House impeachment manager Rep. Joe Neguse implored Senators to put country above party when considering whether to convict former President Donald Trump, saying "the consequences of not doing so are just too great." (Feb. 13)
House impeachment manager Rep. Joe Neguse implored Senators to put country above party when considering whether to convict former President Donald Trump, saying "the consequences of not doing so are just too great." (Feb. 13)
Some Christians in Cyprus are in a lather over the country's offering this year to the annual Eurovision song contest, saying it has scandalised the faithful with its references to the devil. "El Diablo" (The Devil), a dance mix performed by Greek singer Elena Tsagrinou, was announced this week as Cyprus' entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled in May in Rotterdam. "This is scandalous to us Christians," petition starter Demetris P wrote on a popular petition site in Cyprus, whose Christian community are mostly Greek Orthodox.
(Central Health/Twitter - image credit) The vaccination plan for people in Newfoundland and Labrador is now public, outlining who will get the two-shot inoculations in Phase 2 and Phase 3. The new information comes on the same day that Health Canada approved the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, with Canada having secured access to 20 million doses. That will give Canadians a third COVID-19 vaccination option. Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines are already being used. Phase 2 groups People in Phase 2 can be expected to be vaccinated between April to June 2021. This phase of the plan includes: Adults 70 years of age and older, starting with those 80 years and older. Adults who identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis. Staff, residents, and essential visitors at congregate living settings (shelters, group homes, transition houses, correctional facilities, and children or youth residential settings). Adults 60 to 69 years of age. Adults in marginalized populations where infection could have disproportionate consequences (e.g. people experiencing homelessness or with precarious housing arrangements). First responders (including career and volunteer firefighters, police officers, border services, and search and rescue crew). Front-line health-care workers who were not immunized in Phase 1 and who may come into direct contact with patients (includes private health-care workers). People ages 16 to 59 who are clinically extremely vulnerable. People who are required to regularly travel in and out of the province for work, including truck drivers and rotational workers. Front-line essential workers who have direct contact with the public and cannot work from home under Alert Level 5. At Friday's media briefing, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald indicated that teachers fall into the last category. When asked why rotational workers were included, Fitzgerald said since people in that line of work travel, having them vaccinated against the virus was a good way to lower the risk for both individuals and the community. Phase 3 groups People in Phase 3 can be expected to be vaccinated between July to September 2021. This phase includes: Anyone in priority groups remaining from phases 1 or 2. Adults 16-59 years of age, starting with those 55 years of age and older, and then decreasing in age limit by five-year increments. Timelines for phases 2 and 3 The timelines for rollout in each phase depends on how much of the vaccine N.L. actually receives and whether it's on time. There will be several ways people in phases 2 and 3 can get a vaccine, including public vaccination clinics, mobile clinics for smaller communities, and from doctors and pharmacists. Health Canada approved the Astra Zeneca coronavirus vaccine on Friday. There is a new pre-registration system launching to help with the rollout and is available for people 70 and older, and in mid-March for the remaining people in Phase 2 priority groups. People who are eligible to pre-register can call 1-833-668-3930 or visit the province's COVID-19 online portal. It will not be first come, first served, says Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald. People in Phase 2 need to pre-register by last name: people with last names starting with A through F can pre-register from now through Sunday; G through L from Monday to Wednesday; and M through Z from March 4 to March 7. None of the vaccines have been approved for anyone under 16. Fitzgerald said studies are ongoing, and more information is likely to become available. Who decides who makes the cut? The province's approach to who gets the vaccine is guided by several groups, according to the health department. Those groups include: scientists and researchers, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Dr. Fitzgerald, and the Provincial Health Ethics Network of Newfoundland and Labrador. "If we could vaccinate everyone today, we would," Fitzgerald said during Friday's regular COVID-19 briefing, encouraging everyone able to get the vaccine to do so. The vaccine requires two doses, and each of those shots have to be the same vaccine. For example, someone shouldn't get a shot of the AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine and then the Moderna vaccine. As for deciding who gets the shot first, the report on the government's vaccination plan "aims to strike a balance between protecting the most vulnerable, while maintaining capacity to respond to incidents that pose significant risk to public safety." Who's been vaccinated so far Earlier this week, Fitzgerald said the vaccine delays that have plagued the country are largely now resolved and "behind us." Phase 2 and Phase 3 vaccine plans have been up in the air since doses first arrived in the province in December. By Friday, Health Minister John Haggie said health authorities will have delivered a vaccine to every eligible long-term care resident in Newfoundland and Labrador. He said the regions are forging ahead with Phase 1 vaccinations, with all essential health-care workers expected to be completed by March 5. Haggie said the next group to get the shots — people over age 85 in the Central and Western regions, and over 75 in Labrador-Grenfell — can begin registering for the vaccine in the first week of March. Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) has partnered to bring rapid access addictions treatment closer to home. HHHS launched a new Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinic through its mental health services offices in Minden, starting as a one-month trial Dec. 1 and continued into the new year. It offers quick access to treatment for those dealing with substance abuse, primarily alcohol and opioids. A RAAM clinic was previously available to locals in Peterborough since 2018, on a drop-in basis. But HHHS mental health services program manager, Beverlee Groves-Foley, said the distance proved too difficult for some. “We’ve had many clients that needed the service but could not transport to Peterborough,” Groves-Foley said. “There’s no public transit and it’s quite costly to get people there … And so, with the increased need in the community, we want to ensure the community had access.” The service is available two half-days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in partnership with Fourcast Addiction Services and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC). Support workers are available, as well as an addictions specialist at the PRHC through telemedicine. The clinic uses a harm reduction model and can offer assessments, opioid substitution therapy, counselling, and withdrawal management, with follow-ups arranged with primary care providers. Self-referrals are accepted. “Our clients locally will be able to get a better, more comprehensive level of support in that area,” HHHS president and CEO Carolyn Plummer told her board Jan.28. “We’re happy to have it available locally.” Groves-Foley said RAAM is typically a drop-in model so people can access the support whenever they are ready. But for now, they are scheduling appointments to arrange transportation. “Transportation is such a challenge for most people,” Groves-Foley said. “The goal would be eventually having a drop-in model, but we’ll have to see how that works in Haliburton County.” The clinic has been working well so far, she said. She added that there may be a perception it is mostly for opioid users, but most people using the clinic are doing so for alcohol. “Alcohol is a large challenge for many people which affects their lives,” she said. “We do see a lot of clients that are looking to reduce their use.” Groves-Foley said the hope would be to eventually have a space for it at the Haliburton hospital as well. “It’s been a long time coming and I’m so pleased that it’s here,” she said. People can contact HHHS mental health services at 705-286-4575. Joseph Quigley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Highlander
The Gabriel Dumont Institute, the official education arm of Saskatchewan’s Métis Nation, is investing Brandon’s Will Goodon into the Order of Gabriel Dumont. "It is one of the Métis Nation’s highest civilian honours, awarded to Métis and non-Métis individuals based on their achievements and lifetime contributions," stated the institute’s executive director, Geordy McCaffrey. Goodon, a southwestern Manitoba Métis businessman and a minister of housing and property management with the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF), will receive the silver medal, which honours those who have made significant contributions to the Métis. The gold medal recognizes a lifetime of outstanding service to the Métis of Canada. Since the 1980s, 73 people have been invested into the order. "It’s, for me, very prestigious and I’m very honoured," said Goodon. Goodon was instrumental in securing Section 35 rights of the Métis in Manitoba through the case of R. v. Goodon, stated the institute. That case affirmed that Métis, as an Indigenous people, had the right to hunt in Manitoba. It all began when Goodon was charged under the provincial Wildlife Act for killing a ringneck duck near Turtle Mountain without a hunting licence, though he had a harvesting card issued by the Manitoba Metis Federation. The court case pitted the provincial Wildlife Act against Section 35 of the federal Constitution Act, which recognizes and affirms Aboriginal rights. The institute also noted Goodon serves on the national steering committee for innovation in Indigenous housing. "He has worked extensively on the development of the Métis government, and he played a significant role in the development of the MMF. Goodon is also a successful Métis entrepreneur, owning and operating several motels in southwestern Manitoba," the institute stated. "Beyond his work in Manitoba, William has served the Métis Nation across the homeland for more than a decade, chairing the Legislative and General Assemblies of Saskatchewan and British Columbia, facilitating numerous national, regional and local consultations and meetings, and representing the Métis Nation internationally on lands and resources matters." As Goodon explains it, Dumont, for whom the Order is named, was one of the great Métis leaders of the 19th century, with a remarkable life story. "I think he went out buffalo hunting for the first time when he was 13. They had some little battles out on the plains, with other Indigenous people when he was that age. He became a business person, and was the military leader of the Métis during our second resistance up in Batoche and area," said Goodon. "Before there was this idea of guerrilla warfare tactics, he was the guy who sort of made that happen. That’s why the early battles were all won by the Métis." He was very well respected in the community, and talked about in the Métis Nation with the same reverence as Louis Riel, Goodon added. Goodon also said Dumont was a man who stood by his principles, no matter what happened, somebody who always stood up and wasn’t afraid to do the right thing for his people. "I think that says a lot about the character of a person," said Goodon. Injustice is what drives Goodon. "When I see an injustice, it’s hard for me to be quiet," he said, adding it might sometimes be better to remain quiet. "It could hurt our career. It could hurt our standing in the community. People might misunderstand it." As an example, he stands up for the integrity of the Métis Nation. If there are people pretending to be Métis, he will call them out. "That has hurt some friendships. It has ostracized me in some places," he said. "If we pick and choose the really priority things to us, then then we can go to sleep at night and feel good about ourselves." As for what he likes to pass on to young Métis, he said, cherish the older people, the elders. "The people who have come before, who have gone through the battles and the struggles, they have wisdom, and they can teach you. And to just listen, listen to the elders, listen to the wisdom, because at some point, they won’t be here, and that wisdom will be gone forever, unless you take that time to listen," said Goodon. Though he said it’s hard to choose any one wise person who was integral to the man he has become, he named his father and a founder and past MMF president, Edward Head. Goodon and Head talked about many things, including Métis rights and the battles he fought in the ’70s. "That’s the kind of guy that I’m talking about, that really was there, in there, and did that. He was a force of nature, a big man, and just had a heart of gold, as well," said Goodon. Goodon will be invested to the Order, along with Senator Nora Cummings, Wayne McKenzie, Dennis and Jean Fisher and Gregory Scofield, on March 4 in a virtual ceremony. Michèle LeTourneau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brandon Sun
Villagers living on both sides of the Line of Control dividing the Himalayan region of Kashmir welcomed an agreement between long-time foes India and Pakistan to stop shelling from each side, but some were sceptical it would hold. The nuclear-armed neighbours signed a ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) in 2003, but that has frayed in recent years and there have been mounting casualties. In a joint statement on Thursday, India and Pakistan said they would observe a ceasefire.
NEW YORK — The Washington editor for The New York Times is joining Celadon Books as executive editor. Bill Hamilton will begin his new job April 5 and focus on acquiring books about politics and history. “This is a unique moment for our country, when understanding how we have gotten to this point has never been more important.,” Hamilton said in a statement Friday. “My goal is to find writers who can help us do that as well as produce books that are a joy to read.” Hamilton, who previously was an editor at The Washington Post, has worked with such prize-winning journalists as Bob Woodward, Maggie Haberman and David Maraniss. Celadon is a Macmillan division co-founded in 2017 by Jamie Raab and Deb Futter. Authors have ranged from Steve Martin and Roz Chast to former CIA director John Brennan and chef-restaurant owner Erin French. The Associated Press
En 1961, un incendie détruit la première église de Petit-Matane, construite en 1931. Attribuable au système de chauffage, il jette la consternation dans le village. Le curé Oscar Fortin, qui y entrait pour réciter son bréviaire, a découvert les flammes vers 3 h 30. Il a vu de la fumée dans la sacristie et le sous-sol. Éphémérides 26 févrierPresbytère, salle paroissiale et maisons du voisinage épargnés Appelés vers 4 h 15, les pompiers de Matane sont arrivés vers 4 h 45, le temps de faire déblayer la route d’un banc de neige à Poncheville. Faute d’aqueduc, ils sont allés pendre l’eau à 1 500 pieds dans la rivière recouverte de trois au quatre pieds de glace. Et ils ont dû combattre les flammes attisées par des vents de 40 à 50 milles à l’heure. Dirigés par le chef J.-Auguste Laforest, ils ont réussi à sauver le presbytère et la salle paroissiale et les maisons du voisinage. En 1917, construction par la compagnie Roy d’une scierie plus grosse à Saint-Ulric. Mue par la vapeur grâce deux machines de 100 forces chacune, accouplées sur un même arbre de transmission. Après un incendie en 1923, elle est reconstruite, mais la crise économique lui fait mal. Dissoute en 1926. la compagnie est remplacée par celle de Jos Dufour de Saint-Moïse, puis vendue en 1928 à Gagnon et Frères de Matane. En 1906, le règlement pour la construction du chemin de fer entre Mont-Joli et Matane est approuvé par les électeurs du village de St-Jérôme de Matane. Romain Pelletier, Initiative de journalisme local, Monmatane.com
BRUSSELS — The Belgian government will not approve new COVID-19 relaxations for at least another week after health authorities warned Friday that the number of coronavirus infections is rising, probably due in part to the fast-spreading variant first found in Britain. Until a few days ago, expectations were that Belgium would finally start scaling down major virus-control measures. But the uptick in new confirmed cases and especially an increase in hospital admissions persuaded Prime Minister Alexander De Croo to call for at least a one-week delay. “The figures are rising everywhere," De Cross said. "It forces us to remain extremely careful, especially because we know there are such dangerous variants." “We are calling a one-week timeout to avoid taking decisions that would waste our gains of the past weeks," he said. Figures released Friday showed that 2,294 new confirmed cases are appearing on average daily in Belgium, a rise of 24% over the previous 7-day period. Hospital admissions were rising sharply over the past few days. “The rise in the number of infections, despite the number of tests decreasing, is a sign that the virus is circulating more," said Steven Van Gucht, head of the viral diseases scientific service at the Belgian Scientific Institute of Public Health. "This could be due to the appearance of more contagious new variants, but also to less respect for restrictions.” The institute estimated that more than half of new infections last week were caused by the variant first identified in the U.K., compared to 38% of cases over the previous seven days, Van Gucht said. Belgium has also recorded cases of virus variants first found in South Africa and Brazil, but numbers are small. More than 22,000 people have now died of COVID-19 in Belgium, which has a population of 11.5 million. Restrictions have been in place almost permanently since the start of November, including obligatory mask-wearing outdoors, night-time curfews, and limits on certain shops opening. Non-essential travel is also banned. Belgian officials have been exhorting people to respect the restrictions, as warmer weather approaches and the effect of vaccinations slowly begin to take hold, even as rights groups challenge some of the measures and amid concern over the possible misuse of health data. Models on the spread of the disease made public earlier this week suggest that any easing in March could spark a “third wave” of infections. The Associated Press
WELLINGTON COUNTY– The County of Wellington will be giving non-union employees a cost of living adjustment (COLA) wage increase after council previously voted against the raise in the fall. Non-union employees will get a 1.9 per cent COLA wage increase starting July 1. A report says non-union workers make up a large majority of the county’s workforce with around 800 employees. This was decided at a closed meeting during Thursday’s county council meeting so the vote is unknown but Guelph/Eramosa mayor Chris White declared a conflict of interest in the open session because his daughter works for the county. An email from county clerk Donna Bryce said in a usual in-person meeting, the warden would have reported out about this. Due to the nature of zoom meetings, council agreed to make the report public after this decision was made. In a September meeting, council voted 9-6 vote against a raise with many councillors saying it set the wrong tone during a tough financial period. The report says more information has been brought forward in relation to the request for a wage adjustment. What comparable municipalities have given as a raise is now known and the average consumer price index for the full year is now available. The county’s year-end financial situation in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic has also become clearer. The report also considers the role non-union employees have had during the pandemic. “The County of Wellington non-union group includes all our hard-working employees at Wellington Terrace who continue to work tirelessly at all times and during this particularly challenging time of the pandemic,” the report says. “Other non-union employees have continued to be redeployed or volunteer to help during this time not only at Wellington Terrace with screening, cleaning and resident support efforts but with WDG Public Health in their vaccination efforts.” Keegan Kozolanka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com
Three Hamilton schools are offering rapid COVID-19 testing this week. Testing will be offered to asymptomatic students and staff on a voluntary basis as part of a provincial mandate that boards offer tests in five per cent of their schools — and at least two per cent of their students — each week. The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is set to offer asymptomatic testing at Saltfleet District High School in Stoney Creek on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Testing will be open to asymptomatic students and staff — including those working in before- and after-school care programs — at Saltfleet, as well as elementary schools in the community. Eligible elementary schools include Billy Green, Janet Lee, Mount Albion, Gatestone, Tapleytown, Bellmoore and Shannen Koostachin. At the Catholic board, testing will be offered at two schools between Thursday and Saturday. St. Ann Catholic Elementary School in central Hamilton — one of three Catholic elementary schools currently in outbreak — offered testing on Thursday evening. It is unclear which types of tests were used. Both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid testing was offered at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Elementary School on Feb. 20 after the school closed amid an outbreak. Asymptomatic testing will also be offered Friday evening at St. John Henry Newman Catholic Secondary School for students and staff at that school. On Saturday, testing at St. John Henry Newman will be available for students and staff at the feeder schools — Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Peace, St. Agnes, St. Clare of Assisi, St. David, St. Francis Xavier, St. Gabriel and St. Martin of Tours. Fewer than 100 students and staff participated in Feb. 13 pilot clinics at Orchard Park Secondary School in Stoney Creek and Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School in Hannon during a snowy long weekend. Among the 86 participants — 65 students and 21 staff — no positive cases of the virus were detected. The HWDSB is hoping for increased uptake this time around. Approximately 3,600 in-person learners at schools are eligible for asymptomatic testing at the Saltfleet “hub” clinic, which has the capacity for 130 tests. “We started to think about how do we increase the voluntary participation ... without disrupting the teaching, learning that’s happening,” said education director Manny Figueiredo. He said the board has “done some reflecting” since the first clinic and made the decision to offer testing on a weekday immediately after high school students finish in-person sessions, and into the evening for elementary students. “If they’re already in the building ... we’re going to likely get more voluntary participation because they’re already present,” Figueiredo said. The board has also created a schedule to let parents know about asymptomatic testing well in advance. With new testing targets set out by the province, the public board is expected to offer testing to about five schools per week. The next dates for testing are March 5 at Orchard Park Secondary School in Stoney Creek, the location of one of the pilot clinics, and March 12 at Bernie Custis Secondary School in central Hamilton. Figueiredo said though there is a schedule in place, boards need to be ready to pivot if public health directs the board to change locations in the case of an outbreak. “We can’t give you a will-use it-always-in-these-circumstances-type answer around those outbreaks, but we’ll look at each case as it comes to make a determination as to what we would recommend,” Hamilton’s medical officer of health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson said a Feb. 23 media briefing. In a 2020 asymptomatic testing pilot at 18 Toronto schools, 31 per cent of students and 54 per cent of staff volunteered to get tested, Dr. Vinita Dubey, associate medical officer of health for Toronto Public Health, said in an email to The Spectator. Jen Vickers-Manzin, director of Hamilton public health’s healthy families division, said the province has indicated uptake for asymptomatic testing in schools is typically around 20 per cent — a number the city was “planning for” during its first clinics. “We’ll continue to engage with our school board partners and really understand our baseline a little bit more, as well as any barriers to participating,” she said. “The planning and the direction of this rapid testing, including rapid antigen testing, is still very much a moving target.” Kate McCullough, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole spent $3.69 million on his campaign to win leadership of the party last year. But having raised over $3.7 million, he ended the race with a small surplus. All leadership candidates for political parties must submit detailed financial returns due six months after the race ends. The Conservatives marked that milestone this week, but two of the final four candidates have asked for an extension. Elections Canada says Peter MacKay asked for an extra 90 days and Derek Sloan asked for another 120 days. Leslyn Lewis, who finished third in the race, spent $2.2 million, and also finished with a small surplus. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2021. The Canadian Press
Quebec City police say they have arrested a 54-year-old woman in connection with the case of fake Alexis Lafreniere hockey cards circulating online. Last December, organizers of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament warned of fake cards of Lafreniere from 2013 emblazoned with the tournament logo for sale on websites. Organizers had said they came across the fake cards selling for $100 on eBay. Police said in a statement today they arrested the suspect on Feb. 24 and that they seized many hockey cards and digital hardware following a search in connection with the investigation, which they said is ongoing. They say it will be up to prosecutors to decide on charges. The New York Rangers selected Lafreniere with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL draft. He led Canada to a gold medal at the 2020 world junior hockey championship in the Czech Republic and played junior hockey for the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2021. The Canadian Press
CORNWALL – In a release issued Friday, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit confirmed it has detected variants of COVID-19 in the region. Four samples have detected variants of concern, three are linked to an outbreak at the St. Albert Cheese Cooperative in St. Albert. That facility is currently dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. The EOHU said the fourth case is a separate instance from the St. Albert outbreak but did not indicate where in the region it was located. “While I am concerned about the presence of COVID-19 variants of concern in our region, I am not surprised as they are being detected across the province,” said EOHU medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis. “Seeing as these variants are much more contagious than the original strain of COVID-19, it is essential that we continue taking the precautions recommended by public health until a majority of the population is vaccinated.” The specific strain of variant has not been identified in these four instances. Genetic testing is underway and the health unit is awaiting results. Cases of the South African variant (B.1.351) and UK variant (B.1.1.7) have been detected in Ontario already. Regarding the St. Albert Cheese Cooperative outbreak, the EOHU said it had determined there is no risk to the general public. The facility has been closed since Thursday and all employees have been tested. Earlier in the week, Roumeliotis told reporters that it was not a matter of if the variants would arrive, but when. Cases of the variants of concern were detected in Ottawa as recently as Thursday. Confirmed case associated with Rothwell-Osnabruck School The Upper Canada District School Board confirmed Friday afternoon that there is one positive case of COVID-19 confirmed for a person associated with the school. The board and the EOHU have determined that there was no exposure at the school. There are nine cases of COVID-19 in eight schools across the health unit region. Regional numbers move upward After a week of cases declining, regional numbers increased Thursday (February 25th) with a net increase of six cases. The EOHU region has 108 active cases, and 2,769 total since the pandemic began. Five people are hospitalized, one of those are in the intensive care unit. This region remains in Orange-Restrict measures under the provincial COVID-19 restriction framework. The rolling seven-day average of infections per 100,000 is 23.8. The reproductive rate is 0.92, and the test positivity rate is 0.95 per cent. In South Dundas there are two active cases, one in North Dundas, and 20 in South Stormont. Many of the cases in South Stormont relate to the ongoing outbreak at Woodland Villa. Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader
Loggerhead seat turtles are one of the largest of all turtles. And during mating season, they are the most amorous. Watch as this one decides to swim right at a scuba diver!
TORONTO — Ontario's science advisors say prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations based on neighbourhood as well as age could prevent thousands of cases and reduce the number of deaths due to the pandemic. The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table makes the findings in a new report released today. The group says the pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on older adults and residents of disadvantaged and racialized urban neighbourhoods. It says targeting those residents for vaccination first could minimize deaths, illness and hospitalizations across Ontario. The group also says implementing the strategy would not interfere with the ongoing vaccine rollout, but could instead help guide the upcoming mass distribution of shots to the general population. Ontario has thus far focused its vaccine rollout on the highest-priority groups, including long-term care residents, and plans to next target populations based on age. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2021. The Canadian Press
Medicine Hat Public School Division’s Pathways Program aims to work with students who may struggle in a classroom setting. Alternative Programming vice-principal Greg Ferris once again presented to the public school division’s board, this time about Pathways. “This is a new program in our system,” he said. “What Pathways is, is that schools in our system can refer students to us and it supports students with complex and diverse needs. It also is here for students with complex social or emotional needs. “Pathways is an intervention program that, in our hopes, will help students gain skills to be successful in their community school. “We work with the students and help them transition back into their schools.” Pathways is based out of the YMCA Stay in School building and is working with 10 students right now. “It’s definitely a range of grades from Grade 6 right through Grade 10,” said Ferris. “It’s typically Junior and Senior High students working with us.” Pathways has one full-time teacher who works directly with the students. She creates specialized programming for each kid who passes through the program. “Everything is custom-built and personalized,” said Ferris. Pathways also employs a child and youth care worker and two educational assistants. Students are referred to Pathways by teachers at their community schools. Each student spends as much time as they need with the program. “It could be a few weeks or months,” said Ferris. “Each student has their own set of needs that we work with. “We called this Pathways because everyone has a path in life and we wanted to be sure to personalize all of the work we were doing. “That’s why we don’t but a time frame on how long they can stay. We want students to come here and really have their needs met.” Mo Cranker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Medicine Hat News
Pour ce troisième vaccin approuvé sur son territoire, le Canada a conclu une entente de livraison de l’ordre de 20 millions de doses qui s’ajouteront à environ 2 millions de doses attendues dans les prochaines semaines. Les experts canadiens examinaient la demande d’Astra Zeneca et de l’université d’Oxford sur le plan de la sécurité et de l’efficacité depuis octobre 2020. Le vaccin est déclaré efficace à environ 62,1 %. Sa distribution sera amorcée en fin mars avec une première livraison d’un million de doses. Santé Canada a également fait savoir qu’il n’y avait pas de préoccupation dans l’immédiat quant à l’innocuité du vaccin pour les personnes de 65 ans et plus. Ses scientifiques ont estimé que « l’efficacité chez les personnes âgées de 65 ans et plus était étayée par les données sur l’immunogénicité, les données probantes du monde réel et l’expérience post-commercialisation dans les régions où le vaccin a été déployé, ce qui suggère pour l’instant un bénéfice potentiel et l’absence de problèmes de sécurité » concernant ce vaccin de Astra Zeneca contre la Covid-19. Certains pays comme la France ont limité le vaccin de Astra Zeneca aux personnes de moins de 65 ans, malgré les assurances de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé. L’Australie, l’Union européenne et le Royaume-Uni avaient déjà approuvé ce vaccin. Santé Canada a deux autres demandes d’approbation sur la table. Il s’agit des vaccins de Johnson & Johnson et de Covavax. L’approbation d’un troisième vaccin est venue donner un coup d’accélération à la campagne de vaccination contre la Covid-19. Pfizer-BioNtech, l’un des deux fabricants déjà opérationnels, s’apprête à livrer 769 000 doses par semaines au courant des deux premières semaines d’avril. Selon le major général Dany Fortin qui est responsable de la logistique de la distribution des vaccins contre la Covid-19, Ottawa a déjà reçu 2,5 millions de doses des deux vaccins, dont 1,5 million a été administré. Godlove Kamwa, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Canada Français
WINNIPEG — A review of Manitoba Hydro says overly optimistic sales predictions and a lack of government oversight led to cost overruns and a large increase in debt at the Crown corporation. The review by former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall looked at construction of the Bipole III transmission line and the Keeyask generating station, which ran a combined $3.7 billion over an initial budget. Wall's report says Manitoba Hydro officials and the former NDP government overestimated the potential for export sales needed to justify the projects at the time. The report also says the former government did little to prevent costs from spiralling and was more focused on getting the projects completed. The two projects were built over the last 15 years and Manitoba Hydro's debt has tripled in that time to more than $23 billion. The Crown corporation has applied to increase customer rates by up to eight per cent in recent years to pay down some of the debt, but provincial regulators have approved much lower increases. Wall was commissioned by the province's current Progressive Conservative government to conduct the review, which cost just under $1 million. "The commissioner saw no evidence of interest or proactive outreach on the part of the former elected Government of Manitoba to provide oversight, accountability, and overall leadership on the Keeyask and Bipole III projects," Wall's report states. "As the costs of the projects grew and the potential impact on Manitoba Hydro became apparent, there is no evidence that the former government engaged with the (Manitoba Hydro board) or provided any direction." When the former NDP government began pushing the projects, then-premier Gary Doer said hydroelectricity could do for Manitoba what oil had done for Alberta. But energy prices softened as the use of natural gas and fracking expanded in the United States. In 2007, the government drove up the cost of the transmission line by ordering Manitoba Hydro to divert it through western Manitoba instead of running it straight down the east side of the province. The government said the move was necessary to protect pristine boreal forest in the east, respect Indigenous land use, and to avoid raising environmental concerns among potential U.S. customers. That move, Wall said, resulted in a longer and more expensive transmission line and power loss along such a great distance. There is some evidence that the eastern route could have avoided up to $1 billion in additional costs, Wall added. Wall's report makes many recommendations, including greater oversight by the provincial cabinet of major projects at Manitoba Hydro. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2021 Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The federal government should not expand access to medical assistance in dying to those suffering solely from severe mental illness while Indigenous people live in conditions linked to higher rates of mental illness and suicide, says Tyler White of Siksika Health Services in Alberta.White, the organization's chief executive, joined Conservative MP Michael Cooper at a news conference to oppose proposed reforms to Canada's rules on medically assisted death. He argued it is unjust to offer access to medical assistance in dying to Indigenous people when basic care and compassion have not been provided."Vulnerable persons must be protected from being induced, in moments of weakness, to end their lives," he said.He said such a move does not take into account the inequalities that Indigenous people face.He described the Liberal government's consultation with Indigenous leaders on the new law as trivial, and said the government should know many Indigenous people do not feel safe getting health care due to stigma and racism.Parliament is working on Bill C-7, which would expand access to medically assisted death.It would extend access to assisted dying to intolerably suffering people who are not approaching the natural ends of their lives, bringing the law into compliance with a 2019 Quebec Superior Court ruling.The House of Commons passed a version of the bill in December; the Senate has since amended it to widen access even further, including eventually to people whose only affliction is grievous, irremediable mental illness, and sent the revised text back to the Commons.The Liberals have agreed with the Senate that certain people suffering solely from mental illnesses should be entitled to receive medical assistance in dying — but not for another two years, so the issue can be studied.Cooper, the MP for St. Albert-Edmonton, said the government's acceptance of the Senate's amendment is "reckless.""This radically expands Canada's medical assistance in dying regime and will with certainty put even more vulnerable Canadians at risk," he said.He said the most important criterion for qualifying for medical assistance in dying, as set out by the Supreme Court of Canada, is that one must suffer from a grievous and irremediable condition. "When we're talking about mental health, it's not possible to determine, it's not possible to predict, whether someone will get better, or will recover," he said.Cooper said the government is moving ahead with the amendment despite a lack of consensus within the medical community and despite that there has been no formal study by Parliament of such a drastic change."This government is seeking to ram through Bill C-7 legislation that is now substantively different than the bill that was passed in the fall and sent to the Senate, in a cynical effort to avoid parliamentary scrutiny."The Bloc Québécois has said it will support the minority Liberal government's response to the Senate's amendment, assuring it will pass.Dr. John Maher, president of the Ontario Association for ACT & FACT, which promotes "assertive community treatment" for people with severe mental illnesses, said the Liberal government is pushing C-7 when Canadians are struggling with a pandemic that has worsened social disparity and pushed many to the depths of hopelessness. "How can any human being in good conscience ignore the loud cries of hundreds of disability organizations, mental-health organizations, medical associations, Indigenous Peoples, religious organizations, the United Nations and our citizens who know the wounds inflicted by racism, ageism and ableism?" he said. "Offering death to people who are impoverished, undertreated and suicidal is discriminatory."Maher said medical assistance in dying should only be offered to people suffering terminal illness. "(Medical assistance in dying) for non-terminal illness is suicide using a sanitized gun in a white coat," he said. White said the new law threatens Indigenous Peoples' efforts to combat the youth suicide crisis in Indigenous communities. "It sends a wrong message to those who are not coping, that the only way to improve their suffering is to choose death," he said."Our message to our youth is that suicide is not the answer."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2021.———This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press
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