Donald Trump's norm-shattering presidency risks earning ignominious new distinctions over the coming days that will trail him into his post-presidency and far into the afterlife. The U.S. president's political epitaph will carry the legacy of two upcoming votes in the House of Representatives, including on impeachment in the fallout of last week's mob attack on the U.S. Capitol that he's accused of inspiring. Trump will soon likely become the only U.S. president impeached twice; the only president formally targeted for expulsion under the 25th amendment; and, possibly but far less likely, the only president convicted by the Senate and barred from ever seeking office again. The first in this series of votes is expected Tuesday night after 7:30 p.m. ET. in the House. "The president represents an imminent threat to our Constitution, our country and the American people, and he must be removed from office immediately," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said Monday. "The president's threat to America is urgent, and so too will be our action." Pelosi laid out a two-step plan that begins with a vote on the 25th amendment to the U.S. constitution, enacted in the wake of John F. Kennedy's assassination. It allows a change in leadership if a body of Congress, the vice president, and more than half the cabinet agree to oust the president. Plan A and Plan B Given the slim chances of Vice-President Mike Pence and the majority of the cabinet turning on the president, Democrats have prepared Plan B for the next day, an article of impeachment to be voted on as early as Wednesday that accuses the president of inciting an insurrection for his role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. The resolution noted that Trump addressed a rally shortly before his supporters mounted the attack and says he made statements that "encouraged and foreseeably resulted in" the lawless actions at the Capitol. Impeachment appears to have the votes to pass the House, based on its Democratic support alone although it could also attract a few Republicans. The question many will ask, and Republicans are certainly asking, is: Why now? Trump is slated to leave office in a week and has just promised a peaceful transition. The main Republican argument against impeachment is that this move will drop a match on a country that's a political tinder box. Top Republican pushes back on impeachment That tinder box already shows signs of blowing — the FBI warns of plans for armed protests across the country; there is chatter on social media about militia attacks; at least 10,000 National Guard troops are being called to the capital; and even the Washington Monument is being shut down amid threats. Republicans are urging their rivals to move on, and let President-elect Joe Biden launch his presidency under unifying terms, focused on enacting his own agenda. Even one Democratic senator thinks this is a poor idea. Joe Manchin of West Virginia called this a terrible moment for impeachment: "This is so ill-advised," Manchin told Fox News. He predicted impeachment would fail again in a Senate trial just like it did last year, and only sour the start of Biden's presidency. That's because an impeachment might not even get to a Senate trial until after the presidential transition — raising the question of what difference this now makes. Two arguments for impeaching now Impeachment supporters offer two retorts to that. One is principled; the other practical. On the matter of principle, they say the current U.S. president richly deserves this reprimand that will stain his legacy, and say it also establishes necessary boundaries for future presidential behaviour. Some legal scholars interviewed agreed Trump deserves this sanction. Joseph Ellis is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who participates in published rankings of the best to worst presidents in history. "The second impeachment will solidify that certainty that Donald Trump will be listed last [on the lists of best to worst president]," Ellis said. "Without question Trump is the worst president in American history." He said the president, in his opinion, has probably committed five or six known impeachable acts throughout his presidency. Then there's a practical reason — and it has more to do with the four-year period ahead of us than the four years we've just witnessed. It's about whether Trump can be stripped of his political power going forward, a power that stems in part from his ability to run for office again. Could strip Trump of ability to run again It's notable that the impeachment article drafted by Democratic lawmakers refers to the Constitution's 14th amendment. Written after the Civil War, it forbade anyone engaged in insurrection from ever again seeking political office. So if the House impeaches Trump, Senate Republicans will have two hot potatoes to handle. One is the obvious question of whether to convict Trump. The second, arguably more consequential, question: If the Senate did actually convict him, what penalty would it impose? That punishment could include disqualification from future office, which would require a simple majority vote, according to historical precedent in non-presidential impeachment cases. Don't automatically assume Senate Republicans will be as supportive of Trump as the last time he was impeached. One observer suspects many Washington Republicans would love to bury Trump politically. Legal ethics scholar Clark Cunningham said they would have a variety of motivations for wanting to sideline Trump — including those with their own ambition to run for president in 2024. "I think very few people in the Senate, including Republicans, want Donald Trump running for president again or exercising substantial leadership in this country," said Cunningham, a professor of law and ethics at Georgia State University. WATCH | There could be violence at Biden's inauguration, FBI warns: "I don't think there's any question about that." That's why Cunningham thinks Democrats should try building bipartisan consensus however possible, including in the drafting of the impeachment article. Republican: We're scared of Trump supporters He says the current wording is a mistake. Cunningham said proving that someone incited an insurrection is too complicated, hinging on interpretations of the definition of "incitement" and "insurrection." Cunningham says seditious conspiracy would have been a simpler allegation to prove. Republicans have another reason to fear going along with this, one that speaks to the gravity of this American political moment. It involves angering people like that mob that stormed the Capitol. A rookie congressman from Michigan, Republican Peter Meijer, wrote in an op-ed about the terror his colleagues face. He said he knows one lawmaker who voted to overturn the election results last Wednesday night out of fear that family members might be harmed. Meijer, who voted to confirm Biden's presidency, said: "I have been called a traitor more times than I can count. I regret not bringing my gun to D.C." It's still early to gauge the political effects of last week: some polling suggests Trump's support has dropped to its lowest level in three years, and that Republicans oppose the Capitol storming, but other polling suggests Republicans overwhelmingly wanted Biden's win overturned and were split on the riot. The first dilemma belongs to Trump's vice-president. WATCH | Law prof says there are few options to remove Trump from office: Pence received death threats on social media sites, including Twitter and Parler, since presiding over the congressional ceremony certifying Biden's win. His relationship with Trump is publicly strained. And if the House of Representatives tonight votes to invoke the 25th amendment, the next move is his, in deciding whether to try getting a majority of the cabinet to boot Trump. There's no way that happens, said one law professor who wrote a prescient book before the election on scenarios that might unfold if Trump refused to admit defeat. Lawrence Douglas told CBC News that he can't imagine Pence enraging the majority of Republican voters. "[Maybe] if we lived in a less deformed political landscape," said the professor at Amherst College. "I can't imagine Mike Pence doing that. We need to distinguish between what should happen and what's going to happen. I really cannot imagine Mike Pence doing that." Then it's on to impeachment — again.
Regina– As the leadoff speakers in the CropSphere zoom online conference on Jan. 12, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan's Premier Scott Moe announced $9.8 million in funding for 39 crop-related research projects through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). “Despite challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s crop sector has continued to work hard to ensure Canadians and families around the world have access to high-quality products,” Bibeau said. “Investing in research helps producers grow the food the world needs in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. These applied research projects will help producers innovate and create growth." Moe spoke of his experience in getting a degree in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, and of farming near Shellbrook. He said it was an important investment in one of the most important industries. He noted the development of lentils, as an example. “I can tell you that I have very deep appreciation of how crucial crop science and research is to not, only Canadian agriculture, but also Saskatchewan agriculture. And I would say further, to the world,” Moe said. Last year Saskatchewan produced its second-largest crop on record, at just over 39 million tonnes, and that it is now routine to produce over 30 million tonnes per year, Moe said. “Our scientists and our researchers have made a huge difference in the lives of millions of people to billions of people around the world, the Saskatchewan is quite literally feeding and the world's population and we know continues to grow.” “We need to continue to invest in agricultural research,” Moe said. He noted an article last February on a website called Human Progress which pointed out, as Moe said, “The battle to feed humanity has been won.” Between 1968 and 2017, the world’s population grew by 113 per cent, from 3.5 billion to 7.5 billion, yet over that same time period, the average global food supply, per person, per day, grew from 2,300 calories to about 3,000, an additional 27 per cent. Moe said it was absolutely stunning to realize, “for most of human history, far too many people have lived on the very edge of starving. And today, famine has virtually disappeared.” He said Saskatchewan has played an outsized role in making that happen, and our researchers are “the very best in the world at what they do.” “Saskatchewan’s agriculture sector has incredible growth potential and this targeted investment will help our producers and agri-businesses innovate to continue to deliver what the world needs,” Moe said. “This investment supports the bold goals in the Saskatchewan Growth Plan that will see our crop production increase to 45 million tonnes, agriculture exports increase to $20 billion and value-added revenue increase to $10 billion.” Support for ADF projects is awarded on a competitive basis to researchers looking to examine areas of importance to Saskatchewan producers. In addition to funding provided by the federal and provincial governments, the following industry partners have contributed a total of more than $3.1 million in funding to these projects: Western Grains Research Foundation, Saskatchewan Alfalfa Seed Producers, Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Alberta Wheat Commission and Manitoba Crop Alliance. “Sask Wheat has invested $12.9 million of producer funding through the ADF process since 2015,” Sask Wheat Chair Brett Halstead said in a release. “The program provides opportunities for quality, innovative projects that will benefit Saskatchewan grain producers. The ADF funding process allows us to collaborate with other Prairie crop commissions, connect with researchers and fund projects that are developing crop varieties with greater yield potentials and resistance to common pests and environmental stressors. The benefits of farmer-funded research goes beyond farm gate, increasing market opportunities for Canadian crops and leading to a stronger agriculture sector and provincial economy.” The ADF is supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector. This includes a $388-million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture.Brian Zinchuk, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Estevan Mercury
A former Hamilton paramedic accused of not properly caring for a dying Hamilton teenager testified on Tuesday in his own defence. Christopher Marchant who, with Steven Snively, is charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life, gave his version of what happened the night Yosif Al-Hasnawi was shot and killed. He spoke of an "uncooperative" patient, who pulled off cables, flailed and kicked. He said Al-Hasnawi ignored his questions, but was speaking in Arabic to his father, who had run over from a nearby mosque to where the teen was shot at Main and Sanford in Hamilton's central lower city. It was Dec. 2, 2017 and Al-Hasnawi died that night. The court has heard that the paramedics thought he'd been shot with a BB gun. In fact, he'd been shot with a hollow-point bullet from a .22-caliber handgun, which perforated an artery and vein. Al-Hasnawi was shot at 8:55 p.m. and was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital around one hour later. Father 'interrupted' assessment, says accused Marchant said Al-Hasnawi's injury looked like a pimple that was recently squeezed. "I never saw any blood," he said, and added that he had witnessed "bigger pellet gun injuries" than Al-Hasnawi's wound. Marchant remembered trying to speak to Al-Hasnawi, but said he never received a direct reply. Instead, Marchant said the teen would speak Arabic to his dad, which he took as a sign that breathing was under control. He told the court that the father's presence was "interrupting [his] assessment," and though he asked for a translation, the father replied, "just help my son." "I never heard Yosif say anything in English until in the back of the ambulance," Marchant said. That's where he remembered the dying teen saying, "I can't breathe." But Marchant doesn't remember hearing this at all on scene. He also said he didn't hear or make a comment that Al-Hasnawi should "win an Oscar for his performance," as other witnesses have testified. A police officer, Marchant said, made statements like, "stand up, act your age, if I shine my light hard enough I can find the pellet." Victim was lifted multiple times After assessing Al-Hasnawi and asking the father about drugs, alcohol, and whether the teen was acting himself, Marchant said the paramedics believed the teenager might be having a psychiatric emergency. "I think [Snively] believed it was a BB gun or pellet gun as well," he said of the wound. Al-Hasnawi had been moved near the stretcher by his brother and some bystanders, after Marchant and a police officer failed to get him to his feet. Marchant said he and Snively tried a "fore and aft lift" multiple times to get Al-Hasnawi on the stretcher, but it didn't work. He said Al-Hasnawi was "making the lift difficult and unsafe" by wiggling his arms. He said they asked someone to talk to Al-Hasnawi, who eventually moved him over. Paramedic describes 'uncooperative' patient The paramedics chose to stay on scene for further assessments. Dr. Richard Verbeek, medical director for Toronto paramedics at the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, testified that the tests should have been done en route, and one of them not at all. But Marchant said the paramedics decided he needed a full set of vitals to "try and figure out what's going on." He described Al-Hasnawi as being "uncooperative" — he said the teen would flail, kick and remove his oxygen mask and cables — which meant he couldn't take the measurements by himself. When the paramedics asked questions, Marchant said, Al-Hasnawi would make eye contact and look away. A Hamilton police officer, Sgt. Nesreen Shawihat, assisted them in the ambulance. He remembered her saying to Al-Hasnawi, "your dad told me you were going to be a doctor, why don't you start acting like one?" The sergeant asked if restraints were available, Marchant said. Al-Hasnawi was tied down to the stretcher. After more tests, the ambulance left for St. Joseph's Hospital. But it didn't have lights or sirens, Marchant said, because he didn't think they were necessary. He said he tried to reassure Al-Hasnawi — Marchant maintains he still believed he was having a psychiatric emergency, even when the 19-year-old became non-responsive. "[Rerouting to a different hospital] wasn't a consideration to me. I still didn't believe it was a penetrating trauma," Marchant said. Lights and sirens were turned on, and the ambulance arrived. Al-Hasnawi was transferred to an emergency bed, and Marchant said he helped perform CPR. "His abdominal wound...started squirting out [blood] onto me and the people around me," he said. On a call the next morning, which was recorded by dispatcher Janice Mcmeekan who testified in the trial, Marchant spoke about his surprise that Al-Hasnawi was shot with a handgun. He also said the teen was acting like a "dickhead." "Wrong choice of words," Marchant said, and noted he didn't know the call was being recorded. "I was just frustrated the following morning." This is a landmark trial, one in which emergency responders face criminal charges for how they treated a patient on scene. The Ontario Superior Court trial has moved over to Zoom out of safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Witnesses had been testifying at the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton, where the trial started on Nov. 24. Among the witnesses who have testified so far: first responders, emergency room physicians, and Al-Hasnawi's family members who were at the scene the night the teen was shot. All testimony so far has been for the Crown. Court resumed briefly on Monday following a winter break before adjourning to go online for the remainder of the week. Michael DelGobbo of St. Catharines, who represents Snively, will ask Marchant further questions on Wednesday. The trial will be decided by Ontario Superior Court Justice Harrison Arrell alone. The Crown attorneys are Scott Patterson and Linda Shin. The person who shot Al-Hasnawi, Dale King, was acquitted last year of second-degree murder. That case is being appealed.
A man and a woman, both in their 20s, are facing multiple charges following an attempt to break into a Charlottetown liquor store in the early morning hours of Sunday, say police. Charlottetown police responded to an alarm at the West Royalty liquor store at 4:20 a.m. Sunday. Police said they found a smashed window and indications that someone had made it through to the front entryway of the store, but an attempt to break a second window for access to the main part of the store failed. The investigation led to the identification of two suspects. Within an hour the suspects were located driving on the Hillsborough Bridge. The vehicle was pulled over, and both were arrested and taken into custody. A 26-year-old Anglo Rustico woman has been charged with break and enter, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer. A 28-year-old Stratford man has been charged with break and enter, assault on a police officer, and breach of probation. Both have been remanded in custody. No court date has yet been scheduled. More from CBC P.E.I.
Tesla Inc has moved a step closer to its launch in India later this year by registering a company in the country, a regulatory filing showed on Tuesday. Tesla Motors India and Energy Private Limited was incorporated on Jan. 8 with its registered office in the southern city of Bengaluru, a hub for several global technology companies. The filing shows the Indian unit has three directors including David Feinstein, who is currently a senior executive at Tesla, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Sherbrooke — Après de multiples renforcements des mesures sanitaires, les fleuristes et jardineries figurent toujours sur la liste des commerces ayant l’autorisation d’ouvrir. Un cadeau que plusieurs entrepreneurs tentent d’honorer, même si la nouvelle en aura elle-même fait sursauter. Marie-Pier Verpaelst, copropriétaire de chez Rita Fleuriste à Sherbrooke, avoue ne pas tout à faire comprendre cette décision de reconnaître les fleuristes comme des commerces essentiels. « On se dit qu’il doit y avoir un fleuriste dans l’entourage du premier ministre! lance-t-elle à la blague. À l’inverse, lors du premier confinement, ce n’était vraiment pas clair. On avait finalement fermé la boutique et on avait finalement tenu pour acquis qu’on était toujours autorisés à livrer et à prendre les commandes en les donnant directement à la porte. » Cependant, puisqu’elle ignore de quoi demain sera fait, son entreprise a décidé de saisir l’occasion de servir sa clientèle. Une permission qui a été octroyée à son secteur dès le confinement des Fêtes entré en vigueur le 26 décembre dernier. « On était presque gênés. On se sentait mal pour les autres commerces qui ne peuvent pas ouvrir, mais à un moment donné, je pense qu’il faut aussi penser un peu à soi... », nuance-t-elle. Inventaire vivant Au ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, on explique que cette décision en lien avec les fleuristes a été prise « notamment parce que les inventaires de ceux-ci sont périssables et vivants ». Pour les centres jardin, c’est surtout sous le titre de « quincaillerie » qu’on les reconnaît essentiels. Mélanie Grégoire, directrice générale des Serres St-Élie, croit que les raisons de demeurer ouvert vont bien au-delà de l’inventaire. « Pour ce qui est du jardinage, c’est là que ça se passe, dit-elle. On se prépare pour l’été et ce sera bientôt le temps de démarrer les semis à l’intérieur. Si nous on n’est pas là... Et pour les plantes vertes, je pense qu’on est dans la santé plus large. La plante a quand même un effet en ce qui concerne l’oxygène dans la maison. » Afin de mieux se préparer au changement de saison en magasin, celle-ci a tout de même volontairement fermé son commerce pour les Fêtes, et se prépare à rouvrir dès le 22 janvier. « On est essentiels, mais peut-être moins à certaines périodes de l’année, comme entre Noël et le Jour de l’an. Un moment donné, on considère qu’il faut collectivement faire un effort. Là, on attend encore une commande de semences, parce qu’on est un des magasins au Québec qui en vend le plus. On préfère donc attendre de tout avoir reçu avant de laisser les gens entrer, plutôt que de les forcer à venir une deuxième fois. » Selon les informations récoltées par Québec Vert (la Fédération interdisciplinaire de l’horticulture ornementale du Québec), elle est ainsi autorisée à vendre des végétaux, des semences et des intrants reliés directement à ceux-ci, comme les substrats, les pots et les engrais, mais rien qui ne soit décoratif. Chez Bloma Fleuriste - Art végétal, au centre-ville de Sherbrooke, la boutique est aussi fermée depuis le début des Fêtes. La gérante, Émily Lapierre, assure cependant avoir l’intention de rouvrir bientôt. « Présentement, c’est juste qu’on attend que nos fournisseurs soient disponibles. On fait beaucoup affaire avec la Hollande, et eux aussi ont été en confinement, alors on a décidé d’attendre pour être certain qu’on ait les mêmes belles choses qu’à l’habitude. Aussitôt que la Hollande va rouvrir, on va annoncer notre date d’ouverture sur les réseaux sociaux. Mais ce sera avant la Saint-Valentin, c’est certain. » S’adapter et encore s’adapter Comme tous les commerçants, les détaillants de végétaux ont dû s’adapter à la vie en pandémie. Même si le mois de janvier est habituellement considéré tranquille pour ce secteur, ceux-ci se disent fin prêts à affronter un achalandage important, particulièrement considérant le « boom vert » qu’a engendré la crise sanitaire. « On ne va pas se cacher qu’il y a une explosion, commente Émily Lapierre. Ça nous a fait un grand plaisir de répondre en plus grand nombre aux gens. Notre plan n’est pas tout à fait décidé à 100 % pour notre réouverture. Ça va être différent, mais on va être bien préparés. À la Saint-Valentin ont voit habituellement une file de personnes à l’intérieur. On sait que ça ne pourra pas arriver. » « En ce qui concerne la gestion de l’achalandage, janvier, février et mars ne seront jamais aussi pire que mai 2020! exprime Mélanie Grégoire. On est rendus bons. Mais c’est difficile psychologiquement, ce n’est pas dans notre nature comme façon de faire les affaires. On est habitués d’accueillir nos clients comme des amis, là, c’est presque “ prenez vos affaires et allez-vous en ”! » « Là où on s’est beaucoup adaptés aussi, c’est dans la production : cette année, on va produire moins de fleurs et plus de plants de légumes parce qu’on sent que la demande sera encore là », ajoute Mme Grégoire. De son côté, Marie-Pier Verpaelst constate un certain ralentissement des ventes dans le secteur funéraire, étant donné le report de certaines cérémonies ou leur tenue à capacité réduite. En ce qui concerne les autres clientèles, celle-ci croit que janvier 2021 sera bien meilleur que janvier 2020. Avec Coralie BeaumontJasmine Rondeau, Initiative de journalisme local, La Tribune
Saint John, N.B., is rebuilding its computer network rather than submitting to criminals who launched a cyber attack against the city in November.City manager John Collin updated council Monday on the city's efforts to rebuild its IT system following a ransomware attack; he said no ransom was paid.Hackers launch ransomware attacks by infecting computers with software and often demand money in exchange for the attack to end. Collin said the city's network was disconnected from the internet as soon as the Nov. 13 attack was discovered, and he said it's not believed any personal identifying information such as banking details was stolen."I'm happy to report we have no indications whatsoever that there was any spread of the ransomware from any city-owned assets or systems to others," he told council.Collin wouldn't say what parts of the network were affected by the attack or provide any information he said could help the "hostile actors.""We do not want to give to these criminals any information that could help refine their tactics and techniques, nor do we wish to provide such information to copycats," he said.Collin said, however, that the attack penetrated deeply into the city's IT system, and therefore, he added, rebuilding the network was more cost effective than repairing the damage."Instead of repair, we have decided to build an entirely new network," he told council. "Not only will this afford us the opportunity to take advantage of all the latest innovations in cybersecurity and in network design, it will also remove the risk of any virus remnant that could occur if we took the approach of a repaired system."The cost of the network rebuild, Collin said, will be covered by insurance and the city's IT reserve fund. "We will not need to adjust up any yearly budget or alter our service delivery to our community because of this IT attack," he said.The rebuild of the IT system is expected to take a few more months. Collin said the full cost of the attack and the system rebuild is still being evaluated, adding that he'll report to council when the total amount is known.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 12, 2021.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.The Canadian Press
Depuis la mise en vigueur, dès le 9 janvier, des mesures annoncées par le gouvernement, les villes se mettent au diapason et font leurs propres annonces. Rappelons qu’un couvre-feu est imposé au Québec entre 20 h et 5 h, du jamais-vu depuis la grippe dite « espagnole ». Les villes favorisent le respect des nouvelles normes en fermant plusieurs services. À Chambly La Ville de Chambly prolonge la fermeture de l’accès au public de ses bâtiments municipaux jusqu’au 8 février, et maintient les services fonctionnels en ligne. Les employés de la Ville, en télétravail, demeurent accessibles par téléphone et par courriel, pendant les heures normales de bureau. La cour municipale continue de tenir ses séances à la mairie, dans le respect de la distanciation physique. En ce qui concerne le Pôle culturel et la bibliothèque municipale, la municipalité indique qu’elle « évalue présentement différents scénarios reliés à la mise en place de certains services, mais plus de détails seront transmis dans les prochains jours ». À Marieville À Marieville, les édifices municipaux demeurent fermés, comme à Chambly, et le personnel continue d’offrir des services en ligne également. On continue d’offrir aux citoyens de profiter d’activités individuelles à l’extérieur, dont le patinage et la glisse sur neige au parc de Sainte-Marie-de-Monnoir, dans le respect des règles de distanciation physique entre bulles familiales. « Il sera interdit à quiconque de se déplacer hors de son lieu de résidence, sauf pour bénéficier de soins de santé, pour des raisons humanitaires ou pour effectuer un travail considéré prioritaire », ne manque pas de préciser la Ville. Ainsi, les activités cessent dès 19 h 30, tous les jours. Quant à la patinoire à bande, elle est séparée en deux depuis le 9 janvier. Il est possible de réserver une demi-glace par téléphone, pour un individu ou une bulle familiale pour une heure à la fois (sauf pour la dernière période, de 19 h à 19 h 30), pour un maximum d’une période par jour par bulle familiale. Les activités à l’aréna Julien-Beauregard (location d’un quart de glace pour la pratique libre du patin) sont toutefois suspendues. Finalement, la bibliothèque offre à nouveau le prêt sans contact et les demandes de réservation se font soit au moyen du catalogue en ligne, soit par courriel ou par téléphone. Un message est envoyé dans les 24 heures suivant la demande, indiquant qu’il est possible de venir récupérer l’article au sous-sol de l’église Saint-Nom-de-Marie.Chloé-Anne Touma, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Journal de Chambly
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named a new foreign minister on Tuesday and shuffled other top players in his Cabinet ahead of an election that insiders in his Liberal Party say is likely this year. Trudeau's hand was forced when Innovations Minister Navdeep Bains, 43, unexpectedly announced he was resigning from politics for family reasons. Bains, who has two school-age daughters and had been in the job since November 2015, was a senior minister in the populous province of Ontario, a Liberal stronghold.
Erin Rainville, une jeune athlète de la région, fait partie des 31 récipiendaires d’une bourse de recrutement de 10 000 $ remise par la Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence (FAEQ), qui sera répartie sur cinq ans. La lutteuse de 20 ans, originaire de Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu, vit présentement en appartement avec son frère à Montréal pour demeurer à proximité de ses études en mathématiques et statistiques et en informatique qu’elle suit à l’Université Concordia. « J’adore les mathématiques. C’est ce que j’aime en parallèle du sport. » Une lauréate en série Erin a reçu la médaille de bronze aux Jeux du Canada en 2017. L’année suivante, elle a remporté deux fois l’argent, aux nationaux juvéniles et junior. Bien qu’habituée à recevoir des bourses, Erin confie qu’à chaque remise de prix, elle est toujours aussi heureuse que la première fois. « Étant donné que mes études et mes entraînements accaparent la majeure partie de mon temps, je n’ai pas beaucoup de temps pour avoir un emploi, et les bourses m’aident vraiment à payer mon appartement et à réduire mon niveau de stress, même si mes parents m’aident financièrement. » Avec le montant de la bourse, Erin compte payer ses frais de scolarité et les frais d’accommodation liés aux éventuelles compétitions. Des plans contrecarrés par la COVID « La pandémie a vraiment ruiné beaucoup de choses. Les nationaux de lutte étaient le 24 mars, mais avec la COVID-19, tout s’est terminé deux semaines avant. Ça m’a beaucoup déçue, car c’est ma dernière année dans ma catégorie d’âge actuelle. J’espérais vraiment remporter l’or et me rendre aux Championnats mondiaux. Mais depuis mars, il n’y a eu aucune compétition en lutte. Quand les sports se sont déconfinés, les arts martiaux ont repris en septembre, puis se sont reconfinés en octobre. Je peux toujours m’entraîner, mais ce n’est vraiment pas l’idéal. Pour ce qui est des mesures sanitaires lors des entraînements, on ne porte pas de masque alors qu’on est en action, mais on le porte lorsqu’on se déplace pendant les pauses. » L’année prochaine, Erin luttera dans la catégorie senior, soit celle des plus vieux que 20 ans. « Je serai en compétition contre des athlètes qui ont gagné des Olympiques et des Championnats du monde. Le défi sera plus grand, car je serai parmi les moins forts de ma catégorie. » Un but atteignable Erin espère remporter l’or aux nationaux, et un jour aux Championnats du monde. « L’année passée, j’ai failli m’emparer de l’or, mais j’ai fait une erreur qui m’a recalée au bronze. Ça reste une déception. Mais mon but, dans un futur quand même éloigné, serait d’avoir l’or aux mondiaux. Mais je sais que ça prendra beaucoup de temps. En lutte féminine, c’est autour de 28 ans que l’on est vraiment au top de ses capacités en général. J’ai encore quelques années devant moi pour me rendre à ce niveau-là. » Erin s’entraîne présentement dans un club national, au sein duquel plusieurs entraîneurs s’occupent d’elle, dont Victor Zilberman, qui a remporté six championnats au cours de sa carrière, et Martine Dugrenier, « qui a gagné plusieurs médailles d’or aux mondiaux et qui est championne olympique ». Selon Erin, les entraîneurs ne semblent pas inquiets quant à son évolution. « Victor est Russe. C’est moins dans sa culture de faire des compliments », confie Erin en riant. « Mais je sais que mes entraîneurs ont confiance que j’ai ce qu’il faut pour y arriver. » Erin se dit aussi bien entourée et soutenue par sa famille, établie à Saint-Mathias. « Je ne pense pas que je serais là où j’en suis sans le soutien de mes amis et de ma famille. Au secondaire, mon père assistait à tous mes matchs. Mes parents m’ont toujours soutenue dans ma passion. C’est vraiment moi qui ai choisi de faire de la lutte, même si j’ai d’abord suivi mon frère là-dedans. Ma sœur, quant à elle, est plutôt artiste. Mes parents ont aussi fait plein de choses pour lui permettre d’embrasser sa passion à elle. Même l’Alliance Sport-Études m’a beaucoup aidée au cégep, en me faisant un horaire adapté qui me permettait de concilier mes entraînements avec mes études. » Inspirer les autres Erin dit ne « jamais avoir eu de difficulté à (se) faire accepter dans le milieu de la lutte », mais qu’elle a tout de même constaté que les filles étaient souvent moins encouragées à pratiquer ce sport. « Au secondaire, je me rappelle qu’on ne voyait pas la lutte comme un sport féminin, et les filles n’étaient pas encouragées à en faire. Donc, je m’entraînais beaucoup avec les garçons. J’en ai fait un peu ma mission, d’introduire plus de filles à la lutte. » À chacune de celles qui doutent aujourd’hui d’avoir ce qu’il faut pour évoluer comme athlète, Erin dit que « c’est normal de douter, mais il ne faut pas se laisser dominer par ses peurs, peu importe son domaine ou son objectif. Si c’est ce que l’on veut, il suffit de travailler fort pour y arriver, sans se décourager ». Noël sur FaceTime Vu les circonstances sanitaires et le fait qu’elle ne puisse fréquenter plusieurs bulles, Erin a fêté Noël sur FaceTime, en téléconférence, pour partager des moments de célébration en compagnie virtuelle de sa famille.Chloé-Anne Touma, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Journal de Chambly
Waterloo Region — What will Waterloo Region’s forests look like in 80 years? One Waterloo researcher is beginning the work to try and answer that question. Andrew Trant has spent a lot of time in the arctic or in the coastal rainforests of British Columbia studying how landscapes respond to climate change. Now he is partnering with rare Charitable Research Reserve to study how the forest in Waterloo Region is responding, what it looked like in the past and what it could look like in the future. Trant, an assistant professor in the school of environment, resources and sustainability at the University of Waterloo, says Waterloo Region is a particularly important area to study landscape shifts as the climate warms, because the region is in the middle of an ecotone — an area where two biological communities meet. “There’s a different forest type to the south of us,” he says. And, “we’re at that edge, that kind of overlap zone where a different forest type goes to the north.” The Eastern Deciduous or Carolinian forest extends from Waterloo Region south to the Carolinas in the United States. This forest is the smallest forest zone in Canada, but has some of the highest levels of diversity. Nature Conservancy Canada reports 25 per cent of Canada’s endangered species are found in the Carolinian zone. Some important Carolinian tree species include the tulip tree with its lovable yellow flowers, the scarce American Chestnut tree which was nearly wiped out by blight by the 1950s, or the scruffy-looking shagbark hickory to name a few. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest extends north from Waterloo Region west to Manitoba and east to Quebec. Some of its common species include sugar maple, white pine, beech and birch trees. The region is “a really neat spot to see how those more southern species are going to be, and already are, kind of moving north and moving into this region,” says Trant. “And the other species that were at their southern bit, the maples and oaks and what not — what’s going to happen with them as that competition and composition starts to shift?” Trant predicts the ecotone will move north as the trees migrate- a process known as range expansion- but how they will move is another question. Previous research in the eastern United States demonstrates that 20 per cent of tree species showed a northward advancement of their ranges, and that some species respond more readily to climate change. In Waterloo region, approximately 10 per cent of local forest cover remains, says Trant. “Looking at a map of this area, or looking at the satellite images, it’s just this mosaic of small woodlots, and lots of agriculture and urban development. So it’s a really difficult place for species to be moving.” “For trees to move, they’re anchored in the ground so it’s not the individual that’s moving, it’s the next generation. The mature tree produces seed, that seed disperses, and it has to get to an area that is suitable for growth. “So if it’s on the edge of a farm field, or that seed makes it to the field, it could be cut down or killed.” He says some of the research will be concerned with determining how trees will be able to migrate in a fragmented landscape and identifying where the disconnected natural landscape could be problematic. Trant says ultimately the research will be used to help identify future hot spots for conservation — areas that will need help so that forests can move and flourish. To do this, Trant and his team will be looking at studying three key areas of interest: 1\. What the forest systems here were like in the past, including human interaction 2\. How the trees have responded to climate change up to this point. 3\. How the trees will continue to respond going forward The team will be studying soil profiles and tree cores to see past growing conditions and growth patterns, or comparing old landscape photos with current imaging. They will study seed production, dispersal and likelihood of survival. They’ll also conduct tree planting experiments to test the extent of different tree species’ ranges. Besides climate change, they will also study other factors like human interaction with the forests and the number of people projected to be in the area, interactions between the trees and other forest life, and invasive species and their reactions to climate change, says Trant. The goal of the project is to build an understanding of the next generation of forest in this area looking forward to roughly 2100, a common period of time to study in climate prediction science. He expects work to begin this summer. Planting the experimental seeds in their one-meter-by-one-meter plots is the first step, as this will be the longest aspect of the project. Once the seeds are in the ground, Trant expects it will take a few years to see any meaningful results about survival rates. In the meantime, he urges everyone to get outside and pay attention to the effects of climate change already happening around them. “Climate change is not something that exists solely in the future, it exists today,” he says. “Sometimes it’s hard to see from day to day, because those changes are gradual, but we are experiencing that change now, and the landscape is experiencing that change now. “We need to have more people out paying attention. I think once we start to do that then we’re in a good position to make change and to be more supportive of putting more area under protection or finding different ways of conserving if we have a stronger relationship with these natural areas.” Leah Gerber’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. The funding allows her to report on stories about the Grand River Watershed. Email firstname.lastname@example.orgLeah Gerber, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Waterloo Region Record
TORONTO — The head of a Toronto cardiac centre is urging immediate support for stressed-out doctors, nurses and other health-care staff, describing their risk of burnout as "a public health crisis."Dr. Barry Rubin, chair and medical director of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the University Health Network, says surveys conducted at a cardiovascular centre before the pandemic found 78 per cent of nurses, 65 per cent of physicians and 73 per cent of other health staff described feeling burnt out.The surveys were conducted between late November 2018 and February 2019 and do not take into account the impact COVID-19 might have had on staff since then.But Dr. Susan Abbey, UHN's psychiatrist-in-chief, says there's no doubt the pandemic has exacerbated feelings of fatigue, stress and depression for many health-care workers.Responses came from more than 400 doctors, nurses and allied staff including physical, respiratory and occupational therapists, social workers, and speech-language pathologists.The findings were published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Open.Burnout can involve professional dissatisfaction, job turnover, decreased quality of life, and thoughts of suicide.It also affects care, Rubin said."It is associated with an increased incidence of medical errors, serious safety events, readmission to hospital, worse patient outcomes and in some situations even increased patient mortality," Rubin said Tuesday in a release."Clinician burnout is a public health crisis that we must address now."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 12, 2021.Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press
La Maison Simonne-Monet-Chartrand (MSMC) de Chambly a reçu un fonds de 500 000 $ de Desjardins afin de financer la création d’une deuxième maison en Montérégie. Pour célébrer la nouvelle, elle était mise à l’honneur dans une émission spéciale de Radio-Canada, animée par France Beaudoin. Et si on se levait, diffusée le 12 décembre, est l’émission spéciale des Fêtes qui était consacrée à saluer les élans de solidarité ayant marqué 2020. On y a annoncé l’octroi de fonds remis à des instigateurs de changement impliqués au sein de leur communauté, afin de soutenir les projets entrepreneuriaux qu’ils avaient soumis à Desjardins. La maison d’hébergement Simonne-Monet-Chartrand (MSMC) faisait partie des récipiendaires célébrés par l’émission. Toute une distribution L’animatrice France Beaudoin était accompagnée de personnalités bien appréciées du public québécois, dont Gildor Roy, Pierre-Yves Lord, Patricia Paquin, France Castel et André Robitaille, afin de célébrer l’engagement des participants et de parler de leur propre rapport aux causes sociales défendues. Un projet qui séduit Rappelons que l’importance du travail de la Maison Simonne-Monet-Chartrand (MSMC) a été soulignée plus souvent qu’à son tour depuis la première vague de COVID-19, le confinement ayant plongé les femmes victimes de violence ainsi que leurs enfants dans un isolement plus profond. La MSMC ayant pour mission d’offrir un hébergement sécuritaire et du soutien à plusieurs égards à ces femmes, afin qu’elles remettent leur vie personnelle et familiale sur les rails, elle a soumis le projet d’ouvrir une deuxième maison en Montérégie, dont la localisation exacte demeure confidentielle afin de protéger ses futures bénéficiaires. Le concept a résonné auprès du groupe financier. « Quand on fait une demande à Desjardins pour le fonds, c’est presque un plan d’affaires qu’il faut présenter. C’est un projet complexe, sur lequel nous travaillons depuis 2015 », nous a confié Hélène Langevin, directrice générale de la MSMC. « La Maison travaille en étroite collaboration avec la Fondation Maison Simonne-Monet-Chartrand, dont le président est Jean-François Caron, et avec de nombreux partenaires également. Le fait que le Mouvement Desjardins ait reconnu la nécessité et l’importance du projet, à la hauteur du montant octroyé, pour nous, est un signal clair envoyé à la communauté. Nous en sommes très fiers et nous attendons le O.K. de la Ville de Chambly pour bien ficeler tout ça. » Une rencontre émotive Pour célébrer la nouvelle et aborder le sujet de la violence conjugale avec justesse, France Beaudoin et France Castel sont parties à la rencontre d’Hélène Langevin, la directrice générale de la MSMC, Julie, une ancienne résidante, Roxanne, une intervenante jeunesse à la MSMC, et Isabelle Labrecque, la coordonnatrice. Elles ont échangé sur les défis liés à la pandémie et partagé des témoignages destinés à encourager les victimes à briser le silence. « Peut-être qu’il y aura quelqu’un qui va prendre le téléphone et appeler », a amené l’animatrice. Les répercussions de la pandémie « Avec des conjoints qui ont perdu leur travail, qui sont en télétravail avec elles, comme si elles étaient séquestrées (...) comment ces femmes peuvent-elles demander de l’aide alors que leur conjoint est toujours là? Touche son cellulaire, ‘’À qui t’écris?’’ C’était déjà complexe avant, c’est encore plus complexe », a alors expliqué Mme Langevin à ses interlocutrices. « Notre façon de joindre les femmes a dû être réfléchie, puis on teste des choses encore. » Cadeaux et surprises Plusieurs surprises étaient aussi au menu au cours de ce segment de l’émission. Une toile ludique, représentant son chat bienveillant, a été peinte par l’humoriste Clémence Desrochers et remise à la MSMC pour décorer l’un des murs de sa deuxième future maison. La chanteuse et comédienne France Castel, qui se dit particulièrement touchée par la cause, a chanté a capella la chanson Y’a des mots, de Francine Raymond. Elle s’est aussi remémoré sa propre expérience avec une intervenante. « Moi, je me souviens d’une phrase. Sa phrase, c’était ‘’T’es pas une erreur.’’ (...) Puis quand je ne me crois plus, je pense à ça. » L’émission est offerte gratuitement sur TOU.TV.Chloé-Anne Touma, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Journal de Chambly
Prosecutors have brought dozens of cases after the deadly attack at the U.S. Capitol and more charges are expected in the coming days as investigators identify more members of the pro-Trump mob.Investigators are collecting tips from the public, interviewing witnesses and going through photos, videos and social media accounts to collect evidence against the attackers who overran the Capitol to stop the certification of Democrat Joe Biden as the next president. And those who’ve been charged so far could lead investigators to others who joined in the violent siege on Capitol Hill.Some questions and answers about the investigation into the Capitol breach:HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED?The U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia has brought federal charges against about 20 people so far, while 40 others have been charged in D.C.'s Superior Court. The people charged in Superior Court are mainly accused of things like curfew violations and gun crimes. Those being tried in federal court, where prosecutors can generally secure longer sentences, are charged with offences such as violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, assaulting a federal law enforcement officer and threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.On Sunday, federal authorities arrested two men who were photographed with plastic restraints inside the Capitol. Investigators said they used social media and livestream videos to identify Eric Munchel of Tennessee as the masked person seen in photos shared widely over social media carrying plastic hand restraints in the Senate chamber.Retired Lt. Col. Larry Rendall Brock Jr. of Texas was photographed on the Senate floor carrying zip-tie handcuffs and wearing a military-style helmet and vest, authorities said. Brock's ex-wife helped authorities identify him, according to court documents. He confirmed to The New Yorker that he was the man in the photographs and claimed he found the zip-tie handcuffs on the floor. “I wish I had not picked those up,” he said.WHY HAVEN’T MORE PEOPLE BEEN CHARGED YET?Authorities are working to identify more suspects and more charges are expected.Many people were allowed to leave the Capitol freely the day of the attack, so investigators have to sort through a sea of photos, video, social media posts and tips from the public to see who was there and track them down.Federal prosecutors across the U.S. have also said people could face charges in their home states if they travelled to Washington and took part in the assault.Massachusetts' top federal prosecutors said Monday that his office has received “lots of tips" and has investigations underway. But for prosecutors outside Washington to bring a case, they would need evidence that someone travelled there with plans to participate in the destruction and violence, said U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.“Much of what happened in the District looked like — at least for most of the participants — it was pretty spontaneous," Lelling said in an interview. “So in many respects, we may be looking for something that just doesn't exist. But we will look.”COULD THEY FACE MORE SERIOUS CHARGES?Prosecutors can tack on more serious charges as they gather more evidence. Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, has said authorities are not keeping anything out of their “ arsenal for potential charges.”The FBI has also opened a murder probe into the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, according to law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.Experts say federal prosecutors could bring rarely used seditious conspiracy charges, which calls for up to 20 years in prison, against some of the attackers.After protests across the U.S. over police brutality in the summer, then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen told prosecutors in September that they should consider using the sedition charge against violent demonstrators. Rosen, who took over the top Justice Department job when Attorney General William Barr stepped down last month, said the charge does not require proof of a plot to overthrow the U.S. government and gave the hypothetical example of a group that “has conspired to take a federal courthouse or other federal property by force.”COULD TRUMP BE CHARGED?Trump urged the crowd to march on the Capitol, even promising to go with them, though he didn’t. The president told his supporters to “fight” to stop the “steal” of the election, while his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, called for “trial by combat.”The legal bar for charging the president or any other speakers at the rally with inciting violence is high. Experts say it might be tough to prove in a normal prosecution that the president intended for violence to happen on Capitol Hill.However, Trump faces a charge of “incitement of insurrection” in an impeachment resolution to be debated by the House on Wednesday as part of an extraordinary effort to remove Trump in the final days of his presidency.COULD ANY OFFICERS FACE CHARGES?At least two Capitol police officers, one who took a selfie with the attackers and another who put on a Make America Great Again hat, have been suspended. At least a dozen more are under internal investigation for their behaviour during the uprising, according to lawmakers.The Capitol Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt, a Trump supporter who was trying to climb through a broken window into the Speaker’s Lobby, has been placed on administrative leave per agency policy and the shooting is under investigation by Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.___Richer reported from Boston. Associated Press reporter Michael Balsamo contributed to this report from Washington.Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Press
Around 180,000 vehicles roll along Deerfoot Trail each day — and a newly completed study hopes to ensure that in future years fewer drivers of those vehicles will spend their time at a standstill, grumbling at the traffic. On Monday, the City of Calgary and Alberta Transportation released recommendations aimed at understanding what future road users will need and guiding upgrades and new additions, such as interchanges or carpool lanes. The review covered 35 kilometres, 18 existing interchanges and one future interchange, and looked at increasing safety and capacity as well as reducing travel time. In the short term, the study recommends changes like adding capacity with a new carpool lane between Barlow Trail and Airport Trail, providing a direct connection from 11th Street to Deerfoot Trail, and widening the northbound loop from Deerfoot Trail to Anderson Road. In the medium term, between 11 and 20 years from now, the study suggests improvements to these interchanges: Anderson Road and Bow Bottom Trail, 16th Avenue N.E., Heritage Meadows Way and Barlow Trail. Beyond 20 years from now, it suggests looking at improving the 50th Avenue S.E. connector, Airport Trail interchange, Memorial Drive interchange, and more. The four-year-long study cost $4 million dollars, funded by Alberta Transportation which manages the road as it's a provincial highway. Construction on some improvements could start as early as 2022. "Traffic on the Deerfoot is a common complaint of every Calgarian. With this study complete and its practical recommendations in hand, I look forward to realizing improvements that will make it safer and easier to get to work, school, and around Calgary for generations to come," said Transportation Minister Ric McIver in a release. The city said it heard from thousands of respondents who travel Deerfoot each day, and from others who don't because they don't feel safe on the road. Alberta Transportation has pledged $210 million for improvements to Deerfoot Trail as part of the 2020 capital plan. The full Deerfoot Trail study can be viewed on the city's website.
Albertans struggling with the confinement of COVID-19 restrictions have recently been able to ease their cabin fever with some time in the sunshine. The latest forecast for Alberta is decidedly balmy, with clear skies and unseasonably warm temperatures. In Edmonton, temperatures this week are expected to hover around 4 C. In Calgary, afternoon highs should reach 6 C. The forecast is "not quite" record breaking but is unusual, said David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada. Average temperatures in Edmonton this time of year are generally around -12 C. This is just the latest warm spell in what has proven to be a "softer" winter than average, he said. "There have been no days below -30 C, none, and normally you'd have five of those suckers by this time," Phillips said. "You've had 35 centimetres of snow. You normally would have 55, so it's not as if you've been inconvenienced or brutalized by the weather." 'Much less brutal than we thought' Phillips said January is generally the coldest month and this winter was expected to be particularly brutal due to La Nina, a complex weather pattern that generally leads to cold and snowy winters. "This was supposed to be the winter from hell," he said. "This was supposed to be the winter of our youth. "It's been clearly much less brutal than we thought. We were thinking it was going to be the layered-up look with balaclavas and booster cables." Phillips described the mild weather as a "pandemic gift." WATCH | Climatologist details Edmonton's mild winter Hibernation can be hard at the best of times. The social isolation and travel restrictions brought on by COVID-19 make any bad weather even harder to bear, he said. Last fall, he said, Albertans were bracing for a particularly cruel winter. October was bitterly cold and did not bode well for the season ahead. "People were thinking, 'Oh, my gosh, winter's arrived before Halloween and it's going to be here until Easter. It's almost like nature was hearing you, hearing all those groans and that misery." Phillips said a polar vortex is expected to bring colder temperatures to the region by the end of the month. "We can't write the obituary on winter-like weather quite yet," he said. "The polar vortex is up there in the North Pole, spinning around like a top. And now we see that it's weakened and weakened [and that] is not good, because it breaks out of its little fence and moves southward. " Even so, Albertans have survived half the season and have so far been spared the worst of what winter can bring. "If you're not a big fan of winter, you can celebrate because we're reaching what we call the dead of winter in Edmonton. "This is the halfway point where we can actually say, statistically at least, there's more winter behind you than ahead of you."
NEW YORK — Researchers on Tuesday reported another record one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, a drop they attribute to success against lung cancer. The overall cancer death rate has been falling since 1991. From 2017 to 2018, it fell 2.4%, according to an American Cancer Society report, topping the record 2.2% drop reported the year before. Lung cancer accounted for almost half of the overall decline in cancer deaths in the past five years, the society reported. Most lung cancer cases are tied to smoking, and decades of declining smoking rates have led to falling rates of lung cancer illnesses and deaths. But experts say the drop in deaths has been accelerated by refinements in surgery, better diagnostic scanning, more precise use of radiation and the impact of newer drugs. “Both men and women who are diagnosed with lung cancer are surviving longer and that’s really fantastic news,” said Dr. Deborah Schrag, chief of population sciences at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in a statement. Cancer remains the country’s second leading cause of death, after heart disease. An estimated 1.9 million new U.S. cancer cases will be diagnosed this year. Nearly 609,000 Americans will die from cancer, the society estimates. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press
The coronavirus threw a pandemic-sized monkey wrench into the 2020-21 NHL regular season, wiping out any chance the teams would be able to start play last fall. Of course, that meant the cancellation of any preseason games. It also meant the postponement of Twillingate’s planned hosting of an NHL preseason game. The town won the opportunity to host the game after being named the 2020 Kraft Hockeyville winner. Recently, the call for nominations for the 2021 Hockeyville competition have started going out, but that doesn’t have the town thinking its game will be going away. “No matter what, Twillingate is still 'Kraft Hockeyville 2020' and I’m sure the NHL is doing their best to ensure that we get our event at a time when it makes sense for them and the health and safety of everyone can be guaranteed,” Twillingate recreation director Jeff Blackler stated in an email. Blackler said the town has been in contact with the people behind the event about the status of the game. The NHL has inquired about the dimensions of the George Hawkins Memorial Arena and about the places where outdoor events could be hosted in town. Things continue to move on the merchandising side. The town got some Twillingate Hockeyville-themed gear in before Christmas, which sold well. People were able to pick up shirts, toques, hats and plush puffins, among other things. “The response we got and our sales were amazing, and the timing worked out really well with it leading up to Christmas,” said Blackler. “We are looking forward to placing another merchandise order soon with new logos that the NHL created that are more Twillingate-specific.” The preseason game was just one part of the prize that came with the title of Hockeyville 2020. Twillingate also received $250,000 that will go toward renovations at the George Hawkins Memorial Arena, as well as $10,000 worth of hockey equipment from the NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams Fund. The equipment arrived in town earlier this week, and Twillingate Mayor Grant White said they will work with the minor hockey association about how best to distribute it. As for the arena renovations, the town has received the money for that and has recently identified areas of focus where the money could go, such as the roof, the purchase of a new ice resurfacer and upgrades to its aging ice plant. Twillingate has applied for additional government funding with hopes of expanding that Hockeyville money even further. “We’re trying to stretch it as far as we can,” said White. Nicholas Mercer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Central Voice
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Data from the Alaska Department of Corrections show that more than 40% of the people incarcerated in Alaska have been infected with the coronavirus.Case counts have exceeded 100 inmates in at least six Alaska prisons, Alaska Public Media reported Monday.Jeremy Hough, the corrections department facilities director, said the high numbers are partially a result of the state’s robust inmate testing program — which has conducted an average of four tests per person since the pandemic began.The department has clear policies about masks and hygiene and goes beyond recommendations for prisons from the federal Centers for Disease Control, including providing cleaning supplies, masks and educational materials, Hough said.“I can’t think of anything that we should be doing more than we already are,” Hough said. “I can tell you that there are several people that argue that we’re doing too much.”Advocates and families have said that overcrowding, inconsistent precautions and a general lack of transparency from the department are among the causes for the high infection rate.“They have not done nearly enough to mitigate the harm and spread of COVID-19 inside Alaska’s prisons,” ACLU of Alaska Advocacy Director Michael Garvey said.Long-running overcrowding in the state's prisons makes it impossible to contain the spread of the virus once it begins, Garvey said.Some lockups have used gym floors to house inmates, which advocates claim makes ensuring proper hygiene an impossibility, especially during a pandemic.The Marshall Project, an investigative journalism non-profit group focused on prisons, listed Alaska as one of 12 states with total bans on in-person visitation. Of those, the organization said Alaska has the highest rates of COVID-19.The corrections department has banned in-person prison visits since March, Hough said.Angela Hall, who runs an online community called Supporting Our Loved Ones Group, said families often find inmates feel unsafe despite comprehensive plans enacted by the department, though mask-wearing has improved in recent months.“We find that there’s a real disconnect between the DOC administration and what is actually happening in the facilities,” Hall said.For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.The Associated Press