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
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
VANCOUVER — A hearing continues today in the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested at the Vancouver airport in 2018 at the request of American officials.B.C. Supreme Court heard last week the border officer who led Meng's immigration exam before her arrest doesn't believe RCMP asked him to collect the passcodes to her phones.Sowmith Katragadda told an evidence-gathering hearing he couldn't recall where the idea came from. The court has heard the passcodes were collected as part of the border exam process and shared with the Mounties by mistake, along with Meng's electronic devices.Meng is wanted in the United States on fraud charges based on allegations related to American sanctions against Iran that both she and Chinese tech giant Huawei deny.Her lawyers are collecting information they hope will support their allegation that Canadian officers improperly gathered evidence under the guise of a routine border exam.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.The Canadian Press
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.
The Dukling, a traditional Chinese junk boat frequently spotted around Hong Kong's picturesque Victoria Harbour, has readjusted its tour routes to survive the coronavirus pandemic, now mainly catering to locals. Its 12 staff serve mainly foreign tourists looking to see Hong Kong's glitzy skyline from a different angle. "This disease has had a massive impact on the entire planet and Hong Kong is really dependent on trade and tourism,” said Li, seated in the wooden boat.
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)
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
Les membres de la communauté autochtone Wolf Lake sont une centaine à habiter au sud du Témiscamingue et à North Bay, et environ 140 vivent ailleurs au Canada. S'ils sont aussi dispersés, c'est parce qu'ils n'ont pas de territoire attribué, bien que Wolf Lake soit reconnu en tant que Première Nation. Pour pallier ce manque, le centre de santé et de bien-être Mahingan Sagahigan (Wolf Lake en langue algonquine) situé à Témiscaming se propose comme l'élément rassembleur de la communauté. En offrant des services touchant aux domaines de la santé, de la culture et du sport, l'équipe veille à ce que les 240 membres anichinabés et leur famille immédiate soient bien servis. Un centre tout-en-un « On donne des soins qui sont culturellement adaptés, c'est-à-dire que chacun d’eux est axé sur la culture, qui est au centre de tout. On intègre le mental, le spirituel, le physique et l'émotionnel », explique Jessie Bond, gérante de programme au centre et infirmière. Native de Témiscaming et membre de Wolf Lake First Nation, elle a joint le centre Mahingan Sagahigan il y a trois ans afin de retrouver ses origines et redonner à sa communauté. Lorsqu'elle a débuté au centre, celui-ci était établi déjà depuis quelques années, mais l'offre de service se limitait à la santé et au transport médical. Maintenant, en plus de ces services, des activités culturelles sont organisées, des guérisseurs traditionnels sont invités, de l'aide alimentaire est distribuée à une soixantaine de famille et un accès à des entraînements physiques est offert. En santé, le centre fait de la prévention et accompagne ses membres dans leurs défis en santé mentale, dépendances et tabagisme. Une psychologue native de Timiskaming First Nation voit des patients deux fois par mois et une hygiéniste dentaire sera aussi prochainement disponible. La culture, pandémie ou non À la fin de l'été, les membres de la communauté avaient droit à une série de sept ateliers virtuels sur une variété de pratiques traditionnelles. La pêche, la cuisine, la cueillette de baie et la fabrication de paniers ne sont que quelques exemples. Pour tous les ateliers nécessitant du matériel, le centre Mahingan Sagahigan avait tout prévu : des boîtes contenant le nécessaire étaient distribuées aux gens de la région et d'autres étaient envoyées par la poste pour ceux habitant à l'extérieur. « C'était notre moyen de livrer notre programmation malgré la pandémie », souligne Jessie Bond. Elle a aussi constaté avec joie que la livraison des ateliers « en boîte » permettait aux membres de Wolf Lake ailleurs au Canada de s'intégrer plus facilement que lorsque les cours se donnaient en personne. Un endroit juste pour eux Près d'un an d'efforts plus tard, l'un des projets les plus marquants pour madame Bond verra le jour prochainement : l'inauguration d'un healing lodge (pavillon de ressourcement) et d'un site culturel sur une terre près de la ZEC de Kipawa. Ce sera l'endroit idéal pour que les membres de la communauté puissent finalement se rassembler et tisser des liens intergénérationnels. « Ce qu'on veut, c'est ramener le monde sur le territoire. On pense que cette connexion est super importante pour la guérison de la communauté. On veut aussi commencer à montrer à nos enfants des choses qui ont été perdues justement parce que Wolf Lake n'a pas de réserve et que nous sommes dispersés. Beaucoup de savoirs traditionnels et de cérémonies ont été oubliés parce que nous n'avons pas eu la chance d'avoir cette transmission de savoir », estime la gérante de programme. Par exemple, l'équipe souhaite offrir de l'enseignement de pêche sur glace et de fabrication de raquettes traditionnelles pour l'hiver à venir. Les échanges entre les jeunes et les aînés de la communauté pourront aussi se faire plus naturellement à ce lieu. Le pavillon sera en quelque sorte un cercle de partage. Une travailleuse sociale sera sur place si des dialogues sont plus difficiles pour certains. « C'est comme avoir une approche traditionnelle et d'ajouter un peu de moderne en même temps », constate Jessie Bond. Un statut particulier Bien que les réserves autochtones soient controversées, madame Bond considère qu'obtenir un territoire officiel serait bénéfique pour la Première Nation de Wolf Lake. L'accès au financement de soins de santé adaptés à la réalité autochtone serait plus simple et la vie culturelle serait enrichie si les membres étaient tous réunis. La Nation est toujours en processus de revendication particulière de territoire (négociation) avec le gouvernement fédéral. À venir Récemment, le Mahingan Sagahigan Health and Wellness Centre inaugurait une petite bibliothèque dans ses locaux où des auteurs autochtones garnissent les étagères. Une première planification stratégique est en route et des ressources culturellement adaptées pour contrer l'intimidation dans les écoles sont en développement. Plusieurs projets sont sur la table pour 2021 et viendront donc s'ajouter à l'éventail de services offerts pour la communauté.Bianca Sickini-Joly, 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
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
With more and more parts of the country imposing restrictions and implementing lockdowns to try and stop the second wave of COVID-19, small business owners are worried about surviving the economic crisis even as a new aid program launches Nov. 23. Grace Ke reports.
More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that students at Dawson College not be forced to do in-person exams at the end of term.Most of the school's end-of-term tests will be done online, but a handful of science programs have decided to schedule on-site exams.The student union has come out in opposition to the plan, saying it puts students at risk, especially as COVID-19 cases in Montreal continue to rise."It is in a red zone, we cannot possibly go in school in the centre of this pandemic," said Kevin Contant-Holowatyj, chair of the Dawson Student Union.The union released a statement saying that student health should come first."Finals are already a stressful time for students, and we believe that having to be in a room with other students can augment the stress to many of the student population. While we understand that some students and faculty may be concerned with academic integrity, this cannot outweigh in any way the risk of contracting the virus," reads the statement.The petition, which has a goal of 2,500, had more than 2,100 virtual signatures as of Sunday evening.Dawson students also circulated a petition asking for online exams in the summer term, which only garnered 500 signatures.For its part, Dawson said the decision to hold some exams in-person was made to protect academic integrity, and was done in consultation with public health experts.It said the decision could be revisited if new health concerns come to light.
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
It's been a record year at Canada Post — since the start of the year, postal service employees have processed almost one million packages in Quebec alone. The 955,000 packages represent a 50 per cent increase from the 650,000 envelopes and packages delivered in 2019."It's unheard of," said Karl Baillargeon, a letter carrier and union spokesperson. "These are volumes we've never dealt with."Letter carrier Marie-Ève Trudel is bracing for a demanding few weeks to cap off what has been a demanding year."We know we're going to work hard over the holidays. They're going to be busy days," she said.Canada Post is hiring 4,000 extra staff across Canada — including 210 in the Montreal area and 140 in Quebec City — to help with the period between Black Friday and Christmas.John Hamilton, a spokesperson for Canada Post, said that while the holidays are always the busiest time of year for package delivery, the pandemic has spiked an increase all year long.He echoed the agency's warning earlier this year to get Christmas presents in the mail sooner rather than later to avoid delays."We know how it important it is to deliver Canadians' online shopping and get it under the tree on time," Hamilton said.He said during the early stages of the pandemic and first months of confinement, many people were staying at home and doing more online shopping than usual.He also attributes some of the growth to smaller businesses who have been experimenting with online sales for the first time.Overall though, the growth is emblematic of a larger trend, wherein more and more people get their goods delivered right to their door."It was just a few years ago we delivered a million parcels in a single day during the holiday season. That was a record and we celebrated that and we were all very excited. Now that's a slow day," he said, saying Canada Post sometimes delivers twice that many packages in a single day.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday.So what are they doing now? In many cases, they’re still crowding airports and boarding planes. That’s despite relatively lenient cancellation policies that major airlines have implemented since the coronavirus pandemic emerged earlier this year.According to the Transportation Security Administration, more than 2 million people were screened at U.S. airports on Friday and Saturday. While that’s far lower than during the same time last year, Friday was only the second time since mid-March that daily airport screenings topped 1 million.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said Americans should skip Thanksgiving travel and not spend the holiday with people from outside their household.___HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:— Russia's health system under strain as virus surges back— Inequality ‘baked into’ virus test access as cases soar.— Many ignore virus precautions at funeral of Serbian Patriarch Irinej who died after contracting the coronavirus.— Madrid’s emblematic Rastro flea market has reopened Sunday after a contentious eight-month closure because of the pandemic.— Fears about infection while serving on juries have derailed plans to resume jury trials in many courthouses for the first time since the pandemic started.___Follow AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak___HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:NEW YORK — Hundreds of bodies are still stored in freezer trucks at a disaster morgue set up during New York City’s coronavirus surge in the spring, according to the city’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner.Many of the 650 bodies at the disaster morgue on the Brooklyn waterfront are of people whose families can’t be located or can’t afford a proper burial, officials told The Wall Street Journal.Normally, the deceased would have been buried within a few weeks in a gravesite for the indigent on Hart Island in the Long Island Sound. But as COVID-19 deaths surged in New York in April, with as many as 800 deaths in one day, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged that mass burials in temporary graves wouldn’t take place.The medical examiner’s office is having trouble finding relatives of about 230 deceased people, officials said. When next of kin have been contacted, many bodies haven’t been collected because families haven’t arranged burial for financial reasons, nor have they requested free burial on Hart Island.The city is slowly reducing the number of bodies in storage, with the number declining from 698 to 650 since mid-September, according to Dina Maniotis, the chief medical examiner’s office’s executive deputy commissioner. New York state has reported at least 34,187 deaths of people due to COVID-19, according to data from John Hopkins University.___ATHENS, Greece — Police interrupted a Sunday Mass in a northern Greek village and fined a priest 1,500 euros ($1,780) for allowing two people to attend the service.They also arrested the priest’s 30-year-old son and one of the two worshippers, who they said attacked the police officers.The priest had been urging parishioners to attend, despite a ban, saying, “You’re either with Christ or the coronavirus.” The two attendees were from a neighbouring village.Authorities are strictly enforcing a lockdown and nightly curfew after a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. In the northern city of Thessaloniki, where most cases have appeared, an 18-year-old university student was given a 6-month suspended sentence and fined 3,000 euros ($3,560) for hosting her birthday party, which police raided at 1.30 am Saturday. The six guests were fined 300 euros ($356) each.Health authorities announced 1,498 new coronavirus cases Sunday, along with 103 deaths, five less than the daily record set Saturday. The number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic is 91,619, with 1,630 deaths.___SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile says it will open its main border crossing and principal airport to foreign visitors on Monday after an eight-month pandemic shutdown.Arrivals will have to present evidence of a recent negative test for the new coronavirus as well as health insurance. They’ll also have to report their whereabouts and health status for a two-week watch period. Those coming from high-risk countries will have to quarantine for 14 days.President Sebastián Piñera on Sunday urged people to maintain precautions to prevent another wave of COVID-19: “The coronavirus is still among us and so we cannot be careless.”Officials plan to gradually reopen other airports and border posts as the South American nation tries to reactivate the tourism industry.Chile closed its borders on March 18, two weeks after reporting its first new coronavirus infection. Since then, the nation of some 18 million people has recorded 540.640 infections and more than 15,000 deaths.___WASHINGTON -- The United States’ top infectious diseases expert says he’s worried that crowding at U.S. airports from Thanksgiving travel could lead to a perilous situation as COVID-19 cases surge.Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the “people at airports” despite federal guidance to avoid travel “are going to get us into even more trouble than we’re in right now.”He noted that new COVID-19 cases from Thanksgiving won’t become evident till weeks later, making it “very difficult” as the virus spirals out of control heading into colder weather and the December holiday season.Fauci said a substantial portion of people being hospitalized for the virus are now between the ages of 40 and 59, as well as the elderly and vulnerable.He stressed that vaccines should become available in the coming months, but said Americans will need to “hang in there” in the meantime by taking precautions to stem the spread. That includes limiting holiday gatherings to people in the same household if possible, wearing masks, socially distancing and washing hands.___ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey saw a record number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 for the second day running on Sunday as 6,017 new symptomatic patients were documented, the health ministry said.The number of new daily cases has surpassed the outbreak’s previous peak in April.Evening lockdowns were introduced over the weekend for the first time since June, with businesses such as restaurants and bars ordered to close.The ministry said 446,882 patients with symptoms have been identified since the country’s first recorded case in March. Turkey does not publicly report confirmed coronavirus cases in people without COVID-19 symptoms, a policy that has been criticised for masking the true scope of the national outbreak.Turkey recorded 139 COVID-19 deaths over the previous 24 hours, taking the country’s total to 12,358, the health ministry reported.___ROME — Italy’s daily new caseload of confirmed COVID-19 cases dropped by several thousand on Sunday, but nearly 50,000 fewer swab tests to detect the virus were conducted than on the previous day, according to the Health Ministry.Italy added 28,337 confirmed cases, raising to 1,408,868, the country’s total in the pandemic.Weekends usually see a drop in number of tests performed. In the last 24 hours, 562 deaths of persons with COVID-19 were registered, increasing to 49,823 Italy’s known death toll.Meanwhile, the autonomous Alpine province of Bolzano said that more than 320,000 residents had turned out for voluntary mass COVID-19 screening in a three-day-long campaign, with some 3,000 of them testing positive. Local officials hpe the high turnout for screening among its 520,000 residents and the low percentage of positives will better position the province to be ready again for tourism, a mainstay of the local economy.___CAIRO — A Sudanese minister on Sunday tested positive for the coronavirus, the prime minister’s office said, the latest in a string of senior officials to be infected as the country shows an increase of confirmed cases of COVID-19.Omar Bashir Manis, minister of cabinet affairs, was in good health after testing positive for the virus, the prime minister office said in a statement.Over the past month, acting ministers of finance and health, the central bank governor and two associates to Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok have tested positive.Sadiq al-Mahdi, head of the National Umma party, Sudan’s largest, tested positive for the virus last month and was taken to the United Arab Emirates where he was still being treated.Sudan has reported more than 15,830 confirmed cases, including 1,193 deaths. The actual COVID-19 tally is believed to be higher given the country’s limited testing.___WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12.A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is set to meet Dec. 10 to discuss Pfizer Inc.’s request for an emergency use authorization for its developing COVID-19 vaccine.Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech recently announced that the vaccine appears 95% effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.Dr. Moncef Slaoui, head of the Operation Warp Speed, the coronavirus vaccine program, says plans are to ship vaccines to states within 24 hours of expected FDA approval.Slaoui told CNN he expects vaccinations would begin on the second day after approval, Dec. 12.___PARIS — French authorities ordered the culling of all minks in a farm after analysis showed a mutated version of the coronavirus was circulating among the animals.The French government said in a statement Sunday that about 1,000 minks have been culled and all animal products have been eliminated in the farm located west of Paris.France counts four mink farms on its territory. Authorities are still awaiting results for two of them. No virus has been found in the last one, the government said.The move follows virus developments in mink farms in Denmark and other countries including the Netherlands, Sweden and Greece.In Denmark, a mutation of the virus had been found in several people infected by minks, according to the government which ordered the cull of all 15 million minks.So far French farmers in contact with minks have been tested negative to the virus, the French government said.___SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea says it’ll impose stricter social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to fight a coronavirus resurgence, as the country registered more than 300 new virus patients for a fifth consecutive day.Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said Sunday the ongoing outbreak is “extremely grave and serious” as infection routes have been too diverse. He says authorities have found 62 clusters of infections over the past two weeks.He says the toughened guidelines will begin Tuesday and go for two weeks. Under it, nightclubs and other high-risk entertainment facilities must shut down and a late-night dining at restaurants will be banned. Customers aren’t allowed to drink or eat inside coffee shops, internet cafes or fitness centres, while sports attendance will be limited to 10% of the stadium’s capacity.South Korea has been experiencing a spike in fresh infection since it relaxed coronavirus restrictions last month. Earlier Sunday, South Korea added 330 new coronavirus cases, bringing the national tally to 30,733 with 505 deaths.___COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities said Sunday that more than 600 COVID-19 cases have been detected in Sri Lanka's highly congested prisons.A total of 652 cases have been found in five prisons in different parts of the Indian Ocean island nation. Of them, 609 are inmates and 43 are prison officers.Sri Lankan prisons are highly congested with more than 26,000 inmates crowded in facilities designed for 10,000.Sri Lanka has seen a fresh outbreak of the disease since last month when two clusters — one at a garment factory and other at a fish market — emerged in the capital Colombo and it’s suburbs. Confirmed cases from the two clusters have grown to 16,251.—-ISLAMABAD — Amid defiance of the directive to wear masks and avoid large public gatherings, Pakistan reported 59 more deaths and 2,665 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.The country’s tally reached 374,173 confirmed cases. Among those being treated for the virus, 1,653 are critical.On Saturday, tens of thousands attended the funeral of a radical cleric in the eastern city of Lahore, and on Sunday, an alliance of opposition parties holds a rally in the northwestern city of Peshawar.Both events ignore directives of the military-backed National Command and Operation Center, a body assigned the task of controlling the spread of the virus, for people to wear masks, maintain physical distance and avoid large gatherings.___BEIJING — Authorities are conducting mass testing and shutting down schools after China reported three new domestically transmitted cases in the past 24 hours — two in northern Inner Mongolia province and one in Shanghai.The city of Manzhouli, in Inner Mongolia, will start testing all its residents for COVID-19 on Sunday, a day after the two cases were discovered. The city has suspended classes and shut public venues, telling residents to not gather for dinner banquets.Local authorities in Shanghai found one more case Saturday after testing 15,416 people following recent locally transmitted cases. The city is not shutting down its schools, but has locked down specific facilities such as a hospital. It is also testing all residents in the Pudong New Area district.China is already conducting mass testing for up to 3 million residents in the northern city of Tianjin after five cases were found there earlier in the week. The total number of confirmed cases in China is 86,431.___TOKYO — The daily tally of reported COVID-19 cases in Japan hit a record for the fourth day in a row, with 2,508 people confirmed infected, the health ministry said Sunday.Japan has had fewer than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths so far, avoiding the toll of harder hit nations. But fears are growing about another surge. A flurry of criticism has erupted, from opposition legislators and the public, slamming the government as having acted too slowly in halting its “GoTo” campaign, which encouraged travel and dining out with discounts.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the decision Saturday. But many people had already made travel reservations for this three-day Thanksgiving weekend in Japan.Airports and restaurants have been packed. Some said the government should have offered to pay for cancellations, or stepped up more on PCR testing instead, if the goal is to keep the economy going amid a pandemic. Tutorials are circulating online on the proper way to eat and drink at restaurants, while wearing masks.The Associated Press
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.
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.
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 today after setting a record with 23 new cases on Saturday.The provincial health department says five of the new cases today are in the Saint John region and one is in the Fredericton area.Cases have also been confirmed at Simonds High School in Saint John, and at Hampton Middle School in Hampton, about 40 kilometres east of Saint John.The release says parents, staff and teachers at Harbour View High School in Saint John were also advised of possible exposure.The Saint John and Moncton regions remain under "orange" level public health measures, which include single-household bubbles and restricted travel into and out of the areas. Including the latest figures and after Saturday's record-setting 23 new cases, New Brunswick now has 77 active cases of COVID-19 provincewide.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.The Canadian Press
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
DAKAR, Senegal — Spain’s foreign minister met Sunday with Senegal's president in the West African country’s capital Sunday to discuss the sudden increase of Senegalese migrants attempting to reach the Canary Islands by boat.Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya met with President Macky Sall in Dakar to discuss migration and border co-operation between Spain, the European Union and Senegal. The country has become a major point of migrant departures even though it is around 950 miles (1,500 kilometres) away.More than 18,000 people fleeing poverty, violence or other circumstances at home have arrived in Spain's Canary Islands this year, a 1,000% increase from the same period in 2019, and over 500 have died in the attempt. Around half of those arrivals — and most of the deaths — have been in the past 30 days, a spike that has strained resources on the archipelago.“COVID is destroying African economies, as it has also had a huge impact on European economies, we knew that one of the consequences of this pandemic was going to be an increase in migration,” González Laya told reporters after the meeting.The Spanish minister rebuffed accusations of poor management and preparation by Spain in dealing with the migrant arrivals, resulting in thousands of them sleeping under tents on the dock of Arguineguin in the island of Gran Canaria for days, sometimes weeks, in unsanitary conditions.Human rights groups have been warning about the reopening of the Atlantic route to the Canary Islands since late 2019, when arrivals began increasing slowly.“It is very difficult to accuse a government or to say that a government is not sufficiently prepared to receive a very large amount (of people) in a very short period of time,” she said.Local rights groups in Senegal have been protesting the deaths of what they say are nearly 500 youths who died at sea in recent weeks attempting to reach European soil.The International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants project said it has only been able to confirm the death or disappearance of 160 Senegalese nationals so far this year, but admits their records may be incomplete because of the lack of information collected on the migration route.Moise Diar Diegane Sarr, secretary of state to the minister of foreign affairs and Senegalese abroad, said that bilateral co-operation was discussed between the two countries. He participated in the meeting between Spain's foreign minister and Senegalese counterpart Aïssata Tall Sall.“The question of irregular migration is shared,” he said. “We discussed this and would like to combat it together.”He said they discussed the financing of projects that aide the return of migrants and also that can help fix the potential of future irregular migration. Sarr said they would work with Spain to increase legal ways for Senegalese to work in Europe, including circular migration programs.About 10% of Senegal’s gross domestic product in 2019 came from remittances sent to the country by its citizens living and working abroad, mainly in Europe, according to the World Bank.During her visit to Senegal, González Laya said Spain was sending an additional patrol vessel and a maritime observation plane in addition to the existing two Spanish patrol boats and helicopter stationed in Senegal to help the country tackle the migration.“They arrive after a dialogue with the Senegalese authorities, because in this matter, which is to help them control the country’s exits, it is they who work hand in hand with us,” she said.___AP journalist Renata Brito in Barcelona, Spain, contributed to this report.Carley Petesch, The Associated Press