Katie Crank's amazing version of 'When You Say Nothing at All'. The lyrics came to mind after a very long and exhausting day with 4 boys, being a mom is the hardest, yet most rewarding job!
Katie Crank's amazing version of 'When You Say Nothing at All'. The lyrics came to mind after a very long and exhausting day with 4 boys, being a mom is the hardest, yet most rewarding job!
WASHINGTON — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for co-operation on a transition of power.But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back.On Thursday, after a Thanksgiving evening conversation from the White House with troops stationed overseas, Trump abruptly pivoted to angrily alleging — still without any evidence — that “massive fraud” was behind his defeat.Speaking to news crews gathered to watch the traditional holiday conversation with the military, Trump denounced officials in battleground states he'd lost as “communists” and “enemies of the state.” Trump also announced he'd be travelling to Georgia to meet with what he said would be tens of thousands of supporters on Dec. 5, ahead of two runoffs there that will likely determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.The 2020 presidential race is turning into the zombie election that Trump just won’t let die. Despite dozens of legal and procedural setbacks, his campaign keeps filing new challenges that have little hope of succeeding and making fresh, unfounded claims of fraud.But that’s the point. Trump’s strategy, his allies concede in private, wasn’t to change the outcome, but to create a host of phantom claims about the 2020 presidential race that would infect the nation with doubt and keep his base loyal, even though the winner — Biden — was clear and there has been no evidence of mass voter fraud.“Zombies are dead people walking among the living — this litigation is the same thing,” said Franita Tolson, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. “In terms of litigation that could change the election, all these cases are basically dead men walking.”It's a strategy tolerated by many Republicans, most notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who are clinging to Trump as they face a test of retaining their own power in the form of two runoff elections in Georgia in January.“This really is our version of a polite coup d’etat,” said Thomas Mann, senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. “It could end quickly if the Republican Party acknowledged what was going on. But they cower in the face of Trump’s connection with the base.”A day after Trump said his administration should begin working with Biden's team, three more lawsuits were filed by allies attempting to stop the certification in two more battleground states. In Minnesota, a judge did not rule on the suit and the state certified the results for Biden. Another was filed in Wisconsin, which doesn't certify until Tuesday. Arizona Republicans filed a complaint over ballot inspection; the state certification is due Monday.And the campaign legal team said state lawmakers in Arizona and Michigan would hold meetings on the election “to provide confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted in the November 3rd election.”In Pennsylvania, where state Republican lawmakers met at Gettysburg on Wednesday to air grievances about the election, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani attended in person and Trump dialed in from the Oval Office.“We have all the evidence," Trump asserted. “All we need is to have some judge listen to it properly without having a political opinion.”But the strongest legal rebuke yet came from a conservative Republican judge in federal court in Pennsylvania, who on Saturday dismissed the Trump team's lawsuit seeking to throw out the results of the election. The judge admonished the Trump campaign in a scathing ruling about its lack of evidence. The campaign has appealed.Trump's allies have privately acknowledged their plan would never actually overturn the results, but rather might provide Trump an off-ramp for a loss he wasn't owning up to and an avenue to keep his base loyal for whatever he does next.“And then our governing and politics will be hellish, because he will continue doing what he’s doing from his private own perch,” Mann predicted.Emily Murphy, the top official at the General Services Administration, declared Biden the “apparent winner” Monday, a procedural yet critical step that allowed for the transition to begin in earnest. She made the determination after Trump's efforts to subvert the vote failed across battleground states. She cited “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results.”Michigan certified Biden’s 154,000-count victory Monday, despite calls by Trump to the GOP members to block the vote to allow for an audit of ballots in Wayne County, where Trump claimed he was the victim of fraud. Biden crushed the president by more than 330,000 votes there.“The board’s duty today is very clear,” said Aaron Van Langevelde, the Republican vice chair. “We have a duty to certify this election based on these returns.”Still, the Trump legal team dismissed the certification as “simply a procedural step” and insisted it would fight on.Trump and his allies have brought at least four cases in Michigan that sought — unsuccessfully — to block certification of election results in part or all of the state.In Pennsylvania, after Gov. Tom Wolf certified Biden as the winner, an appeals court judge ordered state officials to halt any further steps toward certifying election results. The state has appealed to Pennsylvania's Supreme Court.In Arizona, just as lawyers for a woman in the Phoenix area dropped a case alleging that equipment was unable to record her ballot because she completed it with a county-issued Sharpie pen, Trump’s campaign filed its own lawsuit echoing some of the same complaints. As that suit was about to be dismissed, lawyers for the woman filed a new case reviving the claims and demanding that she be allowed to recast her ballot. All three of the cases have now been dismissed.“The legal process seems to be unfolding the way it’s supposed to, but the Trump campaign has made clear its desire to throw wrenches in the system wherever it can,” said Lisa Marshall Manheim, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law.___Richer reported from Boston. Associated Press writers Maryclaire Dale in Philadelphia, Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin; Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix and Steve Karnowski in St. Paul, Minnesota, contributed to this report.Colleen Long, Alanna Durkin Richer And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
One classroom at a Shelburne elementary school has been closed, with students being asked to self-isolate following a confirmed case of COVID-19. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, a notice was sent out by Centennial Hylands Elementary School principal, Tammy Fleming, providing information on the situation. “We will continue to work closely with Public Health and take their direction as they complete their investigation,” said Fleming. “All students and staff determined to be at high risk of exposure will be directed to isolate and recommended to be tested within their isolation period.” As of Thursday (Nov. 26), the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) has listed Centennial Hylands as being “open,” with one closed class confirmed. Measures have been taken to ensure the safety of all staff and students, and Public Health will perform a risk assessment if any other transmission is determined as a result of their investigation. “Custodial staff did a thorough cleaning and disinfection of the impacted areas of the school last … as part of our enhanced cleaning protocol,” explained Fleming. It is unknown as to whether or not the positive case was with a student or teacher, as the identity of the individual is protected by privacy legislation. According to the UGDSB’s reporting page, Centennial Hylands is the only school in Dufferin County identified as having an active case of COVID-19. A letter was also sent out by Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) outlining what the health unit and school are doing to prevent further spread of the virus at Centennial Hylands and within the community. “Our building is safe and remains open to staff and students,” said Fleming. Currently, Dufferin County is in orange-level restrictions, with WDGPH confirming an additional 27 cases since their last update Nov. 24, bringing the number of cases within its boundaries to 1,290. The total active number of cases within the health unit’s area is at 155, with 18 active in Dufferin. Three people were hospitalized in WDGPH due to COVID-19. Any individuals with questions about the situation are directed to contact Public Health at 519-822-2715 ext. 7006.Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner
Le Comité de la commémoration du 50e anniversaire de l’expropriation de Mirabel invite les personnes intéressées à une activité qui a pour but de rendre hommage aux femmes ayant lutté pour que les terres expropriées soient rétrocédées, alors que l’on inaugurera, par le fait même, une plaque commémorative installée à la Maison Jean-Paul-Raymond, dans le secteur de Sainte-Scholastique. Le tout se déroulera le vendredi 11 décembre prochain de manière virtuelle. L’événement, qui prendra la forme de conférence, mettra en lumière le rôle joué par toutes ces femmes auprès de leurs familles et de leur communauté pendant une période difficile. Des personnes impliquées dans le dossier de l’expropriation de Mirabel livreront des témoignages et permettront de faire le point sur le vécu et la contribution des femmes lors des événements qui se sont déroulés des décennies auparavant, mais qui laissent toujours ses traces. Rappelons qu’à la fin des années 1960, le gouvernement fédéral s’était approprié 97 000 acres, parmi les terres agricoles les plus riches du Québec, afin de construire le nouvel aéroport de Montréal, à Mirabel. La nouvelle touche alors plus de 3 000 familles, ainsi que 14 villages et municipalités des Basses-Laurentides. Des citoyens impliqués Rita Léonard-Lafond sera l’une des personnes qui témoigneront, elle qui a été elle-même délogée de sa maison. Ceux qui suivent le dossier de près se rappellent que Mme Léonard-Lafond a été impliquée activement à titre de porte-parole pour les gens expropriés, au sein du Comité d’information et d’animation communautaire (CIAC). Elle est aussi membre du Comité de commémoration du 50e anniversaire. D’autres acteurs prendront la parole au cours de l’événement. Ils seront disponibles afin d’échanger après la conférence. Considérants les mesures liées à la pandémie, l’activité se tiendra virtuellement, sur la plateforme Zoom, le 11 décembre, dès 14 h. À noter que l’on doit absolument confirmer sa présence d’ici le 30 novembre prochain. Seules les personnes ayant confirmé leur présence recevront le lien Web qui permettra de se connecter sur la plateforme. D’ailleurs, une assemblée générale suivra, sur le coup de 15 h, à nouveau sur la plateforme Zoom. Pour confirmer sa présence aux deux événements, vous devez écrire au Comité de commémoration du 50e anniversaire de l’expropriation de Mirabel, via le firstname.lastname@example.org. Nicolas Parent, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Éveil
TORONTO — Christmas decorations, clothes and kitchenware are visible from the front window of National Thrift on Toronto's Keele Street, but people who stop by are greeted with a sign on the door that says the store is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.Non-essential businesses in Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region have been ordered by the province to close until the week of Christmas, in an effort to suppress surging COVID-19 infections.While grocery, hardware stores and other department chains remain open for in-person sales, shoppers and business owners say the new restrictions have made it harder for people with less disposable income to get by. Vanessa Barra peered into the dark front window of National Thrift on Wednesday afternoon. She said she recently moved to Ontario and was looking for some essentials like kitchenware.“When I moved here, I didn’t take a lot of stuff with me,” Barra said from the sidewalk outside. “With the lockdown it’s kind of hard to find a job and I’m looking for something cheap I can use. I think this kind of place has that.”At a nearby Value Village, flanked by open retailers including Metro and Shoppers Drug Mart, more than a dozen people approached the locked doors, some looking for second-hand clothes, others for games to pass the time while stuck at home. Municipal and provincial officials have encouraged residents to support local businesses during the four-week lockdown by ordering online or using curbside pickup.For National Thrift, which has three locations in Toronto, cataloguing thousands of unique donated items online would be “literally impossible to do,” said operations manager Jake Davis. It's left customers who rely on lower prices to buy clothes for their families, as well as kitchen goods and other essentials, in a bind. “Their dollar does stretch a little bit further than going to regular retail,” Davis said, adding that clothing should be considered a necessity, especially with kids still attending school in Ontario’s locked-down zones.The timing may also hurt families ahead of the holiday season, he said. National Thrift stores sell second-hand toys that have been cleaned up to look like new, so families who can afford gifts for their kids if brand-new is outside their price range. “It is very, very unfortunate,” Davis said. “I think the safety of everyone is at the forefront of everyone's mind. But in terms of closing, it does hurt a lot.”Pegasus Thrift in east Toronto also shut down its in-person sales this week. Profits from the second-hand shop fund the charitable activities of the Pegasus Community Project, which runs day programs for adults with developmental disabilities, some of whom volunteer at the store.The leadup to Christmas is often a busy time for sales among shoppers who rely on lower prices, or those who are looking for unique finds, said Paula Murphy, executive director of the non-profit.She said the shutdown will affect sales and it's disrupted the routines and social connections for participants in Pegasus' social programs, who were already isolated during the spring lockdown. “It's devastating to the people we support, it's devastating to the families, it's devastating to my staff,” Murphy said of the closure this week.Other social enterprises have had to pivot as Peel and Toronto weather measures aimed at reversing increasingly dire COVID-19 case counts. St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown Toronto wrote on social media this week that its drop-in hot meal service is now takeout only due to the restrictions.The provincial department of health did not directly answer whether thrift stores are considered non-essential during the lockdown phase of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework. A statement from the Ministry of Health said individual businesses “should consult their legal counsel to determine how the lockdown regulation … applies to their specific business.”It also pointed to relief funds available to support businesses. “To be clear, moving regions into a lockdown is not a measure this government takes lightly,” the statement said. “However, as we have seen around the world, lockdowns are a difficult but necessary step to stop the spread, safeguard the key services we rely on and protect our health system capacity.” Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations, which sell used furniture and other home goods at reduced prices, have remained open in the Greater Toronto Area and Peel Region during the lockdown stage because of the hardware component of their catalog. Jim Waechter, who directs the ReStore Success and Product Support program for Habitat for Humanity Canada, said the stores have had to pivot to more online sales, curbside pickup and delivery since the pandemic began.He said it's been a worthwhile shift to continue offering sustainable, affordable options to people during a difficult time.“We're proud of that role that we play in our local communities,” he said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020. Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press
November 26, 2020 - Jeremy Prete (pictured above) began Epic Youth Services because of a moment in his childhood when someone reached out to mentor him and changed the course of his life. Prete moved to Cardston shortly after his parents divorced when he was 12 years old, and he remembers vividly the moment he walked past some kids from the football team who told him he didn’t belong. He believed them -- he hated his life, hated the town, and had no friends. One day he was walking up the hill with a slurpee in hand when the coach of the football team drove up, a stranger to Prete, and asked him to try out for the team because he was the right size for football. Walking up to tryouts Jeremy recognized the same boys he had seen earlier that year and he almost turned around, but coach Floyd Baxter saw him coming and told him he was where he needed to be. Baxter and other coaches became mentors to Prete and changed the course of his life by finding him a place to belong. Football became Prete’s family and saved him in a time when he needed connection. Mentoring became a strong principle for Prete who has since coached football, basketball, and baseball and also been a mentor to kids he was teaching in his church’s seminary program. Working on the FCSS board and as president for Cardston Victims services Prete noticed that he couldn’t reach all the kids that needed mentoring through his sports and church circles, and he dreamed up the youth centre as a solution. On completion of his degree in clinical counselling he and his wife shut down their carpet cleaning business to fund the purchase of the building where Epic Youth Services was born. Epic Youth services is a social and recreational centre intended primarily for use by youth by Junior and Senior High school students. The groups website states “Epic supports opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship, and recognition.” The building is strategically located near the middle school and High School so the services can be easily accessed by youth in the area. Prete has created many strategic partnerships with other stakeholders in the area such as Family and Community Support Services, Bridges of Hope, and Alberta Mentoring. With these allies he has many resources at his fingertips including some funding, help with legalese, and the ability to operate under charitable status. Epic Youth services is indeed a not-for-profit service, meaning it is not run for personal gain. Prete is employed by Bridges of Hope as the director of services and makes a small salary in compensation for the long hours he puts in, but the job satisfaction is what keeps him coming back. Running his own company previously was more financially successful, but he says “it feels better at the end of the day even though my bank account is tiny. I don’t want to go home and feel like my day was a waste and I’ve squandered my existence. The connection with the kids is more impactful than a paycheque has ever been.” Prete also has been able to keep up a counselling business on the side called Foundations Family Counselling so that he can continue his important work at the youth centre and still provide for his family. Running the youth centre is a big undertaking that Prete has taken on. It looks like arranging programming, counselling and connecting with youth, and also significant hours pouring over grant applications and fundraising efforts. Two major community fundraisers are the Home Run Derby and community discount cards. Only two days into the week and Prete has already applied for two grants on behalf of the centre. Resident grant-writer and in house counsellor, Prete is certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, sexual trauma, suicide risk assessment, anxiety and depression disorders, and more. Prete describes what the programs at the centre were like pre-COVID, with food, art therapy, open stage, karaoke night, jam sessions, mini and big concerts, slam poetry, joke offs, movie nights, video game tournaments, table game tournaments, knitting club, board and card game tournaments, relationship success courses, introduction to finance, a resource centre for homework help, resume writing aids, assistance with university applications, hygiene skills programs, teen tech awareness nights, and parent support groups. The programs, counselling services, and mentoring led to group dynamics that Prete says “had an energy and a pulse -- it was alive and every station was being used in the intended way. There were no cultural lines, no race or religion divisions, no kids at the top of the hill saying you don’t belong here”. Running the youth centre during a pandemic has not been an easy task, and the youth centre has danced the pandemic pivot like all businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The children that had been accessing the centre are in more need of help now than ever, but only 15 at a time could sign up to participate in any given program prior to further restrictions this week. There are still about 500 kids registered at the centre, but recruitment is down because of school closures last year. Further restrictions put in place by the government this week will cause even more disruption of services to the youth needing connection in the Cardston community. Prete is continually adjusting as new government regulations emerge, but has been able to start new programs to keep EPIC alive and well in the community. Pandemic Epic is running a food hamper program along with FCSS through which they provide food to families in the area, the youth centre also arranged for a free back to school shopping day where youth could choose new to them clothes from a couple thousand pieces that had been donated, and they have created a 24-hour local help phone/text line so community members can access free counselling, food hampers, and hygiene products. Prete is constantly envisioning and creating an adaptable path through the pandemic to reach the youth who need this community program most. He is connecting with individual kids and groups on zoom and he has purchased over 200 stockings that he has stuffed with goodies he can drop off door to door while doing mental health check-ins with kids who haven’t been able to spend as much time at the centre recently. Covid has caused an uproar in many people’s lives, leaving them with the feeling that they are hanging on to the edge of a cliff with their fingernails. Jeremy Prete and Epic youth services, however, are still around trying to catch people before they fall, Empowering People and Inspiring Change -- keeping the heart of Epic alive no matter what 2020 throws at them.Elizabeth Thompson-Christensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temple City Star
The RCMP's major-crimes unit is now leading the investigation into the sudden death last week of a man in Hopedale.On Nov. 20, the RCMP said its detachment in Hopedale, on Labrador's north coast, was investigating the death of a 37-year-old man the day before.Police have not released any information about the circumstances of the man's death. On Thursday evening, the RCMP released a short statement saying its major-crimes unit had taken over the investigation, which includes the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the RCMP's forensics identification division.The press release warns Hopedale residents to expect "an increased police presence over the next number of days as the investigation continues."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Le Syndicat des infirmières inhalothérapeutes et infirmières auxiliaires de Laval (SIIIAL-CSQ) et la Fédération de la Santé du Québec (FSQ-CSQ) ont publié, le jeudi 19 novembre, une déclaration d’engagements en matière de sécurité pour ses membres et les usagers. Ils souhaitent voir tous les membres du conseil d’administration du Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de Laval apposer leur signature au bas de celle-ci. «Oui, il y a certaines leçons qui ont été retenues, mais il y a encore beaucoup de choses à faire, note Claire Montour, présidente de la FSQ-CSQ. Je pense au temps supplémentaire obligatoire et à la stabilité des équipes. Les mesures mises en place à la première vague touchent les propositions présentées, donc le CISSS de Laval devrait signer.» Un total de 10 engagements sont énumérés dans la déclaration transmise à l’organisation de santé. Ceux-ci touchent particulièrement les travailleurs des installations de santé et l’importance de conserver les mesures mises en place lors de la pandémie à plus long terme. «Il y a des mesures partielles qui sont en place et nous sommes très contents, mais nous voulons nous assurer que ces mesures seront prises à nouveau dans l’éventualité d’une troisième vague ou s’il arrive quelque chose», précise Isabelle Dumaine, présidente du SIIIAL-CSQ. Parmi les demandes intégrées dans les engagements, notons le désir de mettre fin au temps supplémentaire obligatoire, le fait de ne pas accorder un traitement privilégié au personnel du secteur privé, ainsi que d’assurer un approvisionnement sécuritaire et suffisant en équipement de protection individuelle. «On a un gros enjeu au niveau des masques N95, ajoute Mme Dumaine. Nous savons que nous avons plus de 400 000 masques qui sont disponibles avec des dates de péremption et l’employeur hésite encore à les fournir.» Le CISSS de Laval a bel et bien accusé réception de la documentation des organisations syndicales. Il a toutefois été décidé, en concertation avec le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, que la déclaration ne serait pas signée. «Les propositions sont nobles, mais dans un contexte de pandémie alors que nous nous préoccupons de la santé de notre population, il est impossible de répondre à l’ensemble de ces demandes», mentionne Judith Goudreau, porte-parole du CISSS de Laval. À titre d’exemple, elle revient sur les engagements de ne pas délester de personnel et de ne pas faire de temps supplémentaire obligatoire. «Bien que l’organisation le souhaiterait, dans le contexte de pandémie, il nous est impossible […] de s’engager dans de telles mesures. Il en va de la santé et du bien-être de notre population.»Nicholas Pereira, Initiative de journalisme local, Courrier Laval
On Thursday afternoon (Nov. 26), the Province of Ontario announced that drivers from lockdown regions will be unable to seek road tests in other regions. This comes as part of the move to cancel all in-vehicle road tests in regions that enter the grey zones, a decision which came into effect on Nov. 23. The announcement specifically identifies Toronto and Peel Region residents, explaining that any cancelled tests will be without penalty. DriveTest service advisors in other areas have been given direction to restrict residents from those regions at lower COVID-19 levels from booking tests, effective Nov. 30. "We know that these measures will result in some people experiencing longer wait times for road tests," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "However, these are unprecedented times, and our number one priority is the health and safety of individuals, families and workers." Although drivers from Peel and other GTA regions have been using the Orangeville services for years, their position as COVID-19 hotspots raises concerns beyond crowding and delay issues. Fears of grey-zone drivers utilizing services have been a recent hot topic locally, after a driving examiner raised health and safety concerns about the number of drivers from red and grey lockdown zones accessing services at the Orangeville location. “In these COVID-19 lockdown areas, DriveTest centres are actually closed because conducting the drive tests is considered not to be safe under these public health guidelines,” Coun. Lisa Post said during a meeting of council on Nov. 23. “It seems a little strange that we're allowing drive tests in our safe area when it is being deemed it is not safe to happen in other areas and they are closing down those facilities.” Council unanimously supported Post’s request to send a letter to provincial decision makers demanding “cross region access” to the Orangeville DriveTest location be restricted. Following Thursday’s announcement, Post said she was happy to hear that action was being taken by the government. “I’m grateful that the province took quick action to ensure that drive tests are being conducted in a safe manner with the safety and protection of our examiners in mind,” she said. DriveTest centres affected by total road test closures from the lockdown include those in the City of Toronto and Peel Region, including Brampton, Downsview, Etobicoke, Metro East, Mississauga and Port Union. Those drivers from grey lockdown zones who currently have road tests booked in different regions will need to cancel the appointment.Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner
Individualisme ou collectivisme, masculinité ou féminité, distance hiérarchique… Plusieurs dimensions culturelles interviennent dans le potentiel créatif d’un pays donné.
While Adamson Barbecue has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons, restaurateur Sameer Vahidy is trending in the opposite direction by trying to collaborate with other kitchens and shops as they’ve been forced to shutter their doors for another lockdown.
An Ottawa-based watchdog group is asking a judge to rule that Premier Blaine Higgs's provincial election call in August was illegal because it violated fixed-date legislation.Democracy Watch isn't looking to overturn the results of the Sept. 14 election but is asking the Court of Queen's Bench to declare that it was against the law.Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher said changes to the Legislative Assembly Act in 2007 took away the power of premiers to ask the lieutenant-governor to dissolve the legislature whenever they want to."To pass a bill and say 'This is changing all the rules,' and then say 13 years later, 'No, none of the rules changed,' is completely contradictory and goes totally against what's on the public record," he said.But a leading expert on Canada's parliamentary system and its unwritten conventions said Conacher is wrong and the legal action will go nowhere.Philippe Lagassé said Conacher's organization attempted the same thing in 2008 when former prime minister Stephen Harper called a snap election despite his own government's passage of a fixed-date election law.And they lost."The precedents are well set," Lagassé said. "There's already a federal case that the provincial judges can look to. So it's a fruitless exercise." Higgs himself agrees."The premier is confident that he had the legal authority to call an election," said spokesperson Nicolle Carlin. "As the matter is now before the courts, we have no further comment."A seeming caveat to New Brunswick's fixed-date requirement is in the law itself. The statute says elections must be called every four years but acknowledges that "nothing in this section" takes away from the lieutenant-governor's power and discretion under the Constitution to dissolve the legislature.Conacher said the lieutenant-governor's discretion is already restricted by unwritten constitutional conventions that she can only do that on the advice of the premier.And he said the premier, unlike the lieutenant-governor, can be reined in by the law. "What we're challenging is the premier's advice to the lieutenant-governor to dissolve the legislature and to call an election and set an election date," he said. "The legislature of New Brunswick prohibited those things back in 2007."The lieutenant-governor can only exercise that discretion to dissolve the legislature when advised by the premier and the cabinet, and the premier and cabinet [at the time] said, 'We're putting this measure in to say we're not allowed to advise you to do that except for every four years.'" > For three elections in a row, premiers followed the fixed elected date and so did the lieutenant-governor, so that creates a convention. \- Duff Conacher, Democracy WatchHe said there's another key difference between the New Brunswick situation and what the Federal Court ruled on in 2009.In the federal case, Harper was calling an early election without ever having followed his own fixed-date law, less than two years after it was passed.In New Brunswick, three different premiers — Shawn Graham, David Alward and Brian Gallant — have all heeded the law in calling elections four years after the previous ones. "For three elections in a row, premiers followed the fixed elected date and so did the lieutenant-governor, so that creates a convention," he said.But the 2009 Federal Court ruling also said that because conventions are unwritten rules that lack the force of law, the courts have no role in enforcing them. Early election for 'stability'Higgs called this year's election because he said he needed "stability" that his minority government lacked to keep fighting COVID-19 and working on economic recovery.In August he asked the three other parties in the legislature to sign an agreement committing to keep him in power until the scheduled election date in October 2022, in return for greater input into government policy.Even though a deal with just the Greens and the People's Alliance would have given him that stability, Higgs called an election after the Liberals balked at the idea of an agreement.He went on to win a majority government with 27 out of 49 seats.Conacher said the main argument for having fixed-date election laws is they prevent, or should prevent, an incumbent government from controlling the timing of a campaign to its advantage."Snap elections very much favour the ruling party, and they're very unfair to everybody else," he says.But Lagassé said that because the constitutional powers of a governor-general or lieutenant-governor can't be rewritten, the laws amount to a gimmick."Why do they exist? Because it looks good. But it doesn't do much."
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Prince George, B.C., resident Judy Howard recently shelled out $50 for a six-pack of soy sauce after a family Facebook bidding war, and she feels like she got a pretty sweet deal — or salty, to be more accurate.A single bottle of Canadian-made China Lily Soya Sauce usually runs about $3 and is a staple in many kitchens in northern B.C., primarily in Indigenous households where it is often used liberally in traditional dishes and everyday dinner prep.Currently, it is incredibly hard to come by, and that's causing a bit of a panic among regular purchasers.The sauce is crafted by Lee Foods in Toronto. False rumours the factory is closing could be behind why grocery stores in B.C.'s north have been cleaned out, Amazon has nothing to offer, and prices on eBay keep climbing.Prince Rupert, B.C., resident Carolina de Ryk, host of CBC's Daybreak North, caught the concerned chatter of locals on social media and contacted Lee Foods to find out why people were fearful their favourite brand was on the brink. A woman at Lee Foods who took de Ryk's call said there are no plans to shut down the family-run business.Her explanation for the shortage was simple: "China Lily Soya Sauce is the next toilet paper in the COVID-19 pandemic."While hearing the company is still open may be a relief for some, the current situation remains dire for die-hard fans. So much so that Tahltan President Chad Day released a tongue-in cheek-warning on Facebook that soy sauce bootlegging would not be tolerated. Annita Macphee, who is Tahltan and lives in Vancouver, said she remembers rice with China Lily being a component of many childhood meals. She told de Ryk its popularity in many Indigenous kitchens could be because so many Indigenous and Chinese people worked together at one time in coastal canneries."I've heard of people buying 16 bottles," she said, adding she currently has a line on some bottles that surfaced in Powell River, B.C., so she should be supplied for the time being.Howard, meanwhile, is likely being hailed as a hero by her immediate family for the six-pack she scored after her nephew, Sheldon Howard, Jr., a Prince George resident originally from the Gitxsan community of Gitsegukla in northwestern B.C., auctioned it off."I don't think it was extortion," said Howard, who uses the sauce to flavour much of her cooking, especially salmon and herring roe dishes.This year, said Howard, a bottle or two from Santa would be a coveted Christmas gift for many in Gitsegukla.To really dive down into the cultural significance of China Lily, De Ryk also spoke with Jeremy Pahl, also known as Saltwater Hank, a Tsimshian First Nation member and Prince Rupert resident.He was plum out at the start of the week but, while it was weighing heavy, he said he was staying strong."We are going to get through it, and future generations are going to look back and say my ancestors survived the great China Lily shortage of 2020," Pahl said with a chuckle.Pahl later got lucky when some employees at Coast Mountain College called up de Ryk to let her know they had a bottle and it was Pahl's if he wanted it. You can bet he did.But if you're not one of the lucky Howards, don't know about a stash out of town, and no kindly neighbour has tracked you down via the national broadcaster to offer you a spare bottle, don't despair — Lee Foods is still in full swing.In a statement, company president Christopher Wong said while there have been some supply, shipping and staffing hiccups due to the pandemic, customers can expect to see China Lily Soya Sauce back on the shelves within the coming weeks.To hear Judy Howard talk about her Facebook auction score on CBC's Daybreak North, tap the link below:
* As of Wednesday, Saskatchewan's long term came homes were grappling with a total of 76 COVID-19 cases. * There are 27 outbreaks in facilities serving seniors or vulnerable clients.Saskatchewan's largest seniors complex is the latest care home in the province to be hit with a COVID-19 outbreak.On Wednesday, health officials reported an outbreak at Pioneer Village in Regina. The province reports a confirmed outbreak when at least two or more cases are present.According to Pioneer Village's website, the facility has 390 long-term care residents, plus housing for 176 independent senior tenants. More than 600 full- and part-time staff work at the centre. It's not clear how many residents and staff are infected or how many workers have had to self-isolate. CBC News has asked the Saskatchewan Health Authority, which operates Pioneer Village, for that information.The health authority has used Pioneer Village as a location for COVID-19 testing for the wider public.As of Wednesday, there were 76 COVID-19 cases in long term care homes, according to an update provided Thursday by health authority CEO Scott Livingstone.He said there have been 27 outbreaks in facilities serving seniors or vulnerable people. Most of the long-term care homes and special care homes in Saskatchewan with declared outbreaks were dealing with five or fewer infected people as of Nov. 24, according to a new weekly update released by the Ministry of Health. But even a small number of cases can have a significant impact on care homes. "One case in long-term care is too many [for] a very vulnerable population, as we've seen from other jurisdictions," Livingstone said.Providence Place, a care home in Moose Jaw, had seven cases of COVID-19 as of Nov. 24. But in a Nov. 23 email to residents and families, the home said that because any employee who was in close contacted with an infected person has to self-isolate for 14 days, "we have significant staffing challenges over the coming weeks."Oliver Lodge, a seniors' home in Saskatoon, only had one case of COVID-19 as of Nov. 24, but faced the same staffing challenges, executive director Frank Suchorab said Wednesday. Largest care-home outbreak in SaskatoonLuther Special Care Home in Saskatoon is dealing with the province's largest long-term care-home outbreak, with 35 cases as of Wednesday night, according to the latest update to families and residents."The number of staff who work on the outbreak unit who are self-isolating has stabilized and we are actively managing each case with support from Public Health and Occupational Health and Safety," the update stated."That having been said, the large number of individuals away from work is causing concern. To manage this concern we continue to have regular daily meetings with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to ensure they know what is going on and problem solve."Infection control experts and public health workers came to look over the home on Tuesday. "Work took place to implement changes and they are coming onsite again to review our process and make adjustments as required," according to the update.At Providence Place in Moose Jaw, the number of cases increased to 11 as of Thursday — four residents and seven staff. As a result of infected workers having to self-isolate, "we have many staff out of the workplace," according to the home's latest update. Despite the shortfall, "we are managing to shift coverage," the update continued. "We have suspended outpatient programs and are able to redeploy staff to [long-term care] to support the staff shortages. In addition, we are able to access the labour pool within the Saskatchewan Health Authority if it should be required."
Ottawa's planning committee has rejected a proposal by the owner of the Kanata Golf and Country Club to turn the course into a housing subdivision, but two related legal challenges are still in play.City staff rarely recommend the committee reject a development, but called ClubLink's proposal to build 1,544 homes with developers Richcraft and Minto "premature."High-tech magnate Terry Matthews weighed in during Thursday's virtual meeting, praising Kanata's existing balance of housing and green space, and urging the committee "not to screw it up."> It defies all his good planning principles, and the reason people choose to live there. \- Chris Teron, son of 'Father of Kanata' Bill Teron"And if you think I'm going to take an area like the two golf courses I own in Kanata North and have them changed into some kind of buildings — forget it! You have to hold the green space," Matthews said.Chris Teron, son of the late "Father of Kanata" Bill Teron, said his dad would have been "horrified" at the loss of green space."It defies all his good planning principles, and the reason people choose to live there," said Teron.Committee voted 7-1 to reject ClubLink's proposal, with only Coun. Jeff Leiper going against the grain. The file now goes to full city council Dec. 9. Leiper seeks 'coherent story'"This was critically important. The community and myself have been opposing this for almost two years since it reared its head," said Kanata North Coun. Jenna Sudds. She said the zoning and subdivision applications had a "plethora of outstanding issues."But Leiper, who has seen highrises and semi-detached homes sprout up in Westboro, wrestled with the rationale for rejecting the ClubLink proposal."How am I going to tell the residents of Kitchissippi a coherent story about intensification when we're working to preserve the character of some neighbourhoods, but we're not working to protect the character of others?" he asked city staff.ClubLink did not appear Thursday, but in a letter to the planning committee its Toronto-based lawyers said the report by city staff offers "little or no analysis as to why the proposed redevelopment would not be compatible with the existing surrounding residential neighbourhoods." According to the letter, ClubLink still believes the outstanding issues "can be resolved" by working cooperatively or through mediation.ClubLink had already appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal after the city failed to respond to its development application within the required time period. A six-week hearing is scheduled to start in January 2022.But first will come a decision from the courts. The City of Ottawa argued at a hearing in July that a nearly 40-year-old agreement that requires 40 per cent of the Kanata Lakes area be protected as green space remains valid. Sudds said she expects a decision on that any day.
Halifax-area businesses ordered closed in an effort to curb the city's rising number of COVID-19 cases are getting another round of financial support from the province.Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said Thursday that the province would offer a one-time grant of up to $5,000 to small, independently owned bars, dine-in restaurants and fitness and leisure centres.The businesses are among those that are now closed for at least the next two weeks under health measures that took effect Thursday.MacLellan said it's the third round for a grant which is part of a larger $50-million relief fund for business."Those who received this in the past will be fast-tracked," he told reporters following a cabinet meeting. "If there are any that didn't apply . . . they still will be eligible."Businesses can use the grant money for any operational expenses, such as wages and supplies. To be eligible, businesses must have been operating since March 15. There is no cap on annual revenues."It's not going to solve everyone's problem. We always wish we could do more," MacLellan said.Under the new restrictions, retail stores can remain open, but they have to limit the number of shoppers and staff to 25 per cent or less of their legal capacity.MacLellan said while retailers aren't part of the targeted relief package, his department will monitor the impact on their business over what is hoped will be only a two-week period before the measures can be lifted.The province reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, including 12 in the Halifax area, one in the northern health zone and one in the western zone.It said 856 tests were administered at the rapid-testing site in downtown Halifax on Wednesday, and there were five positive results. The individuals were directed to self-isolate and have been referred for a standard test."We've seen a great uptake for asymptomatic testing among Halifax bar staff and patrons," Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health said in a news release."People are showing us how much they care about their communities by going to these pop-up rapid-testing locations. This has allowed us to detect a few cases among asymptomatic people early on and helps to stop the spread of the virus."Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has reported 167 COVID-19 cases, and it has had 1,257 cases and 65 deaths since the pandemic began.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.Keith Doucette, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said companies had to have between $25,000 and $300,000 in annual sales to be eligible.
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THREE RIVERS — Janice MacBeth wants a local, more diverse group of residents involved in setting up Three Rivers for the future. Having amalgamated in 2018, the municipality is still without an official plan outlining its long-term vision and its planning procedures across the region. In June, Three Rivers hired an Ontario-based firm to help put one together, and a survey went out to residents for their input this fall. This prompted MacBeth, a Three Rivers resident, to speak before council during a committee meeting Monday in Georgetown. She believes that council should partner with the community even more by issuing a committee specifically to help create the plan. "There's just so many factors that we need to consider," she said. "It's a one-hundred-year plan." As well, MacBeth suggests someone with experience in risk assessment is involved to weigh in on the pros and cons of potential developments. She had been a part of the committee that helped form Three Rivers leading up to amalgamation. That committee featured a group of community members from various backgrounds, and while she admits planning wasn't always easy, the different viewpoints made for a stronger outcome. "There was all these people who had different views, but we just meshed and worked together," she said. MacBeth also referenced the provincial government's council for recovery and growth as a model. It was formed this year in response to COVID-19 and features representatives in sectors such as business, education and arts working to create a 10-year response plan to the pandemic's impact. MacBeth argues that having more community voices directly involved in creating a road map for Three Rivers would be more beneficial than the survey alone. As well, she doesn't think that the Ontario firm, Fotenn Planning, would be able to adequately cater to the needs of the municipality. "How do they get the pulse of our region?" A few councillors found themselves agreeing with MacBeth's pitch. "I think we need help," Coun. Ronnie Nicholson said. Deputy Mayor Debbie Johnston suggested council get in touch with Fotenn before making any decisions on the matter to see if a resident-based committee might work within the firm's current operations. "(This) would be a great way to get the community involved in planning," Johnston said. Twitter.com/dnlbrown95Daniel Brown, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Guardian
Child health and dental care advocates are calling on a Calgary council committee to vote in favour of a motion to bring back water fluoridation when it debates the issue next week.Juliet Guichon, the president of Calgarians for Kids' Health and an associate professor of law and ethics at the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine, says the practice is cost-effective and has been shown to significantly reduce dental decay.Fluoridation in Calgary was approved by plebiscite in 1989 with 53 per cent voting in favour.The city began adding it to the water in 1991 and the practice was approved again in a 1998 plebiscite.But in February 2011, Calgary city council voted 10-3 to remove fluoride from the city's drinking water and rejected the idea of having another plebiscite or referring the issue to an expert panel.On Dec. 1, the city's finance committee is set to examine what it would cost to bring back fluoridation. "We acknowledge that city councillors are under tremendous pressure right now to reduce costs to their budgets," Guichon said in a Zoom media availability."Nevertheless … fluoridation must be considered a high priority measure."Guichon listed several arguments in favour of bringing back fluoridation, including that there's evidence the oral health of children and seniors declined after fluoridation ceased in 2011, and that it is cost effective — with $43 saved in avoided medical and dental expenses for every dollar invested, she said.Alberta Dental Association and College president Dr. Bruce Yaholnitsky said every provincial association and regulatory body in Canada is in favour of municipal water fluoridation to reduce dental disease."The benefit of fluoridation is taught in every dental school in the country and continues to be promoted," he said. "Although the greatest benefits associated with community water fluoridation is associated with children and developing teens, we know that there's benefits to all sectors of the population, especially the most vulnerable."Opponents of fluoridation have long questioned the safety of adding it to drinking water and argue that people should have a choice as to whether they're exposed to it.Council cited cost as the major reason for removing fluoride from tap water, noting the city spent about $750,000 a year to add it and about $6 million in upgrades were needed at the Bearspaw and Glenmore water-treatment plants to keep doing it.Fluoride naturally occurs in some foods and is found in the Bow and Elbow Rivers at a concentration between 0.1 and 0.4 mg/L. Health Canada recommends water be fluoridated to a level of 0.7 mg/L to prevent tooth decay.Calgary dentist Dr. Wendy Wadey says the pandemic has led to an increase in dental hygiene issues."Normal routines went out the window and so brushing and flossing routines were lost. So we're seeing more decay than we did before," she said."In addition, Calgarians have lost their insurance benefits, and even worse, some have lost their jobs, so they're deciding to delay treatment until they can get back onto dental insurance."
More than two-thirds of the world’s fields, ranches and orchards are owned by one per cent of its farmers, according to a report released Tuesday. Land inequality — the concentrated ownership of land — is skyrocketing globally, including in Canada and the U.S. It’s a trend driven by large-scale industrial farming and export-oriented agricultural policies with wide-ranging impacts on everything from food security to climate change. Those investments aren’t always obvious. Historically, land ownership analyses have excluded key pieces of information, such as the value of land and the degree of control a person or organization has over it, according to the report’s authors. For instance, many farms operate under contract to agri-food corporations, giving them control over production methods and market access without explicitly owning the farm. Investors are also purchasing farmland at increasingly high rates, pushing land prices beyond the value of the crops they can produce and exacerbating farmland consolidation. An analysis of these control mechanisms was included by the coalition of organizations behind the report — a novel technique, said Ward Anseeuw, co-author of the report and co-ordinator of the initiative. The additional data revealed that worldwide, land inequality is 41 per cent higher than previously reported through national agricultural censuses. “These findings radically alter our understanding of the extent and far-reaching consequences land inequality has, proving that not only is it a bigger problem than we thought, but it’s undermining the stability and development of sustainable societies,” he said in a statement. Concentrated land ownership is associated with a suite of problems, including deforestation, political and economic inequality and the degradation of rural food security, the report notes. And while land inequality is an old problem — it was a key part of many colonial governments’ policies — the authors note that since the 1980s, the problem has gotten worse. That’s when national and international trade policies were implemented that made it easier for financial institutions and global agri-businesses to purchase vast tracts of farmland for conversion into industrialized crop production. This land was generally purchased from small- to mid-sized family farms growing a diversity of crops for local or regional consumption. Replacing them were larger industrialized farms owned by vertically integrated companies invested from seed to sale in international commodity markets. It’s a trend that accelerated after the 2008 financial crash, said Devlin Kuyek, senior researcher at GRAIN, an international non-profit supporting small farmers and social movements. Those investors, including several Canadian pension funds, started purchasing farmland worldwide. And with deeper pockets than most farmers, they didn’t struggle to find the land, despite policies in certain jurisdictions — including some Canadian provinces — that limit foreign farmland ownership. It’s a practice that drives land consolidation, he explained. Meanwhile, smaller-scale farmers producing food for regional and local consumption often struggle to make ends meet because of high farmland prices and competition from global commodity markets. It’s a pattern that is seen worldwide — including in B.C., explained Mullinix. The province has a proliferation of small, diversified farms serving local markets, many of which struggle to afford farmland (farmland prices in the province are also driven by real estate speculation, not only agri-businesses and investments from financial institutions). There are also several large ranches and orchards producing food for Canada-wide and international markets — and not much in between. Still, Kuyek said that Canadians have more leverage than they might think. Canadian pension funds are some of the world’s largest farmland investors and sustained pressure from the people whose money they are managing can help change their practices. “We have an interest in understanding what’s going on with our money. If the money is being used to expand industrial agriculture, kick communities off their lands, destroying the future of the planet, it’s not really a good investment that way,” he said. “But this is a new area for the pension funds, so putting pressure on them now, making them aware of the risks … it can sort of push them to hold back from stepping into that area of investment.” Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, National Observer