Mixologist Joe McCanta explains how to make his best ever Halloween cocktail. (Oct. 27)
Mixologist Joe McCanta explains how to make his best ever Halloween cocktail. (Oct. 27)
PARIS — Restorers at Paris’ fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral have completed key preliminary work by successfully removing all the perilous roof scaffolding, officials said Tuesday. The removal of the 200 tons of scaffolding was considered dangerous, with some experts fearing that it could cause more of the Gothic monument to fall down. It was thought that the scaffolding might have melded to the cathedral in the blaze, and be keeping it in place. When the Notre Dame fire broke out on April 15 last year destroying the spire, the cathedral was already under restoration. The scaffolding previously installed resisted collapse, “but was deformed by the heat of the fire” Notre Dame restoration officials said in a communique. The Associated Press
The newly appointed interim leader of the B.C. Liberals says one of her first tasks will be to find out what went wrong in this fall's B.C. election — in which the party lost vote share in every region of the province — and how to fix it.Veteran MLA Shirley Bond, who has represented Prince George-Valemount in the legislature for 19 years, was chosen Monday as interim leader of the party after former leader Andrew Wilkinson stepped down.The Liberals lost 15 seats in the October election, giving the B.C. NDP the gains it needed to form a majority government.In order to win back votes, Bond says the party will spend the next few months engaging with past MLAs and candidates, as well as British Columbians, to find out what the party can do differently and how to resonate better with voters, especially in urban areas."We were the No. 1 job creator, but British Columbians sent us a message that we needed to be thinking about other things as well … about social issues, about things that matter to families in the province," said Bond on CBC's The Early Edition on Tuesday.Evolving the economyBond, who said she lives in a riding where natural resources are very important to people's livelihoods, also spoke about the importance of evolving B.C.'s economy into one that is greener and "knowledge based.""It's not about either or," she said. Bond, who has held many ministerial roles and was the first female attorney general in British Columbia's history, did not say how long her temporary role at the party's helm would last, nor did she speculate about whom she may be handing the reins to.Wilkinson announced Saturday he would be stepping aside to make room for new leadership. He initially resigned two days after the party had its worst provincial election outcome in a generation, but at that time, he did not say when his resignation would be made official.Wilkinson's leadership came under criticism from many quarters during his time in charge of the party.Just weeks before the election, he was criticized for failing to apologize immediately after a video surfaced on social media in which Liberal candidate Jane Thornthwaite made sexist comments about NDP candidate Bowinn Ma.Bond said she is committed to creating a party culture of acceptance and respect."My job is to help us be an effective, professional well performing opposition in the legislature," said Bond.On Monday, the B.C. Liberal Party also elected Surrey South MLA Stephanie Cadieux as caucus chair.To hear the complete interview with Shirley Bond on CBC's The Early Edition, tap the audio link below:
A fire at Freeman Lumber in Greenfield, Queens County, November 20 destroyed a piece of equipment, but further damage was prevented thanks to a quick response by the Greenfield, Liverpool, and North Queens fire departments. Firefighters were called out at 10:30 a.m. and remained on the scene for about two hours. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. There were no injuries at the scene and neither EHS nor RCMP responded. In total, 28 firefighters were at the scene. Meanwhile, the Tri-District Fire Department was on stand-by in Greenfield, Port Medway Fire Department stood by in Liverpool, and the Mill Village Fire Department traveled to Port Medway in case it was needed.Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin
Restrictions to border crossings at the southern border between Labrador and Quebec are returning, after a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 was detected in Blanc-Sablon over the weekend.No non-essential travel at the border between Blanc-Sablon and L'Anse au Clair will be allowed, the premier's office confirmed Monday.Checkpoints that were put in place in the early days of the pandemic, but removed on June 25, will be reinstated as of Thursday with 24-hour coverage.Residents of the Labrador Straits area will be able to cross the border to go to the ferry terminal and airport in Blanc-Sablon without needing to present an exemption from the Newfoundland and Labrador government.The province will also strengthen border controls to "effectively eliminate the free flow of traffic between residents of L'Anse-au-Clair and Blanc-Sablon," the premier's office said in a statement, but added those details haven't yet been decided.Cartwight–L'Anse au Clair MHA Lisa Dempster said she thinks the decision will offer some assurance to people in her district."If somebody lives in Blanc-Sablon … and they go out, let's say, to Montreal or Quebec City — one of the hot spots — they come back because it's the same province, they are not required to self-isolate," said Dempster."So out of an abundance of caution, public health officials worked closely with Dr. Fitzgerald and the premier's office and this was implemented, and I'm quite pleased about it. I believe I think Minister [John] Haggie used to say in the earliest days of this … we'll never know if we were too cautious, but we'll certainly see the impacts if we weren't."Meanwhile, in Labrador West, people can expect the restrictions to remain unchanged between Fermont, Que., and the Lab West region.The 24-hour enforcement presence at the border will remain in place, with two fishery and forestry officers in place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and overnight presence of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.Rules that allow residents of Fermont to cross the border, but not stay overnight, without having to isolate will remain in place.Labrador West MHA Jordan Brown said there was "a lot of havoc and chaos" in his district following Monday's COVID-19 briefing, when he said Premier Andrew Furey misspoke about the need for self-isolation between Fermont and Labrador West.But things were clarified later in the day, when it was confirmed things would remain as they are."We're going back between Fermont and Lab West as normal, apparently, so that won't make any changes there," Brown said.Ferry rulesResidents of Quebec travelling by ferry across the Strait of Bell Isle to Newfoundland can only do so if they have an exemption letter allowing for travel.Labrador residents who travel to Newfoundland on that ferry are not required to isolate, since they are travelling within their province. However, when they cross the border into Quebec on their way to the ferry terminal, they must remain in their vehicles until they board the ferry.The same rule is in place for people travelling across the Strait of Belle Isle from Newfoundland: Travellers are required to stay in their vehicles from departure, until they cross the border into Labrador.Read more articles from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Police have laid charges against a man after more than $145,000 worth of cocaine was seized at a rural residence in Rocky View County.ALERT Calgary's organized crime and gang team carried out a search warrant on Nov. 18 with help from Calgary police and Airdrie RCMP officers.Police seized the following from the residence: * 1,459 grams of cocaine. * 292 grams of an unknown pink powder. * 134 grams of an unknown white powder. * 6 grams of psilocybin. * 0.3 grams of methamphetamine. * Various rounds of ammunition. * $120 cash.Jeff Bussey, 40, was arrested at a traffic stop in Crossfield, Alta., and charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and possession of ammunition contrary to a prohibition order.The unknown powders are being sent to a Health Canada laboratory for identification and analysis."Drug trafficking offences are magnified in rural communities and, more often than not, produce a number of ancillary offences related to addiction, such as property crimes and theft," said ALERT Calgary Staff Sgt. Jeff Ringelberg in a release.
Five more people have died of COVID-19 in western Quebec as that region's deadliest month of the pandemic continues.Another 64 Outaouais residents have tested positive for the illness, the province said Tuesday.Thirty-three western Quebec residents have died from COVID-19 in November alone, nearing Ottawa's 38, despite having about one-third of its population.Along with new cases, known active cases and hospitalizations in western Quebec are also eclipsing Ottawa's totals. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) logged 19 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death on Tuesday, while declaring 42 more cases resolved. The city's newest cases are more or less split between people over and under 40.A total of 8,231 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the vast majority of those cases — 7,540 — now resolved. The number of known active cases in Ottawa has slipped to 323, and 368 people have died.OPH said a data error with Ontario's provincewide information this week did not affect its local reports.Thirty patients are in Ottawa hospitals receiving treatment for COVID-19, including two in intensive care. Those numbers have been steady for about a week, said OPH.OPH has declared a new COVID-19 outbreak at the Amica Westboro Park long-term care home, bringing the citywide total to 28 active outbreaks including at nine long-term care homes, four schools and one a hospital.
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Supreme Court made Joe Biden’s win in the state official on Tuesday, approving the state's final canvass of the Nov. 3 election.The unanimous action by the seven nonpartisan justices sends to Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak results that will deliver six electoral votes from the western U.S. battleground state to Biden.The court action drew extra scrutiny amid legal efforts by the state GOP and Trump campaign to prevent sending vote-by-mail ballots to all 1.82 million active registered voters and then to stop the counting of the 1.4 million votes that were cast.Nevada’s six Democratic presidential electors are scheduled to meet Dec. 14 in the state capital of Carson City.Biden won Nevada by 33,596 votes, according to results approved by elected officials in Nevada’s 17 counties — including Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas, and Washoe County, which includes Reno.Biden got 50.06% of the vote and Trump 47.67%.Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican who has avoided the public eye in recent weeks, presented the results to the court.She noted the first-ever use of all-mail balloting statewide in a general election, same-day voter registration and early voting.“The result was more of a hybrid model where voters had a choice of how to participate,” she said, adding that a record number of voters participated.Certification of the vote does not stop several lawsuits pending in state and federal courts.They include bids by two Republican congressional candidates and a state Senate challenger to obtain re-votes in those races, an open-records case by the state GOP, and a U.S. District Court action alleging that thousands of ineligible people voted.A federal judge in that case declined a bid for an immediate injunction that would have stopped the use of a signature verification scanner during the vote count.Jesse Binnall, an attorney for the Trump campaign who is handling an election challenge pending before a state court judge, said Tuesday he intends to prove that so many fraudulent votes were cast statewide that Trump won Nevada.Turnout among the state’s more than 1.8 million active registered voters was almost 77.3%, including mail, early voting and Election Day ballots cast amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to secretary of state data.That was up from a turnout of 76.8% during the presidential election in 2016, when Democrat Hillary Clinton carried Nevada by a little under 2.5% over Trump.Nevada was one of several states due to certify the election on Tuesday.Ken Ritter, The Associated Press
WINDSOR, Ont. — Public health officials say 29 students and nine staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak at a Windsor, Ont., elementary school. Frank W. Begley Elementary has been closed since Nov. 17 and students and staff were asked to isolate for 14 days. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says the entire school population is at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19. Medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed had said that the first three cases in the outbreak were staff members, and transmission is suspected to have happened at the school. A letter to parents from the health unit says students are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19. The health unit says it is working closely with the school and the Greater Essex County District School Board to manage the outbreak and limit the spread of infection. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 24, 2020. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. The Canadian Press
Homeowners in Swan Hills began to receive telephone calls from the town last week regarding their water meters. The electronic water meter heads installed on the water meters in many of our homes have reached the end of their "shelf life" and need to be replaced. The electronic heads are able to read the water meters through a pre-programmed algorithm that detects the magnetic signatures of the mechanical water meter. The electronic heads can then connect to a receiver to transmit the data from the water meter. This setup allows a meter reader to take water meter readings without having to enter the home. The person taking the readings drives up and down the streets of Swan Hills with a receiver in their vehicle, picking up the readings as they go. According to the town office, many of the electronic water meter heads were installed roughly 8 – 10 years ago and are now starting to have performance issues. The town will be contacting the affected homeowners on an individual basis to arrange the replacement of the water meter heads. This whole process may take some time as these service calls will depend on coordinating with the homeowners' schedules, and the town has a limited number of technicians to perform these replacements. Please do not be alarmed if you receive a call from the town regarding your water meter in the near future. This is merely routine maintenance to keep our present system running smoothly.Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette
Police in Chatham-Kent are looking for a 34-year-old suspect after a man was attacked with a machete on Monday.According to police, the victim and the suspect had an argument prior to the attack, which took place around 5 p.m.The suspect retrieved a machete from his vehicle and struck the victim in the face, causing what police described as a five-inch laceration.The victim was able to drive himself to hospital.A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the suspect. He faces charges of aggravated assault, uttering death threats, possession of a dangerous weapon and three counts of failing to comply with a release order.More from CBC Windsor
TORONTO — Anxiety-ridden and overworked health-care workers say they feel abandoned in their increasingly desperate struggle to cope with COVID-19, a new small-scale study suggests. Interviews with nurses, personal support workers and others in hospitals and long-term care homes suggest chronic stress and burnout are common, but fear of reprisals is stopping them from speaking out. "The knowledge that they are at increased risk of infection due to lack of protection has resulted in anger, frustration, fear, and a sense of violation that may have long-lasting implications," the paper states. The study, in New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, was done by James Brophy and Margaret Keith, academic researchers affiliated with the University of Windsor and noted occupational hygienists. Health-care workers in Canada have contracted the novel coronavirus in far higher numbers relative to the general public, comprising almost one-in-five confirmed cases, according to a previous study. To date, COVID-19 has sickened close to 9,000 front-line health-care workers and killed 16. Only 10 workers — nurses, personal support workers and other staff — agreed to be interviewed for the qualitative study. Others refused to take part for fear of being disciplined or fired, they said. Despite the handful of interview subjects, the authors said their peer-reviewed findings reflect other larger-scale research and surveys, and its findings are valid. Those interviewed said they still lack personal protective equipment despite the very real risks of contracting COVID or spreading it — risks apparent from the early days of the pandemic. Some said they were warned by supervisors not to wear N95 protection, even if they had their own, Keith said. Others spoke of the constant grief and trauma they endure when patients or residents die, a situation only getting worse as new cases soar. "Words on the page cannot convey the level of emotion we heard in the voices of the health-care workers we interviewed," Brophy said. "We did not expect to hear the degree of anger and desperation that came out." The vast majority of the front-line health-care workers are women, many racialized, Keith said. Many are part-time and vulnerable to job loss. "Health-care workers are desperately in need of protection from COVID and from their often back-breaking and soul-crushing working conditions," Keith said. "But the authoritarian and hierarchical nature of health-care work contributes to (their) risks and adverse mental-health impacts." Despite the issues, the workers said the provincial government had let them down by failing to take action to deal with their health or labour concerns. Chronic understaffing and failing to keep them safe, the authors said, means the workers can't do their jobs effectively, putting everyone at risk. "Health-care workers health and well-being are being sacrificed," Keith said. "We all need to pay attention to their pleas." There was no immediate response to the qualitative study from the provincial government, but Health Minister Christine Elliott praised the "tireless efforts" of front-line health-care workers during an announcement on Tuesday about the roll-out of rapid tests. Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, said front-line staff in close contact with COVID-infected people still have no ready access to proper respirators. The Ministry of Labour has also rejected all 253 work refusals as valid. "This explains why people feel sacrificed and why they feel exploited and violated," Hurley said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 24, 2020 Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
With yet another lockdown upon us, residents are being urged to think a little harder about the Christmas gifts you're going to buy and where you'll be buying them from. As Minna Rhee reports, independent shopkeepers are looking for support so they can keep our neighbourhoods vibrant.
BERLIN — Germany's defence minister on Tuesday rejected Turkey's complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors acted correctly.Sunday's incident prompted Turkey to summon diplomats representing the European Union, Germany and Italy and assert that the Libya-bound freighter Rosaline-A was subjected to an “illegal” search by personnel from the German frigate Hamburg. The German ship is part of the European Union's Irini naval mission, which is enforcing an arms embargo against Libya.German officials say that the order to board the ship came from Irini’s headquarters in Rome and that Turkey objected while the team was on board. The search was then ended.Turkey says the search was “unauthorized and conducted by force” and insisted that its objections prior to the search were ignored.German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer backed the German crew's actions.“It is important to me to make really clear that the Bundeswehr soldiers behaved completely correctly,” she said during an appearance in Berlin. “They did what is asked of them in the framework of the European Irini mandate.”“That there is this debate with the Turkish side points to one of the fundamental problems of this European mission,” Kramp-Karrenbauer added, without elaborating. “But it is very important to me to say clearly here that there are no grounds for these accusations that are now being made against the soldiers.”This was the second incident between Turkey and naval forces from a NATO ally enforcing an arms blockade against Libya.In June, NATO launched an investigation over an incident between Turkish warships and a French naval vessel in the Mediterranean, after France said one of its frigates was “lit up” three times by Turkish naval targeting radar when it tried to approach a Turkish civilian ship suspected of involvement in arms trafficking.Turkey supports a U.N.-backed government in Tripoli against rival forces based in the country’s east. It has complained that the EU naval operation focuses its efforts too much on the Tripoli administration and turns a blind eye to weapons sent to the eastern-based forces.In Ankara, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said that Irini was “flawed from the onset.”“It is not based on firm international legal foundations,” Akar said. He renewed Turkey's criticism of the German ship's actions.“The incident was against international laws and practices. It was wrong,” he said.The state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying Turkey would “respond” to the incident and keep a watch on legal and political processes that may ensue.A Turkish Defence Ministry statement described the incident as “bullying” and urged allies to respect international maritime laws. The statement added, however, that Turkey was ready to “increase the necessary co-operation and co-ordination to prevent such incidents from recurring and to protect peace and stability in the region.”Peter Stano, a spokesman for the European Commission, said in a statement that Irini had made “good faith efforts” to secure Turkey's consent to the search by giving its Foreign Ministry four hours' notice in line with international maritime practice.He said Irini agreed to extend that notice by an extra hour at the request of the Turkish Embassy in Rome, and that the boarding went ahead after no answer had been received.The “boarding team acted with the highest degree of professionalism and no incident was registered throughout the action,” Stano said. No evidence of “illicit material” had been found when the search was called off.Turkey's Foreign Ministry refuted Stano's account on Twitter, insisting that Irini ignored “written and oral messages” sent by Turkish authorities before the German team boarded the vessel. The ministry said officials in charge of Irini initially stated that they did not need Turkey's consent but later changed their position.Kramp-Karrenbauer stressed that “Turkey is still an important partner for us in NATO.” Turkey being outside the military alliance would make the situation even more difficult, she argued, and Turkish soldiers are “absolutely reliable partners” in NATO missions.But she conceded that Turkey poses “a big challenge” because of how its domestic politics have developed and because it has its “own agenda, which is difficult to reconcile with European questions in particular.”___Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, and Lorne Cook in Brussels, contributed to this report.Geir Moulson, The Associated Press
Les enfants sont de plus en plus connectés, et de plus en plus jeunes. À Saint-Jérôme, la Fondation André-Boudreau, qui œuvre auprès des jeunes des Laurentides aux prises avec des problèmes de dépendance, lance une campagne de financement : Tic Toc – L’heure est grave, il est temps de les débrancher. « Maintenant, les jeunes naissent pratiquement avec un iPad dans les mains. » Nadia Dahman est présidente de la fondation. Selon elle, l’enjeu n’est pas de complètement déconnecter nos jeunes, mais plutôt de leur donner les outils nécessaires pour qu’ils fassent un usage sain de leurs écrans. « Les ados, quand ils sont bien outillés, ils parviennent à faire la différence entre une saine utilisation et trop d’utilisation. » Pour ceux qui sont encore au primaire, par contre, c’est plus problématique. Ils ont plus de difficulté à contrôler leur utilisation, et peuvent développer une utilisation malsaine de leurs appareils, comme une dépendance. « Les parents le reconnaissent. Ils appellent leur jeune pour souper, et celui-ci ne veut rien savoir. Il se cache pour jouer sur sa tablette ou son téléphone. Il est aux toilettes et ne sort plus de là. Il ne se lave plus… », illustre Mme Dahman. Ainsi la prochaine campagne de la fondation visera en particulier les jeunes de 6 à 12 ans. Ce qui rend la dépendance aux écrans si difficile à contrer, c’est qu’elle est insidieuse. « Il y a beaucoup de bonnes choses que le numérique apporte aux jeunes. C’est lié à la performance scolaire. L’enrichissement des connaissances est facile avec les bonnes plateformes. On remarque un accroissement de la littératie et des relations positives avec les enseignants et les amis. » C’est pourquoi le temps d’écran n’est pas une bonne mesure. Avec l’école à la maison et le confinement, c’est plutôt la qualité du temps d’écran qui compte. « On ne veut pas démoniser les écrans. On voudrait mieux outiller les jeunes au primaire, pour qu’ils puissent profiter au maximum des bienfaits, mais qu’ils reconnaissent eux-mêmes les signes d’une utilisation malsaine. » Mme Dahman insiste sur l’importance, pour les parents, de donner l’exemple et de passer du temps de qualité avec leurs enfants. « Les parents aussi utilisent beaucoup trop les écrans! Le soir, il faut mettre la télé et la tablette de côté. Les tous petits nous regardent aller. » Elle conseille de faire des activités comme jouer à des jeux de société, prendre une marche et faire du sport. « Souvent, les dépendances entrent par l’ennui, l’anxiété et la solitude. » Avec la pandémie, il est facile de s’isoler et de laisser le traintrain de la vie nous porter. Mais une agréable soirée passée en famille peut faire toute la différence. • Faibles habilités sociales • Mauvais contrôle des émotions et des comportements • Mauvaise estime de soi • Problèmes de santés physiques • Capacités cognitives moins élevées • Mauvaise qualité de l’attention • Problèmes de sommeilSimon Cordeau, Initiative de journalisme local, Journal Accès
The Venables Theatre is postponing and cancelling some scheduled shows following new public health measures laid out by the province last week. All events at the theatre scheduled prior to Dec. 7 have been cancelled or postponed following provincial health orders banning social gatherings, even in theatres with appropriate safety measures and events with less than 50 people attending. Mike Delamont’s Socially Distanced Stand-Up Comedy show scheduled for Nov. 28 has been cancelled. Two shows included in the Venables Alive series featuring local artists have been postponed including Great White North and Kristi Neumann. The shows will likely be moved to February at the earliest, according to theatre manager Leah Foreman, though it is still unclear when shows will be permitted to resume. The theatre is one of the few in the region to continue to operate successfully during the pandemic, however the new public health measures are throwing a wrench into the works. “We were having really good success with our shows. Lots of people were coming out to see them. We were keeping people safe and people and people felt comfortable here so I think we were doing great,” Foreman said. “But I mean, we’re all in this together and now we just have to hunker down.” The successful operation at the Venables since it reopened this fall is in part due to the support the theatre receives from the community. “We used all our tools we had. We talked to health officials, I’ve been on calls with venues across the province just talking about best practices and how do we all do this. Then I felt confident that I had the information on it that I needed and the logistics and stuff in order to reopen. I think it was just a matter of being really knowledgable about what was going on,” Foreman said. “I think one of the reasons we were able to do it was just the fact that we have such great support from our community and we were able to focus on figuring this out.” Following last week’s public health orders, movie theatres remained open over the weekend in B.C. — which was considered a bit of a thorn in the side of the Venables Theatre management — however, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry clarified Monday that the public health order cancelling events applied to movie theatres as well. However, Foreman still questions why bars and pubs can operate safely while the theatre is ordered to shut down for at least two weeks. “We aren’t a social gathering. You come in, you watch a show, you leave. You’re not congregating in the lobby, you’re enjoying a show in a socially-distanced way. So we did feel that we were being penalized for no reason,” Foreman said. The Venables box office is now open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 250-498-1626. Most refunds can be done over the phone or will be processed automatically.Dale Boyd, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Times-Chronicle
Pardis Parker hopes if there's one thing readers take away from his innocent tale about buying illegal milk on P.E.I., it's that no matter where we are from, many of our childhood experiences are similar.Those experiences are often rooted in food, he said. And, of course, "being naughty."Both play a central role in his Illegal Milk, published recently in the New York Review of Books. It's about how his grandfather found a way to source raw milk in P.E.I. to make hard yogurt, the way they made it in Iran. Problem is, selling raw milk straight from the cow is illegal in Canada.Parker found that out the hard way at a farmer's home in the mid-'80s when he was six years old.'Agreement' with farmers"They had some agreement with people like my grandfather, where if you wanted just the raw milk straight from the cow, then you could head to the farm, just go around back, you know, don't interact with anyone, let yourself in ... take as much as you want, leave the money in a jar," he recounted in an interview on Island Morning.One time when he was young, Parker accompanied his father and grandfather to the farm when the farmer unexpectedly walked in on them."This was a major, major moment of tension in that episode because he was now a witness," Parker said."Now, if the dairy investigators came by and asked him if people were taking his raw milk, he couldn't plead ignorance anymore. And so it was at that point that I realized that what we're doing isn't above board."> Many of the stories we hear when it's related to race are rooted in trauma, and it's nice to hear stories that are celebratory. — Pardis ParkerParker is a writer and comedian who is from Halifax but spent many summers at his grandparents' home on P.E.I.. His father's side is from Iran and his mother's side from Sri Lanka. He said writing the essay gave him happy insights into his father's childhood and culture."Many of the stories we hear when it's related to race are rooted in trauma, and it's nice to hear stories that are celebratory. And I think it's important for me to contribute to that, you know, when I can."Many of the stories are similar to what you'd hear anywhere, he said."Ultimately the experiences you have as a kid are all fairly similar, you know, and they're fairly innocent and they're rooted in exploration and fun and learning and eating, you know — and being naughty, breaking the rules, like it's all universal. We're all the same," he said."So, hopefully, people can see that."More from CBC P.E.I.
Arthouse darling Xavier Dolan is shifting to the small screen with a TV drama for Quebecor Content. Quebecor president and CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau says Dolan's small screen debut will be a miniseries based on the Michel Marc Bouchard play, «La Nuit où Laurier Gaudreault s'est réveillé.» Péladeau tweeted the news Tuesday morning in French, saying Dolan will write, direct and appear in the series, titled "The Night Logan Woke Up" in English. He says it will air on Videotron's subscription channel, Club illico. It's produced in association with CANAL+ which will broadcast the series in France, while StudioCanal will distribute the series internationally. The project reunites Dolan with dark material from Bouchard, whose play "Tom at the Farm" was adapted by Dolan and Bouchard as a film in 2015. The miniseries is based on Bouchard's 2019 story about a woman who is forced to confront family dysfunction when she returns to her hometown upon the death of her mother. Dolan posted a brief acknowledgment on Instagram saying only: "Back to work. 'La nuit où Laurier Gaudreault s’est réveillé,' coming to you in 2022." The cast includes Julie Le Breton, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, Éric Bruneau and Patrick Hivon, along with Dolan and Julianne Côté. Club illico says shooting is set to begin in March. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 24, 2020. The Canadian Press
The region's second drive-thru Santa Claus parade is happening Saturday in Amherstburg and organizers are hoping for a smoother event this time around.The so-called "reverse" parade — attendees drive by floats and performers that stay in place — is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the grounds of the Libro Centre Arena in Amherstburg.Maggie Durocher of the Windsor Parade Corporation is urging patience as she's expecting a very large turnout — similar to the event in Kingsville last weekend."I would encourage families to enjoy the time that they have together, celebrate what they do have, not what they don't have," she said. "Use the time waiting to access the parade route to enjoy the holiday season together."The event will feature multiple entertainers including fire jugglers and horse units as well as giant inflatables."It'll be a great outing for families," she said. "They can turn to 90.7 on the radio, listen to Santa talk to them as they go along … the parade route."They are also looking to broadcast the event on Facebook Live.The Windsor Parade Corporation, a non-profit, is behind Saturday's event as well as the one last weekend in Kingsville and the upcoming Windsor parade on Dec. 5.Kingsville apologizes for parade issuesThe Town of Kingsville issued an apology after its parade, which saw spectators face long waits to see the performers and "traffic rerouting concerns" due to the overwhelming attendance. The town said some of the concerns stemmed from "miscommunication" on its part. "We apologize to anyone who had a poor experience, and we thank them for their feedback and patience," the Town of Amherstburg said in a statement Sunday.The reverse parade format was implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns around social distancing."Although we expected a crowd, the ultimate response was incredible yet staggering," the town said.Work is being done around the clock to mitigate the challenges experienced in Kingsville, Durocher said. Parade organizers were set to meet with Amherstburg officials Tuesday.But Durocher also acknowledged that, given the high volume of traffic expected, there's only so much they can do.Part of the strategy this time around is to narrow down the routes people are taking to the site, she said. And unlike the Kingsville event, the Amherstburg parade is on a closed circuit. While this year's parades are taking a different form due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Durocher said the intention is to make the events as safe as possible. "We were working hard to make sure that this … was not a year without a Santa Claus," she said.
Yellowknife city council is exploring whether to apply for up to $25 million in federal Rapid Housing Initiative funding that would create permanent housing in the city for those experiencing homelessness. The project, if a Yellowknife bid were successful, could delay previously identified priorities like the city's replacement water line from the Yellowknife River, new aquatic centre, and potential expansion in Kam Lake. “We are so very conflicted on this," said city administrator Sheila Bassi-Kellett at a meeting with councillors on Monday. Bassi-Kellett said there was "enormous benefit" in building permanent supportive housing, but City Hall had limited resources and "a couple of massive projects under way." The N.W.T. is in a housing crisis, lacking adequate, suitable, and affordable homes across its communities. Even in the territorial capital, a 2019 report found 29 per cent of homes were not considered affordable for residents. The Rapid Housing Initiative offers $1 billion across the country to address urgent housing needs for vulnerable Canadians by rapidly building affordable homes. Half of the cash is allocated to specific, larger municipalities. The other $500 million is available to other groups, ranging from Indigenous governments to smaller cities like Yellowknife. City staff will now create a plan to bid on the funding and councillors will vote on whether or not to submit an application. Mayor Rebecca Alty said a special meeting may be required so council can vote and the city potentially submit its application before the federal December 31 deadline. Bassi-Kellett told council the city could look to retrofit an existing building with the money, turning it into permanent supportive housing. Once renovated, that building – a specific lot wasn't identified – could be operated by a non-governmental organization. A modular structure could also be considered. Bassi-Kellett added revenue from rent could cover operating costs like utilities and maintenance, and may cover some core funding for a group to run programs and pay for staffing. A stipulation of the federal funding is the city must aim to spend any funds allotted by March 31, 2021. Housing must be available within one year of the agreement being signed. With its scope and timeline, Bassi-Kellett told council the project would be an “ambitious undertaking” and other big projects would be set aside. “I do need to stress that this would mean a reallocation of other priorities, so that other projects and responsibilities would not be achieved if this one came to the top of the list,” she said. The city has since 2017 had a 10-year plan to end homelessness that states Yellowknife needs to “develop 80 new place-based units of permanent supportive housing” for people experiencing homelessness and problems with mental health, addiction, and physical health. “One area where we do see a gap in advancing some of the priorities of our 10-year plan is around permanent supportive housing,” Bassi-Kellett said. The Rapid Housing Initiative would help meet that need. “It is a lot of work but it would be hard to pass up on this opportunity to hit such a milestone within the 10-year plan,” said Grant White, the city's director of community services. Councillors Niels Konge and Robin Williams both saw the funding as a positive step and said it should be applied for without hesitation. “The reality is if someone says, hey, there’s $25 million here to help you solve one of the biggest problems you have in your community – that becomes the priority,” Konge said. “Here’s the long list of things that we have to do. This now gets moved up to the front, we go through the application process and then, at that point, we go back to doing what we were doing.” Councillor Shauna Morgan was cautiously optimistic, provided the application and work is done properly. “I don’t want us directing energy and resources down a path that is going to fall apart because we didn’t think it through, or we tried to go for a building or project that actually we don’t have any NGOs prepared to take on at the end of the day,” she said. According to Alty, the N.W.T. government and YWCA are each planning on submitting their own applications to address other housing needs. She told council, if approved, the YWCA’s application would address some need in Yellowknife. The GNWT's application is expected to focus on smaller, more remote communities. Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cabin Radio
COVID-19. À l’occasion de sa conférence de presse, le premier ministre du Québec a resserré les règles de son contrat moral de Noël. Ainsi, du 24 au 27 décembre, François Legault demande aux Québécois de se limiter à deux rassemblements d’un maximum de 10 personnes. Pour ceux qui seraient tentés par un voyage au soleil, le premier ministre a dit ce qui suit : «Ce n’est vraiment pas une bonne idée d’aller en vacances à l’étranger». Le point de presse a également permis d’apprendre que François Legault avait demandé aux corps policiers de se préparer à intervenir en cas de rassemblement lors du jour de l’An. Stéphane Lévesque, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Hebdo Journal