RuPaul's Drag Race Queens Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, and Vinegar Strokes give their advice to a viewer who has moved in with their partner's parents. Can their romance stay lit, or could their sex life fizzle out?
RuPaul's Drag Race Queens Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, and Vinegar Strokes give their advice to a viewer who has moved in with their partner's parents. Can their romance stay lit, or could their sex life fizzle out?
WASHINGTON — The patter of paws is being heard in the White House again following the arrival of President Joe Biden's dogs Champ and Major. The two German shepherds are the first pets to live at the executive mansion since the Obama administration. Major burst onto the national scene late last year after Biden, then president-elect, broke his right foot while playing with the dog at their home in Wilmington, Delaware. The Bidens adopted Major in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association. Champ joined the family after the 2008 presidential election that made Joe Biden vice-president. The dogs moved into the White House on Sunday, following Biden's inauguration last week. “The first family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware,” said Michael LaRosa, spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden. “Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace and Major loved running around on the South Lawn.” The dogs were heard barking outside near the Oval Office on Monday as Biden signed an executive order lifting the previous administration's ban on transgender people serving in the military. Last week, the Delaware Humane Association cosponsored an “indoguration” virtual fundraiser to celebrate Major's journey from shelter pup to first dog. More than $200,000 was raised. Major is the first shelter dog to ever live in the White House and “barking proof that every dog can live the American dream," the association said. The Bidens had promised to bring the dogs with them to the White House. They plan to add a cat, though no update on the feline's arrival was shared on Monday. White House press secretary Jen Psaki predicted, while on video answering questions from members of the public, that the cat will “dominate the internet” when it arrives. Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, a self-described germaphobe, does not own any pets and had none with him at the White House. Just like they do for ordinary people, pets owned by the most powerful people in the world provide their owners with comfort, entertainment, occasional drama and generally good PR. “Pets have played an important role in the White House throughout the decades, not only by providing companionship to the presidents and their families, but also by humanizing and softening their political images,” said Jennifer Pickens, author of a book about pets at the White House. Pets also serve as ambassadors to the White House, she said. Pickens added that she hoped the Bidens' decision to bring a rescue dog to the White House might inspire others to adopt. President Theodore Roosevelt had Skip, who is described by the White House Historical Association as a “short-legged Black and Tan mongrel terrier brought home from a Colorado bear hunt.” Warren G. Harding had Laddie Boy, who sat in on meetings and had his own Cabinet chair. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had his beloved terrier Fala. At night, Fala slept in a special chair at the foot of the president’s bed. More recently, George H.W. Bush’s English springer spaniel Millie was featured on “The Simpsons” and starred in a bestseller, “Millie’s Book: As dictated to Barbara Bush.” Hillary Clinton followed Bush’s lead with a children’s book about family dog Buddy and cat Socks: “Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets.” When he declared victory in the 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama told his daughters: “You have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.” Several months later, Bo joined the family, a gift from Sen. Ted Kennedy. A few years later, fellow Portuguese water dog Sunny arrived. Among the stranger White House pets was Calvin Coolidge and first lady Grace Coolidge’s raccoon Rebecca. She was given to the Coolidge family by a supporter who suggested the raccoon be served for Thanksgiving dinner, according to the White House Historical Association. But instead she got an embroidered collar with the title “White House Raccoon” and entertained children at the White House Easter Egg Roll. Some notable pets belonged to first kids, including Amy Carter’s Siamese cat, Misty Malarky Ying Yang, and Caroline Kennedy’s pony Macaroni. The Kennedy family had a veritable menagerie, complete with dogs, cats, birds, hamsters and a rabbit named Zsa Zsa. President Harry Truman famously said that “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog” — and many successors have followed Truman's advice. The first President Bush once said, “There is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog to help you get through the rough spots.” ___ Associated Press writer Kevin Freking contributed to this report. Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Sarah Sanders, Donald Trump's former chief spokeswoman, announced she's running for Arkansas governor at a time other Republicans are distancing themselves from the former president facing an impeachment charge that he incited the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol. But the former White House press secretary, who left the job in 2019 to return to her home state, ran the other direction with an announcement Monday that embraced Trump as much as his rhetoric. “With the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defence,” Sanders said in a nearly eight-minute video announcing her 2022 bid that prominently featured pictures of the president as well as some of his favourite targets. Trump, who publicly encouraged Sanders to run, wasted no time putting his seal of approval on her bid. The former president on Monday night backed Sanders' candidacy — his first official, public endorsement since leaving office — and called her a “warrior who will always fight for the people of Arkansas and do what is right, not what is politically correct." The daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders is the most high-profile Trump official to seek major office and is doing so less than a week after the tumultuous end of his presidency. Her candidacy could showcase just how much of a hold Trump still has on the GOP. “Trump is simply not a liability here,” said Janine Parry, a political scientist at the University of Arkansas. “At least for the time being, we’re in a state where he remains an asset.” That’s even as the Senate is preparing for an impeachment trial over the Jan. 6 insurrection by Trump supporters that was aimed at halting the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell rebuked the president last week, saying he “provoked” the siege. Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters days before Biden’s inauguration he wanted Trump’s administration to end, though he also opposed the president’s impeachment. Sanders’ announcement makes a brief reference to the Capitol siege that left five dead, equating it with violence that occurred at some protests last year over racial injustice and the 2017 shooting at a congressional baseball practice that injured U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and four others. “This is not who we are as Americans,” Sanders said in the video, but not mentioning Trump’s role in encouraging his supporters who stormed the Capitol. She joins a Republican primary that already includes two statewide elected leaders, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. The three are running to succeed Hutchinson, who is unable to run next year due to term limits. No Democrats have announced a bid to run for the seat. Griffin and Rutledge had already spent months positioning themselves ahead of Sanders’ entry by lining up endorsements, raising money and trying to stake their claims as the most conservative candidate. Griffin has called for the outright elimination of the state’s income tax, while Rutledge signed on to Texas’ ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit challenging the result of the presidential election. Following the riot, Griffin and Rutledge issued statements condemning the storming of the Capitol but not addressing Trump’s role in stirring up his backers. Combined, the two have raised more than $2.8 million for the race. Griffin on Monday criticized Sanders for promising in her video to cut off funding to so-called sanctuary cities that violate immigration laws. He noted a 2019 measure Hutchinson signed into law already does just that by cutting off funding to cities that don’t co-operate with immigration authorities. “It sounds like she needs to catch up on what’s been going on in Arkansas,” Griffin said in a statement. Rutledge, meanwhile, said in a statement the race was about “who has a proven record and not merely rhetoric.” The race could also get even more crowded. Republican State Sen. Jim Hendren, a nephew of Hutchinson’s, is considering a run for the seat and said he hoped to make a decision within the next three weeks. “Right now we have three announced candidates but they all do represent the far right part of the Republican Party,” said Hendren, who has been much more willing to criticize Trump and hasn’t ruled out an independent bid. “The question I have to decide is, is there room for a more pragmatic, centrist type of approach?” Sanders was already well known in Arkansas politics, going back to when she appeared in ads for her father’s campaign. She managed Sen. John Boozman’s 2010 election and worked as an adviser to Sen. Tom Cotton’s in 2014. During Sanders’ nearly two-year tenure at the White House, daily televised briefings led by the press secretary ended after Sanders repeatedly sparred with reporters who aggressively questioned her. She faced questions about her credibility, but she also earned reporters’ respect working behind the scenes to develop relationships with the media. She remains an unknown on many issues and wasn’t made available for interviews Monday, though she staked out some positions in her introductory video that include reducing the state’s income tax. Her introductory video indicates she’s leaning more on her time with Trump, with it featuring images of or calling out those who frequently drew his ire including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and CNN. Republicans hold a firm grip on Arkansas, with the GOP holding all statewide and federal seats. They also hold a majority in both chambers of the Legislature. Trump in November won the state by nearly 28 percentage points, one of the biggest margins in his ultimate loss to Biden. State Democratic Party Chairman Michael John Gray on Monday called the GOP primary a “race to the bottom.” But national party leaders indicated Sanders’ candidacy may draw more resources and attention to a long-shot race that will coincide with 2022 congressional midterm elections. “As we close the book on a dark chapter in our history, we must make sure Trump’s brand of politics stays in the past," Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison tweeted. “Now, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is running on his record." Hutchinson, who has remained generally popular since taking office in 2015, said he didn't plan on endorsing anyone at this time in the race. “I am a voter, so I will follow the campaign with interest, but I have a job to do for the next two years, and I will devote my energies to bring Arkansas out of the pandemic and to revitalize our economy," he said in a statement. ___ Follow Andrew DeMillo on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ademillo Andrew Demillo, The Associated Press
Canada's natural resources minister accused the Opposition of beating their chests in a show of support for the oil and gas industry, during an emergency debate in the House of Commons regarding the Keystone XL pipeline expansion project Monday evening. "Do we, as some are suggesting, start a trade war with our closest ally and largest trading partner, with the single largest customer for Canadian crude? ... I have not yet heard a single argument that would convince me a trade war is in the best interests of our oil and gas workers," Seamus O'Regan said. O'Regan said the new U.S. administration represents an opportunity to work together with a government aligned with Canada's priorities on clean energy, pointing to TC Energy — the Calgary-based company behind the Keystone project — committing to buying renewable energy to achieve net zero emissions. Last week, on his first day in office, U.S. President Joe Biden scrapped the pipeline's permit as one of multiple actions intended to fight climate change, effectively killing the $8-billion US project. If completed, the 1,897-kilometre pipeline expansion project, first announced in 2005, would have carried 830,000 barrels of oilsands crude from Hardisty, Alta., to Nebraska, where it would then connect with the original Keystone pipeline that runs to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. Opposition Leader Erin O'Toole called for the debate earlier on Monday, accusing the government of not doing enough to advocate for the expansion. During the evening's debate, which stretched until just past midnight in Ottawa, O'Toole described empty office towers and job losses in Calgary. "Canada has been dealt a serious blow … these are Canadians, thousands of them, being totally forgotten and left behind by this government," he said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has repeatedly said it supports the project, and Trudeau expressed his disappointment with Biden during a call between the two nations' leaders on Friday. "We will stand up and have our workers' backs.… Let's talk TMX. We approved it, we bought it, we're building it," O'Regan said, referring to the federal purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is under construction. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has called for sanctions against the U.S. in response to the permit's cancellation. Kenney's government invested $1.5 billion Cdn in equity in the project alongside billions in loan guarantees.The provincial opposition NDP is calling on the Alberta government to release documents containing details of that deal, calling it a risky one. The project had been rejected under former president Barack Obama's government. It was later approved under former president Donald Trump, but Biden had repeatedly stated he intended to rescind that permit once elected. Canada's ambassador to the U.S. has said it's time to respect that decision, however disappointing it may be to proponents, and move forward. WATCH | Keystone XL pipeline project 'appears to be dead,' says Rachel Notley Edmonton-Strathcona NDP MP Heather McPherson said Biden's decision should have come as no surprise given Biden's opposition and legal challenges of the project. "Remember when Jason Kenney gambled on Donald Trump. He didn't gamble his money — he gambled ours … that was his plan to get jobs for workers in my province," she said. "Now, he wants to start a trade war with the U.S., the customer for 95 per cent of our energy exports." Lakeland Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs said while the decision did not come as a shock, it underlines that Canada is in a vulnerable position when it comes to its energy industry as the U.S. has increased domestic production. "With the stroke of a pen thousands of people are out of work in the middle of a global crisis ... Canadians whose livelihoods depend on the oil and gas sector are rightfully anxious about their future," she said. O'Regan referred to climate change as an "existential crisis." "The market has an important role here. It is the leading role in determining how investment decisions should be made, but it is our government's duty to set the parameters on that and to incent what we believe to be extraordinarily important goals, namely net-zero emissions by 2050. That is the goal we have set for ourselves, and many of our friends, colleagues and competitors around the world have also set that goal for themselves. This is an existential crisis, there is no question." It's also an economic crisis for the many people across the country who worry they may be left behind, he said. "We cannot allow that to happen." Former Green Party Leader and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May said it would be extremely unfair to say those who think the Keystone expansion cancellation was a good decision don't care about workers losing their jobs. "I would no more say that people who are supporting the oilsands are deliberately and consciously threatening my grandchildrens' future than I would say it's right to be celebrating when people suffer an immediate downturn in their economic prospects."
Le maire de Val-Morin, M. Benoît Perreault, a remis sa démission lors de la séance du conseil municipal de l’endroit, le mardi 8 décembre dernier. En poste depuis novembre 2017, le maire quitte ses fonctions en raison de la vente de sa propriété. Son départ survient quelques mois après celui de l’ex-directeur général, M. Pierre Delage. « Tout comme M. Jean-Guy Leroux, conseiller au district 1, je déménage et je démissionne. C’est un concours de circonstances. Et, conformément au Code municipal du Québec, qui stipule qu’un élu doit élire résidence sa principale dans la municipalité qu’il dessert, nous nous retirons. La loi est claire », a spécifié M. Perreault en entrevue. Visiblement ému, monsieur Perreault a tenu à transmettre des remerciements chaleureux à de nombreux collaborateurs. « J’aimerais remercier tous les membres du conseil, pour leur contribution à la relance de notre communauté. Sans eux, notre vision de Val-Morin aurait été impossible. » L’ex-premier citoyen en a profité pour lancer un défi à la relève. « Il y a 20 ans, nous stagnions, car le conseil municipal était plus âgé et des retraités menaient la barque. On a brisé ce moule et c’est tant mieux : un village qui ne croît pas, se meurt. Je lance un défi aux jeunes. Mettez vos culottes et présentez-vous aux élections. C’est votre futur », a-t-il clamé. En verves, M. Perreault a presque dévoilé à l’avance le budget 2021. « Ces trois années ont été toute une aventure humaine. On a remis Val-Morin sur l’air d’allée et on a généré de la richesse … suffisamment pour annoncer une très belle surprise pour les futures taxes. » M. Perreault a travaillé à la préparation du budget, qui sera dévoilé lors de l’assemblée spéciale du 15 décembre. Au moment d’aller sous presse, le vote à l’interne, pour trouver un successeur au maire, n’avait pas encore eu lieu. Dès l’annonce de la démission, une élection par cooptation aura permis d’élire son successeur, parmi les membres actuels du conseil municipal : Donna Salvati, Annick Léveillé, Michel Bazinet, Lisa Zenga, ainsi que Daniel Desmarais. Pour la directrice générale, Mme Caroline Nielly, l’opération se sera déroulée dans l’harmonie. « Nous possédons une administration, des employés et un conseil uni. Même si cela représente beaucoup de changements, nous nous adaptons vite. Nous ne sommes pas en gestion de crise et ça se fait dans l’harmonie », a noté celle qui est en poste depuis le 8 septembre dernier. Les trois années de mandat de Benoit Perreault auront donné lieu à une période d’effervescence à Val-Morin. Par voie de communiqué, la municipalité a expliqué que « M. Perreault a consacré son énergie à la mise en place d’une coopérative d’habitation pour personnes aînées, Le Saint-Auguste. Il a aussi favorisé l’adoption d’une politique pour les familles, les aînés et de saines habitudes de vie. Il a également mis en place des mesures favorisant l’accueil de nouveaux entrepreneurs, dont la nouvelle Brasserie de Val-Morin, le restaurant Le Mapache, ainsi que le restaurant En Faim Chez Nous. On lui doit notamment la création de plusieurs projets structurants, tels que l’élaboration d’une programmation culturelle, ainsi que la revitalisation du noyau villageois, comportant notamment la construction du quai de la Coopérative, la création de la place des férias et le projet des bancs d’amitié. »Ève Ménard, Initiative de journalisme local, Journal Accès
Canada’s Natural Resource Minister Seamus O'Regan rebuffed calls to issue sanctions on the United States over President Joe Biden‘s move to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline expansion. He said the government has a “responsibility to Albertans to safeguard our relationship with the single largest customer for Canadian crude.”
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Two major casino companies announced deals Monday with daily fantasy sports providers as they seek to expand their reach and integrate different forms of fan engagement with professional sports into their gambling operations. In the first deal, announced Monday morning, Bally's continued its acquisition juggernaut by acquiring the daily fantasy sports company Monkey Knife Fight in an all-stock transaction that further widens the fast-growing company's drive to add casino, online sports betting and media companies. Later in the day, Caesars Entertainment announced a strategic investment in SuperDraft, a daily fantasy sports company launched in September 2019, with the option to acquire the whole company over time. Daily fantasy sports involves players assembling virtual rosters of professional athletes, and then competing against others based on the performance of those athletes in real life. It is played just for fun, as well as for cash. There has been growing synergy between daily fantasy sports and sports betting; two of the original dominant fantasy providers, DraftKings and FanDuel, have become leading sports betting bookmakers in the U.S. Providence, Rhode Island-based Bally's becomes the third U.S. sports betting company to have a daily fantasy sports component, along with DraftKings and FanDuel. Bally's has been on a tear in recent months, adding gambling and media properties as it aims to become a major national player. “With this acquisition, we are pleased to enter into the high-growth (daily fantasy sports) market," said George Papanier, the company's president and CEO. "Monkey Knife Fight is a unique asset that we look forward to incorporating into Bally’s constantly growing omnichannel portfolio of land-based casinos and iGaming platforms.” Bally's recent moves include the purchase of Bally's casino in Atlantic City, a media partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group and its pending acquisition of Bet.Works. The company plans to integrate Monkey Knife Fight's geographic presence in 37 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, with Sinclair’s portfolio of 21 regional sports networks. Monkey Knife fight has about 180,000 registered users, 80,000 of whom have made monetary deposits in order to play. Papanier said Monkey Knife Fight will support Bally’s plans to develop a potential customer database in states that have not yet adopted sports betting but which are considered lucrative potential markets, including California, Florida and Texas, as well as in Canada. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021. Caesars did not divulge the amount of its investment in SuperDraft, which operates in more than 35 states. "We’re super excited to be part of Caesars’ powerful gaming ecosystem,” said Steve Wang, CEO and founder of SuperDraft. “Daily fantasy players deserve a breath of fresh air, and we’re here to transform the industry. SuperDraft is now well-positioned to accelerate its growth with financial staying power while broadening its consumer appeal with bigger contests and better rewards to players of all interest levels.” ___ Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC. Wayne Parry, The Associated Press
The Downtown Chatham Centre is officially up for sale after entering into receivership several months ago and the former manager is hoping it falls into the hands of locals. On Oct. 30, the 100 King St. W. property fell into the possession and control of BDO Canada Ltd. in accordance with the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. It was most recently listed for sale by JLL’s National Retail Investment Group. “I hope that (the buyer) is someone local that understands the market. Chatham-Kent is a different market,” said Lynn O’Brien who ran the mall as the manager for nine years under the ownership of the Warreners. A few months ago, O’Brien stepped back into her role, on an interim basis, to help spruce things up when Touchstone Group Ltd. of Toronto, took over from Goldberg Groups of Hamilton. O’Brien said the Downtown Chatham Centre saw success under local leadership until Sears left the mall, which marked the beginning of the DCC’s decline. While the former manager was working for the DCC last year, she heard a strong desire from residents to bring in more national retailers so they would not have to drive out of town to Windsor and London. But that is not all that is needed to revitalize the failing building. “We have new residents coming here. It should be a place to work, a place to enjoy a nice dinner out, and some entertainment,” she said. Most recently, a group of local investors headed by Robb Nelson and Dan Warrener came together to purchase the DCC and bring to light that vision of a downtown core made up of business professionals and retailers. The condition was that they would enter into a partnership with the municipality who would own the Sears building to be used as the new city hall. That deal never came through as the municipality opted to stick with its current location further west on King Street. O’Brien said that although she respects the decision of the council, she had hoped things would have gone the other way. She remains optimistic that this is not the last the community will see of the mall. “It's a good building, it’s strong and it’s at a beautiful corner. King Street is just gorgeous. It's part of a community, it's a hub for downtown and my hope is that it remains that,” she said. “It is a tough market to sell but it is sellable. So I do believe that it has to be someone who does understand the market and listens to what the people want. I'm positive things will turn out fine.” The company did not disclose how much the DCC is on the market for. Documents from BDO value its total assets at $19.1 million. Potential buyers have until March 15 to place a bid. The mall is currently at 30.4 per cent occupancy and according to the listing is 8.8 acres with 700 parking spots available. Jenna Cocullo, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chatham Voice
WASHINGTON — These suspects weren't exactly in hiding. “THIS IS ME,” one man posted on Instagram with a hand emoji pointing to himself in a picture of the violent mob descending on the U.S. Capitol. “Sooo we’ve stormed Capitol Hill lol,” one woman texted someone while inside the building. “I just wanted to incriminate myself a little lol,” another wrote on Facebook about a selfie he took inside during the Jan. 6 riot. In dozens of cases, supporters of President Donald Trump downright flaunted their activity on social media on the day of the deadly insurrection. Some, apparently realizing they were in trouble with the law, deleted their accounts only to discover their friends and family members had already taken screenshots of their selfies, videos and comments and sent them to the FBI. Their total lack of concern over getting caught and their friends' willingness to turn them in has helped authorities charge about 150 people as of Monday with federal crimes. But even with the help from the rioters themselves, investigators must still work rigorously to link the images to the vandalism and suspects to the acts on Jan. 6 in order to prove their case in court. And because so few were arrested at the scene, the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service have been forced to send agents to track suspects down. “Just because you’ve left the D.C. region, you can still expect a knock on the door if we find out that you were part of criminal activity inside the Capitol,” Steven D’Antuono, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington office, said earlier this month. “Bottom line — the FBI is not sparing any resources in this investigation.” In the last few weeks, the FBI has received over 200,000 photos and video tips related to the riot. Investigators have put up billboards in several states with photos of wanted rioters. Working on tips from co-workers, acquaintances and friends, agents have tracked down driver’s license photos to match their faces with those captured on camera in the building. In some cases, authorities got records from Facebook or Twitter to connect their social media accounts to their email addresses or phone numbers. In others, agents used records from license plate readers to confirm their travels. More than 800 are believed to have made their way into the Capitol, although it's likely not everyone will be tracked down and charged with a crime. Federal prosecutors are focusing on the most critical cases and the most egregious examples of wrongdoing. And they must weigh manpower, cost and evidence when charging rioters. A special group of prosecutors is examining whether to bring sedition charges against the rioters, which carry up to 20 years in prison. One trio was charged with conspiracy; most have been charged with crimes like unlawful entry and disorderly conduct. Many rioters posted selfies inside the Capitol to their social media accounts, gave interviews to news outlets describing their experience and readily admitted when questioned by federal investigators that they were there. One man created a Facebook album titled “Who’s House? OUR HOUSE” filled with photos of himself and others on Capitol grounds, officials said. “They might have thought, like so many people that work with Trump, that if the president tells me to do it, it’s not breaking the law,” said Michael Gerhardt, an expert on impeachment and professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Others made blunders, like a Houston police officer, who denied he went into the Capitol, then agreed to let agents look at the pictures on his phone. Inside his deleted photos folder were pictures and videos, including selfies he took inside the building, authorities said. Another man was wearing a court-ordered GPS monitor after a burglary conviction that tracked his every movement inside the building. A retired firefighter from Long Island, New York, texted a video of himself in the Capitol rotunda to his girlfriend’s brother, saying he was “at the tip of the spear,” officials said. The brother happened to be a federal agent with the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, who turned the video over to the FBI. A lawyer for the man, Thomas Fee, said he “was not part of any attempt to take over the U.S. Capitol” and that “the allegation is that he merely walked through an open door into the Capitol — nothing more." Another man who was inside the Capitol was willing to rat out another rioter who stole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern and emailed the video to an FBI agent, even signing his own name to it. “Hello Nice FBI Lady,” he wrote, “Here are the links to the videos. Looks like Podium Guy is in one of them, less the podium. Let me know if you need anything else.” In another case, a man was on a flight leaving D.C. two days after the riot when he kept shouting “Trump 2020!” and was kicked off. An airport police officer saw the man get off the plane and the man was booked on another flight. Forty-five minutes later, the officer was watching a video on Instagram and recognized the man in a group of rioters. The man, who was wearing the same shirt as the day he stormed the Capitol, was arrested at the airport, authorities said. Even defence attorneys have acknowledged that the evidence poses a problem for them. “I’m not a magician,” said an attorney for the man seen in a photo carrying Pelosi's lectern. “We’ve got a photograph of our client in what appears to be inside a federal building or inside the Capitol with government property,” he told reporters. Police at the Capitol planned only for a free-speech demonstration and were overwhelmed by the mob that broke through and roamed the halls of the Capitol for hours as lawmakers were sent into hiding. Five people died in the melee, including a Capitol police officer who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher. Trump was impeached after the riot on a charge of “inciting violence against the government of the United States.” Opening arguments will begin the week of Feb. 8. He is the first president to be twice impeached and the first to face a trial after leaving office. Unlike criminal cases, impeachment trials do not have specific evidence rules so anything said and done that day can be used. And several of the people charged have said in interviews with reporters or federal agents that they were simply listening to the president when they marched to the Capitol. ___ Richer reported from Boston. Michael Balsamo, Alanna Durkin Richer And Colleen Long, The Associated Press
VANCOUVER — A third-party report examining how the British Columbia government responded to COVID-19 in long-term care homes during the first wave of the pandemic reveals confusion over policies and infection prevention. The report, by Ernst & Young, says specific policy orders from the provincial health officer were interpreted differently by health authorities and there were gaps in infection prevention and control as well as emergency preparedness. It also highlighted a lack of consistent provincial policy on how health authorities and facility operators handled residents who tested positive for COVID-19. Ernst & Young did praise the government for its decision to create a health emergency command centre as well as restricting staff from working at multiple long-term care facilities, which it says contributed to stopping the spread of COVID-19 infections in care homes. But it added that those restrictions also highlighted staffing shortages and other underlying issues. Health Minister Adrian Dix said last week that his government has implemented all the recommendations in the report and its assessment of the province's actions was "overwhelmingly favourable." The report was completed last fall and stakeholders and the Opposition Liberals have questioned why it was not released sooner. More than 650 of B.C.'s over 1,100 deaths from COVID-19 have been in long-term care facilities. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 25, 2021. The Canadian Press
L’annonce d’une possible suspension des services d’Orléans Express en région ne passe pas en Gaspésie. Élus et citoyens s’indignent de voir la péninsule encore une fois prise en otage par un enjeu de transport qui la dépasse. «C’est une autre tuile en transport pour nous. Ça commence à être très pénible», lâche sobrement le préfet de la Haute-Gaspésie, Allen Cormier. Comme pour plusieurs, la lettre de Keolis laissant entrevoir la suspension de ses services en Gaspésie a été reçue comme une bombe par l’élu. «On met la population en otage ! Pire encore, c’est notre population âgée et vulnérable qui va être la plus touchée», s’indigne M. Cormier. Seul transporteur reliant la péninsule gaspésienne aux grands centres, la perte du service d’autobus d’Orléans Express serait particulièrement difficile pour les personnes comme André Ouellet qui doivent sortir de la région pour des rendez-vous médicaux. «Je prends l’autobus depuis qu’il n’y a plus de train. En perdant Orléans Express, on revient 70 ans en arrière. Ça n’a pas de bon sens de vivre ça en 2021 !» s’exaspère M. Ouellet. «J’ai un handicap visuel, alors je ne peux pas conduire. Avant, on avait quatre départs par jour, et puis deux, et ensuite on a enlevé des trajets, et maintenant on menace de tout arrêter. Si Orléans lève les pattes, je vais être obligé d’aller à mes rendez-vous médicaux par covoiturage, et ce n’est vraiment pas fiable. Dans mon cas et pour plusieurs autres personnes âgées ou vulnérables, c’est plus qu’essentiel d’avoir un moyen de transport sur lequel on peut compter !», note-t-il. «Je comprends qu’il y a moins de voyageurs avec la pandémie, mais s’ils ne peuvent pas remplir de gros autobus, pourquoi ne nous amènent-ils pas des petits autobus?», questionne M. Ouellet. Un gout amer La possible suspension de la desserte d’Orléans Express a un gout particulièrement amer pour les Gaspésiens. Plusieurs attribuent à l’entreprise, et surtout à la multinationale Keolis, la fermeture de Taxi Fortin en 2018, un service taxi interurbain qui faisait la navette entre la Gaspésie, Québec et Montréal. En service depuis 1949, l’entreprise qui était basée à Cloridorme offrait un service «porte-à-porte» unique au Québec. Exploitant un permis spécial qui lui permettait de récupérer des clients en Gaspésie et les déposer à Québec et Montréal uniquement, l’entreprise locale a cessé ses activités en 2018 alors que Keolis avait entrepris des démarches pour faire révoquer le droit acquis par Taxi Fortin, alléguant que les conditions n’étaient pas respectées puisque des clients étaient parfois déposés hors des zones permises. «Beaucoup de personnes âgées utilisaient [taxi] Fortin. C’était un super service très personnalisé où tout le monde était à l’aise. Ils pouvaient prendre des passagers à la maison et les déposer à destination, mais ils étiraient un peu leur permis et se sont fait prendre. Ils n’avaient pas l’argent pour se battre avec Keolis», explique André Ouellet, qui a souvent utilisé le service. L’aide de Québec réclamée Dans la lettre adressée aux élus, le président-directeur général de Keolis Canada, dont Orléans Express est une filiale, réclame une aide financière de Québec afin de maintenir ses services en région. «Sans une aide financière viable de la part du gouvernement du Québec, Keolis Canada ne pourra continuer à desservir toute sa clientèle et nous devrons procéder à des coupures de services dès le mois de février, notamment la région de la Gaspésie», écrit Pierre-Paul Pharand. Pour le préfet de la Haute-Gaspésie, cette manœuvre frôle le chantage. «On joue le jeu de la COVID pour faire en sorte d’aller chercher un peu d’argent, et en même temps on menace un service essentiel», déplore M. Cormier. Il est d’avis qu’il est plus qu’urgent que le gouvernement et le transport en arrivent à une entente. «Présentement, il y a déjà des programmes d’aides pour les transporteurs. Il faut simplement s’assoir à la table et voir comment on peut s’arranger, parce que ces pressions-là, ça ne passe pas», conclut le préfet. Contacté par Le Soleil, le cabinet du ministre des Transports note que «suite au premier confinement, un programme d’aide de 8,2M$ afin d’assurer le maintien des services a été mis en place» et que «[le gouvernement] est conscient que la diminution de l’achalandage ne permet pas aux transporteurs d’assurer l’équilibre financier qui permet de maintenir leurs services». Une rencontre entre Keolis Canada et le ministre des Transports, François Bonnardel «devrait avoir lieu prochainement». Simon Carmichael, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Soleil
A man is in critical condition following a two-vehicle collision in Mississauga, Peel Regional Police say. Police earlier said the man had died but later issued a correction indicating he had lost vital signs and was revived. Emergency crews were called to the area of Dixie Road and Winding Trail at 2:47 p.m, where the man had been found with life-threatening injuries. He was rushed to a trauma centre and by 4:23, police said he had died. Shortly afterwards, they said the man had in fact lost vital signs and that medical staff were able to revive him. Dixie Road has been shut down in both directions from Burnhamthorphe East to Winding Trail, with drivers asked to use alternate routes. Peel police's major collision bureau has taken over the investigation. Anyone with dashcam or surveillance footage is being asked to contact police.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford continues to call on the federal government to increase restrictions for anyone looking to travel into Canada.
She’s had Dex since he could fit in her hand. As a puppy, Dex had an overbite that made nursing impossible. So Cindi Ilchuk adopted and hand fed the dog until he was able to eat. Now he’s 10 years old, 65 pounds, and the two are inseparable. “Dex is a support dog. He’s not an officially trained support dog, but he fell into the job and he’s filled the role wonderfully,” said Ilchuk’s stepfather Wayne Pierce. “That dog is everything to Cindi. I don’t know what she’d do without him. He’s the one constant in her life.” On Jan. 17, Dex broke his paw in the panic that ensued when a fire engulfed the hallway at Ilchuk’s apartment — the Town Park Apartment C block fire that has displaced everyone who lived in the 15 units. RELATED: ‘Suspicious’ Port Hardy apartment fire could keep tenants out of their homes for months RELATED: Fundraiser started for tenants left hanging after apartment fire In the panic of the fire, Ilchuck slid down the drain pipe to escape the fire and smoke in the hallway. A friend tried to pass Dex down to her. She half-caught, half-broke the dog’s fall, but he landed on one paw breaking it badly. “Everyone heard him yelp when that happened,” Pierce said. If the break had been a few inches higher, a simple cast could have been used. But the paw was broken at a joint, and requires surgery. Dex has been at the North Island Veterinarian Hospital since the fire and is getting anxious for Ilchuk, staff told Pierce. Pierce will take Dex to Campbell River Veterinarian Hospital for surgery on Jan. 25, but isn’t sure how their family will cover the $4,000 bill, plus over $1,000 due to the North Island Veterinarian Hospital. Ilchuk is on disability income for a variety of health challenges, and now faces the imminent challenge of finding new housing. She has been living in Town Park Apartment C-block in Port Hardy for just over a year — the longest home Pierce can remember in the last 20 years. Ilchuk’s mother Ann Ilchuk has started a GoFundMe account to raise funds towards the surgery costs: https://gofund.me/70f1ef35. Staff at both veterinarian hospitals will also accept payments to Dex’s account. RCMP consider the fire suspicious and are investigating. Do you have something to add to this story or something else we should report on? Email: email@example.com Zoë Ducklow, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, North Island Gazette
COVID-19 has had devastating effects on the financial well-being of many recent immigrants, temporary foreign workers (TFWs) and international students in Canada, according to a new study. Migrants—regardless of their immigration status—are overrepresented in essential roles and industries that have been hardest hit and as a result, they have been disproportionately affected by job loss and by the virus itself, said the study by World Education Services. World Education Services Inc. is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to helping international students, immigrants, and refugees achieve their educational and workplace goals in the United States and Canada. The survey of 4,932 people involved applicants who received credential assessments between January 2018 and July 2020 for the purpose of immigrating to Canada, to better understand the impact of the pandemic on the three groups. The results are consistent with trends identified in other recent research and provide additional insight into the economic impacts on permanent residents, temporary and foreign workers. “To mitigate these risks, temporary workers need more direct and expedited pathways to permanent residency, particularly those working in high demand sectors and those doing essential work,” said the authors of the study. They are also calling for policy interventions aimed at addressing systemic issues that contribute towards mitigating disproportionate negative impacts on immigrants, temporary workers, and international students. Here are the reports key findings; The study comes in the wake of a new government policy to allow foreign nationals in Canada with an expired or expiring Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) to apply for renewed open work permits valid for 18 months. This policy change is to allow former international students to remain in Canada, continue to seek employment and build their future in this country. International students contribute over $21 billion annually to Canada’s economy and support the vitality of the country’s communities, the government highlighted. “Their status may be temporary, but the contributions of international students are lasting. This new policy means that young students from abroad who have studied here can stay and find work while ensuring that Canada meets the urgent needs of our economy for today and tomorrow." “Our message to international students and graduates is simple: we don’t just want you to study here, we want you to stay here,” he said. Fabian Dawson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Canadian Media
FREDERICTON — Bertha Higgs, the mother of New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs, passed away Monday at the age of 100. The news was made public on Twitter by Higgs's chief of staff, Louis Leger. Mrs. Higgs celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 31, 2020, at her home in Forest City, N.B., close to the border with Maine. The premier has said his mother was a school teacher and that up until Grade 6, his teachers were either his mother or his aunt. Higgs has said his mother was very inquisitive and would always ask him about what was happening in the province. Details on funeral arrangements will be forthcoming. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 25, 2021. The Canadian Press
DENVER — The families of four Black girls mistakenly detained by suburban Denver police at gunpoint last year after they were suspected of being in a stolen car sued police and the city of Aurora on Monday — claiming the officers' actions permanently traumatized them and are part of a pattern of racial biased treatment against Black people. The August 2020 incident attracted national attention after a video taken by a bystander of the four girls, ranging in age from from 6 to 17, being held on the ground spread on social media. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages, disciplinary action against officers, written apologies and changes in police policy and training. On the video, the girls are heard crying and screaming as officers stand with their backs to the camera in a parking lot in the Denver suburb of Aurora, where police are being investigated over the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man confronted by officers as he walked down the street in 2019. That case is one of several in Aurora that the lawsuit cites to back up its claim of discriminatory policing. The 17-year-old and the 12-year-old lie on their stomachs on the pavement with their hands cuffed behind their backs, the video shows. The 14-year-old girl lies next to the 6-year-old. According to the lawsuit, one of the officers tried to handcuff the 6-year-old, who was wearing a tiara for what was supposed to be a girls' day out with her relatives — but the officer could not because the handcuffs were too big for the girl. The 6-year-old's mother, Brittney Gilliam, the driver of the car, is also a plaintiff in the case. The lawsuit was filed in state court which, under a Colorado police reform bill passed amid protests over racial injustice last year, would allow the five officers named as defendants to be held financially liable for any monetary judgements awarded in the case. Aurora’s police chief, Vanessa Wilson, was also listed as a defendant but it’s not clear whether the new law would also make her financially liable. Police referred questions about the lawsuit to representatives for city government, but city spokesperson Ryan Luby said officials had not received the lawsuit and it that would be inappropriate to comment on pending litigation. Wilson has apologized directly to Gilliam and offered to pay for therapy for the girls, Luby said. Wilson previously apologized for the officers' actions, saying she was angered by them. While Wilson said at the time that the officers acted in keeping with department policy for suspected stolen car cases, she also said the officers should have used common sense to respond to what they saw. The Aurora police department has since changed its training to give officers more discretion in responding to suspected stolen car cases, Luby said. “The city of Aurora is committed to ongoing reviews of the practices and procedures of the Aurora Police Department,” he said. A prosecutor announced earlier this month that he did not think there was evidence that the officers broke the law but called their actions “disturbing." According to the lawsuit, the girls now struggle to sleep and eat, are all in therapy and fear the police after what happened and would be afraid to call the police if they were in danger. The 14-year-old girl cannot get the “terrified screams” of her cousins out of her mind, the lawsuit said. Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press
EDMONTON — Microsoft founder Bill Gates did not create the virus that causes COVID-19 and he is not forcing microchips into your body through vaccinations. Those pieces of misinformation are examples of what a group of Canadian scientists and health professionals is trying to discredit through a new campaign tackling inaccurate theories about the pandemic. About 40 misinformation debunkers are using the hashtag #ScienceUpFirst to provide science-based evidence on social media. "There's been misinformation about all kinds of things that you can do to treat COVID with crazy treatments like cow urine and bleach," said Prof. Timothy Caulfield, Canadian research chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta. Caulfield is spearheading the #ScienceUpFirst movement. "And now we're in the middle of trying to roll out the vaccine and we know that misinformation is having an adverse impact on vaccination. "Things like the vaccine will change your DNA. No, it won't. The idea that the vaccine is associated with infertility. No, it's not," Caulfield said Monday in a phone interview. "There is just an incredible amount of misinformation out there about COVID. I've been studying misinformation for decades. I've never seen anything like this." He said the campaign was already trending on Twitter on Monday, the day of its launch. Caulfield is known for taking actor Gwyneth Paltrow's wellness brand Goop to task in his book "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything?'' as well as for a Netflix series called "A User's Guide to Cheating Death." The initiative is in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Science Centres, COVID-19 Resources Canada, and the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. "There's been research that has shown that the spread of misinformation is having an adverse impact on health and science policy, it's led to increased stigma and discrimination, and it's just added to the chaotic information environment that we all have to deal with," Caufield said. "The evidence tells us that debunking does work if you do it well, so we're trying to do it well. We're trying to listen. We're trying to be empathetic in our approach. We're trying to be creative in our messaging and, hopefully, even if we move the needle a little bit, we can make a difference." A spokesperson for #ScienceUpFirst says the campaign is pushing to involve Canadian athletes and celebrities to get the word out about tackling misinformation. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 25, 2021. ——— This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Fakiha Baig, The Canadian Press
Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab will continue his work unabated after protests escalated to a new level on Saturday when a group of people stood with signs outside his Regina home. "The Ministry of Health has indicated that Dr. Shahab will not let this incident distract him from continuing his important ongoing work and is unavailable for comment today," Jim Billington, spokesperson for the Saskatchewan government, said in a statement Monday. Billington said Premier Scott Moe and Shahab would provide an update on current public health orders and vaccine delivery at a news conference on Tuesday. The current set of public health restrictions are scheduled to expire on Friday. Protests of Saskatchewan's public health orders and government policy have been common through the 10 months of the pandemic, but have largely stayed in public areas. Throughout the spring and summer, there were sporadic protests outside the Saskatchewan legislature and later at the T.C. Douglas Building where Shahab and workers within the Ministry of Health have offices. The protest moved to Shahab's residence on Saturday. "We had police respond immediately," Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said. Officers arrived at around 2:30 p.m. CST, with policing staying for about an hour until protesters left. "They were a group of protesters we're acquainted with. We've had interactions with them and discussions with them many times, most of them being around the legislature," Bray said. "The primary focus is on, is there any immediate risk to the safety of anyone, and if there isn't, then the investigative work is done to determine if any potential charges will come from that," Bray said. The Regina Police Service is currently working with Crown prosecutions to determine if any charges will be laid, according to Bray. Moe released his own statement Saturday, referring to the people who gathered outside Shahab's home as, "a group of idiots." "This harassment of Dr. Shahab and his family at their home is simply unacceptable, sickening and wrong," he said. "To those that did this — you should be ashamed of yourselves and your actions." Moe invited those with concerns about public health measures and decisions by government to contact him or their MLA. Shahab is a public servant and works under the umbrella of the Ministry of Health. He and his team make recommendations to government, but he does not have the authority to compel them to implement measures. On Saturday, the province said Shahab and his family were not harmed during the protest. On Monday, Billington said, "while appropriate steps are being taken to ensure the safety and security of Dr. Shahab, we are unable to provide information regarding security considerations." In November, Ontario Premier Doug Ford referred to people protesting restrictions outside his home as "buffoons." In October, people in Manitoba left cardboard tombstones on the front lawn of Premier Brian Pallister's lawn protesting his response to a wave of COVID cases. The Winnipeg Free Press reported on Saturday that anti-restriction protesters planned to demonstrate outside Pallister's home and police were on scene, but a protest never materialized. Protests move from the legislature to private residence In December, an event outside the legislature billed as a "Freedom Rally" drew criticism from Moe when a video showed one speaker making racist remarks toward Shahab. "Those comments are foolish and they should never be made. Quite frankly, they're nothing short of idiotic," Moe at the time, adding that he was "embarrassed" that people from Saskatchewan made those "disgusting" comments. "We have a chief medical health officer in this province who we should be very thankful to have. He didn't have to come to Saskatchewan. And he is among the very best, providing the very best public health advice that any province could ask for." Two organizers of that rally were fined $2,800 for violating public health orders. On Jan. 12, Regina Leader-Post photographer Brandon Harder captured security escorting Shahab to his vehicle after a media conference at the legislative building. A couple of people held signs near the vehicle, with one reading "Expose Mask Nazis." After that incident, Moe tweeted, "This kind of harassing behaviour is utterly unacceptable. Dr. Shahab deserves nothing short of our thanks and respect for his dedication to the health and safety of Saskatchewan people." Doctors group condemns protest On Monday, the association that represents Saskatchewan physicians condemned the protest outside Shahab's home. "Bringing a protest to Dr. Shahab's private residence is absolutely unacceptable, and the SMA condemns these actions," said Dr. Barb Konstantynowicz, president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, in a release. She said the SMA commended Moe for telling those that disagree with public health policy to contact elected officials and not civil servants. "Since the pandemic, physicians and all health-care providers have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to caring for and putting the safety of Saskatchewan citizens first. Everyone's effort to reduce the spread of this virus is critical," Dr. Konstantynowicz said. "The SMA is extremely grateful for Dr. Shahab's tireless, dedicated efforts in fighting the pandemic on behalf of the people of the province." CBC Saskatchewan wants to hear how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you. Share your story with our online questionnaire.
Marco Polo Land in Cavendish, P.E.I., has been named large campground of the year by a national camping and RV council. The campground was selected from hundreds of nominations across the country, said Shane Devenish, executive director of the Canadian Camping and RV Council. Marco Polo Land is the first recipient of the award, which will be presented annually for the top campground with 250 sites or more. Devenish said Marco Polo Land was chosen because of the amenities it has added over the last year, including a new water park and deluxe cabins that capitalize on the "glamping" trend. "The ability to have deluxe cabins at a campground now is becoming really popular because it allows people to experience the outdoor camping experience without having to have an RV or a tent." KOA Cornwall a finalist Devenish said the entries were whittled down to three finalists, which also included another campground on P.E.I. — KOA in Cornwall. The other finalist was the Camperland Resort in Rosedale, B.C. Hennie Hoekstra, who has owned Marco Polo Land since 2006, said winning the award was special after a "totally different season" due to COVID-19. "It's a really nice honour to receive … not only good for Marco but for the province." Hoekstra said the COVID-19 pandemic was not as bad for Marco Polo Land as it was for other tourism businesses such as restaurants and cottage rentals. She said many of her customers were Islanders and others from within the Atlantic bubble when it was in place. Had to be 'a little bit creative' She said while some parts of the business, such as the inn and the restaurant, were down, others, such as campsite and cabin rentals, were up, which helped to even out the bottom line. She said they had to move some activities, such as bingo, outside due to public health restrictions. "You could still do lots of activities, you just had to be a little bit creative," she said. Hoekstra said she expects 2021 will be similar, at least until more people are vaccinated. More from CBC P.E.I.
The Windsor-Essex County Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) and CUPE Local 543 to provide a $154,000 program to help local restaurants struggling with the pandemic closure. "We all know that because of the pandemic and because of the long term condition, this particular sector has taken a huge hit," said chamber president Rakesh Naidu in a teleconferenced announcement Monday morning. The program called DINE#YQG includes a website that lists local restaurants and has pictures featuring some of their meals and how to place an order. The program also includes incentives such as a contest where patrons can win $100 for ordering local - the restaurant would win $1,000. There is also marketing help, free memberships in the chamber and the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association and subsidies for delivery service charges. Local restaurants welcomed the help. "We're trying to survive here, and so we take any help that we can get," said Mike Wetzel, co-owner of John Max Sports and Wings. John Max has been able to pivot to providing take-out orders of chicken wings but some restaurants can't provide take-out service. Naidu said for them the DINE#YQG program will provide help accessing government support grants. "In many cases, the restaurants are not informed about what is out there," said Naidu. "I was told by one colleague of mine that last week a local restaurant received about $80,000 in terms of support through the regional recovery fund." Mike Stojcic, the owner of Panache Restaurant in downtown Windsor, says it is keeping the lights on by providing take- out service. "Any advertisement out there or any other forms of getting our name out there for people to look into, purchase food off us for their own needs, anything helps," said Stojcic. Naidu said in a survey last year, one in six restaurant owners said they expected they would have to close permanently due to the pandemic. Naidu said the lockdown measures have resulted in the loss of 3,600 jobs in the Windsor area. "Without question, the losses and sacrifices are real, and there have been and will be many," said Gordon Orr, CEO of TWEPI. "What we've been heartened by is seeing the way that businesses have pivoted and adapted their business delivery model to accommodate and adapt to the environment that we're currently faced with."