hours," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, in Sunday’s release. "Last night's pilot provides us more information as our testing and screening strategy continues to evolve."Dalhousie University also confirmed Sunday that two of its off-campus students are among the province's latest cases. In a release, the school said the students are self-isolating and studying virtually, and that they are “not associated with our residence community.”Beginning Monday, anyone in the province eating at a restaurant will have to provide their name and phone number for contract tracing and close social gatherings in most of the Halifax Regional Municipality will be limited to five people.Nova Scotia has had 1,170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, including 65 deaths.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.The Canadian Press
BAIE-COMEAU, Que. — Brandon Frattaroli scored twice while Nathael Roy scored the shootout-winning goal as the Baie-Comeau Drakkar vanquished the Val-d'Or Foreurs 3-2 in Baie-Comeau on Sunday afternoon.Frattaroli scored his first of the game in the second period, before scoring the game-tying goal with 10:01 to play in the third. Jacob Gaucher and Marshall Lessard scored for the Foreurs.Roy and Julien Hebert scored in the shootout for Baie-Comeau. Justin Ducharme scored in the shootout for Val-d'Or.Olivier Ciarlo turned aside 31 shots for Baie-Comeau. William Blackburn saved 16 shots for Val-d'Or. Val-d'Or outshot Baie-Comeau 33-18. The Drakkar (4-8-0) went 1-for-2 on the power play. The Foreurs (7-1-4) went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.ARMADA 4 VOLTIGEURS 1BOISBRIAND -- The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defeated the Drummondville Voltigeurs 4-1 in Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday evening. Luke Henman, Alexis Gendron, Yaroslav Likhachev and Zachary Roy also scored for the Armada.HUSKIES 3 OCÉANIC 2RIMOUSKI -- The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defeated the Rimouski Océanic 3-2 in Rimouski on Sunday afternoon. Xavier Bouchard scored the game winning goal for the Huskies at 13:26 of the third period.OLYMPIQUES 3 SAGUENÉENS 2 (OT)CHICOUTIMI -- The Gatineau Olympiques beat the Chicoutimi Saguenéens 3-2 in overtime in Chicoutimi on Sunday afternoon. Samuel Savoie scored the game winning goal for the Olympiques at 2:44 of overtime.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined leaders from the world’s 20 richest nations on Sunday in a promise to work together to keep trade flowing, fight climate change and provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries.The promises are contained in a final communique issued by G20 leaders at the end of two days of largely closed-door virtual discussions ostensibly focused on co-ordinating an international response to the pandemic.Despite the pledges, however, experts say the summit represented a missed opportunity for addressing the biggest issues facing the world today — in part because most of the commitments are not new.The promises also do not come with any new money, including for vaccines in Africa and elsewhere, while the communique made no mention of human rights — despite the summit having been hosted by Saudi Arabia.Trudeau did raise human rights with his counterparts throughout the virtual summit, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. He also pushed leaders on climate change, free trade and equal access to vaccines and other COVID-19 support for all people.“Only together can we tackle the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow, and create a more resilient world that works for everyone,” Trudeau said in a statement after the meeting.“The G20 virtual leaders’ summit was an opportunity to expand global efforts to fight COVID-19, restore economic growth, and combat climate change.”Yet if the meeting was supposed to mark the start of a new era of international partnership, more than a decade after the group first came together in earnest to address the 2008 financial crisis, experts say it did anything but.“Often with these events and communiques, you can point to five or six things on which there was some progress that was notable,” said retired Canadian diplomat Thomas Bernes, now a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.“Unfortunately, on this occasion it's a missed opportunity for the world.”Trudeau went into the G20 leaders’ summit looking for strong commitments on the provision of vaccines and other medical support to poor countries struggling with COVID-19. He also planned to push the fights against protectionism and climate change.While Canada has committed $440 million to a global program designed to ensure equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine when it is ready, observers had hoped that G20 countries would pony up another US$4.5 billion to address a funding shortfall.That didn’t happen, said John Kirton, co-director of the University of Toronto’s G20 Research Group. “The G20, which has spent, as they proudly declare, $15 trillion to counter COVID just this year, couldn't even agree to write down that they would come up with $4.5 billion to get those vaccines delivered around the world,” Kirton said.A similar lack of details and concrete commitments was found when it came to many other issues, with leaders largely committing to a steady-as-she-goes approach to the pandemic as well as climate change, infrastructure spending and international trade.That is despite Canada and many other countries now scrambling to respond to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, which is causing untold health and economic damage as well as triggering massive amounts of government spending.Trudeau has framed that spending as an opportunity to address many of the inequities and root problems in the international economic system, including weaning the world off dirty energy and creating more sustainable infrastructure.Such ideas were reflected in the communique, but without specifics or new timetables. Rather, it included numerous caveats giving countries plenty of wiggle room.There was also no mention of restrictions on foreign companies bidding for infrastructure contracts. That is emerging as a source of concern for Canadian companies hoping to take advantage of such work in the U.S., in particular.Kirton and Bernes attributed the lack of ambition and progress during the summit and in the communique to the fact the meeting was held virtually, which eliminated much of the energy, side conversations and spontaneity that typically mark such summits.The fact it was held by Saudi Arabia, which is not accustomed to hosting such gatherings, and included what Bernes described as a “lame duck” U.S. president in Donald Trump, also contributed to the summit being what he called a “non-event.”While Kirton described Trump’s participation, the arrival of Joe Biden as U.S. president next year and Italy taking over as president of the G20 as reason for optimism that the grouping is still relevant, Bernes said its failure on Sunday is a blow to global co-operation.“The communique certainly identifies the challenges, but has made no substantive, significant progress in addressing COVID, climate change, the debt situation in many developing countries,” Bernes said.“... It further erodes confidence in a multilateral system and makes the challenges therefore just much more difficult as we go forward.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
A Calgary bank's efforts to implement a "new digital experience" has left a significant number of its members frustrated and angry — some of whom are threatening to leave the financial institution altogether.Last weekend, First Calgary Financial told members it would begin upgrading its systems to enhance its digital products and upgrade security. But some users, like Calgary resident Christy Thompson, said the changes meant she was unable to pay her bills and send e-transfers. Receiving an error message while using First Calgary products, Thompson called the number provided but quickly ran into trouble."I've called that number every single day multiple times a day for four days now," she said. "I hold for up to an hour, hour and a half, then a message comes on and says they're having system issues and they're unable to take my call, then it hangs up on you."Thompson said she has banked with First Calgary since she was nine years old, but she and her husband now plan to move all their banking investments and mortgage to another bank.System upgradesThe bank had its own digital platform initially, but as part of its merger with Connect First Credit Union — the larger brand that includes First Calgary, among other credit unions — it moved to consolidate its digital platforms.While the institution said the majority of its members are successfully using the new platform, it also acknowledged that "many have experienced frustrations.""There were moments where [the upgrade] did overwhelm some of our systems, and certainly our contact centre was taxed to the max," said Wellington Holbrook, chief operating officer of Connect First Credit Union."The vast majority have signed on well and are enjoying the new experience, but some have had some struggles, and unfortunately have had those bad experiences."Holbrook said he couldn't say exactly how many client accounts had been affected, but said he expected those with issues that still remain would be resolved in the coming days."We're on the good side of this challenge, for sure," he said. "We'll go out of our way to make sure there's no impacts they need to be concerned about."E-transfers in limboCandice Yaholnitsky, who lives in Cold Lake, has had a bank account with First Calgary since she was around five years old.She said she became concerned after she sent a "significant" e-transfer to her husband that has been stuck in limbo since Nov. 17."My biggest concern was not being able to communicate with anybody," Yaholnitsky said. "For five days, all the phone calls would get to an answering service, and then the call would be dropped."Yaholnitsky and her husband became concerned as the days passed without communication, worrying that their money had been lost."He's been in overdraft and paying overdraft since Monday. Now we have concerns because our mortgage comes out on Tuesday — thankfully, we haven't had any other bills but if we did, we'd have NSF charges," she said. "And that's not typically what we have on our record."This year has been hard enough as it is with everything else that's gone on, so to have to deal with this on top of it has been quite stressful."Yaholnitsky said she was finally contacted by a customer service representative on Saturday, who told her the situation was being looked into.Thompson said her efforts to resolve her issues through customer service have largely been fruitless."Every point that I've tried to receive some kind of support or answer, no one picks up the phone. The tellers [at the branch] don't know how to help you," she said. "I understand it's not their fault, and I don't want to sit there and take it out on them."But we were not told this was going to be an issue."COO says one struggle is too manyHolbrook said the company was working to rectify customer issues as soon as they became aware, adding that more than 25,000 members are already successfully using the new platform."Any member having a struggle is too many, as far as we're concerned," he said. "The vast majority of the time we're able to quickly rectify issues."In the end, Holbrook said he thinks the new digital platform will serve to upgrade what members have been used to."We're pretty excited. A lot of our members have been asking us to bring them the most modern digital experience," he said. "And this past weekend, we did implement a very significant banking system upgrade which does just that."
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Sask. Premier Scott Moe stood his ground on the topic of locking down the province in a radio interview yesterday, even after the province announced a record 439 new cases of COVID-19.Moe was on CORUS Entertainment's The Roy Green Show to discuss his strategy around COVID-19 and how to prevent a "disastrous" circuit-breaker lockdown in Saskatchewan. Shutting down would dramatically impact small businesses in Saskatchewan and in Canada, he told Green."That's why we are looking at every other lever that we have to control the spread of this virus … and minimize the impact on our small businesses," Moe said. His comments on The Roy Green Show were made shortly after Moe's press secretary released a statement, expressing concerns about Saturday's record high COVID-19 cases totals on his behalf.On Sunday NDP Leader Ryan Meili said Moe's interview showed the premier was gambling with the lives of Saskatchewan people and taking huge risks with the provincial economy by preventing a short-term lockdown.To Meili, Moe's comments showed he was ignoring what experts have said, what health professionals have said and what's happening in other provinces.The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses criticized the government's measures as not enough earlier this month, adding the organization to a growing list of health professionals and advocates calling on the government to do more. In Manitoba wide-scale lockdowns were enacted once that province's health-care system was overwhelmed by a second wave of COVID-19, something Meili warned could happen here soon."[Moe is] stuck with his own ideas and the fact of the matter is, is that his ideas on this are dumb," Meili said. "He doesn't have a good understanding of what's going on. He's in over his head and he's making the wrong choices and we're all going to pay for it."NDP continues calls for circuit-breaker lockdownLast Tuesday, when asked why the government wasn't introducing measures to shutter non-essential businesses — and could be seen as choosing jobs over minimizing spread of the COVID-19 — Moe said it wasn't the time for a lockdown and maintained new measures announced that day would be effective."One: it reduces the spread temporarily. Two: we are not sacrificing one for the other. We've always said that's not the choice that needs to be made," he said."We feel that we are at a stage here where a slowdown will work. We may get to a lockdown in the days ahead."Moe added thousands of Saskatchewan residents and families were still recovering from the economic burden of the first lockdown.A day after Moe made his comments, the NDP called on the government to enact a three-week-long circuit-breaker lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. On Sunday Meili reiterated his party's call for a temporary shutdown and said while such a move would have a negative impact on the provincial economy, it would hurt businesses less than a full-scale, indefinite lockdown would."Having the circuit breaker is about making sure that we have the least possible damage," Meili said. "You need to do two things: One, you need to do it early and briefly, so you actually get the cases under control — and then allow the economy to restart again — and then you have to have the financial support in place."Following the NDP's initial call for a circuit-breaker lockdown Merriman's office issued a statement rejecting the idea and said it would continue consultations with the hospitality, faith, recreation and athletic communities on further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Meili said in acting without seriousness, Moe's actions will be damaging to the provincial economy and human life in Saskatchewan and it's frustrating to see this approach from a person who's supposed to be in charge.The statement issued by Moe's press secretary on Saturday said the Premier and Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab would have more to say about COVID-19 early in the coming week.Meili said he and his party hope the government introduces measures that show it is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously when more information is provided next week."It's hard to watch this being so badly handled and all we can do is push," he said.
The Archbishop of Vancouver says he is "baffled" by the province's recent decision to suspend in-person worship while keeping restaurants and gyms open.J. Michael Miller said in a Sunday morning homily that "the restrictions placed on banning congregations, even limited ones, from attending Holy Mass are, of course, a matter of grave concern to us both as Catholics and as citizens of British Columbia."On Thursday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie suspended all in-person faith-related gatherings in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.Worshippers have been told not to attend services at their gurdwara, synagogue, church, mosque or temple.Churches remain open for prayer, adoration and individual confession. Church basements can also be used for other purposes, like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, which Miller said in his address that he is thankful for.But he called it "puzzling" that even limited prayer services are suspended, when he said none of B.C.'s 78 parishes have been the source of a community outbreak."Certainly we must pray that the situation will soon change, so that we can return to Mass with a congregation, even if reduced in number," he said."We all want to protect the health of British Columbians, but that burden should not — must not — fall unjustifiably or unequally on communities of faith."Health officials in B.C. confirmed another 516 cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 10 more deaths. Masks are now mandatory in indoor retail and public spaces. That includes malls, grocery stores, liquor stores, community centres, municipal buildings, libraries, common areas in hotels and restaurants and bars when not seated at a table.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Robert Streb made an 8-foot par putt to stay alive in a playoff and ended it on the second extra hole Sunday with a pitching wedge that came an inch from going in, giving him a victory over Kevin Kisner in the RSM Classic.Streb won for the second time on the PGA Tour, his other title also coming in a playoff at Sea Island six years ago.He rallied from a five-shot deficit in 2014. This time, he lost a three-shot lead until a 6-iron to 12 feet on the par-3 17th hole for a birdie that allowed him to close with a 2-under 68 and force extra holes.Kisner, whose first of three PGA Tour titles came at Sea Island in 2015, closed with a 63.They finished at 19-under 263, one shot ahead of Cameron Tringale (62).Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., finished tied for 10th after shooting 6-under 64. Bunched up in a seven-way tie for 23rd was Roger Sloan from Merritt, B.C. Fellow Canadians Michael Gligic (Burlington, Ont.), Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, Ont.), David Hearn (Brantford, Ont.), and Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor (both from Abbotsford, B.C.) did not make the cut for Sunday's finished.Kisner had the advantage on the 18th hole on the Seaside course for the first playoff hole. His approach caught a good bounce and left him a 15-foot birdie putt, while Streb drove into the bunker, couldn't reach the green and his pitch from about 30 yards away still came up some 8 feet short.Kisner missed, and Streb rolled in his par putt. They returned to the 18th again, and Streb had a flyer lie in the rough left of the fairway. He went with pitching wedge from 158 yards expecting it to come out hot, and it did. It was close to perfect, the ball landing softly and rolling just over the left edge of the cup.Kisner's tee shot settled in the Bermuda rough to the right of the fairway, and his approach bounded over the green. Knowing his chip had to go in, he ran it some 20 feet by and holed that for a meaningless par with Streb inches away.The victory came at just the right time for Streb, who had to return to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals more than a year ago just to regain full status on the tour. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down golf for three months, no one lost his current status. Streb missed out on the PGA Tour post-season again, but kept his card.Now he has a two-year exemption through the end of August 2023, and he returns to the Masters in April.Streb also extended a trend in his new PGA Tour season that began in September, joining other players who ended long victory droughts. Stewart Cink won the Safeway Open for his first victory in 11 years. Martin Laird ended seven years without winning in Las Vegas. Brian Gay won in Bermuda, his first victory in more than seven years.In 11 tournaments of the new season, Streb is the fifth winner to be ranked outside the top 300 in the world.Kisner did well to get in the playoff after starting five shots back. He made five birdies in 10 holes, including a pitch from thick rough in the middle of a sandy waste area to tap-in range on the par-5 seventh. He caught Streb with a 6-foot birdie on the 13th hole, and stayed in the game with an 18-foot par putt from the fringe on the next hole.Streb missed a pair of 5-footers on the back nine, one for par and another for birdie on the par-5 15th, but he delivered the key shots when he needed. One of them was his 6-iron on the 17th. The shot he'll remember is the pitching wedge he nearly jarred that gave him the victory.Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press
When Lake Babine Nation member Wyonna Batoche was being bounced around B.C.'s foster care system, she had no place to turn to find a warm welcome that reflected her culture.Now the 26-year-old works at a new youth services in downtown Prince George that provides 24/7 support to at-risk Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from ages eight to 29 — something that she could only dream of as a girl."I had lumps in my throat. I had a hard time trying not to cry," Batoche told CBC reporter Betsy Trumpener about the grand opening of Sk'ai Zeh Yah Youth Centre on Friday, Canada's National Child Day.Meaning "children of chiefs" in the Carrier language, Sk'ai Zeh Yah is operated by Carrier Sekani Family Services — affiliated with the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council — since early November. It offers after-school programs, Elder mentorship, employment counselling and activities that help Indigenous youth to reconnect with their cultural roots. After being removed from her parents at the age of nine, Batoche moved between different foster homes and group homes making it difficult to find a sense of belonging.Batoche says young people who may not have a safe place to stay can now find refuge in Sk'ai Zeh Yah."When they're eight years old, their dream is not to be on the streets," Batoche said. "We want to show them that you are valued, there are people who care about you, and we want to walk on your journey with you."The youth centre provides hot meals, warm showers and fresh clothing.Flint Keil, Sk'ai Zeh Yah's high-risk youth services manager, remembers a young man who came to the centre last week trembling from the cold, without a jacket and wearing wet socks."He sat there for a while, and we basically outfitted him with brand new socks. One of our staff members went to our clothing closet, grabbed a bunch of hoodies for him," Keil said.The man teared up after receiving the clothes. "The hoodie that was brought out just by coincidence had a logo on it, and the logo was the killer whale, which is…his grandfather's clan."Sk'ai Zeh Yah Youth Centre is funded mostly by Indigenous Services Canada. It currently doesn't have any rooms for young people to stay long-term, but is considering building housing units in the future. Tap the link below to listen to CBC reporter Betsy Trumpener's conversation with Wyonna Batoche and Flint Keil:Subscribe to Daybreak North on CBC Listen or your favourite podcast app, and connect with CBC Northern British Columbia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's approval rating has risen to its highest level in a year with barely six months to go before legislative elections, an opinion poll showed on Sunday. The face-to-face survey of 1,000 Mexicans between Nov. 12-18 by polling firm Buendia & Laredo showed Lopez Obrador had the support of 64%, bolstered by his social spending programs. The rating was up from the 59% he scored in the pollster's prior August telephone survey, reaching the highest level since November 2019 - well before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 100,000 people in Mexico.