Nick McGlashan, a fisherman who was a regular cast member on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” died Sunday in Nashville, his family told TMZ. He was 33.
Nick McGlashan, a fisherman who was a regular cast member on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” died Sunday in Nashville, his family told TMZ. He was 33.
VANCOUVER — Health officials are reporting a COVID-19 outbreak in a fourth unit of Vancouver General Hospital. A statement from Vancouver Coastal Health says three patients have tested positive for the virus on surgical inpatient unit T-8-B of the Jim Pattison Pavilion. Infection prevention measures are underway on unit T-8-B including closure to admissions or transfers and suspension of all but end-of-life compassionate visits. The other three affected units are on separate floors of the pavilion, while the rest of the hospital, including the emergency room, is operating as usual. COVID-19 outbreaks have forced closure of separate units at three other Lower Mainland hospitals since last month. Those include Surrey Memorial, Chilliwack General and Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody, but with the exception of the closed units, all other services at those hospitals are unaffected. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021. The Canadian Press
PERTH COUNTY – After receiving an email update from the Perth County Economic Development and Tourism department regarding steps being taken to draft a charter for inclusivity and anti-racism, the Multicultural Association of Perth-Huron (MAPH) decided to cancel a protest at the county courthouse on Feb. 26. According to Sarah Franklin, economic development communications officer, Perth County has been hard at work planning the next steps in the process of the development of an anti-racism and inclusivity charter. She said a draft public engagement survey has been developed and is currently under third-party review. “We have engaged the assistance of Pillar Non-profit Network’s Equity and Inclusion Team to assist in the survey development and design,” she wrote in an email to the Listowel Banner. “They will also be assisting in the community roundtable process. Details for accessing the survey and roundtable opportunities will be released in the coming week.” A landing page has been created where updates about the project can be accessed: www.perthcounty.ca/Charter. Franklin told the Banner that Perth County has received input from the MAPH during this process and that there has been direct correspondence with them advising of the upcoming public engagement process. “We look forward to receiving further input from them and other community members as we launch the public engagement in the Charter development process,” she wrote. In its reply to Franklin which was also shared with local media outlets, the MAPH asked for flexibility in the timeline for the development of the charter. “We hope that the timeline can be extended if you need more input, to ensure the best possible result,” they wrote in their email. Regarding the survey, the MAPH asked for the opportunity to see it in advance, so as residents with lived experience, they could provide input to ensure it is inclusive in its design and has the opportunity for all to voice their thoughts and concerns. Regarding the survey, Franklin repeated that the county has “engaged the expertise of a third-party equity and inclusion team to assist in survey development and design before public release. The survey will gather some information and the community roundtables will be more in-depth conversations and information gathering.” Amina Musa, a volunteer with MAPH, said the reason they are asking to have input into the survey is that they want to make sure that this is something the county is acting in good faith. “If you are doing something in good faith don’t involve us in pieces,” she said. “We should be there from the beginning and make sure that the right questions are asked in the survey. That’s why we wanted to be involved from the beginning and not just piece by piece. We don’t want to be included when they are feeling ‘oh, we should call them in for this part.’” Personally, Musa said she feels this process is a step forward. “If we are going to take this route to reach our goal we’re willing to work together with them and make sure that we reach our goal,” she said. The MAPH has asked for a citizen’s committee to be involved in the development of the charter. They also feel a committee focusing on diversity and inclusivity would be a positive thing for the county to continue. “Our main goal is to have a committee,” said Musa. “Maybe they sat down and thought ‘oh – maybe we should start with the survey and doing all those things’ but to us, we will not stop until we make sure there is a committee that has been set up.” She said the committee should represent more than just visible minorities in Perth County such as people with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community. “There is no voice for them so we want to make sure their voice is heard and if we are going to need one person from each or one person who will speak for all of them that’s fine but we want to make sure there is somebody there who is going to be their voice,” she said. MAPH founder Gezahgn Wordofa said they cancelled plans to protest because the MAPH wanted to treat the email from Franklin as a positive step. But, he said the decision to cancel the protest was not unanimous amongst their supporters throughout the county. “We have to assume good faith until you know otherwise, I think,” said MAPH board member Stephen Landers. “If down the road we realize that they are taking us for a ride – they are not acting in good faith then we’ll revert to protesting,” said Musa. Wordofa said a positive thing that has come out of recent events in Perth County is that many residents have stepped forward to show their support for the MAPH and newcomers. “You know we are so blessed with how many people we have behind us,” he said. “A lot of groups support us.” One thing Landers would like to see in the process to develop the charter is transparency. “Otherwise how do I know what you are doing and how is it coming,” he said. “Are you just letting it fall by the wayside or are you having regular reviews, updates and monitoring?” Wordofa said Franklin was not even letting the MAPH know who the third party is. “They should be more transparent with that,” said Musa. “That’s why we are asking to be involved from the beginning.” “We want to know with whom we are working,” said Wordofa. “We want to know with whom we are affiliated. Who is this organization?” The MAPH has seen a recent decline in its newcomer program. “Most of the newcomers have tried to move from here, from the area because of this situation,” said Wordofa. “They have a lot of anxiety now.” He wondered how economic development in this area is surviving because there is a close relationship between farms, factories and the newcomer population in the county. “We try to work together – we’re dealing with this every day because if (newcomers) are not included why should they come,” said Wordofa. “This is affecting us… If they are advertising to bring diversity to the area then they need to be welcoming.” The MAPH wants the charter to include concrete actions. “Broad principles won’t do it,” said Landers. Musa said many newcomers don’t want to live in big cities so they want to move to rural towns to raise their families. “When they come to… Perth or Huron County and they find all this racism – somebody like Gezahgn, he’s been living there for so long and yet he’s been told ‘go back to your country’ – you don’t want to experience that,” she said. “So we want to have somewhere that people are willing to come, they are looking forward to it – this is home.” Landers pointed out that if diversity is welcomed, new people with start putting down roots and a wider base of culture will develop in the area. “I am telling you the place is going to develop so much because Canada is built by immigrants and we have vast lands,” said Musa. “Changes will happen whether you resist or not. Change is going to happen so we may as well do it properly and work together as a team as opposed to having animosity and all those things.” “You waste your money bringing people here and then driving them away,” said Landers. “Why bother?” Wordofa said church groups and the community spend money to bring newcomers to the area and he feels sad when they end up moving away from the area. “It makes me cry,” he said. “It’s a loss for the community. That’s why most of the Listowel church groups are working with us. I want to say thank you to the community members who are supporting us.” Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner
TORONTO — Many Canadians are getting a hand from gadgets meant to help keep fingers off high-touch surfaces, but Toronto's public health authority says people should be careful how they use them. While devices that allow people to open doors, press elevator buttons and hang onto bus or subway poles are being marketed as a way to limit exposure to COVID-19, Toronto Public Health said such items are unnecessary and may pose their own risks. If you're washing your hands or using hand sanitizer, covering your face with an elbow or tissue when you sneeze and using your arm to push buttons and open doors, "using an additional device or tool when in contact with high-touch surfaces is not required," said a spokesperson for the health authority, in an email. "These devices themselves may also become another high-touch surface and will need to be cleaned and disinfected often," they added. TPH's warnings don't appear to have deterred shoppers or entrepreneurs. A quick search of e-commerce platforms reveals dozens of Canadians making and marketing such products and even more international businesses shipping them to customers within the country. Troy Cosby, an Ottawa machine shop worker, is behind one of the many gadgets available, but unlike others, he said his addresses Toronto Public Health concerns. His LINC looks like a hook with two knuckles attached to it and comes in aluminum, plastic and copper-plated versions that can be used with touchscreens or buttons and can pull open doors, even if they have rounded knobs. "We went the extra mile to make sure that our tools are antimicrobial, or have antimicrobial properties … to keep it cleaner," said Crosby. He also had concerns like TPH's in mind from the start and designed it to be carried on a lanyard or to hook onto bags and belts, so users are reducing their contact with parts of it that touch handles or other surfaces. The KoalaGrip — a removable handle that can attach to transit poles or pull open doors — also currently comes with a carabiner, which can clip the gadget to a bag when not in use, minimizing contact between users and handles or poles. When asked about TPH's concerns, founder William Martin said in a statement Thursday that "It's important to have options like the KoalaGrip to give people a stronger sense of security and some confidence to access familiar spaces." Martin, his cousin and his girlfriend came up with the device after having to commute during lockdowns. "Public transit was pretty sketchy before, but then with (coronavirus) it was almost a no-go," said Martin, in a call from B.C. on Wednesday. "We bought some bikes for the summer, but didn't really have a solution for the winter." They sketched prototypes on a napkin roughly three months ago, hired a designer on freelance platform Upwork and found a 3D printer in Toronto to make the devices. By late February, they were selling the grips to people across Canada, Europe and Asia and marketing solely on TikTok, where they racked up hundreds of thousands of views on demonstration videos filmed on Toronto Transit Commission vehicles. While the transit commission hasn't thrown its support behind individual products, it said in an email, "we understand that people are looking for ways to stay safe on the TTC and if they want to use doodads, gadgets or gizmos like these, we don’t have any concerns." This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021. Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press
FORMOSA – The Grade 8 students at Immaculate Conception School in Formosa joined a national campaign to eradicate racism and bring Indigenous children affected by the child welfare system home to their communities. The Moccasin Project (So They Can Go Home) is not a new concept to the school's Grade 8 teacher, Mary Steffan. She said she had a previous class participate in the project, which was the inspiration for this year's involvement. Steffan said the students developed knowledge of the issues Indigenous youth and children face and that “they do their best to raise awareness,” since participating in the project. The Community Liaison Committee (CLC) and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) provided funding for the project, formally presenting a cheque for $1,800 to the school on Feb. 25 in a special ceremony. In a letter to the CLC, Steffen explained that classes have been learning about Canada’s Indigenous community and the inequalities they face. In particular, students have learned that a disproportionate percent of children in foster care are Indigenous; 90 per cent in the case of Manitoba’s foster care system. "Through the...project, students make moccasins and send them back to the foundation along with letters for Indigenous infants in foster care,” a media release from the CLC said. “According to their website, this program aims to educate and raise awareness on child apprehension that is impacting Indigenous children in Canada and hopes to eradicate racism and reunite children with their communities and families.” The kits were distributed amongst several classes at Immaculate Conception as a result of the funding approved by CLC in December 2020. Students in Steffen’s class began making the moccasins at home during the period of virtual learning and completed them upon the return to school. The moccasins will be sent back when all the classes at Immaculate Conception complete them. “It’s so amazing to see kids helping kids, especially in times such as these, and the CLC and NWMO helped make that happen,” Steffan said. “The committee was happy to provide support to make this unique program taking place at Immaculate Conception School a possibility. It is positive to see local students receive education on Indigenous issues, and support youth across the country in the process,” said Les Nichols, CLC member. Da-giiwewaat (so they can go home) is a national campaign to raise awareness about child apprehension impacting Indigenous children in Canada. Their website said, “We are calling on everyone to get involved and help us make 165,000 (as reported by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare - Jan. 1, 2016) moccasins for Indigenous children affected by the child welfare system of Canada!” “The NWMO has committed to contribute to reconciliation and we are delighted to provide support to a local school to contribute to the ongoing learning of our youth,” said Cherie Leslie, NWMO senior engagement advisor. The donation came from the Early Investments in Education and Skills (EIES) fund. This NWMO funding program exists for capacity building purposes in communities that have ongoing participation in the Adaptive Phased Management (APM) project. It provides investments in education as well as training for youth and the community, and is made available annually to any of the elementary schools in the Municipality of South Bruce. Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times
BRUCE COUNTY – The county’s corporate services committee took a closer look at development charges on Feb. 25 during a workshop called “development charges 101.” While some of the lower tier municipalities have development charges – Huron-Kinloss, South Bruce Peninsula, Kincardine and Saugeen Shores – this will be the first time for the county. The concept of development charges is based on the idea that growth should pay for growth – the alternative is having existing taxpayers carry the burden of growth. Development charges may be implemented to fund things that are outside what’s considered normal subdivision infrastructure, for example, roads, watermains and sewers. The idea is to keep the overall impact of growth to a minimum on existing taxpayers, said the consultants. However, existing taxpayers could pay part of the cost of growth, for example, if an arena were expanding from one ice pad to two. The general focus of the workshop was on what development charges can fund, and what they can’t. In September, a report on development charges was presented to the committee. A background study was included in the 2021-2025 budget and forecast. The consulting firm of Watson and Associates Economists Ltd. was retained to lead the study. This is the same firm that is conducting the growth study for the county, meaning consistent growth data would be used. The consultants will be presenting information on development charges at a number of meetings for council and members of the public. The first stakeholder meeting was held the afternoon of the presentation to the executive committee. A second such meeting is planned for June 10. A second council workshop is planned for July 8, time to be determined, followed by a third stakeholder meeting. A public meeting is planned for Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to noon, with the development charges bylaw to be passed at a later date. The consultants explained development charges are a fee charged by a municipality to recover growth costs. Growth costs are recovered to build new infrastructure supporting growth, pay down existing debt for past growth works, and avoid taxpayers paying for costs that serve growth. They don’t pay for operating costs or infrastructure renewal. That is paid for by taxes from new homes and businesses (assessment growth). As explained in the report to council, among the things development charges could fund are new buildings, expanded buildings and converted buildings. These are split into different classifications – residential, commercial, institutional and industrial. There is also an opportunity to make special fees or exemptions for some of the classifications or sub-classifications such as seniors special care facilities, affordable housing or wind turbines. The consultants said many municipalities exempt places of worship, although this may include only the part of the building actually used for worship and not halls rented out to the public. Other common exemptions include farm buildings, industrial development, downtowns, brownfields, hospitals and affordable housing. The consultants stressed it’s up to the county what they choose to exempt. One of the key topics covered in the workshop was legislation governing development charges, including new regulations and emerging issues. The county intends to implement development charges in a graduated manner, over time updating them. The development charges in the county will take into consideration a number of factors such as the business climate including housing demand, the pressures on the county and residents which may be leading to imbalances that can be addressed, in part, by development charges, and the development charges imposed by neighbouring counties. Committee members asked a number of questions including how bridges fit in to the system, whether its better to phase in the charges or implement them all at once, and exemptions. County Coun. Luke Charbonneau, mayor of Saugeen Shores, explained his municipality doesn’t have a lot of exemptions, having chosen to keep development charges as simple as possible. What they do have are “grants targeting certain types of development.” County Coun. Anne Eadie, mayor of Kincardine, said, “I look forward to the next steps.” Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times
Sackville residents say they want better access to primary-care providers and transportation services to and from Moncton for specialist appointments. Those concerns, along with calls to retain existing services at the Sackville Memorial Hospital, were raised Thursday night during the first of several virtual public consultation sessions being held by the province as it prepares a five-year plan to improve New Brunswick's health-care system. Held over Zoom, the session opened with remarks from Premier Blaine Higgs and Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. Following those remarks, the participants, who numbered about 170 at one point, were split up into groups, where they were asked to discuss some of their biggest concerns and priorities for health care in their area. Access to doctors, transportation common concerns "The family doctors was the first issue and was talked about a lot during our conversation," Hannah Ehler said when she shared the thoughts of the group she facilitated. "Having three to four weeks to wait for a family doctor is simply is the reality, but it doesn't address urgent matters. So one of the solutions brought up was having the ability to see another doctor if there are cases that are more urgent, in case accessing a family doctor is not possible at that time. "Also, introducing practitioners and other specialists in the area would greatly benefit easing the workload of doctors." Ehler said transportation was also a big issue brought up by members of her discussion group. "It is difficult to go to Moncton and see specialists if you don't have the means to travel there, and you need a specialist for many, many things. And so that is definitely a barrier." Health Minister Dorothy Shephard participated in the virtual consultation session with residents of Sackville on Thursday evening.(Zoom) Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Shephard said she believes New Brunswick has the potential to have a health-care system where workers are as equally satisfied as patients. Once that's achieved, "it will be a recruitment and retention tool like no other province has." However, Shephard stopped short of revealing any specific strategy on acquiring and retaining doctors in New Brunswick. She did say she has a vision for primary care possibly involving a more diverse and collaborative approach, with doctors and nurse practitioners working together. On transportation, Shephard said she has "a bit of frustration" that there's been no government that's yet come up with a transportation strategy in the province. "So I don' t know what it looks like but I know it can have a profound effect on poverty, on the ability to access health care, health treatment, health testing," she said. Proposed nighttime ER closures not forgotten In opening the meeting, Higgs stressed his government's promise not to close hospital emergency rooms or reduce hours of service. The assurances came a little over a year after his government first announced its plan in February 2020 to eliminate the nighttime operation of six hospital ERs as a way of shifting scant resources to the delivery of primary care during the day to benefit more patients. The Sackville Memorial Hospital was going to be one of those to lose its nighttime ER service, but following a public backlash, the province reversed its decision within days of the announcement. Echoes of that backlash rang in the responses conveyed by some of the facilitators, who said their groups expressed concerns over the elimination of services at Sackville's hospital. Protests to the proposed health reforms announced in February 2020 were held outside some of the affected hospitals, including the Sussex Health Centre, pictured above.(Graham Thompson/CBC) Asked if the province can maintain services while making changes in health care, Shephard repeatedly returned to the concept of creating a "network of excellence," whereby every hospital in the province plays a role in providing care to all New Brunswickers. "There are some things that need to be addressed, and I believe we need to look at every single hospital in our province and maximize the opportunities we have there," Shephard said. "What that looks like right now, I'm not sure, but I think I want every one of them to have comfort in knowing their hospitals are there and we're going to use them to our fullest potential."
ELORA – A representative from Portage Ontario is clarifying the facility is staying open despite a news report saying otherwise. On Monday, it was reported that 26 "youth justice facilities", including the Elora-based facility, were closing. Ashley-Ann Maginnis, Portage Ontario manager of development, said this was a miscommunication, they do not run a youth justice facility and will remain operational. Portage Ontario operates a youth addictions treatment centre in Elora for clients from across the province including those referred to the centre by the provincial Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The ministry announced a series of cutbacks and closures across the youth justice system but Portage Ontario is just getting some funding cutbacks on beds the ministry pays for. “The government will be announcing that they will not be referring open custody clients to residential care,” Maginnis said. “We didn’t lose all of our funding from them. We’re just having a small reduction of 16 beds that would have been set aside for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services clients to now eight beds.” She also clarified this is just one source of clients and income. The facility also receives grants, Ministry of Health funding and they do their own fundraising as well. She said they were shocked to see this in the newspaper and it stirred up a lot of concern from supporters and referrers. “We’ve tried to reach out to everybody to let them know we’re still operating because it was a miscommunication and it led to people to believe that we were closing,” Maginnis said. She said they have reached out to clarify this with the families of their clients and are in the process of reaching out to other supporters to confirm they are staying open. “Portage Ontario has served Ontario for 35 years and looks forward to the next 35,” she said via email. Keegan Kozolanka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com
BEIJING — A largely pro-Beijing committee that elects Hong Kong’s leader will also choose a large part of the legislature, a top Chinese official announced Friday as part of a major revamp that will increase central government control over Hong Kong politics. The changes are part of a draft decision submitted on the opening day of the weeklong meeting of the National People's Congress, China's ceremonial legislature, which will all but certainly endorse it. The Election Committee will participate in the nomination of candidates for Hong Kong's legislature and also elect “a relatively large share" of its members, said Wang Chen, vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee. He did not say how many legislators would be chosen by the committee. Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper, citing unidentified sources, said it would be 30 seats in an expanded 90-seat legislature. That would be a significant rollback of democracy in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous territory that has greater freedoms than mainland China but has seen them sharply cut back in the past year. The Election Committee selected up to 10 members in earlier versions of the city's legislature, but hasn’t done so since the 2000 election. Wang added that the size, composition and selection of the 1,200-member Election Committee will also be adjusted, and the city's leader will continue to be elected by the committee. Currently, half of the city's now 70-member Legislative Council is directly elected by voters. The other half is elected by professional or special interest groups from sectors such as insurance, engineering and agriculture. With the largely pro-Beijing election committee nominating all candidates for the legislature, opposition figures could be barred from running in elections. The draft changes came after the top Beijing official overseeing Hong Kong, Xia Baolong, declared that Hong Kong must be governed only by “patriots." In his speech, Wang said that “clear loopholes and shortcomings” in Hong Kong's electoral system had allowed “anti-China” forces to undermine the overall stability in Hong Kong and jeopardize national sovereignty, security and development interests. The draft decision to revamp Hong Kong's electoral system comes after Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement gained traction in recent years as Beijing tightened its control over the city. Ko Wing-man, a former Hong Kong health secretary who is in Beijing for an advisory body that meets in parallel with the congress, said the changes would marginalize radical forces in Hong Kong politics. He acknowledged the right of people to ask for more liberty and political autonomy, but said the pro-democracy movement has been driven overboard by radicals seeking self-determination and independence. “The whole thing becomes unconstitutional,” he said in an interview with the AP. "I think you would believe that in any country. Unconstitutional behaviours are serious matters.” Pro-democracy supporters say Beijing's increasing control over the city's political system violates its pledge to give Hong Kong 50 years of autonomy under a “one country, two systems” framework when the city was handed over to China by the British in 1997. Hong Kong’s last British governor, Chris Patten, said the move to change Hong Kong’s electoral system “completely destroys the pledge of one-country, two systems.” “China’s Communist parliament has taken the biggest step so far to obliterate Hong Kong’s freedoms and aspirations for greater democracy under the rule of law,” he said in a statement. “The Chinese Communist Party has shown the world once again that it cannot be trusted. It is a continuing and brutal danger to all who believe in free and open societies.” Months of anti-government protests erupted in 2019, at times descending into violence between police and protesters. This eventually led Beijing to impose a national security law on Hong Kong. The legislation criminalizes secession, subversion, collusion with foreign forces to intervene in the city's affairs and terrorism, and has since been used to charge about 100 people in the city, including 47 pro-democracy activists last week. The activists were charged with conspiracy to commit subversion over their involvement in an unofficial primary election last year, aimed at selecting candidates that could give the pro-democracy camp a legislative majority. If the pro-democracy camp had won a majority, at least some members of the camp had plans to vote down major bills, which would eventually force Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to resign. Authorities said the activists’ participation in the primary was part of a plan to paralyze the city’s legislature and subvert state power. ___ Soo reported from Hong Kong. Video journalist Emily Wang Fujiyama in Beijing contributed to this report. Zen Soo And Ken Moritsugu, The Associated Press
MONTREAL — The Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec and DP World have signed a US$1.2-billion deal to start the construction of an international container port and industrial logistics park in Indonesia. Under the agreement with Indonesia's Maspion Group, CDPQ and DP World said DP World Maspion East Java will become the sole operator of a modern international container port with design capacity of up to three million 20-foot equivalent units. DP World and CDPQ will also work with Maspion Group to develop an integrated industrial and logistics park, next to the container terminal. Groundbreaking on the container terminal in Gresik is expected to take place later this year. Commercial operations expected to begin in 2023. Since creating their joint venture four years ago, DP World and CDPQ have invested in 10 port terminals. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021. The Canadian Press
VAUGHAN, Ont. — Recipe Unlimited Corp. saw system sales fall more than 30 per cent in its most recent quarter as the pandemic continued to cause dining room closures and seating restrictions at its restaurant chains across Canada.The Vaughan, Ont.-based company says system sales in its fourth quarter totalled $611.3 million, down 31.8 per cent from $895.8 in the same quarter the previous yearFrank Hennessey, CEO of the restaurant conglomerate, says Recipe Unlimited was impacted by mandated full closures or severely restricted capacity constraints due to COVID-19.Still, the company, which operates brands like Swiss Chalet, Harvey's, St-Hubert and The Keg, saw off-premise system sales for the 13 weeks ended Dec. 27, 2020 of $150.4 million, a 66.6 per cent increase compared to $90.3 million in the same period of 2019. Recipe Unlimited says its fourth-quarter revenues were $210.9 million, down from $327 million in the same quarter of 2019.Adjusted net earnings for the quarter were $16.1 million or 28 cents per diluted share, down from $44.8 million or 77 cents the year before. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021.Companies in this story: (TSX:RECP) The Canadian Press
Einstein the parrot tries to persuade a corn toy to move. He says, "Come here, up! Let's go see Jeff. Here, look, want this one? Up!" Then Einstein tosses the corn toy over the edge. Einstein exclaims, "Oops! Sorry!" Yes, Einstein, that was "Pretty cool!" Einstein the Talking Texan Parrot is a silly, smart, and popular parrot who loves to talk and entertain! He knows the names of several animals and likes to make their sounds. In addition to his silly vocalizations, he likes to have conversations with his owners, talking, doing animal sound imitations, and acting silly. He also enjoys singing and dancing in some of his video compilations. With his amazing talking abilities and funny antics, Einstein the talking parrot’s videos will keep you entertained for hours! Einstein parrot is also famous for some of his silly quotes and sayings. Online, Einstein, the talking parrot is popular across many social media platforms. Einstein’s favorite places to talk at home is perched on the shower wall, in the kitchen on his drawer, and on his screened-in back porch. As stated on his website, Einstein’s mission statement: “To entertain and bring joy, to foster the human-parrot bond, and to convey that parrots are deserving of immeasurable amounts of patience, nurturing, and companionship.” Einstein’s website, einsteinparrot.com is designed to inform you about the care of parrots and also entertain you. As previously mentioned, Einstein is popular on many social media sites such as YouTube @einsteinparrot, Instagram @einsteinparrot, Twitter @einsteinparrot, and Facebook @einsteintexanparrot. Living with a parrot is a big commitment. Parrots live a very long time. A parrot such as Einstein can live to be 50 or 60 years old. Many larger parrots like Macaws can live to be 100 years old. They all require a lot of care, proper nutrition, training, time, and patience. Parrots need a lot of attention and lots of toys and activities to keep from being bored. Parrots are also expensive, a large cage is an investment, and plenty of play perches to spend out of cage time. Specialized veterinarian care is also required. Most of all they require your companionship and a forever home. Many people decide after the first few years of parrot ownership that the responsibility is too great and the parrots become neglected and sometimes abandoned. When that happens they are sent to parrot rescue facilities to be adopted by a new family or some spend their lives in sanctuaries. It is often said, “Having a parrot is much like raising a raising a 2 to 3-year-old child for the rest of your life!”
Two city councillors are pitching in to help a northeast Calgary ward that currently doesn't have a councillor. Ward 9 Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra says he and Ward 5 Coun. George Chahal have split Ward 10 in half. Carra said this will help people know who to call if they need help with a city issue. Ward 10 has been without a councillor since longtime councillor Ray Jones resigned last October, citing health concerns. "We're just getting our feet wet, we're meeting people," Carra said. "We're building those relationships so we can do that work in the future." The two councillors will each cover roughly half of the ward's population, splitting it north and south. The split hasn't resulted in a huge amount of extra work so far, Carra said. "The call volumes in Ward 10 are a fraction of what they are in Ward 9," Carra said. "So we're bringing two staff on to work for Ward 10. They both have deep roots in the communities of Ward 10. "They're getting their feet underneath them and their call volumes is a lot less than my Ward 9 staff." Ray Jones was first elected to council in 1993. He said in October that he was leaving council for health reasons. His seat on council will be filled in the next municipal election.(CBC) Chahal said he grew up in the Rundle neighbourhood, so he's familiar with the area. He said his approach for the next few months is to consider the entire area as a bigger ward. "I have to represent them equally, just like I represent the communities of Ward 5," Chahal said. "So it does create my days to be a little bit longer, and my evenings, less time for myself or my family." As there is no requirement to hold a by-election this close to the next municipal vote, Jones' seat will remain vacant until that time. The municipal vote is scheduled for Oct. 18.
(ANNews) – On Feb. 23, the Siksika Nation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alberta Health Services that commits to improving health services for Siksika members. The relationship agreement is aimed at understanding, addressing and preventing inequities in health services, policies and programs for nation members. “The MOU forges a strong relationship and partnership model between Alberta Health and Siksika Nation that will give the Nation increased control and access to quality health services, and an opportunity for government to explore innovative health services with a First Nation partner,” said the Siksika Nation is a press release. Tyler Shandro, Minsiter of Health stated, “By creating meaningful relationships and listening to our Indigenous partners, I am confident we can work collaboratively with Siksika Nation to ensure community members can access culturally appropriate health services where and when they need them, both on and off reserve.” The Memorandum, which is also known as a relationship agreement, is the first agreement in Alberta history to include the Blackfoot language. It is working to eliminate racism and bring positive, transformative change to the health care for Siksika. The agreement acknowledges Siksika Nations Elders’ Guiding principles, said the press release. The agreement includes commitments to:; "Pursue a lasting and cooperative relationship; Acknowledge that the status quo is not acceptable; Commit to bringing about positive and transformative change in healthcare and socioeconomic outcomes for Siksika." It also sets out to: "Reduce jurisdictional uncertainty; Address social and economic determinants of health; Eliminate systemic racism within the healthcare system in Alberta, where it exists, and ensure that Siksika members are provided culturally safe healthcare services." Nioksskaistamik, Chief Ouray Crowfoot, Siksika Nation, said that the “tremendous strength of Siksika Nation is its extensive and effective range of health services. This Relationship Agreement with Alberta Health will further empower Siksika Nation to deliver comprehensive programming and services that are holistic, community-based, and put the health and wellness needs of Siksikawa first. “Today’s signing represents an important step forward in Siksika Nation’s relationship with Alberta Health as we endeavour together towards equitable health outcomes.” “At all times, and particularly throughout the pandemic over the past year, Siksika has worked hard to make sure our people are taken care of, and also to take care of our neighbours. This has been a real priority for Siksika Nation: to be intentional about creating relationships that are of mutual benefit. This agreement we are signing today is one such example,” said Chief Crowfoot. As part of the relationship between the Siksika Nation, Elder Clement Leather gifted Minister Shandro with a Blackfoot name of great significance: Ksiistsikomipi’kssii (pronounced: KSIS-TSII-KO-MII-PIIK-SI), which means Thunderbird. “Around this time next month is when we hear first thunder,” said Elder Clement Leather. “This is when our spiritual people start preparing themselves for ceremony; first thunder is like a wakeup call for people to get ready for what’s to come.” Siksika Councilor, Kent Ayoungman provided context: “Our people have a strong kinship with the whole of our surroundings, with creation. In today’s ceremony, blessings are going to be asked for by the Elder; he is going to call on this special kinship to honour you with a name today. For our people this is very important, it is one of the highest honours a person can receive. Given your work alongside our people here in Siksika, this is why we have chosen to give you a Blackfoot name today.” Shandro, said he felt honoured to be gifted with his new Blackfoot Name. “It’s an amazing honour,” he said. “I didn’t know this was going to be happening today. I don’t have any words to describe it, but it is an incredible honour that I can’t put words to.” The Siksika Nation , a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy, is located one hour east of Calgary, Alberta. Jacob Cardinal is an LJI reporter for Alberta Native News. , Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alberta Native News
A 31-year-old woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the 2019 death of Douglas MacLeod Barrett in Cape Breton. Mallory Ann Paul was arrested at the Central Nova Correctional Centre in Truro, where she was due to be released Wednesday, and was taken back into custody. Barrett, 80, of Sydney, was reported missing in March 2019 and when police checked on him at his Terrace Street home, they found his body. Police said he had been missing for about a week before he was found. At the time, police said the attack was not believed to be random. Paul has also been charged with property damage that allegedly occurred during her arrest. In a separate incident, a different woman was convicted of stabbing Barrett in 2015. At the woman's trial, she said she took a knife into Barrett's bedroom because she was afraid of him, and she stabbed him in self-defence. The woman was initially convicted, but the conviction was later overturned and a new trial was ordered. MORE TOP STORIES
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Toronto-area residents seeking to make their homes greener must wade through a confusing array of online information to find out about financial incentives to reduce costs. Urban Retrofit wants to help cut through the noise. “There is just a ton of information (online), and hidden beneath that information are all these grants that are there, and nobody really knows about them unless you're going through every page that shows up on the Google search, going to every municipality and researching through them,” said Rahemeen Ahmed, one of the group’s founders. “We wanted a very comprehensive source, just one platform where everyone could come and get their basic information and get access to what resources there are available to them,” said Ahmed, who graduated last year from the University of Toronto’s civil engineering program. So that’s exactly what Ahmed and her teammates — high school and university students or recent grads — in Youth Challenge International’s Innovate MY Future program built. Urban Retrofit's website presents a collated list of the various grants and loans currently available — from municipalities, utilities and others — complete with deadlines and other details that help homeowners calculate whether they can afford to install new windows, extra insulation or a reworked heating and cooling system. More than half of Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings, mostly from the use of natural gas to heat indoor spaces and water, and the city needs to cut emissions in half in order to hit its target of a 65 per cent reduction from 1990 levels by 2030. The Urban Retrofit team focused mostly on those who currently own a single-unit dwelling, since they have the most direct agency to make such changes, but aim to collect more information useful for residents of apartments and condos to share with building owners when advocating for improvements. “It's a resource that you can use to increase your knowledge and advocate for more retrofits or advocate for specific types of retrofits to be implemented in your community or in your building,” AHmed said. Urban Retrofit also took to Instagram to engage younger people in the project. “We wanted to empower youth. Maybe they’re not in the position now but have someone — their parents, extended family — who are in that position. We don't want to ignore an entire demographic that is essentially going to be the future of our world.” The team has just wrapped its involvement with YCI and is now looking to grow the project independently, with plans to develop a calculation tool so potential retrofitters can plug in numbers to see what a project will cost and how much it will save. “We want to focus more on more tangible numbers, tangible benefit-cost ratios, so people understand how it will be useful for them in the future,” Ahmed said, adding the team has also started reaching out to housing associations and other resident groups around the region to see what other help they might appreciate. Morgan Sharp / Local Journalism Initiative / Canada’s National Observer Morgan Sharp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, National Observer
The P.E.I. Town of Borden-Carleton wants more homes, and it has put two pieces of land up for sale, hoping they will attract developers. One is the old school property, three quarters of a hectare with a view of the water and Confederation Bridge. The other is on Read Road, measuring three hectares and close to the current school. Town CAO Jim Wentzell said the town has plenty of jobs going, but a shortage of housing for people looking to move there to take advantage of them. Local seniors are also looking for downsizing options. "I see the potential for Borden and I think that once one development starts, you're going to see a number of developments. It's a great place to live and there's a lot of industry in the area to employ people," said Wentzell. "I think that it's just the start of more and more development. We've seen a lot of housing sales in the last year." Tax rebate offered The town is thinking the properties would be appropriate for some kind of rental development, but is open to suggestions, Wentzell said. Developers are being asked to submit proposals. If those proposals are approved by the municipality, developers will be permitted to buy the land at market value. Council is hoping development will follow quickly after that point. As an incentive, the town is offering a five-year rebate on municipal taxes. The deadline for submissions is March 22. More from CBC P.E.I.
Canada's exports to the United States, its largest trading partner, rose sharply in January, leading to a surprise trade surplus, Statistics Canada said on Friday. Canada's trade surplus with the rest of the world was C$1.41 billion ($1.11 billion) in January, the largest since July 2014. "This is very strongly driven by our top trading partner," Hall said, noting that demand from the United States will continue to be strong as its economy strengthens with increased vaccinations spurring a broader recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuania on Friday refused to extradite to Belarus opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, with the Baltic nation's foreign minister saying “hell will freeze over first" before the demand by Belarus' authoritarian leader is granted. Tsikhanouskaya lost to Alexander Lukashenko in an Aug. 9 presidential election. Official results showed Lukashenko to have garnered 80% of the vote while Tsikhanouskaya received 10%. Tsikhanouskaya and her supporters refused to recognize the results, saying the outcome of the vote was manipulated. Unprecedented mass protests demanding Lukashenko's resignation rocked Belarus for several months. Tsikhanouskaya sought refuge in neighbouring Lithuania right after the election amid pressure from Belarusian authorities. On Tuesday, Belarus demanded her extradition on charges that she plotted to stage violent riots. Tsikhanouskaya’s team rejected the charges, saying in a statement that she has always supported only peaceful protests. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said that in his country people seeking shelter “can feel safe and no one would be handed over ... because of their fight for democracy, freedom of speech or freedom of religion.” Lukashenko’s government has unleashed a sweeping crackdown on post-election protests, the biggest of which attracted up to 200,000 people. Human rights activists say more than 30,000 people have been detained since the demonstrations began, with thousands beaten. The West has condemned the conduct of the election and the brutal crackdown on protesters. The United States and the European Union have said that the election was neither free nor fair and urged Lukashenko to engage in talks with the opposition, a demand he has rejected. International pressure has so far left Lukashenko, who has run the country for 26 years, relying exclusively on assistance from Russia, which has a union agreement with Belarus envisaging close political, economic and military ties. The Associated Press
GREY-BRUCE – An outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported at Brucelea Haven in Walkerton, after a staff member tested positive for the virus. The case was reported as Grey-Bruce moved into the ‘green – prevent’ level of the Ontario COVID-19 response framework. As of Tuesday morning, March 2, three new cases had been reported in the previous 24 hours – two in Grey Highlands and one in South Bruce. There are presently 12 active cases and 31 high-risk contacts. One person is hospitalized and there have been two deaths from COVID-19. The cumulative total number of cases in Grey-Bruce is 703. To date, 7,484 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. This includes residents, staff and essential caregivers in long-term care homes, and 100 paramedics. Firefighters and police officers are receiving their vaccinations this week. Vaccination of adults 80 years of age and older also begins this week. All long-term care residents, staff and essential caregivers have received their first dose of the vaccine, and some have received their second dose. All high-risk retirement home staff and residents have also received their first dose, along with high and very high-risk health-care workers in hospital settings. The local health unit is getting a lot of calls from people 80 years old and over, who want to know when they will get their vaccine. The health unit reports it’s working with primary care providers in Grey-Bruce to get dose counts and clinics organized. People are advised not to call their health-care provider or the health unit to try to book an appointment. The vaccine is being administered by health-care providers and they will reach out to their patients directly. For people without a primary care provider, the health unit is working on a plan to ensure everyone will have access to the vaccine – details will be announced when plans are finalized. The health unit continues to work with limited vaccine supplies. A number of different clinic models will roll out this week in conjunction with primary care. For smaller practitioner-based clinics, the physician will call patients and make immunization arrangements. Certain larger family health team clinics with larger numbers of patients will hold local physician-led clinics. Certain community clinics will combine clients from a number of different physician practices for large numbers of clients. Public health will use the hub model and other community sites as practices identify needs for additional space, and anticipates opening larger community-based clinics when the province “goes live” with the online scheduling on March 15. Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times