President Donald Trump said on Friday the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer misrepresented a deal it struck with the US government over a vaccine to combat the coronavirus pandemic. (Nov. 13)
President Donald Trump said on Friday the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer misrepresented a deal it struck with the US government over a vaccine to combat the coronavirus pandemic. (Nov. 13)
The cousin of Antoinette Traboulsi, who was found dead on a beach in Cuba earlier this month, says Global Affairs Canada confirmed an arrest has been made in her death. Traboulsi, a 52-year-old Montrealer who worked at Sacré-Coeur Hospital and had four children, often vacationed in Cuba, which her cousin, Sami Soussa, called her second home.Soussa says the only information he received from Global Affairs was that an arrest had been made and that a suspect is in custody. He says he was given no details about the person's identity. But he says he's received eight messages from people he doesn't know, all pointing to one person they believe is responsible for her death."We're getting hopeful with the situation but at the same time it's not a lot of info for us to cheer and claim victory. But it does give a little light in our days," Soussa said. "The family is pretty happy with this information, but at the same time we're trying to be reasonable until we get the full conviction of the suspect."
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Trump administration on Wednesday effectively killed a contentious proposed mine in Alaska, a gold and copper prospect once envisioned to be nearly as deep as the Grand Canyon and could produce enough waste to fill an NFL stadium nearly 3,900 times — all near the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.The Army Corps of Engineers “concluded that the proposed project is contrary to the public interest” and denied a permit to build the Pebble Mine under both the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act, the agency said in a statement.The rejection was a surprise. It's at odds with President Donald Trump’s efforts to encourage energy development in Alaska, including opening up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, and other moves nationwide to roll back environmental protections that would benefit oil and gas and other industries.The Corps of Engineers also seemed to signal just a few months ago that after almost two decades of political wrangling, Pebble Mine was on a fast track to approval, a reversal from what many had expected under the Obama administration.But unlike drilling elsewhere in Alaska, the mine proposed for the southwestern Bristol Bay region could have negatively affected the state's billion-dollar fishing industry. Conservationists and even Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., sounded the alarm on the project before the administration changed course again.The CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership, the mine’s developers, said he was dismayed by the decision, especially after the corps had indicated in an environmental impact statement in July that the mine and fishery could coexist.“One of the real tragedies of this decision is the loss of economic opportunities for people living in the area,” CEO John Shively said in a statement. The environmental review “clearly describes those benefits, and now a politically driven decision has taken away the hope that many had for a better life. This is also a lost opportunity for the state’s future economy.”He said they are considering their next steps, which could include an appeal of the corps’ decision.“Today Bristol Bay’s residents and fishermen celebrate the news that Pebble’s permit has been denied; tomorrow we get back to work,” said Katherine Carscallen, executive director of the group Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay.The group wants Congress to pass laws protecting the region. “We’ve learned the hard way over the last decade that Pebble is not truly dead until protections are finalized,” Carscallen said.In July, the Corps of Engineers released an environmental review that the mine developer saw as laying the groundwork for key federal approvals. The review said that under normal operations, Pebble Mine “would not be expected to have a measurable effect on fish numbers and result in long-term changes to the health of the commercial fisheries in Bristol Bay.”However, in August, the corps said it had determined that discharges at the mine site would cause “unavoidable adverse impacts to aquatic resources” and laid out required steps to reduce those effects.Canada-based Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., which owns Pebble Limited Partnership, said it had submitted a mitigation plan on Nov. 16.Even if the corps had approved the project, there was still no guarantee it would have been built. It would have needed state approval, and President-elect Joe Biden has expressed opposition to the project.Critics saw Pebble Mine as getting a lifeline under the Trump administration. Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew restrictions on development that were proposed — but never finalized — under the Obama administration and said it planned to work with the corps to address concerns.However, Trump’s eldest son was among those who voiced opposition earlier this year. After senior Trump campaign adviser Nick Ayers tweeted in August that he hoped the president would direct the EPA to block Pebble Mine, Trump Jr. responded: “As a sportsman who has spent plenty of time in the area I agree 100%. The headwaters of Bristol Bay and the surrounding fishery are too unique and fragile to take any chances with.”The president later said he would “listen to both sides.”“The credit for this victory belongs not to any politician but to Alaskans and Bristol Bay’s Indigenous peoples, as well as to hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts from all across the country who spoke out in opposition to this dangerous and ill-conceived project," said Adam Kolton, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League.Alaska’s two Republican U.S. senators, who support oil and gas development and mining, hailed the rejection of the Pebble Mine permit. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said the decision affirmed her position that it’s the wrong mine in the wrong place.“It will help ensure the continued protection of an irreplaceable resource — Bristol Bay’s world-class salmon fishery,” she said.Sen. Dan Sullivan said he would remain an advocate for good-paying jobs derived from resource development.“However, given the special nature of the Bristol Bay watershed and the fisheries and subsistence resources downstream, Pebble had to meet a high bar so that we do not trade one resource for another,” he said. “Pebble did not meet that bar.”___Associated Press journalist Becky Bohrer in Juneau contributed to this report.Mark Thiessen, The Associated Press
COVID-19 outbreak at St. Martin school continues to grow. The outbreak was first declared at the elementary school in Smithville on Nov. 19. Two new cases were added on Nov. 23, bringing the total to four. The Niagara Catholic District School Board said there are now nine cases. The school has been in official outbreak status since last Thursday when the second case was confirmed. The first case was confirmed Nov. 13. NCDSB said since that time, the number of new cases at the school as grown to nine; however not all the cases so far have been linked to the outbreak, as their origin has not been determined. Niagara Region Public Health continues to investigate the situation. Two classes at the school will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days a result of the newly reported cases. Public health said they are not recommending St. Martin close at this time, as the virus is not widespread through the school community. Onsite testing will be available at the school on Thursday for staff who have not yet been tested and will be provided by public health. NCDSB said testing for staff at St. Martin is recommended, but not mandatory, while any parents of students who wish to have their children tested should do so at a an approved testing centre in Niagara.Bryan Levesque, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News
In addition to of Nunavut’s COVID-19 caseload — which reached 153 today — there are several Nunavummiut outside the territory who are infected with the virus, Dr. Michael Patterson, the territory’s chief public health officer. “Off the top of my head I think they’re all in Manitoba,” he said Wednesday at a news conference in Iqaluit. If a person who tests positive in another jurisdiction lists Nunavut as his or her home, the local health authority advises the Government of Nunavut of the case. A spokesperson for the Department of Health said there are fewer than five Nunavummiut who have COVID-19 and are out of the territory. Patterson said these people may isolate in hotel rooms, in a family home, in the hospital or in isolation hubs. None have isolated in boarding homes run or contracted by the GN, he said. Nunavut announced 11 new COVID-19 cases in the territory Wednesday. Arviat remains the community most affected by reported cases with eight new cases, for a total of 115. Two other communities have reports of active cases — Whale Cove, where three new cases were reported Wednesday, and Rankin Inlet. The number of people infected by COVID-19 is expected to rise in the coming weeks before it falls, Patterson said. Wednesday marks the halfway point in the territory-wide lockdown that is meant to prevent the territory’s outbreak of COVID-19 in the Kivalliq from spreading further. If cases are contained to Arviat, Whale Cove and Rankin Inlet, restrictions in other communities will be lifted after one more week. But public health restrictions will remain in the affected communities. “I need everyone to dig deep,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq. “We’re in this for the long run, and we need each other and every person doing their part.” There are 115 people in Arviat with COVID-19, and more than 300 people in isolation because they were in contact with someone who has the disease, Patterson said. He doesn’t know the number of people in isolation in Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove. Public health staff who are contact tracing and communicating with people who are sick or isolating in the three communities are doing it by phone, or in person. “I can’t remember how frequently we’re in contact with them,” Patterson said, “it varies a bit depending on resources and how easy it is to get ahold of them.” He said people are reminded “every few days” about needing to stay in isolation. Savikataaq said the GN is working with the three affected communities to provide food for families who need it. “We don’t want anyone to go hungry,” he said, “but we’re still working on [getting people food].” Family Services offices are closed due to public health restrictions, but income support workers are contacting clients “using phones and other means to make sure no one falls through the cracks,” Savikataaq said. The two people who had COVID-19 in Sanikiluaq are now classified as recovered. But people they were in contact with are still in isolation, and public health staff are still monitoring the community. Once the last person is out of isolation, elementary schools will re-open full time, and middle and high schools in the community will be open on a staggered schedule, with some remote learning. “And public health measures will be pretty much where we were in July,” Patterson said of Sanikiluaq. As Christmas approaches and more people are being infected in Nunavut and the rest of Canada, Patterson said he continues to advise against non-essential travel. However, people who live in Arviat who are not infected, and who have not had contact with anyone infected, can apply to the public health office to travel, Patterson said. As well, Agnico Eagle Mines has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 at its Meadowbank complex north of Baker Lake. The company’s previous cases all involved its Meliadine mine near Rankin Inlet. On Nov. 20, a worker en route to Meadowbank tested positive for COVID-19 while stopped at the company’s testing facility in Val-d’Or. The worker and 10 other potential contacts were kept in isolation and then flown from the mine site on Nov. 21. COVID-19 cases at Nunavut’s mines are not included in the territory’s case counts because mine workers fly directly from southern Canada to the mine sites. Across Canada, more than 342,000 cases have been reported since March when the pandemic began. More than 11,600 people have died. No deaths have been reported in Nunavut. In March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In Nunavut, Nunavik and across the country, public health officials have encouraged physical distancing, hand-washing and wearing masks in public places as measures people should take to prevent the spread of the disease.Meagan Deuling, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Nunatsiaq News
Le groupe agroalimentaire, dont une partie des activités est certifiée « B Corp », a annoncé vouloir supprimer jusqu’à 2 000 emplois dans le monde pour améliorer sa rentabilité.
The town of Fort Frances is being asked to give our local bee population a helping hand next spring. At last Monday night’s town council meeting, mayor and councillors heard a deputation from Reagan Breeze of Dryden in regards to an initiative he is at the forefront of that aims to protect honeybees and give them every possible fighting chance to thrive as the weather begins to warm up in April and May. “We are looking at something that is more than climate change,” Breeze told council. “It’s a decline in our honeybees and as much as somebody may think that that is not that important, we have to understand the fact that there’s a lack of education about honeybees and what they give to us. Every time we have our supper or lunch or breakfast, it’s one third of our food source that comes from our pollinators and our honeybees.” As part of his efforts, Breeze asked the town to declare April and May as Honeybee Appreciation Month, something he said he’s seen movement on from other municipalities he’s spoken with, including Dryden, whose council passed a motion at the end of October declaring April and May of 2021 to be their own Honeybee Appreciation Months. In addition to asking the town to recognize special months for bees, Breeze also took aim at one of the town’s bylaws, asking that council work with him in order to provide a temporary easement of bylaw enforcement to allow more protection for bees. “Your bylaws are very easy... I appreciate that and amongst all of us other beekeepers within Ontario, in Canada... appreciate it as well,” Breeze said. “Within your regulations we also have your bylaws 3.03, subsection 3, which is the weeds for four inches of growth only. I am not asking for everybody within the Fort Frances area to grow a hay field, but I am asking for mayor and council, respectively, to have an easement to show remorse for the fact that we need to sustain our honeybees and our pollinators that are the most viable species for our existence.” According to the Town of Fort Frances bylaw 14/09, Section 3 (General Standards for All Property), subsection 3.03 declares: “Every yard, including vacant lots shall be kept free from: (3) long grass, brush, undergrowth and noxious weeds as defined by the Weed Control Act; a. all grassed and lawned areas shall be maintained to a maximum height of 100mm (4in).” Springtime is generally when honeybees emerge from their hives and are at their most active, with the Sioux Honey Co-op, located in Sioux City, Iowa, explaining that bees will use the season to expand their numbers following the cold winter months. “The first action of business for the colony as the weather changes is increasing its population in advance of summer’s warmth,” they explain on their website. “Spring is the busiest time of year for the bees, not only because of restocking food but it’s also the season when new colonies are started and established colonies re-emerge.” Part of the crop of flowers that bloom in those early months is the dandelion, which is an important food source for bees, but is also viewed as a pesky weed by many homeowners, some of whom go to great lengths to remove them from their yards. The easement of the bylaw would therefore allow homeowners in Fort Frances to grow their lawns out, along with any flowering plants in their yard, during the months of April and May when honeybees are trying to get back on their feet without potentially incurring a fine. Breeze also called on council to amend other parts of bylaws including references to injurious insects, which he said should be reworded in order to exclude honeybees from the likes of wasps and hornets. Honey is also a multi-billion dollar industry on a global scale, according to Breeze, which makes honeybees worth protecting and supporting on an economic level. Mayor June Caul thanked Breeze for his presentation to council and the recommendation was made that his request be presented to the Planning and Development Executive Committee for recommendation. At their meeting on Monday, November 16, the Planning and Development Executive Committee made the recommendation that the town proclaim April and May as Honey Bee Appreciation months in town, but that existing bylaws be left unchanged. The item will return to council at their November 23 meeting for a final decision.Ken Kellar, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Fort Frances Times
Government and election officials frequently call on shredding companies to dispose of personal and sensitive documents that are no longer needed.But in a suburban county of Atlanta this week, those routine waste removal appointments were twisted into yet another election misinformation story when social media users falsely claimed shredding trucks were destroying ballots and “evidence of voter fraud.”The unfounded allegations continue to spread online as Georgia officials carry out a machine recount of ballots after certified results showed Joe Biden had a 12,670-vote lead over President Donald Trump. Trump requested the recount, which follows a statewide hand tally.L. Lin Wood Jr., a conservative attorney who had unsuccessfully sued in an attempt to block the certification of Georgia’s election results, on Tuesday shared a series of videos taken by a Georgia resident. They showed a shredding truck outside the West Park Government Center in Marietta.“Evidence of voter fraud is being destroyed in Cobb County, GA TODAY,” Wood captioned one of his tweets. “Many people, powerful & not so powerful, are going to PRISON.”The real explanation for the truck’s visit was far less scandalous: a routine shredding of county tax documents.The county tax commissioner’s office, which shares a building with the county’s main elections office, has documents shredded twice a month, according to Ross Cavitt, communications director for the county.“No items from Cobb Elections were involved,” Cavitt told The Associated Press in an email.The false claims built on similar rumours from last week, when the same Georgia resident captured photos and video of a truck destroying election-related waste outside the Jim R. Miller Event Center in Marietta and claimed it was evidence of “ballots being shredded.”After Wood amplified those photos and videos on Friday, Cobb County officials refuted the claim, explaining that the shredding company was summoned to destroy non-relevant election materials, as happens after all elections.“Everything of consequence, including the ballots, absentee ballot applications with signatures, and anything else used in the count or re-tally remains on file,” Janine Eveler, the county’s director of elections and voter registration, said in a statement.Some of the photos shared on Friday appeared to show a trash can with a paper labeled “ABSENTEE BALLOT” inside. But Eveler said that was an inner privacy envelope used by voters to seal absentee ballots, and had “no evidentiary value.” County officials will hold on to the actual absentee ballots, as well as the outer envelopes signed by voters, for two years.Wood did not respond to a telephone call and email seeking comment.Despite the county’s responses, Wood’s tweets with the debunked claims continued to receive massive engagement on Wednesday, collectively amassing more than 200,000 retweets. And a separate Facebook user’s post falsely claiming a shredding company was “hired by Democrats” to destroy evidence was viewed nearly 150,000 times.County officials told the AP they have not seen any evidence of fraud or anomalies in vote tabulation in the 2020 election.“People nowadays, they post stuff immediately without asking any questions and without any proper context, and it spreads like wildfire,” Cavitt said of the false claims.Jude Joffe-Block And Ali Swenson, The Associated Press
La direction de Cascades a annoncé le 25 novembre la fermeture prochaine de son usine située à la jonction des autoroutes 15 et 440. Le 30 juin 2021, les 54 travailleurs à l’emploi de cette usine spécialisée dans la fabrication de serviettes de table destinées au marché hors foyer se retrouveront sans travail. «La COVID-19 a impacté lourdement la fréquentation des restaurants, des hôtels et des édifices publics, des marchés desservis par l'usine de Laval, a déclaré par voie de communiqué Jean-David Tardif, président et chef de l'exploitation de Cascades Groupe Tissu. Cette situation, combinée à des coûts de logistique élevés, nous a incités à déplacer la production vers d'autres sites afin d'optimiser nos opérations, de réduire nos coûts et de créer des synergies.» L'usine lavalloise a une capacité de production annuelle de 1,4 million de caisses. Au cours des prochains mois, le service des ressources humaines de l’entreprise s’emploiera à minimiser l'impact de cette fermeture auprès de ses employés qu’elle tentera de relocaliser dans ses «nombreuses autres unités d'affaires au Québec», fait valoir la direction. Quant à ceux que Cascades ne pourrait replacer ou qui ne souhaiteraient pas être réaffectés à une autre usine, ils seront «accompagnés dans leurs efforts de recherche d'emploi», poursuit la société. Le grand patron de Cascades Groupe Tissu, une division de la papetière québécoise fondée dans les années 1960 par Bernard Lemaire et ses frères, a tenu à saluer «les Cascadeurs de l'usine de Laval pour leur loyauté» tout en formulant le souhait «que le plus grand nombre possible demeure avec l'entreprise».Stéphane St-Amour, Initiative de journalisme local, Courrier Laval
Trans Mountain has applied to change the route that the TMX pipeline will take through the Nicola Valley. Although the current route has been approved, Trans Mountain has been facing pushback from the Coldwater Indian Band regarding concerns about their aquifer and how the pipeline could potentially endanger their water supply. “For us water is life,” said Coldwater Chief Lee Spahan. “We continue to do everything in our power to ensure our sole source of drinking water is protected from the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.” This included going to the Federal Court of Appeal with the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people, as well as a collection of bands within the Sto:lo nation to seek a route change that would move the pipeline away from the band’s aquifer. This appeal was rejected, with the Court determining that consultations had been adequate. A subsequent appeal made to the Supreme Court of Canada was similarly dismissed. When the National Energy Board approved the pipeline in 2016, there were 157 conditions, with one being specifically related to the Coldwater aquifer, requiring Trans Mountain to provide a detailed report regarding the aquifer’s characteristics, risks posed to the aquifer by the TMX, and how Trans Mountain planned to mitigate those risks. Trans Mountain said it would complete this report “on or before May 15, 2020.” However, Coldwater Band continued to pressure the Crown Corporation to consider an alternate route. "We have made repeated requests… for careful consideration of the West Alternative, particularly given it poses no risk to our water supply," said Spahan. “It needs to be discussed because of the importance of our water. It’s our only source of water in our community, and it feeds the entire community.” The aquifer provides the drinking water for approximately 320 people who live on the Coldwater reserve. Although the new route will avoid the Coldwater aquifer, several nearby residents are concerned that the West Alternative route will be more problematic and increase the risk of environmental damage as it adds 4km to the approved route, and will necessitate two separate crossings of the Coldwater River where none were needed before. “We are stakeholders on Coldwater Road, and Trans Mountain informed us on October 28 that the pipeline is going through our back yard, and through the Coldwater River,” said John and Ingrid Boys in a letter to the Herald’s editor. “Once through our land and then again up at Kingsvale. Not only is the new routing a concern because it crosses very unstable land, trashes the unique cotton-wood snowberry areas along the river banks, and poses an elevated risk of water contamination, but the haste with which Trans Mountain is attempting to have their request for this variance approved is unprecedented, and gives the people of the Nicola Valley virtually no time to learn more about the routing, ask questions, raise concerns or even consider whether they care or don’t care about the new routing.” Trans Mountain filed their variance application with the Canada Energy Regulator electronically on Oct. 9, 2020 and published a notice in the Merritt Herald’s Nov. 12 edition, just eight days before the Nov. 20 deadline for the public to register to participate in the hearing. “The variance application submitted by Trans Mountain is in response to Coldwater’s request to adjust the route to avoid the underground water supply in the Coldwater Valley to the greatest extent possible, said a media spokesperson with Trans Mountain. The spokesperson also assured that despite the two river crossings which were to be added to the route, there would be minimal environmental impact. “As with every part of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, extensive work was undertaken to determine environmental impacts and mitigation measures to reduce those impacts,” the spokesperson continued. “Our goal is always to protect the environment, have as little impact as possible and, where we do have an impact, ensure we return the land to its previous state.” Those along the newly proposed route, however, are concerned that there will be an increased risk of leaks and spills and that more people and ecosystems downriver will be drastically affected should there be any incidents in construction or operation of the pipeline. “This should be of concern to the town of Merritt and the people of the Nicola Valley,” said the Boyses. When questioned on the cost difference between the approved route and the West Alternate route, Trans Mountain could not yet provide a number. “Detailed engineering work is underway to confirm a final cost estimate; however, project contingency will cover the incremental cost,” said the spokesperson.Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald
The Central Interior Hockey League (CIHL) has cancelled its senior men’s ‘AA’ 2020/21 season, but league officials are keeping the door open to the possibility of exhibition games in the new year. The league includes the Terrace River Kings and teams in Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Smithers, Hazelton, Williams Lake and Quesnel. “We had a schedule to start December 4th but with recent restrictions feel that in in any circumstances less than a super miracle vaccination, we would probably not return to play with spectators in time to salvage a 20-21 season,” said Ron German, CIHL President, in a media release. German thanked the communities, fans, volunteers and sponsors for their support. He said that if conditions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic change in 2021, the league would explore the possibility of playing exhibition games if BC Hockey and local guidelines could be met.Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News
1st Lt. Jacob Lutz, a systems engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory's Navigation Technology Satellite-3 (NTS-3) program built a high-detail Lego model of the satellite that is set to launch in 2022. (Nov. 25)
There's a rose-coloured opportunity for would-be hoteliers looking to flaunt their wealth in small-town Canada. A landmark location from the beloved CBC sitcom "Schitt's Creek" hit the market Wednesday, offering buyers the chance to re-enact the show's riches-to-rags saga for a listing price of $2 million. The Hockley Motel in Mono, a town of about 8,000 people northwest of Toronto, served as the exterior set for the Rose family's home on the Emmy Award-winning series. The listing presents the 6.7-acre riverside property as a fixer-upper that would appeal to travellers seeking rural refuge from the commotion and contagion risk of city life in the COVID-19 era. It's a sales pitch that may sound familiar to "Schitt's Creek" fans who have followed the Rose family as they refurbished their motel-turned-home in a town they once purchased as a joke, said property owner Jesse Tipping. "The show obviously created a script that seems to be very fitting for the actual property," said Tipping. "I hope (whoever buys it) can find that happiness that the Roses did on the show." In addition to its status as a stand-in for the Rosebud Motel, the property has appeared onscreen in the 2005 thriller "A History of Violence" and Netflix's superhero series "The Umbrella Academy." Tipping purchased the building in 2012 in hopes of using it as housing for athletes at the basketball academy he was starting at the time. The sale has been in the works for about a year, and while Tipping is sad to part ways with the landmark, he admits he's a bit relieved that he'll no longer have to ward off "Schitt's Creek" sightseers. Colliers Hotels says buyers who are interested in the property can put in offers until Dec. 14. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2020. Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press
It’s not every day you can drink a beer that’s spent the better part of six months at the bottom of a lake, but if all goes according to plan, Lake of the Woods Brewing Company will be giving beer lovers the chance to do exactly that. It’s all part of one of the newest additions to the company’s line-up. The beer, named “Deep 6,” is more than a year in the making, the result of thinking outside the box and taking inspiration from brewers the other side of the globe. Taras Manzie is the president and CEO of Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, and he said the idea originated with one of their hires who had heard of a company doing something similar on another continent. “We actually were fortunate enough that a few years ago we recruited a brewer from South Africa,” Manzie said. “We were spitballing about ideas – different beers, different techniques, all that kind of stuff – and he had come across a brewery that had tried it when he was living there, but they take a batch and then age it in the ocean. We were like, ‘wow, that’s a novel idea,’ so we did some research on if it actually make sense in our climate, in freshwater.” After plenty of research and a test run, the idea found its sea legs and a production run of 1,000 bottles is now sitting in its temporary home six feet beneath the surface of Lake of the Woods, where it will stay until the ice comes out in 2021 – whenever that might be. “When the ice comes out, which is never really predictable but we figure by May 1, we’ll be good to go and start pulling them out and then we’ll hand package them,” Manzie said. “You get a certificate with the beer. Each label’s hand-numbered, and will be signed by the brewer. We’re not going to clean the bottles or anything, if there’s lake residue on them, so be it, that’s exactly what you’re paying for. They’ll be presented in this special tube like you get a bottle of scotch in, custom manufactured for the individual bottles themselves.” Part of the process of sinking the beer was determining how to store them safely over a period of six months underwater, as well as how to get them down there in the first place. “It wasn’t easy,” Manzie said. “We had to reverse engineer what we had to do. Obviously you can’t put it in cardboard boxes, so we needed something that’s going to be able to be sturdy enough but not too heavy, the bottles are heavy enough themselves. We were able actually to find pretty much a skid sized metal cage that had a folding top on it, so we got a few of those, repurposed them, took the filled bottles and they’re all sealed with wax, so there will be no issues with any kind of seepage or anything like that, and then layered them into each one of those caged totes.” Once in the totes, the team at the brewing company chartered a boat and some moving equipment, and hired a professional diver to make sure the process went as planned. “We actually hired a professional diver to make sure that we weren’t going to drop these things in the middle of a fish habitat or uneven ground or any of that kind of stuff,” Manzie said. “We also had the diver to ensure that when we did drop the skids that they were sitting nice and evenly and not on top of each other, etc. etc.” While some might be concerned that the bottom of the lake will get too cold for the beer, possibly leading to them freezing, Manzie explained that the temperature where the beer are sitting will only reach between three and four degrees (37 to 39 F) which he said is the perfect temperature for lagering the beer and will result in a Russian Imperial Stout that is “ridiculously smooth.” “Some people’s Russians, they brew them so that they taste boozy because they are boozy, you would not know that there is one percent alcohol in that Russian when it’s going to come out,” he said. “All the flavours kind of meld together, and due to the fact that it’s aged for a number of months in tank here prior to bottle and then once it’s in bottle at that temperature it’s an extremely smooth drinking product, it will be worth every penny.” Even at a higher price than what might expect from a bottle of beer, the reception from the beer loving portion of the public so far has been strong, with more than half of all pre-sales having been spoken for by the end of day last Friday. Online pre-orders are still up, but the success of the beer has itself presented a bit of a problem with beer fans from the other side of the border. “The problem is that because of AGCO regulations, we can’t ship the beer outside of the province,” Manzie said. “We’ve had a huge number of inquiries, probably 50 percent of all of our inquiries have been from the U.S., or traffic on the website. We created deep6.beer, a separate website just to handle the sales and information for the site, and half of that traffic has all been from the U.S. Anyone is welcome to purchase the beer, they just have to either know someone in Kenora or Ontario, and then they can get it from them.” Going forward, Manzie said the brewing company is expecting to make Deep 6 an annual release that will offer up a different type of beer each year, and that next year it will be available throughout Manitoba, Ontario and Minnesota. But for those who managed to secure one of the bottles from this run, they’ll have a unique piece of northwestern Ontario history that will continue to get better until the day they finally pop the top and pour themselves a glass.Ken Kellar, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Fort Frances Times
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Cargojet Inc. says it is preparing for record levels of online shopping over the holidays as Canadians buy gifts digitally during restrictions at brick-and-mortar stores, and is taking unprecedented measures to try to keep package deliveries on time.The Mississauga-based company says it is hiring additional pilots and staff, and added a new plane to its fleet this month for the second time this year.Cargojet says it has also added flights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to build up 20 per cent more capacity for packages, a schedule that will continue during the peak shopping season from Black Friday to early January.The air cargo company says that when stores closed for the initial COVID-19 lockdowns in March and April, cargo volumes easily surpassed levels that are usually only seen at the peak of the year — the holiday season. Now, Cargojet is predicting that volume this winter will top the spring, given that thousands of small businesses have opened online stores, and there is another wave of uncertainty around regional lockdowns. Statistics Canada also said this week that online sales are set to hit a record this year in Canada, topping 2019’s tally of $305 billion, after e-commerce doubled from February to May.“This peak is expected to be like none other,” Cargojet said on Wednesday.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2020.Companies in this story: (TSX: CJT) The Canadian Press
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Two men accused of human trafficking appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court Nov. 24 and Nov. 25. There is now a court ordered ban on publication of the two men’s names. At their first appearance the court placed a publication ban on the identity of the woman who was allegedly being held captive by the two men. One man is a 23-year-old from Kindersley and the other is a 30-year-old from Saskatoon. The Kindersley man is charged with trafficking persons, material benefit from trafficking, two counts of uttering threats, theft under $5,000, breach of a release order, and breach of a conditional sentence order. He was denied bail. The Saskatoon man is charged with trafficking persons, uttering threats, and two counts of breach of a release order. He was granted bail during a show cause hearing in October. The Saskatoon Police Guns and Gang Unit arrested the two men in the 1500 block of Rayner Avenue on July 2. The Guns and Gang Unit became involved after the Saskatoon Police received a report June 29 that a 23-year-old woman was being held at a residence over a period of time. The Saskatoon VICE Human Trafficking Unit assisted police and warrants were issued for the two men. The Saskatoon man is scheduled to appear in Saskatoon Provincial court Dec. 10 to enter a plea and elect how he wants to be tried. The Kindersley man is scheduled to appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court Dec. 9 to enter a plea. email@example.com Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter / Battlefords News-OptimistLisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist
EDMONTON — Two emergency room doctors say Alberta's increased public health restrictions don't go far enough to deal with rising COVID-19 cases that are already straining hospitals in the province. The government brought in tighter restrictions Tuesday that include a ban on gatherings in people's homes and changes for schools, churches, restaurants and retailers. Dr. Shazma Mithani, who works at two Edmonton hospitals, said she saw first-hand why more restrictions were necessary a day earlier when she arrived for her shift at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. "I saw the most COVID patients ever," Mithani said Wednesday in an interview with The Canadian Press. "I didn't even see that many patients that shift because we were so bed-blocked." Some patients, she explained, were taking up emergency department beds because there weren't enough staffed beds available in the ward they needed. Mithani said she saw about 10 or 11 patients that night. "Three of them were confirmed COVID and three were presumed COVID ... and one of them I actually had to put a breathing tube in and send to the ICU," she said. "It's here. It's just the beginning." Alberta Health reported 1,265 new cases on Wednesday — the seventh consecutive day with numbers above the 1,100 mark. There were 355 patients in hospital, 71 of them in intensive care. Eight more people died, bringing that total to 500. Mithani, who's also a spokeswoman for the emergency medicine section of the Alberta Medical Association, said the rising numbers have been hitting Edmonton particularly hard. There were 175 COVID-19 patients in Edmonton hospitals, with 40 in intensive care. In Calgary, there were 121 infected patients in hospitals and 20 were in intensive care. Dr. Joe Vipond, who works at Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary, said he hasn't worked an ER shift in about a week, but noted that he's had COVID-19 patients every day in the last month. "I've had two deaths in a month," said Vipond, who added he typically only sees a few deaths a year in the emergency department. Both Vipond and Mithani said they would have liked to see stronger restrictions. "We're now at the stage that nothing short of a strong lockdown is going to help," said Vipond. "These middle measures are not going to do it, unfortunately." Mithani said the restrictions simply turn earlier recommendations into rules. The only positive step, she said, was banning indoor gatherings, which she suggested should have happened long ago. Dr. Daniel Gregson, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Calgary, agreed it was good to see recommendations on gatherings turned into actual restrictions. "The other thing we've done is moved to mandatory masking from a suggestion to a requirement," he said. "That's a good thing as well." However, Gregson said some areas have been left open to interpretation. "They've said 10 (people) for weddings and 10 for funerals, which is good to have an absolute number because people focus on what they can do," he said. "But other settings such as faith-based activities, which can be fairly widely interpreted, are not limited to that 10. "That's a concern. A lot of our problems have been in group settings where people are not using appropriate precautions ... and that really translates into transmissions in households." Mithani added that the decisions don't appear to be based on data, since contact tracing has broken down and up to 80 per cent of cases have no information about where they were contracted. "I'm really disappointed with the half measures that were put in," she said. "I, 100 per cent, understand there needs to be a balance between the economy and managing this pandemic, but we are now at a point where our health-care system is about to break and that needs to be made the priority right now. "Our economy relies on the health of Albertans." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2020. Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press
As Newfoundland and Labrador bursts its Atlantic bubble participation, a post-secondary student in Nova Scotia says her plans for travelling home to be with family at Christmas are up in the air.Sophie Pickard is in her fourth year of kinesiology at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., but is originally from St. John's, where her family still lives.This week, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador both pulled out of the Atlantic bubble agreement for at least two weeks, stricter restrictions were put into place in Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick officials urged young people to do what they can to reverse the trend of COVID-19 cases in that province.N.L.'s reassessment of the Atlantic bubble will happen in two weeks; if the province decides to stay out of the Atlantic bubble, Pickard will have to get on a plane the next day in order to get home and self-isolate for two weeks so she can be in the same room as her family on Christmas Day.Pickard said her plans are "definitely scattered" as she tries to figure out her holiday plans in light of the province's new rules.> They'd love to see me, but they understand if they can't. \- Sophie Pickard"Everything I guess is a little up in the air now and it's just kind of waiting those two weeks, seeing what happens."Pickard was set to fly home on Dec. 18, along with her roommate, who was coming to Newfoundland with her for Christmas rather than flying home to Ontario, where she would have to isolate. But this week's announcement means they might have to change their plans."She had her flight booked to come home to Newfoundland with me, so now we're kind of I guess doubly in the situation where she's trying to decide, if she was trying to avoid an isolation anyways, is it worth it," but to fly home instead to Ontario to see her family, Pickard said.With her last in-person class scheduled for Dec. 11, Pickard said it would be difficult to get home in time to complete the necessary isolation to be with family on Christmas."If Newfoundland … in two weeks' time they say they're gonna keep the two-week quarantine in place, I will probably just stay in Nova Scotia for Christmas," said Pickard."I've got myself, my roommate who was gonna come with me, and then one of my other friends who's from Newfoundland as well who's struggling with the decision because she doesn't know if she's gonna have the actual time off work to be able to accommodate a two-week quarantine."While Pickard watched the Nova Scotia live update, her family in St. John's watched N.L.'s news — and they're all coping and considering options as best they can, she said."I was talking to my dad, he called me kind of right after Newfoundland put out their announcement. He did say, 'You know that we want you home, your dad misses you, but do what works for you, we'll understand if you have to cancel your flight, stay in Nova Scotia,'" Pickard said."So there's definitely a little bit of — they'd love to see me, but they understand if they can't."Pickard said it will be hard to be away from family for Christmas, if it comes to that, but she understands things are challenging right now."I would definitely not be surprised if Newfoundland keeps the two-week quarantine. It's a precautionary measure and it kind of makes sense, so I'm kind of preparing for that," she said.In the meantime, what she'll do after graduation in the spring remains to be seen; Pickard said a lot can change in a global pandemic in that time."[It's] definitely a whirlwind. It's hard to keep thinking of, what's it gonna look like in a year's time, am I gonna be in more school?" she said."I'm looking at a few grad school options and then I'm considering if I decide to take the year off, I just maybe try and get some work experience. That being said, I don't know — because I'm looking to go into physio — how open clinics are, if they're willing to take extra people in to do shadowing, to volunteer, things like that, so it's hard to keep that as an option if I don't know if it is an option."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador