President Trump and Joe Biden clash over a minimum wage hike during the final 2020 presidential debate; small business owners weigh in on ‘Fox & Friends Weekend.’
President Trump and Joe Biden clash over a minimum wage hike during the final 2020 presidential debate; small business owners weigh in on ‘Fox & Friends Weekend.’
HALIFAX — The Halifax region and neighbouring Hants County are now under stricter public health rules that will last until Dec. 21 as new COVID-19 infections rise in Nova Scotia. The province had 44 active cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, including 19 new infections identified on Friday and Saturday. The limit for gathering without physical distancing in the two hardest-hit regions is now five people rather than 10, and while that group doesn't have to remain consistent, health officials are urging people not to gather in random or spontaneous groups. Households in the two regions are allowed to host up to five visitors at a time and people in households with more than five members may only go outside the home in groups of five or fewer. The limit on indoor gatherings, such as sports games, arts and culture events, organized physical activity, faith gatherings, weddings, funerals, festivals and special events is 50 per cent of the venue's capacity up to a maximum of 100 people with physical distancing measures in place, while the limit outdoors is 150 people. Up to 25 people may attend similar social events that are not run by a recognized organization or business, such as a family gathering in a backyard, while community-based adult day programs for residents of long-term care homes aren't allowed to operate. The rest of Nova Scotia remains under looser restrictions. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020. The Canadian Press
EDMONTON — A memorial fund created for the late Joey Moss, a longtime locker-room attendant for the Edmonton Oilers and the EE Football Team, raised nearly one million dollars through a 50/50 raffle. The 50/50, held by the EE Football Team, raised $991,800 upon closing Sunday. The amount breaks a record set by the team during a July 2017 game against the Ottawa Redblacks where $871,839 was raised. The winning recipient of the 50/50 will take home half of the pot, to the tune of $495,900. The rest will go towards the fund created by the Winnifred Stewart Association, a group that empowers people with disabilities. Moss, who was born with Down Syndrome, passed away at the age of 57 this past October. No cause of death was given. He first became an attendant with the Oilers in 1984 before joining the Edmonton Football Team two years later, holding both positions for over 30 years. Moss would eventually become a favourite in Edmonton among fans and players. He was later given a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions and achievements in 2012 and was later inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020The Canadian Press
Pour une troisième année consécutive, la Ville de Ville-Marie veut faire bouger ses citoyens cet hiver. L’objectif consiste à parcourir une distance de 100 milles sur 100 jours et ce, du 1er décembre 2020 au 10 mars 2021. « Que ce soit à la marche, en raquettes ou autres, plusieurs moyens sont offerts pour participer, même avec votre vélo stationnaire qui s’ennuie dans un coin du sous-sol » indique la ville de Ville-Marie, dans un communiqué publié à l’occasion. « Il s’agit de la troisième année que la ville s’y applique mais la huitième édition du défi » fait savoir la conseillère à la ville de Ville-Marie, madame Adèle Beauregard. Favoriser la participation des résidents Pour encourager la participation, la Ville de Ville-Marie a décidé de payer les frais d’inscription pour tous ses résidents et son personnel désireux de s’inscrire au Défi 100 milles. « Nous voulons favoriser la participation des résidents et du personnel de la ville, faire en sorte que les gens continuent d’être actifs à l’extérieur malgré la température et profitent ainsi de l’hiver au lieu de le subir » nous explique la conseillère à la ville de Ville-Marie. Afin de profiter de cette offre, la ville de Ville-Marie incite les citoyens de contacter la Ville par téléphone au 819 629-2881, poste 101, ou se rendre au www.villevillemarie.org de façon à accomplir leur inscription gratuite, et ce, avant de faire leur inscription officielle au www.d100m.com. « Nous voulons favoriser la participation des résidents et du personnel de la ville, faire en sorte que les gens continuent d’être actifs à l’extérieur malgré la température et profitent ainsi de l’hiver au lieu de le subir » nous explique madame Adèle Beauregard. Cultiver un esprit de groupe « Dans le but d’inviter les gens à s’inscrire, des capsules vidéo de Ville-Mariennes et Ville-Mariens seront diffusées sur la page Facebook de la Ville de Ville-Marie au cours des prochaines semaines. L’honneur de la première capsule revient au maire, M. Michel Roy. Elle sera suivie de plusieurs autres capsules de citoyens et citoyennes, dont celle d’une personnalité-surprise » estime la ville de Ville-Marie. Je crois que nous aurons une hausse importante des inscriptions par rapport à l’an dernier. Puisque nous offrons un brassard distinctif aux 50 premiers inscrits dans l’équipe de la ville, les gens pourront se reconnaître sur la rue comme étant de la même équipe ce qui créera une certaine solidarité, un esprit de groupe entre eux. En fait le D100M contribue à la qualité de vie des gens en favorisant l’activité physique et la socialisation » conclu la conseillère de la ville. Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
WASHINGTON — On its way out the door, the Trump administration is enacting new rules, regulations and orders that it hopes will box in President-elect Joe Biden's administration on numerous foreign policy matters and cement President Donald Trump’s “America First” legacy in international affairs.Yet, the push may not work, as many of these decisions can be withdrawn or significantly amended by the incoming president when he takes office on Jan. 20.In recent weeks, the White House, State Department and other agencies have been working overtime to produce new policy pronouncements on Iran, Israel, China and elsewhere that aim to lock in Trump's vision for the world. Some have attracted significant attention while others have flown largely under the radar.And, while Biden could reverse many of them with a stroke of the pen, some will demand the time and attention of his administration when it comes into power with a host of other priorities that perhaps need more urgent attention.The most recent of these moves took place this past week as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made what may be his last visit to Israel as secretary of state and delivered two announcements in support of Israel's claims to territory claimed by the Palestinians.Biden's team has remained silent about these announcements, but Biden has made clear he supports few, if any, of them and will reverse many as he intends to return to a more traditional policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.The Trump administration’s determined efforts to thwart potential Biden policy reversals actually began months earlier, half a world away from the Jewish state, with China, even before the former vice-president was formally declared the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.As opinion polls started to show Biden as a clear favourite to beat Trump in November, the administration began to move even as the president maintained a public face of defiance and absolute confidence in his reelection.Some officials point to a July 13 declaration from Pompeo that the United States would now reject virtually all of China's territorial claims in the South Chine Sea, a 180-degree shift from previous administrations' positions that all such claims should be handled by arbitration.While many of Trump’s foreign policy decisions from early on have been designed to blow up the previous administration's foreign policy achievements — withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris Climate Accord and the Trans Pacific Partnership on trade — the South China Sea decision was the first to be linked by administration officials to the possibility that Biden might be the next president.One administration official said at the time that decisions made after that would all be taken with an eye toward Biden becoming president. Thus, the fear that Trump might be a one-term president began to take hold in July and has been followed by an acceleration of pronouncements aimed mainly at thwarting any reversal by Biden.A look at some of those moves:ISRAELOn Thursday, before making an unprecedented trip to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, Pompeo announced that the U.S, would henceforth consider “antisemitic” the groups that advocate for Palestinian rights by supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.He also announced a change in import labeling rules that will require products made in settlements to be identified as “Made in Israel.” The product labeling will take some time to take effect and, as yet, no groups have been hit with the antisemitic designation. But, even if they are implemented, Biden could reverse them on Day One.Those moves followed numerous other Israel-friendly steps the administration has taken since it came to office. They include recognizing Jerusalem as the capital, moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv, and cutting off aid to the Palestinian Authority and the U.N. refugee agency that works with Palestinians. While Biden is unlikely to move the embassy back to Tel Aviv, the other measures can be reversed quickly.IRANPompeo and other officials have spoken of a new push for sanctions against Iran, but the fact is that the administration has been ramping up such penalties since Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal two years ago. New sanctions could potentially target supporters of Iranian-backed militia in Iraq and Afghanistan along with the Shiite Houthi movement in Yemen, which has been involved in a disastrous war with the country's internationally recognized government.Biden has spoken of wanting to rejoin the nuclear accord, and Iranian officials have said they would be willing to come back into compliance with the accord if he does. Biden could eliminate many of the Trump administration's reimposed sanctions by executive order, but it remains unclear how high a priority it will be for him.BROADER MIDDLE EASTWhile the withdrawal of significant numbers of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Iraq — bringing troop levels down to 2,500 in each country — is a clear indication of Trump's intentions, Biden's approach remains less certain. The withdrawals could be delayed or slow-rolled by the Pentagon, and it remains unclear how the State Department will handle staffing at its embassies in Baghdad and Kabul, both of which are dependent on U.S. military support.Pompeo has threatened to close the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad unless rocket attacks by Iranian-backed militias against the area in which it's located are halted. However, despite the troop withdrawal determination last week, there has been no announcement about the embassy's status.CHINAAlthough the administration's most strident actions against China began more than a year ago, they have gained momentum since March, when Trump determined that he would at once blame China for the spread of the novel coronavirus and accuse Biden of being soft on Beijing.Since then, the administration has steadily ramped up sanctions against China over Taiwan, Tibet, trade, Hong Kong and the South China Sea. It has also moved against the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and sought restrictions on Chinese social media applications like TikTok and WeChat.Last week, the State Department's policy planning office released a 70-page China policy strategy document. While it contains little in the way of immediate policy recommendations, it advocates for increased support and co-operation with Taiwan. Indeed, as the document was released, U.S. officials were meeting with Taiwanese counterparts in Washington to discuss economic co-operation.RUSSIASunday marked the formal withdrawal of the U.S. from the “Open Skies Treaty” with Russia, which allowed each country overflight rights to inspect military facilities. The withdrawal, six months after the U.S. notified the Russians of its intent, leaves only one arms-control pact still in force between the former Cold War foes — the New START treaty, which limits the number of nuclear warheads each may have. That treaty will expire in February.The Trump administration had said it wasn't interested in extending the New START treaty unless China also joined, something Beijing has rejected. In recent weeks, however, the administration has eased its stance and said it's willing to consider an extension. As the transition to the Biden administration approaches, those negotiations remain a work in progress.Matthew Lee, The Associated Press
Chinese handset rivals of Huawei Technologies including Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are making aggressive moves to seize market share from their giant rival, after stepped-up U.S. sanctions hobbled Huawei's supply chains, industry insiders say. Last week Huawei said it had sold its budget brand smartphone unit Honor for an undisclosed sum in a bid to safeguard the latter's supply chain from U.S. action, which has made it difficult to source essential components. In August a Huawei executive said the company will not be able to produce its flagship processors that power its high-end smartphones.
Using YouTube videos as a guide and seeds from store-bought produce, Sijo Zachariah and his father began a farm that helped feed twenty neighboring households in India while under lockdown. (Nov. 23)
Le Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue a annoncé le coup d’envoi de la première édition de la campagne « Novembre le mois des Fondations ». Il s’agit d’une campagne, qui reviendra annuellement, et qui a pour objectif de mettre en valeur les 13 fondations partenaires du CISSS qui contribuent annuellement aux maintiens des services de qualité dans la région. « Depuis leur création, ces fondations ont investi près de 24 000 000 $ dans l’établissement en vue de contribuer à acheter de nouveaux équipements, d’améliorer les services et de soutenir différents projets » fait savoir la présidente-directrice générale du CISSS-AT, madame Caroline Roy. L’amélioration des services À rappeler que les sept fondations du CISSS de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue qui sont, la Fondation Pierre-Marchand, la Fondation Hospitalière de Rouyn-Noranda, la Fondation Hospitalière d’Amos, la Fondation du Centre de santé Ste-Famille, la Fondation Docteur-Jacques-Paradis, la Fondation du Centre hospitalier de Val-d’Or et la Fondation Louis-Gonzague-Bolduc, contribuent financièrement à la réalisation de plusieurs projets d’envergure, qui ont un impact direct sur la qualité des soins offerts à la population. « Depuis la création du CISSS de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, les fondations ont investi près de 5 113 000 $ dans l'établissement en vue de contribuer à acheter de nouveaux équipements, d’améliorer les services et de soutenir différents projets » a annoncé le bureau de la présidente-directrice générale du CISSS-AT. La générosité des Témiscamiens et Abitibiens Pour madame Roy, il ne faut surtout pas oublier les efforts et l’engagement des bénévoles œuvrant au sein de ces fondations, des femmes et des hommes qui participent à l’amélioration de la qualité des soins et des services qui sont offerts à notre population. « Nous ne remercierons jamais assez ces gens qui œuvrent sur le terrain et qui connaissent leur monde et leur territoire. De plus, merci à tous ces gens qui répondent à l’appel quand vient l’occasion » a-t-elle exprimé. « Nous avons la chance de vivre dans une région où la population est généreuse. Les Abitibiens, les Témiscamiens, nos entreprises et nos organismes répondent toujours à l’appel » a-t-elle conclu. Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
The Toronto Raptors managed to assemble a solid front-court despite losing two centres to free agency.The Raptors have reportedly signed New Zealand-born Australian forward Aron Baynes and re-signed Montreal's Chris Boucher, but Marc Gasol left for the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports, a day after Serge Ibaka joined the Clippers.Baynes signed a two-year deal worth US$14.3 million according to The Athletic. Meanwhile, Boucher added another chapter to his storybook career, reportedly signing a deal worth US$13.5 million according to ESPN.Boucher re-posted a documentary of his journey to his Instagram page, and wrote "Home is Toronto." The 33-year-old Baynes spent the past season with the Phoenix Suns where he averaged a career-best 11.5 points per game. The eight-year veteran has also played for the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics.Nerves were rising among Raptors fans after Ibaka left, and then reports surfaced about Gasol's departure.Gasol, who turns 36 in January, is a cerebral, savvy play-maker, and was a key member of Toronto's 2019 championship run. Images of the likeable Spaniard guzzling wine while revving up the crowd that choked the streets of Toronto during the celebratory parade will be some of the most memorable from the championship run. Gasol reported for national team duty days later, and led Spain to a FIBA World Cup victory in August, but the long stretch of games took a toll. The 6-11 centre suffered a hamstring injury that kept him on the bench for 28 of the Raptors' 64 games this past before COVID-19 shut down the league on March 11. When the league resumed in June, he was noticeably slimmer, but he was never able to replicate his earlier success with Toronto, particularly on the offensive end. He attempted 3.4 shots per game during the playoffs in the Walt Disney World bubble. He shot just 18 per cent from three-point range.Gasol was originally drafted by the Lakers in 2007, but was dealt to Memphis as part of the package that would net them his brother Pau in return. Pau went on to win two championships with the Lakers. Boucher went undrafted in 2017 after rupturing his ACL in the conference tournament of his senior season with the Oregon Ducks. After a two-way stint with Golden State, he signed with Toronto, and earned both player of the year and defensive player of the year with G League affiliate Raptors 905.The athletic forward averaged 6.6 points per game last season to go with 4.5 rebounds per game.Teammate Fred VanVleet, who signed a four-year deal worth US$85 million with the Raptors over the weekend, tweeted three prayer emojis in support of the move. The Raptors also added DeAndre' Bembry, signing him to a two-year deal worth US$4 million, according to ESPN. Bembry, 26, spent the last four seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. He averaged 5.8 points a game in 49 games last season. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.The Canadian Press
La première Nation de Wolf Lake se prépare activement pour ses prochaines élections relatives à son conseil communautaire. Plusieurs réunions ont eu lieu depuis le 29 octobre dernier afin de mieux organiser les prochaines étapes de ce processus électoral qui aura lieu le 11 décembre prochain. Le vote par anticipation, quant à lui, est prévu pour le 4 décembre entre 16h et 20h. « Veuillez noter que dans ce contexte de la COVID 19, des mesures de sécurité supplémentaires seront prises au fur et à mesure. De plus, les dates et les lieux pourraient être sujets à des changements suivant des éventuels besoins des autorités de la santé publique. Nous ferons tout notre possible pour vous aviser en cas de changement » a-t-il annoncé, l’agent électoral, Charles Gagnon. Être à l’écoute de la communauté Plusieurs candidats qui sont à la course se sont préparé aux élections depuis longtemps. « La préparation pour les élections a commencé depuis quelques mois en écoutant simplement les préoccupations et les idées des membres de la communauté » nous fait savoir la candidate Sandra Young. « Puisqu’il s’agissait de ma première expérience à la course électorale pour siéger au conseil, cela est plus difficile pour moi, mais gratifiant en même temps » a-t-elle ajouté. Les techniques de la bataille électorale Chaque candidat a développé sa propre stratégie de bataille électorale et essaie de miser de faire valoir ses points forts et son expertise dans cette course électorale. « En raison de mon manque d'expérience dans le processus électoral, je me suis tourné vers ma famille et les membres de ma communauté pour obtenir de l'aide et des conseils. Je me suis bien informé en lisant sur les processus électoraux » nous explique madame Sandra Young. « J'ai utilisé les réseaux sociaux et le téléphone pour joindre les membres de ma communauté et présenter ma plateforme. J'ai, également, distribué ma petite biographie auprès des citoyens dans les colis postaux électoraux. En outre, je me prépare activement pour les soirées de réunion des candidats ». Le défi de la pandémie Le contexte de la COVID-19 a eu un impact considérable sur l’atmosphère préparative des candidats. Or, les mesures sanitaires et les ordonnances gouvernementales ont eu une influence sur les pratiques des candidats. « L'incapacité de parler en tête-à-tête avec les membres a beaucoup affaibli l'aspect personnel de la communication avec les membres. Principalement nos aînés puisque, plusieurs entre eux, n'utilisent toujours pas les médias sociaux » mentionne la candidate aux élections du conseil de La première Nation de Wolf Lake. « Pour moi, je crois que parler directement aux personnes est beaucoup plus bénéfique. À travers les expressions faciales ou l’écoute de vive voix sont l’une des meilleures façons de se connecter à autrui. Elle permet aux citoyens de se forger une opinion et une vision personnelles de moi » a-t-elle conclu d’une déclaration au Reflet Témiscmaien. Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Ethiopian federal forces were encircling the Tigray region's capital from around 50 km (30 miles) on Monday, the government said, after giving the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) a 72-hour surrender ultimatum. "The beginning of the end is within reach," government spokesman Redwan Hussein said of the nearly three-week-old offensive that has destabilised Ethiopia and spilled into some Horn of Africa neighbours. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has told the TPLF, which had been ruling the mountainous northern zone of 5 million people, to lay down arms by Wednesday or face a final assault on Mekelle, a highland city of half a million people.
HONG KONG — Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and two other activists were taken into custody Monday after they pleaded guilty to charges related to a demonstration outside police headquarters during anti-government protests last year.Wong, together with fellow activists Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow, pleaded guilty to charges related to organizing, taking part in and inciting protesters to join an unauthorized protest outside police headquarters last June. The trio were members of the now-disbanded Demosisto political party.They were remanded in custody at a court hearing Monday, and the three are expected to be sentenced on Dec. 2. Those found guilty of taking part in an unlawful assembly could face as long as five years in prison depending on the severity of the offence.“I am persuaded that neither prison bars, nor election ban, nor any other arbitrary powers would stop us from activism,” Wong said, ahead of the court hearing.“What we are doing now is to explain the value of freedom to the world, through our compassion to whom we love, so much that we are willing to sacrifice the freedom of our own. I’m prepared for the thin chance of walking free.”Wong rose to prominence as a student leader during the 2014 Umbrella Movement pro-democracy protests and is among a growing number of activists being charged with relatively minor offences since Beijing in June imposed a sweeping national security law on the territory that has severely restricted political speech.Pro-democracy supporters have said the legal charges are part of a campaign to harass and intimidate them.Lam, who also spoke ahead of the court hearing, said he too was prepared to be jailed.Wong wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday that he and Lam had decided to plead guilty after consulting with their lawyers. The two previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.Chow had already pleaded guilty to charges of inciting others and taking part in the protest.“If I am sentenced to prison this time, it will be the first time in my life that I have been in jail,” Chow wrote on her Facebook page on Sunday.“Although I am mentally prepared, I still feel a little bit scared. However, compared to many friends, I have suffered very little. When I think of this, I will try my best to face it bravely,” she wrote.On June 21 last year, thousands rallied outside the police headquarters to protest what they said was excessive police force against demonstratorsZen Soo, The Associated Press
Siemens Mobility and Deutsche Bahn have started developing hydrogen-powered fuel cell trains and a filling station which will be trialled in 2024 with view to replace diesel engines on German local rail networks. The prototype, to be built by Siemens, is based on electric railcar Mireo Plus which will be equipped with fuel cells to turn hydrogen and oxygen into electricity on board, and with a battery, both companies said. Siemens mobility chief executive Michael Peter told Reuters the train combined the possibility to be fed by three sources in a modular system - either by the battery, the fuel cell or even existing overhead lines, depending on where it would run.
DEER LAKE, N.L. — A small town in western Newfoundland and Labrador asked residents to stay home and called on businesses to shut their doors amid a weekend surge in COVID-19 cases in parts of the province.The town of Deer Lake, N.L., made the request in a news release on Saturday evening, saying the move was necessary due to rising case numbers in the area."The Deer Lake town council met over the weekend to discuss the recently-identified incidents of coronavirus within the community," the release read. "They decided, for the sake of public safety, to keep the town office and Hodder Memorial Recreational Complex closed for two weeks. ... As well, the town is asking all non-essential businesses to consider ceasing regular operations until that date."The release said the the closures will be in effect until Dec. 7 and urged residents — particularly those at higher risk of complications from the virus — to stay home as much as possible during that period. "The Town of Deer Lake is encouraging residents that must go out to wear a mask unless medical reasons permit otherwise," the release said.Businesses across the town of just over 5,000 residents promptly complied with council's plea on Sunday by posting two-week closure notices on social media.The town library was among those that opted to suspend operations until Dec. 7, according to a post on its official Facebook page. "All fines remain suspended and we ask you hold onto any items you currently have checked out," the post read.Newfoundland and Labrador reported eight new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, with 21 infections now active in the province. Among them is a cluster of five connected cases in Newfoundland's western region, all of which were identified in the past week.It's the first time since May the province's active caseload has exceeded 20, putting many residents on high alert."People must remain vigilant and follow all (public health) measures to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from the spread of COVID-19," the provincial Department of Health and Community Services said in a release on Sunday. In St. John's, Memorial University put the brakes on a plan to bring some non-academic staff back to campus on Monday. The school said in a release Sunday the decision was made "due to rising cases" of COVID-19. Down the road from the university, The Bigs Ultimate Sports Grill announced it would close temporarily after getting word that someone who tested positive had eaten there on Monday. The business said it was taking the step as a precaution to protect staff and patrons.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.Sarah Smellie, The Canadian Press
Alberta shattered daily records for a fourth consecutive day with 1,584 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.No new deaths were reported. So far 471 people have died from the disease.There are 319 people in the hospital due to COVID-19, 60 of whom are in intensive care. Here's the regional breakdown of active cases reported on Friday. The province said the next detailed update on case numbers by region would be available Monday. * Calgary zone: 4,614 * Edmonton zone: 5,479 * North zone: 686 * South zone: 611 * Central zone: 714 * Unknown: 91Alberta reported higher daily new numbers than the provinces of Ontario and Quebec on Sunday. Ontario reported 1,534 new cases and Quebec reported 1,153 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Ontario's population is 350 per cent larger than Alberta, while Quebec's population is close to twice the size of Alberta.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):6 p.m.Alberta is reporting 1,584 new COVID-19 cases, but no new deaths.It's the fourth straight day the province has announced a record-breaking number of new cases.In each case, the total was over 1,000. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, says on Twitter there are 12,195 active cases in the province and that 319 of them are in hospital. Sixty are in ICU.---3:10 p.m.Nova Scotia is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19.Six of the new cases are connected to previously identified patients, while the source of five others are under investigation.Health officials say someone also tested positive at a rapid screening pilot program for bar patrons and customers in Halifax last night.Their test is not included in today's numbers because the results of their standard test, which is more accurate, have not yet been returned.Nova Scotia now has 44 active cases of COVID-19.---2:45 p.m.Saskatchewan is reporting 236 new cases of COVID-19 today.No additional deaths are being reported, which means the provincial total remains at 33.The province says in its daily update that the seven-day average of daily cases is 211.---1:55 p.m.New Brunswick is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 and three possible school exposures.The province says five cases are in the Saint John region and one is in the Fredericton area.Health officials confirmed cases at schools in Hampton and Saint John, while teachers, staff and parents at Harbour View High School in Saint John have been warned of a possible exposure.With today's numbers and after a record-breaking 23 cases were announced yesterday, New Brunswick now has 77 active cases of COVID-19.---1:50 p.m.Manitoba has identified 243 new cases of COVID-19 and is reporting 12 new deaths.Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 229 COVID-19 deaths in the province.There are 228 people with COVID-19 in hospital in Manitoba, 52 of which are in intensive care.The province's chief public health officer continues to urge residents to only leave their homes for essential purposes.---1:40 p.m.The number of people with COVID-19 in the Nunavut community of Arviat has swelled to 98, after the territory reported today that there are 18 new cases.New COVID-19 diagnoses are also being confirmed today in Whale Cove and Rankin Inlet, which each have 15 cases, but health officials say there is still no evidence of community transmission in either location.Nunavut now has 128 active COVID-19 cases, but no deaths.The territory's chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, says health teams are working around the clock in hot spots to trace, test, isolate and contain the spread of the virus.---12:45 p.m.Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting three new cases of COVID-19. Two are connected to a cluster of cases in western Newfoundland, and the other is travel-related.Public health says a case announced Friday whose source was under investigation was also found to be travel-related.The province now has 21 active COVID-19 infections.---12:30 p.m.Newfoundland and Labrador's Memorial University has put the brakes on a plan to gradually bring some staff back to work next week amid concerns about COVID-19.In a statement Sunday, the university says the decision to postpone the plan was made because of rising case numbers in the province.As of Saturday afternoon, Newfoundland and Labrador was reporting 18 active COVID-19 infections.The five new cases announced Saturday marked the province's biggest one-day jump in cases since April.---11:10 a.m.Quebec is reporting 1,154 new cases of COVID-19 today and 23 additional deaths linked to the virus.The province says eight of those deaths took place in the last 24 hours, 11 occurred between Nov. 15 and 20, three came before Nov. 15 and one is from an unspecified date.Quebec has now reported 132,042 cases of COVID-19 and 6,829 total deaths since the pandemic began.Hospitalizations went down by four today for a total of 642. Of those, the number of people in intensive care increased by four to 103.---10:45 a.m.Ontario is reporting 1,534 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with 14 new deaths linked to the virus. The numbers are down slightly from a new single-day high case count of 1,588 reached yesterday. The latest figures come a day before new lockdown measures are set to take effect in the longstanding hot spots of Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region.Both enter the grey classification of the province's pandemic response framework tomorrow, meaning most non-essential businesses will be closed or limited to providing curbside or delivery service.--- 10:30 a.m.A small town in western Newfoundland is asking residents to stay home and businesses to close amid COVID-19 concerns.In a release Saturday night, the town of Deer Lake said the town office and arena were closing until December 7, and asked non-essential businesses to follow suit.The town says residents should stay home as much as possible, especially those with high risks for complications.There are five cases of COVID-19 currently active in western Newfoundland, with the source of one of those infections still unknown.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020. The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said one of New Brunswick's new COVID-19 cases was identified in the Moncton area. In fact, the patient is in the Fredericton region.
The U.S. Rhodes Scholars for 2021 were elected virtually this year for the first time as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, though that didn't extinguish enthusiasm among the 32 students who won scholarships to Oxford University.The Rhodes Trust announced the winners early Sunday, which include 22 students of colour. Ten are Black, which ties the record for the most Black students elected in a single year.Shera Avi-Yonah, a 22-year-old Harvard University student, said she found out about her win Saturday night while she was sitting in her parents' basement in Lincoln, Massachusetts.“A wave of gratitude washed over me,” Avi-Yonah said, adding that she ran upstairs to tell her parents. “I’m going to have a very happy Thanksgiving.”The winners were chosen from a pool of more than 2,300 applicants — of which 953 were endorsed by 288 different colleges and universities to study at Oxford University in England.Avi-Yonah is planning to study history at Oxford, comparing the libel laws of the U.S. and United Kingdom. She is a reporter at the Harvard Crimson, the campus newspaper, and has been the subject of several lawsuits for various stories -- prompting her interest in the limits of press freedom.Sixteen committees from the Rhodes Trust invited the strongest applicants to interview virtually. The committees then made their selection of two students from each district.Asma Rahimyar, a 20-year-old senior at Southern Connecticut State University, is the first-ever Rhodes winner from that institution. The University of California, Santa Cruz was also represented on the list of Rhodes Scholars for the first time.The daughter of parents who emigrated from Afghanistan, Rahimyar was raised in Trumbull, Connecticut and grew up listening to her parents’ stories of war-torn Kabul. She hopes to earn two master’s degrees, one in forced migration and refugee studies and one in global governance and diplomacy, with an eye toward a career in international human rights law.Rahimyar said she was still marveling at having won the scholarship 24 hours after getting the call. “It’s all still very new and very surreal to me,” she said.Hattie Seten, a senior at South Dakota State University, was the first Rhodes Scholar from her university in 68 years. She said she wasn't sure “if I would fit what a Rhodes Scholar looks like" and felt some apprehension about applying from a public university in a mostly rural area.But she focused her application on what she called “a strong moral sense of character" and highlighted the leadership she had taken on campus, including navigating the coronavirus pandemic.When the selection committee named her one of the scholarship recipients on a Zoom meeting, she said, “I was so surprised, I started crying. I would have never expected something like this.”The winners include 17 women, 14 men and one nonbinary person.Scholarship-winners expressed incredulity at hearing they would be Rhodes Scholars, a distinction that has launched the careers of famous politicians, academics, scientists and journalists.“I think I’m still in shock,” said Brian Reyes, 21, of the Bronx. “It’s nice to actually see my name on the Rhodes website and have it confirmed that it’s real."Reyes, a history major at Yale University, is the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. He is a student counsellor who has been living on campus this school year and taking his classes online. He is planning on a two-year degree program in comparative social policy and a career in government or the non-profit sector.For many students, the pandemic has given new urgency to their research and career goals. Amytess Girgis, a University of Michigan student in Ann Arbor, is writing an honours thesis on informal community aid groups that formed in Detroit.She said there’s a disconnect between how political candidates operate, with so much time spent raising money for example, and people’s needs, particularly in low-income communities or for people of colour.Scholarship-winner Vijayasundaram Ramasamy has spent the last months as a policy advisor in the Kansas governor’s office, helping draft that state’s reopening plan during the coronavirus pandemic. The experience has given the 2018 Johns Hopkins University graduate a passion for public service through government, and he plans to pursue a master’s degree in public policy and a master’s in social policy.But for the moment, he enjoyed how the virtual format gave him a chance to celebrate with his family.“It’s actually kind of the silver lining of COVID. I was at home and my whole family was here -- both of my brothers, my nieces -- and we were all in one room together when they made the announcement,” Ramasamy said. “Coming from an immigrant family who came to the United States, being with them when it was announced was absolutely surreal."___Karen Matthews and Sophie Rosenbaum in New York, Ron Todt in Philadelphia and Sophia Tareen in Chicago contributed to this report.Stephen Groves, The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — As they frantically searched for ways to salvage President Donald Trump's failed reelection bid, his campaign pursued a dizzying game of legal hopscotch across six states that centred on the biggest prize of all: Pennsylvania. The strategy may have played well in front of television cameras and on talk radio to Trump's supporters. But it has proved a disaster in court, where judges uniformly rejected their claims of vote fraud and found the campaign's legal work amateurish. In a scathing ruling late Saturday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann — a Republican and Federalist Society member in central Pennsylvania — compared the campaign's legal arguments to “Frankenstein's Monster,” concluding that Trump's team offered only “speculative accusations," not proof of rampant corruption. The campaign on Sunday filed notice it would appeal the decision to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a day before the state's 67 counties are set to certify their results and send them to state officials. And they asked Sunday night for an expedited hearing Wednesday as they seek to amend the Pennsylvania lawsuit that Brann dismissed. Trump's efforts in Pennsylvania show how far he is willing to push baseless theories of widespread voter fraud, even as the legal doors close on his attempts to have courts do what voters would not do on Election Day and deliver him a second term. The effort is being led by Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, who descended on the state the Saturday after the Nov. 3 election as the count dragged on and the president played golf. Summoning reporters to a scruffy, far-flung corner of Philadelphia on Nov. 7, he held forth at a site that would soon become legendary: Four Seasons Total Landscaping. The 11:30 a.m. news conference was doomed from the start. Only minutes earlier, news outlets had started calling the presidential contest for Democrat Joe Biden. The race was over. Just heating up was Trump’s plan to subvert the election through litigation and howls of fraud — the same tactic he had used to stave off losses in the business world. And it would soon spread far beyond Pennsylvania. “Some of the ballots looked suspicious,” Giuliani, 76, said of the vote count in Philadelphia as he stood behind a chain link fence, next to a sex shop. He maligned the city as being run by a “decrepit Democratic machine.” “Those mail-in ballots could have been written the day before, by the Democratic Party hacks that were all over the convention centre,” Giuliani said. He promised to file a new round of lawsuits. He rambled. “This is a very, very strong case,” he asserted. Justin Levitt, a Loyola Law School professor who specializes in election law, called the Trump lawsuits dangerous. “It is a sideshow, but it’s a harmful sideshow," Levitt said. “It’s a toxic sideshow. The continuing baseless, evidence-free claims of alternative facts are actually having an effect on a substantial number of Americans. They are creating the conditions for elections not to work in the future.” ___ Not a single court has found merit in the core legal claims, but that did not stop Trump's team from firing off nearly two dozen legal challenges to Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania, including an early morning suit on Election Day filed by a once-imprisoned lawyer. The president's lawyers fought the three-day grace period for mail-in ballots to arrive. They complained they weren't being let in to observe the vote count. They said Democratic counties unfairly let voters fix mistakes on their ballot envelopes. Everywhere they turned, they said, they sniffed fraud. “I felt insidious fraud going on,” Philadelphia poll watcher Lisette Tarragano said when Giuliani called her to the microphone at the landscaping company. In fact, a Republican runs the city's election board, and has said his office got death threats as Trump’s rants about the election intensified. No judges ever found any evidence of election fraud in Pennsylvania or any other state where the campaign sued — not in Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada or Georgia. Instead, Trump lawyers found themselves backpedaling when pressed in court for admissible evidence, or dropping out when they were accused of helping derail the democratic process. “I am asking you as a member of the bar of this court, are people representing the Donald J. Trump for president (campaign) … in that room?” U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond asked at an after-hours hearing on Nov. 5, when Republicans asked him to stop the vote count in Philadelphia over their alleged banishment. “There’s a nonzero number of people in the room,” lawyer Jerome Marcus replied. The count continued in Philadelphia. The Trump losses kept coming. By Friday, Nov. 6, when a state appeals court rejected a Republican complaint over provisional ballots and a Philadelphia judge refused to throw out 8,300 mail-in ballots they challenged, Biden was up by about 27,000 votes. Nationally, the race had not yet been called. But it was becoming clear that a Biden win in Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral votes, was imminent. When it came, Trump quickly pivoted to litigation. It did not go well. A U.S. appeals court found Pennsylvania's three-day extension for mail-in ballots laudatory, given the disruption and mail delays cause by the pandemic. Judges in Michigan and Arizona, finding no evidence of fraud, refused to block the certification of county vote tallies. Law firms representing the campaign started to come under fire and withdrew. That left Giuliani, who had not argued a case in court for three decades, in charge of the effort to overturn the election. “You can say a lot at a driveway (news conference). ... When you go to court, you can't,” said lawyer Mark Aronchick, who represented election officials in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and elsewhere in several of the Pennsylvania suits. “I don’t really pay attention to the chatter until I see a legal brief.” ___ On Tuesday, Giuliani stepped into the courtroom. He was a late addition to the docket after election lawyers from Porter Wright Morris & Arthur had bowed out over the previous weekend. He had an entourage in tow, a show of force that had everything but a compelling legal argument. Giuliani asked Brann to hold up the certification of the state’s 6.8 million ballots over two Republican voters whose mail-in ballots were tossed over technical errors. “I sat dumbfounded listening,” said Aronchick, a seasoned trial lawyer. “We were ready to argue the one count. Instead, he treated us to an even more expanded version of his Total Landscaping press conference,” Aronchick said. “It didn’t bear any relationship to the actual case.” Giuliani, admired by some for his tough talk as Manhattan’s top prosecutor and his leadership as New York City’s mayor during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, struggled to answer even basic legal questions. But he waxed on about a supposed conspiracy to rig the state election. “The best description of this situation is widespread, nationwide voter fraud,” Giuliani argued. Under questioning, though, he acknowledged their complaint no longer included a fraud claim. And then, just as it had at Four Seasons, reality came crashing down on him, when news broke in the courtroom that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had rejected the campaign's appeal over observer access in Philadelphia. It was one of the campaign's last remaining claims. Even the dissent was crushing. “The notion that presumptively valid ballots cast by the Pennsylvania electorate would be disregarded based on isolated procedural irregularities that have been redressed ... is misguided,” Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor wrote for the minority in the 5-2 decision. Brann, who sits in Williamsport, let the federal court hearing drag on past the dinner hour, and gave both sides time to file additional motions. The campaign filings were replete with typos, spelling mistakes and even an errant reference to a “Second Amendment Complaint” instead of a second amended complaint. The campaign took the opportunity to answer one of the more puzzling questions that its election challenge raised: It only wanted the presidential election results set aside, not votes on the same ballots for other offices. The briefs were filed by Giuliani and co-counsel Marc Scaringi, a local conservative talk radio host who, before he was hired, had questioned the point of the Trump litigation, saying “it will not reverse this election.” Aronchick balked at the campaign's core premise that local election workers — perhaps working for the Mafia, as Giuliani suggested — had plotted to spoil Trump's win. “You’re going to suggest part of them are in a conspiracy? How does that work?” Aronchick asked. “Who? Where? When? How?” Brann, in his ruling, said he expected the campaign to present formidable evidence of rampant corruption as it sought to nullify millions of votes. Instead, he said, the campaign presented “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.” The 3rd Circuit, based in Philadelphia, may have already tipped its hand. In its Nov. 13 ruling, the appeals court called it "indisputable in our democratic process: that the lawfully cast vote of every citizen must count.” Biden's lead in the state has expanded to more than 80,000 votes. “Our system depends on the possibility that you might lose a fair contest. If that possibility doesn't exist, you don't have a democracy,” said Levitt, the law school professor. “There are countries that run like that. It just doesn't describe America.” ___ Follow Maryclaire Dale on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Maryclairedale Maryclaire Dale, The Associated Press
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A new mural outside CEGEP du Vieux Montréal highlights the severity of the first wave of the pandemic in Montreal, using data to visualize how each borough was affected.It was created over the span of three months by artist Shelley Miller and epidemiologist Joanna Merckx, an affiliate member in the department of epidemiology at McGill University and the director of Medical Affairs bioMérieux."It was a very interesting, also challenging, but also very nice experience to team up with an artist," said Merckx.The mural is a grid explaining the first 50 days of the outbreak in Montreal, broken down into 50 different squares for the boroughs and demerged cities."A lot of the work that I do references patchwork and quilting, so the square motif is something that I've worked with a lot," said Miller."In the first wave we heard about a lot of boroughs most affected and hardest hit. I wanted to look at the data in a different way to see if there was a way to visualize how each borough compared in terms of population density."Bringing data to new audiencesEach borough or city was given a different colour and organized alphabetically from the top down. Each square, Miller explained, represents "a rounded figure of two per cent of the cases per thousand based on the population density of the borough."The mural is part of the CovidArt program sponsored by Récherche Québec. Artists were asked to collaborate with a scientist or researcher to create new public art around the theme of COVID-19.Merckx joined Miller to help interpret the data. She said art can illustrate COVID-19 numbers in a way spreadsheets never can — and can also bring that data to new audiences."What I hope is that we kind of can remember how we lived that first wave, and that we will not forget — but that we also can learn and we can do things better in the second wave."
FOND-DU-LAC, Sask. — Officials in northern Saskatchewan are warning that residents of a remote community gripped by an outbreak of COVID-19 are putting people at risk by flouting public health protocols. The Athabasca Health Authority says people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 — including some who are experiencing symptoms — in Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation have refused to get tested. It says some are even hosting parties. The health authority says in a Facebook post that those who have been directed to self-isolate because they tested positive for COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who did aren't following those orders. Many of these people, the post continues, are frequenting the Northern Store which it says puts everyone at risk, including the community's nurses and paramedics. A little over two weeks ago, the fly-in community of about 1,000 people had no cases, but by Sunday was reporting 63 cases, 52 of which were active. For weeks there hasn't been a consistent supply of running water for cleaning and handwashing in Fond du Lac due to mechanical issues with the water treatment plant, and some health officials have said that may have contributed to the spread of the virus. "There continues to be house parties in the community with many people attending. We are aware of a party that had over 50 people attend this past week," Sunday's post by the Athabasca Health Authority stated. "This event has the potential to be a super spreader within the community." The post does note that some people have recovered, but it says people need to follow restrictions for at least three more weeks to bring infections down to zero. "This will take a commitment from everyone in the community not just some of you," it said. The authority estimated last week that more than two-thirds of the active cases are tied to the community's school, which has closed. The community said on Facebook Sunday that 325 people in Fond du Lac — approximately a third of the population — are currently considered close contacts of someone with COVID-19. Saskatchewan reported 236 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. No additional deaths were reported, which means the provincial total remained at 33. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020. The Canadian Press