A pro-Trump car parade passes down a street in the Midwood neighborhood in New York City's Brooklyn borough.
A pro-Trump car parade passes down a street in the Midwood neighborhood in New York City's Brooklyn borough.
Prince Wong was still in her mother's womb when the Chinese government reclaimed control over Hong Kong from the British in the summer of 1997. For her 23rd birthday this year, Wong posted a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a pastel-striped paper hat trimmed with pink pompoms. On a recent day, Wong spun a gold ring on her finger in continuous circles as she spoke quietly about the past year of her life.
NEW YORK — The co-author of the million-selling “Game Change” has a book of his own coming about the 2020 election.Simon & Schuster announced Monday that John Heilemann is working on a “dramatic, first-hand account” of Joe Biden's victorious campaigns over his Democratic Party rivals in the primaries and over President Donald Trump in the general election. Heilemann had collaborated with Mark Halperin on “Game Change,” about the 2008 race, and on “Double Down,” about 2012.Halperin has since faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment. He was dropped by Showtime, where he and Heilemann hosted the political series “The Circus,” and a planned book by the two authors on the 2016 campaign was cancelled by Penguin Press.Heilemann's new book, currently untitled, draws on three decades of covering the former vice-president, who was Barack Obama's running mate in 2008 and 2012. The publication date is not yet scheduled.“I first met Joe Biden in 1986 when I was in college and he was getting ready to run for president the first time, and I’ve been following his ups and downs, his triumphs and tragedies, ever since,” Heilemann said in a statement. “The story of how, against all odds and against the apocalyptic backdrop of America in 2020, Biden rallied in the winter of his life to defeat Trump — and, in the eyes of many, to save the country — is one of the great political tales of this or any age, and I’m thrilled to have a chance to tell it.”Screen rights have been acquired by Showtime, where Heilemann still hosts "The Circus." The HBO adaptation of "Game Change" won five Emmys and three Golden Globe awards.Heilemann is national affairs analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and co-founder of the political video platform The Recount. He is also the author of “Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era,” which came out in 2001.His current project adds to the list of books expected on the 2020 race, which includes works by Maggie Haberman of The New York Times and by Ryan Lizza of Politico and co-writer Olivia Nuzzi of New York magazine.Hillel Italie, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — In the land of lexicography, out of the whole of the English language, 2020's word of the year is a vocabulary of one. For the first time, two dictionary companies on Monday — Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com — declared the same word as their tops: pandemic. A third couldn't settle on just one so issued a 16-page report instead along the same lines, noting that a world of once-specialized terms entered the mainstream during the COVID-19 crisis. The year, Oxford Languages said in the report last week, “brought a new immediacy and urgency to the role of the lexicographer. In almost real-time, lexicographers were able to monitor and analyze seismic shifts in language data and precipitous frequency rises in new coinages." Its Oxford English Dictionary and others found themselves madly updating well beyond routine schedules to keep up. Such publication updates are usually planned far in advance. Because the coronavirus pandemic brought on gargantuan language changes, according to Oxford Languages, “2020 is a year which cannot be neatly accommodated in one single `word of the year.'” Not so at Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com, both of which also noted enormous shifts toward many other related words but announced just one nonetheless. Pandemic “probably isn’t a big shock,” Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, told The Associated Press ahead of the announcement. “Often the big news story has a technical word that’s associated with it and in this case, the word pandemic is not just technical but has become general. It’s probably the word by which we’ll refer to this period in the future,” he said. John Kelly, senior research editor at Dictionary.com, told the AP before breaking the news that searches on the site for pandemic spiked more than 13,500% on March 11, the day the World Health Organization declared an outbreak of the novel coronavirus a global health emergency. The daily spike, he said, was “massive, but even more telling is how high it has sustained significant search volumes throughout the entire year." Month over month, lookups for pandemic were more than 1,000% higher than usual. For about half the year, the word was in the top 10% of all lookup on Dictionary.com, Kelly said. Similarly, at Merriam-Webster.com, searches for pandemic on March 11 were 115,806% higher than spikes experienced on the same date last year, Sokolowski said. Pandemic, with roots in Latin and Greek, is a combination of “pan,” for all, and “demos,” for people or population, he said. The latter is the same root of “democracy,” Sokolowski said. The word pandemic dates to the mid-1600s, used broadly for “universal” and more specifically to disease in a medical text in the 1660s, he said. That was after the plagues of the Middle Ages, Sokolowski said. He attributes the lookup traffic for pandemic not entirely to searchers who didn’t know what it meant but also to those on the hunt for more detail, or for inspiration or comfort in the knowing. “We see that the word love is looked up around Valentine’s Day and the word cornucopia is looked up at Thanksgiving,” Sokolowski said. “We see a word like surreal spiking when a moment of national tragedy or shock occurs. It’s the idea of dictionaries being the beginning of putting your thoughts in order.” The pandemic, Kelly said, made us all worthy of watercooler chatter with Dr. Anthony Fauci as our knowledge grew about all things pandemic, aerosols, contact tracing, social distancing and herd immunity, along with the intricacies of therapeutic drugs, tests and vaccines that can help save lives. “These were all part of a new shared vocabulary we needed to stay safe and informed. It’s incredible,” said Kelly, who works with a team of lexicographers to come up with words of the year based primarily on site traffic. Merriam-Webster began designating a word of the year in 2008, with “bailout.” The company's word of the year for 2019 was “they,” when a shifting use of the personal pronoun was a hot subject and lookups increased by 313% in 2019 over the previous year. Dictionary.com has been in the word of the year game since 2010, with “change.” Its word of the year in 2019 was “existential" in a year that climate change, gun violence, the very nature of democracy and an angsty little movie star named Forky from Disney's “Toy Story 4” helped propel search spikes. Oxford went with two words last year: climate emergency. Kelly, Sokolowski and Oxford Languages noted other worthy search trends beyond the pandemic. After the May 25 death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, words around racial justice experienced spikes, including fascism, anti-fascism, defund and white fragility, Kelly said. “There was no way for us to leave that out of the conversation this year,” he said. Oxford included a range in its report, from “karen” to “QAnon.” But it was all things pandemic that ultimately won the annual word sweepstakes. Jennifer Steeves-Kiss, chief executive for Dictionary.com, said one key ingredient in the hunt for the site’s word of the year is sustained interest over time. Pandemic met that standard. “This has affected families, our work, the economy,” she said. “It really became the logical choice. It’s become the context through which we’ve had dialogue all through 2020. It’s the through line for discourse.” Leanne Italie, The Associated Press
Depuis de nombreuses années, ils sont des milliers d’internautes à suivre le quotidien de Maxime Fortin, d’Alma, via sa chaîne YouTube. Humour, conseil beauté, l’étudiante en administration des affaires âgée de 20 ans veut maintenant se concentrer à aider à sa manière les jeunes qui ont grandi avec elle en partageant des conseils et des histoires sur sa vie d’adulte. Trucs pour réussir les curriculum vitae, partage de son expérience sur le marché du travail, les vidéos faits par la YouTubeuse jeannoise présentent depuis quelque temps un contenu plus mature. « J’essaie maintenant d’apporter le plus de bénéfices possible avec mes vidéos. Avant, avec par exemple mes revues de maquillage, ça n’apportait pas grand-chose à mes abonnés. Maintenant, j’essaie vraiment de les aider à ma manière, en leur donnant par exemple des conseils sur le marché du travail ou les études. Je sais qu’il y en a beaucoup qui sont à la même place que moi, donc si ça peut les aider, je suis contente », partage en riant la YouTubeuse qui cumule 43 000 abonnés, dans un entretien par visioconférence avec Le Quotidien. Depuis qu’elle a 13 ans, l’étudiante à l’Université Laval publie des vidéos hebdomadaires sur sa chaîne YouTube. Si une personne la suit depuis ses tout débuts, elle peut certainement voir que le contenu fait par la jeune femme a évolué au fil du temps. Elle s’est concentrée au fil du temps sur la mode, la beauté et même l’humour, avant de se lancer dans un contenu plus axé sur sa vie d’adulte. « Maintenant, je documente plus ma vie, je montre qu’est-ce que je fais à l’école, mon parcours scolaire, des vidéos sur les finances pour vraiment toucher ce qui m’intéresse en aidant les gens de mon âge », continue-t-elle. Il est important de savoir que Maxime n’a pas récolté des milliers de visionnements du jour au lendemain. Il a fallu plusieurs années de travail acharné pour arriver à ce que son passe-temps soit rémunéré. Sans se considérer comme populaire, la jeune femme admet qu’elle est de plus en plus reconnue pour ses vidéos qui lui apportent des opportunités qu’elle n’avait pas avant. Elle se rappelle d’ailleurs le moment où sa compagnie préférée l’a appelé pour une demande de partenariat. « Le premier contrat que j’ai eu avec une compagnie que j’aimais beaucoup, c’est là que j’ai réalisé que les efforts que j’ai mis pendant plusieurs années ont servi. J’ai vu que je pouvais être rémunérée pour ce que je faisais. C’était la compagnie Simons, qui me demandait de faire un vlog par rapport à ma rentrée au cégep. J’étais tellement fière qu’une compagnie que j’adore me connaisse », s’est-elle réjouie. Conseils Si une personne souhaite se lancer sur les réseaux sociaux, la YouTubeuse a quelques conseils. Premièrement, elle rappelle qu’il est important d’être soi-même. Trop souvent, les gens qui se lancent se créent un personnage, ou ils font seulement ce que les autres ont fait avant, mais Maxime est persuadée que ce que les internautes aiment est la personnalité réelle d’une personne. Elle ajoute aussi qu’il ne faut pas se décourager, qu’il est important de mettre des efforts constants dans son projet et de ne jamais cesser d’y croire. Elle est la preuve qu’il est possible de réussir à percer même en région éloignée. « L’avantage d’Internet, c’est que tu peux le faire de partout. Ce n’est pas parce que tu es d’une petite ville du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean que ça ne peut pas fonctionner. Des contrats, tu peux en avoir, peu importe où tu habites. Tu peux faire ça de chez toi, même si tu es aux études », souligne-t-elle. Projets Maxime Fortin ne compte pas arrêter les vidéos YouTube et la création de contenu de sitôt. « Je me fais souvent demander ce que je vais faire si un jour je n’ai plus de chaîne YouTube. C’est vrai que ça évolue vraiment rapidement, mais il est certain que si la plateforme me le permet et mes abonnés aussi, j’ai l’intention de continuer le plus longtemps que je peux », admet-elle. Toutefois, elle se concentre également sur ses études en administration des affaires et en marketing. Elle se voit travailler dans une agence durant quelques années. Son plus grand objectif est de lancer un jour son entreprise. Elle ne sait pas encore en quoi exactement se spécialisera son entreprise, mais elle a la fibre entrepreneuriale bien ancrée en elle. On peut suivre Maxime sur sa chaîne YouTube et sur Instagram.Myriam Arsenault, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Quotidien
British pop star Rita Ora apologised on Monday after she admitted she had attended a party to celebrate her 30th birthday which broke England's strict COVID-19 lockdown laws. Under the lockdown rules, people in England are not allowed to mix with other households indoors and can meet one person outside.
Mono Council met on November 17 of this year, in what was one of the most conten-tious and lengthy Council meetings to date.Councillors discuss a number of planning issues as well as a lengthy in-camera session on related issues and By-law Enforcement.The meeting opened with a presentation from the Fung Lou Kok Institute of Taoism, regarding their Niagara Escarpment Comis-sion (NEC) Development Permit Review. This issue has been ongoing since 2015 and concerns the applicant’s request to change their Cemetery Site Plan to allow for the site to be converted from plots to columbarium. As well, they want to beautify the site of the Cemetery, which will better conceal it from 5th Sideroad and the homes to the east of the site.The beautification is to include a new vehicular archway and the planting of numerous trees on the site as well as adding a pedestrian walkway and benches. Evans Planning Inc, the designated plan-ners, have been working closely with NEC and Town Staff to bring about the develop-ment changes. The currently approved site plan, calls for 1,575 flush mounted cemetery plots in the 2-hectare property. The eventual, total number of niches, in the columbarium plan will be 15,134. In a March 2016 Council Recommendation, the total number of niches was to be 1,507.In the plan seen November 17, the North-east corner of the cemetery would accom-modate 37 columbarium, housing 1,277 niches in place of 363 plots. The entrance archway would be reduced in size, with no lighting on either the arch-way or the columbarium and the landscap-ing to shield the view from the 5th Sideroad would be done.The plan also showed that there would be no impact on groundwater conditions and monitoring is a part of the Development Per-mit, regardless.A traffic study sowed no negative impact on road operations, however, a hidden drive-way sign would be installed on 5th Sideroad. In regards to the need for increased capac-ity, the current design has had limited suc-cess and the application will provide land-scape improvements and add phased long term capacity.Despite this, opposition was seen from several residents and some members of Council. The primary resident concerns centred around this being a Trojan horse, designed to allow for a massive commercialization of the site, seemingly in opposition to the NC guidelines.With niches in the GTA selling for upwards of $7,000, this was seen as a money-making incentive to open the cemetery to a larger Taoist community than the local one.Locally, the community is estimated to be 1,800 people living within an hour’s drive of the site. The residents’ arguments are that this does not take into consideration the larger general population of Mono, also within an hours drive.They argued that with the GTA there are approximately 15,000 in the Tao community and that this is who the project is aimed at. The fact that the occupants of a cemetery are all deceased did not seem to enter into any-one’s agenda.Councillor Manktelow was the most ada-mant of the councillors in his opposition. In his mind, a large cemetery was not appropri-ate in the, “rolling hills of Mono, the smaller the better.” Councillor Nix, who supported the presen-tation, pointed out that the Town was not the governing body, but we’re merely being asked to say yes or no to the NEC concern-ing the design proposal. He did however, say that although he has no issues with the proposal, the NEC guide-lines stipulate that it is allowable as long as it serves the size of the community. He asked who the community were and where do they come from? He asked if the NEC agreed with the estimated 1,800 person community num-ber. His primary concern was as to whether or not the proposal was in accordance with the NEC. This is of particular interest, as the NEC is the deciding body and their decision overrides any municipal one.Wayne Haddock, local resident, was of the opinion that Mono had more than enough cemeteries at present and that as only 11 burials had occurred in the past 35 years that the need for expansion was simply not there. He felt the traffic study did not look far enough in the future and cited existing water supply issues on the site already, with water already being trucked in, to support events. He supported maintaining the status quo.Dr. David Emery, a neighbour across the road from the site, had other opinions. He stressed that this was an exception to an approved NEC use and he felt that it was not in the best interests of the community at large. Dr. Emery stated that he has a problem with nimbyism, defined as, “the practice of objecting to something that will affect one or take place in one’s locality.”He stated that he has had no previous problems with the Taoists, yet does not agree they should receive special privileges. He was clear to point out that he is accept-ing of all cultures and religious beliefs and as a Canadian would not want to see any form of prejudice perceived in his objections. Nevertheless, he purchased his property to enjoy a quiet rural lifestyle and this applica-tion will affect his property. His argument is that of the Trojan horse, mentioned earlier and the fact that it does not meet the needs of either the Tao community or the greater Mono one. He feels that the application should be rejected and that the applicant should be allowed to come back when they can demonstrate an actual need.Councillor Nix reiterated his opinion that the numbers were not relevant, since it was not the Town that was building this, but the Tao Institute. If they overestimated the size it was their problem. He went on to question the opinion that this was unusual stating that Mono already had numerous similar undertakings, such as the Hockley Valley Resort, the Goodyear Scout Camp, the Buddhist Monastery just north of the Tao Institute and the Nordic Ski Club at Monora Park. He said that all the current discussions had still not changed his mind.In the end Council drafted a resolution saying they supported the first Phase of the project with a number of changes, including a limit of 365 niches and the landscaping being continued on the east side as well as the South. They also made the total number of plots remain the same as the 1987 permit at 1,575, including the niches and the pro-posed arch was acceptable. As well, it spec-ified that the NEC confirm that the develop-ment was acceptable within their guidelinesPeter Richardson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Citizen
For Norma and Darren Dingwell, Wednesday mornings are spent with a handful of volunteers, peeling and chopping vegetables in the kitchen of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Montague, P.E.I.The couple has been hosting a weekly Wednesday night meal for people in the area for several years now. This spring, COVID-19 restrictions put that weekly tradition on hold temporarily, but the couple has found a way to keep it going, while adhering to public health measures."It's something that people had looked forward to for almost four years," said Norma."So then when COVID hit and everything had to stop, you know, we'd run into people that would come and they'd be like, 'Can you do it again? Can you tell us if you're going to do it again?' So, yeah, it was nice to start back up again."Before the pandemic, people would gather in person to enjoy the weekly dinner together. When that was no longer an option, Norma reached out to the Chief Public Health Office to find a way to make it work. > It's the best part of my week. — Darren DingwellNow, the meal is served in compostable takeout containers for people to enjoy at home. Masks are worn and hand sanitizer is used. And people come in one door, and go out another. 'Feeling of community'Norma said many people in her community struggle to pay for food, or go without so that their children have enough. She said the need for this meal has only grown — and it was important to find a way to keep offering it. "It saddens us that so many people rely on something like this," Norma said, adding that 80-90 people usually show up for the weekly meal. "But then we are very blessed that we are able to provide even just one good meal a week for people. It's something that they don't have to worry about, a Wednesday meal. They know that they can get one here." The meals are prepared entirely by volunteers, with food paid for entirely through donations. "It's the best part of my week," said Darren, who comes up with the meal plans — everything from spaghetti and meatballs to roasted vegetables served with pork gravy and homemade biscuits. "We still want to make sure that people have that feeling of community, that there is somebody there for them … Even though we can't dine in and share a meal together, we can still look after one another this way. And this, we felt it was very important." People asked to book ahead for Christmas mealThe couple plans to host a Christmas meal, as they usually do, but with some changes: It'll be a take-out dinner, and this year, the pair is offering to deliver it anywhere in the Montague area. "We want to get the word out to people that we're here on Christmas Day," Darren said."And don't go without. We're going to have all kinds." The couple asks that anyone interested in having a meal on Christmas Day contact them by Dec. 17, so that they know how much food to purchase and prepare. More P.E.I. news
OTTAWA — Kawartha Dairy Limited is recalling certain ice cream products in Ontario due to "possible presence of pieces of metal," Health Canada says. The Kawartha Dairy flavours affected by the recall are: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream in both 1.5 litre and 11.4 litre packages, and Mint Chip ice cream in 1.5 litre and 11.4 litre packages.Health Canada says consumers should not eat the four recalled products, and retailers, restaurants, and institutions should not sell or use them.Recalled ice cream should be thrown out or returned to the location where it was purchased.Health Canada says the recall was triggered by the company on Sunday, adding the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other items.There have been no reported injuries associated with eating the recalled flavours as of Sunday.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020.The Canadian Press
BUDAPEST, Hungary — The U.S. Embassy in Budapest on Monday condemned an article published by a Hungarian official that drew parallels between American-Hungarian billionaire George Soros and Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.The embassy posted on its Twitter account that it “strongly condemns” statements made in an article equating a debate over the European Union’s bid to bolster democratic standards within its member countries “with the horrific murder of millions of people during the Holocaust.”On Saturday, Szilard Demeter, a ministerial commissioner for culture and the head of the Petofi Literary Museum in Budapest, wrote an opinion piece in pro-government news site Origo referring to Europe as “George Soros’ gas chamber,” and calling Soros “the liberal Führer (whose) liber-aryan army deifies him more than did Hitler’s own.”In the piece, Demeter also noted the conflict over the European Union’s next budget, which Hungary and Poland are holding up over provisions that could block payments to countries that do not uphold democratic standards. He referred to the two countries, both of which are under EU investigation for undermining judicial independence and media freedom, as “the new Jews.”Soros, who was born in Hungary and is a Holocaust survivor, is a frequent target of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who opposes Soros’ philanthropy which favours liberal causes.The statements prompted strong reactions from several Hungarian Jewish groups and Hungarian opposition politicians while the Israeli Embassy condemned the article. More than 12,000 people including numerous Hungarian public figures like Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony have so far signed a petition demanding Demeter’s resignation.Demeter retracted the article on Sunday following the backlash and said he would delete his Facebook account.In Hungary’s parliament on Monday, several opposition lawmakers inquired how long Demeter would be permitted to remain in his position while others demanded his dismissal. But deputy prime minister Mihaly Varga, who is also finance minister, said that Demeter would remain in his position since he had “admitted his mistake.”“He retracted his article, and he even deleted his Facebook account. He wrote that (his article) could harm the memory of the victims, so he admitted his mistake,” Varga said, and accused the opposition members of parliament of “applying a double standard.”Justin Spike, The Associated Press
A lawsuit filed by a Yellowknife businessman claims the person who helped him immigrate to the city never returned a $50,000 deposit and owes him another $75,000 for breaching a currency exchange contract.A Nov. 12 statement of claim was filed by Shengtang Wang and names Liang Chen and his Burnaby, B.C. company, C.L. Pacific Immigration Consulting Ltd.Wang, who's also known as Tony, operates NorthernSky Films, a 360° dome theater in a Yellowknife plaza, billing itself as the city's newest attraction. He's suing Chen for $125,000 and a further $250,000 for aggravated and punitive damages. None of the claims have been proven in court.Chen told CBC News he plans on filing a statement of defence and counterclaim this week. CBC News reached out to Wang through his lawyer for comment, but the request was declined.Wang is being represented by the same lawyer as a Chinese woman who successfully sued Chen for more than $185,000 in damages after she claimed she was forced to withdraw from the territory's business stream of the nominee program. That matter went to a default judgment earlier this month after Chen did not file a statement of defence or appear in court.Claim says 'investment deposit' never returnedAccording to Wang's statement of claim, he immigrated to Canada from China in 2015. He too applied to the business stream. Successful applicants are provided with a letter of support from the territory toward their application for a work permit from the government of Canada.In 2017, Wang hired Chen to help him with the immigration process. The agreement included a $50,000 "investment deposit" which would be returned to Wang if he received a work permit and invested the amount of money necessary under the terms of the nominee program.The claim said that once those conditions were met, Chen was to return the deposit within a day.It also said Chen asked Wang to pay the deposit directly to him, rather than his company.In January 2019, Wang's application to the nominee program was approved and he was issued a work permit. He claimed he asked Chen several times to return the deposit but he failed to do so.Currency contractThe statement of claim also alleged Chen breached a currency contract with Wang. In Nov. 2019, Chen asked Wang if he would exchange Canadian currency for Chinese currency as a favour.Wang was to send him 396,000 yuan in exchanged for $75,000 Cdn. Wang sent him the Chinese currency but claimed Chen never paid him.B.C. court rules against ChenChen and his Burnaby, B.C. company were also successfully sued earlier this year by a family that hired him to help them immigrate to British Columbia.According to court documents, the family sued Chen and his company for negligence, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty after their immigration applications were denied. They hired him in 2013 to help immigrate to Canada through the province's nominee program. In March 2016, Chen submitted their application. The family claims they heard nothing back from Chen for months, despite requesting an update.Three years later, the family learned a decision had been made about their application. They found out later that Immigration Canada had sent six letters between January 2017 and December 2018 to Chen about their application, which the family claims he never relayed to them. They were informed their applications had been withdrawn from the province's nominee program because they failed to provide the documents that were requested. The family said it reached out to Chen, but he did not respond.The court case went to default judgment in May in B.C.'s Supreme Court after Chen did not file a statement of defence.When CBC reached Chen over the weekend, he said he was experiencing some financial trouble at the time and was unable to travel down south when the case went to court because of the pandemic.
A Penetanguishene councillor wants staff to draw out a timeline to be included in the new graffiti removal policy. "I congratulate Andrea (Betty) for the report on the graffiti policy," Coun. Brian Cummings said at a recent meeting. "But the problem I still have is that our Municipal Law Enforcement (MLE) policy and procedure manual has no timelines in it. We can do whatever we want to make these bylaws, but we have no timelines involved in correcting the graffiti or any of our bylaws. "I did ask for a timeline to remove graffiti, because it's very important that it gets removed immediately so it doesn't encourage more graffiti in town," he added. Betty, director of planning and community development, said the policy for the bylaw enforcement department does not have timelines, however, the property standards bylaw has some strict standards and rules. "There are some timelines for the removal of graffiti once the notice has been given from the town," she said, not specifying what the timelines were, and later admitting it requires clarity. "Each occurrence and complaint can vary and rely on outside sources." Having said that, Betty added that staff could take a look at that policy procedure on that bylaw, since it's about eight years old and worth a review. "We should have some sort of timeline on this," said Cummings. "I agree with the procedure, but there should be a timeline to the procedure." A quick look at the MLE policy and procedures document available online shows there are no timelines around notices of contravention issued under bylaw. CAO Jeff Lees said it would be useful to refer the item for review.Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com
BRUSSELS — With nothing on their agendas for months to come, music festival organizers in Belgium want to use their know-how to help the country's coronavirus vaccination campaign.The Belgian government has set a goal of vaccinating about 70% of the country's population, about 8 million people, when approved COVID-19 vaccination shots become available.As the vaccines are expected to arrive in multi-dose vials for shots to be administered all on the same day, Belgium health authorities are planning to vaccinate people in groups as much as possible. The task will pose many logistical challenges, including the creation of vaccination centres that festival organizers say they can help set up.Enjoying a strong reputation in the music world, Belgian festival experts have proven experience in both building huge pop-up structures and in crowd management.With the music industry hit hard by the pandemic's economic, several festivals in the French-speaking region of Wallonia and the Brussels area have created a federation to better defend their interests. They have a large network of technicians who are currently unemployed and are ready to help out.“Our sector has been at a standstill for many months, and our many staff are eager to bring their creativity and dedication to the fight against coronavirus," said federation president Damien Dufrasne.One of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, Belgium has reported some 577,000 confirmed cases and more than 16,500 deaths linked to the virus.Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said COVID-19 vaccinations could start in the European Union's 27 nations before the end of December. The commission, the EU’s executive arm, has agreements with six potential vaccine suppliers and is working on a seventh contract. The deals allow it to purchase over 1.2 billion doses, more than double the population of the EU.___Follow AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreakThe Associated Press
Le Centre d’entrepreneuriat et d’essaimage de l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (CEE-UQAC) bénéficie d’une aide financière de 795 000 $ provenant de Développement économique Canada (DEC). Élizabeth Brière, députée de Sherbrooke et secrétaire parlementaire de la ministre du Développement économique, Mélany Joly, en a fait l’annonce, vendredi, lors d’une visioconférence en compagnie de Gilles Déry, président du CEE-UQAC, et de Louis Dussault, directeur général. L’entente, d’une durée de trois ans, permettra à l’organisation de poursuivre ses activités de sensibilisation et de promotion de l’entrepreneuriat auprès des étudiants collégiaux et universitaires du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. Ce montant permettra de stimuler l’esprit entrepreneurial, le transfert technologique et de connaissances ainsi que le développement de projets innovateurs au sein des petites entreprises régionales. La rectrice de l’UQAC, Nicole Bouchard, a souligné l’apport de l’organisation en ce qui a trait à la vitalité entrepreneuriale dans la région. « Les réalisations de Louis Dussault et de son équipe rejaillissent sur l’ensemble de la région. En donnant le coup de pouce nécessaire à la concrétisation d’idées toutes plus intéressantes les unes que les autres, le CEE-UQAC donne des ailes aux nouvelles générations d’entrepreneurs qui contribuent à façonner le visage économique de notre région. » Elle a, entre autres, mentionné des ouvertures nouvelles pour des étudiants faisant des études dans le secteur bioalimentaire, en produits naturels. Selon elle, l’UQAC a toujours renouvelé les ententes de partenariat avec le CEE-UQAC parce que l’organisme livre la marchandise. Pour sa part, Gilles Déry a choisi d’emprunter les paroles d’Antoine Riboud, fondateur et président de Danone, pour la philosophie des interventions du CEE-UQAC : « L’innovation est une alliance entre recherche, marketing, instinct, imagination, produit et courage industriel. Voilà ce qui illustre bien ce que nous valorisons au quotidien. » Fondé en janvier 1998, le CEE-UQAC a pour mission de promouvoir l’entrepreneuriat et de soutenir la création d’entreprises auprès des communautés universitaire et collégiale du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. Après 23 ans d’existence, le bilan du CEE-UQAC comprend 440 projets technologiques avec 160 PME, ce qui a permis l’embauche, par les entreprises d’accueil, de 179 candidats stagiaires. Il inclut la création de quatre centres de transfert technologique, le Centre de développement technologique en jeux vidéo et en informatique (CDT), le Centre de soudage par friction-malaxage (CSFM), le Centre de transfert en extrusion (CTE) et le Centre de transformation et de valorisation de bioproduits (CTVB), qui constituent des investissements de plus de 25 000 000 $. Des startups comme la Clinique Courte Échelle, LUM Design, Jack & Phil Musique, Distillerie du Fjord, PhytoChemia, Emploi Retraite, Clinique podiatrique Justine Leduc, Moulin à Cie, Miel des montagnes, Clinique santé du Saguenay, Savana Centre d’amusement, Bois Spécialité, Mobile Expert, Imago Structures, Productions Zan, Clinique d’ergothérapie Les mains ludiques et Morille Québec figurent dans la liste.Denis Villeneuve, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Quotidien
PODGORICA, Montenegro — Montenegro will follow through with its decision to expel the Serbian ambassador, the country's foreign ministry said on Monday, despite a call from the European Union to reverse it. Just days before the inauguration of a new, pro-Serbian government, Montenegro’s outgoing cabinet on Saturday proclaimed the Serbian diplomat persona non grata, citing his “long and continuous meddling in the internal affairs of Montenegro.” Serbia initially reacted by ordering the Montenegrin ambassador to leave the country, but on Sunday went back on its decision. The EU enlargement commissioner, Oliver Varhelyi, has called on Montenegro to do the same, saying “respect for good neighbourly relations and regional co-operation are cornerstones of EU enlargement.” But Montenegro's foreign ministry chided Varhelyi for offering advice before having full knowledge of what led to the country's decision. “Unfortunately, Commissioner Varhelyi has, before making the suggestion, failed to consult with partners and friends in Montenegro’’ about the basic information that led to the expulsion of the Serbian ambassador, the ministry said in a statement. Montenegro, the small Adriatic state of some 620,000 people, is considered the first in line of all the Western Balkan states to join the EU. Although also formally seeking the membership, much bigger Serbia has been forging close political, economic and military ties with China and Russia. The diplomatic incident added to already tense relations between Montenegro and Serbia that were part of one country before an independence referendum in 2006 led to Montenegro splitting off. Montenegro remains deeply divided among those seeking closer ties with traditional Slavic allies Serbia and Russia, and those who view Montenegro as an independent state allied with the West. The long-ruling pro-Western Democratic Party of Socialists was defeated in an August election by a pro-Serb coalition whose government is set to take office this week. The DPS-led government defied Serbia and Russia to join NATO in 2017. The outgoing authorities have accused Serbia of aiding pro-Serb political forces in Montenegro with the goal of installing allies in power and regaining influence. ____ This story corrects the spelling of the last name of the EU official to Varhelyi. Predrag Milic, The Associated Press
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The number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Ontario’s schools is lower per capita than in the province’s general population and in the schools of neighbouring Quebec, the government says. But is Ontario doing enough testing and contact tracing to stop possible spread of COVID-19 in schools? Stephen Lecce, the province’s education minister, has boasted in recent weeks that the Progressive Conservatives’ back-to-school strategy is working, but epidemiological studies and experts suggest it’s difficult to make that claim without more testing. A study from Alberta released last week added to mounting evidence that younger people infected with COVID-19 either show mild symptoms or none at all, meaning they could potentially be silently spreading the virus in schools and then taking it home. “I think to say schools are the safest place for kids in terms of this virus is not a statement that is backed by the evidence at this point,” said Gabrielle Brankston, a PhD student at the University of Guelph who has been compiling data on COVID-19 in Canada. Just under 36 per cent of the almost 2,000 young people who tested positive for COVID-19 during a first test in Alberta did not have any symptoms associated with the virus, according to research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal last Tuesday. That proportion of asymptomatic cases among young people is much higher than the 15 to 20 per cent range estimated in previous pediatric reviews, said Dr. Nisha Thampi from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and other medical experts who reviewed the findings. The discrepancy may be due to Alberta’s strategy of testing close contacts of known cases since early April, the study noted, but probably still doesn’t capture all the asymptomatic transmission. “It is important to note that this is likely an underestimation of the true prevalence of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection, as those without symptoms are much less likely to seek testing than those with symptoms,” authors James King, Tara Whitten, Jeffrey Bakal and Finlay McAlister wrote in the study. The Alberta research follows a massive contact tracing study of two states in India done by Princeton and other U.S. universities that warned in September children may be key spreaders of the virus. Ontario recorded a record number of cases (1,855) on Friday as the province’s labs processed more than 58,000 tests the previous day, or nearly 10,000 more than the previous busiest day of the year. There have been a total of 1,180 cases in Ontario schools reported in the last 14 days, the province says, while its overall count is just under 1,400 new cases each day on average over the last week. (Around 1.5 million students are in Ontario classrooms currently, while the province has a population of about 14.5 million people.) Six Ontario schools are currently closed and 14 per cent (or 671 of 4,828 sites) have a reported case. Public health officials say that’s not too bad. “Parents should have a fair bit of confidence in schools being as safe as possible,” said Dr. Brent Moloughney, the associate medical officer of health at Ottawa Public Health, which fought off a sharp spike in cases in the capital in late September and early October. He said that public health is aiming for constant improvement, though, and that with where we are now in the outbreak, “we need to be spending a bit more time trying to further break chains of transmission, and I think schools are one of those settings.” Moloughney said that means upping testing in schools, with a focus on the highest-risk contacts of known cases. “Let's get them tested, or more of them tested, and let’s see what that tells us so that can inform the next step,” he said. That’s exactly what the government just said it will do, launching a targeted voluntary test campaign to reach asymptomatic students and staff where COVID-19 is running rampant, including in Toronto and Ottawa, so as to more easily track and prevent its spread in classes. Tracing contacts of known cases has long been a challenge, but the University of Guelph’s Brankston said she and several peers responded to a call for volunteers to help with contact tracing early in the pandemic, but none had been called up for the labour-intensive task of trying to map transmission pathways. “I was quite willing to offer my time to do it,” she said. “And I know several graduate students in epidemiology who (volunteered and) haven’t been called,” she said. “There’s an untapped resource there.” Marit Stiles, the Opposition NDP’s education critic, said the report out of Alberta adds to her party’s concerns about the Ontario government’s handle on COVID-19 transmission in schools. “It confirms the lack of confidence educators and parents have in Doug Ford and Stephen Lecce's totally inadequate plan to protect kids, teachers and staff and lessen the virus's spread from schools to the wider community,” she said. Stiles said an NDP government would have capped class sizes and moved quickly to spend billions of dollars available to increase testing and improve contact tracing and screening in schools. But while acknowledging the paucity of available data, other public health experts say Lecce is likely correct to assume low-level or modest transmission. “We simply are not seeing widespread outbreaks in schools,” said Barry Pakes, the director of the public health and preventive medicine residency program at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. “There are many single cases, some with two cases, but if the numbers of students who have COVID-19 were much larger than we know of, we would actually be seeing more related morbidity and mortality inside and outside of the schools,” he said. Pakes advised against diverting recently approved rapid tests to schools, noting the high false positive rates in low-prevalence settings as well as logistical challenges and possible stigma. “It would really take away critical infrastructure and resources from other areas,” he said.Alastair Sharp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, National Observer
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey is calling for collaboration between Canada's premiers and the federal government as the country moves toward a distribution plan for a COVID-19 vaccine.Furey, during an appearance on CBC's Rosemary Barton Live Sunday, spoke about his conversation with fellow Canadian Premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — calling the conversation a 'good, healthy, informative call' — and stressed the importance of working together through the pandemic."We need to be working collectively as a country, as Canadians," Furey said. "This is a disease that knows no boundaries.""In terms of jurisdictional arguments, I'm less concerned about that," he added. "I'm more concerned about working in a collaborative fashion to ensure that Canadians get protected, and the most vulnerable within the Canadian population are protected first and foremost."> I'm very comfortable and confident that we have some of the best health care workers across the country here in Newfoundland and Labrador. \- Andrew Furey As COVID-19 hotspots grow in areas like Ontario and Alberta, Furey said the safest way to tackle vaccine distribution would perhaps be per capita — but said the countrys most vulnerable should be a top priority."We know now that there are populations and segments of the population that are more impacted than others with respect to COVID-19," he said."I think it's very important and crucial that we follow the evidence there. And I would strongly argue for a pan-Canadian guideline on who gets the vaccine, obviously with some modifications for local jurisdictions."Watch: Premier Andrew Furey talks the Atlantic Bubble, a COVID-19 vaccine and more on Rosemary Barton Live:In a moment of openness from the Premier, who has previously worked as an orthopedic surgeon, Furey said he has had moments during the pandemic where he thought about returning to the medical community."I was on the front lines of the COVID unit here in St. John's. I saw first hand those moments of anxiety... and saw the nurses and the staff and the orderlies and the doctors show up not knowing what to expect," he said."As I drive by the hospital every day, I wonder 'Should I be laying down the MHA pin and picking up the stethoscope again for the short term?' But I'm very comfortable and confident that we have some of the best health care workers across the country here in Newfoundland and Labrador."Furey watching economic update "with great interest"Ahead of the federal government's 2020 economic update, Furey said he will be focused on announcements since the province projected a $2.1 billion deficit earlier this year."I'll be watching with great interest," he said. "For my particular province, and I'm sure this is consistent with Alberta and Saskatchewan in terms of an energy sector, we're looking at sectors that could be supported in other ways."Furey said he will also be looking for updates relating to child care, an industry the Premier has been focused on since his leadership nomination."It's something that's near and dear to our heart, and I believe it's a good tool to emerge from this economic crisis," he said.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
A crash early Saturday morning on Pitts Memorial Drive in St. John's killed one woman and sent a man to hospital, say police.In a press release late Monday morning, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said officers responded to the collision around 2:50 a.m. Saturday to find one vehicle in the area of the off ramp of the Commonwealth Avenue exit. There was one vehicle involved in the accident.Police said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the man had non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.The cause of the collision is still being investigated and police ask anyone who saw it happen or may have dashcam video to contact police or Crime Stoppers.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
2400 $. 3500 $. Qui dit mieux? 4500 $. Alors qu’il y a une quasi-pénurie de chiots chez les éleveurs et dans les SPCA, ces adorables petites bêtes se vendent à des prix exorbitants sur les sites de petites annonces. Ceux qui œuvrent dans le secteur des animaux domestiques ne se gênent plus pour dénoncer ce qu’ils qualifient d’«usines à chiots modernes» qui font vraisemblablement aujourd’hui des affaires d’or. Les prix élevés s’expliquent par une demande qui dépasse largement l’offre. En ce moment, les éleveurs responsables – ceux qui sont respectueux de la génétique, du comportement, que l’animal est vacciné et qu’il est en bonne santé – ont des listes d’attente pour les deux prochaines années, résume Jean-Marc Léveillé, le président d’ANIMA-Québec, une organisation qui certifie les élevages. «Si un éleveur est capable de répondre à la demande, c’est parce qu’il y a une femelle quelque part qui fait de la gestation en quantité industrielle pour pouvoir produire des chiots, tranche-t-il. L’opportunité se traduit par de l’abus.» Acheter ces animaux à travers les petites annonces, «c’est la pire façon d’entretenir ce qu’on appelle les usines à chiots», a estimé M. Léveillé en entrevue, une opinion est partagée par les nombreux intervenants du secteur, dont plusieurs SPCA, avec qui La Presse Canadienne s’est entretenue. Les usines à chiots recrutent désormais des particuliers qui agissent comme des sous-traitants qui conservent une part des ventes. «On va te prêter une femelle, illustre Jean-Marc Léveillé. On va la mettre en gestation. Vous allez voir des petits chats ou des petits chiens apparaître. Ça va être l’fun.» Cette proposition, bien que ludique, passe toutefois sous silence le fait que les femelles seront «drôlement malmenées» avec plusieurs portées chaque année. Alors, quoi faire si on veut un animal domestique? «Notre recommandation, en ce moment, c'est de ne pas adopter», répond le Dr Michel Pepin de l’Association des médecins vétérinaires du Québec du tac au tac. «Tous les chiens que vous allez retrouver sur Kijiji et Les Pacs, c'est toujours assez suspect, affirme-t-il. Et les chiens sont beaucoup trop chers pour ce qu'ils valent en ce moment.» Acheter un chien chez un «bon éleveur» a généralement pour avantage qu’il est suivi par un vétérinaire. «Chaque race à ses problèmes, a expliqué Dr Pepin. Les chiens sont suivis jusqu'à l'âge de deux ans. Ils ont eu des radiographies. Il y a un certificat comme quoi ils sont en santé. Souvent, il va être déjà stérilisé. Il va y avoir des garanties aussi. Tu vas avoir son arbre généalogique. Tu sais qui est le père, la mère.» Et ce n'est pas que la génétique, renchérit Dr Pepin. «Il y a tellement de problèmes depuis quelques années de chiens qui mordent, d'agressivité. C'est parce que ces chiens ont été élevés parce qu'ils sont beaux, mais les comportements, on s'en sacrait. S'ils n'ont pas vu d'enfants, ils n'ont pas vu d'humains avant deux, trois mois, ils ont été vendus rapidement quand ils sont jeunes, ça va être des bombes à retardement.» Plusieurs annonces actuellement disponibles sur Kijiji, une plateforme de petites annonces en ligne qui se décrit comme étant «la plus grande au Canada», devraient soulever des drapeaux rouges selon Jean-Marc Léveillé d’ANIMA-Québec. Par exemple, le cas d’un vendeur offrant un croisement entre un Border collie et un Caniche royal à 3500 $. «Orienté sur le look, un prix hors norme et aucune information sur l’élevage, les vaccins, les problèmes, le caractère», a-t-il noté. Et que dire d’une autre annonce où «Jp» de Saint-Eustache vend pour un prix «non négociable» de 6000 $ une femelle Bouledogue français qui n’est pas opérée. «Possiblement vendue pour cause de tares génétiques. Aucune alimentation fournie. Prix dérisoire. Ne devrait pas dépasser les 2500 $.» Les prix demandés pour des chiens sur les petites annonces sont ridiculement élevés de l’avis de plusieurs éleveurs qui soulignent aussi que les acheteurs n’ont «aucune idée» de ce qu’ils achètent réellement, même si on leur dit que c’est un chien pure race. «C’est comme si qu’on disait qu’une auto vaut 400 000 $, s’insurge Julie Sansregrets, une éleveuse de Braques hongrois, à Saint-Lazare, à l’ouest de Montréal. C’est démesuré. Ça ne vaut pas ça. La seule raison pour laquelle ils sont à ce prix-là, c’est à cause de la demande.» Selon elle, un chien croisé «ne vaut pas plus de 500 $», soit l’équivalent de ce que les soins vétérinaires coûtent environ. Quant à un chien pure race, lorsque ça en est vraiment un, il pouvait coûter environ 2500 $ avant la pandémie, a-t-elle indiqué. L’écart de prix s’explique par le coût de l’achat de sperme, payer pour le service d’accouplement du mâle, l’étude de l’arbre généalogique du chien, rémunérer l’aide d’autres éleveurs et organiser un programme de socialisation rigoureux. Elle suggère aux futurs acheteurs d’aller se renseigner sur le site du Club canin canadien à propos de ce qu’ils doivent rechercher chez un éleveur. Louise LaBranche, une éleveuse de la région de Sherbrooke, tient un discours similaire, estimant être «choquée» de voir les gens se faire avoir. Selon elle, les petites annonces, «c’est le festival des usines à chiots, des éleveurs de fond de cour». «Ils ne font pas de tests génétiques, lance-t-elle. Ces gens-là, ça accouple. Je viens d’aller faire un examen à Québec. J’ai fait deux heures et demie de route pour tester un mâle qui va être reproducteur.» À notre demande, Kijiji, a calculé que les recherches des mots «chaton», «chien» et «chiot» ont augmenté de 106 % à 141 % lors de la première vague de la pandémie. Un peu comme la courbe des cas de COVID-19, les recherches ont par la suite diminué durant l’été avant de réaugmenter presque d’autant au cours des derniers mois. En entrevue avec La Presse Canadienne, Kent Sikstrom, un porte-parole de l’entreprise torontoise, a d’abord dénoncé les «individus sans scrupules, les fraudeurs, les criminels», qui opèrent des usines à chiot. Il a indiqué que Kijiji impose des frais pour publier ce type d’annonce, ce qui, dit-il, permet d’identifier les vendeurs et décourage les personnes malhonnêtes puisque ces dernières seraient réticentes à fournir leurs coordonnées de paiement. De plus, la plateforme a recours à l’intelligence artificielle pour repérer les annonces suspectes et qu’une équipe de modérateurs travaillent également dans l’ombre. Bien que Facebook, un autre joueur majeur dans le secteur, interdit l'achat ou la vente d'animaux sur sa plateforme «Marketplace», M. Sikstrom a expliqué que Kijiji veut offrir un endroit aux «innombrables» refuges, éleveurs et familles où ils peuvent publier une annonce pour trouver un toit à leurs animaux. Le porte-parole a toutefois été incapable d’identifier un refuge ou une SPCA qui publie des annonces sur son site. Il a d’abord cité ANIMA-Québec, qui n’est pas un refuge et dont le grand patron assure n’avoir «pas du tout travaillé» avec Kijiji au fil du temps et qui «décrie fortement toute vente d’animaux sur Kijiji». M. Sikstrom a ensuite nommé la SPCA de l’Ontario, avant de préciser que l’organisme diffuse une campagne éducative. En fait, toutes les SPCA du Québec et tous les éleveurs avec qui La Presse Canadienne a discuté du sujet ont dénoncé les sites de petites annonces. La SPCA de l’Ontario a pour sa part refusé d’accorder une entrevue et de dire si elle croit que Kijiji devrait permettre la vente d’animaux. Dans une déclaration écrite en anglais, l'organisme confirme que Kijiji fait la promotion de ses programmes, ses services, ses événements spéciaux et des animaux mis en adoption sur son site web dans le cadre d'un partenariat. La SPCA a aussi indiqué qu'elle conseille Kijiji et qu'elle est satisfaite du travail fait par l'entreprise pour promouvoir des façons responsables de reloger les animaux. - Texte de l'Initiative de journalisme local.Michel Saba, Initiative de journalisme local, La Presse Canadienne
A CBC News crew was deported from Uganda this weekend despite following protocols laid out for foreign journalists entering the country.The deportation, which occurred on Friday, happened about a month before the country's elections. Opposition parties and election observers have expressed concerns the vote won't be free or fair.Uganda is due to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on Jan. 14. Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni is seeking to extend his 34 year-rule — but has been accused of muzzling the media and has clamped down on political opponents."The expulsion of a foreign news crew in the early days of an election campaign that's already been marred by government security forces opening fire on opposition protests is extremely ominous," said CBC News foreign correspondent Margaret Evans, who was one of three CBC News journalists deported.Evans, producer Lily Martin and videographer Jean-François Bisson landed in the country on Nov. 21 to do a series of reports from both rural and urban areas, mainly focusing on issues relating to the coronavirus pandemic."Before entering the country, we applied for — and were issued with — accreditation from the Media Council of Uganda," Evans said, noting they also sought advice from the Ugandan High Commission in London on proper visa requirements prior to the trip."They advised that we enter Uganda on an 'ordinary,' or tourist, visa. This is a long-established practice for foreign journalists."Evans said five government agents arrived at their hotel in Kampala on Thursday."They said we were breaking the law by having arrived in the country on a tourist visa and then performing 'business activities,'" Evans said. "We, of course, said that made no sense given that we had openly applied for media credentials."Hotel security intervened after the CBC News crew refused to go to an undisclosed address with the five officials, who also wanted to confiscate their passports. Evans said she then went to her room to call and ask CBC's London bureau manager to contact the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi — which is also responsible for Uganda."We agreed with the man who had identified himself as being with the police that we would present ourselves at the Ministry of the Interior the next day," Evans said.The CBC News crew arrived at the ministry at 9 a.m. local time on Friday, along with Canada's honorary vice-consul in Uganda. Evans said they were held for several hours before being told they were being deported. They were then allowed to return to their hotel under armed guard to pack before being driven to the airport in Entebbe for an overnight flight to Amsterdam, she said."The vice-consul engaged on our behalf, but it was pretty clear it had been decided the day before when they sent five people to our hotel," Evans said.A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada told CBC News on Sunday that they are aware of the situation. "Consular officials were in contact with local authorities in Uganda to gather information, and Canadian officials provided consular services to the affected individuals," spokesperson Angela Savard wrote in an email, adding that no further information could be disclosed due to Privacy Act provisions."Canada will continue to advocate for the protection of media freedom around the world."A spokesperson from the Ugandan government communications department said on Twitter the government "reserves the right to admit foreign persons including journalists."The same spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo P'Odel, also sent a pair of statements to CBC News in response."Every visa, work permit and media accreditation have terms and conditions, which can be revoked by the Uganda authority if violation occurs," he said in the first statement.In a follow-up statement, P'Odel said the journalists "applied for a tourist visa, instead they were found working without work permit. Consequent they [were] removed and advised to apply for permit and can be allowed to return."As stated by Evans, the trio had been advised to apply for tourist visas upon entering.Violent protests following arrest of opposition candidateIntimidation and violence against media is a regular occurrence in Uganda, according to Reporters Without Borders, a non-profit organization that advocates for freedom of information. In the organization's press freedom index for 2020, Uganda ranked 125th out of 180 countries.Evans said Museveni's government has been accused of suppressing Ugandan journalists "through a series of arbitrary arrests and attacks — especially against those covering the campaign of opposition candidate Bobi Wine, who has himself been jailed by the government on more than one occasion.""Those journalists don't have the support we in Canada are fortunate enough to have in circumstances like these," she said.Wine, a member of parliament and a musician who has emerged as a serious threat to a sixth term for Museveni, was released on bail on Nov. 20 after he was charged with holding rallies likely to spread COVID-19. New York-based Human Rights Watch said authorities were "weaponizing" COVID-19 to suppress the opposition ahead of elections."This is just the beginning of the campaign season," Oryem Nyeko, the group's Africa researcher, said on Nov. 20. "It seems to be a sign of things to come."Protests erupted in the wake of Wine's arrest, which, according to Reuters, led to at least 37 deaths. Violence snowballed as authorities deployed the military across Kampala and surrounding areas to help police forces disperse protesters they accuse of rioting and looting. Police said they used live bullets, tear gas and water cannon and arrested nearly 600 people.