Virginia: Establish Redistricting Commission (Of legislators,
2584 of 2585 precincts reporting - 99 per cent
x-Yes, 2,769,196 - 66 per cent
No, 1,446,346 - 34 per cent
The Associated Press
Virginia: Establish Redistricting Commission (Of legislators,
2584 of 2585 precincts reporting - 99 per cent
x-Yes, 2,769,196 - 66 per cent
No, 1,446,346 - 34 per cent
The Associated Press
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. A senior administration official said on Sunday that Kushner is to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi city of Neom, and the emir of Qatar in that country in the coming days.
The head of a U.S. biotechnology company that is developing one of the most promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates says Canada is not far behind other countries when it comes to receiving doses of its vaccine, despite criticism of the government's procurement plan from the Conservative opposition. "Canada is not at the back of the line," Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman of Moderna, told CBC's Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton on Sunday. Afeyan said because Canada was among the first countries to make a pre-order with Moderna, the country is guaranteed to receive a certain portion of the company's initial batch of doses as long as the vaccine proves safe and effective and is given regulatory approval. "The people who were willing to move early on with even less proof of the efficacy have assured the amount of supply they were willing to sign up to," Afeyan said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live. "Nothing that happened subsequently can affect that." Moderna's mRNA vaccine is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials and preliminary data released two weeks ago show it appears to be 94.5 per cent effective. Millions of doses procured The federal government secured an agreement on Aug. 5 with Moderna for 20 million doses of its vaccine, with the option to procure an additional 36 million doses. The U.S. announced a deal for up to 500 million doses just days later while the U.K. and European Union inked deals with Moderna only in the past two weeks. In total, Canada has procured some 358 million doses from seven companies — the most per capita of any country in the world, according to research from Duke University's Global Health Institute. WATCH | Federal government pressured on when Canadians will get COVID-19 vaccine Despite that promising news, the Liberal government came under intense pressure this week to lay out a timeline for when Canadians will begin receiving an inoculation as countries like the U.S., U.K. and Germany have all announced plans to begin vaccinating their populations in December. Opposition politicians and some premiers argued Canada was falling behind other countries in its planning after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians would have to wait to get vaccinated because the first doses of any vaccine will go to people in the countries where the vaccines are being manufactured. Federal officials said on Thursday that if all goes well as many as three million Canadians — mainly those in "high-priority groups" — could be vaccinated in early 2021. One day later, Trudeau said that Canada is on track to vaccinate nearly every person who wants a shot by September 2021. But officials have provided few details about the government's plan to roll out a vaccine once Health Canada gives one the green light. Conservative critiques At a press conference on Sunday, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole repeated his view that Canada is behind other countries in procuring a vaccine. "While the Americans and the British are talking about mass vaccination throughout December and January, our government is now talking about getting Canadians vaccinated by September," O'Toole said. "We need to show Canadians that there is a plan for the vaccine." O'Toole said the Trudeau government only turned its attention to pre-ordering tens of millions of vaccine doses from companies such as Pfizer and Moderna in August after its collaboration between the National Research Council and Chinese vaccine maker CanSino collapsed following months of delays. "I would not have put all our eggs in the basket of China," O'Toole said. Regulatory approval pending Companies have compressed the time it normally takes to develop a vaccine by initiating the manufacturing of doses even before studies into their efficacy are completed as part of a global effort to develop COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as possible to bring the pandemic to an end. Moderna is in the process of applying for emergency-use authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Once the company obtains that authorization, Afeyan said it will begin shipping doses to countries that have made pre-orders, including Canada. Afeyan said he expects to start shipping the vaccine to Canada in the first quarter of 2021 and the quantity of shipments should increase through the second quarter and throughout the rest of the year. The company expects to be able to produce a total of 20 million doses by the end of 2020 and between 500 million and 1 billion doses throughout 2021. Moderna submitted early safety and pre-clinical data from Phase 1 and 2 trials with Health Canada last month as part of the regulator's rolling regulatory review process. Health Canada must approve any COVID-19 vaccine before it can be distributed to Canadians. Experts say Moderna's vaccine — which requires two shots taken 28 days apart — will be relatively easy to store and distribute because the vaccine can remain stable at normal fridge temperatures of 2 C to 8 C for 30 days. By contrast, another leading candidate manufactured by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer must be shipped and stored at -70 C. WATCH | Health Minister on how the federal government should address vaccine hesitancy: Health Minister Patty Hajdu said it's difficult to nail down a delivery date at the moment for any of the leading vaccine candidates because of the long list of uncertainties stemming from unfinished clinical trials, ongoing regulatory reviews, and manufacturing and logistical challenges related to distribution. "We're all anxious to get out of this mess as a world, but certainly as a country as well," Hajdu said. "As Canada's health minister, I'm staying focused on Canadians and on our own process, making sure our delivery plans are well laid out and that we have what we need in terms of being able to deliver on the variety of different kinds of vaccines." Hajdu added that her top priority is ensuring that Health Canada has what it needs to make sure the regulatory process proceeds smoothly so that any vaccines that are approved are safe and effective.
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole accused the Liberal government Sunday of putting too much emphasis on partnering with a Chinese company for a COVID-19 vaccine in what turned out to be a failed deal. O'Toole said the Trudeau government only turned its attention to pre-ordering tens of millions of vaccine doses from companies such as Pfizer and Moderna in August when its collaboration between the National Research Council and Chinese vaccine-maker CanSino finally collapsed after months of delays. The Council had issued CanSino a licence to use a Canadian biological product as part of a COVID-19 vaccine. CanSino was supposed to provide samples of the vaccine for clinical trials at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University, but the Chinese government blocked the shipments. "I would not have put all our eggs in the basket of China," O'Toole said at a morning news conference. "If you look at the timeline, that's when Canada started getting serious with Pfizer, Moderna, the other options," he added, saying he was concerned that "the Trudeau government was willing to almost double down on partnering with China" earlier in the pandemic. The government announced its major vaccine purchases in August after it confirmed the CanSino partnership had fallen through. At the time, it said its decision had come after careful consultations with its vaccine task force of health experts. The CanSino partnership with Dalhousie predated the deep freeze in Canada-China relations that occurred after the People's Republic imprisoned two Canadian men, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in apparent retaliation for the RCMP's arrest of Chinese high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou nearly two years ago on an American extradition warrant. This past week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created a firestorm when he said Canadians will have to wait a bit to get vaccinated for COVID-19 because the first doses off the production lines will be used in the countries where they are made. As questions grew about the CanSino deal, Trudeau continued to defend his government's vaccine procurement policy, which he says has secured multiple options for the country. Trudeau also appointed a Canadian Forces general to lead the logistics of an eventual vaccine rollout with the Public Health Agency of Canada. The chairman of American vaccine maker Moderna told the CBC on Sunday that Canada is near the front of the line to receive 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine it pre-ordered. Noubar Afeyan was asked on CBC's Rosemary Barton Live whether the fact that Canada committed to pre-purchase its doses before other jurisdictions means it will get its supply first. Afeyan confirmed that was the case. "The people who are willing to move early on with even less proof of the efficacy have assured the amount of supply they were willing to sign up to," he said. O'Toole said with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland poised to deliver the government's long-awaited fiscal update on Monday, the Liberals need to do two things to spur economic recovery: offer a better plan on how it will rollout vaccines for Canadians and step up the distribution of rapid tests. "There can't be a full economy, a growing economy, people working, people being productive without the tools to keep that happening in a pandemic. Those two tools are rapid tests, and a vaccine." Freeland's fall economic statement is expected to give a full accounting of the government’s record spending on programs to combat the pandemic. In July, the deficit was forecast to be at a record $343.2 billion but some estimates say it could easily top $400 billion. The government could announce new spending such as taking steps towards a national child-care system, and relief for battered industries such as travel and restaurants that will face an uphill struggle to recover from the pandemic. NDP finance critic Peter Julien sent Freeland a three-page letter urging her to take action on a variety of fronts to help struggling Canadian families during the pandemic. They included taking concrete action on establishing a national pharmacare plan to help Canadians pay for soaring prescription drug costs, and establish a national day-care strategy to help women who have been disproportionately hindered by the pandemic. Julien also urged Freeland to help Indigenous communities and abandon the government's plans to pay for the Trans-Mountain Pipeline and ramp up its fight against climate change. Green party Leader Annamie Paul called on Freeland to deliver "a positive vision for a green recovery" to accelerate Canada's transition to a carbon-neutral economy. "We are optimistic that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be widely available next year and so we must be prepared for what comes next," Paul said in a statement. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 29, 2020. Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
Three Nova Scotians have been appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honours.They are among the 114 appointees announced Friday.The list includes eight companions, 21 officers, one honorary member and 84 members. The full list can be found here."Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation," said a statement on the office of the Governor General's website.Appointments are made by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. More than 7,000 Canadians have received the honour since its inception.Jeff Dahn of Halifax, who has led groundbreaking research on lithium-ion batteries, was appointed as an officer.In 2017, he won the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering for his work in making batteries increasingly efficient. He also won a Governor General's Award for Innovation in 2016.Dahn works out of a lab at Dalhousie University. He also began a five-year research partnership with Tesla In 2016.In the statement, the Governor General's office also commended him for "his mentorship and adroit bridging of academia and industry."Dahn could not be reached for comment Sunday.'It's humbling'Meanwhile, Dr. Ken Wilson and John Eyking were appointed as members.Wilson, a plastic surgeon in the Halifax area, was appointed "for his nationally recognized expertise in reconstructive and plastic surgery, and for his volunteer work on international medical missions.""It's humbling, but a very nice addition to a great career," Wilson said of the honour.In the mid-80s, Wilson became the first person east of Montreal to dedicate himself to doing plastic surgery for children."It was a very satisfying thing for me to be able to look after a lot of the children who have either had to travel, or that hadn't had, sometimes, the attention they would've had otherwise," he said.In the mid-90s, Wilson began working with Operation Smile, an organization that provides surgeries and dental care to children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. He travelled a couple times a year to do surgery in underdeveloped countries, and he estimates he went on about 46 missions.In the late 1990s, Wilson became the chief of surgery at the IWK children's hospital in Halifax, a position he held for more than a decade.He stopped practising five years ago, but Wilson now works as a medical consultant for Doctors Nova Scotia and is chair of the board for Operation Smile Canada."It was a wonderful career," said Wilson. "I gotta say, I've been very lucky over the years to have the opportunity to do what I did."While there is no ceremony this year due to COVID-19, Wilson was mailed his snowflake insignia, as well as a "lovely book" detailing the history of the Order of Canada and the many recipients over the years.'All in a day's work'Eyking, a farmer and entrepreneur who founded Eyking Farms, was recognized for his "personal and professional dedication to the Cape Breton community, particularly within the agriculture industry."Eyking, of Millville, N.S., immigrated to Canada in 1963 from the Netherlands. He started a farm, which later grew into a family operation run by him, his wife and their 10 children.He is also an inductee of the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.Reached by phone Sunday, Eyking, 89, was modest about his appointment. He credited his farm's accomplishments to the work of his large family."For me, it was all in a day's work and I enjoyed it," he said.He, too, received a parcel from the Order of Canada, and said he enjoyed the book."There's quite a few Cape Bretoners in there," he said.The recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.MORE TOP STORIES
Le nombre de cas de COVID-19 continue de grandir au centre d’hébergement Villa-Bonheur, à Granby. Les employés doivent faire face à une nouvelle éclosion dans le «secteur 3» de la résidence. Moins de cinq nouveaux cas se sont ajoutés dans le «secteur trois», qui était en veille d’éclosion jusqu’au dernier bilan. Un nouvel employé s’ajoute aux personnes atteintes de COVID-19 dans le «secteur 2» de l’établissement, portant le nombre à trois employés et onze résidents. Quant au «secteur 1», il demeure stable avec seize résidents atteints ainsi que trois employés. Toujours dans le milieu de la santé, les éclosions au CHSLD de l’hôpital Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins, au CHSLD Leclerc et au Riverain à Granby ainsi qu’aux résidences Dutch Lusignan à Bedford et du Mont à Granby demeurent stables. Aucun cas de coronavirus ne s’est ajouté depuis vendredi. Le centre d’hébergement Marie-Berthe-Couture et l’hôpital de Granby demeurent en veille d’éclosion. Une école s’ajoute Le CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS a annoncé dans son bilan de samedi que l’école de l’Étincelle de Granby enregistrait deux cas de COVID-19 entre ses murs. L’école compte deux pavillons, mais il n’est pas précisé si cette nouvelle éclosion provient du pavillon Saint-Marc ou du pavillon Saint-Luc ni si les deux personnes atteintes sont des élèves ou des membres du personnel. Il s’agit de la seule école primaire de la région aux prises avec une éclosion. Aucun nouveau cas ne s’est ajouté, samedi, au Cégep de Granby et aux écoles secondaires J-H-Leclerc, Massey-Vanier, l’Envolée et Mont-Sacré-Coeur, qui ont tous une éclosion en cours.Cynthia Laflamme, Initiative de journalisme local, La Voix de l'Est
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin finished a recount of its presidential results on Sunday, confirming Democrat Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in the key battleground state. Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court even before the recount concluded.Dane County was the second and last county to finish its recount, reporting a 45-vote gain for Trump. Milwaukee County, the state's other big and overwhelmingly liberal county targeted in a recount that Trump paid $3 million for, reported its results Friday, a 132-vote gain for Biden.Taken together, the two counties barely budged Biden's winning margin of about 20,600 votes, giving the winner a net gain of 87 votes.“As we have said, the recount only served to reaffirm Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin," Danielle Melfi, who led Biden's campaign in Wisconsin, said in a statement to The Associated Press.Trump campaign spokeswoman Jenna Ellis said in a statement that the Wisconsin recounts have “revealed serious issues” about whether the ballots were legal, but she offered no specific details to validate her claim.“As we have said from the very beginning, we want every legal vote, and only legal votes to be counted, and we will continue to uphold our promise to the American people to fight for a free and fair election,” Ellis said.With no precedent for overturning a result as large as Biden's, Trump was widely expected to head to court once the recount was finished. His campaign challenged thousands of absentee ballots during the recount, and even before it was complete, Trump tweeted that he would sue.“The Wisconsin recount is not about finding mistakes in the count, it is about finding people who have voted illegally, and that case will be brought after the recount is over, on Monday or Tuesday,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “We have found many illegal votes. Stay tuned!”The deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday. Certification is done by the Democratic chair of the Wisconsin Election Commission, which is bipartisan.The Wisconsin Voters Alliance, a conservative group, has already filed a lawsuit against state election officials seeking to block certification of the results. It makes many of the claims Trump is expected to make. Gov. Tony Evers’ attorneys have asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss the suit. Evers, a Democrat, said the complaint is a “mishmash of legal distortions” that uses factual misrepresentations in an attempt to take voting rights away from millions of Wisconsin residents.Another suit filed over the weekend by Wisconsin resident Dean Mueller argues that ballots placed in drop boxes are illegal and must not be counted.Trump’s attorneys have complained about absentee ballots where voters identified themselves as “indefinitely confined,” allowing them to cast an absentee ballot without showing a photo ID; ballots that have a certification envelope with two different ink colours, indicating a poll worker may have helped complete it; and absentee ballots that don’t have a separate written record for its request, such as in-person absentee ballots.Election officials in the two counties counted those ballots during the recount, but marked them as exhibits at the request of the Trump campaign.Trump’s campaign has already failed elsewhere in court without proof of widespread fraud, which experts widely agree doesn’t exist. Trump legal challenges have failed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.The Associated Press
COVID-19 case numbers are continuing their slow but steady rise across most of Atlantic Canada. New Brunswick reported 14 new cases today, with health officials saying the bulk are located in the Saint John Region. The area around the city accounted for nine of the province's new diagnoses, with four in and around Moncton and one in the Bathurst area. In Nova Scotia, all 10 of the province's new cases are in the central zone, which includes Halifax, and the total number of active cases is 125. Newfoundland's four new cases, all in the Eastern Health region, bring the provincial total number of active cases to 36. Health officials in Prince Edward Island held a rare weekend news conference, but reported no new COVID-19 cases. Instead, officials said they have not been able to confirm the source of one of the new cases of COVID-19 announced the day before. They said it's unclear how a 15-year-old male student at Charlottetown Rural High School who also plays on a local hockey team contracted the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. "The investigation is ongoing and at this point we are unable to identify a single source of infection," P.E.I.'s chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison told reporters on Sunday. "We have been fortunate with all our previous cases in being able to identify a source or linkage giving us confidence that all our previous cases were related to out of province travel." Still, she said given the amount of testing completed in P.E.I., including 3,000 tests in the past week alone, Morrison said she is reassured the province does not have widespread community transmission. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 29, 2020. The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Previously released figures from Nova Scotia indicated nine out of 10 new cases were located in the central zone. The province later updated its figures to say all 10 were identified there.
Ottawa police are trying to track down a man charged with sexual assault with a weapon against a child under 16. The 37-year-old Ottawa man was also charged Sunday with two counts of forcible confinement, robbery with a weapon and three counts of uttering death threats. According to the Ottawa Police Service, the charges are related to incidents involving two teenage girls that happened early Friday evening in the city's west end.Police say the man doesn't have a fixed address, and are asking anyone with details on his whereabouts since Nov. 1 to come forward.Investigators with the force's sexual assault and child abuse unit are concerned there could be other victims.
It's a troubling time for hundreds of seniors in Windsor-Essex who report feeling lonely during this time of year, many of whom live in isolation.Experts say this feeling of loneliness is heightened this year with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic where people are being more careful and limiting their social interactions.This is where "Be a Santa to a Senior" program comes into play. It's run by Home Instead, a seniors' care business, and aims to assist older adults who feel lonely or are isolated during this time of year by delivering gift packages to them donated by the community."This pandemic has certainly hit our seniors a lot harder than a lot of other populations," said Colleen Jershy, a co-owner of the business in Tecumseh, Ont. "A lot of them are already isolated. A lot of them have family from out of town ... Everybody doesn't want to get anybody sick and so really they've had a lot of social isolation."She also said there are seniors who don't have any family or anyone to visit."We've even had a lot of people they call and they nominate themselves for the program. And they will tell us, you know, I listened to the radio, I heard about the program, I don't have anybody. So, you know, it's very difficult to hear, but at least we can provide a little bit of light to them," she said.Jershy explains how the program works: they collect gift packages and deliver it to those who are financially challenged, isolated and lonely during the holiday season. Some highly requested items include: blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, toiletry, activity books and gift cards. She said those who are looking to donate can "sponsor as many people as possible" and drop off the items they want to donate outside of their office at 1071 Lesperance Rd. They also accept cash donations.This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the program and they're looking to assist 1,616 people. They're accepting gifts until Dec. 4.
President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Sunday after spending the Thanksgiving holiday break with his family at Camp David. (Nov. 29)
LOS ANGELES — George Clooney is just like us, maybe. The star said he does his own haircuts with a device famously touted in infomercials.In an interview on “CBS Sunday Morning,” the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker said he's been cutting his own hair for more than two decades.“My hair is really like straw,” Clooney said of his thick, salt-and-pepper thatch. “So it's easy to cut, can't really make too many mistakes. So years ago, I bought a thing called a Flowbee."“You did not,” said skeptical interviewer Tracy Smith.“The thing with the vacuum cleaner and clippers, yeah. I still have it," Clooney replied. “My haircuts take, literally, two minutes. ”Flowbee sales surged when the coronavirus pandemic limited access to salon and barber shops in some areas, Fortune magazine reported in late March. But as Clooney told CBS News correspondent Smith, he's been cutting his hair “for 25 years” and relies on the Flowbee.The product's Texas-based maker didn’t immediately respond Sunday to a request for comment.The device, first marketed in the late 1980s, has become entrenched in popular culture: It was spoofed in the movie “Wayne's World" and served as a punchline in TV's “Glee" and “The Nanny.”Stan Rosenfield, Clooney's longtime publicist, said Sunday he didn't know if Clooney tends his own hair. Although the actor is famed for pranking his co-stars, Rosenfield said it seemed unlikely this was one of his practical jokes.___AP Business Writer Sarah Skidmore Sell contributed from Portland, Oregon.Lynn Elber, The Associated Press
A draft agreement between Ottawa and a Nova Scotia First nation over a "moderate livelihood" fishery has the potential to be a historic recognition of Mi'kmaq treaty rights, the community's chief said Sunday.Mike Sack of Sipekne'katik First Nation said he is reviewing a draft memorandum of understanding he received from the office of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan late Friday.He said the Sipekne'katik Treaty Fishery agreement would allow the Mi'kmaq community to legally sell their catch."It's very significant," Sack said in an interview. "It can help lift our people out of poverty."The community's lawyers are going over the agreement and clarifying a few points to ensure nothing infringes on the treaty rights of future generations, he added.But the chief said he'd like to get a deal finalized as soon as possible, noting that "these last couple of months have seemed like a lifetime to us."Indigenous fishers faced violence and vandalism earlier this fall after launching a rights-based fishery in southwest Nova Scotia. Tension with non-Indigenous fishers ignited almost as soon as Mi'kmaq boats entered the St. Marys Bay area. An escalating series of events ensued, leading to the destruction of a lobster pound that had housed the Indigenous fishers' catch.Other flareups included the cutting of Mi'kmaq lobster traps, warf-side gatherings of large crowds of protesters hurling racist insults at fishers, and the alleged torching of multiple vehicles.The attacks prompted widespread condemnation and calls for clarification on Mi'kmaq treaty fishing rights. Jane Deeks, press secretary for the Fisheries and Oceans Minister, said the federal government and the Sipekne’katik First Nation are continuing to work collaboratively towards an agreement. "Our negotiations have been positive, constructive, and progress is being made," she said in an email on Sunday. "While there is still more work ahead of us, we are making progress together.”She confirmed that a draft memorandum of understanding is currently with Sipekne’katik First Nation. "We share the same goals of a productive and sustainable fishery, and to further implement Sipekne’katik First Nation’s Treaty Rights," Deeks added.Meanwhile, Sack said the agreement follows through on the Supreme Court of Canada's recognition of Indigenous treaty rights in its landmark 1999 Marshall decision.The ruling affirmed the Mi'kmaq treaty right to fish for a "moderate livelihood," though the top court later clarified that the federal government could regulate the fishery for conservation and other limited purposes. “This agreement has the potential to be a historic recognition of our treaty rights and to make good on the promise and legacy of Donald Marshall Junior’s work," Sack said. "The big part for us is making sure we can harvest and sell and it's reflected in there."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 29, 2020.Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press
SYDNEY – Digital Mi'kmaq continues to find ways to help Indigenous students access e-learning in Atlantic Canada by donating over 700 laptops to Indigenous communities across the Atlantic region. Chris Googoo, Ulnooweg’s chief operating officer, says the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the systemic barriers Indigenous students face while accessing education. The company first helped with personal protection equipment but as the pandemic continued they switched gears to meet the needs of online learners. And the organization listened to the communities. Digital Mi’kmaq‘s “Backyard Science” programming is as an educational tool that balances modern science with Indigenous knowledge. Googoo sees it as an educational resource that helps Indigenous students see the link between the study of oceans, ecology and Indigenous knowledge. Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation also contributed $100,000 in grant funding to assist Indigenous communities to increase their educational capacity. Googoo says the laptops they donated cost between $800 to $900 each and were best-suited to run the special Digital Mi’kmaq programming it offered such as 3D tech, animation and robotics. About 250 of those laptops were donated to Nova Scotia with the majority headed to Eskasoni First Nation. “Nova Scotia still has accessibility issues,” says Googoo. He took part in a meeting that discussed the internet access challenges rural communities face in the province. Googoo says the province is committed to meeting those barriers by 2025. Both We’koqma’q and Eskasoni First Nation face internet accessibility issues because of their geographic locations and he knows communities are working to try to fix those problems. Eskasoni is still developing its own telecommunications company. But Digital Mi’kmaq did what they could by donating Chromebooks and laptops. Googoo said he was happy to help but he knows more issues need to be addressed. He thinks the Mi’kmaq education authority, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, is still chronically underfunded. Another issue laid bare by COVID-19 was access to food and food insecurity in Indigenous communities. And a partnership with the United Way helped five communities across the Atlantic provinces begin breaking ground on community food programs like food centres, community gardens and greenhouses. Potlotek First Nation is one that has already started on its greenhouse. The other communities include Lennox island, Eel River Bar, Annapolis Valley and Miapukek. Googoo says he's excited to find out what knowledge and stories on food security issues elders will pass on to younger Indigenous people.Oscar Baker III, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cape Breton Post
La Fondation Émergence a tenu une formation le 26 novembre à 15h, destinée à tous les milieux et services offerts aux aînés de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Cette formation spéciale inclura, en plus d'informations sur les enjeux vécus par les aînés LGBTQ+ et les bonnes pratiques, une intervention de deux organismes de la région, Fierté Val-d'Or et la Coalition d'aide à la diversité sexuelle de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue ainsi qu'un témoignage d'une aînée locale. « Notre objectif est de rendre les milieux et services aux aînés inclusifs à la diversité sexuelle », fait savoir le chargé de programme à la Fondation, Julien Rougerie. La sensibilisation des milieux des aînés Pour monsieur Rougerie, il est important de sensibiliser les milieux aînés à la réalité des personnes aînées LGBTQ+ pour que ces dernières puissent vivre dans un environnement sain et inclusif. « Malheureusement, l'invisibilité des communautés LGBTQ+ au sein des aînés renforce l'idée qu'il n'est pas nécessaire d'en parler et de démontrer son ouverture. C'est donc d'autant plus important de parler de ces enjeux au public », a-t-il ajouté. Le choix de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, selon Julien Rougerie, s’explique par la dimension collaborative avec plusieurs acteurs dans la région. « Nous y avons des partenaires, comme Fierté Val-d’Or dont nous finançons le projet Vieillir en couleur », a-t-il expliqué. Les enjeux de la population LGBTQ+ Si la COVID-19 a mis en lumière l’état fragile dans lequel se trouvent nos aînés, pour Julien Rougerie, il n’y a pas que la pandémie actuelle qui crée des dommages au sein de cette communauté. Les aînés LGBTQ+ demeurent une population largement invisible et donc particulièrement vulnérable. « Lors de notre dernière tournée, la majorité des résidences avaient refusé d’accueillir nos formations et outils, 100 % gratuits pourtant… Le tabou de la diversité sexuelle et de genre est très tenace dans ces milieux, notamment auprès de la direction qui ne souhaite pas toujours réaliser qu’ils peuvent bel et bien avoir un rôle à jouer pour des milieux plus accueillants envers le 10 % de leur clientèle qui est LGBTQ+, mais qui est contrainte de rester ou de retourner dans le placard », poursuit monsieur Rougerie. Rejet et discrimination À noter que la majorité des personnes aînées de la diversité sexuelle et de genre ne sont pas à l’aise d’être qui elles sont dans les milieux et services qu’elles fréquentent. Cela s’expliquerait, en partie par les multiples expériences de rejet et de discrimination qu’elles ont subies au cours de leur vie. Et plus leur âge est élevé, plus ces expériences ont été intenses.Moulay Hicham Mouatadid, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
OPEC and allies led by Russia have yet to find a consensus on oil output policy for 2021, after an initial round of talks on Sunday and ahead of crucial meetings on Monday and Tuesday, four OPEC+ sources told Reuters. OPEC+, a grouping comprising members of the of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, plus Russia and others, had been due to ease production cuts from January 2021, but a second coronavirus wave has reduced demand for fuel around the world. OPEC+ is now considering rolling over existing cuts of 7.7 million barrels per day, or around 8% of global demand, into the first months of 2021, sources have said.
* Ottawa Public Health confirmed two new deaths linked to COVID-19 Sunday and 79 new cases. * Active cases have increased since yesterday to 343. * The Hastings Prince Edward Public Health region will move to yellow on Monday.Today's Ottawa updateOttawa Public Health is reporting two new COVID-19 deaths and 79 newly confirmed cases on Sunday. Health officials have confirmed 8,458 cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic, with 7,741 of those considered resolved. Numbers to watch23.9: Ottawa's rate of new COVID-19 infections per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, which has increased slightly since Saturday.343: The known active cases in Ottawa, also higher than in Saturday's report.28: The number of active outbreaks in Ottawa. Nine outbreaks continue at long-term care homes throughout the city.>1: The number of people infected by each confirmed case, or R(t).1.3: Ottawa's test positivity percentage, the same as the previous update. A percentage at or below 1.2 per cent is one factor that could move a region into the yellow zone. Ottawa is currently in orange.Across the regionWestern Quebec reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.Hastings Prince Edward Public Health in the Belleville, Ont., area is moving from green to yellow on Ontario's five-colour pandemic scale on Monday.No other local health units are slated to move.
Saskatchewan's seven-day average of daily COVID-19 case numbers has reached 250 and there are now 20.9 new cases per 100,000 population in the province.This comes after the province announced 351 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the number of active cases to 3,605.Regina reported 120 new cases today while Saskatoon reported 94. The total number of active cases in the cities are 733 and 1,196 respectively.The north west region of the province reported 28 new cases, the south west reported 19, the south east reported 18 and the central east reported 15. The north east part of the province reported 12 new cases.The north central, far north west and south central all reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, while the far north east reported eight. The central west part of the province reported two and the far north central reported one new case Sunday.There were four new cases of the virus that needed residence information.There were 115 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in hospital; 92 were receiving inpatient care and 23 were in intensive care as of Sunday.The province announced amendments to the public health measures regarding movie theatres.People in movie theatres are allowed to consume food and beverages during the movie as long as they are seated and maintaining physical distance from others outside of their household.Yesterday, there were 3,826 tests processed in Saskatchewan.
Aiden Farrow is a lactation consultant who works to help maintain the breastfeeding bond between birthing parents and apprehended infants. “A large number of the children in our program are in foster care, many removed soon after birth and this is obviously a huge barrier to breastfeeding,” Farrow says. They work for the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, as a lactation and infant feeding consultant, with newborns and children under the age of six. Aiden came into the lactation consultant role with over ten years of experience supporting breastfeeding parents and their babies. “I have a special interest in helping babies achieve one of their first developmental milestones, which, after breathing, is breastfeeding,” Farrow says. The right to breastfeed one’s baby should be upheld in the same way harvesting rights and traditional foods are protected, Farrow argues. “Human milk provides all the food and water a baby needs in their first six months of life and continues to be an important part of their diet until age two or beyond,” Farrow explains. “Breastfeeding is a traditional food that should be protected.” Breastfeeding can be really difficult for new parents, in many different ways — from the judgement others impose in public spaces, to the baby having trouble latching, Farrow adds. For Indigenous peoples, mothers, Two-spirit, transgender, or gender diverse peoples, this experience can be even more difficult, they add, due to the impacts of colonization, systemic racism, and a loss of connection to traditional breastfeeding and birthing practices. “Child removal interrupts social, cultural, and emotional bonds between parents, their children, and their Indigenous heritage. Supporting breastfeeding for babies in care needs to take a holistic view of what child removal means to the baby, the mother or parent, the family and the community,” says Farrow. B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth (RCY), together with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), published a joint report in 2018, ‘Promoting Access to Breastfeeding in Child Welfare Matters.’ The report, which examines policies and practices to enhance and support access to breastfeeding, came after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of an Indigenous mother whose baby was removed from her care by MCFD three days after birth. In this particular case, the community’s lawyer petitioned for the mother to have daily access to her baby for breastfeeding and bonding. Soon after, the Court ordered MCFD to return the baby to the mother’s care. In the report, MCFD committed to producing guidelines for social workers regarding breastfeeding after child removal. Until those guidelines are established, social workers make decisions about breastfeeding babies who are in care, often without proper guidance, Farrow says. 57 percent of apprehended newborns in B.C. are Indigenous. The removal of children from their families can be devastating in more ways than one. “Child removal interrupts social, cultural, and emotional bonds between parents and their children and their Indigenous heritage. Indigenous children are grossly overrepresented in the care system in BC, removed primarily from their families for issues related to poverty,” Farrow adds. Consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and Bill C92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, Farrow believes child removal should be the “last resort.” A baby or child should have access to their family and community, as much as possible, Farrow argues. “Allowing for breastfeeding is part of that,” they add. “Giving the mother or parent a breast pump without adequate emotional support and little time with the baby at supervised visits in ministry office spaces, or busy playgroups, doesn’t create adequate conditions for parental bonding and successful breastfeeding.” Farrow wants to see social workers and parent support workers strategizing together on ways to help protect the important breastfeeding bond between parent and child. Jessie Hemphill, from the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations, is a first time parent of 18 month-old Ida, named after her grandmother and great grandmother. For Hemphill, breastfeeding happened fairly easy, but she says she understands that’s not always the case. “Breastfeeding is so much harder than you would expect,” Hemphill says. “Those first few days or weeks, as my body got used to it, were a big struggle but at the same time, the connection was so profound. I was so happy that I was able to feed her.” Even now, at 18 months, Ida still nurses to get to sleep every night, Hemphill explains, and through the day to keep the connection going. “The depth of pain and grief that would come from being separated from your baby when you wanted to breastfeed, to not be able to do that, must feel like death,” she says. “It’s one of the most horrific punishments I can think of imposing on a mother and especially the child.” Breastfeeding is a fundamental part of how a new person comes into the world, Hemphill says. “There’s such a feeling of power that my body, this mother body, is able to produce the food that nourishes my baby, even after she’s come out of the womb,” Hemphill says. “To continue to provide for her that way made me feel powerful and connected, and just feels like such a universal experience, or near universal experience, that generations of women in my family experienced.” There was a time when breastfeeding in public was shamed, but Hemphill says that she hasn’t felt public pushback. In fact, she says she was supported in her workplace. Hemphill, who lives in Cowichan, is an instructor at UBC and Vancouver Island University, and has brought her baby to work with her and nursed her while lecturing. “There’s something about breastfeeding and the way that it connects our own well being so directly to our children. The better I take care of myself the better I am able to take care of my little one,” says Hemphill. “I just wish that any person that wishes to breastfeed their child, it’s important for them to have the right to do so.” Our series on reproductive health access is made possible in part with funding from First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and Thunderbird Partnership Foundation. Their support does not imply endorsement of or influence over the content produced.Catherine Lafferty, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Discourse
NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller, the most famous walk-on in U.S. college football this season, isn't ready to walk away from the sport.After the soccer player-turned kicker became the first woman to play in a Power Five conference football game, Fuller said she wants to remain a member of the team.“I'll stay around as long as they want me, till they like, kick me off,” Fuller said Sunday. “So I'm here for the long run.”Fuller stayed in the COVID-19 testing protocol and was attending meetings Sunday with Vanderbilt (0-8), a day after making history by kicking off to open the second half of a 41-0 loss to Missouri. Fuller executed a squib kick that travelled 30 yards before the ball was smothered by Missouri with no chance for a return.Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, who was fired Sunday, turned to Fuller because COVID-19 issues had left the team with few options for kicking specialists. Graduate transfer Oren Milstein, a 5-foot-7 kicker, had opted out before the season.The other kickers on the Vanderbilt roster are 6-foot Pierson Cooke and 6-1 Wes Farley. Vanderbilt is just 3-of-7 on field goals this season with Cooke's 41-yarder at Mississippi State the longest made.Vanderbilt does not have a men’s soccer team and the football team wanted to add an athlete already in the school’s COVID-19 protocols.Mason said Fuller was the best option and on Saturday she was the only kicker suited up for the Commodores.On Sunday, Fuller said she spoke with special teams co-ordinator Devin Fitzsimmons about staying with the team and he was in favour of it. Fuller said her longest field goal in practice last week was 38 yards, and she believes she can improve as a kicker with more reps.“I asked for some film on some NFL kickers that are comparable to how I kick so I can refine that," Fuller said.Vanderbilt visits Georgia on Saturday, and school officials are hoping to reschedule a final home game against Tennessee that was postponed by the Southeastern Conference.Fuller was trending on social media during and after Saturday's game. People weighed in both cheering and criticizing the 6-foot-2 senior goalkeeper for making the football team less than a week after helping Vanderbilt win the Southeastern Conference women's soccer tournament title.Billie Jean King was among those supporting Fuller with a tweet noting more sports history had been made.“Congratulations to @SarahFuller_27, the women players who came before her, the athletes of women’s football, and all those working on both the sidelines and back offices for blazing trails for the next generation,” King wrote.Fuller said she grew up with the U.S. women's national soccer team as her role models. That made a tweet of support from Mia Hamm, who wrote on Twitter that she watched with her daughters as Fuller made history, also stand out amid the social media flood.But as an athlete, Fuller said she's used to taking criticism and being able to ignore people whose opinions aren't important. Being an athlete at a Division I program, regardless of sport means having a strong mental attitude.“All these little comments and people saying, you know, whatever, it’s nothing because they don’t understand how difficult it can be to just even get to the point of winning an SEC championship,” Fuller said. "And it was just, I mean, luck of the draw that I happened to be available to be a kicker.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press
It's cold, it gets dark early, and we're in the midst of a pandemic.In these tough times, food is one of the few things we can take comfort in.That's why at All Points West we have been doing the leg work to find some of the best comfort food in Greater Victoria — to help us all get through what looks to be an arduous winter ahead.Initially, the classic staples like chowders and curries sprung to mind. But as the journey continued, a burning question emerged: What is comfort food?The adventure started with a trip to Chinatown for a visit to a place called Noodle Fans, famed for its beef noodle soups.Owner Chris Lee says he wanted to serve food that people eat at home in China. "The kids like it, the friends like it, so we can copy it in the restaurant," said Lee.Mini He works at Noodle Fans. She says there are several good reasons why noodle soups are a breakfast comfort food in China."It's fast, it warms you up, it fills you and gives you energy to start your day; that's why it's super popular," said He.Noodle Fans initially had a lot of customers wanting to order the westernized Chinese food they were familiar with, like stir-fried noodles. "A lot of Canadians, they refuse to try anything with the soup. A lot of time they will ask for something dry or fried," said He. But customers who are more open-minded often come around, she said. "After they try our classic dish, the beef soup, they say, 'Oh, you were right, the broth is really rich!" 'This food changed them'Trying to expand people's idea of comfort food is a challenge faced not only by Noodle Fans. Trini to D Bone is a Trinidadian restaurant in Victoria that All Points West listener Yoni Bremner recommended. "The rotis fill your mouth and belly with warm, succulent, tender, excellently spiced ingredients wrapped in the most fresh and delicate flatbread wrap," Bremner wrote in an email.Jeffrey and Nirmala Singh are the husband and wife duo behind Trini to D Bone. The restaurant was born out of necessity when Jeffrey was laid off from his roofing job in 2008. The couple made the bold decision to open an authentic Trinidadian restaurant in a city with a very small Caribbean population."It was hard in the beginning because nobody on the Island had known about Trini cuisine," said Jeffrey.But Nirmala refused to compromise the authenticity of their food."I told Jeffrey off the bat, I am not westernizing my food," said Nirmala. "If you were to go into my mom's kitchen, this is exactly what you would get."After years of developing a small devoted following, word of mouth spread beyond the Trinidadian community and into the general public. And taste buds began to shift."At first when we started off, a lot of my customers would eat mild. Now, 10 years after, I can't even supply them with enough hot sauce ... this food changed them, they actually went out of their comfort zone," said Nirmala. Despite the huge amount of work involved in running a restaurant on their own, Jeffrey says the customers' reactions make it worthwhile."We have some customers that hug this [roti] wrap, put it next to their face as they're walking out, it brings a good feeling to your heart seeing this," said Jeffrey.