LY-CoV555, which was being tested in combination with Gilead Sciences' remdesivir, showed no evidence of benefiting hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
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
Desjardins a annoncé, la semaine dernière, l’octroi d’une somme de 150 000 $ à Tourisme Mirabel pour son projet «Mirabel Cyclobranché» qui consiste en la mise en place d’un circuit cyclable qui reliera les différents secteurs de la ville. Le tout a été dévoilé, alors que Guy Cormier, président et chef de la direction du Mouvement Desjardins, participait à une septième rencontre dans le cadre de la tournée virtuelle En Mouvement pour la relance socioéconomique du Québec, organisée conjointement avec la Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) et plusieurs chambres de commerces. L’initiative Mirabel Cyclobranché aura, pour point de départ, la nouvelle gare de Mirabel, dans le secteur de Saint-Janvier, pour relier Saint-Augustin et la majorité des autres secteurs de la ville. Tourisme Mirabel souhaite voir la création de branchements aux villes périphériques, afin d’établir «un réseau inter-MRC organisé qui reliera le secteur de Saint-Canut ainsi que le secteur aéroportuaire de l’aéroport de Mirabel.» Rappelons que le tout a été initialement annoncé lors d’une conférence de presse se tenant au matin du 14 octobre 2017. «La Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) s’est donné un plan directeur, avec un horizon sur 2031, disait à l’époque le président de Tourisme Mirabel, Stéphane Michaud. On y retrouve quatre objectifs. Positionner le Grand Montréal en tête des régions cyclables à l’échelle nord-américaine; mettre en place un réseau vélo métropolitain qui met en valeur les atouts du territoire de la communauté; devenir une destination récréotouristique incontournable dans l’est de l’Amérique du Nord et, au final, développer l’intermodalité et la complémentarité du réseau métropolitain avec les transports collectifs.» Le projet de Tourisme Mirabel cadre donc dans ces objectifs de la CMM. En tant que destination intéressante pour les visiteurs et touristes, Mirabel doit assurément prendre sa place, aux dires de M. Michaud. «Mirabel est un territoire municipal de 477 kilomètres carrés, un des plus grands du Québec, ajoutait-il. Il s’agit d’une destination pour beaucoup de cyclistes avec ses secteurs urbains et ruraux. Il y a beaucoup de choses à découvrir ici!» Fonds du Grand mouvement Desjardins octroie donc un total de plus de 1 M$ en appui à huit projets des régions de Lanaudière et des Laurentides. Ceux-ci ont un point commun important, soit de contribuer à la relance économique régionale dans le cadre d’une pandémie qui présente plusieurs défis pour les gens d’affaires et certains secteurs clefs de l’économie. En 2016, Desjardins s’est doté d’un fonds de 250 M$ afin d’investir dans les communautés qui ont le potentiel de transformer la société d’ici 2024. Il s’agit ici du Fonds du grand mouvement de Desjardins, qui rejoint des projets en lien avec certaines priorités, dont l’emploi, la vitalité économique, l’éducation et l’environnement. À ce jour, c’est 400 projets qui ont été soutenus via ce fonds. «La relance socioéconomique nous offre l’occasion de réfléchir collectivement sur ce que nous souhaitons bâtir comme société, a déclaré Guy Cormier, via un communiqué de presse. Ensemble, nous devons continuer d’investir dans les secteurs porteurs d’avenir comme l’environnement, la jeunesse, la santé, l’entrepreneuriat et le développement récréotouristique. Le Fonds du Grand Mouvement est l’un des leviers qui permettent à Desjardins de participer à la création d’une richesse partagée au bénéfice des collectivités.»Nicolas Parent, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Éveil
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VANCOUVER — Indigenous critics of ABC's kidnapping drama "Big Sky" say it fails to acknowledge real-life missing and murdered Indigenous women and are extending their grievance to CTV for airing the series in Canada without added context.The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs is among several Indigenous groups lambasting the Vancouver-shot series for a storyline about kidnapped women in Montana that skirts a real-life epidemic in that state, as well as B.C.The B.C. group's secretary-treasurer Kukpi7 (pronounced COOK'pee) Judy Wilson called it "imperative" that "ABC demonstrate some awareness and cultural competency" regarding systemic violence against Indigenous women and girls. But she took issue Thursday with CTV, too, saying "they are equally responsible" for airing a series that appears to discount a painful reality that extends to Canada.Her union has joined several other Indigenous groups in asking ABC to append an information card to the end of future episodes that explains the MMIWG crisis. If ABC won't do it, Wilson said she'd like to see CTV do it themselves."Anyone in the film industry and in the broadcast industry in Canada — especially with the National Inquiry (into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) — should have a social conscious if not a moral conscious and obligation to include this kind of information in their productions or at least an info card at the (end)," Wilson said when reached by phone near Vernon, B.C."By omitting it and by not including any references ... they're adding to the issue of the genocide against Indigenous women and girls."CTV did not provide comment by mid-afternoon Thursday.Similar complaints against ABC have been raised by the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association representing members of tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska; and the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, which represents Montana's eight federally recognized tribes; and the international Global Indigenous Council, which said it's not asking the network to pull or reshoot the series, but to insert an information card. "Big Sky" premiered Nov. 17 on ABC and CTV with Canadian stars Katheryn Winnick and Kylie Bunbury alongside Ryan Phillippe as detectives on the hunt for two sisters kidnapped on a remote Montana highway.It's based on C.J. Box’s novel "The Highway," which the critics say also failed to address the disproportionate number of Indigenous missing and murdered women in Montana.While much MMIWG advocacy has been directed towards politicians and the justice system, Wilson said the entertainment industry must also address the way it portrays Indigenous issues. She said there are many Indigenous organizations willing to help film and television productions tackle these concerns responsibly."A lot of it is social media or the messages that go to a lot of people on how we treat Indigenous women and girls, and social media can be a change-agent in what's happening out there," said Wilson."We need to stand in the truth and we need to talk the truth and we need to experience it so we can move forward and find solutions that are truth-based."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.— by Cassandra Szklarski in TorontoThe Canadian Press
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BUDAPEST, Hungary — The leaders of Hungary and Poland vowed Thursday to uphold their veto of the European Union’s next budget — and its massive pandemic relief fund — saying a mechanism that ties payment of funds to rule of law principles risks derailing the bloc.The EU has proposed a mechanism linking its 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget for 2021-2027 and coronavirus recovery package to the respect of the rule of law by its 27 members.This would allow funds to be denied to members that violated democratic norms, and could target Poland and Hungary. Both countries are at loggerheads with Brussels over their rule of law standards, and the EU has opened legal procedures against them.Poland and Hungary vetoed the mechanism last week, effectively stalling progress on the implementation of the whole budget and the urgently needed rescue package, planned for January.Tough negotiations are expected at an EU summit next month.Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Poland's Mateusz Morawiecki, met in Budapest to discuss ways of persuading EU leaders, and especially Germany, which currently holds the bloc's presidency, to abandon the conditionality mechanism.“This is extremely dangerous for Europe’s cohesion, it is a bad solution that threatens a breakup of Europe in the future,” Morawiecki told a news conference.He argued that similar exclusive mechanisms could be used in the future against other countries, over other issues.“This is not the right way to go,” Morawiecki said stressing that conditionality of funds is not written into EU founding treaties.With the veto "We are defending the unity of the union,” Morawiecki said.Hungary's Orban said the EU debate over the rule of law must not be tied to ways of helping the entire bloc overcome the biggest economic downturn in its history."Whoever links them is irresponsible, because the crisis needs fast economic decisions,” Orban said.He said he was acting in his nation's interest by opposing the financial mechanism, saying it violated Hungary’s national values and sovereignty.Orban said the debate was not about the rule of law but about the “rule of the majority.”The two leaders vowed to back each other in opposing any mechanisms that they found unacceptable. Budapest and Warsaw have previously backed each other in opposing some decisions taken by Brussels, including on migrant policy.In their joint statement, they rejected any mechanism that would financially sanction member states for violating democratic standards.If EU nations' leaders fail to break the stalemate before the end of the year, the bloc will continue to spend but function on limited resources, with a maximum of one twelfth of the budget for the previous financial year to be spent each month. Many projects for Poland and Hungary could be held up.Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, whose country has been among the worst-hit in Europe by COVID-19, said he is convinced Hungary and Poland will “overcome” their opposition and the December EU summit will prove “decisive.”____Scislowska reported from Warsaw, Poland________________________________________Justin Spike And Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press
Child health and dental care advocates are calling on a Calgary council committee to vote in favour of a motion to bring back water fluoridation when it debates the issue next week.Juliet Guichon, the president of Calgarians for Kids' Health and an associate professor of law and ethics at the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine, says the practice is cost-effective and has been shown to significantly reduce dental decay.Fluoridation in Calgary was approved by plebiscite in 1989 with 53 per cent voting in favour.The city began adding it to the water in 1991 and the practice was approved again in a 1998 plebiscite.But in February 2011, Calgary city council voted 10-3 to remove fluoride from the city's drinking water and rejected the idea of having another plebiscite or referring the issue to an expert panel.On Dec. 1, the city's finance committee is set to examine what it would cost to bring back fluoridation. "We acknowledge that city councillors are under tremendous pressure right now to reduce costs to their budgets," Guichon said in a Zoom media availability."Nevertheless … fluoridation must be considered a high priority measure."Guichon listed several arguments in favour of bringing back fluoridation, including that there's evidence the oral health of children and seniors declined after fluoridation ceased in 2011, and that it is cost effective — with $43 saved in avoided medical and dental expenses for every dollar invested, she said.Alberta Dental Association and College president Dr. Bruce Yaholnitsky said every provincial association and regulatory body in Canada is in favour of municipal water fluoridation to reduce dental disease."The benefit of fluoridation is taught in every dental school in the country and continues to be promoted," he said. "Although the greatest benefits associated with community water fluoridation is associated with children and developing teens, we know that there's benefits to all sectors of the population, especially the most vulnerable."Opponents of fluoridation have long questioned the safety of adding it to drinking water and argue that people should have a choice as to whether they're exposed to it.Council cited cost as the major reason for removing fluoride from tap water, noting the city spent about $750,000 a year to add it and about $6 million in upgrades were needed at the Bearspaw and Glenmore water-treatment plants to keep doing it.Fluoride naturally occurs in some foods and is found in the Bow and Elbow Rivers at a concentration between 0.1 and 0.4 mg/L. Health Canada recommends water be fluoridated to a level of 0.7 mg/L to prevent tooth decay.Calgary dentist Dr. Wendy Wadey says the pandemic has led to an increase in dental hygiene issues."Normal routines went out the window and so brushing and flossing routines were lost. So we're seeing more decay than we did before," she said."In addition, Calgarians have lost their insurance benefits, and even worse, some have lost their jobs, so they're deciding to delay treatment until they can get back onto dental insurance."
A one-year-old boy is dead and two people, including an Ontario Provincial Police officer, were seriously injured after a confrontation near Lindsay, Ont., on Thursday morning. The incident occurred in the City of Kawartha Lakes in the area of Pigeon Lake Road, also known as Kawartha Lakes Road 17. The area is about 130 kilometres northeast of Toronto.At a news conference Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson with Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said OPP officers were made aware that a father had abducted his son from the municipality of Trent Lakes. Monica Hudon said officers located the vehicle of interest — a pickup truck — on Sturgeon Road and attempted to stop it. That's when the truck became involved in a collision with an OPP cruiser and another vehicle on Pigeon Lake Road. An OPP officer who was reportedly standing outside his vehicle at the time was seriously injured in this collision. In a confrontation with the 33-year-old driver, three officers shot at the man, who was hit and airlifted to hospital in serious condition. Hudon said the man's one-year-old son was in the backseat of the vehicle. He died of a gunshot wound, but the SIU says it is unclear if that gunshot came from the three officers. "It's too early for us to know why officers fired at the vehicle, and it's too early for us to know exactly what transpired," Hudon said. In a news release, OPP said the driver of the vehicle was apprehended and taken to a Toronto area trauma centre. Earlier on Thursday, OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique tweeted that a suspect was in custody after an OPP officer was "seriously injured.""An [OPP] officer has been seriously injured in an incident near Lindsay. A suspect has been apprehended and there are no concerns for public safety. Our thoughts and best wishes are with our officer, further information will follow," read a tweet by Carrique on Thursday morning.Later, Carrique tweeted that the officer was in stable condition.There is currently no threat to public safety, but drivers are being asked to avoid the area, OPP Sgt. Jason Folz said in a video tweet.Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham said he's not able to comment on an ongoing investigation but that the incident has shaken his central Ontario municipality."The community is in disbelief that this is happening," he wrote in an email.Kawartha Lakes police and York Regional Police will be assisting the OPP in their investigation. The SIU investigates incidents involving police in which death, serious injury or sexual assault occurs.
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 email@example.com. 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:
Health Canada had said previously that an approval would likely come early in the first quarter, under a new accelerated review process very similar to that in place in the United States. Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine is most advanced in Health Canada's reviews, Supriya Sharma, senior medical adviser at Health Canada, said at a media briefing in Ottawa.
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Le maire de Mirabel, Jean Bouchard, fait l’annonce d’une nouvelle très attendue de la part des résidants et usagers des transports collectifs, via sa page Facebook publique, alors que la gare du secteur de Saint-Janvier sera fonctionnelle dès le 4 janvier prochain. Rappelons que cette gare sera dotée d’un quai ferroviaire, d’une boucle d’autobus et d’un stationnement incitatif comptant 333 places. Selon le Programme des immobilisations 2020-2029 d’exo, un budget d’un peu plus de 14 M$ a été alloué à ce projet. Il comprend aussi des cases de stationnement pour les personnes à mobilité réduite, les taxis, le covoiturage et les véhicules électriques; avec bornes de recharge. On compte aussi une quarantaine d’espaces sous un abri à vélos. Une date devancée Lors d’un entretien téléphonique tenu en septembre dernier, l’actuel conseiller municipal et ex-maire suppléant, Patrick Charbonneau, avançait que le site pourrait être accessible aux usagers deux mois plus tard, soit en novembre 2020. Le chantier avait repris ses activités dernièrement, à la suite du premier confinement, alors que l’on prévoyait des retards aux vues de la situation entourant la pandémie. «Les besoins de nos concitoyens augmentent en matière de mobilité. La nouvelle gare va leur offrir une alternative efficace à l’utilisation de l’automobile avec un arrêt du train directement dans leur municipalité», de déclarer M. Charbonneau, dans le cadre d’une autre entrevue donnée en juin dernier. Ce site s’ajoutera donc aux 13 gares déjà existantes sur la ligne exo2 de Saint-Jérôme. Nicolas Parent, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Éveil
Halifax-area businesses ordered closed in an effort to curb the city's rising number of COVID-19 cases are getting another round of financial support from the province.Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said Thursday that the province would offer a one-time grant of up to $5,000 to small, independently owned bars, dine-in restaurants and fitness and leisure centres.The businesses are among those that are now closed for at least the next two weeks under health measures that took effect Thursday.MacLellan said it's the third round for a grant which is part of a larger $50-million relief fund for business."Those who received this in the past will be fast-tracked," he told reporters following a cabinet meeting. "If there are any that didn't apply . . . they still will be eligible."Businesses can use the grant money for any operational expenses, such as wages and supplies. To be eligible, businesses must have been operating since March 15. There is no cap on annual revenues."It's not going to solve everyone's problem. We always wish we could do more," MacLellan said.Under the new restrictions, retail stores can remain open, but they have to limit the number of shoppers and staff to 25 per cent or less of their legal capacity.MacLellan said while retailers aren't part of the targeted relief package, his department will monitor the impact on their business over what is hoped will be only a two-week period before the measures can be lifted.The province reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, including 12 in the Halifax area, one in the northern health zone and one in the western zone.It said 856 tests were administered at the rapid-testing site in downtown Halifax on Wednesday, and there were five positive results. The individuals were directed to self-isolate and have been referred for a standard test."We've seen a great uptake for asymptomatic testing among Halifax bar staff and patrons," Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health said in a news release."People are showing us how much they care about their communities by going to these pop-up rapid-testing locations. This has allowed us to detect a few cases among asymptomatic people early on and helps to stop the spread of the virus."Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has reported 167 COVID-19 cases, and it has had 1,257 cases and 65 deaths since the pandemic began.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.Keith Doucette, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said companies had to have between $25,000 and $300,000 in annual sales to be eligible.
Parks Canada is putting in new accommodations at Cavendish Campground for the 2021 season, but due to concerns raised by the local council, there will be fewer of them. The new bunkies caused concern for those offering accommodations in the area, who say they can't take competition after being hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 as well as post-tropical storm Dorian in 2019.During a recent council meeting of the Resort Municipality, which includes the communities of Stanley Bridge, Bayview, Hope River, Cavendish and North Rustico, representatives for the municipality suggested Parks Canada delay the development of bunkies in the campground out of consideration for area operators."I see both sides of it. Obviously as mayor I welcome new investment in the community and new products. On the other side of it, I realize you know it's tax dollars competing with private business," said Matt Jelley, mayor of the Resort Municipality. "Cavendish obviously has a huge inventory from campgrounds to cabins to cottages, and so Parks' role in a community like this perhaps should be different, perhaps not, and I think council wanted to engage in that discussion."> Developments at Cavendish Campground in P.E.I. National Park represent an important investment to replace damaged visitor facilities. — Stacey Evans, Parks CanadaParks Canada does not need a building permit from the municipality, Jelley said, but officials do ask for council's input. "Is this the right time, and was it insensitive of Parks to [offer accommodations]?" Jelley asked. Initial plans scaled backIn an email to CBC News, Parks Canada described its plans for new, off-grid roofed accommodations called bunkies at its campground in Cavendish, one of its most popular P.E.I. sites.They will be three by five metres, designed for two people but able to accommodate four with a loft, and light enough to be moved if needed due to climate change. "Parks Canada has observed an increased number of two-person camping parties, and have had feedback from campers who love the Otentik model, but feel it is too big for their needs," said spokesperson Stacey Evans."As traditional park users age and their children become independent, they are no longer in search of space to accommodate their entire family. A small and cozy structure such as a bunkie is more appealing to them while still providing the benefits of camping that they enjoy."Bunkies to be built at DalvayParks had originally planned to build five to seven bunkies, and said out of consideration for local operators it will build only three for 2021, delaying the remainder till 2022. Parks Canada staff will work on them over the winter at its Dalvay property. Nightly rental cost is yet to be determined, Parks Canada said. But it won't go so far as to cancel the plans for bunkies."Developments at Cavendish Campground in P.E.I. National Park represent an important investment to replace damaged visitor facilities, and to revitalize the range of visitor services and experiences offered in the park, which we hope will bring many more visitors to the region and benefit local businesses," Evans said.Jelley said what is important to the municipality is really not the number of bunkies or when they'll go up, but rather having an overarching discussion about Parks Canada's role in the busy tourism area on an ongoing basis.More from CBC P.E.I.
HALIFAX — One of the biggest shopping days of the year is here, just as public health officials impose tighter restrictions in an effort to slow the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.The confluence of Black Friday and rising COVID-19 cases has added what experts are calling an “existential moral dimension” to a retail event that has gradually become part of the holiday shopping season in Canada and a crucial sales vehicle for businesses. Black Friday, famous for its pre-dawn lineups and hordes of bargain hunters, has increasingly eclipsed Boxing Day as the country’s biggest Christmas shopping event. Yet those wall-to-wall crowds are exactly what makes the shopping spree a potential health hazard in the time of a global pandemic."We're seeing Black Friday fall at a particularly inopportune time in the pattern of infections," says Tandy Thomas, an associate professor in the Smith School of Business at Queen's University.“There's a lot more moral complexity to Black Friday this year than we've ever seen before."Critics have long denounced the rampant consumerism of Black Friday, an event that traces its origins to post-Thanksgiving sales in the United States.However, retailers rely on holiday sales in general — and Black Friday in particular — to survive the slower winter months. “It's the No. 1 day for a lot of retailers in Canada,” says retail analyst Bruce Winder. “It’s literally make-it-or-break-it time for many.”This year, the Black Friday debate has devolved into "virtuous versus sinful," says Markus Giesler, associate professor of marketing at York University’s Schulich School of Business.“Black Friday has been reimagined through the lens of the pandemic along moralistic lines,” he says. “There's an existential moral dimension to Black Friday this year that has amplified the usual debate." Whereas previous concerns over Black Friday sales hinged on the ethics of an event in which consumers are pitted against one another in a scramble to get a discounted big-ticket item, sometimes resulting in chaos and violence, the issue now is whether in-store shopping will become a potential super-spreader retail event. Retailers have acknowledged the risk and encouraged customers to shop early this year. Big box stores, which often attract throngs of people on Black Friday, started promotions as early as October.They've also moved most promotions online to ward off large crowds in store. Walmart, for example, released two new gaming consoles — traditionally among the biggest draws on Black Friday — exclusively online, while Best Buy says its Black Friday deals are simultaneously online and in-store.Yet despite the online deals, analysts expect some people will still show up in-person on Friday in the hopes of snagging a doorbuster deal. And they'll likely be rewarded. Because it's such a critical time of year for retailers, Winder says there will still be some “aggressive deals” on Black Friday proper.“Retailers can’t afford to not have some zingers," says the author of the book Retail Before, During and After COVID-19. “You're still going to see some diehards going into stores."Even though most deals are just a click away, Giesler with York University says some consumers remain drawn to the immediate gratification of pulling a steeply discounted product off a shelf. It’s the thrill of a good find in-store, versus the more transactional and utilitarian nature of online shopping, he says.“There’s probably still going to be an awkward pandemonium in some stores with lineups and crowds,” Giesler adds. “Overall, it should be a little more subdued, but there will still be some deal-prone consumption. I expect we’ll still see some door crashing.”Most retailers fortunate enough to remain open are working hard to avoid becoming the site of an outbreak. Many have bulked up safety measures, like additional hand sanitizing stations and more workers to limit crowds. “They don't want to be the store that starts a super-spreader event,” Thomas says. “There’s a moral imperative to not wanting people to get sick in your stores. But there would also be a big PR cost."Meanwhile, in-store shoppers may also be motivated by concerns over inventory levels and shipping capacity. Indeed, managing online sales for home delivery, in-store and curbside pickup could be “a logistical nightmare,” Winder says.“I can guarantee you there's going to be capacity issues with the number of pickers and drivers needed to get those packages delivered on time.” This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press
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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."
PARIS — France is resuming collection of a special tax on Big Tech companies like Amazon and Facebook despite the threat of U.S. retaliatory tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags and other goods.The tax brought about 400 million euros to the French budget last year, but the government agreed to suspend it in 2020, in exchange for an American promise to drop the tariff threat pending talks on an international deal on taxing online companies.France was hoping that such an accord could be reached by the end of this year, rendering the French tax moot. But the Trump administration pulled out of the negotiations, led by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and no such deal is ready yet.So French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Thursday that France will again levy the tax. Speaking on a visit to Italy, he said: "We naturally hope that the Italian presidency of the G20 will provide the impetus to reach an agreement within the OECD, which could be supported by all European countries, concerning a fair tax on tech giants.”A Finance Ministry official said the French Treasury sent the 2020 tax bills to Amazon, Google and other companies affected by the measure last week, and they have to pay by the end of the year. The ministry expects the tax revenue to total a bit more than last year because big tech companies have had a good year amid the pandemic.France's trade minister told The Associated Press earlier this month that he hopes President-elect Joe Biden's administration rejoins discussions at the OECD for a global deal.Other European countries have imposed similar measures, which are aimed at forcing online giants to pay full taxes in the countries where they do business instead of in tax havens. U.S. officials have argued that the taxes unfairly target successful American companies, though France says its tax is aimed at all big tech companies that make money online.The Associated Press