WASHINGTON — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for co-operation on a transition of power.But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back.On Thursday, after a Thanksgiving evening conversation from the White House with troops stationed overseas, Trump abruptly pivoted to angrily alleging — still without any evidence — that “massive fraud” was behind his defeat.Speaking to news crews gathered to watch the traditional holiday conversation with the military, Trump denounced officials in battleground states he'd lost as “communists” and “enemies of the state.” Trump also announced he'd be travelling to Georgia to meet with what he said would be tens of thousands of supporters on Dec. 5, ahead of two runoffs there that will likely determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.The 2020 presidential race is turning into the zombie election that Trump just won’t let die. Despite dozens of legal and procedural setbacks, his campaign keeps filing new challenges that have little hope of succeeding and making fresh, unfounded claims of fraud.But that’s the point. Trump’s strategy, his allies concede in private, wasn’t to change the outcome, but to create a host of phantom claims about the 2020 presidential race that would infect the nation with doubt and keep his base loyal, even though the winner — Biden — was clear and there has been no evidence of mass voter fraud.“Zombies are dead people walking among the living — this litigation is the same thing,” said Franita Tolson, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. “In terms of litigation that could change the election, all these cases are basically dead men walking.”It's a strategy tolerated by many Republicans, most notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who are clinging to Trump as they face a test of retaining their own power in the form of two runoff elections in Georgia in January.“This really is our version of a polite coup d’etat,” said Thomas Mann, senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. “It could end quickly if the Republican Party acknowledged what was going on. But they cower in the face of Trump’s connection with the base.”A day after Trump said his administration should begin working with Biden's team, three more lawsuits were filed by allies attempting to stop the certification in two more battleground states. In Minnesota, a judge did not rule on the suit and the state certified the results for Biden. Another was filed in Wisconsin, which doesn't certify until Tuesday. Arizona Republicans filed a complaint over ballot inspection; the state certification is due Monday.And the campaign legal team said state lawmakers in Arizona and Michigan would hold meetings on the election “to provide confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted in the November 3rd election.”In Pennsylvania, where state Republican lawmakers met at Gettysburg on Wednesday to air grievances about the election, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani attended in person and Trump dialed in from the Oval Office.“We have all the evidence," Trump asserted. “All we need is to have some judge listen to it properly without having a political opinion.”But the strongest legal rebuke yet came from a conservative Republican judge in federal court in Pennsylvania, who on Saturday dismissed the Trump team's lawsuit seeking to throw out the results of the election. The judge admonished the Trump campaign in a scathing ruling about its lack of evidence. The campaign has appealed.Trump's allies have privately acknowledged their plan would never actually overturn the results, but rather might provide Trump an off-ramp for a loss he wasn't owning up to and an avenue to keep his base loyal for whatever he does next.“And then our governing and politics will be hellish, because he will continue doing what he’s doing from his private own perch,” Mann predicted.Emily Murphy, the top official at the General Services Administration, declared Biden the “apparent winner” Monday, a procedural yet critical step that allowed for the transition to begin in earnest. She made the determination after Trump's efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states. She cited “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.”Michigan certified Biden’s 154,000-count victory Monday, despite calls by Trump to the GOP members to block the vote to allow for an audit of ballots in Wayne County, where Trump claimed he was the victim of fraud. Biden crushed the president by more than 330,000 votes there.“The board’s duty today is very clear,” said Aaron Van Langevelde, the Republican vice chair. “We have a duty to certify this election based on these returns.”Still, the Trump legal team dismissed the certification as “simply a procedural step” and insisted it would fight on.Trump and his allies have brought at least four cases in Michigan that sought — unsuccessfully — to block certification of election results in part or all of the state.In Pennsylvania, after Gov. Tom Wolf certified Biden as the winner, an appeals court judge ordered state officials to halt any further steps toward certifying election results. The state has appealed to Pennsylvania's Supreme Court.In Arizona, just as lawyers for a woman in the Phoenix area dropped a case alleging that equipment was unable to record her ballot because she completed it with a county-issued Sharpie pen, Trump’s campaign filed its own lawsuit echoing some of the same complaints. As that suit was about to be dismissed, lawyers for the woman filed a new case reviving the claims and demanding that she be allowed to recast her ballot. All three of the cases have now been dismissed.“The legal process seems to be unfolding the way it’s supposed to, but the Trump campaign has made clear its desire to throw wrenches in the system wherever it can,” said Lisa Marshall Manheim, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law.___Richer reported from Boston. Associated Press writers Maryclaire Dale in Philadelphia, Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin; Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix and Steve Karnowski in St. Paul, Minnesota, contributed to this report.Colleen Long, Alanna Durkin Richer And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
Sedley village council voted to take steps to seize four properties under property tax provisions of The Municipalities Act during its Nov. 18 meeting. Taxes of $6,298.29 are owing for the property on the 300 block of Broadway Street according to chief administrative officer Samantha Gillies, who recommended council seize the title for the land as the deadline for payments had expired. ‘Basically, what that means is we proceed to take title, send them a form and wait six months,” Gillies said. Other properties on Broadway Ave, with the legal addresses of 116 Broadway Ave., 106 Broadway Ave. and 104 Broadway Ave. are also subject to tax enforcement, but were not subject to the six-month waiting period, after a council resolution before the property is officially seized. “Once you make the resolution, I’m going to apply to take title and it’s ours,” Gillies said. “Because the assessment is low enough, I’m authorized to do that.” Council then approved the necessary motion for Gillies to proceed with the tax enforcement of those properties as well. Discussion of the landfill environmental assessment also took place. While the Sedley landfill did receive a permit to operate, the permit was only renewed for one year instead of the normal five-year period. Council was also informed a landfill operations plan, a landfill emergency response plan, a preliminary landfill closure plan will need to be adopted, as well as an environmental assessment plan. To date, Sedley’s administration has met the required report filing deadlines, Gillies said. Some of the planning work, as previously reported in this paper, was funded by the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program. Some hazardous-waste slip tanks and numerous barrels, known to contain used oil but also potentially containing some unknown materials, will have to be removed. Some of the barrels have bullet holes, meaning it is likely some of the soil around those barrels is now contaminated. “We should get out in front of it so that’s done before we submit our environmental assessment report,” Gillies said. “Then we can tell them we took care of it.” Recycle West offered a quote of $300 to empty the slip tank, and up to 20 drums. In addition, a disposal fee will apply on a per-drum basis, and the contaminated soil will need to be addressed, with drum delivery of $65 per drum, and soil removal costs of $100 per drum. Gillies said an engineer told the administration four centimetres of soil will need to be removed, placed in to drums and hauled away, a job Recycle West is qualified to handle. Mayor Alan Currie noted the Sedley landfill is the only one serving the entire RM of Francis. “It’s something we definitely want to take care of and retain,” Currie said. It is not legal to take oil to the landfill now for disposal. The oil there now was dumped prior to those regulations taking effect, and had been left there for years, virtually forgotten. Council did not make a decision on that quote, as it was felt cheaper options may be available. As part of the regular administration of a new term, council appointed Gerard Parent as deputy mayor.Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum
A proposed cannabis-production facility got a prescription from Dr. No as the RM of Edenwold rejected a request for a discretionary use permit by a 4-3 margin on Nov. 17. The proposal from Cameron Family Farms had been tabled over several council meetings while the Camerons sought to address council’s concerns over the project as well as earn local support from area residents for their proposal. While council had approved other cannabis production proposals previously, RM councillors balked at this one when a letter signed by more than 15 residents indicated many of the Cameron’s neighbours opposed the proposed greenhouse be used for growing cannabis. In response to that opposition, the Camerons say they sent a letter to their opponents, offering answers to their concerns. “We heard nothing back,” Ian Cameron said. “We refrained from going to visit them because of COVID. Nobody has gotten back to us with any of their concerns, but we did go to them with factual information rather than opinion. I did want people to know it’s a greenhouse, not a retail operation. It’s a greenhouse, and what we plant in there is a controlled product for which we are subject to licensing, regulation and security, for which of course we would abide by all of the laws.” Reeve Mitchell Huber noted there was opposition to the project and said he had advocated that the Camerons go to their neighbours to address their concerns. “With the backlash as it was, council gets hesitant to give the discretionary permit because we try not to play God,” Huber said. “That’s a bit of a strong statement, but we’d rather see more harmony over the long term. You are right in that it would have been more invasive to start a cattle operation out there.” Councillor Craig Strudwick said while he personally did not have an issue with the Camerons’ cannabis plan, he had to take into account the area residents who came out in force to oppose it. For that reason, his was one of the four votes defeating the discretionary use application. After addressing council but prior to the vote denying his application, Cameron indicated there may still be some use for the facility. “Obviously we have built the greenhouse and have been at this for a while,” Cameron said. “If we don’t put (cannabis) in there, we’ll put something else in there that’s not so regulated because we have (already) built the facility.”Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum
TORONTO — Christmas decorations, clothes and kitchenware are visible from the front window of National Thrift on Toronto's Keele Street, but people who stop by are greeted with a sign on the door that says the store is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.Non-essential businesses in Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region have been ordered by the province to close until the week of Christmas, in an effort to suppress surging COVID-19 infections.While grocery, hardware stores and other department chains remain open for in-person sales, shoppers and business owners say the new restrictions have made it harder for people with less disposable income to get by. Vanessa Barra peered into the dark front window of National Thrift on Wednesday afternoon. She said she recently moved to Ontario and was looking for some essentials like kitchenware.“When I moved here, I didn’t take a lot of stuff with me,” Barra said from the sidewalk outside. “With the lockdown it’s kind of hard to find a job and I’m looking for something cheap I can use. I think this kind of place has that.”At a nearby Value Village, flanked by open retailers including Metro and Shoppers Drug Mart, more than a dozen people approached the locked doors, some looking for second-hand clothes, others for games to pass the time while stuck at home. Municipal and provincial officials have encouraged residents to support local businesses during the four-week lockdown by ordering online or using curbside pickup.For National Thrift, which has three locations in Toronto, cataloguing thousands of unique donated items online would be “literally impossible to do,” said operations manager Jake Davis. It's left customers who rely on lower prices to buy clothes for their families, as well as kitchen goods and other essentials, in a bind. “Their dollar does stretch a little bit further than going to regular retail,” Davis said, adding that clothing should be considered a necessity, especially with kids still attending school in Ontario’s locked-down zones.The timing may also hurt families ahead of the holiday season, he said. National Thrift stores sell second-hand toys that have been cleaned up to look like new, so families who can afford gifts for their kids if brand-new is outside their price range. “It is very, very unfortunate,” Davis said. “I think the safety of everyone is at the forefront of everyone's mind. But in terms of closing, it does hurt a lot.”Pegasus Thrift in east Toronto also shut down its in-person sales this week. Profits from the second-hand shop fund the charitable activities of the Pegasus Community Project, which runs day programs for adults with developmental disabilities, some of whom volunteer at the store.The leadup to Christmas is often a busy time for sales among shoppers who rely on lower prices, or those who are looking for unique finds, said Paula Murphy, executive director of the non-profit.She said the shutdown will affect sales and it's disrupted the routines and social connections for participants in Pegasus' social programs, who were already isolated during the spring lockdown. “It's devastating to the people we support, it's devastating to the families, it's devastating to my staff,” Murphy said of the closure this week.Other social enterprises have had to pivot as Peel and Toronto weather measures aimed at reversing increasingly dire COVID-19 case counts. St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown Toronto wrote on social media this week that its drop-in hot meal service is now takeout only due to the restrictions.The provincial department of health did not directly answer whether thrift stores are considered non-essential during the lockdown phase of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework. A statement from the Ministry of Health said individual businesses “should consult their legal counsel to determine how the lockdown regulation … applies to their specific business.”It also pointed to relief funds available to support businesses. “To be clear, moving regions into a lockdown is not a measure this government takes lightly,” the statement said. “However, as we have seen around the world, lockdowns are a difficult but necessary step to stop the spread, safeguard the key services we rely on and protect our health system capacity.” Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations, which sell used furniture and other home goods at reduced prices, have remained open in the Greater Toronto Area and Peel Region during the lockdown stage because of the hardware component of their catalog. Jim Waechter, who directs the ReStore Success and Product Support program for Habitat for Humanity Canada, said the stores have had to pivot to more online sales, curbside pickup and delivery since the pandemic began.He said it's been a worthwhile shift to continue offering sustainable, affordable options to people during a difficult time.“We're proud of that role that we play in our local communities,” he said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020. Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press
Le Comité de la commémoration du 50e anniversaire de l’expropriation de Mirabel invite les personnes intéressées à une activité qui a pour but de rendre hommage aux femmes ayant lutté pour que les terres expropriées soient rétrocédées, alors que l’on inaugurera, par le fait même, une plaque commémorative installée à la Maison Jean-Paul-Raymond, dans le secteur de Sainte-Scholastique. Le tout se déroulera le vendredi 11 décembre prochain de manière virtuelle. L’événement, qui prendra la forme de conférence, mettra en lumière le rôle joué par toutes ces femmes auprès de leurs familles et de leur communauté pendant une période difficile. Des personnes impliquées dans le dossier de l’expropriation de Mirabel livreront des témoignages et permettront de faire le point sur le vécu et la contribution des femmes lors des événements qui se sont déroulés des décennies auparavant, mais qui laissent toujours ses traces. Rappelons qu’à la fin des années 1960, le gouvernement fédéral s’était approprié 97 000 acres, parmi les terres agricoles les plus riches du Québec, afin de construire le nouvel aéroport de Montréal, à Mirabel. La nouvelle touche alors plus de 3 000 familles, ainsi que 14 villages et municipalités des Basses-Laurentides. Des citoyens impliqués Rita Léonard-Lafond sera l’une des personnes qui témoigneront, elle qui a été elle-même délogée de sa maison. Ceux qui suivent le dossier de près se rappellent que Mme Léonard-Lafond a été impliquée activement à titre de porte-parole pour les gens expropriés, au sein du Comité d’information et d’animation communautaire (CIAC). Elle est aussi membre du Comité de commémoration du 50e anniversaire. D’autres acteurs prendront la parole au cours de l’événement. Ils seront disponibles afin d’échanger après la conférence. Considérants les mesures liées à la pandémie, l’activité se tiendra virtuellement, sur la plateforme Zoom, le 11 décembre, dès 14 h. À noter que l’on doit absolument confirmer sa présence d’ici le 30 novembre prochain. Seules les personnes ayant confirmé leur présence recevront le lien Web qui permettra de se connecter sur la plateforme. D’ailleurs, une assemblée générale suivra, sur le coup de 15 h, à nouveau sur la plateforme Zoom. Pour confirmer sa présence aux deux événements, vous devez écrire au Comité de commémoration du 50e anniversaire de l’expropriation de Mirabel, via le email@example.com. Nicolas Parent, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Éveil
EMPLOI. Le ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, Jean Boulet, lance le Programme d'aide à la relance par l'augmentation de la formation (PARAF). Totalisant 114,6 millions de $, la mesure offrira un montant de 500$ par semaine aux chômeurs pandémiques pour les accompagner dans leur processus de requalification ou de rehaussement de leurs compétences. Par ce programme, on vise près de 20 000 Québécois. «La formation est un moyen efficace pour répondre aux besoins de main-d'œuvre de secteurs en pénurie de main-d'œuvre. Cela permet à ceux et celles qui ont perdu leur emploi de se requalifier pour réintégrer le marché du travail. Votre gouvernement est là pour accompagner les chômeurs pandémiques dans leur réorientation de carrière. Le PARAF découle des consensus établis au Forum virtuel sur la requalification de la main-d'œuvre et sur l'emploi, tenu le 16 octobre dernier. Ce programme se veut une réponse à la situation actuelle liée à la pandémie et contribue à la relance économique. Il permettra à des milliers de personnes d'acquérir de nouvelles compétences, sans soucis financiers», souligne Jean Boulet, ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale. Des efforts seront notamment consentis pour mettre sur pied des parcours individualisés afin d'intégrer rapidement davantage de personnes dans les secteurs d'activité en déficit de main-d'œuvre qualifiée, comme la santé, la construction et les technologies de l'information. Précisons que pour être admissibles, les participants devront avoir rencontré un agent d'aide à l'emploi pour établir un parcours individualisé d'ici le 31 mars 2021. Pour avoir droit à l'allocation de 500 $ par semaine, ils devront avoir commencé leur formation au plus tard le 25 septembre 2021. Stéphane Lévesque, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Hebdo Journal
BUDAPEST, Hungary — The leaders of Hungary and Poland vowed Thursday to uphold their veto of the European Union’s next budget — and its massive pandemic relief fund — saying a mechanism that ties payment of funds to rule of law principles risks derailing the bloc.The EU has proposed a mechanism linking its 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget for 2021-2027 and coronavirus recovery package to the respect of the rule of law by its 27 members.This would allow funds to be denied to members that violated democratic norms, and could target Poland and Hungary. Both countries are at loggerheads with Brussels over their rule of law standards, and the EU has opened legal procedures against them.Poland and Hungary vetoed the mechanism last week, effectively stalling progress on the implementation of the whole budget and the urgently needed rescue package, planned for January.Tough negotiations are expected at an EU summit next month.Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Poland's Mateusz Morawiecki, met in Budapest to discuss ways of persuading EU leaders, and especially Germany, which currently holds the bloc's presidency, to abandon the conditionality mechanism.“This is extremely dangerous for Europe’s cohesion, it is a bad solution that threatens a breakup of Europe in the future,” Morawiecki told a news conference.He argued that similar exclusive mechanisms could be used in the future against other countries, over other issues.“This is not the right way to go,” Morawiecki said stressing that conditionality of funds is not written into EU founding treaties.With the veto "We are defending the unity of the union,” Morawiecki said.Hungary's Orban said the EU debate over the rule of law must not be tied to ways of helping the entire bloc overcome the biggest economic downturn in its history."Whoever links them is irresponsible, because the crisis needs fast economic decisions,” Orban said.He said he was acting in his nation's interest by opposing the financial mechanism, saying it violated Hungary’s national values and sovereignty.Orban said the debate was not about the rule of law but about the “rule of the majority.”The two leaders vowed to back each other in opposing any mechanisms that they found unacceptable. Budapest and Warsaw have previously backed each other in opposing some decisions taken by Brussels, including on migrant policy.In their joint statement, they rejected any mechanism that would financially sanction member states for violating democratic standards.If EU nations' leaders fail to break the stalemate before the end of the year, the bloc will continue to spend but function on limited resources, with a maximum of one twelfth of the budget for the previous financial year to be spent each month. Many projects for Poland and Hungary could be held up.Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, whose country has been among the worst-hit in Europe by COVID-19, said he is convinced Hungary and Poland will “overcome” their opposition and the December EU summit will prove “decisive.”____Scislowska reported from Warsaw, Poland________________________________________Justin Spike And Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press
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Halifax-area businesses ordered closed in an effort to curb the city's rising number of COVID-19 cases are getting another round of financial support from the province.Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said Thursday that the province would offer a one-time grant of up to $5,000 to small, independently owned bars, dine-in restaurants and fitness and leisure centres.The businesses are among those that are now closed for at least the next two weeks under health measures that took effect Thursday.MacLellan said it's the third round for a grant which is part of a larger $50-million relief fund for business."Those who received this in the past will be fast-tracked," he told reporters following a cabinet meeting. "If there are any that didn't apply . . . they still will be eligible."Businesses can use the grant money for any operational expenses, such as wages and supplies. To be eligible, businesses must have been operating since March 15. There is no cap on annual revenues."It's not going to solve everyone's problem. We always wish we could do more," MacLellan said.Under the new restrictions, retail stores can remain open, but they have to limit the number of shoppers and staff to 25 per cent or less of their legal capacity.MacLellan said while retailers aren't part of the targeted relief package, his department will monitor the impact on their business over what is hoped will be only a two-week period before the measures can be lifted.The province reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, including 12 in the Halifax area, one in the northern health zone and one in the western zone.It said 856 tests were administered at the rapid-testing site in downtown Halifax on Wednesday, and there were five positive results. The individuals were directed to self-isolate and have been referred for a standard test."We've seen a great uptake for asymptomatic testing among Halifax bar staff and patrons," Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health said in a news release."People are showing us how much they care about their communities by going to these pop-up rapid-testing locations. This has allowed us to detect a few cases among asymptomatic people early on and helps to stop the spread of the virus."Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has reported 167 COVID-19 cases, and it has had 1,257 cases and 65 deaths since the pandemic began.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.Keith Doucette, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said companies had to have between $25,000 and $300,000 in annual sales to be eligible.
There have been no injuries reported after Calm Air Flight 464 went off the runway at the Naujaat airport in Nunavut.In a statement posted to Calm Air International's Facebook page Thursday afternoon, the company said one of its cargo planes left the runway at about 1:30 p.m. local time."No passengers were on board and the crew are receiving medical evaluations," the statement reads."Calm Air has informed Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board of the incident."The airline company did not offer any other details about the incident, and has not returned phone calls from CBC News.Elizabeth Kusugak, who was at the airport Thursday, said she saw the plane coming in for landing, and minutes later, it was off the runway.In an email to CBC Friday, a Transport Canada spokesperson said the company "is aware of an incident with Calm Air that took place on [Thursday]. Transport Canada is following up with the operator to verify compliance with the Canadian Aviation Regulations and if it is determined that there has been non-compliance, the department will take appropriate action."Earlier in the day, Naujaat senior administrative officer Kevin Tegumiar told CBC News that emergency personnel had responded to an incident at the hamlet's landing strip and that no injuries were reported.Images were also posted to Facebook showing an airplane off the runway.
Wellington County OPP say that thanks to witnesses, they were able to apprehend a suspected impaired driver in Erin this week. On Nov. 25, OPP received reports of someone demonstrating signs of impairment entering a red passenger vehicle and driving out of a parking lot on Main Street. The vehicle was located by police, who placed the driver under arrest after it was determined their ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol. The driver was transported to a local OPP Operation Centre for further testing. A 57-year-old driver from Erin was charged with impaired operation, impaired operation - 80 Plus (mg of alcohol per 100mL of blood), and driving while suspended, a Highway Safety Act offence. The vehicle has been impounded for seven days, and the driver had their licence suspended for 90 days. Police are reminding people that if they suspect someone’s ability to drive is impaired by either drugs or alcohol they report it by calling 911.Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner
BRUSSELS — Thanksgiving just got a little bit better for the Maine lobster industry.The European Union parliament on Thursday approved a mini trade deal with the United States, which includes the elimination of customs duties on U.S. lobster imports. The passage with 638 votes for, 45 against and 11 abstentions was the last major political step for the deal to come into effect.As a result, the 27-nation EU will drop its 8% tariff on U.S. lobsters for the next five years and work to make the move permanent.U.S. lobster imports to the EU came to about $111 million in 2017 before falling off in the face of rising tensions between the trading partners, and an EU trade agreement with Canada that allowed its lobsters to enter the bloc tariff-free.Because of it, said EU legislator Bernd Lange, “we have seen a drop in demand by 50% in Maine, which is obviously quite serious. So now we are making an offer to allow American lobster to come tariff-free into the EU."For its part, the U.S. agreed to cut in half tariffs on EU imports worth about $160 million a year, including some prepared meals, crystal glassware and cigarette lighters. The tariff cuts will be retroactive to Aug. 1.The deal approved on Thursday covers only a tiny portion of trans-Atlantic trade with the U.S., but the EU hopes it will have some symbolic value. And for the lobster industry, already hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, every piece of good news is welcome.For the EU, which has had acrimonious relations with the Trump administration, a sign of goodwill will never hurt.“We have more in common than divides us," said Lange. “This piece of legislation is an offer: it’s not about lobster for all. It’s about co-operation instead of confrontation.”Raf Casert, The Associated Press
When Mehana Vaughan spoke over a Zoom call to celebrate the book launch of Plants, People, and Places, she was inside her home in Hawaii making leis with her children. “We are plant people,” said the professor of natural resources and environmental management of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. “This is an art shared by my grandmother and a way we share our love.” Vaughan is one of the contributing authors to newly released book. Born out of a symposium held in Victoria in 2017, it explores the roles of ethnobotany and ethnoecology in Indigenous peoples' land rights in Canada and beyond. Plants, People and Places is a compilation of essays from leading voices in philosophy, Indigenous law and environmental sustainability. Edited by prolific ethnobiologist, Nancy J. Turner, the book argues that it is time to consider the critical importance of botanical and ecological knowledge to land rights and policy-making in Canada, the United States, Sweden, and New Zealand. Turner said that she hopes that the book will be a “useful contribution to reconciliation and recognition of Indigenous knowledge and wisdom relating to the plant world, and will highlight the important role of plants in Indigenous cultures and for humans everywhere.” Highlighting Nuu-chah-nulth traditional knowledge keepers, such as Dr. Marlene Atleo, who writes about Nuučaanuł plants and habitats as reflected in oral traditions, and Umeek, Dr. Richard Atleo, who provides a retrospective and the book’s concluding thoughts, Plants, People and Placesis an ode to how much we can learn from the history of human relationships with nature. Recognizing the common threads and shared understanding of people as part of the environment, along with the need for restoring that balance and reciprocity is “beautifully encapsulated” in this book, said Vaughn. Much like teaching her children how to make leis, Vaughn stresses the importance of sharing knowledge across generations. Kim Recalma-Clutesi is a contributing author to the book. “This tangible wealth is our history and our knowledge and how we interact with the spiritual, the super natural and the natural worlds,” she said. “We have to walk carefully and tread carefully wherever we are and I think our world would be much better if we did that with all that we do.”Melissa Renwick, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Ha-Shilth-Sa
Le bilan lavallois est désormais de 540 cas actifs selon les données émises par le Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de Laval. Cela signifie que le territoire connait une baisse de 27 cas actifs par rapport à la veille. Le total de décès augmente à 725 depuis le début de la pandémie. 103 tests positifs ont été effectués dans les 24 dernières heures. Ainsi, depuis le mois de mars, 11 083 citoyens lavallois ont été affectés par le virus. Parmi les personnes touchées par la COVID-19, 28 sont présentement hospitalisées, dont 5 aux soins intensifs. 22 employés de l’organisation de santé sont toujours absents du travail en raison de la COVID-19. À l'exception de Vimont/Auteuil (+5), tous les secteurs lavallois ont connu une hausse supérieure à 10 cas par rapport à la veille. Chomedey est celui qui a été le plus touché avec 31 nouveaux cas. Au cours des deux dernières semaines, il est le deuxième secteur de l'île Jésus qui compte le plus de cas confirmé, tout juste derrière Pont-Viau/Renaud-Coursol/Laval-des-Rapides (+23). Ce dernier constate 234 personnes touchées et un taux d'infection de 294 cas par 100 000 habitants sur cette même période. De leur côté, Duvernay/Saint-François/Saint-Vincent-de-Paul et Fabreville-Est/Sainte-Rose ont ajouté 16 et 15 cas à leur total respectif. Sainte-Dorothée/Laval-Ouest/Laval-Les Îles/Fabreville-Ouest/Laval-sur-le-Lac compte quant à lui 13 nouvelles personnes touchées. *** Prendre note que tel qu’indiqué sur le site Web du CISSS de Laval, ces données par secteur incluent l’ensemble des cas des citoyens testés positifs à la COVID-19, qu’ils résident dans des milieux fermés ou ailleurs dans la communauté. Les milieux fermés incluent des milieux de vie comme les centres d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée (CHSLD), les résidences privées pour aînés (RPA), les ressources intermédiaires (RI), ainsi que les centres correctionnels. Les données présentées sont calculées en fonction du lieu de résidence. Le CISSS tarde à déterminer le foyer de 59 cas jusqu’ici.Nicholas Pereira, Initiative de journalisme local, Courrier Laval
More than two-thirds of the world’s fields, ranches and orchards are owned by one per cent of its farmers, according to a report released Tuesday. Land inequality — the concentrated ownership of land — is skyrocketing globally, including in Canada and the U.S. It’s a trend driven by large-scale industrial farming and export-oriented agricultural policies with wide-ranging impacts on everything from food security to climate change. Those investments aren’t always obvious. Historically, land ownership analyses have excluded key pieces of information, such as the value of land and the degree of control a person or organization has over it, according to the report’s authors. For instance, many farms operate under contract to agri-food corporations, giving them control over production methods and market access without explicitly owning the farm. Investors are also purchasing farmland at increasingly high rates, pushing land prices beyond the value of the crops they can produce and exacerbating farmland consolidation. An analysis of these control mechanisms was included by the coalition of organizations behind the report — a novel technique, said Ward Anseeuw, co-author of the report and co-ordinator of the initiative. The additional data revealed that worldwide, land inequality is 41 per cent higher than previously reported through national agricultural censuses. “These findings radically alter our understanding of the extent and far-reaching consequences land inequality has, proving that not only is it a bigger problem than we thought, but it’s undermining the stability and development of sustainable societies,” he said in a statement. Concentrated land ownership is associated with a suite of problems, including deforestation, political and economic inequality and the degradation of rural food security, the report notes. And while land inequality is an old problem — it was a key part of many colonial governments’ policies — the authors note that since the 1980s, the problem has gotten worse. That’s when national and international trade policies were implemented that made it easier for financial institutions and global agri-businesses to purchase vast tracts of farmland for conversion into industrialized crop production. This land was generally purchased from small- to mid-sized family farms growing a diversity of crops for local or regional consumption. Replacing them were larger industrialized farms owned by vertically integrated companies invested from seed to sale in international commodity markets. It’s a trend that accelerated after the 2008 financial crash, said Devlin Kuyek, senior researcher at GRAIN, an international non-profit supporting small farmers and social movements. Those investors, including several Canadian pension funds, started purchasing farmland worldwide. And with deeper pockets than most farmers, they didn’t struggle to find the land, despite policies in certain jurisdictions — including some Canadian provinces — that limit foreign farmland ownership. It’s a practice that drives land consolidation, he explained. Meanwhile, smaller-scale farmers producing food for regional and local consumption often struggle to make ends meet because of high farmland prices and competition from global commodity markets. It’s a pattern that is seen worldwide — including in B.C., explained Mullinix. The province has a proliferation of small, diversified farms serving local markets, many of which struggle to afford farmland (farmland prices in the province are also driven by real estate speculation, not only agri-businesses and investments from financial institutions). There are also several large ranches and orchards producing food for Canada-wide and international markets — and not much in between. Still, Kuyek said that Canadians have more leverage than they might think. Canadian pension funds are some of the world’s largest farmland investors and sustained pressure from the people whose money they are managing can help change their practices. “We have an interest in understanding what’s going on with our money. If the money is being used to expand industrial agriculture, kick communities off their lands, destroying the future of the planet, it’s not really a good investment that way,” he said. “But this is a new area for the pension funds, so putting pressure on them now, making them aware of the risks … it can sort of push them to hold back from stepping into that area of investment.” Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, National Observer
Prince George, B.C., resident Judy Howard recently shelled out $50 for a six-pack of soy sauce after a family Facebook bidding war, and she feels like she got a pretty sweet deal — or salty, to be more accurate.A single bottle of Canadian-made China Lily Soya Sauce usually runs about $3 and is a staple in many kitchens in northern B.C., primarily in Indigenous households where it is often used liberally in traditional dishes and everyday dinner prep.Currently, it is incredibly hard to come by, and that's causing a bit of a panic among regular purchasers.The sauce is crafted by Lee Foods in Toronto. False rumours the factory is closing could be behind why grocery stores in B.C.'s north have been cleaned out, Amazon has nothing to offer, and prices on eBay keep climbing.Prince Rupert, B.C., resident Carolina de Ryk, host of CBC's Daybreak North, caught the concerned chatter of locals on social media and contacted Lee Foods to find out why people were fearful their favourite brand was on the brink. A woman at Lee Foods who took de Ryk's call said there are no plans to shut down the family-run business.Her explanation for the shortage was simple: "China Lily Soya Sauce is the next toilet paper in the COVID-19 pandemic."While hearing the company is still open may be a relief for some, the current situation remains dire for die-hard fans. So much so that Tahltan President Chad Day released a tongue-in cheek-warning on Facebook that soy sauce bootlegging would not be tolerated. Annita Macphee, who is Tahltan and lives in Vancouver, said she remembers rice with China Lily being a component of many childhood meals. She told de Ryk its popularity in many Indigenous kitchens could be because so many Indigenous and Chinese people worked together at one time in coastal canneries."I've heard of people buying 16 bottles," she said, adding she currently has a line on some bottles that surfaced in Powell River, B.C., so she should be supplied for the time being.Howard, meanwhile, is likely being hailed as a hero by her immediate family for the six-pack she scored after her nephew, Sheldon Howard, Jr., a Prince George resident originally from the Gitxsan community of Gitsegukla in northwestern B.C., auctioned it off."I don't think it was extortion," said Howard, who uses the sauce to flavour much of her cooking, especially salmon and herring roe dishes.This year, said Howard, a bottle or two from Santa would be a coveted Christmas gift for many in Gitsegukla.To really dive down into the cultural significance of China Lily, De Ryk also spoke with Jeremy Pahl, also known as Saltwater Hank, a Tsimshian First Nation member and Prince Rupert resident.He was plum out at the start of the week but, while it was weighing heavy, he said he was staying strong."We are going to get through it, and future generations are going to look back and say my ancestors survived the great China Lily shortage of 2020," Pahl said with a chuckle.Pahl later got lucky when some employees at Coast Mountain College called up de Ryk to let her know they had a bottle and it was Pahl's if he wanted it. You can bet he did.But if you're not one of the lucky Howards, don't know about a stash out of town, and no kindly neighbour has tracked you down via the national broadcaster to offer you a spare bottle, don't despair — Lee Foods is still in full swing.In a statement, company president Christopher Wong said while there have been some supply, shipping and staffing hiccups due to the pandemic, customers can expect to see China Lily Soya Sauce back on the shelves within the coming weeks.To hear Judy Howard talk about her Facebook auction score on CBC's Daybreak North, tap the link below:
A male wood duck is catching birders' eyes around Regina's Wascana centre — not just for his striking good looks, but for his amorous ways. His actions as one half of an aquatic pair of star-crossed lovers have earned him the nickname Romeo. "It's very unusual for wood ducks to stay in Saskatchewan for the winter. They migrate south," says local bird enthusiast and amateur photographer Hanna Walczykowski."But then we noticed he has a best friend — a mallard."The wood duck commonly rates among the most promiscuous of waterfowl, but Romeo has proven to be a more faithful sort. For the past four or five years, local birders have seen him stay faithfully by the female mallard's side. Walczykowski said he seems "protective" of the mallard — nicknamed Juliet — going so far as to chase away other ducks."It's quite amazing to observe that couple actually," she said. Listen to The Morning Edition's interview about the unusual relationship between a mallard and a wood duck:Walczykowski believes it to be the same pair meeting each year, based on her photos and observations, but neither has been banded, so it's not a given. Perhaps the bigger mystery, though, is whether the pair have had offspring.The wood duck is known to crossbred with as many as 20 other duck species, so it's not out of the question, but Walczykowski says so far, no one has spotted them with young.It's just one more reason to keep her eyes open and fixed on nature."It's kind of like a love story, to us," she says, noting Romeo seems to persist through what is an inhospitable winter for most of his kind."Maybe the reason he stays here, it was actually falling in love — with her."
Organizers of the white cross memorial installed to raise awareness of the opioid problem in Sudbury are hoping the province will provide some emergency funding for addiction treatment and services. Denise Sandul said the situation in Sudbury is at a crisis level, and funding for more mental health and addiction services is needed now. Sandul, the mother of 22-year-old Myles Keaney, began the local memorial movement as a private gesture after her son's body was found downtown on September 8. It is suspected the young man died of an opioid overdose. Sandul said she doesn't want Keaney's death to be forgotten, or his passing to become just another grim statistic. She placed a cross in the ground back in September. It didn't go unnoticed. Soon, family members of other opioid victims came forward asking if they too could have a cross there, on a small patch of grass near the fire hall parking lot by the intersection of Shaughnessy and Van Horne streets. Sandul said the families that came forward do not include the 14 other Sudbury families who have lost loved ones to opioid related causes since September 8. "The response was much more than I expected," said Sandaul. "And these are all people from Sudbury." Sandul said it was bittersweet to see so many crosses surrounding the one she set up for her son. "I am so grateful to those of you who have agreed to mark your loved one's life and their passing in this way, but heartbroken at the fact that such a monument event exists," Sandul wrote in a message on Facebook. After consultation with city officials, the ad hoc memorial was moved from Van Horne and Shaughnessy over to a larger piece of city land at the corner of Paris and Brady streets in front of the Sudbury Theatre Centre. Sandul said she was grateful for the city's co-operation and is hoping it can become a permanent memorial. Sandul was out there Tuesday, joined by friends and supporters to install more crosses. There are nearly 80 crosses now. Soon, said Sandul, she expects there will be 100 crosses. "Certainly the numbers are scary. We have a huge problem. People need to get on board and help fight for change," she said. Sandul said she knew her son was in trouble before he died. He had tried to get help. "There was no place for my son to get services he needed,” she said. “He was declined because his situation was seen as too complex in that he was schizophrenic and had an addiction.” But since his death Sandul said she has become far more vocal. "I will talk to anyone who will listen." she said. "This issue is all across Canada. I can only focus on our community. We can't always rely on the government to initiate something.” Sandul said she raised her concerns with Sudbury MPP Jamie West, who rose in the Ontario Legislature last week to express his alarm. "The opioid death rate in northern Ontario is almost twice that of southern Ontario. Sudburians are suffering, family members are in mourning and local resources are overwhelmed. My question is, will the Premier commit to immediately increasing funding to help Sudburians like Denise Sandul and her family?" said West. Health Minister Christine Elliott responded to the question, first to offer condolences to the family of Myles Keaney and anyone else who has lost a loved one to the opioid crisis. Elliott said Ontario was working on a province-wide solution, and that it would take significant time and money. She said the effort was moving forward through Ontario's Roadmap to Wellness program. Sandul said she is hoping to generate more support to not only to raise awareness but also to raise the sense of urgency needed. She said it would help to have the support of the city, not only for the memorial, but also in calling on higher levels of government for better treatment and access to addiction services. "Nobody is untouched by this,” said Sandul. “Pretty much anyone you talk to, anywhere, they know of someone, a friend or a family member. People have addictions and it is not easy on any family." Sandul said not enough people are comfortable in revealing there are problems in their families. "There is a stigma. Not everyone wants to talk about it. If they stop talking, more people will die."Len Gillis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sudbury.com
The Northern Village of Air Ronge has elected its second leader in history since the municipality was founded. Having won the election by just five votes, mayor-elect Julie Baschuk is the first to succeed in dethroning Gordon Stomp, who was instrumental in incorporating the municipality in 1977 and was the only mayor the village had ever known. She said that brings a special kind of pressure. “I don’t take that win lightly. I absolutely recognize it’s big. I’m not the first person that’s gone against Gord,” Baschuk told the Prince Albert Daily Herald in an interview. “With the vote being as close as it was, it absolutely does bring a little bit of pressure, because it shows that people really paid attention to both of our campaigns and how we see the community going forward. But I also feel comfortable. I like that people are going to hold me accountable and hold me to task on what I delivered throughout that campaign.” Baschuk has served on the Air Ronge village council for the past two terms. Her campaign focused on engaging directly with residents on community projects and she promised to work on a long-term strategic plan to stimulate growth, upgrade infrastructure and increase community safety. “I think a big one is always maintaining that affordability. Crime definitely was, I would say, the most consistent message that I had heard on the doorsteps, and I visited hundreds of doorsteps throughout that campaign. The community wants to be consulted and engaged in where we’re moving,” Baschuk said. “I think the need for healthy change was something that resonated amongst many people.” Baschuk’s new village council has gender parity, which is a change from the previous term. Tabitha Burr, Terry DesRoches, Corey Hardcastle, and Kristy McDougall were elected as councillors with McDougall replacing Baschuk in her role as deputy mayor. “Last election, I was the only woman amongst the town (of La Ronge) and the village that was elected. I think people this time realized that there wasn’t that inclusion, and there wasn’t that diversity, and saw the value of having women at that table that we are as a society, we’re moving forward,” Baschuk said. “I absolutely think it’s a big thing that I’m a mom, I’m a community member and now I am the mayor. I think it’s encouraging to younger generations of little girls and of teenagers that we are breaking down those barriers. It’s for the better of our society. I don’t like it to primarily be just because I am a woman but I do recognize that we are underrepresented within government and in society as a whole. I think it is very important.” Stomp acknowledged Baschuk’s win and said that while the results surprised him, he didn’t put as much energy into campaigning as he should have. “We’ve always had a good turnout for our voting process here. I’ve been challenged many times and I’ve survived up until now. There have been a lot of promises made and there will be a lot of challenges that’s for sure,” Stomp told the Daily Herald. “I don’t understand some of the things she’s saying. I guess the younger generation have ideas that they’re going to change things in a different direction. But I think we’ve been doing that. So let’s hope that things work out the very best.” Stomp, now 73 years of age, moved to northern Saskatchewan as a young man and started his own business in commercial fishing. “Our community began with a co-op Housing Authority, which built about 12 homes over here because people didn’t have a lot of money, and so that’s how they got housing at that time,” Stomp said. “It was sort of a hands-off approach. The community and the people weren’t that involved in the development and the running of the community. “We started out as just a northern authority and then we moved into more of an organized municipal governance structure. My vision of Air Ronge has always been to develop the community and to work with the people here to have a community that people are proud to live in and raise a family.” Stomp said money has been a consistent issue when it comes to getting projects off the ground and improving quality of life for residents of Air Ronge. He also sees difficulties that residents face in the context of inequalities between the north and the rest of province. “We never have enough revenue to have the things that we really need and to get parity with some of the necessities of the North. We take the backseat in northern Saskatchewan when it comes to those kinds of services. Things like health issues; like drugs and alcohol, addictions and treatment facilities. We just have a continuous battle to try and get some kind of parity here. And systems that work for the people of the North,” Stomp said. “I don’t know how many years and how many ministers we’ve talked to, and I have personally talked to… Sending people away even to Prince Albert and further south for treatment. It just doesn’t work for the people of northern Saskatchewan. It’s a huge burden. Let’s hope it will improve.” Stomp is very concerned about the spread of coronavirus in the region. He said he has wanted to implement mandatory masking in Air Ronge since “three months ago at least” but wasn’t taken seriously by his council at the time. “I went to my council and we were having meetings with the health authorities. And I talked about mandatory masks… I’m glad that the province finally woke up enough to make it mandatory across the province. I think there needs to be some more work done yet,” Stomp said. The village is part of a tri-community that shares municipal services and infrastructure like waterworks and waste disposal with the town of La Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. Relationships between the three communities are at times complex and the idea of amalgamating with the Town of La Ronge has been a thorn in Stomp’s side. “A very important thing for me all the time in all my years of service here in the community was that we retain our own identity. If you talk about amalgamation, if you talk about becoming a city, there’s so many ramifications. And I think people should keep that in mind,” Stomp said. “We do have a very good record of administration and I think our village is sort of looked up to as a good community in northern Saskatchewan, and I hope that will remain.” Stomp said now that he’s no longer mayor he will be spending more time outdoors with his great-grandchildren and focusing on his fishing business. “It’s a full-time job and the demand out there right now for fish, it’s just unbelievable,” Stomp said. One of Baschuk’s first actions as mayor was to get onboard with the Town of La Ronge and Lac La Ronge Indian Band to request the province mandate wearing a mask in public spaces. She called the move, “just another way of us trying to be supportive of our residents.” “I think there’s a very big difference between what regional cooperation and amalgamation look like. And while I’m committed to strengthening those regional relations with our tri-community leadership, I am willing to still work respectively with them. But I am looking at maintaining the identity of Air Ronge,” Baschuk said. “I respected my time with Gord. he has a heart for the community and I think that’s what kept him in that role for as long as we have seen. But with that, I think that people were ready to see some change, not in a bold way, but in a healthy direction.” Michael Bramadat-Willcock, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Northern Advocate
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