George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley says 'the president would have standing to challenge' the impeachment trial potentially taking place after he is no longer in office 'and the court could rule on it.'
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley says 'the president would have standing to challenge' the impeachment trial potentially taking place after he is no longer in office 'and the court could rule on it.'
There was no distribution plan for the coronavirus vaccine set up by the Trump administration as the virus raged in its last months in office, new President Joe Biden's chief of staff, Ron Klain, said on Sunday. "The process to distribute the vaccine, particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals out into the community as a whole, did not really exist when we came into the White House," Klain said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Biden, a Democrat who took over from Republican President Donald Trump on Wednesday, has promised a fierce fight against the pandemic that killed 400,000 people in the United States under Trump’s watch.
Guyana said late on Saturday that a Venezuelan navy vessel detained two vessels that were fishing in Guyana's exclusive economic zone, the latest dispute in a long-running border conflict between the two South American nations. Caracas says much of eastern Guyana is its own territory, a claim that is rejected by Georgetown. The conflict has flared up in recent years as Guyana has started developing oil reserves near the disputed area.
Parts of New Brunswick are reporting fewer cases of COVID-19 recently, but numbers remain high in the Moncton and Edmundston health zones. The province announced 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, mostly in those areas. Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer, said there have been about 48 cases in the Moncton area, or Zone 1, in the last seven days. Of those cases, 12 are related to travel and many others are close contacts. There are five people hospitalized with the virus across the province with two in intensive care. The latest numbers bring the total number of active cases to 334. The Moncton region (Zone 1) confirmed 10 new cases, which include: four people 19 and under. an individual 20-29. an individual 30-39. an individual 50-59. two people 60-69. an individual 70-79. The Edmundston region (Zone 4) reported nine new cases: two people 19 and under. an individual 20-29. an individual 40-49. three people 50-59. an individual 60-69. an individual 80-89. The Miramichi region (Zone 7), reported one new case: an individual 50-59. All of the new cases are self-isolating and under investigation. New Brunswick has confirmed 1,124 total cases of COVID-19 and 776 recoveries. There have been 13 deaths. Public Health has conducted 185,936 since the start of the pandemic, including 3,000 since Saturday's update. More schools to close Schools in the Edmundston zone are now closed as part of the lockdown. But on Sunday, the province also announced that five schools in neighbouring Zone 3 will also move to learn-from-home models. In Perth-Andover: Andover Elementary School. Perth-Andover Middle School. Southern Victoria High School. In Plaster Rock: Donald Fraser Memorial School. Tobique Valley High. The province said those schools are closing due to "operational challenges as a significant portion of the school community lives within Zone 4." Staff in Zone 4 will work from home, while staff in Zone 3 will continue to work from their schools. A device-loaning program will be available for families of students in grades 3-8 who do not have access to technology at home. Two new deaths at Shannex Shannex Parkland in Saint John posted an update on its website Sunday saying two residents of Lily Court who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 died last week. One resident died on Thursday and the other on Friday. The province has not announced any new COVID related deaths in recent days. In an email, a government spokesperson said "without getting into too many specifics and breaking confidentiality, a person who is positive for COVID-19 can die from other circumstances." In its release, Shannex said reporting on whether a resident has died as a result of COVID-19 is sometimes complicated because of multiple health-care partners involved. "Communicating openly with our residents, families and employees is a priority at Shannex and we understand that the delay in communicating the details may create some confusion, and we apologize for this." Workplace transmission in Moncton A diaper manufacturing plant in Moncton confirmed a contracted worker tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. Irving Personal Care confirmed the case on Thursday, according to a statement. "Contact tracing was completed and submitted to Public Health and we are co-operating fully with the province," said Stephen Donaher, vice president of operations. "On Thursday, we shut down operations and completed a full sanitization and disinfection of our entire plant." Employees required to self-isolate continue to be paid, a practice which has been in place since the start of the pandemic, the company said. The plant reopened Friday, according to a release. Russell said transmission is still being detected in workplace settings. "It really is important that people hear the message around testing," she said in an interview. There are now 90 total active cases in the Moncton region. RCMP say several people were ticketed at a demonstration outside of Moncton City Hall on Saturday. Staff Sgt. Jeff Johnston couldn't confirm the number of tickets handed out or the number of arrests, or the reasons for the arrests or tickets. "The tickets that were issued were in relation to the Emergency Measures Act," he said. Rapid tests less accurate Irving Personal Care said it conducted rapid testing on 150 employees at the diaper facility following the positive case. The company said all the results returned negative and it plans to conduct another round of tests next week. But Russell said rapid tests or antigen tests have a lower reliability for asymptomatic people, as they are designed for people experiencing symptoms. "If people test negative it's not really reassuring," she said. Public Health is not using rapid antigen tests to prevent false positives. Russell said testing has increased in Zone 3 with a new site in Perth-Andover to gain a better picture of the situation. "We can't get all the right information unless all the people who have symptoms are getting tested," she said. Russell said if testing capacity grows, it will make it easier to determine if some regions can return to orange and yellow levels. Zone 4 lockdown begins The Edmundston and Grand Falls region (Zone 4) entered full lockdown on Saturday, which is expected to last for a minimum of two weeks. Most non-essential businesses have been forced to close, and schools are switching to virtual learning on Monday. Cathy Pelletier, executive director of Edmundston Regional Chamber of Commerce, said she's really concerned about the tourism industry. "Being in a lockdown right now, nobody can come here and no one can come out," she said. "Basically the hotels are empty right now." Grocery stores, pharmacies, NB Liquor stores and Cannabis NB stores will remain open. Veterinary clinics can also stay open with animals dropped off at the curb. Libraries will open to allow internet access. Regulated health-care professionals, such as dentists, can continue to operate. The province said early childhood education facilities can also continue to operate, with the help of a $3 hourly wage boost for employees who work during the lockdown. Edmundston faces few hospital beds Health-care workers in northwest New Brunswick are concerned about the availability of intensive care beds as case numbers climb. The Edmundston Regional Hospital only has 11 beds for intensive care. With case numbers in Zone 4 surging, there are worries those beds could fill up. The health region began a full lockdown on Saturday and has 144 active cases of COVID-19. Dr. Laurie Malenfant said there are COVID-positive patients at the hospital. "We have some who are even fighting for their lives," she told Radio-Canada. "It makes the environment a little stressful because we know they won't be the last patients to come with what is happening in the community." The province announced 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, including 10 in the Edmundston and Grand Falls region. Nine more new cases were announced for the region on Sunday. The region is also grappling with cases inside long-term care homes. Manoir Belle Vue, a special care home in Edmundston, has confirmed 20 positive cases. Public Health has also declared outbreaks at Le Pavillon Le Royer, another long-term care home in Edmundston, and Foyer Ste-Elizabeth in nearby Baker Brook. Malenfant said while health-care workers have the situation under control, things could change rapidly. The beds in the Edmundston hospital's intensive care unit are not solely for those with COVID-19. "Other illnesses continue to enter, we need to be able to provide good service to everyone, not just to people who will have contracted the virus," Malenfant said. There are fears that health-care workers could become infected, leading to a reduction in staffing capacity. "Employees who are certified to work with people in critical care situations, we have a limited number," said Malenfant.
Au-delà des questions d’égalité, les auditrices associées identifieraient davantage de points clés et communiqueraient de façon plus précise que leurs collègues masculins.
VANCOUVER — Many residents of British Columbia's south coast woke up to rain on Sunday after expecting an overnight snow dump, but Environment Canada warns snow is still in the forecast. The federal weather agency updated its snowfall warnings for the region early Sunday morning, saying that between two to 15 centimetres are expected by Monday morning. It says communities near the water such as Comox, Parksville, Nanaimo and lower elevations of Metro Vancouver could see up to five centimetres of snow, while rain or wet snow is also possible in these areas with no accumulations. Higher elevations and inland sections of Metro Vancouver, the western Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast are expected to see greater accumulations. Environment Canada says precipitation is expected to ease Sunday afternoon and then return in the evening, with snowfall at night and on Monday mainly accumulating over higher elevations. The agency is asking residents to be prepared to adjust their driving with changing road conditions, as rapidly falling snow could make travel difficult in some locations. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2021. The Canadian Press
For two Virginia police officers who posed for a photo during the deadly U.S. Capitol insurrection, the reckoning has been swift and public: They were identified, charged with crimes and arrested. But for five Seattle officers the outcome is less clear. Their identities still secret, two are on leave and three continue to work while a police watchdog investigates whether their actions in the nation's capital on Jan. 6 crossed the line from protected political speech to lawbreaking. The contrasting cases highlight the dilemma faced by police departments nationwide as they review the behaviour of dozens of officers who were in Washington the day of the riot by supporters of President Donald Trump. Officials and experts agree that officers who were involved in the melee should be fired and charged for their role. But what about those officers who attended only the Trump rally before the riot? How does a department balance an officer's free speech rights with the blow to public trust that comes from the attendance of law enforcement at an event with far-right militants and white nationalists who went on to assault the seat of American democracy? An Associated Press survey of law enforcement agencies nationwide found that at least 31 officers in 12 states are being scrutinized by their supervisors for their behaviour in the District of Columbia or face criminal charges for participating in the riot. Officials are looking into whether the officers violated any laws or policies or participated in the violence while in Washington. A Capitol Police officer died after he was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher as rioters descended on the building and many other officers were injured. A woman was shot to death by Capitol Police and three other people died after medical emergencies during the chaos. Most of the officers have not been publicly identified; only a few have been charged. Some were identified by online sleuths. Others were reported by their colleagues or turned themselves in. They come from some of the country’s largest cities — three Los Angeles officers and a sheriff’s deputy, for instance — as well as state agencies and a Pennsylvania police department with nine officers. Among them are an Oklahoma sheriff and New Hampshire police chief who have acknowledged being at the rally, but denied entering the Capitol or breaking the law. “If they were off-duty, it’s totally free speech,” said Will Aitchison, a lawyer in Portland, Oregon, who represents law enforcement officers. “People have the right to express their political views regardless of who’s standing next to them. You just don’t get guilt by association.” But Ayesha Bell Hardaway, a professor at Case Western Reserve University law school, said an officer’s presence at the rally creates a credibility issue as law enforcement agencies work to repair community trust, especially after last summer's of protests against police brutality sparked by the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Communities will question the integrity of officers who attended the rally along with “individuals who proudly profess racist and divisive viewpoints,” she said. “It calls into question whether those officers are interested in engaging in policing in a way that builds trust and legitimacy in all communities, including communities of colour.” In Rocky Mount, a Virginia town of about 1,000, Sgt. Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker were suspended without pay and face criminal charges after posting a photo of themselves inside the Capitol during the riot. According to court records, Robertson wrote on social media that the “Left are just mad because we actually attacked the government who is the problem … The right IN ONE DAY took the f(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk) U.S. Capitol. Keep poking us.” Attempts to contact the pair were unsuccessful and court records do not list lawyers. Leaders in Rocky Mount declined to be interviewed. In a statement, they said the events at the Capitol were tragic. “We stand with and add our support to those who have denounced the violence and illegal activity that took place that day,” said Police Chief Ken Criner, Capt. Mark Lovern and Town Manager James Ervin. “Our town and our police department absolutely does not condone illegal or unethical behaviour by anyone, including our officers and staff.” On the other side of the county, five Seattle officers are under investigation by the city’s Office of Police Accountability. Two officers posted photos of themselves on social media while in the district and officials are investigating to determine where they were and what they were doing. Three others told supervisors that they went to Washington for the events and are being investigated for what they did while there. Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz said his department supports officers’ freedom of speech and that those who were in the nation's capital will be fired if they “were directly involved in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.” But police leaders need to evaluate more than just clear criminal behaviour, according to Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a policing research and policy group. They must also consider how their actions affect the department credibility, he said. Officers' First Amendment rights “don’t extend to expressing words that may be violent or maybe express some prejudice,” Wexler said, “because that’s going to reflect on what they do when they’re working, when they’re testifying in court.” Through the summer and fall, Seattle police — along with officers elsewhere — came under criticism for their handling of mass protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd. The city received more than 19,000 complaints against officers, most for excessive use of force and improper use of pepper spray. Andrew Myerberg, director of the Seattle Office of Police Accountability, said none of the officers now under investigation were involved in those cases. But Sakara Remmu, cofounder of Black Lives Matter Seattle/King County, said the officers should be fired regardless. Their public declarations of solidarity with Trump fosters not just community distrust, but terror of the entire department, she said. “It absolutely does matter when the decorum of racial peace cracks and racial hatred comes through, because we already have a documented history and legacy of what that means in this country,” Remmu said. In Houston, the police chief decried an officer who resigned and was later charged in the riot. A lawyer for Officer Tam Pham said the 18-year veteran of the force "very much regrets” being at the rally and was “deeply remorseful.” But many chiefs have said their officers committed no crimes. “The Arkansas State Police respects the rights and freedom of an employee to use their leave time as the employee may choose,” department spokesman Bill Sadler said of two officers who attended the Trump rally. Malik Aziz, the former chair and executive director of the National Black Police Association, compared condemning all officers who were in Washington to tarring all the protesters who took to streets after the killing of George Floyd with the violent and destructive acts of some. A major with the Dallas Police Department, Aziz said police acting privately have the same rights as other Americans, but that knowingly going to a bigoted event should be disqualifying for an officer. “There’s no place in law enforcement for that individual,” Aziz said. Martha Bellisle And Jake Bleiberg, The Associated Press
Saskatchewan's premier says the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline isn't over yet. In a recent interview with CBC's Rosemary Barton, Premier Scott Moe says conversations around the TC Energy project are ongoing, despite U.S. President Joe Biden's recent cancellation of the pipeline's permit by executive order. "I wouldn't say this project is over by any stretch. There is a lot of conversation to have on KXL," Moe said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live. The 1,897-kilometre pipeline would have carried 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from oilsands in Hardisty, Alta., to Nebraska, connecting to the original Keystone pipeline running to the U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. A portion of the project would have crossed into southern Saskatchewan. Moe, along with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, has pushed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government to take action against the pipeline's halt. That could include economic sanctions, Moe suggested — a possibility also raised by Kenney. "I haven't said that we should go to sanctions and sanctions should be utilized first," Moe said in his interview with Barton. "But sanctions are always on the table in any conversation or any challenge that we may have with our trading relationship with our largest partner." The project, originally blocked by U.S. President Barack Obama, was then approved by President Donald Trump, who wanted to negotiate the terms of the project, before ultimately being blocked again by Biden in the first days of his presidency. Federal Opposition leader Erin O'Toole has also expressed frustration over the cancellation of the project, saying in a statement it "will devastate thousands of Canadian families who have already been badly hurt by the economic crisis." Trudeau's government has repeatedly said that it supports the project and has made that clear to the new U.S. administration, but both the prime minister and Canada's ambassador to the U.S. have said it is time to respect the decision and move on. Speaking on Friday morning, Trudeau reiterated his disappointment with the cancellation and said he would raise the issue during his phone call with Biden scheduled for later in the day. "Obviously the decision on Keystone XL is a very difficult one for workers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who've had many difficult hits," he said. "Over the past years we have been there for them and we will continue to be there for them and I will express my concern for jobs and livelihoods in Canada, particularly in the West, directly in my conversation with President Biden." Trudeau stressed he and the new president are on the same wavelength on fighting climate change and middle-class job creation, as well as the "values of Canadians." Moe called the cancellation a "devastating blow to North American energy security," and said in the interview with Barton he'll continue to advocate for the pipeline, which he says has both economic and environmental benefits for Canada.
A family-owned grocer in Calgary is giving back to support neighbouring businesses hurting from the pandemic. Darren Hollman, owner of the European Deli and Produce Market, says because his business is essential, he hasn't faced the same struggles a restaurant or retailer might. "We're an essential business and people have to eat, [so] we haven't been affected nearly as bad as some of the other places have been. We've been operating at 15 per cent [capacity] but we feel we can give back so that's why we're doing it," he said. This weekend, the store is offering some staples like apples, potatoes and carrots at "pay-what-you-can" prices — customers decide what the want to pay, and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go toward supporting Platoon Fitness, Crolux Tailoring and Marco's Kitchen, all businesses impacted by public health restrictions. "The customers have been very receptive to it and have done a lot to help — like giving over and above which is nice to see," he said. Shopper Elena Khomiak said she was picking up apples, even though she doesn't need any, as a chance to support local. "We'll pay, I don't know, $50 or $100, the most expensive apples I've ever had," she said with a laugh. The fundraiser will run until 6 p.m. Sunday.
URK, Netherlands — Rioters set fires in the centre of the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven and pelted police with rocks Sunday at a banned demonstration against coronavirus lockdown measures, while officers responded with tear gas and water cannons, arresting at least 30 people. Police in the capital of Amsterdam also used a water cannon to disperse an outlawed anti-lockdown demonstration on a major square ringed by museums. Video showed police spraying people grouped against a wall of the Van Gogh Museum. It was the worst violence to hit the Netherlands since the pandemic began and the second straight Sunday that police clashed with protesters in Amsterdam. The country has been in a tough lockdown since mid-December that is due to continue at least until Feb. 9. In Eindhoven, 125 kilometres (78 miles) south of Amsterdam, a central square near the main railway station was littered with rocks, bicycles and shattered glass. The crowd of hundreds of demonstrators also was believed to include supporters of the anti-immigrant group PEGIDA, which had sought to demonstrate in the city. Eindhoven police said they made at least 30 arrests by late afternoon and warned people to stay away from the city centre amid the clashes. Trains to and from the station were halted and local media reported plundering at the station. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The violence came a day after anti-curfew rioters torched a coronavirus testing facility in the Dutch fishing village of Urk. Video from Urk, 80 kilometres (50 miles) northeast of Amsterdam, showed youths breaking into the coronavirus testing facility near the village’s harbour before it was set ablaze Saturday night. The lockdown was imposed by the Dutch government to rein in the spread of the more transmissible variant of the coronavirus. Police said they fined more than 3,600 people nationwide for breaching the curfew that ran from 9 p.m. Saturday until 4:30 a.m. Sunday and arrested 25 people for breaching the curfew or for violence. The police and municipal officials issued a statement Sunday expressing their anger at rioting, “from throwing fireworks and stones to destroying police cars and with the torching of the test location as a deep point.” “This is not only unacceptable, but also a slap in the face, especially for the local health authority staff who do all they can at the test centre to help people from Urk,” the local authorities said, adding that the curfew would be strictly enforced for the rest of the week. On Sunday, all that remained of the portable testing building was a burned-out shell. ___ Associated Press writer Mike Corder in Otterlo contributed. ___ Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at: https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak Peter Dejong, The Associated Press
Parks Canada is warning skaters who take to frozen lakes to monitor lake thickness very carefully after four skaters fell through the ice at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park over a two-day period. According to the government agency, three of the skaters were able to self-rescue, while one required a rescue response. Russ Geyer, deputy chief of the Banff Fire Department, said the department responded on Saturday to a report of two people who had fallen through the ice at Lake Minnewanka. Geyer said a female in her 20s fell through the ice while skating. "She was trapped out on the thin ice, was probably there for 30 minutes in the water, or partially in the water," he said. "Then, a male that was with her in his 20s tried to rescue her, and he ended up breaking through thin ice." People have been skating on areas near shore on Lake Minnewanka for a month, Geyer said. "Unfortunately, further out in the lake, some of that water is open," Geyer said. "People are venturing further and further out and that ice is definitely not safe enough further out. And that's unfortunately what the consequence was when they skated out there." The female was taken to Banff Mineral Springs Hospital with hypothermia and the male was examined and released on scene. No information on the other skaters was immediately available. Parks Canada said skaters should understand that ice thickness varies considerably over short distances. The recommended minimum thickness for ice skating is 15 centimetres, or six inches of solid ice. Skaters should have equipment like ropes, PFDs or ice picks available for self-rescue, the agency said.
WASHINGTON — As the House prepares to bring the impeachment charge against Donald Trump to the Senate for trial, a growing number of Republican senators say they are opposed to the proceeding, dimming the chances that former president will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the U.S. Capitol. House Democrats will carry the sole impeachment charge of “incitement of insurrection” across the Capitol late Monday evening, a rare and ceremonial walk to the Senate by the prosecutors who will argue their case. They are hoping that strong Republican denunciations of Trump after the Jan. 6 riot will translate into a conviction and a separate vote to bar Trump from holding office again. But instead, GOP passions appear to have cooled since the insurrection. Now that Trump's presidency is over, Republican senators who will serve as jurors in the trial are rallying to his legal defence, as they did during his first impeachment trial last year. “I think the trial is stupid, I think it’s counterproductive,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.. He said that "the first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I’ll do it” because he believes it would be bad for the country and further inflame partisan divisions. Trump is the first former president to face impeachment trial, and it will test his grip on the Republican Party as well as the legacy of his tenure, which came to a close as a mob of loyal supporters heeded his rally cry by storming the Capitol and trying to overturn Joe Biden's election. The proceedings will also force Democrats, who have a full sweep of party control of the White House and Congress, to balance their promise to hold the former president accountable while also rushing to deliver on Biden's priorities. Arguments in the Senate trial will begin the week of Feb. 8. Leaders in both parties agreed to the short delay to give Trump's team and House prosecutors time to prepare and the Senate the chance to confirm some of Biden’s Cabinet nominees. Democrats say the extra days will allow for more evidence to come out about the rioting by Trump supporters, while Republicans hope to craft a unified defence for Trump. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday that he hopes that evolving clarity on the details of what happened Jan. 6 “will make it clearer to my colleagues and the American people that we need some accountability.” Coons questioned how his colleagues who were in the Capitol that day could see the insurrection as anything other than a “stunning violation” of tradition of peaceful transfers of power. “It is a critical moment in American history and we have to look at it and look at it hard,” Coons said. An early vote to dismiss the trial probably would not succeed, given that Democrats now control the Senate. Still, the mounting Republican opposition indicates that many GOP senators would eventually vote to acquit Trump. Democrats would need the support of 17 Republicans — a high bar — to convict him. When the House impeached Trump on Jan. 13, exactly one week after the siege, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said he didn’t believe the Senate had the constitutional authority to convict Trump after he had left office. On Sunday, Cotton said “the more I talk to other Republican senators, the more they’re beginning to line up” behind that argument. “I think a lot of Americans are going to think it’s strange that the Senate is spending its time trying to convict and remove from office a man who left office a week ago,” Cotton said. Democrats reject that argument, pointing to a 1876 impeachment of a secretary of war who had already resigned and to opinions by many legal scholars. Democrats also say that a reckoning of the first invasion of the Capitol since the War of 1812, perpetrated by rioters egged on by a president who told them to “fight like hell” against election results that were being counted at the time, is necessary so the country can move forward and ensure such a siege never happens again. A few GOP senators have agreed with Democrats, though not close to the number that will be needed to convict Trump. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said he believes there is a “preponderance of opinion” that an impeachment trial is appropriate after someone leaves office. “I believe that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offence,” Romney said. “If not, what is?” But Romney, the lone Republican to vote to convict Trump when the Senate acquitted the then-president in last year’s trial, appears to be an outlier. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, said he believes a trial is a “moot point” after a president's term is over, “and I think it’s one that they would have a very difficult time in trying to get done within the Senate.” On Friday, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close Trump ally who has been helping him build a legal team, urged the Senate to reject the idea of a post-presidency trial — potentially with a vote to dismiss the charge — and suggested Republicans will scrutinize whether Trump’s words on Jan. 6 were legally “incitement.” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who said last week that Trump “provoked” his supporters before the riot, has not said how he will vote or argued any legal strategies. The Kentucky senator has told his GOP colleagues that it will be a vote of conscience. One of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s nine impeachment managers said Trump’s encouragement of his loyalists before the riot was "an extraordinarily heinous presidential crime." Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pennsylvania., said "I mean, think back. It was just two-and-a-half weeks ago that the president assembled a mob on the Ellipse of the White House. He incited them with his words. And then he lit the match.” Trump’s supporters invaded the Capitol and interrupted the electoral count as he falsely claimed there was massive fraud in the election and that it was stolen by Biden. Trump’s claims were roundly rejected in the courts, including by judges appointed by Trump, and by state election officials. Rubio and Romney were on “Fox News Sunday,” Cotton appeared on Fox News Channel's “Sunday Morning Futures” and Romney also was on CNN's “State of the Union,” as was Dean. Rounds was interviewed on NBC's “Meet the Press.” ___ Associated Press writer Hope Yen contributed to this report. Mary Clare Jalonick And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press
IDRE FJÄLL, SWEDEN — Another day, another World Cup ski cross gold medal for Canadian Reece Howden. The native of Cultus Lake, B.C., captured a second straight World Cup event Sunday and third of the season. In the women's event, Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C., was third for her fifth podium finish this year. After winning Saturday's event by hanging back then coming on at the end, Reece reverted back to his hard-charging style Sunday, He led from start to finish of the big final. “The draft wasn’t as big of an issue (Sunday)," he said. "I skied as fast as I could today, it worked out. "I’m so happy this is unbelievable.” Reece is on quite roll, having won three of the last four World Cup races. "Third time is the charm," he said. "I’ll keep trying my best. "I’m super proud of these last few races, so I’ll try to carry it through the rest of the season, stay safe, stay injury-free, and keep it going.” Thompson was pleased to have secured third place despite poor visibility on the lower part of the track. “I’m a lot happier with how I skied (Sunday)," she said. "I think I brought some good skiing to each heat and I’m happy to land on the podium." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2021. The Canadian Press
Nova Scotia had a single new case of COVID-19 to report Sunday along with two recoveries, bringing the total of known active cases to 19. The new case is in the central health zone and is a student at Dalhousie University. According to a provincial news release, the student lives off campus, is from Nova Scotia and is self-isolating. Public health is investigating. In the news release, Premier Stephen McNeil is quoted saying the low number of cases is encouraging, "but we are seeing that some of the recent cases are more complex than others." "It's another reminder that we need to stay vigilant to contain the virus — limit our social contacts, keep a social distance, wear a mask, stay home if feeling unwell and follow all the other public health measures," McNeil said. Restrictions easing Monday Starting Monday, sports teams will be able to play games, but with limits on travel and spectators, and there can be no games or tournaments involving teams that would not regularly play against each other. Art and theatre performances can take place without an audience. The province will also allow residents of adult service centres and regional rehabilitation centres to start volunteering and working in the community again. Also starting Monday, mental health and addictions support groups can meet in groups of 25, up from 10, with physical distancing. Drop-in testing in Wolfville Late Friday, Nova Scotia's health authority said it would hold a pop-up testing clinic in Wolfville this weekend after an Acadia University student tested positive for COVID-19. The student tested positive after completing their 14-day self-isolation. They are self-isolating again, but did attend class Jan. 18-20. Drop-in testing will be available at the Acadia Festival Theatre on Sunday until 5 p.m. Individuals may visit the clinic if they have no symptoms of COVID-19, are not a close contact of a person with the virus and are not isolating because of travel outside of Nova Scotia, P.E.I. or Newfoundland and Labrador. Atlantic Canada case numbers MORE TOP STORIES
Pray for movie theaters. That performance allows the movie to retain its box office crown, but that kind of distinction isn't worth what it was in pre-pandemic times, particularly with movie theaters closed indefinitely in major markets like New York City and Los Angeles.
La Municipalité de Verchères a dévoilé jeudi dernier le plan directeur de ce que pourrait devenir le secteur du quai au cours des prochaines années. Afin de l’assister dans la création d’un concept de revitalisation de cette zone située aux abords du fleuve, les élus ont fait appel au groupe conseil Rousseau-Lefebvre. Échafaudé autour du thème Un nouveau souffle pour Verchères - Le quai, entre fleuve et village, cohérence de culture et d’espace, ce plan sera soumis aux citoyens qui auront l’opportunité au cours des prochains jours d’exprimer leur opinion sur le projet proposé. « On s’est souvent dit que nous avons un joyau entre les mains, mais qui n’est pas poli, explique le maire Alexandre Bélisle. C’est une infrastructure qui n’a pas atteint sa pleine capacité. Notre responsabilité, c’est de trouver une façon de tout coordonner afin qu’il atteigne son plein potentiel. Que le secteur dans lequel il se trouve contribue à la vitalité économique du village en accueillant les citoyens d’abord, mais aussi les visiteurs de la grande région métropolitaine. Ces derniers vont découvrir un endroit exceptionnel pour la qualité architecturale de ses constructions et pour l’environnement. Et il faut dire que nous avons les plus beaux couchers de soleil de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal! » En plus du quai municipal, le secteur concerné comprend notamment le parc des Pionniers ainsi que la rue Madeleine. Le projet inclut notamment un parc nature, un bâtiment de services, du mobilier urbain permettant les rassemblements et la contemplation ainsi qu’une promenade riveraine. Rappelons que l’avenir du quai, dont les activités ont été suspendues au cours de la dernière année en raison de son état de dégradation avancé, est une des priorités actuelles à Verchères. Le conseil municipal demeure en contact avec les instances fédérales qui ont la responsabilité des infrastructures. Afin de financer le projet, l’administration de Verchères fera appel à Ottawa, mais également au gouvernement provincial afin d’assurer sa réalisation. « On parle d’un projet de plusieurs millions de dollars, ajoute M. Bélisle. Nos discussions avec le fédéral vont bon train. Nous allons également demander une contribution des paliers suprarégionaux, la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal notamment. Le plan que nous avons sur la table va nous servir à présenter le projet aux différentes instances. Le tout afin d’obtenir une aide financière provenant de l’extérieur de la communauté de Verchères. » Selon Alexandre Bélisle, un partenariat avec des entreprises privées est également envisagé afin de mener le projet à bon port. Quant au délai fixé pour sa réalisation, le maire admet qu’il faudra attendre avant d’avoir une idée plus précise. « C’est quand même un processus qui peut être long, admet M. Bélisle. C’est une infrastructure qui pourrait être là pour les 150 prochaines années. Nous allons prendre le temps qu’il faut pour élaborer, avec le fédéral, un projet à notre mesure. » Steve Martin, Initiative de journalisme local, La Relève
Looks like he needs a bit of convincing!
Officials in President Joe Biden's administration tried to head off Republican concerns that his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief proposal was too expensive on a Sunday call with Republican and Democratic lawmakers, some of whom pushed for a smaller plan targeting vaccine distribution. "It seems premature to be considering a package of this size and scope," said Republican Senator Susan Collins, who was on the call with Brian Deese, director of the White House's National Economic Council, and other top Biden aides.
RENNES, France — Canadian international Jonathan David scored in the 16th minute to lift Lille to a 1-0 win over Rennes in French Ligue 1 play Sunday. The victory at Roazhon Park moved Lille (13-2-6) level on points with league-leading Paris Saint-Germain (14-4-3). David's fourth league goal of the season came off an in-swinging corner from Yusuf Yazici. Rennes goalkeeper Romain Salin got a hand to it but only sent the ball as far as an unmarked David, who knocked it home with his left foot. It was the second goal in as many games for the 21-year-old from Ottawa, who has 11 goals in 12 appearances for Canada. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2021 The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Dr. Jamie Spiegelman at first refused the COVID-19 vaccine. As a critical care doctor at Humber River Hospital in northwest Toronto, one of the worst COVID-ravaged regions in the country, he meets the definition of a front-line worker. But he thought there were others, from nurses to respiratory therapists, who needed it first. Besides, he says, he probably contracted the novel coronavirus in the first wave, among the 50 per cent of the population who show no symptoms. One day last month the hospital's CEO called telling him there were leftovers from the clinic that day that would go to waste if not used. So he relented.Looking back over the last year, Spiegelman feels like he's needed his entire life's training to fight COVID-19. He's treated about 150 patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit. About half of those have died."This disease has really solidified in my mind that the training that I put in, the reason why I went into medicine, has really paid off at this point because of this disease," he tells The Canadian Press over the phone.The hospital's ICU has been full for months, to the point where they've created an additional room with six beds to treat non-COVID patients. The hospital has been steadily transferring patients out to make room for others, sending them as far afield as Kingston, Ont.Spiegelman has seen healthy patients in their 30s and 40s succumb to the disease."We've had some young people die no matter what we did for them," he says. "Unfortunately, it's a disease that we don't completely understand and some patients just crash."Yet Spiegelman remains hopeful."You have to look at the positives and we're going to survive it as a society," he says. Hugging his wife and three kids after a tough day helps. And he still tries to laugh."Obviously, we have job security, that's another thing that we've learned from this," he says. "No one's going to kick us out."He's learned a lot about the disease in the past year, and the damage it causes to many parts of the human body other than the lungs - mostly due to cardiac arrests and encephalitis. Failing kidneys are an ominous sign that a patient is going to die, he says, and when a patient needs kidney dialysis, mortality skyrockets.Spiegelman says he always tells people COVID-19 is like the movie "Avengers: Endgame," where some superheroes die and others survive.From his own experience in the ICU as well as hospital data, about half of the people with COVID-19 tested at Humber River are fine and have no symptoms. About 35 per cent have a flu-like illness that does not require hospitalization. Roughly 12 per cent, he says, of COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, but do not need critical care.His job is to help the three per cent who are critically sick. "You don't want to fall into that three per cent category," Spiegelman says.They've seen some trends, but it's unclear if it's causal or correlational at this point. But he's noticed young, obese people fare worse with the disease and he's also seen patients with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease and asthma in the ICU.Pregnant women are also at higher risk, according to the literature, but Spiegelman says they've yet to see a single pregnant woman with COVID-19 in the ICU at Humber River.He also believes there's a genetic component at play that somehow contributes to the severity of the illness. There have been several cases where multiple family members come in critically ill with COVID-19 while other family members of a different ethnicity have not been that sick, he says."What we learned with the first and going into the second wave is all these patients are so, so sick, their lungs are so damaged from COVID-19, that they're very, very difficult to manage from an oxygen standpoint," he says.They've found some success. They give everyone steroids, which has reduced mortality by about 25 per cent, he says. Pure oxygen also helps about a quarter of the patients in the ICU. The other 75 per cent in the unit go on ventilators, he says. At that point, things can turn bad fast. Before COVID, Spiegelman says they've never seen patients' oxygen levels plummet so quickly. In some cases, patients oxygen levels have fallen so fast that after 30 seconds they go into cardiac arrest.They've learned to act quicker, to intubate faster, he says. Looking ahead, he thinks COVID-19 is not going away."I think it's going to be kind of like the flu eventually, a yearly thing," he says. "It's just going to be part of what we have to deal with, I think, going forward."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2020. Liam Casey, The Canadian Press
CORNER BROOK, N.L. — A 24-year-old man from Fort McMurray, Alta., is facing numerous charges including failing to self-isolate, following a traffic stop early this morning in Corner Brook, N.L. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says they stopped a vehicle shortly before 4 a.m. and the driver fled on foot. In a release, they say the driver was quickly apprehended and now faces charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, refusal, and obstructing a peace officer. He is also charged with failing to self-isolate after arriving in the province on Jan. 22. He has been ordered to appear in court on on February 9. Police say the driver was also given a 90 day driving suspension and the vehicle was impounded. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2021. The Canadian Press