Wes Studi talks Native American representation in television and film. Studi also looks back on his biggest roles in Dances with Wolves and Last of the Mohicans.
Wes Studi talks Native American representation in television and film. Studi also looks back on his biggest roles in Dances with Wolves and Last of the Mohicans.
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
As tighter COVID-19 restrictions are once again challenging businesses, new data released by Statistics Canada on Thursday shows which industries were able to endure and bounce back from the first set of lockdowns.Before the second wave of COVID-19 took hold in the fall, business conditions had stabilized and fewer owners were closing shop, according to Statistics Canada's tally of business closures in August. There were 34,126 business closures in the month, down 2.7 per cent from July and 14.2 per cent lower than prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in February, the agency said.August was the second consecutive month when the number of business openings topped the number of business closures as 40,697 businesses opened. Statistics Canada says most provinces and territories continued to report fewer business closures in August, except for Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, which both reported an increase in closures.The number of new COVID-19 cases in Canada were far lower in August than those seen in recent weeks, which have seen a sharp upturn and prompted the return of strict measures on businesses in an effort to bring the number of new infections under control.August's drop in business closures, as COVID-19 restrictions eased, may reflect the fact that businesses that were least able to adapt to the pandemic had already closed, Statistics Canada's report said. The number of active businesses in Canada in August was nine per cent lower than in February.By August, a slew of tourism-related businesses had already shut their doors, especially food and beverage services, travel services, bus transportation, taxi and limousine services, and vehicle rental, Statistics Canada said. For those industries, business closures had already peaked in April."The new series show that the tourism industries are among those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic," the agency said. "While business closures doubled in the business sector from February to April 2020, the tourism sector as a whole had 11,020 closures in April, more than triple the number of closures in February." In August, business closures were rising in finance, insurance, management, transportation and warehousing in August, in line with seasonal trends from previous years. Meanwhile, more than six in 10 businesses had re-opened in August in the construction, and accommodation and food services sectors.Much has changed since then. As of early October, some consumers receiving Canada Emergency Response Benefit have been transitioned to new programs. Applications recently opened for Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, after the end of the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program in September. A separate survey from mid-September to late October, released by Statistics Canada earlier this month, suggested that 5.2 per cent of businesses were actively considering bankruptcy or closure. On top of that, around 30 per cent of businesses said in that survey they did not know "how long they could continue to operate at their current level of revenue and expenditures before considering further staffing actions, closure or bankruptcy." Nearly 30 per cent of businesses in the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services sectors told Statistics Canada that, under the conditions in September and October, they would need to do layoffs, close or file for bankruptcy protection within six months.About 56 per cent of small business owners used a government program this year, according to another online survey of 1,020 Canadian small business owners done by CIBC, which did not randomly sample the population.That survey, from Nov. 4 to Nov. 9, suggested that 23 per cent of small business owners surveyed were worried about "overall viability of operations." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.Anita Balakrishnan, The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's major landlords' association says a two per cent annual cap on rents brought in by the Liberal government won't solve the shortage of affordable housing and may even make it worse.Kevin Russell, executive director of the Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia, said in an interview Thursday the temporary protections for renters introduced on Wednesday are acceptable as a short-term measure during the pandemic.But if the measure stays in place after COVID-19 subsides, landlords will struggle to maintain and upgrade their buildings, leading to a decrease in the housing available for low-income tenants, Russell said.Housing Minister Chuck Porter has said the cap will be in place until the province lifts its state of emergency order or Feb. 1, 2022, whichever comes first.Porter has also announced that landlords will not be able to obtain an eviction order for renovations, informally known as a "renoviction,'' for the same time period, because he said people shouldn't be forced out of their homes during the pandemic.Russell represents 155 members of his association who manage multi-unit apartments, with a total of roughly 45,000 units across the province. He said his members need the ability to raise rent by more than two per cent in cases where tenants leave and new ones replace them.Over time, he said, a two per cent annual increase, "doesn't allow proper reinvestment into the property to bring the units up to new standards." He said that is particularly true for older apartment buildings built in the 1960s and 1970s that house lower-income tenants.A more fundamental issue, he said, is the need for government to make a major investment in non-profit housing and use the private sector to build the units.Community groups want to see the measure prolonged beyond the immediate crisis. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now issued a statement Wednesday saying temporary rent control will be meaningless if landlords can continue to raise rents and drive tenants from their homes once the pandemic is over.Diana Devlin, executive director of Welcome Housing and Support Services, said in an interview she believes the rent caps should continue until there is an increase in the supply of affordable housing.The non-profit charity organization has been trying to help 32 tenants evicted from apartments in the north end of Dartmouth who have been paying rents of about $600 a month for one-bedroom units, she said. "There just aren't any kind of units here for my kind of folks," she added. "There's no deeply affordable housing.""The solution to our problem is more money to non-profits so we can build and develop."Devlin said she'll be watching to see what solutions the newly created Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission recommends. "I'd imagine at some point in the future the rent cap could be re-evaluated, once the right supply of housing is put in place," she said.Following a cabinet meeting Thursday, Premier Stephen McNeil said he recognized there has been a shortage of affordable housing caused by the population and economic growth in the province.McNeil, however, who plans to step down in February, said he remains doubtful that permanent rent control is the way forward. "There are those who believe rent control should be in place forever," he said. "I'm not one of those, but I do believe and did recognize that something had to come into play at this time."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press
Émile Morel, auteur complètement oublié, publie en 1907 un texte consacré aux mineurs, au titre évocateur, « Les Gueules noires ». Un récit sombre, réédité récemment.
VANCOUVER — Councillors in Vancouver have voted unanimously to ask the federal government to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illicit drugs.Mayor Kennedy Stewart put forward the motion earlier this month saying it is time to develop a "health-focused" approach to substance use and end the stigma against drug users.In a statement issued late Wednesday after the vote, Stewart thanked groups such as the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, which he says have pursued decriminalization for years.In the same process used to create its first supervised injection clinic almost two decades ago, city staff will now write to federal officials, including the ministers of health and justice, seeking an exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.If approved, Stewart said the city will work with the police department, Vancouver Coastal Health, community groups and people who have lived experience with drug use to determine how decriminalization should be approved.The city's support for decriminalization came on the same day the BC Coroners Service issued a report documenting 162 illicit drug deaths across the province in October, amounting to five every day, including one daily in Vancouver.Stewart said Vancouver is ready to again lead the way on drug policy in order to save lives.“With more than 1,500 deaths in Vancouver since a provincial overdose emergency was declared in April 2016, and an estimated 329 overdose deaths in the city of Vancouver so far this year, 2020 is on track to be the worst year yet for overdoses and this new approach is urgently needed," he said in the statement.Dr. Patricia Daly, chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, has said decriminalization alone won't solve the drug crisis, but will complement expanded harm reduction and treatment services, including the province's safe supply program.The elimination of criminal consequences for possessing drugs for personal use also has the support of Premier John Horgan, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Vancouver Police Department.There's no indication how long the federal government might take to review Vancouver's plan once it is submitted, but Stewart has said federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu is a champion of harm reduction and has the authority to move quickly.Hajdu said in a statement the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the opioid crisis and Ottawa must redouble its efforts to save lives.She said federal officials have been working with Stewart and the B.C. government on options that respond to local and regional needs, guided in part by the recommendations of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, which also endorsed decriminalization of personal possession earlier this year. "We will review this request to address criminal penalties for simple possession of small amounts of controlled substances and will continue our work to get Canadians who use substances the support they need," Hajdu said in the statement.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.The Canadian Press
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 email@example.com. Nicolas Parent, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Éveil
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Members of a Six Nations land reclamation camp have appealed two court injunctions ordering them to vacate a housing development in Caledonia, Ont.Skyler Williams, a spokesperson for the group and defendant in the case, said Thursday that he filed an appeal in Ontario Superior Court to fight the injunctions."We chose to engage in a process, a process that is not our own, to try and move it forward," said Williams during a media update Thursday. "For us the issue of the land here is still before the courts and certainly needs to come to a nation-to-nation discussion."The occupation of the McKenzie Meadows development, dubbed 1492 Land Back Lane by demonstrators, has stretched on for months, and has included blockades across area roads, court orders to remove people staying there, and dozens of arrests.Last month, Justice John Harper ruled that the activists had to vacate the land where Foxgate Developments planned a housing complex. The Six Nations group says the property is unceded Indigenous land and has been occupying it for 131 days. Harper ordered the Six Nations members to vacate on Oct. 22.Williams said Thursday that he's retained lawyers Barry Yellin and Wade Poziomka from the Hamilton firm Ross & McBride LLP. If the appeal is successful, he said, Foxgate Developments and Haldimand County will have to restart the permanent injunction proceedings."The filing by Ross & McBride LLP focuses on the failure of the court to distinguish between contempt and abuse of process, a procedural issue," the 1492 Land Back Lane group said in a media release. "The issue is that Williams's pleadings and evidence were thrown out by Justice Harper in error contrary to the law, procedural fairness, and the rules of civil procedure. If successful in the appeal, the matter would be returned to superior court before a different judge, and all of Williams's pleadings would be reinstated in his defence."The appeal, Williams said, is "an honest effort to engage in the legal system at a time that I was unrepresented in the court process."Harper said last month that Williams has shown "contempt" for the court by refusing to obey previous, temporary injunctions, and by insisting the Cayuga, Ont., courtroom was part of the "colonial" court system.Harper said the court must acknowledge the "abuses that have been put upon the Aboriginal community," but "claims and grievances in our society … must be done respectfully, must be done in compliance with the orders."The Six Nations Elected Council signed a deal in 2019 with the developers for $352,000 and 17 hectares of land in exchange for support of the two housing projects. Williams said Thursday that the elected council has expressed "tentative" support for 1492 Land Back Lane. Six Nations' traditional government, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council of Chiefs, supports the reclamation camp.The group has been calling on the federal and provincial governments to step in and work with their representatives toward a peaceful resolution.Despite a pledge from the office of Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, that government officials "look forward to meeting with the community at the earliest opportunity" and are "committed" to addressing longstanding land claim issues, Williams said negotiations have yet to begin."They've said over and over again that they want to be at the table, that they're working on it … and here we are. This is three-and-a-half months later," said Williams. "Apparently it takes a long time to get here from Ottawa."
This translation is part of a new initiative to provide content to our Chinese readers. You can find the English version, written by reporter John Cudmore here. 萬錦市一所私立職業學院Royal Institute of Science and Management，現有9人面臨欺詐指控，其中包括來自約克區的5名居民。 安省警方從2017年開始對該學院及其工作人員展開調查。結果發現，在過去6年的時間裏，學院的所有者和僱員招來的學生蓄意申請省府推出的第二職業資助項目。 這個項目本意是為失業者提供新的技能培訓，幫助他們重返職場。符合資格的申請人可獲得2.8萬加幣助學金，用於支付學費、書本費及生活費等。 警方調查發現，Royal Institute of Science and Management的學生把從政府那裏獲得的助學金作為學費交給該學校。作為回報，學生們無需上課或接受培訓就可之間獲得文憑。 另外，該學院還向MOL和監督相關項目的監管機構提供了欺詐性文件。 目前已經有9人遭到起訴，包括8名學校雇員和1名前學生。 其中來自烈治文山的居民Wei (Raymond) Xu和Xue (Sherry) Hang，今年分別58歲及51歲；還有來自萬錦市的Ye (Parker) Liu, 今年54歲，他們面臨包括超過5000加幣的欺詐及持有和販賣偽造文書等在內的多項指控。 康山居民Jing (Mary) Bian，今年34歲，烈治文山居民Jue (Judy) Li，今年37歲，面臨超過5000加幣的欺詐和參與犯罪組織活動等指控。 同樣面臨多項指控的還有來自多倫多的Deguang (Derek) Chen，今年56歲；來自怡陶碧谷的Michael Ostroff，今年73歲；來自科堡的Ming-ya (Kathy) Kennedy，今年56歲；以及來自奧克維爾的Octavian Calin Lucaciu，今年54歲。 他們將於明年1月14日在紐馬克特出庭受審，任何有相關信息的人請聯繫省警1-888-310-1122或撥打滅罪熱線1-800-222-TIPS。Scarlett Liu, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Economist & Sun
Hamilton police have charged three men in the stabbing death of 20-year-old Brock Beck, the same week the young man's family offered a $20,000 reward in the case. Police say Beck was found suffering from stab wounds following an attack at about 2 a.m. on July 26 in which a 16-year-old was also injured. They've said his death was the result of a "road rage incident gone wrong." Police say they don't believe Beck's killers knew him, making the investigation tricky. They say three suspects, ranging in age from 18 to 22, have been charged with second-degree murder in Beck's death. Two of the suspects are also charged with assault causing bodily harm in relation to the teen's injuries. Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk says a fourth suspect has also been arrested, but did not specify what charges he faces. He said police had already gathered significant evidence in the case when the family announced it was offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his son's killers. "It was of limited impact in this case," he said of the reward. Bereziuk said the family had raised the money for the express purpose of offering as a reward, so the police service wanted to help them publicize it, even as investigators were closing in on their suspects. He said the family will have "some options" in terms of who gets the reward if the suspects are convicted. Beck is the son of former NHL player Barry Beck, who is currently the head coach of the Hong Kong national hockey team. "We pray every night that our son receives justice," Barry Beck said in a recorded video message when the reward money was announced. Police said 18-year-old Cam-Thai Khath, 19-year-old Petar Kunic and 22-year-old Thomas Vasquez, who are all from the Hamilton area, were due to appear in court to face the murder charge on Thursday. The two younger accused are also charged with assault. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020. Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
The Town of Stratford, P.E.I., has taken a significant step toward the creation of an education/recreation campus first announced for the town two years ago.The town has signed purchase agreements for two properties totalling 69 hectares located between the Stratford Business Park and Bunbury Road. The plan is to use the land for a new high school, sports fields and a community wellness centre.The provincial government recommitted to the high school earlier this month, setting aside $4.1 million in the capital budget."We are pleased to see that the high school is included again," said Mayor Steve Ogden in a news release."We look forward to working with our provincial partners to locate the high school on the campus."There are still conditions to be met before the sale is concluded. That includes rezoning the land from agricultural to public service and institutional, bringing a portion of the land into the town boundaries and an environmental assessment.The total cost is about $2.4 million.In September, town council approved $2.5 million to purchase the properties. Taxes were increased one cent for the next two years to cover the cost.Council intends to sell some of the land to the province for the high school, and another portion to Stratford Business Park Corporation for an extension of the business park.The plan is to develop the land over the next few years, and those plans could include a junior high school. Residents will have an opportunity to provide feedback on their priorities for the land later this week.More from CBC P.E.I.
École publique Renaissance students have come together to give back to the community. Students from Grade 7 to 12 donated 1,301 cups of soup, 180 cakes and a $100 gift card to The Yo Mobile. The non-profit’s founder Mario Dussault said he was very happy and the donation will help a lot. Through various classroom challenges and incentives in classrooms, the students collected the donations in less than a month, according to the school’s guidance counsellor Cindy Bergeron. “These students went over and above to make sure this was a success,” she said. “This is 100 per cent the kids that did it.” The school usually has a big fundraiser in May when the students play volleyball with the Timmins Police Service and paramedics. Although the event was cancelled because of the pandemic, the students still wanted to give back to the community, Bergeron said. "They had an impossible question on the radio every morning that they had to answer and they would get soups for that. And each classroom had different challenges, too," she said. "And one of the activities the kids used to do all the time is wear a hat on Fridays. And they would give $1 (or) bring a soup on Friday to be able to wear their hats." Grade 8 student Esmeralda Ofori-Agyepong said she used her first allowance, about $40, to donate to the cause. “I was saving up for something but I didn’t really know what else to do, so I decided that I wanted to be the biggest contributor in a class to help,” she said. “Whatever money I got, I started to give it … I feel better because I know people who might not have meals would have, at least, a full belly. And it’s better because we don’t have to have starving people and then it helps everybody.”Dariya Baiguzhiyeva, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, TimminsToday.com
EMPLOI. Le ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, Jean Boulet, lance le Programme d'aide à la relance par l'augmentation de la formation (PARAF). Totalisant 114,6 millions de $, la mesure offrira un montant de 500$ par semaine aux chômeurs pandémiques pour les accompagner dans leur processus de requalification ou de rehaussement de leurs compétences. Par ce programme, on vise près de 20 000 Québécois. «La formation est un moyen efficace pour répondre aux besoins de main-d'œuvre de secteurs en pénurie de main-d'œuvre. Cela permet à ceux et celles qui ont perdu leur emploi de se requalifier pour réintégrer le marché du travail. Votre gouvernement est là pour accompagner les chômeurs pandémiques dans leur réorientation de carrière. Le PARAF découle des consensus établis au Forum virtuel sur la requalification de la main-d'œuvre et sur l'emploi, tenu le 16 octobre dernier. Ce programme se veut une réponse à la situation actuelle liée à la pandémie et contribue à la relance économique. Il permettra à des milliers de personnes d'acquérir de nouvelles compétences, sans soucis financiers», souligne Jean Boulet, ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale. Des efforts seront notamment consentis pour mettre sur pied des parcours individualisés afin d'intégrer rapidement davantage de personnes dans les secteurs d'activité en déficit de main-d'œuvre qualifiée, comme la santé, la construction et les technologies de l'information. Précisons que pour être admissibles, les participants devront avoir rencontré un agent d'aide à l'emploi pour établir un parcours individualisé d'ici le 31 mars 2021. Pour avoir droit à l'allocation de 500 $ par semaine, ils devront avoir commencé leur formation au plus tard le 25 septembre 2021. Stéphane Lévesque, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Hebdo Journal
En prévision de l’hiver, il est important de penser à nos compagnons à quatre pattes. Nos animaux de compagnie passeront l’hiver au chaud, dans le confort de leur foyer, avec leur petite famille. D’autres, moins chanceux, devront chercher à survivre aux ardeurs de la saison froide. Il s’agit pour eux d’une situation très difficile. Il existe, dans les Basses-Laurentides un bon nombre d’organismes et de refuges pour animaux. Comme ses homologues, le Centre animal Nouveau départ, sis dans le secteur de Saint-Augustin, à Mirabel, se donne pour mission de venir en aide aux animaux errants, dont un certain nombre de chats sans foyer. La propriétaire, Giselle Anaya, offre des cours d’éducation canine, des corrections de troubles de comportement animal, des évaluations et consultations. Elle est également conseillère en placement et en adoption, ayant comme «protégés» des minous trouvés à l’extérieur. Ceux-ci sont alors capturés, puis vus par des professionnels en santé animale, pour finalement prendre le chemin de foyers d’adoption. Des familles d’accueil leur permettent de récupérer et de socialiser, avant d’être affichés pour leur adoption. En effet, aux dires du site de Mondou, les chats sont loin d’être aptes à traverser sans séquelles nos hivers québécois. «L’âge et la condition de santé d’un animal influencent sa capacité à combattre le froid, mentionne-t-on. La surpopulation féline est d’ailleurs une problématique bien connue, et ce phénomène augmente le stress et les risques de batailles lors d’une saison où la nourriture est de moins en moins accessible. Ils doivent donc lutter au quotidien pour trouver de la nourriture, sans quoi, leur chance de survie est réduite dramatiquement.» Famille d’accueil et adoption La première étape afin d’aider un chat errant devrait être une adoption responsable et une stérilisation. Pour supporter une cause noble, il est toujours possible de devenir famille d’accueil bénévole pour un refuge. Vous garderez l’animal un certain temps, dépendamment de sa réhabilitation. Puis, il sera possible pour vous de l’adopter officiellement, si la situation, à la maison, convient à l’humain et à l’animal. Les refuges des Basses-Laurentides recherchent assurément des familles bénévoles. Du moins, c’est le cas du Centre animal Nouveau Départ et il n’est pas nécessaire de débourser quoi que ce soit. Le centre vous offre tout ce qu’il faut pour vous occuper de votre compagnon temporairement (litière, nourriture, médicament au besoin, jouets, etc.). Pour plus d’informations, il suffit de visiter le site officiel de ce refuge de Mirabel, au [www.animalnouveaudepart.com]. Traverser l’hiver Le meilleur moyen de sauver un animal est donc de l’adopter, mais aussi de contacter un refuge ou un organisme responsable. Ceux-ci seront en mesure de le supporter convenablement. Il aura assurément droit à une «deuxième vie». Or, ce n’est pas facile pour les minous qui n’ont d’autres choix que de rester dehors et lutter pour leur survie. Par les temps froids, il est loisible de construire un abri, de lui offrir de la nourriture et de l’eau, du moins, en attendant l’arrivée de responsables qui pourront le capturer et en prendre soin. Cependant, mentionnons que certaines villes et municipalités interdisent ces gestes afin d’attirer les chats errants en nombre important. Il suffit donc de s’informer pour agir en toute légalité. Attention à la voiture! Sans-abri pour se protéger, certains chats seraient tentés par la chaleur dégagée par votre voiture. Avant de démarrer, il est conseillé de cogner sur le capot ou de klaxonner afin que l’animal réfugié ait le temps de sortir pour éviter d’être blessé. En somme, si vous apercevez un animal désorienté, égaré ou affaibli, ne le laissez pas seul et communiquez avec un refuge ou un organisme mandaté par votre ville. Cela permettra de sauver une vie.Nicolas Parent, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Éveil
The Mississauga Nation has received $120,000 this year through the Government of Canada’s Nation Rebuilding Program. The Mississauga Nation consists of six communities – Mississaugas of the New Credit, Mississaugas of Alderville, Mississaugas of Scugog Island, Mississauga First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, and Hiawatha First Nation. The Nation Rebuilding Program aims to foster a nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown and government-to-government relations with Indigenous people across Canada. One of the objectives is increasing First Nations’ ability to take on more sectoral responsibility – with the ultimate objective being self-governance. Activities that would be supported by the Nation Rebuilding Program include community engagement and consultation, gatherings aimed at developing culturally appropriate governance structures and institutions, constitution development, and other initiatives that foster nationhood. Since 2018, Mississauga Nation has received $768,900 through the program. “Nation-building on a collective level is an immense exercise and is subject to a multi-year iterative process by our citizens,” said the Chiefs of The Mississauga Nation in a joint statement. “Rather than face cultural reclamation alone, and by working as one, as a Nation, our respective communities will emerge stronger and become more unified in our vision through our collective strength of governance. We are excited at the renewal of the Mississauga Nation, and the prospect of working together on issues of collective importance to our communities.”Mike McDonald, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, SaultOnline.com
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:
Fort McPherson, N.W.T., RCMP say they prevented a significant amount of vodka from entering the community when they intercepted a vehicle on the Dempster Highway on Monday evening.According to a news release Thursday, police said they located 20 375 ml bottles, two 200 ml bottles, three 750 ml bottles and seven 1.14 litre bottles of vodka in the vehicle that was on its way to Fort McPherson."The amount significantly exceeded the quantities allowed under the NWT Liquor Act and has been seized," the news release states.The RCMP said an investigation is ongoing and did not say if they made an arrest."The amount of alcohol allowed in the community is determined by the NWT Liquor Act for a variety of reasons, including the prevention of crime related to excessive alcohol consumption. Fort McPherson RCMP is committed to protecting our most vulnerable citizens as this is not a victimless crime" stated Const. Amber Gambling in the release.Fort McPherson RCMP are asking residents who have information about suspicious activity to call the detachment at 952-1111, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or text nwtnutips and a message to 274637.
Les mouvements de droite populiste ne paraissent pas, pour l’heure, tirer profit de la pandémie de coronavirus. L’hypothèse d’un cycle de « déclin » populiste paraît cependant peu probable.
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
Wellington County OPP say that thanks to witnesses, they were able to apprehend a suspected impaired driver in Erin this week. On Nov. 25, OPP received reports of someone demonstrating signs of impairment entering a red passenger vehicle and driving out of a parking lot on Main Street. The vehicle was located by police, who placed the driver under arrest after it was determined their ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol. The driver was transported to a local OPP Operation Centre for further testing. A 57-year-old driver from Erin was charged with impaired operation, impaired operation - 80 Plus (mg of alcohol per 100mL of blood), and driving while suspended, a Highway Safety Act offence. The vehicle has been impounded for seven days, and the driver had their licence suspended for 90 days. Police are reminding people that if they suspect someone’s ability to drive is impaired by either drugs or alcohol they report it by calling 911.Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner