LANSING, Mich. — President Donald Trump did not ask Michigan Republican lawmakers to “break the law” or “interfere” with the election during a meeting at the White House, a legislative leader said Sunday, a day before canvassers plan to meet about whether to certify Joe Biden's 154,000-vote victory in the battleground state.House Speaker Lee Chatfield was among seven GOP legislators who met with Trump for about an hour on Friday, amid his longshot efforts to block Biden's win.“There was this outrage that the president was going to ask us to break the law, he was going to ask us to interfere, and that just simply didn't happen,” he told Fox News of the highly unusual meeting. He did not elaborate on what was discussed, except to say the delegation asked for additional federal aid to help Michigan's coronavirus response.Michigan’s elections agency has recommended that the Nov. 3 results — including Biden's 2.8-percentage point victory — be certified by the Board of State Canvassers, which has two Democrats and two Republicans. The Republican National Committee and the state Republican Party want the board to adjourn for 14 days to investigate alleged irregularities in Wayne County, the state's largest and home to Detroit.Staff for the state elections bureau said that claimed irregularities, even if verified, would not significantly affect the outcome. The Michigan Democratic Party said the total number of Detroit votes implicated by imbalanced precincts — where the number of ballots does not equal the number of names on the pollbook — is at most 450, or “0.029% of the margin” separating Biden from Trump.“The certification process must not be manipulated to serve as some sort of retroactive referendum on the expressed will of the voters. That is simply not how democracy works,” chairwoman Lavora Barnes wrote to the board on Sunday.If the board does not confirm the results and the Michigan Supreme Court does not subsequently order it to do so, Chatfield said “now we have a constitutional crisis." He and other Republicans, however, have indicated that they would not undermine the voters' will.“Michigan election law clearly requires that the state’s electors must be those nominated by the party that received the most votes — not the Legislature,” says a stock email House Republicans are sending in response to people who contact their offices.Experts on Michigan election law have said the state board's authority is limited in scope and that it must certify the results now that all 83 counties have reported theirs to the state. There is concern, though, because Trump personally called the two Republicans on Wayne County's board last week and they said a day later that they were rescinding their previous vote — following an earlier deadlock — but it was too late.Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, a Republican who met with Trump, suggested in a Sunday tweet that the state canvassers might “take the full time allowed by law to perform their duties" instead of voting Monday and said “it's inappropriate for anyone to exert pressure on them."The deadline is Dec. 13, but that is five days after the federal “safe harbour” date — when Congress cannot challenge any electors named by that date in accordance with state law.There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. In fact, election officials from both political parties have stated publicly that the election went well and international observers confirmed that there were no serious irregularities.The issues Trump’s campaign and its allies have pointed to are typical in every election.Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan's current longest-serving member of Congress, told CNN on Sunday that “the voters spoke" and the state had no razor-thin presidential race.“No one has come up with any evidence of fraud or abuse,” he said. He called the request to delay the certification “out of bounds.”The trip to the White House has come under heavy scrutiny. The lawmakers stayed at the luxury Trump International Hotel, and two of them were photographed with expensive drinks at the hotel bar after the meeting.Spokespeople for Shirkey and Chatfield said the legislators covered their expenses and that no taxpayer money was used. However, they did not say if the men paid for the trip themselves or if it was paid for in some other way such as by them tapping into their non-profit “administrative” accounts that can accept contributions from corporate or other donors.Finding out about who runs such lawmaker-connected organizations, who donates to them and what the money is spent on can be extremely difficult, according to a 2016 joint investigation by MLive and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Such accounts can be used to reimburse legislators for travel.___Follow David Eggert: https://twitter.com/DavidEggert00David Eggert, The Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kevin Molino scored two goals, Robin Lod added another and Minnesota United beat the Colorado Rapids 3-0 on Sunday night for the first playoff victory in franchise history.Fourth-seeded Minnesota, unbeaten in its last nine games, will play top-seeded Sporting Kansas City in the conference semifinals. Sporting beat San Jose in a shootout earlier Sunday.Molino rolled a left-footer from the top of the area inside to post to open the scoring in the 22nd minute.Dayne St. Clair, a 23-year old in his first playoff appearance, had six saves for Minnesota.Lod ran onto a long through ball from Emanuel Reynoso at the top of the area, cut back to evade a defender and flicked in a left-footed side-netter to make it 2-0 in the 54th minute. Jan Gregus tapped a cross to a charging Molino who chipped it over sliding goalkeeper William Yarbrough to cap the scoring in the 79th.Molino also scored twice in Minnesota's 3-0 win over Dallas in the regular-season finale.Colorado had won three in a row heading into the playoffs.The Associated Press
Le 24 octobre dernier, le restaurant 28 on the Lake de New Liskeard, anciennement connu sous le nom de Rooster’s Bar and Grill, recevait le chansonnier Simon Rivard. Pour souligner le mois de l’Oktoberfest, le propriétaire tentait une nouvelle formule, soit un spectacle en plein après-midi mettant en vedette un artiste bien connu dans le nord de l’Ontario. Originaire d’Earlton, habitant maintenant à Temiskaming Shores, Simon Rivard est un véritable passionné de musique depuis sa tendre enfance. La COVID-19 l’ayant tenu loin de la scène pendant quelques mois, c’est avec beaucoup de fébrilité et d’excitation qu’il retournait enfin devant un public, une dose d’énergie et d’adrénaline qui lui avait particulièrement manqué. Le spectacle au 28 on the Lake qui devait se dérouler de 14 h à 16 h s’est finalement poursuivi un peu plus longtemps que prévu. « Une fois parti, j’ai vraiment de la misère à arrêter… j’ai joué jusqu’à 5 h. » Pour gagner son public, le chanteur et musicien emploie la même recette depuis longtemps et celle-ci est infaillible. « Mon objectif, quand je fais un spectacle, c’est d’aller chercher la foule. Je commence toujours tranquillement. Peu importe que ce soit une noce, un festival, un restaurant, un party privé, je commence doucement parce que le monde n’est pas encore réchauffé. Au restaurant, j’ai donc commencé lentement. Après la première heure, j’avais réussi à embarquer le public. Dans le restaurant, ça tapait des mains, ça chantait avec moi. Plus le spectacle avançait, plus le monde embarquait. Là, à 4 h, c’était le temps d’arrêter, mais rendu là, il fallait que je continue et le propriétaire du restaurant était bien correct avec ça. » L’artiste, qui s’accompagne à la guitare, chante de tous les genres, tant en français qu’en anglais. Il passe du country au rock, de la musique pop à la chanson plus folklorique. Son style varié permet de rejoindre un vaste public. Simon Rivard sera de retour au 28 on the Lake les samedis 14 et 28 novembre de 14 h à 16 h. Son parcours La musique fait partie de l’ADN de la famille Rivard et ce, depuis plusieurs générations. « Ma passion vient de mes parents. Ils ont toujours été intéressés par la musique francophone. Ils écoutaient Claude Barzotti, Francis Cabrel, Diane Dufresne, Offenbach. Dans nos partys de famille, ç’a toujours été des chansons à répondre. » En 2e année, il chante pour la première fois devant un public, invité par Sœur Lucille à chanter à l’église, le dimanche matin. En 7e année, son talent n’est plus un secret pour personne; on lui confie le Minuit Chrétien lors d’un spectacle d’école présenté en soirée devant la communauté. Ensuite, il délaisse la musique quelque temps pour se consacrer aux sports. La passion refait surface en 11eannée alors qu’il est sélectionné pour faire partie du Spectacle Apollo de l’École secondaire Sainte-Marie de New Liskeard. « C’est là que j’ai développé mon talent et mes connaissances comme les techniques de chant, les vocalises, les respirations, la voix, la mise en scène, comment aller chercher un auditoire. On faisait 15-20 spectacles en tournée. Le processus des auditions, le fait d’être sélectionné, ça m’a apporté plus de confiance en moi. » En 1997, Simon participe au concours Ontario Pop dans le cadre du Festival franco-ontarien à Ottawa. Finaliste d’abord, il gagne ensuite dans la catégorie « interprète », ce qui lui permet d’offrir une performance devant 3 000 personnes. Il partage la scène avec le pianiste François Cousineau et le chanteur Claude Dubois qui était le porte-parole de cette édition du festival. Gagner ce concours lui permettait de se rendre directement à la demi-finale du Festival international de la chanson de Granby. « Quand j’ai reçu mon dossier d’informations avec le formulaire d’inscription, j’étais dans ma chambre, à Earlton, dans mon village de fermiers. L’été, je faisais les foins. Je ne pensais pas à la grosse scène. En juillet, je devais envoyer mon inscription pour le festival qui est en septembre. Quand j’ai regardé ça et que j’ai vu le nom de tous les artistes qui avaient déjà leur nom de scène, j’ai paniqué. Moi, je suis Simon Rivard, d’Earlton. Je m’en vais à l’Université Laurentienne en éducation physique. J’ai eu « la chienne » et j’ai décidé de ne pas y aller. Au lieu de foncer, j’ai reculé. » Longtemps, il fut rongé par les regrets. Aujourd’hui, son regard est tout autre. Maintenant père de trois enfants, il est conscient qu’il aurait peut-être passé à côté d’une vie de famille dans laquelle il est parfaitement épanoui s’il avait opté pour la musique à temps plein et à grande échelle. Malgré son désistement au festival, la musique a toujours continué à faire partie de son univers. Il donne plusieurs spectacles par année; parfois en solo, d’autres fois avec sa femme et ses enfants et bien souvent avec Claude Lapointe, un ami de Timmins avec qui il partage la scène une quinzaine de fois par année. La musique, il est fier de la léguer en héritage à ses enfants. « Mon plus vieux joue de la guitare, ma fille joue du piano et du ukulélé en plus de chanter et mon plus jeune joue de la batterie et il chante. Mon épouse chante et joue du piano elle aussi. C’est familial, notre affaire. Et c’est fou tout ce que ça apporte comme joie, comme bonheur, quand on crée de la musique ensemble. » Après ses journées de travail, ce directeur adjoint d’une école secondaire est bien content de retrouver sa guitare et son garage pour partager sa musique. Il est donc possible de voir quelques-unes de ses prestations sur sa page Facebook.Dominique Roy, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
« Tu es né avec une vocation, un don, alors utilise-le » est la signification du mot kinoamazihin. C’est aussi le nom d’une série de formations sur mesure qui a été élaborée par l’organisme Minwashin, en collaboration avec le Conseil de la culture de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue (CCAT), pour répondre aux besoins spécifiques des six stations de radio communautaire de la Nation Anicinabe de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Sur ces six stations de radio, trois sont situées au Témiscamingue : la plus jeune est la station Drumbeat, CKFF – 104.1 à Kebaowek, qui existe depuis la fin mars 2020. Celle de la communauté de Long Point First Nation, la station CFWR – 93.5, existe depuis environ 25 ans et The Coyote, CHNT – 92.3 de Timiskaming First Nation, soulignait récemment son 20e anniversaire. Amélie Brassard, agente de développement culturel pour l’organisme Minwashin, explique : « Chaque station a sa propre couleur. Certaines ont des gens qui y travaillent à temps plein, créent du contenu, sont disponibles et impliqués dans leur communauté. » D’autres stations font face à certaines contraintes et de manière temporaire, ne diffusent que de la musique. C’est pourquoi Minwashin a tenu, en janvier 2020, une rencontre avec les radios de la Nation Anicinabe pour apprendre à mieux connaître les spécialités, les forces et les faiblesses de chacune. L’organisme, dont le rôle est d’offrir ses services liés à la culture aux artistes, aux communautés et aux organisations des Premières Nations, a ensuite déposé une demande de financement pour la concrétisation d’une formation. « Minwashin s’est associé au CCAT, car ils ont l’expertise et beaucoup de contacts pour développer des formations sur mesure. Enfin, on a rencontré les conférenciers et expliqué notre démarche et nos besoins spécifiques », décrit Amélie Brassard. Les formations se font sous forme de conférences Zoom. « Au début, on devait faire Kinoamazihin en présentiel mais, COVID oblige, on a dû changer nos plans moins de deux semaines avant l’événement. Une journée complète en conférence Zoom, c’est difficile et ardu. On a donc décidé de le faire en trois sessions les 28 octobre et 4 novembre derniers, ainsi que le 18 novembre prochain. Cela nous permet d’inclure une formation supplémentaire à notre programme initial. Je crois que nous sommes très gagnants », se réjouit madame Brassard. Les participants, animateurs et administrateurs des radios communautaires anicinabek, sont satisfaits également et leurs commentaires sont très positifs. « Ça répond à leurs besoins, souligne l’agente de développement. Pour le moment, on a couvert les programmes de financement, les entrevues, les rôles et les responsabilités d’un conseil d’administration, ainsi qu’une réflexion pour un outil publicitaire. Aussi, habituellement, pour les rencontres radio, ce sont les animateurs et le directeur qui sont invités donc, c’était intéressant pour les administrateurs d’être présents puisque certains aspects de la formation les touchaient directement. Aussi, c’est toujours plaisant de discuter avec les pairs. » Les six stations anicinabek travaillent déjà de concert sur certains projets mais, comme l’explique madame Brassard, « chaque radio a son horaire à gérer dans le quotidien et ça demande de l’énergie d’organiser des rencontres ». Kinoamazihin comprend donc des moments de réflexion dirigés vers le futur, où on cherche à organiser les différentes stations en un regroupement efficace, sans pour autant enlever la couleur locale de chacune, leur défi étant de créer du contenu pour toute la nation Anicinabe, qui sera diffusé à travers toutes les stations de radio. Un grand projet commun est d’ailleurs en développement et devrait voir le jour en janvier 2021. « Depuis la dernière communication avec les signaux de fumée sur notre territoire, nous avons perdu beaucoup de notre culture, de notre langue. Aujourd’hui, les signaux de fumée se sont transformés en ondes radio et les stations de radio anicinabek seront essentielles dans le processus de garder notre langue et notre culture vivante », a mentionné Richard Kistabish, le président de Minwashin. En effet, ces stations sont des vecteurs d’informations de leurs communautés et on ne peut que se réjouir de les voir se mobiliser ainsi pour faire rayonner la Nation Anicinabe partout sur le territoire.Marjorie Gélinas, Initiative de journalisme local, Reflet Témiscamien (Le)
Alberta's associate minister of mental health and addictions said he misrepresented government policy in a town hall when he said the province was waiting for hospital capacity to be pushed to the limit before announcing further restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19."Our criteria is measured against our hospital capacity to handle ICUs and hospitalizations. So we're waiting to see where that threshold will be pushed to our limit and then gradually reduce more activities that way," Jason Luan said during the virtual town hall for his Calgary-Foothills constituency, in a video posted to social media. However, Luan said in a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday that his comments were inaccurate."Yes, hospital capacity is a critical consideration in any COVID-19 response … but I was incorrect in suggesting anyone is waiting until we are pushed to the limit," he wrote.Luan said the government is making evidence-based decisions, based on recommendations of public health officials, to avoid getting to that point. He said he regrets any confusion his statement caused and said he is not involved in making decisions around new restrictions or hospital capacity.Luan's comments come as Alberta hits new record high COVID-19 case numbers, with some of the fewest restrictions but highest infection rates in the country. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, had said Friday that the impact of the province's most recently introduced restrictions — put into place last Friday — would start to be seen this weekend. Instead, cases have continued to rise dramatically.On Sunday, the province saw 1,584 more people test positive, for a total of 12,195 active cases (both new records).That's more new cases than were reported in Ontario on Sunday, which has more than three times Alberta's population. Toronto and Peel region will introduce further restrictions Monday, including limiting retail to curbside pickup or delivering, closing indoor and outdoor dining, and prohibiting indoor gatherings. Alberta saw record hospitalizations as well with 319 people in hospital, 60 in intensive care (the province has 70 ICU beds for COVID-19 patients). A total of 471 Albertans have died.Opposition to seek emergency debateThe spiking cases and lack of new restrictions prompted a trending Twitter hashtag — WhereIsKenney — drawing attention to the fact Premier Jason Kenney, who is self isolating, hasn't made a public appearance by phone or video call in days. CBC News reached out to both the premier's office and health minister's office for comment Sunday, and did not receive a response. Alberta Health said Dr. Hinshaw would next be available to answer questions from media on Monday afternoon.Kenney had posted on social media Saturday asking Albertans to do their part and stay home if sick, wash their hands and wear a mask."As Dr. Hinshaw says, COVID-19 is deadly serious. Albertans, we can slow the spread and protect one another, but only if all of us together do the right things," he wrote. The Opposition said in an emailed release Sunday that it would be seeking an emergency debate Monday to call for action to slow the coronavirus' spread. "This is the greatest public health threat we have faced in our lives," said Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley in the release. "We have seen premiers across the country address the public in recent days and provide modelling and other information that makes it clear just how big of a threat COVID-19 is. In Alberta, we've seen nothing of the sort."Opposition Health Critic David Shepherd said that if Luan's remarks on Friday weren't true, Kenney needs to say what the real thresholds for action are.Shepherd also rejected Luan's claim that he is not a spokesperson."This is an unforgivable attempt to duck responsibility by a cabinet minister," Shepherd said. "As the associate minister of health, Luan is absolutely a spokesperson and a decision maker and he gave Albertans false information about the government's response to COVID-19."
CALGARY — The Alberta Liberal Party says its leader, David Khan, is stepping down.A news release from the party on Sunday evening says Khan is accepting a new job in law.It says the party's board of directors will meet shortly to decide on its next steps.Khan failed to win a seat in Calgary Mountain-View in the April 2019 vote, an election in which the Liberals failed to win any seats.A lawyer specializing in Indigenous rights and land-claims litigation, Khan won the party's leadership in 2017.The Liberals were once the province's official Opposition, but after a high of 32 seats in 1993, the party suffered from ups and downs until it fell to third-party status in the legislature in 2012 and elected only one member in 2015.“During my time as Alberta Liberal Leader, we were powerful advocates on significant issues including regulating Political Action Committees, remediating orphan wells, eliminating school segregation rooms, and addressing the 'red alerts' crisis with EMS," Khan said in the news release."We pushed the provincial government to take action on these matters of concern to Albertans. We also raised awareness and grew support for Universal Basic Income, and the necessity of a sales tax. I was proud to advance these forward-thinking ideas to improve the lives of Albertans."The party thanked Khan, noting in the news release he "developed bold new policies, modernized party operations and recruited a new generation of young Albertans to the Alberta Liberal Party."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.The Canadian Press
The Dukling, a traditional Chinese junk boat frequently spotted around Hong Kong's picturesque Victoria Harbour, has readjusted its tour routes to survive the coronavirus pandemic, now mainly catering to locals. Its 12 staff serve mainly foreign tourists looking to see Hong Kong's glitzy skyline from a different angle. "This disease has had a massive impact on the entire planet and Hong Kong is really dependent on trade and tourism,” said Li, seated in the wooden boat.
More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that students at Dawson College not be forced to do in-person exams at the end of term.Most of the school's end-of-term tests will be done online, but a handful of science programs have decided to schedule on-site exams.The student union has come out in opposition to the plan, saying it puts students at risk, especially as COVID-19 cases in Montreal continue to rise."It is in a red zone, we cannot possibly go in school in the centre of this pandemic," said Kevin Contant-Holowatyj, chair of the Dawson Student Union.The union released a statement saying that student health should come first."Finals are already a stressful time for students, and we believe that having to be in a room with other students can augment the stress to many of the student population. While we understand that some students and faculty may be concerned with academic integrity, this cannot outweigh in any way the risk of contracting the virus," reads the statement.The petition, which has a goal of 2,500, had more than 2,100 virtual signatures as of Sunday evening.Dawson students also circulated a petition asking for online exams in the summer term, which only garnered 500 signatures.For its part, Dawson said the decision to hold some exams in-person was made to protect academic integrity, and was done in consultation with public health experts.It said the decision could be revisited if new health concerns come to light.
JANESVILLE, Wis. — U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, according to a statement from the Republican lawmaker, who represents Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district.The congressman said he began experiencing mild symptoms over the weekend and contacted his health care provider while at home in Janesville, Wisconsin.Steil said he spent all of last week working in Washington, D.C.“Following CDC guidelines, I am immediately quarantining and will continue serving the people of Southeast Wisconsin from my home in Janesville,” he said.Steil was first elected in 2018 and held on to his seat in November for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, which includes Kenosha and Racine counties and portions of Milwaukee, Rock, Walworth and Waukesha counties.The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Tim Melia stopped all three of San Jose's shootout attempts and Sporting Kansas City converted all of its tries to beat the Earthquakes on Sunday after they finished overtime tied at 3 in the Western Conference semifinals.Top-seeded Sporting advanced to face play No. 4 Minnesota or No. 5 Colorado.Gianluca Busio scored in the first minute of stoppage time to give Sporting Kansas City a 3-2 lead, but Chris Wondolowski scored about six minutes later, heading home a high cross to the far post by Cristian Espinoza to force extra time. It was just the second career playoff goal for Wondolowski, who has an MLS-record 166 goals in the regular season.In the shootout, Johnny Russell opened the tiebreaker with a goal, Melia stopped Oswaldo Alanís, and Ilie Sánchez connected for Sporting. Jackson Yueill was stopped, Khiry Shelton scored, and Melia stopped Espinoza to end it.Melia is 6-0 in shootouts. The 34-year old goalkeeper went into the match allowing goals on just 54% (14 of 26) of the penalty kicks he’s faced, the lowest percentage in MLS history.Kansas City's Roger Espinoza opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Carlos Fierro answered in the 22nd, and Shea Salinas scored in the 34th minute to give the Earthquakes a 2-1 lead.Sánchez put away a corner kick by Busio in the 47th minute. It was the 10th goal off a corner kick by Sporting Kansas City this season, most in MLS.The Associated Press
Highlights of this day in history: UN war crimes panel to try Slobodan Milosevic for genocide in Bosnia; Ukraine's Viktor Yushchenko declares win in disputed vote; 'Life' first hits newsstands; Singer Enrico Caruso makes American debut. (Nov. 23)
HARRISBURG, Pa. — President Donald Trump is appealing a federal judge's dismissal of his campaign's effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania.The president and other plaintiffs filed notice of appeal to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sunday, a day after the judge issued a scathing order shooting down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots.The case was always a long shot to stop President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, but given Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes at stake, it was the campaign's best hope to affect the election results through the courts. Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, appeared in court for the first time in decades to argue the case this past week.U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann wrote in his order that Trump had asked the court to disenfranchise almost 7 million voters. In seeking such a “startling outcome," he said, a plaintiff could be expected to provide compelling legal arguments and “factual proof of rampant corruption" — but “That has not happened.”The Associated Press
Sask. Premier Scott Moe stood his ground on the topic of locking down the province in a radio interview yesterday, even after the province announced a record 439 new cases of COVID-19.Moe was on CORUS Entertainment's The Roy Green Show to discuss his strategy around COVID-19 and how to prevent a "disastrous" circuit-breaker lockdown in Saskatchewan. Shutting down would dramatically impact small businesses in Saskatchewan and in Canada, he told Green."That's why we are looking at every other lever that we have to control the spread of this virus … and minimize the impact on our small businesses," Moe said. His comments on The Roy Green Show were made shortly after Moe's press secretary released a statement, expressing concerns about Saturday's record high COVID-19 cases totals on his behalf.On Sunday NDP Leader Ryan Meili said Moe's interview showed the premier was gambling with the lives of Saskatchewan people and taking huge risks with the provincial economy by preventing a short-term lockdown.To Meili, Moe's comments showed he was ignoring what experts have said, what health professionals have said and what's happening in other provinces.The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses criticized the government's measures as not enough earlier this month, adding the organization to a growing list of health professionals and advocates calling on the government to do more. In Manitoba wide-scale lockdowns were enacted once that province's health-care system was overwhelmed by a second wave of COVID-19, something Meili warned could happen here soon."[Moe is] stuck with his own ideas and the fact of the matter is, is that his ideas on this are dumb," Meili said. "He doesn't have a good understanding of what's going on. He's in over his head and he's making the wrong choices and we're all going to pay for it."NDP continues calls for circuit-breaker lockdownLast Tuesday, when asked why the government wasn't introducing measures to shutter non-essential businesses — and could be seen as choosing jobs over minimizing spread of the COVID-19 — Moe said it wasn't the time for a lockdown and maintained new measures announced that day would be effective."One: it reduces the spread temporarily. Two: we are not sacrificing one for the other. We've always said that's not the choice that needs to be made," he said."We feel that we are at a stage here where a slowdown will work. We may get to a lockdown in the days ahead."Moe added thousands of Saskatchewan residents and families were still recovering from the economic burden of the first lockdown.A day after Moe made his comments, the NDP called on the government to enact a three-week-long circuit-breaker lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. On Sunday Meili reiterated his party's call for a temporary shutdown and said while such a move would have a negative impact on the provincial economy, it would hurt businesses less than a full-scale, indefinite lockdown would."Having the circuit breaker is about making sure that we have the least possible damage," Meili said. "You need to do two things: One, you need to do it early and briefly, so you actually get the cases under control — and then allow the economy to restart again — and then you have to have the financial support in place."Following the NDP's initial call for a circuit-breaker lockdown Merriman's office issued a statement rejecting the idea and said it would continue consultations with the hospitality, faith, recreation and athletic communities on further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Meili said in acting without seriousness, Moe's actions will be damaging to the provincial economy and human life in Saskatchewan and it's frustrating to see this approach from a person who's supposed to be in charge.The statement issued by Moe's press secretary on Saturday said the Premier and Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab would have more to say about COVID-19 early in the coming week.Meili said he and his party hope the government introduces measures that show it is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously when more information is provided next week."It's hard to watch this being so badly handled and all we can do is push," he said.
New Brunswick is following through on its plea to the public to follow the rules of the Emergency Measures Act.The Moncton and Saint John region are back in the orange phase with tighter restrictions following a spike in new COVID-19 cases recently. The province was true to its word on the weekend that it would have police and peace officers inspecting public spaces and businesses to make sure people are following the rules.Stacey Johnston was fined $292.50 on Saturday for not wearing a mask outside of Walmart in Saint John.Johnston and her cousin had just finished getting groceries when they stopped outside the store to have a cigarette.They pulled down their masks while they were smoking. Both were fined."There was no firm warning, or anything. It was just, 'You don't have your mask on fully, so you're getting a ticket,'" Johnston said. Johnston said she knew Saint John had moved back into the orange phase earlier that day, but didn't know everything that came with it."Why don't they give people the chance to see this information before they start ticketing people?" she said.According to Johnston, they weren't the only ones without a mask in the parking lot.Johnston said the officer who issued them their tickets noticed other people walking across the parking lot without a mask and dealt with them after Johnston got her ticket.Restaurants checkedEnforcement officers were also monitoring businesses in the Moncton region.Government officials were at a Dixie Lee in Bouctouche Sunday. The restaurant was told to enforce single-household bubbles at each table or face a fine.The business didn't have enough staff to deal with the request so it closed the dining room.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's approval rating has risen to its highest level in a year with barely six months to go before legislative elections, an opinion poll showed on Sunday. The face-to-face survey of 1,000 Mexicans between Nov. 12-18 by polling firm Buendia & Laredo showed Lopez Obrador had the support of 64%, bolstered by his social spending programs. The rating was up from the 59% he scored in the pollster's prior August telephone survey, reaching the highest level since November 2019 - well before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 100,000 people in Mexico.
BAIE-COMEAU, Que. — Brandon Frattaroli scored twice while Nathael Roy scored the shootout-winning goal as the Baie-Comeau Drakkar vanquished the Val-d'Or Foreurs 3-2 in Baie-Comeau on Sunday afternoon.Frattaroli scored his first of the game in the second period, before scoring the game-tying goal with 10:01 to play in the third. Jacob Gaucher and Marshall Lessard scored for the Foreurs.Roy and Julien Hebert scored in the shootout for Baie-Comeau. Justin Ducharme scored in the shootout for Val-d'Or.Olivier Ciarlo turned aside 31 shots for Baie-Comeau. William Blackburn saved 16 shots for Val-d'Or. Val-d'Or outshot Baie-Comeau 33-18. The Drakkar (4-8-0) went 1-for-2 on the power play. The Foreurs (7-1-4) went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.ARMADA 4 VOLTIGEURS 1BOISBRIAND -- The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defeated the Drummondville Voltigeurs 4-1 in Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday evening. Luke Henman, Alexis Gendron, Yaroslav Likhachev and Zachary Roy also scored for the Armada.HUSKIES 3 OCÉANIC 2RIMOUSKI -- The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defeated the Rimouski Océanic 3-2 in Rimouski on Sunday afternoon. Xavier Bouchard scored the game winning goal for the Huskies at 13:26 of the third period.OLYMPIQUES 3 SAGUENÉENS 2 (OT)CHICOUTIMI -- The Gatineau Olympiques beat the Chicoutimi Saguenéens 3-2 in overtime in Chicoutimi on Sunday afternoon. Samuel Savoie scored the game winning goal for the Olympiques at 2:44 of overtime.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined leaders from the world’s 20 richest nations on Sunday in a promise to work together to keep trade flowing, fight climate change and provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries.The promises are contained in a final communique issued by G20 leaders at the end of two days of largely closed-door virtual discussions ostensibly focused on co-ordinating an international response to the pandemic.Despite the pledges, however, experts say the summit represented a missed opportunity for addressing the biggest issues facing the world today — in part because most of the commitments are not new.The promises also do not come with any new money, including for vaccines in Africa and elsewhere, while the communique made no mention of human rights — despite the summit having been hosted by Saudi Arabia.Trudeau did raise human rights with his counterparts throughout the virtual summit, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. He also pushed leaders on climate change, free trade and equal access to vaccines and other COVID-19 support for all people.“Only together can we tackle the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow, and create a more resilient world that works for everyone,” Trudeau said in a statement after the meeting.“The G20 virtual leaders’ summit was an opportunity to expand global efforts to fight COVID-19, restore economic growth, and combat climate change.”Yet if the meeting was supposed to mark the start of a new era of international partnership, more than a decade after the group first came together in earnest to address the 2008 financial crisis, experts say it did anything but.“Often with these events and communiques, you can point to five or six things on which there was some progress that was notable,” said retired Canadian diplomat Thomas Bernes, now a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.“Unfortunately, on this occasion it's a missed opportunity for the world.”Trudeau went into the G20 leaders’ summit looking for strong commitments on the provision of vaccines and other medical support to poor countries struggling with COVID-19. He also planned to push the fights against protectionism and climate change.While Canada has committed $440 million to a global program designed to ensure equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine when it is ready, observers had hoped that G20 countries would pony up another US$4.5 billion to address a funding shortfall.That didn’t happen, said John Kirton, co-director of the University of Toronto’s G20 Research Group. “The G20, which has spent, as they proudly declare, $15 trillion to counter COVID just this year, couldn't even agree to write down that they would come up with $4.5 billion to get those vaccines delivered around the world,” Kirton said.A similar lack of details and concrete commitments was found when it came to many other issues, with leaders largely committing to a steady-as-she-goes approach to the pandemic as well as climate change, infrastructure spending and international trade.That is despite Canada and many other countries now scrambling to respond to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, which is causing untold health and economic damage as well as triggering massive amounts of government spending.Trudeau has framed that spending as an opportunity to address many of the inequities and root problems in the international economic system, including weaning the world off dirty energy and creating more sustainable infrastructure.Such ideas were reflected in the communique, but without specifics or new timetables. Rather, it included numerous caveats giving countries plenty of wiggle room.There was also no mention of restrictions on foreign companies bidding for infrastructure contracts. That is emerging as a source of concern for Canadian companies hoping to take advantage of such work in the U.S., in particular.Kirton and Bernes attributed the lack of ambition and progress during the summit and in the communique to the fact the meeting was held virtually, which eliminated much of the energy, side conversations and spontaneity that typically mark such summits.The fact it was held by Saudi Arabia, which is not accustomed to hosting such gatherings, and included what Bernes described as a “lame duck” U.S. president in Donald Trump, also contributed to the summit being what he called a “non-event.”While Kirton described Trump’s participation, the arrival of Joe Biden as U.S. president next year and Italy taking over as president of the G20 as reason for optimism that the grouping is still relevant, Bernes said its failure on Sunday is a blow to global co-operation.“The communique certainly identifies the challenges, but has made no substantive, significant progress in addressing COVID, climate change, the debt situation in many developing countries,” Bernes said.“... It further erodes confidence in a multilateral system and makes the challenges therefore just much more difficult as we go forward.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday.So what are they doing now? In many cases, they’re still crowding airports and boarding planes. That’s despite relatively lenient cancellation policies that major airlines have implemented since the coronavirus pandemic emerged earlier this year.According to the Transportation Security Administration, more than 2 million people were screened at U.S. airports on Friday and Saturday. While that’s far lower than during the same time last year, Friday was only the second time since mid-March that daily airport screenings topped 1 million.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said Americans should skip Thanksgiving travel and not spend the holiday with people from outside their household.___HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:— Russia's health system under strain as virus surges back— Inequality ‘baked into’ virus test access as cases soar.— Many ignore virus precautions at funeral of Serbian Patriarch Irinej who died after contracting the coronavirus.— Madrid’s emblematic Rastro flea market has reopened Sunday after a contentious eight-month closure because of the pandemic.— Fears about infection while serving on juries have derailed plans to resume jury trials in many courthouses for the first time since the pandemic started.___Follow AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak___HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:NEW YORK — Hundreds of bodies are still stored in freezer trucks at a disaster morgue set up during New York City’s coronavirus surge in the spring, according to the city’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner.Many of the 650 bodies at the disaster morgue on the Brooklyn waterfront are of people whose families can’t be located or can’t afford a proper burial, officials told The Wall Street Journal.Normally, the deceased would have been buried within a few weeks in a gravesite for the indigent on Hart Island in the Long Island Sound. But as COVID-19 deaths surged in New York in April, with as many as 800 deaths in one day, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged that mass burials in temporary graves wouldn’t take place.The medical examiner’s office is having trouble finding relatives of about 230 deceased people, officials said. When next of kin have been contacted, many bodies haven’t been collected because families haven’t arranged burial for financial reasons, nor have they requested free burial on Hart Island.The city is slowly reducing the number of bodies in storage, with the number declining from 698 to 650 since mid-September, according to Dina Maniotis, the chief medical examiner’s office’s executive deputy commissioner. New York state has reported at least 34,187 deaths of people due to COVID-19, according to data from John Hopkins University.___ATHENS, Greece — Police interrupted a Sunday Mass in a northern Greek village and fined a priest 1,500 euros ($1,780) for allowing two people to attend the service.They also arrested the priest’s 30-year-old son and one of the two worshippers, who they said attacked the police officers.The priest had been urging parishioners to attend, despite a ban, saying, “You’re either with Christ or the coronavirus.” The two attendees were from a neighbouring village.Authorities are strictly enforcing a lockdown and nightly curfew after a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. In the northern city of Thessaloniki, where most cases have appeared, an 18-year-old university student was given a 6-month suspended sentence and fined 3,000 euros ($3,560) for hosting her birthday party, which police raided at 1.30 am Saturday. The six guests were fined 300 euros ($356) each.Health authorities announced 1,498 new coronavirus cases Sunday, along with 103 deaths, five less than the daily record set Saturday. The number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic is 91,619, with 1,630 deaths.___SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile says it will open its main border crossing and principal airport to foreign visitors on Monday after an eight-month pandemic shutdown.Arrivals will have to present evidence of a recent negative test for the new coronavirus as well as health insurance. They’ll also have to report their whereabouts and health status for a two-week watch period. Those coming from high-risk countries will have to quarantine for 14 days.President Sebastián Piñera on Sunday urged people to maintain precautions to prevent another wave of COVID-19: “The coronavirus is still among us and so we cannot be careless.”Officials plan to gradually reopen other airports and border posts as the South American nation tries to reactivate the tourism industry.Chile closed its borders on March 18, two weeks after reporting its first new coronavirus infection. Since then, the nation of some 18 million people has recorded 540.640 infections and more than 15,000 deaths.___WASHINGTON -- The United States’ top infectious diseases expert says he’s worried that crowding at U.S. airports from Thanksgiving travel could lead to a perilous situation as COVID-19 cases surge.Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the “people at airports” despite federal guidance to avoid travel “are going to get us into even more trouble than we’re in right now.”He noted that new COVID-19 cases from Thanksgiving won’t become evident till weeks later, making it “very difficult” as the virus spirals out of control heading into colder weather and the December holiday season.Fauci said a substantial portion of people being hospitalized for the virus are now between the ages of 40 and 59, as well as the elderly and vulnerable.He stressed that vaccines should become available in the coming months, but said Americans will need to “hang in there” in the meantime by taking precautions to stem the spread. That includes limiting holiday gatherings to people in the same household if possible, wearing masks, socially distancing and washing hands.___ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey saw a record number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 for the second day running on Sunday as 6,017 new symptomatic patients were documented, the health ministry said.The number of new daily cases has surpassed the outbreak’s previous peak in April.Evening lockdowns were introduced over the weekend for the first time since June, with businesses such as restaurants and bars ordered to close.The ministry said 446,882 patients with symptoms have been identified since the country’s first recorded case in March. Turkey does not publicly report confirmed coronavirus cases in people without COVID-19 symptoms, a policy that has been criticised for masking the true scope of the national outbreak.Turkey recorded 139 COVID-19 deaths over the previous 24 hours, taking the country’s total to 12,358, the health ministry reported.___ROME — Italy’s daily new caseload of confirmed COVID-19 cases dropped by several thousand on Sunday, but nearly 50,000 fewer swab tests to detect the virus were conducted than on the previous day, according to the Health Ministry.Italy added 28,337 confirmed cases, raising to 1,408,868, the country’s total in the pandemic.Weekends usually see a drop in number of tests performed. In the last 24 hours, 562 deaths of persons with COVID-19 were registered, increasing to 49,823 Italy’s known death toll.Meanwhile, the autonomous Alpine province of Bolzano said that more than 320,000 residents had turned out for voluntary mass COVID-19 screening in a three-day-long campaign, with some 3,000 of them testing positive. Local officials hpe the high turnout for screening among its 520,000 residents and the low percentage of positives will better position the province to be ready again for tourism, a mainstay of the local economy.___CAIRO — A Sudanese minister on Sunday tested positive for the coronavirus, the prime minister’s office said, the latest in a string of senior officials to be infected as the country shows an increase of confirmed cases of COVID-19.Omar Bashir Manis, minister of cabinet affairs, was in good health after testing positive for the virus, the prime minister office said in a statement.Over the past month, acting ministers of finance and health, the central bank governor and two associates to Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok have tested positive.Sadiq al-Mahdi, head of the National Umma party, Sudan’s largest, tested positive for the virus last month and was taken to the United Arab Emirates where he was still being treated.Sudan has reported more than 15,830 confirmed cases, including 1,193 deaths. The actual COVID-19 tally is believed to be higher given the country’s limited testing.___WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12.A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is set to meet Dec. 10 to discuss Pfizer Inc.’s request for an emergency use authorization for its developing COVID-19 vaccine.Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech recently announced that the vaccine appears 95% effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.Dr. Moncef Slaoui, head of the Operation Warp Speed, the coronavirus vaccine program, says plans are to ship vaccines to states within 24 hours of expected FDA approval.Slaoui told CNN he expects vaccinations would begin on the second day after approval, Dec. 12.___PARIS — French authorities ordered the culling of all minks in a farm after analysis showed a mutated version of the coronavirus was circulating among the animals.The French government said in a statement Sunday that about 1,000 minks have been culled and all animal products have been eliminated in the farm located west of Paris.France counts four mink farms on its territory. Authorities are still awaiting results for two of them. No virus has been found in the last one, the government said.The move follows virus developments in mink farms in Denmark and other countries including the Netherlands, Sweden and Greece.In Denmark, a mutation of the virus had been found in several people infected by minks, according to the government which ordered the cull of all 15 million minks.So far French farmers in contact with minks have been tested negative to the virus, the French government said.___SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea says it’ll impose stricter social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to fight a coronavirus resurgence, as the country registered more than 300 new virus patients for a fifth consecutive day.Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said Sunday the ongoing outbreak is “extremely grave and serious” as infection routes have been too diverse. He says authorities have found 62 clusters of infections over the past two weeks.He says the toughened guidelines will begin Tuesday and go for two weeks. Under it, nightclubs and other high-risk entertainment facilities must shut down and a late-night dining at restaurants will be banned. Customers aren’t allowed to drink or eat inside coffee shops, internet cafes or fitness centres, while sports attendance will be limited to 10% of the stadium’s capacity.South Korea has been experiencing a spike in fresh infection since it relaxed coronavirus restrictions last month. Earlier Sunday, South Korea added 330 new coronavirus cases, bringing the national tally to 30,733 with 505 deaths.___COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities said Sunday that more than 600 COVID-19 cases have been detected in Sri Lanka's highly congested prisons.A total of 652 cases have been found in five prisons in different parts of the Indian Ocean island nation. Of them, 609 are inmates and 43 are prison officers.Sri Lankan prisons are highly congested with more than 26,000 inmates crowded in facilities designed for 10,000.Sri Lanka has seen a fresh outbreak of the disease since last month when two clusters — one at a garment factory and other at a fish market — emerged in the capital Colombo and it’s suburbs. Confirmed cases from the two clusters have grown to 16,251.—-ISLAMABAD — Amid defiance of the directive to wear masks and avoid large public gatherings, Pakistan reported 59 more deaths and 2,665 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.The country’s tally reached 374,173 confirmed cases. Among those being treated for the virus, 1,653 are critical.On Saturday, tens of thousands attended the funeral of a radical cleric in the eastern city of Lahore, and on Sunday, an alliance of opposition parties holds a rally in the northwestern city of Peshawar.Both events ignore directives of the military-backed National Command and Operation Center, a body assigned the task of controlling the spread of the virus, for people to wear masks, maintain physical distance and avoid large gatherings.___BEIJING — Authorities are conducting mass testing and shutting down schools after China reported three new domestically transmitted cases in the past 24 hours — two in northern Inner Mongolia province and one in Shanghai.The city of Manzhouli, in Inner Mongolia, will start testing all its residents for COVID-19 on Sunday, a day after the two cases were discovered. The city has suspended classes and shut public venues, telling residents to not gather for dinner banquets.Local authorities in Shanghai found one more case Saturday after testing 15,416 people following recent locally transmitted cases. The city is not shutting down its schools, but has locked down specific facilities such as a hospital. It is also testing all residents in the Pudong New Area district.China is already conducting mass testing for up to 3 million residents in the northern city of Tianjin after five cases were found there earlier in the week. The total number of confirmed cases in China is 86,431.___TOKYO — The daily tally of reported COVID-19 cases in Japan hit a record for the fourth day in a row, with 2,508 people confirmed infected, the health ministry said Sunday.Japan has had fewer than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths so far, avoiding the toll of harder hit nations. But fears are growing about another surge. A flurry of criticism has erupted, from opposition legislators and the public, slamming the government as having acted too slowly in halting its “GoTo” campaign, which encouraged travel and dining out with discounts.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the decision Saturday. But many people had already made travel reservations for this three-day Thanksgiving weekend in Japan.Airports and restaurants have been packed. Some said the government should have offered to pay for cancellations, or stepped up more on PCR testing instead, if the goal is to keep the economy going amid a pandemic. Tutorials are circulating online on the proper way to eat and drink at restaurants, while wearing masks.The Associated Press
When Lake Babine Nation member Wyonna Batoche was being bounced around B.C.'s foster care system, she had no place to turn to find a warm welcome that reflected her culture.Now the 26-year-old works at a new youth services in downtown Prince George that provides 24/7 support to at-risk Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from ages eight to 29 — something that she could only dream of as a girl."I had lumps in my throat. I had a hard time trying not to cry," Batoche told CBC reporter Betsy Trumpener about the grand opening of Sk'ai Zeh Yah Youth Centre on Friday, Canada's National Child Day.Meaning "children of chiefs" in the Carrier language, Sk'ai Zeh Yah is operated by Carrier Sekani Family Services — affiliated with the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council — since early November. It offers after-school programs, Elder mentorship, employment counselling and activities that help Indigenous youth to reconnect with their cultural roots. After being removed from her parents at the age of nine, Batoche moved between different foster homes and group homes making it difficult to find a sense of belonging.Batoche says young people who may not have a safe place to stay can now find refuge in Sk'ai Zeh Yah."When they're eight years old, their dream is not to be on the streets," Batoche said. "We want to show them that you are valued, there are people who care about you, and we want to walk on your journey with you."The youth centre provides hot meals, warm showers and fresh clothing.Flint Keil, Sk'ai Zeh Yah's high-risk youth services manager, remembers a young man who came to the centre last week trembling from the cold, without a jacket and wearing wet socks."He sat there for a while, and we basically outfitted him with brand new socks. One of our staff members went to our clothing closet, grabbed a bunch of hoodies for him," Keil said.The man teared up after receiving the clothes. "The hoodie that was brought out just by coincidence had a logo on it, and the logo was the killer whale, which is…his grandfather's clan."Sk'ai Zeh Yah Youth Centre is funded mostly by Indigenous Services Canada. It currently doesn't have any rooms for young people to stay long-term, but is considering building housing units in the future. Tap the link below to listen to CBC reporter Betsy Trumpener's conversation with Wyonna Batoche and Flint Keil:Subscribe to Daybreak North on CBC Listen or your favourite podcast app, and connect with CBC Northern British Columbia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
HALIFAX — About 150 people showed up to the Dome nightclub in Halifax on Saturday night, but it wasn’t to dance or get a drink.They were there to get a rapid COVID-19 test, as part of a pilot screening program aimed at bar staff and patrons in downtown Halifax. The Nova Scotia government launched the project amid growing concerns about community transmission in Halifax, particularly among young people.“We are having a problem with 18- to 35-year-olds,” Premier Stephen McNeil told a press conference on Friday afternoon. “They are going out when they are feeling sick, they are going out in large groups, and quite frankly different groups, and they’re not distancing. They’re living as if COVID does not exist.”Of the approximately 150 rapid tests done on Saturday night, one patron's test came back positive, according to a Sunday release from the provincial department of health. That positive test was not included in the 11 new cases announced in the province on Sunday. Instead, officials are waiting for the results of the person’s regular COVID-19 test, which they say is much more accurate.Nova Scotia reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the total number of active infections in the province to 44. Saturday and Sunday’s case increases were the largest the province has seen in several months. "The majority of new cases we are seeing involve social interactions -- people who may or may not be symptomatic going downtown with friends and staying for several hours," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, in Sunday’s release. "Last night's pilot provides us more information as our testing and screening strategy continues to evolve."Dalhousie University also confirmed Sunday that two of its off-campus students are among the province's latest cases. In a release, the school said the students are self-isolating and studying virtually, and that they are “not associated with our residence community.”Beginning Monday, anyone in the province eating at a restaurant will have to provide their name and phone number for contract tracing and close social gatherings in most of the Halifax Regional Municipality will be limited to five people.Nova Scotia has had 1,170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, including 65 deaths.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 22, 2020.The Canadian Press