A bridge in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania was demolished on Saturday as part of a $9.95 million bridge replacement project. (Feb. 13)
A bridge in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania was demolished on Saturday as part of a $9.95 million bridge replacement project. (Feb. 13)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted a missile attack over its capital and bomb-laden drones targeting a southern province, the latest in a series of airborne assaults it has blamed on Yemen’s rebel Houthis. The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen’s yearslong war announced the Iran-allied Houthis had launched a ballistic missile toward Riyadh and three booby-trapped drones toward the province of Jizan, with a fourth toward another southwestern city and other drones being monitored. No casualties or damage were initially reported. There was no immediate comment from the Houthis. The attack comes amid sharply rising tensions in the Middle East, a day after a mysterious explosion struck an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman. That blast renewed concerns about ship security in the strategic waterways that saw a spate of suspected Iranian attacks on oil tankers in 2019. The state-owned Al-Ekhbariya TV broadcast footage of what appeared to be explosions in the air over Riyadh. Social media users also posted videos, with some showing residents shrieking as they watched the fiery blast pierce the night sky, which appeared to be the kingdom’s Patriot missile batteries intercepting the ballistic missile. Col. Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, said the Houthis were trying in “a systematic and deliberate way to target civilians.” The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh issued a warning to Americans, calling on them to “stay alert in case of additional future attacks.” Flight-tracking websites showed a number of flights scheduled to land at Riyadh’s international airport diverted or delayed in the hour after the attack. A civil defence spokesman, Mohammed al-Hammadi, later said scattered debris resulted in material damage to one house, though no one was hurt, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported. As Yemen's war grinds on, Houthi missile and drone attacks on the kingdom have grown commonplace, only rarely causing damage. Earlier this month the Houthis struck an empty passenger plane at Saudi Arabia's southwestern Abha airport with a bomb-laden drone, causing it to catch fire. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition has faced widespread international criticism for airstrikes in Yemen that have killed hundreds of civilians and hit non-military targets, including schools, hospitals and wedding parties. President Joe Biden announced this month he was ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, including “relevant” arms sales. But he stressed that the U.S. would continue to help Saudi Arabia defend itself against outside attacks. The Houthis overran Yemen’s capital and much of the country's north in 2014, forcing the government into exile and months later prompting Saudi Arabia and its allies to launch a bombing campaign. __ Associated Press writer Samy Magdy in Cairo contributed to this report. Isabel Debre, The Associated Press
(NBC/The Associated Press, NBC/Reuters - image credit) Schitt's Creek won the Golden Globe for best television comedy on Sunday, shortly after star Catherine O'Hara captured the award for best actress for her portrayal of Moira Rose. Dan Levy — who co-created the show with his father, Eugene Levy — accepted the award remotely and paid homage to the Canadian cast and crew. "The incredible work you all did over these past six seasons have taken us to places we never thought possible, and we are so grateful to all of you for it," he said. "Thank you to the CBC and Pop TV for making the active choice to keep this show on the air and give it the time and space it needed to grow." The show topped fellow nominees Ted Lasso, The Great, The Flight Attendant and Emily in Paris. "This acknowledgement is a lovely vote of confidence in the messages Schitt's Creek has come to stand for: the idea that inclusion can bring about growth and love to a community," Dan Levy said. "In the spirit of inclusion, I hope that this time next year, the ceremony reflects the true breadth and diversity of the film and television being made today because there is so much more to be celebrated." Earlier, O'Hara thanked Eugene and Dan Levy for creating "an inspiring, funny, beautiful family love story in which they let me wear 100 wigs and speak like an alien." "Thank you CBC for making this show in Canada," she said. Eugene Levy, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy were each nominated for acting awards as well. Jason Sudeikis bested Eugene Levy for best actor in a television series for his role in Ted Lasso, John Boyega won the award for best supporting actor for his role in Small Axe over Dan Levy and Gillian Anderson's turn on The Crown earned her best supporting actress over Murphy. Schitt's Creek, which aired on CBC and Pop TV, ended its sixth and final season last April. The Ontario-shot show swept the comedy category at the Emmy Awards last fall. Nomadland wins 2 awards, Boseman honoured posthumously Nomadland won best drama film while its director, Chloé Zhao, became the first woman of Asian descent to win best director at the Golden Globes. The film follows a woman, played by Frances McDormand, who leaves her small town to join a group of wanderers in the American West. Accepting the best picture award, Zhao paid tribute to all those who have been on difficult journeys, quoting a line from the film: "We don't say goodbye, we say see you down the road." Meanwhile, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won best movie, musical or comedy, while star Sacha Baron Cohen won best actor for his portrayal of the fictional journalist from Kazakhstan. In a major surprise, the Globe for best actress in a drama film went to Andra Day in The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Day played the legendary jazz and blues singer in the biopic directed by Lee Daniels. A tearful and overwhelmed Day spoke through tears as she said she was "in the presence of giants," naming her fellow nominees Viola Davis, Carey Mulligan, Vanessa Kirby and Frances McDormand. Six months after his death at age 43, Chadwick Boseman won the Golden Globe for best actor in a dramatic film for his final role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Boseman's widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award for her late husband, saying "he would thank God, he would thank his parents, he would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices." Through tears, Ledward added: "I don't have his words, but we have to take all the moments to celebrate those we love." In the Netflix film, Boseman plays an ambitious trumpeter named Levee who aims to launch himself with his own updated version of the songs of Ma Rainey, the powerhouse blues singer played by Viola Davis. Boseman, who starred in the Marvel blockbuster "Black Panther," died in August after privately battling colon cancer for four years. Netflix, which came in with a commanding 42 nominations, won the top TV awards. The Crown, as expected, took best drama series, along with acting wins for Anderson, Josh O'Connor and Emma Corrin. O'Connor and Corrin portrayed Prince Charles and Princess Diana, respectively. The Queen's Gambit, another Netflix show, won best limited series or TV movie and star Anya Taylor-Joy won best actress in a limited series. Jodie Foster, meanwhile, won her first Golden Globe in nearly three decades. Foster won the Globe for best supporting actress in a film for her role in The Mauritanian. Jane Fonda accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award, praising the "community of storytellers" for their vital role in troubled times, and calling for greater diversity in Hollywood. The 83-year-old actor and activist, star of Barbarella, Klute, Coming Home, On Golden Pond and 9 to 5, received the Globes' version of a lifetime achievement award, one of the few honorees to accept a Globe in person in Beverly Hills. The DeMille award honours "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." Previous winners include Walt Disney, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Sidney Poitier, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and Fonda's father Henry Fonda. The Fondas become the first parent and child to both receive the DeMille award. Norman Lear accepted the Carol Burnett Award on Sunday at the Golden Globes for his storied career in television, saying he "could not feel more blessed." The 98-year-old still-working television legend, creator of All in the Family, The Jeffersons and One Day at a Time, is the third winner of the award that honours "outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen." Hosts on different coasts Earlier, co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler began the pandemic-era award show by delivering a split-screen opening from separate coasts. With Poehler at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Fey in New York's Rainbow Room, the two did an initial gag where Fey reached out through the screen and stroked Poehler's hair. Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler, opened the show from New York and Beverly Hills, Calif., respectively. When attendees would normally be streaming down the red carpet on Sunday evening, many stars were instead posing virtually. Regina King, resplendent in a dazzling dress, stood before her yawning dog. Carey Mulligan, nominated for Promising Young Woman, said from a London hotel room that she was wearing heels for the first time in more than a year. Lee Isaac Chung, writer-director of the tender Korean-American family drama Minari (a movie the HFPA was criticized for ruling ineligible for its top award because of its non-English dialogue), accepted the award for best foreign language film while his young daughter embraced him. "She's the reason I made this film," said Chung. "Minari is about a family. It's a family trying to learn a language of its own. It goes deeper than any American language and any foreign language. It's a language of the heart. I'm trying to learn it myself and to pass it on," said Chung. Other awards included Pixar's Soul for best animated film; Rosumund Pike took best actress in a comedy or musical film for I Care a Lot; and Aaron Sorkin won for best screenplay for Trial of the Chicago 7. The film, a favourite to win best drama film at the Globes, was sold to Netflix by Paramount Pictures last summer due to the pandemic. "Netflix saved our lives," said Sorkin. Issues in lead-up to show On a night when the organization that gives out the Golden Globes is facing condemnation for having no Black voting members, the night's first award went to a Black actor, with Daniel Kaluuya winning best supporting actor in a film for his work in Judas and the Black Messiah. Kaluuya's acceptance speech could not be heard from his location at first, and he jokingly shouted, "You did me dirty!" once the audio was restored. Kaluuya didn't mention the issue directly in his acceptance, though he praised the man he played to win the award, Blank Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was was killed in an FBI raid in 1969. The Globes, normally a loose-and-boozy party that serves as the kickoff for Hollywood's awards season, has been beset with problems beyond the coronavirus leading up to this year's ceremony. They include a revelation in the Los Angeles Times that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives out the awards, has no Black voting members in the group. LISTEN | Why the Golden Globes' shady reputation persists: Fey took a shot at the organization in the show opening, explaining to the two small live audiences made up of first responders and essential workers that "the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is made up of around 90 no Black journalists." This year, none of the most acclaimed Black-led films — Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, One Night in Miami, Judas and the Black Messiah and Da 5 Bloods — were nominated for the Globes' best picture award. With the HFPA potentially fighting for its Hollywood life, Sunday's Globes were part apology tour. Within the first half hour of the NBC telecast, members of the press association also appeared on stage to pledge change. "We recognize we have our own work to do," said vice president Helen Hoehne. "We must have Black journalists in our organization."
(Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse/The Associated Press - image credit) Health Canada's approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and the Serum Institute of India's version to prevent COVID-19 in adults follows similar green lights from regulators in the United Kingdom, Europe Union, Mexico and India. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, called ChAdOx1, was approved for use in Canada on Friday following clinical trials in the United Kingdom and Brazil that showed a 62.1 per cent efficacy in reducing symptomatic cases of COVID-19 cases among those given the vaccine. Experts have said any vaccine with an efficacy rate of over 50 per cent could help stop outbreaks. Dr. Supriya Sharma, Health Canada's chief medical adviser, said the key number across all of the clinical trials for those who received AstraZeneca's product was zero — no deaths, no hospitalizations for serious COVID-19 and no deaths because of an adverse effect of the vaccine. "I think Canada is hungry for vaccines," Sharma said in a briefing. "We're putting more on the buffet table to be used." Specifically, 64 of 5,258 in the vaccination group got COVID-19 with symptoms compared with people in the control group given injections (154 of 5,210 got COVID-19 with symptoms). Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control at Toronto's University Health Network, called it a positive move to have AstraZeneca's vaccines added to Canada's options. "Even though the final efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine appears lower than what we have with the mRNA vaccines, it's still reasonably good," Hota said. "What we need to be focusing on is trying to get as many people as possible vaccinated so we can prevent the harms from this." Canada has an agreement with AstraZeneca to buy 20 million doses as well as between 1.9 million and 3.2 million doses through the global vaccine-sharing initiative known as COVAX. WATCH | AstraZeneca vaccine overview: Canada will also receive 2 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the government announced Friday. Here's a look at some common questions about the vaccine, how it works, in whom and how it could be rolled out. What's different about this shot? The Oxford-AstraZeneca is cheaper and easier to handle than the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which need to be stored at ultracold temperatures to protect the fragile genetic material. AstraZeneca says its vaccine can be stored, transported and handled at normal refrigerated conditions (2 to 8 C) for at least six months. (Moderna's product can be stored at refrigeration temperatures for 30 days after thawing.) The ease of handling could make it easier to administer AstraZeneca's vaccine in rural and remote areas of Canada and the world. "There are definitely some advantages to having multiple vaccine candidates available to get to as many Canadians as possible," Hota said. Sharma said while the product monograph notes that evidence for people over age 65 is limited, real-world data from countries already using AstraZeneca's vaccine suggest it is safe and effective among older age groups. "We have real-world evidence from Scotland and the U.K. for people that have been dosed that would have been over 80 and that has shown significant drop in hospitalizations," Sharma said, based on a preprint. Data from clinical trials is more limited compared with in real-world settings that reflect people from different age groups, medical conditions and other factors. How does it work? Vaccines work by training our immune system to recognize an invader. The first two vaccines to protect against COVID-19 that were approved for use in Canada deliver RNA that encodes the spike protein on the surface of the pandemic coronavirus. Health-care workers Diego Feitosa Ferreira, right, and Clemilton Lopes de Oliveira travel on a boat in the state of Amazonas in Brazil, on Feb. 12, to vaccinate residents with the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The product can be stored at refrigeration temperatures, which facilitates its use in remote areas. In contrast, the AstraZeneca vaccine packs the genetic information for the spike protein in the shell of a virus that causes the common cold in chimpanzees. Vaccine makers altered the adenovirus so it can't grow in humans. Viral vector vaccines mimic viral infection more closely than some other kinds of vaccines. One disadvantage of viral vectors is that if a person has immunity toward a particular vector, the vaccine won't work as well. But people are unlikely to have been exposed to a chimpanzee adenovirus. AstraZeneca is working on reformulating its vaccine to address more transmissible variants of coronavirus. How and where could it be used? Virologist Eric Arts at Western University in London, Ont., said vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, which is also under review by Health Canada, and Russian Sputnik-V vaccines all have some similarities. "I do like the fact that AstraZeneca has decided to continue trials, to work with the Russians on the Sputnik-V vaccine combination," said Arts, who holds the Canada Research Chair in HIV pathogenesis and viral control. Boxes with AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine are pictured at St. Mary's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. Health Canada says the vaccine is given by two separate injections of 0.5 millilitres each into the muscle of the arm. "The reason why I'm encouraged by it is I think there might be greater opportunity to administer those vaccines in low- to middle-income countries. We need that. I think our high-income countries have somewhat ignored the situation that is more significant globally." Researchers reported on Feb. 2 in the journal Lancet that in a Phase 3 clinical trial involving about 20,000 people in Russia, the two-dose Sputnik-V vaccine was about 91 per cent effective and appears to prevent inoculated individuals from becoming severely ill with COVID-19. WATCH | Performance of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine so far: There were 16 COVID-19 cases in the vaccine group (0.1 per cent or 16/14,964) and 62 cases (1.3 per cent or [62/4,902) in the control group. No serious adverse events were associated with vaccination. Most adverse events were mild, such as flu-like symptoms, pain at injection site and weakness or low energy. Arts and other scientists acknowledged the speed and lack of transparency of the Russian vaccination program. But British scientists Ian Jones and Polly Roy wrote in an accompanying commentary that the results are clear and add another vaccine option to reduce the incidence of COVID-19.
France and Germany have agreed that people crossing the border between the French region of Moselle and Germany will have to have proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test in the previous 48 hours, French Europe Minister Clement Beaune said on Sunday. The French government was eager to keep travel restrictions limited at the border, which 16,000 French workers from Moselle cross each day. "We have negotiated with the Germans so that crossing the border remains allowed, so that these tests are faster and easier antigenic tests," Beaune said on BFM TV.
(Daniel DeLucia/Shutterstock - image credit) Vancouver police say they have fined the host of a gender reveal party that took place Saturday night at a downtown Vancouver apartment building. VPD say they responded to the gathering at 8:15 p.m. at an apartment building near Robson and Hamilton streets. Officers found 17 people inside the 26th floor suite attending a gender reveal party. Police say the host was given a $2,300 ticket and the party was shut down. In British Columbia, under the current public health orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, hosting an event at a private residence with members of different households is not allowed. Hosts and organizers of such events can be fined $2,300, and the ticketed individual has 30 days from the date the ticket was issued to either pay or dispute the ticket. B.C. has been living under these restrictions since November. They were extended indefinitely in early February, with Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry saying they will review how things stand in March.
(Jessica Davis Photography - image credit) After the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in the St. John's metro area forced the province to revert back to Alert Level 5 of its pandemic response plan two weeks ago, much of Newfoundland and Labrador is beginning to reopen. On Friday, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said all regions, with the exception of the Avalon Peninsula, will take a step forward to Alert Level 4. This means public health restrictions will ease up for the majority of the province, while the Avalon continues to grapple with the outbreak. Fitzgerald said things will be reevaluated in two weeks. Here's a reminder of how things will look under Alert Level 4, which includes the Central, Western and Labrador-Grenfell Health regions, as well as areas of Eastern Health west of the Avalon, including Clarenville and the Bonavista and Burin peninsulas. Public spaces and gatherings In Alert Level 4, people must still stay their household bubbles whenever they are not at work or school. The bubble can expand, however, to include immediate family when necessary, bring in caregivers or support for isolated people. Gatherings at funerals, burials, weddings and religious and cultural ceremonies are expanded to 10 people, as long as physical distancing can be maintained. Wakes remain prohibited. Informal gatherings are limited to just those in your bubble. "Bubbles need to remain small, exclusive and local. You should only include other people if it is necessary to keep you and them safe and healthy," Fitzgerald said on Friday. "Organizing a social gathering, such as having your extended family over for Sunday dinner, would not be acceptable." Businesses Child care services are expanded to full capacity. Retail stores, including those inside shopping malls, can open at 50 per cent capacity. Personal service establishments, such as spas, esthetic services, hair salons, body piercing and tattoo shops and tanning salons can open in accordance with public health guidelines. Bars will remain closed in Alert Level 4. Bars, cinemas and bingo halls remain closed. Restaurants remain closed for in-person dining. Recreation Gyms, fitness facilities, yoga studios, swimming pools, tennis and squash courts and arenas remain closed. Dance studios and performance spaces also remain closed. Group and team sports are still suspended, along with groups arts and recreation. Public health is encouraging outdoor activities, including walking, hiking, or riding a bike as long as physical distancing can be maintained and you are not required to self-isolate for any reason. Health care Regional health authorities will allow some services to resume. Private health care clinics can reopen in accordance with public health guidelines. Visitor restrictions in health care remain in place, while visitation in long-term care, personal-care homes and assisted living facilities will be expanded. Read more articles from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
(File photo from Joe Raedle/Getty Images - image credit) Saskatchewan health officials recorded 141 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths linked to the virus on Sunday. The Saskatoon region saw the most positive tests with 38, followed by the Regina zone at 19 and the northwest region at 17. Other Sunday case totals by zone: Far northwest: 16 Far northeast: 14 North central: 13 South central: eight East central: eight Northeast: three West central: two Southeast: one Far north central: one The Saskatoon zone recorded the most COVID-19 cases on Sunday at 38. The west-central and southeast regions saw the least with one case each. Another 1,662 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered Saturday, bringing Saskatchewan's immunization total up to 78,226. The majority of the shots, 656, were given in the southeast zone, which covers Fort Qu'Appelle and Broadview. Other Saturday vaccination totals by zone: Northwest: 314 Far northeast: 218 North central: 214 East central: 112 West central: 102 Regina: 24 Far north central: 22 The province also updated data to include an extra 936 doses given in the southeast, 49 in the west-central zone and another 78 in the east central region on Friday. Despite no vaccinations recorded in the Saskatoon region Saturday, it continues to lead with 14,920 total doses administered. As of Sunday, 78,226 people in Saskatchewan have received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19-related hospitalizations saw a slight increase to 154 on Sunday — up three people from the day before. Nineteen patients are under intensive care in the Saskatoon, Regina and northwest regions. As of Sunday, a total of 1,543 cases are considered to be active in Saskatchewan. Since the pandemic began, the province has recorded 28,647 cases of COVID-19.
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE — Canadian Jeff Gustafson captured his first-ever Bassmasters Elite Series win in emphatic fashion Sunday. Gustafson, of Kenora, Ont., recorded a five-fish limit weighing 14 pounds, three ounces for an overall total of 63 pounds. Gustafson finished seven pounds, one ounce ahead of runner-up Steve Kennedy to capture the US$100,000 winner's cheque. "This is the lifelong dream for me," Gustafson said. "I've loved bass fishing and bass tournaments ever since I was a little kid. "It's a lot of sacrifice doing this. The travel and time away from home, that part of it isn't glamorous. So to finally get it — awesome." Gustafson, in his third season on the Bassmasters Elite circuit, was one of three anglers to weigh a five-fish limit all four days but the only one to record double-digit weights each day. He took the opening-round lead Thursday after registering 17 pounds, 14 ounces. Throughout the tournament, Gustafson did most of his damage early, catching his limit — or close to it — shortly after the start of fishing each day. But action Sunday was delayed roughly 90 minutes due to fog, creating questions whether Gustafson's fish would still be there once the final round opened. Gustafson quickly provided the answer, registering a five-fish limit before noon. Gustafson had some tense moments with his third fish, a three-pound smallmouth bass. He attempted to lift it into his boat in windy conditions, only to have it squirm loose and back into the water. Gustafson successfully landed it on his second try before quipping: "That might've been the ugliest fish catch of all time but it's in my livewell." Gustafson began Sunday's final seven pounds, 14 ounces ahead of Kennedy. Gustafson becomes just the second Canadian to win a Bassmaster Elite Series event. Chris Johnston, of Peterborough, Ont., accomplished the feat last year. Both Johnston and his older brother, Cory, of Cavan, Ont., competed in the semifinal round Saturday. Cory Johnston finished 45th overall (18 pounds, nine ounces) while Chris Johnston was 50th (13 pounds 12 ounces). The top-10 anglers after Saturday's round qualified for Sundays final. All three Canadians are in their third season on the Elite Series. The trio qualified last year for the Bassmaster Classic, the circuit's premier event that offers a US$300,000 prize for the tournament winner. This year's Classic will be held in June on Lake Ray Roberts in Fort Worth, Tex. Gustafson was 24th in the season-opening event on the St. John's River in Palatka, Fla., two weeks ago. The next tournament is March 18-21 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 28, 2021. The Canadian Press
Canada's pandemic hotspots are taking diverging approaches to handling the COVID-19 crisis, as Ontario prepares to trigger new lockdown measures in two public health units and Quebec enters a week of spring break. Ontario passed the 300,000 case mark today, as the province prepares to hit a so-called 'emergency brake' in the Thunder Bay and Simcoe-Muskoka District health units on Monday in order interrupt transmission of COVID-19 at a time when new variants are gaining steam. The province has also pushed back its spring break until April in an effort to limit community spread. Prince Edward Island also implemented tighter health measures, barring indoor dining and halving retail and gym capacity as part of "circuit breaker" measures meant to stop a new outbreak in its tracks. Quebec, meanwhile, has allowed movie theatres, pools and arenas to open with restrictions in place to give families something to do as the traditional winter break kicks off, even as most other health rules remain in place. Premier Francois Legault has said he's worried about the week off and the threat posed by new more contagious variants, but says he's optimistic about the province's mass vaccination campaign which will begin inoculating older members of the general public on Monday. Ontario reported 1,062 new infections linked to the pandemic today to push it over the 300,000 mark, while Quebec's health minister said the situation in the province is stable with 737 new cases and nine additional deaths. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 28, 2021 The Canadian Press
La Ville de Montréal a répondu favorablement à la demande du Grand Conseil des Cris de restituer une coiffe qui appartenait jadis à la femme d'un chef de Mistissini. Cet artefact était conservé au Musée de Lachine depuis plus de 70 ans et lui avait été donné par un collectionneur montréalais. La coiffe perlée a été fabriquée vers 1861 avec du lainage, des perles de verre et du coton, pour la femme du chef de la communauté de Mistissini, Jane Gunner. Les femmes portaient cette coiffe dans des cérémonies soulignant le retour d’une chasse importante ou un mariage. Elle a été restaurée il y a une quinzaine d’années par le Centre de conservation du Québec. En 2016, elle avait été prêtée à l’Institut culturel cri Aanischaaukamikw, à Oujé-Bougoumou, où elle avait été reconnue par les descendants d’une membre importante de la communauté crie. Cette coiffe perlée nous parle La décision de restituer la coiffe a été prise le 24 février dernier par le comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal et a fait l’objet d’une annonce publique réunissant la mairesse de Montréal, Valérie Plante, le grand chef du Grand conseil des Cris, Abel Bosum, et la mairesse de Lachine, Maja Vodanovic. " La restitution de la coiffe à l’Institut culturel cri Aanischaaukamikw est importante pour assurer la transmission de la culture aux futures générations et pour permettre de perpétuer les coutumes traditionnelles de notre peuple », déclare Abel Bosum. « Le retour à Eeyou Istchee d’éléments de notre patrimoine culturel et d’objets liés à nos coutumes permet à nos citoyens de raviver leur intérêt et d’en apprendre davantage sur d’importants aspects de leur patrimoine. " " Cette coiffe perlée nous parle d'une façon telle qu'elle ne peut parler à personne d'autres, ajoute le chef Bosum. Pour les autres peuples, c'est simplement un objet mais, pour les Cris, c'est plein de signification que nous pouvons sentir, une signification qui nous touche de façon profonde. C'est un objet qui nous connecte avec nos ancêtres et avec nos traditions culturelles. Nous connaissons les gens qui ont créé ces objets et nous pouvons les retracer dans notre famille. Pour nous, ce ne sont pas des artefacts abstraits de l'histoire. Ce sont des rappels concrets d'où nous venons et de qui nous sommes. [...] En rapatriant des objets comme ceux-là, nous devenons plus complets." Déclaration des Nations Unies Pour la mairesse de Montréal, Valérie Plante, la restitution de la coiffe traditionnelle répond aux principes de la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur le droit des peuples autochtones ainsi qu’aux objectifs de la Stratégie de réconciliation avec les peuples autochtones. « En rapatriant cet objet [...], de dire Mme Plante, la communauté crie aura accès à son patrimoine matériel et au savoir-faire de ses ancêtres. » « C'est fantastique », s'exclame le directeur des programmes de l’Institut culturel cri Aanischaaukamikw, Rob Imrie. « Il faudra encore attendre environ un an avant que l'artefact ne soit exposé », dit-il. Aux journalistes de CBC, Jamie Little et Christopher Herodier, l'ancienne directrice d'Aanischaaukamikw, Sarah Pash, a déclaré que les efforts continuent pour rapatrier d'autres artefacts cris, comme une peau de caribou peinte. Denis Lord, Initiative de journalisme local, La Sentinelle
The Township of Strong council met on Feb. 23 and discussed several items, including the potential of the Almaguin Spartans using the arena, ideas for community activities in 2021 and a donation of gravel to High Rock Lookout Park. Here is the council meeting in key quotes. ON THE ALMAGUIN SPARTANS “I was just going to ask about the Spartans — are they looking at possibly coming to our arena?” asked Coun. Jody Baillie. “There’s an expression of interest on behalf of the Spartans to use our facilities possibly in the future. There is, I wouldn’t say a business plan, but we’re going to get some numbers of attendance (and) ice times,” said Coun. Jason Cottrell. ON 2021 COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES IN STRONG TOWNSHIP “It’s trying to think outside of different ways on what is an actual need for our community. So, we had some great ideas on reaching out to some of our seniors possibly like pen pals and even some of our group homes in the area — what are some ways that we can reach these individuals and different generations,” said Baillie, who is the new recreation committee leader. “We are open to suggestions.” “It’s a whole new world out there. Everything is changing and all of the events that we’ve done have been the same for so many years. It’s difficult to sit back now and think, ‘Oh that does not work,’ so any suggestions would be great,” said Strong’s Mayor Kelly Elik. ON HIGH ROCK LOOKOUT PARK “We didn’t get a whole lot done last year so we’re hopefully on track this year … we only need a half tonne load of gravel to be placed in front of the pavilion on the roadway because there’s some deep ruts there,” said Coun. Marianne Stickland. Sarah Cooke’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Sarah Cooke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, muskokaregion.com
(Robert Short/CBC - image credit) Nova Scotia reported record-high testing numbers and three new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, a tally that comes as the Halifax region and some surrounding communities entered a second day of tighter restrictions. One new case was in the central health zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case, according to a Department of Health news release. The northern health zone and eastern health zone had one case each, both related to travel outside the region. All the new cases are self-isolating. The province now has 38 known active cases. Two people are hospitalized and in intensive care related to the virus. On Friday, Premier Iain Rankin warned against non-essential travel within the province and elsewhere and introduced new restrictions for the Halifax Regional Municipality, up to and including Porters Lake, as well as Enfield, Elmsdale, Mount Uniacke and Hubbards. The restrictions came into effect on Saturday and will be in place until at least March 26. Nova Scotia completed a record 4,839 COVID-19 tests on Saturday. In Sunday's news release, Rankin commended Nova Scotians for responding in great numbers to get tested. "Let's continue to make proactive testing a top priority," he said. "No matter whether you live in Halifax or elsewhere in the province, I encourage you, even if you don't have symptoms, to book an appointment at one of the primary assessment centres or drop into a pop-up testing site." Pop-up testing in Halifax Nova Scotia's health authority will be holding rapid COVID-19 testing at two pop-up sites in Halifax. Testing will be available at the Halifax Convention Centre from 3:30-9:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Testing will take place at the Paul O'Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library from 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m. on Monday and from noon to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Halifax workplace exposures Halifax Regional Police confirmed on Saturday that one of its employees had tested positive for COVID-19. In an email, the watch commander said they were working closely with Public Health to follow the required protocols and that there would be no impact on service. Irving suspended operations Friday at its shipyard on the Halifax waterfront after one case of COVID-19 was confirmed the day before. Irving said Friday it planned to test employees on Saturday and Sunday. Irving said the focus this weekend would be on priority roles, production and production support. Irving announced via Twitter on Saturday that testing for employees would also take place on Monday at the Halifax Shipyard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another tweet indicated that 795 employees had been tested on Saturday. In a news release Sunday evening, Irving said staff and members of Local 28 could return to work on Monday. It said if no cases are detected during testing on Sunday and Monday, the day shift would resume all production activities at the Halifax Shipyard on Tuesday. The company said 1,600 people work at the Halifax Shipyard each day. Atlantic Canada case numbers MORE TOP STORIES
OBERSTDORF, Germany — Canadians Antoine Cyr and Graham Ritchie raced to a solid seventh-place finish at the Nordic World Ski Championships on Sunday. Ritchie, of Parry Sound, Ont., and Gatineau, Que., native Cyr posted a time of 15:18.80 in the skate-ski team sprint. The duo was 17.06 seconds off the pace set by gold medallists Erik Valnes and Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway. Ristomatti Hakola and Joni Maki of Finland finished second, and Russia's Alexander Bolshunov and Gleb Retivykh took bronze. On the women's side, Dahria Beatty of Whitehorse and Maya MacIsaac-Jones of Athabasca, Alta., finished 12th overall after failing to qualify for the finals. At 22 years old, Cyr and Ritchie were the youngest team in the men's finals on Sunday. “This is eye opening and very cool for us to have Canada right there in the mix,” Ritchie said in a release. “It hasn’t sunk in yet really, but we have the confidence and thought we could do it. It is pretty cool.” This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 28, 2021. The Canadian Press
NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on the surface of Mars on February 18, 2021 and it has already begun to send back jaw-dropping images of the surrounding area.
Italy's former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a technocrat who had previously refused any direct party affiliation, on Sunday took on the task of reviving the fortunes of the 5-Star Movement as it struggles to find a way out of a political crisis. Its decision this month to support the new government of national unity led by former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi further divided and weakened it, triggering the defection of members who deemed it a betrayal of 5-Star's original anti-establishment identity. "Giuseppe Conte has accepted the task ... of drawing up a project to refound the 5-Star Movement," the party said after a Rome meeting between Conte and 5-Star's top brass including its founder, former comedian Beppe Grillo.
(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press - image credit) As it awaits certification, a proposed class-action lawsuit filed last month against Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is garnering a lot of support. The statement of claim was filed Jan. 11 on behalf of two Indigenous officers who have worked for the prison agency in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Jennifer Sanderson and Jennifer Constant. The pair are alleging systemic racism within the CSC workplace. While nothing has been proven in court, the plaintiffs allege they and other racialized colleagues were treated as though they were "inmates and not like equals" by both CSC staff and management. As a result, the statement of claim alleges it has created an "'us versus them' mentality" within the prison agency. Since the suit was launched last month, Aden Klein, the Vancouver-based lawyer representing the plaintiffs, said his law firm has received more than 30 calls from other former and current racialized CSC workers wanting to be a part of it. "They're alleging similar things — they're alleging racist taunts and inappropriate jokes at their expense. They're alleging not ever being considered for promotions, despite going through all the requirements required," Klein explained. "Really, it boils down to differential treatment for those individuals." Late last month, CSC spokesperson Kyle Lawlor told CBC News in an emailed statement the prison agency is aware of the suit, but wouldn't comment on it directly as it's before the courts. However, Lawlor noted measures are in place to help prevent and eliminate racism and discrimination at CSC. A "workplace wellness and employee well-being strategy" implemented last fall — which aims to make addressing such complaints easier for CSC workers — was listed as an example. "CSC does not tolerate these behaviours and is committed to providing a workplace that is healthy, supportive and free of harassment and discrimination," Lawlor wrote. "Fostering a work environment that is safe and inclusive for everyone is our top priority." 'We'll get through it as a group' Sanderson, a former correctional officer at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary and one of the lead proposed plaintiffs in the case, said it's comforting to see others joining in. "I think that if there are enough people that come together and understand that we'll get through it as a group, there will be positive [outcomes]," she said. Jennifer Sanderson, a mother of six from the Wahpeton Dakota Nation, alleges she experienced several 'pointed racial remarks' and insensitive questions during her time as a correctional officer at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary between 2009 and 2017. At this time, Klein said CSC's council is still reviewing the case. However, he noted, the class-action certification process could take anywhere from months to years. With more former and current CSC workers willing to get on board, should it get certified, Klein said it hopes to prove how widespread the issue is. "When you look at every individual circumstance, it feels individual — it could conceivably be connected to that one person — but when you start gathering all these stories and see that they're all so similar, it shows that it's a systemic problem," he explained. A mother of six from the Wahpeton Dakota Nation, Sanderson noted she ultimately chose to launch the suit to set an example for her children and in honour of her late mother, a Duck Lake residential school survivor. "You don't ever think that you'll have to continue on the fight after your family member's gone," a teary-eyed Sanderson said. "You think that society is progressing and government agencies are progressing, but they're failing."
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said Sunday it remains open to talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran’s rejection of an EU invitation to join a meeting with the U.S. and the other original participants in the agreement. A senior administration official said the U.S. was “disappointed” in the rejection but was flexible as to the timing and format of the talks and saw Iran’s decision to snub the European invitation as part of the diplomatic process. The official said the U.S. would be consulting with the other participants — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union — on the way forward. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Earlier Sunday, Iran turned down the offer for talks saying the “time isn’t ripe” for the meeting, at which the U.S. would have participated as an observer. Iran had been insisting that the U.S. lift or ease sanctions imposed on it by the Trump administration under its “maximum pressure campaign” before sitting down with the United States. President Joe Biden has said repeatedly that the U.S. would return to the deal that his predecessor, Donald Trump, withdrew from in 2018 only after Iran restores its full compliance with the accord. "Considering US/E3 positions & actions, time isn’t ripe for the proposed informal meeting," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Twitter. He referred to the so-called E3, which comprises Britain, France and Germany. “Remember: Trump failed to meet because of his ill-advised ‘Max Failure,'" he said. “With sanctions in place, same still applies. Censuring is NOT diplomacy. It doesn’t work with Iran.” The Biden administration announced earlier this month that it would accept an EU invitation to participate in a meeting of deal participants and at the same time rescinded a Trump determination from the U.N. Security Council that Iran was in significant breach of the agreement that all U.N. sanctions had be restored. The U.N. move had little practical effect as nearly all members of the world body had rejected Trump's determination because the U.S. was no longer a participant in the nuclear deal. Biden administration officials said the withdrawal of the determination was intended to show goodwill toward its partners and at the same time had eased severe restrictions on the movement of Iranian diplomats posted to the U.N. Separately on Sunday, the State Department condemned a weekend attack by Iran-backed Yemeni rebels on Saudi Arabia, saying it damaged prospects for peace. Along with the overtures to Iran on the nuclear front, the Biden administration also reversed several late Trump administration moves against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. Secretary of State Antony Blinken rescinded his predecessor's designation that the Houthi rebels were a “foreign terrorist organization,” a move that the U.N. and relief groups had said would make the already disastrous humanitarian situation in Yemen even worse. In addition, the Biden administration decided to halt all offensive assistance to Saudi Arabia for its military campaign against the Houthis in Yemen. The Houthis, however, have stepped up their operations in the country, pressing ahead with an offensive in Marib province and launching attacks on Saudi Arabia. On Saturday, Saudi authorities said they had intercepted a missile attack over their capital and reported that bomb-laden drones had targeted a southern province, the latest in a series of airborne assaults they have blamed on the Houthis. State Department spokesman Ned Price on Sunday said the U.S. “strongly condemns the Houthis’ attacks on population centres in Saudi Arabia.” He said they “threaten not only innocent civilians but also prospects for peace and stability in Yemen” and called on the Houthis “to end these egregious attacks.” “The United States remains committed to its longstanding partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to helping Saudi Arabia defend its territory as it faces attacks from Iranian-aligned groups," Price said. On Friday, the Biden administration further strained ties with the Saudis when it published a declassified intelligence report finding that Saudi Arabia's crown prince had ordered an operation to capture or kill Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident who was brutally slain at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Saudi Arabia has forcefully rejected the report's conclusions. ___ Associated Press writer Ellen Knickmeyer contributed to this report. Matthew Lee, The Associated Press
Un homme a été brûlé au visage et aux mains en fin de matinée, suite à un violent incendie de garage résidentiel, au 960 rue Bellevue Sud à Saint-Félicien. L'incident s'est produit vers 11h30. À l'arrivée des pompiers, les flammes avaient gagné la totalité du bâtiment. Il aura fallu 45 minutes pour éteindre le brasier. L'homme a subi des blessures mineures. Il a été transporté vers le centre hospitalier. On ne craint toutefois pas pour sa vie. Quant à la résidence, celle-ci n'a subi aucun dommage, car le garage se situait à une bonne distance. Fuite d'essence Selon le service de sécurité incendie de Saint-Félicien, l'homme effectuait des travaux sur une motoneige à l'intérieur du garage. Une fuite d'essence écoulée vers un poêle à bois pourrait être en cause. Cette hypothèse reste toutefois à confirmer par l'enquête. Le garage étant une perte totale, les dommages sont évalués à 50 000 $. Une vingtaine de pompiers ont été nécessaires pour assurer le déroulement de l'opération, qui a duré 2h30. Aucun d'entre eux n'a été blessé. De son côté, le chef aux opérations du Service de sécurité incendie de Saint-Félicien, Viateur Aubé appelle à la vigilance. Il constate qu'en quelques mois, c'est le deuxième incident de ce genre à survenir. "Ça fait deux fois que ça arrive en peu de temps. Quand on fait des travaux, il faut s'assurer de ne pas avoir d'équipements à proximité qui pourraient produire de la chaleur ou des flammes, surtout lorsqu'il y a une fuite. Il faut savoir que de l'essence produit de la vapeur à partir de -40 °C. Avoir un extincteur portatif à proximité est toujours une bonne idée", a-t-il fait valoir. Julien B. Gauthier, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Lac St-Jean
GLASGOW, United Kingdom — Canadian international David Wotherspoon helped St. Johnstone win the Scottish League Cup for the first time in the club's 137-year history with a 1-0 win over Livingston on Sunday. Shaun Rooney's 32nd-minute header off a corner proved to be the difference maker at an empty Hampden Park in the final of the cup competition sponsored by Betfred. Wotherspoon, a 31-year-old midfielder, played the full 90 minutes for St. Johnstone. Wotherspoon was born in Perth and represented Scotland at the youth level but is eligible to play for Canada through his Winnipeg-born mother. He reached out to Canada Soccer after seeing Scott Arfield switch to Canada. Wotherspoon made his debut for Canada against New Zealand in 2018 in John Herdman's first game as coach. He also played against Cuba in CONCACAF Nations League play in 2019. He started his soccer career in the Celtic youth ranks, switching to Hibernian before joining St. Johnstone. He won the Scottish Cup, which is separate from the League Cup, in 2014 in his first year with St. Johnstone. The Perth-based club currently stands eighth in the Scottish Premiership. Livingston is fifth. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 28, 2021 The Canadian Press
Alors que se profilent les élections municipales de novembre 2021, il reste encore du travail à faire pour atteindre la parité entre les hommes et les femmes en politique municipale, dans le Nord-du-Québec comme dans l'ensemble de la province. Dans notre région, les femmes représentent 36 % des conseils municipaux alors que, selon des statistiques de l'Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) datant de 2017, elles sont 34,5 % à l'échelle de la province. Au niveau de la mairie, le Nord-du-Québec ne reflète pas le Québec, avec seulement 14 % d'élues comparée à 18,8 %. Il y a parité à Chapais, Lebel-sur-Quévillon et Radisson, alors qu'aucune femme n'a été élue à Villebois. « Même si les hommes prennent de plus en plus de place à la maison, c'est encore les femmes qui s'occupent le plus des tâches familiales » , analyse la mairesse de Chibougamau, Manon Cyr, lorsque interrogée sur ce qui restreint les femmes d'investir davantage la politique municipale. « Nous n'avons pas un système très conciliant pour ça. Dans le futur, il va falloir adapter les moments de rencontre. » Elle ajoute que l'organisation du travail dans le Nord, alors que les hommes sont souvent partis durant deux semaines, complique encore les choses. D'elles à élues L'unique mairesse du Nord-du-Québec fait partie du conseil d'administration de l'UMQ, dont la campagne D'elles à élues a pour but de « faire émerger chez les femmes le sentiment de confiance en elles nécessaire à se lancer aux prochaines élections municipales ». Cette campagne passe notamment par la tournée Femmes et gouvernance, qui permet de rencontrer plusieurs élues. D'ici quelques semaines, plusieurs évènements virtuels seront annoncés dans ce cadre. En attendant, le site Internet de l'organisme contient une bande dessinée qui démystifie, de manière ludique, la politique familiale, ainsi que plusieurs entrevues de fond avec des élues. C'est gratifiant Pour Roxanne Tremblay, qui en est à un second mandat comme conseillère municipale à Chapais, il faudrait faire de la publicité positive pour attirer les femmes en politique municipale. " C'est gratifiant et valorisant. Ça te donne l'impression de contribuer à la communauté", dit-elle. Un constat partagé par Manon Cyr. "Les décisions prises à l'hôtel de ville ont un impact quasi instantané sur tes citoyens, affirme-t-elle. La politique municipale, c'est là que tu peux faire des choses pour tes citoyens, dans la qualité de vie, dans le quotidien." Comme Manon Cyr, Mme Tremblay constate que, de plus en plus d'hommes effectuent les tâches domestiques, ce qui facilite l'implication des femmes en politique. Elle voit à Chapais quelques jeunes femmes qui s'intéressent au domaine et pourraient éventuellement prendre la relève. Mme Tremblay considère qu'une bonne représentation de la population ne passe pas que par les genres, mais aussi par la multiplicité des générations. Les médias sociaux Tant Roxanne Tremblay que Manon Cyr soulèvent l'impact négatif qu'exercent les médias sociaux sur la politique, au point où cette dernière affirme qu'ils peuvent contribuer à une diminution de l'engagement chez les femmes et les jeunes. « Les réseaux sociaux, observe la mairesse, c'est beaucoup d'instantané, c'est beaucoup de jugements gratuits sans voir l'ensemble de l'œuvre. Les gens se permettent de dire des choses qu'ils n'osent pas te dire quand ils te voient. » "Y a beaucoup des gens qui me disent : "Avant d'être maire ou conseiller, je vais faire d'autres choses dans la vie". [...] Ça prend une carapace. Ça se développe avec le temps, mais on reste des êtres humains pareil." "Ça serait le fun que les gens viennent nous voir et nous posent des questions, souhaite la conseillère municipale de Chapais. J'ai arrêté de lire. Je fais au meilleur de mes connaissances." Le syndrome de l'imposteur D'abord élue comme conseillère en 2005, Manon Cyr devenait la première mairesse de l'histoire de Chibougamau en 2009 et termine aujourd'hui son troisième mandat. " Comme femme, commente-t-elle, on a peut-être le syndrome de l'imposteur. On est moins enclines à se présenter mais, une fois dedans, on se dit "c'est faisable par du monde!" Elle se rappelle que, lors de sa première candidature, les gens se demandaient si Chibougamau était prête pour une mairesse; cependant elle avait bénéficié des appuis d'hommes et de femmes croyant à ses compétences et à son expérience. Plus de 54 % de la population de Chibougamau avait voté à l'époque, et 63 % d'entre elle l'avaient choisie. Reste qu'encore aujourd'hui, selon Mme Cyr, des comportements tolérés pour des hommes sembleront illégitimes si ce sont des femmes qui les commettent. Des deux côtés de la caméra Roxanne Tremblay a filmé durant 10 ans les séances du conseil municipal de Chapais. Ensuite, l'élection de Steve Gamache, avec la dynamique qu'il apportait, lui a donné envie d'aller de l'autre côté de la caméra. Elle affirme ne jamais s'être demandée si ça serait difficile en politique pour une femme. "Je n'avais pas dénoté ça quand je filmais, dit-elle. Je n'avais pas ressenti de sexisme." Roxanne Tremblay rappelle que Chapais a un très bel historique de gouvernance féminine. Marie-Rose Noël, Anita Pedneault et Louise Saucier ont occupé le plus haut poste dans le passé et l'égalité des genres a souvent été atteinte au conseil. La Ville a actuellement une directrice générale et une directrice générale adjointe. "C'est très respectueux, commente Mme Tremblay. On se complète bien. Ça ne veut pas dire qu'on ne s'obstine pas! Mais le désaccord peut être constructif. On peut faire voir les choses aux autres d'une façon différente et vice-versa." Elle avoue n'avoir jamais eu peur de donner son opinion,. La parité est disparue avec la démission de Lucie Tremblay, pour des raisons de santé. Roxanne Tremblay ignore encore si elle se représentera en novembre prochain. "Mais on a de beaux dossiers, confie-t-elle, j'aimerais les voir aboutir. » Denis Lord, Initiative de journalisme local, La Sentinelle