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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
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A proposed cannabis-production facility got a prescription from Dr. No as the RM of Edenwold rejected a request for a discretionary use permit by a 4-3 margin on Nov. 17. The proposal from Cameron Family Farms had been tabled over several council meetings while the Camerons sought to address council’s concerns over the project as well as earn local support from area residents for their proposal. While council had approved other cannabis production proposals previously, RM councillors balked at this one when a letter signed by more than 15 residents indicated many of the Cameron’s neighbours opposed the proposed greenhouse be used for growing cannabis. In response to that opposition, the Camerons say they sent a letter to their opponents, offering answers to their concerns. “We heard nothing back,” Ian Cameron said. “We refrained from going to visit them because of COVID. Nobody has gotten back to us with any of their concerns, but we did go to them with factual information rather than opinion. I did want people to know it’s a greenhouse, not a retail operation. It’s a greenhouse, and what we plant in there is a controlled product for which we are subject to licensing, regulation and security, for which of course we would abide by all of the laws.” Reeve Mitchell Huber noted there was opposition to the project and said he had advocated that the Camerons go to their neighbours to address their concerns. “With the backlash as it was, council gets hesitant to give the discretionary permit because we try not to play God,” Huber said. “That’s a bit of a strong statement, but we’d rather see more harmony over the long term. You are right in that it would have been more invasive to start a cattle operation out there.” Councillor Craig Strudwick said while he personally did not have an issue with the Camerons’ cannabis plan, he had to take into account the area residents who came out in force to oppose it. For that reason, his was one of the four votes defeating the discretionary use application. After addressing council but prior to the vote denying his application, Cameron indicated there may still be some use for the facility. “Obviously we have built the greenhouse and have been at this for a while,” Cameron said. “If we don’t put (cannabis) in there, we’ll put something else in there that’s not so regulated because we have (already) built the facility.”Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum
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
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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:
4915 tests de dépistage à la COVID-19 ont été effectués sur le territoire lavallois au cours de la semaine du 16 au 22 novembre selon les données émises par le Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de Laval. Bien que cela représente une chute de 1165 tests par rapport à la semaine précédente, il s'agit du deuxième plus haut total hebdomadaire du mois de novembre. Un sommet de 966 personnes dépistées a été atteint le lundi 16 novembre. À l'inverse, seulement 449 et 459 tests ont été effectués les 21 et 22 novembre. Ces deux totaux sont les pires de la dernière semaine. Lors d'un point de presse tenu jeudi, le gouvernement du Québec a annoncé la nomination de Jérôme Gagnon et du Dr Richard Massé pour coordonner l'opération québécoise de vaccination contre la COVID-19 lorsque l'arrivée des vaccins sera confirmée. Les listes de priorité sont d'ailleurs déjà établies. Les résidents en CHSLD, travailleurs de la santé et personnes plus âgées seront les premières personnes visées par la vaccination. François Legault a aussi profité de l'occasion pour apporter davantage de précisions sur les quatre jours de rassemblements familiaux autorisés du 24 au 27 décembre. Un maximum de deux soupers entre membres de foyers différents seront autorisés. «La période de quatre jours que nous avions annoncé servait à donner de la flexibilité, a précisé le Dr Horacio Arruda, directeur national de santé publique. [...] Les gens ont pu interpréter qu'il était possible de faire un nombre illimité de rassemblements lors des quatre jours. Avec deux rassemblements, on diminue le risque de contact.» Avec un bilan de 11 083 personnes testées positives à la COVID-19, Laval a connu une hausse de 103 cas en 24 heures. Le total de décès depuis le début de la pandémie est en augmentation à 725. Le CISSS de Laval cumule également 9818 guérisons, ce qui signifie qu’il y a désormais 540 cas actifs confirmés (-27) sur le territoire lavallois. Parmi les personnes touchées, 28 sont hospitalisées, dont 5 aux soins intensifs. 22 employés de l’organisation de santé sont toujours absents du travail en raison de la COVID-19. Six résidences privées pour aînés (RPA) de Laval sont présentement touchées par la COVID-19. Voici la liste complète de celles-ci : Par ailleurs, le Jardin des Saules a été placé dans la catégorie des RPA en situation critique en raison du taux d'infection. Au Québec, le bilan est maintenant de 136 894 cas et 6947 décès. Au total, 675 personnes sont toujours hospitalisées, dont 90 aux soins intensifs.Nicholas Pereira, Initiative de journalisme local, Courrier Laval
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.
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
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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.
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
The province announced a public health emergency Tuesday and declared that students from Grades 7-12 would spend the rest of the calendar year learning from home. All students in the province will begin their winter break on Dec. 18. All students will return from winter break for online classes in early January and in-person classes are set to resume on Jan. 11. “We were not really made aware in advance of that announcement of what the decision might be,” said public division superintendent Mark Davidson. “We were all in a position of examining what we were hearing against the planning that we had already done. We feel good about the extensive planning we have done for all of the scenarios and had been communicating with families for the last month or so about how they might prepare for that possibility.” The public division has 460 kids learning through its online hub this winter. Students who are now forced to learn from home will stay with their same classmates and teachers, just in a virtual format. “It will be a more robust set of expectations around the time students commit to their programming,” said Davidson. “There will be significantly higher expectations (compared to last year’s online learning that started in March). “We’ve been given no indication that students will just simply pass based on the grades they earned today, so students will need to invest in the work the teachers are providing” One reason for sending some kids home, other than to stop the spread of COVID-19, was to give school systems a bit of a break heading into the new year. Davidson says the public schools have had instances where a teacher couldn’t be found to work a classroom, but it has been rare. “We’ve done fairly well with regard to the level of absence among our staff,” he said. “There have been few occasions where we have been unable to find a substitute teachers to fill absences. “It has happened more often than in previous years, but definitely less often than we had feared before the year began.” Davidson added that there have been instances where replacement bus drivers have been needed. Extra cleaning staff hired at the beginning of the school year have been able to fill in for sick custodial workers. As for what is next for public schools, Davidson says planning for every scenario is key going forward to January. “The education minister has said the plan is to return to school on Jan. 11, but there is much that can happen between now and then,” said Davidson. “We’re planning for everything and it’s why we put so much effort and detail into planning, and to communicating those plans with staff and community.” Davidson thanked staff, students and families for all of the work that has been done so far during the school year. MHCBE Catholic School Board of Education superintendent Dwayne Zarichny says the board was not taken aback by the announcement. “With the rise in cases around the province, it wasn’t very much of a surprise,” he said. “Looking at how the numbers were jumping, I think people were expecting some change in direction from the premiere and minister of education.” The News reported earlier this fall that the Catholic board had more than 60 students learning virtually this semester, and Zarichny says the board is able to handle the increased online needs. “Since last spring when we went online, we have worked with staff to offer them plenty of opportunities to enhance their skills around working at home,” said Zarichny. “We also took another PD day and gave it to teachers to get themselves ready to move back to an online format. “We’re trying to give staff extra time to prepare.” All teachers who would normally be in class with the Grade 7-12 students will shift online for the time being. Zarichny says students will not be able to coast to the winter break, or after it. “For the most part, the learning will be normal,” he said. “We expect the same level of rigour and the same level of work to be done by students. “We want students to be picking up where they left off in January, and for their to be minimal or no disruptions in learning at all.” As for staffing, Zarichny says things have gone well considering circumstances. “Up until a few days ago, we hadn’t had an incident of COVID at a school,” said Zarichny. “We’ve been relying on the normal trends using substitute teachers and haven’t really had any trouble.” As for transportation and custodial staff, there has been little to no trouble for MHCBE’s staffing. Zarichny says he is proud of the work that has been done by everyone this school year.Mo Cranker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Medicine Hat News
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.
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
Medicine Hatters will get to view live music from the comfort of their homes Friday thanks to the Folk Music Club. Alberta band Over the Moon will be performing live on the Medicine Hat Music Club’s Facebook page starting at 7 p.m. “We wanted to be able to present a show,” said club executive director Rob Pape. “This was going to be our first show and have a limited capacity of 50 people, but everything that’s happening we don’t feel like that’s the safe approach. “Knowing that, we still feel like Medicine Hat needs live music so we’re going through with the show virtually.” The band is up for Roots duo of the Year and Artist of the Year with Country Music Alberta. “They’re really good,” said Pape. “They have a great sound that I think a lot of people will enjoy. “I hope people stop by and spend some time watching the show.” Pape says the show should run for around 90 minutes. People can find the event on the Medicine hat Folk Music Club Facebook page. There is also a donation page set up on http://www.eventbrite.caMo Cranker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Medicine Hat News
This translation is part of a new initiative to provide content to our Chinese readers. You can find the English version, written by reporter John Cudmore here. 萬錦市一所私立職業學院Royal Institute of Science and Management，現有9人面臨欺詐指控，其中包括來自約克區的5名居民。 安省警方從2017年開始對該學院及其工作人員展開調查。結果發現，在過去6年的時間裏，學院的所有者和僱員招來的學生蓄意申請省府推出的第二職業資助項目。 這個項目本意是為失業者提供新的技能培訓，幫助他們重返職場。符合資格的申請人可獲得2.8萬加幣助學金，用於支付學費、書本費及生活費等。 警方調查發現，Royal Institute of Science and Management的學生把從政府那裏獲得的助學金作為學費交給該學校。作為回報，學生們無需上課或接受培訓就可之間獲得文憑。 另外，該學院還向MOL和監督相關項目的監管機構提供了欺詐性文件。 目前已經有9人遭到起訴，包括8名學校雇員和1名前學生。 其中來自烈治文山的居民Wei (Raymond) Xu和Xue (Sherry) Hang，今年分別58歲及51歲；還有來自萬錦市的Ye (Parker) Liu, 今年54歲，他們面臨包括超過5000加幣的欺詐及持有和販賣偽造文書等在內的多項指控。 康山居民Jing (Mary) Bian，今年34歲，烈治文山居民Jue (Judy) Li，今年37歲，面臨超過5000加幣的欺詐和參與犯罪組織活動等指控。 同樣面臨多項指控的還有來自多倫多的Deguang (Derek) Chen，今年56歲；來自怡陶碧谷的Michael Ostroff，今年73歲；來自科堡的Ming-ya (Kathy) Kennedy，今年56歲；以及來自奧克維爾的Octavian Calin Lucaciu，今年54歲。 他們將於明年1月14日在紐馬克特出庭受審，任何有相關信息的人請聯繫省警1-888-310-1122或撥打滅罪熱線1-800-222-TIPS。Scarlett Liu, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Economist & Sun
Art has been part of Lucy Kerr's life as far back as she can remember. One of nine students (along with a 10th collaborative piece by a Grade 6/7 class) whose piece has been tagged for a set of greeting cards produced by the district, the Grade 11 student at McMath says art is a way for her to unwind. “Art is really relaxing for me, and just a creative outlet that is really a big part of my life,” she says. “My family has always been really appreciative of art—I’ve been going to art galleries and and talking about that for my whole life as well.” Kerr’s piece “Sunny Day” was inspired by the work of acclaimed Canadian artist Ted Harrison, whose style Kerr says she has “always loved.” She adds that the process of looking at different artists’ styles has helped her to create her own: she prefers to paint portraits, which recently she has been doing by commission. “I want to make something that moves people, and I like getting the emotional reaction when someone sees the art I created for them,” she says. “It’s different than a photograph—there’s so much more meaning that you can draw from (a painting), and it gives a lot more dimension.” Emi Fairchild, a Grade 4 student at Homma elementary, echoes Kerr’s love of art. “Art is a great way to express yourself, and it takes your mind off things that you don’t want,” she says. Her piece “Trumpet of the Swan” was part of a school project inspired by the book of the same name. The artwork mostly uses oil pastels, but Fairchild also chose to add Sharpie to her piece at the end “to make it stand out from all the details.” She also creates art in her spare time, mostly using pencil and paper. Recently, she’s started weaving, which she says is “easy and fun.” Kerr and Fairchild are two of the student artists chosen for the Richmond School District’s art card project. Spearheaded by district fine arts administrator (and Blair elementary principal) Catherine Ludwig, the project aims to highlight the work done by students and art teachers across the city, as well as circulating student art broadly. Ten selections—which reflect a balance of different schools, ages, and genres of art—were printed on greeting cards. Packages of cards were initially given to district administrators for their correspondence, but they will also be available in the near future to members of the school community who want to place an order. Ludwig says the arts educators in the district started making plans for the project in February, along with trustees and other stakeholder groups. “One of the goals that came forward, as we imagined a vibrant place for arts education in the district, was creating opportunities for our learners beyond the four walls of our school,” she explains. “(Art) speaks loudly and it amplifies who you are, and ultimately it helps with that uncharted territory of who you are as the self.” With a desire to make Richmond learners feel supported and part of a larger community, Ludwig and her team asked teachers to submit students’ works for the project. The selections were professionally scanned and a graphic designer in the district ensured they were uniform with things like backdrops, while staying true to the original works. And each student submitted an artist statement, reflecting on their piece, that appears on the back of the card. By chance, two of the selected works were self-portraits: one by a Kindergarten student from Blair and one from a Grade 12 student at MacNeill. Ludwig has copies of those two pieces displayed in her office. “It gave the direction of why we’re doing this—look at what happens when we dedicate arts education with passionate arts educators teaching our young ones,” she says. Ludwig adds that she hopes to repeat the project every two years to represent the changing students within the Richmond school system. And next time, she wants to make a call out for other mediums, too—including sculpture, photography and textiles. “Connecting with others, having your masterpiece or your image experienced by another is so powerful,” says Ludwig. “It propels you and inspires you to grow and learn and it also encourages you. You get that feedback from others and get a sense of your legacy as an artist.” She says the kids have recently been picking up their sets of cards from Blair, and their excitement is visible. “This project had a hand in helping them feel something beyond themselves—that their art had a bigger impact beyond the page,” says Ludwig. “You can just sense how powerful this is for them. I’m so proud of them.” The students whose art is featured on the cards are equally as enthused. When she found out her piece would be featured on one of the school district’s art cards, Fairchild was “really excited.” And while Kerr doesn’t see art as a future career, she expects to never give it up completely regardless of where she ends up in the future. “I know that art will always be a part of my life, and it will always be a very strong hobby of mine,” she says.Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel
COVID-19. Les plus récentes données sur l’évolution de la COVID-19, au Québec, font état de 1 464 nouveaux cas, pour un nombre total de personnes infectées de 136 894. Elles font également état de 32 nouveaux décès, pour un total de 6 947. De ces 32 décès, 8 sont survenus dans les 24 dernières heures, 19 sont survenus entre le 19 et le 24 novembre et 5 sont survenus avant le 19 novembre. Le nombre d’hospitalisations a augmenté de 20 par rapport à la veille, avec un cumul de 675. Parmi celles-ci, le nombre de personnes se trouvant aux soins intensifs a diminué de 3, et s’élève maintenant à 90. Les prélèvements réalisés le 24 novembre s’élèvent à 33 023, pour un total de 3 783 890. Date Cas confirmésDécèsHospitalisationsHospitalisations aux soins intensifsPrélèvements réalisés19 novembre1 25926624 (-27)96 (-5)31 09920 novembre1 18921646 (+22)99 (+3)34 21721 novembre1 15423642 (-4)103 (+4)20 01722 novembre1 16428634 (-8)98 (-5)20 40023 novembre1 12419655 (+21)96 (-2)24 06724 novembre1 1002765593 (-3)33 02325 novembre1 4648675 (+20)90 (-3)NDNombre de cas par région Régions sociosanitaires22-nov-2023-nov-2024-nov-2025-nov-20Total des cas 01 – Bas-Saint-Laurent2110101475202 – Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean1611041482114 72503 – Capitale-Nationale1061539813911 18904 – Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec5378661176 63905 – Estrie6240401164 34906 – Montréal29428421933649 58407 – Outaouais486427293 45508 – Abitibi-Témiscamingue002526509 – Côte-Nord31-1220110 – Nord-du-Québec00015311 – Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine301591 34012 – Chaudière-Appalaches403464505 11313 – Laval63707310111 08114 – Lanaudière1421031589310 84715 – Laurentides413727547 76416 – Montérégie12514513318719 38717 – Nunavik00-102818 – Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James000016Hors Québec212214Région à déterminer000-1102Total1 1641 1241 1001 464136 894 01 – Bas-Saint-Laurent1602 – Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean11103 – Capitale-Nationale42104 – Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec26005 – Estrie6006 – Montréal3 60307 – Outaouais7808 – Abitibi-Témiscamingue409 – Côte-Nord210 – Nord-du-Québec011 – Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine4012 – Chaudière-Appalaches12713 – Laval72514 – Lanaudière31415 – Laurentides33316 – Montérégie85217 – Nunavik018 – Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James1Hors Québec0Région à déterminer0Total6 947Stéphane Lévesque, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Hebdo Journal
VANCOUVER — Councillors in Vancouver have voted unanimously to ask the federal government to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illicit drugs.Mayor Kennedy Stewart put forward the motion earlier this month saying it is time to develop a "health-focused" approach to substance use and end the stigma against drug users.In a statement issued late Wednesday after the vote, Stewart thanked groups such as the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, which he says have pursued decriminalization for years.In the same process used to create its first supervised injection clinic almost two decades ago, city staff will now write to federal officials, including the ministers of health and justice, seeking an exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.If approved, Stewart said the city will work with the police department, Vancouver Coastal Health, community groups and people who have lived experience with drug use to determine how decriminalization should be approved.The city's support for decriminalization came on the same day the BC Coroners Service issued a report documenting 162 illicit drug deaths across the province in October, amounting to five every day, including one daily in Vancouver.Stewart said Vancouver is ready to again lead the way on drug policy in order to save lives.“With more than 1,500 deaths in Vancouver since a provincial overdose emergency was declared in April 2016, and an estimated 329 overdose deaths in the city of Vancouver so far this year, 2020 is on track to be the worst year yet for overdoses and this new approach is urgently needed," he said in the statement.Dr. Patricia Daly, chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, has said decriminalization alone won't solve the drug crisis, but will complement expanded harm reduction and treatment services, including the province's safe supply program.The elimination of criminal consequences for possessing drugs for personal use also has the support of Premier John Horgan, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Vancouver Police Department.There's no indication how long the federal government might take to review Vancouver's plan once it is submitted, but Stewart has said federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu is a champion of harm reduction and has the authority to move quickly.Hajdu said in a statement the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the opioid crisis and Ottawa must redouble its efforts to save lives.She said federal officials have been working with Stewart and the B.C. government on options that respond to local and regional needs, guided in part by the recommendations of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, which also endorsed decriminalization of personal possession earlier this year. "We will review this request to address criminal penalties for simple possession of small amounts of controlled substances and will continue our work to get Canadians who use substances the support they need," Hajdu said in the statement.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.The Canadian Press