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WASHINGTON — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for co-operation on a transition of power.But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back.On Thursday, after a Thanksgiving evening conversation from the White House with troops stationed overseas, Trump abruptly pivoted to angrily alleging — still without any evidence — that “massive fraud” was behind his defeat.Speaking to news crews gathered to watch the traditional holiday conversation with the military, Trump denounced officials in battleground states he'd lost as “communists” and “enemies of the state.” Trump also announced he'd be travelling to Georgia to meet with what he said would be tens of thousands of supporters on Dec. 5, ahead of two runoffs there that will likely determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.The 2020 presidential race is turning into the zombie election that Trump just won’t let die. Despite dozens of legal and procedural setbacks, his campaign keeps filing new challenges that have little hope of succeeding and making fresh, unfounded claims of fraud.But that’s the point. Trump’s strategy, his allies concede in private, wasn’t to change the outcome, but to create a host of phantom claims about the 2020 presidential race that would infect the nation with doubt and keep his base loyal, even though the winner — Biden — was clear and there has been no evidence of mass voter fraud.“Zombies are dead people walking among the living — this litigation is the same thing,” said Franita Tolson, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. “In terms of litigation that could change the election, all these cases are basically dead men walking.”It's a strategy tolerated by many Republicans, most notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who are clinging to Trump as they face a test of retaining their own power in the form of two runoff elections in Georgia in January.“This really is our version of a polite coup d’etat,” said Thomas Mann, senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. “It could end quickly if the Republican Party acknowledged what was going on. But they cower in the face of Trump’s connection with the base.”A day after Trump said his administration should begin working with Biden's team, three more lawsuits were filed by allies attempting to stop the certification in two more battleground states. In Minnesota, a judge did not rule on the suit and the state certified the results for Biden. Another was filed in Wisconsin, which doesn't certify until Tuesday. Arizona Republicans filed a complaint over ballot inspection; the state certification is due Monday.And the campaign legal team said state lawmakers in Arizona and Michigan would hold meetings on the election “to provide confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted in the November 3rd election.”In Pennsylvania, where state Republican lawmakers met at Gettysburg on Wednesday to air grievances about the election, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani attended in person and Trump dialed in from the Oval Office.“We have all the evidence," Trump asserted. “All we need is to have some judge listen to it properly without having a political opinion.”But the strongest legal rebuke yet came from a conservative Republican judge in federal court in Pennsylvania, who on Saturday dismissed the Trump team's lawsuit seeking to throw out the results of the election. The judge admonished the Trump campaign in a scathing ruling about its lack of evidence. The campaign has appealed.Trump's allies have privately acknowledged their plan would never actually overturn the results, but rather might provide Trump an off-ramp for a loss he wasn't owning up to and an avenue to keep his base loyal for whatever he does next.“And then our governing and politics will be hellish, because he will continue doing what he’s doing from his private own perch,” Mann predicted.Emily Murphy, the top official at the General Services Administration, declared Biden the “apparent winner” Monday, a procedural yet critical step that allowed for the transition to begin in earnest. She made the determination after Trump's efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states. She cited “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.”Michigan certified Biden’s 154,000-count victory Monday, despite calls by Trump to the GOP members to block the vote to allow for an audit of ballots in Wayne County, where Trump claimed he was the victim of fraud. Biden crushed the president by more than 330,000 votes there.“The board’s duty today is very clear,” said Aaron Van Langevelde, the Republican vice chair. “We have a duty to certify this election based on these returns.”Still, the Trump legal team dismissed the certification as “simply a procedural step” and insisted it would fight on.Trump and his allies have brought at least four cases in Michigan that sought — unsuccessfully — to block certification of election results in part or all of the state.In Pennsylvania, after Gov. Tom Wolf certified Biden as the winner, an appeals court judge ordered state officials to halt any further steps toward certifying election results. The state has appealed to Pennsylvania's Supreme Court.In Arizona, just as lawyers for a woman in the Phoenix area dropped a case alleging that equipment was unable to record her ballot because she completed it with a county-issued Sharpie pen, Trump’s campaign filed its own lawsuit echoing some of the same complaints. As that suit was about to be dismissed, lawyers for the woman filed a new case reviving the claims and demanding that she be allowed to recast her ballot. All three of the cases have now been dismissed.“The legal process seems to be unfolding the way it’s supposed to, but the Trump campaign has made clear its desire to throw wrenches in the system wherever it can,” said Lisa Marshall Manheim, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law.___Richer reported from Boston. Associated Press writers Maryclaire Dale in Philadelphia, Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin; Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix and Steve Karnowski in St. Paul, Minnesota, contributed to this report.Colleen Long, Alanna Durkin Richer And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
Restaurant owner Jean Avarello is struggling to understand why in the next few weeks the shops and theatres near him in the French city of Marseille will be allowed to reopen after a COVID-19 lockdown, but he has to stay shut. "That's not okay," Avarello said on Thursday as he took part in a protest in Marseille involving several thousand people from the restaurant, bar and nightclub sector against the government order to keep them shut.
SANTÉ. Une équipe de l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) et de l’Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), sous la direction du professeur Fateh Chebana, a récemment développé un système d'alerte pour les vagues de froid en relation avec la santé, une première dans le monde. Chaque année, les indices de refroidissement éolien élevés et les fortes tempêtes hivernales entraînent la mort prématurée de plus d'une centaine de Canadiens selon l'INSPQ. «Les vagues de froid, particulièrement importantes au Québec, peuvent affecter tout le monde, mais particulièrement les personnes atteintes de maladies chroniques. Les données fournies par l'INSPQ indiquent une hausse des hospitalisations et de la mortalité par temps froid. Concevoir un système d'alerte similaire à celui que nous avons développé pour les vagues de chaleur en 2010 nous paraissait donc essentiel», explique le professeur Fateh Chebana. Grâce aux données historiques, l'équipe de recherche a pu déterminer deux seuils de température qui déclencheraient une alerte par courriel afin de prévenir les professionnelles et les professionnels de la santé d'une vague de froid imminente. Selon la région, les seuils de température pour une vague de froid d'une durée de deux jours provoquant une alerte et reliés à un excès de mortalité observé dans la population varient entre −15 °C et −23 °C le jour, et entre −20 °C et −29 °C la nuit. Les seuils provoquant une alerte et reliés quant à eux à un excès d'hospitalisations dans la population varient entre −13 °C et −23 °C le jour, et entre −17 °C et −30 °C la nuit. Lorsque le système sera opérationnel, il se basera sur les prévisions d'Environnement Canada et tiendra compte de leur fiabilité. Le système d'alerte considèrera aussi l'effet de délai entre l'exposition et les impacts sanitaires observés. «Ce n'est pas parce qu'il fait froid une journée que les gens meurent ou vont à l'hôpital le jour même. Cela peut prendre plusieurs jours avant de voir l'effet, plus longtemps qu'avec la chaleur», rapporte le chercheur. Pour le moment, le système d'alerte considère l'ensemble de la population, mais il pourrait s'attarder à des groupes plus à risque comme les personnes âgées ou celles avec des problèmes respiratoires. Les chercheurs envisagent aussi une spécificité applicable au tourisme ou au milieu de l'éducation, lors de la fermeture des écoles, par exemple. Désormais entre les mains de l'INSPQ, ce modèle sera intégré au Système de surveillance et de prévention des impacts sanitaires des événements météorologiques extrêmes (SUPREME), une source d'information relative à l'incidence sur la santé des événements météorologiques extrêmes. Stéphane Lévesque, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Hebdo Journal
RCMP say a man faces eight charges following an attempted armed robbery in the Warren Grove Road area Wednesday night.Queens District RCMP responded just before 11 p.m. to a complaint of a man in the process of breaking into a shed.When confronted by the Cornwall property owner and neighbours, the man "proceeded to pull out what appeared to be a handgun," pointed it at one of the men and uttered threats, said Sgt. Craig Eveleigh with Queens District RCMP. "It turned out that it was only a pellet gun, later, but the people that he pulled it out on didn't know that." A brief struggle ensued and one of the men pinned the suspect against a vehicle until police arrived, Eveleigh said. Police arrested the suspect without further incident.Out of caution for the suspect's mental health, police took him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was assessed and admitted for the night, Eveleigh said."Just some things that he was saying," led police to have concerns for his mental health, Eveleigh said. The man has since been released from hospital but remains in police custody.He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date facing charges including robbery, uttering threats, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and trespass at night.More from CBC P.E.I.
Adam Skelly, the owner of Adamson Barbecue, has now been arrested by police, taken away in handcuffs after continuing to violate COVID-19 rules.
The holiday spirit is one thing the Town of Shelburne intends to make sure COVID-19 doesn’t destroy. 'Tis the season to be jolly, and deck your doors with more than holly, if you’re hoping to spread some of that magic around the community. At least, that’s the aim of a contest announced by the town on Nov. 25. “We could all use a little extra holiday cheer this year,” said Mayor Wade Mills. “With that motivation in mind, and through the inspiration of some caring community members, we are happy to announce the ‘Deck (the) Door’ contest.” The contest is open to both residents and businesses in town, and the selected winner will get the ultimate bragging rights for having the most brilliantly decorated door. They will also receive a $100 gift certificate to a local registered business of their choosing. Although decking the door is more common in schools and offices, the appeal to do it as a town-wide challenge came from the accessibility it allows for. Unlike home decorating contests, which are limited to those with properties that can be decorated, this one would open the door, so to speak, for almost everyone to participate. “We decided to go with the door concept in order to make the contest inclusive to those who might not be able to decorate a whole house,” explained Mills. Anyone aged 13 and older can participate, and entries must be submitted by 12 p.m. on Dec. 10. The winner will be selected by a community vote and panel of judges. “We hope this fun little competition will spark some joy and inspire some extra festive spirit this holiday season,” said Mills. For more information, including contest rules and how to enter, visit www.shelburne.ca/en/news/shelburne-deck-the-door-contest.aspx.Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner
BRUSSELS — Thanksgiving just got a little bit better for the Maine lobster industry.The European Union parliament on Thursday approved a mini trade deal with the United States, which includes the elimination of customs duties on U.S. lobster imports. The passage with 638 votes for, 45 against and 11 abstentions was the last major political step for the deal to come into effect.As a result, the 27-nation EU will drop its 8% tariff on U.S. lobsters for the next five years and work to make the move permanent.U.S. lobster imports to the EU came to about $111 million in 2017 before falling off in the face of rising tensions between the trading partners, and an EU trade agreement with Canada that allowed its lobsters to enter the bloc tariff-free.Because of it, said EU legislator Bernd Lange, “we have seen a drop in demand by 50% in Maine, which is obviously quite serious. So now we are making an offer to allow American lobster to come tariff-free into the EU."For its part, the U.S. agreed to cut in half tariffs on EU imports worth about $160 million a year, including some prepared meals, crystal glassware and cigarette lighters. The tariff cuts will be retroactive to Aug. 1.The deal approved on Thursday covers only a tiny portion of trans-Atlantic trade with the U.S., but the EU hopes it will have some symbolic value. And for the lobster industry, already hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, every piece of good news is welcome.For the EU, which has had acrimonious relations with the Trump administration, a sign of goodwill will never hurt.“We have more in common than divides us," said Lange. “This piece of legislation is an offer: it’s not about lobster for all. It’s about co-operation instead of confrontation.”Raf Casert, The Associated Press
HALIFAX — A veteran of Nova Scotia's Liberal cabinet has announced his retirement from politics.Health Minister Leo Glavine said today he will step down to spend more time with his family when the next provincial election is called.Glavine, who represents the riding of Kings West, was first elected to the legislature in 2003.The former teacher and high school administrator served in the health portfolio from 2013 to 2017, where he oversaw the controversial amalgamation of the province's health authorities into a single entity.He was later named minister of the Communities, Culture and Heritage Department before returning as health minister in a cabinet shuffle last month, after Randy Delorey resigned to run for Liberal leader.Premier Stephen McNeil, who announced in August he planned to resign, described Glavine as a gentleman and a great role model for anyone who wants to be in elected office.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Justice Department stepped in to dismiss his case. “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon," Trump tweeted. “Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!” The pardon, in the waning weeks of Trump's single term, is part of a broader effort by Trump to undo the results of a Russia investigation that shadowed his administration and yielded criminal charges against a half-dozen associates. It comes just months after the president commuted the sentence of another associate, Roger Stone, days before he was to report to prison. A Justice Department official said the department was not consulted on the pardon and learned Wednesday of the plan. But the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, noted that the president has the legal power to pardon Flynn. The move is likely to energize supporters who have taken up Flynn as a cause celebre and rallied around the retired Army lieutenant general as the victim of what they assert is an unfair prosecution, even though Flynn twice admitted guilt. Trump has repeatedly spoken warmly about Flynn and, in an indication of his personal interest in his fate, asked then-FBI Director James Comey in February 2017 to end a criminal investigation into the national security adviser. In a statement, Flynn’s family thanked Trump “for answering our prayers and the prayers of a nation” by issuing the pardon. Democrats lambasted the pardon as undeserved and unprincipled. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “an act of grave corruption and a brazen abuse of power," while Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said a “pardon by Trump does not erase” the truth of Flynn's guilty plea, “no matter how Trump and his allies try to suggest otherwise.” “The President’s enablers have constructed an elaborate narrative in which Trump and Flynn are victims and the Constitution is subject to the whims of the president," House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler said in a statement. “Americans soundly rejected this nonsense when they voted out President Trump. ” The pardon is the final step in a case defined by twists and turns. The most dramatic came in May when the Justice Department abruptly moved to dismiss the case, insisting that Flynn should not have been interviewed by the FBI in the first place, only to have U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan resist the request and appoint a former judge to argue against the federal government's position and to evaluate whether Flynn should be held in criminal contempt for perjury. That former judge, John Gleeson, called the Justice Department's dismissal request an abuse of power and said its grounds for dropping the case were ever-evolving and “patently pretextual.” As Sullivan declined to immediately dismiss the prosecution, Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell sought to bypass the judge by asking a federal appeals court to direct him to drop the matter. A three-judge panel did exactly that, but the full court overturned that decision and sent the case back to Sullivan. At a hearing in September, Powell told Sullivan that she had discussed Flynn's case with Trump but also said she did not want a pardon — presumably because she wanted him to be vindicated in the courts. Powell emerged separately in recent weeks as a public face of Trump's efforts to overturn the results of his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden, but the Trump legal team distanced itself from her after she advanced a series of uncorroborated conspiracy claims. The pardon spares Flynn the possibility of any prison sentence, which Sullivan could potentially have imposed had he ultimately rejected the Justice Department's dismissal request. That request was made after a review of the case by a federal prosecutor from St. Louis who had been specially appointed by Attorney General William Barr. At issue in the prosecution was an FBI interview of Flynn, days after Trump's inauguration, about a conversation he had during the presidential transition period with the then-Russian ambassador. Flynn acknowledged lying during that interview by saying he had not discussed with the diplomat, Sergey Kislyak, sanctions that the outgoing Obama administration had just been imposed on Russia for election interference. During that conversation, Flynn advised that Russia be “even-keeled” in response to the punitive measures, and assured him “we can have a better conversation” about relations between the countries after Trump became president. The conversation alarmed the FBI, which at the time was investigating whether the Trump campaign and Russia had co-ordinated to sway the election. In addition, White House officials were stating publicly that Flynn and Kislyak had not discussed sanctions, which the FBI knew was untrue. Flynn was ousted from his position in February 2017 after news broke that Obama administration officials had warned the White House that Flynn had indeed discussed sanctions with Kislyak and was vulnerable to blackmail. He pleaded guilty months later to a false statement charge. But last May, after years of defending the prosecution, the Justice Department abruptly reversed its position. It asserted the FBI had no basis to interview Flynn about Kislyak and that any statements he made during the interview were not material to the FBI's broader counterintelligence probe. The department also pointed to internal FBI notes showing agents had planned to close out the investigation weeks before interviewing Flynn about Kislyak. Flynn, of Middletown, Rhode Island, was among the first people charged in Mueller's investigation and provided such extensive co-operation that prosecutors did not recommend any prison time, leaving open the possibility of probation. But the morning he was to have been sentenced, after a stern rebuke about his behaviour from Sullivan, Flynn asked for the hearing to be cut short so that he could continue co-operating and earn credit toward a more lenient sentence. After that, he hired new attorneys — including Powell, a conservative commentator and outspoken critic of Mueller's investigation — who took a far more confrontational stance to the government and tried to withdraw his guilty plea. Eric Tucker, The Associated Press
More than two-thirds of the world’s fields, ranches and orchards are owned by one per cent of its farmers, according to a report released Tuesday. Land inequality — the concentrated ownership of land — is skyrocketing globally, including in Canada and the U.S. It’s a trend driven by large-scale industrial farming and export-oriented agricultural policies with wide-ranging impacts on everything from food security to climate change. Those investments aren’t always obvious. Historically, land ownership analyses have excluded key pieces of information, such as the value of land and the degree of control a person or organization has over it, according to the report’s authors. For instance, many farms operate under contract to agri-food corporations, giving them control over production methods and market access without explicitly owning the farm. Investors are also purchasing farmland at increasingly high rates, pushing land prices beyond the value of the crops they can produce and exacerbating farmland consolidation. An analysis of these control mechanisms was included by the coalition of organizations behind the report — a novel technique, said Ward Anseeuw, co-author of the report and co-ordinator of the initiative. The additional data revealed that worldwide, land inequality is 41 per cent higher than previously reported through national agricultural censuses. “These findings radically alter our understanding of the extent and far-reaching consequences land inequality has, proving that not only is it a bigger problem than we thought, but it’s undermining the stability and development of sustainable societies,” he said in a statement. Concentrated land ownership is associated with a suite of problems, including deforestation, political and economic inequality and the degradation of rural food security, the report notes. And while land inequality is an old problem — it was a key part of many colonial governments’ policies — the authors note that since the 1980s, the problem has gotten worse. That’s when national and international trade policies were implemented that made it easier for financial institutions and global agri-businesses to purchase vast tracts of farmland for conversion into industrialized crop production. This land was generally purchased from small- to mid-sized family farms growing a diversity of crops for local or regional consumption. Replacing them were larger industrialized farms owned by vertically integrated companies invested from seed to sale in international commodity markets. It’s a trend that accelerated after the 2008 financial crash, said Devlin Kuyek, senior researcher at GRAIN, an international non-profit supporting small farmers and social movements. Those investors, including several Canadian pension funds, started purchasing farmland worldwide. And with deeper pockets than most farmers, they didn’t struggle to find the land, despite policies in certain jurisdictions — including some Canadian provinces — that limit foreign farmland ownership. It’s a practice that drives land consolidation, he explained. Meanwhile, smaller-scale farmers producing food for regional and local consumption often struggle to make ends meet because of high farmland prices and competition from global commodity markets. It’s a pattern that is seen worldwide — including in B.C., explained Mullinix. The province has a proliferation of small, diversified farms serving local markets, many of which struggle to afford farmland (farmland prices in the province are also driven by real estate speculation, not only agri-businesses and investments from financial institutions). There are also several large ranches and orchards producing food for Canada-wide and international markets — and not much in between. Still, Kuyek said that Canadians have more leverage than they might think. Canadian pension funds are some of the world’s largest farmland investors and sustained pressure from the people whose money they are managing can help change their practices. “We have an interest in understanding what’s going on with our money. If the money is being used to expand industrial agriculture, kick communities off their lands, destroying the future of the planet, it’s not really a good investment that way,” he said. “But this is a new area for the pension funds, so putting pressure on them now, making them aware of the risks … it can sort of push them to hold back from stepping into that area of investment.” Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, National Observer
Le Comité de la commémoration du 50e anniversaire de l’expropriation de Mirabel invite les personnes intéressées à une activité qui a pour but de rendre hommage aux femmes ayant lutté pour que les terres expropriées soient rétrocédées, alors que l’on inaugurera, par le fait même, une plaque commémorative installée à la Maison Jean-Paul-Raymond, dans le secteur de Sainte-Scholastique. Le tout se déroulera le vendredi 11 décembre prochain de manière virtuelle. L’événement, qui prendra la forme de conférence, mettra en lumière le rôle joué par toutes ces femmes auprès de leurs familles et de leur communauté pendant une période difficile. Des personnes impliquées dans le dossier de l’expropriation de Mirabel livreront des témoignages et permettront de faire le point sur le vécu et la contribution des femmes lors des événements qui se sont déroulés des décennies auparavant, mais qui laissent toujours ses traces. Rappelons qu’à la fin des années 1960, le gouvernement fédéral s’était approprié 97 000 acres, parmi les terres agricoles les plus riches du Québec, afin de construire le nouvel aéroport de Montréal, à Mirabel. La nouvelle touche alors plus de 3 000 familles, ainsi que 14 villages et municipalités des Basses-Laurentides. Des citoyens impliqués Rita Léonard-Lafond sera l’une des personnes qui témoigneront, elle qui a été elle-même délogée de sa maison. Ceux qui suivent le dossier de près se rappellent que Mme Léonard-Lafond a été impliquée activement à titre de porte-parole pour les gens expropriés, au sein du Comité d’information et d’animation communautaire (CIAC). Elle est aussi membre du Comité de commémoration du 50e anniversaire. D’autres acteurs prendront la parole au cours de l’événement. Ils seront disponibles afin d’échanger après la conférence. Considérants les mesures liées à la pandémie, l’activité se tiendra virtuellement, sur la plateforme Zoom, le 11 décembre, dès 14 h. À noter que l’on doit absolument confirmer sa présence d’ici le 30 novembre prochain. Seules les personnes ayant confirmé leur présence recevront le lien Web qui permettra de se connecter sur la plateforme. D’ailleurs, une assemblée générale suivra, sur le coup de 15 h, à nouveau sur la plateforme Zoom. Pour confirmer sa présence aux deux événements, vous devez écrire au Comité de commémoration du 50e anniversaire de l’expropriation de Mirabel, via le firstname.lastname@example.org. Nicolas Parent, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Éveil
Prince George, B.C., resident Judy Howard recently shelled out $50 for a six-pack of soy sauce after a family Facebook bidding war, and she feels like she got a pretty sweet deal — or salty, to be more accurate.A single bottle of Canadian-made China Lily Soya Sauce usually runs about $3 and is a staple in many kitchens in northern B.C., primarily in Indigenous households where it is often used liberally in traditional dishes and everyday dinner prep.Currently, it is incredibly hard to come by, and that's causing a bit of a panic among regular purchasers.The sauce is crafted by Lee Foods in Toronto. False rumours the factory is closing could be behind why grocery stores in B.C.'s north have been cleaned out, Amazon has nothing to offer, and prices on eBay keep climbing.Prince Rupert, B.C., resident Carolina de Ryk, host of CBC's Daybreak North, caught the concerned chatter of locals on social media and contacted Lee Foods to find out why people were fearful their favourite brand was on the brink. A woman at Lee Foods who took de Ryk's call said there are no plans to shut down the family-run business.Her explanation for the shortage was simple: "China Lily Soya Sauce is the next toilet paper in the COVID-19 pandemic."While hearing the company is still open may be a relief for some, the current situation remains dire for die-hard fans. So much so that Tahltan President Chad Day released a tongue-in cheek-warning on Facebook that soy sauce bootlegging would not be tolerated. Annita Macphee, who is Tahltan and lives in Vancouver, said she remembers rice with China Lily being a component of many childhood meals. She told de Ryk its popularity in many Indigenous kitchens could be because so many Indigenous and Chinese people worked together at one time in coastal canneries."I've heard of people buying 16 bottles," she said, adding she currently has a line on some bottles that surfaced in Powell River, B.C., so she should be supplied for the time being.Howard, meanwhile, is likely being hailed as a hero by her immediate family for the six-pack she scored after her nephew, Sheldon Howard, Jr., a Prince George resident originally from the Gitxsan community of Gitsegukla in northwestern B.C., auctioned it off."I don't think it was extortion," said Howard, who uses the sauce to flavour much of her cooking, especially salmon and herring roe dishes.This year, said Howard, a bottle or two from Santa would be a coveted Christmas gift for many in Gitsegukla.To really dive down into the cultural significance of China Lily, De Ryk also spoke with Jeremy Pahl, also known as Saltwater Hank, a Tsimshian First Nation member and Prince Rupert resident.He was plum out at the start of the week but, while it was weighing heavy, he said he was staying strong."We are going to get through it, and future generations are going to look back and say my ancestors survived the great China Lily shortage of 2020," Pahl said with a chuckle.Pahl later got lucky when some employees at Coast Mountain College called up de Ryk to let her know they had a bottle and it was Pahl's if he wanted it. You can bet he did.But if you're not one of the lucky Howards, don't know about a stash out of town, and no kindly neighbour has tracked you down via the national broadcaster to offer you a spare bottle, don't despair — Lee Foods is still in full swing.In a statement, company president Christopher Wong said while there have been some supply, shipping and staffing hiccups due to the pandemic, customers can expect to see China Lily Soya Sauce back on the shelves within the coming weeks.To hear Judy Howard talk about her Facebook auction score on CBC's Daybreak North, tap the link below:
November 26, 2020 - Jeremy Prete (pictured above) began Epic Youth Services because of a moment in his childhood when someone reached out to mentor him and changed the course of his life. Prete moved to Cardston shortly after his parents divorced when he was 12 years old, and he remembers vividly the moment he walked past some kids from the football team who told him he didn’t belong. He believed them -- he hated his life, hated the town, and had no friends. One day he was walking up the hill with a slurpee in hand when the coach of the football team drove up, a stranger to Prete, and asked him to try out for the team because he was the right size for football. Walking up to tryouts Jeremy recognized the same boys he had seen earlier that year and he almost turned around, but coach Floyd Baxter saw him coming and told him he was where he needed to be. Baxter and other coaches became mentors to Prete and changed the course of his life by finding him a place to belong. Football became Prete’s family and saved him in a time when he needed connection. Mentoring became a strong principle for Prete who has since coached football, basketball, and baseball and also been a mentor to kids he was teaching in his church’s seminary program. Working on the FCSS board and as president for Cardston Victims services Prete noticed that he couldn’t reach all the kids that needed mentoring through his sports and church circles, and he dreamed up the youth centre as a solution. On completion of his degree in clinical counselling he and his wife shut down their carpet cleaning business to fund the purchase of the building where Epic Youth Services was born. Epic Youth services is a social and recreational centre intended primarily for use by youth by Junior and Senior High school students. The groups website states “Epic supports opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship, and recognition.” The building is strategically located near the middle school and High School so the services can be easily accessed by youth in the area. Prete has created many strategic partnerships with other stakeholders in the area such as Family and Community Support Services, Bridges of Hope, and Alberta Mentoring. With these allies he has many resources at his fingertips including some funding, help with legalese, and the ability to operate under charitable status. Epic Youth services is indeed a not-for-profit service, meaning it is not run for personal gain. Prete is employed by Bridges of Hope as the director of services and makes a small salary in compensation for the long hours he puts in, but the job satisfaction is what keeps him coming back. Running his own company previously was more financially successful, but he says “it feels better at the end of the day even though my bank account is tiny. I don’t want to go home and feel like my day was a waste and I’ve squandered my existence. The connection with the kids is more impactful than a paycheque has ever been.” Prete also has been able to keep up a counselling business on the side called Foundations Family Counselling so that he can continue his important work at the youth centre and still provide for his family. Running the youth centre is a big undertaking that Prete has taken on. It looks like arranging programming, counselling and connecting with youth, and also significant hours pouring over grant applications and fundraising efforts. Two major community fundraisers are the Home Run Derby and community discount cards. Only two days into the week and Prete has already applied for two grants on behalf of the centre. Resident grant-writer and in house counsellor, Prete is certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, sexual trauma, suicide risk assessment, anxiety and depression disorders, and more. Prete describes what the programs at the centre were like pre-COVID, with food, art therapy, open stage, karaoke night, jam sessions, mini and big concerts, slam poetry, joke offs, movie nights, video game tournaments, table game tournaments, knitting club, board and card game tournaments, relationship success courses, introduction to finance, a resource centre for homework help, resume writing aids, assistance with university applications, hygiene skills programs, teen tech awareness nights, and parent support groups. The programs, counselling services, and mentoring led to group dynamics that Prete says “had an energy and a pulse -- it was alive and every station was being used in the intended way. There were no cultural lines, no race or religion divisions, no kids at the top of the hill saying you don’t belong here”. Running the youth centre during a pandemic has not been an easy task, and the youth centre has danced the pandemic pivot like all businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The children that had been accessing the centre are in more need of help now than ever, but only 15 at a time could sign up to participate in any given program prior to further restrictions this week. There are still about 500 kids registered at the centre, but recruitment is down because of school closures last year. Further restrictions put in place by the government this week will cause even more disruption of services to the youth needing connection in the Cardston community. Prete is continually adjusting as new government regulations emerge, but has been able to start new programs to keep EPIC alive and well in the community. Pandemic Epic is running a food hamper program along with FCSS through which they provide food to families in the area, the youth centre also arranged for a free back to school shopping day where youth could choose new to them clothes from a couple thousand pieces that had been donated, and they have created a 24-hour local help phone/text line so community members can access free counselling, food hampers, and hygiene products. Prete is constantly envisioning and creating an adaptable path through the pandemic to reach the youth who need this community program most. He is connecting with individual kids and groups on zoom and he has purchased over 200 stockings that he has stuffed with goodies he can drop off door to door while doing mental health check-ins with kids who haven’t been able to spend as much time at the centre recently. Covid has caused an uproar in many people’s lives, leaving them with the feeling that they are hanging on to the edge of a cliff with their fingernails. Jeremy Prete and Epic youth services, however, are still around trying to catch people before they fall, Empowering People and Inspiring Change -- keeping the heart of Epic alive no matter what 2020 throws at them.Elizabeth Thompson-Christensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temple City Star
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The RCMP's major-crimes unit is now leading the investigation into the sudden death last week of a man in Hopedale.On Nov. 20, the RCMP said its detachment in Hopedale, on Labrador's north coast, was investigating the death of a 37-year-old man the day before.Police have not released any information about the circumstances of the man's death. On Thursday evening, the RCMP released a short statement saying its major-crimes unit had taken over the investigation, which includes the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the RCMP's forensics identification division.The press release warns Hopedale residents to expect "an increased police presence over the next number of days as the investigation continues."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Members of a Six Nations land reclamation camp have appealed two court injunctions ordering them to vacate a housing development in Caledonia, Ont.Skyler Williams, a spokesperson for the group and defendant in the case, said Thursday that he filed an appeal in Ontario Superior Court to fight the injunctions."We chose to engage in a process, a process that is not our own, to try and move it forward," said Williams during a media update Thursday. "For us the issue of the land here is still before the courts and certainly needs to come to a nation-to-nation discussion."The occupation of the McKenzie Meadows development, dubbed 1492 Land Back Lane by demonstrators, has stretched on for months, and has included blockades across area roads, court orders to remove people staying there, and dozens of arrests.Last month, Justice John Harper ruled that the activists had to vacate the land where Foxgate Developments planned a housing complex. The Six Nations group says the property is unceded Indigenous land and has been occupying it for 131 days. Harper ordered the Six Nations members to vacate on Oct. 22.Williams said Thursday that he's retained lawyers Barry Yellin and Wade Poziomka from the Hamilton firm Ross & McBride LLP. If the appeal is successful, he said, Foxgate Developments and Haldimand County will have to restart the permanent injunction proceedings."The filing by Ross & McBride LLP focuses on the failure of the court to distinguish between contempt and abuse of process, a procedural issue," the 1492 Land Back Lane group said in a media release. "The issue is that Williams's pleadings and evidence were thrown out by Justice Harper in error contrary to the law, procedural fairness, and the rules of civil procedure. If successful in the appeal, the matter would be returned to superior court before a different judge, and all of Williams's pleadings would be reinstated in his defence."The appeal, Williams said, is "an honest effort to engage in the legal system at a time that I was unrepresented in the court process."Harper said last month that Williams has shown "contempt" for the court by refusing to obey previous, temporary injunctions, and by insisting the Cayuga, Ont., courtroom was part of the "colonial" court system.Harper said the court must acknowledge the "abuses that have been put upon the Aboriginal community," but "claims and grievances in our society … must be done respectfully, must be done in compliance with the orders."The Six Nations Elected Council signed a deal in 2019 with the developers for $352,000 and 17 hectares of land in exchange for support of the two housing projects. Williams said Thursday that the elected council has expressed "tentative" support for 1492 Land Back Lane. Six Nations' traditional government, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council of Chiefs, supports the reclamation camp.The group has been calling on the federal and provincial governments to step in and work with their representatives toward a peaceful resolution.Despite a pledge from the office of Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, that government officials "look forward to meeting with the community at the earliest opportunity" and are "committed" to addressing longstanding land claim issues, Williams said negotiations have yet to begin."They've said over and over again that they want to be at the table, that they're working on it … and here we are. This is three-and-a-half months later," said Williams. "Apparently it takes a long time to get here from Ottawa."
* As of Wednesday, Saskatchewan's long term came homes were grappling with a total of 76 COVID-19 cases. * There are 27 outbreaks in facilities serving seniors or vulnerable clients.Saskatchewan's largest seniors complex is the latest care home in the province to be hit with a COVID-19 outbreak.On Wednesday, health officials reported an outbreak at Pioneer Village in Regina. The province reports a confirmed outbreak when at least two or more cases are present.According to Pioneer Village's website, the facility has 390 long-term care residents, plus housing for 176 independent senior tenants. More than 600 full- and part-time staff work at the centre. It's not clear how many residents and staff are infected or how many workers have had to self-isolate. CBC News has asked the Saskatchewan Health Authority, which operates Pioneer Village, for that information.The health authority has used Pioneer Village as a location for COVID-19 testing for the wider public.As of Wednesday, there were 76 COVID-19 cases in long term care homes, according to an update provided Thursday by health authority CEO Scott Livingstone.He said there have been 27 outbreaks in facilities serving seniors or vulnerable people. Most of the long-term care homes and special care homes in Saskatchewan with declared outbreaks were dealing with five or fewer infected people as of Nov. 24, according to a new weekly update released by the Ministry of Health. But even a small number of cases can have a significant impact on care homes. "One case in long-term care is too many [for] a very vulnerable population, as we've seen from other jurisdictions," Livingstone said.Providence Place, a care home in Moose Jaw, had seven cases of COVID-19 as of Nov. 24. But in a Nov. 23 email to residents and families, the home said that because any employee who was in close contacted with an infected person has to self-isolate for 14 days, "we have significant staffing challenges over the coming weeks."Oliver Lodge, a seniors' home in Saskatoon, only had one case of COVID-19 as of Nov. 24, but faced the same staffing challenges, executive director Frank Suchorab said Wednesday. Largest care-home outbreak in SaskatoonLuther Special Care Home in Saskatoon is dealing with the province's largest long-term care-home outbreak, with 35 cases as of Wednesday night, according to the latest update to families and residents."The number of staff who work on the outbreak unit who are self-isolating has stabilized and we are actively managing each case with support from Public Health and Occupational Health and Safety," the update stated."That having been said, the large number of individuals away from work is causing concern. To manage this concern we continue to have regular daily meetings with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to ensure they know what is going on and problem solve."Infection control experts and public health workers came to look over the home on Tuesday. "Work took place to implement changes and they are coming onsite again to review our process and make adjustments as required," according to the update.At Providence Place in Moose Jaw, the number of cases increased to 11 as of Thursday — four residents and seven staff. As a result of infected workers having to self-isolate, "we have many staff out of the workplace," according to the home's latest update. Despite the shortfall, "we are managing to shift coverage," the update continued. "We have suspended outpatient programs and are able to redeploy staff to [long-term care] to support the staff shortages. In addition, we are able to access the labour pool within the Saskatchewan Health Authority if it should be required."
November 5, 2020 - Westwind alternate school principal, Mike Devuyst, has seen a significant increase in Cardston and area student registration this fall. Student registrants cover a wide geographical area across the division and include students in the Parent directed Home Education Program, the Personalized education programs on campuses, and the outreach students. The risk of increased COVID-19 exposure to vulnerable family members has encouraged many to consider one of these as at least a temporary option. Enough new students registered in the different home based options during August that the division increased teaching staff by one and a half. But by the end of September, administration soon realized this would not be enough for the extreme increase in numbers and have since approved a total of 4.5 new positions. Devuyst, says “these temporary positions are for the first semester only as we are aware some families may choose to go back to public school as the year plays out, however all teachers are currently teaching at capacity or above”. So far, families do not seem to be changing their minds about the move to home learning- Westwind has seen a 127% increase in new student registration this year. A typical year may see 10 new student registrations at the alternate school, but this year 275 new students have registered in the various alternate learning environments. New student intake began to seriously increase in the first couple weeks of August and Principal Devuyst found himself busy every workday at the office in a month he would usually have been at home. The registrations kept coming in September and there have even been new students registered as recently as this week. Westwind runs various home based learning campuses and satellite schools across the area to meet the needs of families interested in alternatives to public school. Westwind boasts two main campuses, one building in Cardston and another in Raymond, as well as smaller classrooms in Magrath and Stirling for high school students interested in unique schooling options. Westwind Alternate offers two options for families looking for a substitute from traditional public school- one is Home education, where there is more parent led learning and less teacher contact, and the other being Personalized Education Programs, where there is regular contact with teachers with parents contributing to learning also. The Personalized Education Programs at the school building follow the directions of the education minister, the school division, and chief medical officer of health in the province and have changed their health protocols along with mainstream public schools. Students need to have masks when they come, and may need to wear them, depending on student numbers and types of activity. There are also hand sanitizer stations and signs reminding everyone to wash up. Physical distancing is attempted as much as possible, the best that can be done in the classroom setting. Devusyt believes that, masks or not, “kids are happy to enjoy some of the normalcy in ‘going back to school’ after the huge changes in March”. In March, homeschoolers who usually got together with other families daily for a combined science class or other focus group had to stay home just like the kids in public school. Homeschool parent Lindy Mckay’s kids had been attending community classes for robotics, hip hop, dance, gymnastics and more that were all closed down when the pandemic hit Alberta. She says “We weren’t ever able to get together with each other or go to community classes, and the library was shut down which made it difficult to find information for projects”. Families are happy to see these groups reopen this fall and have been able to keep attending many field trips as they don’t have to rely on division bus transportation. Devuyst says “our days are looking pretty normal, besides kids with masks.” Mckay noticed an increased interest in homeschooling on social media and in her close friend groups. She says “its interesting because even women who work full time are considering homeschooling now”. She recognizes that homeschooling is not just luxurious for stay at home moms, but many parents are afraid of the unknown and want an education that is stable and unchangeable when the pandemic is changing everything. Mckay has advised over a hundred people internationally who are interested in making the change this year, and locally 4 or 5 of her friends have also asked for advice on switching over. When asked for home education advice Mckay tells families interested in changing over that homeschool does not have to look like public school at home. Many homeschoolers in the area use natural opportunities to learn in a more simplified and flexible way. She says “Honestly I’ve felt like my kids were always getting an excellent social life even though they don’t go to a brick and mortar school. With homeschool in Cardston, entire families are friends regardless of gender or age and parents are able to take direct action when teaching their kids how to resolve conflict”. COVID 19 has given families and individuals a lot to think about as each group recreates what normal and best looks like for themselves. Education change is one of the many ways the novel pandemic is changing lives. Whether your family have chosen to send kids to public school, private school, traditional homeschool, or a home based learning program, it is clear that many people are making sacrifices in order to make the best choice for their kids during uncertain times. Elizabeth Thompson-Christensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temple City Star
One classroom at a Shelburne elementary school has been closed, with students being asked to self-isolate following a confirmed case of COVID-19. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, a notice was sent out by Centennial Hylands Elementary School principal, Tammy Fleming, providing information on the situation. “We will continue to work closely with Public Health and take their direction as they complete their investigation,” said Fleming. “All students and staff determined to be at high risk of exposure will be directed to isolate and recommended to be tested within their isolation period.” As of Thursday (Nov. 26), the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) has listed Centennial Hylands as being “open,” with one closed class confirmed. Measures have been taken to ensure the safety of all staff and students, and Public Health will perform a risk assessment if any other transmission is determined as a result of their investigation. “Custodial staff did a thorough cleaning and disinfection of the impacted areas of the school last … as part of our enhanced cleaning protocol,” explained Fleming. It is unknown as to whether or not the positive case was with a student or teacher, as the identity of the individual is protected by privacy legislation. According to the UGDSB’s reporting page, Centennial Hylands is the only school in Dufferin County identified as having an active case of COVID-19. A letter was also sent out by Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) outlining what the health unit and school are doing to prevent further spread of the virus at Centennial Hylands and within the community. “Our building is safe and remains open to staff and students,” said Fleming. Currently, Dufferin County is in orange-level restrictions, with WDGPH confirming an additional 27 cases since their last update Nov. 24, bringing the number of cases within its boundaries to 1,290. The total active number of cases within the health unit’s area is at 155, with 18 active in Dufferin. Three people were hospitalized in WDGPH due to COVID-19. Any individuals with questions about the situation are directed to contact Public Health at 519-822-2715 ext. 7006.Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner
BURNABY, B.C. — Four men are facing charges after police say they broke up a gambling ring in Metro Vancouver.The illegal gambling team linked to B.C.'s specialized anti-gang unit says it investigated a suspected gaming house earlier this year and served a search warrant in July at Big Shots Cafe in Burnaby.A statement from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says several people were taking part in what appeared to be illegal gaming.Items such as poker tables, slot machines, cash, poker chips and playing cards were seized during the raid on July 4.Two Burnaby residents, a Delta man and one from New Westminster, all aged between 36 and 58, are now charged with being in a common gaming or betting house.Court records show all four are scheduled to return to provincial court in Vancouver on Friday and again on Jan. 6, 2021.Sgt. Brenda Winpenny says in the statement that it is a criminal offence to take part in unauthorized gambling in B.C.“Illegal gaming, and the locations that allow them, have been the root of other criminal offences that impact the safety of the public," Winpenny says.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.The Canadian Press