After one of the most successful amateur careers in Welsh golfing history, Amy Boulden has just claimed her first European Tour win at the Swiss Ladies Open. We catch up with her at the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic in this week’s Interview.
After one of the most successful amateur careers in Welsh golfing history, Amy Boulden has just claimed her first European Tour win at the Swiss Ladies Open. We catch up with her at the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic in this week’s Interview.
WASHINGTON — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for co-operation on a transition of power.But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back.On Thursday, after a Thanksgiving evening conversation from the White House with troops stationed overseas, Trump abruptly pivoted to angrily alleging — still without any evidence — that “massive fraud” was behind his defeat.Speaking to news crews gathered to watch the traditional holiday conversation with the military, Trump denounced officials in battleground states he'd lost as “communists” and “enemies of the state.” Trump also announced he'd be travelling to Georgia to meet with what he said would be tens of thousands of supporters on Dec. 5, ahead of two runoffs there that will likely determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.The 2020 presidential race is turning into the zombie election that Trump just won’t let die. Despite dozens of legal and procedural setbacks, his campaign keeps filing new challenges that have little hope of succeeding and making fresh, unfounded claims of fraud.But that’s the point. Trump’s strategy, his allies concede in private, wasn’t to change the outcome, but to create a host of phantom claims about the 2020 presidential race that would infect the nation with doubt and keep his base loyal, even though the winner — Biden — was clear and there has been no evidence of mass voter fraud.“Zombies are dead people walking among the living — this litigation is the same thing,” said Franita Tolson, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. “In terms of litigation that could change the election, all these cases are basically dead men walking.”It's a strategy tolerated by many Republicans, most notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who are clinging to Trump as they face a test of retaining their own power in the form of two runoff elections in Georgia in January.“This really is our version of a polite coup d’etat,” said Thomas Mann, senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. “It could end quickly if the Republican Party acknowledged what was going on. But they cower in the face of Trump’s connection with the base.”A day after Trump said his administration should begin working with Biden's team, three more lawsuits were filed by allies attempting to stop the certification in two more battleground states. In Minnesota, a judge did not rule on the suit and the state certified the results for Biden. Another was filed in Wisconsin, which doesn't certify until Tuesday. Arizona Republicans filed a complaint over ballot inspection; the state certification is due Monday.And the campaign legal team said state lawmakers in Arizona and Michigan would hold meetings on the election “to provide confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted in the November 3rd election.”In Pennsylvania, where state Republican lawmakers met at Gettysburg on Wednesday to air grievances about the election, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani attended in person and Trump dialed in from the Oval Office.“We have all the evidence," Trump asserted. “All we need is to have some judge listen to it properly without having a political opinion.”But the strongest legal rebuke yet came from a conservative Republican judge in federal court in Pennsylvania, who on Saturday dismissed the Trump team's lawsuit seeking to throw out the results of the election. The judge admonished the Trump campaign in a scathing ruling about its lack of evidence. The campaign has appealed.Trump's allies have privately acknowledged their plan would never actually overturn the results, but rather might provide Trump an off-ramp for a loss he wasn't owning up to and an avenue to keep his base loyal for whatever he does next.“And then our governing and politics will be hellish, because he will continue doing what he’s doing from his private own perch,” Mann predicted.Emily Murphy, the top official at the General Services Administration, declared Biden the “apparent winner” Monday, a procedural yet critical step that allowed for the transition to begin in earnest. She made the determination after Trump's efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states. She cited “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.”Michigan certified Biden’s 154,000-count victory Monday, despite calls by Trump to the GOP members to block the vote to allow for an audit of ballots in Wayne County, where Trump claimed he was the victim of fraud. Biden crushed the president by more than 330,000 votes there.“The board’s duty today is very clear,” said Aaron Van Langevelde, the Republican vice chair. “We have a duty to certify this election based on these returns.”Still, the Trump legal team dismissed the certification as “simply a procedural step” and insisted it would fight on.Trump and his allies have brought at least four cases in Michigan that sought — unsuccessfully — to block certification of election results in part or all of the state.In Pennsylvania, after Gov. Tom Wolf certified Biden as the winner, an appeals court judge ordered state officials to halt any further steps toward certifying election results. The state has appealed to Pennsylvania's Supreme Court.In Arizona, just as lawyers for a woman in the Phoenix area dropped a case alleging that equipment was unable to record her ballot because she completed it with a county-issued Sharpie pen, Trump’s campaign filed its own lawsuit echoing some of the same complaints. As that suit was about to be dismissed, lawyers for the woman filed a new case reviving the claims and demanding that she be allowed to recast her ballot. All three of the cases have now been dismissed.“The legal process seems to be unfolding the way it’s supposed to, but the Trump campaign has made clear its desire to throw wrenches in the system wherever it can,” said Lisa Marshall Manheim, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law.___Richer reported from Boston. Associated Press writers Maryclaire Dale in Philadelphia, Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin; Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix and Steve Karnowski in St. Paul, Minnesota, contributed to this report.Colleen Long, Alanna Durkin Richer And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
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A 24-year-old woman from Eskasoni, N.S., is dead and three others suffered serious injuries after an early morning single-vehicle crash on Thursday. In a news release, RCMP say they were called about an impaired driver in the community just after 1 a.m.While en route, they got another call about a pickup truck going into a ditch along Highway 216, where it struck a utility pole and knocked down power lines.Police say the truck matched the vehicle description in the initial report.The man who was driving and another man and a woman, who were passengers, were all sent to hospital with serious injuries.RCMP say the second woman was found dead at the scene near the rear of the truck. Police are investigating the crash.MORE TOP STORIES
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COUNTY OF WELLINGTON – Barring any extenuating circumstances, the County of Wellington warden and committee chair positions will be the same for the rest of this term of council. In Wellington County, councillors and mayors serve two-years as Warden or committee chairs and therefore these positions potentially change twice during a council term. Every other year at the November county council meeting, councillors and mayors put forward what committees they would like to serve on and if they intend to run for warden or committee chair position. These positions are then decided by a secret vote at a special meeting in December. Any voting for these positions will be ceremonial this year as there were no challengers to any current positions at Thursday’s remote county council meeting. Kelly Linton, warden and Centre Wellington mayor, said he has been proud to serve as warden for the past two years and would honoured to remain as so for the remaining term. Wellington North mayor Andy Lennox said he was considering running for warden but opted not to due the resurgence of the pandemic and personal issues his family is facing. However, Lennox said he wished to remain as the chair of the roads committee as there are projects he wants to see through. Minto mayor George Bridge put himself forward to be the chair of the economic development committee as he finds it coordinates well with the work he does with the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and SWIFT. Chris White, mayor of Guelph/Eramosa, wished to remain as chair of administration, finance and human resources committee as he said an experienced hand would be valuable as they continue to deal with COVID-19. Other committee chairs that will remain the same are: Keegan Kozolanka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com
After cases of COVID-19 swept through the Kivalliq region, Canada says it's sending "immediate assistance" to Nunavut communities.On Wednesday, the federal government committed $19.36 million to the COVID-19 response in Nunavut. "The cases in the Kivalliq these past weeks have been of real concern. We are working closely with the premier and with the territory to make sure everyone has the supports they need," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an interview with CBC News on Thursday.As of Thursday, there are 150 confirmed, active cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The majority of cases are in Arviat, a central Nunavut community of around 2,650 people, where community transmission is happening. There are also cases in nearby communities of Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove. Saniqiluaq is being monitored because of two previous cases.So far, five Nunavummiut have recovered, and no new cases are being reported on Thursday. The money is being rapidly transferred to get support where it is needed on the ground. Trudeau said Ottawa won't be telling Nunavut how to use the funds. "Our job is to be there to support, while you fight this terrible virus," he said, calling this "a difficult and scary time for people."Nunavut led spending of rapid fundsOf the new federal money, $11.36 million will go to the Government of Nunavut — $6.5 million of which will help municipalities with testing, medical supplies and personnel, cleaning and security, and transportation for food, water and sewage.There is also $1.8 million earmarked for food support for families in isolation; $1.3 million to expand internet bandwidth for remote health care and education; and $1 million will go toward non-medical masks, household cleaner and hand sanitizer. The remainder will be used for distance learning in the Kivalliq region, as well as daycares and early learning programs.The territorial Inuit association Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated and the regional Kivalliq Inuit Association will received $8 million together. Of that, there is $6 million for food security and household support, including breakfast and lunch programs in communities experiencing outbreaks and in communities where schools are closed. The other $2 million is for land programing and food harvesting. In a news conference Wednesday, Nunavut's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson said he expects cases will keep rising in the coming weeks. Nunavut is currently in a territory-wide lockdown.On-the-land social distancing helps mental health Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller acknowledged that Nunavut has "unique needs" right now. "Additional assistance is urgently needed for food and social supports, municipal services such as water truck delivery, security, and non-medical personal protective equipment to keep people safe," a Wednesday news release from Indigenous Services Canada said. Kivalliq Inuit Association president Kono Tattuinee said the money will help families in overcrowded homes to social distance, by spending more time on the land. This also supports mental health for young people, he said in the news release. "COVID-19 has hit the Kivalliq region quickly and is testing our limited resources and capacity," Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq said in a statement. "[The federal government's] immediate financial assistance in response to the outbreak, and their swift action to provide support where we need it is truly appreciated."PM says Indigenous voices included in vaccine planningTrudeau said it was clear to his government from the beginning of the pandemic that the North would be vulnerable.With no cases confirmed until this month, he called Nunavut's efforts "well managed."When vaccines do become available, he said, vulnerable groups will be first in line. A panel of experts is making decisions about who should get vaccines first and there are Indigenous voices on that panel, he added. "Because of the challenges faced by northern communities, I can't imagine that they won't be amongst the top priority groups," Trudeau said. This new money considered, the federal government says it has allocated $105 million to support Nunavut since the beginning of the pandemic. "We are working across departments as well as with the Territorial government and Inuit partners to ensure we have a coordinated and targeted response to the rising number of cases in Nunavut," Northern Affairs Minister Daniel Vandal said in a statement Thursday.In an update Thursday from the Nunavut Health Department, Patterson said people confirmed as recovered are safe to come out of isolation and "resume activities while following current public health restrictions."
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VANCOUVER — Indigenous critics of ABC's kidnapping drama "Big Sky" say it fails to acknowledge real-life missing and murdered Indigenous women and are extending their grievance to CTV for airing the series in Canada without added context.The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs is among several Indigenous groups lambasting the Vancouver-shot series for a storyline about kidnapped women in Montana that skirts a real-life epidemic in that state, as well as B.C.The B.C. group's secretary-treasurer Kukpi7 (pronounced COOK'pee) Judy Wilson called it "imperative" that "ABC demonstrate some awareness and cultural competency" regarding systemic violence against Indigenous women and girls. But she took issue Thursday with CTV, too, saying "they are equally responsible" for airing a series that appears to discount a painful reality that extends to Canada.Her union has joined several other Indigenous groups in asking ABC to append an information card to the end of future episodes that explains the MMIWG crisis. If ABC won't do it, Wilson said she'd like to see CTV do it themselves."Anyone in the film industry and in the broadcast industry in Canada — especially with the National Inquiry (into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) — should have a social conscious if not a moral conscious and obligation to include this kind of information in their productions or at least an info card at the (end)," Wilson said when reached by phone near Vernon, B.C."By omitting it and by not including any references ... they're adding to the issue of the genocide against Indigenous women and girls."CTV did not provide comment by mid-afternoon Thursday.Similar complaints against ABC have been raised by the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association representing members of tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska; and the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, which represents Montana's eight federally recognized tribes; and the international Global Indigenous Council, which said it's not asking the network to pull or reshoot the series, but to insert an information card. "Big Sky" premiered Nov. 17 on ABC and CTV with Canadian stars Katheryn Winnick and Kylie Bunbury alongside Ryan Phillippe as detectives on the hunt for two sisters kidnapped on a remote Montana highway.It's based on C.J. Box’s novel "The Highway," which the critics say also failed to address the disproportionate number of Indigenous missing and murdered women in Montana.While much MMIWG advocacy has been directed towards politicians and the justice system, Wilson said the entertainment industry must also address the way it portrays Indigenous issues. She said there are many Indigenous organizations willing to help film and television productions tackle these concerns responsibly."A lot of it is social media or the messages that go to a lot of people on how we treat Indigenous women and girls, and social media can be a change-agent in what's happening out there," said Wilson."We need to stand in the truth and we need to talk the truth and we need to experience it so we can move forward and find solutions that are truth-based."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.— by Cassandra Szklarski in TorontoThe Canadian Press
HALIFAX — A veteran of Nova Scotia's Liberal cabinet has announced his retirement from politics.Health Minister Leo Glavine said today he will step down to spend more time with his family when the next provincial election is called.Glavine, who represents the riding of Kings West, was first elected to the legislature in 2003.The former teacher and high school administrator served in the health portfolio from 2013 to 2017, where he oversaw the controversial amalgamation of the province's health authorities into a single entity.He was later named minister of the Communities, Culture and Heritage Department before returning as health minister in a cabinet shuffle last month, after Randy Delorey resigned to run for Liberal leader.Premier Stephen McNeil, who announced in August he planned to resign, described Glavine as a gentleman and a great role model for anyone who wants to be in elected office.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.The Canadian Press
More than two-thirds of the world’s fields, ranches and orchards are owned by one per cent of its farmers, according to a report released Tuesday. Land inequality — the concentrated ownership of land — is skyrocketing globally, including in Canada and the U.S. It’s a trend driven by large-scale industrial farming and export-oriented agricultural policies with wide-ranging impacts on everything from food security to climate change. Those investments aren’t always obvious. Historically, land ownership analyses have excluded key pieces of information, such as the value of land and the degree of control a person or organization has over it, according to the report’s authors. For instance, many farms operate under contract to agri-food corporations, giving them control over production methods and market access without explicitly owning the farm. Investors are also purchasing farmland at increasingly high rates, pushing land prices beyond the value of the crops they can produce and exacerbating farmland consolidation. An analysis of these control mechanisms was included by the coalition of organizations behind the report — a novel technique, said Ward Anseeuw, co-author of the report and co-ordinator of the initiative. The additional data revealed that worldwide, land inequality is 41 per cent higher than previously reported through national agricultural censuses. “These findings radically alter our understanding of the extent and far-reaching consequences land inequality has, proving that not only is it a bigger problem than we thought, but it’s undermining the stability and development of sustainable societies,” he said in a statement. Concentrated land ownership is associated with a suite of problems, including deforestation, political and economic inequality and the degradation of rural food security, the report notes. And while land inequality is an old problem — it was a key part of many colonial governments’ policies — the authors note that since the 1980s, the problem has gotten worse. That’s when national and international trade policies were implemented that made it easier for financial institutions and global agri-businesses to purchase vast tracts of farmland for conversion into industrialized crop production. This land was generally purchased from small- to mid-sized family farms growing a diversity of crops for local or regional consumption. Replacing them were larger industrialized farms owned by vertically integrated companies invested from seed to sale in international commodity markets. It’s a trend that accelerated after the 2008 financial crash, said Devlin Kuyek, senior researcher at GRAIN, an international non-profit supporting small farmers and social movements. Those investors, including several Canadian pension funds, started purchasing farmland worldwide. And with deeper pockets than most farmers, they didn’t struggle to find the land, despite policies in certain jurisdictions — including some Canadian provinces — that limit foreign farmland ownership. It’s a practice that drives land consolidation, he explained. Meanwhile, smaller-scale farmers producing food for regional and local consumption often struggle to make ends meet because of high farmland prices and competition from global commodity markets. It’s a pattern that is seen worldwide — including in B.C., explained Mullinix. The province has a proliferation of small, diversified farms serving local markets, many of which struggle to afford farmland (farmland prices in the province are also driven by real estate speculation, not only agri-businesses and investments from financial institutions). There are also several large ranches and orchards producing food for Canada-wide and international markets — and not much in between. Still, Kuyek said that Canadians have more leverage than they might think. Canadian pension funds are some of the world’s largest farmland investors and sustained pressure from the people whose money they are managing can help change their practices. “We have an interest in understanding what’s going on with our money. If the money is being used to expand industrial agriculture, kick communities off their lands, destroying the future of the planet, it’s not really a good investment that way,” he said. “But this is a new area for the pension funds, so putting pressure on them now, making them aware of the risks … it can sort of push them to hold back from stepping into that area of investment.” Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, National Observer
November 26, 2020 - Jeremy Prete (pictured above) began Epic Youth Services because of a moment in his childhood when someone reached out to mentor him and changed the course of his life. Prete moved to Cardston shortly after his parents divorced when he was 12 years old, and he remembers vividly the moment he walked past some kids from the football team who told him he didn’t belong. He believed them -- he hated his life, hated the town, and had no friends. One day he was walking up the hill with a slurpee in hand when the coach of the football team drove up, a stranger to Prete, and asked him to try out for the team because he was the right size for football. Walking up to tryouts Jeremy recognized the same boys he had seen earlier that year and he almost turned around, but coach Floyd Baxter saw him coming and told him he was where he needed to be. Baxter and other coaches became mentors to Prete and changed the course of his life by finding him a place to belong. Football became Prete’s family and saved him in a time when he needed connection. Mentoring became a strong principle for Prete who has since coached football, basketball, and baseball and also been a mentor to kids he was teaching in his church’s seminary program. Working on the FCSS board and as president for Cardston Victims services Prete noticed that he couldn’t reach all the kids that needed mentoring through his sports and church circles, and he dreamed up the youth centre as a solution. On completion of his degree in clinical counselling he and his wife shut down their carpet cleaning business to fund the purchase of the building where Epic Youth Services was born. Epic Youth services is a social and recreational centre intended primarily for use by youth by Junior and Senior High school students. The groups website states “Epic supports opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship, and recognition.” The building is strategically located near the middle school and High School so the services can be easily accessed by youth in the area. Prete has created many strategic partnerships with other stakeholders in the area such as Family and Community Support Services, Bridges of Hope, and Alberta Mentoring. With these allies he has many resources at his fingertips including some funding, help with legalese, and the ability to operate under charitable status. Epic Youth services is indeed a not-for-profit service, meaning it is not run for personal gain. Prete is employed by Bridges of Hope as the director of services and makes a small salary in compensation for the long hours he puts in, but the job satisfaction is what keeps him coming back. Running his own company previously was more financially successful, but he says “it feels better at the end of the day even though my bank account is tiny. I don’t want to go home and feel like my day was a waste and I’ve squandered my existence. The connection with the kids is more impactful than a paycheque has ever been.” Prete also has been able to keep up a counselling business on the side called Foundations Family Counselling so that he can continue his important work at the youth centre and still provide for his family. Running the youth centre is a big undertaking that Prete has taken on. It looks like arranging programming, counselling and connecting with youth, and also significant hours pouring over grant applications and fundraising efforts. Two major community fundraisers are the Home Run Derby and community discount cards. Only two days into the week and Prete has already applied for two grants on behalf of the centre. Resident grant-writer and in house counsellor, Prete is certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, sexual trauma, suicide risk assessment, anxiety and depression disorders, and more. Prete describes what the programs at the centre were like pre-COVID, with food, art therapy, open stage, karaoke night, jam sessions, mini and big concerts, slam poetry, joke offs, movie nights, video game tournaments, table game tournaments, knitting club, board and card game tournaments, relationship success courses, introduction to finance, a resource centre for homework help, resume writing aids, assistance with university applications, hygiene skills programs, teen tech awareness nights, and parent support groups. The programs, counselling services, and mentoring led to group dynamics that Prete says “had an energy and a pulse -- it was alive and every station was being used in the intended way. There were no cultural lines, no race or religion divisions, no kids at the top of the hill saying you don’t belong here”. Running the youth centre during a pandemic has not been an easy task, and the youth centre has danced the pandemic pivot like all businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The children that had been accessing the centre are in more need of help now than ever, but only 15 at a time could sign up to participate in any given program prior to further restrictions this week. There are still about 500 kids registered at the centre, but recruitment is down because of school closures last year. Further restrictions put in place by the government this week will cause even more disruption of services to the youth needing connection in the Cardston community. Prete is continually adjusting as new government regulations emerge, but has been able to start new programs to keep EPIC alive and well in the community. Pandemic Epic is running a food hamper program along with FCSS through which they provide food to families in the area, the youth centre also arranged for a free back to school shopping day where youth could choose new to them clothes from a couple thousand pieces that had been donated, and they have created a 24-hour local help phone/text line so community members can access free counselling, food hampers, and hygiene products. Prete is constantly envisioning and creating an adaptable path through the pandemic to reach the youth who need this community program most. He is connecting with individual kids and groups on zoom and he has purchased over 200 stockings that he has stuffed with goodies he can drop off door to door while doing mental health check-ins with kids who haven’t been able to spend as much time at the centre recently. Covid has caused an uproar in many people’s lives, leaving them with the feeling that they are hanging on to the edge of a cliff with their fingernails. Jeremy Prete and Epic youth services, however, are still around trying to catch people before they fall, Empowering People and Inspiring Change -- keeping the heart of Epic alive no matter what 2020 throws at them.Elizabeth Thompson-Christensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temple City Star
Art has been part of Lucy Kerr's life as far back as she can remember. One of nine students (along with a 10th collaborative piece by a Grade 6/7 class) whose piece has been tagged for a set of greeting cards produced by the district, the Grade 11 student at McMath says art is a way for her to unwind. “Art is really relaxing for me, and just a creative outlet that is really a big part of my life,” she says. “My family has always been really appreciative of art—I’ve been going to art galleries and and talking about that for my whole life as well.” Kerr’s piece “Sunny Day” was inspired by the work of acclaimed Canadian artist Ted Harrison, whose style Kerr says she has “always loved.” She adds that the process of looking at different artists’ styles has helped her to create her own: she prefers to paint portraits, which recently she has been doing by commission. “I want to make something that moves people, and I like getting the emotional reaction when someone sees the art I created for them,” she says. “It’s different than a photograph—there’s so much more meaning that you can draw from (a painting), and it gives a lot more dimension.” Emi Fairchild, a Grade 4 student at Homma elementary, echoes Kerr’s love of art. “Art is a great way to express yourself, and it takes your mind off things that you don’t want,” she says. Her piece “Trumpet of the Swan” was part of a school project inspired by the book of the same name. The artwork mostly uses oil pastels, but Fairchild also chose to add Sharpie to her piece at the end “to make it stand out from all the details.” She also creates art in her spare time, mostly using pencil and paper. Recently, she’s started weaving, which she says is “easy and fun.” Kerr and Fairchild are two of the student artists chosen for the Richmond School District’s art card project. Spearheaded by district fine arts administrator (and Blair elementary principal) Catherine Ludwig, the project aims to highlight the work done by students and art teachers across the city, as well as circulating student art broadly. Ten selections—which reflect a balance of different schools, ages, and genres of art—were printed on greeting cards. Packages of cards were initially given to district administrators for their correspondence, but they will also be available in the near future to members of the school community who want to place an order. Ludwig says the arts educators in the district started making plans for the project in February, along with trustees and other stakeholder groups. “One of the goals that came forward, as we imagined a vibrant place for arts education in the district, was creating opportunities for our learners beyond the four walls of our school,” she explains. “(Art) speaks loudly and it amplifies who you are, and ultimately it helps with that uncharted territory of who you are as the self.” With a desire to make Richmond learners feel supported and part of a larger community, Ludwig and her team asked teachers to submit students’ works for the project. The selections were professionally scanned and a graphic designer in the district ensured they were uniform with things like backdrops, while staying true to the original works. And each student submitted an artist statement, reflecting on their piece, that appears on the back of the card. By chance, two of the selected works were self-portraits: one by a Kindergarten student from Blair and one from a Grade 12 student at MacNeill. Ludwig has copies of those two pieces displayed in her office. “It gave the direction of why we’re doing this—look at what happens when we dedicate arts education with passionate arts educators teaching our young ones,” she says. Ludwig adds that she hopes to repeat the project every two years to represent the changing students within the Richmond school system. And next time, she wants to make a call out for other mediums, too—including sculpture, photography and textiles. “Connecting with others, having your masterpiece or your image experienced by another is so powerful,” says Ludwig. “It propels you and inspires you to grow and learn and it also encourages you. You get that feedback from others and get a sense of your legacy as an artist.” She says the kids have recently been picking up their sets of cards from Blair, and their excitement is visible. “This project had a hand in helping them feel something beyond themselves—that their art had a bigger impact beyond the page,” says Ludwig. “You can just sense how powerful this is for them. I’m so proud of them.” The students whose art is featured on the cards are equally as enthused. When she found out her piece would be featured on one of the school district’s art cards, Fairchild was “really excited.” And while Kerr doesn’t see art as a future career, she expects to never give it up completely regardless of where she ends up in the future. “I know that art will always be a part of my life, and it will always be a very strong hobby of mine,” she says.Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel
Prince George, B.C., resident Judy Howard recently shelled out $50 for a six-pack of soy sauce after a family Facebook bidding war, and she feels like she got a pretty sweet deal — or salty, to be more accurate.A single bottle of Canadian-made China Lily Soya Sauce usually runs about $3 and is a staple in many kitchens in northern B.C., primarily in Indigenous households where it is often used liberally in traditional dishes and everyday dinner prep.Currently, it is incredibly hard to come by, and that's causing a bit of a panic among regular purchasers.The sauce is crafted by Lee Foods in Toronto. False rumours the factory is closing could be behind why grocery stores in B.C.'s north have been cleaned out, Amazon has nothing to offer, and prices on eBay keep climbing.Prince Rupert, B.C., resident Carolina de Ryk, host of CBC's Daybreak North, caught the concerned chatter of locals on social media and contacted Lee Foods to find out why people were fearful their favourite brand was on the brink. A woman at Lee Foods who took de Ryk's call said there are no plans to shut down the family-run business.Her explanation for the shortage was simple: "China Lily Soya Sauce is the next toilet paper in the COVID-19 pandemic."While hearing the company is still open may be a relief for some, the current situation remains dire for die-hard fans. So much so that Tahltan President Chad Day released a tongue-in cheek-warning on Facebook that soy sauce bootlegging would not be tolerated. Annita Macphee, who is Tahltan and lives in Vancouver, said she remembers rice with China Lily being a component of many childhood meals. She told de Ryk its popularity in many Indigenous kitchens could be because so many Indigenous and Chinese people worked together at one time in coastal canneries."I've heard of people buying 16 bottles," she said, adding she currently has a line on some bottles that surfaced in Powell River, B.C., so she should be supplied for the time being.Howard, meanwhile, is likely being hailed as a hero by her immediate family for the six-pack she scored after her nephew, Sheldon Howard, Jr., a Prince George resident originally from the Gitxsan community of Gitsegukla in northwestern B.C., auctioned it off."I don't think it was extortion," said Howard, who uses the sauce to flavour much of her cooking, especially salmon and herring roe dishes.This year, said Howard, a bottle or two from Santa would be a coveted Christmas gift for many in Gitsegukla.To really dive down into the cultural significance of China Lily, De Ryk also spoke with Jeremy Pahl, also known as Saltwater Hank, a Tsimshian First Nation member and Prince Rupert resident.He was plum out at the start of the week but, while it was weighing heavy, he said he was staying strong."We are going to get through it, and future generations are going to look back and say my ancestors survived the great China Lily shortage of 2020," Pahl said with a chuckle.Pahl later got lucky when some employees at Coast Mountain College called up de Ryk to let her know they had a bottle and it was Pahl's if he wanted it. You can bet he did.But if you're not one of the lucky Howards, don't know about a stash out of town, and no kindly neighbour has tracked you down via the national broadcaster to offer you a spare bottle, don't despair — Lee Foods is still in full swing.In a statement, company president Christopher Wong said while there have been some supply, shipping and staffing hiccups due to the pandemic, customers can expect to see China Lily Soya Sauce back on the shelves within the coming weeks.To hear Judy Howard talk about her Facebook auction score on CBC's Daybreak North, tap the link below:
BUDAPEST, Hungary — The leaders of Hungary and Poland vowed Thursday to uphold their veto of the European Union’s next budget — and its massive pandemic relief fund — saying a mechanism that ties payment of funds to rule of law principles risks derailing the bloc. The EU has proposed a mechanism linking its 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget for 2021-2027 and coronavirus recovery package to the respect of the rule of law by its 27 members. This would allow funds to be denied to members that violated democratic norms, and could target Poland and Hungary. Both countries are at loggerheads with Brussels over their rule of law standards, and the EU has opened legal procedures against them. Poland and Hungary vetoed the mechanism last week, effectively stalling progress on the implementation of the whole budget and the urgently needed rescue package, planned for January. Tough negotiations are expected at an EU summit next month. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Poland's Mateusz Morawiecki, met in Budapest to discuss ways of persuading EU leaders, and especially Germany, which currently holds the bloc's presidency, to abandon the conditionality mechanism. “This is extremely dangerous for Europe’s cohesion, it is a bad solution that threatens a breakup of Europe in the future,” Morawiecki told a news conference. He argued that similar exclusive mechanisms could be used in the future against other countries, over other issues. “This is not the right way to go,” Morawiecki said stressing that conditionality of funds is not written into EU founding treaties. With the veto "We are defending the unity of the union,” Morawiecki said. Hungary's Orban said the EU debate over the rule of law must not be tied to ways of helping the entire bloc overcome the biggest economic downturn in its history. "Whoever links them is irresponsible, because the crisis needs fast economic decisions,” Orban said. He said he was acting in his nation's interest by opposing the financial mechanism, saying it violated Hungary’s national values and sovereignty. Orban said the debate was not about the rule of law but about the “rule of the majority.” The two leaders vowed to back each other in opposing any mechanisms that they found unacceptable. Budapest and Warsaw have previously backed each other in opposing some decisions taken by Brussels, including on migrant policy. In their joint statement, they rejected any mechanism that would financially sanction member states for violating democratic standards. If EU nations' leaders fail to break the stalemate before the end of the year, the bloc will continue to spend but function on limited resources, with a maximum of one twelfth of the budget for the previous financial year to be spent each month. Many projects for Poland and Hungary could be held up. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, whose country has been among the worst-hit in Europe by COVID-19, said he is convinced Hungary and Poland will “overcome” their opposition and the December EU summit will prove “decisive.” ____ Scislowska reported from Warsaw, Poland ________________________________________ Justin Spike And Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press
A team of Canadian scientists is urging the federal government to step up its conservation efforts in the eastern Arctic to try and save some of the last remaining year-round sea ice and the undiscovered organisms that live within it. In a new article, Witnessing Ice Habitat Collapse in the Canadian Arctic, released Thursday in the journal Science, Carleton University geologist Derek Mueller and biologist Warwick Vincent of Laval University highlight the July 2020 collapse of the Milne Ice Shelf, the last known intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic. Over a two day period, the 4,000 year-old Milne Shelf broke apart, sending 43 per cent of its mass adrift into the Arctic Ocean as smaller ice islands. The Milne Shelf is located within the Tuvaijuittuq marine protected area, which, perhaps ironically, translates to "the place where the ice never melts" in Inuktitut. It's home to the oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.An area roughly the size of Poland, Tuvaijuittuq encircles the Quttinirpaaq National Park on the northeastern corner of Ellesmere Island.It's part of what scientists believe will be the last portion of the Arctic Ocean to maintain year-round ice — until 2050, that is, by which time the oldest and strongest ice in the Arctic is expected to melt.In their article, Mueller and Vincent urge the federal government to create a permanent marine protected area that extends across the Canadian Arctic. They also want Ottawa to work with the Greenlandic government to further extend such a protected area east "despite the jurisdictional hurdles."Permanent protection would mean the area would essentially be a shipping and resource-extraction free zone. "There's lots of conservation areas being planned but what we were really interested in highlighting was that those could be extended to fully capture some of the vulnerable ecosystems that are at the northern coastline of our planet," Mueller said in an interview with CBC.Recently, Mueller and his team uncovered small fresh water lakes on the Milne ice shelf that were created from fresh water run-off from nearby glaciers. These lakes are home to tiny microbial organisms, many which have never been seen before. "We found this really cool community of benthic animals that were living inside the ice shelf. We were just on the cusp of studying those organisms and those are one of the surprise discoveries that one can find in these remote yet vulnerable environments," Mueller says."When the ice shelf broke apart we don't think those animals survived."Mueller says extending the current protected areas of Tuvaijuittuq and Quttinirpaaq National Park would reduce the number of stressors on this already vulnerable ecosystem."When humans walk around in an environment they see the seals and the polar bears but they miss, because they're so small, all of the microbes. But they're really at the base of the food web. They are way more complex than you can imagine," Mueller says,"To understand how these ecosystems function, these ice-dependent microbial ecosystems, before they melt away is what we're trying to do."Tuvaijuittuq was created in partnership between the federal government and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. A spokesperson for the QIA says more Inuit knowledge of the area needs to be collected.The organization says it was planning to conduct an Inuit Knowledge Study of the area this summer but that has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It says it will be asking communities in the area if they would support changes to the area's boundaries.Mueller and Warwick are also calling on the federal government to honour its commitments in the Paris Agreement. The Agreement, hashed out in 2015, had 197 signatories committing to hold the global average temperature increase to well below two degrees above pre-industrial levels, with the ultimate goal of limiting the rise to only 1.5 C.As part of the agreement, Canada committed to reducing its annual greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030."Even with COVID our greenhouse gas emissions are still rising. We need to make considerable change to our greenhouse gas emissions and if we can then this last ice area stands a greater chance of remaining into the future," said Mueller.
Le Comité de la commémoration du 50e anniversaire de l’expropriation de Mirabel invite les personnes intéressées à une activité qui a pour but de rendre hommage aux femmes ayant lutté pour que les terres expropriées soient rétrocédées, alors que l’on inaugurera, par le fait même, une plaque commémorative installée à la Maison Jean-Paul-Raymond, dans le secteur de Sainte-Scholastique. Le tout se déroulera le vendredi 11 décembre prochain de manière virtuelle. L’événement, qui prendra la forme de conférence, mettra en lumière le rôle joué par toutes ces femmes auprès de leurs familles et de leur communauté pendant une période difficile. Des personnes impliquées dans le dossier de l’expropriation de Mirabel livreront des témoignages et permettront de faire le point sur le vécu et la contribution des femmes lors des événements qui se sont déroulés des décennies auparavant, mais qui laissent toujours ses traces. Rappelons qu’à la fin des années 1960, le gouvernement fédéral s’était approprié 97 000 acres, parmi les terres agricoles les plus riches du Québec, afin de construire le nouvel aéroport de Montréal, à Mirabel. La nouvelle touche alors plus de 3 000 familles, ainsi que 14 villages et municipalités des Basses-Laurentides. Des citoyens impliqués Rita Léonard-Lafond sera l’une des personnes qui témoigneront, elle qui a été elle-même délogée de sa maison. Ceux qui suivent le dossier de près se rappellent que Mme Léonard-Lafond a été impliquée activement à titre de porte-parole pour les gens expropriés, au sein du Comité d’information et d’animation communautaire (CIAC). Elle est aussi membre du Comité de commémoration du 50e anniversaire. D’autres acteurs prendront la parole au cours de l’événement. Ils seront disponibles afin d’échanger après la conférence. Considérants les mesures liées à la pandémie, l’activité se tiendra virtuellement, sur la plateforme Zoom, le 11 décembre, dès 14 h. À noter que l’on doit absolument confirmer sa présence d’ici le 30 novembre prochain. Seules les personnes ayant confirmé leur présence recevront le lien Web qui permettra de se connecter sur la plateforme. D’ailleurs, une assemblée générale suivra, sur le coup de 15 h, à nouveau sur la plateforme Zoom. Pour confirmer sa présence aux deux événements, vous devez écrire au Comité de commémoration du 50e anniversaire de l’expropriation de Mirabel, via le email@example.com. Nicolas Parent, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Éveil
EMPLOI. Le ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, Jean Boulet, lance le Programme d'aide à la relance par l'augmentation de la formation (PARAF). Totalisant 114,6 millions de $, la mesure offrira un montant de 500$ par semaine aux chômeurs pandémiques pour les accompagner dans leur processus de requalification ou de rehaussement de leurs compétences. Par ce programme, on vise près de 20 000 Québécois. «La formation est un moyen efficace pour répondre aux besoins de main-d'œuvre de secteurs en pénurie de main-d'œuvre. Cela permet à ceux et celles qui ont perdu leur emploi de se requalifier pour réintégrer le marché du travail. Votre gouvernement est là pour accompagner les chômeurs pandémiques dans leur réorientation de carrière. Le PARAF découle des consensus établis au Forum virtuel sur la requalification de la main-d'œuvre et sur l'emploi, tenu le 16 octobre dernier. Ce programme se veut une réponse à la situation actuelle liée à la pandémie et contribue à la relance économique. Il permettra à des milliers de personnes d'acquérir de nouvelles compétences, sans soucis financiers», souligne Jean Boulet, ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale. Des efforts seront notamment consentis pour mettre sur pied des parcours individualisés afin d'intégrer rapidement davantage de personnes dans les secteurs d'activité en déficit de main-d'œuvre qualifiée, comme la santé, la construction et les technologies de l'information. Précisons que pour être admissibles, les participants devront avoir rencontré un agent d'aide à l'emploi pour établir un parcours individualisé d'ici le 31 mars 2021. Pour avoir droit à l'allocation de 500 $ par semaine, ils devront avoir commencé leur formation au plus tard le 25 septembre 2021. Stéphane Lévesque, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Hebdo Journal
WINNIPEG — Seventy per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba happened this month and the province’s top doctor is cautioning people to celebrate the upcoming holidays in their own homes. Dr. Brent Roussin said there have been 185 deaths to date in November, including 10 announced Thursday. Sixty people died due to the novel coronavirus in October. “These deaths are much more than numbers. These are loved ones that are sorely missed right now,” Roussin said during his daily briefing.“We know we can’t continue with these numbers.”The province reported 383 new cases for a total of 15,288. Daily new infections have averaged between 300 and 500 for the last few weeks. Roussin said the pressures on the health-care system are unsustainable. “Our health-care system is being pushed to its capacity,” he said. “Our health-care providers are overwhelmed.”On Thursday there were 307 people in hospital with 46 people in intensive care. There have been outbreaks at multiple care homes across the province.The hospital in Grandview, a small community near Dauphin, was closed temporarily Thursday to redeploy staff to the local care home.“The personal care home in Grandview is besieged with cases,” Premier Brian Pallister said during question period. The NDP Opposition criticized the move saying it is a step toward permanently closing the hospital.Manitoba has brought in a series of increasingly tough restrictions over the last two months as COVID-19 numbers surged. Provincewide public health orders came into effect on Nov. 12 closing indoor service for restaurants and bars and banning people from having guests over, except for a few exceptions. It also mandates mask use in all indoor public health areas.Health officials have said the restrictions would last at least four weeks, leaving the possibility they could be loosened before the holiday season. Roussin, however, cautioned that people should keep their holiday plans within their family unit. Roussin discouraged all non-essential travel, even within Manitoba. He said bringing back interprovincial travel restrictions is not off the table as infections rise in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario. “This is not going to be a normal holiday season,” Roussin said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020. Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press
Members of a Six Nations land reclamation camp have appealed two court injunctions ordering them to vacate a housing development in Caledonia, Ont.Skyler Williams, a spokesperson for the group and defendant in the case, said Thursday that he filed an appeal in Ontario Superior Court to fight the injunctions."We chose to engage in a process, a process that is not our own, to try and move it forward," said Williams during a media update Thursday. "For us the issue of the land here is still before the courts and certainly needs to come to a nation-to-nation discussion."The occupation of the McKenzie Meadows development, dubbed 1492 Land Back Lane by demonstrators, has stretched on for months, and has included blockades across area roads, court orders to remove people staying there, and dozens of arrests.Last month, Justice John Harper ruled that the activists had to vacate the land where Foxgate Developments planned a housing complex. The Six Nations group says the property is unceded Indigenous land and has been occupying it for 131 days. Harper ordered the Six Nations members to vacate on Oct. 22.Williams said Thursday that he's retained lawyers Barry Yellin and Wade Poziomka from the Hamilton firm Ross & McBride LLP. If the appeal is successful, he said, Foxgate Developments and Haldimand County will have to restart the permanent injunction proceedings."The filing by Ross & McBride LLP focuses on the failure of the court to distinguish between contempt and abuse of process, a procedural issue," the 1492 Land Back Lane group said in a media release. "The issue is that Williams's pleadings and evidence were thrown out by Justice Harper in error contrary to the law, procedural fairness, and the rules of civil procedure. If successful in the appeal, the matter would be returned to superior court before a different judge, and all of Williams's pleadings would be reinstated in his defence."The appeal, Williams said, is "an honest effort to engage in the legal system at a time that I was unrepresented in the court process."Harper said last month that Williams has shown "contempt" for the court by refusing to obey previous, temporary injunctions, and by insisting the Cayuga, Ont., courtroom was part of the "colonial" court system.Harper said the court must acknowledge the "abuses that have been put upon the Aboriginal community," but "claims and grievances in our society … must be done respectfully, must be done in compliance with the orders."The Six Nations Elected Council signed a deal in 2019 with the developers for $352,000 and 17 hectares of land in exchange for support of the two housing projects. Williams said Thursday that the elected council has expressed "tentative" support for 1492 Land Back Lane. Six Nations' traditional government, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council of Chiefs, supports the reclamation camp.The group has been calling on the federal and provincial governments to step in and work with their representatives toward a peaceful resolution.Despite a pledge from the office of Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, that government officials "look forward to meeting with the community at the earliest opportunity" and are "committed" to addressing longstanding land claim issues, Williams said negotiations have yet to begin."They've said over and over again that they want to be at the table, that they're working on it … and here we are. This is three-and-a-half months later," said Williams. "Apparently it takes a long time to get here from Ottawa."