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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
ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish court sentenced hundreds of military and civilian personnel at an air base to life prison sentences Thursday, proclaiming them guilty of involvement in the 2016 failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. A total of 475 defendants, including some generals and fighter jet pilots at the Akinci air base, on the outskirts of the capital, Ankara, had been on trial for the past three years, accused of directing the coup and bombing key government buildings, including a section of Turkey's parliament. The massive trial was one of two main trials against suspected members of a network led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating the failed attempt. Gulen, who was also named among the defendants, has denied involvement in the coup that resulted in around 250 deaths and injured thousands. About 30 coup-plotters were also killed. The court convicted four men — civilians accused of liaising between Gulen’s movement and some military officers — of crimes against the state, attempts to kill the president as well as 77 counts of murder, and sentenced them to 79 separate “aggravated” life sentences without the possibility of parole. Fifteen officers, including one-star generals, were also sentenced to the same term. All 19 were held responsible for the deaths of nine people who were killed by gunshots and 68 people who died in aerial attacks on the parliament building, a police special operations headquarters, the Ankara police department and an area close to Erdogan's presidential complex. A total of 318 other defendants were also sentenced to life prison terms. The court acquitted 70 of the defendants of all charges. Other defendants received prison terms ranging between six and 16 years. The court ruled that Gulen, an alleged top operative in his movement and four other defendants still wanted by the Turkish authorities, should be tried separately over the charges. The defendants are expected to appeal Thursday's verdicts, which were welcomed by members of Erdogan's ruling party. “We are experiencing the joy of seeing the defendants, who were already put on trial by the public's conscience, receive their punishment,” the state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Leyla Sahin Usta, a deputy chairman of the ruling party as saying. “This is the end of the era of coups in Turkey.” Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul tweeted: “the Turkish justice system is continuing to bring the treacherous coup-plotters to account.” Busra Taskiran insisted that her fiance, Yunus Kilicaslan, who was a trainee F-16 pilot at the time of the coup, was wrongly accused. Kilicaslan and other trainee pilots were “convicted today for life despite not taking part in the coup attempt, despite not taking part in any activity that night, despite fighting (against the coup) by locking themselves in a room,” she told The Associated Press. Taskiran said: “They are very young, when they were thrown in prison, they were 24 and 25, now they are convicted for life? How do you explain this in the spirit of justice?” The father of another convicted trainee pilot, Alper Kalin, said the court had failed to consider evidence that pointed at some trainee pilots' innocence. “We are not happy with this verdict. We will carry this to the appropriate places,” said Ali Kalin. Prosecutors accused the coup-plotters of using Akinci air base as their headquarters. Turkey’s military chief at the time, Gen. Hulusi Akar, who is the current defence minister, and other commanders were held captive for several hours at the base on the night of the coup. The prosecutors charged the defendants with attempts against the state and constitutional order, an attempt to assassinate the president, leading a terrorist organization and murder, among other charges. The trial, which opened on Aug. 1, 2017, was part of a post-coup crackdown that has imprisoned tens of thousands of people and seen another 130,000 fired from their government jobs. On the opening day, dozens of the defendants were paraded into the courthouse handcuffed, with two paramilitary police officers on each arm, as some protesters threw stones and shouted “Murderers!” Suzan Fraser And Eren Guvendik, The Associated Press
November 5, 2020 - Westwind alternate school principal, Mike Devuyst, has seen a significant increase in Cardston and area student registration this fall. Student registrants cover a wide geographical area across the division and include students in the Parent directed Home Education Program, the Personalized education programs on campuses, and the outreach students. The risk of increased COVID-19 exposure to vulnerable family members has encouraged many to consider one of these as at least a temporary option. Enough new students registered in the different home based options during August that the division increased teaching staff by one and a half. But by the end of September, administration soon realized this would not be enough for the extreme increase in numbers and have since approved a total of 4.5 new positions. Devuyst, says “these temporary positions are for the first semester only as we are aware some families may choose to go back to public school as the year plays out, however all teachers are currently teaching at capacity or above”. So far, families do not seem to be changing their minds about the move to home learning- Westwind has seen a 127% increase in new student registration this year. A typical year may see 10 new student registrations at the alternate school, but this year 275 new students have registered in the various alternate learning environments. New student intake began to seriously increase in the first couple weeks of August and Principal Devuyst found himself busy every workday at the office in a month he would usually have been at home. The registrations kept coming in September and there have even been new students registered as recently as this week. Westwind runs various home based learning campuses and satellite schools across the area to meet the needs of families interested in alternatives to public school. Westwind boasts two main campuses, one building in Cardston and another in Raymond, as well as smaller classrooms in Magrath and Stirling for high school students interested in unique schooling options. Westwind Alternate offers two options for families looking for a substitute from traditional public school- one is Home education, where there is more parent led learning and less teacher contact, and the other being Personalized Education Programs, where there is regular contact with teachers with parents contributing to learning also. The Personalized Education Programs at the school building follow the directions of the education minister, the school division, and chief medical officer of health in the province and have changed their health protocols along with mainstream public schools. Students need to have masks when they come, and may need to wear them, depending on student numbers and types of activity. There are also hand sanitizer stations and signs reminding everyone to wash up. Physical distancing is attempted as much as possible, the best that can be done in the classroom setting. Devusyt believes that, masks or not, “kids are happy to enjoy some of the normalcy in ‘going back to school’ after the huge changes in March”. In March, homeschoolers who usually got together with other families daily for a combined science class or other focus group had to stay home just like the kids in public school. Homeschool parent Lindy Mckay’s kids had been attending community classes for robotics, hip hop, dance, gymnastics and more that were all closed down when the pandemic hit Alberta. She says “We weren’t ever able to get together with each other or go to community classes, and the library was shut down which made it difficult to find information for projects”. Families are happy to see these groups reopen this fall and have been able to keep attending many field trips as they don’t have to rely on division bus transportation. Devuyst says “our days are looking pretty normal, besides kids with masks.” Mckay noticed an increased interest in homeschooling on social media and in her close friend groups. She says “its interesting because even women who work full time are considering homeschooling now”. She recognizes that homeschooling is not just luxurious for stay at home moms, but many parents are afraid of the unknown and want an education that is stable and unchangeable when the pandemic is changing everything. Mckay has advised over a hundred people internationally who are interested in making the change this year, and locally 4 or 5 of her friends have also asked for advice on switching over. When asked for home education advice Mckay tells families interested in changing over that homeschool does not have to look like public school at home. Many homeschoolers in the area use natural opportunities to learn in a more simplified and flexible way. She says “Honestly I’ve felt like my kids were always getting an excellent social life even though they don’t go to a brick and mortar school. With homeschool in Cardston, entire families are friends regardless of gender or age and parents are able to take direct action when teaching their kids how to resolve conflict”. COVID 19 has given families and individuals a lot to think about as each group recreates what normal and best looks like for themselves. Education change is one of the many ways the novel pandemic is changing lives. Whether your family have chosen to send kids to public school, private school, traditional homeschool, or a home based learning program, it is clear that many people are making sacrifices in order to make the best choice for their kids during uncertain times. Elizabeth Thompson-Christensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temple City Star
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
Back in March, Joan Alexis was signed up to attend an entrepreneurial business course. As COVID numbers began to rise, the evening before her first class was set to start, the course was cancelled. With unexpected time on her hands, Alexis wanted to do something to help. “I was wondering, now what do I do? They said, ‘make masks,’ so I did,” says Alexis, who’s a member of the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB), near Vernon, B.C. “I gave away a good 500 across Canada, and I was doing that out of my own pocket. I said ‘whoever wants it [I’ll make them],’ so then I got messages and started sending them out.” Since March, Alexis says she’s made more than 3,000 masks, selling about half and giving away the other half. The masks come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, created to have a good fit and follow the standards set out by Health Canada. Her biggest challenge has been accessing the supplies needed to keep up with the demand. “I kept running out of material. I ran out of black and white thread, I went through about 30 spools of thread,” Alexis says. Her ‘kookum’ masks, a floral designed mask, are particularly popular and orders have gone through the roof since she first advertised them on social media. Though with increased demand she has recently put new orders on hold so she can focus on her school work and her other passions, such as beading. On Nov. 19, regional COVID-19 restrictions went province-wide, making it mandatory to wear a mask in any public building or retail space throughout the province. As the demand continues to rise, Alexis focuses on ensuring the quality of her product. “If some grandmother is wearing my stuff, it better be quality,” she says. “My name is on that so it has to be quality. Like, homie don’t play.” Alexis offered her masks to those who might need them across social media, and the call was answered. “I posted it online and whoever wanted them got them. It got a little overwhelming and I ran out of material,” says Alexis. She then started taking orders after the initial wave flattened, and has been fulfilling orders since. While interest in her masks stretches far beyond the Okanagan region, she says her main priority is taking care of her community. “It’s just to keep our people safe, I worry so much for everybody,” she says. “Taking care of our people is my priority.” On June 1, 2020, research funded by the World Health Organization from16 countries, and six continents, showed that the use of masks in correlation with social distancing resulted in much lower COVID-19 transmission rates. While masks have been, and continue to be a focus for Alexis, she also is working to support women more generally. She started a campaign to support female students whose funding for schooling was cut, leaving them in a dire situation. “Some women weren’t getting funding, they were getting their funding cut from school and they didn’t get their letters until a week or two before school started so they had to pay with credit cards,” she says. “You know how tough that is?” Supporting other women is a cause close to her heart. Alexis has lost multiple women in her family to murder, including her mother, and she says her outreach was a way to give back and make a difference. “Kwulenchuten (Creator) said, ‘do this,’ and I said okay so I’ll do this and if I can help out even a little bit,” says Alexis. Alexis has since raised $300 for women who need the extra support this holiday season. Her future plans? Alexis wants to open an all-Indigenous boutique in Vernon, B.C. that will support all Indigenous creators and suppliers. “I want to sell all Indigenous products, I want makeup lines and to support other Indigenous businesses,” says Alexis while sitting in her crafting room, full of bright ribbons, beads, fabrics, and beautiful beading. She says she wants to see more unity and openness in her community, saying that now is the time to come together. “I would like to see our youth come together, we all have to open up our hearts and our arms to these young people,” she says. “What it comes down to is we are all here for a short time and if we’re not trying to make it better than what are we doing here?” Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Discourse
November 17 - Editor’s Note: Since our last report, Town Council has held two meetings during which the subject of the proposed Recreation Facility has been a significant point of discussion. This article will serve to inform the reader relative to previous discussions and, more particularly, report on Council’s current deliberations. For several weeks Town Council has been discussing the feasibility of constructing a multi-purpose recreation facility which is proposed to be located at the E. J. Wood property adjacent to the High School. It has previously been reported that the latest cost estimate for the building is $1.3 million, an amount which would be financed by both public and private funds in a unique arrangement called a “Public Private Partnership” (P3) with Public funds being sourced from a $1.0 million line-item commitment which Council has made to its 2021 CY Capital Budget. The balance is projected to come from private donors as the result of a direct fundraising initiative under the leadership of the Pickleball Association It must be noted that the $1.0 million committed by Council does not increase the 2021 CY Budget in total; rather, those funds must be found in creative and strategic manners such as by redirecting funds from other line items. It has also been previously reported that the proposed footprint for the building is 15,200 square feet; although, as other potential stakeholders have expressed interest in taking advantage of the opportunities which the facility presents, the footprint could grow to 16,800 square feet. Seeking the direction of Council to identify how funds should most efficiently be redirected within the 2021 Budget, Administration has presented Council with a number of budget-revising suggestions such as deferring, revising or even cancelling previously planned projects. Confronted by these various scenarios, and in the continuing absence of specific line-item construction and operating cost estimates, Council has decided to exercise some caution and pause to consider and review their previous discussions and intentions. In so doing, several decisions were taken: -$10K will be allocated to engage the services of a professional engineer who will be tasked with providing conceptual drawings and preliminary cost estimates -a fact finding initiative will determine all salient details relative to the project -once completed, a survey will be conducted, hopefully in December, to determine public opinion regarding the project -finally, before proceeding any further, a Town Hall meeting will be held to discuss the issue with all interested parties. A special meeting was called on Tuesday, November 17 to consider a draft 2021 CY budget. A major part of the discussion at that meeting centred on how the Recreation Facility could be financed. Administration presented various scenarios by which the required $1 million could be re-allocated from the 2021 CY Budget and considerable discussion ensued. It is apparent that Council is of two minds; one group of Councillors is anxious to proceed with the project, the other is more cautious and wishes to conduct additional due diligence. It is also apparent that the sentiment to do further due diligence is carrying the day at the moment. As the meeting concluded it was understood that engineering drawings with their attendant accurately estimated costs would be obtained. In addition, “indications of intent” would be requested of potential donors and public opinion would be gauged in a poll conducted in December. The special meeting concluded with Administration being directed by Council to bring a detailed financing proposal to their next meeting on November 24 for further discussion.William Hill, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temple City Star
Restaurant owner Jean Avarello is struggling to understand why in the next few weeks the shops and theatres near him in the French city of Marseille will be allowed to reopen after a COVID-19 lockdown, but he has to stay shut. "That's not okay," Avarello said on Thursday as he took part in a protest in Marseille involving several thousand people from the restaurant, bar and nightclub sector against the government order to keep them shut.
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
From May to August this year, JD Haitsma, administrative intern at the Town of Cardston, has been working on a Municipal Accountability review under the direction of CAO Jeff Shaw. In 2019 Cardston had been chosen by the provincial government as one of many towns who would undergo a review by the Municipality Accountability Program (MAP) to ensure their processes and procedures were both effective and in line with the local government rulebook known as the Municipal Governance Act (MGA). When it became clear that the MAP would no longer have time to review Cardston, Shaw put this on the list of tasks he would assign to the municipal intern he planned to hire in 2020. The Town of Cardston administration should be commended for undertaking this effort even though Cardston, at a population near 3900, is above the threshold population that would make it mandatory to complete (2500). Haitsma is glad to have had this project to work on during the first part of his internship in Cardston, he says “it was a great way to learn the MGA as opposed to just reading or trying to go through it on my own. It directed me to areas that obviously the government feels is important and asks very specific questions about areas council and administration could slip up.” Haitsma always had the project to work on at his own pace when more pressing assignments were complete, and enjoyed being able to dive into the MGA and better understand the towns bylaws and policies. Haitsma followed along with studies done by MAP on the municipalities of Claresholm and Penhold as he prepared his document for the Town of Cardston. He also heavily relied on the provincial template to learn how Cardston measures up in its understanding and practise of mandatory legislative requirements. The detailed 80 page review highlights the strengths and weaknesses of Cardston Town Council and administration in approximately 75 different areas such as procedures, bylaws, taxation, elections, and planning. The review findings boast positive results stating the town is in very good order. Some of the strengths spotlighted include excellent procedure, appropriate property tax bylaw, adequate evaluation of the CAO, and all taxes and assessments done properly. There were also 9 weaknesses noted in the report, most that are incredibly minor and easy to repair. Some of the items to work on included small changes that can be made in the minutes of a council meeting, better documentation of loan details in borrowing bylaws, and placing certain policies on the town website. These will all be addressed going forward. Three minor bylaw changes were required as a result of the study to address some minor omissions. For instance, the Bylaw Enforcement Officer Bylaw didn’t adequately detail the complaint and appeal process for citizens if they want to complain about misuse or abuse of power of the bylaw officer, so the proposed bylaw to replace it is being approved by council this month. Mayor and council, while they had not initiated the study, were vocally appreciative of it when it was presented to them at a recent council meeting. Mayor Kronen has long been a proponent of the town being run in accordance with legislation and was happy to address even the minor deficiencies. Haitsma says “the MAP process was pretty neat because it went through all these specific questions … and I had the opportunity to look into the MGA to see what it said and then read the documents to see how they lined up. The template said exactly what to look at and was an educational experience I would recommend to other municipalities. It is a great way to see where you’re at.”Elizabeth Thompson-Christensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temple City Star
Regina– In reporting 299 new active cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 26, Saskatchewan has continued its trend of exponential growth while its neighbours Manitoba and North Dakota have flattened or lowered their respective curves for 7-day average new cases. Those 299 new cases bring Saskatchewan’s 7-day average new cases count to 243, its highest level to date. It also indicates that Saskatchewan’s average has now effectively doubled, again. On October 10, Saskatchewan hit a 7-day average of 15 new cases per day. Five days later, that doubled to 30, with 31.4 on Oct. 15. Fourteen days later, it doubled again to 60, with 61.7 on Oct. 29. Twelve days after that, it doubled once more to 120, with 120.7 on Nov. 10. Now, on Nov. 26, it has doubled once again to 240, with 243 average new cases per day. As of Nov. 15, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North Dakota were all showing exponential growth in their 7-day averages. But in over the past two weeks, both Manitoba and North Dakota have shown either a flattening, or a downward trend, in their curves. Since Nov. 12, Manitoba’s 7-day average has stayed within a range between 371.6 and 422.7, with Nov. 26 coming in at 402.3. North Dakota has started to show a downward trend for 7-day average new cases. On Nov. 26, its 7-day average was 1,123 cases per day, the best it had been since Nov. 3, when it was 1,156. North Dakota crested at 1,415.7 average cases per day on Nov. 18, and has been slowly declining over the eight days since then. Saskatchewan’s growth rate was slightly higher than Manitoba’s for the period of Oct. 1 to Nov. 15. During that period, Saskatchewan had been staying consistently 16 to 18 days behind Manitoba when it came to 7-day average new cases. For example, Saskatchewan hit 120 average new cases per day on Nov. 10, whereas Manitoba hit that level on Oct. 25, 16 days earlier. But by Nov. 26, that gap has widened to 25 days. Manitoba exceeded 240 cases per day on Nov. 1, with 255.4, whereas Saskatchewan hit the 240 level on Nov. 26. When it comes to deaths, with three new deaths reported Nov. 26, Saskatchewan for the first time exceeded a 7-day average of one death per day, coming in at 1.1 average deaths per day. Manitoba, with 10 deaths reported on Nov. 26, averaged 9.7 deaths per day. That level has been relatively consistent since Nov. 16, varying between 9.0 and 9.9 deaths per day. However, that plateau essentially stopped the exponential growth of deaths in Manitoba, which had doubled several times, from one to two, two to four, four to eight per day in just 38 days. Similarly, North Dakota has also seen a plateau. Since Nov. 6, North Dakota has ranged between 13.4 and 16.3 average deaths per day. It, too, had been seeing exponential growth since Aug. 4, but at a much lower rate of growth. Its deaths had grown from a 7-day average of 1 on Aug. 4 to 16 by Nov. 10.Brian Zinchuk, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Estevan Mercury
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.
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:
One classroom at a Shelburne elementary school has been closed, with students being asked to self-isolate following a confirmed case of COVID-19. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, a notice was sent out by Centennial Hylands Elementary School principal, Tammy Fleming, providing information on the situation. “We will continue to work closely with Public Health and take their direction as they complete their investigation,” said Fleming. “All students and staff determined to be at high risk of exposure will be directed to isolate and recommended to be tested within their isolation period.” As of Thursday (Nov. 26), the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) has listed Centennial Hylands as being “open,” with one closed class confirmed. Measures have been taken to ensure the safety of all staff and students, and Public Health will perform a risk assessment if any other transmission is determined as a result of their investigation. “Custodial staff did a thorough cleaning and disinfection of the impacted areas of the school last … as part of our enhanced cleaning protocol,” explained Fleming. It is unknown as to whether or not the positive case was with a student or teacher, as the identity of the individual is protected by privacy legislation. According to the UGDSB’s reporting page, Centennial Hylands is the only school in Dufferin County identified as having an active case of COVID-19. A letter was also sent out by Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) outlining what the health unit and school are doing to prevent further spread of the virus at Centennial Hylands and within the community. “Our building is safe and remains open to staff and students,” said Fleming. Currently, Dufferin County is in orange-level restrictions, with WDGPH confirming an additional 27 cases since their last update Nov. 24, bringing the number of cases within its boundaries to 1,290. The total active number of cases within the health unit’s area is at 155, with 18 active in Dufferin. Three people were hospitalized in WDGPH due to COVID-19. Any individuals with questions about the situation are directed to contact Public Health at 519-822-2715 ext. 7006.Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Justice Department stepped in to dismiss his case. “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon," Trump tweeted. “Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!” The pardon, in the waning weeks of Trump's single term, is part of a broader effort by Trump to undo the results of a Russia investigation that shadowed his administration and yielded criminal charges against a half-dozen associates. It comes just months after the president commuted the sentence of another associate, Roger Stone, days before he was to report to prison. A Justice Department official said the department was not consulted on the pardon and learned Wednesday of the plan. But the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, noted that the president has the legal power to pardon Flynn. The move is likely to energize supporters who have taken up Flynn as a cause celebre and rallied around the retired Army lieutenant general as the victim of what they assert is an unfair prosecution, even though Flynn twice admitted guilt. Trump has repeatedly spoken warmly about Flynn and, in an indication of his personal interest in his fate, asked then-FBI Director James Comey in February 2017 to end a criminal investigation into the national security adviser. In a statement, Flynn’s family thanked Trump “for answering our prayers and the prayers of a nation” by issuing the pardon. Democrats lambasted the pardon as undeserved and unprincipled. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “an act of grave corruption and a brazen abuse of power," while Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said a “pardon by Trump does not erase” the truth of Flynn's guilty plea, “no matter how Trump and his allies try to suggest otherwise.” “The President’s enablers have constructed an elaborate narrative in which Trump and Flynn are victims and the Constitution is subject to the whims of the president," House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler said in a statement. “Americans soundly rejected this nonsense when they voted out President Trump. ” The pardon is the final step in a case defined by twists and turns. The most dramatic came in May when the Justice Department abruptly moved to dismiss the case, insisting that Flynn should not have been interviewed by the FBI in the first place, only to have U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan resist the request and appoint a former judge to argue against the federal government's position and to evaluate whether Flynn should be held in criminal contempt for perjury. That former judge, John Gleeson, called the Justice Department's dismissal request an abuse of power and said its grounds for dropping the case were ever-evolving and “patently pretextual.” As Sullivan declined to immediately dismiss the prosecution, Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell sought to bypass the judge by asking a federal appeals court to direct him to drop the matter. A three-judge panel did exactly that, but the full court overturned that decision and sent the case back to Sullivan. At a hearing in September, Powell told Sullivan that she had discussed Flynn's case with Trump but also said she did not want a pardon — presumably because she wanted him to be vindicated in the courts. Powell emerged separately in recent weeks as a public face of Trump's efforts to overturn the results of his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden, but the Trump legal team distanced itself from her after she advanced a series of uncorroborated conspiracy claims. The pardon spares Flynn the possibility of any prison sentence, which Sullivan could potentially have imposed had he ultimately rejected the Justice Department's dismissal request. That request was made after a review of the case by a federal prosecutor from St. Louis who had been specially appointed by Attorney General William Barr. At issue in the prosecution was an FBI interview of Flynn, days after Trump's inauguration, about a conversation he had during the presidential transition period with the then-Russian ambassador. Flynn acknowledged lying during that interview by saying he had not discussed with the diplomat, Sergey Kislyak, sanctions that the outgoing Obama administration had just been imposed on Russia for election interference. During that conversation, Flynn advised that Russia be “even-keeled” in response to the punitive measures, and assured him “we can have a better conversation” about relations between the countries after Trump became president. The conversation alarmed the FBI, which at the time was investigating whether the Trump campaign and Russia had co-ordinated to sway the election. In addition, White House officials were stating publicly that Flynn and Kislyak had not discussed sanctions, which the FBI knew was untrue. Flynn was ousted from his position in February 2017 after news broke that Obama administration officials had warned the White House that Flynn had indeed discussed sanctions with Kislyak and was vulnerable to blackmail. He pleaded guilty months later to a false statement charge. But last May, after years of defending the prosecution, the Justice Department abruptly reversed its position. It asserted the FBI had no basis to interview Flynn about Kislyak and that any statements he made during the interview were not material to the FBI's broader counterintelligence probe. The department also pointed to internal FBI notes showing agents had planned to close out the investigation weeks before interviewing Flynn about Kislyak. Flynn, of Middletown, Rhode Island, was among the first people charged in Mueller's investigation and provided such extensive co-operation that prosecutors did not recommend any prison time, leaving open the possibility of probation. But the morning he was to have been sentenced, after a stern rebuke about his behaviour from Sullivan, Flynn asked for the hearing to be cut short so that he could continue co-operating and earn credit toward a more lenient sentence. After that, he hired new attorneys — including Powell, a conservative commentator and outspoken critic of Mueller's investigation — who took a far more confrontational stance to the government and tried to withdraw his guilty plea. Eric Tucker, The Associated Press
An Orléans business owner says a man paid him for $75,000 worth of disposable gloves with a fraudulent certified cheque in an apparent personal protective equipment (PPE) scam.The Ottawa police fraud unit confirmed it's investigating the incident after receiving a complaint from the business.Andrew Bascoe, who owns Orleans Janitorial Supplies on St. Joseph Boulevard, said his business recently received a request from an individual for a large order of disposable gloves. He thought they were destined for the Hull Hospital.> I was speechless.... I'm still in shock. \- Andrew Bascoe, Orleans Janitorial Supplies"Everything looked legit from the get-go," said Bascoe. "I assumed they were going to the hospital because I saw the purchase order said ... the hospital address, the telephone number of the hospital."Bascoe said on Friday, the man came to collect the gloves and handed over the cheque for nearly $100,000, payment for the initial order as well as more gloves on back order.But when Bascoe attempted to deposit it the next day, the bank teller and a manager told him the cheque appeared to be a fake."[The teller] said to me, 'A TD-certified cheque doesn't look like that.' I said, 'What do you mean?'" Bascoe recalled. "I was speechless.... I'm still in shock."Bascoe said he then contacted Ottawa police.Large orders a 'red flag', police sayOttawa police said they've received "about three" complaints regarding PPE scams during the pandemic."In all cases, the victim/business is dealing with a new customer who is making a very large order. Our Fraud experts stress that this is a red flag in itself," police said in a statement. "[In] those specific circumstances, it is highly recommended that the business conducts their due diligence and wait for the funds to clear before allowing the merchandise to be transported. No matter the method of payment – considering a certified cheque can be fraudulent, a credit card may be stolen or it could come from a fraudulent Government account."Bascoe said he thought he had done his due diligence by requesting to see a purchase order, and had even recently warned employees not to accept email orders from foreign countries.He said he's now waiting to hear whether his insurance will cover the value of the gloves.
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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
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
COVID-19. À l’occasion de sa conférence de presse du 26 novembre, François Legault a confirmé que les vaccins, quand ils seront disponibles, seront administrés en premier lieu aux résidents de CHSLD, aux travailleurs de la santé et aux personnes âgées. «L’espoir est là avec les vaccins qui s’en viennent. Mais entre temps, on doit continuer d’être prudents, surtout d'ici Noël. La bataille n'est pas finie», souligne le premier ministre du Québec. Tout en attendant des précisions sur le nombre de doses disponibles par le gouvernement fédéral, le gouvernement du Québec a désigné Jérôme Gagnon et Richard Massé, des spécialistes, pour mettre branle la campagne de vaccination qui pourrait s’amorcer dès janvier. Pour ce qui est rassemblement, François Legault invite les Québécois à la prudence en rappelant que l’idéal est de se confiner une semaine avant Noël. Stéphane Lévesque, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Hebdo Journal
A bail hearing is expected to be held next month for a Halifax-area man awaiting a second trial in the 10-year-old murder of a pizza delivery man. Randy Riley was convicted of second-degree murder in the October 2010 shooting death of Donald Chad Smith outside an apartment in north-end Dartmouth.Smith, of Halifax, had been lured to the area under the pretence of delivering a pizza from the restaurant where he had just started working. Riley and another man, Nathan Johnson, were charged with the killing. Johnson was found guilty of first-degree murder and is serving a life sentence.Johnson subsequently testified at Riley's murder trial where he told the jury he had acted alone in the killing. Despite that evidence, the jury convicted Riley of second-degree murder.SCC overturns conviction Riley appealed his conviction all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. Earlier this month, the court overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial.Riley's lawyer, Trevor McGuigan, appeared Thursday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court to schedule a bail hearing for his client.Crown prosecutor Peter Craig pointed out that Riley has applied twice for bail and was denied both times. McGuigan responded the ruling by the top court means the process for Riley is starting over and past bail decisions are irrelevant.The bail hearing was set tentatively for the third week of December.Riley's jury trial joins a long list of cases that are waiting to be scheduled. There has not been a jury trial in the Halifax area since the pandemic forced a shutdown of operations in the spring.While limited court proceedings have resumed, a space large enough to accommodate a jury with the space requirements of COVID-19 is still under construction and won't be available for trials until March.MORE TOP STORIES