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A historic meeting between Israel's prime minister and Saudi Arabia's crown prince has sent a strong signal to allies and enemies alike that the two countries remain deeply committed to containing their common foe Iran. Last Sunday's covert meeting in the Saudi city of Neom, confirmed by Israeli officials but publicly denied by Riyadh, conveyed a coordinated message to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden that Washington's main allies in the region are closing ranks. It was the first publicly confirmed visit to Saudi Arabia by an Israeli leader and a meeting that was unthinkable until recently as the two countries do not have formal diplomatic relations.
Places for People (P4P) will build Haliburton’s newest not-for-profit housing development on Wallings Road with the blessing of the municipality. Dysart et al council passed a resolution of support in principle to dispose of the property to begin the process of providing it for P4P. The not-for-profit is planning to develop 10-12 affordable housing units for $2-$2.5 million by fall 2022, raising money with community bonds. Since P4P first proposed this in August, deputy mayor Patrick Kennedy said the municipality has worked with them to find a municipal property that would work for the development. The road is off County Road 21 just past the high school, next to the First Student Canada site. “It’s a suitable piece of property, we believe. It’s close to the town for walking, very close on the sewage line,” Kennedy said. “I’m excited about moving this project forward.” Mayor Andrea Roberts said the municipality will work on a memorandum of understanding and a subcommittee with P4P to get all the needed elements in place to advance the project. P4P chair, Jody Curry, said the group has assembled a design team including an architect and a planning consultant ready to go to work. She said they know how to develop this land and plan to incorporate green space. “We’re excited to hear it may absolutely be possible you may grant us this property,” Curry said. “For us, this is just a perfect fit, so we can’t say enough about this piece of property. “Thanks, Dysart, for providing a great, big, exciting light in our future. And we’re hoping you’re going to make it a green light.” Coun. Larry Clarke said the project is vital to address the housing shortage in the area. “You talk to any business in town and there’s no place for them to house staff, even if they want to hire,” Clarke said. “This is a critical element for this community.” “We’ll keep the ball rolling on this one,” Roberts said. “You guys are shining lights of volunteerism in our community.”Joseph Quigley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Highlander
Among a series of new measures instituted by the province to attempt to quell the spread of COVID-19 was an expanded mask mandate for schools. The announcement, made Wednesday, non-medical masking will be extended to all students, employees and visitors in all schools and daycares in the province. Children aged three years old to 12 years old now should wear a mask if they are able to. As has been the practice before children ages up to two-years old are exempt from wearing masks. Both the Prince Albert Catholic School Division and Saskatchewan Rivers School Division have adapted to the new measures. The Catholic Division had already put out a notice to schools that mandatory masks would be required for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 students in the division, previously the only group excluded. “I realize that came out in the public health order this afternoon but we had initiated that out today to our schools. We had decided that we would do so regardless of what the province is doing,” Trumier said. They used prior experiences in the pandemic as part of the decision. “We know that there was good support for it earlier when children over two-years of age had to wear them in public places. At that point we deliberated and said we would do the same,” she explained. Trumier explained that they have tried to stay ahead of the curve on the evolving public health orders in the province. In Saskatchewan Rivers, similar changes were instituted, according to director of education Robert Bratvold. Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 students and staff will wear masks throughout the day. Bratvold explained that the division would be following the measures including exemptions for medical or other reasons. This makes a change from the previous Sask. Rivers measures where Pre-Kindergarten staff and Grade 4 to 12 students are already wearing masks. “The new measures will pose some challenges for some, but in SRPSD many early years students have been voluntarily wearing masks and this suggests we can overcome the challenges that young students may experience in adjusting to the wearing of masks,” Bratvold said. Some schools had already been encouraging increased mask use in younger grades. Bratvold credits staff in the division for doing excellent work thus far and explained that the staff will rely on support from families to adjust to the new measures. “Safety protocols in schools do support our communities by reducing the risk of transmission in schools but schools also depend on the people in our communities to be diligent in taking precautions to prevent COVID transmission,” he said. Both divisions emphasized that despite the challenges it is important that everyone continues to be diligent in performing the daily health screening and self-monitoring, stay home if not feeling well, call the HealthLine at 811 if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, practice proper hand hygiene, maintain physical distancing as much as possible, wear a mask when appropriate. Both divisions also emphasized that they each want people to do whatever they can to keep each other safe. So far, neither division has seen a case of COVID-19 transmitted through the school system.Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald
EDMONTON — The Venezuelan woman who believes she was used as part of Jason Kenney's argument not to lockdown restaurants in Alberta remembers her encounter with the premier as less dramatic than he suggested.Carolina De La Torre says Kenney got her central feelings correct, but she said she did not break down into tears the way Kenney recalled."No crying," the 57-year-old woman said with a laugh during a phone interview Thursday.She also said it was Kenney who approached her Calgary food court booth called Arepas Ranch for lunch in October, not the other way around as the premier told it.After weeks of mounting COVID-19 cases, as more than 1,000 new cases and 16 deaths were reported on Tuesday, Kenney announced new rules that included making indoor private social events illegal.During the news conference, Kenney gave an example of how much a lockdown would hurt businesses by telling the story of a Venezuelan refugee he met. "A couple of weeks ago, I was in my constituency, at a little food court thing and a new Albertan, a refugee from Venezuela socialism, came up to me," Kenney said."She had just opened a little food kiosk, she recognized me, she came up to me, and she broke down in tears in front of me saying, 'sir, I put my entire life savings as a refugee into this business, we're struggling to pay the bills, if you shut me down, I'm going to lose it all, everything, and I'll be in abject poverty.'""For some, perhaps, it is a little bit too easy to say just flick a switch. Shut them down," Kenney said."I would ask people who have the certainty of a paycheque to think for a moment about those individuals whose entire life savings are tied up in businesses."De La Torre and her husband run the booth, which is located a 10-minute drive from Kenney's constituency office. Born in Venezuela, De La Torre said she and her husband came to Canada with refugee status in 1989 when it became no longer safe to live there. They settled in Montreal for 25 years before they packed their bags and moved to Calgary to follow their daughter who was starting school at the University of Alberta.They have been living in Alberta for seven years and have been running Arepas Ranch for two years. They are known for making specialty arepas, which is a cornmeal patty, filled with a choice of shredded beef, chicken salad, black beans, ham, cheese, or other vegan and veggie options.At first, De La Torre said she didn't recognize Kenney when he stopped to order food and then someone from another booth told her it was the premier.De La Torre doesn't recall exactly what Kenney ordered, but she remembers the "very short" conversation they had when he came back to let them know the meal was "fantastico." She posted a picture of the premier on her Instagram. De La Torre said Kenney got her feelings right.She said it’s true that the couple put their money into the business and closing the economy would be bad for them. But she understands it’s about people’s health, which is what she told Kenney."What I said is, 'There has to be a balance between the economy and the health. There is not only me in this food court, we are more than 40 small businesses in the court that need to be open to make a way of life'."No one from Kenney's office immediately responded to a request for comment. De La Torre said when she heard Kenney mentioned her during a news conference, she was at first surprised.But now, "I didn't know what to think about it," she said."I don't know. What can I say? It's OK."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News FellowshipFakiha Baig, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Eric Duncan, the first openly gay Conservative MP, laced into the federal health minister Thursday over the Liberals failure to end a ban on gay men donating blood. In a heated and emotional exchange during a late-night committee hearing in the House of Commons, Duncan pressed Patty Hajdu repeatedly, including a direct question on whether she'd accept a blood donation from him.Hajdu didn't directly answer, pointing to ongoing work to end a ban on donations from men who have sex with men. Canada banned blood donations from gay men since 1992 before allowing it in 2013 if the donor abstained from sex with another man for at least five years.That was changed to one year in 2016, and then three months in 2019.But the Liberals promised to end the ban completely in both 2015 and 2019.Duncan said there is a desperate need for blood donations during the second wave of COVID-19."I want to donate and make a difference, but I can't because I'm gay," he said. "In the year 2020, why is that?Hajdu said both Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec are independent from government and they have to do the right amount of research to end the ban entirely. She said the organizations have been funded by the government to do that, but Duncan accused Hajdu of hiding behind bureaucrats."She had no problem during an election campaign telling gay men this would end," he said.Three times, he asked Hajdu directly if she'd accept a blood donation from him, and three times she did not directly answer."Does she not feel comfortable, from me as a gay man, taking my blood," he asked.Hajdu said as soon as the blood agencies submit their recommendations on how to end the ban, they will be reviewed and changes will be made. "I think the gay blood ban needs to end," she said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020. Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
VICTORIA — B.C. Premier John Horgan's new cabinet relies on some familiar faces in key positions with Adrian Dix remaining in health and David Eby at attorney general, but he appointed new finance and education ministers Thursday in an expanded inner circle that will focus on keeping people safe through the pandemic. Selina Robinson, the former minister of municipal affairs and housing, was named finance minister, replacing Carole James, who did not seek re-election last month due to health reasons. Horgan said his government will rely on a variety of ministers in the fight against COVID-19 and to steer the province's economic recovery efforts. But Dix, Robinson and Ravi Kahlon, who was appointed jobs, economic recovery and innovation minister, will carry many of the pandemic duties. Khalon is taking on "an enormous responsibility" and will be responsible for the province's recovery plan announced in September, Horgan told a news conference. "Ravi will be the point person and I'm confident that he is going to make sure everything we can do will be done," Horgan said. Khalon, a former Olympic field hockey player, served as Horgan's parliamentary secretary in the forests ministry in the last NDP government. Horgan had similar praise for Robinson, saying her work ethic is unprecedented and she's well known across B.C. from her work as the municipal affairs and housing minister. She is also a former city council member in Coquitlam. "I have tremendous trust in her capacity," he said. "I gave her an awful lot to do on the housing file, on the municipal affairs file. Her understanding of the people of B.C. is unmatched." James will continue to work with Horgan as a special adviser, taking a post that pays $1 a year, Horgan said. Newcomer Jennifer Whiteside, a former official with the Hospital Employees' Union who ran for the New Democrats in New Westminster, was named education minister, replacing Rob Fleming, who was moved to the transportation portfolio. Horgan says his 57-member caucus will be engaged in the government's decision making either as parliamentary secretaries or through new government caucus committees that have been put in place. He described the cabinet as "a diverse and dynamic team." The NDP won a majority government in last month's election, capturing 57 of the 87 seats in the legislature. The new cabinet includes 20 ministers and four ministers of state. Horgan named 12 men and 12 women to cabinet posts, who are supported by 13 parliamentary secretaries. The premier kept some of his most senior ministers in their previous cabinet posts, including Mike Farnworth as solicitor general and Harry Bains as labour minister. Eby was given the added responsibility of housing. Three former MPs were handed cabinet posts, with Murray Rankin being named Indigenous relations and reconciliation minister; Nathan Cullen as minister of state for lands, natural resource operations; and Sheila Malcolmson, who served in the last legislature after leaving federal politics, becoming the minister of mental health and addictions. Fin Donnelly, also a former MP, was named parliamentary secretary for fisheries and aquaculture. Among the newcomers to cabinet are Mitzi Dean at children and family development; former Tofino mayor Josie Osbourne at municipal affairs; and Nicholas Simons at social development and poverty reduction. The swearing-in ceremony was different because of the pandemic. Horgan was with Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin at the University of Victoria for the ceremony, while all the cabinet ministers, except Eby who was at the university, were sworn in through video links. People across B.C. are struggling with the burdens of the pandemic, now in its ninth month, Horgan said. "But we are buoyed by the good news of vaccines on the way, but until then, we have to continue to do our level best to keep the second wave of COVID-19 under control and prepare for the new year." Horgan has recalled the legislature for a brief session with a throne speech on Dec. 7. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020. Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous version spelled the last name as Khalon. It is Ravi Kahlon.
On Thursday evening the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) identified a positive COVID-19 case in an individuals at Ecole St. Mary High School in Prince Albert. In a news release by the Prince Albert Catholic School Division on Sunday evening the division explained that communication has been shared with the specific classroom/cohorts, as well as the school community. These cases were acquired outside of the school setting, the division said. The SHA is proceeding with their assessment of the situation, and all individuals deemed to be close contacts are being notified. “The class/cohorts, impacted by this case, barring any other cases, are required to Self-Isolate until midnight on Dec. 3. The class/cohorts will be moved to remote learning until the isolation period is complete,” the release said. These specific class/cohorts are advised to contact 811 Healthline for advice. “École St. Mary High School will resume classes Nov. 27 for all other students and staff that are not deemed to be close contacts. Public Health officials are advising all students and staff to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms daily and not to enter the school if ill.” No further information was made available citing privacy concerns. “Our thoughts and prayers are with this member of our school community, and we hope they are doing well.” They emphasized that everyone has a shared responsibility to decrease the risk of COVID-19 entering schools. “Thank you to everyone for continuing to be diligent in performing daily health screening, staying home if ill, calling HealthLine 811 if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, practicing proper hand hygiene, maintaining physical distancing as much as possible, wearing a mask when appropriate and doing everything we can to keep each other safe,” the release stated.Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald
CARACAS, Venezuela — Six American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela were found guilty of corruption charges by a judge Thursday and immediately sentenced to prison, dashing hopes of a quick release that would send them home to their families in the United States.Some relatives had been bracing for the disheartening outcome, which came on the evening of Thanksgiving Day.Alirio Rafael Zambrano, brother to two of the men, said they were “undeniably innocent” and victims of “judicial terrorism.” No evidence in the case supports a guilty conviction, he said.“We, the family, are heartbroken to be separated even further from our loved ones,” Zambrano said in a phone message from New Jersey. “We pray that the leaders of our nation step forward and continue to fight unceasingly for their freedom and human rights.”Attorney María Alejandra Poleo, who helped represent three of the men, said the case was “void of evidence.” “Of course, the defence will appeal the decision,” she said.The so-called Citgo 6 are employees of Houston-based Citgo refining company, which is owned by Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA. They had been lured to Venezuela three years ago for a business meeting and were arrested on corruption charges.Their arrest launched a purge by President Nicolás Maduro's government of PDVSA and at a time when relations between Caracas and Washington were crumbling as Venezuela plummeted into economic and social crisis.Five of the men were sentenced to prison terms of 8 years and 10 months, while one of them received a 13-year sentence. Defence attorney Jesus Loreto said the five with lesser terms could be released on parole in a couple of years.Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice announced the verdicts and prison sentences but offered no other comment on the trial's outcome.One of the men, Tomeu Vadell, has said in a letter written in a Caracas jail and provided exclusively to The Associated Press before the verdict that he had hopes for a fair trial so he could walk free with his name cleared and go home to his family in the United States.Despite his circumstances, Vadell held out hope.“During the trial, the truth has proven undeniable,” Vadell said in the four-page hand-written letter. “It proves that I am innocent.”“I’m now reaching an intersection where if justice is done, I will be able to rebuild my life and try to compensate my family for all the lost moments,” he added. “The light is intense -- the hope is great -- give me freedom.”Vadell said it was especially painful to be separated during the Thanksgiving season from his wife, three adult children and a newborn grandson he has never held.“Before living this tragedy, these celebrations were very special times for our family,” Vadell wrote, saying he embraced the traditional American holiday after moving in 1999 from Caracas to Lake Charles, Louisiana, for a job with Citgo. “Now, they bring me a lot of sadness.”It’s the first time Vadell, or any of the so-called Citgo 6, had spoken publicly since being arrested and charged with in a purported big corruption scheme. He has been held at a feared Caracas jail called El Helicoide.The others convicted are Gustavo Cárdenas, Jorge Toledo, brothers Jose Luis Zambrano and Alirio Zambrano, all now U.S. citizens. Jose Pereira, a permanent resident, received the longest sentence.They were also charged with embezzlement stemming from a never-executed proposal to refinance some $4 billion in Citgo bonds by offering a 50% stake in the company as collateral. Maduro at the time accused them of “treason.”They all pleaded innocence.The men were summoned to the headquarters of PDVSA for what they were told was a budget meeting on Nov. 21, 2017. A corporate jet shuttled them to Caracas and they were told they would be home for Thanksgiving. Instead, military intelligence officers swarmed into the boardroom and hauled them off to jail.Their trial started four months ago and closing arguments took place Thursday. The judge immediately announced her verdict.The proceeding played out one day a week in a downtown Caracas court. Due to the pandemic, sessions were held in front of a bank of dormant elevators in a hallway, apparently to take advantage of air flowing through open windows.News media and rights groups were denied access to the hearings. There was no response to a letter addressed to Judge Lorena Cornielles seeking permission for The Associated Press to observe.The office of Venezuela’s chief prosecutor said prior to the verdict in a statement to AP that investigators found “serious evidence” that corroborated financial crimes potentially damaging to the state-run company.“The Citgo case has developed normally during all the stages established by the Venezuelan criminal process,” the statement said.Loreto said his client appeared to have been caught up in a “geopolitical conflict” of which he was not a part. He said Vadell's name never appeared on any of the documents prosecutors read into evidence.“There’s nothing that refers to Tomeu in any way -- directly or indirectly,” the lawyer said. “This is the story of a good guy being held against his will for all the wrong reasons.”Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who has negotiated the release of other Americans held by hostile governments, travelled to Caracas in July and met with Maduro.He didn’t win their freedom, but days later two of them — Cárdenas and Toledo — were freed from jail and put in house detention. Two weeks later, the long-delayed trial began.Richardson told AP that conversations with the Venezuelan government continue despite his meeting with Maduro being “a little stormy.” He said he he believes there is an opening tied to President-elect Joe Biden and a desire by Maduro to improve relations with Washington.“I think the Venezuelans have been straight with me, but more progress needs to be made,” Richardson said before the verdict. “My hope is to have something positive by Christmas.”It is not clear what approach Biden will take toward Maduro. Trump aggressively pressed to remove Maduro through sweeping financial sanctions and the U.S. Justice Department has indicted Maduro as a “narcoterrorist,” offering a $15 million reward for his arrest.Vadell's letter steered clear of politics. He didn't mention Maduro or speak about his jailers, though he did express concern about the “consequences of repercussions” of speaking out.With encouragement from his family, Vadell broke his silence, taking a risk relatives said was necessary.“I believe it’s more important that the light of hope illuminates us,” Vadell wrote. “May the light of hope put an end to the sadness of my family.”The five other men did not respond to invitations AP made through their lawyers to comment.Vadell’s daughter, Cristina Vadell, said in a phone interview from Lake Charles that her father isn’t the kind of person who seeks attention. Rather, he prefers to focus on work and his family.During his 35-year career with PDVSA and Citgo, Vadell ended up running a refinery in Lake Charles and then became vice-president of refining. The letter attempts to expose this side of his life, she said.“I think he was willing to take some risks and open some hearts to allow him to come home,” she said. “I think he’s still wondering ‘What happened?’ He went to a work meeting and never came home.”___Scott Smith on Twitter: @ScottSmithAP___Associated Press writer Joshua Goodman in Miami contributed to this report.Scott Smith, The Associated Press
Les travailleurs étrangers qui possèdent un permis temporaire de travail fermé dépendent de leur employeur, ce qui les rend très vulnérables en cas de rupture de leur lien d’emploi. Ayant perdu son emploi quelques mois après son arrivée au Québec, Tiffany Mirzica s’est retrouvée plongée dans une situation d’extrême précarité et poussée à se démener pour subvenir aux besoins de sa famille et régulariser son statut migratoire. Ce qui a débuté comme un projet prometteur d’immigration économique pour la Parisienne d’origine martiniquaise et sa famille s’est vite transformé en un cauchemar. « Je pouvais demeurer en sol canadien jusqu’à l’expiration de mon visa mais ma situation était très complexe, car je devais trouver un nouvel employeur qui accepterait de refaire toutes les démarches d’immigration. » « Pourtant, j’avais mis cinq ans à préparer mon projet d’immigration, assistant à tous les salons de l’immigration possibles en France et en faisant deux voyages exploratoires au Québec avant d’immigrer avec ma famille », dit la mère monoparentale de 3 enfants entre 6 et 14 ans. Tomber dans la précarité aussitôt Mme Mirzica a été recrutée en France pour un poste de cadre dans une entreprise en gestion immobilière et est arrivée au Québec avec ses enfants et sa mère en juillet 2017. Lorsque son emploi s’est terminé abruptement quelques mois plus tard, elle s’est vue dans l’impossibilité de travailler ailleurs en raison des restrictions de son visa. « Je faisais partie de la catégorie des personnes qui se retrouvent noyées dans les démarches administratives d’immigration et laissées pour compte, c’était un enfer ! », dénonce-t-elle. Ayant dépensé toutes ses économies dans son déménagement au Québec avec sa famille, elle a lancé un appel à l’aide aux autorités municipales d’Anjou où elle résidait à ce moment-là, mais il est resté vain. « On m’a conseillé de rentrer chez moi et de revenir une fois que j’aurais les fonds pour m’en sortir », déplore-t-elle. Des Samaritains et des organismes à la rescousse Elle a trouvé du soutien auprès de l’école de ses enfants qui les a inscrits au Club des petits déjeuners et leur a offert des vêtements de neige neufs. « Je ne les remercierais jamais assez de nous avoir aidés ! », lance-t-elle. Le Centre humanitaire d’organisation de ressources et de référence d’Anjou (CHORRA) leur a fourni pour sa part un soutien alimentaire. Mme Mirzica a pu se remettre sur pied grâce également à ses proches, à ses voisins et à la propriétaire de son logement à Anjou qui lui a permis de reporter le paiement de son loyer. Bénévolat et entrepreneuriat Incapable d’être embauchée par un nouvel employeur en raison de son permis de travail fermé, Mme Mirzica se lance sur le chemin du bénévolat entre 2017 et 2018, œuvrant notamment pour la place des femmes dans le milieu entrepreneurial. « Mon but en immigrant ici était d’offrir un meilleur avenir à mes enfants et d’apprendre et me nourrir de la culture québécoise, mais aussi de laisser ma petite patte. » Du soutien trouvé en région « J’ai rencontré Tiffany en mars 2019 lors de la Journée portes ouvertes de la Ville de Saint-Hyacinthe où nous participions comme exposant », dit Ana Luisa Iturriaga, directrice générale de Forum-2020, organisme dont la mission est d’attirer et de soutenir les nouveaux arrivants dans la région de Saint-Hyacinthe. L’organisme a accompagné 499 nouveaux arrivants en 2018 et 600 en 2019, la majorité étant des immigrants. La députée de Saint-Hyacinthe et vice-présidente de l’Assemblée nationale Chantal Soucy déplore la lenteur des démarches d’immigration, soulignant le besoin grandissant d’arrimage entre les besoins de main-d’œuvre dans la région et les immigrants. « Nous avons accompagné Mme Mirzica, car elle s’est retrouvée sans emploi et dans le néant en raison de son permis fermé et de la complexité des démarches entre les deux paliers du gouvernement. » Tomber entre deux chaises Trois mois avant l’expiration de son permis de travail, une entreprise locale s’apprête à embaucher Mme Mirzica. Toutefois, en raison du délai de traitement de la demande et du changement dans l’admissibilité du poste offert, la démarche a échoué. « Ils ont déboursé près de 4000 $ en frais administratifs et d’immigration pour me recruter mais ç’a été un enfer ! », déplore-t-elle. En juillet 2019, son visa arrive à échéance et elle se retrouve avec sa famille avec un statut implicite au Canada. Elle est alors aiguillée par le bureau de la députée vers John Sanchez, responsable diocésain au diocèse de Saint-Hyacinthe, accompagnateur de personnes en situation précaire, notamment les familles à statut précaire, les réfugiés et les travailleurs agricoles de la région. Les difficultés pour régulariser son statut « Tiffany avait épuisé ses ressources administratives pour régulariser son statut et son dernier recours était de se rendre à la frontière pour sortir et rentrer au pays à nouveau. » Le 17 mars dernier, ils se rendent donc ensemble au poste frontalier de Lacolle. Voyant qu’elle ne détenait plus de statut légal au Canada, les agents frontaliers ont interpellé et interrogé Mme Mirzica pendant plusieurs heures. « Étant une femme persuasive et connaissant tout sur les démarches d’immigration et ayant de forts arguments en main, elle a pu convaincre les agents de la laisser entrer à nouveau au pays », raconte M. Sanchez, originaire de Colombie. « On a fini par m’accorder un visa de visiteur et un délai d’un mois pour régulariser ma situation », indique Mme Mirzica. Ayant réussi à obtenir un permis d’études, elle poursuit actuellement un programme en arts, lettres et communication au cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe et travaille à l’Association Aide en immigration (AAI), ne sachant toujours pas ce qu’il adviendra de son avenir au Québec.Karla Meza, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Devoir
There has recently been an informal change in health directives in the Prince Albert Catholic School Division when a student tests positive for COVID-19. Last weekend Saskatoon Public Schools changed their guidelines where entire classes have to isolate after a single positive case in a class. A similar change has also occurred in the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division. Director of education Lorel Trumier explained that the change to having entire classrooms or cohorts self-isolate has to do with the increase of cases in the community and province. “Essentially if there is a positive case within a cohort or a class that entire cohort or class will isolate until a period of time as based as on the opinion of the Public Health,” Trumier said. She explained that local public health perform their investigation and determine the timeframe for isolation for the group. “That of course is very precautionary but it is essential that we do try to reduce the spread and I think that schools are important in this process. And we have been working very diligently in our schools to make sure that we reduce the spread. We are pleased to say that the spread has not occurred within our schools to date,” Trumier said. For example, in the recent case identified at the before and after school program at Ecole Holy Cross, the cohort will be self-isolating until midnight on Dec. 3. A cohort is a group of people and a classroom can be part of a cohort as well as a cohort itself. “It is a cohort that, together, they have been identified as a close contact to an individual who has tested positive. Therefore that cohort will need to isolate for a period of time,” Trumier said. This case is more specifically a cohort because it is a before and after school program and not a classroom. The change in how a COVID-19 case is handled didn’t come specifically from the province but more from consultations. “It was in dialogue with our health authority. We meet regularly with our local health officials, we also have the opportunity to meet regularly with Dr. (Saqib) Shahab and work through some procedures and processes. We need our medical officials and we need our medical personnel, our essential workers, to be able to continue working so we have got to do what we can to reduce the spread and stop the spread. Because it grows exponentially,” Trumier said. There have been cases reported at St. Francis School, Ecole St. Mary High School and Ecole St. Anne since October. There was also an outbreak, which means more than two cases in the same location, declared at Ecole St. Mary High School on Oct.24. None of the cases were acquired at the school, but rather brought in from the community. All of these outbreaks are still listed as active by the province. Outbreaks have to declared over by an SHA Medical Health Officer before they can be removed from the list. According to a release by the SHA on Tuesday, eight per cent of all infections come from educational institutions. Cases are more likely students or staff and test positivity is higher in the 14-year-old to 19-year-old age range. Shahab said Wednesday that sports and recreational activities were causing much of the spread into schools and workplaces. Trumier explained that the division believes these measures plus proper practices such as hand washing, sanitization, distancing where possible and social distancing where possible can lessen the spread. “Those are all the heavy lifters to reducing the spread and so we are going to continue our process so we have our students and staff interests here as a priority and make them priority number one,” Trumier said. The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health were not available to comment on whether isolating entire classrooms was a provincial direction as of deadline.Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald
Australia has told 13 special forces soldiers they face dismissal in relation to a report on alleged unlawful killings in Afghanistan, the head of the country's army said on Friday. An independent report published last week in redacted form said there was evidence that 39 unarmed Afghan prisoners and civilians were killed by 19 Australian soldiers. Under mounting pressure, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, the head of the Australian army, said 13 current soldiers have been issued with notices that could eventually lead to their termination.
WATERLOO REGION — Three local Indigenous leaders are getting recognition for their advocacy and activism. Atlohsa Family Healing Services, a not-for-profit organization that provides Indigenous-focused programming and services, has chosen O:se Kenhionhata:tie — also known as Land Back Camp — as one of eight recipients of the 2020 Atlohsa Peace Awards. Launched in 2018, the Atlohsa Peace Awards recognize leaders who make significant contributions toward addressing Truth and Reconciliation in their communities. Land Back Camp organizers Shawn Johnston and Amy Smoke are being honoured for their success in engaging the City of Kitchener, City of Waterloo, and the Region of Waterloo to address their calls to action. They are also being lauded for creating a space where urban Indigenous youth have been drawn in efforts to reclaim land, language, and traditions. This year’s ceremony on Dec. 10 will feature live performances and a keynote from Sen. Murray Sinclair, the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba. Proceeds from ticket sales for the awards ceremony go toward Zhaawanong in London, Ontario, a 24-hour emergency women’s shelter that provides Indigenous-led crisis support for women and their children at risk of violence, abuse and homelessness. Smoke, manager of Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC) at the University of Waterloo, is also being recognized locally. Smoke has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Ken Murray Award from the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation, which will be awarded at KWCF’s upcoming Chair’s reception on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Local Indigenous leaders are also receiving national awards. Lori Campbell, WISC director, was recently recognized as one of the 2020 Women of Inspiration by the Universal Women’s Network two weeks ago. Campbell wrote in an email that this national award for her work as an Indigenous leader was an honour, and that nominations in several other categories floored her. “It tells me that I’m having an impact not only in the Indigenous community but as a leader in the broader community.”Fitsum Areguy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Waterloo Region Record
Federal government officials say three million Canadians could be vaccinated in early 2021, but warn any timelines are uncertain and emphasize that no vaccine has been approved for use in Canada.
Les foyers d’éclosion de COVID dans des sites d’exploitation pétrolière albertains se multiplient. Cette croissance a des répercussions dans d’autres provinces. Ainsi, depuis le début de septembre, la majorité des nouvelles personnes infectées à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador sont des résidents de cette province, récemment revenus de leur travail en Alberta, et faisant régulièrement la navette entre les deux provinces pour gagner leur vie. Selon les plus récentes informations diffusées sur le site Internet du gouvernement de l’Alberta, des foyers d’éclosion sont actifs dans deux sites de la pétrolière CNRL, deux sites d’Imperial Oil, deux de Suncor et un site de Syncrude. La majorité de la main-d’œuvre de ces installations situées au nord de Fort McMurray est composée de travailleurs qui font la navette vers leur résidence située dans d’autres régions albertaines et d’autres provinces. La découverte de leur contamination survient souvent lors de leur retour à la maison. Ce phénomène est particulièrement important et visible à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. Entre le 1er septembre et le 25 novembre, le nombre de nouveaux cas à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador est passé de 269 à 324. Parmi ces nouveaux cas, selon des données colligées par CBC Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador dans un reportage du 24 novembre, 18 de ces nouveaux cas venaient directement de l’Alberta et 16 d’entre eux étaient des travailleurs de retour de cette province. Tous les autres venaient également d’ailleurs au pays ou dans le monde. Pour le moment, Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador est la seule province qui n’a pas de contamination communautaire, soit aucun cas dont la source n’a pas été déterminée. Ainsi, le 25 novembre, la médecin en chef de cette province, la Dre Janice Fitzgerald, a annoncé un nouveau cas d’infection venant tout droit de l’Alberta, une femme d’une quarantaine d’années. Elle a également indiqué qu’un nouveau foyer d’éclosion avait été déclaré sur le site de l’Imperial Oil à Cold Lake, en Alberta, où travaillent plusieurs personnes de la province la plus à l’est du Canada. Deux jours plus tôt, Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador enregistrait son premier cas dans une école. La petite fille contaminée est une proche d’une personne revenant, elle aussi, de l’Alberta. En raison du grand nombre de Terre-Neuviens qui travaillent ailleurs au Canada, le gouvernement de cette province diffuse une liste des lieux où des foyers d’éclosion ont été déclarés. Dans cette liste, on retrouve majoritairement des pétrolières, les mêmes qui ont été recensées par la Santé publique albertaine. Selon les années, de 15 000 à 25 000 personnes de cette province travaillent ailleurs au pays et dans le monde. Quitter son chez-soi, pour subsister Pourquoi autant de Terre-Neuviens doivent-ils partir si loin pour travailler ? Depuis le moratoire sur la pêche à la morue annoncé le 2 juillet 1992 par le ministre fédéral des Pêches, John Crosbie, des dizaines de milliers de pêcheurs et de travailleurs d’usine de poisson de Terre-Neuve se sont retrouvés sans emploi. Depuis, ils s’expatrient loin et temporairement, à l’extérieur des frontières de leur province, pour gagner leur vie, notamment en Alberta. Selon une étude du regroupement de chercheurs universitaires Partenariat On the Move, réalisée à partir de données de Statistique Canada, l’Alberta est devenue depuis 2014 la première province de destination pour ces travailleurs, soit pour 57 % d’entre eux. Statistique Canada rapporte aussi qu’entre 2014 et 2019, plus de 11 000 personnes sont déménagées dans la province albertaine. Mesures sanitaires Aujourd’hui, toutes les personnes qui arrivent à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, doivent s’isoler pendant 14 jours, à l’exception des travailleurs essentiels et de ces travailleurs en rotation. Dans leur cas, ils peuvent mettre fin à leur isolement si un test, effectué 7 jours après leur arrivée, est négatif. Ceux qui arrivent depuis un site où il y a un foyer d’éclosion doivent s’isoler durant 14 jours.Hélène Lequitte, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Devoir
Some Alberta faith communities are opting to suspend gatherings, despite rules allowing in-person worship to continue across the province. On Tuesday, the government announced new restrictions on places of worship, in areas like Calgary and Edmonton — anywhere with an enhanced status. The rules stipulate that faith leaders must calculate their pre-COVID attendance and cut it down to one-third of the regular total.The province encouraged online services, along with the distinction that in-person meetings and religious gatherings cannot be conducted in a private home while the measures are in effect. But some religious leaders say this doesn't go far enough and have ceased offering mass and in-person religious gatherings for the time being. Others have tightened their restrictions above and beyond the province's mandate.The Very Rev. Leighton Lee is the director of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, which is the Anglican cathedral in downtown Calgary. He's also the dean of the Anglican Diocese of Calgary. When cases began to climb, Lee was asked to reconvene a task force to come up with recommendations and measures to respond to the second wave of the pandemic. The decision was to suspend services beginning Nov. 15 until at least Dec. 6 — subject to change based on the pandemic situation. "We were making this decision to say, 'look, we can do our part and we can, in fact, be leaders in the community,'" Lee said. "We are faith leaders and we can demonstrate that by saying we believe the responsible thing to do as citizens of this province is to stay home as much as possible."The Rev. Anna Greenwood-Lee of St. Laurence Anglican Church said that while the diocese has decided to suspend mass for the time being, a message from the government would be more impactful and less confusing. "I commend churches that are sort of taking matters into their own hands," Greenwood-Lee said. "Frankly, it's confusing when we sort of put an extra layer of responsibility on churches to have to go above and beyond the guidance provided by the province."During the pandemic, Greenwood-Lee said there are other things more important than mass for her community, such as acts of service to the vulnerable populations who need a hand."We're called to donate to the food bank. Some of my parishioners are driving for the food bank right now to drop off food hampers at people's homes," Greenwood-Lee said."There's all sorts of good work that we can do as people of faith, even though we can't worship together on Sundays in person."Government 'sending the wrong message'Greenwood-Lee said the government's lack of limitations when it comes to in-person faith gatherings sends the wrong message, especially when faith-based gatherings have accounted for several of the province's outbreaks."[Premier] Jason Kenney seems hesitant to curtail people's rights or freedoms, but there's a basic ethical concept that none of us have any rights without responsibilities," Greenwood-Lee said."We have responsibilities to our neighbours. We have responsibilities to pay taxes. We have responsibilities not to drive while intoxicated. And right now we have a responsibility to limit public worship, to limit social gatherings, to wear a mask in order to protect the most vulnerable in our society."'If it's not safe we won't do it'First Alliance Church Calgary has two campuses in the city. In pre-pandemic times, one of the auditoriums was able to seat more than 2,000, lead pastor James Paton said.But after the pandemic's first wave, attendance was not encouraged, just available. To his knowledge, when people attended worship services after reopening, at most they were sitting 200 to 300 people, with distancing in place.With the rise in COVID-19 cases across Alberta, Paton said it was decided to stop weekend services until the weekend of Jan. 9."Whether that becomes the date with the open or not, I think would be very dependent on whether the multi-wave pandemic has got back under control," Paton said. "If that's not safe, we won't do it."Imam says mosque going above and beyond rulesShaikh Fayaz Tilly, a senior imam with the Muslim Council of Calgary and chaplain with the University of Calgary, said mosques in-person programming has moved online. The only in-person worship is permitted for Friday prayer."All of our programming, with the exception of Friday prayer, has switched to online programming," Tilly said. "The Qur'an speaks about, you know, Friday, the day of congregating, as long as it is safe for people to congregate. And we truly believe that, you know, families who pray together, stay together as a community to pray together, stay together as well."Tilly added the mosque is going above and beyond government recommendations in terms of attendance and health measures. For Friday prayer, he is encouraging only those who are healthy and without comorbidities to attend in person. Prayer lasts for approximately 12 minutes, Tilly said, and congregating isn't allowed. 'How can we preserve human life?'Rabbi Mark Glickman is the spiritual leader of Temple B'nai Tikvah. He said in-person gatherings have been suspended. He cannot speak for other temples but noted some of the more conservative groups have practices and rules that don't allow an easy shift to online worship."The Jewish perspective on the question of to shut down or not shut down comes down to how can we most effectively preserve human life? And that trumps everything in Judaism," Glickman said."That's really what we're looking for … however possible."Alberta Health did not have a percentage breakdown to reflect how many COVID-19 cases have been traced to faith communities. But the agency did note there have been "various large outbreaks" throughout the pandemic.
Yukon reported three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a press release issued around 8 p.m. Thursday, including one linked to the recent Diwali festival in Whitehorse. Two of the cases are in Whitehorse, and one is in an unnamed "rural community." That case, the news release says, is likely linked to a known outbreak in Whitehorse, though the investigation is not complete. There are now 12 active cases of COVID-19 in Yukon. Anyone who was at the Diwali festival on Saturday, Nov. 14, and is experiencing symptoms is asked to get tested immediately. The other Whitehorse case is linked to a known case in Whitehorse. A public exposure notice has been issued for: * Save-On-Foods between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, Nov. 18. "If you were in contact with someone at a location listed in the public exposure notices, you are a secondary contact and you do not need to self-isolate," the release reads. "If you are not notified and do not have symptoms, you may continue with your usual daily activities." The Yukon government asks anyone with any of the following symptoms to self-isolate and arrange for testing immediately. They include: * Fever * Chills * Cough * Difficulty breathing * Shortness of breath * Runny nose * Sore throat * Loss of sense of taste or smell * Headache * Fatigue * Loss of appetite * Nausea and vomiting * Diarrhea * Muscle achesYou can reach the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083, or visit the Whitehorse drive-thru testing centre at Centennial Motors across from the airport. Leave a number if asked, and call back if you do not receive a call within 24 hours.Yukon has now had 42 cases of COVID-19 in total, and one death.
The "technical glitch" that contributed to a backlog of COVID-19 tests in New Brunswick involved fax machines, the province's chief medical officer of health revealed on Thursday.Dr. Jennifer Russell didn't say specifically what the problem was, only that it "had to do with fax machines" in the Fredericton health region, Zone 3."My understanding is that's been resolved," she added.Russell was responding to a question from CBC News about comments made by Health Minister Dorothy Shephard at Wednesday's briefing.Shephard told reporters that a "technical glitch" earlier this week had delayed online test requests getting through to schedulers, and that a second "issue" had also contributed to the backlog.The revelation that fax machines were involved prompted an immediate response on social media, with some users suggesting, tongue in cheek, that a paper jam was responsible.Most posts expressed shock fax machines are used, or even still exist. "AxeTheFax," wrote Linda Dalpé. "The results are on the way by Pony Express," wrote Kendall Harrison.Asked Thursday for more information about Shephard's comments, Russell said she didn't know what the second issue was."We do have a backlog, which we have been working on [by putting a second testing centre in Saint John], and we were hoping to have it rectified by Friday, at the latest. So that's what I can tell you right now," she said.Reporters were limited to one question each.The extent of the backlog has not been made clear, but Shephard noted Wednesday an increase in requests for testing. On Tuesday alone, 1,384 requests for a test were submitted online, including 503 from the Saint John region and 333 from the Fredericton region. Russell acknowledged Wednesday the delays "would be frustrating and cause more anxiety."The backlog in the "ability to test and screen symptomatic patients in a timely manner" was one of the reasons the government decided to bump the Fredericton region back to the stricter orange phase of COVID-19 recovery, effective at midnight Thursday, she said. It's "really, really important."Other factors included the high numbers of social interactions and settings, multiple exposure settings, including schools, pubs, gyms, health facilities and sports clubs, and "significant" population interaction between the Fredericton region and the two other regions already in the orange phase — Saint John (Zone 2) and Moncton (Zone 1).Testing capacity is being increased in both the Fredericton and Saint John regions "to ensure that bottlenecks do not occur," she said.On Wednesday, Russell said the backlog did not affect priority testing, such as pre-surgery testing or results for people who are close contacts of confirmed cases or self-isolating. As of Thursday, about 1,700 people in the province are in self-isolation, including 377 in the Fredericton region, said Russell.Public Health completed at least 1,497 tests on Wednesday, according to the government's website. That's up from 1,060 on Tuesday and 316 on Monday.A total of 120,145 tests have been completed since the pandemic began in March.
A couple accused of assaulting and robbing a man in Meadow Lake were scheduled to enter pleas on Nov. 23 but the matters were adjourned in Meadow Lake Provincial Court. The RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) arrested Rocky Fiddler and Lana Aubichon, both 36, on Oct. 23. According to Meadow Lake RCMP, they got a call at about 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 22 that a man had been assaulted and robbed. He had serious but non life-threatening injuries. Fiddler and Aubichon were identified as the suspects and the Meadow Lake RCMP called in the RCMP tactical ERT unit to assist in the high-risk search warrant at a home on the 400 block of 7 Street West in meadow Lake. During a search of the residence, police found ammunition, a quantity of controlled substances and a number of items allegedly linking Fiddler and Aubichon to the armed robbery and assault. Aubichon was charged with robbery with a firearm, assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and uttering threats. She also had outstanding warrants at the time. Fiddler was charged with robbery with a firearm, assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement, and uttering threats. Aubichon and Fiddler are now scheduled to appear in Meadow Lake Provincial Court on Dec. 21 to enter pleas and elect how they want to be tried. Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist
Caregivers at Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Côte Saint-Luc will have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing every two weeks, the centre announced Thursday as families called for government intervention to stop the virus's spread at the long-term care home. There are 39 active COVID-19 cases among residents.. Eight of whom are being treated in hospital, while the rest are being treated in a cohort on the home's seventh floor. Since the start of the second wave, fifteen residents have recovered while, eight have died.An email signed by Jennifer Clarke, the centre's coordinator, as well as its co-chiefs Dr. Jack Gaiptman and Dr. Kris MacMahon, relayed the information to the families of residents Thursday evening. Clarke said Tuesday the outbreak was traced to a resident who was infected their caregiver.Earlier in the day, a number of family members rallied in front of the centre calling for government action. The centre was one of the hardest hit long-term care facilities during the first wave of the pandemic. Families say they worry the centre's management didn't learn from what happened in the spring. Côte-Saint-Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, who said his 62-year-old cousin died at the home during the first wave, has also called for more prevention measures at Maimonides. Families at the rally asked for mandatory weekly testing of staff and caregivers, and for staff to be given N95 masks to use at work. They thanked the staff for their hard work. Clarke, the centre's coordinator, and Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, the president of its local health board, the West-Central Montreal CIUSSS, have defended the home's handling of the outbreak, saying it has implemented several more precautions since the first wave. They also refuted a nurse's assertion that a colleague had been forced to work in the home's red zone one day and in a green zone the next. Gabriel Sigler, whose mother is a Maimonides resident, was at the rally."I'm very worried. I mean yesterday someone next door to her contracted COVID and was sent to the cohort," Sigler said."Luckily she is negative, but when I talk to her she says she feels like a duck in a shooting gallery, just coming closer and closer."In the email to families Thursday, the centre's leaders said the mandatory testing for caregivers would beging Dec. 14. "We value the important role that caregivers play at Donald Berman Maimonides. At the same time, we must ensure that their visits are conducted as safely as possible. Therefore, we have decided to introduce an additional precautionary measure," the email said. Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé was asked about the outbreak at the facility Thursday. He said what he had heard about how Maimonides was handling it was positive. "I asked for a clear exam on this one since this is a CHSLD that had some issues in the first wave," Dubé said.Rosenberg, of the local health board, said Maimonides has enough protective equipment and patient attendants, but admitted the nurses were short-staffed. He said the CIUSSS had also applied for a rapid testing pilot project with the Quebec Health Ministry.
Collisions on Edmonton streets have dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the city says nearly the same number of people died in traffic-related incidents so far this year as in 2019. Jessica Lemarre, the City of Edmonton's director of traffic safety, said the volume of traffic decreased at different points in the past eight months and likewise, so did collisions. However, 12 people have died in traffic collisions so far this year, while 14 people died in 2019. "Which tells us things like speed and impairment continue to be extremely risky behaviour — not only risky, but also illegal — that leads to tragedy," Lemarre said. At a news conference Thursday, Lemarre presented an outline of Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025, a new approach by the city to achieve Vision Zero. The city adopted Vision Zero in 2015, a campaign that started in Sweden in 1997 with the long-term goal of zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. In 2015, 32 people died from traffic collisions on Edmonton roads. By 2019, that death toll had been cut in half, Lemarre said, and there were 30 per cent fewer serious injuries than five years earlier. Lemarre noted that 69 per cent of serious collisions and deaths are on arterial roads. "We know when we look at the cause of those crashes that 80 per cent of those crashes are the results of driver error." Since Vision Zero began in Edmonton, 82 crosswalks have been upgraded, the report says. Pedestrian vs driver Safety measures, such as improving signals and signs at intersections, have proven effective for drivers but not so much for pedestrians and cyclists. The report shows from 2015 to 2019, motorcycle crashes were down about 60 per cent and vehicle crashes, 30 per cent. Crashes involving people walking were down 10 per cent, and those with cyclists didn't change. The city uses data from Edmonton police reports to dissect causes and elements related to collisions. In 2019, the top causes of serious and fatal collisions were tailgating, drivers losing control and running off the road, not yielding to a pedestrian, drivers running red lights, and turning left across the path of another vehicle or person. In the coming months, Lemarre said the city will continue exploring traffic-calming measures and safety improvements. She said there are many options, including community-focused projects like jersey barriers painted by local artists or vibrant crosswalks with creative paint. In recent years, the city has installed eight scramble crosswalks and synchronized signals, she noted. Council's urban planning committee will review the strategy at a meeting next Tuesday. Like previous traffic safety work, the new strategy will be funded by the automated enforcement reserve. Proposed budgets for new traffic safety work will be presented to city council early next year. Photo radar Part of the Safe Mobility Strategy includes photo radar, a controversial area of speed enforcement that Coun. Andrew Knack hopes can be partly resolved. "There's this never-ending debate on whether photo radar is a cash cow," Knack said. More than a year ago, Knack asked city administration for an update on an interactive map they were working on that would show people if photo radar improved safety at various locations it's used around Edmonton. "Instead of that immediate reaction of either it's good or it's bad, actually have some hard data to be able to show people and say: 'in each location, here's the specific impact we have seen when we use this tool'." Knack said in the west end, the stretch on 142nd Street between 107th Avenue and Stony Plain Road gets a lot of criticism. The speed limit goes down to 50 km/h from 60 km/h. "I'm not sure if that's making things better," Knack said. "Is there a better set of tools?" Lemarre said that data and the interactive map - to be posted on the City's Open Data site — is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.